Get to know the executive pastry chef behind some of North Fulton’s tastiest desserts

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kelly Lovett is the executive pastry chef for RO Hospitality. Photo by Shannon Sturgis of StarChefs.

Kelly Lovett, 35, is the executive pastry chef for RO Hospitality, overseeing the pastry programs at Table & Main and Osteria Mattone, as well as the restaurant group’s third concept, Coalition Food and Beverage, slated to open this spring.

Lovett began her culinary career at age 19, but the Georgia native’s desire to cook started long before then. She grew up in a French-Italian family that holds a deep love for food. Her French grandmother always had something bubbling on the stove and Lovett ...

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Several metro Atlanta products named Flavor of Georgia 2018 finalists

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

CalyRoad Creamery owner, Robin Schick forms tube shapes of cheese for the final stages before wrapping the product at the facility. (Chris Hunt/Special)

Several products from metro Atlanta producers are in the running for a statewide food award.

33 products were selected as finalists for the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest set for March 20 in Atlanta. The final round of judging will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Week celebration March 19-23.

The annual contest, held since 2007, showcases tasty, innovative, market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products made ...

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These 12 cocktails from Himitsu are inspired by the Japanese zodiac

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Shingo Gokan / Photo by Justin Driscoll

As he shakes a Tokyo gin fizz behind Himitsu’s illuminated copper-topped bar, Shingo Gokan tells the drink’s backstory. This is just part of the alchemy he performs behind the stick inside the swanky speakeasy. Most cocktail menus change seasonally, but Gokan’s new one shines a light on the Japanese zodiac, taking imbibers on a celestial cocktail journey with 12 drinks.

A journey is what Gokan is all about these days. He describes himself as a “well-traveled bartender” and has made a name for himself in bars and cocktail competitions around the globe. In ...

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Forthcoming restaurant from O4W Pizza owner gets a name

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

O4W’s Grandma Pie. / Photo Credit- Mia Yakel

The highly-anticipated restaurant from O4W Pizza owner Anthony Spina finally has a name.

Nina + Rafi will mark the return of Spina’s pizza to Old Fourth Ward after he closed Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location in Duluth.

Spina is joining forces with Atlanta restaurateur Billy Streck, owner of intown eateries Cypress Street Pint + Plate and Hampton + Hudson, on the venture, which will be located in mixed-use development Studioplex at 659 Auburn Ave. NE, just a few ...

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Westview Pop-Up Koinonia Coffee ATL Hopes to Become Permanent

Source: Eater Atlanta

Lattes, espresso drinks, and scones popping up at D Cafe and Catering

A new pop-up called Koinonia Coffee ATL [koy-nohn-ee’-ah] in the Westview neighborhood is hoping to become a permanent fixture at D Cafe and Catering—if there’s enough interest from residents. The family-owned and operated cafe located at 1550 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard opened in 2009 and is known for its breakfast and lunch fare.

Koinonia Coffee ATL founder and Westview resident, Eduardo Lowe, had been speaking with D Cafe’s owner Devotis Lee about adding a coffee program to her restaurant. He then opened the discussion up to the ...

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Pinewood Forrest’s first restaurant will feel “like you’re going to a friend’s house for dinner”

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Fried oyster “Welcome Snack” by Pinewood’s future restaurant BraisePhotograph by Betsy Riley Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy may be the chief backer behind Fayetteville’s Pinewood Forrest—not to mention the neighboring Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the largest purpose-built studio complex in North America, outside of L.A.—but don’t drive around this new live-work-play development looking for a fast-food chicken sandwich. In fact, don’t drive through at all. Pinewood’s proposed 1,300 residences, 25-acre town center, wellness center, and performing arts center can all be reached within a ten-minute stroll along broad sidewalks. The wooded hiking trail that surrounds the village traces a neat 5k. Pinewood ...

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O4W Pizza’s New Eastside Beltline Restaurant Finally Has a Name

Source: Eater Atlanta

O4W Pizza’s Anthony Spina and restaurateur Billy Streck have named their new restaurant Nina & Rafi

O4W Pizza’s Anthony Spina and restaurateur Billy Streck (Hampton + Hudson, Cypress Street Pint & Plate) have named their forthcoming (and highly-anticipated) restaurant Nina & Rafi. The restaurant is named in honor of their grandmothers. Fitting, as Spina’s most popular pizza happens to be the grandma pie.

Nina & Rafi will be located at 659 Auburn Avenue NE at the newly-expanded Studioplex development in the Old Fourth Ward. The entrance to the new restaurant will open up onto the Eastside BeltLine trail. ...

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Local Musicians Will Take the Stage at Dad’s Coffee Bar in Decatur

Source: Eater Atlanta

Dad’s Coffee Bar will serve as a coffee shop and outlet for local musicians

Dad’s Coffee Bar, a coffee shop and live music venue, is opening at 240 Dekalb Industrial Way just east of downtown Decatur. Owner Jason Waller plans to open later this spring.

Waller told Eater Atlanta he is closing soon on a small business loan and expects the buildout on the property to begin shortly.

