Saturday, October 10, 2015
We’re spilling the beans on the fourth annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off at Brookhaven Park on Saturday, October 10. This family festival in the heart of Brookhaven is meaty with lots of food offerings from food trucks and local restaurants including Smokebelly BBQ; chili and Brunswick stew tastings from more than 75 competition teams; live music from Battlefield Collective, Drucker and Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band Behind the Sun; college football viewing on the big screen with UGA vs. Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.; and a kids zone with arts, crafts and cornhole. Event runs noon-6 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance online ($10) for a spoon and wristband for unlimited tastings; at the door, cost is $15.
Lace up your running shoes and pull on your lederhosen for the inaugural Oktoberfest 5K Run and Lederhosen 1K Fun Run on Saturday, October 10. Hosted by Der Biergarten and the German-American Cultural Foundation, this fun fall event aims to foster German-American relations and deliver a German cultural experience loaded with beer, bratwurst and fun. Pre- and post-race activities take place inside Der Biergarten. 5K starts off at 8 a.m. followed by the 1K Fun Run. Register online and use code PRETZEL for a $5 discount. All participants receive a T-shirt, post-race refreshments and certificate. VIP runners add on a post-race German buffet, beer stein and ticket for one beer. Proceeds benefit the German-American Cultural Foundation’s education programs.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Ray’s at Killer Creek executive chef Mike Fuller takes his culinary know-how out to the Big Green Egg for a cooking class on Saturday, October 10. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Fuller will share his recipes and techniques for chargrilled oysters, smoked pork belly steam buns, whole roasted suckling pig, baked mac and cheese and cast-iron Ellijay apple cobbler. Cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple and includes cooking demo, tasting menu, iced tea, soda, coffee, tax and gratuity. Call 770-649-0064 for reservations; credit card required to confirm reservation and will be charged prior to the event.
Historic rehabilitation complete, Ponce City Market hosts the return of Party on Ponce on Saturday, October 10. The 5-11 p.m. event features exclusive access to the property’s retail shops and tastings from more than 25 of the city’s finest chefs – including David Berry from soon-to-open Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market. At 8 p.m., the fun shifts to a series of rocking performances from The Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and David Ryan Harris. Purchase tickets online for $85 or $105 at the door. The event benefits local nonprofits including the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Georgia Organics, The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and MODA via the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. Find more info on Facebook.
Don’t have a meltdown. Purchase a ticket and head to the Atlanta Cheese Festival on Friday, October 9, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Celebrating and promoting artisan cheese and specialty food producers from around the world, the 5:30-10 p.m. festival aims to share this group of artisans with Atlantans in an effort to help preserve their sustainable practices and respect for animals and land while protecting the environment for future generations. Participating in the night of cheese and specialty foods are local chefs including Gunshow’s Joey Ward. Purchase tickets online.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Wine and live music go hand in hand, and Ray’s at Killer Creek has the market covered for both. Serving a revamped menu in a casual atmosphere, the Alpharetta restaurant is offering 50 percent off all wine bottles priced $200 and under all day every Friday and Sunday. Notable selections include Cakebread chardonnay reduced to $45/bottle, Prisoner zinfandel blend reduced to $40/bottle, Jordan cabernet sauvignon reduced to $60/bottle, Silver Oak Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon reduced to $68/bottle and Caymus Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon reduced to $75/bottle. On Fridays in October, those half-priced bottles come with live music from 6-9 p.m. on the patio or lounge. Mark calendars for Marty Manous on October 9, Perry Kit on October 16, Francesco Maceri on October 23 and Brandon Reeves on October 30. Note, the wine promotion excludes reserve selections and cannot be combined with other discounts and promotions.
LivingSocial deals have been saving Atlantans dough for years. Now Restaurants Plus, a new pilot program launched in Atlanta, pays restaurant goers up to 30 percent back for doing what they do best – eating out. It’s free and easy. Just sign up on LivingSocial’s website, register a qualified credit or debit card and dine at a participating eatery in the Restaurants Plus directory, which includes details on savings and times restaurants offer cash back. Just swipe the registered card and wait for your earnings to add up. Once savings reach the minimum amount earned, consumers will receive cash back on the registered card. No vouchers or gift cards to present; no hassle. Sounds like a delicious deal to us.
Monday, October 5, 2015
They had us at “Candy Bar” cake. Diners will be tempted to skip the main course and go straight to dessert with Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails’ new dessert menu. Head down to Jacksonville, FL and dig into Blondie in a Jar brimming with peanut butter fluff, apple butter and compressed apples; pumpkin beignets with spiced pear compote, espresso-chip ice cream and candied pumpkins seeds; or sweet potato spice cake with maple mousse, vanilla ice cream and crispy sweet potato, to name a few.
Scratch holiday party planning off your to-do list. Many of Atlanta’s best restaurants offer private dining and event options complete with delicious food and drinks, impeccable service and the perfect atmospheres for groups of all sizes. From casual fun and games to dressed up with someplace to go, there’s an option wrapped and ready. Hop over to Atlanta Food News for the full list.