enjoyed a special tasting dinner hosted by Chef Brian Obermeyer at Villagio
Italian Kitchen, a new Italian restaurant located in Decatur. Villagio incorporates elements of both a refined, elegant meal with a casual dining experience with its straight-forward and bold flavors, seasonal dishes and time-honored, traditional Italian favorites. The menu is well thought out with something for every diner including Antipasti, Pizza, Spiedini (chargrilled skewers), Contorni (sides), Primi (recommended first course) and Secondi (traditionally the second or main course). The menu also boasts an impressive list of wine, cocktails and craft beer.
The carefully selected, multi-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Obermeyer had several impressive dishes. The Fritto Misto antipasti comprised of flash fried artichokes, mushrooms, locally grown organic kale and served with roasted garlic aioli is a great start; a perfect bite of crunchy vegetables and rich mushrooms, the aioli gives it the extra tang and spice that elevates this dish to something pretty spectacular. The Insalata de Barbaietole and Insalata Cesare are classic hits and perfectly executed, with crisp greens and bright, well-seasoned dressings. One of the main courses, the Papardelle Agnello (Lamb Ragu with carrots and Grana Padano), is an excellent dish: The lamb is braised to perfection; fork tender and with intensity of flavor in every bite. The Chicken Piccata is harmoniously balanced with just the right amount of lemon and capers and the chicken is impeccably prepared, retaining the flavors and moisture of the Pinot Grigio pan sauce. The dessert tasting included the Panna Cotta, the Tiramisu and King of Pops
popsicles. The creaminess of the tiramisu is something to dream about later and will require a return visit; it is the quintessential tiramisu dessert. Overall, each dish at Villagio Italian Kitchen is prepared with attention to detail and consideration of each ingredient and its place on the plate.
The restaurant design is warm and welcoming, with spaces for a family meal, an intimate dinner date or a corporate holiday party on their heated outdoor patio with space for a DJ or live Atlanta band. With plans for a menu expansion, a separate vegetarian menu, and the launching of the lunch menu on December 2nd, Villagio Italian Kitchen is well on its way to becoming a dining destination. For more information, please visit their webpage at http://villagioitaliankitchen.com/
or check out their Facebook
Fritto Misto Antipasti
Papardelle Agnello - Lamb Ragu with carrots and Grana Padano
Atlantans are preparing for the quickly approaching holiday season. From gift shopping to cooking to party planning, there is much to get done in a short amount of time. To avoid the hustle and bustle of planning a wintertime soiree, residents can let the city’s best restaurants do all the work. Several restaurants are offering different private dining and event options, including the following: Fifth Group Restaurants®
provides options for private and group dining at each of their Atlanta-area restaurants. In the heart of Midtown, Ecco
offers a chic private dining room that seats up to 58 guests or on their patio that seats 75. Lure
, serving Atlantans the freshest seafood, provides three different rooms for parties that range from 15 to 50 people. South City Kitchen Midtown
offers private dining options for parties of 16 to 180 guests. La Tavola Trattoria
in Virginia-Highland offers a private patio as well as indoor seating, accommodating between 30 to 120 people. Another Virginia-Highland restaurant, The Original El Taco
, rents out both the patio area and restaurant, seating 75 to 100 guests inside. Finally, South City Kitchen Vinings
, offers private dining for parties ranging between 30 and 230 people. Bold American Events
and Studio 887
offer off- and on-premise upscale catering for additional event options. For more information, visit the company’s private dining page
has three different atmospheres for private dining. Ray’s on the River
, Atlanta’s premier riverfront restaurant, can accommodate parties of up to 200 guests with their semi-private banquet facilities in addition to a permanent tent, also accommodating up to 200 people. For more intimate gatherings in town, Ray’s in the City
has both private and semi-private dining rooms available that accommodate up to 45 people. Ray’s on the Creek,
an Alpharetta favorite, has several different room options and accommodates parties up to 300 people. For more information on private dining at one of Ray’s Restaurants, visit the company’s website
