Friday, May 4, 2018

Ray’s at Killer Creek Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Renewed Steakhouse Focus

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Alpharetta Dining Destination Introduces À La Carte Menu

ATLANTA (May 4) - In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Ray’s at Killer Creek is getting back to its steakhouse roots and launching a new dinner menu with a more traditional format that features signature steaks, seafood and side dishes offered as à la carte items.

“We really appreciate all the guests we have come to know over the past two decades,” says Ray’s Restaurants owner Ray Schoenbaum. “The dramatic growth that has happened in Alpharetta since we first opened Ray’s at Killer Creek is something that really stands out for me when I think about the past 20 years. It’s a constant motivator for us to push the envelope and give guests a unique dining experience that is full of surprises.”

Executive chef Mike Fuller’s new dinner menu is indeed full of surprises, and although it features a more traditional steakhouse format, the selection of dishes extends beyond classic steakhouse fare. Following are a few examples:

·        Starters, Salads and Soups ($11-$125) include a chilled seafood tower, New Orleans BBQ shrimp with Boursin grit cake and BBQ butter, loaded Statesboro blue cheese chips, a signature lobster Cobb and seafood gumbo.
·        Steaks and Chops ($29-$96) feature a dry-aged porterhouse, cowboy ribeye, herb-marinated lamb chop, steak frites, filet mignon and prime New York strip.
·        The Seafood Market ($30-$60) boasts Block Island swordfish, Ora King salmon, day boat halibut, twin lobster tails and live whole Maine lobster.
·        Signature Dishes ($27-$36) include salmon Oscar, shrimp and grits and horseradish encrusted black grouper.
·        Shareable Sides ($8-$25) range from lobster mac and cheese and corn crème brûlée to a Gouda twice-baked potato and lightly crisped Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

In tandem with the new menu launch, Schoenbaum and his team have also taken great care to further elevate Ray’s at Killer Creek’s service style in the form of luxurious touches that differentiate the restaurant from other North Fulton steakhouses. Food is served on 400-degree plates, side items are brought to the table by a team of servers who personally dish them up to each guest, and hand towels are distributed after the consumption of finger foods, leaving guests feeling fully pampered.  

 “I think one of the reasons Ray’s at Killer Creek has been so successful for so long is because we’ve upgraded the restaurant over the years to make it more appealing to our guests,” says Schoenbaum. “We are continuing to do things that make customers say, ‘Wow, I didn’t expect that.’”

The bar at Ray’s at Killer Creek opens at 4 p.m. daily to accommodate guests for happy hour or pre-dinner drinks before the dining room opens at 5 p.m. Brunch service is offered on Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ray’s at Killer Creek is also available for daytime private events and buyouts.

Ray’s at Killer Creek is located at 1700 Mansell Road in Alpharetta. For more information, call 770-649-0064 or visit Additional updates are available on Facebook and Instagram.

Ray’s Restaurants include Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City and Ray’s at Killer Creek. Ray’s on the River is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 6700 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs; 770-955-1187. Ray’s in the City is open for lunch and dinner and is located at 240 Peachtree Street NW in Downtown Atlanta; 404-524-9224. Ray’s at Killer Creek is open for dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 1700 Mansell Road in Alpharetta; 770-649-0064. For more information, visit


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Delicious Ways to Spend Mother’s Day

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Atlanta Restaurants Serve Up Specials to Please Mom’s Palate

ATLANTA (May 3, 2018) – There’s no better time to treat mom to a luxurious meal than on Mother’s Day, and it’s time to reserve that relaxing day or evening for the special women in our lives. Luckily, Atlanta-area restaurants are making it easy to keep her out of the kitchen on Sunday, May 13 with special menus and events all around town.

Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar is serving a special three-course brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with entrées such as eggs Benedict, Secreto corned beef hash, brioche French toast, a grilled salmon BLT, chicken and biscuit and coastal shrimp and grits. Wash it all down with a bloody Mary or bottomless mimosas. The regular dinner menu is also available from 5 to 9 p.m. 770-752-0922,

Treat mom to a lavish brunch from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at American Cut, featuring spicy crab toast with avocado, lobster cake Benedict, Nutella-stuffed French toast and steak huevos rancheros. $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Or opt for the restaurant’s new à la carte dinner menu filled with hot and cold appetizers, steaks, specialty cuts, seafood dishes and sides from 3:30 to 7 p.m.  770-415-9766, Upstairs, The Regent Cocktail Club offers drink specials including mimosas and bloody Marys along with a bar snack menu. 770-415-9961,

