Friday, November 16, 2012

What's New On Pinterest: Savory Soups

She-Crab Soup from South City Kitchen Midtown

Soup's on! Grab a hefty bowl and spoon because our tummy-warming Pinterest posts will bowl you over.

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

Catch snippets (@BerlyMC) of the Athens, Ga. 'steading life and knock that city pace down a notch!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Appetizing Aperture: Salmon Asparagus Roll at RA Sushi's 15th Anniversary Guest Appreciation Day & 90's Party

Scottsdale, Ariz. welcomed RA Sushi Bar Restaurant to its sushi scene back in 1997. Fifteen years and 25 RA Sushi locations later, they're still "RA-ckin." Celebrate at RA Sushi in Midtown during their customer appreciation party on Thursday, November 15. They'll skim 15 percent off your tab all day and donate 15 percent of profits to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. From 7 p.m. until close, take advantage of $3 beers, $5 90s-themed drink specials and specially priced 90s-inspired sushi!

Atlanta Chefs Help Celebrate Macy's Lenox Grand Re-Opening on Nov. 17

Celebrate the Macy's at Lenox grand re-opening with a full day of food and fun events on Saturday, November 17. Atlanta chefs will be there throughout the day with samples of their signature recipes for shoppers to taste. Be sure to stop by from 2-4 p.m. to try the fare from Seven Lamps, Chef Drew Van Leuvan's newest restaurant opening in December. While you're rolling out the welcome mat, you can snack on the buttered lobster on brioche and freshly made creamsicle soda.  Buckhead Barbeque Co. will offer pulled pork sliders with hickory honey BBQ sauce and smoked chicken tacos, and RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will serve its famed Tootsy Maki rolls and sweet onion salmon sashimi made with fresh salmon in a Japanese dressing with marinated onions and microgreens. After all these delicious bites, might be wise to use an extra napkin before hitting the racks! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Don't Miss Out - Shop the Peachtree Road Farmers Market Through December 15

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A warm fall means farmers still have plenty of garden-fresh produce for sale at Buckhead's big Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Consumable gifts alleviate post-holiday clutter in a delicious fashion. Stop by Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon through December 15. Among the items to put on your list: tomatoes, arugula, kale, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, garlic and pumpkins. Non-veggies include: cheese, yogurt, pork, lamb, beef, grits, honey, breads, jams, pickles, and doggie treats. Purchase unique, handmade gifts from local artists while you're there.

The Pinewood Makes Supper Easy on Sundays

Go ahead and tie a napkin around your neck right now. For $27 per couple on Sundays, The Pinewood serves an irresistible family style dinner featuring comfort food entrées of cornmeal fried catfish, Pinewood turkey meatloaf and crunchy buttermilk chicken and sides of pesto mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and Georgia green beans. The Pinewood's scratch-made angel biscuits and bread pudding round out this square meal deal. While you're there, take advantage of their Sunday half-price special on bottles of wine.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanksgiving Offerings are Abundant in The Dish Newsletter

Get ready for the season of giving! Our restaurants have planned a variety of ways to keep your holiday entertaining fresh. Check out the Atlanta Dish, whether you’re looking for Pinterest inspiration or details on the perfect bird to roast straight from the pastures – we’ve got you covered. If you’re ready to take a year off from cooking, let one of our restaurants help you out; several are serving their own unique menus on Thanksgiving day. Reservations are required at most of these restaurants.
So you want to stay in but don’t want to cook? Ray’s at Killer Creek is taking Thanksgiving feast to-go orders through Friday, November 18th. The fare includes a boneless roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and pumpkin and apple pies. The price is $125 and serves four to six people. What are you waiting for? Place your order by calling 770-649-0064.

Wrap Up Holiday Party and Gift Plans at ATL Restaurants and More in this Week's Dish

As Thanksgiving plans become set in stone, the hustle and bustle of holiday planning begins. Book a private party room at one of Atlanta's finest dining establishments, or pick up a gift card as a holiday treat for your friends. Find out all about holiday happenings in Atlanta and more in this week's Dish.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Making Merry or a Gift for Mary -- Atlanta Restaurants are Ready to Wrap Up Your Holiday Details

The holiday jingle jangle is dashing in. Time is short and holiday lists are long. Thank goodness Atlanta restaurants are ready to provide party places, gathering tables and present-perfect gift card promotions.

On Atlanta's northwest side, Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna can accommodate 35 guests in a private dining room, a sit-down dinner for up to 75 people on the climate-controlled patio or even cater events for up to 500 guests at a nearby venue. Buffet, multi-course dinner, libations and specialty cocktails are easily doable. Sibling Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland combines a spirited atmosphere and a bit of history into a unique setting with an upstairs area where 30 guests can partake in a sit-down dinner or 50 guests can sip cocktails.

In Roswell, Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar offers fabulous global cuisine in a relaxed, yet upscale setting with flexible spaces for groups large and small. A semi-private back room seats up to 60 guests, and up to 200 guests are comfortable in the main bar area. Book for lunch or dinner any day of the week and let Aqua blue chefs personalize your menu.

