Friday, October 26, 2012

Appetizing Aperture: Cirque du Soleil "Totem" Cupcakes at Little Cake Bakery

And, the icing on the cupcake is that Cirque du Soleil has dubbed these Little Cake Bakery beauties the official show cupcakes during the Atlanta run of their show "Totem." Those Cirque-sters may swing over or bend over backward to get them. We think we'll drive over, bend over and pick up a whole box full.

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


Not only is it made in the USA, to be on this Twitter feed (@GAmadeGAgrown), it has to be made or grown in our fair state. Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC markets and promotes in all of Georgia's 159 counties. Follow peanut-sized nuggets or harvest a big batch of items and ideas on their websiteSave gas, tweet first.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What's New on Pinterest: Spooky Treats

Don't let our spooky treats scare you away from our Pinterest board. We mean, there's no need to go batty or glaze over zombie-style looking for Halloween food and drink ideas. Ring our virtual bell and pin these treats. 

Atlanta is All A-Cluck about Bantam + Biddy Opening


Top Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are birds of a feather sharing passions for locally pastured and all-natural poultry, seasonal, organic veggies and regional fare. Like-minded Atlantans can flock to Bantam + Biddy, their new Ansley Mall restaurant, for lunch and dinner starting Monday, October 29 (breakfast kicks in come November). 

The fast-casual spot will please little chicks on up to rooster status with a "meat-and-three" option, entrées, salads, sandwiches and an extensive gluten-free selection. "Meat-and-three" meal choices include a quarter ($10) or half chicken ($14) or a six-ounce serving of eco-friendly Niman Ranch pork ($10) along with three sides and guest's preference of piri piri, wasakaka, beer mustard or bourbon BBQ sauce. 

Entrée selections ($10-$14) include rotisserie chicken penne pasta, pork schnitzel and meatloaf made with White Oak Pastures ground beef. Salad ($10) and sandwich ($8.50, includes one side) options include the Powerhouse Salad with pastured egg, spicy broccolini, tomato, radish, sunflower sprouts and organic almonds; Southern fried chicken sandwich with bread-and-butter pickles on a potato bun; and a chicken pita with yogurt, olives, tomato, cucumber and sunflower sprouts. Gluten-free bread is available upon request. Bantam + Biddy also will offer daily Blue Plates ($10-$14) starting at 2 p.m. The 10-and-under "little cluckers" menu offers chicken penne pasta, rotisserie chicken quesadillas and more for $5 (including one side). Trademark Southern and seasonal sides and desserts such as individual pies, rice pudding and cookies round it out. 

Opens daily at 11:30 a.m.; closes at 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 p.m. Sunday (8 a.m. opening comes with breakfast time in November). More info online or at 404-907-3469.

Halloween Happenings Worth Howling About

Lucky for adults, there's more to Halloween fun than the door-to-door sugar rush. Atlanta restaurants trick out with treats for grown-up batty boys and ghoulish girls!

Scary good times are in order at both Atkins Park Tavern locations. Ease into it with a local brew and food menu during Atlanta Beer Week, through October 27 at Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland. Cut out some time for the annual pumpkin carving contest with a cash prize at the Virginia Highland bar on Thursday, October 25 at 8 p.m. Between jack o' lanterns, scary movies and drinks sponsored by Terrapin and Jack Daniel's, there's a slice of fun for everyone. On Saturday, October 27 at 10 p.m., Sam Adams and Jägermeister host the annual costume contest complete with individual and group prizes plus DJ Lion mastering the monster sound board. Halloween Hangover on October 31 plays "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Toast the classic with Terrapin beers and Jack Daniel's mischief in a glass.

Oktoberfest at Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna unearths outdoor fun with games, rides, live music and free admission on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. Halloween costume contest on Saturday for children at 6 p.m. and adults at 9 p.m. There's more costume contest fun on Halloween as Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna hosts Monster Mash. A ghoul-ore of prizes will be handed out to participants - categories for best costume and best group and couple costumes could land winners a $200 house cash prize. Other random house cash prizes will be given throughout the evening.  

