Friday, October 21, 2011

Aria's Kathryn King at Sunday Supper South This Weekend

Sunday Supper South
Sunday Supper South, a regional version of the successful NYC Chelsea Market event, was awesome last year and it's already time for round two! This year's event includes Pastry Chef Kathryn King from Aria as one of the visionary chefs and artisans participating in the family-style Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner.
More than 25 James Beard Foundation award-winning and prominent chefs from across the Southeast will gather to honor Southern cooking in the revitalized Westside Provisions District. The evening has a philanthropic goal: to raise money for the culinary scholarship program funded by the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation (a 501 (c)(3) organization.) Following a 5 p.m. reception, 150 guests will gather around a very long communal table for an evening planned by hosts Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison of Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Abattoir, Floataway Café and Star Provisions. Chew more details on Facebook.

Our Appetizing Aperture of the Week

Who says Halloween has to be all about candy? We have our eyes on these spooky doughnuts that we spotted at the Columbus Krispy Kreme on 6761 Veterans Parkway. The Krispy Skremes! Jack-o-lantern, chocolate iced with Halloween sprinkles, spider web and pumpkin spice cake doughnuts are available for a limited time only! 

Come Enjoy the Cooler Weather in No. 246’s Backyard

No. 246 has opened the restaurant’s backyard just in time for you to drink and dine as you enjoy the fall weather. With a deck built around a tree, guest seating and an herb garden, this is not the standard restaurant backyard. Diners should also make plans to come back once the new ping pong table arrives. The Italian-inspired eatery does not accept reservations for outdoor dining, but guests are welcome to make a reservation for the main dining room.

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

This sweet thing has a long short list of things she wants to do. Her mantra: life is full of sugar and spice and trying to find the time to taste it all is short and sweet. Read Betsy Clay's tweets (@shugartandspice), and you'll note that waiting for planes seems to eat up a bit of her clock. 
When she has more time to write, she taps out "the busy girls guide to food in a flash" sweetly and succinctly on her Shugart & Spice blog. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When The New York Butcher Shoppe & Swine Are Involved, How Can It Not Be Dandy?

No butts about it, this weekend's smokin' contest is going to be one Swine & Dandy Charity Cookoff with New York Butcher Shoppe as a sponsor and participant! Pro and "backyard" teams will compete in chicken, ribs, pork butt and brisket categories with a $7,500 purse to be awarded to top entries in overall and individual categories. Attendees purchasing barbecue samples may vote for the "People's Choice" award.

The mouthwatering barbecue event takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at Rogers Bridge Park in Duluth and is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. Event entry is free and includes cooking demonstrations and live country and blue grass music. Purchase food, barbecue samples, brews and beverages, and access to family-friendly activities including inflatables, small carnival rides, a cakewalk and a pumpkin patch. Click here for Atlanta New York Butcher Shoppe locations.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Taste of Atlanta Returns and The Big Grill Premiers: It's a Foodie Weekend You Won't Want to Miss!

