Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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The frost date has passed and we’re knee deep in garden dirt, planning which farmers markets to shop. If you fall prey to colorful stalls and buy too much, check out the recipes on our From the Earth board and get cookin’.

Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Spring Music Series Amps Up with Trailing Tinsley and Monday Night Brewing on April 24

Local brother-sister duo Trailing Tinsley goes acoustic at this Thursday night’s Spring Live Music Series session at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Music starts at 10 p.m. on April 24. Get there early for Monday Night Brewing specials.

Chicken and the Egg Chef Marc Taft Competes in Vidalia Onion Festival Golden Onion Competition

Marc Taft, chef/owner of the Marietta restaurant named Chicken and the Egg, is peeling down the highway to cook up a dish centered on trout and onions. Taft is one of 10 Georgia chefs competing in the Golden Onion cooking competition and showcase for our state’s official vegetable taking place during the Vidalia Onion Festival, running April 24-27 in Vidalia, Ga. He’s vying for the honor of acquiring the Golden Onion trophy for a year and a cash prize of $500, $250 or $100. Taft’s dish balances the sweet onion flavor found only in Vidalia onions by dressing up pan-seared Enchanted Springs Georgia Mountain trout with baby Vidalia, sweet potato, Brussels sprout and apple hash, Vidalia onion soubise, pickled Vidalia buds and Riverview Farms ham hock reduction. The event is free and open to the public at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lend a Hand for Open Hand During Dining Out for Life

Atlanta restaurants participating in the annual Dining Out for Life campaign have raised more than $2.8 million for Open Hand over the past 21 years. On Wednesday, April 23, they're at it again for the 22nd annual drive and hoping to make it the biggest year ever! Host restaurants include a plethora of picks including both Bantam + Biddy locations, Chick-a-Biddy, Atlanta-area Willy's locations, 10th & Piedmont, G's Midtown, HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern, Aria and many more. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is tuning up the guitars and teaming up with Atlanta's own Monday Night Brewing for their Spring Music Series this Thursday. Monday Night Brewing beers on a Thursday night, you ask? Don't worry, drink enough of them and it will all make sense soon enough. All that and more in this week's Dish!

Visit Ray’s Restaurants and Chocolate South for Administrative Professionals Day April 23

Administrative Professionals Day is this Wednesday, April 23. Don’t panic! Send an office-wide email with your nearest Ray’s Restaurants location in the subject line and suggest heading out for lunch, raising a toast at day’s end or celebrating over dinner. Ray’s in the City welcomes downtowners with $5 cocktails and small plates from 3-7 p.m., live music from 6-10 p.m., plus their mouthwatering menu of hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and made-to-order sushi. Unwind overlooking the Chattahoochee River at Ray’s on the River while enjoying a menu packed with succulent prime cuts and fresh seafood as well as live music from 7-11 p.m. The wood-side deck at Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta is made for enjoying shareable plates and other specialties.

Support the support staff with chocolate truffles and bonbons from 2013 Flavor of Georgia-winning Chocolate South located on Atlanta’s Westside. Owner and chocolatier Amy Stankus fills her cases with signature and sweetly themed treats crafted from organic ingredients and premium liqueurs. The perfect gift for Administrative Professionals Day is the $12 Tea Box, containing the following chocolates all made with organic cream and teas from Atlanta small businesses:  Jasmine Tea, Peach Tea, Earl Grey Tea and Green Tea with Mint. Or, shop in store to create a box of your own!

Several Spots to Support Open Hand Dining Out for Life on April 23

Since 1993, Atlanta’s Dining Out for Life (DOFL) restaurant participants have raised more than $2.8 million for Open Hand and community nutrition programs. On Wednesday, April 23, more than 80 Atlanta restaurants will participate in this year’s delicious event by donating 25 percent or more from each table’s tab to Open Hand. Guests are welcome to add an extra donation for the cause. Aria, a seven-year event veteran, is a 2013 top-five DOFL restaurant donor. Willy’s locations in the Atlanta area also will participate in the fundraising. Two-year participant Bantam + Biddy Ansley Mall is joined by Bantam + Biddy on Crescent Avenue, as well as Chick-a-Biddy in Atlantic Station. Midtowners will find more of their favorites on the list: 10th & Piedmont, G’s Midtown and HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern.