AJFF Thank You Letter and Photos from event


We cannot thank you and your restaurant and team enough for the delicious food, beautiful display, and wonderful experience all the AJFF sponsors had last night at our Post-Festival Thank You Party.

We thank you for being one of our Event Partners and have appreciated that relationship Maya Steaks and Seafood.

I look forward to talking with you about the 2018 Festival and hope we can count on your support again.

Again, thank you very much for all you did last night to help thank AJFF supporters.

Lori Zelony
Director of Development
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Credit: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Photographer: Daemon Baizan
View entire album of photos from the event by clicking here

Full of flavor and heart in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Full of flavor and heart in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Sandy Springs is its own, proud Georgia city, but for the average Atlanta-metro-area dweller it’s little more than a stretch of road crowded with restaurants and retail outlets. Several of the restaurants are destinations for which it’s worth driving across town, however, and Maya Steaks & Seafood is one such place.

Maya is located on a corner, so it’s easy to see the entrance but less clear where to park—thankfully, there’s valet parking. Inside the dining room is dark and narrow in a New York City sort of way. Odds are you’ll be greeted immediately, since every staff member from the host to the bartender, server to bus person is friendly and attentive. Expect a high level of service here: Your table will be attended by a server plus someone else tasked with ensuring your water glass remains full, at minimum.

There’s no shortage of upscale steak and seafood restaurants in Atlanta, or the world in general, and a quick glance at the menu will reveal few surprises. When the food arrives to the table, however, distinctions are clear.

This is American fare with Spanish flair. Plate presentations are artful with careful attention to color, texture, aroma and of course taste. Quality ingredients and expert cooking skills combine to create dishes that dance across taste buds. Don’t miss the crab artichoke dip. Steaks are cooked to order and can be adorned with up to 12 sauces and additions like crab or foie gras. On the seafood side of the menu, the lobster tails with linguine in alfredo cream is generous in size, decadent in taste. Save room for crème brûlée.

There is one surprise: The beef is Iowa Premium Black Angus. In this state where locally-sourced “Georgia Grown” is the reigning philosophy, you don’t often see “Iowa” on the menu. (In fact, I can recall no other time I’ve seen that word on a menu outside of Iowa.) But across the top of his menu at Maya Steaks & Seafood, Chef/Owner Mimmo Alboumeh has written, “After visiting Iowa farms, I experienced first-hand the passion farmers have for raising cattle humanely. This dedicated care leads to superior beef—full of rich, savory flavor. I am excited to share this experience with you and confident you too will ‘taste’ the beef difference.”

That reveals the sort of guy Alboumeh is. He cares about animals, people, has enthusiasm for ingredients, and is eager to share what he’s learned. What’s not to like?

Alboumeh, who was born in Lebanon and has lived in Italy and Spain, approaches cooking with a blend of tradition and creativity. In addition to Maya Steaks & Seafood, he owns Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and North Druid Hills.

Alboumeh has a big heart and is eager to support the community. Dine any Wednesday before May 10 and help support Second Helping Atlanta. Learn more HERE.

Getaway for Grownups.

Learn to make lobster mac and cheese from Maya Steaks & Seafood

My wife and I recently went to Maya Steaks & Seafood and had the best Lobster Mac & Cheese we’ve ever had. Please, please see if you can get this recipe! Thank you.— Steve Little, Sandy Springs

Chef Mimmo Alboumeh created this recipe that puts a Spanish twist on an American comfort food favorite. In sending the recipe he wrote, “At Maya we cook with passion and use mostly imported high quality ingredients so we recommend you do the same by shopping at a good specialty grocer. Buen provecho!”

Lobster base is a condensed concentrate and can be found in the soup section of many grocery stores. For the cooked lobster called for in the recipe, you’ll need two or three 1 1/2-pound lobsters for about a pound of meat. If you’re using lobster tails, an 8-ounce tail will yield about 4 ounces of cooked meat. And if you’re cooking the lobster, save the shells and make lobster stock for another dish.




Maya Steak & Seafood’s Lobster Mac & Cheese

20 cups water

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound campanelle pasta

1/2 pound unsalted butter, divided

2 small shallots, minced

2 tablespoons minced garlic

6 tablespoons fine sherry

3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

2 tablespoons original Tabasco

3 teaspoons smoked mild Spanish paprika

1 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 pound Gruyere, shredded (about 3 cups)

6 ounces sharp Cheddar, shredded (about 3 cups)

3 ounces Manchego, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)

5 tablespoons white truffle oil

2 ounces cream cheese (about 4 tablespoons)

1 ounce Valdeon blue cheese crumbles (about 2 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons lobster base

1 cup panko

1 pound cooked lobster meat

In a stockpot, bring water to a boil. Add salt and olive oil and stir in pasta. Cook 8 minutes, then drain and set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt 12 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook 6 minutes or until the shallot turns translucent. Add sherry, thyme, Tabasco, paprika, white pepper, salt, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Stir in cream and cook until mixture reaches 120 degrees. Add Gruyere, Cheddar, Manchego, truffle oil, cream cheese, blue cheese and lobster base. Heat to 180 degrees, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. Using an immersion blender, blend mixture until completely smooth. Remove 2 cups of sauce to use with lobster and set aside.

