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Comeback Carb: Pasta finally wins over Atlanta chefs
It’s been a long road to glory for pasta in Atlanta. Without the large Italian population that blessed other American cities, we never had a community to teach us how to revere fragrant bowls of noodles.
A fundraiser picnic by Anne Quatrano
Anne Quatrano, the chef and restaurateur behind Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, and Abattoir, will be creating traditional Southern picnic dishes for a Nickel Bottom Community Garden fundraiser on May 19. The event, called BUDS, will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. behind Floataway Café and include bocce, cornhole, live music, a raffle, a wildlife release, and of course, food prepared by Quatrano and Floataway executive chef Todd Immel.
Todd Immel named executive chef of Floataway Cafe
Todd Immel, who has run the meat department at Star Provisions since 2008, has been named executive chef of Floataway Cafe. Under Immel's control the meat department flourished, putting out fresh sausages, terrines, and cured meats that rival the best in any butcher shop or restaurant in Atlanta. Speaking over the phone, Immel said that helming Floataway Cafe, which is part of the Anne Quattrano owned restaurant group that owns Star Provisions, had been in his sights for some time.
Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s farm-to-table pioneer might not seem an obvious place to discover inexpensive vino: Its bottle selection over the years, while often affordable, has vacillated between intriguingly obscure and boringly accessible.
Restaurants in Atlanta have a knack for latching onto trends and clutching them furiously--much longer than in other cities--until the vitality completely withers. So many tapas palaces opened last decade that I can still barely face a martini glass brimming with ceviche without wanting to replace it with straight gin. I’m beginning to have a similar reaction to Neapolitan pizza.
Q&A with chef Drew Belline
Drew Belline surprised Atlanta’s food fans last month with his announcement that he will leave Floataway Cafe to be executive chef at Ford Fry’s newest project, an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant at in the former Eurasia Bistro spot at 129 East Ponce de Leon in downtown Decatur.
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