Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Signature Taste of Hong Kong Sea Bass

Photo Credit: Southern Boy Dishes
AFBS members were offered complimentary copies of the cookbook Signature Tastes of Atlanta: Favorite Recipes from our Local Restaurants by Steven Siler. A firefighter-turned-chef and an Atlanta native, Siler created a series of "Signature Tastes" cookbooks from across the country. These cookbooks feature the best restaurant recipes from each city.

Seeing the recipe for Hong Kong-Style Sea Bass over stir-fried spinach, brought back memories of my 3-day stay in Hong Kong several years ago. This dish, a creation of the Atlanta Fish Market, is featured in the cookbook, and was a reminder of the fantastic street food, bright lights, chaotic crowds, and people-watching which made for a truly unique and exciting trip.

To quote the blurb on the back of the book, “Signature Tastes of Atlanta captures the culinary essence of the city known as Hotlanta.” Order your copy from Amazon for $9.95 with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels.

For AFBS member Bill Harris' adapted recipe, visit his blog at Southern Boy Dishes

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Culinary Fight Club Comes to Atlanta

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What better way to raise money then to have an event where three cooks compete for a chance to compete in the World Food Championships. They can bring three approved items of their own and have 60 seconds to choose ingredients from a shared table. After that they have 60 minutes to cook for the judges & audience using a 10,000 BTU burner.

Culinary Fight Club began as a fundraiser for Fight2Feed, a Chicago non-profit organization with the mission to end to hunger. With the goal of hosting competitions in four states by 2017, CFC selected Atlanta as its second city to host the event. The inaugural Culinary Fight Club - Atlanta was held at the Doubletree in Buckhead with challengers Chef Rich Green, Executive Chef of The Green Leaf Restaurant; Andrew Tokas of Domaine Wine Distributors; and, Sophia Lin Kanno of Legendary Events.

Read more from AFBS President Denise Romeo of We Like To Cook!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Best of Atlanta Party 2015

If you didn’t make it to Atlanta Magazine’s "Best of Atlanta Party" last week, you missed out on one of the hottest parties of the year! In its 28th year, the Best of Atlanta Party is one of the most cherished and respected food events in the city. The restaurants, food trucks, local food businesses, local wineries and beverage companies featured at the event can not buy their way in, and it shows. The featured best of Atlanta is chosen by Atlanta magazine editors and readers to create their signature dishes and drinks for the over 2,000 party goers.

Read more from AFBS member Lizette Leanza of Gourmet Uncorked

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Quit "Wining" and Celebrate Spring in Buckhead

Looking for a wine experience this Spring? The Andrews Wine Festival has just what you are looking for! This premier wine event will take place on Saturday, March 28th at Andrews Entertainment District Located in the heart of Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive NW.

VIP ticket ($75) holders will begin with a reception including a tasting of over 145 wines, light bites from Cellar 56 and Czar Ice Bar, and access to the winemakers, principles and distillers such as principles and distillers such as Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores Winery, Jeremy Baker - Thomas George Estates & Noble Tree and Pete & Terri Kight - Quivira & Torbreck.

There will also be three intimate and informative seminars which are limited to 150 VIP participants: these will include “Introduction to Cocktail Mixology” at 2pm, “Old World vs. New World” at 3pm and “Wine 101” at 4pm hosted by master sommeliers. Also, included in the VIP package is a Reidel Tasting Glass, two complimentary non-special event Improv tickets and a $20 Gift Card to Czar Ice Bar or Cellar 56, both to be used on a future date. General admission ($35) begins 2:00pm with a sampling of over 100 wines and will receive a copy of the 2015 Andrews Wine Festival Tasting Book.

"We are excited to again offer such a distinctive wine event," said Andrews Entertainment President Steve de Haan. "Additionally, we plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the giving kitchen, an organization that provides crisis grants to members of Atlanta's restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship."

Tickets  are available in advance by visiting the Andrews Entertainment District website.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

AFBS Celebrates National Peanut Month

Photo Credit: Britt's Blurbs
Despite being called the “Peach State,” Georgia is better known for its peanut crops which actually generate nine times the revenue that peach crops do. Georgia’s 1.65 billion pound yield of peanuts accounts for about half the nation’s peanut consumption. Needless to say that is something to celebrate especially during March, which is National Peanut Month.

Our members know the virtue and diversity of the lowly groundnut as demonstrated in the wide array of recipes both sweet and savory featured on their blogs:

Peanut Butter Power Bars
Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge
Kentucky Derby Pie
Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Mousse Sandwiches
Sweet and Salty Compost Cookies
Peanut Brittle

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Colonial Peanut Soup
West African Black Bean Stew
Thai Peanut Rolls
Sesame Meatball Satay
Peanut Noodle Salad
Hoisin Slaw
Enchiladas with Peanut Sauce

Of course, there is nothing wrong with eating it right out of the jar, either!