An open-air chefs market at forthcoming Pratt Pullman District in Kirkwood coincides with a double screening of “John Lewis: Good Trouble” and a voter registration event on Saturday, September 26. The development is hosting a series of outdoor events during the annual Atlanta Film Festival, which kicks off its digital conference and drive-in movie screenings on Thursday, September 17.
Restaurants 8ARM, Octopus Bar, and the Abbey Singer, cake bakery Nunu Cakes, private chef service Foodcation Forever, and pop-ups Phở Cue Vietnamese barbecue, Kamayan ATL Filipino food, Heaps meat pies, and Vinetta all plan to take part in the chefs market. As many as 20 food vendors are expected that evening.
“The idea of a chefs market originated a couple of months before Covid, but the potential positive impact of the market has really gelled as a result of the deleterious impact the pandemic has had on so many chefs and restaurants,” Pratt Pullman developer and Atomic Entertainment co-owner Adam Rosenfelt tells Eater. “The concept behind the market, much like a farmers market, is to create an open air market with rotating vendors selling [dishes] directly to the consumer.”
The food market has one other purpose, Rosenfelt says, and that’s to provide a place for Atlanta chefs, food truck operators, and other food and restaurant proprietors to supplement their incomes and grow their businesses. He and Atomic Entertainment co-owner Maureen Meulen hope to continue hosting the market monthly at Pratt Pullman. If successful, it could become a weekly fixture at the development.
While the September 26 outdoor market is open to the public, the drive-in screenings for “A Night of Good Trouble” and poster art show, curated by Atlanta artist Fabian Williams (Occasional Superstar), are $50 per person.
Billed as a “creative city,” the 27-acre historic Pratt Pullman District will eventually feature several film and television sound stages and production facilities, a greenspace, parks, and several restaurants and bars. Skip Englebrecht and chef Nhan Le of 8ARM and artist George Long plan to open an all-day restaurant called Bellsmouth Cafe and an outpost of 3 Heart Coffee Roastery at Pratt Pullman some time next year. The cafe and coffee roastery join gastropub the Abby Singer along Rogers Street.
Public chefs market, September 26, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Masks required.