Saturday, October 29, 2016

#Foodgram: No Leftovers

No Leftovers are pretty much guaranteed for dishes on this ‘gram about the food travel life. Well, maybe for the torched sea urchin, but that’s a prickly subject.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina Gifts Second Helpings Atlanta Way Before Holiday Gifting Season

No time like the present to get into the spirit of giving. Always scoping out ways to give back to the community, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina recently treated Second Helpings Atlanta to a sizable donation. Non-profit organization Second Helpings strives to eliminate hunger in the five-county metro Atlanta area by rescuing surplus food and delivering it to those in need. In its dedication to ending hunger in the Atlanta area, Tin Lizzy’s delivered a total of $40,000 worth of food to be distributed to those in need by eight Second Helpings partner agencies. Holy guacamole, that’s a lot of food! Zoom over to Sandy Springs for Second Helping’s Taste of the Trucks event with a kid zone, private VIP area, music, artist market and you guessed it, food trucks! Roll into the family fun from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door and VIP is $50. Want to help? Volunteers and donations are always needed.

White Oak Pastures Beefs Up Savory Institute Awareness with November 4 Dinner-and-a-Movie Event

Knowledge never tasted so good; just ask White Oak Pastures’ owner Will Harris. His Bluffton, Georgia, farm was named a Savory Institute Training Hub in 2015, and now he is bringing a worldwide event called “Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It: Igniting a Consumer Revolution” to Atlanta. On Friday, Nov. 4, Harris will host the Southeastern premiere of the Institute’s world broadcast and has assembled a team of top chefs to put the “dinner” in his dinner-and-a-movie evening. 

Chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Müller (
Gunshow and Revival), Tal Baum (Bellina Alimentari), Reid Harrison (White Oak Pastures), Terry Koval (Wrecking Bar Brewpub) and Jenn Robbins comprise the talented culinary team behind the food stations. Each chef will highlight a protein from White Oak Pastures for guests to enjoy while mingling, learning more from Harris about his farm’s regenerative farming methods and viewing the four short films. Beer will be provided by Second Self Beer Company. The 6-8 p.m. event takes place at The Shed at Ponce City Market. Purchase $35 tickets online (include food and two alcoholic beverages).

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ormsby’s New Menu Appeases Daily Grind with Veggie Grinder, Black Bean Burger, Milk Stout Chocolate Custard and More

Get a load of Ormsby’s executive chef Nick Anderson’s plump black bean burger ($10) wearing tortilla chips and guac (yes, you can have it all), Adda’s blackened chicken Greek salad ($12), Uncle Lenny’s Southern Cuban ($11), the veggie grinder ($10) and veggie bowl ($10) – all among the newbies and old favorites on Ormsby’s fall menu. Break from darts or another of Ormsby’s goodtime games to share pork belly bites ($7) or shrimp and crab risotto balls ($7) over a few beers or handcrafted cocktails. Heavenly milk stout chocolate custard or crispy banana pecan bread pudding ($4 each) and a nightcap promise sweet dreams. Stop by the Westside eatery for lunch, dinner, late night and hours in between. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

HOBNOB Ques Up BBQ and Live Tunes on Thursday Nights

Thursday nights, follow the smoke signals rising above Monroe and Piedmont to HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and satisfy your burning desire to chow down on ‘cue, smoked meats and Southern sides – outside under the big sky. Enjoy barbecue on the patio from 5 p.m. until it’s all gone, dine-in or take out, along with the regular menu. Fall nights are patio perfect so stick around for live music by James Patrick Morgan from 8-11 p.m.

Gotta Get Out of the City for an Afternoon in the Country November 6

Goodbye city slick, hello country casual. Atlanta chefs are heading out of town for an Afternoon in the Country on Sunday, November 6 from 1-4 p.m. The culinary corps includes chefs from Bellina AlimentariChicken and the EggDrift Fish House & Oyster BarMarlow’s TavernMilton’s Cuisine & CocktailsOrmsby’s and Seed Kitchen & Bar who will join other top chefs, caterers and local farmers (including White Oak Pastures and Milton’s Acre) to present enticing fare in a tasting format along with fine wines and premium micro-brews. The 16th annual event, hosted by Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International, unfolds under the big-top tents on the expansive lawns of Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club in Douglasville. Lots of space and lots of entertainment: live music, one-of-a-kind cake raffle stocked by top pastry chefs and a silent auction flying high with exclusive dining and travel packages and food and wine merchandise. (Note: no children’s activities planned this year.) Buy tickets online, $125 for adults 21 and over; free parking.

