Celebrate Charlotte Nelson [Reminder]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 23, 2013

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I just wanted to remind everyone that on Tuesday, February 26th (aka this Tuesday), there is a fundraiser at SweetWater Brewery for Fox Bros. BBQ executive chef Charlotte Nelson.  Nelson recently succumbed to breast cancer.  The event will serve to celebrate Charlotte’s life.  Meanwhile, the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Center, which is widely regarded for its extremely low overhead (aka … the money you give will end up in the scientist’s hands).

There will be plenty of “action” at the event. Ryan Hidinger of Staplehouse, who is in the midst of his own cancer treatment, is scheduled to speak.  There will be roughly twenty chefs (including Ryan Smith of ESS and Eddie Hernandez of TdS) slinging grub; and, in addition, tickets to the event are now just $50 (originally they were $100).  So basically … GO!!!!!

It should be a rocking good but bittersweet time; check out the details after the jump.

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Charlotte Nelson of Fox Bros BBQ Passes

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 11, 2013

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Sad news from over the weekend.  Charlotte Nelson of Fox Bros BBQ has passed.  She was 37 and she had breast cancer.  On Friday, Jonathan Fox emailed folks to update everyone on the status of Charlotte.  In that email, Fox mentioned an event for “Charlotte’s Web”, to help curtail medical costs and ease the family’s tension.  Sadly, Charlotte passed away on Saturday.  However, I have been told that the event is still a go, though the details are a little in flux.

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The event is on Tuesday, February 26th, tickets are $100 and there are a bevy of participating restaurants/chefs.  You’ll get some grub (in the form of passed hors d’oeuvres), some booze, and you’ll get to participate in a silent auction.  Meanwhile, Moontower will be providing all of your auditory needs.

Tickets can be purchased via brown paper tickets and details of the event can be found on event website SupportCharlottesWeb.comThe website has not been updated to reflect Charlotte’s passing, but updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

I’ll update this post with any pertinent information I receive.

UPDATE:

The proceeds from Charlotte’s Web are now going to go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation –92 percent of donations there go to directly back to research.

Big Tex Cantina Restaurant Review – Decatur, GA [First Impressions] 6

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 06, 2011

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Big Tex Cantina, a Tex-Mex joint from Fox Brothers Barbecue et al, is officially opun fo’ bid’ness.  Located just off the beaten path in downtown Decatur, you’ll find Big Tex’s in the vacant space that once housed Nathalie’s Fish House.

Opened nearly a year to the day after the dearly departed said adios, Big Tex is a straight up So-Tex watering hole that nudges the harshed upon stepchild of Mexican cuisine.  Regardless of the ultimate success or failure of such an endeavor, you can’t say Big Tex, for better or worse, is not trying to do something a little different with the portmantologism of Texan Mexican grub.

A typical plate of Tex-Mex is like a fortress of food.  In such a case, a plate covered by a castle of tortillas, cheese, meat (and sometimes gravy), and buttressed with some rice and frijoles refritos, will taunt you.  “Eat me … break down my caloric induced walls and best me … I dare you.”  That’s not what you get at Big Tex.

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Bobby & June’s Kountry Kitchen Restaurant Review – Midtown, Atlanta, GA [First Impressions] 6

Posted by Foodie Buddha on April 13, 2010

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Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen is a place of romanticism and idealized memories.  Every city has a place (or two) like this, a breakfast joint that serves as a tribute to times gone by from era’s long past.  It’s here we find this simple little shack, nestled in the bosom of high-rises and traffic jams.  Sitting proudly on 14th street in the cleavage between Midtown and Westside, Bobby and June’s bright yellow sign and weather tested wood planks immediately call attention to this Atlanta institution.

It’s a popular eatery amongst those that attend Georgia Tech, as it serves as a comfortable mixture of Waffle House meets Fox Bros.  With its very own barbecue pit, Bobby and June’s moves seamlessly between the world’s of Meat & 3’s and diners.  It was this history that coaxed me out of bed one recent morning, inviting me in for a meal where calories aren’t to be trifled with and organic is a term that applies to the Streak-O-Lean on your plate and not a food movement.  Though I’m much more likely to see a sunrise on my way to bed than on my way out of it, the opportunity to rejuvenate the Ambiguously Foodie Duo was just too much to pass up.

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Carnivores Tear Into The Atlanta BBQ Festival At Turner Field 3

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 28, 2009

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Just a shade over two weeks ago, I hit up Turner Field for the Atlanta BBQ Festival.  Given that this was their inaugural party, I was pretty impressed with how smoothly things went down.  While the grubblins were essentially left to their own devices, it wasn’t too hard to figure out what was what.  It was particularly amusing to see the little dance that developed.

Step 1: One of the tents would fire up some free barbecue
Step 2: A massive line would form
Step 3: Crowd would mow down their the amuse-bouche sized samples with fervor
Step 4: Crowd would instantly dissipate and move onto the next station victim, rinse, and repeat

While there were a ton of boutique grill masters on hand, a number of Atlanta barbecue joints made an appearance (Fox Bros comes to mind).  As logic would follow, there were a plethora of styles and meats available, so I won’t go through all the individual bites I had.  However, there were a couple of competitions, a report by Good Day Atlanta, and a bunch of photos… so check it out (after the jump of course)

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Chef Jay Clark Moves From The Defunct Bureau To Fox Bros Bar-B-Q 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 03, 2009

This news is actually a bit outdated, but it’s still worth a mention.  Chef Jay Clark, who previously served as the Executive Chef at The Bureau, has found a home at Fox Bros Barbecue in L5P.  This news brought on a “Well how bout that” moment.  The move is a distinct departure for Clark as his previous stints include time at NYC’s Babbo and some of Shaun Doty’s restaurants.

Regardless, it seems like a needed move from Fox Bros, as their food has always been highly inconsistent.  In fact, it’s that inconsistency that was the main culprit in the review a few months back.  All that aside, with the Bureau now a thing of the past, it’s nice to see Clark resurface.

Fox Bros Bar-B-Q (BBQ) Restaurant Review – Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA 8

Posted by Foodie Buddha on March 23, 2009

Overall: ★½☆☆

Folks in these parts tend to have very strong feelings about their barbeque.  I guess that rings true throughout the South.  Whether you find yourself in Kansas City, Memphis, the Baby Blues (Carolina country), or the great state of Georgia, you are likely to find a bevy of opinions as to which style reigns supreme.  While I am far from an enthusiast, I have spent my entire childhood in the Deep South. Consequently,  I am well versed on this traditional American food.

Though the impetus behind our recent visit came from another member of the team, it was ultimately my direction that led us to Fox Bros. in the Little Five Points/Candler Park area of town.  When it was all said and done, I felt like I had let my friends down.

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