Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The garden gate is open. Park the tractor at the historic Crabapple farmhouse and come on in to celebrate the growing season at the first Farmyard Chowdown of the year at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 6 p.m. Oodles of oysters, fried chicken, low country seafood boil and more of chef Derek Dollar’s lip-smacking victuals, communal tables and lawn games will spread out around Milton’s backyard. Plate up and sit down with your new best farm friends. Live music, a magician and games will engage all ages, from little chickees to seasoned farm hands. Buy advance tickets online, $40 per person and $20 for kids 12 and under (plus small service fee; tax, $5 drink tickets not included). Go ahead and mark your Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar for future 2017 Chowdowns on Sept. 17 and Oct. 8.
American Cut is known for its succulent meats and upscale dining experience in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. On Saturday, April 29, chef John Adamson reveals another side -- side dishes. The American Cut chef demos recipes using farm-fresh seasonal produce at the Decatur Farmers Market. Shop the market’s array of locally grown and produced goods from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; located in the “Pecan Grove” of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Acclaimed Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere at The Federal in Midtown share a soft spot for their carnivore customers. The two gents are working with Buckhead Beef to dry age their 16-ounce certified Black Angus steaks for an unheard-of 50 days. Now, The Federal is able to offer dinner guests an opportunity to taste 50-day, dry-aged Manhattan strip steak ($68), a premium lean cut known for its marbling, tenderness and flavor. Quantities are extremely limited. “Most restaurants dry age their beef for an average of 28 days. Our 50-day dry-aged steaks are going to have even more intense flavor and offer a rare treat for steak connoisseurs,” says Doty. To slice into this exquisite, butter knife-tender steak, make reservations via OpenTable. Two-hour validated parking is available next to the restaurant in the 1010 Midtown Parking deck, and additional paid parking is on Crescent Avenue. Valet parking is offered at the corner of 11th and Crescent Avenue Thursday through Saturday. For additional information, call 404-343-3857.
Monday, April 24, 2017
A tisket, a tasket, let’s Pack a Picnic basket. National Picnic Day, April 23, opens the lid to the eating al fresco season, and our hamper overflows with make-ahead packables. “Summery, serene picnic ideas” set the scene. Walking tacos in Fritos bags, handy sandwiches and jars stuffed with banana pudding and other desserts or chopped salads in jars make serving and supping a cinch. Freeze vodka lemonade in Ziploc bags for an adult version of those cooler friendly kiddie drinks. With games, picnic gift baskets and party tips to boot, the only things missing from this picnic are the ants.
Taste of Atlanta, the city’s premier bites and bevs fest, is looking ahead to its Sweet 16 anniversary this Oct. 20-22, moving the feast to a brand-new home in Historic Fourth Ward Park. A Friday night “Sweet 16” soiree hosted by Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q opens the festivities, which roll on through the weekend with more than 200 nibbles, sips and samples of food, wine, craft beer and cocktails from a who’s who of the ATL’s most buzz-worthy restaurants. VIP Grand Tasting Experience upgrades, always a sellout, allow festivalgoers to access exclusives. Chef demonstrations, interactive panel conversations, music and more fill this weekend cornucopia of food and frolics. Thirsty to be a firstie in following updates and buying tickets? Ruminate on these be-in-the-know links: TasteOfAtlanta.com, sign up for the fun, foodie Bite of News newsletter and follow Taste of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sometimes, the daily news is easier to stomach when baked into a cookie. Cookie The News sugar, spices and ices the headlines and pop culture buzz into ready for prime time treats. Naming a few: LEGO’s Women of NASA, Beauty and the Beast, Oscar Mistake, Donald Trump Elected, World Series 2016. Don’t like that news bite? Dunk it in your glass of milk.