. Ray's on the River is located at 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187
. Ray’s on the Creek is located at 1700 Mansell Road; 770-649-0064
. Ray’s in the City is located at 240 Peachtree Street NW; 404-524-9224
Chef Chris Watkins from eat.drink.repeat
is the winner of RA Sushi’s
first-ever “Foodies Show Heart” charity sushi-rolling competition! Competing on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
, Watkins beat out other top food bloggers and media with his winning roll. The “This is the Way We Roll” features shrimp tempura, spicy kani kama crab mix and mango, rolled and topped with red beet tempura bits and drizzled with a sweet eel sauce and wasabi mayo ($8). Now through Saturday, November 30, $4 from every roll sold will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The “Foodies Show Heart” event took place on Thursday, October 24 at RA Sushi in Midtown. Contestants were paired with a RA Sushi chef to create and name a signature roll. At a tasting event held that evening, the crowd sampled each of the rolls and voted for their favorite. The “This is the Way We Roll” is available now from open to close through Saturday, November 30. RA Sushi is located in the 1010 Midtown building at 1080 Peachtree Street. For more information, call 404-267-0114
or visit facebook.com/RASushiAtlanta
Alpharetta Restaurant Week will be held November 2 - 9, 2013
Welcome to a week-long celebration of food presented by Flavors Magazine,
the perfect time to venture out to a restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Or visit any one of a number fine eateries for an experience that will please your palate - and your wallet.
Lunch, two-course: $10, $15 or $20
Dinner, three-course: $20, $25 or $30For the full list of restaurants and menus please visit the Awesome Alpharetta website.
Canoe is proud to announce Matthew Basford as executive chef. Basford has worked at Canoe since 2005 and has worked his way up the ranks from sous chef to executive sous chef and finally, chef de cuisine.
Born and raised in Australia, Basford worked in kitchens in Angaston and Greenock. During his apprenticeship, he placed in various competitions including Tasting Australia
and Nestle Junior Chefs of Australia
. In 2002, Basford moved to New Orleans to work at the Maison Dupuy Hotel. In 2005, he relocated to Atlanta and within a week found himself in the Canoe kitchen. Following in the footsteps of some of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs, Basford looks forward to continuing the standard of innovative fine dining. He is committed to using only the freshest seasonal ingredients in a creative manner to carry on the rich tradition of Canoe. About Canoe Restaurant
Since opening in 1995, Canoe has established its reputation as Atlanta’s classic, quintessential fine dining restaurant set in a historic, relaxed location. Not only have locals recognized Canoe’s distinct charm and appeal, but the restaurant has been featured in notable publications such as Bon Appétit
, Food and Wine
, The Wine Spectator
and the New York Times
. Nestled in the neighborhood between Vinings, Buckhead and Smyrna, Canoe rests on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, offering guests a unique, comfortable atmosphere for those who enjoy upscale, innovative American cuisine. With a passionate staff, Canoe provides diners with exceptional service, a welcoming ambiance, and personal attention to every dish. With a large manicured garden that backs up to an outdoor patio and special event tents, Canoe is the ideal, intimate setting for celebrations, receptions, and private parties. For more information, call 770-432-2663
or visit http://www.canoeatl.com/
. Canoe is located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30339.
Photos by Sara Craig-Goodell
was delighted to get a sneak peak of the upcoming BLT Steak event: Vines & Vintages. For four days only, September 23-26 from 4-7pm, BLT Steak is being transformed into a festival of grapes. Sip and Savor wines poured by guest sommeliers and winemakers with small bites from Chef Cyrille Holota. For $30 per person you won't want to miss out on these exciting wines and elegant small bites including crab cakes, tuna tartare, foie gras, bacon & gruyere cheese breads, and short rib popovers! Each of these passed hors d'oeuvres is carefully crafted to match perfectly with BLT Steak's selection of featured wines. For more information please visit www.bltsteak.com
or visit on facebook
Photos and Story by Sara Goodell
Be prepared to leave your shoes and your worries at the door when you dine at Imperial Fez!
