Briza’s Janine Falvo to Compete on Bravo’s Top Chef

Make your reservations to dine at Briza now because soon everyone will be clamoring for a table at Chef Janine Falvo’s restaurant.

The executive chef will be competing on the upcoming season of Top Chef, premiering November 2nd on Bravo. The following evening Chef Falvo will serve the dish she creates on the season premiere during a special seven course dinner with wines from Gloria Ferrer (details below).

At the upscale southern-inspired restaurant inside the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel Chef Falvo focuses on carefully crafted and intensely flavored dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The menu includes a touch of whimsy, from a mozzarella “egg” to bacon powder.

It’s a cooking style Chef Falvo calls “molocular” rather than molecular, as it describes her farm-to-table cuisine with a modern twist.

One bite of any of Chef Falvo’s dishes is all it takes to become a huge fan. The halibut is wonderfully crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, and the lamb is cooked to a perfect medium rare. The veal sweetbread is a standout – rich, creamy and decadent, it’s reminiscent of foie gras. Every dish is so flavorful you can’t help but eat slowly to savor each bite.

Before Briza, Chef Falvo was the Chef de Cuisine at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma. She brings her appreciation of California’s wine to Briza, whose wine list includes a nice selection of the state’s whites, reds and rosés.

As Atlantans prepare to root for Chef Falvo on Top Chef Season 9, one hope is that the show won’t outshine her talent. With outstanding food, Chef Falvo is worthy of recognition on her own.

Briza, located inside the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel at 866 West Peachtree Street NW in Midtown. (678) 412-2402

Gloria Ferrer Wine Diner
November 3, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Chef Falvo will serve the dish that she prepares during the season premier of Top Chef as one of seven courses during the special wine dinner. Each course will be paired with a wine from Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. The winery’s Executive Vice President Eva Bertran will share more about the wine. The seven course dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling (678) 412-2334.

photos from Briza’s Facebook page