Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Skillet Roasted Okra with Eastern Spices and Lime / Peachtree Farmers Market

It wouldn’t be summer without Atlanta farmers markets, and it wouldn’t be a farmers market without a chef demo!  Chef Gerry Klaskala loves demonstrating cooking techniques with the freshest local ingredients possible to the market crowd. 

Here’s one of Chef Gerry’s recipes from his summer chef demo at Peachtree Road Farmers Market that adds a twist to traditional summer okra.  Enjoy!

Skillet Roasted Okra with Eastern Spices and Lime


Spice Mix
            2 Tbl.   Kosher Salt
            1 Tbl.   Ground Indian Cayenne Pepper
            1 tsp.   Ground Coriander
            1 tsp.   Mango Powder
            ½ tsp. Ground Cumin
            ½ tsp. Ground Cardamom Seeds
            ¼ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
                         Okra, cut in half length wise
                         Grape Seed Oil

                         Chives, minced


1.)    Thoroughly mix spices and set aside
2.)    Heat a heavy bottom skillet until smoking; add 2 tsp. of grape seed oil. Place okra cut side down. Cook until okra is quite dark and caramelized. Briefly turn over.
3.)    Place on a platter cut side up. Season with spices and a squeeze of lime. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Join us on August 24 at 7 p.m. for a very special wine dinner as we welcome by the legendary Susana Balbo from Argentina! After working more than 25 years as a winemaker consultant for domestic and international wine companies, Susana Balbo struck out on her own to make her winery dreams come true in Luján de Cuyo, in Mendoza.
Now those dreams have sprung to life with Dominio del Plata, which now exports to more than 36 countries all over the world, mostly here in the United States.

By focusing on a philosophy that includes sustainable agriculture, precision viticulture, superior winemaking skills as well as love and passion for the craft, she has been able to produce a variety of amazing high quality, high end wines. Susana Balbo is currently the most recognized and famous female enologist in Argentina and it will be a great opportunity to learn more about her experience with both the wine industry and these special wines that she has crafted.

Six Wines / Five Courses $100.00 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Call us for more information and reservations at (404) 233-7673.

Menu Update: from the evening of September 24th

Sashimi of Fluke
mango, jalapeno, cilantro

Coconut Roasted Maine Lobster
green onion, ginger, sweet red pepper
Torrontes, Crios de Susana Balbo, Cafayate-Salta 09

Fillet of Columbia River Sturgeon
applewood smoked bacon, field peas, leeks
Chardonnay, Crios de Susana Balbo, Mendoza 09

Summerfield Farms Veal Ragu
pappardelle, basil, reggiano parmigiano
Malbec, Susana Balbo, Mendoza 08

Roasted Georgia Quail
sausage, green grapes, pinenuts
Cabernet Sauvignon, Susana Balbo, Mendoza 06

Mashima Ranch Wagyu Petite Filet Mignon
lobster mushrooms, rosated shallots
Expresivo (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah), Ben Marco, Mendoza 06

Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Cake
Virtuoso (late Harvest Malbec), Susana Balbo, Mendoza 07