Saturday, July 4, 2015

Appetizing Aperture

Cowabunga, dude. FLIP burger boutique is stoked about its Surf ‘n Turf burger ($19), the July burger of the month. FLIP’s special beef blend is hand pattied and perfectly seared to keep juices in check until the first bite sends a wave of juicy flavor trickling down your chin. Tender lobster sautéed in garlic butter rides the burger-like raft along with house-made Green Goddess dressing, mustard caviar and alfalfa sprouts. Earth ‘n Turf? Now that’s a whole different burger.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Vote for MAX’s Wine Bar, Chef Patric Bell-Good and Chef Javier Viera in Georgia Voice “Best of Gay Atlanta 2015”

Only a few more days to cast votes for your favorite chefs and restaurants in Georgia Voice’s ”Best of Gay Atlanta 2015” finals. Voting ends July 4. Scroll down the list to “Eats” to find MAX’s Wine Dive under multiple categories: “Best Restaurant,” “Best New Restaurant,” “Lunch Spot” and “Bar Spot.” MAX’s Wine Dive chef Patric Bell-Good and chef Javier Viera of 10th & Piedmont and G’s Midtown rub elbows in the competition for best “Local Chef.” Georgia Voice will reveal the winners at their 2015 Best of Atlanta awards show on Friday, July 24. Click here to vote. Ten time’s the charm -- it’s fair and square to vote up to 10 times per day in this election. 

Matt Deckard of Glenn’s Kitchen Promises Fried Green Tomatoes at AmericasMart Southern Traditions Cooking Demo July 8

Along with nifty gift ideas and furnishing orders, buyers and merchandisers in town for the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart will take home mouthwatering memories of shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and other Southern favorites thanks to Matt Deckard, executive chef of Glenn’s Kitchen in downtown Atlanta. Deckard leads a Southern Traditions cooking demo on Wednesday, July 8 from 11 a.m. until noon in the Demonstration Kitchen (Building 2, Floor 8), and he promises those stopping by his demo won’t leave hungry!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Get Mooovin’ to Article 14 for Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Dinner with Cheese Expert Gabe Goodlatt July 8

More than 15 years ago, Sweet Grass Dairy founders Al and Desiree Wehner decided to let cows be cows on their family run Thomasville, Georgia farm. Their Jersey girls continue to graze their way through a rotation of grassy pastures, yielding pure, sweet-tasting milk at day’s end. Now cheese lovers -- locally and nationally -- enjoy these world-class cheeses crafted from the ground up. Article 14 in Midtown invites you to savor the pure flavors of these artisan cheeses and meet Gabe Goodlatt of Sweet Grass Dairy at this month’s four-course cheese dinner with wine pairings on July 8. $45 per person (not including tax or gratuity). The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations: 404-443-8432.

Bantam + Biddy Party Kicks Off Pastured Poultry Week July 8

Pasture-raised birds exhibit a not-so-paltry list of virtues spanning human and flock health, environmental sustainability and flavor. During Pastured Poultry Week, July 13-20, restaurants in Georgia, South Carolina and New York will offer dishes featuring pastured poultry to raise awareness and afford guests opportunities to taste the merits of these birds over factory-farmed chicken. On board with pastured poultry since the get go, Shaun Doty and Bantam + Biddy are kicking off Pastured Poultry Week with a party for chefs from participating restaurants and supportive community members at the Lenox location on Wednesday, July 8 from 7-9 p.m. A limited number of spaces are available for the general public; contact

Whether you’re already a pastured poultry devotee or if someone’s henpecking you to try it, note that these Atlanta restaurants will each feature a special dish during Pastured Poultry Week: Aria, Article 14, Bantam + Biddy, Chick-a-Biddy, Glenn’s Kitchen, Gunshow, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar and The Southern Gentleman.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stop Floundering and Claw Your Way to Ray’s Restaurants for Lobsterfest

Ray’s Restaurants and Rockland, Maine share a common denominator. Lobsters. While Rockland is the self-proclaimed “Lobster Capital of the World,” the king of crustaceans rules at Ray’s Restaurants’ Lobsterfest. Currently at Ray’s at Killer Creek and beginning Monday, July 6 at Ray's on the River and Ray's in the City, select a 1.25-pound whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter and a choice of salad and side for $24.95. All three restaurants salute Independence Day by presenting a one-pound whole Maine lobster, drawn butter and a choice of side for just $16.95 on July 4. The celebration continues over a lobster boil spread at Ray’s at Killer Creek on Saturday, July 11 and at Ray’s on the River on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. The all-you-can-eat buffet boasts succulent lobster tails, lobster claws, peel-and-eat shrimp, andouille sausage, savory red potatoes, roasted corn coleslaw and more plus house-made desserts. Cash bar. All three spreads are from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and cost $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited; for reservations, call 770-955-1187 (Ray’s on the River) or 770-649-0064 (Ray’s at Killer Creek). Hurry in or you’ll miss Lobsterfest by a tail. 

