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New JoJo’s Candy Shop is sweet news for Vinings
 JoJo’s Candy Shop recently opened in the Vinings on the River shopping center / Photo credit: Ligaya Figueras Vinings just got a little bit sweeter now that 
            JoJo’s Candy Shop has opened its doors. Located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road in the Vinings on the River shopping center, which is also home to Canoe, JoJo&rsquo...

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JoJo’s Candy Shop recently opened in the Vinings on the River shopping center / Photo credit: Ligaya Figueras Vinings just got a little bit sweeter now that JoJo’s Candy Shop has opened its doors. Located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road in the Vinings on the River shopping center, which is also home to Canoe, JoJo&rsquo...
Review: Korean inflections give fresh flavor to Noona’s steakhouse fare
 “My taste buds are going crazy!” said one of my dining partners as we stepped outside Noona and onto the sidewalk in the burgeoning Parsons Alley development in downtown Duluth. Indeed, a succession of dishes — kimchi fried rice, grilled octopus with the sweet heat of ssamjang (a Korean dipping sauce), a sizzling bone-in...

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“My taste buds are going crazy!” said one of my dining partners as we stepped outside Noona and onto the sidewalk in the burgeoning Parsons Alley development in downtown Duluth. Indeed, a succession of dishes — kimchi fried rice, grilled octopus with the sweet heat of ssamjang (a Korean dipping sauce), a sizzling bone-in...
Cheers for Atlanta businesses’ efforts to combat food waste
 Hearing day in and day out about how we’re destroying our planet is enough to drive me to binge eat an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies — and then fret about yet another epidemic of our times: obesity. Yeah, you don’t want to stand next to me at a cocktail party. I’ll groan about air, water and soil pollution...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hearing day in and day out about how we’re destroying our planet is enough to drive me to binge eat an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies — and then fret about yet another epidemic of our times: obesity. Yeah, you don’t want to stand next to me at a cocktail party. I’ll groan about air, water and soil pollution...
New book gives 47 tasty reasons to get in the garden right now
  Read this book: “Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants” by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis
               (Ten Speed Press,  $22) By Wendell Brock  Next time I go plant shopping you won’t find me lurking cluelessly over lemon bee balm or screwing up my nose over huckleberry...

Posted: 8 days ago

Read this book: “Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants” by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis (Ten Speed Press,  $22) By Wendell Brock  Next time I go plant shopping you won’t find me lurking cluelessly over lemon bee balm or screwing up my nose over huckleberry...
2018 AJC Spring Dining Guide: Explore Atlanta’s new fusion revolution
 More than ever, the food we eat is an expression of cultural globalization, a reflection of our diversity and interconnectivity. Take tacos, for example. They aren’t just filled with the flavors of Mexico. These days, they are getting stuffed with the far-reaching flavors of Korea, Thailand, Hawaii and the Middle East. Our taste buds...

Posted: 9 days ago

More than ever, the food we eat is an expression of cultural globalization, a reflection of our diversity and interconnectivity. Take tacos, for example. They aren’t just filled with the flavors of Mexico. These days, they are getting stuffed with the far-reaching flavors of Korea, Thailand, Hawaii and the Middle East. Our taste buds...
Inside the mind of Gerry Klaskala
 The wheels in this guy’s head keep on turning. From the moment Gerry Klaskala and I sat down to lunch, it seemed his brain was constantly churning. Though soft-spoken, and bearing a gentle smile, he looked me squarely in the eye during our entire hourlong conversation, one that was supposed to be a get-to-know-you affair. No note-taking...

Posted: 10 days ago

The wheels in this guy’s head keep on turning. From the moment Gerry Klaskala and I sat down to lunch, it seemed his brain was constantly churning. Though soft-spoken, and bearing a gentle smile, he looked me squarely in the eye during our entire hourlong conversation, one that was supposed to be a get-to-know-you affair. No note-taking...
Food offerings abound at Great Wolf Lodge opening in May in LaGrange
 You’ll work up an appetite when you splash for hours in a water park, traverse a rope course or summit a climbing wall. Luckily, guests at the soon-to-open Great Wolf Lodge Georgia in LaGrange don’t have to walk away famished. When the family resort opens this May — grand opening is slated for May 24 — it will...

