Friday, August 16, 2013

This week at PRFM

Chef Demo by Aaron Russell of Restaurant Eugene, 10:00 a.m.
Live Music by Alex Gordon, Happy Nest Kids Activities, all morning

Chef Demo with Aaron Russell
of Restaurant Eugene
10:00 a.m. on 8/17
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
Aaron Russell, Pastry Chef at Restaurant Eugene, worked his way through culinary school while baking bread at night at Breadgarden, Atlanta's finest bakery at the time. After graduation, he became pastry chef at Nikolai's Roof, the first restaurant in the Southeast to receive 4 Mobil Stars. This led to a position as Assistant Pastry Chef at The Dining Room in the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, which cemented his career path. While there, he was promoted to become the youngest 5 Mobil Star Pastry Chef in the nation. Aaron then took the position of Pastry Chef at Guenter Seeger's namesake restaurant Seeger's. Chef Seeger's austere approach to local, organic ingredients and simple preparations has held the most influence on Aaron's current style.

In 2008 and 2009, Russell was nominated for "Outstanding Pastry Chef" by the James Beard Foundation while working at The Chocolate Bar. In 2010, Chef Linton Hopkins invited Aaron to take charge of the pastry kitchen at Restaurant Eugene, where Russell has received three more James Beard Award nominations. This Saturday, Chef Russell surprises us with a summer dessert!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Local Nation

Chef Demo
with Peter Dale of The National
10:00 a.m. on 8/10
Chef Demos are sponsored by
COUNTRY Financial
Y'all know Hugh Acheson. Meet Hugh's executive chef from his Athens restaurant The National—Peter Dale. No, really, you should come meet him this Saturday. A UGA grad, Peter pursued his culinary passion shortly after college. With family heritage from Ecuador and Greece, he had experienced an array of cuisines and was ready to get his start in the field. He began as an apprentice at Hugh's Five & Ten restaurant, with plans to attend culinary school thereafter. Instead, he chose travel as his education and spent time in Europe (mostly Spain) where he found further inspiration and honed his skills. In 2007, Dale and Hugh opened The National, combining their interests in cooking, travel, and food politics. The daily-changing menu features ingredients from local farms and pairs the seasons of Georgia with the flavors of Spain, France, North Africa, Greece, the eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East. This weekend you don't have to travel around the world, or even to Athens, to get a taste for Peter's fantastic dishes—you just have to stop by PRFM!

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 (like how to freeze corn) and answer all of your questions about home canning—yes, you (can) CAN!

- Jennifer Maley