Though Turbush’s most recent endeavor is connected to his popular restaurant, Seed Kitchen and Bar, the concept is different at Stem.
“We wanted to create something entirely different and totally unique from Seed,” Turbush said.
Stem, a European inspired boutique wine bar, serves wines by the glass from Italy, Spain, France and the U.S. and small plates of seasonally inspired food.
“We wanted to create a lot of food and wine pairings and bring something new to the neighborhood that hasn’t been done,” he said.
On Stem’s menu, you may find creative fare such as chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in Applewood-smoked bacon served with a smoked chili tomato sauce and ciabatta bread or Spanish inspired garlic shrimp al ajillo along with local charcuterie and local and international cheeses.
The menu is enjoyed in a cozy and stylish 1,500-square-foot space.
“Stem is intimate with its dark colors,” said the veteran chef and owner whose culinary experience began at age 15.
Turbush’s credentials paved the way for his success. His resume includes a bachelor’s degree with honors in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin in Stout, and later the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is former executive chef at Nava and Blue Pointe in Atlanta (Buckhead Life Restaurant Group).
“We wanted to create a place (at Stem) where people could come enjoy wine and learn about wine. We had a lot of inspiration from trips to Europe,” Turbush said. He moved to Marietta from Thailand after his wife, Pranee, was transferred with Coca-Cola to Atlanta.
Turbush successfully exceeded his vision.
“The beauty of Stem is that it gives you the freedom to come in before a movie and grab some meat and cheese or after a movie for some dessert and wine. It doesn’t require you commit to a traditional reservation,” he said.
Stem also offers more to those who want to savor the experience. “We’ve noticed people are kind of camping out. You can make it a 6 course meal, a 7 course meal. You can have lots of different things to eat with lots of different wines, which seems to be the trend. People just sit down and want to have the full experience. Stem gives you a lot of flexibility,” he said.
“We’ve got a great new space for you to go and a great new option,” Turbush said.
Stem Wine Bar is at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 516, in Merchant’s Walk.
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