Friday, May 9, 2008

Souper Jenny Special Menu for Work Out Moms

Soups, salads and sandwhiches - oh my! Just a few of the yummy items on Souper Jenny's healthy eating menu created for the moms participating in Camp promom. This wellness challenge program was created to celebrate motherhood by Corey Waller of Core Fitness Boot Camp and Vicki Stern-Brown of promom couture. Souper Jenny is a participating sponsor in the camp and will offer a special, healthy eating menu priced at $10 each day for the particpants.

Camp promom offers personal training, physician guidance, nutritional support and image assistance to moms during the eight week program which launches this Saturday, May 10 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at KVG Privé (3003 Piedmont Road in Buckhead).

Participating moms will meet Waller at Chastain park beginning May 11 for a personal training workout. Moms will earn points for attendance at workouts, nutrition, special bonus programs and eating the special wellness challenge menu offered at Souper Jenny. The mom with the most points at the end of the challenge will receive a grand prize of $5,000 plus an all-expense paid getaway to an undisclosed location. Sounds like a good way to get in shape to me. I think I would get the most points since I eat at Souper Jenny at least once a week!

Photo of Souper Jenny courtesy of Chloe Morris at Chowdown Atlanta.

The Bravery at Bonefish Grill

Sometimes my job is so cool... Yesterday, Ovation, an arts and entertainment focused cable TV station, visited Bonefish Grill in Buford to film an episode of Notes From the Road, and I got to attend the taping! They have been filming interviews and concerts at Bonefish Grill Restaurants all over the country - first in Alexandria, VA with Josh Kelley, and, next up, is Panic at the Disco in Grand Rapids, MI.

In Buford, Notes From the Road featured The Bravery and it was incredible! The interview with the band took place at the bar of the restaurant and then an intimate 20 person concert took place in the dining room, which, by the way, had been transformed into a stage that looked like it belonged on MTV. Smoke machines and flashing lights included...

Work began at 4 a.m. yesterday for the Bonefish Grill crew moving tables, blacking out windows and setting up lights. The interview was filmed right after lunch and the concert started around 3 p.m. and lasted until about 4:30. Some insider secrets?

1. The band played six songs and repeated the exact same six songs again so the camera crew could film different angles. They'll be edited together before the show airs.

2. The behind the scenes people at least tripled (if not more) the band and concert-goers.

3. Sound guys have really hard jobs. no joke.

4. The band munched on Bonefish Grill's stellar Bang Bang shrimp, salmon with warm mango salsa, chicken eggrolls and chicken portabella pasta. And, THEN got up and performed a rockin' concert.

Be sure to keep an eye on Ovation TV to find out when the concert airs. Don't get those crazy cable stations yet? Don't dispair, you too can visit a Bonefish Grill and enjoy the same delicious meal as the boys from The Bravery did!! (I know, I know, shameless plug...)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

“Let’s Eat Out” is Second Only To “I Love You” on Mother’s Day, May 11

The first meal I remember making for my mom was Mother's Day breakfast in bed when I was four years old. My older brother and I thought it would be great to make her a "balanced breakfast" like they showed on the cereal commercials. First, we made her a bowl of cereal, then, we made her two slices of toast and finally, poured her a glass of orange juice. To make the tray look pretty, I ran to the garden and picked her a flower.

Needless to say that by the time we got the breakfast to her, the cereal was soggy, the toast was cold (and messy) and I got thirsty so a drank a sip of her juice. She said she loved it!

Fortunately, I am wise enough now to know that there are better options for mom's special day. This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, I can't wait to say those three magic words – “Let’s eat out!”

Chefs at these restaurants have been preparing for Mother’s Day with buffets and menus that will have her saying “I love you!”

Two hot spots are already sold out so make a note to check these out early next year: Canoe's riverside brunch and Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery's mountain setting brunch.

Aqua Blue heaps mom’s favorites on the brunch buffet. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., grab a plate and fill it with items such as strip steak and carved turkey, chicken rotini primavera in cream sauce, eggs Benedict and breakfast pastries. $29.95/adults, $9.95/children ages four to 12 and free for children under four. Regular dinner menu takes over from 5 to 9 p.m. 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell; 770-643-8886.

