Food Media Roundup, 2/21/12: Atlanta Chef's Expo winners, Sips from Starbucks, Food writing angst, Kessler reviews Latitude

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Latitude, which was reviewed by John Kessler this past week
  • James Camp
  • Latitude, which was reviewed by John Kessler this past week
If you weren't strolling and tasting Key lime cake balls at the inaugural Atlanta Chef's Expo this past Sunday, you can still check out the list of winners for most creative caterer, best private chef, best pastry chef, and more. The event was held in the industrial-hip environs of the Foundry at Puritan Mill. Among the food judges was ATL food blogger Savory Exposure. For more on the day's haps, scroll down the #ACE2012 Twitter feed.

Nothing gets by the keen eye of shutterbug, bon vivant, and Decatur foodie Carl Black, who recently spotted PHOTAmerica's presence at a Starbucks in Jackson, Miss. — the road trip project is on a year-long mission, capturing a collage of images and opinions about how people feel in modern day America. Speaking of the coffeehouse chain, What Now Atlanta reports Starbucks will replace the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins on Ponce in the Midtown Place shopping center, which also includes a Home Depot store. Soon you'll be able to pick up an espresso macchiato for you and your day laborer friends, some of whom may be wondering how much you can actually spend on one drink at a Starbucks. (The answer: $23.60, according to Eater National's 'Buckswire.)

So, one minute you're drinking tea, the next you're soul searching and contemplating the writing process. If you write about food (or anything, really) you'll appreciate this weekend blog post from Atlanta food stylist Running With Tweezers.

And thanks to Star Provisions cheesemonger Tim the Cheeseman for flagging this WSJ article on selecting cheese with Alain Ducasse.

Finally, last week the AJC's John Kessler gave Latitude restaurant about the nicest one-star review we've ever read. (CL's Besha Rodell gave it two stars the week before in her review, also noting her disappointment with the Phipps Plaza dining experience, with some praise for chef Micah Willix's talents thrown into the mix.) We expect the well-liked and respected chef, formerly of Ecco, will probably file both reviews under "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes."

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