Saturday, February 3, 2018
Cold weather calls for sinking your teeth into something savory, and Revival chef Nicole Edwards knows exactly how to satisfy those comfort food cravings and warm the soul with her crispy lamb shank ($32). Topped with tobacco onions and lamb jus, this dish soothes even the deepest of wintertime blues and is best enjoyed with Southern trimmings at a table full of family and friends.
Latch onto wines from Jordan Winery and enjoy special promotional prices at all three Ray’s Restaurants now through the end of February. At Ray’s in the City and Ray’s on the River, Jordan cabernet sauvignon is priced at $26 for an eight-ounce glass or $80 for the bottle, and Jordan chardonnay pours at $20 per eight-ounce glass or $60 for the bottle. At Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta, the cab is $20 for a six-ounce glass, $30 for a nine-ounce glass or $80 per bottle; the crisp chardonnay commands $15 for a six-ounce glass, $22 for a nine-ounce glass or $60 per bottle. Jordan Winery is committed to producing a singular Russian River Valley chardonnay and a singular Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon honoring the subtleties of French Old World winemaking traditions. Right wine, right time. Now.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Brush up on art appreciation and acquisitions at Art Crush, Atlanta’s most irreverent art auction. The galleries of ADAC frame this fun-filled event that begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. Bid on artwork by emerging and established artists from Atlanta and around the South as well as an exciting array of unique, artist-driven experiences. Bring your smartphone for mobile bidding -- which eats less time than hovering over bid sheets -- freeing more time to socialize, view masterpieces and conversation pieces, and indulge in artful bites provided by host committee participants The Federal and Bantam + Biddy. Buy tickets online; general admission is $50 per person or choose one of the VIP table host opportunities. BURNAWAY’s Art Crush Auction supports the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization’s mission to provide arts coverage and foster new voices for the arts in Atlanta and the South, including the online art publication Atlanta Art Guide, the Art Writers Mentorship program, and its Teen Art Writing program. Who knows? You might go home with art from an up-and-coming Picasso!
Are you a student who is passionate about good food and drinks, restaurant culture and public relations? Are you ready to get started right away? We want to meet you! Melissa Libby & Associates is currently seeking a intern for the spring 2018 semester. Interns who join the MLA team will work with and learn directly from all agency functions, including media communications, social media, special events and client services. Creativity, positive energy, great writing and organizational skills and a strong work ethic are important traits for this internship.
Interns at MLA will shadow all departments and be tasked with a wide variety of projects to learn as much as possible. You will help perform important research for client projects, draft social media content for popular Atlanta brands, assist with special event planning and execution, attend meetings with clients, brainstorm new ideas, write blog posts and much more.
Internships require 15-22 office hours per week starting as soon as possible through early May. Schedules are fairly flexible, although Monday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. are required for our weekly team meeting. Local candidates only please! The ideal candidate will also receive school credit for his or her experience with MLA. Interns will be paid a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Brush away the workday and enter a state of post-stress relaxation with friends by taking advantage of Social Hour at 5Church Atlanta on Peachtree at 14th in the heart of Midtown. Enjoy quality time catching up with friends over a selection of mouthwatering small plates, beer and wines every Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. “Eats” ($8) include short rib sliders with pickled red onion and homemade BBQ sauce on a pretzel bun; Margherita flatbread topped with crispy basil, fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes; Prince Edward Island mussels in a tomato garlic broth; duck poutine; and smoked chicken wings in blonde BBQ sauce. For $6, kick back with glasses of Clos Pegase merlot or Riff pinot grigio. Beer specials include Highland Gaelic ale and Modelo Especial for $4 each. Hurry in. There’s a spot waiting for you -- a seat at one of the high-tops or at the bar.
