Chef Forough Vakili merges her Persian roots with French cuisine in an all-day cafe, market and wine bar The Good Nosh, opening November 17 at the Irby Complex in Buckhead.
Vakili considers Le Bon Nosh a ‘community driven destination’, where people come for a coffee and a scone or a fresh fruit pie from the bakery before heading to work or relaxing with a shakshuka and waffles. in the morning or a ham- sandwich with butter and squash caponata during lunch at the cafÃ©. Look for natural wines and local beers served later in the day, with dinner and a small wine bar opening scheduled for December.
Vakili, who came to the United States from Iran as a teenager, attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris after graduating with a chemical engineering degree from Georgia Tech. His culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu then led him to a job at a Michelin-starred restaurant in France, before Vakili returned to Atlanta to work as a culinary consultant for Porsche.
Most of the menu at Bon Nosh is French-inspired or French-influenced, says Vakili, a style of cooking that she enjoys at home with her family and which is reminiscent of that special time in her life in Paris as she was training at the prestigious French cooking school. His favorite bites in France were sweet and savory sandwiches and pancakes, both high on the Bon Nosh menu. But, the family foods of his youth and Vakili’s Persian heritage are never far from his mind.
âWe’re going to cook with a lot of fresh herbs, which I learned growing up,â says Vakili. âFor example, you’ll see tarragon incorporated into several dishes that you wouldn’t normally expect. There’s also a cardamom cake, which is a cake I grew up eating, and a nod to my mom.
Look for Le Bon Nosh to expand dinner service later in December and for the menu to include more a la carte entrees and entrees, many of which are infused with Persian flavors and ingredients. An intimate and natural wine bar offering small plates is also expected to open by the end of the year.
Vakili says she is dedicated to using as many seasonal and locally grown ingredients and meats as possible on Georgia farms.
The design of Bon Nosh evokes the simple and sophisticated freshness for which Paris is known. Designed by Los Angeles-based studio Commune, people enter through the Market, a bright space highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows and a large hand-woven rug on the floor. Just beyond the front doors, a counter offers freshly baked pastries, bread and prepared meals, as well as coffee and tea throughout the day. An open kitchen is flanked by communal tables.
The chandeliers in the dining room and wine bar bring Le Bon Nosh from day to night, punctuated with touches of design channeling Paris and the French coast through tones of pale blue, dusty pinks and muted reds and plaster. teal and floral designs on the walls. Vakili ties into her Persian roots through saffron-colored velvet curtains, touches of bold prints, and other hand-woven rugs scattered across the floor, with a staircase in the dining room leading to a dining area. private dining on the mezzanine. The space includes a constellation of luminaries with astrological signs for Vakili’s two children.
True to her community vision of Bon Nosh, Vakili will launch a coffee market-based program next year focused on addressing food insecurity issues in Atlanta, starting with helping feed school-aged children in the area. city ââand their families.
âAfter having children, the idea that the children did not have to eat was just unacceptable to me. I decided that Le Bon Nosh would be a for-profit company with a big non-profit mission, âVakili told Eater of the initiative. âAs a first step, we will partner with KIPP schools and provide their multiple campuses with take-out meals for students. “
The goal is to provide 600 meals to schoolchildren, as well as to their siblings still at home. Vakili hopes to continue expanding the nonprofit arm of Le Bon Nosh to other charitable initiatives surrounding food insecurity in Atlanta.
Le Bon Nosh is currently open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the ground floor of the Irby, at the corner of Irby Avenue and Paces Ferry . Expect dinner to start and the wine bar to open in December.
Take a look at the opening menu:
CafÃ© and market open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner and wine bar times to come.
Public transport information: Accessible via the MARTA 110 bus line. Buses leave from Buckhead MARTA station every 10 to 15 minutes.
65 Irby Ave, Atlanta. lebonnosh.com.