Bonefish Grill brings out the grilled fish and delectable sauces that grace the regular menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Buford: 3420 Buford Drive; 678-546-8240. Johns Creek: 11705 C Jones Bridge Road; 770-475-6668. Macon: 5080 Riverside Drive, Building 500, Suite 506; 478-477-5256. Snellville: 1350 Scenic Highway 124 in The Avenue Webb Gin; 678-344-8945.

Ecco whisks Mom to a European bistro brunch with a special menu from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. 40 7th Street at Cypress in Midtown; 404-347-9555.

Fogo de Chão salutes moms with savory slow-roasted meats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day; $38.50 per person. The Brazilian churrascaria will be serving dinner that night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $46.50 per person. 3101 Piedmont Road; 404-266-9988.

Food Studio® paints a masterpiece of food and art to celebrate Mom’s day. Special brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $39.95 per person. Children’s menu for $10 per child (12 and under). Open for dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 887 West Marietta Street in the King Plow Arts Center; 404-815-6677.

The GLOBE provides the ideal spot for Yellow Jacket and Midtown moms to celebrate the day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Regular brunch menu. 75 Fifth Street, NW in Technology Square; 404-541-1487.

La Tavola Trattoria jets Mom to Italy in nearby Virginia-Highlands. Order from the brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the regular dinner menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m. 992 Virginia Avenue, NE; 404-873-5430.

Marlow’s Tavern (Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Midtown and Vinings) pours it on for the American casual mom with the regular brunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the regular dinner menu from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Alpharetta: 3719 Old Alabama Road, 770-475-1800. Kennesaw: 745 Chastain Road, NW, 770-425-8777. Midtown: 950 West Peachtree Street, 404-815-0323. Vinings: 2355 Cumberland Parkway, 770-432-2526.

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Buckhead and Downtown serves a mom-worthy prix fixe menu on Mother’s Day for $59 per person. Choose a salad; one entrée from a selection of filets, fish and chicken dishes; one side dish; and a dessert. Open from 3 to 9 p.m. in Buckhead in the Peachtree Lenox Building at 3379 Peachtree Road, NE; 404-816-6535. Open from 4 to 9 p.m. Downtown in the SunTrust Plaza Building at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue; 404-577-4366.

South City Kitchen® whips up contemporary Southern dishes that give mom the day off from cooking but not from good eating. Enjoy brunch at the Midtown location from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the regular dinner menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1144 Crescent Avenue; 404-873-7358. Brunch will be served at the Vinings location from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; order from the regular dinner menu from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1675 Cumberland Parkway; 770-435-0700.

Trilogy is East Cobb-close for an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. $23.95/adults; $8.95/children. Seating is limited and reservations are required. The restaurant will not be open for dinner. 4930 Davidson Road; 770-971-4770.

VITA will serve the regular dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will have flowers for moms. Mama mia, now that’s Italian! 2110 Peachtree Road; 404-367-8482.

Woodfire Grill serves mom local ingredients prepared with Northern Californian style from the regular menu. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day. 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road; 404-347-9055.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What Does Virginia Willis Do On A Girl's Night Out?

She shares her flair and signs Bon Appetit, Y'all at Whole Foods Markets and Harry's Farmers Market!

Virginia Willis wants to do something she loves when she snags a girl’s night out or two: talk about Southern cooking, show how it’s done, and pass on the word through her new cookbook so fellow Southern food lovers can carry out and carry on! Bon Appétit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories From Three Generations of Southern Cooking ($32.50) gathers recipes passed down from Virginia Willis’ grandmother and mother and adds plenty of Willis’ own flair as a French-trained chef, food writer, kitchen director for Martha Stewart Living Television and executive director for The Discovery Channel’s Epicurious! The cookbook is flying off the shelves, but you can catch a copy and have it signed at the following Whole Foods Market and Harry’s Farmers Market locations this week. Still struggling to find the perfect Mother's Day gift? Now's your chance, do Mom proud!

