Three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher Andrew Zimmern prowls for unique tastes and brilliant edible ideas to star on his Travel Channel “Bizarre Foods” shows. We’ve caught a video of him in an out-of-the-bizarre-box moment, showing off grilling skills in That Moment When Andrew Zimmern Uses a KUDU At Home. The multitasking KUDU Grill handily manages rack of lamb (which Zimmern admits can be daunting to grill) alongside eggplant and leeks. Zimmern pulls the swift cooking veggies, converting them into a Mediterranean salad while the lamb sizzles its way to succulent perfection. Who knows what Zimmern will grill, sauté, sear, fry, boil, steam, roast or smoke next on his open-fire KUDU. The intuitive and straightforward cooking process is simple to master, and the grill packs and sets up effortlessly so you can take it with you to barbecues, tailgate parties or into your own backyard.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Skip the taco shell and go green with small plates of Louisiana BBQ shrimp lettuce wraps ($11) at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Tender shrimp are all fired up to tuck in with lemon, red bell pepper and onions in these refreshing wraps. Have another and throw in a cold Abita beer while you’re at it, please.
Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante’s co-owner and culinary director Mike Patrick goes straight to the motherland to find authentic inspiration for the menu at his Buckhead restaurant and market. He’s back from a summer excursion to Italy, his head loaded with ideas, recipes and techniques destined for Storico Fresco’s kitchen. Delve into the trip’s memorable meals and edible explorations by following Patrick’s well-documented Instagram photo journal. His research cuts through the Eternal City of Rome, ventures out to the Tuscan coastal town of Ponte Rosso for a beach cookout of baby crabs and tomatoes tossed with strozzapreti and baby clams and revels in a Michelin-starred meal in Rimini that’s capped by “a mind bender” of cuttlefish cappuccino topped with squid ink dust. Wish you could have tagged along? Turn sighs into seats at Storico Fresco to enjoy tasting menu selections as well as prepared foods influenced by Patrick’s travels. Bring friends and gather around the table for a true Italian dining experience at lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Shop the market Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. No airline ticket needed, but reservations are recommended, call (404) 500-2181 or save your spot on OpenTable.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
PeachFest, a hyper-local food fest, roots its way into downtown Atlanta this Sunday, Aug. 13 to promote the various varieties of peaches and heritage pigs raised responsibly by Georgia family farmers. More than 85 winemakers, distillers, chefs, food artisans, brewers, bartenders and farmers will educate and inspire guests with culinary experiences at the not-for-profit event. From 4-7 p.m., watch and learn as chefs create classic peach (and paleo) dishes and roast, smoke and grill heritage breed pork at the festival along Broad Street, NW and Poplar Street, NW. Of course you can eat and drink (it would be the pits not to). Sample peach-infused boozy punches, peach craft brews and premium wines. All-inclusive tickets start at $60 ($100 VIP ticket includes 3 p.m. entry and exclusive tasting of cellared wines). Can’t swing by? Donations hungrily appreciated. Proceeds from tickets and a silent auction support the growth of producers in Georgia and beyond through Piggy Bank. What a peachy way to celebrate National Peach Month!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
You won’t find Sweet Charlie’s PB&J in a lunchbox. The Buckhead ice cream shop salutes the back-to-school crowd with this frozen confection destined for head-of-the-class status. Sweet Charlie’s syllabus shows several other specials to chillax the homework load. Students can subtract $2 off their purchase, be it a PB&J roll or any other Sweet Charlie’s treat, over the dates of Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18. To rev up school spirit and some good-humored competition, Sweet Charlie’s has created a school spirit board. Add a star next to your school’s name during each shop visit (school write-ins welcomed). The school sporting the most stars when the competition closes Nov. 1 wins a holiday party catered by Sweet Charlie’s. And, in this case, brain freeze can be a good incentive to work hard because all A’s on a report card merits a free ice cream through Sweet Charlie’s Good Grades Reward Program (must show report card to redeem, limit one per student). Yes, school buses, and Sweet Charlie’s, are on a roll.
Taco Mac asks, “Does anyone else feel a draft coming on?” An ice-cold draft in a glass? A draft of fall football weather inching down the field? Fantasy football draft picks? Commissioners, step up and set the fantasy football season ball in motion. Book a fantasy football draft party at Taco Mac and score a special league commissioner swag package from Taco Mac and Miller Lite. Take home a league championship ring to give to the season winner, a Taco Mac hat, $10 off $25 offers for each week of the season and plenty more. To book, call your preferred BFF (best fantasy football) Taco Mac location or complete the request form at http://fantasydraft.tacomac.com/. Book early; commissioner packages available while supplies last. From wings to beer to views, Taco Mac has everything your league needs to set the 2017 season in motion.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Guitar tunes go with tacos like guac with tortilla chips. Have all this and more on Wednesday nights at Jefe’s Tequila & Tacos in Town Brookhaven. John Thrasher fills the cantina with his acoustic guitar and vocals on Aug. 9 beginning at 6 p.m. Atlanta couples wholeheartedly say, “I do!” to booking Thrasher and the five star-rated Atlanta Wedding Band for their wedding parties. Additionally, he fronts his own original music projects -- treat yourself to an earful here. Taco tip, Jefe’s long list of tacos come in soft tortillas for munch that doesn’t crunch when you’re tuned into the music! Margaritas and beer make an ideal backup band.
Monday, August 7, 2017
How ‘Bout That Hummus? The smooth chameleon of dips and spreads adapts to the theme du jour. Mediterranean purists can scoop classic, Kalamata olive, lemon garlic or Jerusalem hummus. Dabblers, turn your attention to magenta-hued vegan beet, caramelized onion or roasted poblano sweet corn. Contrast sugar and spice by whipping batches of addicting chocolate chip cookie dough or banana bread hummus as well as batches of Buffalo, turmeric sweet potato or smoky chipotle pumpkin hummus. Out of pasta sauce? Hmmmmm. Hummus saves face, again.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Homemade is the way to go for Dennis the Prescott. Feed the desires of your heart and appetite with recipes from his new “Eat Delicious” cookbook. Feasting eyes on his photos leads to another temptation…clicking over to order his cookbook. Kindle it this morning for instant gratification and ideas for tonight’s dinner.
Prince of the potluck, sweetheart of the church buffet, banana pudding rules the Southern dessert table. And, Banana Pudding is the newest signature ice cream at Sweet Charlie’s in Buckhead courting Nilla Wafers, toasted banana and crowned by a dollop of whipped cream.