Monthly Archives: August 2017

Home for Dinner: Victoria Camblin, editor and artistic director of Art Papers

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Stacks of paper—handwritten notes crammed onto a much-loved lined notebook, last Sunday’s New York Times, and a copy of André Masson and the Surrealist Self—cover Victoria Camblin’s midcentury modern dining table. Her schedule is just as chock-full. “I have so much to do I can’t possibly go out to a restaurant, but somehow taking time for a dinner at home is excusable if done under the specter of productivity,” says 33-year-old Camblin, who is the editor and artistic director of Art Papers, a nonprofit and a quarterly magazine that supports and examines contemporary art and culture. She often invites like-minded ...

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Steamed and Spicy Stuff Piques Tom Sietsema’s Interest at Q by Peter Chang

Source: Eater DC

What the critics are saying this week

Q by Peter Chang

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema crowns seasoned restaurateur Peter Chang’s new Chinese restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland with 2.5 stars (“good/excellent”). One of the “many fresh ideas” being served in the expansive dining room is the beautifully presented jade tofu bolstered by scallion puree and prawn. Sietsema also gives a shout out to a globe-shaped scallion bubble pancake, a crowd favorite that releases a cloud of steam when pierced with a chopstick. Another highlight is the foil-tipped cumin lamb chops, stir-fried in a wok; he warns diners to ...

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Georgia’s new liquor law means direct sales and cocktails at distilleries

ASW Distillery’s Fiddler Bourbon using charred staves of Georgia white oak. Photo courtesy of ASW Distillery

On Fri., Sept. 1, Georgia will wake up to a day 82 years in the making. It’s the day Senate Bill 85 (SB 85) becomes law and allows Georgia’s 14 active distilleries to sell their spirits directly to the consumer from their tasting rooms.

The state’s distilleries have been denied direct sales of any kind to consumers. The previous law limited them to offering only three, half-ounce samples of their spirits per person. To purchase a bottle of spirits from the tasting room, visitors first had to pay for and attend a tour of the distillery. Providing distillery guests with cocktails was forbidden by law without an event permit. The antiquated liquor laws had remained unchanged since the state repealed Prohibition in 1935 and made it difficult for Georgia’s distilleries to turn a profit, let alone stay in business.

Under the new law which takes effect at midnight on Friday, visitors to any Georgia distillery can purchase up to three 750 ml bottles, simple cocktails (if offered) and unlimited full-ounce samples without the need to purchase a tour first. The enactment of SB 85 on Friday could be transformative for Georgia’s spirits makers.

The AJC Bar Scene spoke with three Atlanta distilleries regarding what the new law will mean for the future of their businesses and what guests can expect going forward.

Georgia’s new liquor law means direct sales and cocktails at distilleries

The Old Fashioned at Southbound with Independent Distilling Co.’s Hellbender bourbon. Photo by Julie Hunter Photography.

Michael Anderson, Independent Distilling Company (corn whiskey, bourbon, white rum)
“The cocktail aspect [of SB 85] allows us to showcase what our spirits can do. With our white rum, for example, I can give you a half-ounce sample neat to try and tell you how great it is in a classic daiquiri or I can serve you the actual cocktail and make you a believer.”

“From a business standpoint, the new law provides us with a revenue opportunity that will allow us to grow our production, add staff and grow our reach in the marketplace. As with any business, cash flow is our lifeblood, and when you are putting spirits in barrels to age, that is even more critical to our operations.”

Independent Distilling will offer bottles for sale in their tasting room as well as samples of their spirits and a few select cocktails beginning Sept. 1.

731 E. College Ave. Decatur. 678-576-3804, Tasting room and tour hours: Thursday – Friday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Georgia’s new liquor law means direct sales and cocktails at distilleries

Old Fourth’s Lawn Dart is a vodka-based liqueur is vapor-infused with lemon peels and cold-pressed ginger juice. Photo courtesy of Old Fourth Distillery

Craig Moore, Old 4th Distillery (vodka, gin, ginger-lemon liqueur)
“We will have the ability to offer a wider variety of tour packages and will most likely offer a rotating menu of cocktails on tap. It is difficult to know how consumers will change their purchasing habits [with SB 85] but we are hopeful we can encourage more tour attendees to grab a bottle or two on their way out.”

According to estimates from the American Distilling Institute, Moore says the average Georgia distillery will need to sell approximately 30 percent of their products from direct sales to see a profit.

“We are hopeful with the laws changing in our favor coupled with the pending release of our bourbon we can set ourselves on a path toward profitability and long-term sustainability. The new location [Decatur Street] looks to play a pivotal role in those plans.   

The distillery has procured property at 536 Decatur Street and plans to expand its bottling operations and provide the public with a gathering spot and event space.