The staff pumpkin carving contest at both the Virginia Highland and Dunwoody Alon's Bakery and Market locations gives employees a chance to show off their blade skills from October 27 - 31. Come see their craftwork mixed in the shops' fall decorations and vote for your favorite.

On Halloween night, October 31, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar extends the popular "5 for $6 til 7" bar menu until close. Tricky drinks include a tropical martini dressed with Malibu Coconut Rum, Mark West California Pinot Noir and Widmer Brothers Brewing Rotator IPA series, all complemented with treats of baked brie in a puff pastry, sweet chili calamari and roasted mushroom ravioli.

Boo Bash 2012 takes over RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown on Halloween night from 7 p.m. to close. Good for gobblin' "Boo Bites" including sushi and appetizer specials such as Voodoo Crispy Chicken -- crispy chicken sautéed with onion, green pepper and Japanese pumpkin tossed in a sesame chili sauce ($6). Witchy "Potent Potions" abound. Try the Grape Ghoulade made with Three Olives Grape Vodka, Blue Curacao, cranberry and fresh lemon ($8). The Boo Bash costume contest treats the first place winner to a $100 RA gift certificate and hands a $25 certificate to second place. Apparition on the haunting soundboard? Nope. A guest D.J.

Treats only (no tricks) at Little Cake Bakery this Halloween. Made-from-scratch seasonal favorites mesmerize eyes and please tummies. The apples and honey cupcake tops cinnamon cake with a cooked apple and honey compote, cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon dusting. Pumpkin fanatics perk up over the pumpkin spice cupcake frosted with spiced cream cheese icing and crowned with a pumpkin candy. Pricing and more on the website.

In Brookhaven, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub is Halloween headquarters, hosting its second annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Wednesday, October 31 from 8 p.m. to close. Only guests who arrive in costume can enjoy drink and shot specials, including Fireballs, Applefire Caramel Apple shots and Zombies ($5 each), Fireball Shorty's ($3.75) and pumpkin spice martinis ($6). Costumed guests will be entered into the costume contest for the chance to win great prizes. The kitchen crawls with creativity as Executive Chef Joey Riley cooks up Halloween-inspired dishes. Live music plays all night.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Don't Miss Sirens of the Sea at Ecco This Week

This was one of my favorite meals last year - and that's saying a lot! Check out Chef Craig Richards' tantalizing Sirens of the Sea menu through Oct. 28 at Ecco and you'll see why.  The menu changes daily but you can expect deliciousness like boquerones (Spanish anchovies), shrimp toast with lardo and roasted shiitakes, sorrel-cured keta salmon, grilled squid with lamb sausage, lobster-chickpea crepes, and house-made spaghetti with sea urchin and crabmeat. Items are a la carte ($7 - $25) and yes, the regular menu is available in case you want to add some goat cheese balls to the order (don't blame you there!). Make reservations online or by phone (404-347-9555) then dive into temptation.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Three Cheers for Broccoli (and Learning How to Cook It)

Nutritional powerhouse broccoli boasts more vitamin C than an orange, phytochemicals, fiber, a skinny portion of calories -- and it's in season locally at Woodland Gardens in Winterville near Athens, Ga. This Saturday, October 27, No. 246 Chef Drew Belline will show Morningside Farmers' Market shoppers some sweet ways to prepare this emerald gem (and keep it that color). Shop 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays at 1393 N. Highland. Super Broccoli for Halloween, anyone? 

Flock to New Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall and More in this Week's Dish

Halloween is just around the corner, and we have the when, where and what of holiday happenings around Atlanta. No time to find a costume this year? No problem. There's plenty going on around town - costume or not - in this week's Dish.

Monday, October 22, 2012

American Spirit Whiskey Kicks-off Tailgating Recipe Contest

Whiskey and football make a winning team. Show off your mixology skills in American Spirit Whiskey's tailgating cocktail contest. Share a photo and the recipe of your most creative concoction for football season on Facebook and ask friends and family to vote. The good folks at American Spirit Whiskey will pick a winner from the top-five vote getters in early November, and the winner will take home an American Spirit Whiskey oak barrel (minus the whiskey).