Saturday, August 6, 2016

Appetizing Aperture: Gypsy Kitchen's Chicken Under a Brick

Springer Mountain Chicken Under a Brick ($22) is a smash hit on the new menu at Gypsy Kitchen in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The dish is flat out delish with sherry vadouvan sauce, heirloom tomatoes, Moroccan couscous and fresh figs. Good thing this entrée is meant to share, otherwise, there would be some unhappy campers at the table.

Fantasy Football Draft Party Dreams Become August Realities at The Blind Pig Parlour Bar

Fantasy footballers, are you feeling a virtual draft coming on? The Blind Pig Parlour Bar is tossing out an August fantasy football special rallying everything you and your fantasy football associates need to conduct a seriously fun draft party. For $150, your group of 10-15 fans can hunker down in a private room for two hours of strategizing and completing player acquisitions. Wi-Fi and a 65-inch big screen TV are available for online drafts. Yes, it’s an intense process. Instead of nail biting over picks, gnaw on 100 wings chased by four pitchers of beer (Miller Lite, Bud Light or Coors Light). Start the process by calling and booking your draft party today. The Blind Pig Parlour Bar is tucked away behind Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead at 128 E. Andrews Drive. Book your draft party today by calling 404-931-1251.  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stem Wine Bar Spins Globe to Germany for August Tasting Series

Umlauts, double consonants, gothic letters. Perhaps the words on German wine labels are challenging to pronounce. The wines themselves are oh so easy to enjoy. Explore the wine regions and varietals of Germany during August with Stem Wine Bar sommelier Chris McNeill. Each Wednesday night tasting features six different German wines paired with small bites prepared by Stem owner/chef Doug Turbush. Events begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each (plus small service fee). Twenty percent gratuity will be added at in-store checkout on event night. Buy tickets, advance sales only, by clicking the desired date: August 3August 10,August 17August 24 or August 31.

Say “Salud!” to Picnic-Perfect Cold Salads To Go at Bellina Alimentari

Feeling a little wilted lately? Fresh salads to go are on the ready at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market. Incredibly cool news for Chastain concert goers and picnickers headed to Piedmont Park or the BeltLine...especially when one considers that HOT Atlanta temps have topped 90 degrees more than 50 days this summer. Build a meal around refreshing salads such as marinated artichokes, tuna pasta salad, chicken salad, local lady pea salad, roasted vegetables (chilled), cippoline onions in agrodolce, marinated peppers and farro salad giardiniera. Remember, the Market at Bellina is well stocked with imported Italian foods, Italian and locally cured charcuterie, cheeses and gracious plenty more to complete your idyllic dining scene. Bellina’s salads also win raves on the potluck and dinner party circuit.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Give Me That Old Time Gospel Brunch with Revival and Eddie’s Attic August 21

Hallelujah! Eddie’s Attic in Decatur brings back the classic Gospel Brunch on Sunday, August 21. Otis Redding III, son of the late, great Otis Redding, joins Atlanta blues legend Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns to perform Redding’s smash hits including “Dock of the Bay,” “Hard to Handle” and “Dreams to Remember.” Come for the music and come hungry for grub from Kevin Gillespie’s nearby restaurant,Revival. Executive chef Andreas Müller and crew will serve up a buffet of Southern faves like fried catfish bites, green tomato casserole and succotash. Buffet is priced at $20 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; show begins at noon. For the show, general admission tickets are $20 each or purchase table seats in multiples of four for $20 per seat (tables filled day of show on first-come, first-served basis). Miss this brunch and you’re just wasting time.

5Church Chef RJ Cooper Teaches ACFB Simple Abundance Class August 8

The majority of metro Atlanta-area students are heading back to school this week and next. Adults, what about you? Keep on learning by attending the Simple Abundance cooking class 5Church Atlanta chef RJ Cooper is leading Monday, August 8 from 7-9 p.m. at The Cook’s Warehouse Midtown. The James Beard Award-winning chef will demonstrate how to prepare Mangalitsa ham with sourdough and peach mostarda; compressed watermelon with heirloom tomato water, pickled rinds and Humboldt Fog cheese; wreckfish with foraged mushrooms and Aussie truffle butter in paper; and cornmeal shortcake with bourbon pickled peaches and sweet corn ice cream. Simple Abundance class participants enjoy food and wine tastings, a chance to win yummy door prizes all the while knowing 100 percent of ticket proceeds benefit the Atlanta Community Food BankRegister online; $55 per person. More on our blog.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

E-I-E-I-O, Off to Milton’s Farmyard Chowdown We Go on August 7

Old MacDonald had a farm, but nowhere does the song mention Farmyard Chowdowns like the outdoor dining fests at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple. Chowhounds of all ages will sing praises for Milton’s low country seafood boil, fried chicken, oysters, live music and lawn games at the 7 p.m. family friendly party on Sunday, August 7. Buy tickets online for $40 per person (plus tax and small service fee), including meal, music and lawn games. Alcohol not included. The two remaining 2016 Farmyard Chowdowns squeal in at 6 p.m. on September 11 (“Patriotic Edition”) and October 2.

