Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Santa is Coming to Town

Once Thanksgiving is over -- the holiday rush sets in. In light of the season, here are some events we think will make you jolly!

WaterHaven is hosting their first annual tree trimming today and is helping support Atlanta Children's Shelter. Just bring in an ornament and receive 25% off your total food bill. In addition, donate any amount to the Atlanta Children's Shelter and receive an additional 25% off your food bill. That's 50% off your food check just for helping start the holiday and aiding a great cause. WaterHaven will open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. today.

Santa is coming to town...Ray's Killer Creek that is! Santa has enjoyed such popularity at Ray's Killer Creek over the past few years that he's gone ahead and scheduled two Sunday stopovers this year on November 29 and December 20. He'll be there over brunch hours of 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Space is limited and seats will fill faster than you can say his reindeer names so call 770-649-0064 now to save your seat!

Harald Wüsthof knife event at The Cook's Warehouse in Atlanta

Harald Wüsthof, managing partner of Ed. Wüsthof Dreizackwerk, visited Ansley Mall's The Cook's Warehouse on Sunday, November 22. He met with fans and customers during his visit.(L-R) Lois Berthaume, a customer at The Cook's Warehouse-Ansley Mall; Ronda Higgins Thornton, store sales associate; Mary S. Moore, founder and owner, The Cook's Warehouse, and Harold Wüsthof. Berthaume proudly brought in a set of Wüsthof knives to show Mr. Wüsthof that she received as a wedding gift 30 years ago and still uses today; he autographed the blades of the knives for her.

Mary S. Moore, founder and owner, The Cook's Warehouse with Harald Wüsthof.

Marlow's Tavern Alpharetta Celebrates 5 Years Today, And You're Invited!

Looking for reasons to be thankful? Marlow’s Tavern Alpharetta is giving you a great reason one day early at their 5th anniversary celebration today!

Starting at 5 p.m., there will be complimentary passed appetizers and drink specials, followed by live music at 8 p.m. You can even register to win a free dinner every week for a year – you must be present to win the prize, which consists of one $30 Marlow’s Tavern gift card every week for one year. (Only one gift card may be used in a seven-day period and gratuity is not included).

We here at Atlanta Dish will be off tomorrow, enjoying our favorite seasonal delights with our families and friends, and we know what we’re thankful for – you, our readers! We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Atlanta’s Top Tailgating Stops and Spots

This Saturday, November 28, the University of Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at one of the biggest showdowns in the city. For those folks heading to the big game or just looking to be near all the action, we’ve got the scoop on Atlanta’s prime tailgating places!

A few blocks away from the Georgia Tech campus, Marlow's Tavern™ - Midtown is closing down the street and throwing a block party that is sure to get fans barking and buzzing all afternoon. The good folks at Marlow's have it all planned with a hot grill, cold drink specials and prize giveaways three hours before game time. No game tickets, no problem. Marlow's will pump up the game volume after kick off. (950 West Peachtree Street; 404-815-0323.)

If you usually park and pull out your Dawg or Jacket awning and cache of paraphernalia, swing by Pacci Ristorante beforehand. Atlanta's new Italian steakhouse has a special pre-game, take-out menu studded with champion items such as five flavors of wings, three flavors of ribs, Pacci chili, Brunswick stew, pork and beans, pulled pork sandwiches, jalapeño cornbread and a healthy veggie tray. Items are priced from $4 to $14; orders must be placed at least 24 hours before pick-up time. Fans burning with football fever can head upstairs, atop Pacci Ristorante, to AltoRex Rooftop Lounge (left) beginning at 2 p.m. for spirited drinks and football favorites including Johnsonville brats, Italian sausage, soft pretzels and more. (866 West Peachtree Street, NW; 678-412-2402.)

Before every Georgia Tech Saturday home game, WaterHaven has welcomed both the home team and guests (go figure on this showdown) to park and tailgate before and after the game -- and this weekend's showdown is no exception. The restaurant will open at noon so fans can power up on sandwiches and BBQ as well as regular menu items such as lamb sliders, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and WaterHaven's classic burger, plus $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys. Cheer inside or outside on the 100-seat patio! WaterHaven will validate guests' parking tickets from the AT&T parking deck, located at Fifth and West Peachtree streets, with a minimum purchase of $25. (75 Fifth Street, NW; 404-214-6740.)

We can already hear both teams applauding for the freebie food offer that EVOS Feel Great Fast Food in Sandy Springs is kicking out there this game day. On November 28, Yellow Jacket fans who don gold and white or UGA fans wearing red and black will receive free Airfries™ and a drink with the purchase of a burger or wrap at the Sandy Springs EVOS restaurant in The Prado. (Open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. at 5590 Prado Place off Roswell Road, Suite 140; 404-252-4022.)

Even though the game clock runs for 15 minute quarters, the clock keeps running for 16 hours of tailgating merriment at The Cypress Street Pint & Plate Rivalry Weekend Tailgate Party 2009, sponsored by New Belgium Brewery, on November 28. From 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., Cypress Street Pint & Plate is extending its patio, rolling out the grills and screens, going long with giveaways and quenching cheer-parched throats with $4 Fat Tire drafts. Rock on after the game with crowd pleasing tunes from the Francisco Vidal Band. (817 West Peachtree Street at the corner of 6th and Cypress streets behind the Biltmore; 404-815-9243.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cocktails For A Cure at Pacci

We know by Friday you'll be begging for an excuse to escape all that family-time and grab a cocktail some place peaceful. Now, when mom asks where you are going you can be honest; you are going out for a good cause! As part of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ sixth brand-wide Red Ribbon Campaign, Pacci will be offering Cocktails For A Cure through World AIDS Day on December 1, 2009.

Guests can enjoy any of four Red Ribbon-themed cocktails hand-crafted by Kimpton’s master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout. Themed spirits include:

Grapefruit Spritz: Ketel One Citroen, Campari and grapefruit juice sparked with club soda
Bad Apple: Don Julio Blanco, Lillet, Angostura bitters, apple juice and ginger beer
Orange Blossom Fizz: Belvedere Orange, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, pineapple juice and sparking wine
Morning Daiquiri: Ten Cane Rum, Grand Marnier shaken with fresh lime juice and orange marmalade

“Cocktails for a Cure” are $9 each and for each drink purchased, $1 will be donated to local AIDS/HIV charities nationwide.

If you are traveling this week and won't be able to make it to Pacci don't worry. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants are participating nationwide so go on; drink for a good cause!