Thursday, August 30, 2012

Atlanta Food News Roundup: August 30, 2012

Here's all the food scoop that's fit to print...

Chef Departure

Cherubic Atlanta fave, Chef Kevin Gillespie, will be departing Woodfire Grill to open a new restaurant. He'll stay on through December 31 helping get Chef de Cuisine E.J. Hodgkinson ramped up as the new executive chef.

Moving to Midtown

Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar, located in South Buckhead, has a new chef de cuisine, Andrew Thomsas and will be moving to Midtown Mile.

More fun is coming to Midtown when Texas-based Mi Cocina opens its first Atlanta restaurant in Midtown at the northwest corner of Peachtree and 11th streets in the 12th & Midtown development this Fall. Expect Tex-Mex cuisine in a modern setting.

Atlanta Dining Events

Backyard Apple Festival

No. 246 has yet another great sounding event coming up - this time it's a backyard apple festival on Sunday, Sept. 23. Leon's Full Service and Brickstore Pub are also getting in on the action. Chef Drew Belline of No. 246 will be roasting a whole pig, and Chef Eric Ottensmeyer of Leon’s Full Service will be preparing the side dishes, including grilled radicchio, apple slaw and roasted potatoes. Charcuterist and butcher Colin Miles, also of Leon's, is making apple hot dogs. For dessert, Belline will have a display of apple sweets such as caramel apples, apple upside down cake, apple-powdered kettle corn and apple candies.

No apple event would be complete with apple beverages, so look out for cider punch with fresh pressed cider, Italian brandy, vermouth di Torino and spices, and other apple-based cocktails.  There's even a cider tasting featuring six ciders, two per restaurant

There's plenty for the kiddos too with bobbing for apples, face painting and balloon animals.

Tickets cost $35 per person ($10 for children age 12 and under) and include food and cider tasting.  Tickets to the apple festival can be purchased at No. 246 or call 678-399-8246 to reserve a spot.



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