Gather ‘Round for Halloween Drools and Goblins

Halloween trick or treating falls on Monday this year – leaving the weekend wide open for grown-up ghouls and ghosts to revel in some spirited festivities at Atlanta restaurants and bars. Read on…if you dare.


Tin Lizzy’s Cantina in Midtown, at 1136 Crescent Avenue, is one of the 10 establishments pouring spirited treats along the route of the seventh annual Midtown Halloween Block Party, organized by Atlanta Bar Tours, on Friday, October 28. Wristband ticket entitles wearers to entry to 10 bars, clubs and restaurants with exclusive food and drink specials. Tin Lizzy’s Midtown location is offering $3 cocktails, $2 beers and $1 shot specials. Wear a costume to show off your ghoulish figure. Find more info and buy tickets ($24.99 each) on Xorbia for this roaming Halloween party open to ages 21 and over.

With its arresting neo-Victorian décor and chef-driven modern American menu, 
5Church Atlanta is the perfect spot for a Halloween weekend party on Saturday, October 29 starting at 10 p.m. A DJ keeps the joint jumping while guests dressed to impress vie for the costume contest’s $500 prize. Free admission.

All Halloween weekend (Friday through Monday), 
HOBNOBoffers food and drink specials including the “Mold and Mildew” appetizer (duck nachos with corn tortillas, date and fig jam, Havarti cheese and tomato pesto, $12), the “Murderous Meatloaf” entrée (with basil mashers, tomato and red pepper relish and bloody mary sauce, $14), a pumpkin spice cheesecake dessert ($6) and pumpkin ale beer specials. A “Night of the Drinking Dead” Halloween party, 7 p.m. Sunday, October 30, comes alive with a DJ and a costume contest with fun prizes.


Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland unmasks a full lineup of events. On Wednesday, October 26, any child in costume at dinner receives a free kids’ meal. Thursday, October 27 cuts in with the annual pumpkin carving contest and scary movies playing on TVs throughout the bar. Thrills and chills continue as each pumpkin carver will be treated to a complimentary Pumking beer from Southern Tier Brewing, and the staff will tap a special cellared keg of Southern Tier’s Warlock imperial stout. Registration starts at 9 p.m., festivities begin at 10 p.m. Arrive early, pumpkin supply is limited. On Saturday, October 29, DJ Lion hosts and performs at Atkins Park’s annual Halloween party and welcomes theHalloween in the Highlands pub crawl with a complimentary shot for participants.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, 
Hand in Hand hosts a Halloween pumpkin carving party beginning at 8 p.m. with KBS from Founders Brewing Co. on tap. On Saturday, the Virginia-Highland area’s quintessential neighborhood tavern and restaurant greets the Halloween in the Highlands pub crawl with a complimentary shot for participants.

Buckhead/Sandy Springs
Wander over to 
Gypsy Kitchen on Saturday, October 29, for a “Day of the Dead”-themed bash featuring shocking drink specials (including $5 El Jimador pumpkin spice margaritas), a live DJ and an out-of-this-world costume contest. Starts at 9 p.m., no cover charge.

Miss out on the annual Halloween party at 
Johnny’s Hideaway, which takes place on Thursday, October 27? Scary thought! Buckhead’s most happening haunt unearths a costume party with $500 in prizes.

The Southern Gentleman invites you to come dressed as your favorite bloodsucker for its vampire costume contest on Saturday, October 29. Rub elbows with Draculas or “Twilight” characters while enjoying complimentary blood punch, grab bags and screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” from 5-9 p.m. and “Interview with the Vampire” at 9 p.m.

Multiple Locations

Marlow’s Tavern is serving Gourd Vibrations, a devilishly delicious chocolate pumpkin porter from Gate City Brewing, as a perfect complement to its menu of classic sandwiches, salads, burgers and entrées. Available at Marlow’s Avalon, East Cobb, Northlake, Roswell, Sandy Plains, Woodstock and Vinings locations.

From Saturday, October 29 through Monday, October 31, ghouls and goblins 12 and under who show up in costume at
Willy's Mexicana Grill will receive a free kids’ combo with each adult entrée purchase. Valid for one per child per adult entrée. This offer is good at all locations except the airport. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Party Time in Roswell as Marlow’s Tavern Marks Year One October 27

Let’s get this party started – and perhaps you’ll win a prize. Marlow’s Tavern in Roswell is lauding its first year with a day-long anniversary party on Thursday, October 27. Gate City Brewery takes over the taps to pull $1 drafts from the moment doors open at 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. closing time – a winning combo with Marlow’s party-hearty complimentary appetizers and desserts starting at 6 p.m. Leave the presents at home but enter to win one of two prizes Marlow’s will be giving away that day: a grand prize of dinner at Marlow’s once a week, every week for a year or a private beer dinner for 20 at Gate City Brewery, catered by Marlow’s Tavern.

