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Looking for your favorite Athens food trucks on Barber at the Jittery Joe's Roaster today? They ain't there. Due to worries about the weather (rain is anticipated), Holy Crepe, Taza, DaMunchiezz, Kona Ice and Farm Cart can be found starting at 5 p.m. tonight at the Classic Center's pavilion, on Foundry Street, which is covered. Ten percent of sales benefit the Circle of Friends Animal Society.
Unhappy with the canned choices Creature Comforts regularly presents? Well, boo on you. You should be more grateful. But the local brewery wants to make you happy, so it's throwing a party all over Normaltown tomorrow (Thursday, June 16) to celebrate its release ofAutomatic, a seasonal pale ale that's a bit hoppier than its usual offerings.
After a brief period where the space that previously housed Piccolo's was closed (see previously here), in a Watkinsville shopping center on Hog Mountain Road (by Bell's), it reopened rapidly, under new ownership, as Bella Noche. The new place calls itself an Italian/Latin restaurant, but the Italian part of the menu is considerably larger.
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Various folks from Athens' Hispanic and Latino community sell food on a regular basis to raise money for families in need due to deportations. This Saturday, you can come buy their wonderful goods at Little Kings from 6 p.m. until the food runs out. (You'll be over there for the Hot Corner Festival anyway.) Offerings include tamales, enchiladas, flautas, tinga, aguas frescas and more. No set prices; just donate what you can.
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Taqueria La Parrilla has come a long way from its quiet beginnings in the Homewood Hills Shopping Center, with a location on Athens' Eastside and one in Watkinsville, in addition to the original.
Transmet West, on Oglethorpe Avenue, has announced that its last day in business will be this Sunday, May 22. An all-you-can-eat buffet will be available for $12 per person that day, and beer and wine will run you only a buck to clear out as much inventory as possible. Also: live music.
It's the rare eatery that actually opens when it says it will, between contractors, health inspections and getting funding squared away. Athenians will be pleased to know, however, after some months of peering in the windows, that Zombie Coffee and Donuts is opening its branch downtown (in the former Your Pie, on Broad) next Monday, May 23.
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1000 Faces Coffee is hosting Brew Down V, a coffee-brewing competition among five baristas, tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17) at 7 p.m. Rachel Eubanks (Creature Comforts), Ben Mueller (1000 Faces), Blake Tyers (Creature Comforts), Will Shurtz (Methodical Coffee, in City View, SC) and Micah Sherer (Ally Coffee, in Taylor, SC) will compete to see who can make the best cuppa. Sara Frinak of Hugh Acheson's Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta will emcee, and Lindsey Pittman (Trade & Lore, in Asheville, NC), Jessica Rothacker (Heirloom Cafe) and Dale B. Donchey (Spiller Park) will judge. The event is free to all, with Creature Comforts beer and snacks.
One of the founders of local hipster supper-club The Four Coursemen, Damien Schaefer, is looking to start a brewpub in Decatur called Normaltown Artisanal Brewery & Cucina, and he's seeking investors from across Georgia.
Piedmont College's Cafe on Prince, which has been serving up good Southern cooking, cafeteria style, for some time now, will close after today, as Pete reported in Pub Notes. The college intends to repurpose the space for academics, which is understandable, even if a loss to good fried chicken.
Starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Apr. 27), kind of like the title cards that start off each episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the Jittery Joe's Roaster on Barber Street will host a food truck/art festival in its parking lot, until 7:30 p.m.
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Last year, Athenian Rebecca Lang had a book out about fried chicken. (Read our feature on Lang from May 2015.) This year, she's done a 180 and is taking on veggies, in The Southern Vegetable Cookbook: A Root-to-Stalk Guide to the South's Favorite Produce, put out bySouthern Living. Divided into the four seasons, the book is accessible, beautifully photographed and full of nice tips (e.g., how best to preserve excess from your garden, how to make a corn broth with leftover cobs, celery leaves can add good flavor to salads).
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Spring has sprung like a mofo all over the place, which means it's time for farmers markets to get going. Athens Farmers Market (which also has a snazzy new website) will kick off its ninth season Saturday, Apr. 2 at 8 a.m. at Bishop Park, where it will be under the covered pavilion, removing one more of your excuses for not going. The Fresh Food Bus, which provides free transportation to the market, is returning, but the schedule is TBA.
If you're part of an audience that, while watching Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," about the Victorian fictional character who turned his murder victims into meat pies, found yourself wondering what those pies would taste like, then you are a sick person. You'll also find your curiosity satisfied starting tomorrow evening, when the UGA Department of Drama and Theatre, which is presenting the musical April 14–24, has an open cast party at 7 p.m. at Pouch downtown.
The James Beard Awards released both its book/journalism awards and the shortlist of restaurant/chef awards yesterday, and Five & Ten didn't make the cut for "best restaurant" (see our earlier post about the nomination).
For the second year in a row, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Clarke County School District, the Athens Land Trust, Athens Farm to School and UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Department of Foods and Nutrition (this year in collaboration with sponsors The Fresh Market, Seed Life Skills and Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) are putting on an event to celebrate the National School Lunch Program.
My Athens is collaborating with the Twilight Criterium to organize the Apps & Taps Invitational, a craft-beer event, May 7 from noon–4 p.m. Six tents on Washington Street downtown will host 24 craft breweries plus food from six local restaurants.
Breweries confirmed so far are: Avery, Anderson Valley, Bell's, Coastal Empire, Copper Creek, Creature Comforts, Dogfish Head, Duck Rabbit, Founder's, Left Hand, Orpheus, Oskar Blues, Service Brewing Company, Southern Brewing Company, Terrapin, Three Taverns, 21st Amendment, Westbrook and Wild Heaven.
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After a bit of a delay (the original date was August), the Athens location of Fatburger, the national chain based in California, is open in the Beechwood shopping center, inside Buffalo's, its sister operation. It's the only Fatburger currently open in the state of Georgia; locations in Atlanta and Marietta did exist but closed.
Long in the works, Athens Eats: Recipes from the Classic City has just been published by AIDS Athens as a benefit to raise money for the organization. Full disclosure: I wrote the foreword. Full of recipes from local chefs and gifted amateur cooks (e.g., Peter Dale, Hugh Acheson, Jaamy Zarnegar, Mark Richt, Vince and Barbara Dooley), it sells for $20, and you can buy it on the website, at Aurum or at home.made.
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