Add cooked pasta to remaining sauce and then spread into an 11-by-13-inch baking dish that is at least 2 1/2 inches deep. Sprinkle with panko and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees.

While pasta is baking, heat remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add lobster and cook 5 minutes or just until cooked through. Stir in reserved cheese sauce and spread lobster over baked pasta. Return to oven and bake 6 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving. Serves: 8

Per serving: 1,089 calories (percent of calories from fat, 66), 39 grams protein, 54 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 79 grams fat (44 grams saturated), 271 milligrams cholesterol, 1,533 milligrams sodium.

Maya Steaks & Seafood

6152 Roswell Road, Atlanta.

404-705-8880, http://mayasteaks.com

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Lobster Bisque at Maya Steaks & Seafood
This Sandy Springs steakhouse from restaurateur Mimmo Alboumeh keeps things simple, rich and satisfying with this bisque ($9) made with lobster meat, lobster stock, cream, brandy and herbs.

6152 Roswell Rd NE; 404-705-8880

Credit: Tomas Espinoza

Credit: Tomas Espinoza

Chef’s Table Nights at MAYA Steaks & Seafood

An evening of fine food, craft cocktails, and a worthy cause.

Dine at MAYA Steaks & Seafood on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs on Wednesdays between February 22nd and May 10th 2017 in support of Second Helpings Atlanta! Call ahead  (404-705-8880) to reserve the Chef’s Table for Second Helpings, or make your reservation for 2 to 8 persons through Open Table. If reserving online, make a notation that you’d like to be seated at the Chef’s Table to benefit Second Helpings Atlanta. Bring your party, enjoy the evening, and 20% of your total bill will be donated to SHA!

About MAYA Steaks & Seafood

Opened by Chef and restaurateur Mimmo Alboumeh of Red Pepper Taquería. Named after his youngest daughter, the menu at MAYA boasts an array of creative American steak and seafood dishes with Alboumeh’s signature Spanish flair. With a relaxed atmosphere and classic steakhouse feel, MAYA also features a curated wine list with over 40 wines by the glass and original cuts of meat from renowned meat purveyor, Iowa Premium Black Angus.

About Chef Mimmo

Committed to creating an unforgettable dining experience for each and every guest, Mimmo Alboumeh’s contagious spirit has not only landed him a loyal following, but it’s also earned him the title as one of Atlanta’s most personable restaurateurs and chefs.

Owner of MAYA Steaks & Seafood in Sandy Springs and Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and Decatur, Mimmo boasts more than 20 years of experience in the culinary industry. Born in Lebanon, he grew up in Spain and spent time in Italy before moving to Georgia. A trendsetter, Mimmo has also become known for his creative vision and ability to introduce new cooking and cocktail trends to the market.

With a philanthropic heart, Mimmo is active in each community where he has a restaurant and regularly hosts charitable events and initiatives in an effort to give back. He also belongs to the Roswell Business Alliance, the Roswell Chamber and the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce.

Chef Mimmo on FOX 5 Good Day Atlanta

Chef Mimmo was on FOX 5 Good Day Atlanta this morning making his famous Lobster Mac and Cheese with Joanne Feldman. His recipe is also being published by AJC :)

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The newest comer in the meat game makes a statement in Sandy Springs with a Spanish-American hybrid menu that can easily please you with lamb, sea bass, foie gras, etc., but all the leather inside this wood-heavy space should remind you what you're here for: the Braveheart Black Angus Beef.

Food That Rocks To Benefit Sandy Springs Charities

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Sandy Springs residents will soon be able to eat, drink and party for a good cause when the first-ever Food That Rocks celebration rolls into town.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 14 at Hammond Park.

More than 25 local restaurants will be rocking the big tent during an all-inclusive event, which will benefit Sandy Springs-based charities Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

The event, for adults age 21 and older, will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the park, which is at 705 Hammond Drive.

Tickets are $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door and can be purchased online.

In partnership with the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council and Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Food That Rocks is presented by TasteATL and Taste of Atlanta.

“The Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber is proud to partner with Taste of Atlanta, and we’re confident they will shine a bright light on our city’s restaurants and businesses,” said Tom Mahaffey, executive director of the Chamber.