Tell that special lady just how much she’s cared for by treating her to chef Gerry Klaskala’s contemporary American cuisine at Aria. This classic Buckhead hotspot is normally closed on Sundays; however, the restaurant is opening its doors on May 13 for an unforgettable Mother’s Day dinner from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 404-233-7673,

Mom will jump at the chance to experience the essence of Southern Brazil at Chama Gaucha. For $44.50 per person, guests receive unlimited salad bar items, side dishes and 12 cuts of meat served by swift-moving gauchos. The restaurant offers brunch from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 4 to
9 p.m. In honor of Mother's Day, the Brazilian steakhouse is giving all moms a complimentary dinner for one voucher for a return visit. 404-842-0011,

Food 101 shows some love to all the moms out there with a special Mother’s Day brunch menu. Sip on the 101 Bloody Mary and enjoy brunch specialties from chef Ron Eyester like crab cake benedict, smoked turkey and mushroom omelet, steak and eggs and more. 404-497-9700,

The leading lady of the family is worthy of an epic Mother’s Day joint brunch buffet at Gypsy Kitchen (404-939-9840) and The Southern Gentleman (404-939-9845). The event combines Gypsy Kitchen’s tour of the culinary traditions of Spain and The Southern Gentleman’s sophisticated take on Southern cuisine. Both restaurants are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $58 per person for adults and $24 for kids 12 and under.

Mom can feast her eyes on the city skyline while enjoying a scrumptious brunch buffet at 5Church Atlanta from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offerings include Champagne deviled eggs, coffee-rubbed prime rib, honey-glazed spiral ham, Belgian waffles with maple syrup, shrimp and grits with roasted red peppers, pork belly and tomato gravy, blackened salmon, and pecan-smoked pork shoulder eggs Benedict. Cost is $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under (tax and gratuity not included). A limited menu will be offered for dinner service from 6 to 10 p.m. 404-400-3669;

Celebrate mom this year with brunch at Babalu Tapas & Tacos. The Midtown hotspot is serving up brunch favorites like avocado toast, crab cake Benedict, empanadas desayuno and more starting at 11 a.m. 404-900-9595;

Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel is serving an extravagant Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a selection of breads and pastries, omelet and carving stations, a cold buffet with fruits and salads, a hot buffet, a children’s buffet and a dessert station. Price is $38 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12 (children ages 5 and under are complimentary). In addition to the restaurant, The Grand Ballroom is also open for Sunday brunch. Three-hour parking is complimentary. 404-897-5000;

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is opening its doors early on May 13 for a special pop-up Mother’s Day brunch with such items as deviled eggs, bourbon-cured salmon, peaches and cream French toast, pan-seared Gulf grouper and wood-grilled steak and eggs. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 770-635-7641;

North Fulton
For a seed-to-fork dining experience like none other, bring mom to Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails for a three-course prix fixe dinner for $40 per person that features items such as pickled Royal Red shrimp toast, Southern fried chicken breast, grilled wagyu sirloin and blueberry-lavender panna cotta. Dinner is served from 4 to 9 p.m. 770-817-0161;

Treat mom to a trip to the beach this Mother’s Day. The Big Ketch Canton Street is serving up a bountiful brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priced at $34.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 12 and under, wow mom with brunch specialties like blue crab mac & cheese, New Orleans jambalaya, two carving stations and more. Regular dinner will be served alongside chef specialties from 4-9 p.m. 770-993-5749;

Multiple Locations
For many Atlantans, Ray’s Restaurants and Mother’s Day go together like Champagne and orange juice, thanks to the restaurants’ lavish buffets. At Ray’s on the River (770-955-1187) in Sandy Springs, diners can enjoy such options as smoked salmon eggs Benedict, jerk-roasted Springer Mountain Farms chicken and hand-carved rosemary roasted leg of lamb from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $47.95 per adult and $23.95 for children ages 5 to 10. In Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek (770-649-0064) is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving a bountiful variety of brunch items signature entrees including cheddar stone-ground grits, goat cheese pimento fritters, blackened grouper and Parmesan scallops with lobster risotto. $47.95 for adults; $23.95 for children ages 5 to 10. And in downtown Atlanta, diners at Ray’s in the City (404-524-9224) can choose from such items as seafood-stuffed lemon sole and braised short rib pot pie from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. $45.95 for adults; $22.95 for children ages 5 to 10.

