Published on September 2nd, 2015 |


Food bites: Ocean Prime closing Sept. 12; March of Dimes benefit Sept. 19

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has decided to close the Buckhead branch of its Ocean Prime franchise, effective Sept. 12. “While we remain firmly committed to our Ocean Prime brand, our

The bar area at Ocean Prime's Buckhead restaurant.

The bar area at Ocean Prime’s Buckhead restaurant.

Atlanta location has not performed to our expectations,” the group said in a statement.

With 11 locations across the country (and two more planned for Boston and New York City), the chain out of Columbus, Ohio, first opened in Buckhead in 2011.

The group statement went on to say: “We are working with our management team and our Associates to ensure a smooth transition from the market, and we thank those guests who supported our restaurant since its 2011 opening. This was a difficult decision, and we have taken steps to ensure our associates are helped through this process.”

There was no word as to whether or not the group would try to open another Ocean Prime restaurant in the metro Atlanta market.

Gourmet giving on the menu at March of Dimes
Foodie philanthropists will want to nab a seat at the table at “The Farmer & the Chef,” a fundraiser for the March of Dimes’ Georgia chapter at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

The event emcee will be Atlanta broadcaster Mara Davis, known for her on-camera work with the Peachtree TV show “Atlanta Eats,” the video series Tastemade Atlanta, and music commentary on 90.1 FM/WABE.

“I’m so excited to host this,” she said. “It’s a fabulous cause with an all-star chef lineup. I can’t wait to see what they cook up with outstanding ingredients from local farms. It’s going to be a blast!”

Chefs Kevin Rathbun (Kevin Rathbun Steak, Rathbun’s, KR SteakBar, Krog Bar), Todd Ginsberg (the General Muir, Yalla, Fred’s Meat & Bread), Eli Kirshtein (the Luminary), Franck Steigerwald (the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead) and Andrea Kirshtein (formerly with the Spence) will collaborate on the event’s five-course dinner, using locally sourced ingredients.

“This night of Georgia giving has everything — phenomenal food, incredible support, a fine host, and a truly great cause,” said event chair Lindsay Caulfield, senior vice president of marketing and public affairs at Grady Health System.

Tickets are $500 each and can be purchased online. Go to: www.marchofdimes.org / georgia.

The fundraiser also features live and silent auctions offering items such as culinary experiences, vacation getaways, sports and spa packages.

Proceeds from “The Farmer & the Chef ” benefit March of Dimes programs including prenatal education and volunteer mentoring programs to improve access to prenatal care, neonatal intensive

Atlanta chef Ford Fry preparing his burger for Shake Shack.

Atlanta chef Ford Fry preparing his burger for Shake Shack.

care family support and Angel II, a special mobile NICU unit that stabilizes and transports sick and premature infants.

Chef Ford Fry creating Shake Shack burger

Popular Atlanta chef Ford Fry is working with Shake Shack Inc.’s Buckhead location at Buckhead Atlanta to create a one-day burger special that will be available on Sept. 19.

Fry told Atlanta Magazine the New York-based chain reached out to him and that he has worked on the burger for the last two months.

Fry wouldn’t say a lot, but did mention working with the restaurant’s meat grinder, the magazine said.

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