Downtown Atlanta Hotel Creates Memorable Culinary Experiences
ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwired) -- When the Pimentologist? at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta prepares pimento cheese for hotel guests, the conversation always turns to the rich culinary heritage of the South. It's a familiar subject for Brian Jones, chef de cuisine of Atlanta Grill -- and Chief Pimentologist -- whose passion for southern cooking began as a child working alongside his aunts in the family garden in nearby Chamblee, Ga.
"Pimento Cheese is called the Pâté of the South because it's been packed in lunch boxes and served at teas and luncheons, weddings and wakes, for decades," said Chef Jones. "It's great fun to introduce this genuine southern staple to our guests."
The Pimentologist ritual is popular among the downtown Atlanta hotel visitors, many of whom make it a point to gather in the hotel Lobby on Tuesday or Friday between 5 and 6:30 p.m. for a complimentary tasting with crostini or crudité. Generations of southerners have made pimento cheese so many versions exist, but Chef Jones recommends his basic recipe which includes three simple ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese, a good mayonnaise and -- the secret -- charred red peppers.
"Char and dice the red peppers," said Chef Jones. "You don't need to make your own mayonnaise -- just buy a good southern-styled mayo -- but do not use pimentos from a jar." Chef Jones recommends Pimentologist Pairings, as follows:
Chopped Salad with Crispy Pimento Cheese Fritter
2012 Wolf Mountain Plenitude, Dahlonega, Georgia
Monte Cristo with Pimento Cheese, Black Forest Ham, and Georgia Mayhaw Jelly
2012 Yves Cuilleron Sybel, Rosè of Syrah, VdP de Collines Rhodanienes, Rhone Valley, France
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Heirloom Tomatoes
Sweet Georgia Brown, Sweetwater Brewery, Atlanta, Georgia
Warm Pecan Dusted Pimento Cheese with Celery and Radishes
Manhattan made with Bourbon and Sweet Vermouth, with a couple dashes of celery or rhubarb bitters
Pimento cheese variations from Chef Jones include Goat Cheese with Roasted Hot Chilies; Local Jack Cheese with Roasted Poblanos; Smoked Gouda with Green Onion and Roasted Sweet Peppers; White Cheddar, Crème Fraiche, Caramelized Onion and Espelette Peppers; and Homemade Buttermilk Cheese, Pecans and Roasted Red Peppers.
Hotel guests may also find pimento cheese on Chef Brian's menu in Atlanta Grill. The downtown Atlanta restaurant offers Pimento Cheese Toast as an appetizer for sharing made by charring slices of baguette, spreading with pimento cheese, waving under the broiler until the cheese is bubbling, then topping with sliced green onions. As well, a pimento cheese-stuffed celery stalk garnishes a filet mignon.
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Downtown's only AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city with a splash of glamour. The hotel is surrounded by the state's centers of law, finance and government, and is minutes from the Georgia Aquarium, Philips Arena, Turner Stadium and the Georgia Dome. For information and reservations, please call 1-800-241-3333, the hotel at 404-659-0400, a travel professional or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/atlanta
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