Dad’s Coffee Bar will include a coffee shop (with wifi) and serve as an intimate live music venue for local musicians, poets, and spoken word artists. Waller said the premise behind Dad’s ...

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Celebrate National Margarita Day with these metro Atlanta deals and events

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On the Border is offering deals on its house margarita / Photo courtesy of On the Border

We love a holiday we can raise a glass to. Thursday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day, and lots of places in town are helping you celebrate with deals, specials and events:

Deals

Babalu Tapas & Tacos: The Midtown spot will offer its Baba-Rita — made with Patron Silver tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed sour mix, POM and triple sec — for $7 through Feb. 25.

33 Peachtree Place NE, Atlanta. 404-900-9595, eatbabalu.com/

 

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Two Atlanta Chefs Opening Restaurant in Fayette County’s Pinewood Forest

Source: Eater Atlanta

Bacchanalia chef Tanya Jimenez and husband chef Michael Le will open Braise in 2019

Fayette County’s Pinewood Forest development across from Pinewood Movie Studios announced its first restaurant tenant on Monday. Braise will be located in the Village Square and expects to open in late 2019.

Chef Tanya Jimenez and her husband and fellow chef Michael Le are planning a menu mixed with European, New American, and Asian influences. Jimenez will lead the kitchen while Le runs the day-to-day operations.

Jimenez and Le are no strangers to Atlanta’s dining scene. After working for chef Gordon Ramsay in New York City ...

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One Midtown Kitchen Closing Next Month

Source: Eater Atlanta

The restaurant is closing its doors after 16 years in Midtown

One Midtown Kitchen located at 559 Dutch Valley Road NE on the edge of Piedmont Park in Midtown is closing on March 4 after 16 years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first broke the news of the restaurant’s closure on Tuesday afternoon.

Concentrics Restaurants, who own One Midtown as well as Parish, Two Urban Licks, Allora, Tap, Room at Twelve, and Molly B’s at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, released the following statement:

“In the spirit of being passionate pioneers in the restaurant and hospitality industry and always working to be ...

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EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The interior of One Midtown Kitchen / Photo courtesy of One Midtown Kitchen

A longtime Midtown eatery is closing its doors next month.

One Midtown Kitchen will close at 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE on March 4, according to a statement released by Concentrics Restaurants.

“In the spirit of being passionate pioneers in the restaurant and hospitality industry and always working to be at the forefront of trends, we are announcing that the ONE. midtown kitchen brand will be retiring on March 4, 2018 to allow us to focus on new and exciting concepts in Atlanta and across the country. ...

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The Latest Update on Four Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Source: Eater Atlanta

Find out what’s happening with Full Commission, Watchman’s Seafood, LLoyd’s, and Wild Heaven Beer-West End

Full Commission in Grant Park
The buildout for the restaurant Full Commission in Grant Park’s Larkin on Memorial development is now underway. Owner David Traxler told Eater Atlanta he still expects to open in April. Full Commission plans to be open all day (think Bread & Butterfly) and will serve Southern-inspired small plates, coffee, craft beer, and cocktails. Neighbors in the complex include Grant Park Market, Ramen Station, and Firepit Pizza Tavern.

Watchman’s from the Kimball House team
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Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chefs Tanya Jimenez and Michael Le

A high-profile mixed-use development that has the allure of being next to one of the biggest movie studios in the country has announced details about its first restaurant tenant.

Set to open in south metro Atlanta in Pinewood Forest in late 2019, Braise will serve up a menu of dishes with European, New American, Asian and Southern influences.

Behind the eatery are husband and wife Chefs Tanya Jiminez and Michael Le, who will develop dishes using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. Jimenez, who will lead the kitchen, and Le, who will handle day-to-day operations, ...

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Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express / Photo by Wyatt Williams

Dish of the Week: Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express

By Wyatt Williams

The Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta is a food hall of underdogs, a shoe-string operation with a handful of first-time restaurateurs chasing their culinary dreams. When you step inside for lunch these days, it is chef Amal Alaoui’s face, wrapped in a head scarf, that you’ll likely see first. Her one-woman operation Marrakech Express is at the front of the room, where she sells simple lunch plates made with the techniques that she learned in Morocco. She ...

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Breakfast Is Now Served at the Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Que’osk

Source: Eater Atlanta

Plus, a farm-fresh restaurant opens this week in Riverside and more local coffee for Grant Park

Breakfast is served at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Queosk
Breakfast is officially served at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s Que’osk at 120 Ottley Drive in Armour Yards. The brothers Fox announced their intention to begin serving breakfast from their Piedmont Heights outpost in January. The biscuit-centric menu includes those simply made with jam and butter to cured ham, Cajun mustard, and cheddar cheese to a cream cheese buttermilk biscuit topped with smoked brisket gravy. Breakfast is Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. [Facebook]

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Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Hello Kitty cafe truck rolls into town this weekend. Photo credit: FWD PR.

Brunchfest in Piedmont Park. The Hello Kitty Cafc truck rolls into Midtown with goodies. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Saturday, Feb. 24: A cafe on wheels, or rather, the Hello Kitty Cafe truck, will roll into town to sell Hello Kitty boxed cookies sets, giant cookies, water bottles and more. The truck will be parked at ...