First things first, remove your shoes, and get ready to relax and eat with your fingers: this traditional Moroccan restaurant encourages you to do as the Moroccans do. As you settle into the low chairs, benches and soft pillows, your server will explain the customs and traditions that they observe at this unique restaurant. To begin, our server Rigo brought a Tass (a silver hand-washing kit) and gently poured warm water scented with rose-water and orange oil to allow us to wash our hands at the table, and gave us clean towels to keep at hand. He explained the menu and the order of the meal, wrote down our selections and then, our journey truly began as Chef Rafih Benjelloun and his wife Chef Rita Benjelloun worked their culinary magic.
7 Moroccan Salads
Salads and Soup
This selection of seven light, communal vegetarian salads are served alongside bowls of lentil soup and warm whole grain bread. The plate has a traditional lettuce salad with a bright and tangy vinaigrette, smokey chickpea hummus, eggplant with traditional spices, pickled carrots and cabbage, a turnip green salad and each can be (optionally!) enhanced with Chef Rafih's famously hot Harissa sauce.
Photo from Imperial Fez website: Cornish Hen B'stella
Cornish Hen B'Stella
This traditional Moroccan dish is Filo dough stuffed with Cornish game hen, a multitude of spices and gently dusted with cinammon and powdered sugar. A delightful marriage of savory herbs, spices, perfectly cooked Cornish hen and sweet cinnamon and sugar, it comes to the table piping hot and beautifully presented.
Main Courses - Lamb & Apricot Tagine, Roasted Lamb Shank
The main courses are enormous so be prepared to take some home, although it is difficult to leave any on the plate! Each bite in these dishes is fantastically rich and intensely intricate. Each carefully constructed dish has a myriad of perfectly balanced flavors, savory, sweet, tart and bitter, each in harmony with the rest. The meats served at Imperial Fez are all Halal and are expertly cooked to be fork tender. The slow-roasted Lamb Tajine with apricots, dates, sweet onions and almonds goes in the Atlanta Food hall of Fame in my book. The Roasted Lamb Shank baked with cumin, garlic, paprika, fresh herbs and mushrooms is definitely at the top of the list for dishes I'd love to return to eat again.
Slow-Roasted Lamb Tagine with Apricots and Dates
Roasted Lamb Shank with Spices and Herbs
Fresh Fruit and Filo Pastries with Chocolate
Dessert - Fresh Fruit with Filo Pastry filled with Chocolate, Apple and Dried Fruit
The dessert is refreshingly light after the rather filling experience of the main dishes. Fresh fruits adorn the plate with Chefs Rafih & Rita's small pastries to join in with a hit of chocolate and more elaborate spices and dried fruits.
| || |Nightly Belly Dancing
Make sure if you go to an early seating to linger over dessert as the nightly entertainment starts at 7:30pm. The belly dancers bring energy and life to the quiet restaurant and complete your Moroccan experience! Imperial Fez
2285 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Story and Photos by Sara Goodell
enjoyed a warm, summer evening in Saltyard's
bright and airy dining room, devouring several courses of small plates brought to us by our kind and knowledgeable server Adrian. Saltyard's menu contains a number of tapas-style plates with straight-forward and rich flavors that are perfectly portioned for sharing. Check out Flavors
favorites below:DRINKS:Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A smooth blend of Jameson, Meletti Amaro, Lilet Blanc and Sweet Vermouth, this well balanced drink is a great way to start unwinding from your day!
Rather a beer or a glass of wine? Saltyard has five draught beers and ten bottled beers as well as twenty choices for wines by the glass and seventy-five by the bottle; plenty to choose from!
COURSES:Ceviche of the Day:
Chilean Sea Bass with tomatoes, lime, sweet yellow peppers, and cilantro. Light and refreshing, it's a must have when visiting Saltyard during the summer!