Hearts afire! February is National Chocolate Lovers Month, and our Chocolate Cravings are kicking in big time. Jump aboard our chocolaty chew-chew and turn out flourless chocolate cake (no flour means more room for chocolate), a multitude of chocolate mint desserts or a gigantic “Kit Kat” bar. Win brownie points for “Knock you Naked” brownies, healthier brownies made without flour or refined sugar and that church/women’s club cookbook classic, “chocolate delight.” Chocolate-dipped tea bag cookies and chocolate pudding cupcakes with fresh strawberry centers are cocoa party ready.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
What’s your Super Bowl LII game table and viewing plan for the big game on Sunday, Feb. 4? Home viewing flanked by catering or carry-out? Perhaps you’re envisioning one of Atlanta’s FAN-tastic restaurants as your game-day end zone for big screens, big cheers and a full roster of beers? Decide like the pros: hold a coin toss and honor the call. Unlike the gridiron showdown where either the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots will get rings and Super Bowl LII glory, this is a win-win situation.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland plans Super Bowl LII takeout platters to prepare your team for well-fueled viewing. Appetite-tackling options include creamy spinach and artichoke dip with chips ($30); fried “mac n’ cheese bites” ($35); bacon cheeseburger sliders ($30/dozen); brat burger sliders with caramelized onion, cheddar cheese, sauerkraut and stout mustard ($35/dozen); and Texas fried chicken sliders ($35/dozen). Atkins Park jumbo chicken wings rule the field. Get two dozen smoked on the Big Green Egg or confit with veggies and a choice of sweet chili garlic, spicy BBQ or Atkins Park’s classic wing sauce and ranch or blue cheese for $30. Place orders by noon on Feb. 3; pick-up time scheduled at time of order; call 404-876-7249.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos offers multiple packages for groups ranging from intimate gatherings to full on football teams. Order the "Half Time Fiesta" for guacamole and a taco bar priced at $15 per person with a 10 person minimum. "1st and 10 Platters" include Baba wings ($5), torta Cubana bites ($5), mini Baba burgers ($7.50) and a dessert sampler ($2.50), priced per person with a 10 person minimum. Earn extra points for add-ons like pico de gallo ($7), hummus ($12), guacamole ($16), dulce de leche cheesecake bites ($2 each) and cayenne chocolate truffles ($2 each). Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Pick up available on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; call 404-900-9595.
Food 101 cheers on game-day nibblers with to-go wings that can be ordered in advance and picked up before 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. Although closed for dinner Sunday evening, football fans can enjoy brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. before picking up orders. Call 404-497-9700 for details.
gusto! encourages fans to pick their favorite players for a “build your own gusto!” self-serve buffet. Choose two gusto! flavors, such as the wildly popular chipotle mango avocado and seasonal white chili pimiento, to go along with mixed greens, brown rice, grilled chicken, grilled portabella mushrooms and a boatload of house-made sweet potato chips. Vegetarian, vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free choices are available. Add drinks and desserts and you’re ready for kickoff. “Bowled orders” are available for small groups (under 20 guests). Free delivery with $100 order or stop by and get it to go. Contact Trey Strawn at the Peachtree location in Buckhead, 678-800-8372 or email@example.com; or Ryan Harrison on Ponce, 770-856-7417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henri’s Bakery & Café puts football-shaped and team-themed cookies into play. Pick up a few on Saturday at the new Henri’s Bakery Westside location or the Buckhead or Sandy Springs shops for tailgates or game-watching parties. All locations are closed on Sundays.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails wallops game-day appetites with à la carte and package options. Choose Kentuckyaki, smoky medium or pickle-fried wings with celery and blue cheese dressing ($25/25 pieces); signature sundried tomato, spinach and artichoke or black-eyed pea hummus dips with house-made lavosh and crostini ($25 per quart, serves eight); and veggie or fruit platters with dipping sauce ($20, serves eight). The team’s ecstatic about assembling a package for your party. Family package satisfies eight guests with 25 wings, one dip and 10 chocolate chip cookies ($55); Party Package feeds 15 guests with 75 wings (25 each flavor), both signature dips, one veggie platter and 25 chocolate chip cookies. Place orders online by 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 and pick up Sunday, Feb. 4 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Questions? Call 770-817-0161.
