Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ray’s at Killer Creek Uncorks Wine Bottle Specials and October Concert Series

Wine and live music go hand in hand, and Ray’s at Killer Creek has the market covered for both. Serving a revamped menu in a casual atmosphere, the Alpharetta restaurant is offering 50 percent off all wine bottles priced $200 and under all day every Friday and Sunday. Notable selections include Cakebread chardonnay reduced to $45/bottle, Prisoner zinfandel blend reduced to $40/bottle, Jordan cabernet sauvignon reduced to $60/bottle, Silver Oak Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon reduced to $68/bottle and Caymus Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon reduced to $75/bottle. On Fridays in October, those half-priced bottles come with live music from 6-9 p.m. on the patio or lounge. Mark calendars for Marty Manous on October 9, Perry Kit on October 16, Francesco Maceri on October 23 and Brandon Reeves on October 30. Note, the wine promotion excludes reserve selections and cannot be combined with other discounts and promotions.

Explore, Eat and Earn Money with New LivingSocial Restaurants Plus

LivingSocial deals have been saving Atlantans dough for years. Now Restaurants Plus, a new pilot program launched in Atlanta, pays restaurant goers up to 30 percent back for doing what they do best – eating out. It’s free and easy. Just sign up on LivingSocial’s website, register a qualified credit or debit card and dine at a participating eatery in the Restaurants Plus directory, which includes details on savings and times restaurants offer cash back. Just swipe the registered card and wait for your earnings to add up. Once savings reach the minimum amount earned, consumers will receive cash back on the registered card. No vouchers or gift cards to present; no hassle. Sounds like a delicious deal to us.   

Pick the SEC Champion and Win at Bantam + Biddy and Chick-A-Biddy

Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy are kicking off an SEC Championship promotion, and lucky diners can intercept a $20 restaurant gift card. To participate, purchase an entrée at any Bantam + Biddy location or at Chick-A-Biddy and submit your pick to win the SEC Championship game on December 5. Will it be the UGA Bulldogs from the SEC East or perhaps the Ole Miss Rebels in the West? Time will tell. Hurry, the clock runs out to enter at 6 p.m. on October 14. Winners will be contacted after the SEC Championship game. Fine print: one entry per person with the purchase of an entree. Maximum of one (1) $20 gift card awarded, regardless of multiple entries.

Monday, October 5, 2015

What’s New on Pinterest

Ham it up! October is National Pork Month, and our Pass the Pork board is squealing with delight. Root around and discover million dollar bacon, Cuban mojo-marinated pork, Korean-style pork chops, pork Marsala with mushrooms and shallots, dark chocolate-covered bacon and chef Kevin Gillespie’s oink-worthy cookbook “Pure Pork Awesomeness."


Straight up or on the rocks, Thirsty South delivers the news on all things drinking (and eating) well in Atlanta and beyond. Pour over shots of the latest liquor and wine finds, swanky coffee shops and hearty comfort food. Thirsty for more?  Visit the Thirsty South website.

Appetizing Aperture

They had us at “Candy Bar” cake. Diners will be tempted to skip the main course and go straight to dessert with Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails’ new dessert menu. Head down to Jacksonville, FL and dig into Blondie in a Jar brimming with peanut butter fluff, apple butter and compressed apples; pumpkin beignets with spiced pear compote, espresso-chip ice cream and candied pumpkins seeds; or sweet potato spice cake with maple mousse, vanilla ice cream and crispy sweet potato, to name a few. 

Wrap Up Holiday Party and Event Planning at Atlanta Restaurants

Scratch holiday party planning off your to-do list. Many of Atlanta’s best restaurants offer private dining and event options complete with delicious food and drinks, impeccable service and the perfect atmospheres for groups of all sizes. From casual fun and games to dressed up with someplace to go, there’s an option wrapped and ready. Hop over to Atlanta Food News for the full list.    

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October is Red Beard Restaurants Month at Garnish & Gather

Garnish & Gather, Atlanta’s organic dinner kit delivery service enabling home cooks to prepare their own restaurant-worthy meals in 30 minutes or less, is partnering with chef Kevin Gillespie’s Red Beard Restaurants in October. Four Red Beard Restaurants chefs are providing dinner recipes using Garnish & Gather’s local, farm-fresh ingredients. During Red Beard Restaurants month, look for stuffed Swedish sausage gratin with apple, onion and cheese from Revival executive chef Andreas Müller the week of October 5; pasta puttanesca with spaghetti squash from Gunshow executive chef Joey Ward the week of October 12; roasted chicken with sage and lemon caper sauce, fingerling potatoes, snow peas and shitake mushrooms from Revival executive sous chef Rémi Granger the week of October 19; and Korean barbecued pork bulgogi from Gunshow and Revival owner/chef Kevin Gillespie the week of October 26. Meal kits can be picked up on Monday of each week or delivered to a home or office. See website for order deadlines and more details. 

