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Best of Atlanta 2018: Food & Drink

The best of Atlanta's food and drink in 2018, including best new restaurant, new chef, zero-proof cocktail, healthy food, date restaurant, and more.

My Style: Allie Bashuk, cofounder of Dream Warriors Foundation

Whether Allie Bashuk is working to empower women and nonbinary individuals through her nonprofit, Dream Warriors Foundation; producing large-scale event installations as codirector of Brutal Studio; or bringing the city’s artists together as a director at the Goat Farm Arts Center, this creative powerhouse is helping foster culture and community in Atlanta.
Shay Lavi

Why Israeli grillmaster Shay Lavi is an Atlanta chef to watch

Shay Lavi is a master behind the grill, where proteins make up only about 30 percent of his impressive, vegetable-laden spreads. Now, the catering chef plans to open his own cafe downtown.

Staplehouse’s tasting menu is back—and it’s a bigger deal than you think

Staplehouse might have been ahead of its time when it introduced its tasting-menu format in 2015. But his time around, Atlanta is more ready for it than ever.
Sushi House Hayakawa

This year’s James Beard semifinalists look a little different—and Atlanta gets multiple nods

The James Beard Foundation's 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists include seven Atlanta-based chefs and three elsewhere in Georgia received nominations. If you look closer at the list, you'll notice a trend: Seven of these ten chefs are people of color.
Cocktail Commons

This Staplehouse bartender and his wife want to help you build a snazzy home bar

Ben and Maddie Richardson launched their online shop, Cocktail Commons, in 2016 after their house started to get “a bit crowded” with antique cocktail glasses that Ben, a Staplehouse bartender, kept acquiring while thrifting. Now, the husband-wife duo’s inventory ranges from etched Prohibition-era crystal to kitschy midcentury tumblers.
Vanessa Toro

My Style: Vanessa Toro, founder of Rabble & Rouse

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.

Square Feet Studio

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.
Landlocked Oyster Fest

Taste oysters from all over the South this weekend—and help Georgia’s local industry

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.
Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: Can we please use our inside voices at restaurants?

Quiet dining rooms are pretty much out of vogue. How many times have you crossed the threshold of a restaurant only to be assaulted by a racket resembling that of a colony of monkeys at the zoo?

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