Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekend Happenings: To Market We Go

Photo from Peachtree Road Farmers Market FB Page
Take home more than just veggies at two Atlanta farmers markets this weekend - pick up some valuable cooking tips from two awesome chefs! 

Partner/Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill is back on the local farm-fresh circuit, sprouting up at Morningside Farmers Market for the chef demo at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday.  Catch Chef Ford Fry of JCT. Kitchen (also host chef of this Sunday's Attack of The Killer Tomato Festival) as he leads a demo at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market tomorrow morning, too.  Happy learning!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's Prime Time For Sunday Dinners

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is reviving the tradition of family and friends sitting down to Sunday dinner by offering its three-course prime rib dinner at a special lower price of $29.95 per guest every Sunday in July and August (price excludes tax and gratuity). The Sunday prime rib dinner includes 12 ounces of succulent prime rib served with a trio of sauces; a choice of The Wedge, Fleming's or Caesar salads; choice of one side dish; and a choice of dessert. Since Fleming's is doing all the work, there's no planning/cooking/cleaning to eat into those precious Sunday afternoon hours. Now that's a succulent thought!

Also, don't forget that Fleming's "Summer of Giving" continues tomorrow, July 15. Fleming's will donate 20 percent of the night's proceeds to Kate's Club. The "Summer of Giving" features wine and hors d'oeuvre pairings in the restaurant's private dining room and is from 6 - 8 p.m. at $25 per person. Fleming's also is giving a $25 gift card to "Summer of Giving" attendees to use at their next visit.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:
4501 Olde Perimeter Way in Perimeter Place Village; 770-698-8112.

Today's Tasty Lunch Tip: Pop Up Chef tent at 999 Peachtree

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tour Cheshire Bridge: Atlanta's Most Eclectic Street

Woodfire GrillCheshire Bridge Road is anything but boring. So you know the third annual Taste & Tour of Cheshire Bridge on July 20-21 will be loads of fun. When else will you visit The Colonnade and Woodfire Grill in one night? The two-day tour will feature food tastings, exhibits, product samples, discounts, raffle prizes and more in this celebration of the famous street's diversity. During the 5 - 10 p.m. tour, "tourists" can take bus route 27 from the Lindbergh MARTA Station or park at one of the designated parking areas then hop on and off the tour trolley to visit participating businesses. Buy tickets online -- it's free for children 12 and under. Attendees also can follow the Taste & Tour on Twitter (@tourofCB) or "like" the Facebook page for regular updates. The Lindbergh-LaVista Corridor Coalition (LLCC) and Public Broadcasting Atlanta are sponsoring this year's event, and proceeds will be used to explore the feasibility of establishing a Community Improvement District (CID) in the area.

Go “Hog Wild” at Ray’s on the River for “Pig & Pinot”

On Saturday, July 23, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s on the River are teaming up for a “Pig & Pinot” tent party at Ray’s on the River from 1-4 p.m. Ray’s will be hosting a mouth-watering feast including a whole roasted pig, pork belly tacos, pork & beans, fingerling potato salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, bacon bit brownies and much more. Along with all the pork you could dream of, guests will receive a special tasting glass to try five different Pinot Noirs. “Pig & Pinot” isn’t just an event for pigging out; Ray’s is also bringing in beach music by A1A featuring Jeff Pike. In addition to the summer jams, Ray’s will host a silent auction of wines and more, a raffle for dinner for four customized by Ray’s at Killer Creek Executive Chef Tracey Bloom with wines selected by Sommelier Phillip Cooper and a raffle for a Fat Tire 2011 cruiser all to benefit the Primus Sanders Foundation.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling Ray’s at Killer Creek at 770-649-0064.

Ray's on the River: 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grill Master Robb Dillon of New York Butcher Shoppe Can Show You the Tricks of the Trade

On July 19, New York Butcher Shoppe's expert full-service butcher Robb Dillon is hosting a Grill Masters Workshop at The Cook's Warehouse in Brookhaven. The workshop is from 7 - 9 p.m. and will showcase the various ways you can fire up the perfect backyard cookout. Dillon will discuss different sizzling topics such as quality of meat, types of grills, how to choose and use the right grill and grilling vs. BBQ. The class menu includes burgers, steaks, beer can chicken, fish, vegetables and dessert. Cost is $50 per person and reservations can be made online.

The Cook's Warehouse - Brookhaven: 4062 Peachtree Road; 404-949-9945.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words... Or A $50 Gift Certificate at Marlow's Tavern

If you've been enjoying the Red, White & Brew menu at Marlow's Tavern this summer as much as we have, it's time to don your true colors and break out the camera for some fun contest action. Marlow's Red, White & Brew Photo contest is underway and you could win a $50 gift certificate! To enter, just send a photo of yourself decked out in red, white and blue dining at any location of Marlow's Tavern to Entries will only be accepted until Monday, July 18, so start snapping! Be sure to mention what location you are dining at in your fabulous photo when you email.

National Ice Cream Month: An Excuse to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

What better excuses do you have to indulge your sweet tooth than National Ice Cream Month AND July weather in Atlanta? It's a winning combination, so grab your spoon and click here to check out some of our favorite spots for frozen treats. We've tried everything from the exotic ice cream flavors at Spice Market and sweet mochi trio at RA Sushi in Midtown to the signature shakes and sundaes at the new location of Morelli's Ice Cream in Edgewood to the gelatos and sorbets at Double Zero Napoletana in Sandy Springs. If you want to cool down with a rooftop view, Rooftop 866 offers "Boozy Pops" to ward off the heat while looking out at the Midtown skyline. Get it quick, July will be over before you know it and you'll find yourself pretending like you're too full for dessert again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Get Your Briza Fix at Cocktails in the Garden on July 14

If you’re looking for an event where you can enjoy the outdoors, delicious food and cool cocktails, then this Thursday’s Cocktails in the Garden event is just for you! From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy complimentary appetizers along with cash-bar cocktails from Briza. The restaurant, located in the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, is practically a stone’s throw away from the Garden gates. $18.95 guests; free for ABG members. Guest passes accepted.