July 16, 2015

Green Olive Media’s Expanding Into Birmingham

Thanks to our clients, friends, family and support from awesome folks like you, we're expanding into Birmingham, Alabama! After successfully building relationships and working in the market for a number of years, we are excited to watch Birmingham grow into the next hot food cityOur office located in the Homewood neighborhood is officially open for business. Give us a call at (205) 414-7523.

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April 16, 2015

Bourbon Bash at Bank & Bourbon - Philadelphia, PA

Last year we were fortunate to be brought in to handle the branding and design for Bank & Bourbon in Philadelphia. Located in the historic PSFS Building, they're celebrating their first anniversary on April 28, 2015. Come have a drink with us!

Gary's Hamburgers

Just a cool sign (and a good burger) while passing through Johnston, South Carolina.

Bacon Bros. Public House - Greenville, SC

We stopped in to Bacon Bros. in Greenville last week for a quick meal - check it out:

Pulled pork "tots" with pig ears:
Rabbit & dumplings:

We also recently redesigned their logo and menu:

April 4, 2015

Cherry Bombe Jubilee - New York, NY

Cherry Bombe is a beautifully-designed biannual publication that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, style it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.”

Over the weekend, our good friends Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu held their 2nd annual Cherry Bombe Magazine -- Jubilee conference at the High Line Hotel in NYC. The space is stunning. (Our pal Billy Reid has also taken over the space a time or two during NYC Fashion Week.)

The annual event is a meeting of the most brilliant female minds – discussing all sorts of topics from food activism, management, modernist cuisine, diet, and change.

The room at the Highline Hotel is filled with the most talented female minds in the food world. — View from the stage 

Caroline Randall Williams — daughter of our friend Alice Randall, teacher, author of Soul Food Love, owner of 2,000 cookbooks. 

Her mom, Alice, would love to be “the last fat black woman”. 
— "One of the best compliments you can get as a black woman is to be called 'thick,' but the way to talk about it... it's not about getting thin. It's about getting healthy."

Padma Lakshmi – mother, television personality, food enthusiast, founder of the EFA.

On the fear of not having the traditional culinary background of her fellow hosts on Top Chef – and fear in general: “Concentrate on what you do know rather than what you do not.”

Caroline Randall Williams + Padma Lakshmi

We have worked with some great modernists – Richard Blais, Sean Brock, John Shields, Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan, etc. The panel was a dream team of chefs we have long admired. 

From left: Iliana Regan (Elizabeth), Elise Kornack (Take Root), Dominque Crenn (Atelier Crenn) and Anjana Shanker (Modernist Cuisine

Snacks — definitely a surprise — lovely diced veggies

Whey — it's here. We sipped this "Skinnier, sassy twin sister to yogurt" courtesy of The White Moustache.
Elizabeth + April Bloomfield
Chef April Bloomfield plopped down in the seat next to us (yep, the shameless ask for a picture took place) and the convo was all about the Spotted Pig burger – going strong for 11 years. Bloomfield originally wanted to be a police officer. Her “fall back” gig was a chef. Upon being offered the job to open a gastropub in NYC, she asked “Who’s Mario Batali?” Bloomfield’s aim was to not necessarily open a gastropub – she wanted to open a place that served “restaurant quality food in a casual setting”

Gail Simmons: How do you manage when you have so many restaurants and people demanding your time?
April Bloomfield: Uber.

When asked what childhood favorite dish she would like to bring to one of her menus? "Duck savories."

April's next book drops on April 21st — A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden

Bobbi Brown + Ina Garten

A few notable quotes from Ina Garten —

"Someone asked me to endorse a line of fertilizer and I thought, 'Oh, you want me to endorse your shit?!'"

"I hire people who are happy. You can teach people about cheese, but you cannot teach them how to be happy."

Chef April Bloomfield, Kerry Diamond, Gail Simmons, Erin Mckenna

Lauren Bush Lauren discussing her FEED Supper Project 
Facts about FEED
So far, FEED has provided 88 million meals in 8.5 years

Elizabeth Karmel, Amy Mills & Elizabeth Moore  
Elizabeth Karmel created CarolinaCueToGo.com, an e-commerce website for all things BBQ.  She is the founding executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC, Brooklyn and Washington, DC, and NYC and Brooklyn’s Hill Country Chicken.  Thrilled to know her and respect the hell out of her.