Thursday, May 8 - Whole Foods Market in Duluth-Johns Creek
If you have an hour, come from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for Virginia’s book signing and recipe tasting. Two hours? Join Virginia from 7 – 9 p.m. in Salud! Cooking & Lifestyle School as she prepares gougère with Georgia goat cheese, fettuccine with mushrooms and country ham, quail with red wine sauce, and peach cobbler with bourbon crème fraîche. $60 per person; includes signed copy of Bon Appétit, Y’all. Harry’s Farmers Market in Alpharetta: 1180 Upper Hembree Road; 770-664-6300. Whole Foods Market in Duluth-Johns Creek: 5945 State Bridge Road; 678-514-2400.

Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. - Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs
Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. - Whole Foods Market in Buckhead
Purchase Bon Appétit, Y’all and Virginia Willis will sign your copy! Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs: 5930 Roswell Road; 404-236-0810. Whole Foods Market in Buckhead: 77 West Paces Ferry Road; 404-324-4100.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Let No Teacher be Left Behind...Chipotle Marks National Teacher Appreciation Day With Free Food for Educators and School Faculty

Teachers have enough apples and chalk to last a lifetime but Chipotle Mexican Grill knows what they really want: free food. Tuesday, May 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and educators, administrators and school faculty across Atlanta should prepare to be grilled by the staff at Chipotle Mexican Grill. The burrito- making experts behind Chipotle counters are giving you a few hours to decide on your answer: Will it be grilled chicken, tender marinated steak, savory pork carnitas, succulent barbacoa beef or purely vegetarian fillings in your FREE taco, burrito, salad or bowl.

I have told all of my friends that spend their days shaping the minds of today's youth to stop by any of the 12 Atlanta-area Chipotle restaurants from 3 - 8 p.m. today and show their staff ID to receive a free taco, burrito, salad or bowl. Chipotle uses only hormone-free, naturally raised meats, rBGH hormone-free dairy products, organically grown beans and sustainably grown veggies, fresh salsa and house-made guac to fill its customers!

Vita Begins Tuesday Wine Tastings TODAY

The April showers have passed (for the most part) and now it's time to enjoy this great weather we're having. The new VITA in Buckhead is celebrating the lovely weather with Tuesday Wine Tastings beginning today. It’s just too darn gorgeous outside to keep those wines holed up in the cellar! From 5 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday evening, VITA guests can try 5-6 wines and hors d’oeuvres for $15. Since I was out of town this past weekend, I'll be catching up with the girls on the patio after work. Hope to see you there!

This month, VITA brings Australian wines up from down under for your taste trip in a glass. 2110 Peachtree Road; 404-367-8482.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

I had fun at the Metro Cooking show this weekend at the Galleria. It was like a big trade show of gourmet foods and new food products. Among my favorite nibbles was some cinammon/nutmeg peanut butter from a company in Roswell - it's call Chet's and the best part is that it comes in a squeeze bottle! I also really liked Heaters jalapeno-infused peanuts - yummy and spicy.

There was all sorts of entertainment and cooking demos. While I didn't get a glimpse of Paula Deen nor her two cute sons (drat!), I did get a good seat for Gerry Klaskala's demo of "the best meatballs you've ever had." They were made with veal, pork, beef and ricotta cheese - YUM. They really were outstanding - if you want the recipe, let me know and I'll post it. As usual, Gerry was a crowd pleaser, answering general cooking questions like "how do I know which olive oil to buy?" "what's the secret to great marinara?" and "why are these meatballs better than my mom's?" He told the group all about Canoe and Aria and I feel sure he'll have some new guests there soon!

I was also delighted to stop by the Three Sisters booth. These crazy local Atlanta girls are so successful! Their POP product samples were gone - again. They had refilled four times! It's no wonder - it's delish and their booth was so attractive that it practically drew people over like a magnet.

I didn't know what to expect since this is the first time this show was here in Atlanta. But it was a lot of fun. I'd definitely go back.