Gay food blogger gives ‘Savory Exposure’ to ATL eateries

Broderick Smylie, 36, has lived in Atlanta for 11 years, living throughtout the metro area from Norcross to Conyers to Decatur to Midtown. He's always enjoyed food and has a special fondness for Asian and Mexican restaurants on Buford Highway and in Duluth ― and, he says, don't knock OTP dining until you've tried it.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Smylie moved to Atlanta to escape the snow and cold winters.

“It gets colder here than I first envisioned,” he says.

Smylie said he began writing his own food blog, Savory Exposure,  several years ago after following other food blogs he admired ― Tami Hardeman's “Running with Tweezers,” Hardy Wallace of “Dirty South Wine” and Matt from the former blog “Rowdy Food.”

Beloved Atlanta lesbian chef Ria Pell has died

Ria Pell, chef and owner of the renowned Bluebird Cafe and a beloved member of Atlanta's restaurant and queer community, died Sunday.

Pell's Facebook page is being filled with tributes of love and sadness of the sudden loss of the  Atlanta chef as well as a supporter of LGBT equality.

Pell's family includes her wife, Kiki Carr, and partner, Karen Portaleo.

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Atlanta Chef Ria Pell brings out the knives on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’


Chef Ria Pell, the culinary artist behind Ria's Bluebird and Sauced, is competing on the wildly popular show "Chopped" on the Food Network.

The reality elimination cooking show hosted by Ted Allen airs Tuesday, Nov. 20. Pell invites the community to gather at Sauced Restaurant & Lounge on Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park for a viewing party as well as chance to nosh on food from "badass local chefs" from The Spotted Trotter, Fox Brother’s BBQ, Palookaville, Rathbun’s and Taria Camerino of The Optimist.

There will  also be hand-crafted cocktails by Sauced's own barkeepers. DJs Osmose and Ree de la Vega get the party started  at 8 p.m. and “Chopped” screens at 10 p.m.

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Best of Atlanta: Eats

Chef Ria Pell of Ria's Bluebird and Sauced

After two months of online balloting and thousands of votes cast, we present the best of the best — our second annual GA Voice Best of Atlanta winners.

The selection process began in May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Places, Eats, Shopping, Arts & Entertainment and Nightlife.

The top three finalists in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.