Atlanta Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Big Peach will debut with an all-star chef dinner on Jan. 18, 6 p.m. at Umi in Buckhead to benefit The Giving Kitchen. The dinner will feature chefs who are in the book, compiled by Kate Parham Kordsmeier and photographer Heidi Geldhauser, including Ford Fry, Anne Quatrano, Gerry Klaskala, Pano Karatossos, Kevin Gillespie and more. Tickets cost $200 per person and are available at All proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen, which provides crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.

After a successful dinner service launch at Buckhead Atlanta, Le Bilboquet continues to expand its offerings of traditional French cuisine with lunch service, available now, and Sunday brunch coming before year’s end.

The National Restaurant Association has selected John C. Metz, CEO, executive chef, and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua Blue, and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management based in Atlanta, to serve as its convention chair for the 2015 National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) at the NRA Show.

Flavor restaurant at 236 Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs is being renamed Zafron, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. A restaurant representative indicated that the new restaurant would feature a very similar menu with “a few additions.”

Buckhead Tavern opened in the Eclipse Buckhead Condominium development on Dec. 18. Founded by the son of Johnny’s Hideaway owner, Johnny Esposito Jr., and restaurateur Ron Barber, the restaurant and sports lounge will offer tavern fare, cocktails, beer, wine and live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. Buckhead Tavern is located at 264 Pharr Road.

Chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere have opened a fourth location of their fast-casual chicken restaurant, Bantam + Biddy, at Lenox Square in Buckhead.

Verde Taqueria, which has locations in Brookhaven and Collier Hills, has announced the arrival of new executive chef Joe Macy. The chef previously worked at Magnolias in Charleston, S.C., and Atlanta’s Local Three and BLT Steak.

Mae’s Bakery, 2770 Lenox Road in Buckhead, has a new sandwich and soup menu for lunch. Last month, the bakery brought on a team of the top cake artists in the city led by Mary Hosch and Marian Rescigno, previously of Highland Bakery. For more visit

Restaurant RIP: According to Tomorrow’s News Today, Great American Cookies has closed its location in Lenox Square, The Real Chow Baby has closed on Howell Mill Road and JuJuBees frozen yogurt shop on Roswell Road in Buckhead has also closed.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.