Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Get to Know Your Whiskeys, Tequilas and Liqueurs via Article 14 Flight Menu

All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Or scotch. Or rye. The new whiskey flight menu at Article 14distills the nuances down even further by curating a dozen flights featuring small batch bourbons, ryes and scotches, as well as one flight each of tequila and cognac for good measure. Flight prices vary from $15 for a Rosy Sampler of Four Roses Yellow Label, Small Batch and Single Barrel to $52 for 12-, 15- and 18-year Macallan with the option of adding 30-year Macallan for an additional $70. Additional groupings include Third Seat (bourbon), Great White Buffalo or Western Blend (rye), Orphan Barrels, Glenlivet, Dalmore, Islay Sampler or Malted in Japan (scotch) and After Dinner Noir of Cointreau Noir, Grand Marnier and Grand Marnier 150. Flights land at the Article 14 bar in Midtown. Take your seat, please. 

Atlanta Eateries are On the Ball with Catering as Tailgating Season Rushes In

Punting it right out there. In the South, we worship football. We embrace the social scene surrounding each game. We feast on rivalries, team colors, mascots, stats, touchdowns, viewing parties and especially tailgating. Do we hear an “Amen?” Yes, from Atlanta restaurants tossing catering ideas and gridiron action our way. Aah. Sweet victory.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is ACC/SEC ready with a roster of college game-day cocktails. Cheer on the old alma mater or quaff down the opponent from a list including the Georgia Salty Dawg, Roll Tide, Tech Buzz, Hotty Toddy, Fightin’ Tiger and Grinning Gator ($6-$8).

Falcons-loving chef Shaun Doty is flapping his wings to cater tailgate parties with 
Bantam + Biddy’s famous Southern-inspired, farm-to-plate entrées and sides. Rise up for fried chicken tenders with wasabi honey sauce, meaty sliders, homemade creamy macaroni and cheese, Anson Mills Sea Island red peas and rice and so much more. Find catering prices and locations here. Sister restaurant, Chick-a-Biddy, guards the “fowl” line over in Atlantic Station and offers to-go and catering options for many menu favorites.

Sliders, burgers, sides, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake and beverages from 
FLIP burger boutique rock the tailgate or man cave meat-up. Coming at you: one side and two sliders for $10 per person; two sides and two sliders or one full burger for $15 per person; or two sides and two sliders or one full burger for $20 per person. Slider choices include classic, chicken or turkey. Burgers include classic, chicken, turkey, stack, fauxlafel and Oaxaca. For sides, choose kale slaw, Caesar salad, caprese salad, FLIP chips or the vegetable of the day. Add “stack” sliders, RBQ and chorizo burgers and beet salad, caprese and hummus of the day options for the $20-per-person package. Packaging, delivery fees and 18 percent gratuity will be added. Place orders before 6 p.m. on the day prior to event.

Hunker down over soft pretzels and warm cheese and beer dip, braised short rib tacos, wings, even more substantial eats and a comprehensive craft beer list at 
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. The Midtown eatery has your back with catering, too. Complimentary valet parking. Call 404-968-2288 for more information.

MAX’s Wine Dive keeps action fluid with $4 well drinks and two screens. Huddle up over MAX’s weekend brunch to prepare for midday game action.

Smokebelly BBQ is football’s new home stadium in Buckhead, broadcasting college and pro games over 16 televisions boasting screen sizes up to 70 inches. Both kitchen and bar craft great plays: 36 craft beers, craft cocktails and chef-crafted barbecue, as well as plating one of Buckhead’s best burgers, barbecue tapas and lighter fare.

Those hosting viewing parties because “We must protect this house!” can look to Kevin Gillespie’s 
Terminus City to-go catering options of signature, down-home cuisine. Select items include whole-hog barbecue and country-fried steak along with sides like fried okra, Brunswick stew, shaker-style slaw, squash casserole and creamed corn. Visit the Facebookpage for more information, and call 404-380-1886 or email terminuscity@gunshowatl.com to place orders.

