Friday, September 3, 2010

Beef Up Your Day with Whole Foods and White Oak Pastures

There are some deals  that are worth the time to clean out your pantry or your freezer.  In this case, I spent a good chunk of time cleaning out my freezer this week because Whole Foods Market has a fantastic deal on grass-fed beef TODAY!  I foresee a lot of tasty sauces and burgers in our future this fall.

All Whole Foods Markets and Harry's Farmers Markets will serve up burgers made from White Oak Pastures' tender and juicy grass-fed beef at the remarkable price of a buck a burger!  Note to travelers:  special applies to Whole Foods in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas.  Also today, grillmasters can purchase ground, grassfed beef to shape into their own patties for $3.99 a pound -- that's $2 off the regular price! 

You can also pick up some free handy cooking tips if you’re in Duluth or West Paces Ferry areas today - White Oak Pastures Owner Will Harris will be at the Whole Foods Market - Duluth from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (5945 State Bridge Road; 678-514-2400) and at Whole Foods Market - West Paces Ferry from 4 - 7 p.m. (77 West Paces Ferry Road, NW; 404-324-4100) showing some of the best ways to prepare grassfed beef. 

Also, make sure to check out the video above – Whole Foods recently visited White Oak Pastures along with Woodfire Grill’s Executive Chef and Owner Kevin Gillespie.  Take a look at the farm and learn some grilling tips from Chef Kevin!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kevin Gillespie Brings Home the Bacon in Cincinnati

In cupcakes or alongside eggs, bacon is so hot right now. No one knows this better than Kevin Gillespie, executive chef and co-owner of Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill, whose passion for pork was clear on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Now the pork enthusiast will celebrate his love with humans and dogs alike as the host of the Purina Beggin’ Bacon Bash in Cincinnati on International Bacon Day, Saturday, September 4. Cincinnati locals are in for a bacon-flavored treat complete with live music, a bacon-eating contest, and cooking demonstrations by Kevin Gillespie himself. Their furry friends can run hog wild in bacon mazes, costume contests, and can even participate in the “loudest group bark” attempt for the Guinness Book of World Records. What better way to wake up and smell the bacon?

Happy Cabernet Day!

Well, who knew? There's a day for my favorite wine grape! Today is the day to celebrate Cabernet, one of the most popular red wine grapes in the world. Find fellow Cab lovers on Twitter (#Cabernet) and Facebook. To be a part of it, just sample Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Blend and/or Cabernet Franc and engage with others doing the same with conversation, tasting notes and suggestions. Better yet, enjoy a glass of Cabernet at Morton's The Steakhouse. Both Atlanta locations serve a selection of Cabernet options that are sure to honor this holiday in a delicious way. Sit back, relax and tweet your heart out as you experience Cabernet Day in the comfort of Morton's bar or dining room.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bring Your $25 To Midtown

Woot! Midtown Restaurant Week is back and it starts THIS SATURDAY! Three-course, prix-fixe lunches for $15 and dinners for $25 at more than 30 of Midtown's best restaurants are a tempting reason to get out and try some place new.

The week affords an opportune time to try the European and Mediterranean bistro flavors of Ecco, Italian steakhouse dining at Pacci Ristorante, tantalizing sushi rolls and Pacific Rim fare at RA Sushi, new-South favorites at South City Kitchen Midtown and the exotic Asian market-inspired cuisine of Spice Market. The nine-day "week" begins on Saturday, September 4 and runs through Sunday, September 12. (Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity). Find out more about participating restaurants and make reservations on the Midtown Restaurant Week website.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Put Some South in Your Mouth at Shaun's Southern Beer Dinner

Photo courtesy of Benay Krissel for Tribal Chicken Designs, Inc.
On Wednesday, September 8, Chef Shaun Doty of Shaun's in Inman Park is hosting a five-course Southern Beer Dinner featuring a perfect pairing of regional brews and foods. The evening begins with a 7 p.m. reception boasting beer-battered bay leaves, Berkshire pork gravy sliders and flatbread with fresh Carolina ricotta and hot chilis, accompanied by a SweetWater beer and scuppernong cocktail. Guests will sit down to dinner at 7:30 p.m. to indulge in White Oak Pastures beef cheek ravioli with chicken liver sauce paired with Terrapin Golden Ale (Athens, Ga.); Heritage pork pie with foie gras and mustard greens paired with Red Brick Brown Ale (Atlanta); Neil's Yard Dairy Farm House cheddar with muscadine jelly and pecans, paired with Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier (Farmville, N.C.); and roast summer fruit bruschetta with Nutella and Tupelo honey ice cream, paired with Highland Black Mocha Stout (Asheville, N.C.). Cost is $55 per person ($40 per person for food only). Reservations are required and seating is limited; call 404-577-4358 to reserve a spot.

Shaun's: 1029 Edgewood Avenue, NE; 404-577-4358.

Don't Miss the Hop City Beer Event Happening at Ormsby's

Ormsby's, the friendly neighborhood tavern located on the Westside, is teaming with Atlanta's Hop City Craft Beer & Wine for a five-beer, three-course dinner beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1. I can't think of a better place to relax after a long hump day! With menu items like local heirloom tomato salad with Sweetgrass Dairy goat cheese, Vidalia onions and balsamic vinegar; IPA-steamed black mussels and crusty bread; and roasted pork tenderloin, pimento cheese grits, green beans and a local fig glaze, this dinner is worth every bit of its $30 price tag (excluding tax and gratuity). Don't forget about the beer! The evening's courses are matched with a variety of offerings including Dupont Foret, Brooklyn Local 1, SweetWater IPA, Maredsous 8 and Trois Pistoles. Contact Ormsby's for reservations and more info.

Ormsby's: 1170 Howell Mill Road, NW; 404-968-2033.