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Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get a free muffin, courtesy Java Joy, today. Photo credit: Java Joy.

Take a break. Eat a muffin.

In honor of National Muffin Day, the Java Joy crew will spread joy and serve complimentary muffins at Colony Square Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Java Joy, an initiative launched by Athens-based non-profit Extra Special People, is a stand-alone mobile coffee truck that provides meaningful employment and economic opportunities for individuals with special needs.
1197 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 770-462-2880, colonysquaremidtown.com.

 

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‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Grain bowls will be on the menu at Recess. / Photo by Sydney Cumminsky

A new Krog Street Market food stall is hoping to help diners indulge in “healthy-ish” without the guilt.

Recess — from Castellucci Hospitality Group, which also operates The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers, Sugo and Double Zero, as well as the recently opened Krog Street Market restaurant Bar Maercado – is set to open Monday, Feb. 26.

The concept, which will offer “delicious food that makes you feel good,” according to a press release, will feature a menu of mostly plant-based dishes including a ...

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“Healthy-ish” Krog Street Market Food Stall Recess Opening Monday

Source: Eater Atlanta

Grain bowls, toasts, salads, and plant-based dishes abound on the menu

Recess, a “healthy-ish” food stall from the Castellucci Hospitality Group (Bar Mercado, Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero), is opening at Krog Street Market on Monday, February 26.

The stall is located in the former Spotted Trotter space across from Gu’s Dumplings and in front of sister restaurant Bar Mercado. Chef Victoria Shore (Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Bar Mercado) will head the kitchen.

Recess will focus on lighter, healthier dishes of mostly plant-based ingredients with a few meat and seafood options. Think grain bowls with ...

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Craft Beer Kiosk Peachtree Pint Is Open at Lenox Square Mall

Source: Eater Atlanta

Local beer and shopping in Buckhead

Visitors to Lenox Square Mall now have a new place to grab craft beer on tap while they shop. Peachtree Pint in the mall’s food court (aka Fashion Cafe) announced its opening over the weekend via Instagram.

The beer kiosk offers over 30 beers on tap (many of them local or Georgia-brewed) as well as four wines and a few light snacks.

The current list of local breweries and their beers available at Peachtree Pint include Monday Night Brewing, Creature Comforts, Three Taverns, SweetWater, Orpheus, Reformation Brewery, and Jekyll Brewing. ...

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Check out the menu for Krog Street Market’s new “healthy-ish” stall, Recess

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Casablanca BowlPhotograph by Syndey Cummiskey Castellucci Hospitality Group, the culinary company behind Krog Street Market’s Spanish tapas spot Bar Mercado—as well as Cooks & Soldiers, the Iberian Pig, Sugo, and Double Zero—is opening its first non-regionally focused restaurant on February 26. Recess is a 15-seat Krog Street Market food stall focused on “healthy-ish food satisfying to the soul,” says chef Victoria Shore. “We focus on delicious first at an accessible price point,” she says. Recess will serve lunch and dinner daily, as well as breakfast on the weekends. Though Shore has a background in pastry, she’s only making one sweet: ...

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Dish Dive’s Reynoldtown Market Is Still Happening Despite Delays

Source: Eater Atlanta

City of Atlanta permitting department strikes again

Jeff Meyers and chef Travis Carroll, owners of Kirkwood’s Dish Dive, were set to open Dive Market and Emergency Kitchen last summer at 210 Flat Shoals Avenue in Reynoldstown but permitting issues have caused further delays, according to a report by What Now Atlanta.

Despite these unanticipated delays, Meyers said he and Carroll are moving forward with the market which plans to sell fresh produce, provisions, and prepared foods by Carroll. However, they are currently focused on navigating permitting and zoning with the City of Atlanta.

“We are trying to get ...

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Buy This: 3 drinks to keep you hydrated and healthy

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Thirsty? Stay healthy and hydrated with these three products.

Montane Sparkling Spring Water

Montane sparkling water in three flavors

 

You can buy sparkling water from Wisconsin. You can buy sparkling water from France or Italy. But how about sparkling water from Pine Mountain Ridge, just 80 miles from metro Atlanta? Hollis Callaway is the entrepreneur who started Montane by bottling the water of Blue Springs which flows on family land (Callaway family land as in Callaway Gardens). Naturally filtered through the quartzite bedrock there, the water is available in “Original” with no added flavors but plenty of carbonation and ...

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

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Atsushi “Art” HayakawaPhotograph by Caroline C. Kilgore The James Beard Foundation announced its 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists yesterday, and seven Atlanta-based chefs and three elsewhere in Georgia received nominations. Chefs Brian So of Spring Restaurant in Marietta and Parnass Savang of Talat Market are nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Atsushi Hayakawa of Sushi House Hayakawa, Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani (Decatur and Asheville, N.C.), Ryan Smith of Staplehouse, and Rui Liu of Masterpiece in Duluth are nominated for Best Chef: Southeast. Sarah O’Brien of Little Tart Bakeshop is nominated for Outstanding Baker. Outside of metro Atlanta, ...

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