Friday, August 8, 2014

Appetizing Aperture: Smokebelly Front Lawn

Grab your friends and gather around the tables out on the front lawn at Smokebelly. Order menu mainstays such as Belly Bites of Disco Q fries topped with chopped smoked pork and sweet q sauce or cherry cola ribs; a plate of 21-hour Angus beef brisket, smoked combo plate or BBQ glazed grilled salmon; a grilled smoked sausage or pimento cheese BLT sandwich. Wash it down with a blackberry whiskey smash or watermelon-laced “From the Vine” cocktail off the Swig & Sip menu and enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Be a Bouncer: no. 246 Ping-Pong Tournament and Wild Heaven Craft Beers Dominate August 10

Paddle it out in an afternoon of high-speed Ping-Pong action in the backyard of no. 246 in Decatur on August 10. Tournament participants compete for no. 246 gift cards and other prizes, and everyone over 21 can take advantage of the $2.46 craft beer specials from Wild Heaven. The tournament starts by 4 p.m. or when the eight-player bracket is filled. Sign up to play begins at 3 p.m. 

Soak Up Orpheus Brewing Craft Brews at Atlanta Seafood & Craft Beer Festival on August 9

Enjoy local craft brews, seafood, barbecue and live musical entertainment from 12 p.m.- 8 p.m., at the Atlanta Seafood & Craft Beer Festival (ASCF) on August 9 at Piedmont Park. Orpheus Brewing, known for its unique-to-the-South saisons, sours, hops and barrels, joins nine other Atlanta-area craft breweries in the beer garden. For one 16-ounce beer and clearance to purchase other beers and beverages in the beer garden, wristbands can be purchased for $10. A VIP wristband ($35 advance/$45 at the gate) guarantees 10 five-ounce pours from any beer or tap plus covered seating in a VIP tent. (Small service fee applies to online wristband purchases.) Live band music begins at 12:45 p.m. Admission is free; no pets allowed. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

#foodgram: @food52

They're on a mission to help people become better, smarter, happier cooks. The brains behind @food52 snap photos of food found on worldly travels, summer bounty ideas, easy meals and gardens. Head over to the website for recipes, columns and provisions!

Rev Up Your Engines with 680 The Fan and NASCAR Drivers at STATS on August 12

Grab your pit crew and race into STATS on August 12 for a fun, fast-paced evening. On Tuesday, August 12, 680 The Fan, Atlanta's Sports Station, broadcasts live at downtown's hub for serious food, drink and sports. NASCAR drivers Ty Dillon and Dylan Kwasniewski will diligently work as celebrity servers during the 5-8 p.m. event. All tips collected will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities and Feed the Children. Drivers, start your engine!

Fork into Prix-Fixe Menu Deals during Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week -- August 9-17

Save the dates and catch the bargains. Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week is back for its 12th year August 9-17. Savor the deals of $15, $25 and $35 three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of Atlanta's signature dining establishments. A $25 menu at Der Biergarten encompasses lunch and dinner. Game-X plays up one $25 lunch and dinner menu while Glenn's Kitchen serves up a $15 lunch menu and $25 dinner menu. Hot out of the oven is a $25 lunch and dinner menu for two at Max's Coal Oven PizzeriaRay's in the City features seafood pasta, tender culotte steak, Salmon Oscar or roasted half chicken on its $25 menu and offers choices of a one-pound live Maine lobster, Steak Oscar or horseradish crusted grouper on its $35 dinner menu. STATS dishes out a $15 lunch and $25 dinner menu. Reign in the $25 menu at Ted's Montana Grill (downtown) to savor cedar plank salmon, braised bison short ribs or Ted's bison filet at lunch or dinner. Trader Vic's Atlanta's $35 dinner menu sails tempters such as Asian summer noodle salad, steamed bean curd roll, smoked oven sirloin and wok teriyaki chicken. Take advantage of special cash-back incentives by swiping your American Express card during Downtown Restaurant Week. (All prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity.) Make your reservations today

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

No Snow Job: Article 14 Welcomes World’s Only Ski-In Distillery to Whiskey Dinner on August 12

You're invited! Join Article 14 for the High West Distillery Dinner on Tuesday, August 12. At 6:30 p.m., ribs, brisket, chicken and all of the fixins will be perfectly paired with whiskeys from High West Distillery, the world’s only ski-in distillery. Feed your stomach as High West representatives feed your brain with the top-10 most important things to know about whiskey. $50 per person (not including tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 404-443-8432 or reserve your place onlineFor reservations, call 404-443-8432 or reserve your place online.

Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Turns Up the Volume with PBR Thursday Night Music Series

You can now enjoy music at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland every Thursday night during the month of August. The music series schedule, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, starts on August 7 with Trailing Tinsley, a Lawrenceville-based brother/sister duo. Homefront follows on August 14 with classic rock and blues. Marshall Coats syncopates rock and jazz on August 21 and the month concludes with Atlanta-based and adored Sailing To Denver on August 28. Music starts at 10 p.m. on the stage in the bar area and PBR giveaways happen every Thursday night. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Christopher Blobaum of Article 14 Fills Atlanta Botanical Garden Fresh Plate Series on August 6

If you've never been to the big outdoor kitchen within the Edible Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, now's your chance. On Wednesday, August 6, chef Christopher Blobaum of Article 14 will prepare some of his signature dishes for guests attending the Atlanta Botanical Garden Fresh Plate Series. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., Blobaum will talk shop, chop and dollop his specialties as guests sip, chat and dine on a four-part small-plate menu. Cost is $59 per Fresh Plate session for nonmembers or $54 for Atlanta Botanical Garden members.

Trader Vic’s Live Music and Mai Tais Throw Thursdays Back into the Happening Zone

Thursdays at Trader Vic’s Atlanta signify two things: live music and mai tais. Enjoy a mini-Polynesian escape while sipping on mai tais for $6 each all night long. Musical entertainment provide the tunes from 7-11 p.m. Lloyd's Rocksteady Revue gets things started on Thursday, August 7 with island music and soulful sounds of 60s and 70s Jamaica. A beach-party blend of late 50s sock hop, 60s frat rock and English Beat/mod covers follows on August 14 with Andrew & the Disapyramids. Tap your toes to hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and the latest chart toppers as Bogey & the Viceroy take the stage on August 21. Big Mike's Tongo Hiti ends the month with a bang on August 28. A tropical vacation at Trader Vic’s awaits!

Monday, August 4, 2014

What's New on Pinterest: Panini Perfection

If you're pressed for time and need a quick meal, we have the perfect solution. Our Panini Perfection board is overflowing with recipes that make mealtime fast and a little more savory. Prepare to start pinning steak and onions, pancetta mac and cheese, eggplant Parmesan, waffle breakfast sandwich, apple pie and strawberry Nutella paninis. You might want to pull out the bread and start the panini press!