Chef Spotlight: Chris Hall, Local Three November 27, 2013
Chris Hall is very popular with the locals who come to eat at Local Three. Drop by and have a meal with Chris and his two partners, Todd and Ryan and you’ll understand why. Chris is the restaurant’s Chef and Managing Partner and the most local of the Local Three. Chris grew up around the corner from the restaurant. He’s a self-taught chef who nonetheless has a great restaurant resume having worked in the kitchens of Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin, Atlanta’s Canoe and 4th & Swift. Chris has an unconventional, unrestricted style that gives his dishes an imaginative blast of flavors and freshness!
Ron Eyester, everyone’s favorite “Angry Chef,” has made a name for himself as an innovative chef who is constantly reinventing American classics, and venting on Twitter @theangrychef! He has rejuvenated the Morningside neighborhood with his local restaurants Rosebud, The Family Dog and Timone’s and his bigger than life personality. In terms of food, Ron’s mantra could not be simpler: “buy local.” He is constantly challenging himself to resource the freshest available products and has built a reputation as being someone who almost always gives something a try.
With 14 years of culinary experience and a track record for developing new menu ideas, Executive Chef Chad Clevenger infuses seasonality and modern cooking methods into the roots of Latin cuisine at Alma Cocina. Clevenger’s most influential career experience includes his time as executive chef at Coyote Café in Santa Fe, where he was responsible for menu development, purchasing and operating three separate Southwestern restaurants. At Coyote Café, he spent three years working with acclaimed Chef Mark Miller, and also had the opportunity to work alongside such famed chefs as Rene Ortiz, Jesse Perez, Rick Bayless and Tim Love.
As executive chef of Loews Atlanta Hotel, Chef Olivier Gaupin oversees the signature restaurant, eleven, Bar eleven, banquet services and catering. His passion for simple, sophisticated and creative fare brings to life eleven’s traditional, regional cuisine with contemporary style and an emphasis on natural ingredients. He developed a passion for fine food and wine at an early age. A native of Orleans, France, Gaupin has now been sharing his culinary talents in the U.S., France and Switzerland for more than 20 years.
Shortly after taking his first restaurant job in his late teens, Matthew Basford knew that he was headed for a career in the restaurant business. Growing up in Australia, Basford was exposed to cooking techniques that drew influence from Pan-Asian cuisine. He started his culinary journey at Pear Tree Cottage in Greenock, followed by Vintner’s Bar and Grill in Angaston. He was awarded Second Place in Tasting Australia in two consecutive competitions and placed in the Nestle Junior Chefs of Australia Competition, a yearly event that honors the top apprentices in the country. After completing his four year apprenticeship, Basford was officially a “Qualified Chef,” and travelled to the United States.
In his latest venture, he takes on modern American cuisine in a neighborhood setting. Turbush explains, “Seed is a place where families and friends will meet to enjoy modern comfort food, unpretentious service, a sleek setting and excellent value. Sourcing locally has been core to my approach to food since I began cooking. I want to create a fun neighborhood restaurant with a reasonably priced menu, interesting cocktails, and great wine and beer programs.”
Chef Spotlight: Chef John C. Metz, Aqua Blue November 15, 2013
With more than 30 years of restaurant and hospitality experience, Chef John C. Metz and his partners know what it takes to create and maintain a successful restaurant company. His love for the restaurant business began at a young age when he started as a dishwasher at one of his father’s restaurants, soon moving on to prep cook and eventually running the kitchen. In 1997, Metz and partner Thomas DiGiorgio created Hi Life kitchen & cocktails in Norcross. Hi Life focused on fresh, local ingredients for a menu of reinvented American cuisine and a wine program that boasts over 50 wines by the glass.
Secret Cellars Tour March 19, 2012
On Sunday, March 18, 2012, over 100 Wine Auction friends gathered at an undisclosed location to be chauffeured to four different top secret locations. Once they arrived at each of the locations, these lucky guests descended into the deep dark depths of deliciousness as they toured four of the finest wine cellars in the city […]
2011 Napa Trip November 29, 2011
In early November, we made our annual journey west with the 2012 Co-chairs and several committee members to visit a few of our favorite vineyards and vintners. After five days of amazing tours, tastings, and meals, we were all wined out! Photos do not do justice to the gorgeous views and sights we saw, but […]
Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards visits Atlanta October 3, 2011
If you’ve never had a taste of Iron Horse wines before, now’s your chance. Joy Sterling, CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, will be in Atlanta this Wednesday, October 7 for two not-to-be missed events. She’ll be pouring her wine at Sherlock’s Wine Merchant – Brookhaven from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. Buy a ticket today! http://brookhavenwinebeer.com/iron-horse-tasting-with-joy-sterling/ Then, Joy […]