Saturday, November 28, 2015

Appetizing Aperture

Ormsby’s guests rave about the veal meatloaf, gussied up with sweet potato mash and Brussels sprouts with a balsamic glaze ($16). We give thanks for Ormsby’s elevation of this meaty American comfort food. An icon, stuck in the '50s no more. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Savory News: White Oak Pastures is a Regional Hub for Savory Institute, Hosts Allan Savory Talk and Farm Walk December 11-12

It’s official. White Oak Pastures is a Southeastern U.S. regional Hub for the Savory Institute, an international, U.S.-based non-profit committed to holistic land management. As part of the Savory Institute global network, Will Harris and his Bluffton, Georgia farm will continue to pursue holistic ecological, social and financial regeneration and share expertise with Southern ranchers and farmers through educational, training and consulting services. White Oak Pastures, a vertically integrated, multi-species 150-year-old family farm, is a living testimony to how holistic management practices can restore farmlands depleted by poor farming practices.
Several Hub educational opportunities are planned. On Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m., Allan Savory will speak at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia about decision-making tools that maximize profitability and quality of life while simultaneously building up the environment. Cover more ground on Saturday, December 12 during a 1 p.m. “White Oak Pastures Walk” field day with Will Harris and Allan Savory. Find details and buy event tickets here ($30 per person/event). 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Atlanta Restaurants Are Game-Table Ready for Fans During SEC Championship Game December 5

Football fans are gearing up for the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5. Whether you’re rooting for the Florida Gators or your blood runs Crimson Tide, that game face needs to be fed. We have a playbook to put high-scoring dining destinations at your fingertips.
The indoor/outdoor beer garden at Der Biergarten comes through for your team with multiple flat-screen televisions, family style seating and a hefty roster of authentic German food and beer to sustain fans while the game clock counts down to zero and well beyond.
Take a time out at Glenn’s Kitchen in The Glenn Hotel for a casual, yet sophisticated, breakfast, lunch, dinner or relaxing drinks in the Living Room Lounge. Friday night lights (or Saturday afternoon) are one upped by the skyline view at SkyLounge atop The Glenn.
Before, during or after the football fracas, release pent-up energy playing arcade games at Game-X. Game-X presents more than 60 of today’s top games and a few blasts from the past. Catch the game at their two fully stocked bars with a supreme AV system to keep you connected.
Intercept a few pizzas and pitchers of beer at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria.Whether choosing toppings from Max’s extensive list or slicing into a specialty pie, pizza always scores big points before or after a game. 
Take a quick walk to Ray’s in the City for a satisfying lunchor an evening fine dining experience. Enjoy hand-cut steaks, made-to-order sushi and seafood flown in daily from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Saturday night, live music from 6-10 p.m. soothes tears of defeat and pleases those calmly celebrating victory.
Join the STATS team for an SEC Championship Pre-game and Viewing Party from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday and catch every play on the 70 high-definition televisions at Atlanta’s ultimate sports bar. Your football crowd can party like the pros at beer tap tables seating up to eight guests. Drafting more players? Four suites offer semi-private space away from the crowds.Reserve special seating areas of beer tap tables, suites or super suites in advance for noon-3 p.m. or 3-6 p.m. seatings (includes reservation and food and beverage minimum for desired seating area). Cover charge of $5 per person applies during the party (included in special seating reservations).
Before or after the pigskin action in the Dome, barbecue lovers can dine at Twin Smokers BBQ on Marietta Street, a short walk from the game. Feast on smoked meats, fresh sides and imbibe craft beer and strong cocktails for inner warmth.
Game “cluck” fans, Bantam + Biddy soars with Southern-inspired, farm-to-table main dishes and sides, as well as substantial sideline snacks of fried chicken tenders with wasabi honey or chicken Brunswick stew.
Hunker down over pretzels, cheese dip and tasty bites at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern where a spacious bar provides great game viewing, and complimentary valet parking gets you to the end zone fast. Pub fare and a comprehensive craft beer list including a mix of American and imported high-gravity beers -- draft and bottled -- totally dominate any concession stand options.
Marlow’s Tavern is the perfect spot to grab a drink and watch the big game. Atlanta’s favorite tavern has several flat-screen plasma TVs, booze and classic dishes to keep you going and rooting for your team. 
For a drink and entertainment, pop over to Ormsby’s. This Westside neighborhood tavern offers an extensive craft beer selection, a fresh pub menu and a wide range of traditional games.
“Meat” at Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Saltwood’s doors open at 6:30 a.m. for hearty and healthy breakfast fare, run long through lunchtime and provide a “fifth” quarter option for dinner and handcrafted cocktails. Executive chef Olivier Gaupin’s shareable small plates and house-made charcuterie keep everyone cheering.
Smokebelly BBQ wins the coin toss for terrific game watching and foot-stompin’ good times. Smoked meats, chef-crafted ‘cue, Southern fixin’s, cold brews and craft cocktails put a taste of the South in your mouth, whether “South” means Gators or a rolling Crimson Tide. 

