Foundation Social Eatery Roswell, GA, First Impressions

Foundation social eatery roswell, ga
Foundation Social Eatery is a welcome addition to Roswell. The modern decor – light bright walls and dark wood floors mixed with rebar, yes, rebar, made me feel like I was at a swanky Midtown hot spot instead of Roswell. Not that there’s anything wrong with Roswell.

One thing to note is that Foundation Social Eatery is not located in the over-crowded Canton Street area where parking is a nightmare. They are located in a strip mall on Holcomb Bridge Road, in the same complex as Aqua Blue.

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Before we even sat down to dinner, the charcuterie and cocktails, a preview of the goodness that was about to come our way, was not only a pretty presentation, but exquisite.

Our six course meal was glorious but rather than dissect each course, I’m just going to give you the highlights. First, can we just talk about how gorgeous this Octopus is? More often than not, I’ve had Octopus that is tough or rubbery, but this, this was done just right. I was just sad we were dining family style and I had to share. After this, came a lovely beet salad that was anything but boring. Made with pickled strawberries, it really set the salad apart from every other beet salad available at Atlanta restaurants.

fried octopus at Foundation Social Eatery

Fried Octopus

Now for THE highlight of the evening: The Mushroom Ravioli. Now, mind you, this dish was on a menu with not only the beautiful fried Octopus above but sauteed scallops over carrot puree (which was a beautiful and tasty dish in its own right). What makes it so special? Besides a lot of garlic, there’s the red wine truffle sauce and foamy texture.

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Mushroom Ravioli

Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse takes the cake at Foundation Social Eatery. Really. The name sounds so…chi chi, doesn’t it? I’m not even a fan of the tea, but this dessert was outstanding. The Earl Grey flavor came through in each bite. Who would ever think to pair that with chocolate, right? But it came together perfectly.

Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse

Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse

One thing you should be prepared for is that dinners seem really loooong here. This isn’t a rush you in and rush you out sort of spot. Most of the customers like to linger for over two hours, especially on weekends. So, do make sure to make reservations whenever you plan to dine at Foundation Social Eatery.

Disclosure: This was a media dinner and I did not pay for my meal. But the opinions expressed are my own. 

Foundation Social Eatery Website
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell, GA 30076

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New Podcast with The Woblet

So besides writing this blog, authoring books, starting a charity and being a marketing consultant, I also have started co-hosting a show called the Good Living Club. Here we talk about living the good life but my segments mostly focus on…surprise, surprise, food related topics.

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Most recently, we were happy to chat with the founders of Woblet, an online mobile app that allows diners to find delicious restaurants while providing discounts to users. They also donate a portion of the proceeds to the local Atlanta charity, The Giving Kitchen.

Listen to the podcast here.

Zeal Modern Eatery in East Cobb, Revisited

Zeal restaurant in East Cobb has had a bit of a rough start since opening. Now with a revised menu, new chef and owner, they’ve had a chance to sort out some of their hiccups and start anew. Zeal invited some of the Association of Food Bloggers in for a menu tasting.

To start, I was pretty impressed by their cocktails. Normally, I would dismiss a cocktail menu for a restaurant in the burbs, but the two I sampled were quite good. The Moscow Mule, served in copper mugs, was refreshing and lighter on the booze than the second, the East Cobb Harvest, another vodka based cocktail with basil and cucumber.

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Zeal Moscow Mule

Not a cocktail drinker? Not to worry. Zeal has an extensive wine and beer list as well. They gave us a bottle of white and red for the table that were lovely. They aren’t on the menu anymore, but they do a good job of offering quality wines both by the glass and the bottle.

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Zeal Chicken Lollipops

We had a trio of appetizers to begin our meal: Fried Green Tomatoes, Duck Poutine and Chicken Lollipops. The large fried tomatoes seemed to be quite popular at our table, but they were my least favorite, the coating falling off as soon as they were cut into, the taste was nothing special. I was surprised to enjoy the Chicken Lollipops so much. Crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside, I could have eaten them without the Mango Chili sauce.

Zeal in East Cobb

Zeal Duck Poutine

Lastly, the Duck Poutine was just glorious. Duck confit, gravy, Mozzarella, and fries? What’s not to love? This could easily work as an entree, and you might wish you had ordered  your own once you have a bite or two.

For mains, Zeal divides their menu into both Entrees and what they refer to as “Share Plates.” These are smaller than the entree size portions but work well as an meal if you had a couple appetizers. One of these, the Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin, the chef’s favorite menu item, was the most artfully presented dish and a hit at our table. It comes on a be of pearl cous cous with a beat puree.

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Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin

Our table then sampled entrees which included and Airline Chicken Breast, Kansas City Steak and Red Snapper. Though I rarely ever order chicken at a restaurant (it seems so unexciting), this was nicely done and it is good to note this entree is Gluten Free. The steak, the most ordered entree for our table, was prepared to everyone’s liking (mine a delicious medium) and the charcoal flavoring was obvious yet the steak was still tender and juicy. However, the best entree to hit the table was the Snapper. Topped with Seaweed Salad, it was lightly fried and served over bok choy. The sauce, a Wasabi Vinaigrette was a subtle addition, but really added to the overall flavor.

