Monday, July 25, 2016

The Southern Gentleman Lightens Up for Summer

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Executive Chef Matthew Ridgway Adds Light and Fresh Menu Items at Buckhead Gastropub

ATLANTA (July 25, 2016) – Matthew Ridgway has been busily experimenting in the kitchen, transforming an abundance of fresh summer produce into lighter menu items. Low in calories and high in flavor, the new small plates are ideal to share at a table with friends and family. With true seasonal zeal, the executive chef is excited to present new lunch, dinner and beverage menus now available at The Southern Gentleman.  

Fresh mountain trout, juicy Georgia peaches, savory okra and ripe tomatoes are just a few of the ingredients being artfully prepared and plated. “Peaches are synonymous with summertime,” Ridgway says. “We’re pairing them with heirloom tomatoes and a savory basil vinaigrette for an unusual but tasty salad combination. Or take okra, for example. A large percentage of diners know it only when it’s been battered and fried. Here, we’re delicately charring it and adding ginger, shallots and garlic. It has a surprising depth.”

Of course, The Southern Gentleman pays homage to its Southern roots with a classic dish – fried Springer Mountain chicken, available in limited quantities each night. “While I eat lighter myself during the summer, I’m the first to admit I believe in ‘cheating’ especially with our new fried chicken with spicy buttermilk marinade and sawmill gravy.” Ridgway says.  “Everything in moderation – that’s my motto. And, this chicken is out of this world!”

Examples from the lunch menu include the following:
  • Charred broccoli and burrata salad, herbs, spicy peanuts, Vidalia onion dressing
  • Georgia peach and heirloom tomato salad
  • Marinated beets, truffled goat cheese, torn herbs, pistachio vinaigrette

Examples from the dinner menu include the following:
  • Smoked Carolina mountain trout, charred cauliflower, benne seed tahini, garlic breadcrumbs, toasted almonds
  • Wine-poached calamari, fregola, radishes, cucumber, pistachios, citrus-herb vinaigrette
  • Grilled and raw vegetables, charred scallions, tomato-sherry-mint vinaigrette

Crafted to complement the lighter fare on the new menus, the beverage list is full of crisp and refreshing flavors. An extensive wine, cocktail and beer list exemplifies the tastes of summer, taking guests on a mini vacation to escape the Georgia heat.  

Examples from the cocktail menu include the following:
  • The Pool Boy: choice of Stoli Elite Vodka or Maestro Dobel Tequila, Suze, fresh jalapeno, cucumber, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and lime juice
  • Cotillion Cocktail: bourbon, apricot liqueur, molasses, bitters, blackberry pepper shrub, orange juice and ginger beer

The Southern Gentleman is located at 3035 Peachtree Road NE in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Lunch is served Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday – Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 404-939-9845. Valet parking is available. To learn more, visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

About Southern Proper Hospitality
Southern Proper Hospitality is an entrepreneurial organization that values innovation, creativity and attention to detail. The mission of the team of industry leading professionals is to help shape the cultural fabric of Atlanta. Southern Proper provides a “short term escape” for diners by creating unique and distinct dining experiences that appeal to customers’ sense of adventure. Each restaurant offers a high energy, fun and entertaining atmosphere coupled with genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high quality food.


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