Yesterday, I attended a private cocktail reception at Chef Eli Kirshtein’s first new restaurant, The Luminary.  This new restaurant is located in the Krog Street Market.  The Luminary, which is named after Atlanta’s historic first newspaper, is sure to be an Atlanta’s favorite go-to in no time.

At this private reception, Chef Kirshtein opened the afternoon with a toast.  Throughout the reception, guests were treated to various tasty hors d’oeuvres from The Luminary’s menu.  Some of my favrorites include:   beef tartare, chicken liver mousse, peel and eat shrimp, and roasted chicken hearts.

Delish Seafood Platter with Mussels, Peel and Eat Shrimp, and Oysters


Bartender Ian Cox doing, what he does best.


Eating With Erica and Alexa Lampasona

We were also treated to a selection of delicious cocktails from lead bartender, Ian Cox.  Cox recently won the Atlanta title in Bombay Sapphire’s ‘Most Imaginative Bartender’ contest. Cox will compete next month for the next round of the competion. (GO, Ian!)
The Luminary features a classically inspired menu, large raw bar, craft beer, and cocktail program.  They also have 400 square feet in patio space.  With it still being warm, I’m so happy I still have time to enjoy the beauty of a patio.

Eating With Erica and Chef Eli Kirshtein at The Luminary


Tasty Beef Tartare at The Luminary

The Luminary is open for dinner Tuesday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 6-11 p.m. (closed Sunday & Monday).  They will expand their hours and begin serving lunch in the coming weeks.What I loved most about the afternoon is how Chef Eli made sure to interact will all the guests, and his energy that he displays regarding his new restaurant is contagious.

A menu favorite that I can’t wait to try is the chicken paillard, black cod, and veal breast rouluade.
I can’t wait to stop by for dinner and complete a resturant review.
Make sure you stop by The Luminary and follow this new, awesome restaurant on social media at Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: @theluminayatl