Friday, May 30, 2014

What’s Your Lunar Cycle? Tin Lizzy’s Cantina Sponsors June 13 Atlanta Moon Ride, Hosts Packet Pickup Party on June 12

Pedal through some of Atlanta’s most scenic neighborhoods in the second-annual Atlanta Moon Ride on Friday night, June 13. Tin Lizzy's Cantina in Buckhead is the official packet pickup location for this 6.5-mile night bike ride that benefits Bert’s Big Adventure. Brake at the Buckhead cantina to pick up your ride packet and join the party with drink specials on June 12. Ride sets off Friday night at 10 p.m. from Park Tavern bordering Piedmont Park. Thinking about signing up? Tin Lizzy’s lovers who register online can receive a $5 registration code by using the code "tinlizzys". 

The Optimist Turns Two, Oyster Bar Throws Reno Bash on May 31

No need to bring a present because the best present is you! Celebrate The Optimist turning two at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. Shell out $4 for cans of Yuengling, Miller High Life or Sierra Nevada Summerfest beer, $3 for Cisco Whale’s Tale beer from the keg or pick up a fun “Punch on the Run” fish house punch in a pouch for $8. Bring your best swing to the putting green by nailing a hole in one to win prizes. Gringo Star and Nathan Nelson bring live music to the mix beginning at 7 p.m. 

What’s New on Pinterest: Get Glazed

Fun Fact: National Doughnut Day originated with The Salvation Army back in 1938 and has since rolled onto the first Friday of June each year. Our Get Glazed Pinterest board pays homage to these tender golden rings and zeroes in on the double-decker doughnut with doughnut-hole studs at King + Duke in Buckhead. What a royal sugar rush!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

#foodgram: @localitalianplate

Buon appetito @localitalianplate! Monica Bosco manages to make tomatoes, garlic and Nutella go together in a modern Italian way. If a trip to Italy is on your radar, side trip to her blog  for a list of souvenir ideas.

10th & Piedmont Scores Finalist Spot on Travel Channel's Chow Masters

We knew it all along, but now the world knows that Midtown’s 10th & Piedmont has amazing fried chicken. The Travel Channel’s Chow Masters scours the nation for America's best comfort food, and they have selected 10th & Piedmont as a finalist in the fried chicken episode, which airs this Saturday, May 31 at 3:30 p.m. In honor of the airing, the restaurant is hosting a viewing party with all of the televisions and the big screen. Complimentary samples of the chicken and waffles will be passed around for guests to indulge while they watch. For more information, call 404-602-5510 or visit

Have a Ball at Adopt a Golden Atlanta 2014 Golden Open on Monday, June 2

Golf or tennis? The Adopt a Golden Atlanta 2014 Golden Open tosses both options your way on Monday, June 2. Chase your preference on the greens or courts of the Marietta Country Club. A golf  scramble doles out prizes to three winning teams and to individuals for closest to the pin, long drive and hole in one. Registration and practice opens at 8 a.m.; continental breakfast and shotgun start follow at 9 a.m. and a 19th hole cookout, awards, raffle and silent auction begin at 2 p.m. Sign up online.

Tennis  pros may prefer the AGA tennis benefit, a round robin format awarding prizes to first, second and third places. A noon lunch also nets an awards presentation, silent auction and a raffle. Register here. If you can’t make it, you can always pitch in and make a donation.

Appetizing Aperture: Nicky's Week at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant

The 10th annual Nicky’s Week continues through Sunday, May 31 at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -- that’s $1.2 million since the event began in 2005. Read about Nicky Mailliard, the inspiring boy behind Nicky’s Week, and pick up the menu here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

California’s Roth Estate Fills Glasses at Old Vinings Inn Spring Wine Dinner on May 29

Wrap your palate around full-flavored Roth Estate wines originating in Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast vineyards when Old Vinings Inn hosts its spring wine dinner on Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Chef Don Diem plans five distinct courses, each paired with a unique Roth Estate wine varietal. Scallops crudo paired with the winery’s 2011 sauvignon blanc starts things off before a procession of smoked quail and praline crumble with corn and pea shoots paired with a 2010 Sonoma Coast pinot noir; cedar plank wild salmon and warm fava bean ragout paired with 2009 Alexander Valley merlot; veal roulade and oxtail duxelle with wilted spinach and a Roth reduction accompanied by a 2010 Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon; and finally a raspberry mascarpone semifreddo with bittersweet chocolate ganache paired with 2011 Alexander Valley Heritage red blend. The flavorful wine dinner is $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and reservations can be made online.

