Friday, May 31, 2013

Party with the People's on Saturday, June 22

Nothing says summer more than an evening filled with food and drinks, live music and a good, old-fashion cook-off, right? People's Food Truck couldn't agree more! Start the warm season off the right way by partying with them on Saturday, June 22 as they celebrate the launch of their food truck. Ford Fry will be cooking, Marc Broussard will be rocking the stage and Chef Shaun Doty will be stirring up some friendly competition.  People's Fest tickets start at just $25 and benefit City of Refuge.

Eat it and Tweep: Vidalia Onion Tweets Tell How to Enter Flavors of Summer Recipe Contest

Even though Vidalia onions are tearless, missing the Flavors of Summer recipe contest will leave you feeling down. Don't miss your chance to enter by connecting on Twitter (@VidaliaOnions1) to peel back the exciting contest details. A winner from each of four categories will receive a cash prize of $1,000, and the grand prize is an outdoor entertaining package from Sears valued at $5,000.

Sample Tweet: Meet our Flavors of Summer bloggers! They come to you with great recipes, decorating tips and more. You won't want...

Appetizing Aperture

Who says Nutella is just for lunch box sandwiches and lemon meringue comes in a frozen pie? At Little Cake Bakery  these flavors lend themselves quite nicely to their summer cupcake menu. Come in and satisfy your sweet tooth with the chocolate goodness of the Nutella mocha or the zesty lemon meringue! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sit Rooftop at SkyLounge for Patio Launch Party on May 31

Tomorrow, the sun sets around 8:45 p.m. and the view from the patio launch party at SkyLounge, atop the Glenn Hotel, is a breathtaking one. honors SkyLounge as one of the "Top 23 Rooftop Bars in the World." Sink into one of the low, cushioned couches on the 11th floor patio of this historic building. The shimmering ATL skyline and the lush greens of Centennial Olympic Park make the perfect scenery. Backing up the view are party-exclusive cocktails crafted with Patron Tequila or Ultimat Vodka, DJ tunes and giveaways from 7-9 p.m. You may not want to come down off the roof!

We're Betting on Kevin Gillespie as Atlanta's Burger King!

Atlanta is playing host to an epic burger throw down that benefits the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation  and Atlanta Legal Aid Society . The First Annual Burger Battle and Beer Tasting has recruited Atlanta’s very own Kevin Gillespie to compete for the title of best burger on Thursday, June 6. We’re rooting for you, Kevin! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

You know you're a Southerner if ...


... you put peanuts in your Co-Cola! Relive those childhood memories, or learn something new, by watching  JCT. Kitchen & Bar Pastry Chef Taria Camerino's insatiable quest to capture the sweet and salty contrast of this summery treat. Her recipe for Virginia peanut pie with Coke reduction is captured in a video on the Coca-Cola Journey-Stories web page. Just watching it will set your mouth hankering. And luckily, you can head over to JCT. and order up a slice! 

Chill Out with Cool Cocktails on Pinterest

Take a vacation from the summer heat! Cool-off with one of our favorite drinks from the Cool Cocktails Pinterest board. Fill a Mason jar with blueberry-infused vodka lemonade, and freeze up a batch of blackberry prosecco popsicles for a party on the deck. Feeling marooned in your cubicle?  RA Sushi's mango mojito and bikini martinis and the limoncello martini at Ray's in the City could be your lifesavers. Bottoms up!

Time for Takeoff at Seven Lamps with Beer Flight Dinner on June 3

Sonny and Cher. Simon and Garfunkel. Beer and brats. Some pairs are just meant to be together. That's why Seven Lamps in the Shops Around Lenox is planning a reunion tour for the classic duo on Monday, June 3 with a beer dinner featuring flights of beer and cocktails, brats and dessert. The cheddar dogs are served family style, so help yourself to these wood-roasted brats with fermented cabbage, pickled mustard seeds, pepperonade and bread and bitter pickles on toasted lobster rolls. Your beer flight includes a light cocktail topped with beer plus spicy Belgian-style FU Man Brew, crisp Eyepatch IPA and Blind Pirate Double IPA. Dessert rolls out chocolate macaroons with peanut butter ice cream and bacon-roasted peanuts to go with a Drafty Kilt cocktail based on a full-bodied scotch ale. $60 per person. To purchase your ticket, call 404-467-8950.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bantam + Biddy Teams Up with Wild Heaven for Craft Beer Dinner on June 5

The average commute distance for Metro Atlantans is 35 miles, so the mere 10 miles separating Wild Heaven Craft Beer brewery in Decatur from Bantam + Biddy in Midtown's Ansley Mall means they're practically neighbors. Luckily for us, we're invited to their next neighborhood get together with a four-course beer dinner on Wednesday, June 5. Bantam + Biddy Co-owner/Chef Lance Gummere does the menu planning and Wild Heaven's brewmaster, Eric Johnson, will be there to talk about their European-style beers and plans for the brewery. The hors d'oeuvre make an appearance at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. dinner featuring wild salmon carpaccio with IPA mustard, dill and rye paired with Let There Be Light (American ale with a citrus note); spiced duck salad with candied pecans and strawberry and peppercorn vinaigrette paired with Eschaton (Belgian strong dark ale with dark fruit and pit fruit flavors as well as earthy spiciness); rotisserie rib-eye with horseradish, watercress and brioche paired with Invocation (Belgian-style golden ale with a semi-dry finish and lingering tropical fruit and spicy notes); and bread pudding with chocolate, pralines and cherry compote paired with Ode to Mercy (Imperial brown ale with a combination of deep-roasted malts, coffee, oak and a smooth, creamy finish). $45 per person. Reservations required; call 404-907-3469.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Hits the Streets of Midtown

Get ready for all things Southern as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival takes over Midtown from Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2. Spend the day sampling sweet and savory snacks from acclaimed chefs while sipping on craft beers and cocktails from top mixologists. Some of our favorite Atlanta restaurants, like Alma Cocina and The Optimist, will be making tasty appearances of their own.  

Taste New Holland Brewing Company's Summer Cocktails at Atkins Park

New Holland Brewing Company has perfected their bubbly, beer-kissed cocktails and is eager to show them off. Grab a seat on the patio at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar on Wednesday, May 29 to taste all of their summery spirits. Chef Andrew Smith of Atkins Park ensures that no drinker goes hungry with a menu of bites that pair perfectly with its brewed counterpart. 

Join Fellow Foodies at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Plus More in this Week's Dish

Did someone say cocktail? Actually, Atlanta restaurants are shouting it from their rooftops. Brews, bites and big events are taking the city by storm this week, including New Holland Brewing Company kicking it off with a beer cocktail tasting at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. So, pick a spot on the patio and find out what else Atlanta has concocted in this week’s Dish!