Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Smokebelly and Gypsy Kitchen Feed Crowd at 10th Annual Taste of Buckhead on September 18

‘Tis the season of food festivals, and we’re not complaining. This week’s Taste of Buckhead features more than 50 wine and beer tastings, celebrity chef demonstrations and silent and live auction bidding on trips, gift baskets and restaurant gift certificates. Succulent scents will fill The Buckhead Theater on Roswell Road from 5:30-10 p.m. with Smokebelly’s smoked meat pork sliders and Brunswick stew prepared by chef Sean Munk. Or cool down with a cup of Gypsy Kitchen chef Randy Lewis’ two “cherry” gazpacho. This event benefits the Buckhead Heritage Society and Livable Buckhead. Don’t forget to buy tickets online for $75 a person. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get Back to Basics at Feudi di San Gregorio Reception and Wine Dinner at Ink & Elm on September 17

Southern Italy’s Campania region is an idyllic setting close to the Amalfi Coast where the art of viticulture has been thriving for 2,000 years. This is where one of the region’s wine leaders Feudi di San Gregorio calls home, so you know they have quite the delicious vintage selection.

Feudi di San Gregorio’s head winemaker is making a hop, skip and a jump across the Atlantic Ocean to Ink & Elm on Wednesday, September 17 for the Feudi di San Gregorio wine reception. At this gathering, food, vino lectures and four types of wines from the winery will be enjoyed. Reserve your seat on Scoutmob for $45 a person. Nothing goes better with wine than an expertly crafted meal. $125 per person will reserve your place at the table for a wine dinner at 8 p.m. in which four fine wines from Feudi di San Gregorio will be paired with a four-course menu prepared by Ink & Elm executive chef Stephen Sharp.

Sandy Springs, Smile and Say, “Queso!” Willy’s Mexicana is Now Open OTP on Roswell Road

Sandy Springs, make like a burrito and roll on into Willy’s Mexicana Grill, now open just in time for lunch! The new location at 6309 Roswell Road NE will offer the usual mouthwatering meats like chicken in spicy red chile adobe sauce, sirloin in cilantro garlic or barbecued pork in smoky chipotle adobe sauce to land in burrito bowls or top a pile of crispy tortilla chips. Willy’s can also do light and healthy with fresh salads with Tex-Mex toppings and Sinaola-style tofu. For game day or office parties, Willy’s catering is the perfect centerpiece to any occasion. 

Whole Foods Market Free Cheese Night, Taste of Buckhead and More in This Week's Dish!

Whole Foods Market is getting cheesy tonight during their quarterly Free Cheese Night! From 6-7:30 p.m., learn some tasty tips and tricks for making the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich from cheese experts. On Thursday, September 18, make your way to the Buckhead Theater on Roswell Road for a bite of some of the area's hottest restaurants during Taste of Buckhead. We're looking forward to sampling the smoked pork sliders from Smokebelly and getting a sneak preview of Gypsy Kitchen chef Randy Lewis' gazpacho. All that and more in this week's Dish!

Monday, September 15, 2014

This Little Piggie is Going to Open Streets DeKalb and Ink & Elm for a Pig Roast, Craft Beers and Cocktails on September 21

For a few hours on Sunday, September 21, you'll be able to reclaim the busy streets and embrace your inner pedestrian. At Open Streets DeKalb, experience street performers, music and of course, fun in Emory Village from 3 - 7 p.m. All this walking will surely make you hungry, Ink & Elm will be roasting a whole pig to satisfy your taste buds! Wash the pork down with ice-cold craft beers and bourbon cocktails. If all that walking has worn you out, pull up a seat in the main dining room. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

29 Forever? Heck No! Ray’s on the River Proudly Celebrates Turning 30 with a Party on October 9

Thirty years have come and gone for Ray’s on the River, so let’s celebrate! This October, Ray’s will be serving up steaks and seafood on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Party goers, put on your complimentary captain’s hat and groove to the tunes of the Yacht Rock Review. When it’s time to give your dancing shoes a break, nosh on complimentary hors d’oeuvre and use that complimentary drink ticket or take advantage of amazing drink specials at the cash bar. Be sure to buy your ticket to the Ray’s on the River’s 30th Anniversary Party on Here’s to 30 more!

Appetizing Aperture

Look at all of that smokin’ goodness. At Tin Drum Asiacafé, you can grab one of these Smokin’ Korean BBQ Bowls with soba noodles, Korean barbecued steak, red pepper and daikon salad, bean sprouts, fresh spinach and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Yum! While you’re there, enter your office to win the Smokin’ Korean BBQ Bash contest through October 18. Check out the Tin Drum website, Facebook or on Twitter (#tindrumofficebash @tindrummer) for more info.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Take a look at how beautiful food can be! Freelance recipe developer and writer Lindsay Maitland shows off her culinary creations on her vibrant Instagram page.

