Sweet Auburn Barbecue Visits Venezuela for One Night Only
Arepa Mia joins the Poncey-Highland restaurant for next installment in pop-up series
Sweet Auburn Barbecue (BBQ) continues its series of pop-up dinners with a collaboration featuring fellow Sweet Auburn Curb Market resident Arepa Mia on Thursday, April 2. Sweet Auburn’s Asian-inspired barbecue and owner Howard Hsu’s Malaysian-Chinese heritage will combine with Arepa Mia’s Venezuelan menu and owner Lis Hernàndez’s South American upbringing to create a one-of-a-kind menu.
Hernàndez and Sweet Auburn BBQ executive chef Joey Stallings have created a menu that fuses the exciting flavors of both restaurants while also showcasing dishes signature to each. Appetizers include a heart of palm and avocado salad, a popular Venezuelan fried cheese snack known as tequeños and Sweet Auburn’s ribs, given a Venezuelan twist when served with tangy gausacaca sauce. The star of the dinner will be the selection of three arepas filled with Sweet Auburn brisket, Riverview Farms pork and a blend of seasonal, locally-sourced vegetables, influenced by both Hernàndez and Stallings.
Round out dinner with cocktails such as a “tizana,” Venezuela’s answer to sangria¸ “papelón con limón,” crafted with panela, water, lime juice and rum and rum and coke, and a dessert of dulce de lechoza, a green papaya dessert spiced with cinnamon and cloves.
Beginning with April’s celebration, Sweet Auburn will donate 10 percent of food sales from each monthly pop-up to The Giving Kitchen, a local nonprofit that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area restaurant workers who are facing unanticipated hardship. Making things more exciting, Sweet Auburn and The Giving Kitchen are giving away two complimentary seats to the dinner. Atlantans can find more details by keeping their eyes on The Giving Kitchen and Sweet Auburn’s social media accounts.
The series, which debuted in January, has already brought late-night ramen featuring guest chef Reid Turner of Kimball House and a Chinese New Year celebration with Monday Night Brewing. In the future, guests can look forward to a collaboration with chef Hector Santiago, celebrating his late restaurant Pura Vida, which previously held Sweet Auburn’s address.
April’s dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and continue late into the night. For more information, please call Sweet Auburn at 678.515.3550 or visit their Facebook.
About Arepa Mia
Owner Lis Hernàndez’s Arepa Mia is Atlanta’s premier destination for authentic Venezuelan fare, with locations at Sweet Auburn Curb Market and in Decatur at 307 East College Ave. The market stall serves up arepas and empanadas every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the stand-alone restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please visit arepamiaatlanta.com, facebook.com/arepamia, follow the restaurant in Twitter @arepamia, or call 404-880-8475.