Team Hidi: 01.27.13

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 07, 2013


Support Ryan Hidinger and Team Hidi.  All you need to know at

The bullet points:

a) Several Atlanta restaurants (Muss & Turner’s, Local Three, Empire State South and Five & Ten) to name a few have added a line to the bottom of their guest checks … it’s called “Round Up for Ryan”.  You can donate that way.

b) On Sunday, January 27th, there will be awesomeness from 4pm until 8pm at the King Plow (  It’s $150 plus some fees … buy tickets

The list of food that will be there is impressive and still growing:

Floataway Cafe
Muss & Turner’s / Local Three
4th & Swift
Brick Store Pub / Leon’s Full Service
Taco Mac
STG / Bocado
Miller Union
No. 246 / The Optimist
Double Zero Napoletana / The Iberian Pig
Restaurant Eugene / Holeman & Finch
Empire State South
Cakes & Ale
Greg Hardesty with Recess in Indy
Six Feet Under
Honeysuckle Gelato
Fox Brothers BBQ / The Big Tex

Silver Fox Alert: Laying Over in Atlanta #Spoilers

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 02, 2012

While I’m honestly the last person to care about celebrity sightings, I can make an exception every now and then.  Case in point: the mythical Silver Fox has been spotted in Atlanta.  Anthony Bourdain, known to his friends and cohorts as Tony Bourdain, is in Atlanta right now filming for the soon to be defunct TV show “The Layover.”

While I’m not sure when this episode will air, it is in fact the final shoot for The Layover … so there’s something momentous in that.  So if you happen to see a sporty red Challenger whizz by you over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.  That’s just Tony being Tony.

He’s already been firing some guns with Empire State South exec chef Ryan Smith and he dropped in at Octane Coffee/Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park.  There are a few more destinations sprinkled in … but what fun is it if I tell you all of that now! ;-)  #MuHa

For those unfamiliar, The Layover is a show geared towards those food curious travelers who are simply in town on a mere pit stop.  It’s on the Travel Channel, and even though I prefer No Reservations (Tony’s other show) … some Tony is always better than no Tony.

Star Chefs Currently Scouring Atlanta [Spoilers]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 11, 2012

star chefs logo

I hope I’m not alone when I say that I couldn’t care less to hear where “Famous Movie Star XYZ” or “Who the hell is that person and why do I care who they are ABC” happen to be at any given moment.  I care even less about where they eat, especially in our city.  Still, if that’s your bag baby then I’m not really hear to harsh on you.

However, I do become inquisitive when someone notable in the food world comes to Atlanta with a real purpose.  Such is the case with Star Chefs, a culinary industry magazine/website that you may not have heard about, but you probably should know.  They’re in Atlanta right now … and here’s why.

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Someone Famous Wants To Eat In Atlanta

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 23, 2011

Bonjwing Lee, known to most as The Ulterior Epicure, is, what my good friend calls, a super blogger.  Dude be everywhere.  His eating budget is larger than most people’s living budget and he’s got the food porn to prove it.  Plus, he travels … UH LOT and he’s contributed to the pretty awesome Bluestem cookbook, which you can snag off Amazon!

Today, UE published his best of 2011 restaurant edition.  Be warned: it’s a jealousy inducing list of culinary wet dreams.  Towards the end of the post, The UE fired off his 2012 Bucket List.  That alone will bring many a foodie to salivate.

Why do I mention this?  Well, a) it’s of general interest to anyone who loves food and b) both Empire State South and Miller Union showed up on his To-Do List for 2012.  Score ATLANTA!

Thanks to the incredibly awesome tax credits bestowed upon the Georgia film industry, Atlanta is a hot spot of celebrity sightings and the UE is perhaps the most noteworthy restaurant blogger on the interwebs.  While I’ll admit that more people are likely to care about Bustin Jieber than Tony Bourdain, and I am long since past the point where I get nervous meeting someone famous, I know at least a few people of the female persuasion who are kind of excited by the idea of Lee weaving through our city.

So if I were to get all happy dance in the same way an 80s mallrat would at a Debbie Gibson, or Deborah Gibson, or whatever the hell she’s calling herself these days, concert … the UE would certainly be worthy of my teenage dream screams.  Plus, Lee’s initial motivations for remaining anonymous line up with why I still try to be, so I have very much appreciated his looking glass.  Plus, he writes like a boss.

As for his expectations for ESS & MU, well – I’m sure y’all know I’m not exactly elated by my visits to either, but I look forward to hearing what the Ulterior Epicure will have to say should he indeed make good on his wishes.

[via The UE blog]

The Atlantic On Atlanta [Food Guides]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 16, 2011


The Atlantic is a well established website/magazine that covers a variety of mainstream media topics.  Earlier today, they published an article by Corby Kummer entitled A Food Lover’s Guide To Atlanta.  Instigated by a reader question, Kummer invoked the assistance of Kim Severson, a newly transplanted employee of the New York Times, and Christiane Lauterbach, the Grande Dame of Atlanta’s culinary industry.

