BATON Supper Series Returns: Má Pêche’s Tien Ho

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 30, 2011

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It’s time for take two of the BATON Supper Series.  This time, Atlanta gets treated to the food of New York chef Tien Ho, who came to fame at Momofuku’s inspired Má Pêche and Ssam Bar, is the super stud who’s going to do the cooking.  For those that missed the premier, BATON is a monthly supper club run out of Gato Bizco in Atlanta’s historic Candler Park and it’s operated by Atlanta residents Moses Archuleta and Bryson Tedford.  What makes BATON so special is that the highly thematic meals are cooked by a well known chef who hails from a far away place.  In other words, it’s a great way to step outside your comfort zone without leaving your hometown.

BATON was originally scheduled to run the last Monday and Tuesday of every month; however, the holidays threw a wrench in the dates for this month’s club.  This dinner is $60 per head and is CASH ONLY (don’t worry – there’s a nearby ATM if you forget).  Beverages are available for purchase for an additional cost and there is an optional $30 pairing if you so choose.  While the menu is top secret, the theme for this meal is fête du boeuf – which means there should be lots of ox on the menu.

You can always keep track of things on BATON website, but here are the details for this month’s dinner:

Monday, Dec 5th

At 6p and 8p are reservations only seatings
From 10-11:15p, it is open to the public and includes snacks and drinks.
From 11:15-11:45, Lonnie Holley will be playing some live tunes.  Everything shuts at midnight.

Tuesday, Dec 6th

Three reserved seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30pm.

To grab a spot, you need to email BATON, so do it fast cuz this thing WILL fill up.

BATON Supper Series: M. Wells and Black Pepper Appreciation Week 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on October 25, 2011

M. Wells / BATON

Atlanta, I have a bone to pick with you … and I’ll explain why in paragraph six.

For the past few years, supper clubs have been one of the best, if not the best, things about Atlanta’s dining scene.   Tonight (or last night by the time you see this) marked the debut of BATON Supper Series, a locally grown concept that seems poised to make a name for itself.  The brainchild of ATLiens Moses Archuleta (of Deerhunter) and Bryson Tedford,  BATON is a supper series set to throw down on the last Monday and Tuesday of each month (6p-11p).  BATON currently operates out of Gato Bizco Café, a fabulous and truly under appreciated breakfast joint located in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood.

What makes BATON so appealing is its unique way of introducing Atlanta to different types of food.  Instead of relying on a single voice, Archuleta and Tedford are going to put on each set of monthly meals with the help of a chef of notable acclaim.  Sounds pretty run of the mill right? Wrong! The catch: each round, BATON will feature a different chef who hails from far away.  It’s a kick ass way to breath fresh life into Atlanta’s dining scene and give Atlantans a taste of what’s around.

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Feast Noir: Atlanta’s First Rogue Supper Club 7

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 15, 2011

Atlanta's Feast Noir

Call it a flash mob or perhaps an underground supper club. Whatever the term du jour, Feast Noir (website) is/was a type of gorilla warfare meets civilized tea time under admittedly friendly circumstances.  The Atlanta dinner, which took place last night at Atlantic Station, is a self-admitted homage to the 23-years and running Dîner en Blanc (website), a pop up event that started in Paris and has made its way to NYC and Montreal.  For its part, Diner en Blanc (which translates to dinner in white) has drawn upwards of 10,000 crazed and intentionally uninformed gourmands who are then dumped into a handful of large public spaces by way of a highly restrictive reservation system and a very very secretive game of telephone.

Table leaders basically serve as the gateway into the event and from what I’ve read, those events all seem to go over very smoothly, even if only accompanied by taciturn approval by those with the power to arrest and ticket.  So noteworthy are these dinners that the NY Times recently published a very interesting article on Diner en Blanc.  Who’d have thunk that 10,000 folks in all white would catch someone’s attention?  But back to Feast Noir, yet another Atlanta spin-off of a trend from far far away.

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Atlanta Supper Clubs Featured On Eatocracy

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 08, 2011

Let me be anyone but the first to say that the best thing about Atlanta’s food scene are the vast number of supper clubs bubbling under the surface.  I’ve been to most of the recurring supper clubs in and around our city, a few of the one off events, and several secret meals in cities well-beyond this state’s boundaries.  Sometimes I’m a known attendee and sometimes I’m an everyman; but regardless, at their best, North Georgia’s supper clubs offer some of the best dining experiences to be had.

Over the weekend, CNN.com touted an Eatocracy article on supper clubs.  The article really focuses on supper clubs as a vehicle on the road to a brick-and-mortar restaurant.  Two ATL supper clubs (Staplehouse and Spice Route) are perfect examples of that not-so-well-traveled road.  As such, they are featured heavily in the article.

While the Staplehouse restaurant is still a work in progress, Ryan Hidinger’s (the quizzical chap on the far left) “Prelude to Staplehouse” dinners sell out in seconds and are often lauded publicly thanks in part to wife/biz partner Jen (not pictured) and their trusty sidekick Ben the sous-chef.

Meanwhile, Spice Route is the brainchild of Asha Gomez.  Gomez’ is on the verge of kicking her quasi-regular roaming dinner party into 6th gear with the opening of Cardamom Hill in Berkley Heights.  ATL Mag has the scoop in case that’s news to you!

