A little ways back, TED.com had a little event here in Atlanta called TEDx. I’ve talked about Ted.com on here a bunch, so I’ll spare you all the background. But suffice it to say, TED talks are some of the most interesting ways you can spend roughly 18-minutes of time.
At TEDx Atlanta, Greg Best, our city’s foremost presence in cocktail culture, took time off from his day job to talk a little bit about bartending, chemistry, and so forth. I waited anxiously to share this with you guys, and thankfully – the video was posted on YouTube late last week.
You read that right folks … Holeman & Finch Bottle Shop just got their liquor license. That means we should start seeing the goods flowith shortly. I’ll update y’all with the full details once I get back in front of a computer (I’m on my phone right now)
It is tomato season, so when life gives you 25 lbs. of fresh tomatoes, you make a shit ton of delicious Bloody Mary mix. Thanks to one David Dreyer, a friend who I don’t spend nearly enough time with, I have a liter of Double-D’s Bloody Mary mix in my refrigerator. Rather, I had a liter but have consumed more than my fair share in the 24-hours since it arrived on my doorstep. While the exact recipe remains under lock and key, here’s a little rough guideline for you.
I’ve posted videos from TED before. Short for Technology Entrepreneurship and Design, TED.com is a a treasure trove of goodness with lots of amazing content covering an array of topics. Luckily for us, food culture and its derivatives are a hot topic.
Thanks in large part to establishments like Holeman & Finch (and by extension H&F Bottle Shop), Leon’s Full Service, and Perrine’s Wine Shop, Atlanta’s beer community, cocktail culture, and wine enthusiasm is alive, well, and growing. Despite spending a year of my life working for a distributor (and managing a bar in college), I must say that I often overlook the contribution libations make to my dining and entertainment experiences.
Thankfully, there are no shortage of resources available that will help keep you in touch with all the cocktail happenings here in Atlanta and the neighboring areas. Here’s an abbreviated guide to all things drink in The Dirty South (in alphabetical order of course).
H&F Bottle Shop, that long awaited and much delayed upscale liquor store from the gang at Holeman & Finch, appears ready to say hello world. According to the facebook feed of one of the owners, part one is set to open next week. Though no such mention can be found on their facebook page, this seems like a reliable source to me.
The shop is located in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, just north of their eponymous restaurant, and they will run M-Sa 11a-11pm until we get rid of that stupid no liquor on Sunday law. Complete with an on premise sommelier, a bevy of boutique liquors, and even some recipe cards so you can do your best Greg Best at home. I don’t think there’s a person in this city who thinks this place will fail … and count me in as one of the anxious customers. I’ve also heard really cool things about the order fulfillment process … so be ready for that when you first buy!