Draft your own team of smoked meats and sides to carry out from 
Twin Smokers BBQ in Falcons territory -- downtown’s Luckie Marietta District. Buy brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausage and chicken by the pound or half pound. Throw in sides of mac ‘n cheese, collards, potato salad, coleslaw, pinto beans, “Burnt Ends” chili, garden salad and seasonal items in single, pint or quart sizes. Choose “Oak” for one meat and one side ($13 per guest), “Hickory” for two meats and two sides ($15 per guest) or “Mesquite” for three meats and three sides ($17). See full catering menu here. Drop-off catering available with 48-hour notice for parties of 25 or more; call 404-698-4707.

Field “The Tin Essentials” on the 
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina catering menu to fill up on grilled chicken and/or pulled pork (add $1 per person for steak), fajita fixings, salsa and chips for $10 per person. Add fried chicken tenders and other hot or cold à la carte items, cantina salads and drinks including Tin Lizzy’s margarita mix (sorry, they can’t provide the tequila). $100 minimum order for delivery, $25 delivery fee within 10 miles. Prices exclude taxes and gratuity; 24-hour notice appreciated.

Linemen, cheerleaders and number-one fans all love queso dip, guac, salsa, chips and burritos from 
Willy’s Mexicana Grill. Draw upon Tex-Mex catering options to create your own unique spread that might include a build-your-own taco, fajita or nacho bar. Full catering playbook here

Oh, Boy! Atlanta Restaurants Cover Labor Day Eating

Labor Day marks the last weekend for the boys of summer. The “Oh, boy. I forgot to marinate the chicken, buy the charcoal, fill in the blank.” The “Oh, boy. I’m too wiped out to cook after that long drive back from...” No worries. Atlanta restaurants are ready to send those boys packing on good terms by providing dine-in and take-home meal options for smooth sailing over the Labor Day holiday. Oh, boy! Our informative blog link has the details. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

What’s New on Pinterest

Peachy Keen! August is National Peach Month. Hard to beat a sun-kissed ripe peach, unless the blushing stone fruit is in our new crop of peachy recipes. Summer peach and balsamic pizza; caramelized peach caprese salad with smoked sea salt; basil, bacon and peach baked brie; and grilled pork porterhouse with peach agrodolce lend themselves well to entertaining. Paleo peach coconut smoothies, five-minute healthy peach frozen yogurt and peach margaritas send peachy keen chills down our spines. Peaches? Yep, we’re plum crazy about them.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Lucky Peach tags food funnies, fantasies, rarities and second glances, like larger-than-life NYC bagels or a wedding cake crafted of mashed potatoes and topped with a hot dog bride and groom. Sister journal Lucky Peach, a quarterly publication, adds essays, art, video, recipes and oodles more. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Appetizing Aperture

Cocktail glasses are so yesterday. Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar in Midtown gives cocktails the shaft by freezing spirited concoctions on sticks, Popsicle-fashion. Piña pegada (pineapple margarita) solidifies Sauza Blue tequila, fresh lime, muddled pineapple, pineapple juice and triple sec. Summer mojito pops are a Caribbean-gone-Arctic sensation of Sailor Jerry rum, a honeydew melon-mint-cucumber blend, fresh lime and Sprite. More good humor? Each ice pop is a sweet $8.

Friday, August 28, 2015

JAX Hop & Stop Brunch Trolley Stops at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails August 30

Jacksonville, Florida is planning a brunch-bound Hop & Stop Trolley tour on Sunday, August 30 with stops at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails plus two more restaurants in St. Johns Town Center. “Tourists” hop off at Moxie to dine on Hangtown omelet of farm eggs, fried oysters, avocado, goat cheese and bacon and summer salad of local leafy greens, shaved farm vegetables and vinaigrette paired with a breakfast brew eye-opener from Intuition Ale Works. Trivia contests and giveaways stand in for car bingo along the 1-4 p.m. trolley trip. $65 per person; 100 person limit. Make reservations with a credit card by calling Amy at 904-396-1213 or emailing catering@mhospitalityfl.com

Have a Ball with MAX’s Patric Bell-Good at the Atlanta Meatball Festival August 30

