Friday, July 19, 2013

Appetizing Aperture: A Slushie Summer at STATS

What could possibly make slushies any better, you ask? Well, STATS has the answer. Mason jars are being filled to the brim with slushies spiked with Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka and Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka. Keeping your cool during the big game has never been easier - or more delish! 

Pinterest: We All Scream for Ice Cream

Who says you can't have ice cream for dinner? Or lunch? Or breakfast? Can we just skip the square meals and fill up on the scoops, 'sicles, sundaes and soft serves on this Pinterest board? Okay, so maybe Krispy Kreme doughnut ice cream will lead you astray. Blueberry coconut ice cream (gluten and dairy free), peanut butter and banana "ice cream," homemade summer sorbets, lemon blueberry yogurt pops and pistachio + rosewater ice cream more than make amends. Find your favorite flavors and enjoy! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Downtown Restaurant Week Serves Up Delicious Deals in the "A"

Put away the big bucks, build up an appetite and experience how delicious ATL can be on a budget. Downtown Restaurant Week is Saturday, July 27 - Sunday, August 4, and this year's participants are some of Atlanta's best. Alma Cocina, Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria and Ray's in the City are just three of the many delicious restaurants that are serving $15, $25 and/or $35 three-course, prix fixe menus all week. Eat away and enjoy the nightlife that the week brings, like Game-X's $15 menu that includes a $20 play card. Don't fret, with all that's going on it won't be hard to stay in the loop with the city's happenings, like sports action and concerts, with the stay-and-play link. There's even more to check out this week, be sure to get all the details in our Downtown Restaurant Week Atlanta Dish post! 

Satisfy Seafood Cravings at Ray's on the River's Summer Lobster Boil

The time has come for seafood lovers to claw on over to Ray's on the River for the Summer Lobster Boil on Saturday, July 27. Guests are invited to dine and relax on Ray's Grand Pavilion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a menu that is guaranteed to please. Succulent lobster won't be the only thing Ray's is serving up on the coast of the Chattahoochee. Andouille sausage, shrimp, red potatoes, corn on the cob, onions, new potato salad, jalapeño coleslaw, tarragon-lemon rice pilaf, drawn butter and atomic cocktail and Cajun remoulade sauces will accompany the tender claws and tails. And what meal is complete without dessert? Choices like blueberry cobbler and sorbets will satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Get a reservation to "enshore" a spot!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Are You in NYC? Check Out Chef Drew Belline at City Grit July 25

Photo by Richie Arpino
Are you lucky enough to be in the Big Apple on Thursday, July 25? You won't want to miss Chef Drew Belline cooking up a rustic Italian feast at City Grit, a NYC culinary salon. The No. 246 chef and co-owner will put on his culinary show on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Dinner and Belline's culinary show are $85 for one, $150 for two; buy tickets online

Tomatogram! Follow and tag @Attackofthekillertomatofest on Instagram

If you're one of the lucky ones who nabbed a ticket to Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest at JCT. Kitchen this Sunday, bring your phone along and keep up on Instagram at @attackofthekillertomatofest. Take some fun photos and tag us! If you won't be there, we'll miss you! Check out the page for pics of tomato dishes and cocktails, bands, and people having a blast. 

Master Grilling at Ray's on the Creek with Big Green Egg Cooking Classes

Improve your grilling know-how by attending Big Green Egg cooking classes at Ray's on the Creek. Chef Michael Gaylor and the expert from Big Green Egg share their grilling secrets during these special outdoor cooking classes on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 3-5 p.m. A quick sell out of the first Big Green Egg class and popular demand prompted Ray's to add another two classes to the calendar. "Egg Head" students enjoy pulled sliders when they arrive then learn how to recreate them at home on their own Big Green Eggs. $15 per person. Call 770-649-0064 to reserve your spot. Your friends and family will be so glad you did! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Celebrate the Reopening of the Attic Bar at Old Vinings Inn

Old Vinings Inn's social hot spot, the Attic Bar, is set to reopen on Thursday, July 19. The outdoor private patio, live music and full service bar have made the Attic Bar a popular spot for years. Stop by to celebrate (and ogle) the new renovations with complimentary appetizers from 5-7 p.m. while rocking out to live music from Kurt Thomas. Come thirsty, hungry and prepared for a night of excitement - the Attic Bar is back and better than ever!  

The Mill Kitchen & Bar hosts Wine Dinner on July 24 and "Alive After 5" on July 18

The monthly "Alive After 5" celebrations in Roswell's historic district take place each third Thursday from 5-9 p.m., April through October, and The Mill Kitchen & Bar loves to take part in the festivities. With both restaurant and outdoor tent specials planned for the July 18 event, The Mill will be the place to party in Roswell. In conjunction with SweetWater Brewing Company's "Shoot the Hooch" fundraiser, The Mill will feature SweetWater beers in the restaurant and outside in the tent. A trout special with brew pairing prepared by Chef Castro will be featured, and a portion of sales will be contributed to the cause. Guests will receive a special SweetWater-branded pint glass to take home when they purchase SweetWater beer at the event's special reduced rate. On Thursday, July 24, the restaurant will host a wine dinner featuring five courses. Joe Herrig of Atlanta Beverage Company will be there to pair up the wines and answer guests' questions. For reservations, call 770-817-9345 or use OpenTable.

