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¡Buen Provecho!

September 15 - Welcome to outdoor dining weather. What's your favorite patio? Let us know, and we may feature it in an upcoming Side Dish!  

In today's newsletter, we've got your Atlanta Food & Wine Festival survival guide, a Rosh Hashanah brisket recipe, and where to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts today.


FEELING SPONTANEOUS?

Taste Brookhaven is tonight. Benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the food showcase begins at 6 p.m. at Villa Christina and features over 15 local restaurants, as well as cocktails and live entertainment. Get your last-minute tickets here. 


Enjoy!
The Rough Draft team
Julia Kesler Imerman's braised fennel & honey brisket recipe

🐮 Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Chef Julia Kesler Imerman has a delicious brisket recipe that will impress your in-laws.

Born in South Africa and raised in Atlanta, Imerman (below) started the catering business Stop Think Chew in 2017, and opened her restaurant Daily Chew late last year.

After college at NYU's Gallatin School, Imerman worked for Ted Turner's Captain Planet Foundation, and then later turned to chef gigs, catering, and healthy meal prep.


😋 Click here for the recipe
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

🍷 The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicked off yesterday, and there's still plenty more to catch up with this weekend. If you're feeling a little daunted by the number of events, don't worry – we've got you covered. 

🍕 "Sliced: A Cut of Atlanta's Best Bites" starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Guardian Works. Pizza, brisket, quiche – if you can slice it, you can try it at this event.

🍗 If you want to sample some of Atlanta's best chicken, check out "Cluck'd: A Chicken & Cocktail Soiree." Tomorrow at Guardian Works, meat lovers can pick from the delicious offerings of 20+ chefs. Things start crowing at 7 p.m. 

⛺ On Sept. 17-18, the festival's Tasting Tents will be open in Historic Fourth Ward Park. More than 30 chefs will dish up their favorite foods at this marquee event.

Click here for more information and tickets.
 😡 “I’ve never been angrier eating breakfast. This food is so stupid how delicious it is. We finished our food and ordered a breakfast sandwich cause we had to try more of what they had to offer, I wasn’t even hungry and ate all of it. They serve Onyx coffee, and if you’ve had Onyx before, you know that the roasts are actually unreal. So get your butt over here. Or don’t, so I can have this place all to myself." Xoxo- The Daily, West Midtown 

SPONSORED BY THE DAILY, WEST MIDTOWN
Wine in the park

🍾 The fourth annual Dunwoody Wine Stroll is here!

The Dunwoody Parks & Recreation department is hosting this event in conjunction with Atlanta Sport & Social Club. The event takes place on Sept. 17 at Pernoshal Park.


Tickets cost $25, and include wine samples from local vendors, food tastings, a souvenir wine glass, three raffle tickets, and beverages from a coffee cart.

Find more information and tickets here. 
A Speech to African Nations
SPONSORED BY THE RIALTO CENTER AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

💡 Georgia State's Rialto Center for the Arts' 2022-2023 Rialto Series Season of Power + Spirit is a curated journey dedicated to the power of positive change, and the spirit that unites us through the arts.

🌍 The season opens in the spirit of hope with Traces: A Speech to African Nations.

🧶 The performance is followed by a panel discussion presented by Georgia State University’s Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora (CSAD), tonight at 7 p.m.

🎟️ General admission tickets and information are available here.
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month starts today and runs through Oct. 15. Celebrate Hispanic culture by visiting some of our favorite local restaurants.

🐖 Buckhead's
Chido & Padres (pictured) is celebrating Mexico's liberation from Spain on Sept. 16. A pig taco bar is calling your name! 

🍫 Dunwoody is
hosting a celebration on Sept. 18, featuring artisan chocolates from Chef Alejandra and special Mexican popsicles. 

🎉 Plaza Fiesta has more than 25 delicious Latin American restaurants and food stalls to try. 

🇲🇽 Try delicious, contemporary Mexican cuisine at Buckhead's
Alma Cocina.  National Taco Day is Oct. 4!

