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Looking back, the top dining news from 2014

It was the year of the city center. With the opening of Buckhead Atlanta, Inman Park’s Krog Street Market, and Alpharetta’s Avalon, restaurants opened in droves. Local chefs got a nod from the James Beard Foundation, a lime shortage caused momentary panic, and one popular pop-up signed on its first brick-and-mortar location. Read on as we remember when.

Looking back, a review of 2013

As the saying goes, you win some, and you lose some. This year we saw famed mixologists leave their longtime outposts, award-winning chefs open new “it” spots, and the restaurant community band together to help one of their own. As we welcome in the new year, we pause to take a look back at what happened in 2013.

Updated Reviews: Woodfire Grill and Abattoir

Monkfish Tail, in the shape of a miniature cornucopia, sits on a small bed of fluffy basmati rice and curried chickpeas. Tikka masala sauce artfully dribbles down one side of the fish into a scarlet pool on the plate. Its synced, grooving flavors—a bass line of cumin and coriander, the smooth phrasing of heavy cream, ginger, and garlic in close harmony—mingle with the meaty swimmer and hum like a Motown chart-topper. A dab of cucumber chutney on the side adds a shimmering falsetto note.

This is what an eight course blood dinner looks like

What began as a conversation on Twitter months ago became an eight course "Blood Dinner" at Livingston last night. Chef Zeb Stevenson brought in the formidable talents of Tyler Williams, Ryan Smith, and Josh Hopkins for a collaborative meal of blood-centric dishes. The menu ranged from classical dishes like pressed squab to futuristic inventions like the "Bloody Pebbles," which were something like the Dippin' Dots of blood. The chefs seemed to be genuinely excited by the challenge and their enthusiasm showed on the plates. Take a look below.

Q&A with Abattoir’s Tyler Williams

ATL Food Chatter: January 3, 2012(To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) Last month, it was announced that Tyler Williams has replaced Joshua Hopkins as the new executive chef at Abattoir, Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s meat-centric Westside restaurant. Williams is a thirty-two-year-old native of Okemos, Michigan, who received his culinary education at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, where his culinary career started at one of the Rose City’s top spots. Williams moved to Atlanta in 2010 to work at Bacchanalia, where he served as sous chef until his appointment to Abattoir.

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