Friday, December 7, 2012

A New Restaurant Opening in Midtown Brings Sustainable Food and Upbeat Atmosphere

Brothers Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan are bringing a new restaurant and lounge to the Midtown community called 10th & Piedmont, taking the place of the former Outwrite bookstore space. The brothers have created an eclectic atmosphere with diverse flair to continue the tradition that Gilbert's Cafe and Bar and the former bookstore brought to the iconic corner. On December 10th the restaurant begins serving dinner and lunch service begins on December 12th. 

Executive Chef Brett Ring brings fresh, seasonal and organic produce and artfully designed plates to match guest's cravings for brunch, lunch, dinner or late night meals. Tasty offerings include Southern arancini with blue cheese grits and tomato marmalade; lamb meatballs with red currants, tomato glaze and pickled cucumber spaghetti; and SoCo cured salmon roulade with whipped goat cheese, roasted red peppers, lemon vinaigrette and fried capers atop a bagel crisp. The extensive beverage menu is sure to quench your thirst with a variety of hand-crafted cocktails, worldly vodkas, an international red and white wine list and craft bottled or canned beers. 

Sunday offers patrons a little fun with a Bellini brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. followed by an afternoon tea dance with a live DJ from 4 p.m. to close. Lunch is offered with counter service Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and with table service on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 10th & Piedmont serves dinner nightly followed by a late-night menu offered daily once dinner service has ended and lasting until 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. 

The Yeremyan brothers also own and operate HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and Gilbert's Café & Bar as part of their restaurant group, Communitas Hospitality. For more information: Facebook or call 404-602-5510.

Appetizing Aperture: @lilcakebakery's Holiday Cupcakes


A shortage of Ho Hos and Twinkies needn't Grinch your holiday season. Little Cake Bakery's holiday cupcakes outshine all in flavors of eggnog, peppermint, German chocolate and Black Forest cherry. Now who has a twinkle in their eye and more ho-ho in their step? 

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

Rebecca Gomez Farrell "chases dragons, dissects cocktails, ponders dishes, and contemplates television by fingertip." Translation: the author, blogger and freelance editor tweets (@thegourmez) and types longhand on her blog.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Give Green. Get Green.

A Georgia Organics membership makes a great gift for anyone on your list. It has immediate and long-term benefits, and it is easy to email, mail or tuck in a compostable gift bag along with some gardening gloves. Plus it comes in all sizes. Purchase a membership before December 31 and receive a free one-year subscription to Organic Gardening magazine. Membership levels range from $25 for students to $1000 for the Seeds and Soil Society. Now that's a green gift!

What's New on Pinterest: Forever Food for Great Weddings


Gorgeous - red velvet heart cake. Fun - Caprese pops. Frivolous - cotton candy on glow sticks. Brides and grooms looking for unique wedding party foods will find their heart's desire on our Pinterest board.

White Oak Pastures Hosts Farm Tour and Open Air Dinner for Flint Riverkeeper on December 8

Photo by Angie Mosier

When the family farm has been in the family for five generations, you're doing something right.  "We take care of the land and the herd, and they take care of us" is a Harris family core value that drives much of life down on Will Harris' sustainably run farm where pastured poultry and stock roam and land stewardship and water conservation rule the roost. 

See for yourself. Head to Bluffton, Ga. on Saturday, December 8 and tour White Oak Pastures, enjoy a pastured poultry dinner and shop a silent auction benefitting Flint Riverkeeper. 

The festivities start at 4 p.m. with local fare and libations under the new open-air pavilion. Set off on a farm tour at 4:30 p.m., then return to the pavilion for a pasture-to-plate dinner featuring White Oak Pastures' free-range chicken and comfort foods at 5:30 p.m. Gordon Rogers of Flint Riverkeeper follows dinner with award presentations, remarks and announcement of silent auction winners. The evening wraps up around 8 p.m. Dress cozy casual for outdoors. 

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or reserved for payment at the event by calling Jayme Smith at 229-220-9796 (

To keep wear and tear to a minimum, two shuttles will run from satellite parking lots in Albany and Ft. Gaines. A $20-per-person shuttle reservation fee can be added to your ticket purchase.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Breakfast at Bantam + Biddy? Don't Mind if I Do!

Photo by Angie Mosier
Rise up! A hot breakfast has your name on it at Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall. The casual, family friendly eatery now opens at 7:30 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday to plate up all-natural pastured poultry and egg dishes for breakfast. Regionally raised chickens and Georgia eggs have a short commute to this kitchen and your table or carry-out bag. Eye-opening, reasonable prices range from $5-12 for morning selections such as the pastured three-egg burrito, fried chicken and waffles or that French-Canadian favorite, poutine with local cheese curds and chicken gravy. Add freshly squeezed OJ, vegetable juices, freshly brewed teas, locally roasted coffee and you're good to go. Owners Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere give a shout out to Bantam + Biddy guests putting in requests for table service: it is now here. Come in and enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Cook Alongside Former Top Chef Contestant Kevin Gillespie at Salud! Cooking School

