Friday, August 1, 2014

Umi Chefs Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito to Wow NYC’s James Beard House with Night of Modern Japanese Cooking on August 21

Umi chef Fuyuhiko Ito and his wife, Umi pastry chef Lisa Matsuoko Ito, will take over the Big Apple’s culinary scene on August 21 at 7 p.m. at the James Beard House. The James Beard Foundation wanted to bring an “Art of Modern Japanese Cooking” dinner theme to NYC, and the two culinary powerhouses are bringing their Buckhead restaurant’s Japanese flair and fare. See their James Beard House menu with wine and sake pairings that guests will enjoy at this tasty event!

Article 14 Monthly Bourbon & Bites Tasting is August 5

It’s time for the monthly first-Tuesday tasting of hand-picked bourbons! Head over to Article 14 on August 5 from 5-7 p.m. for Bourbon & Bites and sip through three bourbon flights plus delicious small bites for $25 per person.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

#foodgram: @foodintheair

Who knew holding food in the air next to famous landmarks would look so appetizing? Take some tips from @foodintheair and forget the table. It’s time to start snapping pics of your food in the air

Bouncing This Off You: no. 246 Ping-Pong Tournament on August 3 and 10

It’s all about the form: paddle in one hand, beer in the other. If you find you’re in need of a little competition on August 3, head to no. 246 in downtown Decatur for a ping-pong tournament. An eight-player bracket will compete for no. 246 gift cards and other prizes, all while spectators and players sip on Terrapin’s RecreationAle for $2.46 a can. Participant sign ups start at 3 p.m. and the tournament begins once the 8-player bracket is full or at 4 p.m. Get in on the action again on Sunday, August 10!

Piedmont Green Market Picks Nikolai’s Roof for August 2 Chef Demo

In need of Saturday plans? Stop by the Piedmont Park Green Market on August 2 and catch the Piedmont Green Market Demo. Chef de cuisine Stephanie Alderete of Nikolai’s Roof leads the demo at the Piedmont Park Community Center from 11 a.m. until noon. Her dish list includes pickled peach and artisan lettuce salad with whipped buffalo mozzarella and crispy chorizo sausage!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's New on Pinterest: School-Friendly Snacking

After laying on the beach and not worrying about homework all summer long, getting back into a school mood is probably the last thing on your mind. We’ve made the transition a little easier by planning ahead and building a School-Friendly Snacking board that’s sure to keep your energized and full before, during and after school! 

Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch are Three Tasty Reasons to Attend The Atlantan’s To Live and Dine Benefitting ACFB on August 4

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In an effort to help the Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Atlantan Modern Luxury magazine presents To Live & Dine, a luxury cuisine and cocktails event. Grab your tickets and enjoy samples from Umi, Smokebelly, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill and other top restaurants in Atlanta on Monday, August from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery. Take a sample of Umi’s spicy tuna crispy rice, smoked pork belly coleslaw and homemade biscuit sliders from Smokebelly and a watermelon tuna tartar from The Big Ketch. Must be 21 and over to attend and a ticket is required for entry. Purchase online ($35 including service fee) and bring some non-perishable food donations along with you for the ACFB!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Appetizing Aperture: King + Duke Huck Finn Rickey

Mark Twain, whose themes and words inspired King + Duke, once said, “If you tell the truth, you do not need a good memory.” Rafting down the Mississippi is easier than taking on the rapids (or potholes) of Peachtree, but drifting to the Atlanta restaurant for the Huck Finn Rickey is worth every bump. Sip on a mix of Hayman’s Old Tom gin, huckleberry-lime shrub and lime bitters ($11) and watch the world flow by.

Give Whole Foods Market an A+ for Back-to-School Nourishment

As summer vacation comes to an end, the chimes of school bells will be ringing around the city soon. Whole Foods Market has you covered for the tastiest and the most nutritious brain food recipes to make breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner a breeze. Their back-to-school menu includes apple oatmeal in a jar, whole grain toaster waffles, no-cook zucchini “noodle” salad, and one-dish roasted brats with apples and butternut squash. More healthy ideas can be found on their Pinterest boards and website collections of Back-to-School Breakfasts, Surprising Sandwiches, After-School Snacks and Slow Cooker Recipes. Going back to school has never tasted better! 

10th & Piedmont Sticks It to ‘Em to Win Travel Channel Chow Master’s $10,000 in Hotlanta Fried Chicken Battle

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On a mission to find the best chicken and waffles in Atlanta, Travel Channel’s Chow Master hosts, chef Sam Demarco and director Frank Coraci, headed to 10th & Piedmont. Coming hot out the kitchen was executive chef Javier Viera’s spin on the dish. Paired with a dipping trio of hot sauce, powdered sugar and North Georgia sorghum syrup, Viera marinated chicken breast on a stick, wrapped it in applewood smoked bacon, submerged the entire thing into homemade waffle batter and then fried it to a perfect golden crisp. After competing against some of the best, 10th and Piedmont took home the title for tastiest fried chicken in Atlanta and won the $10,000 prize! Catch the Chow Masters Hotlanta Chicken episode and then head to 10th and Piedmont and try the winning dish available on the lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus! 

Back to School Meals from Whole Foods Market, The Atlantan's To Live and Dine and More in This Week's Dish!

After a long summer break that no kid will ever deem long enough, it's time to hop back on the bus and hit the books yet again. Give them something to look forward to with the fast and nutritious recipes cooked up by the Whole Foods Market team. From simple sunrise smoothies to whole grain toaster waffles, your little scholars will be ready to learn after filling up on these brainy bites. Once the kids are out the door, ring up the babysitter and start making plans for The Atlantan's To Live and Dine, a luxury cuisine and cocktail event on Monday, August 4. Hometown heroes Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill will all be dishing out samples. Since the event helps support the Atlanta Community Food Bank, it's a win/win for food lovers and the city of Atlanta. All that and more in this week's Dish!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Makan Brings Asian Noodle Shop and Street Stall Foods to Downtown Decatur

in downtown Decatur recently opened its doors and now Atlantans can stick their fork in cuisine inspired by Asian street food and traditional Asian comfort food created by co-owner and executive chef George Yu. Experience the flavors of Taiwanese beef noodle soup, house made dumplings, Korean barbecue, whole roasted ducks and kimchi made in house from local veggies for lunch or dinner. To further the experience, look out for a Banchan cart with rotating small plate selections and a full beverage menu. Makan is located inside the Courtyard Marriott Decatur Downtown and is open seven days a week. Reservations accepted; walk-ins welcome. Follow on Facebook.