Chef Patric Bell-Good of MAX’s Wine Dive is one of the mighty, meaty Atlanta restaurant hunks squaring off in a “battle of the balls” at the second-annual Atlanta Meatball Festival on Sunday, August 30. The 1-5 p.m. “meat up” takes place under big-top tents in the parking area of Belle Isle Square on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Judges and attendees vote on chef-prepared dishes to determine who will move on to the afternoon’s Meat Brawl Throwdown. Beer and wine will be available to buy, and sweet treats, limoncello tastings and music by DJ MadFlip round out the day’s offerings. Produced by TasteATL, the savory event benefits Second Helpings Atlanta. Buy tickets online, $25 each through August 30; $30 at the gate. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ray’s at Killer Creek Hosts JUSTIN Vineyards Wine Dinner August 28

Paso Robles’ limestone-rich acreage and distinctive microclimate give way to the big, Bordeaux-style wines of JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery pouring front and center at a special reception and four-course dinner hosted by Ray’s at Killer Creek on Friday, August 28. JUSTIN regional director of on-premise John Ford will be the evening’s guest speaker. Ray’s executive chef Mike Fuller’s thoughtful menu takes advantage of Georgia-grown and other seasonal flavors. The 6:30 p.m. reception opens with JUSTIN sauvignon blanc and bites of walnut raisin toast with Georgia gold figs; Logan Turnpike grit fritters with Capra Gia goat cheese and jalapeño pepper jam; and tuna wontons. At 7 p.m., dinner courses progress through cast iron-roasted day boat scallops paired with Overlook chardonnay; summer corn chowder with crispy blue crab and chile oil paired with Overlook pinot noir; wood oven-roasted lamb rack paired with Isosceles and Justification; and a finale of rich chocolate-cherry tarte paired with Obtuse. $80 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Space is limited. Reservations may be made and held with a credit card by calling 770-649-0064.  

Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Lip Sync Battle Mouths Off August 27

Sync or swim? Opt to “sync” and command the mic in the first-ever Lip Sync Battle at Atkins Park Virginia-Highland on Thursday, August 27 at 10 p.m. There’s room for individuals, duos and groups in the epic reveal of lip sync and showmanship skills hosted by the Mayor of Ponce and Atkins Park’s own Star-Tender. Props provided, costumes encouraged. Banish bashfulness because prizes of two weekend passes to Music Midtown, house cash and Milli Vanilli memorabilia are at stake. The night’s beer selections, from cosponsor Boulevard Brewing Company, should help loosen the tongue. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Table 1280 at Woodruff Arts Center Frames Wine Tasting August 26

Time to call it curtains on a day at the office and dabble in a little wine tasting at Table 1280 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Receive 10 wine tastes for $15 on Wednesday, August 26 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (not including tax or gratuity). It’s worth remembering that Table 1280 stages these wine tastings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. No need to bow out early, the restaurant offers a dinner menu of locally sourced, farm-to-fork fare until 8 p.m.

Top Rollers Competition and $5 Burritos Wrap Up Summer of Willy’s at Newly Re-opened West Paces Ferry Location August 25

Unfurling one special after another throughout the summer, the Willy’s Mexicana Grill 
#SummerofWillys 20th anniversary celebration pulls a few more tricks out of its sombrero before the party rolls out the door. Tortillas and toppings fly fast and furious when top burrito rollers from each Willy’s Mexicana Grill location compete for bragging rights and cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 at the eatery’s newly re-opened West Paces Ferry location on Tuesday, August 25. The bracket-style play-off starts rolling at 3:30 p.m. with team members competing for a $1,000 prize, and Willy’s general managers put their reputations on the line in their own 4:30 p.m. competition, vying for a $500 prize. 5:30 p.m. brings the final roll-off with Willy Bitter himself going head-to-head with the top winners in each category. Willy’s fans come out as winners all around, nabbing burritos rolled to order for $5 each from 6-10 p.m. plus a raffle, live music, a prize wheel and giveaways. Since we’re mentioning prizes, August 31 marks the deadline to enter the Summer of Willy’s Orlando vacation sweepstakes; read details here. Don’t miss the #SummerOfWillys” last “Happy Hour Monday” on August 31 for 20 percent off a selected menu item and a free small cheese dip.