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What’s A Purloo? What’s A Syllabub?

Written by Patti on September 18th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

What’s a purloo? What’s a syllabub?

Purloo (pronounced PUR-low) is a Low Country dish thought to have come to the South by way of African slaves, who were introduced to the dish in Africa by Arab traders.

Purloo is a rice based dish that has many different types of preparations.

The best way? The Ritz-Carlton way, of course!

What’s a syllabub? Isn’t it that course outline from college? No? Oh, right, that’s a syllabus. Never mind.

Syllabub: A traditional English dessert, popular from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. It is usually made from rich milk or cream seasoned with sugar and lightly curdled with wine.

You can learn to cook both of these dishes starting this Thursday at The Ritz-Carlton Downtown Atlanta.

Meet purloo.

This Thursday, for only $75, you can meet a trio of talented Brians:

1. Chef Brian Jones, chef de cuisine of Atlanta Grill
2. Sommelier Brian White
3. And special guest Brian “Spike” Buckowski, brewmaster and co-founder of Athens, GA-
based Terrapin Beer Company, who will bring six craft beers to sample

Three Brians for only $75! That’s a steal! Oh, and you get to learn some fun Southern Country lore, you get to eat and you get to imbibe. How fun is that? Here is the menu for this weeks’ class:

Low Country Deconstructed


St. Cecelia Punch or Plantation Punch

Pâté of the South: Pimento Cheese Three Ways, Cheese Straws, Pickled Shrimp
Terrapin Golden Ale, Rye Pale Ale and All American Pilsner

Main Course
Savannah-style Purloo, Carolina Gold Rice and Coastal Seafood
Cracklin’ Cornbread
Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Monk’s Revenge and Pumpkin Fest

Muscadine and Port Syllabub, Benne Seed Cookies

All classes start at 6 p.m. and are limited to 16 guests. Early reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling Atlanta Grill at (404) 221-6550 or visiting and typing “Cooking Class” in the comments section of the reservation form. Hint: If you use Open Table you can score points on your profile and they send you a dining gift certificate. Cool!

If you can’t make it this week, there are two more classes coming up. Foraging through the Great Smoky Mountains on October 18 and Holiday Dining at Chef Brian’s House on November 15. Wait, what? We get to go to Chef Brian’s house? Um, let me find out about that and get back to you.

In the meantime, grab your credit card and have yourself a super swanky date with your sweetie on Thursday. Just you, your date, and you know, the three Brians.

I think that might be a Monty Python sketch, but I’m not sure…

xoxo, Patti


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