Saturday, May 14, 2016

Appetizing Aperture

Fried green tomato fiends, Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta should be on your radar. Ray’s crispy fried green heirloom tomatoes emerge from the kitchen with creamy homemade fresh mozzarella and pickled Vidalia spring onions ($11). Spring and summer love.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Southern Proper Hospitality May and June Events Reach Out to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training athletes seem to show up at every organized run, racing for the larger purpose of raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its goal of eliminating blood cancers. Southern Proper Hospitality is assembling its threesome of events in May and June to benefit the life-saving mission of LLS. The Southern Proper restaurant family includes Gypsy KitchenThe Southern GentlemanMilton’s Cuisine & CocktailsThe Big Ketch Saltwater GrillSmokebelly BBQ andThe Blind Pig Parlour Bar.

Crank up the roadster and drive back in time to the Roaring ‘20s and 
The Gatsby Party at The Blind Pig Parlour Bar. On Saturday, May 21, Buckhead’s favorite speakeasy will throw a bash to rival Jay Gatsby’s soirees. A Gatsby-themed five-course dinner lavishes guests from 7-10 p.m. The Gatsby Party follows from 10 p.m.-2 a.m., rollicking with a limited open bar, passed hors d’oeuvre, live 1920s-era music and legal (charity-based) gambling. Buy tickets here: $250 for the All-Access Gatsby Pass (dinner, party and $50 Smokebelly BBQ gift card); or $50 for The Golden Ticket Party Pass (10 p.m. party only). Online purchase service fees will be added at checkout. Info: 404-931-2169.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails executive chef Derek Dollar plans a straight-from-the-vine Bountiful Garden Dinnerexperience in Milton’s Acre on Sunday, May 22. Starting at 6 p.m., guests can tour the one-acre “farm” while enjoying hors d’oeuvre and libations. Afterward, a four-course, family style dinner with wine pairings satisfies garden-piqued appetites. Starlit skies and the soothing strums of a cellist frame the idyllic meal. Nonrefundable tickets are $200 per person (plus online service fee, tax and gratuity) with 75 percent of ticket sales moving on to LLS on behalf of owner Chris Hadermann’s campaign for LLS’ Man of the Year. Info: 770-817-0161

Southern Proper Hospitality Golf Tournament for LLS tees off on Monday morning, June 6 at the Polo Golf & Country Club in Cumming. Tournament fees for the four-person golf scramble are $600 per foursome or $150 for singles. Fees cover greens and carts; range balls and practice facility; hot grill station lunch with menu items such as roasted corn and black bean salad, three chili Vidalia onion slaw and a burger bar; awards reception dinner featuring street tacos, a salsa bar and sides; and on-course beverages. Participants will have a chance to win tournament prizes, bid on silent auction items and compete in various tournament challenges. Sign up here; online purchase service fee will be added at checkout. Info: 770-887-7656

Twirl Beyond Pasta at Bellina Alimentari May Culinary Classes

Cruise past the pasta and into some of the “pasta-less” culinary classes Bellina Alimentari offers. All classes take place at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market. Sales tax will be added during online checkout. Bonus: Culinary Club attendees will receive 10% off any purchase in the Market. Shop away, friends.
  • Be that Healthy Mamma, the one who quickly prepares appealing meals that are balanced, fun, kid-friendly and Italian-inspired. Bellina owner and mom Tal Baum leads this demo and tasting Wednesday, May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. $35 per person; buy a ticket online to reserve a seat.
  • Amaro, Italian for “bitter,” is an herbal liqueur sipped as an after-dinner digestif -- unless the Amaro-enamored mixologist crafts a cocktail around the heady libation. Explore Italy’s Amaro culture during an Introduction to Amaro class on Wednesday, May 18 from 7-8 p.m. Tickets are $28 per person.
  • When “DIY” refers to dough-it-yourself, you must be in Bellina’s Pizza Making Class, 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Push up those sleeves and play with dough while learning how to create perfect pizzas at home and tasting the fruits of your labor. $45 per person plus sales tax; buy class tickets online. Calendar conflict? Stop in and pick up Bellina’s new pizza making kit ($35), which includes pizza dough mix, organic tomato salsa, Sicilian oregano, marinated olives, extra-virgin olive oil from Liguria and a recipe to guide you from dough-to-table.
  • Explore a trio of Italy’s exquisite natural wines paired with local artisanal cheese during a guided 3 Wine 3 Cheese  tasting and interactive learning hour from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. Tickets are $28 per person.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Scotley Innis of Ormsby’s Hits Westside Farmers Market Demo Stage at High Noon May 15

Glean tips and recipe ideas from Ormsby’s executive chef Scotley Innis at the Westside Farmers Market (WFM) on Sunday, May 15. Innis will pop over to his neighborhood market to do the noon chef demo, then it’s back to Ormsby’s for the Sunday brunch crowd. Keep Ormsby’s in mind for brunch after shopping the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. market at 14thStreet and Howell Mill Road. Purchase Community Farmers Markets' new spring seasonal cookbook ($12) at WFM for brunch-time reading and planning the week’s menus.

