Chef Art Smith’s newest restaurant in Atlanta, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, continues the refinement of his famed southern cuisine, with a heavy dose of bourbon to boot. Sited in InterContinental Hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Southern Art delivers an exciting modern twist on traditional southern cooking. This private experience couples Chef Art’s renowned culinary delights with a special tasting of the country’s finest small batch bourbons, to create a very “spirited” event.
The evening began with a reception featuring specialty bourbon cocktails, wine, beer and passed canapés, followed by remarks with Q and A from Art himself. Afterward, we were treated to lovely southern comfort culinary vignettes featuring Chef Art’s enticing and delicious spin on Southern home cooking, paired with a well-cultivated selection of American bourbons. We then spent the remainder of the evening in casual discussion with Chef Art.
Having received the culinary profession’s highest awards and having cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities, Art Smith brings his culinary passion and prowess to Atlanta with Southern Art. In addition to his role as executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, Illinois, Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., and LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto, California, Smith served as the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey for 10 years and now coordinates and cooks for the headline-grabbing special events that she hosts worldwide. Smith’s several television appearances include “Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Iron Chef America,” “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “Fox News,” “Extra,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dr. Oz” and “Oprah.” A contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine, Smith is also the author of three award-winning cookbooks: “Back to the Table,” “Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families” and “Back to the Family.” In 2003, he founded Common Threads, a nonprofit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world’s great cultures. Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2007, and later that year received the prestigious “Humanitarian of the Year” award by the James Beard Foundation.