Cutting-edge Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie loves to shake things up, things like restaurants and margaritas. Gillespie is opening Communion Cantina, a Mexican watering hole and eatery behind his popular Revival restaurant in Decatur on Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m. “By changing Communion every year, we can keep being creative and try new things,” says Gillespie. Last year’s German beer garden-inspired backyard gathering spot crosses borders, reopening as a casual, outdoor Mexican cantina. A backyard food truck will sell five different varieties of tacos along with other Mexican staples such as chips and salsa, cheese dip and guacamole. Beer and cocktails, including margaritas, sangria and frozen drinks like frosé and frozen mint juleps (a nod to Southern traditions) are ready to slake thirsts during warmer days and nights. The beer selection, both bottled and draft, features West Coast, domestic, local and Mexican brews. Cash and credit cards both work here – no pesos needed. Communion Cantina’s hours are Thursday from 5-10 p.m. (with Dirty South Trivia starting at 8 p.m) and Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from 1-10 p.m. and Sunday from 1-9 p.m. Groups may reserve tables or the whole backyard for parties.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill crab and shrimp dip ($8.95) hits the spot for those still feeling a little crabby from clawing their way through tax forms. Plowing through this dip, served hot with pita chips, is pure pleasure. Hmmm. Can’t quite say the same for the taxes.
Fathom chomping into 50+ burgers in one week? Hard to show restraint when a meaty multitude of juicy, beefy burgers are $5 each at more than 50 Atlanta restaurants during ATL Burger Week, April 23-29. HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern, Ormsby’s, Sublime Doughnuts and the rest of the herd are fervently perfecting their ATL Burger Week recipes before carnivores set to savoring and voting their favorites into bun-derful glory and bragging rights. Ormsby’s has leaked that they’re grilling a brat burger with kraut and spicy mustard. Sublime Doughnuts plans to lick the competition by featuring all of its ice cream burger flavors, and HOBNOB promises a juicy, flavorful burger for all ATL Burger Week-goers. Since burgers are only $5 a bun full, spring for a beer, some sides…and remember to tip your server. The whole week of meat-sweatin’ and flippin’ is presented by Georgia Beef Board, Creative Loafing and Red Brick Brewing Company.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Shopping outdoor markets for the freshest ingredients is a way of life in Italy. Just ask Nona. Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante, ever true to its Italian heritage, carries on the tradition. The Buckhead trattoria and Italian grocery is taking its authentic, fresh-made specialties to two of Atlanta’s most popular Saturday farmers markets: Freedom Park Farmers Market and Peachtree Road Farmers Market at The Cathedral of St. Philip.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Twenty-five years ago, ex-SoCal siblings moved to Atlanta and queried themselves, “What would be more fun than looking for jobs?” Opening a bar (and performing every role required to run it). The Vortex still fulfills Atlanta’s desires for champion burgers (think Zombie Apocalypse and Classic Coronary), beer, booze and ridiculously indulgent bar food. Michael Benoit and his co-founding siblings Suzanne and Hank are spinning a weeklong party April 17–23, giving away gift bags, pint glasses and more (while supplies last) at both the Midtown (878 Peachtree Street, NE) and Little Five Points (438 Moreland Avenue, NE) locations. Red Brick Brewing Company is in on celebratory collaborations, crafting a special peanut butter, bacon and banana imperial stout inspired by The Vortex Fat Elvis burger, a burger like no other. The weeklong festivities are already underway. Whirl in Thursday, April 20 and receive a gift bag with various items like a Vortex-branded shirt, 25th anniversary buttons, stickers and more. Plus, April 20-23, guests who order the limited-edition Fat Elvis imperial stout or any Laughing Skull draft will receive a custom “beer can-style” pint glass to take home. As the godfather of all Atlanta burger joints, The Vortex has churned out more than a fair share of “best burger” awards and accolades for “best beer selection,” “best neighborhood bar,” and “best bar food.” Ages 21 and over only, and “official idiot-free zone” policies stand as house rules. Get pumped for the partying by following Vortex Radio podcast (available on iTunes).