The age old dilemma of wanting to order everything on the menu is solved, at least temporarily, with Taste of Atlanta this weekend, a foodie’s heaven on earth. Those friends who always "just want a taste" of whatever you ordered will love Taste of Atlanta and so will you. The city’s biggest sampling bacchanalia kicks off its 10th anniversary celebration with The Big Grill - A Midtown Block Party in Tech Square on Friday, October 21 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. (VIP entry 6:30 p.m.). Birthday cake, beer and some of the best bites in the ATL rock this party benefiting Georgia Organics. Among the stellar chefs at the grill gig are Andrew Smith of Atkins Park and Ormsby's, Todd Annis of Bold American Events & Catering, Janine Falvo of Briza, Joshua Warner of Ray's on the River, Ford Fry of JCT. Kitchen & Bar and Drew Belline of No. 246. Tickets are $50 each for general admission and $65 each for VIP early entry.
The Taste of Atlanta eat-a-palooza begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, and keeps on dishing it out until 6 p.m. both evenings, so pace yourself for a full afternoon of food sampling paradise. More than 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will be represented including Atkins Park, Briza, Double Zero Napoletana, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Iberian Pig, No. 246, Ormsby's and Ray's on the River.
On the Home Plate Main Stage on Saturday, Chef Janine Falvo from Briza will whip up chicken pot pie and red kuri squash soup at 12 p.m. Chefs Drew Belline (No. 246) and Ford Fry (JCT. Kitchen & Bar) will be leading a "Simply Southern Thanksgiving" class with Angie Mosier of the Southern Foodways Alliance inside the Food Studio at 4 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m., they'll take on Rosebud's Ron Eyester and Nick Melvin in the Team Chef Challenge, an "Iron Chef"-style competition, on the Home Plate Main Stage. Also on Sunday, Iberian Pig Chef Chad Crete will prepare farro risotto, roasted delicata squash, piquillo-hazelnut Romesco and fall vegetable sauté on the Global Flavors stage at 2:15 p.m. And Andrew Smith from Atkins Park and Ormsby's battles it out against Food 101's Justin Keith in the Dueling Chefs event at 1:15 p.m. Don’t fret mom and dad, there’s something for the kids too! Even picky eaters will devour Taste of Atlanta -- the Family Food Zone loads up on food-focused crafts, educational demos and kid chef competitions!
Snap up your tickets early for this wristband-access, gated event. Buy a general admission ticket voucher with 10 taste coupons for $25 in advance online or at The Cook's Warehouse stores or Whole Foods. "Day of" gate price is $35 each.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Take a Bite at Tapas & Wine and Lend a Helping Hand for Primus Sanders at Ray's at Killer Creek October 21 and 22

What better way to explore the flavors of Spain than with a spread of tapas and six different wines to indulge in at Ray’s Killer Creek on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

Chef Tracey Bloom is crafting casual tapas such as pork belly with quail egg, pernil (roasted Spanish pork), chorizo and manchego quesadillas, stuffed piquillo peppers and much more. To top it all off, Sommelier Phillip Cooper has paired these scrumptious Spanish snacks with six different wines. The whole team at MLA can vouch for this menu after tasting a preview of the tapas this week – deeeelish! The Tapas & Wine event at Ray’s is $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Seating is limited, so call 770-649-0064 to purchase tickets ahead of time.

Can’t get enough of Ray’s at Killer Creek? Come back on Saturday, October 22 when Ray’s at Killer Creek holds a fundraiser at the restaurant to benefit Primus Sanders, a six-year employee of Ray's at Killer Creek who experienced a tragic fall in April that left him wheelchair bound. Since then, the Ray's at Killer Creek staff and community have rallied to raise funds to help cover his medical care and rehabilitation. Seize the opportunity to help out on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the Alpharetta restaurant holds a car wash and yard sale at Ray's at Killer Creek. All proceeds will assist Primus' recovery program through the Primus Sanders Foundation. And while you're there, come inside for lunch!

Ray's at Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta; 770-649-0064.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Final Supper with Spice Route Supper Club

There are only 50 seats available for the final Spice Route Supper Club event filling Café Jonah on Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. No crying over onions or spice during the Kerala, India meal served family style. It may be the last “Supper Club” event; however, the menu will be a slice of what to expect when Asha Gomez opens Cardamom Hill restaurant in Midtown later this year. Two things to do when reserving your seat at  prepay $150/person and give a heads up if you’re vegetarian. 

Get Crafty at Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna Tomorrow Night

No need to channel Martha Stewart, we're talking about craft beers. You won't want to miss out on this chance to celebrate the crafty side of American brews at the American Craft Beer Dinner tomorrow, October 18, at Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna. Starting at 7 p.m., the event features a five-course menu paired with five of the nation’s leading craft-style brews. Gear up your taste buds for dishes like Vidalia onion tarts with chèvre cheese and peach jalapeño jam paired with Terrapin Golden Ale; seared duck with glazed cherry reduction and sweet potato and pumpkin risotto served with Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison; and caramel and espresso torte with sea salt paired with Abita Turbodog. Cost is $45 per person; call 770-435-1887 to save a spot.

Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna is located in Market Village at 2840 Atlanta Road.