🇨🇺 Authentic Cuban sandwiches await you at the
Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Hwy.

🌮 Taqueria Los Hermanos is the perfect place in Dunwoody to relax with a drink in hand. 

🇨🇴 For scrumptious and authentic Colombian food, try
 Casa Vieja. 
Quick Bites


🛼 Adaptive reuse project 12th & Everything at the corner of 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. in Midtown will feature a restaurant, PMA Coffee, and space for longtime existing tenant Skate Escape (pictured).  

🥙 Executive chef and co-owner Ashkan Famili will open two locations of his Persian restaurant, Yalda, this year in Sandy Springs and West Midtown.

🍞 Your 3rd Spot, opening soon on the Upper Westside, has unveiled its 20-item, small-plate menu designed by Executive Chef Stuart Rogers, featuring foie gras cannoli, uni toast, and French onion fry bread. 

🥩 Buckhead's Italian-inspired steakhouse The Americano is now open for lunch on weekdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


🏗️ There may be a way for Star Community Bar to co-exist with the forthcoming Third & Urban mixed-use project in Little Five Points. It will just have to be underground. 

🥃 The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is holding a series of whiskey raffles over the next few months. 

🛑 Chef Kevin Gillespie is closing Slabtown Public House on the BeltLine's Eastside Trail on Sept. 24 after just five months in business.

🛑 Lake & Oak barbecue has shuttered after two years in East Lake.

🛑 And the iconic Zesto on Piedmont is closing Sept. 18 after more than 50 years in business.


שנה טובה

🗓️ As featured above, looking ahead to the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown on Sun., Sept. 25: Daily Chew has a Rosh Hashanah menu available for pickup and delivery, including latkes, rotisserie chicken, salad, brisket, and more. Alon's Bakery has chicken Marbella, eggplant salad, brisket, and chocolate babka loaf. Goldbergs Fine Foods has you covered with full meal offerings, including their freshly baked challah.   

Look, Listen & Savor

🦪  Every season is oyster season! Eater Atlanta has your go-to guide for the best oyster deals in the city. 

🎧  On the podcast The Food That Binds, Atlanta restaurant critic Jennifer Zyman talks with chefs, critics, and food experts about the industry. 

🧀 Taste test time! Atlanta Eats had some foodies try flaming hot Cheetos mac & cheese to mixed results. 

Behind the Food: Ganji's pimento kimcheese


🍞 Ganji is Korean slang that roughly translates as "really dope." 

For the founders of the Atlanta restaurant called Ganji, the term means being brash, cutting edge, and always delicious when it comes to their creations. The duo – Jess Kim and Jun Park – was born in South Korea and raised in Georgia, so they have an understanding of how both cultures influence who they are and how they create.

Kim says, "By taking our favorite American fare, and injecting it with Korean essentials and flavors, we showcase how we experienced our Korean-American identity."
 
Exhibit A is Ganji’s pimento kimcheese, Spam jam, and scallion salad on honey butter toast – a very intentional creation for the Ganji team.

For the "caviar of the South" pimento cheese, Ganji replaces it with kimchi, the national dish of Korea, allowing the cheese to counter the spice (little known fact: South Korea is the 5th largest importer of American cheese). Ganji then folds in their charred kimchi relish.
 
And why Spam jam (the cousin of bacon jam)? Because Spam is considered a gourmet item across South Korea and Asia, and is a popular ingredient in several dishes, including kimchi fried rice, budae jjigae, and kimbap. 
 
The spread needs a vessel, and for that Ganji offers up their honey butter toast, inspired by honey butter chips, a massively popular, relatively new snack in South Korea. Such a flavor kinda makes sense for Southerners as we have all eaten plenty of honey butter on cornbread or hot Southern biscuits. 


Behind the Food is a new column from Punk Foodie’s Sam Flemming 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

📸 Actor and comedian Kevin Hart made a guest appearance at Botica over the weekend to make cocktails from his tequila, Gran Coramino. Botica chef/owner Mimmo Alboumeh (pictured with Hart) said he was humbled to have the celebrity in his establishment. 
 
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