Monday, April 27, 2015
National Picnic Day bursts forth from its basket on Thursday, April 23. Pack a Picnic lunch or supper this week or pin ideas for the patio dining and outdoor concert season. Spring artichoke salad, Vietnamese summer roll salad, chopped salad in a cup, veggie bars, walking tacos and desserts in jars are positively portable. Adults gravitate to caprese or eggplant, prosciutto and pesto pressed sandwiches and vodka lemonade “Capri Suns” sippers. Throw in some winning game ideas while you’re at it.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Ray’s Restaurants shows off a new, dynamic website this spring. The new site earned website designer DynamiXWebby Award honoree status in the food and drink category. The new website opens virtual doors, inviting guests in for quick “tours” of all three Ray’s locations -- Ray’s in the City,Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek. Open a window on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone and walk in. Too tantalizing? Close the window, power up the car and experience Ray’s in real time.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Routing around with the celebrity chef behind “Pure Pork Awesomeness” only amplifies the talents of someone who’s a boss hog around hog meat. Chef Andreas Muller, the executive chef for Kevin Gillespie’s upcoming Decatur restaurant, Revival, is one such gent. At high noon on Sunday, April 26, Muller and chefs from other Atlanta restaurants face off in the Smoke & Glory Smoked Pork Showdown at Steinbeck’s Ale House in Decatur. Judges and guests alike will sample and rate the bounty. The over-21 crowd also enjoys two adult beverages per ticket. Live music and activities entertain all ages, and a raffle breeds suspense and prizes. $40 per adult; $10 children ages 5-12; free for children under 5 years. Buy tickets here (plus small service fee). Proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen and its mission to assist those in Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardships.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
On Saturday, the event village for the Be The Match Walk Run opens at 7 a.m. with feet hitting the street beginning at 8 a.m. for the Tot Trot, 5K and 1K. Register, volunteer or donate online. Chick-a-Biddy also is offering Be The Match pin-up cards for $1 each. Cards go up on the “wall of hope,” inspiring others to throw in a dollar or two for their own cards. On Sunday, opening ceremonies rev up striders at 9:15 a.m. before they set off on the Walk Now for Autism Speaks stroll around Atlantic Station at 9:30 a.m. There’s no cost to register; raising $150 or more in donations earns a T-shirt.
Nest at Chick-a-Biddy after each event for cheddar, bacon, cinnamon roll and red velvet waffles, Big Ol’ Biddies breakfasts and Little Biddies favorites. Healthy smoothies, fresh fruit juices and stronger libations nourish thirsts. Opens at 10:30 a.m. weekends for brunch.
Tour White Oak Pastures and enjoy lunch, drinks and dinner on the farm on Saturday, April 25 -- without saddling up your own Mustang, Charger or Bronco. White Oak Pastures is organizing a daylong farm tour field trip from Decatur to the Bluffton, Georgia farm and back, including chartered bus transportation. The White Oak Pastures Special departs from The Friends School in Decatur at 8 a.m. and rolls through farm gates in time for a leg stretch and lunch in the Pavilion. Next up, the tour thoroughly explores the farm from the red meat and poultry abattoirs through the farm grounds and on to the organic vegetable garden. Sit a spell at the Pavilion and hash over the day while enjoying wine, beer and farm-to-table-on-the-farm fine dining. Afterward, your steed awaits to return to the big city. Onboard, there’s time enough to add photo fodder to Facebook or catch some ZZZs before arriving back in Decatur around 9 p.m. $125 per person; limited to 55 guests. Reserve your seat online or call 229-641-2081.
Administrative professionals keep those large and small details in check. Picking up the lunch check on Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 22, is an appreciative way to say “Thanks for all you do.” Even more meaningful, write a note of gratitude and slip in a gift cardor gift certificate for Ray’s Restaurants. Pick up gift cards right away by purchasing them at Ray’s in the City in downtown Atlanta, Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs orRay’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta. Gift certificates, only available online, will be emailed to the recipient. Either option allows the holder to dine at any of Ray’s three locations where specialties include succulent prime meats, market-fresh seafood, signature salads, shareable appetizers and favorite cocktails, wines and beer. A leisurely and luscious Sunday brunch at Ray’s on the River or Ray’s at Killer Creek satisfies the goodness gap between (thank goodness it’s) Friday and (oh my goodness it’s) Monday.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
For a juicy lesson in having fun with your food, eat your evening burger at the FLIP burger boutique Poncey-Highlandlocation on Tuesday, April 21. From 5-9 p.m., the burger boutique known for its creative ways with burgers and shakes will donate 10 percent of sales to Montessori In Town school. Guests must mention Montessori In Town when paying for their meals for the school to receive a cut of the tab. Study up on the menu with highlights like the Earth & Turf, shrimp “Po-Boyger,” the Vedge and the Fauxlafel, plenty of salads and unique milkshakes. Tip: there’s self-parking in front of the restaurant and on side streets for the family “bus.”