Posted: 10 days ago

You’ll work up an appetite when you splash for hours in a water park, traverse a rope course or summit a climbing wall. Luckily, guests at the soon-to-open Great Wolf Lodge Georgia in LaGrange don’t have to walk away famished. When the family resort opens this May — grand opening is slated for May 24 — it will...
Midtown’s Castle building, home to Rose + Rye, gets late-night bar, more major changes
 The ‘Castle’ Mansion in Midtown is the home of fine dining restaurant Rose + Rye. More projects are planned for the three-story
               building. / Mia Yakel Rose + Rye, the fine dining restaurant that opened last October at 87 15th Street in the “Castle” Mansion in Midtown,
             is seeing numerous changes...

Posted: 11 days ago

The ‘Castle’ Mansion in Midtown is the home of fine dining restaurant Rose + Rye. More projects are planned for the three-story building. / Mia Yakel Rose + Rye, the fine dining restaurant that opened last October at 87 15th Street in the “Castle” Mansion in Midtown, is seeing numerous changes...
Chef Zeb Stevenson leaves Watershed with plans for new dining concept
 Chef Zeb Stevenson is partnering with former Watershed co-owner Ross Jones on a new dining venture. Last week, Watershed owners Ross Jones and Emily Saliers sold the Southern restaurant in Buckhead to Matt Marcus.
            Marcus, formerly executive chef at Bluetop and Portofino, will do double-duty as Watershed owner and executive chef...

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Chef Zeb Stevenson is partnering with former Watershed co-owner Ross Jones on a new dining venture. Last week, Watershed owners Ross Jones and Emily Saliers sold the Southern restaurant in Buckhead to Matt Marcus. Marcus, formerly executive chef at Bluetop and Portofino, will do double-duty as Watershed owner and executive chef...
Watershed on Peachtree changes hands, new chef-owner Matt Marcus discusses the move
 Matt Marcus is now the chef-owner of Watershed on Peachtree. Watershed has a new owner. Ross Jones and Emily Saliers (of music duo the Indigo Girls) have sold the Southern restaurant to 
            Matt Marcus, formerly executive chef at Bluetop and Portofino, as first 
            reported by Eater. Marcus will retain the restaurant&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

Matt Marcus is now the chef-owner of Watershed on Peachtree. Watershed has a new owner. Ross Jones and Emily Saliers (of music duo the Indigo Girls) have sold the Southern restaurant to Matt Marcus, formerly executive chef at Bluetop and Portofino, as first reported by Eater. Marcus will retain the restaurant&rsquo...
Hampton + Hudson chef Savannah Sasser to helm Expat kitchen in Athens
  Chef Savannah Sasser is on the road to Athens. A little more than one year ago, Sasser departed from Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur to run the kitchen at Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park. Now, she has accepted the executive chef position at 
            The Expat in Athens, the soon-to-open restaurant and cocktail lounge...

Posted: 14 days ago

Chef Savannah Sasser is on the road to Athens. A little more than one year ago, Sasser departed from Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur to run the kitchen at Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park. Now, she has accepted the executive chef position at The Expat in Athens, the soon-to-open restaurant and cocktail lounge...
Restaurant-bar work makes parenting even more challenging
 In my decade of covering dining, there have been too many nights that I’ve made dinner for my family, left it for them, given them a goodbye hug, and gone out to work on a story. Even after nearly 23 years of marriage, nights away from family are oftentimes a tug of war between the duties and satisfactions of work and home. I want to...

Posted: 24 days ago

In my decade of covering dining, there have been too many nights that I’ve made dinner for my family, left it for them, given them a goodbye hug, and gone out to work on a story. Even after nearly 23 years of marriage, nights away from family are oftentimes a tug of war between the duties and satisfactions of work and home. I want to...
These 11 Georgia food producers were named the best in the state
 Goodson Pecans was named grand prize winner of the 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest for its Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter. Photo
               courtesy Flavor of Georgia. The 
            University of Georgia 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest winners were announced yesterday, giving consumers who support local food producers 11 more labels...

