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Decatur Dishcrawl creates culinary adventure
by Noreen Cochran
April 10, 2013 09:39 AM | 2898 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Parker's on Ponce owner Christopher Scott and executive chef David Hartshorn.
From left, Parker's on Ponce owner Christopher Scott and executive chef David Hartshorn.
Three out of four secret destinations will be revealed soon to the 24 foodies on the inaugural Decatur Dishcrawl Tuesday.

The four-restaurant progressive dinner, taking its name from serial drinking journeys called pub crawls, begins at Parker’s on Ponce.

Co-owner J.T. Scott said the staff is “super excited” to have been chosen.

“It’s the first time they’ve done that here,” he said about the San Francisco-based concept. “Hopefully it will bring people to Decatur, and we and the other participants can shine a light on what’s going on in the city on the culinary scene.”

While the location is set, the menu is not.

“We don’t know,” Scott said about the three-item mini-menu. “We’ve had an introductory conversation about that. We do not have a plan of action right now.”

The restaurant may serve black truffle macaroni and cheese as one of two appetizers and its coffee-rubbed flatiron steak with an apple ginger glaze as the entrée.

“That is one of the things we mulled over,” Scott said. “It’s also a little bit better as far as being able to show a steak side of us. It’s not just a cooked steak. It’s a prepared dish.”

Prepare for the unexpected, said event ambassador Ellie Hensley, as she guides the group through the heart of Decatur.

“It’s a great chance to try to find out what the square offers. It’s a great way to meet people and, since I’m new in town, I appreciate that,” the Missouri transplant said.

Hensley established the first metro Atlanta Dishcrawl in February in Marietta, which sold out its first 40 tickets and added a second night.

“I started in Marietta because I live in Smyrna. I was afraid to drive to Decatur. But I heard so much about it. People told me it is the place to go for dining,” she said.

Keeping the places under wrap until the last moment is a hallmark of the culinary safari, Hensley said.

“We keep the restaurants a secret until that night for the fun extra element of surprise,” Hensley said.

Social media will deliver hints, but the concept started in 2011 by entrepreneur Tracy Lee makes guesswork part of the gusto.

“People might not want to sign up because they might know [the restaurants],” Hensley said. “But the places serve three different things, so they’ll probably get to try something they haven’t had before.”

If you go:
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Where: around the Decatur square
Cost: $45 per person

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