Sweets, Treats and Special Fun
Bulla Gastrobar, Atlanta’s leading spot for contemporary Spanish cuisine in a fun communal environment, invites diners to participate in a Mother’s Day social media contest for the chance to win a $50 gift card. Simply write one word to describe mom and indicate you live near Bulla’s Atlanta location. Participants must like Bulla’s Facebook page and follow the restaurant on Instagram. Winner will be announced on Monday, May 14. 404-900-6926;

Make sure to get mom something as sweet as she is from one of the three locations of Henri’s Bakery & Café. With special cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more, this iconic bakery and deli knows how to make mom feel adored. But be sure to plan ahead – Henri’s is closed on Sundays, so treats must be picked up by Saturday, May 12. Bakery orders require a minimum 48 hours’ notice. Buckhead: 404-237-0202, Upper Westside: 404-968-9412, Sandy Springs: 404-256-7934.

Gift mom with breakfast in bed or make her dinner by purchasing items from the retail section of Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante by Saturday, May 12 (the restaurant and market are closed on Sundays). Lasagnas, platters and salads are available for easy pick up for those who aren’t too handy in the kitchen. Or appeal to the frugal side of mom and take her out for half-priced wine night and dinner at the Buckhead eatery on Monday. 404-500-2181,

All moms visiting any Willy's Mexicana Grill location on Mother’s Day receive a Mother’s Day card with a coupon for $5 off any order of $15 or more to use for a future visit through the end of the month. Those restaurants closed on weekends will hand out cards on Friday, May 11. Excludes airport location.

The following Atlanta-area dining spots are offering their regular menus to show mom a wonderful time on Mother's Day or any other Sunday:

·        ATL Taco, the new Lenox Square taqueria from chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, serves a mom-approved brunch menu that the family matriarch can enjoy before or after a day of shopping. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 404-841-7559;

·        The brunch menu at newcomer The Alden (in Chamblee’s Parkview on Peachtree) features a modern twist on Southern classics and other culturally influenced mainstays. Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 678-395-6982;

·       Every mother who dines at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Mother’s Day is eligible to win a massage at Natural Body Spa in addition to enjoying brunch specials such as baked asparagus and fontina strata, artichoke and prosciutto frittata and challah French toast. 404-876-7249,

·        Make mom feel like she’s at the beach by taking her to The Big Ketch Buckhead for seafood favorites and live music. The Buckhead beach house will be serving their regular menu with chef specials starting at 11 a.m. 404-474-9508,

·        Another new Mexican dining option in Buckhead that is sure to make mom feel festive is Chido & Padre’s. The restaurant celebrates Baja Mexico’s fresh, coastal cuisine in a super fun atmosphere and serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 404-848-9100,

·        Midtown’s The Federal serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. so mom can experience French cuisine and traditional American steakhouse favorites in one elegant meal. 404-343-3857,

·        Both the Brookhaven (404-464-8971) and Midtown (404-968-2288) locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern are serving their regular brunch menus from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Get mom to groove with $17 bottomless mimosas and live music from 1 to 4 p.m.

·        All locations of Marlow’s Tavern are open for brunch as usual on Mother's Day. A brunch buffet or other special features are available at select locations; call for more information.

·        If mom likes traditional Southern dishes like grandma used to make, Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Revival in Decatur is the place. The eatery is open for Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. 470-225-6770,

·        Visit Seed Kitchen & Bar for its popular Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mother’s Day featured specials include croque madame (toasted semolina, Heywood’s Black Forest ham, Gruyère, Mornay sauce and a sunny-side-up egg), fried chicken and waffles with hot sauce butter and fried green tomato Benedict (poached eggs with béarnaise, bacon onion jam and an English muffin). The restaurant is also open for dinner from 3 to 10 p.m. 678-214-6888,


2018 Dining Trends Springing Up at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

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Georgia Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Makes Use of Backyard Garden for Current Culinary Forecast

ATLANTA (May 3, 2018) - Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is off to a farm-fresh start when it comes to dining trends. With close to 100 varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables tended on site in the restaurant’s backyard garden, Milton’s Acre, the historic Crabapple restaurant is making produce the star of both drinks and dishes on the spring menu. Located in a restored 155-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage, Milton’s continues to honor its past in innovative new ways that are in line with this year’s food and beverage trends.

