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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.
As the craft cocktail movement has taken off, so-called “zero-proof” cocktails have evolved from slapped-together afterthoughts to well-considered compositions. While most modern-day cocktail barkeeps have the tools, know-how, and creativity to prepare an interesting, nonalcoholic drink on the fly, more establishments are choosing to invest time in developing zero-proof recipes and are dedicating sections of their menu to them.
Looking beyond such fanfare as the opening of Tiny Lou’s and the rise of fast-casual everything, what else happened in the food world this year—and what does it say about Atlanta? We received a few snubs on the national stage, which might suggest that our dining scene is faltering. It could also be that we’re currently stewing on our most promising culinary ideas and talent.
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.
Ticonderoga Club's Paul Calvert and Little Tart Bakeshop's Sarah O'Brien are working to rally Atlanta restaurateurs to support the efforts of those trying to help children who have been detained and separated from their families at the U.S. border.
The Christiane Chronicles: A love-hate relationship with barstools and a healthy appreciation for gravy
It doesn’t matter if there’s an upholstered seat on your farm-style or artsy modern stools; I need something with armrests and a comfortable back. Plus, my favorite kinds of gravy and where to indulge on them 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.