Honorary co-chairs of the event include Sandy Springs residents Myron Smith of Second Helpings Atlanta, Ian Yagoda of Ian’s Friends Foundation, Lin Koperwas, ovarian cancer survivor and GOCA beneficiary and Gavin Perkins, aka Super Gav, a cancer survivor and Ian’s Friends Foundation friend.

“I am really proud to be part of the Sandy Springs community and wanted to help showcase all the great local restaurants,” said Dale Gordon DeSena, founder and CEO of Taste of Atlanta and Food That Rocks. “Food That Rocks will feature Sandy Springs’ amazing dining community and culinary talent, while giving back to the place I call home.”

For a list of participating restaurants and/or sponsorship information, visit the event’s website or call 404-875-4434.

You can also visit the organization’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Taste of Atlanta founder plans evening food and music party in Sandy Springs

Dale DeSena - Courtesy of CatMax Photography

Dale DeSena - Courtesy of CatMax Photography

Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena is bringing the party to Sandy Springs. Food That Rocks will be an all-inclusive food and music event that will showcase 25 Sandy Springs restaurants, including il Giallo, Under the Cork Tree, Maya Steaks & Seafood, and 5 Seasons Brewing.

The chefs and mixologists will be under the tent at Hammond Park, serving samples of their favorite menu items and getting to know local residents. “The whole idea is to turn tasters into diners, just like at Taste of Atlanta,” DeSena says. “We want people to come and learn about the restaurants and meet the chefs.”

The 21+ party is scheduled for May 14 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. “There aren’t a whole lot of great nighttime party events in Sandy Springs, and I wanted to show the other neighborhoods that we really are a cool, up-and-coming area. Sandy Springs is so much more than Roswell Road,” DeSena says.

Tickets cost $55 in advance and $65 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit Sandy Springs-based charities Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation, and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/dining-news/taste-atlanta-founder-plans-evening-food-music-party-sandy-springs/#sthash.Ed8wO9Z3.dpuf

7 Best New Under-the-Radar Restaurants in Atlanta

When a high-quality steakhouse opens, that's usually big news. But being located in Sandy Springs is a weird thing, not quite city, not quite out-in-the-burbs. And though chef-owner Mimmo Alboumeh's background is in fine dining, he's made a name in town recently with his more casual Red Pepper Taquerias. Atlantans should give this cozy yet upscale spot a shot, and take note of the Spanish touches on the menu, a welcome break from the same-old at most steakhouses.

Must Order: Prime beef carpaccio, with white truffle cream, capers and Manchego cheese.

6152 Roswell Rd.; 404-705-8880


MAYA Steaks & Seafood 3-Course Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, 2016 with an unforgettable three-course dinner at Sandy Springs’ upscale dining concept, MAYA Steaks & Seafood. An American steakhouse with a Spanish flair, for just $65 a person, guests can enjoy a selection of mouthwatering dining options created by Executive Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh. With 40 wines available by the glass, Chef Mimmo has also handpicked wine pairings to accompany the prix fixe menu for just $35 more per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-705-8880 or visit www.mayasteaks.com. MAYA Steaks & Seafood is located at 6152 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30328. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram via @mayasteaks.

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A three-course meal awaits at Maya with options like corn bisque, Chilean seabass, and crème brulee, for $65. Forty wines are available by the glass, too. 6152 Roswell Road, 404.705.8880.

- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/dining-news/22-restaurants-book-valentines-day/#sthash.Y7qQT4lN.dpuf

Valentine's events in Atlanta for couples and singles

Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend with an unforgettable three-course dinner at Sandy Springs’ upscale dining concept, MAYA Steaks & Seafood. An American steakhouse with a Spanish flair, for just $65 a person, guests can enjoy a selection of mouthwatering dining options created by Executive Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh. With 40 wines available by the glass, Chef Mimmo has also handpicked wine pairings to accompany the prix fixe menu for just $35 more per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-705-8880 or visit www.mayasteaks.com.

Romance in Georgia

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s time for Mom and Dad to plan a sitter and begin thinking about how to celebrate. Since hubby and I make the effort to take an overnight date once a month, we have plenty of ideas for you. Here are four of our favorite places to escape as a couple.

Adairsville. One of my favorite romantic escapes in Georgia is at Barnsley Resort. They have an onsite Fairy Godmother (her REAL title) whose job is to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences; she comes equipped with a menu of options for romantics looking for something over the top. Impress your love with cozy cottage accommodations with fireplaces and private romantic dining options.

The Valentine’s Weekend package includes a carriage ride, chocolate truffles, four-course gourmet meal and $100 credit toward activities such as spa treatments, horseback riding or golf. Hubby and I enjoyed this package about two years ago, and I always think of it fondly.

