Category Archives: Food Events

Pig’s Face on the grill

I have returned to this photo over and over again. Ever since this little piggy stared me down at the Cabbagetown Stomp & Chomp Chili Cook Off, I have edited and re-edited the pic. And the more I look at it, the weirder I feel. The scorched porkster looks almost content; maybe even happy. Or maybe I’ve just convinced myself of that over the past 2 weeks. I just wonder who ate this guy’s face and if he/she has been thinking about Mr. pig as much as me…

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Ice cream social

I bring happiness to the people

You know you work at a cool company when this dude shows up on a Friday afternoon. Time for a ice cream sundae social at work!

We even had a choice of flavors:

who got the sherbert?

and a table full of sugary toppings:

I went with Moose Tracks (vanilla with peanut butter cups and chocolate fudge) topped with rainbow sprinkles and a drop of chocolate syrup. I really wanted to take a picture for y’all, but you know the ice cream rule – eat quickly, before it melts.

Vikings Cooking School: cook your dinner and then eat it

Last night, I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School, located inside the Viking store in midtown. This event was a perk that’s associated with my daytime job and happened to tie into my nighttime job (hobby) quite perfectly.

*Updated*
Here’s the menu for the night labeled “Dinner Around the World”:
Tuscan Grilled Vegetable Platter
Thai Spring Rolls with sweet & sour sauce
Roasted Chicken (5 different varieties)
Cuban-style Rice Pilaf with black beans
Chocolate-covered strawberries stuffed with Amaretto cream cheese
And now it’s time for another story by photo segment:

we arrived to some snacks


and drinks


the clean kitchen prior to cooking


our chef gets the lesson started with a raw chicken


Chang and Kenny dove into the poultry preparation


stuffed with an onion, among other things


Brad gets excited by chicken (or knives?)


ready for roasting


Eli gets comfy in his chef whites


and with his knife


the crew preps the ingredients


while some of the guys drink and stand around


Josh gets veggies ready for the grill


and Kim mans the grill


and she grills


and grills


a post-grill rainbow


Don't forget us! Eli and I also grilled


Eli and Josh focus: they learn to make a spring roll


plop in some filling


Kenny demonstrates the roll


ready for the fryer


Kim shows the hollowed strawberries for dessert


tip of the day: use a glass to fill a piping bag


tip of the day demonstrated


berries filled with cream cheese, amaretto, confectioners sugar


chocolate to be melted


Kim and Jenna dip the berries, but the chocolate remains on their hands


taste trumps looks


Brad likes the spread of food


and shows off his personalized plate


spring rolls ready to eat!


chopped chicken


grilled veggies topped with parmigiano cheese


mmmmmmmm


extra desserts that we had nothing to do with

This event was super fun and I highly recommend it for a team-building outing, a girls'(guys’) night out, or just a change of pace activity shared among friends. We ate well, drank plenty, learned a few things, and most importantly – we didn’t clean up a thing!

Full menu will be updated shortly for those who are interested.

The Viking Store
1745 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-2404
404.745.9064
http://www.thevikingstore.net

Chomp & Stomp: Chili Cook-Off

I spent yesterday afternoon chomping and stomping around Cabbagetown where hundreds of like-minded folks tested out restaurant and civilian chili. Here’s my day in photos:

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couldn't find a parking spot, although the sign said otherwise


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walked through a dark, tatted tunnel for the love of chili


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waited on a long line to purchase a coveted orange spoon


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Hold on to your spoons!


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took in the masses of people and chili stands


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saw the guys from Noni's with colorful glasses


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they served up a chicken chili = decent


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steaming chili served in pitchers


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long line of chili-slingers


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The Vortex had OK veggie chili


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teamwork at MetroFresh


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reigning champs at Fox Bros.


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Six Feet Under brought hush puppies


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and plopped them on top of their chili


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gotta use both hands for the hungry


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round one completed


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time for help from the antacid


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dudes looking for some heat


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interesting outfit choice, guys


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but I'll still eat your chili


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he didn't get the chili memo


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neither did porky šŸ˜¦


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chili ran out quickly


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at many stands



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but many people were served


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even the best chefs in Atlanta


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Kevin Rathbun chugged a beer


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and I met Kevin from Top Chef!

Honestly, none of the chili that I tried reached an awe-inspiring level but the event was super fun and the turnout was spectacular. A fun, fall day in Atlanta – come out next year!

