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In November 2019, I attended my first Stolen Goods pop-up dinner, led by chef Maximilian Hines at the Old Fourth Ward restaurant A Mano. The meal—called Traptoria, Vol. 2—was advertised as a tribute to the carryout foods Hines grew up eating at mom-and-pop Italian restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area, but with a “Dirty South twist.” From a menu sprinkled with references to legendary musical acts, I ordered the Prince Scampi (Royal Red head-on shrimp in garlic and chili sauce, served with white bread), the fancied-up Cup-o-Ramone chicken noodles, and a rapturous Little Debbie tiramisu. It all lived up to the description Hines wrote to promote the event: “Basically if an Italian immigrant moved here and opened an Olive Garden in Bankhead.”
Now in the kitchen at Miller Union, Martinez combines the flavors of her Venezuelan and Southern roots with an artist’s visual flair.
This year's semifinalists include Kamayan ATL, pastry chefs Claudia Martinez and Jen Yee, and chefs Kevin Gillespie, Todd Richards, Jason Liang, Craig Richards, and Joey Ward.
After leaving Tiny Lou's in December, Claudia Martinez is swapping French flair for Southern flavors at Miller Union—and she plans to continue her Café Claudia pop-ups.
"This recipe is a great classic dessert," Martinez says, "a childhood memory that's rich and gives a small, sweet escape.”
Heralded by Belgian chocolate manufacturer Callebaut as the world’s fourth chocolate, the rose-colored confection has a strong chance of becoming the next viral ingredient filling Instagram feeds. It's already on Atlanta dessert menus.
In this era of hyperlocalism and regional pride, the popularity of French cuisine has been on the decline. But there is hope. In Atlanta, a comeback has arrived inside the recently transformed Hotel Clermont and directly above the lovably grungy Clermont Lounge. Yes, the French resurgence has materialized above a strip club.
Claudia Martinez, formerly of Atlas, Umi, and Restaurant Eugene, will lead the dessert program for the Clermont Hotel, including restaurant Tiny Lou's. The pastry menu is inspired by the history and folklore of the Clermont and includes an "Ode to Blondie."