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New theater-restaurant opening


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I ran into a foodie friend a few days ago. He's an Amherst graduate and mentioned to me that the school awarded Alice Waters an honorary doctorate this year. I told him about Waters' interview on NPR and how the subject of "elitism" had come up.

"Speaking of which," he said, "did you hear that Scott Peacock cooked at her home recently?" The dinner was one of several at which eminent chefs cooked to raise money for Waters' Edible Schoolyard program. The minimum donation for a seat at the table? $2,000. And you dared to complain that prices were too high at Watershed!

You might want to check out the podcast of Waters' conversation at Amherst. There again, she is asked about the prohibitively high cost of sustainable, local, organic eating....

SUNDAY SUPPER SOUTH: Speaking of expensive meals, you'll pay a lot less than $2,000 to attend this year's Sunday Supper South at Westside Provisions District. The Oct. 23 supper, limited to 150 people at $250 per ticket, will be prepared by more than two dozen of the South's most eminent chefs, hosted by Anne Quatrano and Clifford Johnson, chef-owners of Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Quinones, Abattoir and Floataway Cafe.

The dinner, which benefits the James Beard Foundation's scholarship program, will be served family-style at a single table along the railroad tracks. Check out the link above for all the information you need. It's a wonderful opportunity to sample the work of chefs who truly put their hearts into America's best comfort food...

MOVIES AND FOOD: This could be great fun or it could be torture: CineBistro will be opening in the next month or so. Think "dinner theater." Patrons dine, guzzle booze and view a movie while sitting in oversized high-back leather rocking chairs. It sounds like flying first class.

The theater, which will also include a bar, is located in Town Brookhaven, the mixed-used development next to Oglethorpe on Peachtree Road. Phone is 404-333-0740....



Wayne, my partner and constant dining companion of 18 years, has been basking in the glory of Pecanne Log's Tweet (above) about him last week. It seems that every few years I have to to explain his inclusion in my "Grazing" column. I do it, as I have with many others over the years, in order to provide viewpoints different from my own. I have never been interested in writing "definitive reviews." But Wayne also serves as, um, a straight man.

MERIDITH'S FIG RECIPE: I wrote about a month ago about being handed a jar of delicious preserved figs by Lance Gummere, chef at the Shed at Glenwood. It turned out that the figs had been made under the direction of Meridith Ford Goldman, former AJC dining critic. She writes about the experience and provides full directions for preserving summer's best fruit on her blog, Life Is Lemonade....