Saturday, October 24, 2015

Siblings Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar Sprout Another Year, Celebrate with Special Menu and November 2 Wine Dinner

Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar are rounding the bend on another year and celebrating their anniversaries in delicious ways. To mark its fourth birthday, Marietta’s Seed Kitchen & Bar cultivates a special three-course menu available Monday, November 2 through Saturday, November 7. Next door, younger sibling Stem Wine Bar commemorates its second anniversary with an exclusive wine dinner on Monday, November 2. Tis better to give than receive, so both are donating a portion of the celebratory proceeds to Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger. Seed’s anniversary prix fixe dinner, available in addition to the regular menu, offers course choices such as entrées of Acadian redfish, Maple Leaf Farms duck leg confit or Barolo-braised beef short rib ravioli (see menu details here). $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Come to Stem’s November 2 anniversary wine dinner to enjoy gougère and canapè hors d’oeuvre and pairings of Maine scallop crudo with 2010 Iron Horse Wedding cuvée; sablefish with red miso and pommes sarladaise and 2012 pinot noir from Shea Wine Cellars; bacon-wrapped rabbit saddle with a 2001 La Rioja Alta "Gran Reserva 904" tempranillo; Snake River Farms wagyu beef rib-eye cap with 2012 Meyer cabernet; and a molten chocolate tart with hazelnut tuile and vanilla bean ice cream in a port reduction paired with a Sandeman 30-year-old tawny port. $119 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 678-214-6888 to make reservations for either Merchant’s Walk establishment; Seed Kitchen reservations also may be made here.

Atkins Park Va-Hi Rings Bell for Midnight Monk Keg Tap and Pairings October 27

Brew-who-ers beware, the Holy Grail of beers appears this week at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. On Tuesday, October 27, the Midnight Monk emerges from the cellared keg at the magical 5 p.m. tapping hour. Terrapin’s 9.8 percent ABV black Belgian IPA was retired in 2014 and has been hibernating, waiting for just the right moment to reappear. Come taste its goodness and keep the branded snifter with your beer purchase. A complementing à la carte appetizer, entrée and dessert selection will be offered for those wanting to break bread with their Monk. A midnight viewing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the dining room tucks this spirited friar in for the evening. For information, call (404) 876-7249.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Drumstick, Please...Bantam + Biddy Ansley Celebrates Birthday #3 with Fall Festival October 25

The Ansley Mall Bantam + Biddy location is hatching plans for its third anniversary and outdoor fall festival on Sunday, October 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The B+B brood will steam up their signature tamales to sell along with October’s sweet nectar, cider. The eatery has invited vendors and friends like Hodges Honey & Bees, The Cook’s Warehouse and Highland Outfitters to fest with the best. Chicks, check out Maria’s stash of scarves for wearing now or holiday gifting. 

Goldenrama 2015!

It’s almost here! This Sunday is Adopt a Golden Atlanta’s 12th annual Goldenrama in Johns Creek and it’s going to be a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family! Don’t wait a second longer, purchase your tickets today!‪#‎Goldenrama2015

Aim for Gunshow Shotgun Beer Dinner October 25

Set the scope on this Sunday’s Shotgun Beer Dinner at Gunshow for a night loaded with 10 brews from Athens-based Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and Decatur’s Three Taverns Craft Brewery complemented by six wow-some dishes whipped up by executive chef Joey Ward and his culinary sharpshooters. Only 60 guests are privy to the rounds of rolling carts and communal-table dining plus brewery glassware and other swanky swag. $100 per person covers food, beer, tax and gratuity. Xorbia is your target for tickets to the October 25, 6-9 p.m. brew-ser. More on our blog

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inaugurate First Avalon Restaurant Week with Bantam + Biddy and Marlow’s Tavern October 24-November 1

The first Avalon Restaurant Week presents several key reasons to enjoy lunch or dinner in idyllic Avalon during the week of Saturday, October 24 through Sunday, November 1. First, Bantam + Biddy and Marlow’s Tavern are setting forth three-course prix fixe menus boasting big flavors for $15 and $25 (per person; excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity). Second, the culinary coup coincides with Avalon’s first anniversary. Why be a wallflower and stay home when you can join the party? Visit Experience Avalon for other Avalon Restaurant Week activities. 

