Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Stem Wine Bar Segues to Sunny Spain for September Wine Tastings


Stem Wine Bar steers the oenophile train from August’s tour of German wines to sunny Spain for September’s Wednesday night wine tasting series. Owner and chef Doug Turbush will prepare six small bites to pair perfectly with sommelier Chris McNeill's selections of wines from Albariño to Rioja. No passport needed, but you will need a reservation to come along for the easy-going trip packed with sips and tidbits to eat and learn. Seats go fast for these 6:30-8 p.m. events; reserve yours today. Purchase tickets online by clicking on your preferred date: September 14 or September 28. Cost is $40 per person (plus small service fee; gratuity added at in-store checkout).

Monday, August 29, 2016

#Foodgram: Melina Hammer

Photographer, stylist, recipe developer and cook Melina Hammer transforms simple ingredients into sensational creations that entice grown-up and kid chefs alike. Along the same thought train, this past April Melina released her new cookbook, “KID CHEF: Healthy Recipes & Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen.” Nifty gifty for young kitchen Padawans. Adults, go ahead and peek. Scouts honor, we won’t tell.

What’s New on Pinterest: Lunchbox Love

Send ‘em off to face the day knowing noontime Lunchbox Love is coming their way. Healthy snacks and trail mixes, pineapple coconut energy balls and no-bake s’mores protein bars fill fuel tanks for the afternoon. Surprise the sandwich set with rainbow veggie pinwheels, wraps, rolls and “copycat” sandwiches. Cool bento box stackers, kid-approved vegan lunch box ideas and cultural crossovers like Italian sub sandwich tortilla pinwheels add diversity. Made-you-laugh edible animal look-alikes devour a youngster-sized case of the back-to-school blues. 

Milton’s Patriot Day Chowdown Salute to America Honors Local First Responders on September 11

First responders put others first on a daily basis. The tables turn on Sunday, September 11 when Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails executive chef Derek Dollar transforms the traditional Farmyard Chowdown into a Patriot Day Chowdown as an expression of gratitude to these selfless heroes. Milton’s invites the entire community – along with the city of Milton’s firefighters, police officers and Milton mayor Joe Lockwood – to enjoy an afternoon of family fun. Dollar calls this month’s chowdown a “low country boil on steroids,” thick with shrimp and corn. His kitchen team pulls out the stops by serving piles of lobster, crab legs, pickle-fried chicken, pulled pork, pastrami-rubbed ribs, side dishes and other goodies as well as kid favorites like chicken fingers, french fries and cotton candy. Every corner of the lush grounds will celebrate good works with awesome entertainment from 4-8 p.m. including fire truck tours in the parking lot, live music in the garden, lawn games, a balloon release and a lively children’s play area in the backyard with a bounce house, face painting and more. The $40-per-adult and $20-per-child price includes food, music and entertainment (tax, small online service fee, alcoholic beverages are extra). Buy tickets online. Plenty of parking! 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Appetizing Aperture: Gypsy Kitchen's KYX Cocktail

Get your kicks on Route 66, but for KYX, pull up to the bar at Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead. Wanting to create a distinctly Spanish cocktail to complement Gypsy Kitchen fare, Garn McCown marries Kentucky bourbon (KY) with East India Lustau sherry from the Jerez (also known as Xerez) region of Spain (X) for KYX ($12).  The family tree becomes even more interesting with a hand-blended mix of quince, lemon, sugar and a touch of black walnut bitters punctuated by a flamed lemon peel for a hint of smokiness.

Gerry Klaskala Cooks, Entertains Guests at “Atlanta Eats” Inside the Chef's Studio in the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom on August 31

Thirty-five guests will savor a heaping helping of stories, a chef’s demo, four-course dinner and great wines with Atlanta’s own legendary chef Gerry Klaskala at Inside the Chef's Studio, presented by Oxygen Financial, on Wednesday, August 31. Aria chef/owner Klaskala and “Atlanta Eats” host Steak Shapiro will spill some stories of life in the restaurant field during the 6:30-9 p.m. event taking place in one of Atlanta’s coolest kitchens, the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in Buckhead. Tickets, $175 per person (plus online service fee), are available on FreshTix. Price includes complimentary valet, wine, beer, four-course meal and cooking demo. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Indian and Latin American Cuisines Fuse at Affairs, Ricky Walia’s New Restaurant in Alpharetta

A love for Indian and Latin American cuisines threatened to cause tabletop tug of war for restaurateur Ricky Walia. That is until he decided to unite the two cultures in a spicy East meets West marriage at his new restaurant and tapas lounge Affairs. Now open at 4120 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta (former Urban Spice location), the joint venture from the Walia Hospitality Group and the Thakkar Group promises a blessedly bold union of culinary experiences. Walia is behind the successful Masti – Fun Indian Street Eats in Toco Hills as well as the recently opened Bombay Brasserie in Roswell. A traditional tandoor oven and the small, open-flame sigri stove yield Indian staples such as aromatic biryanis (mixed rice dishes) and rich, thick dal stews in addition to a wide array of dishes and styles from across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Rice dishes, breads, barbecue platters, salads and appetizers round out the menus. Turn to Affairs for a spicy romance with lunch and dinner seven days a week. More info: 678-566-0169.

