Tag Archives: Chefs


Chef Joe Schafer discusses move from Bacchanalia to Philips Arena

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Joe Schafer has left Bacchanalia for a position as executive chef at Philips Arena. / Photo: Star Provisions

A year and a half after taking charge of culinary operations at Bacchanalia, Joe Schafer has left the restaurant. He has accepted a position as executive chef at Philips Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks. 

Replacing Schafer as exec chef at Bacchanalia is Jonathan Kallini, who served as the restaurant’s chef de cuisine for the last four years.

“It was more about this opportunity than me wanting to leave Bacchanalia,” Schafer said of the job change. “Lately I’ve been thinking about ...

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Bacchanalia has a new exec chef

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jonathan Kallini has been named new executive chef at Bacchanalia. / Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

More change is underway at Bacchanalia. Recently relocated from Westside Provisions District to Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard in West Midtown, the fine dining establishment now has a new executive chef. Jonathan Kallini has been promoted to the top position from his previous role there as chef de cuisine.

Kallini replaces Joe Schafer, who has accepted a position as executive chef for the Atlanta Hawks. Tuesday was Schafer’s last day.

Anne Quatrano, who operates Bacchanalia with her husband Clifford Harrison, shared the news Wednesday via Instagram:

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Off the Menu: London-Based Burger & Lobster Opens 2nd Manhattan Outpost

Source: NY Times Food

Mayahuel and Mr. Donahue’s close, Japanese chefs plant flags in Midtown East, and other restaurant news.

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First Look: Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Brine Seafood Shack’s small lobster roll, served hot. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

“Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica” is one of the ways chef-owner Marc Taft of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg explains Brine Seafood Shack, his new chic but laid-back restaurant at the Avalon retail complex in Alpharetta.

The multilevel, choose-your-own-experience dining destination clearly has a lot going on, including indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating under a retractable roof, with two bars, a takeout window and lunch, dinner and rooftop menus.

The menus, created by Taft and Brine chef de cuisine David Connolly, previously of Two Urban Licks and Tap, feature sustainable ...

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Off the Menu: Belly, a Korean Take on Pork, Opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Source: NY Times Food

Tatsuya Sekiguchi of Sushi Yasuda branches out, chefs on the move, and other restaurant news.

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First Look: The Canteen brings ‘micro food hall’ to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Salatim bowl from Yalla at the Canteen, with chef’s daily selection of seasonal vegetables. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Presented as a “micro food hall,” the Canteen in Midtown is the latest project from chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind the General Muir at Emory Point, and Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla at Krog Street Market.

Situated in the former Spence space on Fifth Street at Tech Square, the tidy layout features three food stalls, including the latest versions of Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, and the new TGM Bagel.

Plus, there’s the new Square Bar, which looks ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Second Self Red Hop Rye

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

As part the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, a local restaurant and brewery recently teamed up to spread the word on culinary sustainability.

Executive chef Deborah VanTrece of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours reached out to Second Self Brewing Co. owner Jason Santamaria, who’s also a chef, to collaborate on an Atlanta-based pairing.

The result is VanTrece’s the Burger Wellington, which features beef brisket blended with locally sourced oyster mushrooms, mushroom duxelle and a puff pastry wrap, served with Second Self Red Hop Rye.

The Burger Wellington and Red Hop Rye special is available at Twisted Soul for $23 through ...

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Off the Menu: Island Oyster, a Vast Seafood Restaurant, Opens on Governors Island

Source: NY Times Food

The latest from Ovenly and Claus Meyer, and other restaurant news.

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First Look: The Roast debuts fast-casual dining at Whole Foods

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chimichurri Beef bowl, Crispy Cauliflower bowl, and Peachy Duck Buck Mule cocktail at The Roast./ Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

While the news nationally is the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods, here in Atlanta it’s the opening of The Roast, a new fast-casual restaurant located adjacent to the recently remodeled Whole Foods Market on Ponce De Leon Avenue, near Ponce City Market.

Positioned as a first-of-its-kind dining concept for Whole Foods, the Brazilian-style churrasco offers a variety of build your own bowls, with fire-roasted proteins and vegetables, greens, grains and signature sauces, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

There are ...

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Food news roundup: Fourth of July edition

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fireworks over Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia.

Happy 4th of July!

4 places to celebrate July 4th in metro Atlanta

It’s watermelon season. Get creative with these recipes

Stock Up: Three Tools for the Perfect All-American Meal for the Fourth of July

Four foodie ways to enjoy the AJC Peachtree Road Race

The summer’s best barbecue cookbooks

Fire up the grill for these hamburgers

Get grilling with these recipes

Step up your grilling game with these steak recipes

Photos: Everything you need for your grill

Follow these food safety tips for your July 4th cookout

 Restaurant News

Food news roundup: Fourth of July edition

Ecco gets a new exec chef

Fifth ...

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Asian pop-up restaurant finds home on Buford Highway

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Find poké bowls and sushi burritos from Appa’s chef-owner David Lee at his restaurant’s new permanent home on Buford Highway. / Photo credit: Judy Oh/Appa’s

Last summer, Appa’s operated as a Sundays-only pop-up restaurant at the The Cooking School at Irwin Street in Inman Park, with chef David Lee serving up sushi burritos and trendy poké bowls to hunger diners. Now, Appa’s will have a permanent home, as it takes up digs among the ethnic eateries on Buford Highway.