Kevin Gillespie is Celebrity Chef at BB&T Atlanta Open Charity Night

Kevin Gillespie is this year's celebrity chef for the 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open "Tennis on the Town" charity event. This event will be hosted at Atlantic Station on Saturday, June 20 and will benefit Y youth tennis programs for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The Bravo "Top Chef" celebrity and the man behind the newly-opened restaurant, Gunshow, will be cooking up recipes from his cookbook, "Fire in My Belly". The evening's signature cocktail is the perfect way to wash down the tasty bites. Be sure to get those bargaining skills ready, because 10 attendees will win an in-home cooking class and dinner with Gillespie himself during a live-auction bidding. No need to be a tennis star to attend - even Gillespie needs a little practice with a racket! Register for the event at by July 18; tickets are $150 per person or $250 for two.

Refresh at Aqua blue with Nightly Deals and Entertainment Plus More in this Week's Dish

Atlanta is home to ripe peaches, tall buildings and killer deals when it comes to food and drinks. Just when it seems like ideas are running low for savings, the city’s best restaurants put offers on the table that can’t be refused. Aqua blue is fully equipped to satisfy sushi cravings without breaking the bank, with specials like half-priced wine and inexpensive beer, sake and sashimi. What to do with all that extra cash? Check out the events, classes and summer-inspired dinners that are hitting the “A” in this week’s Dish!    

Monday, July 15, 2013

Aqua blue Nightly Specials Heat Up Summer


The weekly specials at Aqua blue are hotter than a Georgia summer! Enjoy a night out at Aqua blue in Roswell without breaking the bank. On Sundays, enjoy half-off savings on any bottle of wine on the wine menu. Say "ah, so sushi" to $1 nigiri/sashimi, $5 large sake pours and $3 Japanese beers on Tuesday nights. Girls night out dolls up Thursdays with complimentary appetizers in the bar from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday night heralds the weekend with live music from 7:30-10:30 p.m. For inside scoop on Aqua blue specials and a coupon for $10 off your next dinner, join the Ambassadors E-Club. Aqua blue opens daily at 4 p.m.

Peachy Top of "the Ridge" View Gives Watsonia Farms Peaches the Best Flavor


Whole-y terroir? The unique combination of earth and air qualities is considered when growing the best grapes for wine production, and it also has a place in peach orchard selection. Watsonia Farms rolls across an elevated terrain affectionately called "the Ridge" by local farmers. The agricultural region rises up along the Savannah River north of Augusta and spreads eastward along the fall line from the piedmont of upstate South Carolina to the coastal plain. Perhaps Joe H. Watson had a peachy premonition about the land when, back in 1918, he purchased the first parcel of what would be Watsonia Farms and began planting peaches in 1925. Sweet nectar. Today, Joe's great-grandson Jeph Watson continues the peach orchard tradition along "the Ridge." The peach buzz is that the four counties spanning this area of South Carolina produce more peaches than the entire Peach State of Georgia! If you're traveling through the South Carolina midlands, stop in at one of Watsonia Farms' two stores for farm-fresh fruit, produce and fruit products.

King + Duke Hosts Atlanta Community Food Bank Supper Club on July 16

Ford Fry and his newest restaurant King + Duke are teaming up with Supper Club on Tuesday, July 16 from 5-10 p.m. to help provide meals for those in need through the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Ford Fry's commitment to community service is as strong as his dedication to his award-winning restaurants such as JCT. Kitchen & BarNo. 246The Optimist, and People’s Food Truck. On Tuesday night, guests can get in on the philanthropic drive as 20 percent of each tab during the ACFB Supper Club event will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. With no membership fees or long-term commitments, the ACFB Supper Club is a no-brainer. The only tough decisions you'll have to make are what to order once you're in the hands of chef Joe Schafer. With hearth-cooked fish, fowl and farm along with starters, bites and shareables on the menu, you'll be facing a lot of difficult choices. Of course, you could just maximize your donation and order to your heart's content. We say go ahead and order dessert and rest assured that you're helping those in need at the same time. Make reservations online

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Instagram Friend of the Week @gunshowatl


The kitchen dudes (and Blake) at Gunshow have a weird habit of dressing alike without planning it. See these moments and many others captured on their Instagram account. Lots of pictures of the nightly dishes, fresh ingredients as they come in the back door, and some inside jokes to keep it fun. They take turns posting so follow them all at @gunshowatl.