Friday, November 1, 2013

#Foodgram of the Week: @fordfry

Want a glimpse behind the curtain at the man responsible for The OptimistJCT. Kitchen & BarNo. 246 and King + Duke? Instagram @fordfry for a peek into Ford Fry's life both in and out of the kitchen.

Our Pinterest Garden Flourishes with Fall Veggies

Stray from the sugar and hit the veggie aisle for delicious fall meal pairings. Our "Eat Your Veggies" Pinterest board will have you tossing the Halloween candy and begging for more color on your plate. Gone are the days of enforcing the eat-your-veggies-or-else rule. Use 'em as a side, throw 'em in a soup, bake 'em a casserole -- whatever it is, healthy has never been easier and never looked so yummy. Happy harvesting! 

Appetizing Aperture: "The Queen of Greens"

Filled with antioxidants and zero fat, meet kale -- your new best friend with lots of benefits. Known for its nutrient richness, "the queen of greens" makes her mark across the menu at Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs. From salads to chips to pastas and sides, kale has other dishes green with envy. What dish is on our list of favorites? The Lacinato kale salad, studded with radish, fennel, pine nuts and garnished with American grana cheese, Calabrian chili and a roasted garlic vinaigrette. Dig in, eat healthy and be happy. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Survive the Holidays with $6 Emperor's Margaritas at RA Sushi in November

Throughout November, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is offering its top-shelf Emperor's Margaritas for only $6 each instead of the usual $9.This isn't your every day margarita, it's filled with premium spirits fit for royalty! With all the family visiting and the holiday craziness this month, perhaps this cocktail can help calm the nerves from the kids yelling and the in-laws critiquing. Try them in flavors such as traditional, mango, cucumber or strawberry. By the way, this concoction is part of RA Sushi's revamped cocktail menu featuring upgraded spirits, fresh fruit juices, natural mixers, craft beers and more wine choices.

Over the River and Through ATL


Most trips to Grandma's take you through the Atlanta airport so when you're making your Thanksgiving travel plans, budget in a little extra time to stop by Buffalo Wild Wings, located in the Concourse D center point at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Whether you're on the way to meet family and need a little sustenance for the journey or are headed back home and could use a nice, cold beer, Buffalo Wild Wings is your best stop.  Spread out and get comfy, watch planes, cheer sports on big screens and enjoy the journey. Your gate is only an easy few minutes away!

Southern Food Tour Brews Delicious Eats and Liquid Treats at Monday Night Brewing Company

What's better than indulging in American Spirit Whiskey and Southern cuisine? Enjoying them together on the Southern Food Tour this Saturday, November 9 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Monday Night Brewing Company. The quintessential evening in Dixie invites guests to cheers with hot toddies and enjoy the comfort of a welcoming fire in the cool of the night. Executive chef Joe Schafer from King + Duke and executive chef E.J. Hodgkinson from JCT. Kitchen & Bar join kitchens to create a culinary celebration unlike any other. A delectable dinner is paired with Frozen Pints craft beer ice cream served in the brewery itself. Tickets are $85 per person and may be purchased online through November 8. Proceeds go to the Giving Kitchen Initiative.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Osteria Cibo Rustico Brings Italian to Toco Hills on November 4

Toco Hills turns Italian for the opening of Osteria Cibo Rustico on Wednesday, November 6 for dinner service and Monday, November 18 for lunch service. Sure to be a success considering the culinary brilliance of sister restaurants Tin Lizzy's Cantina and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Cibo adds the triple layer to this dynamic group of favorites. Cibo invites guests to the table seven days a week with reasonable pricing for everyday dining. Quick glances at both menus reveal antipasti, $5.95-$10.95; insalate, $6.95 and $8.95; piadine (focaccia bread sandwiches) at lunch, $7.95-$9.95; and pasta dishes priced from $9.95-$15.95. Dinner pulls the sandwiches and offers pasta plates and secondi sharing plates where guests can select a protein and accompaniment to suit ($12.95-$17.95). A protein could be thinly pounded chicken breast or veal, house-made meatballs, pan-seared whitefish, grilled Atlantic salmon or jumbo shrimp. Accompaniments include polenta or mashed potatoes served with vegetables and sauces. Enjoy lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner from 5:30-10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Buon Appetito! 

Prix Fixe Deals at Ray's on the Creek During Alpharetta Restaurant Week, November 2-9

We know it's easy to fill up on Halloween candy this week, but you'll want to save some room for the amazing prix fixe menus hitting restaurants this weekend for Alpharetta Restaurant Week. Don't miss out on the three-course dinner menu for $25 per guest at Ray's on the Creek. Choose from three appetizers including fried green tomatoes; mixed greens with dried fruit, apples, walnuts and pecorino; or butternut squash ravioli with spiced pecans. Then explore the entrée options, which include hazelnut-rolled pork tenderloin with port cherry sauce; petite swordfish; and roasted duck breast with Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and a bacon finish. Dessert choices couldn't be sweeter: smoked chili chocolate bread pudding, white chocolate and pumpkin crème brûlée or gooey toffee cake. Prices exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. 

"Leaf" it to Atlanta Mixologists to Create Colorful Autumnal Cocktails

Atlanta mixologists harvest colorful concoctions for diners to indulge in this season. "Leaf" it to the best to combine fall flavors for a spectacular cocktail combination for locals and not to enjoy. 

A sampling of libations that restaurants are adding to menus is as followed: 

No need to wish for warm weather because Ray's Restaurants puts a seasonal spin on a tropical favorite. Ray's Fall Mai Tai incorporates Ray's spiced rum, apricot-infused brandy, triple sec, house-made pumpkin spice orgeat syrup and cranberry juice for holiday happiness. Available at Ray's on the RiverRay's on the Creek and Ray's in the City.  

