Menu for the Week of June 3, 2013 — Exhausted Reflections on the Third Annual Food & Wine Festival!

Yesterday, the third annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival took its final bow.  If it hadn’t, and had decided to go on for another day, I’m not sure we’d be awake (or alive) to be sending this post.  Yet again, it was an amazing weekend full of fun and flavor, but just like every single year, we pushed ourselves to the absolute limit.  That being said, it was worth every single sleepless night, and we hope some of you were able to come out and enjoy the festivities.  Friday night, The Spotted Trotter provided appetizers at a dinner hosted by Kevin Gillespie at his new restaurant The Gunshow.  It was an absolute honor to be cooking beside not only an amazing chef, but one of the nicest people the city of Atlanta can be proud of.  Saturday morning, we were up early cooking breakfast in the Connoisseur Lounge, and then it was time for a class with Ale Sharpton on beer pairings and meaty goodness.  Perhaps the highlight there?  Master Beer Sommelier from Stella Artois, Marc Stroobandt stopped by and got in on the conversation, which was fascinating (plus that meant we had a direct hookup for Stellas in the tasting tents on Sunday!).  Our big finale came on Sunday this year, when we participated again in the tasting tents.  We’ll upload pictures soon, but we had a blast and debuted several new display pieces, and we hope everyone enjoyed the food.  A special thank you to our two (of many) amazing employees Ofer Ayal and Bert Sheffield for sweating it out all week and then in the tents.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

So, hopefully the above summary was at least helpful in explaining — but not excusing — how bad we’ve been about putting up regular posts this year.  We’re back in regular rotation now and want everyone to know that part of our silence has been due to training up a new crew in the kitchen, but more importantly, putting together a business plan and trying to obtain financing to hopefully expand The Spotted Trotter and open up a small restaurant in 2014.  Stay tuned for more details (and hopefully a “We did it!” announcement) coming soon, but we’ve really had our heads down for the past couple of months trying to make the next phase of TST happen, and it’s been zapping every extra ounce of brain matter and creative juices we can muster up. 

Thank you as always for all of your continued support and interest in supporting local food and small business.  We couldn’t even be thinking about Phase 2 (or is this Phase 3 or 4 or 5?!?) without all that you’ve done to get us here.     

Stay Hungry!

Fresh (Linked)

  • Sweet Hot Italian
  • English Breakfast
  • Mexican Chorizo
  • Knock Braut
  • Beer Braut
  • Chicken Fresco
  • Lamb Merguez
  • Brandy Rabbit Boudin
  • Chicken Currywurst

Primal Cuts / Prepared Items

  • These items are available only at the retail shop!
  • Dry-Aged Ribeyes (Brasstown and Meyer)
  • NY Strip (Brasstown)
  • Hanger Steaks (Brasstown)
  • Center Cut Pork Chops (Brasstown)
  • Quail (Manchester Farms)
  • Whole Rabbits (Rabbit Man Farms)
  • Creole Smoked Whole Chickens
  • Magret Moulard Duck Breasts (Hudson Valley)
  • Gullah Ham
  • Leaf Lard (Perfect for making biscuits!)

Pate

  • Chicken Liver with Arkansas Black Apple & Ginger Aspic
  • Rabbit Liver with Spicy Mayhaw Aspic
  • Pork Rillettes with Herb Butter

Whole Muscle or Cured

  • Prosciutto (10 month & 12 month) – (New Retail Item!)
  • Smoked Guanciale
  • Pancetta (Calabrian Chili)
  • Pancetta w/ Three Herbs
  • Duck Prosciutto
  • Lomo
  • Bresaola
  • Coppa

Crepinettes

  • Smoked Tasso with Golden Raisin

Salumi

  • Spanish Chorizo
  • Pepperoni
  • Hunter Salami
  • Fegatelli Snack Sticks
  • Petit Sec Snack Sticks
  • Genoa
  • Finochionna
  • Black Pepper Sorghum — (Triumphant Return!)
  • Rosette de Lyon  – (New Retail Item!)
  • Saucisson a L’ail — (Triumphant Return!)
  • Salami Cotto  – (New Retail Item!)

Smoked

  • Hot Dogs
    • All Beef
    • Pork & Beef
  • Veal Bologna
  • Mortadella
  • Gullah Hams
  • Andouille
  • Bacon
    • “The Original” — Sorghum and Cracked Black Pepper
  • Tasso

Terrines

  • Check in the store — we’re just not sure yet!

Why Not?

  • Chicharrones
  • High Road Craft Ice Cream “Frozen Trotter” Pints
  • Femur Cut Marrow Bones
  • Duck Fat
  • Stocks, Ox Tails, and Trotters, Oh My! (you never know what we have in stock…)

Jerky

  • Sweet Southern
  • Peppered Umami

Cheese Course

  • Stackhouse (Spinning Spider)
  • Black Mountain Bleu (Spinning Spider)
  • Montasio (Greendale Farm)
  • Big Bloomy (Caly Rd.)
  • Waypoint (Caly Rd.)
  • Broad River Blue (Nature’s Harmony)
  • Hunkadora (Prodigal Farm)
  • Cumberland (Sequatchie Cove)
  • Coppinger (Sequatchie Cove)
  • Bloomsbury (Caramont Farm)
  • Clothbound Cheddar (Cabot)

Bread

  • Assorted baguettes, pretzel bread, and hot dog buns from H&F Bakery

Accompaniments

  • TRU Bee Honey (Franklin, TN)
  • Sorghum Syrup (Hughe’s Farm)
  • Rancho Gordo Beans
    • Borlotti
    • Yellow Eye
    • Good Mother Stallard
    • Goat Eye

Gifts

  • The Spotted Trotter Artisan T-Shirts (3 styles)
  • Reusable The Spotted Trotter Grocery Bags (only $3 each!)
  • Meat Bucks (Gift Certificates!)
  • MEATPAPER Quarterly Periodical
  • Flavors Magazine
  • Assorted On-Topic Hardcover Books (miscellaneous authors)
  • Bacon-Themed Accoutrements (assorted)

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