On April 1st, yes… April Fool’s Day, I was one of the lucky guests of Culinary Local for their inaugural launch event at 1Kept. No monies were exchanged by either party, unless of course you count the to-go order I placed. Instead we were treated to a five-course experience of some scrumptious delectable edibles and were privy to an inside peak to Culinary Local’s new website launching very soon. And by “we”, I mean some of us Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society members.
Thaddeus Keefe, owner of 1Kept and his team displayed and explained each piece of the five-course meal along our food journey. 1Kept’s fabulously talented master mixologist and bar manager, Jonathon Turner paired each dish with one of his designer cocktails specially made for the evening. Each dish came featuring local grown produce provided by The Turnip Truck. The produce included some of my favorites, like Vidalia onions, arugula, fingerling potatoes and CILANTRO! Guess which is my favorite? Cilantro didn’t stop at making its appearance in the food, it was showcased in at least one drink and my other favorite herb, basil made it’s way into the finale designer drink. I’m disappointed to say I couldn’t sample the last drink, my tummy can’t handle whiskey anymore. Not since I was a showoff at 19 years of age. Advice… don’t drink Jack Daniels straight on the rocks. Well, not a lot of it anyway. Having to give up its flavor because of stupidity isn’t worth it. :/
Some concoctions Jonathon mixed up worthy of wetting your whistle… taste more…
950 W. Peachtree St. N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
It had been a bit of a long day, so I was happy to sit down and have a drink with appetizers in the company of some of my favorite people. It didn’t hurt that we had a window seat in midtown and that the lights were dimmed either. It made it easy to sit back and relax. Marlow’s Tavern wasn’t small by any means, which normally for me means impersonal, cold feel to it, business like, and not a place to “call your own” kinda hangout. This place has the perfect atmosphere for someone who prefers smaller, more rustic, come on in and make yourself feel at home taverns. I will definitely go back.
Anyone that knows me, knows I’m a tequila chick. I don’t drink it often, but I love, love, love it. So it makes sense my drink of choice, from a pretty long list of beverages that sounded amazing, was the Skinny Ginger Margarita. Let me tell you… yes. yes. and. yes. If for no other reason, I’d go back just for this puppy. It’s a little on the sweet side for this diabetic, but I highly recommend it and I will have this sucker again. It’s good schidt.
Marlow’s brought out a number of foods for us to try, I’ve selected my favorites to tell you about.
Way back in 1984 I had the pleasure to visit and dine at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. I had this appetizer made up of some kind of mushrooms and cream sauce over toast. I have craved it from time to time since and never made it back to the Lodge to have it again. I have looked for recipes and dishes at restaurants since, trying to find something at least similar. Never happened.
Then, Marlow’s happened. taste more…
The only limits to a good Bloody Mary recipe is whatever your imagination limits you to. Just look at the one pictured above. Waffles and chicken, and bacon with an egg! It’s perfect for breakfast!
I recently wrote a review post of the Red Sky Tapas & Bar and realized I didn’t have a recipe for two of my favorite concoctions anywhere, so of course I have to throw one up for the delicious, scrumptious, crave-able and infamous Bloody Mary favorite.
A little smarts for you to get you up to speed on the history of this wonderful beverage’s origin. I took this right from my Red Sky Tapas & Bar – SeriousYum™ Brunch post. Have a look if you’d like to see what you’re missing out on over there. If you’re in the vicinity you might want to find your way over to Red Sky. Their food will not disappoint you. Period.
“Do you know where Bloody Marys originate from? From what I’ve found there are three who claim the fame. Fernand Petiot boasted, proudly I’m sure, he created this spicy concoction way back in 1921while working in the New York Bar in Paris. James Rollins claimed this deliciousness was created in 2010 inside the Hemingway Bar at The Ritz Paris. Then there’s the 21 Club; they have TWO claims! They’re either unfamiliar with the concept that an invention only happens once, and especially not twice on two separate dates. First, they claim bartender Henry Zbikiewicz mixed it up in the 1930s. Their second claim is George Jessel, comedian extraordinaire I’m sure; who was a frequent bar fly in 1939 and supposedly the great inventor.”
There are many Bloody Mary mixes you can purchase, but making your own concoction is worth more than its weight in gold. You control what ingredients and choose the freshness.
Recently I was invited to participate in the Parmigiano Reggiano Academy featuring the fine art of cheese tasting and all I had to do in return was tell you about it! How cool is that?
The Academy was originally a tasting course online and is now a class being held at specialty stores around the country. Online courses are great, but I think bringing it to the public in a more intimate setting is a brilliant move.
I had no idea it was so involved, or rather deserved the respect usually associated with fine wine. The color and texture. The smell. The feel in your mouth. Last, but certainly not least by any means is the very definitive taste. All of them; and make no mistake, there are different flavors. These characteristics are all part of the delectable journey known as savoring Parmigiano Reggiano. I now have a whole new respect for this King of Cheeses, it’s actually quite the elegant experience. Taste more…