Thursday, December 23, 2010

Meet our Tweep of the Week @HoneyandJam

Tweep of the WeekHannah Queen lives in Georgia, where she's a baker, a photographer and a philosopher of contentment.  She likes good pie, fall leaves, muffins with LOTS of streusel, cameras, black tea lemonade and bluegrass.  And, she tweets and blogs.  

When the pace gets frenetic, pour a cup of tea, toast some bread and look to Hannah for sweet and soothing Honey & Jam.  Follow along on Twitter for a bit of Honey & Jam by the teaspoonful all day! 

Make the season bright with Christmas Eve and Christmas dining plans

In the holiday spirit of sharing and caring, we're giving you a link to our previous blogpost, so you can find good news about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining with a click or a tap!  We wish everyone a very festive and delicious holiday this weekend.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays from Melissa Libby & Associates!

Take a look back at our year here at Melissa Libby & Associates. As you can see, we play as hard as we work! We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

Heading Back to School This Winter

In need of a last minute gift for that foodie friend? How about a cooking class at The Cook's Warehouse? The Cook's Warehouse has released its Winter 2011 class schedule offering almost 150 classes across a broad spectrum of culinary interests and skill levels. Classes cover everything from basic knife skills to global cuisines to gluten-free cooking. Some of the upcoming guest chef instructors include Chef Ronen Skinezes of Manta Ray in Tel Aviv, Chef Jay Swift of 4th and Swift, Chef Khaled Chebbi of Social Resto, Chef Bennett Hollberg of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse and Shane Thompson of Shane's Rib Shack.

If you want to build on your gift - add a cookbook from one of the visiting cookbook authors slated to visit such as Rebecca Lang, "Quick-Fix Southern;" Angie Mosier, Virginia Willis, Steven Satterfield and Lynne Sawicki, "Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook;" Gena Knox, "Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors;" and Anne Byrn, "The Cake Mix Doctor® Bakes Gluten-Free."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Next Up: New Year’s Eve

With Christmas just a few days away, it’s easy to forget about making your New Year’s plans. Well, you’re in luck this year. We’re providing you with a convenient list of New Year’s Eve options that everyone will love! From seven courses of Northern Italian cuisine to a savory Southern dinner, we’ve got the scoop on how to celebrate in style.

Aqua blue in Roswell is offering a special three-course menu for $49 per person and $69 with wine parings that's available at three seatings: 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. DJ starts up at 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a complimentary champagne toast and party favors at midnight, and the restaurant will offer a complimentary breakfast buffet at 12:30 a.m. The regular menu also is an option. For reservations, call 770-643-8886.

• Chef specials, a DJ and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight make for a fun New Year's Eve at Atkins Park in Virginia Highland. Dinner reservations are recommended. Come in for New Year's Day brunch and fill up on a little "hair of the dog" along with Hoppin' John, collard greens and all of those traditional good luck dishes!

• Ease into an elegant 2011 over a festive four-course dinner for $85 per person at Aria. Add wine pairings at an additional cost. Call 404-233-7673 for reservations.

• Chef Bennett Hollberg at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is creating an incredible seven-course menu (amuse bouche + six courses) on New Year's Eve for a savory $95 per person or $125 with wine pairings. For reservations, call 404-844-4810.

• A rootin'-tootin' good time is in store for all as the doors swing open to a DJ and a complimentary midnight champagne toast at Deadwood Saloon. There's no cover for this party that cranks up at 10 p.m.

• New Year's spreads over three days at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. From Thursday, December 30 through Saturday, January 1, guests can choose from three memorable menu selections of filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp, North Atlantic lobster tail or New York strip and giant shrimp ($59.95 - $79.95; excluding wine, tax and gratuity). For bubbly, order the legendary Veuve Clicquot Champagne by the glass ($25). Call 770-698-8112 for reservations.
JCT. Kitchen & Bar will be serving a $60 four-course menu (a "taste" + three courses). For reservations, call 404-355-2252.

• Felice Anno Nuovo! La Tavola Trattoria is offering a truly authentic three-course Italian prix fixe dinner with lots of course options for only $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 404-873-5430.

• There are now seven Marlow's Tavern locations where you can ring in 2011! All seven are offering a $35 (plus tax and gratuity) three-course prix fixe menu that includes some savory dishes from the featured "Lobsters & Libations" menu.

• All three locations of Ray's Restaurants (Ray's in the City, Ray's at Killer Creek and Ray's on the River) will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve (with the bar open until 1 a.m.). Appetizers, shareable sides and special prix fixe menus ($55-$85 per person) are the talk of the day. For earlier risers, Ray's at Killer Creek is doing a New Year's Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Make reservations online or by calling the restaurants.

• Times Square has nothing on Southern New Year's traditions -- especially the culinary ones. Dine on three Southern courses for $39.95 at South City Kitchen Midtown and Vinings. Both locations will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. For reservations, call the specific restaurant: South City Kitchen Midtown, 404-873-7358; South City Kitchen Vinings, 770-435-0700.

Spice Market, located inside the W Atlanta Midtown, is offering two seatings and two different prix fixe menus on New Year's Eve. At 6 p.m., guests can enjoy a four-course menu for $48 per person and wine pairings for an additional $22. The second seating is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. and features a five-course set menu with a glass of champagne for $65 per person; add wine pairings for an additional $33. Tax and gratuity are not included in either menu price. For reservations, call 404-724-2550.

• In addition to the regular prix fixe menu, Woodfire Grill is creating five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus on New Year's Eve. The regular and pescatarian menus are priced at $100, and the vegetarian menu is priced at $85. Add wine pairings for an additional $50. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 404-347-9055

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cheers to The Beard! Toss Back a Yukon Cornelius Cocktail at Woodfire Grill and Say Hello to the Holidays

Woodfire Grill Chef-Partner Kevin Gillespie has recently been spotted with a new friend named Yukon Cornelius, whose red beard is thought to resemble Gillespie's. Gillespie met Yukon at the Center for Puppetry Arts during a recent performance of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." In honor of his puppeteering doppelganger, Gillespie is now serving up a Yukon Cornelius cocktail (pictured lef) at Woodfire Grill to warm up guests. The $10 cocktail is a mix of High West Silver whiskey, maple bitters, Zirbenz liqueur, allspice dram, egg and half and half. While this concoction won't put a red beard on your face or hair on your chest, it will certainly raise your spirits.

Woodfire Grill: 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road; 404-347-9055.