Sign, Dine + Design with Kevin Gillespie at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on December 1

Put your sugar cookie dough in the fridge to set up and join celebrity chef, speaker, restaurateur and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie in the kitchen of the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse forSign, Dine + Design: Let’s Party in the Kitchen on Tuesday, December 1 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Indulge in light bites, wine and refreshments, meet “Pure Pork Awesomeness”author Gillespie, cookbook author/chef Virginia Willis and cookbook author Carolyn O’Neil and sneak in a Home for the Holidays private tour. Holiday helper hint: giftees will squeal with delight over signed copies of “Pure Pork Awesomeness” -- seize this opportunity to pick up a few copies. Buy event tickets in advance here for $50 each plus service fee; includes $5 credit toward the purchase of any book.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do the Hump Night Hop to HOBNOB Hop Head Wednesdays for Draft Beer Specials and Free Cheese and Beer Dip

Vault over the midweek hump with beer to down and beer to dip at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern Hop Head Wednesdays. From 6-10 p.m. every Wednesday evening, buy 20-ounce draft beers for the price of 16-ounce beers. That’s a four-ounce upgrade! The friendly staff at this Midtown hotspot will throw in a complimentary order of HOBNOB’s dynamic duo, pretzels and warm cheese and beer dip for you and a friend (one cheese dip order per two guests). 

Bye-Bye, Birdie. Hello, Terminus City BBQ Served by Santa Gillespie with Elves Müller and Ward at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market November 28

The bird will be history by Saturday. Still, an attitude of gratitude prevails because Santa Kevin Gillespie and his cohorts, elf-chefs Andreas Müller and Joey Ward, are bringing a load of Terminus City barbecue to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market on Saturday morning, November 28. Smokey chopped pork, saucy and peppery, conquers post-turkey cravings whether inhaled in a hefty barbecue sandwich ($6) or packed by the pound ($16) to take home. Touch down to watch your favorite college pigskin rivalry later that day with a few pounds of Terminus City ‘cue in hand, and you’ll surely win MVP with the home team. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday Dining Deals and Bonuses Feed the Frenzied and Help Harried Shoppers

Black Friday is almost here and shoppers are checking lists and calculating deal-nabbing strategies. Be sure to schedule time to fuel up during the day. You. Not the car.

Ansley Mall shoppers can cross Piedmont to reach 
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and receive 10 percent off all food and drink orders when showing a shopping receipt dated November 27 on Black Friday only. Bantam + Biddy at Ansley supports power shopping sprees from morning through dinnertime.

Ponce City Market browsers can “ciao" down at 
Bellina Alimentari's fast-casual kitchen or full-service bar, then stroll through Bellina's market for Italian foodie finds. Outdoor strolling and indoor shopping at open-air center Avalon inspire ducking into Bantam + Biddy or Marlow's Tavern (also found at Mall of Georgia, Merchant’s Walk, Woodstock and Emory Point) for lunch or dinner. Walk off the Thanksgiving meal while shopping at Midtown gem Atlantic Station then take a break at Chick-a-Biddy.

If it’s a Buckhead Black Friday, pull into The Shops Buckhead Atlanta to refuel with style at 
Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman. Over at Lenox Square, you're in "cluck" with Bantam + Biddy.

OTP bound? Mexican dining options abound around Perimeter Mall with 
Tin Lizzy's Cantina (also found at Mall of Georgia and Emory Point) and Willy's Mexican Grill (Barrett Pavilion and Town Center at Cobb, too). Finish shopping by wine-thirty at Merchant's Walk in East Cobb so you can unwind over wine, small plates or specialties with Doug Turbush's team at Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar.

