Eat Me Speak Me Yakitori

If you are not familiar with Eat Me Speak Me, it’s the weekend pop-up at Gato in Candler Park helmed by Jarrett Stieber. It’s a lot of fun. Jarrett has a real knack for plating and textures on a menu which features lots of great vegetables and sauces and “alternative” cuts of meat. It’s BYOB, in case you decide to attend.

A couple months ago I saw on their Instagram they were advertising a one-off yakitori meal, which was listed as sold out for March but taking reservations for April so I signed up for two seats at the fixed price, $60 meal, which includes beverages and plenty of food. May is already sold out, but you can sign up for June. And I recommend it.

Jarrett did an excellent job manning the grill, which was intensely hot from the Japanese coals he acquired. The yakitori arrived to the party goers (hosted at the home of another gentleman named Alex) two at a time, with an assortment of sweet, spicy, and creamy sauces. Cocktails were provided by Greg Best, with wine contributed by Idle Cellars.

I’m sure this took a ton of prep and Jarrett had his face in the fire half the time, rushing to keep the food coming for guests, and it all tasted wonderful. Nailing textures of things like eggs and chicken can be tough when grilling thirty skewers at a time over coals. It’s one of the best pop-up style meals you could attend in Atlanta. I’m sure June will fill up fast. Photos below.

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Here are photos from a recent trip to Charleston. I enjoyed it all immensely.

Artisan Meat Share
Edmund’s Oast
Rutledge Cab Co.

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Last week I found I had a bunch of pepperoni and sausages in my fridge and decided to make ragu with both. I chopped them roughly (removing the sausage casing) and sliced onions and cooked it all over low heat for a while. I added some garlic and oregano and salt and then a can of San Marzano tomatoes and pureed it (not finely) with an immersion blender.

It was a very delicious sauce I paired with a squid ink flat pasta, which I amped up with the super spicy oil from a jar of cured Calabrese peppers (the same brand Antico uses) and then topped with Parm-Reg.

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Later that night I made a mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich using the sauce, which was amazing. I slow cooked it in the pan with tons of butter, flipping it often and adding more butter every so often. I made another one for breakfast the next day. Pepperoni and sausage grilled cheese is a breakfast I can get behind.

The people over at Ideas in Food play with their pepperoni all the time, to amp up dishes like XO sauce or meatloaf. Fun stuff.

pepperoni and cheese


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