Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kitchen Maestro

Join us for this week’s Chef Demo with
Gerry Klaskala of Aria – 10:00 am on 7/ 31

Chef Demos are sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Buckhead’s Aria is in its 10th year of serving up music to our palates in a dining room that’s a feast for our eyes. Owner and Executive Chef Gerry Klaskala’s menu reflects his passion for both art and food, and has earned him a spot among only five other restaurants in the city to have achieved five stars from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Klaskala’s love for food and art began early, with robust home-cooked meals prepared by his grandmothers and a talent for painting. But the culinary arts won out when he went in search of some extra spending money and found a job in a kitchen at the age of 15. He went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated with honors, and has been creating culinary masterpieces ever since.

In Atlanta, he earned national acclaim as Executive Chef of The Buckhead Diner before leaving to open Canoe, one of Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurants. It was at Canoe, where he’s still an owner today, where his career as chef and restaurateur began. Its success enabled Klaskala to plan and orchestrate an even more intimate dining experience, which became Aria. His principles of fresh ingredients, simple flavors, and time-honored techniques have been highlighted in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Esquire and The New York Times.

When he’s not in the kitchen at Aria, Klaskala, donates his time to numerous food events benefiting organizations like the Atlanta Community Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Georgia Organics, High Museum of Art and Share Our Strength.

Join Chef Klaskala for this week’s Chef Demo and also for the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, benefiting Georgia Organics, on August 8. This is the last weekend to buy your tickets at the Farmers Market before prices go up on August 1 – the early bird gets the tomatoes, y’all!

- Jennifer Maley

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