When Nashville-based stylist and creative Ruthie Lindsey gets together with her girlfriends, you can expect the gathering to be outdoors (for sure) and the meal to be as beautiful as it tastes.
Last month, our friend and former employee Emily Dorio brought our own Chef Peter Dale along for just such a gathering. Today, Emily is a talented photographer based in Nashville with an eye for food–both through her lens and with a fork. But she started out as a cook at The National when we opened in 2007.
Together, Emily and Peter cooked and styled all the dishes enjoyed by the ladies that day. It was a blast, to say the least!
Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know the secret to our Grilled Romaine Salad with Piquillo Pepper Dressing, that recipe can be found among the spread of summer-perfect dishes. As Better Homes and Gardens says, “introducing romaine to the grill brings out its natural sweetness – making it a perfect match for our bold pepper dressing.”
After attending college with Chef Peter Dale, fellow Public Relations students at University of Georgia, plus years as cross-country peers in the culinary field, Sarah is happy to put her plate in Peter’s hands…as long as there is some sautéed okra on it.
“Right now, I’ve been traveling on the weekends and cooking at college football games, and it’s making me really homesick for Athens, Georgia, which is where I went to college. So if I could go anywhere right now for dinner, it would be to The National in Athens. I would just let Peter Dale, who is the chef and owner, cook for me. I would eat anything he made.
Read the full interview with Chef Sarah Simmons by Of a Kind here.
Since we’re feeling sentimental, our two-night series at Sarah’s culinary salon City Grit was one of the most fun offsite cooking experiences we can recall to date. It was the year Chef Peter Dale won Food and Wine People’s Best New Chef - Southeast that we took our Mediterranean fare with a North Georgia twist up to the big apple, serving:
New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Beef Tartare with Harissa and Salsify Chips
Shrimp Stewed in Plantain-Peanut Sauce
Roasted Chicken Thigh with Braised Endive
Bruléed Carolina Plantation Rice Pudding
Conde Nast Traveler follows local artist Susan Hable Smith’s guide to Athens for a real taste of the town. Summertime visitors can take advantage of the slow season in a college town to really experience the quaint yet forward-thinking side of our Athens.
Fortunately for locals and tourists alike, SEABEAR OYSTER BAR opens next week after much anticipation offering fresh oysters and vacation classics incorporating sustainable seafood.
The first restaurant of its kind in Athens, SEABEAR is emblematic of the “eager young farmers and chefs” behind the town’s farm-to-table movement, says Hable Smith. Chef Peter Dale is working to resurrect the state’s once-thriving oyster tradition, and the menu includes such classics as beef carpaccio, oysters Rockefeller, and mussels steamed in pale ale. Located in The Bottleworks at 297 Prince Ave., Suite 10.
Read the full article at http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/07/through-lens-of-other-athens
Getaway to Athens
Five ways to find big taste in small-town Georgia
Whether Canada has taken a look at our small town of Athens to dream of our great eats or just to plot a take-back of Hugh Acheson, we’re thrilled with the compliment. Here are the hot spots enRoute magazine thinks truly shine:
Getting There: Air Canada operates four daily non-stop flights from Toronto to Atlanta. Athens is then a 90-minute drive away.
Oct 25, 2012 · By Lisa Guimond | Illustration by Catherine Lepage