Friday, June 17, 2011

It's Follow Friday; Meet Our Tweep of the Week @tourofCB

T&TCheshire Bridge Road has taken a lot of rap over the years, which only adds to its quirky edge. Where else in Atlanta can you find fabulous food, antique stores, boutiques and strip clubs without making any turns?  

Learn more about the road's colorful history and colorful offerings by taking the Taste & Tour of Cheshire Bridge from 5 - 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21.  Ticket prices are $15 per person per day or $25 per person for both days until July 1; after July 1, they're $20 and $35 respectively.  Follow the event on Twitter (@tourofCB) for timely info. 

RA Sushi Offers International Sushi Day Freebie for Facebook Fans

We have no problem admitting that two of our favorite pastimes are stuffing our faces and playing around on Facebook, so we urge you to do both this weekend to celebrate International Sushi Day at RA Sushi on Saturday, June 18. Keep close tabs on the Midtown restaurant's Facebook page this weekend as they will be posting a special deal for the day.

And while you're at it, go ahead and sign up for "The Hook-Up" newsletter so you can stay ahead of the game on menu/bar specials and promotions.

RA Sushi: 1080 Peachtree Street at 1010 Midtown; 404-267-0114.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer in the City – A Night to Benefit Shepherd Center’s Military and Adolescent Patient Programs

Hats off to the men and women of our military and to Shepherd Center for providing the procedures and care they need to get back on their feet after sustaining injuries. On Wednesday, June 22, gather at Greystone in historic Piedmont Park to help their cause at Summer in the City - A Night of Epicurean Delights. The 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. event is presented by the Shepherd Center Society and Co-Chairs Gena Bryant and Alden Potts. The fundraiser features fine food from Aria, JCT. Kitchen and other acclaimed restaurants, star wine pairings from partner National Distributing Company, plus live music and a shopper's delight auction. The event benefits the Shepherd Center's Military Patient Program and its Adolescent Patient Program. Tickets are $80 each with sponsorships beginning at $250 per couple.

Complimentary valet parking is available in the SAGE parking facility accessed by Worcester off Monroe Drive.

Fact: Fathers Like Food

I'm not a father yet, but I know one thing; I like food. I imagine I'll like food a lot when I'm a father too. Until it's my turn to celebrate Father's Day, here are a few suggestions on where to dine with dad.

"Uncle's Day" it's not, but just to show there are no hard feelings, Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Food has named a plate for dad. The Father's Day Plato de Padre will be available June 13 - 20 for $29.95. The platter loads up on chicken or beef fajitas, three shrimp brochette, a half rack of ribs, guac, pico de gallo, fresh flour tortillas, rice and beans. From margaritas to cold beer, Uncle Julio's carries Dad's favorites. (In Buckhead at 1860 Peachtree Road, NW; 404-350-6767. In Sandy Springs at 1140 Hammond Drive, NE; 678-736-8260.)

Aqua blue is offering a Father's Day dinner that is sure to please. Dads can pick from two delicious options: Aqua blue's surf & turf plate for $25 or a $35 prix fixe menu. Both options include a combination of New York strip and lobster dishes along with an array of other tasty menu items. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 770-643-8886. The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Father's Day. (1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Golf, Cars & Family Ties at Ray's at Killer Creek

One of my favorite things about working with the restaurant industry is how quickly they come together to care for their own in a crisis. On Friday (June 17), Ray's at Killer Creek is doing just that - they are raising funds to support Primus Sanders, one of their longtime employees.

On April 17, Sanders, a six-year employee in the Ray's at Killer Creek family, experienced a tragic, non-work-related fall that left him in a wheelchair and recovering at Atlanta's Shepherd Center. With no immediate family to help him as he rehabilitates from this life-changing accident, Sanders' Ray's at Killer Creek family has taken on the responsibility of supporting him until he heals enough to support himself.

This Friday, the Ray's at Killer Creek staff is holding a raffle for a set of MP-52 irons (3-PW), a JPX-800 driver and an Aerolite stand bag with a total value of $1300 -- all donated by Mizuno -- to help raise money for Sanders. You can purchase raffle tickets from a Ray's at Killer Creek manager -- $10 each or three for $20. To keep the love flowing, the restaurant is also hosting a car wash on Saturday, June 25 at Ray's at Killer Creek from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by and let them wash the summer dirt and dust away while helping out their dear friend.

For more information about these fundraisers, check out Ray's at Killer Creek's Facebook page.

What Girl (or Guy) Doesn't Love Chocolate!

Are you ready for chocolate pastries, lager and other delicious treats? Chocolate! 2011 will be celebrating it's tenth annual event on Thursday, June 23 from 6:00- 10:00 p.m. at Opera. Sponsored by SparkQuest, the event gets extra sweet by having the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). All past events have brought in a total of over $600,000 for CFF.

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get from chefs from Briza and Woodfire Grill! Along with all of the tastings of delectable chocolate, guests will also get to experience a silent auction, performance by American Idol's Paris Bennett and music by DJ McCracken. Come see for yourself and get an all you can eat treat at Chocolate! Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door and an exclusive VIP experience is available for $125.

Opera Nightclub: 1150 Crescent Avenue at Peachtree Street.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Get Shaking in Mayfield’s “Below Zero Hero” Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000

The second-annual Mayfield Diary Milkshake Recipe Contest has begun! With a grand prize of $10,000 to the 2011 winning “Below Zero Hero” recipe, why not start shaking it up by entering your latest milkshake masterpiece. Purchase some delicious Mayfield ice cream and milk; gather your family around your blender and start mixing in your favorite add ins to create a one-of-a-kind shake that’s guaranteed to make you the milkshake hero. All aspiring milkshake makers can submit their masterpiece recipes to the contest website until August 15. A panel of culinary judges will then pick the top 10 recipes nationally based on overall appeal, originality and taste. These recipes will then be posted online for consumers to test and vote on their favorites. So you get to choose what recipe makes the cut! The first place winner will receive $10,000, second place $3,000 and third place $1,000. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make your milkshake masterpiece!

And don’t forget to like the contest on Facebook and follow it on Twitter (@IceCreamFun) for lots of tips and recipe ideas.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Are You Ready for Smashburger?

This July, burgers are getting even better with the opening of the first Atlanta location of Smashburger. Get ready to choose everything from the buns to the toppings when you stop by the Buckhead restaurant this summer. Take your pick of Smasburgers, Smashdogs, Smashsalads and the delicious grilled or crispy Smashchicken. There’s also Häagen-Dazs ice cream treats, a kids' menu and beer and wine for grownups. We're telling you, Smashburger is going to be a SMASH hit! The new restaurant will be located at 2625 Piedmont Road.