Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kevin Gillespie Teaches “Pure Pork Awesomeness” at Salud! in Whole Foods Avalon June 27

Celebrated chef Kevin Gillespie of GunshowRevival,Communion and Terminus City trots over to Whole Foods Market - Avalon in Alpharetta on Monday, June 27, for an evening of “Pure Pork Awesomeness.” The red-bearded Atlanta native will share his fiery passion for pork at a 7-9 p.m. class and book signing at Salud! Cooking School. Learn how to select, prepare and fork into pork in new recipes. Keep that fork handy to sample the “Pure Pork Awesomeness” class tasting menu: curried pork samosas, Korean barbecued bulgogi, grilled pork tenderloin with Spanish-style garlic shrimp and banoffee trifle with candied bacon. Tickets to the exclusive evening are priced at $75 each and include one signed copy of Gillespie’s cookbook. Register here and now.

“Burgers & Brews” Stars, Grilling Contest Wins Stripes (and a Big Green Egg) at Marlow’s Tavern

Salute summer at Marlow’s Tavern’s “Burgers & Brews” celebration, going on through August 1. Chomp into Marlow’s signature gourmet burgers, chill over craft beers and vie to win a coveted Big Green Egg (BGE) or Marlow’s gift cards.

Grill thrill seekers, share that recipe (the one friends rave about) in the seventh annual Marlow’s Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest for a chance to win a BGE, a $200 Marlow’s Tavern gift card or a $100 gift card. Can’t win if you don’t try; submit at through July 31. No purchase necessary; one entry per person or email address. Marlow’s Tavern co-founder and executive chef John C. Metz will judge all recipes and announce winners on September 10 with a taste-testing party at the Dunwoody location.

Contemplate your recipe while relishing signature gourmet, all-natural and perfectly seasoned burgers on Marlow’s “Burgers & Brews” menu. Suggestions include the Classic Burger Dip, piling on thinly sliced prime rib, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce and a Roma tomato or the bruiser of a Black & Blue Burger sporting creamy Gorgonzola and Applewood-smoked bacon. Bypassing beef? Opt for the Naked Chicken Burger of all-natural Joyce Farms ground chicken, mozzarella, provolone, baby arugula, Roma tomato and red onion. Look for rotating burger du jour specials such as the “Chicken Fried” Steak Burger, the Colorado Lamb Burger or the wagyu beef Royale with Cheese Burger. Other specials include Beer & Cheese Soup; Red Devils house-made deviled eggs with spicy horseradish, fresh herbs, Dijonnaise and toasty Parmesan; and Loaded Burbank (potato) “Skins.” Celebratory craft beers abound to buddy up with burgers: Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA, Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, Eventide Kölsch Ale, Wild Heaven Emergency Drinking Beer, Red Hare Radler SPF and Westbrook One Claw Rye.

While at Marlow’s, prep to enter the Big Burger Bite Contest by snapping a picture of yourself biting into a Marlow’s burger then posting it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MarlowsBurgerBite. A $100 gift card awaits the media-savvy winner so snap to it.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mixing It Up -- Seed, Drift and Stem Wine Bar Co-Host Haus Alpenz Cocktail Dinner June 27

Go rogue. Do something different. Instead of wine or beer dinner pairings, try cocktails and cuisine. Seed Kitchen & Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar are doing just that, coming together at Stem Wine Bar to host a five-course dinner showcasing Haus Alpenz spirits on Monday, June 27. Doug Turbush, owner/chef of the restaurant trio, and beverage managers/mixologists David Peek (Seed) and Jose Pereiro (Drift) turn out an incredible menu. Think Arctic char sashimi paired with a cocktail of Cocchi Americano, house-made ginger-lemon syrup and lemon juice and pineapple soy-glazed pork belly with a mix of Smith & Cross rum, Kronan Swedish Punsch, Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, orgeat and lime. Pouring out some high-proof knowledge at the dinner are special guests Nicole Ciani, Southeast sales director of Haus Alpenz, and Tristan Andersen of Quality Wine & Spirits. Space is limited for the 6:30-9:30 p.m. event. Guests must buy tickets in advance, $99 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

#Foodgram: Zoodles!

Take Inspiralized for a spin and add healthy new twists to the menu, such as zucchini noodles with creamy avocado-lime-cilantro dressing. For more action, turn, turn, turn to #EverydayInspiralized cooking video series.

Milton’s Whole Hog Hootenanny Raises BBQ Ruckus June 26

Call Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Crabapple’s hootenanny headquarters on Sunday, June 26. More than a pig roast, Milton’s Whole Hog Hootenanny tickles taste buds with barbecued ribs, smoked chicken and pulled pork aplenty. Even though temptation begs you to mound the plate with pulled pork, ribs, smoked chicken, sides, sweet treats and the likes, you can always come back for more at this all-you-can-eat affair. Slake bone-sucking thirsts with beverages from the cash bar. Games and live music inspire toe tapping, hand clapping and even some jigs outside on Milton’s lovely patio and front lawn. Buy tickets online, $35 per person plus service fee. Keep hooting and hollering because Whole Hog Hootenanny returns July 31, August 28 and September 25. Finger lickin’ fun? You betcha BBQ!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Slather on the Sunscreen for The Big Ketch Canton Street Southern Ketch Soirée June 25

Take time to coast this Saturday, June 25, and dive into backyard fun and games on the front lawn at The Big Ketch Canton Street’s Southern Ketch Soirée from 2-4 p.m. Feast on oysters and chef Derek Dollar’s low country seafood boil brimming with shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. Purchase Tiki cocktails or $5 mojitos and margaritas for icy-cold refreshment. Lawn games? Check. Live music? Check. Low country seafood boil tickets? Catch them right here, $39.95 (plus $3.19 service fee).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What’s New on Pinterest: June is National Candy Month!

