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East Cobb Culinary Arts Student wins Gold

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Award-winning Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Arts Student Noah Bazarte

 

“It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life,” said Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Arts Student Noah Bazarte. “I have never experienced that much crunch and pressure in 90 minutes.”

Bazarte, who lives with his wife and three children in East Cobb, is this year’s statewide gold medalist for the Culinary Arts competition at SkillsUSA. He and the two other gold medalists from Chattahoochee Technical College have secured spots to compete at the national level this summer in Louisville, Ky.

After this semester, he will be garnering knowledge from the college’s program director Chef Hillary Gallagher, who has had several students compete at this level in the past.

The competition itself consisted of competing against other culinary students in completing a soup, salad with vinaigrette, vegetable, and chicken dish in the 90-minute time limit. According to Bazarte, the most challenging aspect was the soup and salad for which he only had 30 minutes to concentrate on during the allotted time.

To advance to the state level, Bazarte competed in an in-house competition at Chattahoochee Technical
College where he came in first. Gallagher said it was his flavors that set him apart from the other  potential competitors.

“He wanted to win so he dedicated himself to it,” said Gallagher. “He practiced both in the classroom and at home to make sure he was prepared. I know he’s going to carry that same dedication through to the next level of the competition.

With more than 12 years of experience in the industry, Bazarte is not a stranger to the kitchen. He is currently working at Table & Main in Roswell where he works both the grill and as garde manger, where he said the other staff has helped him prepare for competition. It is that process of learning about the kitchen that brought him back to school.

“Being 33 without a degree put a cap on my potential in this industry,” Bazarte said. “I knew that if I wanted to grow and succeed that I needed to earn that credential.”

Looking for that education, Bazarte heard from others that Chattahoochee Technical College would be a
good option for him. “I heard that the program was a good one and that it was taught by the book,” he said.

“It’s giving me a nice foundation, the credibility of a state school and the lower cost than other  programs.”

Chattahoochee Technical College offers diploma and degree programs through its respected Culinary
Arts program at the Mountain View Campus. The 62-hourdegree program prepares students for the culinary profession. The program emphasizes a combination of culinary theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Those entering the culinary arts field will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities as cooks, bakers or caterers/culinary managers.

Chattahoochee Technical College sent 17 students from various programs to compete in 13 categories in
the statewide competition. Competitors brought home several medals, including three gold, two silver and two bronze. In addition to Bazarte, medalists included Michael Wells, who received gold in Criminal Justice and Ryan Shearouse who received a gold in Diesel. Silver medalists included Alec Beaty in Restaurant Service and the team of Michele Malone, Roxana Montano and Michael Poulos in Crime Scene Investigation. Tyler Hester received a bronze medal in Diesel, while Alex Levental received the bronze medal in Restaurant Service.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members
enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations in high schools and technical colleges. SkillsUSA sponsors competitions across the United States.

Students begin by competing locally and continue to state and national contests if their scores advance them. Wells, Bazarte, and Shearouse, who received first place honors in their respective skills contests, will advance to the national competition in Louisville , Ky. this summer.

For more information on Chattahoochee Technical College and its programs, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu or call 770-528-4545.

 

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Cobb County Frontera restaurant destroyed by fire

An early morning fire gutted a popular Mexican restaurant in Marietta.

The fire at the Frontera restaurant on Powers Ferry Road was reported around 4 a.m. Tuesday. No one was inside at the time.

Firefighters say flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived.

Channel 2’s Audrey Washington says officials believe the fire appears to have started in the hood of the fryer, back in the kitchen area.

Crews continued putting out hotspots around 8 a.m.

One firefighter injured his ankle and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Officials aren’t sure if the restaurant had a working fire alarm. They believe only the burglary alarm was going off at the time of the fire.

Many of the employees, who considered themselves family, are very upset.

“This is partially my home and to see it gone like this,” said employee Claudia Augenbroe. “It’s so upsetting to me.”

Frontera tweeted they are working to relocate staff to other locations.

(Source: WSBTV.com) 

 

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Safety important for outdoor cookouts

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Credit: Flickr.com/Fredrik Klintberg

Outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food, especially during the summer. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. Grills can also be very hot, causing burn injuries.
Cobb Fire and Emergency Services offer tips from the National Fire Protection Association to help keep families safe.

Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. More than half of home grill structure fires begin on either a courtyard terrace or patio, or an exterior balcony or open porch, so the grill should be place well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Keep children and pets away from the grill area and never leave the grill unattended.

