Saturday, February 21, 2015
Savor umami in every bite of your Korean burger, February’s burger of the month at FLIP burger boutique. Bun halves hug a burger crafted with tender braised short rib, the crunch of kimchee and tempura krispie, and the bold zing of green onion and Korean Ottogi ketchup. Meet up with one before the shortest month of the year runs out.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Two of our favorite topics, food and fitness, are tied together tighter than shoe laces at the 31st annual Hunger Walk/Run for the nonprofit Atlanta Community Food Bank on Sunday, March 15. No crack-of-dawn start time for this event, so movers and shakers can complete their Sunday morning routine before heading to Turner Field for an afternoon outing. Entertainment and day-of registration open at noon, and the 5K walk and 5K run set off at 2 p.m. Participants can direct their fundraising support to any of six agencies that support food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, senior centers and child care centers in Atlanta and north Georgia. Join #TeamTweet or support the team with a donation if you’re already booked that day. This walk/run has raised more than $7 million for hunger relief -- that’s 28 million meals -- since walkers first crossed the start line in 1984. Register in advance here.
Date night steal! Ray’s at Killer Creek is offering a three-course dinner menu with choices for $25 per person during Alpharetta Restaurant Week, February 21-28. Choose one of three options for your starter -- field green salad, Caesar salad or a cup of crab bisque -- then choose among cedar plank salmon with grilled asparagus, grilled beef brochettes and Moroccan couscous or pan-roasted chicken breast with lemon gnocchi for an entrée. For dessert, select chocolate mousse cake with raspberry purée and fresh berries or crème brûlée with seasonal fruit compote and fresh whipped cream. Add a glass of wine for an additional charge. At $25 per person for dinner (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity), there’s still money in the piggy bank for a movie...discuss that choice over dinner. Make reservations here.
Bantam + Biddy at Avalon satisfies lunchtime appetites during Alpharetta Restaurant Week with a $15 prix fixe lunch menu. Choose among pimento cheese, chopped pastured chicken liver or Jb Farm deviled eggs for a starter. Entrée choices boast a quarter chicken with two sides, meatloaf with two sides or pork schnitzel with one side. Finish with a choice of dessert form the Bantam + Biddy dessert menu.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Not only are Hollywood jetsetters landing in Atlanta, they’re taxiing off the runway and into Umi -- or Umiwood as some now refer to the restaurant -- where modern Japanese cuisine costars with understated elegance. Celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Usher, Kate Winslet and Jim Carey are hungry for chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s specialties such as aburi (slightly cooked sushi-grade fish), toban yaki (prepared on a ceramic toban grill) or omakase (chef’s selection of dishes). When in Atlanta, actress Jennifer Lawrence frequents Umi for her usual dirty martini, edamame, avocado salad, spicy tuna crispy rice and black cod misoyaki. “The Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and actors Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have dined there. Elton John and husband David Furnish fill up on chef Ito’s fare when they’re on Peachtree. Umi is tight with Spanx founder Sara Blakely, and Atlanta Braves player Freddie Freeman has slid in for a plate or two. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his wife Sarah are Umi regulars. Other well-known Umi diners include Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant and actors Theo James, Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. Some dress up, some come casual. The important thing to know is every guest dines well and receives VIP treatment at Umi, making it a beloved choice for repeat performances. For reservations, call 404-841-0040 or click here.
The Red Carpet Oscar Party at 10th & Piedmont rivals attending the actual 87th Oscar Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 22. For one thing, when the Midtown restaurant’s festivities begin at 7 p.m., guests are free to socialize and enjoy bottomless glasses of bubbly for $15. They’re not confined to theater seats for hours on end, smiles glued on their faces. Here, when stargazing partygoers glitz and glam up, they might win cash or prizes in the “best-dressed” contest (as versus critical reviews). Party viewers benefit from commentary by host Angelica D’ Paige, plus televised emcee remarks and entertainment, beginning with the red carpet arrivals and continuing through the closing credits. In Hollywood, the Academy votes. In Midtown, everyone votes! Download the Oscar ballot and choose your winners before you go. Reserve a table by calling 404-602-5510.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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