Thursday, December 8, 2016

“Meet Your Neighbors” with Terminus City and Three Taverns Brewery Dec. 18

Three Taverns Brewery and Kevin Gillespie's Terminus City, the brewers and ‘cuers in your neighborhood, say “come on by and meet your neighbors” at the Decatur craft brewery on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Andreas Müller, executive chef of Revival and Terminus City's pitmaster, will be on hand chopping up and serving Gillespie’s mouthwatering whole-hog BBQ pork sliders, potato salad and coleslaw while you enjoy live music and Three Taverns beer. Grab tickets for $25, which includes music, brewery tours, a take-home dual branded beer glass and food from Terminus City. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support (D.E.A.M) Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry.

Appetizing Aperture: Dolce's Grilled Octopus Antipasti

Wrap your ever-loving arms, all eight of them, around plates of grilled octopus antipasti at Dolce in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Tender bites swim in a “seas”-oned mix of farro, chickpeas, celery and pistachio romesco ($16).

The Federal Now Serves Weekday Breakfast, Lunch and Weekend Brunch

Add The Federal, Shaun Doty’s new Midtown restaurant, to your stomping grounds for weekday breakfast, offered from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30-2 p.m. Rev up morning meetings over bowls of steel cut oats; organic yogurt with walnuts, dried fruits and chia seed sour cherry jam; protein scramble with a choice of cheddar or goat cheese, roast chicken and fresh fruit; chicken and waffles with bourbon-barrel vanilla butter and Steen’s cane syrup; and avocado toast with smoked trout, soft-boiled egg and sunflower sprouts. Powerfully hungry? Go for the three-egg brisket skillet or a big ol’ Texas breakfast of steak, three eggs and thick sliced toast. Lunchers can build a meal of starters such as Sardinian flatbread, chopped chicken liver on toast, oxtail French onion soup with Gruyere cheese and deviled eggs with bourbon-smoked paprika. Lunch entrées include blue crabcake; steak frites with sunflower sprout salad; and smoked trout with Anson Mill grits, turnips, greens and Patak bacon butter. Choose a hearty steak salad with hen mushrooms, Asher blue cheese and confit tomato or opt for a more simple salad with mustard vinaigrette. Sandwich selections include The Federal burger, veggie, fried chicken, Iowa prosciutto and tenderloin steak and are served with a choice of potato salad, Napa slaw or fries. Roast pork or roast beef brisket sandwiches with topping choices of cheese, broccoli raab with garlic pickles, pickled banana peppers and roasted bell peppers are offered from 11:30 a.m. until the meat’s all gone.
Weekend brunch joins the picture from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. starting Saturday, Dec. 10. Sip a bloody mary verde, spiked sweet iced tea, peach Bellini, grapefruit margarita, fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice or a fresh-pressed juice of the day while contemplating chow. Perhaps you’ll share a big plate of seasonal fruits, fresh ricotta toast and beignets with café au lait sauce. Big day? Fill your tank with aforementioned winners such as steel cut oats, chicken and waffles, avocado or chopped chicken liver toast, fried chicken biscuits, brisket skillet or the protein-packed Southern or Texas breakfasts. Don’t forget about evenings…do dinner at The Federal Tuesday through Sunday; the staff has Monday nights off.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bring Food Items for ACFB, Leave the White Elephant Gifts at Home -- Hand in Hand Holiday Party Dec. 8

Grab some non-perishable staples for the Atlanta Community Food Bank food drive and saunter your way into Hand in Hand’s holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 8. Enjoy holiday cheer from the open bar from 8-10 p.m. and hum along (there’ll be no hum-bugging) to holiday tunes from DJ Moon all night long. Could be your lucky night to take home a raffle prize from this Virginia-Highland pub.

Cheer on Chef Jamie Lynch at 5Church Atlanta “Top Chef” Thursday Night Viewing Parties

Season’s greetings! The premiere episode of Bravo “Top Chef” season 14 aired Thursday, Dec. 1. Did you catch 5Church executive chef and partner Jamie Lynch in the mix of eight new-to-the-show chefs and eight hungry-for-redemption returning chefs? Lynch, voted Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Chef” three years running, vies toque to toque in the “Top Chef” Charleston kitchen fray. Pull for Lynch at 5Church Atlanta viewing parties every Thursday night during the season 14 competition. Cocktails at 9 p.m. prep for each Thursday’s 10 p.m. broadcast. Why go home first? Make a night of it by booking pre-show dinner reservations online or by calling 404-400-3669.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

$14 Lunch Menu Pleases at Ray’s in the City

Downtown diners can dive into the new $14 lunch menu at Ray’s in the City. The midday menu boasts dishes from both land and sea. Choose among creamy shrimp alfredo pasta; Southern fried chicken served with Yukon Gold whipped potatoes and braised local greens; grilled Canadian salmon served warm over a crispy Caesar salad; blacked shrimp and andouille sausage po’boy with a cup of soup du jour; cheddar burger joined by house-cut fries; and a blended broiled brisket and short rib chopped steak on a bed of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes and topped with a rich mushroom demi-glace. Ray’s $14 lunch includes soft drink, coffee or iced tea. Make reservations online or call 404-524-9224.