Charcoal grills

If you used a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid and never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to an already burning fire.

Keep charcoal fluid out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
When finished grilling, let coals completely cook before disposing in a metal container.

Propane grills

Check the gas hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.

If your grill has a leak, by smell or soap bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
For more information, visit nfpa.org/education.

(Source: CobbLine)

Baked Fundraiser is TONIGHT

A fundraiser is being held on Wednesday, May 20, from 11am-8pm at local East Cobb eatery, Baked, in honor of Daniel Goodner, a Buford resident who was involved in a serious car accident this past January. Daniel is currently in critical condition at the Shepherd Center, having sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Baked will donate 10% of sales for the day when patrons mention Daniel Goodner when they order their meals. The fundraising event will be held at Baked in East Cobb at 1111 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30068 from 11am-8pm onWednesday, May 20th.

Daniel was the sole provider for his wife and three young children (Chloe – 8, Isaac – 4 , David – 2) working two jobs just make ends meet.

With the accident, wife and former East Cobb resident, Shannon Goodner, is now left in a dire position to fund medical bills, daily needs and the handicap accommodations needed to eventually bring Daniel home.

For more information on Daniel’s story or for donation information, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/danielgoodner.

 

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Free waffle at Waffle House

 

Get a free classic waffle at Waffle House. Dine-in only valid Monday through Friday. Offer expiresMay 24.

Waffle House restaurants are located throughout East Cobb. To find the store closest to you, visit http://www.wafflehouse.com/.

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East Cobb restaurants attract Atlanta Eats

Seed Kitchen & Bar

Atlanta Eats recently reviewed a few locally-owned restaurants in East Cobb. The article was originally published on Access Atlanta HERE.

Each week, Atlanta Eats brings you an inside look at the Atlanta restaurant scene. Today, we asked our friend Jenn Hobby to give us the scoop on East Cobb. Jenn loves exploring the different neighborhoods around town! Catch our show every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 on Peachtree TV. You can catch Jenn making her Atlanta Eats debut soon!

For many years I was an Atlantan of the mindset that “Friends don’t let friends move OTP.” That was before I had a child or learned about the growing local food scene in the burbs. Now, I’ve matured (a bit) and have smart friends who have moved to East Cobb. While they enjoy expansive yards, amazing schools and now locally-owned, world-class restaurants, I’ve realized it’s time for me to change my motto.

I discovered one such on-demand spot, Common Quarter, when my college best friends promised me, “It’s nothing like a typical chain restaurant!” My response: “In East Cobb?” Girlfriends: “Yes! You’ll LOVE it!”

They were right. Nothing too common about Common Quarter,led by Chef Jeffrey Gardner, Chris Talley,Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner. Their American comfort food menu focuses on locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, creating their dishes “as close to home as possible.” We loved the low country shrimp and grits with roasted tomato, sweet corn, pickled chiles and parsley. The “secret sauce” on the Look-west burger knocked me over! Was I in midtown? The Brussels, parmesan fries and roasted broccoli were all perfect for sharing and savoring. Its rustic atmosphere features an open layout, with a decidedly neighborhood feel… I was shocked! Wait, no plastic-covered corporate menus? No, sticky table tops? No buttons of manufactured-flair? Where am I? Seriously though, how refreshing to find unscripted southern hospitality in the suburbs. Even the hostess was more than willing to snap our pic before we left. Well-worth the drive.

I was swayed; East Cobb got it right with Common Quarter, but was that it? When I asked where to go next, the overwhelming response was MOXIE Burger. The perfect spot for those who want fresh burgers, sandwiches, salads and “dawgs” with a kid-friendly atmosphere. We threw the little ones in car seats and made our way to Paper Mill Village in Marietta. Of course, I had to try “the moxie” with certified Angus beef, bacon, pimento cheese and a crispy, fried green tomato. Excellent indulgence! I appreciated the fresh broccoli slaw for a healthy side option. My daughter gobbled up their sweet potato fries with her kiddo ‘lil burger, too. We had a patio table with 2 adults and 4 kids total and they didn’t even bat an eye at the mess! Friendly, young staffers were happy to help with extra drinks and condiments. All three owners, Chas, Jordan, and Brandon are born-and-raised East Cobb guys who have succeeded in creating a tasty, low-key neighborhood gathering place.

