Imagine. A Chef with an explosion of creative juices running through his culinary veins. A Chef hell bent on surprising and wowing your taste buds. A Chef whose personality resonates in every morsel. A Chef to turn your snobbish culinary attitude into putty in his hands. Who is this Chef? Allow me to introduce you to a Chef that is taking Atlanta by storm. Meet Chef Juan Montier of Chez Montier.

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Haven’t heard of Chez Montier yet? No? Then consider yourself lucky you’ve found this and you owe me one. A big one.

“Our mission is to empower the world to live and eat well, through sharing our passion for food and design.” ~Juan Montier, Owner/Chef, Chez Montier

Not too long ago I met my friend and fellow food blogger, Melissa Pelkey-Hass  (of The Front Porch Gourmet) for lunch — on her lunch break from her daytime job — at Leaning Ladder (LL) in Woodstock, Georgia. She’s the mastermind chef there hosting the best cooking classes the Atlanta area has to offer. Let me tell you… the. girl. can. cook! If you’re reading this Melissa… *cough *cough …yes! I’d love to come over for dinner! Anyway, Melissa had a meeting planned with Chef Juan and his lovely wife, Judith Montier to discuss a possible pop-up at LL. So happy I was asked to join them for the afternoon!

Ah… the life of a food blogger.
All details are in the video below.

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Chez-Montier-CREAMY-“DEVILED”-EGGS-WITH-SMOKED-CURED-SALMON-2Chef Juan has quite an impressive background that’s lead him where he is today. I had no idea how special this man was I was hanging with! Taste more…

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Travel much? Stay in hotels much? Maybe a little? Then you probably know Astor Chocolate and you just don’t know it. What’s their big secret? Read on! I’m about to out ’em!

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What do basketball, wine, chocolate and I have in common? A great Atlanta Hawks game against the Phoenix Suns, delicious wine pairings, delectable creamy chocolatey chocolate and me! Recently Astor Chocolate partnered with me to bring the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society and a couple of other influential bloggers together so we could get their big secret out to y’all! What is that big secret? Well, if you have ever stayed in a hotel and unwrapped that piece of chocolate on the pillow, then you have experienced the creamy, chocolatey splendor of Astor Chocolate. That’s right, it could have been theirs you were having that “Oh that’s so good!” moment with. Taste more…

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Once upon a time in a land far, far away… back when the dinosaur roamed… I stood on first base, arm stretched as far as the eye could see. SMACK!! every. single. time. My nickname at all of 4 foot 11? Stretch.

I loved playing softball and if I could have played baseball with the boys, oh yeah! I would have given a run for their money! Competitive was my middle name, and a chance to do it better than the boys? I would have been first in line at sign ups! Taste more…

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There are so many reasons, way to many to list, why you should love Sprouts Farmers Market as much as I do. I walk through the doors and my whole attitude changes. The first time I walked in I immediately knew the place was my kind of place. It exuded fresh, organic, clean eating… it screamed healthy.

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My absolute favorite section is the produce. I swear I have never, in any store from New York to Ohio, Missouri to Texas and Florida to Georgia, seen such fresh, CLEAN organics. Taste more…

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Princi Italia sets the bar in Midtown Atlanta

Recently I, and 4 dining companions the first evening, 7  the second evening and 10 the third evening, had the pleasure of trying out one of Atlanta’s young restaurants, about 1-year young, and let me tell you… fresh… service… atmosphere… location… 3-hour validated convenient parking… fantastic! Oh and flavor as intense as it getts… wow. Really wow.

Very recently my sister’s husband passed away in his sleep, so I dragged her along (not really in the mood to do much of anything right now, bless her heart) and from all indication of that evening and after, she’s glad she didn’t back out. She offered more feedback to the servers and chef than any of us! And by the way Princi Italia, Wanda? She is a HUGE food snob. Sometimes, well, worse than what I’ve become. If she doesn’t like something, she has NO qualms letting you know. If you pass her critical taste buds and HIGH expectations, you’ve made it to the big time with your name in neon lights! It’s your Broadway moment! Taste more…

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I have this blogger friend, Milla Williams, the guru behind the blog Happily Eating. She’s special. I’ve known her for over a year now and I’ve watched her blossom in to a full on food, lifestyle, travel blogger. She’s gone from being a home chef in her own right to a blogger you want to follow, anyone would want to be around, have as a bloggy friend and a friend in general. She’s a good lady. So, when I received an invite for her first blogger networking dinner taking place on March 15th, I jumped on it! And let me tell you, Milla and the Capital Grill – libations, food and service – were spot on and did not disappoint!

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Delicious.

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Have you tried First Fresh Chicken Sausage yet?

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As I mentioned in my First Fresh Chicken Italian Sausage & Anti-Pasta Over Wild Rice post (link at the bottom of this post), a short time ago I received a Facebook message asking how a company could get their hands on more information about partnering with the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. As luck would have it, they were talking to the Interim President! I’d say that’s the right person! A few messages and a phone call later, some AFBS members and I had four packs of First Fresh Chicken Sausage each; two packs each of Italian sausage and breakfast links!

Note: For a full review of First Fresh Chicken Sausage, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

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Have you tried First Fresh Chicken Sausage yet?

First-Fresh-chicken-sausageYou know that looks good.

A short time ago I received a Facebook message asking how a company could get their hands on more information about partnering with the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. As luck would have it, they were talking to the Interim President! I’d say that’s the right person! A few messages and a phone call later, some AFBS members and I had four packs of First Fresh Chicken Sausage each; two packs each of Italian sausage and breakfast links!
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The Junior League of Atlanta – 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens

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 The Junior League of Atlanta Just who are they? It’s simple. Women transforming communities. 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens Ready to get your “culinarily on”? This month, The Junior League of Atlanta will celebrate its 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens on March 19th and 20th. The 2-day self-guided tour takes you through 14 Atlanta spectacularly …

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Bayou ‘n Bourbon Menu Review – Marlow’s Tavern

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“Born on the BAYOU Raised in our KITCHEN” says it all. Marlow’s Tavern once again out does themselves. BAYOU ‘n BOURBON Now through March 28th Marlow’s has their regular everyday menu, and it is delicious, but they run special menus throughout the year. This latest one, Bayou ‘n Bourbon running through March 28th, well, it …

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