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Chastain Park

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Mia Yakel

The words Chastain Park may bring to mind summer nights picnicking in the bleachers at State Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park, watching Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, or one of the many ?80s packages booked there. Or perhaps a day spent on the green at North Fulton Golf Course. Or the memory might be of hazy nights, knocking back drinks with the mature and sexy crowd at Johnny?s Hideaway ? not technically in the neighborhood, but close enough. The large city park in Atlanta offers it all: tennis, softball, jogging, horses, swimming, golfing, and playgrounds. In the southeastern corner, you?ll find Atlanta?s last remaining Civil War breastwork, Fort Walker, part of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail.

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*Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime
*Executive chef Jason Shelley is back at Buckhead's Ocean Prime.


After a year-long hiatus spent traveling around Spain, chef Jason Shelley has returned to Buckhead seafood spot Ocean Prime, the restaurant where he served as opening chef in 2011. (He previously served as executive chef of Ocean Prime Orlando.) Shelley comes back to his local post with international inspirations. Meanwhile, Ocean Prime Atlanta's previous executive chef, Mitch Brumels, has moved on to the restaurant's Philadelphia outpost. 

Ron Eyester is Atlanta's latest hometown chef to appear on Bravo TV's culinary pop-culture phenomenon, making his big debut on "Top Chef" Boston this fall. He of Rosebud and @theangrychef fame will battle it out with 15 other chef-contestants while familiar figures Hugh Acheson and Richard Blais act as judges. Watch for the show's premiere on October 15.

?      ?        jump?        
Chastain Tavern opened at 4629 Wieuca Road on Thurs., Aug. 21. The relaxed restaurant and bar serves big burgers (one comes with peach salsa; another, blue cheese), meatloaf, chicken and biscuits, miso-glazed sea bass, and more, plus a sizable menu of sophisticated cocktails. Visitors will enjoy occasional DJ tunes, a covered patio and, soon, a rooftop patio, too.

Bellwoods Social House, the highly anticipated eatery from Leif Johnson, Jason Morgan, and bartender Arianne Fielder, is slated to open Thurs., Aug. 28 at 1000 Marietta St. Replacing West & Mill Bistro & Bar, Bellwoods will offer casual American bistro fare, with a lineup of pizzas, wings, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more.

South Main Kitchen opens Aug. 25 at 9 S. Main St. in historic downtown Alpharetta. The concept from Netherlands native Louis Soon, an alum of F&H Food Trading Group, will feature locally sourced, seasonally focused fare by executive chef Christy Stone. Look for dishes like a pork belly sandwich with blackberry barbecue sauce, grilled polenta cakes with brie, purple cauliflower puree, tomato agrodolce, and basil oil; and chicken with buckwheat groats, peas, shitakes, kale, heirloom tomatoes, mint dressing, and lemon oil. 

Clandestine Buckhead cocktail bar, Establishment, <a href="http://www.tonetoatl.com/2014/08/buckhead-establishment-to-expand-with.html#more" target="_blank"">is expanding its square footage and its food menu. With plans to absorb the 3,302 square feet next door previously occupied by Loco's Grill & Pub, Establishment could nearly quadruple in size. The first phase will begin Fri., Aug. 22, when owner Brandon Lewis takes over the neighbor's previous 1,200-square-foot patio. Expect a "Southern-influenced small plates" menu by a new chef in early 2015.     After joining nine additional, rave-worthy Atlanta establishments on a hefty nominations list, Decatur oyster haven Kimball House has secured Bon Appetit magazine's top honors as one of the six best new cocktail bars in the nation. Click here to see the slideshow of six American honorees, in which the Matt Christison, Bryan Rackley, Jesse Smith, Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Moore-owned concept comes first. 

Zagat Atlanta has released a list of the 30 local culinary stars to watch. This group of up-and-comers ranges from the pint-sized 10-year-old Victor "Beau" Shell, of Lil' Ice Cream Dude, to 25-year-old Holeman & Finch lead bartender Sarah Justice, to 24-year-old Whit Whitmire, founder of the forthcoming Locurean.com. The list of profiles is loads of fun to peruse, so enjoy it (and making notes of Atlanta's next power players) if you do.

A innovative new line of curious artisanal beverages, Jane St Vodka Sodas, will launch on the local market this month, thanks to Atlantan-turned-Angeleno entrepreneur Elizabeth Wiltgen. Marking the first bottled vodka sodas to hit the retail beverage market, the agave-sweetened, carbonated herbal cocktails are made using seasonal fruits—with flavors ranging from original (with a hint of lime) and grapefruit Meyer lemon to pineapple jalapeño and peach peppercorn. Wiltgen's beverage-oriented career has included stints with Avion Tequila and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, making her well-equipped for this lush venture."
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*Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime
*Executive chef Jason Shelley is back at Buckhead's Ocean Prime.


