welcome seasonal spritz
sips of chilled carrot-ginger soup
endive, smoked trout, grapefruit, avocado
Seated Family-Style Dinner
kampachi crudo (chilled raw fish) with sesame, chili oil, chives
tomatoes, fresh and roasted, almond ricotta, basil, GA olive oil
grilled eggplant salad, red pepper-pecan romesco sauce, mint, cilantro, pomegranate molasses, sumac onions
poached wild salmon, lobster-corn-tarragon salsa
gently cooked pork tenderloin, figs, shallot confit, salsa verde
avocado key lime pie
This special menu, celebrating the harvest of summer, is 100% paleo. All are happily invited to join us for this evening of excellent food, drink and company, hosted by our friends at Metal+Petal.
The third annual Georgia Restaurant Week, brought to you by the Georgia Restaurant Association, aims to highlight the various dining options that are available to consumers throughout Georgia. This week allows patrons, both local and from out of state, to explore various dining options throughout Georgia for a set price and experience the local Georgia products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants.
From July 17 -23, The National will feature a 3-course Spanish-inspired prix fixe menu at dinner for $35 per guest. You can read about the other restaurants participating in Athens here.
tomato gazpacho with traditional garnishes df
grilled romaine heart, almond romesco sauce, marinated onion gf/df
chicken thighs braised with tomato, peppers, annatto and Creature Comforts Bibo, over Red Mule polenta, scallion salsa verde
Arroz Caldoso, Spanish-style brothy rice with shrimp and chorizo gf
frozen yogurt with cherries and pistachios gf
toasted brioche, whipped mascarpone, Condor Chocolate sauce, sea salt
*accommodations for dietary restrictions can be made
Have you heard? Last year The National took home 2nd Place in the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Competition, and this year we're going for the gold! But first, we need your help to win the people's vote that will take us there. Vote now and vote often through July 14 if you think we should represent our region, the Historic Heartland, in the 2017 Competition.
If you're not convinced yet, don't take our word for it! Our delicious take on classic Shrimp & Grits is available at lunch all week. We serve up sweet Georgia shrimp sautéed with Spanish chorizo, cherry tomato, leeks, peppers and kale over creamy local Red Mule polenta with fresh corn folded in. Yum.
On Saturday, June 10
join us for a block-party-style literary event in Five Points! Hosted by Avid Bookshop, David Sedaris will read from his latest book Theft by Finding. Although the in-store event sold out within minutes, the lawn behind the Henrietta Apartments will be open and the reading audible via speakers for all the public to hear. Plus! Mr. Sedaris will be available to sign your copy of Theft by Finding into the late hours of the evening.
Beginning at 5:30pm, you can grab a ticket from Avid for the book signing, so arrive early and enjoy the block party -- you'll receive a text when it's your turn to meet Mr. Sedaris! All night you can enjoy snacks and drinks at Condor Chocolates alongside a mini-pop up from The National. Creature Comforts Tropicalia will be available on the lawn as well.
What a great excuse to spend this Saturday evening in Five Points. Thanks Avid!
FAQ'S from AVID AT FIVE POINTS
I'm not attending the reading portion, but still want to meet Mr. Sedaris and get books signed. What can I do while I wait?
Our Five Points neighborhood is full of wonderful local establishments to help you pass the time! We highly recommend grabbing dinner and drinks at The Royal Peasant, Donna Chang's, or The Pine. The National will have a pop-up at Condor Chocolates! If you need a caffeine boost, grab some coffee at Jittery Joe's or Two Story Coffeehouse. Find a delectable dessert at Condor Chocolates.
Where can I park my car?
We are securing overflow parking thanks to our Five Points Business Association partners. Current parking locations (besides public parking) include Bella Salon, Fleet Feet Sports Athens, and Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.
If I didn't get a ticket to the reading, when can I join the signing line?
We will open up the signing line to the public once all ticket holders have gotten their books signed. We estimate that we will open the doors to the public around 9 p.m. We will distribute tickets (which are first-come, first-served) starting at 5:30pm and will call people in groups via text messaging according to their ticket number. This way, you can hang out in the Five Points area instead of standing in line for hours!
