In Atlanta, Georgia on January 18, 2016, Chef Robert Phalen and Chef Deborah VanTrece will collaborate on a luncheonette menu straight from the 1960s to be served at One Eared Stag, which now occupies a space where Dr. King himself dined.
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18, 2016), Chef Deborah VanTrece will join Chef Robert Phalen at One Eared Stag to serve a lunch uniquely focused on the civil rights movement. The chefs will collaborate on a menu authentic to the late 1950s and 1960s, the beginning of the civil rights movement in Atlanta and a time when One Eared Stag’s space was occupied by Burton’s Grill. According to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food, Deacon Burton’s legendary restaurant was frequented by many leaders of the civil rights movement.
Chefs VanTrece and Phalen will not only prepare a menu true to the time period, but with prices authentic to ’60s as well. While most meals may only cost $1.50 or so, diners will be asked to contribute $35 to the King Center on their final bill, or more if they choose.
“We were inspired when we learned that Dr. King had often eaten in a building that now holds one of our favorite restaurants, One Eared Stag,” said Chef VanTrece. “We planned this event with Chef Phalen so that our friends and neighbors could add perspective to their experience of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They can sit where Dr. King sat and enjoy a meal that the leaders of that time may have eaten. Hopefully our guests will reflect on what’s changed, what hasn’t changed and start conversations over good food.”
The building that houses One Eared Stag was constructed in 1920 and has been the home of Burton’s Grill and Son’s Place, earning itself a reputation for upholding the Southern food tradition. It is located at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Hurt Street, a short walk from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District on Auburn Avenue. All donations from the MLK Day lunch will benefit the King Center. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (404) 525-4479.
One Eared Stag
Building on his reputation as one of Atlanta’s most innovative and daring chefs, Robert Phalen opened the intimate and refined American restaurant One Eared Stag in 2011. At this Inman Park establishment, Chef Phalen delights Atlanta diners with creative flavors, seasonal ingredients and elegantly executed dishes. One Eared Stag was named Eater’s “Restaurant of the Year, Atlanta” in 2011, one of Gayot’s “40 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S.” in 2013 and received a four-star review from the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2012. Chef Phalen was named one of StarChefs.com’s Atlanta Rising Star Award Winners in 2012 as well as Best Chef in Atlanta by Creative Loafing in 2014. One Eared Stag has been named a diner’s choice restaurant by Open Table each year it has been open, was awarded Best Brunch by Atlanta Magazine in 2014 and was named to Food & Wine’s list of best brunches in the country that same year. The restaurant is located at 1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307. Food is served Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., drinks until 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., with drinks served until midnight. For more information, visit oneearedstagatl.com or call (404) 525-4479.
Chef Deborah VanTrece
Twenty five years of globetrotting culinary adventures will give you a good idea of what people like to eat. Chef Deborah VanTrece draws on a literal world of experience to feed people comfort food that crosses cultural divides and speaks more languages than a guidebook. Well-known for her gourmet catering in the Atlanta area, Chef VanTrece began her culinary career in 1994 when she graduated as the valedictorian of her class at the Art Institute. Working as an executive chef for a catering company by 1996, Chef VanTrece enjoyed great success during the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta. She was hired to cook for many foreign dignitaries and international executives, and won acclaim for her mastery of imported cooking techniques and delicious globally-informed cuisine. After the Olympics, Chef VanTrece opened Edible Art, a small restaurant and catering operation. Edible Art was a hit and helped to put the East Atlanta neighborhood on the map, laying the groundwork for what it’s become today. At a time when fusion restaurants and apple-tinis were all the rage, Chef VanTrece was lifted up as a champion of great food with a clear vision. At Twisted Soul, she has revived and updated the soul food principles she established at Edible Art. What chef VanTrece continues to serve is the concept of global soul food; the soul food of different cultures as she has experienced them. Since opening in late 2014, Twisted Soul was voted best new restaurant in Atlanta by the Georgia Voice, ranked among the best new openings in Atlanta by Thrilist and has been rated by Zagat. Chef VanTrece was featured twice on NBC’s Food Fighters in the summer of 2015, winning each of her challenges. Her recipes have been featured in the American Cuisine Cook Book, and she continues her catering business with a list of distinctive clients such as Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, the government of Fulton County, Alston & Bird and the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. Connect with her at www.deborahvantrece.com.
– Text & images courtesy Green Olive Media, LLC. The historic photo of the intersection of Hurt St. and Dekalb Ave. in 1957, where One Eared Stag’s current building can be seen at center-left with Inman Park United Methodist Church visible behind it, is courtesy of Georgia State University Library via AtlantaTimeMachine.com