Changes come as Seven Lamps “cleans house”
Arianne Fielder, head “mixtress” and beverage manager at Seven Lamps has left the Buckhead establishment, Eater Atlanta reports. She will take over as head mixologist and beverage manager at Midtown’s Article 14 next week. This change comes at a notable time, as Article 14’s sister restaurant, Olmsted, recently decided to become a private events space, leaving its “power lunches” to Article 14, which also serves dinner.Read more
Vajra Stratigos and Chad Clevenger of Fifth Group Restaurants make the case for wine in a culture that favors coronas.
As someone who reads a restaurant’s wine list before reading the menu, I wondered why pairing wine with Mexican food wasn’t so common. To get answers, I sought out Fifth Group’s beverage director Vajra Stratigos and Alma Cocina’s executive chef Chad Clevenger.Read more
From King and Duke to Empire State South
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Patrick Guilfoil of Woodfire Grill talks about wines we can all enjoy wearing a bathing suit.
Last Saturday I pulled back the creaky wooden doors to Woodfire Grill and walked inside with a package wrapped in a brown paper bag under my arm. I had come to talk with Patrick Guilfoil, the sommelier since January, about wines to pair with backyard cookouts.Read more
Our new weekly wine column debuts
In this weekly column, Evan Mah asks Atlanta’s sharpest wine minds about all things vino. What’s Karthäuserhof? Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg? Kabinett? If you don’t know, ask Steven Grubbs.
On a recent Sunday afternoon at Empire State South, Grubbs is leaning into a booth, his sleeves rolled up to his elbows, revealing a dark tattoo sprawling down his arm. The subject of talk is Rieslings, a grape varietal from Germany noted for its high levels of acidity, complexity and warm honey bouquet. And it is clear in this moment that nobody in this city loves this often-misunderstood grape more than he does.Read more
Saturday’s benefit for City of Refuge combines music, local chefs and food trucks
People’s Fest, this Saturday’s benefit for City of Refuge at Atlantic Station, combines four elements Atlantans love: live music, local chefs, food trucks and a good cause. Soul infused singers Marc Broussard, Sonia Leigh, Ben Deignan and Jameson Elder will supply the original tunes, The Optimist’s Ford Fry will curate the People’s food truck menu and City of Refuge will introduce Atlantans to its nonprofit supplying food, clothing, shelter and job training to those in need plus COR will be debuting the launch of the People’s Food Truck, a four-wheeled nonprofit fundraiser bringing “feel good food” to Atlanta’s food truck loving population.Read more
Empire State South’s Kellie Thorn wins G’Vine cocktail competition
Eight Atlanta bartenders competed in G’Vine Gin de France’s cocktail competition at Empire State South last night, but only one won a ticket to Cognac, France to test their skills on an international stage.Read more
The Westside brewery is pouring beer, taking your ties, and launching a new bottling line
Local beer drinkers have fallen for Monday Night Brewing’s trifecta: the Eye Patch Ale IPA, the Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, and the Fu Manbrew Belgian-style Wit, and the same is true of the brewery itself. Located off Howell Mill Road on the Westside, the company founded by Jeff Heck, Joel Iverson, and Jonathan Baker is a great post-work hangout, just as it was when the trio began brewing beer about seven years ago in the garage. A self-described group of white-collar guys with ties, they eventually followed their hearts (and palates), trading in the buttoned-up collars for the business of brew.Read more
Cocktails, wine, and beer all get careful attention
After almost four years of working at Holeman & Finch mostly as a general manager, Jordan Smelt left Buckhead to come to Cakes & Ale in Decatur, where he took over the beverage program last June. Since his arrival, Cakes’ offerings have both expanded and become more focused, giving visitors the option of simple old world wines, craft cocktails, or specialty beers to accompany their meal.Read more