I heard David Sedaris will stay until the wee hours to meet people and sign their books. Is this true?
Yes! Mr. Sedaris will be at Avid at Five Points until he has met each and every one of his fans. So if you didn't get tickets to the reading portion, or can't make it to the shop until later in the evening, don't fret! We anticipate this book party to run well into the night.
Can I view a livestream of the reading, or watch a recording of the event later?
Per the publisher's request, we cannot record or air live video of the event; however, we will be broadcasting a live audio recording of Mr. Sedaris’s reading outside the bookshop.
Can I have my picture taken with Mr. Sedaris?
We’re sorry, no photographs are allowed.
I've ordered a copy of Theft By Finding. When can I get it?
You can pick up your book on or after May 30th, when it comes out, or on the day of the event. If you have already purchased a copy and can't make it to the event, we can get it signed for you.
Can I get a signed book if I can't make it to the reading?
Absolutely! Place an order via phone or online and we will get you a signed copy. We ship everywhere around the nation.
Collective Harvest and The National present: Feast in the Field with Peter Dale
Sunday May 21 at 4pm
at Front Field Farm, 105 West Beaverdam Road, Winterville, GA
$75 per person, includes family-style dinner, alcohol, tax and gratuity
Please join Collective Harvest and The National for The Feast in the Field Dinner on Sunday May 21st at Front Field Farm. All proceeds go towards the Fresh Food Fund. The Collective Harvest Fresh Food Fund helps to offset the financial obstacles to eat local, healthy and organic food for low-income individuals and families while also keeping more money in the local economy.
We will begin our family style feast at 4pm with a welcome cocktail and a tour of the farm. Afterwards we will sit for a meal by Chef Peter Dale featuring produce from Collective Harvest. All drinks are included with your ticket, as is tax and gratuity.
ON THE MENU..
featuring all produce from Collective Harvest and locally-sourced meat and seafood
Passed Hors D'oeuvres
chicken liver mousse on toasts, pickled turnips
smoked trout on cucumber with radishes
escarole wraps with carrot muhummara
grilled beef short ribs, shaved cabbage, garlic chive salsa verde
chilled GA shrimp with kohlrabi, dill and sorrel
charred broccoli salad with broccoli greens, basil, pecans and chili
green beans and radishes with caper vinaigrette
beets and carrots, arugula, cracked local wheat, leek vinaigrette
butterball potato salad with egg, scallion and mustard
bread from Independent, Banner Butter from Atlanta
make your own smores
Athens Chefs Dinners bring together some of our favorite local chefs to create a unique meal for you. Rotating themes and host restaurants keep it interesting.
This month at The National, chefs are exploring the fresh, breezy cuisine of the Golden State highlighting Latin, Asian, European and native influences studded with the incredible bounty of California's land and seas. Wet your palate with your choice of beverages from a curated list of California wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshers.
Athens Chefs Dinner: California Dreamin'
Monday, April 24 at The National
Seating at 6:30pm
$50 per guest includes 7 courses and a welcome cocktail
Reservations encouraged! Call (706) 549-3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table today; these dinners typically sell out.
ON THE MENU...
San Diego Fish Taco fried fish, spicy crema, purple cabbage, cilantro, lime, red onion, house tortillas
Patrick Stubbers, Seabear Oyster Bar
Grilled Avocado tomatillo, poblano, pickled onions, cilantro, lime, and cotija cheese
Jeremy Collins, The National
Grilled Artichokes chimichurri, shrimp cream, queso fresco, toasted rice & almonds
Mimi Maumus, Home.Made
Beef and Pistachio Sausage broccoli, animal style
Joel Penn, Heirloom Cafe
Pork “Steaks" braised in fermented black bean, sour apple, and cilantro, with bok choi and carrot kimchi, arugula pudding and toasted sesame
Jarad Blanton, The Last Resort
Grilled Beef Short Rib Santa Maria rub, pinquito beans, salsa fresca
Peter Dale, The National
Black Sesame Sourdough Madeleine strawberries, olive oil creme anglaise, fennel meringue, honey
Dancing with the Athens Stars Team 6 partnered with Chef Peter Dale to bring his cooking to your home, all to benefit Project Safe! Meal boxes will provide ingredients and a detailed recipe to make a delicious dinner inspired by The National.
