Friday, October 1, 2010

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

The Teacher CooksWe're tweeting an "A" to The Teacher Cooks and its sister foodie blog created by a family consumer science class teacher (a.k.a. home ec) at an Atlanta-area high school.  This gal loves her subject, her students and uncovering some of the most useful recipes you'll find in any culinary classroom. 

She started blogging to draw her technology-loving students into the food world.  We give this blogger a high "SAT" score, because we were drawn in and "sat" at the kitchen counter with our laptops, reading and digesting her words for quite a while!    

Best Burger Battle Tomorrow

Looks like there's going to be perfect weather for tomorrow's Battle of the Burgers to benefit Embraced. With the burger boom in town, this is sure to be a tasty and juicy competition. Check it out to see who you think should be the real burger king! Battle of the Burgers is from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at John Howell Park in Virginia Highland. Tickets are $20 and include 20 taste tickets. $5 for children under 10. Our friends at Atkins Park have two entries: "The Best Way" burger made with grass-fed beef and topped with bacon jam and Taleggio cheese, and the restaurant's house-made black bean veggie burger topped with roasted poblano chilies, pepper Jack cheese and guacamole. For every ticket sold, Embraced is able to serve five individuals in need of medical equipment. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Red Wine and a Ten Day Celebration at Toulouse

It’s their anniversary, but you get the gifts!  Toulouse is celebrating their 16th Anniversary from October 1-10 with $16 entrees and $16 bottles of wine!  Dozens of wines normally priced at $50 or less will be available throughout the entire 10-day celebration!

Then on Sunday, October 3, Toulouse is focusing on fall with their “Fall Reds” wine tasting.  The Toulouse Wine Guy will lead guests on a sampling tour of 15 different wines along with some light appetizers for $30 per person.  Call 404-351-9533 in advance to reserve your seat. All the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. so don’t be late!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Atkins Park Brings Oktoberfest to Virginia-Highland

We've already been rejoicing the return of pumpkin spice lattes, and now it's time to toast lederhosen and everything else October-y at the Atkins Park Oktoberfest on Thursday, September 30 in Virginia-Highland. Atkins Park Chef Andrew Smith is preparing a special Oktoberfest menu of traditional German fare that includes veal and beef knackwurst with local apple sauerkraut, roasted potatoes and Stout mustard ($10); short rib sauerbraten with braised red cabbage and buttered noodles ($16); and Black Forest cheesecake ($5). The event will also feature Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer. Just as if you were in Germany, this Oktoberfest keeps going into the wee hours since Atkins Park is open until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday!

Atkins Park Tavern - Virginia Highland: 794 North Highland Avenue; 404-876-7249.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Ribs & Whiskey" Starts Today!

It’s that time of year again! “Ribs & Whiskey” is back at Marlow’s Tavern for the next five weeks, so head on over to your favorite location to see what this year’s selection includes. For those of you who just can’t wait until lunch, here’s a sneak peek at the menu:

• Slow-Cooked St. Louis-Style Maker’s Mark Glazed Ribs $15/ $21
Half or Full Rack Served with Our Soon-to-Be-Famous “Two Potato” Potato
Salad, Chili-Slathered Corn on the Cob and Our House Made Sweet Corn &
Jalapeño Muffin

Marlow’s Smoke-House Flatbread $9
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork, Basted with Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Jalapeño Jack
Cheese, Vine-Ripe Tomatoes, Fresh Scallion and Crispy Tobacco Onions

BBQ Blazed Cobb Salad $11
BBQ Chicken, Crisp Field Greens, Roma Tomato, Apple-Smoked Bacon,
Sweet Corn, Gorgonzola, Crispy Tobacco Onions and BBQ Gorgonzola Dressing

A Pig with Buns $9
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork, Crispy Tobacco Onions, Basted with Chipotle
BBQ Sauce on a Buttery Soft Roll with Our Soon-to-Be-Famous
“Two Potato” Potato Salad

Drunken Chicken $13
Prestige Farms Chicken, Blazed with Maker’s Mark with Grilled Asparagus,
Southern-Fried Mac & Cheese and Chili-Slathered Corn on the Cob

Marlow’s Ribs & Whiskey Hookup $22
St. Louis-Style Maker’s Mark Glazed Ribs, Drunken Chicken with
Our Soon-to-Be-Famous “Two Potato” Potato Salad, Southern-Fried Mac &
Cheese and House-Made Sweet Corn & Jalapeño Muffin

• Kickin’ Chicken Verde Soup $6
Tender Chicken, Fresh Cilantro, Roast Tomatillos, Fall Sweet Corn and Chili Cream’

This year’s menu also features some rib ticklin’ cocktails including "A Kick from Ginger"(made with Maker’s Mark and Red Rock Ginger Ale), spicy pineapple cooler (made with fresh pineapple, Maker’s Mark and jalapeño simple syrup) and Georgia peach lemonade (made with Minute Maid lemonade, peach nectar, south Georgia cane, Maker’s Mark and frozen peaches). Signature cocktail prices range from $8 to $10. Marlow's also has plenty of soothing beer and wine selections to help diffuse the bold tastes of "Ribs & Whiskey" dishes!

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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

One Contest Over, Another Just Begun

Thanks to our budding pig poets for the great entries last week… and a big congrats to our High on the Hog winner C, who submitted the following witty limerick for last week’s contest challenge!  

C will be heading to Streak O’ Lean’s High on the Hog event on Thursday, Oct 7 at Engine 11 with a guest.  Have fun!

Here’s the winning entry:

Man, that bacon looks great.
Just look at it there on his plate.
It’s all that I see,
And it’s calling to me,
I don’t care if I ruin our date.

Now, on to another fun prize for our Atlanta Dish readers!  

Local veggie lovers will want to block out Sunday, October 3 for the Field of Greens, Georgia's 5th Annual Organic Farm Aid event at "Don't Panic. It's Organic!" Whippoorwill Hollow Farm.  The family friendly event runs from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and features lots of locally grown, chef-prepared foods, live music and green-living education. 

Get ready for all-day access to the farmers market and educational expo; small-plate tastings (from noon - 3 p.m.) of farm-fresh food prepared by Atlanta- and Athens-area farm-to-table chefs including Micah Willix of Ecco, E. J. Hodgkinson of Woodfire Grill and Ford Fry of JCT. Kitchen & Bar; live music, cooking demos by chefs, a learning and activity area for kids, plus trail walks and animal visits on the 74-acre, certified-organic farm in Walnut Grove. 

To enter to win tickets here on our blog, just tell us in the comments what your favorite seasonal ingredient is and why – we’ll be picking a entry at random this Wednesday!  Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for the winner announcement.

Purchase tickets for $15 in advance or $20 at the gate; children 12 and under enter for free.  Event proceeds benefit Georgia's organic and sustainable farmers, in partnership with nonprofit Slow Food Atlanta