Category: Culinary News

Atlanta Hotel Restaurant Week ($25 pp) April 2-9

Participating Restaurants

If you are a fan of the popular and established restaurant weeks around town, you are going to fall in love with the first annual Hotel Restaurant Week taking place in Atlanta Saturday April 2 through Saturday, April 9, 2011. Originally conceived to change the ‘special occasion only’ stereotype often associated with hotel dining, Hotel Restaurant Week is taking Atlanta by storm with its impressive list of participating hotel restaurants

The citywide event will offer diners a three-course dinner for just $25 per person (not including tax, tip). Participating restaurants are Park 75 at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Spice Market at W Midtown, Livingston Restaurant & Bar at Georgian Terrace, BLT at W Downtown, eleven at Loews Atlanta, Paces 88 at St. Regis Atlanta, Lobby at Twelve, Room at Twelve, Au Pied de Cochon at the InterContinental Buckhead hotel and The Café at The Mansion on Peachtree.

Created by Robert Gerstenecker, executive chef of Park 75 restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Gerstenecker says the campaign isn’t just about giving Atlantans an incentive to treat themselves to a night out, it’s an invitation to start thinking di!erently about the restaurant options available in the city.

“I want to change the way people think about hotel dining,” Gerstenecker says. “Instead of just considering Park 75 for celebrations, I want diners to think of us for date nights and dinner with the family.” Gerstenecker explains, “I hope Hotel Restaurant Week will remind locals that we are open every night of the week and it doesn’t require a birthday cake to enjoy a meal here.”

In recent years there’s been a significant shift away from corporate cuisine in hotel restaurants and towards locally-focused foods and trends, giving both the tourist and business traveler a true taste of the city while offering local patrons plates that push the boundaries past club sandwiches and Caesar salads.

“Over the past few decades, boutique hotels to select service properties are embracing sustainability and local food producers and letting their chefs—who have amazing global resumes—reflect that on the menu,” says Jeanne Bischo!, vice president, publisher and part owner of Hotel Food & Beverage magazine. “We are 100 percent convinced that this Atlanta event is going to resonate across the country and be a phenomenon.”

Think of it as exploring a whole new world of restaurants without venturing outside the perimeter.

“I want this to be better than other restaurant weeks,” Gerstenecker says. “I want to bring people into my kitchen and give them tours of the terrace garden and bee apiary so they’re really exposed to what we do here. I want them to feel like a part of this hotel instead of only thinking of us as part of the Atlanta skyline.

Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson of Livingston Bar & Restaurant couldn’t agree more. “I want diners to feel the history that is behind this modern and sleek restaurant. I am excited to be a part of the first ever Hotel Restaurant Week and witness this innovative event grow into something even bigger in the years to come.”

Sponsors are the Georgia Restaurant Association, illy co!ee, FIJI Water, Atlanta Concierge Society, Atlanta Magazine, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Hotel F & B, OpenTable, Park 75 and M-Squared Public Relations.


WATCH THIS… KFC goes Green w/ Reusable Dishwasher Safe Containers!

I always love when restaurants go green! That is partly why i LOVE Ted’s Montana Grill. But today in research for work, I came across the information that KFC is moving toward a reusable, dishwasher safe side dish container. I don’t really eat KFC, but if I did- I’d feel a whole lot better knowing that my food doesn’t come in Styrofoam. And I love that they are seeking to also reduce their plastic usage… But anyway, I posted this because was also thinking that its a great way to get containers to pack your lunch in!!

PS- Congratulations to my friends at IMAGES USA!!

Live Chat w/Carla Hall of Top Chef All-Stars… RIGHT HERE 8pm EST

At 8:00PM EST, Celebrity chef Carla Hall from “Top Chef All-Stars” will be LIVE online and available to take questions. For foodies, kitchen newbie’s or anyone tasked with a holiday meal, Carla will answer their questions, will give cooking tips and an inside peek into the celeb world of “Top Chef.” Whether you’re putting together a feast for the whole family, baking a few cookies for Santa or your loved ones, the busy holiday season lends itself to a lot of time in the kitchen.

Chef Carla Hall – who cooks from the heart, and balances her Southern traditions, classic French training, and holistic approach to food as an entertaining expert and owner of Alchemy by Carla Hall in Washington, DC – will talk about seasonal, local ingredients that’ll spice up any holiday dish and answer any cooking questions you may have.

French Immersion… Dine for $30 through Dec. 12

Love French food?

Never tried French food?

This may be exactly what you’ve been looking for!! France-Atlanta, a collaboration between the French Consulate and Georgia Tech, is a project aimed at promoting the relationship between the American Southeast and the European Nation. A series of lectures, performances and more make up the end of year program.

This week marked the beginning of what I’m calling “French Immersion“. Some of Atlanta’s best known French restaurants will offer a $30 prix fixe menu from November 29- December 12. Atmosphere, Au Pied de Cochon and Petit Auberge are a few on the list.

I haven’t decided what restaurant I’ll be checking out, but I’m super excited about trying something new. Tell me about your experience too!

Shout out to Harvey Daniels III for sharing this information.

So You Think You Can COOK

FOX and Chef Gordon Ramsey are currently casting for the second season of MasterChef, the popular TV Series that pits everyday home cooks against  one another for the chance to win cash and prizes.

Auditions are being held across the country, however Atlanta is not a stop (Orlando and New Orleans are the closest cities). If you cannot make it to those open calls, you can submit your own video. I’m looking forward to seeing someone from Atlanta in the finals. Good luck!

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