On the menu:
braised chicken with tomatoes and peppers, slaw of local greens, served over creamy Red Mule polenta
Meal boxes are $30 for a meal for two. Purchase two boxes for a family of 4 and three for a family of 6. In the style of services such as Blue Apron, these boxes come pre-prepped and pre-portioned for you to make a gourmet meal in your own home--and to have fun doing it.
All packaging is recyclable or reusable and all ingredients are Georgia grown where possible.
Pick-up your boxes at The National on March 20, 2017 from 11am - 6pm.
My Athens, Ciné and The National present a Fancy Oscars Pre-Party in the CineLab on Saturday, February 25th!
Come dressed in your best red carpet attire! Cocktails will be served at 6:15 with a coursed, family-style dinner provided by The National beginning at 7:00, including beer pairings by Wild Heaven. Tickets are available here for $70 per guest, including dinner and drinks. All proceeds benefit Athens Film Arts Institute and the growth of Ciné as our local arthouse cinema.
artisanal cured meats and cheeses, crostinis
paired with welcome cocktail
bread from Independent with Banner Butter and Georgia olive oil
escarole and radicchio with pecorino and dried currants
paired with Wild Heaven White Blackbird Saison
roasted quail over braised cannellini beans, roasted tomato-salsa verde
poached asparagus with deviled egg dressing and baby shrimp
Carolina Gold rice salad with octopus, chickpeas and smoked paprika vinaigrette
beets with pomegranate dressing, almonds, mint and feta
punched sweet potatoes with tahini dressing, SC benne, red onion curtido, cilantro
paired with Wild Heaven Eschaton Quad
Portuguese custard tarts and Condor Chocolates to finish
paired with Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy coffee brown ale
Valentine's Day at The National
Tuesday, February 14
4-course prix fixe menu, $50 per guest
Seatings in the dining room are prix-fixe only, available 5 - 10pm
Menu available a la carte at the bar, in addition to: olives, bravas, dates, hummus, boquerones
warm bread from Independent, whipped herb butter
marinated olives with cornichons
celery root soup
lobster, celery leaves, saffron oil
white bean hummus, pistachio salsa verde, paprika, kumquat
winter Greek salad
kale, frisee, carrots, beets, cucumbers, red onion, feta, kalamatas, red wine-oregano vinaigrette
iceberg wedge salad
roasted tomatoes, avocado, radishes, marinated onions, gorgonzola dressing, crisp pork belly, breadcrumbs
artisanal meats and cheese
marcona almonds, olives, quince jams, toasts
roasted Mediterranean sea bass
"black" Carolina Gold rice, romesco, marinated white asparagus and spring Vidalias
roasted duck breast
duck fat potatoes, melted cabbage, roasted grapes, scallion relish, PX sherry jus
braised beef short ribs
whipped parsnips, crispy brussels sprouts, tomato gremolata
mozzarella and prosciutto, brown butter, sage
seasonal vegetable plate
filled with raspberry, raspberry gelato, almonds, anglais
flourless chocolate cake
hazelnut-chocolate gelato, toasted hazelnuts, blood orange sauce
vanilla panna cotta
tropical fruit, hibiscus, toasted coconut
Condor Chocolates Dark Chocolate Tasting
Call 706-549-3450 or email email@example.com to make a reservation!
Bring The National Home for the Holidays!
This year, Chef Peter Dale collaborated with Beautiful Briny Sea to craft a Condor Chocolates Finishing Sugar and a Specialty Salt seasoned with the flavors of The National. These final touch products, along with Georgia Olive Oil and La Martina Olive Oil, make the perfect gifts for the creative cook in the family. Some like it hot, and for that loved one, spice it up with our House Hot Sauce. For the bartender, use our Small Batch Tonic to step up your everyday bar game.
For the foodie with a heart in Athens, we recommend Juanina Cantrell Kocher’s Classic City Cooking. Signed by foreword author Chef Peter Dale, this new cookbook features recipes from Athens’ most beloved chefs and restaurants. We also always carry all three of Hugh Acheson's autographed cookbooks – The Broad Fork, Pick a Pickle, and A New Turn in the South.
