The Dish
In This Issue
Nikolai's Roof Participates in Piedmont Green Market Chef Demo
no. 246 Ping-Pong Tournament
Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch in The Atlantan's To Live and Dine
Article 14 Bourbon & Bites
Whole Foods Market Back-to-School Recipes
Makan Opening
Umi Chefs to Bring Japanese Cooking to James Beard House
10th & Piedmont's Chow Masters Win
Appetizing Aperture
What's New on Pinterest
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Piedmont Green Market Picks Nikolai's Roof for August 2 Chef Demo


Two remedies come to mind for curing a drought of summer meal inspirations. Shop the Piedmont Park Green Market this Saturday, August 2 and be sure to catch Nikolai's Roof chef de cuisine Stephanie Alderete as she leads the Piedmont Green Market Demo at the Piedmont Park Community Center from 11 a.m. until high noon. Her hit list includes pickled peach and artisan lettuce salad with whipped buffalo mozzarella and crispy chorizo sausage. Saturday supper, gotcha covered.

Bouncing This Off You: no. 246 Ping-Pong Tournament on August 3 and 10    



If Sunday afternoon finds you going back and forth over what to do, skip over to no. 246 in downtown Decatur for Ping-Pong tournament action on August 3. An eight-player bracket will duke it out over the net to compete for no. 246 gift cards and other prizes. The secret is all in the wrist for players and spectators -- directing the ball and angling mouthward Terrapin's RecreationAle for $2.46 a can. Participant sign ups start at 3 p.m. and the tournament begins once the 8-man bracket is full or at 4 p.m. Come again for another tournament on Sunday, August 10!

Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch are Three Tasty Reasons to Attend The Atlantan's To Live and Dine Benefitting ACFB on August 4 


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Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill are all doling out samples at To Live & Dine, a luxury cuisine and cocktails event presented by The Atlantan Modern Luxury magazine to help the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Calendar book details are Monday, August 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art gallery. Umi was recently ranked number one in restaurants and sushi categories in Jezebel magazine's 100 Best Restaurants 2014 issue. Here's your chance to try Chef Ito's spicy tuna crispy rice along with smoked pork belly, coleslaw and homemade biscuit sliders from Smokebellywatermelon tuna tartar from The Big Ketch and palate tempters from more of our city's top restaurants -- and gush over lavish tablescapes. Miss out? Perish the thought. Buy tickets and bring some non-perishable food donations along with you for the ACFB. Must be 21 or over to attend; ticket required for entry, $35 online (including service fee).

 Article 14 Monthly Bourbon & Bites Tasting 

is August 5



Bourbon, that amber nectar of Southern gods, is living large in cocktails, straight up or on the rocks. Want to discern its nuances? Barrel over to Article 14 on August 5 from 5-7 p.m. for Bourbon & Bites, the Midtown restaurant's monthly first-Tuesday tasting of hand-picked bourbons. Sip your way through three bourbon flights plus mouthwatering small bites for $25 per person. Will Jack and Jim be there? Possibly, but this is the time to make new acquaintances and add new bourbon names to your frisky whiskey list!

Give Whole Foods Market an A+ for Back-to-School Nourishment


Oh, bag it! Back-to-school time is eating into summer vacation. Thankfully, the Whole Foods Market team is prepping brain food recipes for fast and nutritious breakfasts, lunches, snacks and suppers that excel in covering those extracurricular activities. Their scintillating syllabus includes apple oatmeal in a jar, sunrise breakfast smoothie, whole grain toaster waffles, beef taco pizza, no-cook zucchini "noodle" salad, veggie and tofu scramble, PB&J bites, one-dish roasted brats with apples and butternut squash, Texas sheet cake cupcakes and more. Whole Foods Market chalks up more healthy ideas on their Pinterest boards and website collections of Back-to-School Breakfasts, Surprising Sandwiches, After-School Snacks, Slow Cooker Recipes and Perfect Recipes for Tailgating (that season following back-to-school), to name a few. Yes ma'am and yes sir, your friends at Whole Foods have the whole parent-teacher-student food organization thing under control.

Makan Brings Asian Noodle Shop and Street Stall Foods to Downtown Decatur


Every corner of the globe has its own comfort food. In Asia, night markets, noodle shops and street stalls beckon appetites to fill up on longtime favorites. With the recent opening of Makan in downtown Decatur, Atlantans can savor the same dishes of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea as created by Makan co-owner and executive chef George Yu. Lucky us! With Makan's opening, Taiwanese beef noodle soup, house made dumplings, Korean barbecue, whole roasted ducks and kimchi made in house from local veggies, are lunch and dinner options seven days a week. Look for a Banchan cart with rotating small plate selections and a full beverage menu to round out the experience. Located in the Courtyard Marriott Decatur Downtown, Makan opens out to a large patio with a night market feel on Clairemont Avenue. Inside, an open kitchen, chef's counter, table service and a lively vibe please families, groups and soloists alike. Reservations accepted; walk-ins welcome. Follow on Facebook. 


Umi Chefs Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito to Wow NYC's James Beard House with 

Night of Modern Japanese Cooking on August 21




Wanting to bring an "Art of Modern Japanese Cooking" dinner theme to NYC's James Beard House, the James Beard Foundation turned to Umi chef Fuyuhiko Ito and his wife, Umi pastry chef Lisa Matsuoko Ito. These two culinary powerhouses drive the Buckhead restaurant's edgy Japanese fare and flair at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 21. See the special menu with wine and sake pairings that guests will enjoy at this tasty event! 


10th & Piedmont Sticks It to 'Em to Win Travel Channel Chow Master's $10,000 in Hotlanta 

Fried Chicken Battle


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Travel Channel's Chow Master hosts, chef Sam DeMarco and Hollywood director Frank Coraci, set out to find the best chicken and waffles "flying under the radar" in Hotlanta. A tough task in a Southern city where everyone has his or her favorite nesting place for fried chicken. The two caught wind of fried chicken and waffles on a stick flying out of the kitchen at 10th & Piedmont. Executive chef Javier Viera impales marinated chicken breast on a stick, wraps it up in applewood smoked bacon, submerges the whole thing into homemade waffle batter then fries it up all golden crispy. Demarco and Coraci couldn't get enough of the savory/sweet/juicy/crunchy contrast with Viera's dipping trio of hot sauce, powdered sugar and North Georgia sorghum syrup. Competition was stiff, but in the end, 10th & Piedmont flew away with the $10,000 prize for the tastiest fried chicken in Atlanta! Watch the Chow Masters Hotlanta Chicken episode and drool! Gotta have some? 10th & Piedmont offers the winning dish on its lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus. 





#foodgram: Flying with the vacay food theme this summer and @foodintheair is our newest object of envy. Which is more appealing, the fork-ables in the foreground or the wish-I-was-there backdrops? 
Appetizing Aperture


                                           Credit: Brandon Amato

A good man once said, "If you tell the truth, you do not need a good memory." That man was Mark Twain, whose themes and words spawned the persona of King + Duke. Sure enough, it's easier to raft down the mighty Mississippi than Peachtree, but could you order a Huck Finn Rickey? Truth be told, we'd rather sip this rosy mix of Hayman's Old Tom gin, huckleberry-lime shrub and lime bitters ($11) and watch the world go by.  


What's New on Pinterest




Pinning counts as summer bridge work, right? Not wanting to be blindsided by that impending school daze, we're planning ahead and building a School-Friendly Snacking board. Breakfast on the fly, lunchbox land, after-school snacks and that formidable gluten-free zone all have their places. Happy to share!