How did you persuade all of these famous (and busy) chefs to give of their time, especially since Halloween is a big family deal?
How close will the Atlanta event follow the format of the New York event?
AQ: The Atlanta event is patterned directly after the NY event, so it will follow very closely. [The dinner is served family-style at one very long communal table that sits 150 guests.] The first year at Chelsea Market, I helped Michael Phillips [creative director at Jamestown Properties, which has stakes in White Provision and Chelsea Market] put the event together.
Has a local charity been identified to become the co-recipient of the proceeds along with the james beard foundation?
AQ: All of the funds are going to the Beard Foundation Scholarship fund. I think the Beard Foundation needs more of a presence in the south. This year we invited only winners and recent nominees—we hope next year to ask the southern winners to co-chef with their protégées—and I think this will help promote our talent down here and bring the attention of the Beard Foundation to this growing group of talented chefs.
When will the menu be available?
AQ: The menu will be available when said busym busy chefs get me their selections. Soon. I hope.
Are tickets still available?
AQ: Yes. Call 404-365-0410, extension 22, for reservations.
One last (off-topic) question: With food halls like New York’s Eataly garnering attention, would you consider opening another Star Provisions?
AQ: I would consider another Star Provisions but feel firmly rooted in the South and specifically Atlanta—so it would have to be here.
NEWS AND NOTES:
What Now Atlanta is reporting that Yumbii Food trucks and The Cafe at Pharr have partnered to create a food truck for the Cafe that is set to debut in February 2011.
Atlantan Richard Roper, a Westside resident, won a home brew contest sponsored by the Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams beer.
According to a recent Washington Post story, Georgia is building a major olive growing industry.
Buckhead. The Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead has a new chef, Peter Zampaglione, who comes most recently from the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona.
Toulouse celebrates its sixteenth anniversary from October 1-10, with $16 bottles of wine and some $16 entrees.
Decatur. Decatur Metro is reporting that the German Bakery has reopened.
Johns Creek. John Kessler reports that the owner of Trattoria One 41 is hoping to open Viande Rouge (a French bistro with a meaty slant?) at the corner of States Bridge Road and Highway 141 by year’s end.
Midtown. Tap is holding its first annual Oktoberfest celebration, Thursday, October 7 starting at 5:30 pm.
Old Fourth Ward. What Now Atlanta notes that Condesa Coffee— featuring gourmet coffee, specialty beverages, bocata, desserts and more—is slated to open this month in the Tribute Lofts at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.
Question of the Week: What Decatur project promises to bring several types of “international barbecue” together under one roof when it opens in November?
PS. The answer to last week’s QOTW—What metro area Japanese steakhouse is celebrating 32 years of operation in the its location this month?—is Kobe Steaks.