November 6, 2012
Eat This! New Food Feeds in the ATL
“Chefs Feed,” “Atlanta Eats,” and “Feed Radio” bring new, ATL-based eats programming to Mobile, Web, TV and Radio
By Nancy Staab
The appetite for local food news heats up with three dishy new platforms covering local chefs, local dining and more far-ranging food discussions inspired by pieces of music. And good news: these new programs come from some of the savviest, most connected sources on the Atlanta dining scene: James Oxendine, Linton Hopkins, Greg Best and Steak (yes, Steak) Shapiro.
Chefs Feed : A Killer Local Food App
Who better to take your eating cues from then the most beloved, awarded and recognized chefs in the region? That’s the concept behind the new app Chefs Feed. It’s a national platform with a local version just launched for Atlanta and written and produced by knowledgeable food pundit/man about town James Oxendine (former “The Micropundit” food blogger and “Covered Dish” columnist for Atlanta magazine and current “Atlanta Food Chatter” contributor to LuxeCrush.com). Oxendine has long had the ears of all the best chefs, restaurant architects, and civic leaders in town and now he’s taking advantage of those chef connections and tapping them for your benefit. Who doesn’t want to know where chef Linton Hopkins goes for “angry mussels” (answer: JCT. Kitchen) or what local dish gets a rave from Kevin Rathbun (answer: the farm egg baked in celery cream from Miller Union). Not to mention more under-the-radar food haunts, diners, ethnic markets and other sources of good grub. Each dish recommendation is accompanied by a compact chef’s review and striking visuals. Oxendine says, “As a long-time advocate for and observer of Atlanta’s dynamic food scene, I really enjoyed compiling a listing of some the hottest chef's in town(and the nation) and providing a cogent snapshot of their food faves here in town. I believe that the international reach of the Chefs Feed franchise will only add even more cache to our dining scene and its prime-time players.”
The Atlanta chef directory already reads like a culinary who’s who and Oxendine is just getting started, with the likes of Anne Quatrano, Hugh Acheson, Guy Wong, Shaun Doty, pastry wiz Cynthia Wong (recently departed from Empire State South) Richard Blais, Todd Richards and many more on the registry
Tap “Feed Me Now” for an immediate list of dining recommendations based on your GPS location and “powered by professional palates,” as the press release reads. And when you travel, you will want to tap this app for local dining recommendations from taco shacks to white tablecloth establishments in 16 top culinary towns, including NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago Washington D.C. and Miami.
So what’s on Oxendine’s own Atlanta eats radar? “My ATL faves are --in no particular order-- Quinnones Room( best special occasion restaurant on the planet), Two Urban Licks ( it defines the authentic Atlanta experience), Miso Izakaya (the new go-to joint for ramen), The Busy Bee ( the heart-and-soul food place) and any of Kevin Rathbun's spots. I also love 4th & Swift, The Shed at Glenwood under chef Todd Richards, and I am very interested in the "new" Pano's (coming soon?).”
With a five-star rave from The New York Times, Bon Appetit magazine and Huffington Post, the easy Chefs Feed app puts Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, April Bloomfield, Cory Lee, Alain Ducasse, Chris Consentino, David Chang and 500 other noted chefs’ personal eating maps at your fingertips.
Chefs Feed is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch models and is optimized for iPhone 5. Download the app for free at ChefsFeed.com or via iTunes.
Feed Radio: Linton Hopkins & Greg Best take to the airwaves at 1690 AM
Chef/Owner and Renaissance Man Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch) and his main mixologist Greg Best have teamed up on a new radio program, Feed Radio, with a twin food and music focus for Atlanta arts station 1690 A.M. Both Best and Hopkins have James Beard nods to their name and both like to talk shop about food, drinks recipes, food culture-- all set to their favorite music—from Velvet Underground to Bob Dylan. (And only Hopkins can use the topic of kitchen preps for carrots as a segue into Beethoven, variations on a theme, and the creative process!) The duo will call upon some of their top foodie pals from Atlanta and beyond for the program, which first aired in October. A signature song will be the catalyst for each program’s discussions. Hopkins explains, “One of my favorite songs is ‘Mannish Boy’ by Muddy Waters. Blues ties in well with the cast iron skillet. Both are deep, black, Southern and universal. Both have a swagger to them. So this could lead to a chat about the importance of the cast iron skillet. Or a subject like improvisational cooking could easily segue into a bouillabaisse of jazz.” Sounds delicious.
Feed Radio airs at 7PM on the second and fourth Thursday of each moth on AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts in Atlanta, www.1690wmlb.com There’s also a downloadable app or you can live stream the show via the website above.
“Atlanta Eats” TV Show on CBS
With a name like Steak Shapiro, it is almost manifest destiny to fall into the food business. Shapiro may be best known as a sports radio host on the popular “Mayham in the A.M” show for 790 The Zone radio station, but now he’s venturing into the food arena with a weekly new TV show highlighting the best local Atlnata eats, high and low. With its democratic tastes, Shapiro’s show ranges from Revolution Doughnuts and Bone Lick Barbecue (with off-the-wall bacon-flavored cotton candy and barbecue nachos, as well as standard cue items on the menu) to No. 246. Other nosh spots that have been covered in the first few shows include The Optimist, Toscano & Sons, Table and Main (in Roswell), Indian eatery Bhojanic, Bocado, Lottafrutta the Cuban-inspired fruiteria, Serpas and more.
And Shapiro even ventures, gasp, OTP, to fuel his feeding frenzy. During the show, Shapiro saddles up to local diners, samples signature dishes and goes behind the kitchen with the chefs for insights. It’s not exactly CIA (Culinary Institute of America) material, in that it focuses more on the fun part of eating than the cooking technique, but the show is fun, informative accessible and easily digestible in just 30 minute segments. The half-hour show airs Saturdays at noon on CBS/46 Atlanta. There are also web and radio components. Says Atlanta Eats co-founder and self-described “Chief Brisket Officer" Cody Hicks, “ With Atlanta as the number one city in the country in regards to percentage of food dollars spent on dining out, it only makes sense that the city needs an outlet like this.” Warning: Just don’t watch this on an empty stomach!
For more info visit www.atlantaeats.com