Monday, March 27, 2017
When your love language is cake, your Instagram love handle becomes “Let Me Eat Cake.” Saveur magazine elevates Los Angeles-based Nastassia Johnson and her photogenic sweet spot as one of their “12 Favorite Dessert and Pastry Instagrams.” No calories in looking!
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails nests tender jumbo lump crabcakes atop Meyer lemon-goat cheese grits with grilled asparagus and cracked mustard butter sauce ($34). Crown this dish king of the crustacean kingdom -- and hand over some forks.
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill kitchen krewe charts a course along the Louisiana coast, landing quite a haul of Cajun-inspired culinary adventures to enjoy come lunch or dinnertime. Sink your teeth into crawfish bites, flash-fried and served with low country aioli ($8.95), or gator bites, marinated, flash-fried and served with New Orleans barbecue sauce ($8.95). The fried crawfish po’boy with shredded lettuce, tomato and low country aioli ($14.95) and the gator tail po’boy swapping in remoulade and a drizzle of NOLA barbecue sauce ($13.95) are Cajun nirvana on rolls. Net New Orleans BBQ shrimp, blackened and served over smashed tomatoes with grilled green beans and Worcestershire-spiked Creole garlic butter sauce ($21.99). Jumbo gumbo cravings? TBK seafood gumbo satisfies, piling blackened shrimp and crawfish tails over a Creole seafood gumbo with seasoned rice and flash-fried okra ($22.95). Cajun good times roll through April 30. Hop on board.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Bess de Keyzer of 5Church pushes up her sleeves and sets to work crafting a fun bun-filled Monday “Bunday” at Little Trouble on Mar. 27. Stop into the Westside restaurant-lounge from 8 p.m. to midnight to pinch her buns and savor the steamy little bundles holding her personally crafted filling. Go-withs include drink specials and Little Trouble’s regular menu.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Top Kitchen Talents Throw Two Fundraisers -- KUDU Garden Barbecue and Potluck Dinner -- to Help Cancer-Battling Chef Mar. 26
Jason Fisher, 29-year-old sous chef at No. 246, is battling a rare form of cancer for the second time in two years. The industry veteran’s associates, a list loaded with lauded Atlanta chefs, are supporting Fisher by doing what they do best -- cooking and KUDU barbecuing on Sunday, Mar. 26. The fundraising Sunday opens with Eat the Wild, a 2-6 p.m. garden barbecue at Kimball House. Fisher’s friends are firing up the South African-inspired KUDU Safari Braai for open-flame, outdoor cooking: splay-roasted lamb al asador, vegetable-stuffed suckling pigs, fire-roasted whole chickens, grilled oysters and grilled sausages and vegetables. Food is paired with Three Taverns Craft Brewery beer and Kimball cocktails. Tickets are $40 and are available at the door.
How about a second helping of helping out? Sunday evening, Gerry Klaskala of Aria is among the more than 20 chefs contributing to a potluck fundraiser dinner for Fisher and The Giving Kitchen at No. 246 in Decatur. Come on over to the 5-8 p.m. backyard affair and enjoy Ping-Pong, the Packway Handle band, chow and beverages from Heaven Hill Distilleries and Terrapin Beer Company. A discretionary $40 donation per person is suggested and may be made online on Fisher’s up-and-rolling GoFundMe page.
Picture a pizza inviting you to try a wonderfully different topping on each slice. Such is grand opening week at the new Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads at 6050 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Through Sunday, Mar. 26, each day deals a mouthwatering special. Tuesday Family Day scores a free kids meal for junior with the purchase of an adult entrée (pizza, full salad or pasta); kids 10 & under, one kids meal per one adult entrée. Fly in for Wings Wednesday and pluck a free order of wings with any pizza purchase. Thursday Girls Night Out features $5 small plates and $5 sangria from 4 p.m. until close with an added incentive for early birds -- first 50 gals receive complimentary goodie bags. Be sure to register to win a free Spa Sydell massage. A date night opp courts Friday night, offering a free small plate with the purchase of sangria, beer or wine after 5 p.m.; one per person. Snap and share your night’s pic tagged #rizedatenight on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 Rize gift card. Saturday game or practice? Sport your youth or school team apparel on Saturday to receive a free pizza with any purchase. Relax with friends on Sangria Sunday while sipping sangria, $5 a glass or $25 for a carafe, and enjoying $5 small plates from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. By the way, Rize started the week off honoring “Hometown Heroes” by offering a free pizza with any purchase to ID-carrying law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, nurses, doctors, teachers and active and veteran military personnel. A portion of grand opening celebration sales will go to Create Your Dreams, a long-term program providing youth enrichment to nurture the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas of Atlanta.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Spring has sprung the garage door open at Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila, perfecting the festivities flow from indoor eating and imbibing to all-out patio partying and people-watching. Check the vibe on Saturday, Mar. 25 when the Town Brookhaven cantina raises the roof by raising the doors to a Party on the Patio rocking live music and great specials from 5 p.m. until midnight. Trailer on Fire, So Cal, Redneck and Bravocado aren’t on the playlist but they are on Jefe’s taco menu ($3-$4 each), along with specialties like Jefe’s burrito, green chile pork or red chile chicken enchiladas and smoked pork sope ranchera. Guac, queso blanco, Nacho Daddy, charred cauliflower, Brussels and green beans, and crispy smoked wings invite sharing alongside $15 buckets of cold beer and $5 margaritas.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
All around Atlanta, Big Green Eggs are kicking off their covers and emerging from winter hibernation in preparation for their high season. Add new BGE tricks to your repertoire by attending Ray’s at Killer Creek’s Big Green Egg lunchtime grilling demonstration on Saturday, Mar. 25 from 1-3 p.m. Chargrilled artichokes with roasted garlic and herb aioli; Springer Mountain Farms chicken and dumplings slow-cooked in a Dutch oven; pepper-crusted short rib with fingerling potato salad and mortar and pestle salsa verde; and a baked caramel apple with fresh whipped cream are coming off the grill courtesy of executive chef Mike Fuller. Cost is $39 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes demo, tasting menu, iced tea, soda or coffee and a choice of a bloody mary, mimosa or 16-ounce draft beer. Reservations required with credit card to hold; call 770-649-0064. Heads up -- Fuller is hosting another BGE session at the Alpharetta restaurant on April 22.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland has been around since ’22 (makes them 95 to me and you). Numbering five years shy of a century and being Atlanta’s longest continuously operating tavern are worthy reasons for the neighborhood mainstay to celebrate on Wednesday, Mar. 22. Join the anniversary celebration for open bar and complimentary food from 6-7 p.m. Perhaps one of the limited commemorative t-shirts will find its way home with you.