Friday, May 2, 2014

What's New on Pinterest: Mucho Mexicano

Admittedly, many items shown on our Mucho Mexicano board include the word “margarita.” Si, we’re lush with libations but also with diversions, such as margarita Chex mix and boozy margarita lime cake. Crock pot Mexican stuffed peppers, easy chicken tamale burrito bowls and light Mexican quinoa salad with grilled chicken show that we do think outside the rocks and salted rims.

Gunshow Chef de Cuisine Joey Ward Targets Spring Produce at Grant Park Farmers Market Demo on May 4

Photo by Caroline Petters

Gunshow guests know the Glenwood Park restaurant thrives on scoping out the market's freshest items, turning them into a daily procession of innovative dishes. Chef Joey Ward, aka "kitchen dude," finds energy in the challenge of being resourceful with seasonal ingredients. He'll share some of his ideas while manning the demo spot at this Sunday's Grant Park Farmers Market. Shop the market from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and fill your basket with spring’s irresistible greens, herbs, fresh-baked goods and more. To experience the full bounty of Ward’s kitchen prowess, reserve a seat at Gunshow by clicking here.

Sample Bourbon and Bites from Article 14 and Glenn’s Kitchen at May Day at Serenbe on May 4

A sure-fire sign of spring is May Day at Serenbe. The celebration spreads over the Chattahoochee Hill Country community this Sunday, May 4 from 1-4 p.m. Take in all of the opportunities guests "May" do: hot air balloon rides, pony rides, live musical performances, artisan demonstrations, eats and sips from Atlanta restaurants and breweries in the tasting tent and, of course, dancing around the maypole. Now, about those tastings. Midtown’s Article 14 will pour bourbon and Glenn's Kitchen has delicious small bites that show off this Downtown Atlanta restaurant's talent.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Fiestas for a Muy Bueno Monday

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday this year, thus elevating the day from ho-hum to “Hola!” status as it caps a weekend of food and drink fiestas. Tilt back the sombrero and say “si” to so many ways and days to celebrate. Save the siesta for later.

Atkins Park is serving up three days of Cinco de Mayo celebrations with cervezas, tequila, palomas and margaritas to drink and pozole rojo, taquitos and chile rellenos to eat. Stop in May 3-5 for fiesta-style feasting.

HOBNOB stretches the Mexicana theme all the way from Monday, May 5 through Sunday, May 18 via their annual Tacos & Tequilas round up of specially prepared tacos matched with tricky tequila drinks. Taco and beverage pairing suggestions include carne asada and a Herradura skinny margarita; al pastor with Devil in a Blue Dress; blackened tilapia and HOBNOB Paloma Brava; slow-roasted chicken paired with a siesta martini; and blackened shrimp with mango salsa paired with Vampira. Choose one taco for $4, two for $7 or three for $10; tequila drink pairings are $8 each. Tacos & Tequilas tacks onto HOBNOB’s regular menu for this two-week time slot. 

Buckhead, Mall of Georgia and Perimeter Tin Lizzy’s Cantina locations are throwing Season de Cinco block parties with live music and contests over the Cinco de Mayo weekend. The three cantinas are all offering drink specials of Camarena tequila “Best House” margaritas ($6/16 oz. and $10/24 oz.), Corona Light drafts ($9/24 oz.), Grand Marnier shots ($3) and jolts of Deep Eddy vodka and Kill Cliff drinks ($6). Party with a purpose: all three locations are charging a $10 cover charge with a portion benefitting Bert’s Big Adventure. Buckhead amigos and amigas can get a running start on the fiesta-ivities by joining in the third Stache Dash 5K at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 3. It’s “nacho” average race, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit One Love Generation. Each runner receives a goodie bag with a cover-waiving wristband and coupon for one free drink at the Buckhead cantina’s 11 a.m.-2 a.m. block party (open to ages 21 and over). In Buford, the Mall of Georgia cantina cranks in the courtyard and amphitheater with giveaways and musical acts, such as Mario Diaz and Jacob Blazer from noon on Saturday until 2 a.m. Salsa on over to Tin Lizzy’s Perimeter for their Sunday Funday party on May 4 from 12:30 p.m. through midnight.

Offer up your casa or covey of cubicles for a cinco-sational gathering. Willy’s Mexicana Grill Catering can set you up with nacho, fajita or taco bars, burrito or quesadilla platters, sopapillas, beverages and gallons of Willy’s own margarita mix (spike with your own tequila).

Restaurants Gear Up for March of Dimes Dining Out Atlanta on May 2

The March of Dimes 30th annual Dining Out Atlanta spreads out over our “fare” city on Friday, May 2. Aria, Article 14, Gunshow and The Optimist are four of the 50 or so restaurants taking part in this event geared toward funding research and programs to help all babies enter the world healthily. Each venue on the list hosts one table where guests enjoy that restaurant’s unique four-course VIP menu and wine pairings. Individuals or companies ante up $1,000 to $1,500 for each table of 10 and proceeds support the March of Dimes. Purchase a table or donate online.