“Be on the lookout for new tour and cocktail offerings at our Edgewood location. Tour and cocktail hours should change in the coming months.”  

487 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 844-653-3687, Bottles can be purchased Monday – Saturday, 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tasting room and tours: Thursday – Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Georgia’s new liquor law means direct sales and cocktails at distilleries

ASW Distillery’s Duality Double Malt, Resurgens Rye, Fiddler Bourbon. Photo courtesy of ASW Distillery

Jim Chasteen, ASW Distillery (white whiskey, bourbon, rye, apple brandy, single malt)
“The educational component for distilleries (even with the new law) will still be a huge part of the experience. The tours are incredibly important to understanding a distillery’s spirits and how they are made. We’re going to be able to engage with consumers longer and in greater depth and offer them a real experience beyond the tour now.”

Chasteen is the incoming president of the Georgia Distillers Association and says he is proud of what distillers have accomplished under the state’s former liquor laws which were some of the toughest in the nation.

“This law is absolutely transformative for distilleries. It opens up so many possibilities and that includes the ability to actually make a profit.”

Like Anderson and Moore, Chasteen says ASW will continue to evaluate how the law will affect the guest experience and adjust its tours and hours accordingly. He says ASW will be ready on Friday to sell bottles from their tasting room and samples of their spirits.

“Come have a cocktail with us on Friday to celebrate.”

On Sat., Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ASW Distillery will be unveiling their new Fall cocktail program to include classics like the Old Fashioned and Sazerac using Atlanta’s 18.21 Bitters. In addition, 25 percent of the proceeds from Saturday’s tours, cocktail and bottle sales and the Terminus City BBQ pop-up will be donated to the American Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

199 Armour Dr. NE, Ste C, Atlanta. 404-590-2279, Tasting room and tours: Thursday – Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, tasting room, tours, Kevin Gillespie’s Terminus City BBQ pop-up, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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Georgia’s new liquor law means direct sales and cocktails at distilleries

Louche Celeb Chef Todd English Plots Yet Another Food Hall

Source: Eater NY

The Chelsea project will have Asian, Mediterranean, and European fare

Is another Todd English food hall on the way? Looks that way, according to DNAinfo, which reports that the bad boy celebrity chef is looking to open one in the old Il Bastardo space at 191 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea.

English’s reps confirm to DNAinfo that English is looking into the space for a food hall with coffee, breads, pastries, cold-pressed juice, and Asian, Mediterranean, and European fare. He’ll be looking to serve alcohol too, but getting a liquor license in that space has previously been problematic for others.


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Taria Camerino Is IN as Culinary Director at Golden Eagle and Muchacho

Source: Eater Atlanta

Camerino will also oversee the kitchen at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Taria Camerino will oversee the kitchen as culinary director at Golden Eagle and Muchacho, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall owner Michael Lennox’s forthcoming Reynoldstown restaurants. Camerino’s duties in the position also include leading the staff at Ladybird, according to a Thursday announcement.

Camerino has an impressive track record as a pastry chef. She previously owned Sugar Coated Radical and has overseen pastry programs for Ford Fry Restaurants and Linton Hopkins’s Resurgens Hospitality Group. She was also on the opening team at Tate Modern in London.

In ...

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It matters what our presidents eat

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Adrian MillerPhotograph courtesy of UNC Press What our presidents eat says a lot about their tastes, but also about our times. In 1939, FDR served hot dogs to King George VI. (Bold move.) And President Obama once slurped on $6 pork noodle soup with Anthony Bourdain. (Hip move.) Adrian Miller, author of the James Beard Award-winning Soul Food who worked in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, has written a new book on just this topic called The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the ...

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Underground Tokyo Record Bar Blasts the Beats Starting Tonight

Source: Eater NY

With Japanese food and drink

Air’s Champagne Parlor in Greenwich Village will have a secret downstairs bar starting tonight, one where record music blasts over the speakers accompanied by sake cocktails and an izakaya-style set menu. Tokyo Record Bar is owner Ariel Arce’s downtown New York take on a genre of record bars in Tokyo, where thousands of records line the wall alongside impressive whiskey collections.

It’s inspired by Tokyo but not intended to be an exact replica of the ones in Japan. Here, diners each choose a song that will create a custom vinyl playlist nightly. It will ...

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Sneak Preview: October Classes at COOK

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Tomorrow, the October schedule for classes at COOK goes live. And they’ve got another packed month, with everyone from Bistro La Minette’s Kenny Bush and Damon Menapace from Kensington Quarters to the crews from Stockyard, Scarpetta and Fork.

As always, the best classes fill up fast. But you folks are getting an early look. So plan your schedule, make your choices and be ready to hit COOK’s website at 2 p.m. tomorrow with your credit card in hand.

October Classes at COOK

October 4: Lebanese Please! with Frances Vavloukis
October 5: Bouchon La Minette with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La ...

