Friday, May 7, 2010

It’s Follow Friday: Meet our Tweep of the Week @PtreeFarmersMkt

Early birds are on to something more than earthworms and rich dirt. They tweet about snatching up farm-fresh veggies, fruits and food products gracing the tables of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market located at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Phillip. Besides an eye-popping array of produce, market vendors offer meat, eggs, cheese, bread, prepared goodies, art, beautiful and useful goods made from recycled items, and even healthy dog biscuits. Make sure you follow the market on twitter to get the latest word on what's new at the market!

This Saturday brings a demo that those early birds won’t want to miss – Chef Shaun Doty of Shaun’s will be leading the cooking demo this weekend! The market is open for the season from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every Saturday morning through December 18 at 2744 Peachtree Road, NW.

Satisfy your hunger AND help feed children

Nearly 17 million children in the U.S. will face hunger sometime this year. That's one in four children. Please help Share Our Strength provide them with good nutrition and food so they can concentrate on learning at school and growing into healthy adults. Be a part of the solution by attending Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation fundraiser on Wednesday, May 12 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Sample specialties from more than 50 of Atlanta's star restaurants! It's one stop for trying out the cream of the crop restaurants you've been hankering to visit, including Aqua blue, Aria, Ecco, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Marlow's Tavern, Pacci Ristorante, Spice Market and Woodfire Grill. Wine tastings, three auctions -- silent, live and wine -- and live entertainment by Charley Marshall and Joe Gransden will keep you busy between bites. Mind if we drop some names? Jane Fonda is the Honorary Chairperson, and Dean Fearing of The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas serves as Honorary Chef for the evening. Guests attend from 6:30-10 p.m. with $350 VIP tickets; guests purchasing $250 general admission tickets enjoy the event from 7:30-10 p.m.

Georgia Aquarium: 225 Baker Street, NW; 404-581-4000.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tails are Wagging for Wine Down Wednesdays at Thirsty Dog Tavern

Thirsty Dog Tavern, the newly-opened pet friendly eatery in Buckhead, will get you over the work week hump with Wine Down Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, the restaurant serves up a $20 tasting of five wines accompanied by light appetizers from 5:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Additionally, Thirsty Dog offers half off the price of all featured bottles of wines on Wednesdays. The restaurant also has 15 flat screens tuned in to sports, plus a separate cigar and smoking lounge. And don’t forget to bring your dog along for Milk Bones, kibble and water on the lower patio.

Thirsty Dog Tavern: 2110 Peachtree Road, NW; 404-367-8482.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother's Day Dining Dilemma Solved

Flowers? Check. Cheesy but sweet card? Check. Delicious chocolates? Check! Reservations? Uh-oh... Still haven't made reservations to take your mom out for a Mother's Day celebration? Well, just a friendly reminder that Mother's Day is THIS WEEKEND and now is probably the time to finalize those plans...

Whether picking an old favorite or a new hot spot, click here to check out the special happenings, unique menus and celebrations just for mom at some of Atlanta's favorite restaurants.

Reservations? Check!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Don’t Forget to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Party Plans

You have two days to decide what you’re doing for Cinco de Mayo. Luckily, we here at Atlanta Dish have a plethora of places for you to visit. From tasty taco bars to mouthwatering margaritas, there’s something for everyone.

AltoRex is celebrating with delicious dishes like tamale poppers and taquitos, and drinks including mouthwatering margaritas and Mexican beers. Those of you who visit AltoRex before Wednesday, May 5, can get a special margarita glass to take home. Bring it back on Cinco de Mayo and get your first fill-up for free! AltoRex Rooftop Lounge is located atop Pacci Ristorante at 866 West Peachtree Street NW; 678-412-2402.

In addition to their weekly Chill and Grill patio cookout event, Atkins Park in Virginia Highland will be serving up special Cinco de Mayo dishes like scallop ceviche with cucumber noodles; and jalapenos and crispy pork taquitos with house-smoked pork, tomato and spicy cheese. The Chill and Grill menu (served from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each Wednesday) also gets into the Cinco de Mayo spirit with items like tender grilled chicken legs with white bean salsa and garden herbs; and traditional elote with cotija cheese and spices. Atkins Park Tavern: 794 N. Highland Avenue; 404-876-7249.

The Original El Taco is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with some sweet drink specials including $18 buckets of Dos Equis Amber or Lager, $6 margaritas, $4 pineapple-infused tequila shots and $3 Tecates. The Virginia-Highland eatery is also serving up some Cinco de Mayo menu items like smoked trout with a spicy masa cake and salsa borracho ($6.50); shredded savory pork tostadas with lettuce and guacamole ($7.50); and grilled chicken with poblano chile-cream over steamed morisqueta ($11.50). El Taco is located at 1186 N. Highland Avenue. For more information or to make reservations for a group of seven or more, call 404-873-4656.

Thirsty Dog Tavern, the newly-opened pet-friendly eatery, is getting in on the Cinco de Mayo celebration by offering a tasty taco bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and drink deals like $5 margaritas, $14 pitchers of sangria and $3 Coronas all day long. The Buckhead restaurant will also get the party going with a DJ spinning tunes at 7 p.m. Thirsty Dog Tavern is located at 2110 Peachtree Road NW in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood of Buckhead; 404-367-8482.

Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food is giving Atlantans a great place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Diners can dig into Uncle Julio’s delicious dishes like smoky grilled fajitas, sizzling shrimp brochettes and marinated grilled quail. For those looking to sip the night away, guests can take a seat at the beautiful bar and quench their thirst with Uncle Julio’s signature Swirl (frozen margarita swirled with frozen sangria) or choose from more than 15 different tequila options to create their own Cinco de Mayo margarita. The restaurant also offers an array of imported Mexican beers, the perfect accompaniment to all of the menu’s savory selections. As always, guests can choose to enjoy their Mexican holiday meal alfresco by sitting on Uncle Julio’s lively patio. The restaurant has two locations in the Atlanta area: 1860 Peachtree Road NW; 404-350-6767 and 1140 Hammond Drive NE; 678-736-8260.