Tag Archives: georgia-news.ajc

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 ...

Read full article >>

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 ...

Read full article >>

Atlanta restaurants, chefs among James Beard Award 2018 semifinalists

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Ryan Smith / (Chris Hunt/Special)

The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of semifinalists for 2018 awards, and metro Atlanta restaurants and chefs fared well, although there were several notable omissions.

The finalists will be announced March 14 in Philadelphia, and the winner will be announced May 7 in Chicago.

Among national awards, Brian So of Spring in Marietta and Parnass Savang are among those chefs under the age of 30 nominated as Rising Star Chef, with So being a semifinalist in the category for a second time. Sarah O’Brien of Little Tart was nominated again in the ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 new ways coconut is coming to our tables

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Coconut products are getting more and more shelf space here in the States. We wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Coconut protein powder

Carrington Organic Coconut Protein

Carrington Farms is working in a lot of product categories that are making their way into our homes these days. These include coconut products including unrefined organic virgin coconut oil, liquid coconut cooking oil (both plain and flavored) and coconut oil cooking spray. We tried their organic Coconut Protein Blend, a mix of coconut powder, pumpkin powder and pea powder. Each serving provides 20 grams of protein and 8 grams ...

Read full article >>

Are these 2 Georgia restaurants among the most romantic in the U.S.? One ranking says yes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The interior of Babette’s Cafe /
Photo contributed by Adrienne Harris

Looking for some romance this Valentine’s Day or beyond? One site says two Georgia restaurants are among the top eateries in the country where love is in the air.

Restaurant reservation site OpenTable has released its list of 100 most romantic restaurants in the U.S., as determined by 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between Dec. 2016 and Nov. 2017. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of ...

Read full article >>

Magnum ice cream bars now come in crackable tubs — we tried them

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Magnum ice cream tubs

Open, wait, crack. Those are the instructions printed on the foil wrapper covering new Magnum crackable ice cream tubs. A cracking chocolate shell meant to be broken and swirled into the ice cream make for a sweet treat similar to Magnum bars but doled out by the spoonful. We tried dark chocolate with raspberry, milk chocolate with vanilla and white chocolate with vanilla — watch the video below to find out what we thought.



More taste tests

5 of our funniest taste tests of 2017


Read more stories like this by liking Atlanta ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 tasty ways to get more veggies in your diet

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Veggie pastas

Explore Cuisine veggie pastas

Green lentil pasta. Edamame pasta. Chickpea pasta. All organic and all delicious. Who knew pasta could be so yummy it needed no sauce at all? That’s what we agreed when we tried the chickpea spaghetti from Explore Cuisine. It was fun to see that the only ingredient in the edamame spaghetti is edamame. And interesting to note that each serving has 24 grams of protein and only 20 carbs. It has the springiest texture of the bunch. We only tried three but there are rice pastas and black bean pastas and more. We’re looking ...

Read full article >>

Celebrate Georgia Beer Day in metro Atlanta with these events and brews

The past year was a big one for the Georgia beer industry.

The state’s new beer law, which allows craft beer and liquor manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, was passed in 2017, and went into effect in September.

Even more reason to celebrate Georgia Beer Day, which falls on Jan. 27. Several local breweries are hosting events to recognize the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, and we have plenty of suggestions for what to drink:



Gate City Brewing Company will donate proceeds from all “Drink Georgia Beer” T-shirt sales to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, and will offer food for purchase starting at noon and live music starting at 7 p.m. Get more information here.

43 Magnolia St, Roswell. 678-404-0961, gatecitybrewingcompany.com/


Monday Night Garage will release its newest IPA, Beyond the Clouds. 25 percent of all Beyond the Cloud sales on Saturday will be donated to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. Want to skip the lines? Reserve your bottle at garage.craftcellr.com. Get more information here.

933 Lee St SW, Atlanta. 404-352-7703, mondaynightbrewing.com/


SweetWater Brewery is releasing two new beers from its Woodlands Project (one for Woodlands members only) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $1 from every crowler sold and 10 percent of sales from SweetWater merchandise will be donated to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. Food from Charm & Jerry’s, Spotted Trotter Charcuterie and In Demand Cheese will be available for purchase. Also look for deals on 21st Anniversary Party Tickets. Get more information here.

195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-691-2537, sweetwaterbrew.com


What to drink:

Try these Georgia-made beers this weekend and beyond.

Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy IPA

Second Self Triforce IPA

SweetWater Second Helping IPA

Twain’s Purgatory to Paradise

More Georgia beers to try


Where to drink:

Several new breweries have made their debuts in past weeks — check out some new spots to grab a pint.

Take a first look at New Realm

Take a first look at Good Word Brewing

Take a first look at From the Earth Brewing


Read more stories like this by liking Atlanta Restaurant Scene on Facebook, following @ATLDiningNews on Twitter and @ajcdining on Instagram




Which Atlanta chefs made the 2018 StarChefs Rising Stars list?

