Monday, April 27, 2015

Another awesome Spring Tonic - #3 - at Crack In The Sidewalk Farmlet was enjoyed last night.  As usual a scrumptious meal and drinks - farm-to-table - some of it foraged; all locally grown or raised - four fantastic chefs - two amazing mixologists - and a volunteer crew of servers from Empire State South that took wonderful care of everyone!!!  So here we go.

First was the Crack In The Sidewalk Spritz - white wine with herbs foraged and grown by Crack In The Sidewalk Farmlet sweetened with local honey.  along with hors d' oeuvres called Lazy Day triple cream gougeres - spruce tips, blackberry capers, lovage, and Kimball House garden honey - OMG - I just wanted to grab that tray away from the server and have them all to myself!  However, I took a bite out of mine before I thought to take a picture, thus the wild-eyed picture of Mr. Jack LOL


 Next was a rum drink with lemon balm and herbs and tiny pink flowers floating along with the first course of wild Georgia duck shumai, lardo, morel confit, fermented mushroom glaze, and shiso - kind of like stuffed pillows of spicy rice over greens - YUM!  Unfortunately I ate mine and so did everyone else before I thought to take a picture LOL

Then came a foraged Crack In the Sidewalk green salad with handmade ricotta from Decimal Place goat's milk with wild ramps and spring pea tendrils - I could eat this every day!

Now it was time for the All Spruced Up St. George Terroir Gin, spruce, pine, rosemary, lemon, and bitters along with the next course of blue catfish stew, crosnes, alliums, nettle dumplings, and funions - it was so good!

Then a wild boar and venison Sharma with sunchoke Rita and pickled salsify and fresh naan with sumac - AND - along with that a dish of morels, lacinato kale, divalia onion, flying dragon citrus, cured goose egg yolks, and - AND - yes, there was more - couscous, stinging nettle, burnt garlic, swine cress, oxeye daisy, and tabouli - are you full yet?  LOL

Here comes the Wild beer from the Wrecking Bar:  A black saison brewed with local honey, mugwort, dandelion root, dandelion leaf, ale hoof, yarrow, and stinging nettles from Crack In The Sidewalk Farmlet.  To top it off was a gorgeous - almost too pretty to eat but nah - we went to town on it - Mille feuille, with wood sorrel and elderberry creams (i.e., a handmade puff pastry filled with a bright green cream that was so light and tasty) - I just wanted to keep eating!

Thanks so much to Kellie Thorn and Shanna Mayo - mixologists supreme, and Angus Brown, Jeffrey Wall, Ryan Smith, and Terry Koval - the best chefs in Atlanta, for making this evening memorable.  Also thanks to Melonie Tharpe for hunting our wild boar and venison part of the meal.  And of course to our daughter and son-in-law, Isia and Chris from Crack In The Sidewalk Farmlet - we could not be more proud of what you've accomplished!!!

This yearly event helps the double SNAP program at Community Farmers Markets as well as the Giving Kitchen.  This is always a fun event and I hope if you're ever in Atlanta during April you'll be able to attend.  Enjoy the pictures.


  1. WOW! This all looks positively amazing! I would loved to have all -ggg-.

  2. So amazing!!! You can learn so much from a night out like to table is just so wonderful!! And that rum drink sounds delicious though all of those dishes look amazing! Glad you all had a lovely time and thank you for passing on the inspiration!!! Nicole xo

  3. What a wonderful way to spend the day!
    Happy June and have a wonderful weekend.


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