Friday, September 14, 2012

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


If he's an editor, why is David Mezz holding a huge fish in his Twitter (@DMezzinator) picture? A tweet to testimony of being able to work anywhere. We're hooked. Now we'll have to follow his lines.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late: Get Tickets Now for Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe on November 4

Les Dames d'Escoffier Atlanta: Afternoon in the Country  
Each year, tickets sell out fast to the Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI)-hosted Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe. With good reason too, since the event features chefs and food from Atlanta's top restaurants, caterers and farms along with wines, micro-brews, select retailers, live bluegrass, a silent auction, children's activities, hayrides and more in the beautiful gardens surrounding the Inn at Serenbe near Palmetto. Net proceeds benefit the Atlanta LDEI Scholarship Fund for women. Click here to purchase tickets today!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dine Out for Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" at Marlow's Tavern, Aqua blue and Ray's Restaurants

Childhood obesity grabs big headlines, but what about childhood hunger? Statistics show 16.2 million kids (that's one in five) in the U.S. struggles with it. Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign works continuously to ensure all children have access to nutritious food. 

This year, more than 8,000 restaurants nationwide are supporting the campaign with special "Dine Out for No Kid Hungry" promotions. Be a part of the solution by dining out at Marlow's Tavern locations, Aqua blue in Roswell and Ray's Restaurants (Ray's in the City, Ray's on the River and Ray's at Killer Creek) during "Dine Out for No Kid Hungry" week, Sunday, September 16 through Saturday, September 22. 

Ray's Restaurants extends the possibilities by donating a portion of the sales from their special three-course chef's menu to the cause through September 30. Invite friends to join in and spread the word with a few photos and social media. See the event website for restaurant details.

1950s are Nifty as American Inspirations for Sterling Spoon Culinary Management

Lipton onion soup mix turned dipping into a social skill in 1952. Dinner and a channel were "in" as Swanson unveiled the first frozen TV dinner in 1954. In 1956, the electric can opener was cutting-edge technology. There's a lot more to 50s chow than meets the timeline, and those mid-century inspirations have tickled the fancy of the culinary staff at Sterling Spoon Culinary Management restaurants. 

Themes making a comeback during the "Nifty Fifties" promotion are "Drive-In Diner Days" entrées including roasted turkey, meatloaf frosted with mashed potatoes and turkey tetrazzini; "TV Dinner Meals" such as Swedish meatballs, American chop suey and Salisbury steak; "Happy Days Are Here Again" items such as a silver dollar slider bar, a hot dog bar and pigs in a blanket; and "Nifty Fifties" sandwich specials such as the Dagwood and fried all-beef bologna on a kaiser roll. Desserts include banana pudding, apple or pecan pie, blueberry cobbler, cherry crisp chocolate cake, Rice Krispies treats and more. 

We'll definitely be back for reruns at Market Street Café locations, Bistro 191 and Sanctuary Park eateries through October 27.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's All About Better Breakfasts on Pinterest This Week

Breakfast Quesadillas from Eat, Live, Run
A little bowl of soggy cereal with colored marshmallows just isn't going to cut it on our Pinterest board. You can do better than that. Breakfast like a king (or queen), and the world's your kingdom!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Get a Taste of Atkins Park Tavern on Saturday at Taste of Smyrna

The Taste of Smyrna - Festival of Delectable on the Village Green and in Market Village heralds the transition of summer into fall each September with food, fun, music and more for the whole family. Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna wouldn't miss the event and neither should you. Arrive hungry and prepare to sample some of Smyrna's finest restaurants, including Atkins Park Tavern, of course! The event is from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is free and samples are 50 cents up to $4 each.

There will be plenty of sound bites as well from acoustic musician Scott Thompson to the Francisco Vidal Band on the Main Stage at 7 p.m. Chip Jones keeps live music rolling at Atkins Park Tavern Smyrna after the festival goes to bed. Check Facebook for updates.

Happy Anniversary, Aqua blue!

The decade plus a year celebration is already underway at Aqua blue. You have until Sunday, September 16 to take advantage of the Roswell restaurant's three-course prix fixe menu at a celebratory price of only $20.11 or the special small plates and drink anniversary menu offering two items for $10. 

It's not a party without favors and games. All guests take home a special prize, and those who order an anniversary special are entered to win free dinners for a year. For complimentary champagne, cake and live music, too, come to the party on Wednesday, September 12!

"Dine out for No Kid Hungry" at Aqua blue, Marlow's Tavern and Ray's Restaurants - And More - In This Week's Dish

Fall weather is coming in and there are lots of great culinary events around town to toast the new season! Take a look at what's falling into place from the happenings in this week's Dish. If you aren't receiving the Dish every Tuesday, be sure to sign up here on our blog or on our Facebook page!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Alon's Has Rosh Hashanah Covered

Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sunday, September 16 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 18.  Alon's Bakery and Market is offering a special menu to help busy families prepare for the Jewish New Year holiday. Pre-order your selections and pick them up one to two days before the holiday begins. All the traditional favorites are on the list, including beef brisket, round challah, chopped chicken liver and honey cake. Alon's will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 and closed on Monday, September 17.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Credit: Squidbillies / Cartoon Network / Adult Swim
Cooks who are chicken of fixing chicken need not apply. If your tandoori-fried chicken (insert your renowned chicken dish here) is to die for then start brining, battering, marinating, trussing or doing whatever it takes to get ready for The Food Experiments' amateur chef contest coming to Atlanta on September 23. Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill will be one of the four well-qualified judges deciding which non-pro chef will take home the title, cash and not-so-paltry prizes from Le Creuset, Anolon and Microplane as well as a free trip to Brooklyn to compete in the National Championships. Competitors receive $50 to take the edge off the ingredient purchases and a free beer. More beer will be available from Brooklyn Brewery. Two ways to handle this hot bird:  either enter here or buy your tickets here.

Aria’s Gerry Klaskala Cooking Class at The Cook’s Warehouse on September 17

Put that bird to work! Gerry Klaskala of Aria finds a tantalizing way to use every part of the affordable bird, and he’s eager to share his ideas with attendees at a Simple Abundance cooking class at The Cook’s Warehouse – Brookhaven on Monday, September 17. 

Anyone who has dined at Aria knows Klaskala’s simple, modern dishes showcase the season’s freshest ingredients. And comfort food? Klaskala is king of slow food cooking that teases out every drop of flavor. His menu for the class, also on Facebook, includes honey- and soy-glazed almond wings, chicken soup with quick noodles, caramel black pepper drumsticks, coconut, lemongrass and red curry tenderloins, slow-braised thighs with preserved lemon and green olives, and breast with sweet garlic and goat cheese. 

The demonstration and wine tasting featuring wines from Sherlock’s Wine Merchant runs from 7 – 9 p.m., costs $55 per person and benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Sign up online.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Marlow's Tavern Expands to Orlando

If Orlando is on your travel calendar this fall then you're in luck! A hometown favorite, Marlow's Tavern, will be there to provide the great food and hand-crafted cocktails you know and love. No need to go a week without kettle chips or shrimp and crab nachos! Here are the details in a recent article. See you in Florida!