Red Snapper with Seaweed Salad

Red Snapper with Seaweed Salad

Desserts at Zeal seem to be hit or miss. The desserts in a jar trio was bland (key lime), mediocre (chocolate) and terrific (strawberry). The cheesecake was average, but nothing our of the ordinary. However, the blueberry cake was phenomenal. I’d go back to Zeal for that dessert alone.

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Zeal cheesecake, blueberry cake and jar trio.

While I wouldn’t categorize Zeal as a destination restaurant, it is one of the nicer fine dining restaurants in East Cobb.

Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Food Styling Class with Denise Vivaldo

By Kelley Musson

If you’re like me, the best part of a good meal is that moment before the first bite. When your meal is actually placed in front of you and you’re able to scope out all of the colors and textures that your dish entails. You then, of course, must capture that moment with an amazing food pic!


As food lovers we understand that presentation is a huge deal. From the minute you walk into a restaurant, you notice the lighting, the décor, the smells, and even the temperature. As your waiter walks you to your table, you take a glimpse of the other patron’s food and drink combinations. The vision alone stimulates your taste buds and taps into what becomes your own food fantasy. In this instance, appearance is everything! We truly appreciate the work a great chef puts forth in order to present a beautiful meal.

For Denise Vivaldo, creating aesthetically appealing food has been her life. She’s been called a “seasoned food professional” by the Huffington Post. She’s the author of several food publications such as The Food Styling Handbook and Perfect Table Settings. She’s catered for the Academy Awards Governors Ball, as well as television shows such as Ellen DeGeneres and The Tonight show with Jay Leno. She founded Food Fanatic in 1988, which is a catering, recipe-development and food styling firm. Denise also founded the Culinary Entrepreneurs Program where she teaches catering and food styling workshops across the country and internationally.

Lucky for us, Denise is coming to Atlanta to share her vast knowledge of food styling. On October 4th and 5th Denise Vivaldo, along with Cindie Flannagan will be holding an intensive media food styling technique workshop at the Cook’s Warehouse in Ansley Mall. Whether you’re looking for a career in professional food styling or just want to be better at food photography, this 2-day course will be an eye opener and a truly invaluable experience.

Who: Amateur Food Photographers
What: Food Styling Course
Where: Cook’s Warehouse Midtown
When: October 4th and 5th
Cost: $695

Day one students will get an introduction to the class, with a focus on learning the elements of a great food photo. Denise has mastered the art of creating a picture perfect plate and will share some of her best kept secrets to making food not only last during a photo shoot, but also keeping food fresh and vibrant looking while braving the elements of a photo shoot.

Denise is definitely not afraid to think outside of the box in order to get her dishes flawless. She so carefully chooses the perfect temperature, the perfect way of cooking (or not cooking) her food in order to have them last to create an aesthetically genius plated dish. Hands on demo’s include:

  • How to make breakfast foods look fresh throughout a photo shoot
  • How to effectively garnish a dish
  • Painting poultry and how to handle
  • Sandwich and salad presentations

Day two will continue with tips and hands on demonstrations such as how to display a traditional plate, and how to work with the best part of every meal…dessert! The day will end with a Q & A session, as well as a book signing session. To purchase tickets or for more information – Food Styling Course Atlanta.

Nancy’s: Chicago Pizza in Atlanta?

The first time I visited Chicago, my most important goal was to have some of their amazing deep-dish pizza I’d heard such incredible things about. There were no apps or Yelp services (maybe that’s not such a bad thing) at the time. So we relied on the hotel concierge to direct us to his favorite pizza spot.

After what seemed like an eternity, we were treated to the most soggy, disappointing pizza ever at Lou Malnati’s. Lucky for us we were able to make our way to Gino’s East and they more than made up for the crap LM served us. I was recently given a $50 gift card to Nancy’s Chicago Pizza in Atlanta. I was anxious to see how they compare to the Chicago pizza I’ve had previously.

The decor is nothing fancy and I wish they had more of a craft beer selection. The only local beer they carry is Sweetwater, my least favorite of all our local breweries. I opted for a Blue Moon which they have on draft.

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Nancy’s Pizza Deep Dish Pizza

We ordered two pizzas: an “ultra thin crust” Hawaiian and a Deep dish (half Chicken Cacciatore and half Uncle Tony’s). The Hawaiian (see it in the background of the picture to the left) was pretty abysmal. I’d much rather have a Domino’s Hawaiian thin crust pizza – the one by my house puts a ton of crispy bacon on top. Nancy’s pizza was not “ultra thin” at all. In fact it was rather doughy and tasted like a frozen pizza. The barbecue sauce was way to sweet as well.

I’m happy to say that the deep dish was much better – well at least half. The chicken was hard and rubbery – just not flavorful at all. The Uncle Tony’s was the exact opposite though. It was hearty and delicious and made with quality cheese and lovely ingredients of sausage, mushrooms and green peppers.

All slices of the deep dish were crispy on the crust as I would have expected and the sauce was thick, not watery at all. There are only eight slices for a large but they are a decent size. It is nice to know you can order half and half if everyone can’t agree on what they want. Too bad my stepdaughter wanted chicken. I did think the price of $27 for the pizza was rather steep too.

On the bright side, the manager, John, couldn’t have been nicer. He was so pleasant and helpful.

Nancy’s Chicago Pizza
3167 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305

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