HOBNOB’s New Hearty Winter Menu Warms the Soul

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern gets a jump on winter with a new hearty menu that bodes well with the restaurant’s warm and inviting atmosphere. Salad lovers can fork into Mother Nature salad ($11.50)  loaded with quinoa, cucumber, edamame, avocado, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, pickled onions, cranberries, candied pecans and topped with basil vinaigrette; and tomato and burrata salad ($10.95) joined by baby arugula, pickled shallot, basil pesto and drizzled with EVOO and balsamic. Filling Mother Load nachos ($10.95) top crispy tortillas with chili, HOBNOB beer cheese, pico de gallo, colby Jack cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Satisfying entrees include short rib pot roast ($14.50) served with buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and red wine gravy and smoked chicken pot pie ($13.50) filled with peas, potatoes, carrots and smoked bacon. New on the sandwich board are a Charleston-style pork belly sandwich ($12.95) topped with peach jam, HOBNOB sauce and sunny eggs; the fried green tomato BLT ($11.50) that loads a country loaf with Applewood-smoked bacon, tomato-horseradish relish, goat cheese, balsamic reduction and mayo; and a three-cheese grilled cheese and tomato bisque combo ($11.95). The pork belly and arugula pizza ($13.95) is covered with grilled pineapple, caramelized onion and tomatoes while the 50/50 burger ($12), made with 50 percent beef and 50 percent bacon, is served with either house-cut fries or seasonal vegetables. No need to wait for colder temps, these new menu items are available now.

Harvest for a Cure Gathers Hope for a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

Top Atlanta chefs, sommeliers and private wine collectors come together for the second annual Harvest for a Cure gala benefiting the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society on Thursday, October 22. Gourmet food, wine and art are on the menu from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Westside Cultural Arts Center where talented chefs and sommeliers collaborate to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of local wine collectors. Participants include Gerry Klaskala and Andres Loaiza of Aria, Mercedes O’Brien of Gunshow and Revival and Derek Dollar of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Live jazz music, a magician and silent auction round out the event. Purchase tickets online beginning October 1. Sponsorships also are available. The Georgia MS Chapter works to improve the quality of life for Georgians affected by MS and raise funds for critical MS research. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shaun Doty Sails to Friends + Family Floataway with Freedom Fundraiser October 11

Farm-to-table fare is on the menu at the Friends + Family Floataway with Freedom Fundraiser on Sunday, October 11, at Floataway Café. Benefiting the Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center, the 5-8 p.m. event draws some of Atlanta’s top chefs – including Shaun Doty of Chick-a-Biddy and Bantam + Biddy – for a silent auction, handcrafted drinks at Garnish & Gather and a memorable family-style dinner with all produce donated by Freedom Farmers Market vendors. Purchase tickets ($85 + service fee) online. All proceeds will help expand the efforts of the Freedom Farmers Market.

Party and Prizes are up for Grabs in Marlow’s Tavern’s Ribs & Whiskey Sweepstakes and Grill Contest

Marlow’s Tavern’s Ribs & Whiskey menu is in full swing delivering saucy food and drink specials through October 19 (see full details on the Atlanta Dish blog), and they’re adding to the excitement with a Ribs & Whiskey sweepstakes. Marlow’s fans can enter via Facebook for a chance to win a patio party for the winner and seven friends ($250 value). Deadline to enter is October 12; refer friends to receive bonus entries.

What’s your hot recipe? Marlow’s Tavern’s annual Grill Contest is back and as delicious as ever. Through October 9, enter your best grilling recipe online for a chance to win the grand prize of a Big Green Egg. Second place scores a $200 Marlow’s Tavern gift card, third place a $100 Marlow’s Tavern gift card. Marlow’s executive chef and co-founder John C. Metz will judge all recipes and announce the winners on Saturday, November 14, with a party at Marlow’s in Dunwoody. No purchase necessary to enter; limit one entry per person or email address. 