Storico Fresco Alimentari scores big points for any party with their wide selection of meats and cheeses. Make your own platter at home, or have the retail shop create a custom antipasti platter for you. Even better, bring in your own platter and let the friendly faces behind the retail counter design one atop your favorite tailgating tray. Don’t forget to grab a tiramisu or burnt ricotta pie for the perfect game-day dessert! Questions? Call 404-500-2181 or email email@example.com.
Taco Mac’s catering options are a win for fans of all ages. Place orders of wing party platters and pick up before 1 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday to earn a $10 bonus gift card for every 50-wing tray purchased. Make it home with plenty of time before kickoff, and be the MVP of the viewing party? Now that’s a win-win.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina catering touches down at home parties for big game FlexMex feasting. A taco buffet wins points, lining up a choice of meats, black beans, Jack cheese, lettuce, flour tortillas, pico de gallo, choice of sauce, and chips and salsa ($10/person). Stacked taco bar adds grilled onions and peppers, guac and rice ($12/person). For sideline action, add chicken tenders ($4/person), salad ($2.50/person), queso or guac ($1.50/person), bag of tortilla chips ($5/serves 10) and “The Grand Tinale,” fried tortillas tossed in cinnamon and sugar ($1/person). Tin Lizzy’s also can provide tea, lemonade, bottled water and disposable chafing dishes. Order takeout online, call 404-846-6011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurant In-House Viewing Specials
We can already hear football fans cheering for chili at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. During the game, both the Brookhaven and Midtown locations will run an $8 chili special and serve a pileup of chili fries for $9.50.
Hone in on great game views, those renowned wings and beers from a seemingly gridiron-long list at all Taco Mac locations. No matter which team you root for, you can still be on the Brewniversity team -- a champion choice for beer aficionados.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
On Tuesdays at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, all tacos are $2 each, all day long. The dine-in-only “Taco Twosday” deal opens up the Midtown’s eatery’s entire taco list as fair game. Pollo frito boasts flash-fried or grilled Joyce Farms chicken, tomatoes, arugula, cotija cheese, pickled red onions and buttermilk avocado dressing. Costilla enfolds Creekstone Farms braised short rib, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro, cotija cheese and pickled red onion. Pig out on carne de cerdo with smoked Niman Ranch pork belly, citrus BBQ sauce, roasted peanut slaw and cotija cheese or carnitas, filled with citrus-braised pulled pork, roasted peanut slaw, salsa roja and pickled red onions. A trio of seafood-filled tacos please seafarers: atun with spiced and seared saku tuna, cilantro slaw, Sriracha lime crema and spicy tortilla strips; blackened or fried Gulf redfish with fresno pepper slaw, jalapeño-poblano vinaigrette and radish; or camarones of grilled or fried Gulf shrimp, cilantro slaw, radish and comeback sauce. Vegetal gets those veggies in with yellow squash, zucchini, crimini mushrooms, grilled red onion ring, red chimichurri, arugula and cotija cheese. Any other day of the week, these tacos are $2.95-$3.75 each. Taco Twosdays afford a primo opportunity to go through the list a few at a time or go totally taco crazy and try them all.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Pillow talk time. In this case, we’re referring to plump pillows of Rave-Worthy Ravioli, yielding cold weather comfort in appetizers, mainstays, salads and even desserts like Nutella ravioli or chocolate ravioli with white chocolate mascarpone. Earn “oohs” and “aahs” over red beet ravioli with spinach and goat cheese, short rib ravioli, flower-shaped ravioli and homemade pesto, ricotta and mozzarella ravioli. Wonton wrappers hug fillings for pear and Gorgonzola ravioli with walnuts and rosemary butter. Ravioli lasagna and spinach artichoke ravioli bake are fast crowd pleasers. Paleo dieters, try folding thin slices of squash around a chicken, spinach and mascarpone filling and serving with caulif-redo sauce. Change out the usual game table cheese sticks with baked, toasted ravioli to dunk in hot pizza sauce or say “ole!” to nacho chicken ravioli.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
There’s a place for messy food like sloppy Joes, saucy wings and Frito pie. Then there’s The Art of Plating, where presentation woos eyes and appetites. We have a feeling these masterpieces, destined for dining, will never make it to the Louvre.