There is a brief discussion of Scott Peacock’s departure from Decatur’s Watershed; however, Severson ultimately advises on Cakes & Ale and the much lauded Miller Union on the Westside.  Soon after, Lauterbach chimes in. She suggests Empire State South and new pastry chef Cynthia Wong as well as Restaurant Eugene.  Lauterbach is a staunch supporter of Atlanta’s street food, so there’s a mention of that as well.  Finally, Lauterbach points out the newly opened No. 246 and LeRoy’s Fried Chicken.  Though Lauterbach doesn’t advise on the quality of the food at the last two (they just opened after all), I will say that LFC should be avoided like the plague.

[via TheAtlantic]

Attack Of The Killer Tomato Festival [Get Your Tomato On]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 28, 2011


It’s Atlanta, it’s July, and it’s tomato season.  That can only mean one thing: it’s time for the annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.  This highly seasonal food festival put on by the fine folks at Georgia Organics returns to the Westside Urban Market and neighboring Westside Provisions District on Sunday, July 17th.  From 1pm-5pm you’ll be able to consume, carouse, and cavort like it’s nobody’s business.

For those unfamiliar with said event, here’s the lowdown.  Basically, a bunch of chefs, farmers, and mixologists get together and put out their best tomato inspired food and drink.  Think of it as the most kid appropriate orgy you will find.

It’s a get it while you can type of event, so I suggest you arrive early and buy your tickets even earlier.  Tickets currently stand at $60 for non-members of GO and $55 for those that do subscribe.  After July 1st, all tickets are $70.

Though prices have gone up since last year, this festival, in my humble and honest opinion, is the best festival in town, bar none.  If that isn’t enough to wet your whistle, check out my recap of last year’s event and/or the Flickr set!

More details after the jump!

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To Live And Dine In Atlanta Drops Tonight [Food Festivals]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 11, 2010

to live and dine in atlanta

The food festivals are coming fast and furious these days. Thanks to Georgia Organics, who just BLEW YA MIND with the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, we have another one this evening.  Entitled “To Live And Die In Atlanta,” tonight’s event features stalwarts like Hugh Acheson and Carvel Grant Gould.  While I don’t expect Richard Chance to pop up and start blowing people away, the event does sound like a big deal.

There’s an emphasis on farm-to-table cooking, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have room for food trucks.  The Incredible Flying Soup Mobile will be there as will the bursting at the seems Yumbii Taco Truck.  Details after the jump!

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Empire State South Going Live In August? [Openings] 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 03, 2010

chef hugh atchesonSo yeah, this is a little like beating a dead horse, but here’s the latest on Empire State South, Hugh Acheson’s much discussed Atlanta endeavor.

After multiple delays, the Midtown restaurant is now scheduled for late August.  This is stated on their website … but last time they did that, you know how that ended up. Frankly, I’m a little worn out on restaurants putting an opening date on their doors/websites/press/etc… when there is no way they can hit the date.

Also, Nick Melvin, who many know from his time at Parish in Inman Park, is set to run the kitchen.  We’ll see how that shapes up.  To date, I have yet to find Melvin’s food worthy of any real praise.

Other than that, the bocce ball court seems all but finished, there’ll be a coffee bar, and the rest is brew-haha and he said/she said.

Empire State South Restaurant Address & Information

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 // Empire State website

Tomato Season: Attack Of The Killer Tomato Festival Returns For 2010 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on July 26, 2010

Attack of The Killer Tomato Festival for $500 please Mr. Kebert Xela …

Answer: Jay Swift, Anne Quatrano, Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings, Kevin Gillespie, Bruce Logue.
Question: Who are just a few of the awesome chef’s showing up at this years Attack of The Killer Tomato Festival?

Yes ladies and gents … it is that time again.  Thanks to the good folks over at Georgia Organics, the Killer Tomatoes are back.  Just like last year, the event will land at the Westside Urban Market, home to places like JCT Kitchen and Star Provisions.  From 1pm – 5pm on Sunday August 8th, you’ll be able to indulge yourself in a sea of all things red.

To further wet your whistle, check out Savory Exposure’s recap of last years event.  When you’re done with that, go check out Running With Tweezers flickr set.  Tickets are $45 for Georgia Organics members and $50 for those of you who are not.  However, prices go up this Saturday (to $65)… so I suggest you buy them now! Full details just after the jump!

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Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South Pushed To August [Openings]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on May 11, 2010

Last we heard, Athens’ culinarian Hugh Acheson was expanding his empire to the Capital Peach.  This past April, he hoped to open Empire State South.  Things didn’t go as planned and the space (located at 999 Peachtree St) is still under construction.  Today, in Hugh’s post about bocce ball, Acheson mentioned that things might be ready in August.  Time will tell … stay tuned!

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