Farm to Shaker:
Guests at Milton’s don’t even have to get past the bar to get a taste of the garden.
·        Milton’s twist on a French 75 (la vie en rosemary) features a house-made rosemary simple syrup, while the restaurant’s Milton’s Acre-rita puts the spotlight on garden cilantro and jalapeños.
·        The restaurant enjoys substituting vegetables, such as cucumbers, for fruit to give cocktails an exciting new color and flavor profile.
·        Chocolate mint, purple basil, pineapple sage and strawberries are also grown in Milton’s Acre and used for muddling, syrups and garnishes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Vegetable-Centric Comfort Foods:
“Our cuisine is always farmhouse inspired, but I try to be increasingly creative with vegetable dishes and what the garden brings us, especially now that my wife has recently become a vegetarian,” says Milton’s executive chef Derek Dollar. “Not having to rely solely on what a supplier can bring us definitely makes for more inspired menus; the garden brings us comfort, so we want to pass that along to our guests.”
This season’s additions include
·        Greens and grain salad: baby arugula, pea tendrils, quinoa, shaved radish, red onion, toasted almonds, crumbled goat cheese, herbed white balsamic vinaigrette
·        Summer vegetable plate with creamed corn, marinated portabella mushroom, summer squash and poblano pepper ratatouille, smoked paprika chimichurri, crumbled goat cheese and pea tendrils

Colorful Cuisine:
New plantings in Milton’s Acre this year mean a more brilliant presentation on the plate – from the bright pink color of nasturtium to the vibrant green hues of Mexican sour gherkins to the violet-and-white stripes of fairy tale eggplant. Dollar utilizes these items for featured specials and during Milton’s popular Garden Dinner Series (special Sunday night dinners set up within the garden during summer and fall that also feature live music and wine pairings) and says they provide both the bright colors and bold flavors that he strives for in his dishes.  

Waste Reduction and Hyper-Local House-Made Items:
Scuppernongs and other muscadine grapes are in their third year of growth in Milton’s Acre and will become jam and wine for the restaurant in the years to come. “I always try to make the garden as beautiful and functional as possible,” says Dollar of his continued efforts to maximize Milton’s Acre and minimize the restaurant’s footprint.  

Dollar also believes in root-to-leaf cooking and reducing food waste whenever possible by making use of all edible parts of garden veggies, such as the tops and bottoms of beets and radishes. 

Located at 800 Mayfield Road, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is nestled in a restored 155-year-old farmhouse located in the historic district of Crabapple. The charming North Fulton restaurant serves contemporary Southern cuisine that utilizes fresh, local ingredients, many of which come from the restaurant’s on-site garden called Milton’s Acre. Milton’s is owned and operated by Southern Proper Hospitality, which also operates The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Beni’s Cubano, Chido + Padre’s and Tin Lizzy’s CantinaChosen by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America” and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for 2017, Southern Proper Hospitality offers genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high-quality food. For more information about Milton’s, visit

Bulla Gastrobar Introduces Prix Fixe Lunch Menu

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Affordable Two- and Three-Course Meals Showcase Inventive Takes on Spanish Tapas

ATLANTA (May 3, 2018) – Bulla Gastrobar has become a premier lunch destination in Midtown, featuring a rich variety of authentic modern tapas served in a lively, communal atmosphere. Now, in addition to its regular lunch selections, the upscale-casual hot spot is rolling out a prix fixe lunch menu at two budget-friendly price points.  Monday through Friday, guests can choose from a two-course ($18) or three-course ($23) menu highlighting Bulla’s creative contemporary take on shareable Spanish cuisine.

“Whether our guests only have time for a quick bite on their lunch hour or are coming to linger and catch up with friends, we have options for them,” said Centurion Restaurant Group founder and president Carlos Centurion. “We think they are going to love sampling a wide selection of our signature dishes and finding new inspired, delicious plates they’ll love – all at a reasonable price they can enjoy within their lunch hour.”