Andreas Müller of Revival Starts Day at Decatur Farmers Market August 6

Keeping it all in Decatur, Andreas Müller will have to walk a bit farther on Saturday, August 6, if he wants to clock mega Fitbit mileage. It’s less than a mile from Müller’s Revival home base to The Decatur Farmers Market, where he will lead the Saturday morning chef demo. Childhood access to homegrown veggies and fruits ignited a passion for cooking in this Sweden-born-gone-Southern chef. No doubt, the colorful array of field-fresh, locally grown produce will inspire his Saturday lesson. A Community Farmers Market, the Decatur Farmers Market fills the front lawn of First Baptist Church on the corner of Clairemont Avenue and Commerce Street Wednesday nights from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through December 21. Free parking.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Get Your Oyster Fix for Less -- The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill Offers Half Shell Special for National Oyster Day, August 5

Suck down a bevy of bivalves without blowing a wad of cash on National Oyster Day. Down the magnificent mollusks for half the moolah at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill on National Oyster Day, Friday, August 5. Join in the celebration and take advantage of half-priced oysters from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. this Friday at both locations of the local beach house (Canton Street and Buckhead). More wise pearls: enjoy this offer at either location every Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. during oyster happy hour.

Tin Lizzy’s Sends Out August All Call for Taco Recipes in 7th Annual Taco Contest

Heard you’ve been keeping a super taco recipe under wraps. Time for the big reveal. Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is holding its seventh annual Taco Contest August 1-31. This year, they’re picking 12 winning tacos -- one for each of the FlexMex taqueria locations in Georgia and South Carolina. Submit recipes online and align with a specific Tin Lizzy’s location for the competition. The Tin Lizzy’s team of amigos will choose one winning taco recipe at each of the 12 locations, and that tasty taco will occupy the menu until next year’s contest rolls around. Fittingly, Tin Lizzy’s will announce the lucky dozen on National Taco Day (October 4). Each restaurant -- Buckhead, Grant Park, Midtown, Perimeter, Emory Point, Mall of Georgia, Kennesaw, Duluth, downtown Atlanta and Augusta, as well as Tin Lizzy’s South Carolina locations in Columbia and Greenville -- will host a release party featuring its winning taco, available at that location only. Each winning chef also receives a $500 Tin Lizzy’s gold card.

Monday, August 1, 2016

#Foodgram: We've got an Instacrush on The Apartment Bartender!

Elliott refers to himself as a “semi-decent home bartender” and a content creator in Phoenix, Arizona. Look up @Apartment_Bartender and see what you think. Looks pretty darn professional to us.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bellina Alimentari August Class List Dangles Distilling, Sauces, Gelato, Meats and Beer

Bellina Alimentari tolls the August school bell for all those interested in picking up new culinary skills beyond pasta making. All classes take place in the Ponce City Market restaurant and market Culinary Club area. Click on the class links to register.
Distill, your beating heart when experts from locally based Old 4th Distillery clarify the essence of the fine art of distilling. Build a bank of high proof knowledge by learning basic distilling techniques, sipping through a guided tasting and watching Corey Philips demo mixology. Tuesday, August 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; $28.
Add three Italian staple pasta dishes to your repertoire -- cacio e pepe, carbonara and red Sicilian pesto -- by attending Bellina’s Classic Italian Pasta Sauces chef demo/class on Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30-8 p.m.; $38. Spoons-on learning means tasting creations after class.
Study charcuterie and craft beer on a tabletop 3 meats 3 beers culinary tour with Kevin Ouzts from The Spotted Trotter and Rebecca Royster from Orpheus Brewing on Wednesday, August 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; $28.
Lime sherbet is green. Arugula, however, might color green gelato and chocolate brown could be pure frozen chocolate bliss when chef Philip Meeker mans the churn during a Gelato Making Class ($35) on Tuesday, August 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. Make two flavors and take a pint home to share with family and friends.