Friday, February 7, 2014

What's New on Pinterest: Tempting Teas

We've had enough of this dreary winter weather, so we took to Pinterest to find some new ways to stay warm. Cozy up to our Tempting Teas board for some hot ideas that will knock the chill right out of the wind chill factor. Sip up or think outside the cup to dish, dessert and snack ideas. Stir-fired noodles with green tea, flatbread pizza with matcha, chai-brined pork tenderloin with spiced apple chutney and moonshine sweet tea cupcakes are but a few of our teasers for letting the tea out of the bag.

#Foodgram of the Week: @fortheloveofthesouth

Nashville-based writer, photographer and recipe developer Amber Wilson captures all the wonderful (and delicious!) things about Southern culture @fortheloveofthesouth. Her inspiring images and reflective commentary are just two reasons that you should make this a new daily check-in. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Aria Shines Bright with AAA Four Diamond Rating

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded Aria the Four Diamond award for fine dining every year since 2005, and this year continues the sweep. Gerry Klaskala's Buckhead restaurant is once again on the list, which was released on January 17. Only 2.5 percent of nearly 30,000 restaurants approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list. Innovative cuisine, wine, attentive service and simple elegance keep Aria on the tips of tongues way beyond Atlanta's boundaries. Congratulations to Aria's staff for bringing home the Four Diamond sparkle once again!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Early Bird Gets the Free Salad or Appetizer at Osteria Cibo Rustico

Eating an early dinner has never been more tempting! At Osteria Cibo Rustico in Toco Hills, guests that are dining between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. can order one free appetizer or salad Sunday through Thursday. Each table seated for the early bird special can choose form items like polenta fritta with tomato-basil sauce, Gorgonzola and fagioli verdi, ricotta alle erbe with toasted almonds and grilled bread, and polpettine house-made meatballs with tomato-basil sauce and Parmigiano. A crisp, cool salad like the mixed green mista with imported olives, the Cesare or the Coco mixed greens with toasted pistachios, grilled onions, shaved Parmesan and roasted red pepper vinaigrette may win the table over instead! The dinner menu has even more tempting options. (One per table, dine in only, not to be combined with any other offer.) On Mondays, early bird tables can receive double the deals with half off select bottles of wine and a free appetizer or salad if seated before 6:30 p.m. If you're running late, please come as you are. After all, osterias are delicious, casual neighborhood eateries!

Pizza Pro Wannabees, There's a Seat for You in Class at Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria

If it's a toss-up between stretching skills and coordinating an interactive outing -- for one, two or an office team -- Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria in the Luckie Marietta District rises to your occasion with pizza-making classes. Upcoming Monday night classes begin at 8:30 p.m. on February 24; March 3, 10, 24 and 31; April 14 and 21; and May 12 and 19. Max's pizzaiolos (instructors) start off with an intro to dough stretching and tossing followed by premium ingredient selection how-tos. Things heat up with an exploratory session on Max's legendary coal-burning process then ease into a hands-on practicum where students create their own pizzas and sample those made by classmates. Each student enjoys a meal and two drinks (wine by the glass, beer, soda or tea). A $30 class fee per person covers all, and spaces must be reserved in advance with a deposit. Price excludes tax and gratuity and cannot be combined with any other offers. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or full deposit will be charged. Call 404-974-2944 to book your seat in a class. Come on, you know you'll ace this course.

Warm Up with HOBNOB's Limited-Time Ribs and Brews Menu


These chilly Atlanta days call for food and drinks that are both warm and satisfying. Thankfully, Midtown favorite HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is offering a special limited-time ribs and brews menu. The finger-licking dishes paired with specialty craft beers are offered Wednesday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 25.
  • Roasted baby back ribs basted with SweetWater 420 and served with roasted potatoes, green beans and signature BeerBQ sauce ($15.95). Recommended beer pairing: SweetWater 420 ($4.75).
  • Oven-baked ribs with porter beer mop, served with scalloped potatoes and grilled white asparagus ($17.95). Recommended beer pairing: Smuttynose Porter ($4.75).
  • Smoked BeerBQ baby back ribs with broccoli casserole and roasted poblano mac and cheese ($16.95). Recommended beer pairing: Unibroue Don De Dieu Triple Wheat Ale ($6.50).
  • Guinness-braised short ribs with butter noodles, beach mushrooms and a Guinness demi glaze ($18.95). Recommended beer pairing: Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout ($6.50).
  • Three Philosophers rib roast with mashed potatoes, collard greens and BeerBQ sauce ($15.95). Recommended beer pairing: Palm Amber Ale ($4).
Reserve your place online or by calling 404-968-2288.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

We're Bubbling Up With Excitement for 10th & Piedmont's Annual Event

The city of Atlanta is bubbling with excitement over 10th & Piedmont's upcoming event. From Wednesday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 25, the Midtown restaurant invites guests to experience Caviar & Bubbles. This annual event is a tasty experience that won't leave you, or your wallet, hungry. Mouthwatering á la carte items are made with farm-raised sturgeon caviar developed by the University of Georgia and perfectly paired with a select bubbly. Tempting choices grace the menu like "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" plate paired with Zonin prosecco. Larger sampler platters are also available to share. And if caviar isn't your thing, don't worry - the regular menu will be served daily. Reservations can be easily made online!

Send Heartstrings Zinging at Atlanta Restaurants this Valentine's Day Plus More in this Week's Dish


Super Bowl Sunday may be over and those tasty, game-time foods may now be gone, but that doesn't mean you have to hold off until next year to enjoy something delicious. Save room this evening for slider night at Bantam + Biddy's new Crescent Avenue location in Midtown - starting tonight and offered every Tuesday. Next week, join HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern for their annual ribs and brews menu and 10th & Piedmont for a classy evening of caviar and champagne. There is plenty to indulge in, plus more in this week's Dish

Monday, February 3, 2014

Be Amazed with Chocolate South's 3-Ring Circus Chocolate Truffles!

This month, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls “The Greatest Show on Earth” into Philips Arena, and Big Apple Circus tents up “Luminosity” at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Over on Atlanta’s Westside, Chocolate South is unveiling some circus-stantial treats of its own. The artisan chocolate boutique, known for its premium chocolates made with local and organic ingredients, is creating 3-Ring Circus truffles of burnt sugar caramel ganache and dark chocolate tricked out with a coating of roasted, salted peanuts. These mesmerizing confections are regularly $3 each, but during February, they’re quite the catch at $1.50 each.