Friday, May 16, 2014

What Would Rhett Drink Today? Find out in Battle of the Bottles

The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is burning to know your opinion on what Rhett would drink if he were cruising through Atlanta’s hot cocktail spots today. Mixologists are shaking up entries for the ACVB Battle of the Bottles, a contest themed to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta and the 75th anniversary of the movie “Gone with the Wind.” Your job is to circle friends ‘round said thirst slakers, drink up and vote through May 26. Whet your whistle on Aqua blue’s “It’s About Bourbon, Thyme & Scarlett,” the Meyer lemon whiskey sour at Bantam + Biddy, “Rhett’s Southern Pecan Pie” at Nikolai’s Roof, the “Apple Chai Manhattan” at Ray’s on the River and “Ted’s Huckleberry Derby” at Ted’s Montana Grill. To know what you’re getting into ingredient-wise, read the lowdown on these highballs and martinis on the ballot.

Back by Popular Demand: Ray’s at Killer Creek Sunday Brunch Buffet

The new Sunday brunch buffet at Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta bodes well for all ages and appetites. No rush. Brunch hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. extend lazy mornings into lingering afternoons. $19.95 per person; $8.95 for children ages 5-10; free for ages 4 and under.

Eats & Beats Bash at The Buckhead Theatre Benefits Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen on May 19

Eats & Beats gathers Atlanta’s hottest restaurants to serve up a memorable evening of unlimited food tastings, drinks and entertainment at The Buckhead Theatre on Monday, May 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Eat to the beat of King + Duke, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Smokebelly BBQ and other premier Atlanta restaurants and visit open bar stations for cocktails, wine and specialty beers. Chef bands led by Ford Fry and others lead into Yacht Rock Revue playing Beatles cover songs. Silent auction must-bids include a private dinner party for you and your friends at the home of Ford Fry! Proceeds benefit Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen. Tickets are $70 general admission; $150 VIP ticket includes early entry and access to private VIP suites.

What’s New on Pinterest: 'Cues & Brews

May is National Barbecue Month. Pin ‘Cues & Brews, our sauciest Pinterest board yet. Better bring a napkin if you’re going to grill or smoke these babies. Also find brew pairing advice, a slew of skewers and slow cooker timesavers.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

St. Cecilia -- In Your Kitchen! Garnish & Gather’s “Be the Chef” Series Preps Craig Richards’ Charred Octopus Dish for Home Chefs

“A textural marvel,” St. Cecilia’s charred octopus with sun-dried tomatoes and white bean and arugula salad plates up on the AJC’s 2014 Dining Guide list of “25 Must-Try Dishes.” Impress family and friends by preparing chef Craig Richards’ dish in your own kitchen. Garnish & Gather pulls the recipe and locally sourced (where possible) ingredients together for home cooks to order through May 21. In case you’re an arm short and can’t pick up your package, they’ll even deliver it to your home for a small fee. Garnish & Gather’s “Be the Chef” series provides a new restaurant menu each week. Feed your Facebook and find out more.