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What's Cookin' Contest

What's Cookin' Contest

Are you enthusiastic about high school football? How about your local cuisine? Georgia Public Broadcasting is bringing these two southern traditions together this Fall for our, “Football Fridays in Georgia”.

Every Friday between September 7 and December 7, GPB will broadcast a high school football game live from a local stadium. We’ll invite a local restaurant to come out and share a recipe before the kickoff.

So whether you’re a fan of barbeque, fried chicken or another southern delicacy, we’ll explore how successful cuisine is a balance of preparation, quality and care! And all while you watch how a successful football team balances offense, defense and sportsmanship. Now that’s a winning combination.

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Otter’s Chicken

When Will Peterson was playing football for the McEachern Indians at the early part of this century, who would have thought he’d be an entrepreneur in less than a decade? A 2003 Alumnus of McEachern, Will attended Shorter College in Rome, got his MBA, had a chance encounter at a wedding reception at Ole Miss that led to a franchise opportunity and the next thing you know, he owns his own business! Otter’s Chicken started in Nashville, but Will is the proud proprietor of the newest location in Cobb County, Georgia. The specialty is chicken fingers and wings- a fun family atmosphere for a before game or after game meal. Will and Josh Sanders are coming out to McEachern to show Mark how to make a buffalo chicken wrap. Be sure and tune in to learn how! And to find out more about Otter’s Chicken, visit their website.




Summit Chase Country Club

Since 1973, Summit Chase Country Club has provided the citizens of Gwinnett County with a first class venue for recreation and socializing with family and friends. As Gwinnett has grown into Atlanta’s largest county, Summit Chase has also grown to accommodate its member’s needs. A relaxing round of golf, an exhilarating tennis match, a leisurely swim in the pool, a fine meal, or a festive night in the lounge…it’s all available at Summit Chase. And since 1980, the Britt family has been an integral part of Summit Chase Country Club. This week, we welcome South Gwinnett Alumnus Don Britt, the General Manager, and Stephen Chandler, the Executive Chef to come out for the All Access Pass and show us how to tailgate, country club style! For more about the Summit Chase Country Club, visit their website.




On Friday, November 2, there is no What's Cookin' for this week.  Join us again on November 9!



Buy the Bone BBQ

It was fate. After 20 years of working as an Engineer in Information Technology, Marshon Hyatt decided to pursue his passion: cooking barbeque. In the midst of turning his avocation into a vocation, Marshon learned that a location that was previously a small barbeque restaurant- one where he had eaten in the past- was available for a new venture. Always the cook in the family, Marshon opened up Buy the Bone BBQ on Stephenson Road in Stone Mountain in April 2012. Pulled pork is his specialty and he offers up a varied menu that includes fish options and BBQ cabbage- yes, you read that right: BBQ cabbage! To see the menu and information about how to find Buy the Bone, visit their website. To see Marshon in action with our What’s Cookin host Mark Harmon, tune in for the All Access Pass on Friday, October 26!



Sweet Confessions Desserts and More

Southwest DeKalb High School Alumna Cacenta Driver Guadalupe started her business more than two years ago. Sweet Confessions Desserts and More is a full service catering company, bakery and restaurant in Stone Mountain. From specialty cakes to pre-packed picnic baskets (perhaps for a visit to Stone Mountain Park!), Sweet Confessions does it all. They can even accommodate gluten free, dairy free or vegan diets. We’re looking forward to Cacenta’s appearance on What’s Cookin with host Mark Harmon. Tune in Friday, October 19 at 7:30 for the All Access Pass to see her in action! Be sure to visit the Sweet Confessions website too!


Bambinelli’s Italian Restaurant

Family owned and operated since 1980, Bambinelli’s Italian Restaurant takes pride in providing the finest quality food at a modest price coupled with courteous, efficient service by a grateful staff. Bonnie Bambinelli was born into a family possessing a passion for life and a flair for cooking. As a child, Bonnie spent her days with grandmothers “Bina” and Filomena testing and tasting all day long. Today, the secret recipes for Bambinelli’s signature sauces, famous lasagna and other pastas and meatballs are the result of well learned culinary lessons, passed down through generations. Joseph Bambinelli shares his mother’s philosophy and lends his expertise both as Chef and General Manager of the restaurants. To find out more about Bambinelli’s, their locations and their menu, visit their website.



On Friday, October 5, the Dacula @ Brookwood game starts right at 7:30, so, there is no All Access pre-game show and no What's Cookin' for this week.  Join us again on October 12!



Twisted Taco

In 2002 three friends and restaurateurs’, Paul Gibbs, Ray Sieradzki and Tom Nahas decided that Atlanta was missing a fun taco and margarita joint so they decided to open “Twisted Taco”. They took a 1914 row house in midtown Atlanta and transformed it into a successful taqueria and margarita bar. Twisted Taco took off and has not stopped! It has become well known for its fresh, unique tacos and awesome signature margaritas. Popular with locals, tourists and visiting celebrities, it was obvious that the Twisted Taco brand would grow. Taco enthusiasts can now enjoy “twisted tacos” at one of its eight locations throughout the metro Atlanta area- and at the Johns Creek/Chattahoochee game on Friday, September 28! For more information about Twisted Taco, check out their website.