After a year-long hiatus spent traveling around Spain, chef __Jason Shelley__ has returned to Buckhead seafood spot __Ocean Prime__, the restaurant where he served as opening chef in 2011. (He previously served as executive chef of Ocean Prime Orlando.) Shelley comes back to his local post with international inspirations. Meanwhile, Ocean Prime Atlanta's previous executive chef, Mitch Brumels, has moved on to the restaurant's Philadelphia outpost. 

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A friend was a honcho at AT&T and called to say he had tickets. "I don't know where the seats are," he said. "I just know they're table seats." Oh, great. Right smack-dab in the middle of the Great Chastain Conversation Zone. A part of me couldn't bear the thought of fighting to hear Emmylou Harris – the closest thing to a heavenly voice on Earth – sing over some big-haired Buffy talking about getting her nails done. But ... it was Emmylou, and the tickets were free.

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Emmylou came back out for her encore and asked, "Does anyone have a request?" After the din subsided, I yelled out as loudly as possible, "Boulder to Birmingham!" – I knew that song was close to her because she wrote it after the death of Gram Parsons. Emmylou smiled and I knew I'd hit the perfect note. "Yeah, 'Boulder To Birmingham.' I really feel like singing that song." And she did, just her acoustic guitar and her aching voice. After the show, I asked her roadie for Emmylou's set list and he gave it to me.

It was more than 10 years later when I almost killed her. I was at Turner Field, racing up the dugout steps from the clubhouse after an interview, when I turned the corner and stopped dead in my tracks, because I was suddenly about to plow over someone. I looked up. It was Emmylou Harris. I stuttered: "You, you're, you're you!" She probably already knew that.

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She shook her head, no. At first I was taken aback. Then she said, "I think we've got some pictures here. Let me check." Twenty minutes later, Emmylou Harris literally ran up to me with an 8-by-10 glossy portrait. And signed it: "To Scott, Happy Trails, Emmylou Harris."

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A friend was a honcho at AT&T and called to say he had tickets. "I don't know where the seats are," he said. "I just know they're table seats." Oh, great. Right smack-dab in the middle of the Great Chastain Conversation Zone. A part of me couldn't bear the thought of fighting to hear Emmylou Harris – the closest thing to a heavenly voice on Earth – sing over some big-haired Buffy talking about getting her nails done. But ... it was Emmylou, and the tickets were free.

Much to our amazement, our table was stage center, front row. It was a perfect summer night, and the sun was just setting when she walked on stage. At first, I sat directly in front of Sam Bush, the mandolin and fiddle player. Then, after a couple of songs, I moved my chair over toward her. I was now directly to Emmylou's right, probably five feet away from the woman of my dreams.

My back to the crowd, I was so close to her that I might as well have been on stage. Springsteen once said he picked out one person in the audience every night to sing to, and on this night I knew Emmylou had picked me. She looked directly at me at least once every song. It was as if she was giving me a private concert and the only reason everyone else was there was to witness it.

Emmylou came back out for her encore and asked, "Does anyone have a request?" After the din subsided, I yelled out as loudly as possible, "Boulder to Birmingham!" – I knew that song was close to her because she wrote it after the death of Gram Parsons. Emmylou smiled and I knew I'd hit the perfect note. "Yeah, 'Boulder To Birmingham.' I really feel like singing that song." And she did, just her acoustic guitar and her aching voice. After the show, I asked her roadie for Emmylou's set list and he gave it to me.

It was more than 10 years later when I almost killed her. I was at Turner Field, racing up the dugout steps from the clubhouse after an interview, when I turned the corner and stopped dead in my tracks, because I was suddenly about to plow over someone. I looked up. It was Emmylou Harris. I stuttered: "You, you're, you're you!" She probably already knew that.

We chatted, and I discovered Emmylou is a Braves fan and schedules her tours so she can take a night off to catch a game when she's in Atlanta. Finally, I asked her, "I don't do this very often, but would you sign my notepad?"

She shook her head, no. At first I was taken aback. Then she said, "I think we've got some pictures here. Let me check." Twenty minutes later, Emmylou Harris literally ran up to me with an 8-by-10 glossy portrait. And signed it: "To Scott, Happy Trails, Emmylou Harris."

It is framed and I am looking at it as I write this. And, you know what? That Springsteen show was great. But he never wished me "Happy Trails."

So Emmylou, I beg your forgiveness. How could any other concert even begin to compete? I confess: That was abso-fuckin-lutely the best concert I ever saw.

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