Taste of Atlanta 2009

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A few Saturdays ago, I headed to the Georgia Tech area to eat through the many options at the annual event, Taste of Atlanta. The event featured close to 100 local restaurants with a variety of choices to consume. Here is most of what I saw and some of what I ate:

Walking in, an ambush of free pork samples surrounded me; I did not partake in the pork-fest.

the other white meat on toothpicks

the other white meat on toothpicks


truffled lobster mac & cheese ball

truffled lobster mac & cheese ball


First bite of the day – tasted only of mac & cheese, no truffle, no lobster. No recollection of the restaurant since it was very early on.
Bhojanic set-up

Bhojanic set-up


chicken tikka masala over rice (Bhojnic)

chicken tikka masala over rice (Bhojnic)


blurry 3 bean salad (Bhojanic)

blurry 3 bean salad (Bhojanic)


High quality food coming out of the Indian restaurant (Bhojanic) considering the number of people around and cooking conditions. Tikka masala sauce was spicy and the 3 bean salad was sweetened with orange segments.
terrible shrimp from forgettable restaurant

terrible shrimp from forgettable restaurant


Mediterranean Grill set-up

Mediterranean Grill set-up


My friend from Med Grill midtown/emory

My friend from Med Grill midtown/emory


cupcakes (west egg)

cupcakes (west egg)


cheesy blackout cupcake

cheesy blackout cupcake


The cupcake was good, especially the filling (which was sweetened cheesy goodness), but I prefer moister cake.
free greek yogurt samples from Fage

free greek yogurt samples from Fage


peach, strawberry, or cherry topping?

peach, strawberry, or cherry topping?


The non-non-fat version of Fage greek yogurt is uber creamy and rich.
fancy Italian restaurant

fancy Italian restaurant


Il Mulino chef hard at work

Il Mulino chef hard at work


blurry porcini ravioli with champagne truffle cream sauce

blurry porcini ravioli with champagne truffle cream sauce


Excellent flavors at restaurant quality – it was a great chance to try the food without dropping hundreds of dollars

There was pizza…it was only ok

any of you have anchovies?

any of you have anchovies?


I'm a plain jane (but I got cheese)

I'm a plain jane (but I got cheese)

We had some from Rays:
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The Ritz Carlton was there serving savory and sweet treats:
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ceviche and apple trifle

ceviche and apple trifle


my ceviche and apple trifle

my ceviche and apple trifle


I met the chef

I met the chef


also met Jay Swift from 4th & Swift

also met Jay Swift from 4th & Swift


cupcakes, sweet potato pancakes (Highland Bakery)

cupcakes, sweet potato pancakes (Highland Bakery)


my sweet potato pancake was made to order and awesome

my sweet potato pancake was made to order and awesome


Top Flr had the taste of the day:
sound it out

sound it out


elements of tuna tartar (top flr)

elements of tuna tartar (top flr)


my tuna tartar - stand out savory

my tuna tartar - stand out savory


samples of jams/jellies made locally on farmland

samples of jams/jellies made locally on farmland


Cafe Intermezzo brought the baked goods

Cafe Intermezzo brought the baked goods


chocolate peanut butter cheesecake - mmmmm

chocolate peanut butter cheesecake - mmmmm


It sorta tasted like cookie dough, ultra-silky, delicious, sweet, thick, rich, cookie dough.
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failed red snapper ceviche from Savu

failed red snapper ceviche from Savu


Too fishy and stringy.
Genki was bad

Genki was bad


Genki set-up

Genki set-up

Amazingly awesome ice cream:

Morelli's Ice Cream in East Atlanta

Morelli's Ice Cream in East Atlanta


banana chocolate chip, lavender, salted caramel, chocolate chocolate chip

banana chocolate chip, lavender, salted caramel, chocolate chocolate chip


I also tried the coconut-jalapeƱo. The flavors were dead on and the consistency was the cream was rich and freezing without the icy, gritty, failure some ice cream suffers from. Salted caramel and coconut-jalapeƱo were particularly unreal.

All in all, Taste of Atlanta was a rousing success that gave Atlantans the opportunity to taste food from multiple restaurants. The restauranteurs have hope the eaters will visit their establishments at a later date. Most of the food was above average, with only a few plates blowing me away or making me feel ill.

My only complaint was the overabundance of cupcakes and desserts.