Friday, April 12, 2013

Eat It and Tweep: Shops Around Lenox


When spring screams "take it outside," you can. Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead presents a walkable shop-scape of interesting fashion and home stores interspersed with artisan restaurants such as Seven Lamps and Bhojanic. Keep up with trends and what's coming up on Twitter (@AroundLenox). Get the full scoop on the Shops Around Lenox website.

Sample Tweet: Something about the bright fun colors on these@lululemon tanks just motivates us during our Flywheel classes! 

What's The Dish Chef Spotlight: Kevin Gillespie is a Happy Camper

Men and women of the toque do get out of the kitchen. Who are these chefs when they hang up their aprons for the night?  We have The Dish, and this week it's on Kevin Gillespie.
So Kevin, we ask, "What are you into right now...besides Gunshow, your soon-to-open Glenwood Park eatery?"

"Camping. I mostly go camping in the North Georgia mountains. I'm not a Low Country camper; my family has mountain roots. My favorite place to camp is along the Georgia/South Carolina border near the Chattooga River. I head out with my dad and uncles. Sure, it's a guys-only thing. We do invite the women -- they just say no. It's not a drive in, park and camp sort of thing. It's a drive in, park, hike and then find a place to sleep sort of thing."

Thursday, April 11, 2013

No Withholding This Tip: RA Sushi "Tax Day Monday" Specials Keep Green in Your Pocket

Finally! Those taxes are done. Or, maybe they're not, and you're searching for solace. Either way, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant comes to the rescue with a "Tax Day Monday" special. The Midtown restaurant begins food and drink specials at the usual 3 p.m. hour and extends it beyond the usual 7 p.m. deadline all the way until closing time on April 15. Choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizer and tapas selections in the $2.25-$7.25 range as well as plenty of beer, wine, sake and signature cocktails priced from $3-$7. Recharge with Tootsy Maki, the Viva Las Vegas roll, sweet onion salmon tapas and more. Toast over creative cocktails such as Absolut Asian Flirtation, Pinnacle Strawberry-Kiwi Saketini and Absolut Tokyo Peach. Specials are for dine-in guests only. File early with the IRS so you can file into RA Sushi on April 15.

The Attack is Back! Tickets Now on Sale!

The weather is warming up and pollen is in the air, so that means that JCT. Kitchen & Bar is anticipating a killer tomato harvest come Sunday, July 21 when Chef Ford Fry hosts the 5th Annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival to benefit Georgia Organics. Local farmers and 33 featured chefs pair up to create tomato dishes, 14 mixologists shake up vine-tingling tomato cocktails, and high-profile judges choose favorites while about 1,400 guests nosh and drink up all of that fruit-of-the-vine goodness. Live entertainment comes by way of the Spazmatics and local chef band Five Bone Rack. Purchase your tickets now for the 1-5 p.m. festival then relax until July's bountiful harvest. Tickets cost $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members until June 30 and then increase to $70 per person on July 1.

Sliders for Goldens at Bantam & Biddy on Monday, April 15

Silas is an Adopt A Golden Atlanta orphan. He's perused the slider menu for Monday night at  Bantam + Biddy and chosen the chopped liver slider. He knows that Lance Gummere and Shaun Doty are both big dog lovers and can't wait to give them big slurpy kisses for donating ten percent of April 15's proceeds to help golden retriever orphans just like him. Come in after 5 pm and eat a few sliders for the cause. Or order off the regular menu. Just be sure to stop by and help the cause. It'll feel as good as a belly rub!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Join Aria, Woodfire Grill and Many More for Taste of the Nation at Georgia Aquarium on April 11

Chefs from more than 50 of Atlanta's top restaurants, including Aria and Woodfire Grill, will serve their specialties at the 25th Annual Taste of the Nation Atlanta filling up the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday, April 11. A nationwide culinary benefit, Share our Strength's Taste of the Nation plays a huge part in achieving the organization's goal to end childhood hunger in America. Guests will have plenty of opportunities to bid in live, silent and wine auctions while enjoying unlimited food, wine and beverage tastings and live music. Honorary chairs are Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal and John Mariani, Esquire food and travel columnist for the last 30 years. VIP ticket holders enter at 6:30 p.m.; general admission ticket holders enter at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online: VIP tickets are $350 each, and general admission tickets are $250 each. Black tie optional for guests, however, not for the penguins.

Save Some Green with RA Sushi Tax Day Specials Plus More in this Week's Dish

Bring your Ping-Pong prowess to Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, April 10 and if you're really good, you could even win some cool prizes. Tax Day stressing you out? Head over to Bantam + Biddy and support Adopt a Golden Atlanta on Monday, April 15 for slider night. 10 percent of dining proceeds after 5 p.m. goes to the non-profit. There's a ton going on in A-town right now, plus much more in this week's Dish!

Smash the Ping-Pong Competition Tomorrow at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland


Show off your Ping-Pong prowess tomorrow at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland and you could ride off on a sweet prize! Co-host New Belgium Brewing Company ponies up the grand prize, Atlanta's first 2013 New Belgium Fat Tire cruiser. Runner-up gets a VIP package to Tour de Fat in Candler Park on Saturday, May 11. Tournament registration is free and begins at 9:30 p.m.; first ball pings at 10 p.m. Sip on New Belgium beers between paddle strokes and feel good knowing $1 from each pint sold that night will be donated to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a cause dedicated to making Atlanta a healthier and more sustainable city.

Monday, April 8, 2013

What's New on Pinterest: In Season Now - Fresh from the Garden

It's officially spring and now is the time to go green! There is nothing tastier than fresh, simple veggies from your home garden for a snack, salad or meal. Don't have a green thumb? We're pinning Fresh from the Garden ideas to help you along and maybe inspire you to plant your own garden of farm-to-table satisfaction. Happy planting!