Ok, East Cobb, I am IN! Next stop? SEED Kitchen and Bar, which I learned about through a feature on Atlanta Eats TV (I’m a mega-fan, turned contributor.) I can’t wait to try long-time East Cobb resident, Chef Doug Turbush’s sweet potato ravioli, tossed in a sage, brown butter sauce with mushrooms. Or should I take my appetite to his second East Cobb success, Stem Wine Bar?

So many choices! And this is just a sampling of the thriving local food scene in East Cobb, so I suppose “East Cobb snobs” can now be a term used to describe their foodies too. Does “OTP” now mean “On The Pulse”? Count me in.

Written by Jenn Hobby of Atlanta Eats

Can you suggest other locally-owned restaurants they overlooked in this article?

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Marietta Greek Festival celebrates 25 years of faith, food and fun

Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Marietta Greek
Festival. Known as “Cobb County’s Most Delicious Festival!” this year’s event promises to be bigger and
better than ever. The largest cultural event in the area was made a reality a quarter of a century ago when parish council member, Joe Gavalas and his wife, Donnis, agreed to step up and chair a festival that would share the Hellenic culture with patrons from around the Metro-Atlanta Area.

Along with their three sons, Victor, Michael and Nick, they led the Greek Orthodox faithful starting out at the Cobb County Civic Center to its eventual home at 3431 Trickum Road in East Cobb. It is a three day  celebration that has mass appeal and breaks attendance records almost every year. The extravaganza features a live Greek band from Dayton, Ohio, playing traditional Greek songs while Hellenic dance troupes perform floor shows all weekend. Patrons will be seated in the South’s only authentic Greek Amphitheater.

The breathtaking Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church will open its sanctuary and chapel doors for guided tours revealing the intricate iconography giving visitors a glimpse into the ancient Christian church of Byzantium. The biggest draw though is the endless supply of the delicious homemade Greek dishes & pastries.

There is plenty of convenient free parking with continuous free shuttles picking up eager festival goers and delivering them right to the entrance of the festival. When visitors are ready to depart, the same shuttles will transport them back to their vehicles.

Admission is only $4.00 and children 12 and under are free. Speaking of the kids, there will be a special play area for children where there will be games, activities and crafts to entertain them too.

Niko’s Taverna offers the opportunity to sample Greek wines, beers and liqueurs while indulging on  mouthwatering appetizers. In the Agora, (Marketplace) there will be a multitude of vendors displaying jewelry, clothing, souvenirs, etc. with a Mediterranean flavor to satisfy those who enjoy shopping.

The festival is held on the church grounds located at 3431 Trickum Road Marietta, GA 30066. It will open on Friday, May 15th at 3pm until 11pm (offering FREE admission from 3 to 5) and will continue on Saturday from 10am to 11pm and finally on Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Visit www.MariettaGreekFestival.org or call the Festival Hotline at 770-924-8080. OPA!

 

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Keith Schroeder Wins a James Beard Award for ‘Mad Delicious’

 

East Cobb’s Keith Schroeder, Atlanta chef and founder of High Road Craft Ice Cream, won his first James Beard Award recently. Schroeder won the Focus on Health book award for Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing. The award was announced at the James Beard Foundation’s Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner in New York.

Mad Delicious “takes the kitchen science genre to the next level: It’s not just about chemistry and molecules. Schroeder teaches home cooks about the nature of ingredients, how to maximize texture and flavor with clever cooking techniques.”

Schroeder beat out Henry Fong and Michelle Tam for Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite: Where Healthy Meets Delicious. Eater has the complete list of book, broadcast, and journalism award winners.

The James Beard Foundation’s chef and restaurant honors were given out at the Awards Gala & Reception in Chicago on May 4.

 

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Kids Eat FREE on Wednesdays in East Cobb!

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Does dinner have you stumped tonight? Good news, on Wednesdays, kids eat FREE with adult purchase at:

Paradise Grille
3605 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA 30066
770-579-6226
www.paradisegrillemarietta.com

Mirko Pasta
1281 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068
770-977-3030
www.mirkopasta.com
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Taste of East Cobb was a sweet, savory day for all!

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Common Quarter exhibitors at Taste of East Cobb. (l-r)Mitzi Lewis fairy godmother with owner Chris Talley and Scot Real fan.

 

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Stephen Buchness, Marketing Director Gigi’s Cupcakes, at Taste of East Cobb

East Cobb foodies sampled local flavors from area restaurants at Saturday’s Taste of East Cobb.

Held at The Fountains of Olde Towne, 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Taste of East Cobb is a favorite annual event that offers the community a chance to enjoy an array of savory and sweet treats, live entertainment and more.

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