With a larger than life personality and the culinary prowess to match, it’s no surprise that Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts is shaking things up at The Cockentrice at Krog Street Market this summer by introducing a new dinner menu and taking their cocktail game to the next level thanks to new Beverage Director Cole Younger Just. With an unwavering commitment to support local famers and purveyors, patrons will be delighted to find a more accessible and price-friendly menu geared towards all tastes that exudes the exceptional quality of cuisine Chef Ouzts has become known for.
Co-owned by the dynamic husband-and-wife team of Chef Kevin and Megan Ouzts, the brains behind the celebrated The Spotted Trotter brand that is now available in 17 states, The Cockentrice’s soul still centers around the art of meat cookery and charcuterie, but the new menu offers plenty of impressive options for vegetable, seafood and pasta lovers as well. In addition to choose-your-own charcuterie and cheeses, shareable snacks ideal for the bar, table or patio include pimento cheese with bacon jam; trout mousse with grilled sourdough; pistachio hummus; and crispy chickpea fries. All available for $6.
Geared toward taste preference, the new dinner menu is broken down into easy to navigate categories including vegetables; flatbreads; fish and shellfish; and beef, pork and pasta featuring ranges of options from $8 to $38. Expanding upon The Cockentrice’s popular “Our Study in Vegetables” entreé, a fixture on the original menu showcasing the hard work of Georgia’s farmers, a slew of dishes now can be made vegetarian and are gluten free. Chorizo stuffed dates; beets and ricotta salad; long bean Carbonara; and cauliflower Thai salad with kohlrabi, chili sauce, and radish are immediate standouts.
Seafood lovers can also explore new options like crispy shrimp and Andouille with popcorn grits and okra; roasted rockfish filet with sweet corn beignets, peach chow-chow and grilled onion; and succulent char-grilled oysters with fire roasted tomato, brioche and queso fresco. Also new to The Cockentrice repertoire is the addition of seasonal flatbreads. Sizable enough to share or eat as an entrée, summer brings a grilled asparagus flatbread with melted shallots, ricotta and white raisin and a peach flatbread with arugula, gruyere and coppa. The Cockentrice is located at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more information, visit www.thecockentrice.com
Keeping up with the latest technological advances is one of the key challenges facing Atlanta’s food and beverage industry, especially when it comes to staffing. To help hospitality workers understand those challenges and advances, Nosh Talks, the networking organization for the city’s restaurant industry, is hosting the Restaurant NEXT Technology & Staffing Panel. This can’t-miss event takes place Monday, July 25, at Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave. NW) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Nosh Talks is teaming up with SPLIT, the platform that allows users to pay restaurant and bar bills from their mobile devices, to host the event, which includes light bites and signature beers from Monday Night Brewing. Available online through Eventbrite, tickets are $15 for industry members and $35 for non-industry guests.
“Coming from both a restaurant and restaurant technology background, I cannot overstate how important technology is in the hospitality space,” says Nosh Talks founder Karen Pagano. “There is technology for everything, from front of house to back and all the way to staffing. Questions arise about what technology is the most important, what is my neighbor using and how is it working for them. Those are some of the questions we plan to answer.”
Nosh Talks is also partnering with Culinary Agents, a professional networking and job matching website for the food, beverage and hospitality industry, to launch an Atlanta job board on the Nosh Talks website. The page will make its debut during the Restaurant NEXT event.
“Culinary Agents is bringing the best practices from some of the top restaurateurs and chefs across the country to address the talent-sourcing challenges unique to Atlanta,” says Alice Cheng, founder and CEO. “Coming together as a community to discuss and address obstacles is a great way to discover new technologies that can or already work well.”
The Restaurant NEXT discussion features the following panelists:
- Toby Franklin – partner and COO of Ford Fry Restaurants
- Brian Lewis – owner of AMER, BOCADO and BOCADO Burger
- Todd Rushing – partner at Concentrics Restaurants
- Daniel Dorfman – co-founder and CMO of SPLIT
- Alice Cheng – founder and CEO of Culinary Agents
- Nick Miller – co-founder and CEO of Gather Technologies
“Technology helps us see the performance of our restaurants in a snapshot so we can make real-time adjustments,” says Lewis. “It’s a valuable tool in providing sincere hospitality to our guests, and I look forward to a lively discussion about how all of us in the Atlanta hospitality community can best put it to work.”