Make a Splash at Aqua Vino 2015 on October 8

Socialites and sea life mix and mingle during Aqua Vino 2015 on Thursday, October 8, at the Georgia Aquarium. Hosted by television personality, chef and author Alton Brown, this 10th annual benefit is the aquarium’s premier wine and food fundraiser featuring more than 200 wines from around the world, live and silent auctions and food tastings from more than 30 of the city’s leading restaurants including Article 14, Glenn’s Kitchen, Twin Smokers BBQSaltwood Charcuterie & Bar and Stem Wine Bar. Event runs 7-10 p.m. Purchase tickets online ($125-$150 grand tasting; $300-$325 VIP tasting). VIP tasting tickets net a 6 p.m. red carpet arrival, meet and greet with Alton Brown on the red carpet, complimentary valet parking, access to the exclusive VIP lounge with reserve wines and featured tastings and a VIP gift bag valued at $200. Proceeds benefit Georgia Aquarium’s southern sea otter conservation and research initiatives.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Dishes at Crabapple Fest October 3

The annual Crabapple Fest canvases historic downtown Crabapple Saturday, October 3, for a full day of activities including 100 antique vendors, juried artists and merchants, children’s games and rides and an 8-foot LED game-day screen showing SEC gridiron action. Local restaurants join in the festivities with food and drink offerings. Look for Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in the mix. Last year’s festival boasted more than 30,000 attendees making it the largest festival in Milton’s modern history. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking is free; see website for details. 

Happy National Coffee Day Atlanta!

Celebrate National Coffee Day with a fresh brewed cup of Lakehouse Coffee! Established in 1995, Lakehouse Coffee has a following of serious coffee drinkers and highly regarded chefs in the Southeast. You can find and enjoy Lakehouse Coffee at numerous restaurants around Atlanta, including Aria, Chick-a-Biddy, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Atkins Park and many more.

Start Your Engines: Tin Lizzy’s Mall of Georgia Celebrates Petit Le Mans September 29

Make a pit stop at Tin Lizzy’s Mall of Georgia location on Tuesday, September 29, as the cantina joins with Road Atlanta and 680 The Fan to celebrate the upcoming 18th annual  Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. From 6-8 p.m., 680 The Fan will broadcast live while Road Atlanta representatives raffle off tickets and other giveaways. Petit Le Mans drivers will be signing autographs, and guests can view the 2015 Mazda F1 Prototype car and get behind the wheel of the Road Atlanta driving simulator. 

Lock and Load: NYC’s Jean-Paul Bourgeois is Gunshow “Hired Gun,” Joe Kindred Follows in November

Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef of New York City’s Blue Smoke targets Gunshow September 29-30 for Kevin Gillespie’s “Hired Guns” visiting chef series. Louisiana-born Bourgeois brings his Southern soul-style flair to two dishes as he works alongside Gunshow’s chefs in the restaurant’s open kitchen. Check out complete details on the Atlanta Dish blog. Next up, Gunshow welcomes chef Joe Kindred from Davidson, North Carolina to the final “Hired Guns” event of the year November 17-18. His namesake restaurant Kindred, which he owns and operates with wife Katy in his childhood hometown, was ranked seventh among Bon Appetit’s list of “America’s Top New Restaurants 2015.” Space is limited; make reservations by calling 404-380-1886. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

What’s New on Pinterest

Pop open Autumn-Inspired Cocktails and concoct some intriguing potions for tailgating and next month’s spooky gatherings. It’s not every day you get to sip Beetlejuice or caramel apple moonshine. Apple bourbon Bellinis and apple pumpkintinis are a bit headier than their summer cousins. And, though the pumpkin pie milkshake looks harmless, your lantern’s lit after a few sips. DIY gifters, prep for the giving season by bottling up homemade spiced pear vodka. We’ve even thrown in some kid-friendly mixtures. Do we know how to pick them or what?

Sunday, September 27, 2015


See what’s cooking across the U.S.A. at beardfoundation. The James Beard Foundation Taste America is looking for local flavor in Boston, Miami, San Fran, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, LA, Seattle, NOLA and Charleston. Headed to those towns for some roasting and toasting? Catch these chefs in action. Buy Taste America tickets atwww.jbftasteamerica.org

Appetizing Aperture

10th & Piedmont has a tender spot for bacon lovers who can’t wait until the main course. Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and sidekicks of roasted apples, currants and cane syrup crème is a sweet-smoky-succulent newbie on the evening tapas menu for $6.95. Tastes like autumn, and, it’s gluten free, by golly.