Appa’s will be located at 5865 Buford Highway, just north of Interstate 285, at the intersection of Buford Highway and Oakcliff Road. It’s ...

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Indian restaurant Amara gears with new chef and concept

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Praveen Sharma is in at Amara in Inman Park./Photo courtesy of Tori Allen PR.

Chef Praveen Sharma is in as executive chef at Amara in Inman Park. Sharma’s arrival also mean sizeable changes to the menu.

Amara opened late last year with a carte of contemporary Indian-American dishes. That menu was devised by its executive chef Bhavesh Patel, who was replaced four months after the restaurant opened with back-of-house team from its sister restaurant Tabla. However, with Sharma in the kitchen, the restaurant will shift from fusion to classic Indian food.

Sharma brings more than 20 years of ...

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Learn how to become a Braai master with the Kudu grill

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Braai Master Derek Anthony grilling Sosatie and Grilled Pineapple and Red Onion Salad on the Kudu grill./ Photo credit: Mia Yakel.

“South African-inspired, and designed and built in Macon, Ga., the Kudu Safari Braai may well be the next big thing in backyard grilling.

Touted as a multifunction grill, griddle, and fire pit, the portable, multi-level system brings a degree of precision to handling live fire, offering creative ways to cook over charcoal, wood or a combination of the two.

Kudu founder Stebin Horne got the idea for the grill after spending time with the family of his South African ...

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Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival returns July 16

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Celebrate all things tomato at the Attack of the Killer Tomato festival on July 16./Photo by Erik Meadows Photography.

Tomato lovers unite for the Attack of the Killer Tomato festival!

The ninth annual festival returns to Park Tavern in Piedmont Park on Sunday, July 16.

Created by chef and restauranteur Ford Fry, the festival brings together the South’s top chefs, mixologists and local farmers to celebrate local, organically grown food. Proceeds from the event support Georgia Organics, an area nonprofit that connects Georgia families to organic food grown in the state.

Attendees will be able to enjoy samples of ...

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The Life and Legacy of Alain Senderens, the ‘Picasso of French Cooking’

Source: Grub Street NY

Alain Senderens was always interested in forging his own path. In 1958, four years before he joined the line at La Tour d’Argent, the ancient Parisian food landmark, Senderens headed for the foothills of the Pyrenees to apprentice in the countrified kitchens of Lourdes, where he was given high …

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Front Burner: Chefs Join the Swing Dancers at Damrosch Park

Source: NY Times Food

Fuku chicken sandwiches, David Burke’s cheesecake lollipops and French pastries are among the snacks for sale at Lincoln Center this summer.

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Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta gets new executive chef

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Michael Patria is taking over as executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta./Photo courtesy: M-Squared Public Relations

Atlanta culinary veteran Michael Patria is the new executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Patria’s new role will include overseeing the kitchens of Park 75 and Bar Margot.

Patria brings his passion for incorporating locally-sourced food products into the menu. The garden terrace of the hotel produces herbs and flowers that Partia will include in Bar Margot’s new menu.

Some of Patria’s additions to Bar Margot’s revamped menu include an in-house charcuterie program, pan-seared pork belly, grilled Spanish octopus ...

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First Look: Todd English Tavern brings casual fine dining to The Battery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Todd English Tavern Southern Burger with beef brisket and short rib patty, bacon, fried egg, wild berry jam, cheddar, butter lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and spicy mayo. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The opening of Todd English Tavern in Live at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park seems to be another sign that the entertainment district aims to be a year-round dining destination.

Of course, English has been a star chef since coming on the scene in the early ’90s, and opening iconic fine dining restaurants such as Olives in Boston.

More recently, the English brand has been associated with airports, ...

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Atlanta pastry chef wins national contest with turnover recipe

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Butternut squash and goat cheese turnover by West Egg Cafe pastry chef Carrie Hudson./ Photo courtesy of General Mills Foodservice.

Thanks to her recipe for butternut squash and goat cheese turnover, West Egg Cafe pastry chef Carrie Hudson is $10,000 richer.

Yesterday, Hudson was announced the second place winner of the General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest. The national contest celebrates dishes from local or neighborhood restaurants that highlight local flavors.

Atlanta pastry chef wins national contest with turnover recipe

Pastry chef Carrie Hudson uses local produce in her baked goods./ Photo courtesy of General Mills Foodservice.

Her winning turnover sees thyme-seasoned butternut squash and goat cheese wrapped ...

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Like Father, Like Son

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Linton Hopkins and son Linton Hopkins Jr. chop cabbage for sauerkraut at Restaurant Eugene./Photo by Mia Yakel.

“At home, I see him as Dad. When people call him ‘Chef’ it’s so strange to see him as Chef Linton Hopkins.”

Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown up watching his father and mother, Gina, build a restaurant empire. Besides their flagship Restaurant Eugene, there is Holeman & Finch, H&F Burger, Hop’s Chicken, Holeman & Finch ...

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