Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/15/20
Pomodoro Bella, Baker Dude, and Baked Kitchen South African Street Food
Highly anticipated food hall, Chattahoochee Food Works, curated by Robert Montwaid, creator of New York’s Gansevoort Market and Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern, will open this fall at The Works, a Selig Development located in the heart of Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Three new tenants, Pomodoro Bella, Baker Dude, and Baked Kitchen South African Street Food have confirmed participation as part of the new 31-vendor, 22,000 square-foot space including an extensive outdoor patio.
An Italian concept from long-time, culinary industry cohorts, James Semanisin, General Manager and chef, and Chef Byars Parham, most recently Executive Chef of Cru Food & Wine Bar at Avalon. James shared, “Why pizza? We are both pizza fanatics and love good, fresh ingredients. As chefs, we only work with the best produce and cheese we can source and will be dedicated to finding and using the perfect tomato.” Byars added, “One of the most interesting parts of our stall will be the dough room where patrons can catch a glimpse of us working giant sheets of dough for our house-made pasta and pizza. Working dough is an art. The right ingredients and the right vision are key. We brought in a Forno Bravo oven that we will fire up at 600-700 degrees — our pizzas will cook quickly in 1-2 minutes.”
In addition to pizza and pasta, marketplace items such as make-at-home meal kits that will vary weekly, house made sauces, pasta, Italian desserts, and more will be offered. Pomodoro Bella will have an exclusive ordering window located on the expansive outdoor patio and will be open later than the daily food hall hours.
Founder Orran Booher, began baking Christmas cakes as a teenager in Kingston Jamaica where he grew up. His Christmas cakes became so popular that he started to outsell his talented baker mom who taught him this trade. At the age of twenty, he moved to the United States and raised his cake game to include decadent fondant-style cakes and European-style desserts so he could express his artistic ability. Fast forward more than a decade and patrons can now find miniature versions of Orran’s artistic cake work in the form of cupcakes at his pastry shop Baker Dude at The Beacon Atlanta.
Orran shared, “After years of baking birthday cakes for colleagues and family, it was a no-brainer to bag corporate life and lead with my passion — art. I’m a strong creative so there is nothing I would rather do than use my art and tasty cupcakes to make our guests smile. Right now, our world can use all the happy it can get — my goal is to provide that to anyone who comes to our new stall.” Guests will find “more than just frosting” at the Baker Dude. The pastry pro will offer an array of savory and sweet creations in addition to cupcakes such as the Bou-Cake, a beautiful, seven cupcake bouquet. Menu items include, Super Ah-Vocado Toast, the must-have Farmer’s Market Egg Wrap, Classic Quiches, mouth-watering Plum Galettes, scrumptious blondies and an array of vegan, gluten-free, keto, and paleo treats.
Baked Kitchen South African Street Food
Owner, Allan Katzef, culinary arts graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta, wanted to learn everything there was to understand about how to open and successfully run a restaurant. “My inspiration for our Baked Kitchen food truck was driven from attending music festivals around the nation. Long lines and mediocre food offerings — I wanted to bring my South African-inspired menu to these spots and share exceptional food with great folks while my team and I could enjoy the surroundings. Now that my food truck business has grown, we feel it is time to set up a brick and mortar.” His girlfriend, Kelsie Lam, will design their new food stall and include elements that are a nod to Allan’s birthplace, South Africa.
Allan takes pride in sharing his home-country’s cuisine with Atlantans. Patrons will find dishes such as The Burri Don Dawg, South African boerewors (a type of sausage) in a toasty baguette topped with caramelized onions, cheese sauce, monkey gland sauce and guacamole, garnished with scallions. Another inspired creation is Sosaties, lamb and apricot skewers grilled to perfection and coated with a heavy layer of apricot jalapeno barbecue sauce and paired with a side of yellow wild rice and a South African delicacy called Pap, which is mielie-meal — a course flour mixed with water. Baked Kitchen South African Street Food will also feature an evolving, weekly red-eye special ranging from vegan-friendly burgers to out of the ordinary sandwiches and various off-the-cuff dishes. Look out for Allan’s Dragon Sauce too — what’s in it? We can’t tell ya!
The first round of recently released tenants included:
- Atlanta’s famous Morelli’s Ice Cream, owned by husband and wife team Donald Sargent and Clarissa Morelli. Chattahoochee Food Works will be the ice cream dream team’s fourth location.
- TydeTate Kitchen, a family-owned and operated catering business located in Lawrenceville, Georgia that will serve home-style comfort Thai food.
- Babakabab!, the decade-old food truck known for their authentic Lebanese barbecue dishes and bowls as well as a variety of grilled kebabs and falafel, owned by Samer Bakri and Mark Haddad.
- Unbelibubble Tea House will offer handcrafted bubble tea using homemade ingredients by husband and wife team, Alex Yoon Kim and Mindy Kim offer. Experience almost 50 bubble tea variations tailored to meet customers’ tastes.
- Graffiti Breakfast will feature breakfast staples with a southern twist and will “pay it forward” by using local ingredients from Atlanta’s urban farms. This will be the first location for husband and wife team, Chef Marcus James Waller and Tonya Waller.
- Taqueria La Luz, a new Mexican street food concept crafted exclusively for Chattahoochee Food Works by co-owners of Midtown Atlanta icon Zocalo, brother and sister twins Luis Martinez-Obregon and Lucero Martinez-Obregon.
About Chattahoochee Food Works
Chattahoochee Food Works is located at 1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW in the Makers Building at The Works. It will feature 31 food stalls and an extensive outdoor patio covering 22,000 square feet that will offer a collective of global culinary vendors. Additional features include chef-driven demonstrations, intimate events, a test kitchen, and artisanal market shops.
Owner Robert Montwaid, creator of New York’s Gansevoort Market, and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, are the curators behind Chattahoochee Food Works and currently selecting vendors for a fall 2020 opening.
Robert Montwaid is the former owner of one of the top ten nightclubs in the world, The Pink Elephant, which formally occupied spots in New York City, Hamptons, Mexico, and Brazil. Montwaid will blend his 15-plus years of craft cocktail and entertainment experience with Chattahoochee Food Works in the form of an industrial-glam, center-style, indoor and outdoor bar, and welcoming lounge. Ample public seating, a retractable glass wall, and eye-catching chandeliers that dot the clerestory ceiling are a few of the bar and lounge featured highlights. A simple menu with high-level offerings such as a raw bar, champagne and prosecco list, craft cocktails, and charcuterie will be available.