Atlanta Chefs and Philanthropists Party in the Kitchen for Open Hand Atlanta on September 18

Nonprofit Open Hand is the nation’s largest provider of home-delivered, medically appropriate meals, preparing, packing and delivering more than 5,000 meals daily and two million annually to residents across metro Atlanta and 17 Georgia counties. It was founded twenty-five years ago by several Atlantans who cooked meals for friends who were too ill to prepare meals on their own.

To grow and support Open Hand, Atlanta chefs and residents are coming together to Party in the Kitchen, and a party it is. An evening of music, food, drink and live and silent auctions are the happenings at King Plow Arts Center Event Gallery on Thursday, September 17 beginning at 7 p.m. Chef Gerry Klaskala of Aria is the co-chair for Party in the Kitchen. Chefs Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito of Umi and others will also be joining in on the event. Pull out your party dress and buy your ticket today! 

Dine in the Garden before Summer Slips Away -- Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Garden Dinner is September 14

To cap the growing season, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is hosting the year’s last two Garden Dinners on Sunday, September 14 and October 12. This seed-to-fork garden dinner composed by chef Derek Dollar is complete with a farm tour of Milton’s Acre and Strawberry Fields, led by grower Peter Kohm.

Come hungry! This gathering kicks off with hors d’oeuvre and beverages to get your appetite going. Relish goat cheese toast with caramelized onions and candied pecans; spinach and frisèe salad with shaved butternut squash, green apples, sunflower seeds, Asher blue cheese and honey-cider vinaigrette; and red-eye brined smoked pork loin among other options from the four-course chef’s dinner with wine.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's New on Pinterest

Potatoes. You bake them, you fry them, pour cheese on them. No matter how you treat a spud, it is almost guaranteed to turn out to be delicious. Our newest addition to Pinterest, You Say Potato, I Say Potato gives recipes and shows the versatility of this magnificent veggie. 

Dine at Ray’s on the River, Ted’s Montana Grill during Cobb Restaurant Week, September 13-20

For all of our Cobb dwellers out there, next week is your week for some serious grub. Cobb Restaurant Week is upon us! From September 13-20, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus will be scattered around the hot dining spots in the area.

Ray's on the River is offering a $35 prix fixe dinner menu, covering soup to salad and steak to seafood. Start off with a cup of seafood gumbo adorned with andouille sausage. Segue into the next course with a six-ounce filet mignon before ending the night right with a chocolate brownie sundae with strawberries and caramelized bananas. Make reservations through OpenTable.

Bite into some bison at
Ted's Montana Grill. All four Cobb County locations (Cumberland, Kennesaw, East Cobb and West Cobb) are participating with a three-course lunch and dinner menu for $25. Start off fresh with a Caesar or house salad. Choose from cedar-plank salmon, braised bison short ribs or hand-cut beef Delmonico ribeye. Be sure to save room for dessert! A wildberry cheesecake is on the menu. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ink & Elm Turns One, Pours Coffee for Passers By from 8-10 a.m. Friday, September 12

Mornings are hard, but coffee makes everything better. Ink & Elm is turning one this week and wants to celebrate with you. On Friday morning, September 12, go by the Emory Village restaurant and grab a free cup of joe from 8-10 a.m. If Fridays are your days for sleeping in, remember that this spot offers grab-and-go coffee and breakfast bites any day of the week.

Ink & Elm opens at 7 a.m. for the early birds and serves Intelligentsia coffee then satisfies the late risers with casual meals, snacks, cheese and charcuterie through lunch and dinner. But they don't stop there! For weekends and weeknights, stop by for brunch and visit the lounge for libations and raw bar oysters. 

Master Smoked S'more Macarons with The Pig & The Pearl Pastry Chef Megan Brent at Atlanta Botanical Garden Chocolate-Covered Weekend

You don't need a campfire to get that smoky s'more deliciousness. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is hosting The Pig & The Pearl pastry chef Megan Brent on September 14 from 2-2:30 p.m., where she will whip up some smoked s'more macarons. 

Volcanauts' Tunes are Lava Hot at Trader Vic's on September 11. Be Cool with $6 Mai Tais

Your very own island getaway is on the ground floor of the Hilton Atlanta! Pair the magnificent melodies of The Volcanauts with a $6 signature mai tai on Thursday, September 11 at Trader Vic's Atlanta.

Party in the Kitchen, Free Coffee at Ink & Elm and More in This Week's Dish!

Looking to spice up that morning pick-me-up? Make a bee line to Ink & Elm this Friday, September 12. The Emory Village restaurant will be passing out free cups of coffee in front of the restaurant from 8-10 a.m. to help celebrate their first anniversary. Once you arrive at the office, be sure to add "purchase Party in the Kitchen tickets" to your daily to-do list. The event brings together chefs from some of Atlanta's finest restaurants to help benefit Open Hand, the nation's largest provider of home-delivered meals. All that and much more in this week's Dish!