Saturday, April 4, 2015


Seeing, savoring and evaluating food is a daily do for Bon Appétit magazine’s restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton. His personal pantry includes judgeships on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and more recently on Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” reality cooking show. Do his photos@andrewoknowlton cut the mustard? Your turn to judge.

Appetizing Aperture

The HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern brunch menu presents a choir of specialty marys and ‘mosas. Then there’s the Manmosa ($8), flexing its muscles by ousting the sparkling wine its delicate sister Mim prefers and employing Allagash White beer, a power shot of Grand Marnier and a healthy dose of OJ. Meet the Manmosa of your dreams over brunch at the Midtown eatery Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Backyard Barbecue & Brews Heightens Dogwood Festival Experience

April showers Atlanta with festivals and outdoor activities. The 79th Annual Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, April 10-12, is one of the most diverse juried art shows in the nation -- and it’s free and open to the public for your oohing, aahing and shopping pleasure. Kick it up a notch and add on gastronomic privileges at the ticketed Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP Experience Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. This scrumptious throwdown fills a spacious tent overlooking the bands rocking and jazzing on the Coca-Cola Main Stage. Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP Experience guests enjoy barbecue and picnic fare from HOBNOB Neighborhood TavernTin Lizzy’s CantinaTwin Smokers BBQWhole Foods Market and other popular Atlanta restaurants as well as local craft brews and wine sampling, a private seating area and restrooms, and fun activities such as corn hole. Platinum VIP tickets add in two full-size beer drink tickets (Corona, Corona Light, Modelo or Victoria), Dogwood logo pint glasses and a $50 discount on an Urban Explorers Epicurean membership. Buy your tickets ASAP. Saturday is already sold out except for a limited number of Platinum VIP tickets. Ticket prices are $30 beginning April 1 ($40 Platinum) and $35 ($50 Platinum) at the event, if available.

Here’s the Pitch: Atkins Park Runs Bus Trip to Atlanta Braves Opener April 10

Batter up! Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is again rounding the bases with its spirited Atlanta Braves Home Opener Bus Trip when our hometown team takes on the New York Mets, Friday, April 10 at 7:35 p.m. Plunk down $55 at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar and catch a game ticket, pre-game eats, Jägermeister, beer and a round-trip bus ride between the restaurant and Turner Field. Play ball? Emerge from your dugout because you must come to Atkins Park to pay for and pick up your tickets; first come, first served.

Running up and down the court, dodging and passing cranks up a huge thirst and appetite. Good thing you’re at STATS. With 70 HDTVs and seven distinct audio zones for NCAA Tournament action, every shot is a “fan”-tastic shot backed by snazzy new menu items in the playbook. STATS is the first U.S. venue to provide pull-your-own draft taps as well as offering a tall selection of bottled beer and table-ready beer buckets. Seize commercial breaks to order court-side winners from the new menu: shrimp and crab nachos with crab fondue and green onions ($13); avocado lettuce wraps with black beans and pico de gallo ($9); loaded kettle chips with blue cheese, bacon and scallions ($7); fried pork dumplings with ponzu dipping sauce ($10); STATS shepherd’s pie with venison ($18); or a burger or chicken set up as The Big Win with bacon, fried onion and barbecue sauce ($12) or El Santo-style with pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo and jalapeños ($12).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cast Away to The Big Ketch Patio Launch Party on April 9

There’s a green flag on the beach, signaling the tide is right for a patio party to launch the outdoor season at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Buckhead’s closest beachfront property. Landlocked Atlantans, dive in on Thursday, April 9 from 5-8 p.m. for live music and food and drink specials including a low country boil, SweetWater drafts and Fireballs for $3 each and $6 Absolut Moscow Mules. Sunglasses and flip flops? Shore thing.

In the Ruff, Ruff: Adopt a Golden Atlanta Golden Open Golf and Tennis Benefit

Hopefully, golfers playing in the Adopt a Golden Atlanta 2015 Golden Open will skirt the rough while they’re raising money to help some of the friendliest ruff ruffs around. The annual Golden Open golf and tennis tournament cavorts around the greens and courts of the Marietta Country Club on Monday, April 6. Golf scramble registration and practice range open at 9:30 a.m. with an 11 a.m. shotgun start and box lunch. At 4 p.m., winners fetch awards and converge on a cookout, raffle and silent auction. Round robin tennis mixer registration begins at 9:15 a.m. followed by matches at 10 a.m. Players will net lunch, awards, silent auction and a raffle at 1 p.m. Register online by clicking the “Golden Open” logo at For more information, call 404-364-5377. MLA’s very own golden Rafer can attest to this fine organization. Adopt a Golden Atlanta is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving permanent homes for golden retrievers. Atlanta’s chapter is the second-largest golden retriever rescue organization in the U.S. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hunting for Easter Brunch or Dinner on April 5? The Dish Knows Eggs-actly Where to Go

