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October 20 - Today, we've got an interview with a restaurant critic legend, a great new service for wine lovers, and a delicious Brunswick stew to fulfill all your kosher needs.

🥐 It was great to hear from so many folks last week about their favorite croissant. Little Tart was the runaway favorite, but Renee A. from Brookhaven went off-script and said, "Trader Joe’s Almond Croissants!  Like they were flown across the pond!"

🍖 There's a lot going down this week, and we don't just mean the temperature outside – the Atlanta Kosher Barbecue is celebrating ten years this Sunday at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, and Atlantic Station Restaurant Week continues through Oct. 23.

🎟️ Looking for plans tonight? Taste of Atlanta's post-pandemic reboot, the Grand Tasting, celebrates 21 years beginning at 7 p.m. at the Epicurean Hotel in Midtown. Grab a last-minute ticket here

🗳️ And, because voting is very en vogue these days, don't forget to vote in the first-ever Best of Brookhaven Awards.  

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Rising Tides wants you to drink wine better

🍷 Steven Grubbs loves a wine that tells a story. 

Grubbs' first restaurant job was as a busser at Five & Ten in Athens. More than a decade later, he’s a wine sommelier and the wine director at Empire State South in Atlanta. 

When it comes to wine, Grubbs’ path contained more on-the-job training than classroom work. He completed the first level of The Court of Masters Sommeliers training program, but didn’t continue on. While he said he learned a lot from the class, he wanted to learn more about the cultural and human attachments that wine can bring.

“I’ve been doing this for 13 years now. Along the way, that’s become the part that I love most – the unraveling of this incredibly complex topic by talking to people who live it, and visiting them and asking them a million questions.”

Grubbs’ new endeavor, Rising Tides Drinking Service, aims to make those wine stories more accessible. He started Rising Tides with his friend Laura Greiner Stasiowski, with a simple goal in mind: get people to drink better wine.

➡ For more on Rising Tides, click here. 

Keith's Corner BBQ Brunswick stew recipe

🥣  In preparation for the 10th celebration of the Atlanta Kosher Barbecue Festival this weekend, why not try a kosher dish of your own.

Keith Marks, a multi-award-winning barbecue pitmaster, founded Keith's Corner BBQ in 2014 and has been serving up delicious dishes ever since. Marks is also one of the three original founders of the Atlanta Kosher Barbecue Festival.

Before you head to Brook Run Park on Oct. 23 for the festival, try out this delicious Brunswick Stew recipe. For veggie lovers, this dish may be prepared without the barbecue smoked beef and by substituting the beef stock for vegetable stock.

🍖 Check out the whole recipe here. 

Four dining concepts to join Westside Paper

🍷 Westside Paper is welcoming four new culinary offerings to its 245,000-square-foot mixed-use development.

The new additions include Elsewhere Brewing, El Santo Gallo, Ancestral Bottle Shop & Market, and King of Pops. 

“Westside Paper is an ideal location for Elsewhere Brewing, El Santo Gallo, Ancestral, and King of Pops,” said Shelbi Bodner, director of brokerage services with Bridger Properties, the company that is leading the retail leasing on behalf of Third & Urban and FCP. “It is one of the last large-scale historic mixed-use opportunities in the Upper Westside urban core, and it’s on the BeltLine.”

➡️ For more on this story, click here
The Grand Dame of dining out

🌭 Christiane Lauterbach would rather eat an Oscar Meyer hot dog slathered in German mustard than a seasoned sausage that costs ten bucks.

“I would never say one duplicates the other,” says Lauterbach, the renowned restaurant critic for Atlanta Magazine who is not afraid to share her opinions — glowing and critical — about the city’s dining scene.

Lauterbach, who says she is “70ish,” was born in Paris. Her mother abandoned her when she was an infant and she was raised by her father and a stern grandmother. As a child, she wandered the streets of Paris and discovered a world of architecture, parks, and – of course – food.