Stem Wine Bar Spins Mother Earth Brewing Beer Dinner August 29

Mother Earth Brewing Company road trips south from Kinston in eastern North Carolina and pulls into Stem Wine Bar in Marietta for a Mother Earth Beer Dinner on Monday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. Executive chef de cuisine John Flagello creates a five-course menu that orbits around Mother Earth Brewing selections chosen by Stem general manager Chris McNeill and beverage manager David Peek. Casey Turner from Mother Earth comes along for the ride to talk about the evening’s beer pairings. The out-of-this-world menu lands red snapper crudo with nectarine supreme, hibiscus, jalapeño, radish and Georgia olive oil paired with Endless River Kolsch-style ale; chorizo, fig and focaccia-stuffed Judith Point calamari, plantain crisp, black garlic purée and micro cilantro served with Weeping Willow Wit; braised Cheshire Farm’s pork cheek, stewed hominy, sweet corn, roasted chili and okra, Mexican chocolate mole and queso cojito with Dark Cloud Dunkel; Maple Leaf Farm’s duck breast, sweet potato and duck confit hash, ancho chili and blackberry gastrique paired with Sisters of the Moon IPA; and a rich ending of espresso panna cotta, Mexican chocolate biscotti, brûléed nectarine supreme and nectarine chocolate sauce with Silent Night Imperial stout. Buy tickets online in advance; $79 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Intercept Marlow’s Brie Fondue and Crab Cakes at Sandy Springs Kickoff Cookout Tailgate August 27

Gridiron season is only a few downs away, and tailgaters are already jotting game-day noshing ideas in their playbooks. The Sandy Springs community rallies fans for its second annual Kickoff Cookout at 5 Seasons Brewing in the Prado from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. Marlow’s Tavern is on the team of local restaurants participating, selling samples of Warm Brie Fondue for $1 and Lump Crab Cakes for $2. Live music, traditional tailgate games including cornhole and QB Toss, and crafted brews kick this football season celebration into the family friendly (sorry Fido, not this time) party zone. Entry is free; purchase food and drinks with cash or card. Free parking.

Wing It with Some of the Southeast’s Best Chefs at Springer Mountain Farms' Atlanta Wing Fest Presented by Taste of Atlanta September 25

The inaugural Springer Mountain Farms' Atlanta Wing Fest presented by Taste of Atlanta takes flight at The Foundry at Puritan Mill on Sunday, September 25. Wings are the thing here, flanked by beer, Southern spirits and local music. Appropriately, Atlanta-based charity Angel Flight Soars benefits from the charitable event, as does Second Helpings Atlanta. General admission tickets, $20 each, include 1:30 p.m. event entry, wing tastes from 25 local and Southeastern restaurants, eat and greets with chefs, live entertainment and a complimentary bottle or two of water. A cash bar is available for more potent liquids. For those 21 and over, the $45 VIP First Taster ticket pays the way for early admission plus entry into Southern Spirits Lounge with café seating and an open bar pouring Southern spirits and craft beers.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“Taste of Atlanta Tuesdays” Neighborhood Dinner Series Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms Debuts September 13

Food aficionados prepping for Taste of Atlanta weekend October 21-23 can go ahead and begin with a little amuse bouche  — “Taste of Atlanta Tuesdays,” a series of four weekly five-course paired tasting menus in several of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods created by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs. Thanks to a Taste of Atlanta and Springer Mountain Farms partnership, diners will have opportunities to meet the chefs at their restaurants and experience each one’s creativity over an intimate dinner. Priced at $85 per person, tax and tip included, these dinners won’t bite into wallets. Each dinner begins at 7 p.m., and reservations are limited. Click on a date to purchase tickets:
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Trivia, Not Trivial: Dirty South Bingo at Communion on Wednesday Nights

There’s bingo. Then there’s Dirty South bingo, the varietal served Wednesday nights at Communion, the backyard beer garden at chef Kevin Gillespie’s Revival in Decatur. Stop in for a midweek pick-me-up beer and stay to play Dirty South bingo at 8 p.m. Thursday nights, switch gears to Dirty South trivia, also at 8 p.m. Thank goodness the prizes are useful and not trivial – champs win Communion tokens redeemable for beer and other menu items. Didn’t win? You can still score a token; buy six and Communion throws in number seven on the house. Plus, everyone (21 and over) can take advantage of spirited drink specials. Communion is open Wednesday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. (weather permitting). Check Communion's Facebook,Twitter and Instagram pages for updates.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

$2 Tacos Take Over Tin Lizzy’s after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays

Time out for Taco Tuesdays at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. Unfurl that stack of ones or whip out your plastic because the FlexMex cantina crew is folding $2 tacos on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. Available at all Tin Lizzy’s locations, the two buck clucks include grilled, fried, Buffalo, club and chicken con queso tacos. The fried fish taco jumps aboard the $2 deal as well. Order a bunch for the table, and you’ll be more popular than a loaded piñata. These tasty tacos will fly out of serving baskets, especially when a couple of pitchers of Blue Moon beer, $14 each, make an appearance. (Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.)

Sublime Doughnuts Scoops Free Ice Cream Through August 25 in Honor of Turning Eight

When it’s your birthday, “Happy Birthday!” greetings, cake and ice cream make the day extra special. Sublime Doughnuts is making the whole week special as they celebrate birthday number eight. Now through August 25, Sublime’s doling out a free scoop of their homemade Sublime Blue Birthday Cake ice cream to customers who walk into either the Midtown or North Druid Hills stores and say, “Happy Birthday, Baby Blue.” It’s always the right time to impart birthday greetings because the stores are open 24/7. Party hearty by purchasing one of the bakeshop’s chef-inspired doughnuts or another scoop of ice cream in flavors like mango moscato, strawberry rose, butter pecan caramel and peach riesling. Go social and look to Sublime’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram posts for a special birthday surprise.