When it comes to gathering Easter brunch and dinner ideas, we’ve put all of our restaurant eggs in one online basket, ourblog. Whether you prefer to dress up for the important occasion, browse a buffet eggs-travaganza, mellow out on a casual patio perch or grab goodies and prepared foods for an at-home celebration, we know what’s hopping where. We’re delighted to share, and we won’t even bite the ears off your chocolate rabbit. 

Oh, Swine Divine: Chef Kevin Gillespie Demos and Signs “Pure Pork Awesomeness”

The March 31 release of “Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World” has Gunshowowner and celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie sizzling like bacon to show off his divine swine skills and recipes at a passel of cookbook signings and demos in Atlanta and beyond.
This week, join Gillespie at A Cappella Books (208 Haralson Ave., NE) on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. for a patio book signing. The evening will include drinks and food from "Pure Pork Awesomeness," and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is very limited, but A Cappella is a short walk from the Inman Park MARTA station.
You can also meet Gillespie at Pirch in Lenox Marketplace (3535 Peachtree Road, across from Phipps Plaza) where he will sign copies of “Pure Pork Awesomeness” and demo recipes from within its jowls on Friday, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. $50 admission includes cookbook, demonstration, an array of appetizing “Pure Pork Awesomeness” creations and Angry Orchard brews. Limited to 75 guests. Buy tickets here. Next week Gillespie packs up his passion for all things pork and heads out to the West Coast to ham it up in Seattle and San Fran. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Six Dollars Induces a Blushing Geisha at RA Sushi in April

She won’t blush at your bawdy jokes, but a Blushing Geishawill join you at the bar or table any day, all day during April if you hand over $6 at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. Skyy Raspberry vodka and Chambord cast a beguiling blush to lemon sour, yielding a sweet sipper that’s not as innocent as she seems. No wonder she’s such a popular specialty cocktail of the month. While you can’t take her home, you’ll fondly remember her raspberry kiss. 

No Joke. A Fool’s Feast Dinner at Article 14 features WhistlePig Whiskey April 1

The pig is out of the pen. WhistlePig whiskey is hand-bottled, 100 percent rye whiskey hailing from Shoreham, Vermont. Seems spring hasn’t sprung yet in Vermont, thus WhistlePig is southbound to Article 14 for a Fool’s Feast WhistlePig dinner on Wednesday, April 1. The 100-proof, aged whiskey stands strong in handcrafted cocktails paired with a Southern family style feast and fixin’s planned by Legacy Restaurant Partners corporate executive chef Christopher Blobaum. Dinner guests will be privy to Sauternes Finish, the first American rye aged in premium French Sauternes casks and the first in a new series of WhistlePig whiskey finishes. Hightail it in for the 6 p.m. reception presenting assorted salumi and cheese, cured salmon on rye bread with radishes and bourbon-glazed chicken drummettes with blue cheese. Dinner brings forth diver scallops, rye berry salad with pecans and blood orange followed by Fatback Pig Project’s pork tenderloin with bourbon ancho sauce, creamy grits with goat cheese, broccolini with lemon, and bourbon walnut sweet potato mash. A dessert of bread and butter pudding with bourbon burnt sugar ice cream invokes whistles of admiration. Limited seating. Better fly to reserve your seat because the first 10 reservations receive a complimentary WhistlePig rocks glass. $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Call 404-443-8432 for reservations.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aria, Bantam + Biddy at Southern Foodways Alliance New South Family Supper April 12

Aria owner and executive chef Gerry Klaskala and Bantam + Biddy co-owner and executive chef Shaun Doty venture north to Summerland Farm near Cartersville on Sunday, April 12 to participate in the Southern Foodways Alliance New South Family Supper. This year’s supper theme, “Heart of the House,” pays homage to the unsung heroes of the restaurant industry -- dishwashers, bussers, valets, waiters and others who impact every dining experience but are seldom recognized for their hard work. Klaskala, Doty and other top Southern chefs will create dishes inspired by the quiet giants in their restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Buy tickets online for $250 each, which include food, drinks, programming and roundtrip transportation.