Do You Hear What We Hear? Revival is Serving Eats at Eddie’s Attic Gospel Brunch Dec. 11

Eddie’s Attic in Decatur heralds the coming of their popular Sunday Gospel Brunch on Dec. 11 featuring Atlanta heritage blues band Mudcat, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and the Atlanta Horns. Gotta have Southern food for something like this, and executive chef Andreas Müeller of Revival, Kevin Gillespie’s nearby restaurant, joyfully obliges with an all-you-can-eat brunch spread. Chow down on favorites like roasted mushroom and smoky greens casserole, corned beef hash and fried catfish bites with remoulade sauce. Eddie’s Attic doors open at noon; show begins at 1 p.m. Buy general admission tickets for $20 each or purchase table seats in multiples of four for $20 per seat (tables filled day of show on first-come, first-served basis). Brunch is an additional $24 per person and includes coffee, soda and tea (available for purchase day of show; tax and gratuity not included).

Monday, December 5, 2016

#Foodgram: Vivian Howard

Vivian Howard calls the Tarheel State home, but the chef behind Kinston, North Carolina’s Chef and the Farmer plowed her way to Atlanta’s Gunshow in October to share her talents as guest chef in chef Kevin Gillespie’s Hired Guns series. She’s on the road again on a wild food truck tour promoting her first cookbook, “Deep Run Roots.”

Saturday, December 3, 2016

What’s New on Pinterest: Crafty Christmas

The reindeer have landed…as Oreo reindeer pops and teams of antlered bottles of root beer. Open Crafty Christmas and deck the halls with DIY Christmas food gifts and crafts. Make it a “Ho, Ho, Ho!” happening afternoon or evening by gathering friends or family to join the fun. Welcome them with mugs of hot cocoa floating marshmallow snowmen and some “crazy Christmas foods.” Create miniature Santa hat bites using strawberries, whipped cream and brownie bites, construct a pull-apart Santa cake from colorfully frosted cupcakes. For greenery, plant a tabletop forest of handcrafted, edible Christmas trees and make green cornflake wreathes. Everyone loves handmade gifts, and there’s a seemingly bottomless Santa bag of ideas here for elves of all ages.

Sublime Doughnuts in North Druid Hills Earns Kosher Certification

The divine tastes of Sublime Doughnuts are rolling farther down the path of heavenly eats. The North Druid Hills bakeshop is now also kosher. Atlanta Kosher Commission(AKC) recently granted this location with a kosher certification. Those A-Town Cream doughnuts are now “fare” game for those with dietary restrictions. Sublime’s founder Kamal Grant sought kosher certification in response to requests from a large Orthodox Jewish population in the shop’s surrounding Toco Hills community. AKC, an Orthodox community-based non-profit kosher supervising agency, currently certifies more than 150 companies in the Southeast and beyond. Sublime Doughnuts is located in North Druid Hills at 2566 Briarcliff Road, NE and in West Midtown at 535 10thStreet, NW. Both locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offer self-parking.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wear Your Tackiest Christmas Sweater to The Southern Gentleman Anniversary Party Dec. 11

Don your so-ugly-it’s-cute Christmas sweater for the photo booth and rock to holiday revelry at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The Southern Gentleman celebrates birthday number two on Sunday, Dec. 11. with a holiday party theme and food freebies -- complimentary appetizers from 4-6 p.m. and complimentary desserts from 7:30-9 p.m. Dasher and Dancer your way over and relieve the drought with $5 drafts and $6 specialty cocktails throughout the evening. Giving spirits, bring eight cans of non-perishable food items to the party and receive a complimentary drink. Fukishima Tuna entertains with live music from 5-9 p.m.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Old Meets New at Stem Wine Bar’s December Wine Tastings

Get a taste of the old and new at Stem Wine Bar’s December wine tastings. Owner and chef Doug Turbush will prepare six small bites to pair perfectly with sommelier Chris McNeill's selections of wines made in both classic and modern styles. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to compare and contrast three iconic wine grapes (chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon) and see the difference that terroir, climate and winemaker style have on the grape. Seats go fast for these 6:30-8 p.m. events; reserve yours today. Purchase tickets online by clicking on your preferred date: Dec. 7,Dec. 14Dec. 21 or Dec. 28. Cost is $40 per person (plus small service fee; gratuity added at in-store checkout).

Atkins Park Deck the Halls Crawl and Annual Tour of Homes Herald the Holidays in Virginia-Highland

The North Pole’s got nothing on Virginia-Highland when it comes to exuding holiday spirit. More closely knit than a Christmas stocking, neighborhood merchants and restaurants are welcoming shoppers, diners and VaHi Tour of Homes participants to “sleigh” their way through a Deck the Halls Crawl over the weekend of Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4. Pick up a list of participating businesses at Paper Source, stroll VaHi streets, vote on which place displays the holly-jolliest decorating and drop off your ballot at Ten Thousand Villages to be entered into a raffle for a Google Chromecast and business gift certificates. Be sure to tether at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar to quench Crawl thirsts and sit down for small bites or more filling entrées, salads and sandwiches. If you see Santa, ask to borrow his reindeer to alight at homes along the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes Dec. 3-4. Tourists, keep your eyes peeled for chefs from Atkins Park and Marlow’s Tavern handing out delicious food samples in several Tour of Homes kitchens (Marlow’s tour stop is 862 Ponce de Leon Place).