FAN FAVORITE Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse is an Australian themed steakhouse restaurant. Although beef and steak items make up a good portion of the menu, the concept offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Outback emphasizes consistently high-quality food and service, generous portions at moderate prices and a casual atmosphere suggestive of the Australian Outback. Outback operates restaurants across the United States and in 18 countries abroad. But folks coming out for the Johns Creek/Chattahoochee game won’t have to travel far to get a taste of the Outback- the Johns Creek location will be a part of the What’s Cookin’ contest in support of the Chattahoochee Cougars! For more about Outback, visit their website


Jim ‘N Nick’s

Jim ‘N Nick’s Barbeque is a 25 year labor of love, developed by Jim and his son Nick and passed on to local owners across the country. Owners like Brian Lyman, who operates 5 locations in Georgia, including the South Cobb restaurant! The Jim ‘N Nick’s way is informed by a deep respect for Southern culture, which they honor by doing things with a passion for detail, honest effort and a refusal to take short cuts. The Jim ‘N Nick’s way is low and slow- their pork shoulders steep in hickory smoke for over 14 hours and everything is made from scratch. They’ll be serving up samples in support of the Lovett Lions on September 21! For more information, check out their website.



Since November 2001, Jim Graddy and Bill Marrarck have been serving up family style BBQ. The operation has grown to three restaurant locations, including the one on Briarcliff that will be serving up samples of delicious pulled pork in support of the St. Pius Golden Lions. Jim’s Dad came up with the name and designed the characters for the logo. Our producer Sammy Jones is a big fan of the Pig-N-Chik ribs and concurs with their claim that it’s “BBQ So Good You’ll Oink”! But the menu goes far beyond ribs- they’ve got pulled pork and chicken, beef brisket, turkey, fried chicken or fish and too many sides to list! Lucky tasters at the Lovett/St. Pius game will get free pulled pork samples. To find out more about Pig-N-Chik, visit their website.


FAN FAVORITE Shane’s Rib Shack

The original Shack opened in McDonough, Georgia in 2002 and since then, Founder and President Shane Thompson has built his business around hard work, family support and out-of-this-world food. Shane quit his neck-tie-wearing corporate job, dusted off his grandfather’s secret recipe and along with the support of wife Stacey, made his dream come true. You can enjoy Shane’s BBQ, chicken, ribs and custom catering at over 70 locations in cities and towns all over the map. Including the Norcross location run by Norcross Blue Devils supporter Kelly Stevens! Shane’s Rib Shack is a product of time spent with Shane’s grandfather, Big Dad. “Do what you love, and do it better than anyone else,” was Big Dad’s advice. The result? Football Fans at the Norcross/North Gwinnett game on September 14th will get to taste it! For more information, visit their website and the Norcross store.

Spiced Right Smokehouse Barbeque

Spiced Right Barbecue prides itself on being old school and authentic. Whether it’s smoking pork and brisket for 12 hours out back or putting together family recipes each morning, you’re going to get classic Georgia Barbecue as good and as fresh as it gets. After serving the Lilburn area for twenty years, the family-run business has stepped out to the Roswell area as well. Meats are smoked all night long and sides are home-made all day strong. Serving “serious barbeque” since 1988, they’re supporters of the North Gwinnett Bulldogs and will be serving up some mouth-watering samples to fans on Friday, September 14. For more information, visit their website.



Growing up in rural North Carolina, with county fairs, pig pickings, and plenty of parties, a spark was ignited for barbeque in Chip Allen. What better way to share that love of friends, family, and food, than by opening a ’que stand. That’s exactly what he did in 1999, he found a little bar-b-que stand for sale, and bought it. He quit his construction job on Friday and started selling bar-b-que on Monday. So much for giving his boss a two-week notice, but you’re not going to complain about that are you? The name is in honor of his brother Jeff, and his father David, both passed away when he was a little boy. Family is an integral part of J.D.’s Bar-B-Que, Chip and his wife Emily own and operate two locations- one in Woodstock and one in Acworth- where they aim to treat customers and employees like family. Supporters of the September 7th game winning Etowah Eagles, J.D.’s was the FAN FAVORITE in our first What’s Cookin contest as well. Visit the J.D.’s website for more information

Slope's BBQ

It all started back in August of 1990 when Bob White started selling barbeque on Sugar Pike Road in Hickory Flat, Georgia. Famous for his enthusiasm in cooking for neighborhood parties and church gatherings, the insurance salesman and financial planner took a turn as a restaurateur when he and his wife Marlene opened the first Slope’s BBQ restaurant in Roswell, Georgia in January of 1991. The White family BBQ recipes have been winning fans and fueling more locations ever since! In 1997, Bob began to spread his concept through franchising and now has Slope’s Barbeque restaurants in Alpharetta, Cumming, Cartersville, Kennesaw and Sandy Springs. Longtime supporters of the Centennial Knights, Slope’s was happy to come out and participate in our first What’s Cookin’ contest on September 7. Visit the Slope’s website for more information.