Friday, September 4, 2009

The Chia Pets Are Growing!

With 6 days to go before the 80s party at RA Sushi, I'm starting to think we may have chia success afterall. The sprouts are numerous and some are green! Btw, if you'd like to come to the party, send us a comment and we'll send you an invitation!

Tailgating Time is Finally Here!

For all you football fans, we’ve got some sure bets for tasty tailgate fare that will definitely win points….off the field, at least:

- For a healthier version of football-watching food, EVOS trades grease for fresh ingredients and offers burgers, fries, sandwiches and wraps with half the fat.

- Six locations of Marlow’s Tavern serve as convenient gathering spots with hearty American fare and flat-screen plasma TVs. For pre-game food on the run, Marlow’s also offers a to-go menu.

- For a fumble-free to-go menu, Morton's The Steakhouse - Buckhead and Downtown offer only the best with tuna tartare, colossal shrimp cocktail, double-cut filet mignon or New York strip steak and Key lime pie.

- Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge have a couple of options, especially for those heading to nearby Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech. Football fans can pick up fare on the way to the game or let the Midtown restaurant cater their pigskin parties. Pacci’s tailgating menu veers off the restaurant’s Italian steakhouse tradition to include sporty favorites like wings, ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. AltoRex Rooftop Lounge opens at 10 a.m. on game days to cure football fever with a healthy combo of open air, wide-screen viewing, fun beverages and good eats including Johnsonville brats, Italian sausages and soft pretzels. All Pacci catering orders must be placed at least 24 hours before pick-up time.

- Panera Bread’s Via Panera catering menu has about as many choices and Atlanta-area locations as a team roster has players. Bring home sandwiches, salads, soups, bagels, breakfast and brunch foods.

- The Original El Taco catering team can roll out an array of tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, the Grande house salad, appetizers, sides and a salsa bar. Orders include napkins, utensils and plates. Pick up or have your chow delivered ($20 delivery charge). Place your order at least 24 hours in advance by email or calling 404-873-4656.

- Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food knows how to plan a football fiesta with food-to-go, party packs and catering. All menu items can be ordered to go – just call Uncle Julio’s to-go line at 404-974-2991. The staff will load up a party pack with your gridiron favorites, or Uncle Julio’s team can set out the linens, chafing dishes and serving pieces; decorate your buffet; and line up plates, utensils, napkins and food. One glance at the catering menu will get your mojo going.

- WaterHaven, in Midtown’s Technology Square, welcomes Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to touch down for brunch before the game on Saturday, September 5. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.; WaterHaven serves brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They also offer FREE (validated) parking in the AT&T deck at 5th and West Peachtree streets.

- For prepared foods, Whole Foods Market has what you need including hot pizza, breads, deli items, cheeses, sweets and cold beer… you name it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ray's Celebrates 25 With Seafood Recipe Contest

Are you a gourmand with grouper or a whiz with wahoo? Then you need to enter the Ray's on the River seafood recipe contest. The restaurant is celebrating 25 years of riverside dining and is looking for great new recipes using seafood. The winner gets dinner for two and bragging rights! Chef Tom McEachern and Ray himself are the judges. Show your friends what you already know - your recipe is the best! Click here for all the details and the entry form. Good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We Have Sprouts!

Okay, so they are teeny, but still!

Virtual Wine Tasting

You never really need an excuse to buy a bottle of wine...but just in case you do, partake in Wolf Mountain Vineyard's virtual wine tasting! You can share your thoughts on their featured wine that you've enjoyed at the winery or at home by participating in their first Facebook virtual wine tasting.

This month the vineyard is featuring their 2008 Chanteloup that was just released at the end of August. Chanteloup is a medium-bodied dry white wine with a hint of French oak. So sip, taste and whip up your favorite dish that pairs with the wine. Oh, and don't forget to post about it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Chia Pets Are Planted!

And now we wait for sprouts ....

Where to Go On Labor Day

It’s good to know that even when most of us will be taking a break on Labor Day, some of Atlanta’s top restaurants will still be servin’ up their delicious dishes for us to enjoy. Check out the list below to see who will be open on Monday, September 7 and give yourself a break from cooking in the kitchen.

Ecco: 40 7th Street, NE; 404-347-9555.
EVOS: 5590 Roswell Road, NE; 404-252-4022.
La Tavola Trattoria: 992 Virginia Avenue, NE; 404-873-5430.
Marlow's Tavern: Alpharetta at 3719 Old Alabama Road, 770-475-1800; Kennesaw at 745 Chastain Road, NW, 770-425-8777; Midtown at 950 West Peachtree Street, 404-815-0323; Vinings at 2355 Cumberland Parkway, 770-432-2526; Northlake at 4156 LaVista Road, 678-987-1197; and Duluth at 1950 Satellite Boulevard, 770-622-2033.
Panera Bread: Find a Panera Bread location at
RA Sushi: 1080 Peachtree Street at 1010 Midtown; 404-267-0114.
The Original El Taco: 1186 North Highland Avenue, NE; 404-873-4656.
Toulouse: 2293 Peachtree Road, NE; 404-351-9533.
Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Food: 1860 Peachtree Road, NW; 404-350-6767. To-go line: 404-974-2991.
WaterHaven: 75 Fifth Street, NW at the corner of Spring Street; 404-214-6740.

Also, Morton's The Steakhouse - Buckhead will thank emergency personnel working on Labor Day with a free lunch that includes their tasty petite filet mignon sandwiches, mini prime cheeseburgers and red bliss potato salad. Emergency personnel in uniform or bearing ID can drive through the parking lot of Morton's The Steakhouse - Buckhead from 1-4 p.m. on Labor Day to pick up a complimentary to-go lunch.

Morton's The Steakhouse - Buckhead: Peachtree Lenox Building, 3379 Peachtree Road, NE; 404-816-6535.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Top Chef Wednesday

Top Chef is one show that never gets the DVR treatment. It’s a given that everyone in the office will be talking about it the next morning, so I make sure that I watch every second (even the Real Housewives of Atlanta commercials). It’s back to the regular time on Bravo at 10 p.m. every Wednesday so be sure and tune in to see our Atlanta representatives and all the other chef’testants cook it out.

Do you have a place where you and your friends meet up to watch? Leave a comment and let us know. Like to tweet your thoughts, live? Remember to use the hashtag #atltopchef!

The Chia Pets Are Here!

It might be said that I'm easily amused, but this is really exciting - we ordered some Chia Pets for the upcoming 80s party at RA Sushi and they arrived today!
I am now officially CEO (Chiapet Executive Officer) at MLA with primary duties to make these things grow green afros between now and Sept. 10. Mandy is my trusty assistant. She filled the bowl with water and delicately placed our little friends inside. Tomorrow we plant!!