QUICK BITES: Food news roundup 9-14
Wild Heaven Bee's got a new brew, Pop-up alert, and more
Hold it down, ATL. Wild Heaven Beer in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Stadium created ATL Pale Ale. The light, crisp 5% brew officially launches Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Atlanta Falcons home opener against the Carolina Panthers. 16 oz. $5 cans will roll out to the general public later this fall with Bart Sasso’s iconic foam hand donning the vessels.
Chef Craig Richards worked his last service as executive chef at St. Cecilia last week. He also served as Vice President of Culinary Operations for Ford Fry Restaurants. You can now find him at Hampton + Hudson in Inman Quarter. He joined a culinary partnership with owner Billy Streck and will be working on forthcoming projects as well as at the helm of the kitchen.
Former Culinary Director at Linton Hopkins’ Resurgens Hospitality Group, Damon Wise has joined Ford Fry Restaurants as a vice president of culinary operations and in the kitchen at Buckhead’s St. Cecilia.
Pop-up alert: The Plate Sale (Mike Sheats, Shyretha Sheats, Shay Lavi) will be back at Amano (587 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE.) this weekend. It’s first come, first served for the a la carte menu on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 6-9 p.m.
Long awaited restaurant Banshee from former Wrecking Bar manager Katie McDonald and Peter Chvala, Faielle Stocco, and Nolan Wynn, formerly of Ford fry Restaurants is set to open next week. After a series of pop-ups, it officially opens Tues., Sept. 18 in East Atlanta Village at 1271 Glenwood Ave. S.E.
Southern Souffle’s Erika Council will be making those bombass biscuits at B’s Cracklin BBQ (2061 Main St.) Sat., Sept. 22. Line forms at 9 a.m.
According to his website, Beltline visionary Ryan Gravel is opening a restaurant next Spring/Summer in the basement of the Telephone Factory Lofts along the Eastside Trail. Aftercar, he describes as “a retro-future-Beltline-social-house,” will be next to his non-profit Generator with a shared mission and a funding source.
Mark your calendars for Les Dame’s d’ Escoffier Atlanta Chapter’s 18th annual Afternoon in the Country. On Sun., Nov. 4 some of Atlanta’s best restaurants pair with farms for tastings, alongside fine wine, beer, silent auction, and a cake raffle featuring desserts from Atlanta’s best pastry chefs. (https://www.ldeiatlanta.org/afternoon-in-the-country/)
Shucking News — Landlocked is back for a second year. The all day celebration of the Southern oyster from the team behind Oyster South is on Sun., Oct. 21 from 3-7 p.m. at Color Wheel Studios (508 E. Howard Ave.) More than 25 oyster farmers will be shucking their beauties along with more than 15 chefs cooking with oysters, bartenders mixing cocktails, and serving craft beer and wine. We’ve purchased our tickets! Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3593507.
Gesondheid! (That’s “cheers” in Afrikaans.) The first South African restaurant in the United States opened its doors in Atlanta in 1998. For 20 years Justin Anthony has been serving food from his motherland at 10 Degrees South (4183 Roswell Road). “We took the best of every culture and made a menu,” says Anthony. Along with the flagship restaurant, True Story Brands includes Yebo Beach Haus, Cape Dutch, and Biltong Bar. To celebrate, 10 Degrees South will be offering 20 percent off all food purchases at dinner from Mon.-Wed., Sept. 17–19.
Attention whisky/whiskey lovers! ASW Distillery is throwing a peat party to celebrate the launch of their newest bottle, a heavily peated single malt head distiller Justin Manglitz calls Tire Fire. On Sat., Sept. 22 Kevin Ouzts from Spotter Trotter will be cooking over live fire; Honeysuckle Gelato will have pints of their Bourbon Pecan Praline made with ASW Fiddler; specialty cocktails will be available; and a dunk tank competition with proceeds benefitting Giving Kitchen. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/atls-1st-peat-party-dunk-tank-release-of-tire-fire- peated-single-malt-tickets-49552072583.
Want to test your wine tasting skills along with some of Atlanta’s most knowledgeable sommeliers? On Mon., Sept. 24 City Winery holds Taste of Atlanta: Atlanta’s Best Sommelier competition. Emcee for the evening it the dynamic Eric Crane (Empire Distributors). He and an elite group of judges will assess and evaluate contestants through service, blind tasting, and theory as guests taste through small bites from chef Nick Anderson and pairings from beverage director J.R. Smith. http://www.tasteofatlanta.com/somm.php.
Also at City Winery on the evening of Mon., Sept. 24--multicourse benefit dinner Barrel of Chefs. 12 of Atlanta’s most lauded chefs like (Nick Leahy (AIX), Andre Gomez (Porch Light), Andy Gonzales (Steinbeck’s), and Sam Herndon (Hugh Acheson Restaurants) cook five courses with all proceeds benefitting Giving Kitchen. Also, beer from Second Self brewery, Dancing Goats Coffee, and hand selected City Winery wines by Atlanta winemaker Travis Green. https://citywinery.com/atlanta/barrel-of-chefs-benefiting-the-giving-kitchen-9-24- 18.html/