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September 29 - Welcome back to Side Dish!

🐠 The Georgia Restaurant Association held its annual black-tie gala, the GRACE Awards, on Tuesday at the Georgia Aquarium. Click here to see who won big. 

In today's newsletter, we've got a delicious vegan Ethiopian recipe for you to try, all the latest on the Gather 'Round festival, and the best spots in town for your Saturday morning cup of coffee.

We probably missed a few spots, but let us know where we can meet you for coffee

The Rough Draft team
Feedel Bistro's Ingudai Tibs recipe

🍄 Expand your palate with this delicious mushroom tibs recipe from Feedel Bistro, which has quickly become Atlanta’s best spot for authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean food – especially for vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians. 

Siblings Tamar Telahun (below) and Simon Gebru opened Feedel in 2018. The two were born and raised in Ethiopia by Eritrean parents. The siblings combined these cuisines when they opened the Briarcliff Rd. bistro, and have maintained a strong family connection in the hip restaurant, and on the menu.

Today, Feedel Bistro is sharing (most of) its recipe for Ingudai tibs. Ingudai means “mushroom” in Amharic, the most widely spoken language in Ethiopia.


Note – you’ll see a mention of “mom’s secret sauce” in this recipe. We wanted you to get the full picture of the recipe, but the siblings are keeping that one a secret. You’ll have to head to the bistro to get a full taste.

😋 Click here for the full recipe. 

Photo credit: Mike Jose.
Class is in session for wine lovers

🍷 Women + Wine columnists Sarah Pierre and Katie Rice have the scoop on a new school in the metro that is unlike any other – The Oenophile Institute.

In early September, Chelsea Young – a classically trained ballerina turned wine educator –  filled a void in Atlanta’s wine community when she opened Oenophile Institute at Village Market in Smyrna. Young (pictured) realized early into her wine education journey that there were few places in the Southeast, let alone Georgia, to obtain certifications or in-person learning.  

"All of the classes I’ve designed focus on wine as a whole – you’ll get the theory to understand why it tastes the way it does, but you’ll also get to expand your palate with diverse wines and discuss with others why you did or didn’t like it," Young says. 

➡️ Read more about The Oenophile Institute here. 

When eating a burrito...

🌯 Pro Tip when eating our #1 seller The Burrito - ALWAYS ADD HOT SAUCE.  

(Sharing optional).
Sometimes you feel like eating your Burrito in a locker by yourself.  It’s OK.  The Daily is a safe space for that.  We don’t judge.

xoxo- The Daily, West Midtown 
Southern Culinary and Creative

🥘 Today, Southern Culinary & Creative kicks off its 2nd annual Gather ‘Round festival with the Soul of the South dining experience.

Curated in partnership with Punk Foodie, Soul of the South offers up a tasting menu from 14 chefs who represent the emerging “new, new South” Atlanta dining scene which is defined by an increasing infusion of the diverse cultures and experiences that live in our city.  

Soul of the South is not a street food festival, but rather a carefully crafted experience with chefs serving up intentional, delicious creations which represent who they are, where they came from, and where they are going.

🍴Click here for more delicious information. 


🥃 On Sunday, Gather 'Round is throwing a dance party and hosting their Speed Rack bartending competition. You can grab tickets here. 

International Coffee Day

If you're a fiend for the coffee beans, then Saturday is for you. Oct. 1 is International Coffee Day, and we've got the download on where you can celebrate and stay caffeinated.

☕ Apron + Ladle: Celebrate a little early at this Sandy Springs cafe (pictured) on Sept. 29. 

☕  JPresso: this Hapeville haunt is great for hunkering down with a cup, an acai bowl, and getting some work done. 

☕ Drip-Thru Coffee: with locations in Stockbridge and College Park, Drip-Thru is perfect when you need coffee now. 

☕ BRASH Coffee: BRASH has multiple locations throughout the metro area, and delivers on whatever type of coffee you're looking for. 

☕ Portrait Coffee: Portrait opened its first permanent location in the West End this year, and is run by a group of coffee-loving enthusiasts. 

☕ Créma Café: If you're in need of an espresso, you can't beat this Dunwoody spot

☕ Moonbird Coffee: Whether you're in the mood for drip, a cappuccino, or a latte, Moonbird has you covered. 

☕ Just Love Coffee Cafe: Stop in for breakfast a strong cup of joe in the perimeter area
Quick Bites

🏳️‍🌈 The historic gay bar Atlanta Eagle is reopening in Ansley Square in Midtown.

🍹 Poncey-Highland bottle shop Elemental Spirits is teaming up with non-alcoholic retailer and distributor The Zero Proof to open The Zero Co.

🌮 Taste of Buckhead is returning on Oct. 6, and raising money for childhood cancer research. 

🍬 A local candy truck might be getting a permanent location

🇲🇽 Mexican chef Santiago Gomez has officially opened Palo Santo, a restaurant and rooftop on the Westside. 

🌯 Students rejoice! Muchacho has opened a Burrito Bus near Georgia Tech. 

🚙 Mercer Street Meals, a to-go meal service, is making a permanent home in the East Atlanta Village. 

👩‍🍳 Noted Atlanta Chef Olivia McCoy (formerly pastry chef at Kimball House) has joined Daily Chew as the new head chef. (pictured) 

🍷 Vino Venue in Dunwoody is holding a customer appreciation week starting Oct. 3 to mark its 10th anniversary.

🍻 Wild Leap has announced it will open its taproom in Centennial Yards in Downtown Atlanta in December. 
Look, Listen & Savor

The weather has started feeling a little crisp at night, so we thought we’d share some cocktail recipes that will get you in the mood for the changing season.
🥃 Atlanta blogger Eating with Erica tells us how to make a Cranberry Moscow Mule.
🍹 IG’s @CopperBarSpoon is in the seasonal spirit sharing some of his fall favorites. 
🍎 If apple-flavored drinks are your thing, check out how to make three fall cocktails from SLB Drinks.

🍸 A Couple Cooks share their top 15 Fall Cocktails.
Behind the Food: Heritage Supper Club's roti with curried goat

🫓 Chef Demetrius Brown started the Heritage Supper Club in 2021. Heritage was a dream of his for many years and the pandemic provided the necessary space to pursue that dream.

Previously, Brown helped to open many kitchens, but he had never worked in a space honoring his Caribbean and Afro-American roots. Heritage allows Chef Brown to explore the culinary traditions tracing back to his ancestors while sharing that knowledge with the Atlanta community.

For tonight's Gather 'Round Soul of the South pop-up and a special event on Oct. 23, Brown is preparing roti with curried goat and chickpeas, which reflect the Indian influence on Caribbean cuisine. 

➡️ Read more about Chef Brown and his cultural influences in the kitchen here.

Behind the Food is a column from the Punk Foodie that highlights some of the most unique and delicious dishes from the Atlanta underground dining scene. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar

IG food follow of the week

📸 The team at Bar(n) Dunwoody went live with Fox 5 Atlanta this week, talking all things college football and the Funwoody Food Truck.
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