Guests: Dale DeSena, founder of Taste of Atlanta – Brian Olson of Cafe Intermezzo – Chris Ernest of Gordon Biersch – David Larkworthy of 5 Seasons
Café Intermezzo grew from an idea of Brian Olson, based upon his experience in, and love for, coffeehouses in Germany and Austria. Renate Olson, his partner in the opening of the Café, grew-up in Hamburg, Germany, and spent many hours in Kaffeehausen. Brian’s desire for a European coffeehouse to enjoy prompted the opening of Café Intermezzo in Dunwoody in December 1979. A search for a second location resulted in an excellent old building on Peachtree Street near Midtown Atlanta, which opened in 1987. Brian shares his story with us!
Over his whole life, David Larkworthy developed an affinity for fine food preparation, especially for the seasonally fresh, organic kind. His father, Chef John Larkworthy, was an early organic pioneers in the ‘70s. Long before interest in organics became fashionable, David worked with his dad at his restaurant in Connecticut. They developed the techniques and principles that Dave uses today. Later David would study and cook in Italy. David opened his first restaurant, the Gourmet Grill, at the age of 23 and began introducing the concept of local ingredients in a multitude of specials. He worked with Chef Paul Albrecht and later studied Pastry with Chef Francois Collet. Chef David opened 5 Seasons Brewing Company in 2001 with the goal of providing seasonally-appropriate, cutting-edge food and drink at fair prices. “We would rather have people here twice a week, than once a month,” said Dave. This is obvious to the casual observer who recognizes friendly locals each visit. It’s amazing how cozy and comfortable you feel when you consider the restaurant can seat over three hundred people.
Chris Ernest started at Planet Hollywood back in 96. After three years there, he moved to Gordon Biersch, and he has been working his way up there since. He is currently Marketing Director for the Atlanta locations, one in Buckhead and one conveniently located on Peachtree near the Fox Theater. Both have unique architecture and modern-day decor with large ceilings. The midtown location can accommodate 450 people and features an outdoor patio overlooking the Atlanta skyline. The upper mezzanine area features a private banquet room next to a billiard room, brewery and upper bar.
Taste of Atlanta is entering its 11th year! Congrats to Dale DeSena, Founder and President of Taste of Atlanta, Atlanta’s premier food, wine, beer, cocktail festival. She was the Atlanta festival guru behind many of the great music festivals including Music Midtown, Chastain Park, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera. This weekend everyone has permission to eat their hearts out with amazing tastes from over 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants. No funnel cakes or cotton candy, but they do have five live cooking stages, hands-on experiential cooking opportunities for patrons, as well as live music, and tons more.