December 20, 2012

Menu / Poster Design - One Eared Stag 'End Of The World' Dinner

Here's our design of the dual-purpose menu/poster for the End Of The World dinner at One Eared Stag in Atlanta on December 21 - let's hope the dinner actually happens...

Jeff's Best Meals Of 2012

One of the best parts about working with food and beverage clients across the country is the travel - or more accurately, the eating that goes along with all of that travel. Here are a bunch of the best things I ate this year - I'm sure I've forgotten some, but these really stood out...rather than try and rank these, I've just listed them chronologically:

Black's BBQ - Lockhart, Texas

I can't imagine anything they could do to improve on this. A recent brisket that we had from Snow's BBQ in Lexington, TX came close, but I think Black's is still the winner.

Moonlite Inn - Owensboro, Kentucky

Mostly served in Kentucky, nobody does mutton better than Moonlite.

Company Burger - New Orleans, Louisiana

Chef leaves Atlanta's Holeman & Finch for New Orleans, opens burger shop, immediately establishes reputation for best burger in town. We agree.

Eleven Madison Park - New York, New York
Whole Meal

As far as our 'fancy' meals went this year, Eleven Madison Park was at the top. We particularly enjoyed taking a tour of the kitchen and having them make us a couple of cocktails in the midst of all the chefs' hubbub.

Skylight Inn - Ayden, North Carolina
Hog Sandwich

After spending time with pitmaster Sam Jones over the years at various BBQ events around the country, we finally made it to Skylight Inn. While it's impossible to name the best thing we ate all year, this pork sandwich may have been it.

Taqueria Chapala Jalisco - San Antonio, Texas
Cheese Enchilada, Barbacoa Taco, Refried Beans

Perfect Tex-Mex in what looks to be a former Pizza Hut on a side street in San Antonio. This whole meal was about $4.

Solly's - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Butter Burger

That white stuff on top of the beef is a couple of tablespoons of butter, seconds before melting - and coating the beef, bun and entire plate. Don't tell my doctor.

Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen - Memphis, Tennessee

The chefs from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen had a party when our pal Tien Ho came to Memphis to cook at their restaurant's anniversary dinner. The porchetta that they cooked at the party was by far the best version I've ever had.

Hog & Hominy - Memphis, Tennessee
Pepperoni Pizza

The Andrew Michael guys recently opened their second restaurant - Hog & Hominy. The day after we had that porchetta above, they served us a perfect pepperoni pizza.

Nick Melvin (cooking at Muss & Turner's Heritage BBQ event) - Atlanta, Georgia
Pig Head Gumbo

Not sure what to say about this one - the name says it all - gumbo made with pig head. It was amazing.

Marcus Hinton - Wiggins, Mississippi
Pork Ribs

Our friend Sean decided to have a music festival in rural Mississippi, featuring a bunch of his favorite bands playing in his yard. Luckily for us, he also got his friend Marcus to smoke a ton of ribs for the party. As far as I know, Marcus doesn't have a restaurant, but he absolutely should.

White Trolley Cafe - Corinth, Mississippi

Read up on the slugburger here. I was told by slugburger authority Pat Martin that this is the place to get them - who are we to argue? I could have easily eaten six of these.

El Chino Marinero - Avenue Benito Juarez, Mexico
Shrimp & Fish Tacos

Wandering around on a trip to Mexico looking for breakfast one morning, we came across this little stand - some of the best shrimp tacos I've had. We ordered a second breakfast of the same tacos as soon as we finished the first breakfast.

Seersucker - Brooklyn, New York
Black Pepper Ricotta Dumplings

Ate this so fast that I forgot to take a picture. We've been fortunate to spend time with owners Rob and Kerry this year, who in addition to running one of our favorite places, are easily two of the most hospitable people in the business. Go see them soon.

And since the restaurants below make my list every year, I'm retiring them - just assume in upcoming years that we went to all of these places, and they were stellar:

Sushi Yasuda (anything they feel like serving you)- New York, NY
The Spotted Pig (Roquefort burger) - New York, NY
Minetta Tavern (Black Label burger) - New York, NY

December 11, 2012

Vintage Cocktails

We can hardly wait to break open the bottle that arrived at the Green Olive Media offices today - an Antique Manhattan from the Handmade Cocktail Company. These folks came across some vintage spirits, including some Canadian Club from the '60s, Martini Rosso and Punt E Mes from the '70s, and Wild Turkey from the 1980s. They then mixed up a batch of Manhattans and bottled them up for our convenience. Cocktail hour starts at 5:00 today at the office...

