Friday, October 14, 2011

Our Appetizing Aperture of the Week

Cheers! This October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Fleming's is pitching in.  Try the "Stiletto" -- 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the drink will be donated back to theAvon Breast Cancer Crusade. You also can feel good when you choose to sip on Cline Cashmereat Fleming's.  Cline is making a $25,000 donation to Living Beyond Breast Cancer during the month of October in conjunction with the sale of Cashmere

Do the Market Mash-Up at Peachtree Road Farmers Market

At the second annual Market Mash-Up at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market on Saturday, October 15, you'll benefit from a 10-team draft uniting farmers and purveyors of locally made food.  From 9 a.m. to noon, guests will sample tempting dishes from teams you've surely heard of, such as Spotted Trotter, Red Queen Tarts, Indian Ridge, Hope's Gardens, Riverview Farms, H&F Bread, Greenleaf Farms and more.  Two hundred and fifty tasting tickets are available and will be for sale at $5 each (buys tasting of all 10 dishes) starting at 9 a.m.  Tasting runs from 10-11 a.m. or until sold out.  Guests fork up samples, vote for favorites and pick up recipes of the Mash-Up dishes.  Celebrity judges will choose a victor among the 10 teams.  This year's judges include Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief of The New York Times and author of Spoon Fed; Christiane Lauterbach, dining critic forAtlanta magazine and Knife & Fork; Jennifer Zyman, editor of The Blissful Glutton and Eater Atlanta; and Emily Smith, CNN Eatocracy contributor. 

More than 50 silent auction items will be up for bid that morning.  The event pays forward, helping fund the market's 2012 city permit fees and city-required police officer.  The PRFM is the largest producer-only market in metro Atlanta, meaning that everything at the market has been grown, raised or made by the seller and ensuring fair prices for both vendor and consumer.  Lauren Carey, PRFM manager, sums it up, "Accessibility to fresh local produce is a gift; it means so much more to shake the hand of the farmer that grew the vegetables on your dinner plate." 

It's Follow Friday: Meet Our Tweep of the Week @frugalfoodieJG

When you're a foodie on a budget (and who isn't these days), you savor each restaurant on your hit list, appreciating every bite.  

Julie Gallien tweets (@frugalfoodieJG) of her finds and daily life and offers up bigger portions on her Nourishment on a Plate blog!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Diamonds Are Forever But Il Borro's Toscano Is Only For A Limited Time

If the name sounds familiar, it is. Salvatore Ferragamo, Il Borro Winery proprietor, is the grandson of the famed footwear designer Ferragamo. Lineage aside, this Ferragamo is all about the wines of Tuscany's Il Borro Winery and creating the newest private-label wine -- Forty-Six Diamonds Toscana 2009 -- for Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Il Borro premium wines have graced Fleming's reserve wine list for many years.

This year's limited-edition private-label wine represents a delicious collaboration between Ferragamo, Il Borro Winemaker Nicolò D'Afflitto and Fleming's Wine Director Maeve Pesquera. The Sangiovese for the blend comes from Politi Vineyard, which provides the ideal elevation, Pliocene lake soil and southwestern exposure to turn out Tuscany's famed grape. Taste the artistry and note the artwork of internationally renowned artist and wine aficionado Thomas Arvid on the wine labels and on Fleming's walls.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:
4501 Olde Perimeter Way in Perimeter Place Village; 770-698-8112

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get Wild at Zoo Atlanta's Jazzoo on October 15

Calling all party animals, Zoo Atlanta's fourth annual Jazzoo is on Saturday, October 15 from 6:30 - 11 p.m. Plan on bringing your beastly appetite because Spice Market, RA Sushi and Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Food are among the 25 popular Atlanta restaurants that will be providing food for the event. Visit your favorite exhibits as you hit up the fully stocked bar or check out the four stages with entertainment provided by Eddie's Attic, Dr. Stech and Nervous Habit and Yacht Rock.

Leave the traditional coat and tails at home, "creative cocktail" attire is required at this party. Shorts, flip-flops, sequins, bow ties and animal prints will land you on the best dressed list. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $100 each (VIP tickets/$150 each); rain or shine, no refunds. Ages 21 and over only, and please have ID. SafeRide will provide "tips only" rides home within a 15-mile radius and $2 per mile beyond that. Proceeds support Zoo Atlanta programs and fund field trips for disadvantaged children and schools.

