In the news…

posted on February 13, 2008 at 3:07 am

Have you seen Gourmet magazine’s “Diary of a Foodie” yet? The show, which airs on Saturday afternoons on WPBA/Channel 30, is probably one of my favorite food shows out there. One of the most recent episodes focused on North Carolina and featured pitmaster, Ed Mitchell, showing John T. Edge a thing or two about BBQ, an eco-friendly trout farm in the Appalachian Mountains, The Lantern restaurant, Jewish food culture in the South and a scrumptious recipe for okra fritters I will definitely be using this summer. Gourmet’s website says they will be offering the full episodes on-line soon, but you can get a preview of the episode HERE.

Cabbagetown Market: Cabbagetown
The grass-fed burger with pimento cheese at Little’s Grill

Speaking of television, the AJC’s dining critic, Meridith Ford, reports:

Calling all foodies and Food Network chowhounds:
Cabbagetown Market and Little’s Grill, owned and operated by Lisa Hanson and Maria Locke, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” hosted by the whackily tattooed and coifed Guy Fieri. The show features forgotten-but-revived slices of culinary Americana, and Little’s fits the bill, having been a grocery and sandwich grill in Cabbagetown since 1929.

Hanson would like to “fill the store” with local folks for the taping, which takes place this Thursday, Valentine’s Day, beginning around noon. Hanson and Locke will be preparing the Grill’s famous fried pickles alongside the grass-fed beef burger with pimiento cheese and the store’s legendary Lime Rickey, but don’t expect a full lunch menu if you decide to go: the menu that day will be limited due to the taping. So go for the taping to support our local food scene!

The market is also featured in the “Navigator” section of the March 2008 issue of Bon Appétit magazine (along with a tiny photo taken by yours truly), which is on stands now.

Atlanta Cupcake Factory: Poncey-Highlands
The Atlanta Cupcake Factory

Rachel, from the very sweet and fun Cupcake Blog (a blog I came across during research for my cupcake story this past summer), wrote me to tell me about an interview she did with Jamie Fahey of the Atlanta Cupcake Factory. On a related note, the store has expanded their hours. They are now open Fridays through Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for the High Museum’s 16th annual wine auction are now on sale. Tickets for most of the events are sold out, but there are still seats available for “The Big Finish” which run $100 for nonmembers and $75 for members. You can buy them HERE. As I mentioned in a previous post, if your budget is tight, there are volunteer opportunities available.

Vajra Stratigos, the beverage director for Fifth Group Restaurants, has started a fun and informative blog called “Vajra Straight Up.” The blog is devoted to wine and cocktails. Make sure you check out the videos on the right-hand side of the site.

The founders of tsp spices, Katie and Sara (a.k.a. “the cardaMoms”)
The owners of tsp spices, a local company that sells organic spices spotlighted in Real Simple magazine and Oprah Magazine’s November “O list,” have also started a blog called “The Seasoned Palate.”
Westsiders now have another breakfast alternative. The owners of Rare and Harlem Bar have opened a new restaurant, The Social Club, on Howell Mill Rd. and Chattahoochee (in the old Philly Boys location). The establishment will serve breakfast and brunch. The restaurant is supposedly open for business, but I cannot get any firm details as of today. I will update when I get more information.
When I was at the Ponce Whole Foods this past weekend, I picked up Rivaaj Magazine, which calls itself “one of the premiere South Asian publications in the United States. Its mission is to bring to center stage the positive achievements, tastes, and styles of South Asian Americans.” The best part about the magazine, in my opinion, is the extensive list (most of them paid, mind you) of South Asian restaurants in Atlanta. A good place to start if you are in the mood for some food hunting. Let us know if you find anything worth visiting.

Looking for a tasty Shiraz for a decent price? Cat Amongst The Pigeons Nine Lives Shiraz Barossa Valley. Robert Parker gives it 92 points and it sells somewhere around $21.99, but you can find it at certain spots for around $13.99. Parker says, “The 2006 Shiraz is opaque purple with an alluring nose of spice box, pepper, blueberry, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate, this full-bodied wine has layers of flavor, ripe fruit, excellent balance, and enough structure to evolve for a few years.” Check out to find a retailer near you.

And, finally, for all your procrastinators out there. is still showing plenty of tables available for Valentine’s Day dinner tomorrow.

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  • Re: In the news…
    posted by: Anonymous · February 13, 2008  10:43 AM

    We love that show. Great combination of food, culture and travel.

  • Re: In the news…
    posted by: Waylo · February 13, 2008  3:38 PM

    Diary of a Foodie is indeed an awesome show… Its showings on PBS are somewhat sporadic however. If they really will be offering episodes online, that’s something to really be on the lookout for. Really opened up some avenues of thought for the novice foodie in me.

  • Re: In the news…
    posted by: A. Sunshine · February 14, 2008  6:59 AM

    I think it would be funny if the Cabbagetown feature was a set-up for fried pickle Throwdown with Bobby Flay!

  • Re: In the news…
    posted by: Trip · February 15, 2008  8:44 AM

    I’ll have to agree – Diary of Foodie is an excellent show. Being a transplanted Atlanta living on the West Coast, I immediately went in search of BBQ after watching that episode.

  • Re: In the news…
    posted by: Anonymous · February 27, 2008  5:51 AM

    Ok, at the beginning of the month there was a banner on the Social House saying the grand opening was the weekend of Feb 2-3. That weekend went by and the banner was taken down and no movement inside occurred. Then these signs were posted in the windows that said “No breakfast will be served before it’s time”….doesn’t really answer any questions since the doors remained closed? Now today I saw that those signs now say “It’s Time, We are Open”.

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