Amy Mills is one of our dearest friends in the business – she is a barbecue heiress, daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills, and author of the James Beard Award-nominated book, Peace, Love and Barbecue. Her company, OnCue Consulting is amazing.

These ladies have a rock solid boot collection and are sure to be the best tressed and dressed around any pit.

Chills. Mimi Sheraton + Diana Kennedy 

The Donut King - Eufaula, Alabama

One of our long-standing favorites when driving between Atlanta and Florida, The Donut King is the only donut shop we know of with fish mounted over the counter...

April 2, 2015

Chicken Fried Steak Thursdays

Our friends at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta have been featuring chicken fried steak as a special on Thursdays recently - here's our lunch today (with a side of Frito pie and tater tots for good measure)...

March 31, 2015

On The Road Again - It's Festival Season

The Green Olive Media team's been on the road this spring at all kinds of food festivals...

South Beach Wine & Food Festival — February 20-22, 2015

Elizabeth & Celia take Miami for the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Goya Foods Swine & Wine event — Biltmore Hotel, Miami 

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q at Swine & Wine
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Whole Pig with Crispy Skin Taco Charred Tomatillo Salsa, Pickled Radish & Cilantro 
Fox Bros. whole hog fresh from the La Caja China
Bill Schoonmacher, Justin Fox, Cecelia Strong, Elizabeth Moore, Jonathan Fox, Bennett Hollberg

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival — March 5-8, 2015

Kelly English, Jonathan Fox, Justin Fox — Cross Culture BBQ 
Elizabeth & Sam Jones (Skylight Inn, Ayden, NC) — Rain or shine, the show must go on!

Some of our design work for the Southern Foodways Alliance displays at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival 
Matt Basford of Canoe & Allison "prepping" for a demo — Charleston Wine + Food Festival 
Allison with Griffin Bufkin of Southern Soul Barbeque 
Matt Basford showing off so he can sweet-talk the Evo-Grill folks into a "gift" 
On the heels of his James Beard House Dinner, Chef Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps made it just in time on Sunday
Blowing off some steam — Justin Fox, Matt Basford, Allison Haber, Celia Strong, Elizabeth Moore, Drew Van Leuvan, Jonathan Fox

Love the "Make Your Own Manhattan" at Charleston's Fig restaurant

Reggie Washington & Duane Nutter (One Flew South) playing around backstage. 
Elizabeth & Linda Harrell of Cibo e Beve 
Planning to take over the world  with Elizabeth + Celia + Bill Schoonmacher (Fox Bros.Bar-B-Q)
BBQ Pitmaster John Lewis takes on Chris Hall (Atlanta Chef-Owner of Local Three, Muss & Turners, Eleanor's, etc.) in the Waffle House Smackdown

South By Southwest, Austin, TX — March 19-22, 2015
Thanks to Billy Reid for the love & helping us eat some veggies at SXSW
Smitty's BBQ, Lockhart, TX

Lambert's Downtown Barbecue in Austin - crispy boar ribs!
Combo plate at Amaya's Taco Village - Austin
Our unofficial house band, Great Peacock, playing on 6th Street in Austin (Pictured: Blount Floyd + Andrew Nelson) 
Hangin' with the band, Great Peacock — Blount Floyd, Ben Cunningham, Andrew Nelson, Jeff, Nick Recio, Elizabeth, Clay Houle

January 26, 2015

Landon Nordeman Comes to Atlanta

It’s funny how you meet people. We were at the 2012 Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium and one minute Jeff and I are debating buying a large photo of a cow carcass split in two and the next minute we’ve made a friend, Mr. Landon Nordeman. He had  just wrapped up a photo series in partnership with Saveur Magazine called “Slow & Low” featuring pitmasters and bbq which earned him the 2012 Visual Storytelling Award from the James Beard Foundation.

Next weekend, Landon, now our good friend, is premiering his newest exhibition, Out of Fashion, at the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery in Buckhead.  He is quirky, funny and fresh and his work has been featured everywhere from the New York Times to National Geographic.

