Saturday, November 15, 2014


Cinnamon sugar Nutella-swirled pumpkin pie pop-tarts. Warm toasted "caramel" coconut gooey chocolate crunch bars. Who needs a hallowed holiday excuse to whip up sinfully delicious treats? Not Tieghan. She's good to go on savories as well. Pictures on Instagram lead to recipes on her Half Baked Harvest blog. 

Roam to Ted's Montana Grill for Your Thanksgiving Feast

Gather 'round the table at Ted's Montana Grill and share Ted's Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Feast with friends and family this Thanksgiving Day. Whether you take your meal midday, afternoon or evening, Ted's prix fixe Thanksgiving menu runs $25 per person. The all-American meal begins with a first-course choice of side salad, cup of soup or Karen's "Flying D" bison chili. Out next, whole-roasted turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, buttered carrots, "Aunt Fannie's" squash casserole and cranberry sauce. And there's more to be thankful for -- Ted's famous apple pecan crisp featuring Granny Smith apples drizzled with caramel then baked with a crispy oatmeal-pecan crust and topped with Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream. Children get dibs on a half-sized version of the menu with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing, buttered carrots, cranberry sauce and a "scratch" cookie for $12. Tuckered out on turkey? Other classics available include bison meatloaf, cedar plank salmon and Delmonico rib-eye. Fill wine glasses with Kendall Jackson chardonnay Vintner's Reserve or Gascon malbec at $30 a bottle. See the full Thanksgiving Day menu online. All Atlanta Ted's restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day except for Luckie Street. Call your favorite location for hours and reservations.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ray's at Killer Creek Hosts Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner on November 21

Rich, earthy, smoky, sweet. Ray's at Killer Creek has more autumnal umami in its Woodford Reserve dinner menu than colors in a leaf pile. Reserve your place at the Friday, November 21 dinner and savor every mouthful complemented by Ray's personal selection of Woodford Reserve and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked whiskeys and Woodford cocktails. Guest speaker Shannon Holmes, Brown-Forman's whiskey brand champion, imparts wisdom on these small batch whiskeys. At 6:30 p.m., a reception opens the evening with grilled oysters, pumpkin bisque with smoked shrimp and grilled mushroom bruschetta. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. with tantalizing cedar plank salmon, burnt-sugar black-eyed pea chow-chow and crispy hand-pressed tortillas precluding hearts of romaine salad with smoky Caesar dressing and bourbon-coddled egg, and fall-off-the bone Coca-Cola braised pork osso buco with smoked cheddar and butternut squash risotto. White chocolate sweet potato bread pudding with salted caramel frozen custard brings the evening to a sweet and salty close. The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Call 770-649-0064 to save your seat! 

Say Hello to Orpheus Brewing at The Ponce de Leon Beer Festival this Saturday

Orpheus Brewing is one of more than 30 craft breweries pouring their own unique styles of beer at The Ponce de Leon Beer Festival inside the Yaarab Shrine on Saturday, November 15 from noon-6 p.m. The festival is a stone's throw from Orpheus, which brews its saisons, sours, ales, IPAs and other beer varieties in Midtown near the Atlanta BeltLine and Piedmont Park. By the way, Orpheus Brewing's Atalanta and Lyric ale are now available in cans in area stores. Festival goers can sample multiple beers, rock out to eight bands on two stages, nab vendor freebies and buy chow from food trucks. General admission begins at 1 p.m. VIP ticket holders add a noon entrance privilege plus access to a separate area for sampling special "one-off" (single release) beers. Ticket sales cut off at 1,500 guests to keep the experience more intimate than "brew-tally" crowded. The event is a fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children, which provides children with care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Hosts Fall Craft Beer Dinner on 11/13

Weather you love pilsner, stout or IPA, come together in hoppy harmony at this week's Fall Craft Beer Dinner at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, the dinner romps through four courses and craft beer pairings: togarashi-dusted diver scallops, rock shrimp and kimchi Brussels sprouts with Westbrook Brewing Co. White Thai; grilled Georgia quail and Asher blue cheese, frisée and warm bacon vinaigrette complemented by Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen; braised beef short rib and celery root purée, local greens and smoked sea salt with Stone Brewing Co. Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA; and a must-have dessert of cinnamon churros and Valrhona chocolate with Founders Breakfast stout. Call 404-876-7249 to save your spot! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Marlow's Tavern Opens at Avalon

Eat, play, live and love all the mouthwatering options available when Marlow's Tavern opens its doors at Avalon in Alpharetta on Tuesday, November 11. Shoppers, browsers, moviegoers and those out for a saunter and supper will find the menu at the newest Marlow's Tavern backs those social skills with "Start/Snack/Share" plates and options for all from crisp salads, classic Tavern burgers, sandwiches, grilled meats and seafood to those "infamous" fish tacos and Marlow's rendition of shrimp and grits. Youngsters adore the Kids' Fun Foods menu. Spirits, the drinkable kind, are plentiful in handcrafted cocktails mixing premium liquors and fresh juices, global wine selections by the glass or bottle, and draft, craft, bottled or canned local and national beers. As an Avalon location-only privilege, guests can take a to-go alcohol cup with them after they dine (must be consumed inside the Avalon development). Plan your day or evening of shopping or fun mindful that the Avalon Marlow's Tavern serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and stays open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for night owls.

Marlow's Tavern Opens at Avalon, Daily Specials at Smokebelly BBQ and More in This Week's Dish!

Marlow's Tavern is joining the party at Avalon, the hottest new mixed-use development in Alpharetta. Starting today, moviegoers can mosey up to Marlow's Tavern for a pre-flick feast of "Start/Snack/Share" favorites while shopaholics sip cocktails and unwind between marathon retail therapy sessions. After you've explored Avalon, head down GA 400 to Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead for a daily dose of barbecue deals. From half-off wings on Mondays to live music on Fridays, there's always something to look forward to. All that and more in this week's Dish!