Our Ceiling is installed

It took over 6 hours but the two guys installing the dry wall on the ceiling finished. Now it is starting to feel like a dinning room. Things are going along without any problems and I like it that way.

Our Bar is installed at Union Hill Kitchen

I do hope the residents of Chamblee Ga, enjoy a good wine or hand crafted cocktail. Our bar had been installed and I have been experimenting with cocktail recipes for the past several months. We decided to use a stain paint on the newly built bar. My father said he wanted to help and was […]

Union Hill Kitchen’s 50% approval inspection passed.

I’ve been nervous about having the city inspectors come by and inspect the wall, electric and plumbing “rough in”. We passed without my issues. Our ceilings are installed on the kitchen and and after seven months of darkness and no lights – we finally have light in our kitchen. I feel accomplished at this moment. […]

Flower bins are painted

A few weeks ago we planted these containers that we purchased from the Feed Store. It provides a nice pause point visually while sitting in the bar. Now we’ve painted the with an ecru oil paint to blend in with the building. Once the flowers bloom they will be the perfect greeting for my clients.

Vodka Infusions Strawberry & Lemon

I’ve been experimenting with infusing vodkas with the flavors and scents of summer. Some fresh strawberries and lemon rind will be a great summer vodka strawberry lemonade at Union Hill Kitchen. Take 12 strawberries remove the stems and quarter them. You should have about 2 cups. Add the strawberries and the rind of one lemon […]

Planting containers at Union Hill Kitchen

Outside our restaurant doors we planted several containers with rosemary and other flowering shrubs. It sets off the path by our front door and provides some privacy as well.

Union Hill Kitchen’s walls have started being built

After a very slow start, the top of the morning begins with the guys framing out the walls in the kitchen. It feels like we are going some where now. This view is from our kitchen.

Union Hill Kitchen building permit has been approved.

  Since January 28th 2012, I have tried to get all the required permits approved from Dekalb county and the City of   Chamblee.  After many rejections and re-submittals, today I received the coveted “yellow construction paper”, aka building permit.  I proudly placed it on the window and took a sigh.  The path to this […]

Mini Strawberry pies

  Our kitchen garden has begun to have its first harvest of strawberries.  I am making some mini strawberry pies to celebrate the arrival of our red friends. You can buy a store-bought graham cracker crust and follow my steps below.  In this version I purchased the mini store-bought cracker crust.    You can also purchase […]

Chive flowers are easy to use in the kitchen

I have lots of chives at our farm and in our restaurant garden. When the chives bloom is spring, the petals can be used in many applications. One of them is making a crostini with goat cheese cream and I lay one or two chive blossoms on top. The purple blossom has an explosive flavor […]

Planting a summer flower cutting garden

I decided to add a couple of extra boxes I order to have fresh cut flowers for the restaurant when it opens in a couple of months. I am so thankful for dirt and rain – and the magic they do in a garden.

Putting in booths and chairs at Union Hill Kitchen

Since I am now waiting for the the city to approve my plans, I decided to fool around with seating arrangements to see how to best place the tables.

Union Hill kitchen plans

I have been working feverishly trying to get all the approvals I need from the county officials to the city hall. I need approvals from the fire marshal , water management, health department and the City of Chamblee. I am still not approved by the fire department but persistence is one characteristic of success.

Union Hill Kitchen Drawings

I have been working on opening my new restaurant. It had been a very long road of approvals and re submitting of plans. My plans were rejected a third time but like my mother taught me growing up…. That anything that is worth doing takes lots of time and effort.

Quick easy Union Hill Kitchen pudding scented with anise

  As the Executive chef of Union Hill Restaurant Group in Atlanta, I enjoy experimenting with classic recipes and adding a bit of what I have learned from home cooks or from my travels and of course from my kitchen journals, where I meticulously keep all my cooking notes. This is a do ahead recipe […]

Our Restaurant Garden has been planted

We have begun planting our Union Hill Kitchen gardens. I will be able to grab freshly pulled herbs, tomatoes, figs and lettuces.