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A preview of Gunshow

Plenty has already been written about the controversial name of Kevin Gillespie’s forthcoming restaurant, Gunshow. Despite some objections, he decided to keep the name as a tribute to his father, who worked seven days a week to feed his family, yet would make time to occasionally visit a gun show on Sundays with his son. Gillespie dreamed up the Gunshow concept after hearing from his mother that his pop never quite felt comfortable dining at Woodfire Grill (where Gillespie worked for nine years).

Atlanta’s 13 most anticipated restaurants for 2013

We reviewed 2012 a couple weeks back. What will 2013 bring? Here are the thirteen restaurants we're most anticipating:

Kevin Gillespie discusses Fire in My Belly

Kevin Gillespie's first cookbook, Fire in My Belly, came out earlier this week. Back when we announced that Gillespie would be leaving Woodfire Grill, I mentioned that the cookbook was a part of a plan for Gillespie to reinvent his career: leaving the restaurant that he made his name with and opening up a new one, Gunshow, that intends to be radically different from the table-linen fine dining experience at Woodfire.

Kevin Gillespie to leave Woodfire Grill, E.J. Hodgkinson named executive chef

Woodfire Grill announced today that chef Kevin Gillespie will be leaving at the end of the year to open a new restaurant. In his place, Chef de Cuisine E.J. Hodgkinson has been promoted to the position of executive chef. Earlier this year, Gillespie left his role as co-owner at Woodfire to focus more on two upcoming cookbooks "and other ventures," which led to some speculation about his plans to leave the restaurant.

White Oak Pastures to open restaurant on farm

White Oak Pastures, the pioneering sustainable farm based near Bluffton, GA, will open a restaurant on the farm this weekend. To kick off the establishment’s opening week, Woodfire Grill chef and Top Chef celebrity Kevin Gillespie will be cooking a dinner sourced entirely from the farm’s grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, ducks, turkey, rabbits, and organic vegetables.

The 13 most anticipated restaurants of 2013

Last year, Richard Blais got back in the kitchen with the Spence, Fifth Group opened a sustainable seafood spot (Lure), and the Optimist was named “Restaurant of the Year” by Esquire Magazine. Giovanni Di Palma drafted plans for a miniature Little Italy near Georgia Tech (see Bar Antico below), Shaun Doty got into the fast-casual chicken market with the opening of Bantam and Biddy, and numerous local chefs appeared on Chopped.

Kevin Gillespie’s Warm Banana Pudding with Meringue

Born and raised about forty miles south of Atlanta in Locust Grove, Woodfire Grill's Kevin Gillespie learned to cook by watching his paternal grandmother prepare gargantuan smorgasbords of humble South Carolina Appalachian fare for an army of relatives who wandered in and out of her house daily.

Checking in with Kevin Gillespie

I caught up with Woodfire Grill's Kevin Gillespie during his recent demo at Piedmont Park's Greenmarket and quizzed him about his thoughts on the spate the restaurant closings, his plans for future projects and some of his favorite spots around town.

Kevin Gillespie now thinking of barbecue and ice cream

Talented, tattooed Kevin Gillespie is still plotting his barbecue restaurant (the potential space near Woodfire Grill fell through) and is now thinking the restaurant will specialize in both barbecue and ice cream.

Eating Around: Frank Ski Celebrity Wine Tasting, Kevin’s Green Market demo, and more

Every week, we give you a detailed calendar of upcoming dining events to help you navigate the weekend’s culinary festivities. Friday, December 11 HANUKKAH AT ALON’S The Jewish Festival of Lights begins at sundown today, and to help celebrate, Alon’s will offer traditional noshes during the holiday season, including braised beef brisket, potato latkes, noodle kugel, rugelach, and M

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