Red and yellow beets make a beautiful plate! Topped with a thinly sliced green apple and fennel salad, this bright salad is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, deliciously crisp and the curry vinaigrette adds a fabulous twist. Fig Bruschetta:
Crispy bread spread with bleu cheese and topped with sliced figs and drizzled with honey, this is a tasty start to any meal. Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
This dish is a small cast iron pan filled with perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts with lemon, anchovy and capers. If you're trying to eat more veggies, Saltyard makes it easy with this dish!Corvina Sea Bass Tacos:
One of Chef Leahy's specials of the day, these panko-crusted, deep fried tacos are intensely crunchy with bright, acidic flavors from the red cabbage slaw and intense umami flavors from the smoked chili tartar. Sweet Potato and Smoked Pork Shoulder Fritter:
We were unable to resist this totally Southern Special made with smashed sweet potatoes and slow roasted smoked pork shoulder. The spicy pork shoulder combined with the sweetness of the potato created a well-balanced bite. To really get the full experience, dip these delicate fritters into Chef's sweet and sour Pappadew sauce: an intricate blend of Pappadews, dates, garlic, dried fig, sherry vinaigrette and brown sugar. Delicious!
DESSERT:Mixed Berry Parfait
: Light, bright and rich meld together in this dessert with whole blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries with whipped mascarpone and Amaretti cookies. Saltyard gives you an extra long spoon to get that perfect bite of berry, mascarpone and cookie all together! A great way to end an evening of exquisitely crafted food!
To keep up with daily specials and drink menus follow Saltyard on their website
1820 Peachtree Rd NW
Photography by Sara Craig-Goodell
SUNDAY SHARE: GREECE AT ECC0 Sunday, August 4 / 6:30-10pm / $47 (includes tax and gratuity)
Ecco continues its communal, family-style Sunday Share dinners on August 4 with a culinary exploration of Greek food and culture.
Ecco’s new Executive Chef, Jonathan Beatty, has created this unique and memorable menu which includes several classic dishes of Greece, including: HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD watermelon, feta, creamy lemon-mint vinaigrette, Greek olives HOUSEMADE SPANAKOPITA spinach, Vidalia onion, ricotta, crispy phyllo dough COAL-ROASTED EGGPLANT MELITZANOSALATA
(traditional Greek dip) raw vegetables, wood-fire baked flatbread REVITHOKEFTEDES
(Greek-style chick pea fritters) tzatziki sauce LOCAL ARUGULA SALAD shaved fennel, orange, dill, goat cheese , Greek vinaigrette
WOOD-FIRE ROASTED LAMB Greek sausage, garlic, rosemary and served with a warm lamb jus
WOOD-FIRED GRILLED OVTOPUS roasted lemon potato, Greek olive oil, oregano, roasted lemons GALAKTOBOUREKO
(classic Greek custard cake) lemon- orange infused syrup
LOUKOUMADES (fried honey puffs) Greek yogurt dipping sauce
The price is $47 per person which includes tax, gratuity, and online service fee. Space is limited, so purchase tickets today at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/433649.
For more information, call 404.347.9555, visit ecco-atlanta.com
, follow on Twitter
and fan on Facebook
Robert Fasce, Chef Chair, Cherokee Town & Country Club
David Gross, Cook Hall
Whitney Otawka, Farm 255
Jason Shelley, Ocean Prime
Daniel Zeal, Georgian Room at Sea Island
Silvio Garcia, Sommelier Chair, Cherokee Town & Country Club
Ramien Balouch, Bistro Niko
Andrew Carter, Livingston Restaurant + Bar
Andrea Loaiza, Aria
Stevenson Rosslow, Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Join Give me Five for this highly anticipated annual dinner featuring five of Georgia's finest chefs who will prepare an exclusive and tantalizing five-course dinner with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia's best sommeliers.
Each extraordinary course will be accompanied by commentary from the chefs and sommeliers. The evening will also include exquisite silent and live auctions. One in five children in America struggles with hunger, but together, we can make No Kid Hungry
a reality. Event Details:
August 18, 2013
Cherokee Town & Country Club
155 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia Additional Information:
5 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction
Per Person: $275
Table of 10: $2,500