Scotley Innis of Ormsby’s Leads Chef Demo at Westside Provisions District Farmers Market July 5

See what kind of farm-fresh inspiration Ormsby’s chef Scotley Innis has up his sleeves at the Westside Provisions District Farmers Market this Sunday, July 5. The market sets up a stone’s throw from Ormsby’s cool environs (and cold brews) near Howell Mill and 14th Street. After picking up tips from Innis and picking out locally grown produce, dairy, eggs, artisan breads, baked goods and other delicacies at the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. market, skip over to Ormsby’s where there’s a cold beer for you and air conditioning to keep your produce perky. Market updates on Facebook.

Flag these Atlanta Restaurants for July 4

You have to eat sometime amid the cavalcade of July 4 activities, or you’ll fizzle out before the fireworks begin. Blast off to our blog where we’re taking the liberty of listing Atlanta restaurants paying tribute to the holiday with their own stars -- dine-in brunches, lunches and dinners, to-go meals, live music and drink specials -- and stripes, fresh from the grill. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Peachtree T-Shirts Past or Present Run Away With $5 Burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill July 4

Dash into Willy’s Mexicana Grill wearing the Peachtree Road Race shirt of the day -- July 4, 2015 -- or proudly don your well-earned vintage model and bag a burrito for $5. On Saturday, July 4, those wearing a prized Peachtree T-shirt from any race year can walk the burrito wrap line at any Willy’s (excluding airport location) and refuel on fillings such as Sinaloa or adobe chicken, cilantro-garlic steak, chipotle pork, Sinaloa tofu, Monterey Jack cheese, veggies, corn salsa, pico de gallo, beans, rice and Southwest coleslaw. Hydrate with your beverage of choice (additional charge) including homemade flavored lemonades, iced tea, bottled drinks, FIJI Water or a celebratory beer (plus margaritas at some locations). Stiff competition for the post-race bottled water and banana combo. 

Header on Over to STATS and Der Biergarten for FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer Semifinals and Finals Viewing through July 5

Cheer on Team USA as they play Germany in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinals June 30! STATS and Der Biergarten in the Luckie Marietta District offer specials to keep you fueled up and ready to cheer on the home team. Liters of Kӧnig Ludwig Hefeweizen are $9 at Der Biergarten, while STATS has an All American Combo for $15: personal premium jumbo wings appetizer with a choice of sauce (Buffalo, BBQ, Kung Fu) and choice of dressing with celery, plus a Messi Double Stack Burger with American cheese, lettuce, onion, pickle and, of course, Budweiser. Be sure to catch the rest of the Women’s World Cup action at STATS and Der Biergarten through July 5. Details about specials aren’t in a playbook, but you will find them on our blog

Kevin Gillespie Goes Gaucho, Travels to Argentina for CNN International’s “Culinary Journeys” Airing July 3, 4 and 7

Kevin Gillespie often refers to his Georgia upbringing, affection for rustic dishes with Southern roots and his passion for pork. On CNN International’s new “Culinary Journeys” series, the Atlanta-based chef, restaurateur and cookbook author divulges that an interest in Brazilian churrascaria-style dining led to his creation of Gunshow in 2013. Gillespie follows his affection for open-flame grilling to Buenos Aires, Argentina to explore the asado grilling method, and we can all follow along when his meat-packed 30-minute episode airs in July. Take a seat and buckle in for a tantalizing trip, whether you’re an early bird or night owl, and catch the show Friday, July 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; or Tuesday, July 7 at 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Four options for those having difficulty separating from their mini, meaty vacation with Gillespie: move fast and place an order by July 1 for a Terminus City Fourth of July barbecue pack ( or 404-380-1886), make dinner reservations at Gunshow, plan to dine at Revival -- his newest restaurant opening in Decatur later this summer, or read ”Pure Pork Awesomeness” to bone up on your pork panache. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

What’s New on Pinterest

It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Throw everything else on the grill. We mean everything. Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob and bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed burgers, shrimp satay, balsamic roasted tomatoes, veggie panini, sweet potato quesadillas, rum-soaked grilled pineapple, s’mores pizza, strawberry shortcake skewers. Even donuts deserve a spot on the grill. C’mon baby, light the fire and Get to Grillin’ now.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails throws a camera into their mix of seed-to-fork tools. Follow their new Instagram handle and see what’s growing and going on at the historic Crabapple district restaurant in Milton.