Prefer a little luxury? Gift certificates to The National or T-Shirts available in adult and youth sizes make great stocking stuffers!
Gift Certificates available in any denomination
Autographed Cookbooks by Chef Hugh Acheson
The Broad Fork $35
Pick a Pickle $15
A New Turn in the South $35
Classic City Cooking $29.95
The National T-Shirts
The National Hats $18
Housemade Small Batch Tonic $15
House Hot Sauce $10 for 1, $25 for 3
La Martina Olive Oil
Georgia Olive Oil $28
Beautiful Briny Sea X The National
The National Specialty Salt $10
Condor Chocolates Finishing Sugar $10
Take Home Pies and Cakes by Kiki's Bakeshop
Orders for Christmas must be placed by December 20 at midnight. Pies will be available for pick-up at The National on Friday, December 23 at any time. To order, call The National at 706-549-3450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coconut, Flourless Chocolate, Red Velvet
All pies available gluten free except key lime
Golden Apple, Key Lime, Dark Cherry, Bourbon Pecan, Chocolate Pecan, White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut
HANUKKAH DINNER AT THE NATIONAL
December 28-29, 2016
$32 per guest
APPETIZERS served family-style for the table
hummus: pomegranate and flat bread gf available
kale tabbouleh: bulgur, kale, cauliflower, pecan, preserved lemon
latkes: sour cream, caramelized apples and scallion gf
roasted chicken breast za'atar, Israeli couscous with saffron, harissa vinaigrette, carrot salad with mint and citrus
beef brisket braised with coffee & cocoa, whipped root vegetables, fresh horseradish & parsley gf
apple fritters: honey and almonds
pomegranate sorbet: kumquat, rugelach
Dine at The National after attending the Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie!
Don't miss the Georgia premiere of Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie's Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra on Monday, October 24 at Hodgson Concert Hall.
Inspired by the blurred lines between classical, pop, and contemporary music, renowned violinist Robert McDuffie commissioned a new composition from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, one of the most prolific songwriter/composers from the world of rock and pop. Mills and McDuffie have been close friends since they were teenagers growing up in Macon, GA, and now these two music legends have embarked on an exciting collaboration with the premiere of Mills’s Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra featuring Fifth House Ensemble. This is a not-to-be-missed Athens concert event.
For tickets to the Concerto, go here!
Following the performance, The National would love to have you for dinner! We are offering extended hours to 11pm on Monday, October 24. Call 706-549-3450 or email email@example.com to reserve your table today!
Once a year, Boybutante takes over The National for the most sequined brunch Athens has ever seen! Join us on November 6th for a buffet-style brunch alongside drag performances from some of your favorite divas!
Sunday, November 6
Seatings at 11am and 1:30pm
$20 per guest for a buffet style brunch, including coffee and OJ
Bloody Marys and Mimosas available at the bar
Proceeds benefit the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.
Epicurious Beer Dinner
Sunday, October 16
at The National
$55 per guest, includes tax and gratuity
Epicurious is an approachable beer with subtle nuances of citrus that beg to be paired with great food and friends. This food-friendly, low ABV beer is highly carbonated with an invigorating minerality to help cleanse the palate in between bites of food. You'll relish in the earthy, floral and soft citrus hop character that finds balance in complex yeast flavors and subtle bitterness on the finish.
To celebrate the release of Epicurious, join us for a very special family-style beer dinner at The National. Seated at the table together, we will enjoy a 9 dish, 4 course dinner and pour Epicurious for each other all evening.
We have partnered with our friends at Collective Harvest to create an ingredients-driven, vegan menu highlighting the bounty of Northeast Georgia and the culinary nature of Epicurious. At the dinner, you will also have the chance to meet the can artist - our own bartender and artist Bryn Rouse!
This is an event you don't want to miss.
Tickets go on sale at epicurious.brownpapertickets.com on Sunday, October 2nd at 3pm. Be sure to book your reservation before they sell out!
"When I drink Epicurious I imagine myself at an all-day, family-style gathering with a big spread of food. Relaxed, casual, communal and in the moment." - Peter Dale, Executive Chef and Owner at The National