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Looking back, a review of 2013

As the saying goes, you win some, and you lose some. This year we saw famed mixologists leave their longtime outposts, award-winning chefs open new “it” spots, and the restaurant community band together to help one of their own. As we welcome in the new year, we pause to take a look back at what happened in 2013.

High on the Vine: The Inside Story on Canoe’s Wine Shop

With the October departure of Carvel Grant Gould, who had helmed its kitchen for sixteen years, and with the opening of its own wine shop earlier this week, Canoe is entering a new chapter of its history. Matt Bradford, an advanced level sommelier and wine director for Canoe, is the force behind Cellar Door, which is located in the same shopping center as the restaurant. Bradford spoke with us about its opening, his selection, and how he plans to differentiate himself from other wine shops.

Bill Johnson Has Set the Stage for Atlanta’s Most Iconic Restaurants

No one has designed more high-profile Atlanta restaurants than architect Bill Johnson. Some of his early projects from the late 1970s and the early 1980s—including Peachtree Cafe, where Buckhead learned to love Chardonnay at the pastel-colored fern bar—predate the creation in 1988 of the Johnson Studio, the Downtown architectural firm responsible for the atmospheres of upscale titans of the 1990s and 2000s, including Seeger’s, Joël, Bluepointe, Nava, Ciboulette, Dick and Harry’s in Roswell, and MidCity Cuisine.

Final Fork: Who made it to the ‘Elite Ate’?

It's time for the fourth round of our Final Fork contest, which brings us one step closer to determining Atlanta's favorite restaurant.

Wine at Canoe; Bourbon at the Sun Dial

Tonight two popular Atlanta restaurants will launch the first of a series of dinners centered on alcoholic beverages. At Canoe, beverage director Matt Bradford will lead a four-course wine dinner entitled How to Taste Wine; while at the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, chef Jason Starnes will prepare four courses paired with Four Roses bourbon.

Carvel Grant Gould’s She-Crab Soup with Hot Butter Crackers

Carvel Grant Gould grew up immersed in Buckhead's food world. No baby shower or Christmas party was complete without platters of cheese straws and chocolate eclairs from Henri's Bakery.

Reservations Required: Atlanta Food Events, July 23-29, Tomato Prix-Fixe at Haven, Sockeye Salmon Dinner at Canoe, Peg Leg Porker at Fox Bros.

All-You-Can-Eat Pizza at Alon’s in Dunwoody on Mon., July 23 Alon’s Bakery & Market in Dunwoody recently installed a new wood burning pizza oven and now offers weekly all-you-can-eat pizza nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Monday. The cost is $12 per adult and free for children four and younger.

Chef talk with Carvel Gould of Canoe

If you ask Carvel Gould to recall one important dish from her childhood, she might tell you about sitting at the table with her grandmother, picking meat from crabs. While the executive chef of Canoe is a seventh-generation Atlantan hailing from Buckhead, this culinary memory comes from the sandy beaches of South Carolina during the family’s annual summer vacation.

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Matt Bradford, one of a handful of local wine directors who have passed the strenuous advanced certification exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers, manages a list of more than 500 wines that covers every major grape-growing region in the world with skillful proportion.

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It was a Friday evening commute spent in classic, nerve-jangling Atlanta traffic. The speed-stop-speed-stop flux of cars extended straight from Downtown into the parking lot of Canoe in Vinings, where valet attendants conducted drivers with Wagnerian fervor. My dining comrades were still stuck on the highway; the woman at the hostess station suggested I wait for them at the new outdoor bar.

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