Pine Mountain. The Lodge and Spa at Callaway is a luxurious resort adjacent to Callaway Gardens. Our family visited in winter. We roamed the resort grounds, hiked and picnicked at Callaway Gardens, lingered long hours in our spacious suite, and dined in-house. It was the perfect winter escape for us: relaxing, tranquil, and peaceful.

I love that they are offering a Little Lovebirds Package that is perfect for families. The package includes one two-bedroom suite with private balconies; $100 culinary credit to Piedmont Grille; four tickets to the Birds of Prey exhibit at Callaway Gardens; one family-friendly movie with DVD player in-room; champagne and strawberries amenity for the adults, and s’mores and milk for the little ones; de-stressing couples massage for adults, and cupcake manicures and pedicures for the little ones.

Buckhead Atlanta. Buckhead is filled with shopping and restaurants that exude romance. To cap the night, try a stay at Mandarin Oriental, Atlantaone of the sexiest hotels I’ve ever stayed in! Or cozy together at Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. They are celebrating 14 Days of Chocolate and a Romance Package featuring deluxe accommodations for one evening, breakfast for two in The Café, a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petal turndown and overnight valet parking. Did I mention the heated pool is one of the best indoor pools in the state? Escape the cold this Valentine’s Day!

Romantic Buckhead restaurant recommendations? Try King + Duke, Umi or Local Three. Local Three is a favorite of mine and they have a Prix Fixe VDay menu.

Our first date night of 2016 was spent in Sandy Springs, and it was magnificent. We noshed on red wine, fried oysters, delicious steak and heavenly crème brulee at MAYA. Next door is Steve’s Live Music; it was new to us, but we are now destined to become regulars. The laid back, smoke-free atmosphere is filled with AMAZING local musical talent.

Finally, finish the night at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. Our Living Room Suite was heavenly. Don’t miss the Romantic Getaway Package that includes breakfast for two from the restaurant, champagne and strawberries upon arrival, and a late check out. Read more details about our Sandy Springs Date Night.

If you are looking for more Fun Date Night Ideas then check out the post on my website. We update it regularly, so be sure to bookmark it.

3-Course Prix Fixe New Year’s Eve Dinner at MAYA Steaks and Seafood

Location:  MAYA Steaks and Seafood
6152 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA

Time:  Seatings begin at 4:30 p.m. To make a reservation call 404-705-8880 or visit www.mayasteaks.com.

Details:  Ring in the New Year on December 31, 2015 with an unforgettable prix fixe dinner at MAYA Steaks and Seafood in Sandy Springs created by Executive Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh.  Known for its intimate atmosphere and incredible steak and seafood options with a Spanish flair, the popular dining destination will feature a special three-course New Year’s Eve menu showcasing Alboumeh’s signature offerings.  The menu includes:

  • First Course (choice of)
    • Surtido Iberico – artisanal spanish charcuterie | cheese | quince
    • Maya’s Crab Cocktail – colossal crab meat | white shrimp | salsa rosa
    • Corn Bisque – piquillo peppers | grilled toast
    • The Wedge – valdeón blue cheese dressing | warm local bacon | tomatoes
  • Second Course (choice of)
    • Chilean Seabass – sautéed spinach | lobster cream
    • Center Cut Filet – potato purée | M’ steak sauce
    • Airline Chicken Breast – truffle linguini | parmesan cream
  • Third Course (choice of)
    • Crème Brûlée – vanilla custard | fresh berries
    • Chocolate Cake – hazelnut chocolate sauce | vanilla bean gelato

The prix fixe dinner is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For $35 more per person, guests can delight in three hand-selected wines paired perfectly with each course.

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Walls decorated with wooden slats and stark black-and-white photography keep the focus on the traditional carnivorous fare at this Sandy Springs white-tablecloth steakhouse. Meat dishes stick close to the classics, incorporating an occasional Spanish touch, but things take a turn for the creative with the downright pretty presentation of seafood dishes, from crisp crudo to fragrant soup. The steak selection includes a wide variety of classic cuts, aged for different amounts of time.
What to Order: 45-day dry-aged 18 oz. porterhouse
6152 Roswell Rd.; 404-705-8880

Where to get the best sangria in Atlanta…before summer ends

MAYA Steaks & Seafood: Since the menu at this Roswell restaurant boasts an array of creative American steak and seafood dishes with Spanish flair, it’s obvious that their sangria would be refreshingly tropical. Torress Sangria, Chef Mimmo Alboumeh’s house-made version, is a $10 mix of Sparking Freixenet Cava, brandy and the seasons freshest fruits.