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Cookbook of recipes by Alpharetta chefs will benefit charities

Dishes at owner Cory Harwell’s Carson Kitchen in Alpharetta: Young Beets, Black Rice & Oxtail Risotto, Pork Schnitzel, Crispy Chicken Skins, Glazed Donut Bread Pudding (center).  (Contributed by Chris Hunt Photography)
Dishes at owner Cory Harwell’s Carson Kitchen in Alpharetta: Young Beets, Black Rice & Oxtail Risotto, Pork Schnitzel, Crispy Chicken Skins, Glazed Donut Bread Pudding (center). (Contributed by Chris Hunt Photography)

Alpharetta’s restaurants have contributed recipes to a digital cookbook with proceeds benefitting North Fulton Community Charites and The Place of Forsyth County. The two charities provide emergency financial assistance, food, clothing and other services.

The book of recipes titled “Cooking Together(ish),” has recipes from Avalon, Alpharetta City Center and Halcyon restaurants. The idea was inspired by marketing teams at the three mixed-use developments.

Recipes in "Cooking Together(ish)" include dishes from 19 restaurants such as gnocchi saltimbocca from Colletta at Avalon; red velvet cupcakes from It's A Sweet Life Bakery at Halcyon, and "Famous Sloppy Jai by Botiwalla," a sandwich made with spiced lamb hash at Chai Pani in Alpharetta City Center.

Since sales began on Friday, 22 books have sold raising more than $3,300, according to The Wilbert Group public relations firm.

“We were realizing that it’s important to create something special for the community during this time,” Cayley Mullen said. Mullen is marketing director for Avalon developer, North American Properties.

Chef Scott Simon of Carson Kitchen in downtown Alpharetta included his recipe for a warm spinach salad.

“Our idea is to take a familiar food and add a twist,” Simon said. “We take the same concept and make it more vibrant with a little added sweetness and flavor with maple-sage vinaigrette, Granny Smith apples and smoked almonds.”

Carson Kitchen has been closed, but will begin to reopen this week offering curbside pickup, with eat-in dining to follow soon, Simon said.

“Our idea of Carson is to be a part of the community and give back,” he said. “We love the idea of doing something great for these two charities with these chefs.”

To receive a digital copy of the cookbook, a minimum of $25 donations must be made online at North Fulton Community Charities or The Place of Forsyth. Book purchasers then need to email proof of the donation, which could be a screenshot image, to cookingtogetherish@gmail.com.

“All of our restaurants at Alpharetta City Center are owned by local metro Atlanta residents who understand the importance of supporting small businesses and nonprofit organizations who give back to the community,” property manager Ashley Majors said in a statement. “We are so proud to be a part of this heartfelt initiative alongside Avalon and Halcyon, and look forward to heating things up in the kitchen.”