Spring is officially here! For a lot of restaurants, that means the return of patio season and a surge in outdoor dining. Both Haven and Valenza restaurants in Atlanta are run by a team that’s responsible for two very busy patios. “We’re very much a seasonal restaurant,” says owner Michel Arnette. “Both of our patios are very popular as soon as the warm weather hits.”
In the kitchens, Chef Stephen Herman is in charge of a team that manages the increase in covers during the warmer months. “If I could wish for anything it would be a bigger cooler,” he jokes about the spring and summer. The warmer months mean updating the menu to reflect the fruits and vegetables that are coming into season. “We have really great producers and farmers that come in and bring us their great produce,” he says.
Below, Arnette and Herman share how they prepare for the busy patio season in the front and back of the house at Haven and Valenza. [Read more…]