[via Eatocracy / image courtesy Staplehouse.com]

How To Pickle … Staplehouse Style {Pickles} 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 02, 2011

It’s not often that I get holiday cards that I hold onto for more than a few days.  Sorry … it’s true.  However, this past New Year’s Day I was pleasantly surprised when I got this short epistle:

How To Pickle (Staplehouse Style)

Pretty kick ass if you ask me.  The artsy little ode to pickles is a succinct and easy to execute method courtesy of Ryan + Jen Hiding, known around these parts as the couple behind Staplehouse.  If you don’t want to print out that card, I’ve taken the time to transcribe it for you after the jump!

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The Four Coursemen – Athens, GA: TV Dinner Takes On A Whole New Meaning [Supper Clubs] 4

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 11, 2010

Four Coursemen dinner

Nestled away in a quaint shotgun styled house just outside of Downtown Athens is one hell of a culinary adventure.  Comprised of Damien, Randolph, Patrick, Eddie, Matt, and Nancy, the collective known as The Four Coursemen have taken their game from impromptu kitchen slinging to the precipice of national fame.

The abbreviated version of their story goes a little something like this: dude meets dude, both love food, both hunker down in a kitchen.  Soon, three gainfully employed chefs (a pastry chef, an executive chef, and a sous chef) and a certified sommelier make their way into the group.  Little by little, friends, as well as friends of friends, start showing up just to take down some of the offerings.  The makings of a fine underground supper club if you will.

That started roughly four years ago; since then, the team has started to prepare approachable prix fixe affairs for anyone willing to blindly entrust a meal to these Four Coursemen.  Thanks in part to a ton of media attention [most notably an article in Food & Wine Magazine], these dinners have become such a hot ticket, that a spot at the table is guaranteed to get snapped up in a matter of moments.  Throw in an upcoming TV special on The Cooking Channel, and things are about to get all crazy up in he-uh.

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Black Tie Barbecue Gets A Lunch Spot [Openings]

Posted by Foodie Buddha on August 13, 2010

Don’t let the name full you, Black Tie Barbecue is more than just a barbecue catering service.  In fact, they are more than just a full-service caterer.  Since their inception, the quadrapedal team has served up a full array of grub.  However, the business has grown beyond that of a traditional caterer and into a full fledged food producing operation.

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Staplehouse & Atlanta Supper Clubs Continue To Draw Crowds

Posted by Foodie Buddha on February 14, 2010

Supper clubs aren’t new.  Supper clubs in Atlanta aren’t new.  What is new is all the mainstream attention being dolled out on these underground dining destinations.  While the inertia behind every supper club can be as unique as the food served up, almost all of them carry an absolute truth:  to give people a chance to throw an Eephus pitch curve ball in their dining experience.

staplehouse                                                                                                                         ryan, his sister, and mom

A few days ago, Bob Townsend of the AJC wrote a little piece on the phenomenon.  In it, Townsend recapped a recent meal with chef Ryan Hidinger at his Staplehouse dinners.  With help from his wife and partner Jen and sous-chef Ben Barth, Ryan is hoping to spread the word about his upcoming restaurant.  They are come as you are people, so don’t be shy about contacting them through the Staplehouse website/blog.  Their 10-seat dinners are so popular that they often sellout inside of a minute or two, but if you can score a seat, they are well worth it.  I was lucky enough to sneak into one of their earliest dinners, it was a dinner worth remembering.  But don’t take my word for it … you can trust the daily candy vote for all things cool in Atlanta. More reading … so clicky clicky por favor!

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Chef Ryan Hidinger: Inside The Chef’s Kitchen #1 7

Posted by Foodie Buddha on November 06, 2009

So today is the debut of Inside The Chef’s Kitchen.  If you want some background on the series, check out the introductory post from a few days back.

For our premier post, we managed to score some time with Chef Ryan Hidinger, the executive chef at Muss & Turner’s.  In addition to his role at M&T, Ryan and Jen, his much better half ;-), are in the process of starting up Staplehouse, a friendly little joint that they hope to open in the not too distant future.

In the interim, they are hosting “underground dinners” at their house under the name Prelude to Staplehouse.  You can check out all the happenings at the Staplehouse website.  And with that, welcome to ITCK.

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Serpas True Food Gets Warm And Fuzzy: Hunger Action Month Supper Club 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on September 08, 2009

Been a little pre-occupied, but I promise I’ll get back into the swing of things henceforth.  In the meantime, if you don’t have any plans for dinner tonight, why not check out Serpas True Food?  Helmed by chef Scott Serpas, the restaurant is hosting a Hunger Action event tonight (Tuesday, Sep. 08 for all you calendar snobs).

As September is the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s “Hunger Action Month,” 20% of proceeds from this evenings dinner will go to the ACFB.  You can find out more on the ACFBs website and then make a reservation online.  As of this late in the day penning, there is still plenty of availability.  I have only been back once since my first impression, but this may just get me back down there.  In the meantime, check out Serpas on Good Day Atlanta:

Serpas True Food Restaurant Address & Information

659 Auburn Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312 // 404.688.0040 // Online Reservations // Serpas Website // Serpas menu

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