What better way to spend the first day of autumn than in an open-air restaurant enjoying food and drinks with colleagues. The cooler weather made dining at 10th and Piedmont with its large open windows and great views of the Midtown skyline a rare treat. Executive Chef Michelle Matlock who was recently hired by Gilbert Yeremian, owner of Communitas Hospitality, is pulling no punches with her new Southern-inspired tapas menu.
Louisiana-born and bread, she brings a New Orleans flair to Atlanta with Creole Shrimp Polenta Cakes and her famous 7th Generation Gumbo. Chef Matlock learned to cook at a early age from her family’s matriarchs using locally grown and foraged ingredients. Her father also taught her how to fish; a hobby she still enjoys. Her love of seafood is obvious in the new 10th & Piedmont offerings.
After receiving her culinary training at Delgado Community College, she finished the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Program under Master Chef René Bajeux at The Grill Room, one of New Orleans’ most renowned restaurants located in the Windsor Court Hotel. Chef then worked in some of NOLA’s finest restaurants, including two of our favorites the Royal Café and Acme Oyster House (in Metarie).
Joining the Communitas team, Chef Matlock heads the kitchen of G’s (formerly known as Gilbert’s) as well as 10th & Piedmont. With G’s focus on smoky barbecue, she has full access to a state-of-the-art smoker which she uses to smoke salmon for her divine smoked salmon en bouche made with scallion cream cheese and pepper dill aioli topped with capers and her signature Georgian caprese salad of house smoked fresh mozzarella, local tomatoes and basil-infused olive oil with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. She is definitely making her mark on the Atlanta culinary landscape by working to educate her kitchen team on the importance of technique, sustainability and cleaning fresh fish. Who knows she may even find someone to share her Grandpa’s brown-butter gumbo recipe with.
And to make things even more interesting, 10th and Piedmont has a Happy Hour menu with half price menu items, an original cocktail selection, and a unique Vodka Passport Program with 40 different vodkas for customers to try. And you won’t want to miss their weekend brunches each Saturday and Sunday. When you go, tell Chef Michelle that we sent you!
While the food items we sampled were complimentary, we received no additional remuneration. The opinions included herein are honest and unsolicited.