Table Talk: Georgia Food Policy Council meets, Hyatt Polaris to re-open, and Georgia contestant wins “Cupcake Wars”

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Statewide, food policy makers think locally
The Georgia Food Policy Council met for the first time Wednesday to tackle big issues such as how to help Georgia’s obesity problem, encourage sustainable agriculture, and reduce landfill waste.

Hot Dish: Heirloom tomatoes at One Eared Stag 
Tis’ the season. Wyatt William stopped by One Eared Stag last week where he and his friends were floored by a dish that is, wait for it, all produce. Kudos to Chef Robert Phalen.    

Who deserves to run the new Hyatt Polaris restaurant?
What’s the cost of renting a rotating, blue spaceship in Downtown Atlanta? The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that the Polaris restaurant is set to reopen, but the question remains as to who will run it.

Kessler re-reviews One Eared Stag, Woodfire Grill 
The second time is the charm. Chief dining critic for the AJC, John Kessler, revisited One Eared Stag and Woodfire Grill and liked what he found, upgrading the former to four stars. The rating makes One Eared Stag only the eighth restaurant in Atlanta to have four stars.

Georgia shop takes 1st Place on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars
Winner, winner, cupcake dinner. The Candi Pittman of Blue Eyed Daisy Bakery in Palmetto, Georgia took first place on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. 

Chicago-based chicken joint coming to Atlanta
Let the chicken wars begin. Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar will open June 25 in the Old Fourth Ward. A consultant  for the restaurant said that “[Harold’s] will be home to one of the best fried chicken spots known in the midwest,”  according to What Now Atlanta. 

New details on Kevin Rathbun’s new project, KR SteakBar
Eater Atlanta has the latest on Rathbun’s upcoming restaurant, which will take four months to build out. It appears that Rathbun will be ditching white table cloth for a less formal dining experience.  

Photography by Caroline Kilgore

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