ATL Food Chatter: March 1, 2010
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What do get when you have a James Beard Foundation fundraiser co-sponsored by a big time real estate firm that features top national chefs in a hip Manhattan food complex? You get Sunday Supper at the Chelsea Marketplace, an event that is the brainchild of Michael Phillips, creative director for Atlanta-based Jamestown Properties, the real estate firm that is a principal investor in both Chelsea Market and Atlanta’s White Provisions. And Phillips says he is bringing the Sunday Supper concept to the ATL this fall.
Phillips started Sunday Supper last year in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation—where he and Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, Floataway Cafe, Abattoir) serve on the Board of Trustees—as a benefit to support scholarship efforts for inner city youths to be trained in the culinary field. In 2009, the Sunday Supper drew two hundred and fifty diners, who gathered in Chelsea Market’s 400-foot long concourse for a multi-course, family-style dinner that earned some rave reviews in the New York media.
Based upon the success of that program, and Quatrano’s desire to see this event in Atlanta, Phillips is bringing Sunday Supper to Atlanta this fall. The event will be held in the White Provisions development, the home of some of the Westside’s hottest restaurants, and will feature a “harvest theme.” The exact date and other details are still being worked out, but Phillips is excited about bringing the event to Atlanta and has plans to take the concept nationwide.
This year’s New York event is scheduled for Sunday, March 28 and in addition to Quatrano, the ATL’s representatives are Hugh Acheson (technically still only in Athens but soon to be in Atlanta), Shaun Doty, Todd Richards, and Hector Santiago.
I will bring you further deets on the Atlanta event as they become available.
NEWS AND NOTES:
Congrats to Chandler Rentz of Atlanta’s Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, who took second place in the Southeast Regional Barista Championships held in Atlanta on February 21.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Dixie Cream Donut Co., an Oklahoma-based company who whose restaurants feature donuts and deli styled sandwiches, has targeted Atlanta as a “priority city” for its 2010 expansion plans.
Buckhead. Buckhead’s First Annual Restaurant Week will take place from Saturday, March 6 to Sunday, March 14. The nine-day promotion will showcase the outstanding cuisine of the area’s best restaurants that will each offer a prix-fixe, three-course menu consisting of an appetizer, a main course and a delicious dessert for $25 per person excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity.
Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that H & F Bottle Shop, a boutique liquor store from the Holman & Finch folks, is slated to open in June in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center.
Tomorrow’s News Today also reveals that Riccardo Ullio will open a second location of Fritti at 102 West Paces Ferry this fall. According to the story, that address is being marketed as the White Provisions of Buckhead.
As first reported by the New York Times, Scott Peacock has left Watershed to pursue a documentary and writing projects.
Downtown. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill’s first Atlanta store, owned and operated by veteran franchisee Mayur Raval, has opened at 250 Park Place West, across the street from the Georgia Aquarium.
Grant Park. Painted Table Cafe has closed.
Marietta. Thrillist is reporting that Smokin’ J’s BBQ has opened at 2145 Roswell Road.
Southwest Atlanta. What Now Atlanta notes that Legends Sports Bar & Grill is slated to open this spring at 5851 Buffington Road.
Westside. Thrillist is reporting that Brunch House, a relaxed Southern-style breakfast/lunch spot where all menu items are under $7, has opened at 1465 Chattahoochee Avenue.
Question of the Week: What local restaurant public relations firm is rumored to be opening an office in Charleston, South Carolina?
P.S. The answer to last week’s QOTW—What arts institution is rumored to be soliciting bids to operate its restaurant?—is Woodruff Arts Center for its spot, Table 1280.