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Many African American families in Georgia have roots in the Sea Islands, often expressed through food that revolves around seafood and rice and okra, which were introduced to the Americas from West Africa during the slave trade.
Grab your blender, some ice, and a paper umbrella. Here are seven recipes by Atlanta bartenders to try at home this summer.
"This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and it’s definitely a favorite of our guests," says Varuni Napoli's chef and owner Luca Varuni.
"To me, nothing says comfort food like pasta, and right now, we could all use a little extra comfort," says Ian Winslade, executive chef at Mission + Market in Buckhead.
"This recipe is a great classic dessert," Martinez says, "a childhood memory that's rich and gives a small, sweet escape.”
Chef Zeb Stevenson says this is "the single most requested recipe" at Redbird, his popular Westside Provisions District restaurant that opened last summer. "I don't know if it's because it's vegan, or because it's uber-flexible, or because it's just plain delicious, but guests request it all the time."
“This is the soup that I enjoy eating multiple times a week," says Eddie Hernandez, the chef of Atlanta favorite fast-casual spot Taqueria del Sol. "You can add vegetables that you have on hand, add rice, or even tortilla chips to modify.”