Thursday, May 26, 2016

Appetizing Aperture

Saturday, May 28 is National Brisket Day. “Oh,” you say, “there goes my day, watching the smoker smoke that darn brisket into a state of tenderness.” Not so. The Brisket Burger ($14) at Ray’s Restaurants is ready at lunchtime, Monday through Saturday. Ray’s plops the beefy boy on a toasted brioche bun and dresses it up with local craft beer cheese, house-made pickles, bibb lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and onion and serves it with hand-cut fries, chips or a side salad. There’s a reason the Brisket Burger falls into the “Handhelds” menu category at all three Ray’s Restaurants –Ray’s in the CityRay’s on the River (also available on Bar Bites menu) and Ray’s at Killer Creek (also available on Bar Bites and dinner menus). You will need the napkin.

Johnny’s Hideaway Unfurls Pre-Memorial Day Bash May 29

How much fun can one squeeze into a holiday weekend?Johnny’s Hideaway packs a dance floor full -- and then some -- in a pre-Memorial Day bash on Sunday, May 29 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Band X, Atlanta’s favorite high-energy party band, provides adrenaline-pumping music, and cover is only $5. Hospitality workers enjoy Sunday night industry specials. Open into the wee hours of Memorial Day morning. Can we rank a salute for that?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chef Dinner at Umi Raises $24,000 for Charity on May 1

A sold-out, all-star chef dinner hosted by food writer Kate Parham Kordsmeier and photographer Heidi Geldhauser, held May 1 at Umi, raised nearly $24,000 for charity. The inaugural event for the Emily Cameron Art Scholarship, honoring the late photographer Emily Cameron, gave $10,000 to Atlanta-based painter Natalie Escobar. Kordsmeier and Geldhauser, along with Cameron’s parents, established the scholarship to change the life of a service-industry worker pursuing a career in the arts. The remaining $14,000 in proceeds was donated to The Giving Kitchen to go toward crisis grants for members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. Some of Atlanta’s most-celebrated chefs, including Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito of Umi, Gerry Klaskala of Aria and Joey Ward of Gunshow, united to prepare the multi-course meal at Umi. To toast the occasion, Gunshow’s Mercedes O’Brien mixed a signature cocktail named “The Emily,” featuring bourbon, SHISO liqueur, honey, lemon, seltzer and strawberry absinthe ice pearls.

Andreas Müller Carries Revival to Morningside Farmers Market May 28

Kickstart Saturday morning, May 28, with a bit of Revival. Executive chef Andreas Müller is stopping by Morningside Farmers Market to lead this Saturday’s chef demo before hunkering down in his kitchen at the Decatur restaurant. The homegrown fruits, vegetables and fresh foods of Müller’s boyhood in Sweden stuck, igniting a passion for seeking farm-fresh ingredients throughout his chef-hood. Bingo. Hits the asparagus on the head for a farmers market cooking class. Shop the year-round market for locally grown organic from 8-11:30 a.m. but peel yourself away around 9-ish for this demo on the patio of market-adjacent Morningside Kitchen. Another reason to praise the morning, Morningside Farmers Market requires all produce to be certified organic.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Word from 5Church: James Beard Award Winner RJ Cooper is Executive Chef

Award-winning chef RJ Cooper has stirred fine dining scenes in Atlanta, NYC, Miami, Anchorage and Washington, D.C. He’s choosing to hang his toque back in the South at 5Church Atlanta, opening late spring/early summer at the corner of 14th and Peachtree streets in Midtown. Cooper will drive a modern American menu tailor-made for Atlanta while collaborating with 5Church partner and chef Jamie Lynch, who oversees the menus at locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina. A Detroit native, Cooper began his culinary career working under Guenter Seeger at The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead and Gilbert Le Coze at Brasserie Le Coze in Atlanta. NYC’s Le Bernardin, Brasserie Le Coze in Miami and The Crow’s Nest Restaurant at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage further stocked his pot of experiences. In Washington, D.C., Cooper won accolades as executive chef at New Heights Restaurant as well as the 2006 Chefs Rising Star Award and 2007 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic for his work at Vidalia. He moved on to open two of his own restaurants in the D.C. area -- Rogue 24 and Gypsy Soul. This chef knows his way around culinary landscapes, in Atlanta and beyond, and he is thrilled to further his Southern-inspired fare in our city. Follow 5Church Atlanta on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Star 94.1 FM Jeff Dauler Grills Kevin Gillespie on…Grilling, May 26

If only the radio could disperse captivating wafts of grilling meats when Star 94.1 FM host Jeff Dauler and chef Kevin Gillespie chew the fat about grilling at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 26. Tune in and let The Jeff & Jenn Show and the red-bearded chef/restaurateur/owner of Gunshow and Revival fire up your morning.

Monday, May 23, 2016

What's New on Pinterest: Cue the 'Cue

Cue the 'Cue because May is National BBQ Month. Pull the pork out of the wings and throw it into the limelight with “So Good You’ll Slap Yo Mama” smoked pork butt or 16-hour pulled pork. Strut the bird in bacon bourbon BBQ chicken kabobs, spicy smoked chicken thighs or go tandem with BBQ chicken and ribs. Slather on barbecue sauces – Guinness, Cheerwine, smoky bourbon, homemade root beer, blueberry, Alabama white, North Carolina vinegar or South Carolina mustard to name a few. Rather massage your meat? Pat it down with Buffalo spice rub, sweet and smoky BBQ dry rub mix, cowboy spice mix, pulled pork rubs or coffee rib rub. Your grill will be thrilled.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

#Foodgram: Real Girl's Kitchen

Haylie Duff is a mama, actress, cookbook reader and writer, and Cooking Channel personality who hosts – and keeps in real life – a Real Girl's Kitchen. Her Instagram, Snapchat andblog dole out recipes, tabletop ideas, entertaining tips and sweet baby pictures (for dessert).

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Appetizing Aperture: Atkins Park's Berkshire Chop

What’s for dinner at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland? How about a tender, juicy, herbed and marinated Berkshire chop? Spicy broccoli casserole and mashed potatoes round out the plate ($22). So good, you’ll want to hog every bite.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Copper River Salmon are Running at Ray’s Restaurants for a Limited Time

The return of king salmon to the cold waters of Alaska’s Copper River affirms seasonal eating extends well beyond the garden gates. The king is back and making an appearance on Ray’s Restaurants’ menus for a limited time. Copper River salmon is coveted for its superb flavor, texture and naturally high omega-3 oil content, and king salmon runs are carefully managed for long-term sustainability by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. All are feel-good reasons spawning salmon lovers to look for this market-priced fish on the menus at Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta, Ray’s in the City in downtown Atlanta and Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs. Ray’s at Killer Creek executive chef Mike Fuller has created several specials to be featured throughout the season, including a cast-iron Copper River king salmon with local butter beans, Carolina gold rice and Meyer lemon aїoli. Hooked? Try this recipe at home.