November 23, 2012

Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant And Bar - Quintana Roo, Mexico

After eating tacos three meals a day, for several days in Mexico, we gave Fu Lin a shot, and were rewarded with some stellar Chinese food:

El Chino Marinero - Avenue Benito Juarez, Mexico

While doing some 'taco research' in Mexico, we came across this winner of a taqueria - fish and shrimp tacos for breakfast at El Chino Marinero:

November 5, 2012

Alabama and Mississippi BBQ Road Trip

We recently had the opportunity to hit several classic BBQ / drive-in / sandwich places while traveling through Alabama and Mississippi. A few highlights:

Big Chief Drive-In - Glencoe, Alabama:

Chuck's Bar-B-Que - Opelika, Alabama:

Goal Post Bar-B-Q - Anniston, Alabama:

Rose's Bar-B-Q - Purvis, Mississippi:

White Trolley Cafe - Corinth, Mississippi - for a slugburger:

Poster Design - Livingston Blood Dinner, Atlanta, GA

We got to have a little fun with the design of this poster for the upcoming Blood Dinner at Livingston in Atlanta - all of the dishes will utilize blood as an ingredient...

Web Design - La Becasse, Maple City, Michigan

We're excited to launch the new website for La Becasse, located in Maple City, Michigan:

Web Design - Meehan's Public House

We've redesigned all of the websites for Meehan's Public House - take a look.

November 1, 2012

Green Olive Media Promotion Announcement

Green Olive Media is proud to announce the promotion of Lindsey Bowers to Account Executive.  Lindsey has contributed instrumentally to the growth and development of the Communications side of the business including implementing a new system for social media analytics, campaign development and client social media content generation, account management including event development and execution.  Lindsey’s account credits include Watts Grocery (Durham, NC), Hummingbird Bakery (Durham, NC), ESquared Hospitality’s BLT Steak Atlanta and BLT Steak Charlotte, Googie Burger (Atlanta), The Shed (Atlanta), and Meehan’s Public House locations (Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Vinings), and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery (Nashville, TN).

October 30, 2012

Playing Records At H&F Bottle Shop

Tonight, October 30, Jeff is playing some of his favorite records at H&F Bottle Shop in Atlanta. Come by from 7:30-9:00 and pick up a bottle of liquor while listening to some old-timey vinyl.

September 27, 2012

Helen's Bar-B-Q - Brownsville, TN

If you find yourself somewhere between Nashville and Memphis in west Tennessee, you would do well to stop in to Helen's Bar-B-Q. Read more about her here. A few pics from our recent visit:

This is the entirety of the dining room:

September 12, 2012

Octopus At City House, Nashville

Just a quick shot of an amazing dish we had this week at City House in Nashville - Octopus with clams and field peas:

Web Design - White Oak Pastures

We're beyond excited that our design of the White Oak Pastures website has won an American Graphic Design Award - let's all celebrate by ordering some grass-fed beef...

September 8, 2012

The Donut King - Eufaula, Alabama

What a find - glad to make this place a new regular stop when driving through Alabama. Top-notch donuts:

August 30, 2012

Billy Reid Record Bag

Some of our good friends (who are likely much too modest to wish to be mentioned here) recently sent us this beautiful bag designed by the one and only Billy Reid. We've discovered that it's the perfect vessel for toting records to the office every morning...

August 29, 2012

Beefmastor Inn - Wilson, NC

Epic restaurant signage at the Beefmastor Inn:

Stamey's BBQ - Greensboro, NC

Thanks to Stamey's Barbecue for satisfying our need for a North Carolina pork sandwich while passing through Greensboro a few days ago:

Lion Biscuit

The mysterious (and possibly illegal) Tender Lion biscuit, spotted while we were in southern Virginia last week...

August 23, 2012

Southern Virginia Signage

Just a few signs that we spotted on a quick trip through southern Virginia last week:

 Coupon Thief:

Poster Design - Taqueria del Sol

Here's our poster design for the upcoming Hatch Chile Festival at Atlanta's Taqueria del Sol - don't forget to join us for the event on September 9...

July 24, 2012

Web Design - Proof and Provision - Atlanta, GA

Click below to see our design of the website for Proof and Provision, a new bar and restaurant located in the basement of Atlanta's Georgian Terrace Hotel.