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Souper Jenny Levison I Loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti

Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison takes on ‘Spaghetti’ for her return to the stage

Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison will hang up her soup ladle—temporarily—to take on the art of pasta-making in the one-woman play, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, opening October 25 at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. During the show, she makes an entire meal live on stage.

Alisa Barry reopens Bella Cucina at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Bella Cucina's previous brick-and-mortar location shuttered in 2013, but just in time for the holidays, the Atlanta-based brand of Italian spreads and sauces is back at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta.
Alisa Barry

How to celebrate the holidays Italian style, from Bella Cucina’s Alisa Barry

When I met Alisa Barry 18 years ago, she was launching her Italian-inspired pantry products business, Bella Cucina, and my family had just started making annual summer treks to the Ligurian coast—where we now own a second home. Needless to say, we Italophiles bonded immediately.

Alisa Barry’s handkerchief pasta with pork and fennel polpetinni

Barry’s take on spaghetti and meatballs (she calls them by their Italian name, polpettini) reinterprets her mother’s workaday staple. She freshens up a simple marinara with roasted cherry tomatoes and replaces noodles with wide rectangles of fresh pasta (available at Buckhead’s Storico Fresco).

In the food news this week

Hugh Acheson to open Mexican restaurant
Five and Ten recently moved from South Lumpkin Street to Milledge Avenue in Athens, and Hugh Acheson isn’t wasting any time filling the old spot. He told the Athens Banner-Herald he plans to open a Mexican restaurant called Cinco y Diez, spearheaded by Farm 255 chef Whitney Otawka.

Krog Street Market names seven tenants
Formerly a manufacturing facility and home to Atlanta Stove Works, Krog Street Market aims to open this winter in Inman Park with a variety of eateries. This week, Paces Properties confirmed seven tenants including: a Mex-Tex restaurant by chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Maxey, an American brasserie and bistro called the Luminary by chef Eli Kirshtein, Grand Champion BBQ, the Spotted Trotter, and Pannus Bakery, which will specialize in hispanic and European pastries.

New executive chef at Ecco
Jonathan Beatty, formerly of Davanti Enoteca in Chicago, has replaced Craig Richards as executive chef at Ecco, according to Eater Atlanta.

Bella Cucina closed Virginia-Highland location
Gourmet food store Bella Cucina closed its Virginia-Highland location last week, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Tomorrow's News Today broke the story.) A post on the shop's Facebook page announced that a new retail location will open in the fall, but it did not specify where.

A fractured ankle for Rathbun
In addition to a 4th of July fire at Rathbun’s causing temporary closure of the restaurant, and a power outage at KR SteakBar leading to a 45-minute evacuation on July 5, chef Kevin Rathbun now has a fractured ankle. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Rathbun acquired the injury when he fell through the drop ceiling while assessing fire damage at Rathbun’s.

Roots Juices now open
Hopping on the fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices trend, Roots—a Texas-based company—is now open in the Shops Around Lenox. Atlanta.com reports that this Dtox competitor offers more than 17 types of juices, infused waters, and cleanses, and each 16-ounce juice is comprised of about two to three pounds of fruit and veggies.

Three Taverns Brewery launches
A new source of craft beers in Atlanta, Three Taverns officially launches at Brick Store Pub in Decatur tonight with the introduction of two new brews: Single Intent, a Belgian-style single, and A Night In Brussels IPA, a Belgian-style American I.P.A.

One Flew South named best airport bar
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Brash Coffee coming to the Westside in early fall

Two years ago, Matt Ludwikowski went to El Salvador to help a friend set up a computer lab in a small, impoverished community. While driving up a volcano there, he discovered a tiny coffee community called Laguneta. Ludwikowski, who had worked for Octane, ended up spending a week walking around the country, talking to farmers and other locals about the coffee there. Fast forward twenty-four months or so, and Ludwikowski has been back to the area sixteen times, negotiated terms for land and water use, hired and trained workers to pick and process the coffee, and produced 2,000 pounds of coffee from a place from which people had never tasted coffee before, he says.

Bella Cucina opens its doors to entrepreneurs

Like other grass-roots movements, Atlanta’s local food community has more passion than it has resources. Its pioneers are always looking for land and money to see their projects through. A local food company has the opposite problem. Bella Cucina, maker of sauces, spreads and other little goodies, has extra land and facilities in need of a community project.

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