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the Sound Table | Old Fourth Ward | Atlanta

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These images were created at the request of the owners of the Sound Table.  They are celebrating their one year anniversary this week so be sure to stop by and help them celebrate.

Congratulations to Jeff, Darren, Karl, Shane and all the others involved in creating the Sound Table!!!

the Sound Table

483 Edgewood Avenue (+BLVD)

Atlanta, GA 30312

404.835.2534

www.thesoundtable.com (link)

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April 26th, 2011 at 7:17 am

Amuse Restaurant | Midtown | Atlanta

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Les Fromages- Chef's Daily Cheese Selection

Amuse! Restaurant

560 Dutch Valley Rd.

Atlanta, GA

404.888.1890

www.amuseatlanta.com (link)

As the afternoon warmed on a cloud sparse day, I exited my car and began unloading equipment from the trunk in preparation to begin yet another mid-week Spoonfed shoot.  As I stacked some gear upon my multi-cart I noticed a convertible Alpha Romeo, top down, cornering into the lot and backing into an empty space.  Blue-sky filled days like this seem as though they were created on purpose for the enjoyment of such a machine.  I quickly recognized the driver as Arnaud Michel, part owner of Amuse! Restaurant.  I had met Arnaud a few weeks ago while shooting at another of his creations, Anis Cafe and Bistro.  He stepped from his car and greeted me with a handshake, hair wind blown and smiling as if he had just come off a ride at an amusement park, his voice toned with enjoyment, probably from the ride over.  He proceeded to lead me into Amuse! and took me on an impromptu tour of the space he had helped in designing.  He points out the details that help to elicit the whimsical, Bohemian feel of this casual French Bistro, such as the custom bar tables, made with industrial metal framing and others with wood tops fastened with railroad ties.  The walls are lined with various artwork and random brick-a-brac like bicycle wheels and vintage belts alongside an assortment of styled-seating, allowing the space a relaxed aura.  The dining room has other similar nuances like custom light fixtures and various chalk boards to show certain specials, easily read by all.  We discuss how to proceed with the shoot as he leads me to the kitchen to meet Chef de Cuisine, Noelle Thomas, who will be preparing the day’s subjects of photography.  She smiled brightly and asked me about the food that we were about to shoot…I think…It was all in French and I’m sure the typical ‘blank American stare’ and verbal ‘uhhhhhhh’ she received was enough indication to my ignorance.  Arnaud politely took the lead and translated some details.  Hearing them talk back and forth helps me to build anticipation for an upcoming trip to Paris that my wife and I have planned.  I mention the trip to them, maybe to diminish my American Ignorance Guilt, maybe in hopes that one of them has a Parisian apartment they are willing to offer on the cheap, or maybe just to bridge a gap and quell the usual nerves of meeting new people.  Once I am at ease, Noelle proceeds to provide me with dish after dish, showcasing Amuse’s French cuisine and continuing with the excitement building for my upcoming journey.

Amuse! Restaurant is a joint venture by Arnaud Michel (Anis Bistro) and Andy Alibaksh (Apres Diem, Carpe Diem, Carroll Street Cafe and Village Pizza) serving a French-inspired menu.  Open Tuesday-Sunday and serving brunch on the weekends.

See their website for further details or to make reservations.

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House Made Pâté

Steamed PEI Mussels Poulette-White Wine, Shallots, Parsley, Garlic, Cream

Goat Cheese on Bed of Tomatoes w/Basil, Arugula, Pesto Dressing and Saba Sauce

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Seafood Ravioli-House Made filled w/ Lobster, Scallops & Shrimp in Lobster Sauce

Cassoulet (Thursday Special)

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the Foodie Buddha, Exposed! (kinda)

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As of late, I have been desiring some new directions and challanges with Spoonfed (Atlanta) and have been thrashing around some ideas as to how I can improve upon it and retain interest for myself and anyone else who decides to spend time viewing.  Last year I had toyed with the idea of photographing ‘other’ Atlanta based food bloggers and had started with one showcasing Dave Jones of Eat Buford Highway.  Shortly after, having been in contact with some other bloggers the project took a back burner due in part to other paid jobs and the usual Spoonfed ‘restaurant’ show case.  Another factor of this being that some of those whom agreed to be photographed, stated conditions upon keeping their anonymity.  This quickly threw me for a loop as to how I was going to photograph my counterparts in such a way.

So as this new year turned, I found myself again asking the questions and decided to retreat to my favorite spot to meditate upon the dilemma. It was there, after some deep breathing exercises and a quick out of body trip to the lower bardos, that upon my return, a vision appeared to me from through the sage brush (or whatever them-there plants are).  The vision quite clear and somehow I felt as if he seemed oddly familiar….

I sat for a moment as the figure paused, looked my direction and waved for me to follow.  At the blink of an eye I found myself in an Atlanta landmark.  Sights and sounds began to fade-in and the hustle and bustle became all too real.  I was suddenly taken aback with life’s greatest question…What will I have?

I followed this calling and the vision and clarity began to fill my senses.  It was at that moment, as the air was thick with grease…when I realized…could it be…was he real…yes, yes, I think it is…

I have seen…

the Foodie Buddha!

The Foodie Buddha. A most excellent, notorious, infamous, loved by some, admittedly ‘not’ by others, Zen-tastic of all bloggers in the Atlanta area.

I followed the Foodie Buddha to his mountain top perch, overlooking the city, his domain…where all one needs is a laptop, some disposable income and an appetite, to reach Nirvana.  We sip martinis and talk of deep spiritual issues such as TV, other food blogs, movies, current letters from food critics to chefs and vice versa.  We chat-chit into the evening and as the aura of this great, wise, experienced guru envelopes me I come to the realization…

Maybe photographing other bloggers and keeping their identity hidden isn’t all that difficult.

Many thanks to Foodie Buddha for the insight, inspiration, wisdom and shameless ability to roll around on the floor, in public, to wear a sumo suit to help me to attain my moment of clarity.

Next trip to Atlanta, dinner is on me…sans sumo suit.

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Written by Mark Petko

January 31st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Empire State South | Hugh Acheson | The Atlantan Jan. 2011

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I recently shot some imagery of Empire State South for ‘the Atlantan’ magazine for their January 2011 issue.  You can see the full spread and link to the online version of The Atlantan (here).  Or go get you a copy.

Below are some of the shots used along with some out-takes.

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Empire State South

999 Peachtree St.

Atlanta, GA 30309

404.541.1105

www.empirestatesouth.com (link)

Executive Chef Ryan Smith & Chef/Owner Hugh Acheson (Hugh details the evening’s special at the staff dinner)

Check out Hugh Acheson’s personal blog ‘Hugh Cooks Food

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Persimmon and Pear Chutney

Country Ham & Pickled Egg-spiced walnuts, baby beets, frisee, clothbound cheddar

Triggerfish- meyer lemon marmalade: lentils, hakurei turnips & apples

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Written by Mark Petko

January 13th, 2011 at 8:03 am