Bless your heart. If you miss out on the New South Supper Club's inaugural event, your mouth will never forgive you.
The New South Supper Club is a way to celebrate the progressive South by bringing together some of the best chefs that the South has to offer. Chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison—co-owners of Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Abattoir, Floataway Cafe, and Star Provisions in Atlanta– are hosting the event at 6 p.m. on April 14 and hope to host it every Spring, at the Ponce City Market as its completed.
Quatrano said the repurposed building is the perfect place to celebrate the inclusive and progressive New South, which she said is about "repurposing history, rather than tearing down and building something new."
Adrienne Su, an Atlanta native and celebrated poet, and Doria Roberts, an Atlanta-based singer and activist, will mark the occasion. Adam Rapaport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, will join Quatrano and Harrison as host of the epic long-table dinner. The magazine will serve as media sponsor for the New South Family Supper.
"I think it's (the New South Supper Club) both celebrating women and food and what Al Clayton, the founder of Southern Foodways Alliance called the Global South," said Quatrano. The Global South is a term used to describe the way many Southern chefs use Southern ingredients in international dishes or put a twist on traditional Southern fare by adding surprising ingredients or preparing them in innovative ways.
Proceeds from the evening benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of the Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Through documentary, classroom, and outreach initiatives, SFA sets a common table where black and white, rich and poor–all who gather– may consider our history and our future in a spirit of reconciliation.
Women farmers and chefs in the South have long been underrepresented. In the New South they rule the roost. New arrivals to this region have long worked their way up the culinary ladder. In the New South, they own their own farms and run their own restaurants. Cookery in this region has long leveraged tradition. In the New South, chefs also leverage innovation.
"We're thrilled to be putting all of this together and bringing this to Atlanta, and promoting 20 pretty amazing chefs," Quatrano said.
The New South Family Supper showcases Southern chefs circa right now. They are:
- Vish Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS
- Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
- Kelly English, Restaurant Iris, Memphis, TN
- Adolfo Garcia, Rio Mar, New Orleans, LA
- Asha Gomez, Cardamom Hill, Atlanta, GA
- Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta, GA
- Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA
- Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC
- Yewande Komolafe, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Birmingham, AL
- Philip Krajeck, Rolf and Daughters, Nashville, TN (note one l)
- Anthony Lamas, Seviche, Louisville, KY
- Sarah O'Kelley and Chris Stewart, Glass Onion, Charleston, SC
- Whitney Otawka, Farm 255, Athens, GA
- Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta, GA
- Todd Richards, The Shed, Atlanta, GA
- Taylor Bowen Rickets, Delta Bistro, Greenwood, MS
- Hector Santiago, Pura Vida, Atlanta, GA
- Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA
- Susan Spicer, Bayona, New Orleans, LA
- Carla Tomasko, Bacchanalia, Atlanta, GA
“We are all a part of a New South representing a region of prominent women chefs and new arrivals who are continuously working their way up the culinary ladder,” Quatrano said in an email statement to Patch. “With this event, we bring you a new tradition, and with the help of innovative Southern chefs, we can make that difference.”
Tickets are $350 each and can be purchased here.
-Part of this report was contributed by Southern Foodways Alliance spokespersons.