Meet and Eat with Aria's Gerry Klaskala at Falcons Game This Sunday

This Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m., the Atlanta Falcons are taking on the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome, and in addition to watching Carolina and Atlanta, guests can also get a taste of both teams' turf from Aria Owner/Executive Chef Gerry Klaskala. Klaskala is manning the local chef stand inside the 2View Restaurant located in the east end zone of the Dome on the executive concourse. He's making Carolina jumbo lump crab cakes with spicy mustard sauce and Georgia white shrimp Savannah-style salad. Game-goers can ditch the hot dogs and meet Klaskala and taste his creations instead while watching the fun on the field. As longtime fans of Aria, we know the food is sure to be as good as the football game!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lasso in Some Good Eats By Atlanta Chefs (and ride a mechanical bull) For a Good Cause At The Crystal Boots and Silver Saddles Gala on October 14

Giddy-up y’all! It’s time to shine up those belt buckles and throw on your favorite cowboy hat for the fifth annual Crystal Boots and Silver Saddles gala. Food lovers in western wear will be riding high at the event which benefits the Ovarian Cancer Institute on Friday, October 14 from 7 -11 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art.

Fifteen Atlanta chefs play chuck wagon boss, hosting food stations to fuel guests and spur them along through exciting casino, auction, raffle and line dancing activities. Some of Atlanta's "most wanted" chefs will be there, including Ford Fry of
JCT. Kitchen & Bar, E.J. Hodgkinson of Woodfire Grill and Gerry Klaskala of Aria. Lasso in some tasty libations courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka and Barefoot wine, and enjoy jamming out to the live band, Talk Journey to Me. Be sure to do a few stretches before testing your cowboy skills on the mechanical bull, and don’t forget about the jailhouse! See the event website for the sponsorship level/ticket form.

Crystal Boots and Silver Saddles is a 501(c)(3) organization assisting the not-for-profit foundation, the Ovarian Cancer Institute. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women and is difficult to detect.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Play Bocce for Breast Cancer with Double Zero!

As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and if you’re looking for a new and exciting way to support the cause, look no further!  This Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. you can play bocce in support of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure at Double Zero Napoletana's first ever bocce charity event!  For just $5 a person, you’ll not only play for the cure, but one lucky tournament winner will also get a trophy, a magnum of reserve wine, and free Double Zero Margherita pizza every Sunday in 2012!  In addition to the bocce festivities, Double Zero is hosting a silent auction starting at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds plus 20 percent of the evening’s restaurant sales will go to support the 3-day walk.  You can bid on fabulous prizes like an illy espresso machine, a Salon Greco Spa gift package, a reserve wine basket and more.  Still not convinced?  Tournament and auction guests are also invited to partake in a complimentary wine tasting on the outdoor courts.  If you can’t make it to the event, you can always donate online or stop by any Castellucci Hospitality Group restaurant this month.  The restaurants are mixing up special pink cocktails during October and donating the proceeds to the walk.  There are so many different ways to get involved, so come out and help Double Zero end breast cancer for good!

RLife LIVE Returns to Briza on Friday with Matthew Mayfield

Esquire magazine and Renaissance Hotels will host emerging artist Matthew Mayfield in a special acoustic performance at Briza as part of the RLife LIVE global entertainment program on Friday, October 14 at 9 p.m.  If you're a "Grey's Anatomy" follower, you've probably heard some of Mayfield's songs.  His hits have topped the iTunes singer/songwriter charts -- claiming #1 status several times -- and he's recently released a new album, Now You're Free. The versatile artist has an online series covering hits by Britney Spears, U2, Radiohead and others.  

RLife LIVE is Renaissance Hotels' global entertainment program dedicated to providing hotel guests and local patrons with an intimate and up-close look into music, culinary arts, film, arts and more.  During the show, nationally acclaimed bartender Chris McMillan will craft one of his classic cocktails featuring Belvedere Vodka to complement full bar offerings. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook for this event!