Fresh off his last project, he is bringing his experiences of photographing backstage at the 2014 International Fashion shows to Atlanta. We may sound biased but we think his exhibit is a must-see. Next Wednesday, January 28th, he’ll be giving a presentation at the gallery at 6 p.m to preview his exhibit. The opening reception will be the following day, January 29th at 7 p.m. so mark your calendars and go experience the genius that is Landon Nordeman.

Out of Fashion ( January 29-April 11)
Location: Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. #25, Atlanta, GA 30305
Time: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Connect with Landon on his site  or on Facebook , Twitter & Instagram

January 4, 2015

Jeff's Top 30 Meals (And Drinks) Of 2014

The best part of my job may well be all of the eating, drinking and traveling that I get to do while working with our clients across the country. It gets tougher every year to narrow down all of the great stuff I'm lucky enough to partake in - it used to be a top 10 list; last year it was a top 20; this year it's 30. Here they are in chronological order:

Poole's Diner - Raleigh, North Carolina
Beef tartare

Rodney Scott Cooking At Blackberry Farm - Walland, Tennessee
Whole hog

A Bunch Of Pork Sandwiches Throughout The Carolinas
On a drive through North and South Carolina, I managed to stop for four BBQ sandwiches one day - The Pit, Durham, NC; Hursey's, Burlington, NC; Jimmy's, Lexington, NC; and Southern BBQ, Spartanburg, SC.

Serpico - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Raw fluke

The Ravenous Pig - Orlando, Florida
Foie gras torchon

Row 34 - Boston, Massachusetts
Fried clams

The Ordinary - Charleston, South Carolina
Smoked oysters with saltines & hot sauce
I ate these with our friend John T Edge - he wrote about them much better than I ever could - check it out here.

High West Distillery - Park City, Utah
Barrel-aged Manhattan

Chuck's Bar-B-Que, Opelika, Alabama
'Chipped' sandwich, 'chopped' sandwich, and 'chipped on the block' sandwich

Bank & Bourbon - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The 'Secret Knock'
House aged whiskey, green tea, lemon, clarified milk

Louie Mueller Barbecue - Taylor, Texas
Beef short rib

Qui - Austin, Texas
72-hour beef

The Spotted Pig - New York, New York

Coppa - Boston, Massachusetts
Pizza with ramps, mushrooms, burrata and farm egg

Alden & Harlow - Boston, Massachusetts
'The Rabano'
Bourbon, salted radish, falernum, lemon and chili oil

Memphis In May - Memphis, Tennessee
One of the team meals for the Peg Leg Porker BBQ team - a huge pile of crawfish

The Clam - New York, New York
A fried clam and lobster roll mash-up

Fox Bros BBQ Cooking At The James Beard House - New York, New York
Frito pie croquettes

The Boundry - Nashville, Tennessee
Smoked antelope

In-N-Out Burger - Las Vegas, Nevada
We acquired a 1974 VW bus as our newest mascot this summer - we found it in Las Vegas. Immediately after buying it, I made a beeline to In-N-Out to have the inaugural meal in the van's 'kitchen.'

Minibar - Washington, DC
Mind-blowing cocktalis

Doi Moi - Washington, DC
The design team ordered way too much stuff to mention

Some Nondescript Mexican Restaurant - San Antonio, Texas
Queso Flameado

Katz's Deli - New York, New York
Pastrami sandwich

Pannie George's Kitchen - Auburn, Alabama
Fried chicken, squash casserole, rice and gravy

Purple Pig - Chicago, Illinois
Pig ears, bone marrow

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. - Brooklyn, New York
Live sea urchin

Chris Shepherd Of Underbelly Cooking At The Southern Foodways Symposium - Oxford, Mississippi
Fried bologna steamed buns

The Greenhouse Tavern - Cleveland, Ohio
 Foie gras steamed clams

Wurstkuche - Los Angeles, California
Rabbit and pheasant sausages

Alder - New York, New York
Every cocktail we order here. Kevin Denton is our favorite barkeep in all of New York.

The Varsity - Atlanta, Georgia
We fulfilled one of our dreams this year - having the Varsity cater our office holiday party - all you can eat chili dogs!