King + Duke keeps it to the classics with its Sherry Cobbler.

South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings find inspiration in apple country for their Moonlit Orchard, cobbling together bourbon and apple pie moonshine with local apple cider, a splash of apple bitters and a smoked apple slice.

No. 246 conquers all with a Fall of Rome and Useless Precaution.

Pumpkin lovers, enjoy the fall favorite long after Halloween is gone. Old Vinings Inn captures the Pumpkin Harvest, smooth and sweet with Crop Harvest Pumpkin vodka, Irishman cream, vanilla vodka, a little half-and-half and a smidge of nutmeg.

At Seven Lamps, fly the Crimson Eagle, a blend of Eagle Rare bourbon and fig-infused red wine honey. Other newbies include My Sunup Girl and Shelter from the Storm with a cast of High West double rye, Gran Lusso vermouth, nocino and apple bitters.

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill fires up Buckhead in the cool of the night. No pain, just Fireball Cinnamon whisky, grapefruit juice and soda.

Over at Ormsby's on Atlanta's westside, the Heavenly Manhattan takes off with Angel's Envy, broVo Amaro No. 1 and Antica Formula sweet vermouth. 

At JCT. Kitchen & Bar, sip The Alpine, Mother Vine or The Boulevard, made with George Dickel Barrel Select whisky and Campari.

Bacon lovers, you won't be disappointed. The Tipsy Pig unites three of The Mill Kitchen & Bar's favorite "Bs" in life -bourbon, brown sugar and bacon. Not to divulge too much, but local Georgia Riverview Farms bacon does hold its own in this Manhattan-style cocktail topped with a house-candied cumin bacon and cherry garnish.

Ecco pulls off The Red Wedding, in which Olivares Dulce Monastrell marries house-made sweet vermouth under the tutelage of Fidencio Mezcal Clasico. How romantic. 

No need to be shy. A cure for being one, Wallflower from The Optimist speaks up with Le Reviseur Cognac VS, Nux Walnut liqueur and Fleur Elderflower liqueur. The Mutiny sails smoothly with beer shrub, George Dickel Barrel Select and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur.

At Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, bar manager Ali Davis blends a sweet Fall Bourbon Apple featuring Ridgemont Reserve bourbon and amaretto.

13th Annual Afternoon in the Country Celebrates Under the Big-Top Tents November 3

Skip the city and head to the country to indulge in the company of Atlanta's top chefs, gourmet eats and an atmosphere that can't be beat under the big-top tents at the 13th Annual Afternoon in the Country. Presented by Les Dames d'Escoffier International - Atlanta Chapter (LDEI),The Inn at Serenbe is the place to be this Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 p.m. Gardens and meadows galore provide a tranquil background for those lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold-out event. Who's on the list, you ask? Culinary kings like AriaBantam + BiddyGunshowKing + DukeJCT. Kitchen & BarMarlow's TavernNo. 246 and The Optimist, just to name a few. For an even sweeter treat, top Atlanta pastry chefs create sweet-tooth cravings for all ages. Aside from food and fine wine, the event will also feature micro-brews, hayrides, children's activities, live bluegrass music by DriveTrain and upscale retail. Plus, a silent auction sends guests home with dining and travel packages, food and wine goodies and artwork by prominent artists. Proceeds from the event support LDEI Atlanta's philanthropic, educational scholarship and grant initiatives. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chef Chris Blobaum Gets Fresh at Piedmont Park this Saturday, November 2

Begin your weekend with fresh local foods and fall flavors at the Piedmont Park Green Market, Saturday, November 2. Chris Blobaum of Legacy Restaurant Partners mans the chef demo booth on the Community Center patio from 11 a.m.-noon. Stop by and gather up some exciting new ways to serve up the season's harvest. Legacy Restaurants is parent to Article 14, Der Biergarten, Game-X, Glenn's Kitchen, Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria, Olmsted, SkyLounge, STATS and more!

Harvest Fall Cocktails from Atlanta Mixologists Plus More in this Week's Dish

Don’t let Halloween haunt your hunger – prepare for the spook-tacular holiday with our Spooky Treats, Ghoulishly Good Apps and Pick Your Potion Pinterest boards that’ll leave you and your guests screaming for more. Not into the ghostly gatherings? Autumnal cocktails bring a different excitement to top tables as mixologists create lavish libations for guests at some of the city’s best restaurants. Escape the city all together and see what’s happening in the country this weekend, plus more eats and events in your weekly dose of the Dish

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Whereabouts of Atlanta's Most Wanted Eats Unleashed for Halloween

Don't let Halloween creep up on you unprepared. The Dish unleashes the whereabouts of Atlanta's most wanted treats at top restaurants and bars. A night out with unexpected frights not your thing? Hide from ghosts and ghouls by hosting a monster mash with thrills and chills (cold brews) from the Spooky TreatsGhoulishly Good Apps and Pick Your Potion boards on Pinterest. Happy haunting! 

Bantam + Biddy Heat Up Final Pop Up Chef Lunch on October 30

Tired of the boring sack lunch? Westside Provisions District has the perfect alternative to spice up your day. Bring yourself, your cube buddy or the whole office for the final Pop Up Chef lunch of the season this Wednesday, October 30. Bantam + Biddy bids adieu with your choice of two sliders (piri piri chicken salad or pastured chopped chicken liver) or six grilled piri piri wings. Both come with jalapeño slaw and iced tea or bottled water. Lunch will be sold from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 will get you the goods, but come early before they've flown the coop. Don't carry cash? Buy your ticket ahead of time with Scoutmob for a $2 discount.