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Jason Liang of Brush Sushi Izakaya / Photo courtesy of StarChefs

Several Atlanta chefs are being recognized as “rising stars” by an industry magazine.

StarChefs quarterly Rising Stars awards “honor up-and-coming chefs and hospitality professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.”

The magazine’s editorial team met with more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers and artisans in Atlanta and Athens to assemble the list of honorees.

The winners will be celebrated next month at an awards ceremony and walk-around tasting open to the public.

The list of winning chefs, along with the dishes they’ll ...

Read full article >>

Eight Georgia food producers win 2018 Good Food Awards

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sweet Grass Dairy’s Thomasville Tomme cheese.

Georgia represented in a big way at the 2018 Good Food Awards.

Eight Georgia food producers came home with awards, up from three last year; two were winners last year, as well.

Winners from the state include:






Read full article >>

Celebrate National Southern Food Day with these dishes and recipes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

When you live in the south, every day is Southern Food Day. For the rest of the country, Jan. 22 is the designated day to celebrate. If you’re new to the south — or just want some ideas for ways to show love to your favorite foods — here are some of our favorite dishes and recipes.

Biscuits with blackberry jam (left) and strawberry jam from Flora & Flour owner/chef Lauren Raymond. (Chris Hunt/Special)

6 ways to get your biscuit fix

Try biscuits with a Spanish bent at this Atlanta restaurant

Learn how to make the perfect biscuits, step-by-step, from ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 things you need for your Super Bowl party

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Can you watch the Super Bowl without wings, nachos and pizza? We don’t think so. Here are three things you might want to offer your guests.

Pizza from Real Good Pizza Co.

Pizza with Only Four Carbs

You and your friends love pizza, but some are staying away from carbs and others are looking for a way to boost the amount of protein they’re eating. The Real Good Food Company has the solution – seven-inch personal pizzas with 25 grams of protein and only 4 carbs per serving (half a pizza). The crust is made from chicken breasts and Parmesan. ...

Read full article >>

Metro Atlanta restaurant security examined in wake of shooting death

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chelsea Beller (Family photo)

On Nov. 19, Barcelona Wine Bar restaurant manager Chelsea Beller, 29, was shot and killed during a robbery at the popular eatery located in the Westside Ironworks development at 1085 Howell Mill Road.

Beller and other employees were closing the restaurant when three masked men entered. They tied employees up with electrical tape and forced Beller into an upstairs office to open the safe, then shot her in the shoulder. She died of her injuries.

Two suspects have since been taken into custody. As a direct result of the death at Barcelona, the Georgia Restaurant ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 easy ways to enjoy more turmeric

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Turmeric is definitely trending for 2018. Not long ago, turmeric was just one in the arsenal of spices you needed to cook delicious Indian food. But now the curcumin it contains is being studied for its health benefits and people are consuming it in all kinds of new ways.

Turmeric in Your Bone Broth

Bone broths have been around as long as people have been making meat stocks, but lately they’re gaining in popularity primarily because people are recognizing that they work as a beverage that’s high in protein and low in carbs. McCormick’s Kitchen Basics line of bone broths ...

Read full article >>

Which cookie is Santa’s favorite? We investigate

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Mrs. Claus, AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras and Santa Claus do a cookie taste test.

It’s almost Christmas, which means kids around the world are starting to plan on which cookies to leave out for Santa along with a tall glass of cold milk. But which kind of cookie does Santa like best? Santa Phil — who AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras joined for a meal earlier this month — came to the AJC along with Mrs. Claus Stephanie to try out three different kinds of cookies. What’s the verdict? Watch the video below to find out.



Laugh ...

Read full article >>

Chick-fil-A opens doors on Sunday to feed stranded passengers at airport

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has long upheld the practice of closing on Sundays. Even when it added a presence at new sports venues SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year, the fast-food chicken chain kept its concessions closed on Sunday game days. But yesterday, Chick-fil-A made a rare decision to work on a Sunday.

When a massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport left thousands of passengers stranded , Chick-fil-A mobilized employees to prepare and deliver sandwiches to hungry travelers.

According the Chick-fil-A spokesperson Jackie Jags, “The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance. We immediately mobilized staff ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 gifts for the kids on your list (and maybe you)

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Simply Gum

A cookbook? Something that looks like a book but isn’t? Or something else to chew on?

MasterChef Junior Cookbook

Buy This: 3 gifts for the kids on your list (and maybe you)

Are your kids crazy about the food shows on TV? Do they dream of competing on MasterChef Junior? This cookbook is a compilation of 100 recipes inspired by the dishes made during the first five seasons of the show. Each recipe names the young chef who inspired the dish and the season they appeared on the program. We tested the book with two cooks, eight- and six-years old. We made the Pappardelle with No Vodka Sausage Sauce from season ...

Read full article >>

Check out the menu for the SweetWater restaurant opening at Hartsfield-Jackson next week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Architectural drawing of Last Cast. / Drawing provided by Concessions International

One of Georgia’s biggest craft beer success stories is branching out.

