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!