When Thanksgiving and Black Friday roads lead to Birmingham, Alabama or Nashville, Tennessee, be sure to try the Turkey Dinner "burger of the month" at 
FLIP burger boutique. Down in Jacksonville, Florida, chef Tom Gray'sMoxie Kitchen + Cocktails covers your dining and cocktail time needs. 

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails Celebrates Turning Two with $2 Specials November 24-25

If your GPS is programmed for Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, drop by Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails and join them in celebrating their second anniversary. On November 24-25, Moxie is offering $2 specials to the first 22 guests who order them, along with another item, during dinner service each evening. On Tuesday, the first 22 guests ordering Moxie burgers, along with an additional purchase, will pay only $2 for their burgers. The deal bubbles over onto a $2 toast on Wednesday, when the first 22 guests (21+ years) ordering Mumm Napa Brut Reserve will pay $2 for their sparkling glass. Limit one $2 special per person; tax and gratuity not included. On Moxie’s “Kitchen” side, chef Tom Gray’s menu overflows with mouthwatering contemporary American, Southern and globally inspired cuisine. Handcrafted cocktails and progressive happy hour drink pricing beginning at 3 p.m. daily are reasons enough to make any day a celebration at Moxie, located in The Markets at Town Center. 

There’s a Reason It’s Called a Gobbler -- Atlanta Restaurants Swoop in with Thanksgiving Feasts and Take-Aways

Though the other 364 days of the year may be crazy busy, Thanksgiving Day interjects a pleasing pause in the mayhem to express gratitude for blessings and the tasty feast on the table. Find out which Atlanta restaurants are setting elegant dining tables, bountiful buffet tables and offering take-away traditions for your home table on our blog.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Travel for the food or the experience? Tastemade finagles crafting culinary temptations into seconds-long video loops so delectable you really want to stick a fork in them. But then a fork appears in the clip, out of nowhere, to stab first dibs. What a bite. Look to their sister website for longer playing travel + food adventures.

Appetizing Aperture

Zuppa! A bowl of Bellina Alimentari’s zucca, butternut squash soup with winter pesto and creamy mascarpone ($5), spoons comfort and joy to the soul. Butternut squash is well-coached in vitamins, minerals and beta carotene’s antioxidant riches. Go ahead. Order a second bowl full. 

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Coming down to the wire on planning the Thanksgiving dinner menu. Still some vacancies on the menu? Dishes to be Thankful For saves the day when you need a proven side dish recipe fast, like brown butter Parmesan mashed potatoes, sweet potato crunch, sausage, apple and cranberry stuffing, pumpkin cornbread and a litany of side dishes under 200 calories. Thanksgiving teepee cupcakes are hits at the children’s table.    

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nab Some Now: Pumpkin and Duck Paella for Dinner at 10th & Piedmont Through November 25

10th & Piedmont executive chef Michelle Matlock rakes in autumn’s glory for her savory and filling pumpkin and duck paella. In its native Spain, paella is a chameleon dish easily adapted to show off each season’s bounty. Globally inspired yet not bound by borders, Matlock loads her version with seared duck breast, peas, cranberries, fennel, thyme and sage pumpkin stock. One paella only sets you back $14 or order 2 for $27. Take flight to Midtown for this limited-time special, only available during dinner hours through Wednesday, November 25. Like duck hunting season, this trophy of a dish will be gone in a flash.

Johnny’s Hideaway New Year’s Eve Tickets Go On Sale November 23

Better hop on this tip faster than a cork popping out of a Champagne bottle. Six weeks until 2016 but only a few days until tickets go on sale for the New Year’s Eve bash at Johnny’s Hideaway. Set your phone alarm for 10 a.m. Monday, November 23, the time ticket sales open. Each $40 ticket includes a seat for the evening and a party favor at midnight. Set another reminder on your phone -- you must arrive at Johnny’s by 9:30 p.m. on December 31 or your seat will be forfeited, and your dancing shoes will be welcoming 2016 on the street instead of the dance floor. Purchase tickets at Johnny’s or via phone at 404-233-8026.