SweetWater Brewing Co., along with Concessions International, is set to SweetWater Last Cast Bar and Grill on Dec. 9 on Concourse B in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  The new concept replaces Dos Equis Explorers Lounge.

Last Cast will serve some of SweetWater’s most popular brews, including 420 Extra Pale Ale, IPA, Blue and Goin’ Coastal IPA, plus seasonal offerings such as TripleTail tropical IPA. The spot will also serve a casual dining food menu with grab-and-go items including pretzel ...

Read full article >>

These are some of the best cookies to eat and make on National Cookie Day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

It’s Christmas cookie season, but we’re giving all cookies some love on National Cookie Day. Check out some of our local favorites, plus some of the best recipes to make your own at home.


Buy these:

3 Georgia cookies you need in your cookie jar

Atlanta family’s crusade against cancer lives on through cookie shop

Try the best cookies in Georgia (according to one list)


These are some of the best cookies to eat and make on National Cookie Day

Little Tart Bakeshop owner Sarah O’Brien shared the recipe for these Lavender Lemon Sables. / Photo by Chris Hunt

Make these:

Little Tart Bakery’s lavender lemon sables

8Arm’s whole wheat double chocolate chip ...

Read full article >>

Stock Up: 3 last-minute gift ideas perfect for the foodie in your life

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

It’s late, but it’s not too late, to order online.

Coffee delivery?

Is coffee the right gift for someone on your list? We’ve got a suggestion that’s particularly fun for someone who’s into all things military. Victory Coffees is veteran owned and plays up its military connections in its products and its packaging. Our household even enjoyed the box, designed to look like a soldier’s trunk and printed with the company logo reminiscent of Rosie the Riveter. The coffee is all organically grown and fair trade. You can order enough for 30 cups of coffee at a time (two 12-ounce ...

Read full article >>

Make a difference through food on Giving Tuesday

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

We all need to eat, and if we can help others while doing it, all the better.

Several Atlanta restaurants and food non-profit organizations are participating in Giving Tuesday, the “holiday” every Tuesday after Thanksgiving that encourages people to contribute to charitable causes in their communities.

Here are some ways you can participate:

All locations of Farm Burger will donate a percentage of Tuesday’s sales to help those in need.
3365 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, 404-816-0603; 410 W. Ponce de Leon, Decatur, 404-378-5077; and 4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770-454-2201. farmburger.net
Locations in Buckhead, Decatur and Dunwoody. farmburger.net/

Both locations of ...

Read full article >>

Find the perfect gifts for the food lover in your life online

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

This year, stay in your pajamas and find something for every food lover and chef in your life online (or, if you’re inclined to get dressed, check out top food and cooking picks at stores around metro Atlanta).

Check out these food products, cooking tools and other foodie gifts and stocking stuffers that you can get online with the click of a mouse (and check out our top online food and cooking gifts from last year here):

Sichuan pear marmalade

Food products

Piedmont Provisions Sichuan Pear Marmalade

Tiny cubes of diced pear and bits of lemon ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 gift ideas for the foodie on your list

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Three ideas for your holiday shopping list: Delicious fresh Italian olive oil, an appliance that will change the way they cook and beautiful cookware made in the Southeast.

Marcelli Formaggi Olio Fresco Novello

Andrew and Christina Marcelli, siblings and co-owners of Marcelli Formaggi, returned from Italy in October with a limited number of organic, first press olio fresco novello (fresh olive oil) to offer their customers, pressed just this fall. This is their third year partnering with a farm in Abruzzo, a region that borders the Adriatic Sea. They travel to Abruzzo to help with the harvest, a process in ...

Read full article >>

Buy This: 3 tasty treats to pick up while visiting Madison

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Headed to Madison for the annual Holiday Tour of Homes, November 30 through December 2? Make a small detour just south of I-20 to Farmview Market. You can have a delicious meal, take home prepared foods and stock up on your favorite Georgia groceries.

Creamy Hickory King Grits

Each day, the staff at Farmview Market grinds Hickory King corn into delicious grits and cornmeal. You can watch the grist mill in operation through the window in the market’s grocery store. The corn comes from Rock House Farm in Leesburg, just north of Albany. Hickory King is an heirloom non-GMO ...

Read full article >>

VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Squash casserole from Ted’s Montana Grill / Photo courtesy of Ted’s Montana Grill

If you’re still putting together your Thanksgiving dinner menu, Ted’s Montana Grill’s Aunt Fannie’s squash casserole should make the cut. The savory dish is easy to make and provides a perfect complement to main dishes. Watch Ted’s chef Cooper Baldwin prepare it below, and scroll down for the full recipe and more Thanksgiving recipes and ideas.



3 pounds sliced yellow squash

2 oz. melted butter

1 oz. melted butter, set aside

1 tablespoon sugar

2 whole eggs, beaten

1/2 cup cracker meal, unseasoned

1/4 cracker ...

Read full article >>