Atlanta’s Twelve Eighty Restaurant 2017 Spring/Summer Food Blogger Tasting

This post is part of an influencer blogger program. I received no monetary compensation although the meal was complementary. All comments and opinions are those of the author.

From Peachtree Street, in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta, you can easily see the beautiful award winning buildings that comprise the Woodruff Arts Center. The Art Center is home to performing arts – Alliance Theatre, music – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and visual arts – High Museum of Art.

What is not visible from the street, tucked away as a secret treat, is the Twelve Eighty restaurant. The restaurant overlooks the green space of Sifly Piazza, between the Memorial Arts Building and the High Museum of Art. The food Twelve Eighty serves is what I might call modern southern cuisine. The dishes are frequently playful in both plating and flavor profiles.

As the talented Andreas GeorgakopoulosChef de Cuisine, told me during a recent Blogger Tasting of the restaurant’s spring/summer menu, offerings typically feature local produce and food from, let’s call them local culinary artisans. An example is the Sweet Grass Dairy Farm in Thomasville, Georgia that provides cheese.

As always, the Twelve Eighty staff was warm and gracious. Our group of Atlanta food bloggers and media influencers immediately felt right at-home. I attended this divalicious event as a member of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society.

As part of the Blogger Tasting we were also treated to mini tours of the High Museum of Art and the Memorial Arts Building. Did you know that you can rent the venues for events including corporate and weddings?

 

While Twelve Eighty has full bar offerings, I suggest by-passing those drinks and indulging in the hand-crafted cocktails. Lucky us, at the Blogger Tasting we were treated to several delicious adult beverages.

Refreshing and pretty in pink!

White And Red Sangria!

A Few Of My Favorite Dishes From Twelve Eighty

Dessert First

Sometimes when I babysit my friends’ kids at meal times we begin with dessert first. So just for fun let’s start the virtual tour of the Twelve Eighty Spring/Summer Blogger Tasting with dessert first!

 Butter Pecan Pound Cake – A yummy bourbon praline glaze and the salted

caramel sauce were lovely against the pound cake. 

The Cheesecake – Rich, satin smooth with a wonderful raspberry sauce.

What’s not to love?

Classic Crème Brûlée – The crust was wonderful and the berries added

a perfect touch against the creamy custard. A perfect ending that I did not want to end.

The Starters & Salads

Ahi Tuna Poke – the avocado added a fresh note that seemed to balance the teriyaki sauce.  
The dish was light and delicious but I must admit it was the crispy wontons that I wanted to bring home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another favorite – Calamari!

With not one but two dipping sauces – marinara and sweet chili

Twelve Eighty Peachtree – Tangy. Refreshing. Goat cheese
combined with the bitter arugula and the slight sweetness of dried cherries was indeed refreshing.
Add a few spiced pistachios and a citrus dressing and you have a simply delicious summer salad.
Entrees

Classical” Porcini Pappardelle – fresh made egg pasta topped with shaved zucchini,
porcini mushrooms, tomato, olive oil and of course fresh parmesan cheese. So simple. So Elegant. So Good.
 
Are you hungry yet?
Twelve-Eighty is located at the Woodruff Arts Center | 1280 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA.
Thanks to the staff and chefs for the divalicious Blogger Tasting ~ Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Author: Toby Bloomberg

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