Lineup Announced for Gunshow's 'Hired Guns' Series

Back by popular demand for a fourth year, the “Hired Guns” series at Atlanta’s Gunshow is planning to outdo itself in 2017 with a lineup of acclaimed chefs who are taking their city’s culinary scene by storm for six Sunday dinners. Season tickets make the perfect gift and are the only way to guarantee a seat at the table as the series is expected to sell out quickly. They are available now for the entire series for $1,000 per couple at RedBeardMerch. The package includes souvenir tickets, signed menus and a photo opportunity. Drinks and gratuity are additional.

Chefs Kevin Gillespie and Joey Ward of Gunshow have gone international for the series debut on January 29, inviting Hakim Rahal and Pablo Rojas of Provisions in Montreal. Rahal and Rojas have garnered attention from critics and diners alike for their five-course family-style menu created around the ingredients of the day from local purveyors. If tickets are still available after season passes are purchased, they will be $95 per person and go on sale December 29via Xorbia.

“Joey and I feel like kids in a candy store when we get to host creative chefs like Hakim and Pablo in our kitchen and cook alongside them,” says Gillespie. “Each one has a distinctive background and history with food that has shaped who they are today and how they choose to prepare and serve their dishes. These dinners make for an awesome telling of their story.”

Future dates and chefs for the “Hired Guns” series are as follows. If tickets are available, they will go on sale one month prior to the dinner.

March 12—Jennifer Carroll of Requin in Washington, D.C.

May 7—Grae Nonas of Tullibee in Minneapolis

August 6—Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans

September 10—Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and Coppa in Boston

November 5—Cara Stadler of Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, Maine, and Tao Yuan in Brunswick

“We keep the seating limited to 100 guests for these dinners so it can be an intimate experience, like a really great dinner party where the host has time to mingle with all of the guests and everyone feels the energy of the evening,” says Ward. “Our guest chefs always blow us away with their signature dishes, and it’s a lot of fun for me, Kevin and the Gunshow team to pair them with some of our favorites as well.”

“Hired Guns” began in 2013 as a way to lure some of the country’s most talked about chefs to Gunshow for a showcase of their flavors and personalities alongside the restaurant’s featured items. Past chefs have included Top Chef alums Bryan Voltaggio and Brooke Williamson as well as James Beard award-winning chefs Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, Tandy Wilson of City House in Nashville and Vivian Howard of “A Chef’s Life.”

Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. 

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