Executive Chef, Owner and Charcutier Kevin Ouzts of The Spotted Trotter and The Cockentrice is hosting a class at Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market with charcuterie lovers in mind on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. Featuring a guided tasting of four cured meats paired with premium Italian wines, attendees will also discover the secrets behind artisanal charcuterie making from the acclaimed chef and charcutier known for his powerful voice in the world of meat preparation. Open to ages 21 and up, tickets are available for $28 per person and can be purchased at Bellina Alimentari gourmet Italian market online at http://mercatodibellina.com/products/pasta-making-class-july13 or by calling 404-330-9933. For more information, visit www.thecockentrice.com.
WHAT: Artisanal Charcuterie Making Class with Chef Kevin Ouzts at Bellina Alimenatri
WHEN:Wednesday, July 13, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bellina Alimentari
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
TICKETS: Tickets are $28 per person for ages 21 and up and can be purchased online at: http://mercatodibellina.com/products/pasta-making-class-july13.
CONNECT: Visit The Cockentrice online at www.thecockentrice.com and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheCockentrice, Instagram at @thecockentrice and Twitter at @cockentrice. Follow Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts on Twitter at @spottedtrotter and on Instagram at @thespottedtrotter.
ABOUT THE COCKENTRICE:
A celebration of charcuterie and meat cookery, The Cockentrice melds traditional and modern cooking techniques plucked from the rich heritage of the Southern United States and beyond. Open in Krog Street Market in Atlanta, Ga. and owned and led by Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts, the new American charcuterie restaurant features a decisive menu utilizing the preeminent ingredients he has become known for at The Spotted Trotter. With on-site butchers purveying the finest pastured meats and cheese mongers partnering hand-in-hand with premium local dairies, it’s The Cockentrice’s mission to pay tribute to the farmers and its fiercely supportive food community by making food the right way with every dish. The restaurant also has an expansive patio and a full bar featuring craft cocktails, local brews, wine and more. The Cockentrice is located at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more information, visit thecockentrice.com or call 470.428.2733.
The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be the beneficiary of the Deep South Wine & Music Festival taking place August 26 – 28 at Deep South Farm in the scenic mountains of Ellijay in North Georgia. The festival will feature a weekend filled with wine tastings, nouveau mountain cuisine and live music at three picture perfect locations: Deep South Farm, Engelheim Vineyards and Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery.
The festival will begin Friday, August 26 with a Dinner in the Vines, a fine wine tasting and intimate dining experience at the Engelheim Winery, where the owner will guide guests through perfect pairings of their wine specialties and food crafted by Gerard Monte and Hector Rosano of Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering. On Saturday, VIP patrons and sponsors will experience an exclusive hour of culinary delights from chef Laura Rogers of C. Parks Catering & Events, as well as wine and a special live music performance in Deep South Farm’s open and rustic barn. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., The Grand Wine Tasting will include sampling and sipping on local food and wine while listening to live music played on a festival stage from headliner Gretchen Peters, Athens, Georgia-based country group, LAUGHLIN, Nashville newcomer Taylor Loren and high-energy bluegrass band, The Accomplices. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a Bluegrass Brunch at Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery.
“Research has shown that music enriches the lives of many Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers. The sound of music helps them remember and reconnect with the memories that have been lost to the disease,” said Leslie Gregory, president & CEO – Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “The proceeds from this event will play a role in supporting the North Georgia region, helping to fund programs and services for local families who are facing the deadly disease,” she added.
The owners of Deep South Farm have been closely affected by Alzheimer’s disease and were happy to lend their name to an event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. “This group have been long-time advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association and are happy to have this event on their farm to raise awareness and funds to fight and end Alzheimer’s,” said Gregory. “We are thrilled to see this wine and music event come to life and know that the proceeds of such a fun event will be reinvested in the community to help those living with the disease.”
The 2016 Deep South Wine & Music Festival Schedule of Events follows:
- Friday, August 26 – Dinner in the Vines
Engelheim Winery – 6:30 p.m.
Wine pairing with a four course meal
$125 per ticket
- Saturday, August 27 – VIP Tasting
Deep South Farm – 6:30 p.m.
Celebrity Chef, culinary delights, wine & music
$125 per ticket
- Saturday, August 27 – Grand Wine Tasting
Deep South Farm – 7:30 p.m.
Variety of wines, local food & live music
$75 per ticket
- Sunday, August 28 – Bluegrass Brunch
Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery Noon
Variety of wines, local food and & live music.
$50 per ticket
- Weekend Pass
Entrance to Dinner in the Vines, VIP tasting, Grand Wine Tasting & Bluegrass Brunch
$300 per ticket
To learn more about the Deep South Wine & Music Festival and purchase tickets, visit www.deepsouthfest.org.