Chow Down at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 29-June 1

More than 100 award-winning regional chefs plus sommeliers and beverage visionaries unite in Midtown this weekend for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The culinary camaraderie of dinners, classes, demos and sipping and sampling begins on Thursday, May 29 and keeps on cooking through Sunday, June 1. JCT. Kitchen & Bar is hosting an oyster roast/fish fry/Floribama-flavored Pig Out Coastal-style dinner on May 29. Stop by the tasting tents at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 30 and try a sample of Mike Fuller’s Parmesan scallops with lobster risotto. Friday also finds Shaun Doty of Bantam & Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy chatting up Bantam & Brew, a bird- and beer-based cooking demo presented by Stella Artois. That night, Gerry Klaskala of Aria and Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow will serve up their favorites at the About South dinner at the Atlanta History Center. On Saturday, May 31, Orpheus Brewing and Shaun Doty contribute to the Connoisseur’s Breakfast that’s all about “Fast Casual.” Wrap up the festival on Sunday, June 1 with Ford Fry and his team of Adam Evans (The Optimist), E.J. Hodgkinson (JCT. Kitchen & Bar), Andrew Isabella (No. 246) and Joe Schafer (King + Duke) taking on Empire Breakfasts. Also on Sunday, Kevin Gillespie talks up a spell on Hillbilly (Appalachian) Cuisine with its locally foraged and grown ingredients, and Jason Pellet of Orpheus Brewing taps topics in the Southern craft brewers class. To start your Southern culinary journey, use the event schedule to plan your weekend and then buy tickets online.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

James Beard Winner Chris Shepherd Joins Gunshow Hired Chefs Series on May 27-28

After being named 2014 James Beard Best Chef Southwest, Underbelly owner/executive chef Chris Shepherd travels from Houston to Gunshow to be the Hired Guns guest chef on Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28. The Texas mega-town's diverse immigrant population -- Vietnamese, Hispanic, Korean and Indian -- inspires this devout locavore and the Asian-leaning new American Creole on Underbelly's menu. Seize your chance to savor Shepherd’s flavorful flair alongside Gunshow’s featured dinner items. Save a seat: 404-380-1886. Forward-thinking foodies will note other upcoming Southern guest chefs in the buzz-worthy series are chef Mike Isabella of Graffiato in Washington, D.C. on June 17-18, chef John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss. on July 15-16, chef Tandy Wilson from Nashville's City House on August 12-13 and chef Jeremiah Bacon from Charleston's The MacIntosh and Oak Steakhouse on September 30-October 1. More on our blog.

Marlow's Tavern and Ormsby's Flip for Yelp’s Burger Binge Week May 26-30

May is National Burger Month, and Yelp’s Burger Binge Week is closing out the meaty month over the dates of May 26-30. What's black and blue and read on the menu at Marlow’s Tavern locations? Marlow's black and blue burger -- a Yelp Burger Week must-eat at the tavern’s inside-the-perimeter locations of Sandy Springs, Emory Point, Midtown and Vinings (and yes, you can order one at other Marlow’s locations). A brioche bun cushions this burger boasting Gorgonzola cheese, applewood smoked bacon and shredded romaine, served with your choice of sides for $11. Ormsby's on Atlanta's Westside takes a different tactic, highlighting their six-ounce New Zealand lamb burger served on pita bread with pickled red onions, tzatziki sauce, hummus and feta cheese at $10. Bocce, backgammon, beer and a burger, anyone?

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Chris Shepherd at Gunshow and More in This Week's Dish!

So the long Memorial Day weekend is over and it's back to the daily grind. What is there to look forward to now? Plenty! On May 27-28, James Beard Best Chef: Southwest winner Chris Shepherd takes his talents to Gunshow's Hired Guns guest chef series. Meanwhile, Yelp's Burger Binge Week continues through May 30 with some meaty masterpieces at Ormsby's and Marlow's Tavern. Wrap the weekend at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, one of the largest foodie events in the Southeast. Keep an eye out for talented chefs from some of our favorite restaurants showing off their skills and sharing their passion with the hungry masses. All that and more in this week's Dish!

Drink Up at JCT. Kitchen & Bar Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner on May 27

Go with the flow tonight, Tuesday, May 27. JCT. Kitchen & Bar pours five great reasons to dine out at its Sierra Nevada beer dinner. Chef E.J. Hodgkinson opens the evening with seasonal Summerfest followed by four beer-paired courses: lightly cured cobia with spring citrus, North Georgia ramps, watercress, yuzu and herbs paired with Kellerweis; malt vinegar-battered Georges Bank haddock, smoked tartar and potatoes two ways paired with Bigfoot, a barleywine-style ale; smoked and roasted pork loin and local andouille sausage, creamed mustard and late spring vegetables paired with Torpedo Extra IPA; and sticky toffee pudding joined by specialty beer Ovila Abbey Quad. $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 404-355-2252 and have a credit card handy to secure seats.