We hinted last month, and now the first of several soon-opening new restaurants from chef Deborah VanTrece is open in southwest Atlanta. Oreatha’s, named for VanTrece’s mother, is a true family affair, with recipes inspired by what moms around the world prepare for their loved ones, with plenty of Chef Deb’s flair for soulful Southern ingenuity.
There’s fried duck ravioli for those whose roots stretch to Italy, Thai-seasoned catfish with tamarind hot sauce, coconut grits, and curry coleslaw, the Japanese/French nori-crusted salmon Niçoise salad, and much more, crafted by a team led by executive chef Christian “Lucke” Bell, who comes to Oreatha’s from West Midtown Caribbean hot spot Rock Steady. Even the desserts are inspired by what somebody’s mama from anywhere around the globe would make, whether you’re into Persian love cakes or pecan pie baklava.
And of course Chef Deb’s family is in the mix, with featured dishes like “Mother Oreatha’s” smoked duck pot pie, and a beverage program overseen by VanTrece’s daughter Kursten Berry, which includes a focused wine list of Spanish, Argentinian, Californian, and Italian pours by the glass, and cocktails like the “Mother of Dragons,” made with Cognac, lemon, Angostura, and orange chile syrup. Happy Mother’s Day indeed.