Dine in a Garden of Eatin’ -- Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Garden Dinner May 15

Sitting down to a Garden Dinner more local than this would mean sitting on a squash. Chef Derek Dollar and team would rather plant a long table and many chairs between neatly planted rows in Milton’s Acre so guests can gather and feast outdoors at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails on Sunday, May 15. A reception featuring hors d’oeuvre and libations welcomes guests to the grounds around the 150-year-old farmhouse in historic Crabapple. When the dinner bell rings, guests will sit down to a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Rest assured heirloom vegetables from the garden will make their way onto chef Dollar’s seasonal seed-to-table menu. $135 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reserve seats by purchasing tickets online. Milton’s rolls out its popular monthly Sunday Garden Dinners during the May through October growing season. Next up for picking: June 12, July 17, August 21, September 18 and October 9.  Questions? Call 770-817-0161.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sandy Springs, Put Your Chow Face on for Food That Rocks May 14

Even those butting heads over where to dine can agree Food that Rocks is the place to sup from 7-11 p.m. in Sandy Springs this Saturday night, May 14. The Hammond Park festival, produced by fest-expert Taste of Atlanta, is a suppertime fantasy come true for the indecisive set, those seeking new dining destinations and diners spying their favorites on the list of participating restaurants. Noshers at the 21-and-over event can enjoy samples of beer, wine and craft cocktails between bites. Local artists the Tommy Dean Trio, Tony Levitas and Friends, and Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project amp up musical vibes while guests vote for their favorite restaurant of the evening. Winning chef takes home a custom Bohemian guitar. This party is going somewhere -- to benefit Sandy Springs-based charities Second Helpings Atlanta, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. All-inclusive tickets are $55 each in advance (plus small service fee); $65 at the door if still available.

Chef Matthew Ridgway of Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman Demos at Piedmont Park Green Market May 14

Last Saturday, chef Matthew Ridgway hosted the quintessential Derby Party for Kentucky Derby viewers at The Southern Gentleman. This Saturday morning, May 14, the executive chef, who straddles both Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman, saddles up for a ride from The Shops Buckhead Atlanta to the chef demo booth at the Piedmont Park Green Market in Midtown. The market unpacks inside the 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue park entrance from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Earlier is better than later for the best selection and checks shopping off the list before the chef demo begins. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hey, Good Lookin’ -- Whatcha Got Cookin? Aria Now Open after Gorgeous Refresh

Always a beauty, Aria is back after a quick, albeit luxurious and rejuvenating, spa treatment. Chef-owner Gerry Klaskala is behind the kitchen door, creating critically acclaimed dishes as he has done for the past 16 years. The front of the house sports a frisky new look leaning toward daily comforts over more formal occasions. “Before, the room made you feel like you needed to wear a jacket, a place for a birthday or anniversary. We wanted to make it feel more comfortable, soothing, and relaxing.  I’m digging it so much,” Klaskala told Atlanta Magazine. We won’t spill all of the beans here, come glimpse the easygoing glam by making dinner reservations online. Living spontaneously, without reservations? No hesitations. The bar area offers no-reservation-required seating for casual diners. Photo by LuAnne Demeo.

Terminus City BBQ Pops Up at Peachtree Road Farmers Market May 11

No worries about how to squeeze in shopping for fresh veggies and grabbing something more substantial for evening chow call. Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Terminus City BBQ is popping up at the midweek Peachtree Road Farmers Marketon Wednesday night, May 11. Shift your market basket to the non-dominant hand to finagle a strong grasp on TC’s chopped whole hog BBQ sandwiches ($6). The big dilemma is how to wipe the awesome sauce off your chin. That’s what friends are for...stagger those bites. The midweek Peachtree Road Farmers Market rambles at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead from 4:30-8 p.m.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Jackie Gebel (@jrgebel) of No Leftovers Food & Travel snaps incredibly succulent shots at restaurants, bars, culinary finds and hotspots. Forget the doggie bag. There will be no leftovers when feasting on these photos.

Appetizing Aperture

Barramundi, also known as Asian sea bass, rates a “best” in the sustainable seafood arena from the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. Locally, the new spring menu at Marlow’s Tavern is one of the best places to catch this big boy. Mild, sweet barramundi is scallion-crusted and pan-seared before landing on the plate alongside quinoa “fried rice” with edamame, baby carrots, Napa cabbage, ginger, scallions and sesame-soy glaze ($16).

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Fetch Friends for Ray’s at Killer Creek “A Toast for Tails Party” Benefitting the Atlanta Humane Society May 13

“Paws” for a breather after a beastly week and enjoy the human equivalent of a good ball toss or belly scratch session at A Toast for Tails Party hosted by Ray’s at Killer Creek on Friday, May 13. Bring the pack to this 5-8 p.m. shindig benefitting our furry friends at the Atlanta Humane Society. Woof down, or slowly savor, chef Mike Fuller’s specialty dishes hot off Ray’s Big Green Egg, buy drinks at the cash bar and ease out of workweek mode to live music on the patio. Tickets are $20 per person. Call ahead to reserve a spot or two, 770-649-0064. “Wine” down further by staying on for Ray’s at Killer Creek’s regular Friday special of half-off wine bottles priced $200 and under.

With This Plow, I Thee Wed: Chefs and Farmers Engage at Nosh Talks May 9

Chefs and farmers are key drivers on the road from farm to table. So tight is their relationship, they’re practically married. Sometimes it’s a match made in heaven. Sometimes counseling could smooth ties. Nosh Talks, partnering with Slow Food Atlanta, explores the unique bond between chefs and farmers, how they work together and their respective perspectives at a Chefs & Farmers panel discussion Monday, May 9 at Monday Night Brewing. Repping the chef angle are Gunshow executive chef Joey Ward, Nick Leahy of Saltyard and Jarrett Stieber of Eat Me Speak Me. Steve Whitmire of Brasstown Beef, Lauren Cox of Woodland Gardens, Charlotte Swancy of Riverview Farms and Sue Pavlin, director of The Common Market Georgia pitch for farmers at the 2-5 p.m. talk. Buy tickets at Eventbrite; $10 student, $20 restaurant industry community, $40 non-industry members.