Apple Festival at Ritz Carlton, Downtown, Atlanta: Travel Tuesday

Who loves apples? I just received news about the coolest fall apple event in the south! Executive Chef Julio Delgado of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta will travel to Ellijay, Georgia, this month to select crisp fall apples for a special menu to be presented in Atlanta Grill in recognition of the annual North Georgia Apple Festival. The á la carte menu will be presented from October 21 to 31 in addition to the restaurant’s popular dinner menu.

“Georgia’s plentiful orchards in the Blue Ridge Mountains yield more than 20 varieties of apples,” said Chef Delgado. “My mission is to bring the best apples home for our guests to enjoy.” Check out this menu!

 

APPLE FESTIVAL MENU 

Starters

Curried Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Spice Smoked Chicken, Scallions, Lime Cream

North Georgia Waldorf Salad

 Red Delicious Apple, Kale, Pecans, Toasted Quinoa, Yogurt-Cider Dressing

Raw Rome Beauty Apple

Bibb Lettuce, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrées

Crispy Pork Belly and Granny Smith Apple Cobb Salad

Blue Cheese, Avocado, Cucumbers, Tomatoes

Caramelized Ginger Gold Apple and

White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Veal Breast, Arugula, Pickled Jalapenos

Sautéed Scallops

Roasted Matsu Apple, Braised Short Rib, Celeriac Roulade

Desserts 

Apple Cobbler, Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramelized Apple Spice Cake, Apple Brandy Ice Cream

I want to go, don’t you?  For reservations, please call Atlanta Grill at 404-221-6550 or visit www.opentable.com

Downtown’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city with a splash of glamour. The hotel is surrounded by the state’s centers of law, finance and government, and is minutes from the Georgia Aquarium, Philips Arena, Turner Stadium and the Georgia Dome. For information and reservations, please call 1-800-241-3333, the hotel at 404-659-0400, a travel professional or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/atlanta.

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea at Ritz Carlton Buckhead: Travel Tuesday

Inspired by Downton Abbey on Masterpiece, guests may enjoy the pleasantries of British-styled tea and snap a photo of themselves with a fanciful cutout of Lord Grantham and Lady Grantham, Dowager Countess at the hotel’s iconic fireplace in The Ritz Carlton Buckhead Lobby Lounge. This event will continue this week from Wednesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 13, 2013.

January 2013 marks 29 years of serving Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. Presented in the British tradition, Afternoon Tea includes the guest’s choice of fine loose tea steeped in a bone china teapot, and poured through a silver strainer into the teacup. A new menu of delectable savories, warm scones and sweets accompanies the tea service.

The menu looks something like this:

Afternoon Tea

Smoked Salmon and American Caviar on Pumpernickel Bread
Cucumber with Dill and Lemon Ricotta Cream Mini-Sandwich
Traditional Egg Salad with Truffle
Prosciutto and Melon Canapés with Mascarpone Dijon Spread
Turkey Open Face Canapé with Orange Marmalade
Georgia Shrimp Profiterole with Tarragon and Basil

Currant and Traditional Scones, Devonshire Cream and Lemon Curd
Traditional Opera Torte, Lemon Tartlet
Profiterole of Grand Marnier Pastry Cream
Lime Financier, Citrus Madeleine, French Macaroon, Cherry Spritz

 

Seatings for Afternoon Tea are at 2:30 and 3 p.m. The price of Afternoon Tea is $44 per person. Royal Afternoon Tea is $60 per person, and includes Afternoon Tea with the addition of a glass of Heidsieck Monopole, Brut, “Blue Top”, France along with strawberries topped with whipped cream and Grand Marnier. Prices are inclusive of valet parking and exclusive of taxes and gratuities. Please call (404) 240-7035 for information and reservations.

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is located in fashionable uptown Atlanta, the city’s most prestigious residential neighborhood. For information or room reservations, please call 800-241-3333, the hotel at 404-237-2700. Visit Ritz Carlton Buckhead on Facebook  and follow us on them on Twitter.

Southern Inspired Culinary Classes at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta (Downtown)

If your are in or near Atlanta this week, check this out at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta! Explore regional southern cooking in all its diversity and eccentricity with Brian Jones, chef de cuisine of Atlanta Grill, as he presents a series of demonstration-style culinary classes this fall at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Chef Jones will sprinkle an entertaining dose of southern lore with the preparation of regional specialties in a casual setting beginning September 20th with “Low Country Deconstructed”.  I want to go!

“History, culture and foods from low-elevation land and the seacoast are the cornerstones of Low Country cuisine,” said Chef Jones. “We’ll think about the origins of the ingredients and flavors, the revival of heritage grains today, then bring it all together in great regional dishes that guests can easily make at home for friends and family.”

Guests will taste small plates from a three-course menu paired with traditional cocktails and selections from regional wineries and breweries.  The Downtown hotel Sommelier Brian White hosts special guest Brian “Spike” Buckowski, brewmaster and co-founder of Athens, GA-based Terrapin Beer Company, who will bring six craft beers to sample with Chef Jones’ menu. Yum!!

Low Country Deconstructed

Cocktails

St. Cecelia Punch or Plantation Punch

Appetizers

Pâté of the South: Pimento Cheese Three Ways, Cheese Straws, Pickled Shrimp

Terrapin Golden Ale, Rye Pale Ale and All American Pilsner

Main Course

Savannah-style Purloo, Carolina Gold Rice and Coastal Seafood  (pictured above)

Cracklin’ Cornbread

Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Monk’s Revenge and Pumpkin Fest

Dessert

Muscadine and Port Syllabub, Benne Seed Cookies

Classes are $75 per person inclusive of taxes and gratuities (what a deal!).
“Low Country Deconstructed” is presented on September 20 followed by Foraging through the Great Smoky Mountains on October 18 and Holiday Dining at Chef Brian’s House on November 15. All classes start at 6 p.m. and are limited to 16 guests. Early reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling Atlanta Grill at (404) 221-6550 or visiting www.opentable.com and typing “Cooking Class” in the comments section of the reservation form.

 

About Chef Brian Jones

Chef Brian Jones’ obsession for regional ingredients and their origins is based in strong Southern roots. A native of Chamblee, GA, Chef Jones grew up cooking alongside his grandmother and aunts, appreciating authentic Southern dishes made from daily harvests of the family gardens. He brings that wonderful heritage to his menus at Atlanta Grill, which brim with plentiful varieties of local and regional produce.