Friday, December 19, 2008

Parker's on Ponce Brings White Oak Pastures Beef To the Table

Downtown Decatur is DeKalb county’s favorite location for unique shops and locally owned restaurants. Independently owned steakhouse, Parker’s On Ponce, is one of our favorites. Parker’s On Ponce is known for serving a traditional steakhouse menu in modern environs. In their effort towards supporting local food, the steakhouse uses grass-fed beef of Georgia’s own White Oak Pastures. The dinner menu sizzles with steaks ($15-$52) ranging from flat iron, filet mignon, New York strip, Kansas City strip, ribeye, and a “Porterhouse Steak for Two.” A wide variety of non-steak entrees ($14-$19), appetizers ($7-$14), and soups and salads ($6-$15) round out the offerings. An extensive wine list, custom cocktail menu and microbrew list pour on plenty of holiday cheer for sipping and toasting by the stacked-stone fireplace! Open for lunch and dinner.

Parker’s on Ponce : 116 East Ponce de Leon Avenue (between Church Street and Clairmont Road on the Decatur Square); 404-924-2230.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Eat Drink Learn at Woodfire Grill

Monday night Citysearch hosted an incredible Eat Drink Learn event at Woodfire Grill. Chef Kevin Gillespie paired five amazing appetizers with five wines that were perfect for dishing up at home for your own New Year's Eve party.

We enjoyed crab salad profiteroles with Georgia caviar, beet salad with fried goat cheese, grilled Vietnamese beef, potato leek shooters, apple bacon grilled cheese bites and chocolate fudge. Everything was delicious but the resounding favorite was the grilled cheese. We couldn't get enough!

After the event, Citysearch Editor Jonathan Baker shared his thoughts on the event -
"This was my personal favorite of all the events we've done so far this year. People could not stop talking to me about how good the food was, and a few of our guests ended up ordering dinner because of that, which wasn't surprising. The food presentation was perfect-- the silver spoons that held the Vietnamese beef to the toss-em-back crab and caviar puff was exactly what we were hoping for. And I think I personally turned a few fellow Malbec drinkers into big Barbera fans thanks to that sampling. The crowd was bigger than expected and was a colorful range of folks from nicely dressed young professionals, to established media personas, and hiply-bearded musicians. The staff did an incredible job handling an unusually high amount of people for that space. It far exceeded expectations."

At the end of the evening, Whole Foods donated gift bags for five lucky winners that included chocolate truffles, holiday lip balms and scented travel candles. The vanilla peppermint candle smelled so good I decided to pick up a few for last minute holiday gifts.

If you missed this event, don't despair. Woodfire Grill is hosting a blind wine tasting tonight that is sure to be a fun time. Held during regular dinner hours (5:30 - 10 p.m.), guest can blind taste eight red wines for $15.

Happy Holidays Atlanta!

Photographed above: Caryn, Lindsay, Meryl, Marissa, Tanai, McCall, Hollie, Melissa, Sheena and MacKenzie

Happy Holidays everyone! The ladies of Atlanta Dish got together last night for a holiday dinner at Allegro. There was so much great Italian food we were rolling to our cars after dinner. We started off with champagne to celebrate a wonderful year at MLA and then came the wine, Nebbiolo to be exact. It was hard to choose since Allegro’s wine list features several wines from different regions in Italy, but Melissa did a good job.

Lindsay liked it!

We tried a little bit of everything from the menu including…

Caprese di Allegro

Sapori Italiani

Risotto Pescatore

We wish you all a happy holiday and a great new year. Thanks for reading!

Allegro is located at 560 Dutch Valley Road, 404-888-1890.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DailyCandy Definition

When the food on your plate is too pretty to eat, it's just darn foodilicious, according to The DailyCandy Lexicon. So, what's a diner to do? Ooh, aah, capture the moment with your camera phone then eat up... it won't stay hot forever!

Foodilicious: adj. a term describing really attractive food.The holiday party buffet was so foodilicious no one wanted to be the first one to disturb the teriyaki tree or fondue and fruit bouquet.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hungry for Holiday Food

I went to the first of several holiday parties this weekend and man, the food was good. One of the reasons I love this time of year is the party food. Seeing family is good and presents are great, but holiday party food is by far the best.

I wish someone had made these cinnamon-bun ebelskivers that the Bay Area Foodie writes about. The pictures alone make my tummy rumble.

The guys at Hedonia solve the ugly cheese ball dilemmia every host faces (Mom, I hope you're reading) by using all white cheeses and rolling pecans into the mix - yum. Great idea and I know guests would be asking for the recipe.
I have another party on Wednesday of this week. Can't wait to see what they serve!