Southern cuisine takes a modern farmstead spin at Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg. Up to 28 diners can sit down to dinner, and more can get together for cocktails in the restaurant's private dining room. The restaurant also offers gift certificates for holiday giving. For private event information, contact Elizabeth Taft at 678-388-8813.

Atlantans love Fifth Group Restaurants’ options for private and group dining in a variety of settings. For contemporary Mexican cuisine downtown, Alma Cocina has private dining configurations for 20 to 90 guests or a complete restaurant buyout for 200. In the heart of Midtown, Ecco's chic private dining room seats up to 58 guests and the patio welcomes up to 75. Fresh seafood haven Lure offers three different rooms to accommodate parties ranging from 15 to 50 guests. South City Kitchen Midtown has private dining options for parties of 16 people up to 180 people. La Tavola Trattoria in Virginia Highland offers a private patio as well as indoor seating accommodating between 30 to 120 people. Another Virginia Highland restaurant, The Original El Taco, rents out both the patio area and restaurant, seating 75 to 100 guests inside. South City Kitchen Vinings offers private dining for parties ranging between 30 and 230 people. Bold American and Studio 887 provide off- and on-premise upscale catering for other event options. More scoop on the company's private dining page.

Lunch, dinner, private dining room options and rewards are all part of the event menu at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Dunwoody. Rooms seat from 24 guests on up to 70 guests for cocktails with no room rental fee, only food and beverage minimums. Book by November 30 and receive a $50 dining certificate for each $500 spent. Fleming’s also offers a $20 bonus gift card with every $100 spent. Enter to win a trip for two to Napa by purchasing customizable gift cards online in November and December. (Redeem bonus cards from January 1-February 10, 2013.) Solidify plans and contact Jenny Whyte-Albers at 404-782-1236 or

Forgo figgy pudding and fill up on pizza at Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs. A heated patio seats 45 guests and can host more for cocktails. Save dough on holiday shopping by snagging $100 gift cards for $75.

A 2,000-square-foot skyline terrace at JCT. Kitchen & Bar in Atlanta's Westside Urban Market provides a historic neighborhood view for up to 200 guests, while up to 165 guests can dine in the interior main dining room. Discuss your event options with Valerie Mosley, 678-536-6506.

Think outside the lunch hour for a holiday gathering at Buckhead’s Market Street Café and reserve the café for your post-4 p.m. weekday or anytime weekend event. Indoors, there’s space for up to 125 seated guests or almost 250 for a cocktails and hors' oeuvre function, and the outdoor patio holds an additional 75 seated guests or 100 for cocktails. Rent the entire place if you need more space.

There's a nice $20 bonus card for you with every $100 in gift card purchases at No. 246 in Decatur. Treat a friend to this tasty gift or stock up for your own use. Bonus gift cards cannot be redeemed the same day as purchased.

Located in West Midtown’s White Provision complex, Ormsby’s has space and games for your holiday gathering. The private lounge room accommodates parties of up to 40 guests, and the private bocce room can hold up to 125 with access to one bocce court, skee ball and a shuffleboard table. Both rooms come with a shelf full of board games. Add a bartender for themed specialty drinks. Rooms are secured by a food and beverage minimum purchase agreement, and rentals start no later than 7 p.m. All guests in the party must be 21 and over for events starting after 6 p.m.

For Southern comfort and cheer, gather at The Pinewood in Decatur. Plan a private cocktail party for up to 100 guests (150 guests with tables removed) or a seated dinner for up to 60 guests.

"RA-ck" around the holiday clock at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. Choose semi-private dining for 10 guests or rent the upstairs space for up to 100 guests. Simplify holiday shopping with RA Sushi's gift card promotion. For every $50 in gift cards purchased through Monday, December, 31, buyers will receive a complimentary $10 bonus card, valid January 2-March 31, 2013.

Look to Ray’s Restaurants for three different private dining atmospheres and a variety of customizable menus. Ray’s on the River, Atlanta’s premier riverfront restaurant, can accommodate up to 200 guests in semi-private banquet facilities in addition to their permanent tent that holds up to 200 people. For more intimate gatherings in town, Ray’s in the City has both private and semi-private dining rooms available that accommodate up to 45 people. In Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek has room options for parties up to 300 people. Book a room by Wednesday, November 21 at Ray’s at Killer Creek and receive an additional $100 gift card. Patrons can purchase gift cards online or in restaurants. The “Cyber Monday” promotion on November 26 enables patrons to pay $75 online for a $100 gift card. All locations will be giving out scratch-off gift cards in restaurants during the holidays. Offers will include 15 percent or 25 percent off of a meal, valid in January and February 2013.

For a farm-to-table party in the city, check out Woodfire Grill, which offers options for almost any size party. "The Mezzanine" can be divided into three private rooms or one large space that can seat up to 50 guests. For smaller, cozier get-togethers, “The Loft" is privately located in the upstairs area and seats up to 22 people. Head out to the covered patio for a standing cocktail party for up to 75 or a private, seated affair for 30.