Friday, August 20, 2010

It's Follow Friday - Meet our Tweep of the Week @FifthGrouper!

Fifth Group Restaurants Director of Marketing Michael Erickson has one thumb on what's going on in his restaurants and the other thumb on his Twitter keys.  How he divides his "restaurant thumb between South City Kitchen Midtown, South City Kitchen Vinings, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco and Bold American Events & Catering -- we don't know, but he does it very well.  Follow Erickson @fifthgrouper and on Facebook!

JCT's Take on National Lemonade Day: Shandy-O, I Need You So

Be sure to squeeze National Lemonade Day into your agenda today! Leave the lemonade stands to the under-21 crowd and shake up a couple of Shandy-O cocktails. JCT. Kitchen & Bar Mixologist Lara Creasy starts with two ounces of lemonade -- after that, it’s all adult-only ingredients.

Thank goodness the recipe fills an adult-sized glass and not one of those little lemonade stand kiddie cups! Of course, you're welcome to cool off with Shandy-O and a full menu of cold beverages at JCT.


1 oz. Wild Turkey American Honey
2 oz. Allagash White beer
2 oz. fresh lemonade

Combine all in a tall glass with plenty of ice. Toss briefly in a cocktail shaker to mix and serve with a lemon wedge for garnish.  Delicious!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pick up fresh fare and recipes at your local market

Here is your chance to see what a local chef likes to cook and pick up from fresh veggies at the market too. A great place to add a recipe into your vault is at a chef demo. This evening at 6:30 p.m. Chef Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill will be doing a demo at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. Here is your chance to see what a local chef likes to cook and pick up from fresh veggies at the market too. The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market is located at 1231 Glenwood Ave. SE, 30316 at Village Hardware and goes on from 4 to 8 p.m.

If you're still in search of more demos then on Saturday, August 21 you'll find Chef Bennett Hollberg of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse working in the demo kitchen at the Piedmont Park Green Market from 11 a.m. until noon on the Community Center patio. Come say "hello" and garner some healthy ideas for summertime eating. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until Davio's opens in Phipps Plaza on August 25 to enjoy lunch or dinner by Hollberg.

Woodfire Grill: 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road; 404-347-9055.

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse:
Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, NE; 404-844-4810.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Competition Cuts Like a Knife at Protein U

Protein University is officially in session and Brian Sapp of White Oak Pastures is nearing the top of the class!  The plant manager and artisan butcher has entered a video in Protein University’s “Who’s Your Butcher?” contest and it’s been selected as one of the Top 20!  Congrats Brian!

You can show your love of his grass-fed butcher style by heading online to his video and casting your vote.  Online voting will conclude August 21st and the winner will be announced the next day, so stay tuned for the big winner!

Text Your Way to Spice Market Insider Perks Today

Thank God it's Wednesday! We heart Spice Market and so should you because the W Hotels of Atlanta are offering "TGIW" summer specials that will bring an exciting Spice Market deal directly to your phone if you text "TGIW" to 99699 today. Once you receive your text deal, you have one week to show and redeem it at Spice Market in the W Atlanta Midtown. For more information, visit W Hotels of Atlanta on Facebook. Offers will be updated by 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday mornings. Text messaging and data rates may apply.

Spice Market: In the W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th Street, NE; 404-724-2550.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dine Out For Safety!

Tomorrow, join your fellow Atlantans in the second annual "Dine out for a Safer Atlanta". Restaurants across the city will be donating 10% of their proceeds to Crime Stoppers Atlanta. Ecco, La Tavola Trattoria and Woodfire Grill are three great choices for a Wednesday night out on the town and it is all for a good cause! Thanks to Crime Stoppers, which began in 2007, more than 149 dangerous criminals are off the streets. Goes to show, crime doesn't pay...but dining out for safety does!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Aria Gives you a Taste of Argentina

Don’t miss your chance to meet Susana Balbo, Argentina’s most-recognized and famous female enologist, at a special Tuesday, August 24 wine dinner at Aria in Buckhead. Balbo’s philosophy, developed during more than 25 years as a domestic and international winemaker consultant and then as an Argentinean winemaker, focuses on sustainable agriculture, precision viticulture, superior skills and wine-crafting passion. The fascinating evening starts at 7 p.m. and unfolds around Balbo’s handcrafted wines, and Aria’s to-dine-for cuisine. Don’t miss out -- make your reservations today by calling 404-233-7673. Read more on Facebook.

Aria: 490 East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead; 404-233-7673