South City Cooking

Saturday’s Chef Demo features Jeffrey Gardner
of South City Kitchen Midtown – 10:00 am on 8/14

Chef Demos are sponsored by Whole Foods Market

It’s not often that a restaurant draws world-renowned customers like Laura Bush, Usher, and Conan O'Brien, to name a diverse few. But, as we know here in the South, fried chicken is a language spoken by all. And we’re lucky to have such talented chefs as South City Kitchen’s Jeffrey Gardner to spell it out for us.

Hailing from Natchez, Mississippi, Gardner first experienced life in a professional kitchen when he signed up to help cater a fundraising lunch for 1,100 people, including one President George W. Bush, at the Mississippi Coliseum. He then began his career by working under Dan Blumenthal of BRAVO! Restaurant and Bar in Jackson, MS, while also earning degrees in business and Spanish from Millsaps College. Gardner ultimately chose to pursue his culinary passion by attending Charlotte’s Johnson & Wales University, earning his degree in culinary arts with a minor in oenology (that’s wine, y’all).

After graduation, Chef Gardner moved to our fair city of Atlanta where he has served as Sous Chef of Fifth Group Restaurants’ South City Kitchen Midtown since 2009. Under the direction of Executive Chef Chip Ulbrich, he uses local and seasonal ingredients to create contemporary Southern cuisine that draws crowds both locally and nationally. And, you never know, a trip to South City might just include a little star gazing on the side.

Join us this Saturday for Chef Gardner’s demo under our cool new tents!

- Jennifer Maley