➡️ To read more of our profile of Lauterbach, click here. 

*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🎃 Emily’s Trick or Treat for a Cure is Sat., Oct. 22 in Sandy Springs. Benefitting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, come enjoy more than 50 outdoor and indoor trick-or-treat stations, fun games, a costume contest, arts & crafts, music, a silent auction, a gift card raffle, and more. More info here.
Quick Bites

🍔 Burger bar Hopdoddy opened its first restaurant in Atlanta in Druid Hills on Oct. 4.

🌭 The Wienermobile, a 27-foot-long hot dog (pictured), will be making appearances in Tucker, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Decatur, and Edgewood from Fri., Oct. 21 - Sun., Oct. 23.

🥩 Join ENZO Steakhouse & Bar for a spooktacular evening on Halloween from 5-10 p.m. There will be booze, beats, spooky treats, a costume contest for a chance to win a $200 gift card to the new hot spot, and more. 

  🍷 Uncorked Atlanta, the city's premier wine tasting experience, is returning to Pullman Yards on Sat., Oct. 22 from noon-4 p.m.

💨 Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a new market that allows fans to tap/insert/swipe their credit/debit card or phone to enter, select food or beverage items, and exit with no checkout required.

🏗️ Cafe Agora in Midtown is closing for renovations, but will be back in 2023. 

🍬 The Battery is hosting a "Stranger Things" party with drinks and food on the night of Oct. 28—expect prizes at the end for the best costume!

🎃 On Thurs., Oct. 27, Chattahoochee Food Works will hold their annual pumpkin-carving contest. Visit so you can vote on your favorite!

🧁 Inman Park bakery Hell Yeah Gluten Free is opening new storefronts in Decatur and Adair Park in 2023.

🍺 Best End Brewing is hosting its “Boo Ball” on Oct. 28, featuring local DJs and gifts from local vendors. Costumes encouraged.

🍪 In honor of Halloween, Tiff’s Treats is offering special Boo Boxes, including your favorite cookies and a spooky balloon.

🍝 Decatur’s Kimball House has officially purchased the old train depot where it operates on East Howard Ave.

💃 On Oct. 31, receive a complimentary beer or glass of wine when you attend the Office Bar at the Epicurean Hotel decked out in your best costume. 

🍺 Nestled in the shadows of Mercedez-Benz Stadium, Castleberry Hill's Elliott Street Pub has been sold and will most likely be closing soon. 
Look, Listen & Savor

🥃 The Negroni sbagliato is having a moment after "House of the Dragon' stars Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke discuss their favorite cocktails in a viral TikTok

🍁 Check out the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Fall Dining Guide podcast, which includes a look at the city's expanding food hall scene.

🧈 If you're curious about another social media obsession, here's everything you need to know about butter boards

Punk Food: Zucar’s 'Chicano in the South' 

🇲🇽 A Georgia native with an eclectic Mexican upbringing, Chef Ricky Saucedo found an attachment to the food industry at a young age, always favoring desserts. 

Despite the family tradition, Saucedo pursued a career in music, landing him at The Juilliard School studying clarinet. During his other pursuits, the kitchen called for his attention, and in 2019 Saucedo decided to dive into the world of pastry. Zúcar Patisserie was the result.

One of Saucedo’s favorite dishes is called "Chicano in the South," combining the flavors of peach, basil, cajeta, and pecans. The idea for the dish quickly manifested from Saucedo’s natural inclination to create a personal representation of traditional Mexican flavors. 

➡️ Read more about Chef Saucedo's creation here. 

➡ Punk Foodie offers this weekly column about Punk Food, a moniker for a cuisine without defining or distinctive ingredients, techniques, and dishes, and born out of the increasing infusion of the diverse cultures and experiences that live in our city. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar

IG food follow of the week

📸 Mexican restaurant El Ponce wants you to grab a Bosom Buddies Basket for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds will be donated to The Pink Frog Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing support for breast cancer patients. 

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