Probably the most well-known rock star within the universe had a meal not too long ago at Miller Union in Atlanta, serving up massive thrills for the back and front of the home. There was a lot to have a good time, particularly because it occurred on the eve of the restaurant’s twelfth anniversary.
When a legend walks within the eating room…
“It positively was an exhilarating second when he arrived,” Steven Satterfield, chef/proprietor who was within the kitchen on that busy weeknight, mentioned in a latest telephone interview.
Somebody of the final word rock star’s group had referred to as the restaurant, but it surely was a final minute type of deal. There have been no particular preparations made, no elaborate five-course meal deliberate weeks prematurely. “They ordered off the menu,” Satterfield mentioned.
The occasion arrived shortly after 9 and had been escorted via the kitchen to a few tables on the patio. “They had been tucked in a nook. You couldn’t actually see him,” the chef mentioned.
A lone off-menu request got here in from the icon: Might the kitchen make him some French fries?
Properly… kinda. Miller Union is deservedly beloved for its mission to showcase native, seasonal produce and potato season was previous its prime. Nevertheless, there was a brand new dish that featured candy potato fries.
Sure, please, he’d give them a go. And these weren’t simply the standard shoestring candy potato fries, however freshly unearthed fingerlings that had been dredged in a rice flour slurry earlier than being tossed within the scorching oil.
Because the night’s service started to wind down, Satterfield headed out to the patio to examine on the very, very VIPs and a pair safety guys stopped the chef earlier than he approached the desk the place Jagger was seated. “They wished to inform me me they had been having a good time and so they cherished the meals,” he mentioned.
Satterfield requested if he may say hey to Jagger’s occasion and the reply was an emphatic YES.
“Everybody was complimentary. They mentioned the whole lot had been so inventive and scrumptious. Mick mentioned he was completely satisfied to fulfill me,” the chef recalled.
Satterfield returned to the kitchen, immediately regretting that he had not requested for a photograph, however “it will have been awkward. He was sitting down. I didn’t need to ask.”
But, when the group acquired as much as go away, a savvy server gave Satterfield a heads up and he made the ask. Mick Jagger was completely satisfied to oblige. Judging by the large grin on his face when the picture of the 2 was taken, he was clearly happy.
Earlier, Jagger spent the day exploring ATL forward of the Rolling Stones live performance on Nov. 11, documenting his scrumptious discoveries on his Twitter and Insta feeds, a colourful accounting that included a cease at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Proper on! You’ve seen the person dance tirelessly across the stage. He wants the energy!
One last word on why this assembly was so significant: Satterfield has a little-known background in music and performing. He was in a band referred to as Seely, which put out a number of albums and toured within the Nineteen Nineties earlier than going their very own methods in 2000. These journeys and the horrible meals the highway weary vacationers endured impressed the chef to cook dinner. Someway becoming that many within the meals media and the adoring public name Satterfield a rock star chef.
A dozen years down, many extra to go
Whereas the glow from that memorable night was nonetheless contemporary, Miller Union marked its twelfth anniversary doing what it does greatest: serving appreciative friends.
However it wasn’t at all times such a festive environment. Throughout these pre-opening days, there was loads of apprehension in regards to the restaurant’s means to maintain the doorways open.
Satterfield recalled: “Our timing was horrible. The financial downturn had simply began. Individuals instructed us we had been loopy for going forward with the challenge.”
And, but, right here they’re… a dozen years and tens of hundreds of stellar meals popping out of the kitchen from the seasoned crew.
Even through the early days of the pandemic, Miller Union was in a position to preserve most of its crew by profitable a contract to feed well being care employees. Like many others within the culinary world, they group deftly pivoted and the restaurant started providing takeout, a apply that continues.
Clearly, his long-time assist is far appreciated.
“His lasting dedication to farms and farmers is actually greatest in school,” mentioned Judith Winfrey, who owns and operates Love is Love Farm together with her accomplice, Joe Reynolds. “It’s not about following a development or attempting to spice up gross sales. He does it as a result of he’s dedicated to high quality and since it’s the suitable factor to do.”
And simply in case you want another excuse to like Mick Jagger, watch this: