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Hired Guns with Vivian Howard


Gunshow’s 2016 “Hired Guns” series wraps up its run of high-profile star chefs next month. This is the last opportunity of the year to witness a stellar chef cook two memorable meals alongside chef/owner Kevin Gillespie and executive chef Joey Ward.

East coast native Vivian Howard brings her signature Southern flair infused with local ingredients and seasonal flavors to the Glenwood Park restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 23 and Monday, Oct. 24, where she’ll mingle with diners and share her love for cooking.

Restaurateur, chef, cookbook author and speaker Gillespie will cook alongside Howard both nights, along with Ward and Gunshow’s renowned crew of “kitchen dudes.” A limited number of tickets are available for purchase starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23 via Xorbia.The cost is $95 per person (not including drinks, tax and gratuity).

Growing up with tobacco and hog farming parents, Howard learned to appreciate the ebb and flow of eating with the seasons. In 2005, she and her now husband, Ben Knight, opened Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, N.C., a restaurant known for its thoughtful, creative cooking rooted in local ingredients and traditions. Just across the street is Howard’s most recent restaurant, Boiler Room, which features oysters, burgers, beer and everything in between.

Howard has many accolades under her belt, including being consecutively named a James Beard Best Chef: Southeast semi-finalist from 2011 to 2016. She is a woman of many roles, including television producer and host of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS, which has won a Daytime Emmy,Peabody Award, and garnered Howard the 2016 James Beard Award for Outstanding Personality/Host. In October, Howard will release her first cookbook, “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South,” featuring more than 200 recipes that celebrate the flavors of her North Carolina roots.

Stay tuned for details on the 2017 “Hired Guns” series, including another impressive roster of guest chefs. Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. For more information, visit gunshowatl.com or call 404-380-1886.