Fill Up on Tin Lizzy’s FlexMex Platos – Great Deal, Limited Time

Turkey time is coming, but now’s the time to hit up Tin Lizzy’s Cantina for FlexMex platos …because these three platos are only around for a limited engagement. Choose grilled skirt steak with creamy chimichurri sauce ($12.99), grilled mahi mahi topped with jalapeño pineapple salsa ($13.29) or boneless pork chop with house-made mole sauce ($12.99). Seasoned rice, black beans and fried sweet plantains accompany all three of these affable amigos. Toast your new FlexMex friends with Tin Lizzy’s blood orange margarita, a colorful, potent blend of Casa Nobles Organic tequila and Napa blood orange juice ($9.50). Blood orange. Sounds spooky, tastes delish.

5Church News Flash: Jamie Lynch of 5Church is Bravo “Top Chef” Charleston Contestant – And He’s Added New Dishes to Dinner Menu

Bravo Media’s Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” heads to Charleston, South Carolina, for the upcoming season, and 5Church executive chef and partner Jamie Lynch is on board. Lynch battles it out in the kitchen along with eight esteemed chefs from across the country and eight returning chefs – chefs from past seasons who are seeking redemption for not bringing home the “Top Chef” bacon the first time. Lynch oversees operations at all three 5Church locations – Charleston, Charlotte and Atlanta – and he’s splitting his time between Charleston and Atlanta during the competition. Season 14’s supersized premiere airs Thursday, December 1 at 10 p.m. ET. For a sneak peek, visit online.

Amid all of the “Top Chef” excitement, Lynch has created several irresistible new dishes to top off the dinner menu at 
5Church Atlanta. Could chicken adobo pay homage to the Charleston “Top Chef” competition with crushed Charleston gold rice, shaved broccoli, and lemon ash ($24)? Fresh farfalle beckons veggie lovers to savor corn, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli florets and ricotta salatta ($24) – and add grilled chicken for $5. Treasure the flavor of PEI mussels with toasted garlic, chorizo, heirloom tomatoes, vermouth and grilled bread to soak up those intoxicating juices ($13). Dine inside or go all out for fall by dining out on the street level or rooftop patios overlooking Peachtree Street in Midtown.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ray’s at Killer Creek and Rombauer Vineyards Unite for October 26 Wine Dinner

Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards stretches its vines to Alpharetta and Ray’s at Killer Creek for a Rombauer Wine Dinner on Wednesday, October 26. Executive chef Mike Fuller is orchestrating a five-course dinner paired with a selection of wines from the award-winning, family owned vineyard. The evening begins with an amuse-bouche of grapes rolled in pecans and Stilton blue cheese and a toast of 2012 Frank Family Brut rosé. First course follows with cast-iron roasted Brunswick shrimp served with chicory salad, pickled Gala apples and spiced pecan vinaigrette paired with 2015 Rombauer Napa Valley sauvignon blanc. Next comes fennel and ginger-cured wild salmon with rice paper crisp, toasted sesame and arugula joined by 2015 Rombauer Carneros chardonnay. Third course brings paper-thin duck prosciutto with brûlée fig, preserved lemon custard and grilled walnut raisin bread alongside 2014 Rombauer zinfandel followed by pumpkin seed-crusted Colorado lamb rack with cauliflower grits, sundried cranberry, sunchoke chips and barrel-aged cider gastrique paired with 2008 Napa Valley Le Meilleur du Chai, Bordeaux blend. Dessert of sweet potato-maple doughnuts and sea salt-caramel gelato with 2015 Joy Late Harvest chardonnay round out the evening. Rombauer Vineyards’ Southeast sales manager Jeff Papa will be in attendance to discuss pairings and answer questions. Cost is $95 per person (plus tax and gratuity); call 770-649-0064 for reservations. Fun foodie trivia: Rombauer Vineyards founder Koerner Rombauer’s great aunt Irma Rombauer was the original author of “Joy of Cooking,” which is widely considered the greatest teaching cookbook ever written. For the last 80 years, the family has continued to update the book’s recipes and reference materials to reflect current culinary trends.