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ATL Food Chatter: September 27, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Dan Latham’s recent jump to the Farm Burger team left local observers somewhat mystified, since it was assumed—and hoped for—that the chef who once worked at New York’s Babbo and who ran a beloved restaurant, L & M’s Kitchen and Salumeria, in would ultimately open a brick and mortar version of his pizza truck, Moto Bene, in Atlanta. Instead, Latham, the James Beard Award nominated chef, now helms the kitchen at the new Farm Burger Buckhead and serves as corporate chef for the dynamic Athens based operation. Farm Burger—part of a collective that includes Athens-based Moonshine Meats and restaurant Farm 255—is co-owned by Jason Mann, a farmer whose goal is to create a more sustainable agricultural system in Georgia and beyond. Latham and Mann met last spring and hit it off; Latham helms the kitchen at Farm Burger’s newly opened second location in Buckhead.
Dan Latham is a talented chef who, similar to Hugh Acheson, has achieved critical acclaim in smaller Southern town and now is bringing his talents to Atlanta. Latham is a James Beard nominee whose former Oxford, Mississippi restaurant, L& M’s Kitchen, was lauded by Gourmet magazine as one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the country. He has started selling pizzas from a mobile kitchen, under the name Moto Bene Pizza, at metro area farmers markets, where they are earning rave reviews. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat briefly with the former Babbo chef about his food truck and his plans for the future.