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"Tennis Uncorked"
If you're enjoying Tennis Channel's coverage of the French Open, you're probably in the mood for some French cuisine. You can taste a little bit of Paris right here in the United States with the network's "Tennis Uncorked" restaurant partnership this spring. The multi-city campaign pairs the channel with these select French restaurants in Atlanta: Atmosphére, French American Brasserie, Joël Brasserie, Bistro Niko and Petite Auberge. These French eateries are helping to celebrate Tennis Channel’s round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open, tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition. For more information, go to
Woodfire Grill Chef Kevin Gillespie Honored for Sustainable Fish Advocacy
Woodfire Grill chef and partner Kevin Gillespie was recently named a recipient of the 2010 Cooking for Solutions Seafood Ambassador Award by the Monterey Bay Aquarium for his commitment to environmentally responsible fishing and fish-farming practices. Gillespie also was a finalist in the 2009 "Top Chef" competition on Bravo. Woodfire Grill, 1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-347-9055.
Small Plates with an Italian Spirit
The soul of Italian cooking in Brookhaven, Valenza Restaurant continues its "stuzzichino" menu, which features small plates as the word is derived from the Italian word stuzzicare meaning "to pick." Chef Matt Swickerath has crafted a number of affordable and savory Italian dishes that may be ordered individually or in clusters, at the bar with a drink, or at your dinner table in the main dining room. Totaling about a dozen items, the stuzzichino menu is listed on the chalkboard near Valenza's wooden bar. The price of the small plates ranges and the menu changes daily. Valenza Restaurant, Village Parkplace Brookhaven, 1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Ste. 100, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-969-3233.

Chef Shuffle

Watershed restaurant in Decatur has appointed Joe Truex to replace Scott Peacock effective June 1, 2010. Peacock, who had partnered with Edna Lewis in the publication of "The Gift of Southern Cooking," is working on other projects devoted to preserving the heritage of Southern cooking. With his wife Mihoko Obunai-Truex, Joe has operated Re.Past for the past four years, and Mihoko will assume responsibility for that operation, possibly giving it a more Japanese tilt reflective of her personal origins. Joe brings to the task classical culinary training, having graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and having worked around the globe with some of the best in the business. Watershed, 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-378-4900.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Atlanta to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Bazzaar, R.I.P.

Eno by Zaza has closed. On Friday, May 7, after service, the staff was informed that the restaurant would close. On Tuesday, May 18, owner-Atlanta Hawks' (basketball) star Zaza Pachulia announced the space would become 5th Street Café, with a new décor (black and white with hits of color), and would open in early June. The Tbilisi, Georgia, native, who is a center-forward for the Hawks, bought the restaurant from its founder Doug Strickland in 2009, but soon lost his chef Eli Kirshtein, a Season 6 "Top Chef" contender, to adventures in the Big Apple. The team is looking for a livelier "vibe," and expects to find it in such dishes as a charcuterie plate with meats and cheeses, frisée salad with poached egg, and gnocchi with basil butter and spring vegetables. The former wine shop and tasting room is to be remodeled into a bakery with fresh breads and pastries, much like a French pâtisserie. Eno by Zaza, Cornerstone Village, 800 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, no phone.
Enoteca Carbonari has closed, and its owners have used the space to expand their adjacent operation, Baraonda. A wine bar has been added to the set-up, and the Baraonda menu now rules both spaces. Enoteca Carbonari, 710 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, no phone.

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