A few Strawberry Kiss cocktails at Nikolai’s Roof might lead to something more. Sip one with your sweetie and dwell upon why you two are in need of an overnight night out. Hold that thought, write up your reasoning, snap a picture of you two and enter the Nikolai’s Roof Romantic Getaway Contest. On February 9, a winner will be announced to enjoy a Valentine’s Day four-course dinner for two at Nikolai’s Roof and that night’s stay at the Hilton Atlanta in an executive level guest room plus breakfast at Southern Elements the next morning. Read details and enter online.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Hilarious! @foodbabyny leads one to wonder what is the apple of this dad’s eye -- the baby or the bagels? Food Baby’s dad, Mike Chau, captures the “cutest baby in NY” and the best chow in NY. Don’t laugh with your mouth full.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Red Heart rolls and Passion Punch Bowl comprise a heavenly Valentine month food and drink match up at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant. They’re just two of the items on the Midtown restaurant’s limited-time-only menu featuring spicy and brightly hued items created to help Atlantans break free from winter’s cold clutches. Look for chili garlic shrimp for $11.25, $9 crunchy yami rolls and Red Heart rolls for $10.95 to warm innards. While king crab salad with avocado and mixed greens for $17.50 and seared ahi tuna on grilled asparagus remind us that spring will soon be here. Cocktails to perk up a wintry day or night include a light and slightly sweet lychee margarita and the blue ginger martini that shakes together Pinnacle Blueberry vodka, crushed blueberries and fresh ginger for $8.50. Sake hounds, sip on the $16 Ty Ku Coconut Nigori premium sake or opt for a flight of three specially selected two-ounce sake pours for $9. Rendezvous at the tropical Passion Punch Bowl for two (or the Baby Passion for one) and sail away on Amaretto Di Saronno, pineapple vodka, passion fruit and aged rums charged with coconut water and juices. Keep these tempters on your RA-radar through March.
Tender waffles, tough decisions. We’re seeing some waffling on the horizon as Chick-a-Biddy guests decide which of the three new chef-inspired waffles they’ll want to fork into first. Savory applewood smoked bacon and cheddar, cinnamon roll with vanilla icing and a red velvet Southern classic with cream cheese icing are $10 each and come with honey butter and syrup. Pair any of these wonderful waffles with three fresh and local chicken tenders for $14. From the get-go, folks have gone crazy for the Atlantic Station eatery’s original cheddar waffles, and chef and co-owner Shaun Doty knows they’ll love these fun, scratch-made renditions. Fly by the fast-casual restaurant for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch and choose one for yourself or order all three for the table. Might be some mental gridlock over which is your new favorite flavor.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) recently released “The Power List 2015: Reader Picks,” its second annual list of the most powerful people in foodservice -- leaders who are affecting change in the restaurant industry landscape. The source of that list? NRN research and nominations submitted by those in the industry. The peer-nominated Reader Picks list includes many leaders right here on our own Southern turf. Sure, we’ll name drop some list-ees: Steven Chan, founder and CEO of Tin Drum Asiacafé; Shaun Doty, executive chef and co-owner of Bantam + Biddy; chef, cookbook author and Gunshow owner Kevin Gillespie; Tom Gray, chef and owner of Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in Jacksonville, Florida.; Chris Hadermann and John Piemonte, co-founders and partners at Southern Proper Hospitality Group; White Oak Pastures owner Will Harris; and John C. Metz, executive chef of Marlow’s Tavern and Aqua blue. Congratulations, gentlemen! We can’t wait to see what you’ll have for us next.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is giving away a sturdy Sierra Nevada backpack on February 28. Boost your chances of winning by frequenting Atkins Park and ordering Sierra Nevada beer before February 28. Collect a raffle ticket with every Sierra Nevada purchase then cross fingers, arms and bottles in hopes they’ll pull your number on the last day of the month.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Marlow’s Tavern and Ray’s Restaurants / Ray’s on the River have been serving up heaping helpings of hospitality in their dining rooms and out in the community for years, catching the attention of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The organization has come knocking with its prestigious Georgia Restaurant Neighborhood Award to honor these good neighbors and inspire other restaurateurs to be more involved in their local communities.