Respect the Pig at Revival Bacon Explosion October 24, Take Monday Off

Watch out! When two porcine buffs get together, a Bacon Explosion may result. So be it when chef Kevin Gillespie and BBQ Addict’s Jason Day bond over bacon at Revival on Saturday, October 24. Day makes his original Bacon Explosion, weaving a pound of bacon around two pounds of juicy sausage that encases a pound of fried bacon crumbles then grills the whole piggy parcel. Gillespie chimes in with additional snacks and well-matched craft beers from nearby Wild Heaven Brewery. Angry Orchard hard ciders also will be served at the noon-3 p.m. party for 100 guests. Live music by George Norman & Friends. Buy tickets on Xorbia: $30 price includes food and two drinks; $50 option throws in a copy of Gillespie’s “Pure Pork Awesomeness” cookbook.

Revival is turning off the fryer and cooling the ovens on Mondays to give the hardworking staff a day of rest each week. Fried chicken fans need not panic about missing out on a day of crisp-tender goodness and Southern trimmings. The Decatur restaurant now serves dinner on Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m. instead of 5 p.m. Raise a toast to Saturday with a selection from the updated wine and cocktail lists. Make
 reservations online or call 470-225-6770.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This Bird’s a Year Old! Celebrate with Bantam + Biddy Avalon through October 23

A year has flown by since Bantam + Biddy first served its fried chicken, cheddar waffles and Southern comfort foods to those hankering for breakfast, lunch or dinner while strolling the streets of Avalon in Alpharetta. The egg-static staff can’t wait until the actual October 30 anniversary date, and they’re already letting specials soar out from under their wings. On Tuesday, October 20, flip a coin after your meal to see if you’ll receive 50 percent off your food tab (excludes alcohol). A free order of pimento cheese nests with your entrée purchase on Wednesday, October 21. From open until close on Thursday, October 22, kids 12 and under can enjoy one free Little Clucker’s meal when their accompanying adult buys an entrée (one freebie per entrée). The restaurant will feature $8 steak and baked potato plates from 5 p.m. until close on Vegas steak night, Friday, October 23 (while supplies last). Toast the occasion with a craft brew or handcrafted cocktail -- you’re free to finish it as you cap the evening with an after-dinner walk around the block.

Der Biergarten Shares Spirit of Oktoberfest at KSU Owl-O-Ween October 23-24

Owl-O-Ween tricks out Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park with Halloween antics, Oktoberfest, four stages of live music, hot air balloons and lots more fall fun for the entire family this Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24. Event sponsor Der Biergarten rolls out authentic German Oktoberfest-ivities including the official Tapping of the Keg on Friday at 6 p.m., Bavarian eats and polka hits. And that’s just one pumpkin in the field pumped with four stages of live entertainment, a costume showdown and pole vault, extreme pumpkin carving, both an interactive Kids Zone and an over-18 Owl’s Nest, brews, food and marketplaces. After dark, whooo and aaah when 20 huge hot air balloons glow with choreographed shows and dole out goodies to trick-or-treating youngsters. Bag tickets and details online

Harvest for a Cure Hopes to Squash MS by Raking in Funds October 22

"Bale" on your usual Thursday night activities and pick the Harvest for a Cure gala to help out the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society on October 22. Gerry Klaskala and Andres Loaiza of Aria, Mercedes O’Brien of Gunshow and Derek Dollar of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails are participating in the bountiful evening of food, wine, art, jazz and a silent auction. Buy tickets or make a donation online for the 6:30-9:30 p.m. event at the Westside Cultural Arts Center.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Win a $100 Gift Card at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria during National Pizza Month

Move over pumpkins and share the glory, October is National Pizza Month. Stop by Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria in downtown Atlanta’s Luckie Marietta District for a true coal oven experience. Through the end of the month, cozy up to your pie and smile for a saucy selfie then post your pic on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #MaxsPizzaPie for a chance to win a $100 Max’s gift card. Build your own New York-style pizza or choose a popular pie from the menu

Roswell, Rejoice! Marlow's Tavern Opens in Roswell Crossing Today

Roswell dwellers, this one’s for you. When Marlow’s Tavern opens in Roswell on Tuesday, October 20, folks will have a world-class tavern to tap into along with all the nature, history and contemporary culture the vibrant city offers. John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, says the team has fielded requests to come to Roswell ever since opening the very first Marlow’s Tavern in Alpharetta 11 years ago. It seems North Fulton residents can’t get enough of Marlow’s chef-driven fare, creative cocktails and warm hospitality. Seasoned Marlow’s veterans -- chef Bob Lescanec, general manager Darren Foley and beverage hospitality manager Damir Kamber -- promise that the new tavern with its open-air patio has pleasers for all: crisp salads, classic American burgers, grilled salmon, signature cocktails, local craft and national brews and global wines. Kids, there’s plenty of fun food heading your way, too. Whether plans call for shopping, the theater, a high school football game or meeting friends for drinks, the new Marlow’s Tavern at 625 W. Crossville Road in the Roswell Crossing shopping center is on the way and open for lunch and dinner daily beginning at 11 a.m. 

