Ladies and gentlemen, an announcement: This November, Eater Eve, the exclusive preview event to the Eater Awards returns to New York to wow the city's restaurant obsessives with mind-blowing dishes from some of the country's best chefs. And we figured it was high time to celebrate a section of the U.S. known for its hot temperatures, hot chicken, and so hot right now chefs: the American South.
Yes, on Sunday, November 17, from 6-9 p.m. Angel Orensanz will be transformed into a celebration of Southern flavors and traditions imported directly from some of the best kitchens in Louisville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Raleigh, and more. Add an open bar and a live band, and we have a serious shindig on our hands.
So, who are the chefs making waves right now in the South?
Ashley Christensen, AC Restaurants, Raleigh, NC
Perhaps Raleigh's most beloved chef and certainly a driving force in the city's restaurant scene, she is the chef and owner behind Poole's Diner, Beasley's Chicken + Honey, Chuck's, Joule Coffee, and Fox Liquor Bar and the soon to open Death & Taxes and Bridge Club. She is a three time James Beard semi-finalist and has been lauded in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, the New York Times, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun.
Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC
Andrea Reusing's lauded restaurant Lantern in Chapel Hill marries North Carolina ingredients with Asian flavors and has been celebrated in the pages of food publications for over a decade. She is a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement and a damn fine chef, winning the 2011 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast.
Isaac Toups, Toups Meatery, New Orleans, LA
Chef Isaac Toups has been redefining modern day Cajun cooking since opening his namesake Toups Meatery two years ago in the Mid City neighborhood of New Orleans. What makes the restaurant so remarkable is not just the amount of intriguing charcuterie, house made sausages, and all things meat in a totally casual setting, but the fact that Toups' Cajun heritage (he's a native of Rayne, Lousiana) is obvious in all the food he sources locally and cooks, which is why his cracklins-the gold standard of Cajun cuisine-- are considered the best around.
Linton Hopkins, Holeman & Finch, Atlanta, GA
James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins runs fine-dining spot Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House— home to what may be the most famous burger in town— in Atlanta, GA. The double-stack cheeseburger is so popular that this year, Hopkins and team opened three H&F Burger stands inside the Atlanta Braves baseball stadium. They also operate H&F Bottle Shop and a wholesale bakery called H&F Bread Co.
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA
Steven Satterfield opened Atlanta restaurant Miller Union in 2009. Born and raised in Georgia, the chef has a strong commitment to local farmers and local, seasonal ingredients; he's known for his vegetable dishes, and his simple, straightforward approach in the kitchen has led Miller Union to national recognition. Satterfield's first cookbook will release in 2015.
Nick Sullivan, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY
Originally from Tennessee, Nick is the chef de cuisine at 610 Magnolia. Under Chef Edward Lee's guidance and Nick's damn fine cooking in the kitchen, the restaurant is praised as the fine dining destination of the city and the region. The restaurant has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, New York Times Magazine, Saveur, Esquire, and most recently a 16 page feature in the October 2009 issue of Gourmet Magazine.
To make things a bit interesting, we will be revealing more culinary stars cooking up a storm in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for more Eater Awards coverage and be sure to buy your tickets before they disappear.
· Eater Eve [~E~]
· All Coverage of the Eater Awards [~E~]