Where else can you say you’ve had the opportunity to cook with a former Top Chef contestant? Salud! Cooking School hosts Chef KevinGillespie, who is eager to share his passion for preparing organic and sustainable food at his “Fire in My Belly” cooking demonstration. Guests will get a chance to taste several menu items from the Woodfire Grill executive chef’s new book – “Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking” including buttermilk-marinated fennel with satsumas and jalepenos; sage-battered mushrooms with cheddar fonduta; butter-basted scallops with Romanesco; slow-roasted pork chops with apples and redeye gravy; and warm banana pudding. Besides this delicious tasting menu, the $79 class price includes a signed copy of Gillespie’s new cookbook. Space is limited, so make sure you register in-store or by calling the customer service desk: 770-442-3354 ext.1 or 770-664-6300. Note: No coupons, discounts or student cards are being accepted for this class.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

'Tis the Season for Specials at Aqua blue

Reach out and message, Facebook or even Bluetooth call a friend or two who you have had good intentions about getting together with this past year. Pick a night and meet at Aqua blue Restaurant and Bar in Roswell for budget-saving nightly specials. Sundays feature half-price bottles of wine; Tuesday serves up half-price sushi specials such as $1 nigiri and sashimi, $5 large sake and $3 Japanese beers. Thursdays "Ladies Night" offers the gals $5 cocktails all day, complimentary appetizers in the bar only from 5:30-7 p.m. and live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday nights, live music fills the restaurant and lounge -- instant party. 

Bonefish Grill in Emory Point Hosts Free Charity Event on December 8 to Celebrate Grand Opening

The Emory area becomes an "eat coastal" destination with the opening of Bonefish Grill in the new Emory Point development on Monday, December 10. Succulent wood-grilled fish, seafood and chops, innovative sauces and indulgent desserts fill the menu of this ZAGAT award-winning restaurant. Polished yet casual, Bonefish Grill is a beacon for those in the mood for the popular ahi tuna sashimi, PEI Mussels Josephine, "American-style" Kobe beef burgers or market-fresh daily seafood specials. Liquids are equally inviting, encompassing inventive "bar-fresh" cocktails, unique craft beers and interesting wines. Every Wednesday is Bang Wednesday, when signature crisp-tender Bang Bang Shrimp comes with a spicy sauce for just $5. The community-oriented restaurant reaches out to help both its nearby and global communities. On the evening of Saturday, December 8 from 5:30-8 p.m., Bonefish Grill will host a tasting event to benefit Friends of Music at Emory. Entry is free, but seating is limited. Tickets can be acquired online and donations are welcomed. An open kitchen, large bar, hand-blown glass lamps and big, three-dimensional art all add to the welcoming ambience of the Florida-based restaurant. Dinner service begins at 3 p.m. daily; Sunday brunch is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations welcome, 404-235-4024.

Keep Some Jingle in Your Pocket with Holiday Gift Cards and More in this Week's Dish

This holiday season give the gift card that keeps on giving with bonus cards for friends, family or to enjoy yourself. Gift a Georgia Organics membership or enjoy a ladies night out at Aqua blue. There are plenty of ways to gift-give this holiday and much more in this week's Dish.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Buying Holiday Gift Cards is a Smart Financial Move for Savvy Shoppers

The sound of Salvation Army bells reminds us that every little bit adds up when you're planning holiday and year-end spending and giving. Take advantage of these restaurant gift card promotions for friends, family or yourself -- and keep some jingle in your pocket for saving, giving or enjoying down the road.

Go global in Roswell by giving gift cards to Aqua blue Restaurant and Bar.  The restaurant is throwing in a $25 bonus gift card with every $100 gift card purchased. 

In Dunwoody, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar  is offering a bonus gift card of $20 for every $100 spent on cards. Guests can enter to win a trip for two to Napa Valley by purchasing the customizable gift cards online through December. The bonus cards are valid for food and beverage only and can be redeemed from Tuesday, January 1 through Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Get a bigger pizza with a smaller slice into your wallet at Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs. Purchase $100 gift cards for only $75.

Diners and shoppers at No. 246 in Decatur will receive a $20 bonus card with each $100 gift card purchased.  Bonus gift cards cannot be redeemed the same day as purchased.

Roll your friends into the New Year with RA Sushi Bar Restaurant gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card with every $50 of gift cards purchased online or in the restaurant. Bonus promotion runs through Monday, December 31; bonus cards are valid from Wednesday, January 2 to Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Ray's Restaurants -- Ray's on the River, Ray's in the City and Ray's on the Creek are throwing in a bonus $10 gift card with every $50 gift card purchased through January 31, 2013. In addition, all locations will be giving out scratch-off gift cards during the holidays that may reveal 15 percent or 25 percent off of a meal, valid in January and February. Gift cards can be purchased either online or in restaurants.

Have a very, merry margarita using the gift card promotion at Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Food. Through December 24, diners will receive a $10 reward card with every $50 gift card purchase. The reward card is valid from Tuesday, January 1 to Thursday, February 28, 2013.