Sweeping views of the city we call home, a chef-driven, locally-sourced fall menu debut and wine pairings to compliment every bite? Scouts, it’s time to take another look at the Sun Dial Restaurant as Chef Jason Starnes shares the new fall menu in an intimate private event.
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a restaurant offering stunning views of our beloved ATL skyline. Now imagine that restaurant also serving fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers around the Southeast. Now imagine that this appealing spot flies under the radar of even the savviest ATLiens, making it into a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Too good to be true, right? Guess again, ATL. Y’all are forgetting about that iconic Atlanta destination, the Sun Dial Restaurant. But wait, you might be saying, isn’t that just some hokey tourist thing? Not even a little bit, folks. While historically the Sun Dial has been a beacon for out-of-towners and folks looking to spice up a special occasion, the rotating restaurant is actually as local as they come. For starters, it’s a symbol of this fair city - the Sun Dial is positioned atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, a defining feature of the skyline and therefore instantly recognizable to all of us proud ATLiens. And how about the fact that its architect, John Portman, is himself a born-and-bred ATL native, who even graduated from Georgia Tech? And let’s not forget about that view. How many of us locals can say that we’ve truly seen our city from every angle?
No, Scouts, the Sun Dial is anything but a regular, tourist-y hotel restaurant and bar. Chef Jason Starnes, who joined the culinary team in 2012, makes sure of that. Having grown up around chefs and butchers in his native North Carolina, Chef Jason is adamant about eating local -- in fact, upon joining the Sun Dial, he made a special point to travel around the region to seek out local food sources to add some seasonal spice to his menu. And he is just as passionate about sharing his farm-to-table philosophy with us. The Sun Dial’s special seasonal debut will see Chef Jason interacting heavily with guests as he guides them through a tasting of domestic and imported cheeses, as well as shrimp and grits prepared with local, seasonal ingredients. A harvest dessert assortment (we’re hoping pumpkin is included, because fall) will follow the dinner. And, as if you didn’t love him enough already, Chef Jason has meticulously picked out special wine pairings for each course. To add to the learning experience, the Westin's sommelier will be on hand to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the wine. Local ingredients, good wine, and an iconic, breathtaking view of autumnal Atlanta? These are a few of our favorite things.