Learning to cook, waitress, bartend, and barback may seem like overpreparing for the food industry, but Restaurant & Bar Industry Training’s experts know that restaurant managers need all of these skills and more. The team teaches future managers the fundamentals of each role they aspire to supervise, as well as skills such as code enforcement and inventory management. Alternatively, the school’s 40-hour classes can focus on front-of-house roles, such as bartending and waitressing, or behind-the-scenes skills, such as cooking or assembling the restaurant’s booths every morning. Regardless of its area of focus, each course culminates in a final exam; students that score 80% or higher receive certification in their area of study.
The resident chefs at The Cooking School at Irwin Street model their teaching style after that of the quirky, patient Julia Child as they walk kitchen cadets through the basics of food transmogrification with a collection of helpful and laughter-filled classes held in two distinctive locations. Tucked away in the historic Old Fourth Ward, the indoor kitchen lets students loose on modern appliances amid appetite-kindling hues of pumpkin and avocado. The newly unveiled farm kitchen, meanwhile, incorporates vine-fresh produce and just-picked herbs from the surrounding soil in recipes prepared under the open sky. In both of these settings, the instructors pare cooking down to the essentials—an open mind, an eager palate, and a sharp, non-argumentative knife. Classes cater to a number of dietary restrictions, from creative vegan options and gluten-free baking lessons to smoked-meat sessions for inveterate salamivores. Most classes are BYOB, and some sessions are open to parent-child combos.
There are so many nifty kitchen tools and gadgets available here, you'll be cooking like a pro in no time!
Here you can find a wide range of kitchen organizers and storage items, all of which are available at an affordable price point.
You don't have to be worried about parking. If you are heading to Sur La Table, there are plenty of options nearby.
Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at Lenox (Gold) and Buckhead (Red).
Sur La Table offers safe bike parking outside.
Build your own burger at Simply Supper — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
A meal at Simply Supper will typically set you back about $30.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Simply Supper for tasty American fare.
Young Chefs Academy's chefs, teachers, and nutritional experts introduce youngsters to basic culinary skills, pairing creative cooking with lessons in kitchen safety and etiquette. Classes follow themes, such as Chill and Grill or Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and teach kids how to cook dishes that fall within that theme. Kindercooks classes gear recipes and nutrition lessons toward preschool attention spans, while Junior Chefs and Senior Chefs sessions gradually introduce more well-rounded, in-depth techniques and concepts. Along with classes, Young Chefs Academy passes its culinary passion onto kids during parties, camps, field trips, and lemonade-stand budget meetings.
When army vet Steve Hamlet returned home from his third tour of duty, he vowed to get into a business that he not only felt passionate about, but that also allowed him to feel more involved with his family and community. To that end, he opened Peachtree Growler Co.—a place where he can educate people on craft beer—one of his passions—right in Peachtree Corners, his wife's hometown. With the help of their cicerone—"cicerone" is to craft-beer expert as "sommelier" is to wine expert—Steve and his wife hand select the beers and wines that flow through their 40 taps. The selection changes daily, but has included Cherry Street's coconut porter, Moletto Vineyards prosecco, and the espresso stout collaboration between Starr Hill and Terrapin Gava Joe.
That last brew speaks to the other part of PGC's business—Peachtree Coffee Co. The onsite cafe is run by a certified coffee master—who is also a sommelier-in-training—and features local beans from Jittery Joe's in Athens.
But those primarily interested in beer can pick up 32- or 64-ounce growlers, sampling up to 6 ounces before deciding which to take home. PGC also offers homebrew classes and equipment, as well as portable draft systems that can hold up to eight kegs of draft beer or tears shed because the beer has all been drunk.