Friday, September 21, 2012

How 'Bout Them Apples? They're All Good at No. 246 Backyard Apple Festival on September 23

Before autumn leaves turn, the apples fall and a whole bunch have fallen into the hands of the No. 246 staff in Decatur. "How 'Bout Them Apples?" they asked and immediately planned a backyard festival with apples at its core. Join No. 246 and its Decatur neighbors Leon's Full Service and Brick Store Pub on Sunday, September 23 from 2-7 p.m. for an apple-solutely fantastic afternoon of food, cocktails and fun. 

No. 246 Chef Drew Belline will roast a whole pig while Chef Eric Ottensmeyer of Leon's Full Service fixes sides. Apple sweets will abound, including caramel apples, apple upside down cake, caramel apple cake, apple-powdered kettle corn and apple candies. Beverage Director Lara Creasy will mix up a cider punch with fresh-pressed cider, Italian brandy, vermouth di Torino and spices (could get apple-soused with several of these). 

Leon's is creating an apple cocktail, and the over-21 crowd can go for a six-cider tasting. Everyone can enjoy fresh-pressed cider made from North Georgia apples, and Georgia farmers will educate guests by sharing samples of their apple varieties. Bobbing for apples, face painting and twisting balloon animals will keep kids happy.

Purchase tickets at No. 246 for $35 per person ($10 for children age 12 and under). Tickets include food and cider tastings; additional alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at No. 246, Leon's Full Service and Brick Store Pub. Reservations are recommended as space is limited; call 678-399-8246 to reserve a spot.

Appetizing Aperture: Autumn cupcakes at Little Cake Bakery

What's the strategy with these Little Cake Bakery cupcakes? Apples and Honey is a cinnamon cake folded around a cooked apple and honey compote crowned with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon. Pumpkin Spice Cake wears a pumpkin candy hat atop spiced cream cheese. 

$25 Buys Three Courses at Marlow's Tavern and South City Kitchen during Vinings Restaurant Week, September 23-29


Two of Vinings' friendliest restaurants are on the list for the September 23 - 29 Vinings Restaurant WeekMarlow's Tavern - Vinings and South City Kitchen Vinings are both offering three-course prix fixe menus for $25 (not including tax, gratuity or beverage). 

Your meal at Marlow's Tavern encompasses asparagus fries with tarragon and citrus aioli; southwestern grouper served with jalapeño corn grits, black bean and corn salsa, roasted tomato broth and crispy tortilla strips; and concludes with fried cheesecake with strawberry Anglaise drizzle. 

South City Kitchen Vinings fills its menu with Southern choices:  mixed baby lettuces with toasted pecans, Caesar salad with garlic grit crouton and fried okra or Old Charleston She-crab soup; buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits or crispy catfish; and banana pudding, chocolate drunken voodoo zombie cake or the daily selection of High Road craft ice cream. Deliciously difficult decisions!

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


Miss Kelley admits it's a good thing she runs because she loves food. She swoons over Georgia Tech sports, books, boot camp, crewing and the word "facetious." Watch out apostrophe users, Miss Kelley is policing your every insert. Look her up on Twitter (@misskelley). 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What's New on Pinterest: All About Apples

Aptly put, A is for apple and B (Braeburn) and C (Crispin and cider). We're not comparing apples to oranges, solely picking apples and more apple ideas to post on our Pinterest boards.

Woodfire Grill Hosts "Fire in My Belly" Cookbook Release Party for Chef/Author Kevin Gillespie

The man with the pig tattoo is getting ready to bare all - about using top-quality ingredients in a kitchen like the one he calls home at Woodfire GrillKevin Gillespie's new cookbook, "Fire in My Belly," showcases Gillespie's recipes and his passion for food pulled together with "heirloomesque" photos and 120 easy-to-make recipes for home cooks. Guests at the Tuesday, October 9 cookbook release party will taste hors d'oeuvre from recipes featured in "Fire in My Belly" including mushroom toast, fried green tomatoes, smoked trout puffs, ribs, chicken sandwiches, squash tarts and banana pudding. Cost for the 6-10 p.m. event is $75 in advance when purchased online by October 9 or $90 at the door pending availability. Ticket includes a copy of the cookbook to be personalized by Gillespie during the party; additional copies will be on hand for purchase.  

