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David Sweeney's Next Stop Is The Red Barn Cafe in North Georgia

Sweeney will take over the restaurant's kitchen for six months

David Sweeney.
David Sweeney.
Andrew Thomas Lee

Former Dynamic Dish chef David Sweeney has been showing up in kitchens all over Atlanta lately, but his next venture is a little more permanent. Sweeney announced Monday he will serve as the seasonal in-house chef for The Red Barn Cafe at Tiger Mountain Vineyards. His run will begin on May 8 and last six months, through the end of October.

The Red Barn map

"My goal has always been to serve foods that nourish," Sweeney said in a prepared statement. "It’s exciting for me to be able to do this in the setting of the winery and backdrop of the vineyards. The environment alone feels healthy and uplifting."

Tiger Mountain Vineyards is located at 2592 Old 441 S in Tiger, just outside of Clayton. The Red Barn's first day of the season is Mother's Day, and after that it will be open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sweeney also will serve as catering chef for private events and wine tastings. In his time at the restaurant, he'll dish out a "casual menu to pair with the gold medal-winning wines of Tiger Mountain Vineyards."

"I look forward to serving a menu where guests can enjoy the high-quality ingredients Georgia has to offer, prepared in my own style, and paired with Georgia wines," the chef said.

See Sweeney's complete menu below.

Wine Cocktails

The Summer Cup - Cabernet Franc/Lemon-Lime Soda/Watermelon Juice/Mint

Cool Mint & Melon - White Tiger/Elderberry Cordial/Melon/Soda/Mint/Lemon

Starters

Crostini 2 ways Classic Bruschetta with Tomato/Basil/Garlic/Lemon

Turmeric Chevre w/Scallion & Spiced Pumpkinseed

Soup of the Day

Local Mixed Greens of the Day

Prosciutto di Parma with Seasonal Fruit (Melon-Peach-Fig)

Local Vegetables

Yellow Squash & Zucchini Gratin

Roasted Beets in Mulberry Marinade w/Feta, Scallion & Spiced Pumpkinseed

Red Neck Caviar - Black Eyed Peas, Roasted Peppers/Corn, Cucumber, Cilantro

Steamed New Potatoes with Herbed Quark

Cole Slaw with Goji Berry-Turmeric-Orange Dressing, Dill, Benne Seed

Burger

NC Brasstown Beef "Big Fat Greek" Burger w/Tzatziki, Tomato & Lettuce on a Sesame

Bun with a side of Potato Wedges

Trout

Sunburst Farms NC Cornmeal Dusted Fried Rainbow Trout with lemon, a side of

coleslaw and local greens

Brats

Riverview Farms Grilled Pork Bratwurst served with German Style Potato Salad

w/Cucumber & Radish, Spicy Mustard and Grilled Organic Country Sourdough

Local Cheese Board

Manyfold Farms (GA) Garretts Ferry (Sheep), Sequatchie Cove (TN) Dancing Fern

(Raw Cow), Woodsman & Wife (GA) Jersey Girl (Cow), Fig Jam, Pumpkinseed Brittle,

Radish, Bread

Anti Pasti Board

Tuscan Salami, Prosciutto di Parma, Capers, Olives, Stuffed Baby Peppers, Roasted

Fennel & Eggplant

Dessert

Rose Geranium Pound Cake w/High Road Creamery Ice Cream & Local Fruit

Ancient Grain Parfait w/Coconut Yogurt & Blueberries

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