On Friday, July 15, Canoe is going whole hog and serving up a Whole Hog Summer BBQ featuring beers from Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing. Unlike other whole hog dinners, Chef Matthew Basford will be roasting up a Georgia Ossabaw Hog from Hamthropolgy, a farm featuring Registered Ossabaw Island Pork from a natural, free-range, non-GMO herd, and serving it up alongside seasonal sides, like Chef Basford’s Peruvian White Bean Baked Beans, Grass Fed Beef Brisket Mac and Cheese and Bulgogi Watermelon and Peach Salad.
The Whole Hog Summer BBQ will start at 6:30 p.m. and guests will begin the evening with appetizers and brews in the garden. Passed appetizers will include Big Green Egg Smoked Brisket Rolls, Roasted Sapelo Island Clams with chipotle butter, and
Grilled East Coast Oysters. Canoe’s Whole Hog Summer BBQ is a ticketed event and tickets are available for $65 at Brown Paper Tickets. Spots and tickets are limited. For more information, please call Canoe at 770.432.2663 or visit the website, canoeatl.com. Canoe is located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.
JULY 14| VENKMAN’S| “WHO YA GONNA CALL?”
In celebration of the release of the new Ghostbusters film, which will premiere July 15, Venkman’s is airing the original 1984 cult classic film in-house on Thursday, July 14th. Guests are invited to revisit the film and enjoy drink specials that would make the original ghostbusting team proud – $5 large, boozy Ecto Cooler cocktails. The screening is free and the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dinner reservations for the film are available at venkmans.com. Following the screening, there will also be open karaoke on Venkman’s stage. Venkman’s is located at 740 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, Ga. 30308.
JULY 15 | WHOLE HOG BEER DINNER ON THE RIVER | CANOE
On Friday, July 15, please join us on the banks of the Chattahoochee River for a Whole Hog Dinner featuring beers from Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing. Chef Matthew Basford will be roasting a Georgia Ossabaw hog from Hamthropolgy, a farm featuring registered Ossabaw Island Pork from a natural, free-range, non-GMO herd. For $65, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind Summer BBQ, complete with seasonal sides. Appetizers and brews will start at 6:30 p.m. in the garden. To buy your tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565002.
4199 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30339
JULY 16 | VENKMAN’S | PUPPET BRUNCH
The always – delightful puppet brunch returns to Venkman’s this month! Bring your kids to Venkman’s for a delicious brunch and a light hearted show on July 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy All Hands Productions’ version of “The Reluctant Dragon” as they utilize colorful moving-mouth hand puppets and rod puppets to tell a story about friendship and understanding. Tickets are $5 and serves as your brunch reservation. Additional arrangements are not required once tickets are purchased. For more information, please call 470-225-6162.
740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
JULY 19| WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE | 20 for $20
Join us for our 20 for $20 Tuesday Wine Tasting on July 19, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wine tastings feature 20 tastes for $20 along with chef’s choice light bites. Get ready to add diversity to your wine cellar with whites, reds and rosés from various regions around the world. Please note tax and gratuity is not included. Don’t forget to RSVP for your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
JULY 23 | MAX LAGER’S WOOD-FIRED GRILL AND BREWERY | OLD 320 BEER FEST
Max Lager’s, the granddaddy of Georgia brewpubs, is throwing the first ever Old 320 Beer Festival on Saturday, July 23 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. More than 20 breweries from around the region will come together at Max Lager’s in downtown Atlanta to celebrate craft brewing and sample some of the most interesting beers available. Admission will include unlimited beer samples, appetizers provided by Max Lager’s and live music during the festival. Tickets cost $40 prior to the event and $50 at the door, with tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets here. Valet parking, deck parking and easy MARTA access are conveniently available.
320 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308
JULY 24 | OSTERIA MATTONE| SUMMER WINE TASTING
Join us on Sunday, July 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. for a Summer Wine Tasting at Osteria Mattone. Daniel Pernice will walk you through some of his favorite summer wines, discussing flavor profiles and ideal pairings. Guests will enjoy a variety of wine to taste, along with Salumi & Formaggi. To buy your tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565767
1095 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075
JULY 28 | ONE EARED STAG | CREATURE COMFORTS BEER DINNER: THE SEQUEL
On Thursday, July 28, Creature Comforts will bring back their coveted beer lineup to One Eared Stag for another even bigger beer dinner with Chef Robert Phalen. Diners are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and amuses-bouches, with the seated dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m. The dinner will feature five courses from Chef Phalen paired with a variety of offerings from Creature Comforts and beverage director Mikey Kilbourne, along with participation from 18.21 Bitters. Fans of Creature Comforts can expect rare, limited-run brews in large-format bottles, a brand new seasonal release and a beer cocktail. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (404) 525-4479. The five course dinner with beer pairings will cost $85 per person.
1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307