Eating Around: Food Bloggers Bake Sale, Sweetwater 420 Fest, and more

Each week, we give you a calendar of upcoming dining events to help you navigate the week’s culinary festivities.Friday, April 16–Thursday, April 22 FARE FROM FRIULI La Tavola will host Italian chef Luca Plett for the week as he prepares authentic dishes from his native region of Friuli. Entrees will be inspired by rich culinary traditions of Friuli, known especially for its smoky flavors and use of wild game. The week will end with a five-course dinner on Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 for $65 per person. Reservations are suggested; call 404-873-5430.

An evening of fine chocolate, wine and jalapeno bacon in the Old Fourth Ward

If P'cheen chef and meat curing enthusiast Alex Friedman can figure out how to get his jalapeno bacon into a syringe, the city of Atlanta might have a new problem.

Oxford American’s Southern Food 2010 hits newsstands

The sixty-plus-degree weather has made grateful simpletons of us all, as we make any excuse to wander around outside with glazed, happy expressions. But when the temperatures dip again at the end of the week, plan to nestle back inside with a copy of the Oxford American magazine’s new Southern Food 2010 issue, guest-edited by John T. Edge. It crowds some juicy, intelligent prose (and a few poems) between its 127 pages.

Christiane Lauterbach starts an ATL food truck blog

My colleague Christiane Lauterbach is not happy how far Atlanta lags behind the thriving mobile food scenes in other American cities. (Neither am I.) Imagine the city having trucks that serve amazing tacos or Souper Jenny turkey chili! In an effort to spur attention to the effort—which seems to require a spirit of cooperation from the City of Atlanta that does not currently exist—Christiane has started a blog: atlantafoodcarts.com. She’ll report on chefs, awaiting licenses, with trucks and carts already primed for the streets, and chronicle any advancements that may soon give us a rich street food culture. Make sure you listen to her presentation at Pecha Kucha from a few months back. Her daughter Hillary Brown, the food critic for Athen’s Flagpole magazine, will also be contributing.

Streatery hot dog carts take foot in Atlanta

ATL Food Chatter: February 8, 2010 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)While we wait impatiently for food trucks to finally be permitted by the City of Atlanta’s licensing bureaucracy, one pair of entrepreneurs is gaining ground in the street food department. Streatery, a partnership between former tech industry-types Dave Liniado and Mike Fuller, sells quality hot dogs out of food carts positioned in various locations downtown. The duo navigated government red tape by partnering with General Growth Properties, a company that operates malls around the country and was recently hired by the city to help launch a new street vendor program (the program involves kiosks, not mobile food trucks, as detailed in this document).

A visit to Maison Robert’s new location

While driving around the Chamblee area doing research for our April Cheap Eats issue, I was struck with a craving for the chocolate-covered coconut macaroons at Maison Robert. I drove by the old location on North Peachtree off Peachtree Industrial and panicked—the sweet little house that formerly housed the business was empty. A quick iPhone search revealed I was out of touch: Last July, the business a moved a five-minute drive away to 5256 Peachtree Road, in a new building among the older shops in historic Chamblee.

What are your favorite sandwich spots?

I’m on the hunt for outstanding sandwich spots of all types around the metro area—any favorites worth shouting out? I make frequent treks to Muss & Turner’s in Smyrna, and I’ve been enjoying Noon Midtown (which I saw on Twitter is opening for dinner service soon, good news for local residents), but I’d love more suggestions.

Sex on wheels: A food truck coming to Atlanta?

Food trucks were one of 2009’s hottest food trends—in other cities. Ventures such as Korean taco sensation Kogi barbecue in Los Angeles and Washington DC’s Sweetflow frozen-yogurt-stand-on-wheels have captured fans and dollars. If local entrepreneur Andrew Capron can secure a license, Atlanta may see his barbecue truck with a racy name on the streets by mid-spring 2010.

Eating Around: Craft anniversary, Evos opening, and more

Every week, we give you a detailed calendar of upcoming dining events to help you navigate the weekend’s culinary festivities.Friday, December 4EVOS OPENS IN MIDTOWNThe “healthy” fast food restaurant opens in the Viewpoint Midtown condominium building this Friday (its second location in the metro area, but the first in the city limits). Evos offers low-calorie and organic hamburg

What will you cook for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving may be a holiday about expressing gratitude, but before you can sit down, say grace, and articulate your appreciation, you’ve got to compose one monstrous meal. Of course, each family has its own traditions, including additions and alterations to the standard repertoire. (Mine includes celery-laden stuffing, pumpkin bread, and a chocolate–peanut butter ice cream pie.) One of dining editor Bill Addison’s new darlings is the pimento-cheese potato gratin from The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern. Whatever you end up whipping up, check out our guide to where to get everything you’ll need to eat in this holiday (or where to go to eat out).

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