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

A Medical Diagnosis From Staplehouse

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 04, 2013

For those of you who follow my blog and the ATL food scene with any semblance of frequency, you probably know about Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen.  They put together Staplehouse, perhaps the best supper club this city has to offer.

Well, Ryan is very very sick.  I’m not going to dress this up; rather, I’ll just point you to this post if you care to find out more.  Go check them out on the Staplehouse facebook page and spend some time over on the Staplehouse website.  They have a mailing list you can sign up for, which will be the best way to keep up with what they are dealing with.

Gato Arigato: Baton Supper Series Is Back … Sort Of

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 09, 2012

noodle porn from ivan ramen at baton supper series

Baton Supper Series, that “on hiatus” underground supper club run out of Gato Bizco in Candler Park is revving up again.  Moses Archuleta & Bryson Tedford, who brought us awesomeness like this, mass mailed some people earlier tonight with some information.  All you need to know is in the email, which I’ve posted after the jump.

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BATON Supper Series: Ramen Time with Ivan Orkin

Posted by Foodie Buddha on June 18, 2012

Gato Tokyo Bizco

When I told Spark Plug not to leave the city this month, I meant it.  Did she listen? No, no she didn’t.  When she reads this, am I going to get an international phone call shortly thereafter at which time I will be dressed down? Admittedly, I did not tell her exactly why … so for that I’ll grant her a brief reprieve. [yes, I can keep secrets y’all, even from my best of friends].  But let’s move on and stop twisting the knife in that poor girl’s heart.  Her loss is our gain (as an extra-seat is available).

BATON Supper Club at Candler Park’s Gato Bizco Café is back (for Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26th) and this one might be the biggest coup yet! [I feel like I say that every time they announce one of those things].

Now that my reservations are in place, I am happy to share with y’all the details for the latest rendition of the show.

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BATON Supper Series Returns: Mirarchi & Headley

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 12, 2012

Steady Diet of Something

Archuleta and Tedford are back again with another rendition of their BATON Supper Series.  As with the first three, the duet has managed to wrangle another impressive cookmeister from lands abroad.  So check out the details after the jump and hop on the reservation bandwagon asap.

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Danny Bowien BATON Dinner Is Sold Out

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 06, 2012


The playfully named upcoming Meat & Three BATON Supper Series dinner has sold out.  However, I’m not writing this as a neener neener to those who did not secure a seat (welcome to my club); but instead, I am telling people who planned on taking advantage of the walk-in service that BATON’s plans have changed and that feature is no longer an option.

According to Moses Archuleta (who runs BATON along with Bryson Tedford), the counter is now for reservations only.  However, the Monday night music act is still free for everyone.  Suggested arrival time for that is 10:45 and there will be a single menu item available for purchase to those who show up then.

As for those who will be seated at the counter, it doesn’t sound like the à la carte menu is still available.  I was told:

It may or may not be the same menu, haha. We will figure it out one way or another the days leading up to it. But it shouldn’t end up costing anymore, regardless.

I’m curious to hear what happens there.  I can’t imagine it would be a good idea to complicate service with unique offerings … but even with that apprehensive thought, I would be no less enthused to see what was what.  BATON has earned my trust in the two meals I’ve had … so why expect anything different here.

Baton Supper Series Returns: Mission Chinese Food + Danny Bowien 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 01, 2012

肉 + ㆔

Were you ever around during the formative years for a band that ultimately hit it big?  If you’re anything like me, you feel somewhat responsible for that band’s success and you wear that like a badge of honor.  Ladies and gents, I think you have an opportunity to be a part of that type of culinary explosion.  It seems that Bryson Tedford and Moses Archuleta are kicking ass and taking names.  Only, they’re not a band and they aren’t even chefs.  Their like a crack-commando duo of restaurateur ilk but with a sweet ass concept that you won’t find anywhere else in Atlanta (and perhaps the country).

For the past several months, T&A have been putting on the BATON Supper Series.  They bring in a super awesome chef from lands far away and plop them down in Candler Park’s Gato Bizco Café for a two night whirlwind.

Every month I sit here watching my inbox like a hawk, waiting for news of the next supper club, half expecting a “sorry folks, we just can’t do it anymore.”  And so far, my fears have been summarily dismissed every single time.  Bryson and Moses keep pulling in a huge name every single time.  So check out the details for round 3 of BATON, which drops Monday January 16th and Tuesday January 17th of 2012.

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The Four Coursemen Back On The Tube

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 22, 2011

It’s been over a year since I visited The Four Coursemen supper club in Athens, but I remember it like it happened yesterday.  The group actually includes a swat team of chefs (Damien Schaefer, Eddie Russell, Matt Palmerlee, Patrick Stubbers, Randolph Dudley, and sommelier Nancy Lind to be exact) and they’ve done so well for themselves that they managed to score a Cooking Channel special that aired some time ago.

The episode was obviously well received as word has just hit the interwebs that a new “The Four Coursemen Adventure” is set to premier early after the new year.  It drops Sunday, January 8th at 8pm ET on The Cooking Channel, so set your DVRs or make it a point to watch it live.

If all of this is stranger than fiction to you – might I suggest that you do a little reading (and looking) over on T4C’s website or look for them via @FourCoursemen or on their facebook page.  Even if you’re not willing to drive to Athens just to check them out (I suggest you make that sacrifice), keep an ear to the ground because they do travel from time to time.  They’ve in fact done a few dinners in Atlanta proper.

[source & pic via T4C Facebook]

Push Start Kitchen Gets Some TV Time 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 20, 2011

Push Start Kitchen is one of a handful of supper clubs that operate in and around Atlanta.  Trends with Benefits is a TBS TV show that talks about all sorts of trending and hot topics.  So in a marriage of the trendy and those who talk about the trendy, Push Start Got a little airtime on Trends with Benefits.  You’ll notice the video was shot at one of their dinners, which took place in and at The Stacks Lofts on Boulevard.  Seems cool … right?


[via twb website]

BATON Supper Series: Tien Ho Dinner

Posted by Foodie Buddha on December 07, 2011

cured chuck ribs from tien ho at baton supper series

This past Monday and Tuesday marked round #2 of the fantastic BATON Supper Series, a sort of subterranean dinner club series that kicked off last month.  If you’ve missed my past posts on BATON, here’s a little catch up for you:

Moses Archuleta, of Deerhunter fame, and Bryson Tedford are the organizers of this monthly endeavor; and, the duo hosts these two night events at Gato Bizco Café in Candler Park.  The club is intended to run the last Monday and Tuesday of the month [dinner #2 was delayed a week on account of the holidays].  What’s particularly cool about these dinners is that Tedford and Archuleta work with chefs who hail from outside of Atlanta.  So every month, not only do you get different food from a different chef, but you get something you won’t be able to get elsewhere in the city.  Party!

Okay, so the October premier featured the M. Wells gang from NYC and was built around black pepper as the central ingredient.  It was awesome … you should read about it.  To pull this Fête du Boeuf off, nabbed Tien Ho, a congenial chef who recently left his position at Momofuku’s Má Pêche in New York City.  For realz people – this guy has skillz!  Dinner … well it rocked.

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