October 8, 2012
ATL Dining Chatter
The latest news bites from the dining scene and ATL’s newest eats beats
By James Oxendine
A winning Chopped chef goes down-home with Buttermilk Kitchen in Chastain, Victory Sandwich Bar scores a win with libations whiz Paul Calvert, a former Restaurant Daniel chef goes edgy in Inman Park and more notes from the ATL’s always-evolving dining scene
Put some South in Your Mouth at Buttermilk Kitchen
Food Network Chopped winner, Chef Suzanne Vizethann, will open a breakfast and lunch spot focused on sustainable, local ingredients in the Chastain neighborhood on October 9.
I got a sneak peek at Atlanta’s latest southern themed resto, Buttermilk Kitchen, and came away impressed with the philosophy behind its creation, menu and design--each an ode to the best that the South has to offer.
Buttermilk Kitchen is the brainchild of 29-year-old Suzanne Vizethann. The native Atlantan is also the co-owner of The Hungry Peach, a chic lunch café located at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center). Buttermilk Kitchen is slated to open in October in a residential-like cottage, painted blue, that formerly housed Cafe At Pharr at 4225 Roswell Road. Buttermilk Kitchen will offer Southern style breakfast and lunch service classics, created from scratch with locally sourced ingredients, including free-range chicken from GrassRoots Farms near Athens.
Vizethan plans is to operate Buttermilk Kitchen seven days a week, from 7 AM. to about 4 or 5 PM in the afternoon, with a BYOB fried chicken dinner to be served every Tuesday night. Her goal is to operate a kitchen where almost everything will be made in in-house from scratch. The restaurant concept pays tribute to the eatery’s name, “Buttermilk,” which refers to the liquid utilized after butter was churned. The menu carries out the Southern philosophy of letting nothing go to waste and includes several pasture-to-plate items like pimento cheese made in-house and handmade hot dogs made with meat sourced from a local farm. Other menu items: Pork Belly BLT, Blueberry Cobbler Stuffed Pancakes, Eggs Benedict with Country Ham and Red Eye Hollandaise, and Sous Vide Flank Steak and Eggs.
Buttermilk Kitchen’s rustic farmhouse aesthetic (one wall features a mural that says stone-ground grits) reflects Vizethan’s desire to “up cycle; giving items a second chance or bringing them back to life”. The floors are repurposed wood; vintage milk bottles serve as water pitchers and as light fixtures; and salved shutters are used as the ceiling.
Last weekend’s Friends and Family event drew a packed house that included star chefs Zeb Stevenson (The Livingston); Marc Taft (Chicken and The Egg); Shane Devereux (The Lawrence); and Jeremy Miller (STK) –the latter introducing his specialty sodas that will be available exclusively at Buttermilk Kitchen. Several menu items were introduced, including a grass-fed burger served on a sourdough waffle that brought a down-home riff to an American classic and a classic shrimp and grits. Based upon the first look (and bites), I believe that Buttermilk Kitchen will be a keeper.
JAMES OXENDINE’S NEWS BITES FROM THE LOCAL DINING SCENE
Atlanta based ai3, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design studio, has been chosen as the design partner for a new project from Chef Mel Toledo (Bacchanalia, Restaurant Daniel in NYC) called Foundation that will be based on the edgy outskirts of Inman Park. Likewise, expect an edgy menu and attitude when it opens in 2013. Ai3 has also signed on to design Ink &Elm, a highly-anticipated tavern and lounge in Druid Hills. According to their facebook page:
“From the kitchen, Ink & Elm hosts the culinary stylings of Executive Chef Stephen Sharp, presently the Executive Chef at Blue Ridge Grille and formerly at French American Brasserie. Chef Sharp’s menu at Ink & Elm returns to his Atlanta roots and highlights the Southern cuisine he studied at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. His dinner menu specializes in local and seasonal ingredients elevated to bring traditional flavors to modern, Southern entrees. Chef Sharp changes the offerings almost daily consistent with the availability of ingredients from local and regional providers….Chef Sharp brings his culinary outlook to the tavern through an elevated bar menu of specialty appetizers, pub fare, and main dishes reflective of the same regionally inspired, locally sourced entrees in the dining room. For those hungry later after dark, the tavern makes high quality Southern provisions available for a midnight meal or a late-night snack.”