The prix fixe menu is available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a choice of one from each of the following sections:  

First course:
·        Garbanzo Frito – Chickpea stew, chorizo, kale
·        Gazpacho Andaluz – Spanish chilled vegetable soup
·        Ensalada de Espinacas – Baby spinach, beets, candied walnuts, arugula, Spanish goat cheese
·        Croquetas de Jamón – Serrano ham croquettes, fig jelly
·        Caesar Salad – Kale, Serrano-Caesar dressing, Manchego, croutons
Second course:
·        Pollo al Chilindrón – Pan-seared chicken, Serrano ham, red pepper stew, steamed rice
·        Pintxo & Tostada de Aguacate – Cumin marinated grilled chicken, avocado toast, tomato salad
·        Brioche de Verduras – Portobello, piquillos, spinach, caramelized onions, goat cheese, mojo verde, patatas bravas
·        Huevos ‘Bulla’ – Eggs, homemade potato chips, Serrano ham, potato foam, truffle oil
·        Salmón – Baby spinach, chickpeas, lemon cream
·        ‘Bulla’ Burger – Piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, Tetilla cheese, patatas bravas

Third course:
·        Flan de Coco – Coconut flan, passion fruit sorbet
·        Churros con Chocolate – Traditional fried dough, chocolate sauce, dulce de leche
In the heart of Midtown right next to the Federal Reserve Building, Bulla Gastrobar is located at 60 11th Street NE and serves dinner daily, lunch Monday-Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Plentiful validated parking is available at 12th and Midtown. For more information, call 404-900-6926 or visit

Centurion Restaurant Group is a company created by food enthusiast Carlos Centurion and was founded on four pillars: share, passion, discover and soul. From the inviting ambiance and design of each of the restaurants to the world-class cuisine infused with authentic flavors, the group delivers a distinct experience to its guests. The group’s mission is to nurture the communities it serves by sharing its passion for food and hospitality through unique environments, timeless concepts and outstanding fare. Under the leadership of seasoned restaurateurs, Centurion Restaurant Group is committed to delivering the highest level of hospitality and guest experience for each of its restaurant brands.

Centurion Restaurant Group operates Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables, Downtown Doral, Tampa, and Winter Park, Florida; Plano, Texas; and Atlanta. Additionally, the group runs Pisco y Nazca located at The Palms at Town & Country Plaza in Kendall and in Downtown Doral; along with Beehive Kitchen located in Fort Lauderdale with plans of expanding all brands further in Florida and throughout the United States.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

American Cut Buckhead and The Regent Cocktail Club Promote Executive Chef John Adamson to General Manager & Managing Partner

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American Cut Buckhead and The regent cocktail club Promote Executive Chef John Adamson to General manager & Managing partner

ATLANTA (May 1, 2018) – Now that American Cut Buckhead and The Regent Cocktail Club have become a firmly established player in the Atlanta dining and social scene, the restaurant and cocktail lounge is proud to announce that local Atlantan Executive Chef John Adamson has been promoted to General Manager and Managing Partner. The move comes in recognition of Adamson’s leadership and work ethic.

“I’m honored to now have ownership in a restaurant I’m so passionate about,” says Adamson, who has served as American Cut Buckhead’s executive chef since its September 2016 debut. “Through every step of our first year in Atlanta, we were able to rely on the support of the community and build great relationships with the local food purveyors. Now as a managing partner, my focus is on growing and evolving these relationships. As we continue in our second year, we have the culinary team, the leadership and the community support to take American Cut to even greater heights here in Atlanta.”

Designated the second hottest restaurant in JEZEBEL’S 100 Hottest Restaurants list, American Cut Buckhead’s popularity is due largely in part to Adamson’s standout entrées, and interactive dining experiences, where guests could often find him flambéing a signature 40oz Porterhouse tableside. He has also placed an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, seafood items and an array of wet aged meat selections to cater to all palates.

As he steps in to this new role, Adamson will be one of the participating chefs at the May 3 Atlanta Taste of the Nation benefit for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry charities at Cobb Galleria. He will have an opportunity to personally greet many of the loyal guests who have helped American Cut Buckhead achieve success.

“I am proud of what we have built so far. I’ve been a part of the Atlanta community for over a decade and to have ownership in something that is a part of this community is so exciting. The team here has put in a tremendous effort to establish Regent as the social destination of Buckhead, and American Cut as the new American steakhouse for the new Atlanta, and I look forward to leading the team in to a continued success for a long-term future,” said Adamson.

