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He Ro arrived in Clarkston as a shy 15-year-old who had spent much of his life in a Karen refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing Burma as a child. Now a 24-year-old oyster shucker at Kimball House, the people at the restaurant have all become his friends. “They all love me."
Vanessa Toro launched her clothing brand, Rabble & Rouse, in 2015 with the tagline “Give all the damns.” Her T-shirts make bold statements with phrases like “Be vigilant, not afraid” and “All we have is each other.” Toro herself is regularly stopped on the street for her jet-black pixie cut, signature red lip, and flair for pairing colors and prints.
The firm Vivian Bencich founded with her husband John in 2001, Square Feet Studio, won first place in Contract magazine’s 2016 Inspiration Awards for work on Staplehouse. It was the first national honor for the growing firm of 11, whose portfolio ranges from the industrial sophistication of departed Abattoir to cozy Kimball House and a colorful, rambunctious Mellow Mushroom in Decatur.
Community Farmers Markets—a nonprofit network that likely includes at least one of your favorite Atlanta farmers markets—is hosting its inaugural Red Clay Soirée fundraising gala on Friday, November 10. The event will feature chefs from Kimball House, 8 Arm, the General Muir, Rising Sun, El Super Pan, and other favorite Atlanta restaurants.
Sunday’s Landlocked Oyster Fest is the first of its kind put on by nonprofit Oyster South and will benefit the University of Georgia's Shellfish Research Lab. Chefs such as Staplehouse's Ryan Smith and Southern Soufflé blogger Erika Council will partner with farmers to present oysters on the half shell dressed up with various accoutrements at Color Wheel Studios in Decatur.
This restaurant and bar, which will take over the former Luminary space, is the second for Matt Christison, Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley, and Jesse Smith. They hope to open in 2018.
Bonanza isn’t just the title of the 1960s television series with Michael Landon as “Little Joe.” It’s also the name of the 600-square-foot private dining room inside Decatur’s popular Kimball House restaurant.
I worry the classic Manhattan is going the way of the martini: another opportunity for barkeeps to futz around with annoying techniques and show-offish ingredients. Plus: In previous decades, chefs had to be Japanese if they wanted customers to take their sushi seriously. They had to be born in Spain to attempt paella. This attitude seems quaint in an era when scholarly approach trumps birthright.
I can get over menu misspellings and pretentious cliches, but what’s starting to irk me are the restaurants that distribute separate sheets for everything. Plus, finally, Southern oysters are finally getting recognized as the pearls they are.