La Tagliatella, a global Italian restaurant concept popular in Europe, which has selected Atlanta for its first two U.S. locations, is also partnering with ai3 for design of its 3 stores, including an Arlington, Virginia location.
Here’s our own account of the coming resto from our LuxeCrush 2012 Culinary Compendium:
“The Madrid Spain-based, but Italian-inspired, restaurant La Tagliatella is slated to go in the former Silk restaurant space in the Metropolis building in Midtown in late 2012, according to real estate investment firm Jamestown (the same group behind White Provision complex and the upcoming Ponce City Market). La Taliatella may be a chain, technically, with over 100 locations in Spain and France, but its modern Italian concept is relatively high end. Think: sophisticated antipasti, two dozen wood oven pizzas and about 20 pastas, from farfalle to cuore di zucca with 20 mix-and-match sauces—from a decadent black truffle, duck Maigret and cream sauce to a Sicilian Tomato, eggplant, onion and black olive sauce-- on the encyclopedic menu. Lasagnas, beef, veal and pork round out this business account menu.” latagliatella.es/eng/index.php
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the famed Sun Dial restaurant will undergo a $3 million renovation next year that may require closing it down for a month or longer. The renovation is part of a $45 million makeover for the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel.
Eater Atlanta is reporting that Todd Immel, who worked for several years at Seeger’s, has been named top toque at Floataway Café. Immel previously held the position of salumiere at Star Provisions, where he'd been since 2008. He will continue his role as the mentor of the Star Provisions meat department, while developing his Italian/French/Spanish –inflected menu for Floataway Cafe. www.starprovisions.com/floataway-cafe.html
Creative Loafingnotes that Paul Calvert, formerly of Pura Vidaand Creative Loafing’s Best Bartender award winner 2011, is now the Beverage Director at Victory Sandwich Bar. We are pretty sure he will leave Victory’s classic Jack and Coke slushie in a Mason Jar intact, but will add some sophistication to the drink menu. Currently on the menu: “Tina’s Pajamas” with Scotch, yellow Chartreuse, lemon and honey and “Motorcycle Diary” with Berkshire Mt. rum, Carpano vermouth, Cynar and bitters. www.vicsandwich.com
At Pura Vida, Calvert’s has been replaced by long time staffers, Bradford Tolleson & Raul Aparcana.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported that the luxe apartment tower, 77 12th Street had landed two new restaurants, both slated to open this fall. Chutney, an Indian restaurant from the owners of Norcross-based Indian eater The Palacein Peachtree Corners, will feature menu items such as chicken, lamb, fish and shrimp skewers; flatbreads; naan and chili crab, and Taco Diner, a Mexico City-style taqueria will arrive via M Crowd Restaurant Group, the Dallas-based company behind the coming 12th and Midtown tex-mex Mi Cucina. See our preview of Mi Cucina here: www.luxecrush.com/grazing/article/bienvenida-a-mi-cocina-eatery-in-midtown
Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that star chef Paul Albrecht’s Vinings Fish Company in the Vinings Jubilee Shopping Center has closed and that the space will be filled by a unit of the fast-casual breakfast chain, Another Broken Egg.
Starting from the parking lot at Star Provisions on Thursday, October 11th, the Southern Food Tour will offer a guided tour of the establishments of four of Atlanta’s most distinguished chefs -- Anne Quatrano(Bacchanalia), Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen), Adam Evans ( The Optimist) and Linton Hopkins ( Restaurant Eugene). For further deets: