Read this cookbook: “Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking” by Jessica Koslow (Abrams, $45)
By Wendell Brock
It may be premature to call Jessica Koslow the most exciting California chef since Alice Waters. Then again, it might not be.
Inspired by the bountiful fruit of California, Koslow opened Los Angeles’ uber-hip Sqirl as a jam joint in 2011. Today, the breakfast-and-lunch spot that turned humble toast into a “Thing” is where the beautiful people flock to much on Koslow’s fat slabs of burnt brioche slathered with ricotta and jam; her sorrel-pesto rice bowls; and malva pudding cakes.
DINNER WITH JESSICA KOSLOW OF SQIRL
Clear your calendar for the evening of Saturday, December 17 and then call us to reserve your seat. Jessica Koslow of Sqirl will be here at Little Bacch alongside our own Joe Schafer and Sous Chef Evelyn Ling. Together they will present a menu from Jessica's debut cookbook titled, Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking.
$75=dinner + cookbook (tax & gratuity additional)
404.365.0410 for Reservations
In store only; offer not available online. Valid through December 31.
This Year, Leave It to the Pros
Leave it to Star Provisions and Bacchanalia’s Chef Anne Quatrano to take Thanksgiving dinner to the next level. In addition to sides ($9.95 for small, $19.90 for large) including buttered rutabagas, dressing with apples and sage, braised local collards, creamed onions, Brussels sprouts and bacon and garlicky roasted cauliflower, and traditional apple, pumpkin and pecan pies ($20 each), you can pick up the Rolls Royce of birds. Quatrano sources Heritage Breed Black Turkeys from a small North Carolina family farm, so she can confirm they’re organic, free-range and humanely raised. The turkeys come raw (brined or unbrined), but the super-knowledgeable team at Star Provisions is ready and willing to offer tips on how to cook them to perfection. Don’t leave without a dozen — or two — of the signature thyme-onion rolls.
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We've got Atlanta Chef Anne Quatrano as our celebrity invading chef for this year's food invasion at Hampstead Farm!
Our new locations for Star Provisions and Bacchanalia are underway as we broke ground for construction to begin at the new site (1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318) on Friday, July 22nd. Thank you for your continued support! Be sure to check back for updates on the new spaces we’ll be sharing.
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Allison Palestrini, Type A Dev
Star Provisions and Bacchanalia to Relocate to New Westside Location in 2017
Star Provisions To-Go Will Remain in Current Space at Westside Provisions
(May 19, 2016) – Beloved Atlanta restaurant institutions Star Provisions and Bacchanalia will be moving from the Westside Provisions District to a new, custom built location at the Ellsworth Office Lofts in 2017. Star Provisions To-Go will remain in the current location.
Chef/Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison site their desire to best accommodate their concepts in a building built to their specifications as motivation for the relocation.
“We are committed to the Westside and the timing is right for us to have our own stand-alone building for these two concepts,” said Anne Quatrano. “We are excited about the new space, and most importantly what we will be able to offer our guests by way of dine-in seating in Star Provisions, catering, ease of access and private event space options.”
Location transition is nothing new for these seasoned restaurateurs. Star Provisions and Bacchanalia have been in their current location since 1999, with Bacchanalia previously occupying a space in Buckhead when it originally opened in 1993. Little Bacch joined the Westside line up in 2015, to high-acclaim in the space previously occupied by Quinones at Bacchanalia, and will close as a result of the move. Since Executive Chef Joseph Schafer currently oversees both Bacchanalia and Little Bacch’s kitchens, one can certainly expect some influence of Little Bacch to make the transition to the new location and into the menu at the new Bacchanalia location.
“As long time supporters of Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, we believe this is a great opportunity for them to have a purpose built building,” adds Michael Phillips Owner, Westside Urban Market.
Fortunate for current neighborhood guests, the Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard Star Provisions/Bacchanalia complex will be a simple left then right turns from the current location less than 1.5 miles away. Guests can expect a familiar feeling of understated elegance in the new space.
