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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.
Big Daddy Mike's Barbecue Bar and Grill, the restaurant evolution of a BBQ sauce company that also does catering, will open soon in what was most recently Dickey's Barbecue Pit, on Hawthorne, near its intersection with Oglethorpe/Tallassee.
Groove Burgers, a brand-new burger joint from Bridger Loftin (of Loco's), could have a soft opening this weekend, in the new Epps Bridge shopping center, by Kinnucans. The concept seems potentially franchisable, which wouldn't be a surprise, but for now it's a rare independent business in the Epps Bridge area.
Yet to determine a location is Burger 21, which is a franchise, with locations in Buckhead, Johns Creek and the Mall of Georgia, as well as in many other states. Its menu is a little more voluminous, and it offers seafood burgers, sliders, chicken tenders, hot dogs, turkey chili and an array of shakes and floats.
As of Feb. 3, the space on Baxter Street that once housed Mirko Pasta is now home to Mama Jewel's Kitchen, an independent business that does Southern cooking and healthier options.
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The James Beard Foundation describes its outstanding restaurant winner as the best restaurant "in the United States that serves as a national standard bearer of consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service. Eligible restaurants must have been in operation 10 or more consecutive years."
Beef O'Brady's will hold its annual wings-eating contest during the halftime of the Super Bowl, on Sunday, if you're more interested in chicken than in Beyonce. Wings are "nuclear"-flavored, the charge is $12 (except for the first three entrants, who get to compete for free) and the winner gets free wings for a year.
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Since it opened almost two years ago, Big Family Cafe has built a following in Homewood Hills by serving reliably delicious, fresh food off a large menu. You can bring your kids. You can bring your parents. You can get an omelet for breakfast or lunch, and avocado comes with tons of entrees. Once before, it tried expanding its hours to include dinner, but couldn't make a go of it. Now it's trying again. The new hours are 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday).
The space downtown that most recently housed a branch of local franchise Your Pie will soon be home to Zombie Coffee and Donuts. Owner Tony Raffa, who won't graduate with his undergraduate degree from UGA until the end of this semester, owns another branch of the store in Washington, D.C., but says he's excited to open one in Athens.
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In some ways it's hard to believe Automatic Pizza hasn't been around any longer than a year, so quickly did it attract an audience and become a regular stop for many in its neighborhood. But it's one year old today, so it's offering dollar slices and dollar PBRs all day. It closes at 11 p.m. Go get some.
D.P. Dough, downtown's second late-night-oriented quick-service calzone eatery that also delivers is now open, in the Georgia Heights building, on the Broad Street side. To celebrate, it will be giving away free calzones next Thursday (Feb. 4) from 5–8 p.m. It will not operate regular hours that day and will not accept orders over the phone or in store. As long as you are in line by 8 p.m. and you check in via social media (on-site) in one of the following ways, you will receive a free calzone:
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The new downtown location of Zaxby's, which may be a chicken franchise but at least is ourchicken franchise, with headquarters in Oconee County, will celebrate its grand opening Monday, Jan. 25 with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m.
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