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The Tippling Point: How craft cocktails made their way onto every menu in Atlanta

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.

Jerry Slater’s next restaurant will be in Athens

H. Harper Station may have closed in April, much to the anguish of local cocktail enthusiasts, but owner Jerry Slater is staying busy with mixology classes, finishing his first book, and looking into a new restaurant.
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What were these 8 Atlanta restaurants almost named?

The culinary equivalent of a first impression, a restaurant’s name is the quickest way to stand out from the competition. Can you figure out what could have been for these 8 Atlanta restaurants?
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The Christiane Chronicles: One Flew South’s first-class service; Napkin no-no’s

I’m certain that no airport restaurant can compare to our very own One Flew South on Concourse E in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. And it might sound petty for a restaurant critic to find fault with an establishment’s napkins, but as any chef will tell you, details matter.
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Technique: One Flew South’s Tiffanie Barriere on making festive punch bowls

Whether you’re planning a formal wedding reception or backyard cookout, a festive bowl of punch can serve as both a striking centerpiece and a tasty thirst-quencher. Tiffanie Barriere’s big-batch concoctions are more refined than the empty-out-the-refrigerator “hunch punch” she’d make for family get-togethers back in Texas.

Breaking down Atlanta’s James Beard Award nominees for 2015

Atlanta scored big on this year’s list of James Beard Award semifinalists with a record number of nominees. Thirteen Atlanta chefs and restaurants made the cut (fourteen, if you count The Grey in Savannah). Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 24.

What’s happening at this year’s Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta is only a couple of weeks away. This year’s food fest, held October 25 through 27 at Tech Square, features samples from more than ninety local restaurants, four stages of cooking demonstrations, a barcraft competition, and a “Taste Revival” kickoff event hosted by Ron Eyester of Rosebud, the Family Dog, and Timone’s.

In the food news this week

Hugh Acheson to open Mexican restaurant
Five and Ten recently moved from South Lumpkin Street to Milledge Avenue in Athens, and Hugh Acheson isn’t wasting any time filling the old spot. He told the Athens Banner-Herald he plans to open a Mexican restaurant called Cinco y Diez, spearheaded by Farm 255 chef Whitney Otawka.

Krog Street Market names seven tenants
Formerly a manufacturing facility and home to Atlanta Stove Works, Krog Street Market aims to open this winter in Inman Park with a variety of eateries. This week, Paces Properties confirmed seven tenants including: a Mex-Tex restaurant by chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Maxey, an American brasserie and bistro called the Luminary by chef Eli Kirshtein, Grand Champion BBQ, the Spotted Trotter, and Pannus Bakery, which will specialize in hispanic and European pastries.

New executive chef at Ecco
Jonathan Beatty, formerly of Davanti Enoteca in Chicago, has replaced Craig Richards as executive chef at Ecco, according to Eater Atlanta.

Bella Cucina closed Virginia-Highland location
Gourmet food store Bella Cucina closed its Virginia-Highland location last week, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Tomorrow's News Today broke the story.) A post on the shop's Facebook page announced that a new retail location will open in the fall, but it did not specify where.

A fractured ankle for Rathbun
In addition to a 4th of July fire at Rathbun’s causing temporary closure of the restaurant, and a power outage at KR SteakBar leading to a 45-minute evacuation on July 5, chef Kevin Rathbun now has a fractured ankle. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Rathbun acquired the injury when he fell through the drop ceiling while assessing fire damage at Rathbun’s.

Roots Juices now open
Hopping on the fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices trend, Roots—a Texas-based company—is now open in the Shops Around Lenox. Atlanta.com reports that this Dtox competitor offers more than 17 types of juices, infused waters, and cleanses, and each 16-ounce juice is comprised of about two to three pounds of fruit and veggies.

Three Taverns Brewery launches
A new source of craft beers in Atlanta, Three Taverns officially launches at Brick Store Pub in Decatur tonight with the introduction of two new brews: Single Intent, a Belgian-style single, and A Night In Brussels IPA, a Belgian-style American I.P.A.

One Flew South named best airport bar
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One Flew South

A godsend for the parched and hungry traveler, Hartsfield-Jackson’s best restaurant features Duane Nutter’s Southern-meets-global cooking (thyme-roasted pork belly, salmon hot pot, pulled duck sandwich) and smart, skillfully made cocktails that aren’t too cutesy or clever.

Duane Nutter’s Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage

Duane Nutter, executive chef, One Flew South, was eight years old when he and his mother left Morgan City, Louisiana—a town of 12,000 built on the petroleum and shrimping industries, about an hour’s drive west of New Orleans—for Seattle, Washington.

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