For the past 16 years, Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management have teamed up to host an annual golf tournament benefiting Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) and its athletes. Additionally, each time Marlow’s opens a new location, it hosts a friends-and-family “sneak preview” event, encouraging guests to donate to SOGA in lieu of paying for their meals. These joint efforts have raised over a half-million dollars for SOGA.
Ray’s on the River has partnered with the Fragile Kids Foundation for more than 20 years to provide wheelchair lifts, ramping, bathing and toileting equipment, therapy bikes, strollers and much more to Georgia’s medically fragile children. Ray’s hosts two big annual events for Fragile Kids Foundation: a golf tournament fundraiser and a breakfast with Santa where families benefitting from the foundation enjoy complimentary brunch and a visit with Santa at the riverside restaurant.
Malik Diop is the new captain (a.k.a. general manager) at the helm of Trader Vic’s, downtown Atlanta’s legendary tiki bar and port of call for Polynesian cuisine. Eighteen years of hotel and restaurant management experience anchor Diop. He cruises southward to Trader Vic’s from Chateau Elan, where since 2004 he served as manager for the 3,500-acre resort’s seven restaurants, as well as its bar and room service. Diop is very familiar with Atlanta’s tastes, having spent eight years as restaurant supervisor at the J.W. Marriott Buckhead. More news: the band Soldado entertains the Trader’s guests on the first Thursday evening of each month -- grab a sound bite on their website. Tie up your outrigger and hula on in this Thursday evening to rock with Soldado, try exotic dishes such as volcano shrimp and cocktails like the popular mai tai ($6 on Thursday nights), and say “aloha!” to the new GM.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The 15th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is filling screens at theaters across Atlanta with a reel-time exploration of Jewish culture, history, life in Israel and more. Last year, more than 31,000 people visited theaters across Atlanta to view films that seek to entertain, educate and challenge conventional perspectives on issues facing Jewish and global communities. This year’s festival runs through February 19. Festival sponsors include Atlanta restaurants Marlow’s Tavern and The Pig & The Pearl. Which reminds us, when was the last time you went out for dinner and a movie? Hint, hint. Browse the film schedule, then purchase tickets and make those dinner reservations while you’re at it.
White Oak Pastures is one of nine organizations nominated as a 2015 Hub candidate by the Savory Institute, an international, U.S.-based nonprofit that promotes large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through holistic management. White Oak Pastures and the other eight Hub candidates expand the roster of 20 Savory Network Hubs already providing holistic management education and support to land managers in their region. The Savory Network Hubs represent 17 countries on all six habitable continents. As a Hub candidate, White Oak Pastures will send staff to participate in advanced holistic management training, a leadership boot camp at the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe and participate in October’s Savory Institute International Conference slated for San Francisco. Sustainable land stewardship is a core value at White Oak Pastures. The multigenerational family farm in Bluffton, Georgia practices the Serengeti Grazing Model, rotating complementary animals through its pastures. Learn how you can give your own homestead a sustainable edge by attending the Composting Workshop at White Oak Pastures on Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register online to throw your name in the heap. $60 per person, includes lunch. Class size limited to 25 students.
We're back and better than ever with a new and improved Dish! This week, we're flying the coop and heading straight to Chick-a-Biddy at Atlantic Station for a trio of new waffles. New flavors include savory applewood smoked bacon and cheddar, cinnamon roll with vanilla icing and red velvet with cream cheese icing for just $10 each. Pair them with three tasty tenders for $14. In Midtown, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is rolling out a new menu of their own with romantic rolls and more. Pair the Red Heart Roll with a Passion Punch Bowl for a memorable meal with your favorite valentine, then heat things up with chili garlic shrimp before cooling off with a blue ginger martini. All that and more in this week's Dish!