Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Digging In

Chef Demo with Hilary White
of The Hil at Serenbe
10:00 a.m. on 8/3

Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
Chef Hilary talks the talk and walks the walk, y’all. Having grown up around the rural farmland of Ohio, she was drawn to the Serenbe community and its ethos of sustainability when picking the location of her namesake restaurant, The Hil. Before that, she had built her knowledge and experience traveling the globe, earning a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and working her way up as the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s first female executive chef. But the farmland called in 2007, and Chef Hilary opened The Hil at Serenbe with her husband, Jim, and her mother, Sandy Pitsch, at her side. She spends time tending the farm and growing produce, using the fruits of her labor to create comforting dishes worth the short drive to Serenbe. The critics love her (she’s been lauded by the likes of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The New York Times) and her community does, too (she’s involved with Les Dames d’Escoffier, Southern Foodways Alliance, Georgia Grown, Share Our Strength, and Wholesome Wave). When she’s not spending her spare time volunteering or mentoring young chefs, you can find Chef Hilary exploring the roads on her Harley. Or, we might recommend spotting her at PRFM this Saturday, where she’ll show us how to make some quick and delicious fridge pickles.

AgSouth AgAware Day at PRFM
August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Join us on Saturday, when AgSouth Farm Credit will dedicate a picnic bench to PRFM volunteers, build a raised flower bed and herb garden for the Market, and host the “Ag Experience” for youth and their families—kids will learn what it takes to farm, including getting money from the bank, buying seeds, planting, harvesting, and selling. Then they’ll use the “profits” to play games!

- Jennifer Maley

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner?

Chef Demo with Todd Richards
of The Shed at Glenwood
10:00 a.m. on 7/27
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
Check out last year’s love letter to Iron Chef and Today alum Chef Todd Richards. He’s still throwing down at The Shed, with a new fried chicken night for the people, and has some exciting plans in the works for Atlantic Station—there, he and The Shed owner Cindy Shera will open the Pig and the Pearl in January 2014. We can’t wait for the smokehouse’s offerings: locally sourced meats and fish, a raw bar with fresh oysters, and of course a cool cocktail menu. In the meantime, visit Chef Todd under our demo tent this Saturday (and at The Shed anytime). P.S. look out for the COUNTRY Financial folks handing out PRFM bags—they’ll also have a chance for you to win a Shed gift certificate!

Save the date…
On Saturday, August 3, bring the kids for AgSouth AgAware activities from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Learn what it takes to farm, including getting money from the bank, buying seeds, planting, harvesting, and selling. Then use the “profits” to play games!

- Jennifer Maley

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tomato Time

A rainy summer means a shorter tomato season, but fear not! Gather up summer’s juiciest fruit and can and freeze your way to a happy winter. You’ll also want to check out Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival founder Chef Ford Fry in the demo tent, and get inspired by the sounds of Irish Traditions music wafting about this week’s market.

Chef Demo with Ford Fry
of Rocket Farm Restaurants
10:00 a.m. on 7/20

Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
For our homage to Ford Fry, one of Atlanta’s culinary giants, click here. Since we saw Ford under the demo tents last year, he’s added Buckhead’s newest hotspot King + Duke and Westside smash-hit The Optimist and Oyster Bar to his roster which also includes JCT. Kitchen & Bar and No. 246. Dedicated to using local products and making each of his restaurants a community gathering place, Ford is tireless in his creativity and reach. That’s why we’re not surprised at how many more projects he’s got in the works: the just-launched People’s food truck (benefiting non-profit City of Refuge), this fall’s St. Cecilia (Mediterranean in the former Bluepointe spot), and new concepts in Inman Park’s Krog Street Market and Alpharetta’s Avalon development next year. He’s also founder of one of Atlanta’s most scary-good events, The JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival (benefiting Georgia Organics). Be sure and ask him about the annual fest happening this Sunday—we hear tell of a chef/bartender/celeb dunk tank.

- Jennifer Maley

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer’s Peak

Chef Demo with Drew Belline
of No. 246 – 10:00 a.m. on 7/13
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
Chef Drew Belline isn’t just the executive chef and partner (with Ford Fry) at Decatur’s favorite Italian-inspired hotspot, No. 246. And he isn’t just a critically lauded chef who's worked with the likes of Charlie Palmer, Tom Colicchio, and team Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. But he's also got some pretty cool hobbies: fly fishing and foraging for mushrooms. So it’s no surprise that Belline is an avid believer in using local products at their peak, and his food is a showcase of these ingredients; these ingredients plus a pretty sweet wood-fired oven. What else is pretty sweet? The demo he’s got planned for Saturday, of course.

Canning with Martha
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Welcome back our canning expert Martha McMillin—she’ll be on hand all morning to share tasty summer canning recipes and answer all of your questions about home canning—yes, you (can) CAN!

- Jennifer Maley

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer, from scratch

Chef Demo with 
Suzanne Vizethann
of Buttermilk Kitchen 
10:00 a.m. on 7/6
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
You might remember Chef Suzanne from her catering business The Hungry Peach or from her big win on Food Network’s CHOPPED. But if you haven’t stopped by her most recent success story, new restaurant Buttermilk Kitchen, what are you waiting for? There, Suzanne combines her experience working with some of Atlanta’s most creative chefs (Richard Blais and Eli Kirshtein) with her appreciation of time-honored techniques to bring us breakfast and lunch all made from scratch. She uses sustainable, local ingredients, and her fried chicken nights are not to be missed—we can safely say the same for this Saturday’s demo—don’t miss it, y’all!

- Jennifer Maley