Thursday, February 21, 2013
Also, Chef Ford Fry of No. 246 restaurant was named a semifinalist.
The James Beard Foundation– a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of America’s culinary culture– has announced the semifinalists for its 2013 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and a Decatur Chef was noted for their greatness. Billy Allin of Decatur’s Cakes & Ale made the cut as a semifinalist for Best Chef in Southeast. Also, Chef Ford Fry of Decatur’s No. 246 and west Atlanta’s The Optimist and JCT. Kitchen was named an outstanding restauranteur, along with Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol, with a location on Cheshire Bridge and one on Howell Mill Road. Other Atlanta-area restaurants and chefs JBF semifinalists include: Westside’s Cardamom Hill was the only Atlanta restaurant to be recognized…
Friday, December 7, 2012
The magazine's annual edition also made note of Write Club and (though it's not in Decatur) Eddie Owens Presents at the Red Clay Theatre.
Decatur earned a few mentions in Atlanta magazine's annual Best Of Atlanta edition. All the info hasn't been posted online yet, but Patch blew 99 cents to access the the digital edition.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Decatur restaurant also made the list in 2009.
A few days ago, Patch reported that Cakes & Ale in Decatur made the Bon Appetit website's list of the Top 50 new restaurants in the country. The news got better. Cakes & Ale made the website's Top 10 list. Writer Andrew Knowlton says this is the reason why. What's that you say? Cakes & Ale was one of Bon Appétit's ten best new restaurants in America in 2009? You're right. But let me explain. First, there's a new location, in downtown Decatur. And then there's chef Billy Allin's cooking. It's more mature, more risk-taking (I never thought carrots could drive a dish until recently, when I had his roasted carrot and broccoli salad with carrot purée, feta, and cider vinaigrette). But the main reason for the reprise is the adjacent bakery, …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The restaurant made the list in 2009 for "smart, farm-to-table cooking."
The website for Bon Appetit magazine has named Cakes & Ale in Decatur one of the 50 American new restaurants "that are changing the way we eat in 2012." The website said of Cakes & Ale, "This one look familiar? In 2009, Billy Allin's bistro made our list for smart, farm-to-table cooking. A move to a bigger space, a more ambitious menu, and an added bakery mean it's list-worthy once more." The only other Georgia restaurant on the Top 50 list was Cardamom Hill at 1700 Northside Drive in Atlanta. On Aug. 14, Bon Appetit writer Andrew Knowlton will narrow his list down to the "first annual Hot 10, including his pick for the top new restaurant in America." Editor's note: An earlier version of this article didn't say the list was for new …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fifteen percent of sales will go to the animal welfare group.
Cakes & Ale has a handfull of seats remaining for the May 6 Sunday Supper that will benefit PAWS, a nonprofit animal welfare group. Fifteen percent of sales will go to Paws. To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 404-377-7994. The restaurant says the supper will have "a French Provencal twist reminiscent of Provence in the springtime." Dinner will be served 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is at 155 Sycamore St. in Decatur.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
"The Decatur market, in particular, was already very beer savvy and it seemed natural to really make an effort to offer some of the exciting beers available."
- On CNN
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The place decribes itself as "part cocktail bar, part Deep South diner."
Monday, March 19, 2012
Eric Wolitzky comes from Baked in Brooklyn.
Cakes & Ale has hired a new pastry chef. The restaurant newsletter said Eric Wolitzky comes from Baked in Brooklyn. He appeared on Bravo's "Top Chef Just Desserts" in the fall of 2010. Wolitzky's bio on the Bravo webpage says: He obtained a BFA in drama and MA in performance and cultural studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but his heart was continually drawn back into the kitchen. He currently serves as Pastry Chef at Baked, a bakery and café located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where his focus is updated classic American comfort desserts. Eric's recipes have been featured in magazines including Food & Wine and O, among others. He was also nominated twice for Best Bakery Dessert by PastryScoop.com. The Cakes & Ale website says Wolitzky…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Cakes & Ale moved out in August. What would you like to see moving in?
Cakes & Ale -- now one of Atlanta's top restaurants -- started out at the corner of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and Ponce de Leon Place. But the restaurant soon outgrew the space and moved last August to a larger location on Sycamore Street, just off the Decatur Square. Since then the old spot on the corner has been empty. Patch readers, what kind of business would you like to see moving into this location? You can tell us in the comments below. About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in Decatur and Avondale Estates. You can tell us what you think should replace the empty space. Know of an empty building we should highlight? E-mail email@example.com.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The winners will be announced May 7 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.