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Hugh Acheson on the difference between “real” and “fake” Southern food

Empire State South chef Hugh Acheson reveals the one dish he wishes he knew how to cook, his favorite cookbooks, and why he hates Jell-O.
Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: Restaurant parking nightmares, and Sobban’s impressive garden

The absolute worst part about my otherwise enviable job? Parking. Depending on where I go, I’m left to navigate wonky meters, spiral-of-death garages (Empire State South), ridiculously steep terrain (Bell Street Burritos in south Buckhead), and dark, suspicious lots (basically everywhere in Little Five Points and East Atlanta).

Hugh Acheson’s sauteed catfish with cantaloupe, lime, and cilantro salsa

Here’s a great idea for what you could do with that half-cantaloupe lurking in your fridge: finely chop the flesh and mix it in a salsa, as Empire State South’s Hugh Acheson suggests in his beautiful new cookbook, “The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit” (Clarkson Potter).
Riesling

3 favorite Rieslings from Empire State South’s Steven Grubbs

Don’t mistake this complex grape for a sickly sweet, second-class pour.

Expert advice: How to hire top talent for private dining events

Craig Richards, chef at St. Cecilia, and Kellie Thorn, bar manager at Empire State South, on hiring top talent

Breaking down Atlanta’s James Beard Award nominees for 2015

Atlanta scored big on this year’s list of James Beard Award semifinalists with a record number of nominees. Thirteen Atlanta chefs and restaurants made the cut (fourteen, if you count The Grey in Savannah). Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 24.

Is Hugh Acheson opening a restaurant at Ponce City Market?

When Ponce City Market opens this spring, will Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, the National, and the Florence) be among the tenants? We think so.

Hugh Acheson’s Cinco y Diez shutters after 10 months in business

Less than one year in, Hugh Acheson’s Mexican restaurant Cinco y Diez has closed. There’s no word on what Acheson—chef and founder of Empire State South, the National, and the Florence—and business partner Melissa Clegg—founder of Last Resort Grill—will do with the now defunct restaurant space.

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