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A New Brooklyn Gallery Gives Chefs a Stage to Experiment

Source: Grub Street NY

All chefs must balance their creative impulses with the harsh reality of doing business in New York, which starts with finding a space and paying astronomical rent. A pop-up gallery meets café in Park Slope, named Wifey, aims to shine a light on that struggle for the city’s creative …

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Where to Eat and Drink in Fishtown

Source: Eater Philly

With a side of Kensington

Named for its once-booming shad industry, this historically working class ‘hood is a case study in the more palatable side of gentrification. Stalwarts like Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s paved the way for an influx of culinary talent to move north, making for a neighborhood that’s shed its blue collar roots in favor of a thriving eating and drinking scene.

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Rachael Ray’s Foundation Donated $1 Million to Help the Pets Displaced by Harvey

Source: Grub Street NY

Veteran dog chef Rachael Ray is making sure there’s enough support for all of Harvey’s furry victims. Estimates right now vary, but by Monday, large cities like San Antonio say they’d already taken in hundreds of displaced pets, some of which are being sent to shelters as far …

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You Can Finally Get a Drink at The Porch at 30th Street Station

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

The Porch at 30th Street Station/Facebook

It’s been a big summer for beer gardens in Philly, with nearly 40 pop-ups and other spots in the city and the suburbs serving up al fresco sips this year. We’ve seen the good — the trend spread to new neighborhoods by local business owners who present the beer garden concept as a family-friendly community gathering space. We’ve also seen the bad — like drunken fisticuffs (and a subsequent shutdown) at the Comcast Center’s Center City Sips location.

But now, a little more good outdoor drinking news to close out the season: The Porch ...

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Eater’s Labor Day Brunch Guide

Source: Eater DC

Here’s who’s serving brunch this Monday

Summer’s farewell weekend is right around the corner and many people have the luxury of extending the celebrations through Monday. For those lucky folks, restaurants are offering a rare weekday brunch on September 4. After all, a long weekend just wouldn’t be complete without mimosas on a Monday.

Eater is keeping track of the brunch options, organized here by neighborhood, with more than 40 options from which to choose. Offering brunch service on Monday? Send details to

–Updated by Tierney Plumb

Atlas District

DC Harvest

Fare Well


El Camino

Capitol Hill



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Zabar Family Plans to Open Its Craft Beer Bar in Chinatown

Source: Eater NY

The Zabar family is expanding the empire

The Zabar family may be opening a second location of its craft beer bar Eli’s Night Shift in Chinatown — an offshoot of an expanding father-son empire that includes Eli’s-branded markets and bars but not the famed UWS Zabar’s grocery store.

The new Eli’s Night Shift would be located at 54 Mulberry Street, according to Bowery Boogie. It’s a follow-up from the Upper East Side original outpost that Eli, 73, and son Oliver Zabar, 25, opened in 2015.

This follows news that the father-son duo are planning an all-day bakery and ...

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How New York Restaurants Are Pitching In on Harvey Relief Efforts

Source: Eater NY

Here’s how to help

Last weekend, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, largely affecting the Rockport, Port Aransas, and Houston areas. To aid in recovery efforts, New York area restaurants are doing their part to raise money for those affected.

Know of other New York restaurants and bars helping? Let Eater know through the tipline or in the comments below.

  • All the restaurants in the Blue Ribbon family will be donating 10 percent of their sales today, August 31. All proceeds will go to Feeding Texas.
  • Ravi DeRossi’s politically-charged bar Coup is hosting a party in partnership with the ...

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Get Ready for ‘Organic’ Doritos

Source: Grub Street NY

USDA-certified organic Cheetos and Doritos may sound like something out of the next dystopian Margaret Atwood novel, but the future of Whole Foods–friendly junk food is actually here now in the form of Frito-Lay’s latest snack line, Simply. Parent company PepsiCo has been on an all-natural kick for a …

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (8.31.2017-9.3.2017)

Source: Brightest Young Things DC

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re getting the fuck outta dodge, and/or holing up at many boozy BBQs, but if not, you’ve got plenty of things to look forward to the next couple of days! I’m also going to treat this as though you are like me, and holiday weekends mean next to nothing; […]

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Even the kitchen sink is for sale at Brio

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Brio Buckhead is now closed . / AJC file photo

One Italian chain restaurant’s loss could be your gain.

The Brio Tuscan Grille location at 2964 Peachtree Road NW in Buckhead closed its doors earlier this month, and everything in the restaurant is up for auction through 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Items start at $1 and have no reserves. Depending on how competitive the auction gets, winning bidders could walk away with furniture, fixtures and professional-grade kitchen equipment for well below retail value, resulting in “the Wild West of online auctions,” according to a press release.

A ...

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