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As co-owner and beverage director of Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits and Kimball House, it's no wonder Miles Macquarrie's basement kitchen is a cozy bar and test lab for his drink recipes.
For the first time ever, Atlanta has not one but two local establishments on the shortlist of five finalists for the James Beard Outstanding Beverage Program award: Ticonderoga Club and Kimball House. Paul Calvert and Miles Macquarrie take us on a tour of their backbars.
Kimball House is a tough act to follow, but its owners have created something similarly remarkable with Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits. Daniel Chance's seafood is quality, Miles Macquarrie’s cocktails are badass, and the restaurant has abundant style.
Ten years ago, barkeep Greg Best couldn’t even get his hands on a reliable supply of decent vermouth. In 2008, the craft cocktail renaissance that started in New York City started to make its way to Atlanta. Now, cocktail culture has proliferated with such fervor that you can find almost any creation in Atlanta.
“With the cocktail renaissance came a bent towards stirred, boozy drinks,” says Greg Best. “But Manhattans and martinis aren’t what we want to drink on a regular basis.” Enter the Suppressor.
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.
Steven Satterfield, Anne Quatrano, Kevin Gillespie, and more will promote sustainability at the Chefs Collaborative Summit
Chefs, farmers, and purveyors from around the country are teaming up to promote food sustainability at the Chefs Collaborative 8th Annual Summit this weekend in Atlanta. Miller Union owner and chef Steven Satterfield is this year’s host committee leader, working with notable ATL chefs like Anne Quatrano, Hugh Acheson, and Kevin Gillespie.
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.
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