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Top Chef kickoff: interview with Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill

Three years ago, Atlanta native Kevin Gillespie returned home from a stint in Oregon to work under Michael Tuohy at Woodfire Grill. Then last year, his mentor took off for California and Gillespie was tapped to take over the kitchen. Now he’s on every Atlanta foodie’s radar as a young chef to watch. Beginning tomorrow night, viewers nationwide will be watching him compete as one Read more...

Top Chef kickoff: interview with Eli Kirshtein of Eno

At 25, Eli Kirshtein of Midtown’s Eno restaurant is the youngest cheftestant in Top Chef’s accomplished lineup this season. An Atlanta native, Kirshtein’s first cooking job was at Buckhead Diner at age 16. From there he attended the Culinary Institute of America and spent time in a number of top-notch k Read more...

Top Chef kickoff: interview with Hector Santiago of Pura Vida

For Atlantans, this season of Bravo’s Top Chef will be the most exciting yet. Not one, but three chefs from our city are among the 17 cheftestants competing in the upcoming Las Vegas edition. Tied with foodie mecca San Francisco for the most chef representation, Atlanta will have Hector Santiago of Pura V Read more...

Farewell Post: A Year of Eating Atlanta

The backstory: I moved to Atlanta twelve months ago, having enrolled in the year-long culinary arts program at Le Cordon Bleu in Tucker. When I decided to leave my magazine job in Washington D.C. for this culinary adventure, my choice of location had some personal motivation behind it. My boyfriend, Zack, was starting his final year of law school at Emory, and we’d spent the past two years shuttling between Atlanta and D.C. to visit each other. When I found an Atlanta outpost of Le Cordon Bleu, it was an easy sell. Read more...

Recent Obsessions: Highland Bakery's Peanut Butter French Toast

It may have been my most decadent lunch ever, my ultimate plate of guilty pleasure. Yesterday we stopped by Inman Park’s Old Fourth Ward's sunny Highland Bakery Cafe around 3 o’clock for a late lunch. I browsed the menu of sandwiches and salads, all ready to order the sensible roasted turkey on honey-wheat. Then I turned it over and found the brunch menu. Read more...

Opening Soon: The Yogurt Tap

Walking around in downtown Decatur on a recent blazing hot July afternoon, I made a beeline when I spotted signage for The Yogurt Tap, a new frozen yogurt shop that Micropundit put on my radar a couple of weeks ago. Sadly, there was still butcher paper up on the windows in the former Houseworks space on Church street, and I peeked inside to find a contractor hard at work on the unfinished space. Read more...

Q&A with pastry queen Heather Hurlbert

Last week in Orlando, the American Culinary Federation held the final round of its competition for National Pastry Chef of the Year, and local chef Heather Hurlbert brought the title home to Atlanta. Hurlbert has worked in restaurants, hotels and country clubs in the Atlanta area since 1996—she’s currently executive pastry chef at the Cherokee Town & Country Club. Just back from her big win, Hurlbert talked with Sara Levine about the competition and all things sweet. Read more...

Drinks at DBA

When I think of beverages to serve with barbecue, the obvious—cold beer—usually comes to mind. I’ve yet to sample any ‘cue at the new DBA Barbecue in Virginia-Highland, but I’m already a fan of the drinks. The other night after a home-cooked dinner, a friend and I went for a walk into the Highlands and, having worked up a sweat in this balmy weather, decided to grab a refresher. We passed El Taco, where crowds were two-deep at the bar for margaritas, and settled on the laid-back patio at DBA next door—the hostess said we were welcome to sit out there just for drinks. DBA has plenty of beer selections—Abita, Sweetwater and Terrapin on tap; lots of craft bottles—plus a full wine list, but the intriguing cocktails got our attention. Read more...

Dining with Dad

Last month, I put together a short list of foodie gift ideas for Mother’s Day. All of them should also work for the foodie Dad—I’ve never bought into the theory that women love chocolate more than men! But if your Dad is anything like mine, the special events of the day should revolve around eating (and golf, but that’s not exactly my area of expertise). Here are a few food-centric Father’s Day events happening around town this Sunday if you’re looking for something a bit more unique than a prix-fixe brunch menu. Read more...
 
 

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