Friday, October 11, 2013
Wine and dine your way through five delicious courses at Ray's on the River on Thursday, October 10 and Ray's on the Creek on Friday, October 11. Inspired by wines from Taste of the NFL, cabernet, chardonnay, zinfandel and prosecco are the starlets of the evening. Treat your palate to Big Green Egg-smoked oysters with cucumber mignonette served with La Marca Prosecco; Marcona almond-dusted striped bass with olive and roasted red pepper tapenade and parsnip purée paired with William Hill Bench Blend Chardonnay 2008; seared duck breast with sweet potato mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon served with William Hill Bench Blend Cabernet 2009; and braised brisket with wild mushroom bread pudding, rapini and bourbon jus paired with Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet 2008. Treat yourself with assorted cheeses and balsamic and fig ice cream for dessert accompanied by Louis Martini Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2010. Tickets are $75 per person or $65 for Dining Club members. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Ray's on the River at 770-955-1187 or Ray's on the Creek at 770-649-0064. Come one, come all; we're wining to dine with you.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
We love farm-to-table restaurants, but we just found the next big thing: farm-to-festival! Help Bantam + Biddy celebrate its first anniversary with their fall festival on Sunday, October 13 in the Ansley Mall courtyard. Live music from Lily and the Tigers will be the soundtrack to a full afternoon of family fun. A bevy of local vendors such as Nottingham Nector, Souvei, Riverview Farms, Tiny Buffalo, Deck Specks, Doux South, Capra Gia and Georgia Organics will be in attendance as well. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m., but the good times don't end there. Take a seat at Bantam + Biddy for a four-course prix fixe meal prepared by chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere. The limited-seat dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., costs $50 per person and even includes a one-year Georgia Organics membership. For more information and to make a reservation, call 404-907-3469.
'Tis the season for giving thanks and gobbling turkeys. Ensure you celebrate both with a delicious bird from White Oak Pastures. Starting now, pre-order small ($75), medium ($100) or large ($125) birds for your Thanksgiving meal. Reared on White Oak Pastures' certified organic pastures and rated a Step 5+ with the Global Animal Partnership, all poultry are Heritage Birds, American Standard Bronze and Black. Place your order online and have your turkeys delivered to your feast November 18-21.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
There are plenty of tough decisions you have to make everyday. Should you hit the snooze button again? (Probably not, but you're going to anyway.) Do you want fries with that? (Ok, maybe that one doesn't count since the answer is always yes.) And a question that never fails to stump my group of friends: queso, salsa or guacamole? Fortunately, Tin Lizzy's offers a three amigos appetizer that comes with all three, saving us from the dilemma of having to pick just one. That way, we can spend more time deciding which margarita we're going to have next!
It's almost the weekend again, and we're sending in our Pinteresting Game Day Favorites for the big game. Intercept your usual hamburgers and bagged chips for grilled pepper poppers and Maryland crab dip. Sure to be a touchdown with tailgating fans, the Commissioner's jambalaya and spinach artichoke dip mini bread bowls will make the crowd go wild with your victory. Block the boring treats and add creativity to your tailgate with a personalized cookie cake or other delicious desserts, too! The plays are endless on the food field.
MLA: Do you make a lot of chili?
MLA: So, why are you in the Brookhaven Chili Cook Off this weekend?
Drew: Because it sounds like fun!
And that, my friends, is a great reason to attend this Saturday's Brookhaven Chili Cook Off. Head over and cheer for Chef Drew and his beginner's luck as Seven Lamps competes for votes from taste testers (like you) and celebrity judges at the festival in Brookhaven's warehouse district just north of Dresden Drive on Apple Valley Road. The short walk from Brookhaven MARTA will prep you for the taste fest and perhaps for some of the cold adult beverages available for purchase at this Beano bonanza running 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This family friendly event belongs on your radar with its three bands, kid zone, arts and crafts, cornhole and a hearty welcome for Fidos on leashes. What not to bring: outside food and coolers.Tickets, $5 in advance or $10 at the gate, carry entitlements of a spoon and unlimited chili tastings from noon-4 p.m. or whenever supplies run out. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Fundraising Foundation.
Here's to many more, Drew!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Thursday night means it's basically the weekend, right? Since we're in agreement on this and you need a fun and delicious activity now, head down to the historic Georgia Freight Depot for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Next Generation Celebration: Battle for a Cure restaurant competition on October 10. From 7-10 p.m. there's going to be a culinary showdown between JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, No. 246, The Optimist, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant and more with the hopes of being named the champion that evening. Along with eating your way through all of the action and silent auction bidding, guests will experience an all-inclusive tasting with beer and wine for $75 ($36 tax deductible). All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction go back to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, so you'll be happy to know all that eating is for a great cause! Buy tickets online and prepare for the battle. More on Facebook.
Georgia Aquarium Hosts Eighth Annual Aqua Vino with Water, Wine and Atlanta's Best Restaurants on October 10
Swimsuit weather may be long gone by now, but that doesn't mean it's too late to have some aquatic fun. Just visit the eighth annual Aqua Vino at the Georgia Aquarium on October 10 to mingle with friends, family and your favorite sea creatures, all while sampling from more than 200 global wines and incredible tastes from Atlanta's premier restaurants such as Article 14 and Glenn's Kitchen. Upscale live and silent auctions round out the evening's entertainment for the over-21 crowd. The main event fills the Oceans Ballroom, and guests are free to venture out to view Georgia Aquarium exhibits. Grand Tasting is $150 per person; VIP Tasting is $325 per person and adds 6 p.m. admission, red carpet arrival and media splash photo op with hosts plus access to the VIP lounge with exclusive wines and behind-the-scenes tours. Proceeds benefit Georgia Aquarium's whale shark conservation and research initiatives. This event is ages 21 and up only.
Monday, October 7, 2013
No need to list your credentials, Taste of Atlanta. We know all about the legendary festival featuring over 90 restaurants and four live cooking stages. We dream about the VIP food-wine-cocktail experience all year long, so we're eagerly awaiting the culinary sprawl to take over Tech Square Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27. We're looking forward to the barcraft competition, the Big Green Egg Grilling Experience, the Family Food Zone, workshops, cookbook signings, silent auction and so much more. We'll be on the lookout for some of our favorite chefs and mixologists from participating restaurants such as Alma Cocina, Article 14, Der Biergarten, Glenn's Kitchen, Gunshow, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, Lure, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, No. 246, The Optimist and Seven Lamps. A variety of ticket options are available online priced from $30 each on up. Buy now. Chances are there won't be leftovers.
Fall has arrived and the chefs at each of the Ray’s Restaurants locations have crafted a delicious three-course menu to celebrate the season. Each menu pairs gracefully with carefully selected wine recommendations and offers guests three choices to consider for appetizer, entrée and dessert. Available for a limited time, each menu is $29 per person; add $15 for wine pairings (excludes tax and gratuity). A quick peek at the menus reveals items such as fried green tomatoes, hazelnut-rolled pork tenderloin, smoked chili-chocolate bread pudding and white chocolate and pumpkin crème brûlée at Ray’s on the Creek; barbecued shrimp, a 10-ounce pork chop with maple bourbon whipped sweet potato and apple chutney, and chocolate-raspberry mousse cake at Ray’s on the River; and crab Rockefeller-stuffed mushroom, spicy tuna roll, barbecued Atlantic salmon, pumpkin cheesecake and apple cobbler at Ray’s in the City.