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8Arm chef Maricela Vega will be preparing a dinner on September 16 that weds the techniques and ingredients of ancient and modern Mexico. Her goal is to raise funds for a masa-making machine and, eventually, a brick-and-mortar shop that sells fresh, heirloom masa and tortillas.
The Ponce de Leon Avenue den of cool never stopped being revolutionary. 8Arm's new chef, Maricela Vega, has made it even more deliciously subversive.
As obvious as the physical transformation of Atlanta’s restaurant scene has been, an underground dining revolution is also underway. The latter—waged by chefs hosting pop-up “restaurants” and dinner series, as well as entrepreneurs offering incubating spaces—isn’t as easy to observe as the former. But it’s similarly impressive. In many ways, it’s more impressive.
Maricela Vega's complex "modern Mexican" dishes are often entirely plant-based and always Instagram-worthy. She currently hosts pop-ups at the Spindle and LottaFrutta, and hopes to eventually open a bodega where she can give back to her community.