American Cut Buckhead is located at 3035 Peachtree Road at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 5 p.m. The Cut Bar, located on the first floor, serves an all-day menu beginning at 11:30 a.m. and happy hour Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 770-415-9766 or visit

American Cut pays homage to the original and aspirational American dining experience- the steakhouse. In 2015, American Cut Tribeca was ranked #1 in the Fox News round-up of “Top 5 Steakhouses in America.” In 2013, Travel & Leisure awarded American Cut Tribeca as one of the ‘Best Steakhouses in the U.S.’ The restaurant was also a finalist in the ‘International Best Designed Fine Dining Restaurant’ by Hospitality Design.

John Adamson, Executive Chef of American Cut Buckhead, also known as the “nicest chef you will ever meet” has been cooking professionally for 22 years. He began his cooking journey at the age of 16 and was managing restaurants by the age of 21. From a young age Adamson was always given the opportunity to be a culinary leader in the kitchen. Adamson dedicates time to exploring different types of cuisines, shopping farmer’s markets and enjoying the great outdoors which inspires his cooking. Growing up in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Adamson developed a deep love for “the freshest seafood found anywhere.” As the Executive Chef of American Cut Buckhead, a huge priority for Adamson is to ensure that all guests feel welcomed. “If guests don’t feel welcomed, the quality of the entire dining experience is diminished,” Adamson says. Outside of the kitchen, Chef Adamson is passionate about music and can often be found playing his guitar and discovering new music.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Gunshow Celebrates Five Years on May 8; Thanks Guests for Continued Support with a Stroll Down Memory Lane

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Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park Restaurant Serves Up Greatest Hits Menu and Birthday Cake

ATLANTA (April 30, 2018) – Gunshow, the first restaurant from Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie, is turning 5 years old on Tuesday, May 8. To celebrate the occasion, the restaurant is serving a menu of “greatest hits” during dinner service that includes some of the most popular dishes from the past five years. All guests dining at Gunshow that night also receive a complimentary slice of birthday cake.

“Gunshow has succeeded because Atlantans were willing to try something completely new and embraced our playfulness with open arms,” says Gillespie. “We want our supporters to know how grateful we are that they took a chance on us and gave us the opportunity to make this concept work.”

While guests have been very receptive to the constantly rotating selection of bold dishes from Gunshow’s executive chef Joey Ward and his fellow “kitchen dudes,” there are some standouts they can’t help but wish would reappear. Examples of these fan favorites that will be offered during service on May 8 include:

  • West Coast burger 
  • Vietnamese chicken and waffles 
  • Hot and numbing trout 

One of Gillespie’s fondest memories from when Gunshow first opened involves one such sweet favorite. He, Ward and then-“kitchen dude” Andreas Müller wrote the entire menu, including desserts. “Andreas had to come up with a dessert, and he couldn’t really articulate what it was going to be, other than chocolate,” Gillespie recalls. “I really needed something for the menu, so we named it ‘Andreas Made Something with Chocolate,’ and everyone loved that! It became a signature dish. I think it set the tone for Gunshow – that we execute on a high level but don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

Over the past five years, Gunshow has also become known as a place that showcases talented chefs from all over the country during its “Hired Guns” series. These guest chef events began in 2013 and have lured some of the most talked about chefs to Atlanta for a showcase of their flavors and personalities alongside Gunshow’s featured dishes. Past Hired Guns have included Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life, Bryan Voltaggio of Top Chef, Tandy Wilson of Nashville, Tennessee’s City House, New Orleans sensation Justin Devillier and Portland, Oregon duo Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez-Denton.

Guests have also come to look forward to the restaurant’s annual “Beardsmas” gift-giving extravaganza each holiday season – a blend of merchandise and experiences such as themed mixology classes with Gunshow’s award-winning mixologist Mercedes O’Brien, Hired Guns season tickets, a guided eating tour of Buford Highway with Gillespie and Ward and an overnight whole hog BBQ smoking lesson.

Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. For more information, visit or call 404-380-1886.

About Red Beard Restaurants
Red Beard Restaurants is the parent company that oversees Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie’s food and beverage ventures, including his restaurants Gunshow and Revival, all of his merchandise and Red Beard Special Events, which operates Communion, his BBQ pop up Terminus City and Gamechanger at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The management company allows Gillespie to set comprehensive standards to ensure smart expansion, offer more internal growth opportunities for his team members and provide consulting services to other food and beverage start-ups. With the 2015 establishment of Red Beard Restaurants, Gillespie is able to continue his day-to-day interactions with diners while also pursuing his creative visions and impacting the culinary landscape of the South. The company’s offices are located in Atlanta. For more information, visit