Leaf Through New Fll Menus and Rake in Hearty Fare at Atlanta Restaurants

Summer sidewalk heat about cooked our goose. But those geese are flying south now, and we’re out and about relishing all of autumn’s activities and looking for places to land and fill up on heartwarming dishes. We have some ideas...

Chef Chris Blobaum of 
Article14 has a jump on the jack-o’-lanterns. He’s already stirring up his favorite pumpkin pancakes and pulling out the warm maple syrup and smoky bacon. Blobaum shares his pancake recipe so you can start the day with a healthy dose of pumpkin-y beta carotene. So good.

Addictive barbecue hickory-smoked wings ($8 for a five-piece, $14 for 10-piece with side) are now in season at 
Twin Smokers BBQ.

A cool-weather favorite, short rib pot roast served with silky buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and a ladle of drool-worthy red wine gravy ($14.50, served after 5 p.m.) falls back onto the menu at 
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern.

Bubbling hot, charred leek and mushroom pizza with crème fraîche, arugula, ricotta and fontina cheeses, fresh thyme and a drizzle of garlic oil ($15) is one of the new menu offerings rolling out of the brand new pizza oven at
Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub.

Matthew Ridgway, executive chef of Southern Proper Hospitality’s 
Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman, has big plans for the spaghetti, hubbard and wheel of cheese squash varieties rolling in his kitchen doors, along with La Belle Rouge pumpkins and Jonathan and Gold Rush apples. Savor braised pork jowls, braised beef cheeks and confit pork shanks along with Ridgway’s pickled sour corn.

Sandy Springs
Watch the sunset while sipping a barrel-aged old fashioned, handcrafted with Jefferson’s Bourbon, or a barrel-aged Manhattan touting Templeton Rye. Each cocktail draws upon bourbon or rye aging in five-liter barrels perched on the bar at 
Ray’s on the River.

Soul-satisfying sweet potato ravioli sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds, rich sage brown butter and freshly grated Grana Padano cheese awaits dinner guests at 
Seed Kitchen & Bar.

Throughout Atlanta
FLIP burger boutique, the big bison burger is piled high with a sizzling eight-ounce bison patty, bibb lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, onions, bacon and topped with a fried egg and FLIP Sauce ($16).  Guaranteed to temporarily stave off starvation, especially when adding an order of sweet potato tots on the side.

A crispy beer-battered lobster taco, drizzled with honey chipotle sauce and topped with bacon-cilantro slaw ($5.99), is an ideal teammate for SEC or NFL game viewing at 
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

Monday, October 19, 2015

What’s New on Pinterest

Funnel cake dogs, Rotel cups, pans of little Hawaiian ham and cheese sandwiches, crescent roll rings and chocolate chip cookie dough footballs. Walk on as a halftime winner with a slow cooker bubbling-hot spinach dip or be a healthy hero with good-for-you grub. We’re not sure there are enough kickoffs on the schedule to try all of these Football Favorites, but we hope you’ll give it a whirl.


Smitten Kitchen leads the way out of recipe ruts and on to smooth new faves and craves. Add these ideas to your stash and replace the tired “meh” recipes as they drift off into land of bland.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Appetizing Aperture

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar spins autumn apple orchard and pumpkin patch picking traditions into soon-to-be legendary seasonal sippers. Golden and delicious, the Salted Caramel Appletini gleams of Crown Royal and Apple Pucker in a caramel-drizzled, rim-salted martini glass ($12). And Ichabod, the Sleepy Hollow cocktail spiked with Corsair Pumpkin Spiced Moonshine, Licor 43 and Godiva Chocolate liqueur is calling your name ($10). Better run for one!

Looking Good! Article 14, Twin Smokers BBQ and The Big Ketch Take Home Taste of Atlanta “Bests”

In a win-win situation, Article 14 and Twin Smokers BBQ tied for “Best Booth Décor” at this year’s Taste of Atlanta. The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill’s mini lobster roll hooked “Best Taste.” More than 90 restaurants participated in the September 25-27 culinary extravaganza spreading out across Midtown’s Technology Square. Kudos, y’all!