9:35 AM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Goodson Pecans was named grand prize winner of the 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest for its Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter. Photo courtesy Flavor of Georgia. The University of Georgia 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest winners were announced yesterday, giving consumers who support local food producers 11 more labels...
Life before food service
 What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I recently met a few employees at Le Bilboquet in Buckhead who have remarkable life moments to share. You wouldn’t know of their talents if you saw them in the French restaurant or passed them on the street. But, their past accomplishments inform the way they go about...

12:20 AM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I recently met a few employees at Le Bilboquet in Buckhead who have remarkable life moments to share. You wouldn’t know of their talents if you saw them in the French restaurant or passed them on the street. But, their past accomplishments inform the way they go about...
Fannie Farmer: With strict measurements, she revolutionized cookbooks
 Were it not for the work of Fannie Farmer, cookbooks today might look much different. Fannie Farmer was born on March 23, 1857, near Boston. Although she lived during a time when most women weren’t formally schooled, Farmer’s parents believed in education. They enrolled her in high school, but during her teens, Farmer suffered...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Were it not for the work of Fannie Farmer, cookbooks today might look much different. Fannie Farmer was born on March 23, 1857, near Boston. Although she lived during a time when most women weren’t formally schooled, Farmer’s parents believed in education. They enrolled her in high school, but during her teens, Farmer suffered...
DeKalb restaurants cope for days with countywide boil advisory
 For three days, a massive water main break in DeKalb County disrupted schools, hospitals, businesses and other services across the county. But none was hit harder by the mandated water boil advisory than restaurants. By the time the advisory had been lifted late Friday evening, more than 2,200 food service establishments had lost countless...

11:50 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

For three days, a massive water main break in DeKalb County disrupted schools, hospitals, businesses and other services across the county. But none was hit harder by the mandated water boil advisory than restaurants. By the time the advisory had been lifted late Friday evening, more than 2,200 food service establishments had lost countless...
Water main break puts DeKalb County restaurants ‘in the weeds’
 A water main break near Buford Highway affected numerous businesses, including restaurants. Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM A massive water main break in DeKalb County early this morning affected schools, hospitals, businesses and other services
                  across the county
               
            . It was an especially tough...

12:38 AM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

A water main break near Buford Highway affected numerous businesses, including restaurants. Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM A massive water main break in DeKalb County early this morning affected schools, hospitals, businesses and other services across the county . It was an especially tough...
EXCLUSIVE: Donetto new exec chef talks changes at the West Midtown restaurant
 Elliot Cusher is the new executive chef at Donetto. / Andrew Cebulka The departure of Michael Perez as executive chef at Donetto brings a new face to the Atlanta restaurant scene: Elliot Cusher. And, as Perez prepares to move to Charleston, S.C. to helm the kitchen at Mediterranean-inspired Cannon Green, Cusher recently
            moved...

4:01 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Elliot Cusher is the new executive chef at Donetto. / Andrew Cebulka The departure of Michael Perez as executive chef at Donetto brings a new face to the Atlanta restaurant scene: Elliot Cusher. And, as Perez prepares to move to Charleston, S.C. to helm the kitchen at Mediterranean-inspired Cannon Green, Cusher recently moved...
Exec chef change at Donetto
 Michael Perez. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Chef Michael Perez has left 
            
               Donetto and parted ways with Indigo Road Hospitality Group
            , the company that owns the six-month-old Italian restaurant in West Midtown. His last day was two weeks ago. Perez has accepted the executive chef position at Cannon Green...

2:53 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Michael Perez. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Chef Michael Perez has left Donetto and parted ways with Indigo Road Hospitality Group , the company that owns the six-month-old Italian restaurant in West Midtown. His last day was two weeks ago. Perez has accepted the executive chef position at Cannon Green...
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