Sweet! June is National Candy Month! Candy Land champs that we are, we’re finding ways to sneak candy into all kinds of Candy Creations. Milky Way brownie bites, chocolate peanut butter Kit Kat crunch bars, German chocolate brownie cookies and mint chocolate candy bark reach out to chocoholics. Clever grill cupcakes, candy sushi, cotton candy fudge and cupcakes are sugar-coated spoofs on the real thing. DIY cupcakes in plastic wine glasses and s’more pops are good to go. “Sour Patch” grapes count as a quasi-fruit, right?

5Church Opens at 14th and Peachtree in Midtown June 24

5Church, a modern American restaurant, opens its doors Friday, June 24, at the corner of 14th and Peachtree streets. 5Church will welcome guests daily with genuine hospitality, a technique-driven dinner menu and cutting-edge design. What to do with the car at one of Atlanta’s busiest intersections? No worries, thanks to complimentary valet parking and an expansive self-parking deck. This is the third location for restaurateurs Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Alejandro Torio and chef Jamie Lynch, whose other 5Church restaurants include the flagship location at the corner of 5th and Church Street in Charlotte, North Carolina, and another in Charleston, South Carolina.

Lynch, also a partner in 5Church, and James Beard Award-winning executive chef RJ Cooper have collaborated to craft a menu inclusive of 5Church favorites along with locally sourced items Atlantans are sure to love. Dishes exclusive to the Atlanta menu include:
  • Slow-cooked white sea bass, grilled asparagus, marinated cucumber, preserved lemon, asparagus water, cold pressed olive oil
  • Pan-seared scallops, crispy confit potato, melted leeks, cipollini onion, lemongrass-tomato coulis
  • Confit duck breast, potato latke, marinated heirloom tomato, black olive tapenade, charred romaine, soft-boiled duck egg, Dijon-sherry duck jus
  • Pan-roasted grouper, summer bean fricassee, American caviar, garlic anchovy “milk”
  • Braised rabbit agnolotti, roasted baby carrots, English pea purée, braising jus

A 200-bottle wine list, specialty cocktails and craft beers complement the dinner menu and encourage guests to linger at impressive white concrete bars or enjoy a drink on the sidewalk and rooftop patios.

Managing partner Ayman Kamel says 5Church in Atlanta and its Carolina siblings share traits of delivering personal attention and a great dining experience. Even so, guests dining at the new Midtown location will see Atlanta’s unique personality the moment they enter, evident in large-scale artwork inspired by Atlanta and created by local artists, a hand-painted ceiling, eye-catching neo-Victorian décor and exquisite culinary presentations from Lynch and Cooper. 5Church is located at Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street NE. Enjoy dinner now; lunch and weekend brunch service will follow at a later date. Make reservations via OpenTable. For updates, follow the restaurant on InstagramFacebook andTwitter. For additional information, call 404-400-3669.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Save the Date for 18th Annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic Benefitting Special Olympics Georgia September 19

Nothing like planning ahead, especially when saving the date for a superlative cause. Golfers, flag your calendars, dedicating Monday, September 19, 2016 to a day out on the greens to raise dollars for Special Olympics Georgia. Warm up those drivers and putters for the 18th annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic, teeing off at 8:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Roswell. Competitions, contests on the greens, prizes and the “best of the best” in American tavern fare fill the day bogeying into an after party at Aqua blue for the awards dinner and silent auction. Marlow’s TavernSterling Spoon Culinary Management and Aqua blue have raised more than $600,000 for Special Olympics Georgia since 1999, and the group hopes this tournament will top their new goal of $750,000. Help make that happen.

To sign up, contact Susan Skolnick, 770-414-9390 x111 or

Melissa Libby & Associates is Searching for Fall 2016 Interns!

Are you a student who is passionate about food/wine culture and public relations? We want to meet you! Melissa Libby & Associates is currently seeking interns for the fall 2016 semester. Interns who join the MLA team will work with and learn directly from all agency functions, including media communications, social media, special events and client services. Creativity, positive energy, great writing skills and a strong work ethic are important traits for this internship.

Internships require 15-22 office hours per week from August to December. Schedules are fairly flexible, although Monday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. are required. Local candidates only! The ideal candidate will also receive school credit for his or her experience with MLA. Interns will be paid a $500 stipend at the completion of the program. To find out more about Melissa Libby & Associates, please visit our website and our Facebook page. If you are interested, please send your resume, cover letter, writing samples and availability to brandon@melissalibbypr.comWe're looking forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

#Foodgram: Crowdsourced Recipes of Instagram

Julie Resnick curates The Feed Feed, a crowdsourced recipe web bank fed by an Instagram community of cooks who share recipes by hashtagging them #feedfeed. If that sounds right up your hashtag alley, hashtag have at it. Or, troll for ideas and inspirations such as chocolate peanut butter pretzel ice cream or a patriotic flag sheet cake sporting lemon chiffon meringue stars. Watch out! One could easily hashtag the day away hopping from recipe to story to video on FeedFeed Instagram, FacebookTwitter and website feeds.