Achtung, Baby! Oktoberfest Begins September 22 at Alon's Bakery and Market

Attention! Good news! Oktoberfest begins September 22 in Munich, Germany and right here in Atlanta at Alon's Bakery and Market. Both Alon's locations -- Virginia Highland and Dunwoody -- will open up their bevy of Oktoberfest specials this Saturday and will continue the fest through Sunday, October 7. Pick up Terrapin Pumpkin Ale and à la carte items such as chicken schnitzel, German potato salad, braised red cabbage and apple strudel. "Wurst" case scenario, you buy too much flaky strudel and have to eat it all yourself. Bummer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Folklife is the Place For Me and Bantam + Biddy

Wouldn't be folksy without some socializing and food, and that's what the Atlanta History Center Folklife Fest Kickoff is all about this Friday, September 21 from 7-10 p.m. Select Atlanta restaurants devoted to using local and sustainably raised and produced ingredients will be in charge of the food, including Bantam + Biddy. Shaun Doty supports Georgians for Pastured Poultry and crows that regional, all-natural pastured chicken will star on the menu when he opens Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall next month. Folklife Fest Kick-Off tickets are $60 for Atlanta History Center members, $75 for nonmembers and include food and beverage. Save $20 by using promo code "FOOD" during checkout. More participant and mixologist fodder here.

Kaleidoscope Competes in First Ever Brookhaven Chili Cook-off on September 22

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub is one of a dozen or so restaurant teams participating in the first ever Brookhaven Chili Cook-off this Saturday. A total of 50 teams will go bean-to-bean to see who is the best among restaurant and amateur chefs, as well as the always-coveted "People's Choice" award. An award will also be given out to the most spirited team. In addition to Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub participating in the cook-off, executive chef and co-owner Joey Riley will be a guest judge for the amateur cook-off division. The same guys who organize the Brookhaven Beer Fest are behind this 11 a.m.-7 p.m. blowout loaded with three bands, a Go Cornhole tournament, Kid Zone, college football on TV and chili-chasing cold beverages, in addition to the aforementioned gallons of chili. Chili tasting is from noon until 3 p.m. or until the chili runs out. Pay $5 for your spoon online, check in at the gate then taste away and throw in your vote for the bean counters to tally. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Brookhaven Arts Alliance

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Pinewood Tippling Room in Decatur has Lunchtime Covered for Everyone

Before you settle for that dreaded energy bar or can of soup tomorrow, The Pinewood Tippling Room in Decatur will serve you a lunch whether you're on a deadline at work or have time to sit down and mellow out on your break. Call in your lunch order or place it at the counter, then grab it and go or eat it there. Menu items range in price from $6 to $9.50 and include options such as the "Beaucoup Country Chicken Sandwich" made bánh mì style with buttermilk fried chicken, pickled vegetables, cilantro, soy mayonnaise on a buttered French roll, and "The Caveman" salad with mixed baby greens, local apples, Pinewood pecans, Belgian endive and smart dressing. Eat in or, well, you did put a "reserved" sign on the courthouse square bench, didn't you?

Get Meaty. Get Saucy. Get Some Marlow’s Ribs & Whiskey Starting Today

When the chill of fall hits the air, you know Marlow’s Tavern is gearing up to unleash its Ribs & Whiskey menu, offering an assortment of sweet and tangy ribs and drinks to match, all infused with the distinct flavor of Jack Daniels.

The menu, available today, September 18 through October 22, will tickle appetites light and hearty over lunch and dinner. Saucy starter specials ($6-$15) include “Kickin’ Chicken” verde soup, Marlow’s smoke-house flatbread, “A Pig with Buns,” BBQ blazed Cobb salad or “Drunken Chicken.” Order slow-cooked Smithfield James River St. Louis-style ribs by the half or full rack ($16.50/$24) or Marlow’s Ribs & Whiskey “Hookup” of ribs and drunken chicken with sides ($25). Bourbon bread pudding with a splash of Honey Jack is a sippy-sweet dessert ($7). Rib-ticklin’ drinks ($3-$9) include “A Kick from Ginger,” Georgia peach lemonade, R&W S’weet Tea, Black Cabin Smoked Ale, Red Rock Ginger Ale, Villa Wolf Pinot Gris or Cartlidge and Browne Pinot Noir.

Visit your neighborhood Marlow's Tavern to enjoy the once-a-year taste this menu has to offer. 

"How 'Bout Them Apples" at No. 246 and More in this Week's Dish

Melissa Libby & Associates is celebrating 20 years and here's to many more of bringing you the best culinary events and news in The Dish!  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Falcons and the Egg: Chef Taft is at the Dome Tonight

Chef/Owner Marc Taft is trading the mild-mannered kitchen of Marietta's Chicken and the Egg for some hot gridiron cooking downtown at the Falcons vs. Broncos tussle on Monday, September 17. His winning strategy centers around cooking up some mouthwatering dishes at the 2View Restaurant located near Gate F in the Georgia Dome's east end zone executive concourse. Will his prowess fire up Falcons fans and distract Broncos from the game?  We hope so! Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. Between bites, fans can catch every tackle and turnover on 2View's big screens.