There's An App for That

It's hard to beat brunch on a beautiful, sunny day in Atlanta!

But when your foodie friend and blogger extraordinaire, Erica Key of Eating with Erica, tells you you're invited to Empire State South for brunch with the one and only Hugh Acheson, you know to expect two things: local, seasonal goodness and Hugh's personality (if unfamiliar, Google an episode of Top Chef).

The fabulous host 
Upon arrival, we were greeted with super cute YP (formerly known as Yellow Pages, yes the phone book) notepads and pens. YP has taken their talents to an app, as well as a full-blown website! #TheresAnAppForThat

Once I secured my "utensils," it was time to get to business! Made my way to their large bar and ordered a mimosa. If you think there's another options at brunch, not sure we can be friends! Kidding, bloody's are acceptable, too. And with it being summertime, rosé is also a brunch must! Since YP put on this fabulous event, it seemed fitting to feature a 'The YP' cocktail {Blanco Tequila, Gentian Liquer, Aloe Liquer, Lime} on the menu. I taste tested it, and it's Kale Me Kelly approved (all in the name of the blog)!

Chatting with Allie over ESS's delicious cocktails! 
With my mimosa in hand, I made my way over to the swarm of bees bloggers, who were gathered around the food table (naturally). Since I have a love affair with food, I am easily overwhelmed. My MO at these types of events is to load up, and then go back for seconds of my favorites! If I had to pick one favorite from the lineup, I'd highly recommend the French Toast! To. die. for. Check out the scrumptious spread Hugh Acheson and his staff put together!

Griddled Bacon, egg & cheese biscuit, Tomato & cucumber salad with feta and local greens, Marinated zucchini with spring onions and wheat berries + Homemade granola with local Georgia yogurt
Sinful French Toast {sorghum, berries, hazelnut streusel, marshmallow}
Table for Two | Brunch Essentials: Mimosas, French Toast, Home Fries, Bacon, Egg & Cheese biscuit, Homemade Granola & Shrimp 'N Grits

After nibbling devouring all that amazing food, we gathered in ESS's private dining space (available to rent out for events) for a Q&A with the man of the hour, Mr. Hugh Acheson himself. But the most important question he answered was what rosé he was sipping on while making dinner the other night. 
Allie of Peachfully Chic, Hugh Acheson (nbd), Erica Key of Eating with Erica / host of the event
Selfies with Hugh
Brunch is always better with friends! 

As always, thanks to YP & my dear friend, Erica Key, for making all this happen! And a big thank you to Hugh and the folks are Empire State South for the hospitality. 

Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 

Brunch runs from 10:30am - 3:00pm

They also have a private dining room perfect for your next event!

Follow @kalemekelly on Instagram and let me know what new restaurants you're loving! Use the hashtag #kalemekelly! Bon appetite!

Special thanks to Allie of Peachfully Chic for some of these awesome pictures! 


1 comment:

  1. Loved reading through your recap of this fun day! Definitely impressed with ESS, YP, Hugh Acheson, and Eating with Erica.... LOVE this movement! xo

    Allie @ Peachfully Chic