The project is led by: Developer & Owner, Stream Realty Partners (Ben Hautt, Chris Dean, and Kevin Driver), Architecture firm, Perkins + Will (Ping Wong, Vance Cheatham, Jared Serwer, Joyce Fownes, Zan Stewart, Seth Crawford and John Stinson), Builder, Structor Group (Jeff Stratton and Mitch Kaas), Civil Architect, Columbia Engineering (Jennifer Losurdo), MEP Architect, Covalent Consulting (Patrick Wilkes), Structural Architect, Forsite Group (Holly Jeffreys).
Send-off and moving events at the concepts are expected as the transition ramps up to take place in late 2016. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates from Star Provisions at starprovisions.com. More info about Ellsworth Office Lofts at ellsworthofficelofts.com.
Allison Palestrini, Type A Development
New Year, New Format at Bacchanalia
Acclaimed restaurant shifts menu going forward and adds valet during construction
ATLANTA (Jan. 12, 2016) – The new year brings about changes at Bacchanalia restaurant, including a new menu format effective today. The menu has shifted from the five course pre-fixe structure, to a la carte ordering across the board.
The menu offerings will feel familiar to the overall Bacchanalia dining experience for past guests (caviar and oysters, first courses, second courses, cheese and dessert), but allow for more customization in ordering. Guests can expect well-known signature items like the Crab Fritter, Seared Foie Gras and Cheese Cart to be included on the menu.
“It’s all about listening to our guests. They were looking for more flexibility in designing their dining experience,” said chef-owner Anne Quatrano. “No matter the format of the meal, we will continue the high level of quality they are accustomed to at Bacchanalia - in food procurement, preparation and service.”
Timing of staffing moves in the kitchen certainly played a role in the restaurant updates as Chef Joe Schafer, formerly of Abattoir, was appointed to lead the Bacchanalia team - in addition to his role at Little Bacch – in an Executive Chef capacity in early November 2015.
“We’ve had a lot of fun in the kitchen, working on new ways to present the dining experience that is undeniably Bacchanalia to our guests,” said Executive Chef Joe Schafer. “Don’t worry, you’ll still recognize the restaurant and we’ll be sure to keep favorite items in heavy rotation with our weekly menu updates.”
Out of consideration of the start to finish overall guest experience, both Bacchanalia and Little Bacch have added valet parking during an exciting time of growth (aka construction) taking place at the Westside Provisions District.
Chef Schafer remains at the helm of the ingredient driven Little Bacch as well. Guests at Little Bacch will continue to enjoy sharable continental cuisine in a slightly more rustic presentation such as Whole Roasted Heritage Chicken for Two, Oyster Rockefeller and Country Pork, Duck and Mushroom Terrine. Among many accolades and honors, Eater.com’s Bill Addison listed Little Bacch among the 21 Best New Restaurants in America in 2015.
The two concepts, Bacchanalia and Little Bacch, have Chef Joe Schafer in common, and as always, many of the ingredients served at both concepts are grown at Summerland, the family farm of chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. However, beyond the chef overlap, excellent service and farm fresh ingredients, the two restaurants have distinctly different personalities, menus, dining styles and guest experiences. These will remain two sharply varied, yet complementary, concepts.
Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine. Many ingredients are grown on the family farm of chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Their culinary philosophy is creating light dishes built on strong flavors. Originally located in a Buckhead cottage, the restaurant opened in 1993. Bacchanalia moved to its current space in a renovated factory in the Howell Mill Road area known as Westside in 1999.
About Little Bacch:
Little Bacch is an elegant little dining room that honors traditional culinary craft and the skill of procurement. Many ingredients are grown on the family farm of chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. The sharable ingredient driven menu is abundant with fresh-grown produce and seasonal flavors – all interconnected by classical preparations. The restaurant is tucked beneath Bacchanalia, its namesake restaurant in the Westside Provisions District.