Saturday, February 18, 2017

#Foodgram: Closet Cooking

So your kitchen is, ahem, slightly smaller than the behemoths spreading across magazine centerfolds? Closer to closet or wardrobe sized? Well then, Closet Cooking is your new hang out, and Kevin Lynch (no kin to Jamie Lynch) is your new best kitchen bud for expanding cooking horizons.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Five-Time Grammy Winner and Gospel Legend Eric “Ricky” McKinnie, Paul Beasley and Revival Southern Buffet Grace Eddie’s Attic Gospel Brunch Feb. 19

Count Sunday Gospel Brunch at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur among the blessings of Atlanta living, providing a harmonious blend of authentic gospel music, some Mardi Gras spirit and a finger-licking good buffet of Southern victuals from Revival. Eric “Ricky” McKinnie and Paul Beasley of the legendary Grammy Award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama team up with Atlanta blues master Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns Sunday, Feb. 19. Doors open at noon; show begins at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 each or purchase table seats in multiples of four for $20 per seat. All-you-can-eat brunch buffet from Revival chef Andreas Müller is an additional $24 and includes coffee, soda and tea. Buy brunch tickets day of show; tax and gratuity extra. Say, “Amen!” to more info on our blog.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chef and Restaurateur Marc Taft Forms Southern Fried Hospitality

When folks are flocking to your flagship restaurant and two new restaurant concepts are soon to emerge from the oven, it’s time to start a family. Executive chef and restaurateur Marc Taft has created a restaurant management company called Southern Fried Hospitality to provide management and development for his three restaurants --Chicken and the Egg, Brine Seafood Shack (debuting spring 2017 in Alpharetta’s Avalon) and FEED – Fried Chicken & Such (scheduled to open March 2017 in The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park). Taft anticipates offering consulting services in the future. Joining Taft on Southern Fried Hospitality’s management team are vice president of operations Tom Foust, formerly of Rathbun’s and Chicken and the Egg, and director of operations Fran Kieffer, who has worked at Chicken and the Egg, Rio Bravo, The Tavern at Phipps and Einstein’s Restaurant. The trio served in management positions for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants earlier in their careers, and they’re delighted to direct their combined management experience toward establishing a unique corporate culture, exceptional service standards and memorable dining experiences. While Alabama native Taft leans in on Southern fare, he’s spreading wings to other concepts through Southern Fried Hospitality. Family traits ring true: Southern heritage will continue to influence brands; great care will go into sourcing ingredients -- whether we’re talking sustainable, Southern California-style seafood outlined by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch for Brine, modern farmstead fare at Chicken and the Egg or fast-casual fried chicken and Southern sides at FEED; and people, both talented employees and devoted guests play a big role.

Tip Back a Tito’s Mule and Southern Proper Donates to No Kid Hungry

Meet some really smart mules, Tito’s Mules. They’re at all Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants. Why so smart? Each Tito’s Mule cocktail ($10) sold packs a double, no, triple punch by quenching thirsts with a blend of Tito’s vodka, fresh squeezed lime and ginger beer AND by sending two donations to No Kid Hungry. Both Southern Proper and Tito’s will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry for each Tito’s Mule purchased at Gypsy KitchenThe Big Ketch Saltwater GrillMilton’s Cuisine & CocktailsThe Southern Gentleman and Smokebelly BBQ. Harness the power of this intelligent, do-good cocktail choice. Introduce a couple of friends to Tito’s Mules and toast your multi-tasking skills. Enjoying more Tito’s Mules adds up to more money for No Kid Hungry. Promotion runs through March 31.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Songs for Kids Foundation Food + Music Festival Chefs and Musicians Feed, Engage, Inspire and Entertain on Feb. 25

Spend the afternoon, evening or both at the Songs for Kids Foundation Food + Music Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Park Tavern, adjacent to Piedmont Park. Singing and supping prevail from 1-5 p.m. when guests can sing praises over food and drink tastings from more than 25 top Atlanta chefs including Shaun Doty of The FederalGunshow executive chef Joey Ward and Revival executive sous chef Rémi Granger. Entertainment flows as well through live celebrations of hits from artists like Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen, performances by SFK artists and kids from hospital programs, special kids activity zones, and silent and live auctions offering everything from private chef dining experiences to vacations, concerts, spa packages and sports memorabilia. Rock on into the night when Shaky Knees Festival presents an evening concert lineup featuring David Shaw plus Matt Myers of Houndmouth and Friends & Family. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. Park Tavern concert. Pick the Xorbia ticket option that works for you: daytime food festival ($45 adults/$10 ages 16 and under), evening concert (all ages, $25 per person in advance/$30 at door) or combo ($65 adults/$35 ages 16 and under).
 Songs For Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 with a mission to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. SFK integrates musicians, year round, into the lives of kids inside and outside of children’s hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and the Songs For Kids Records songwriting and recording program

5Church, Drift and Himitsu to Shake Up Highball at the High Mixology Competition Feb. 18

Fifteen mixologists compete in a barroom battle stiffer than a straight shot when the High Museum of Art swizzles its first Highball on Saturday, Feb. 18. Jose Pereiro of Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, Greta Buccellato of 5Church Atlanta and Ben Yabrow of Himitsu are among the cocktail movers and shakers crafting boozy creations and competing drink for drink. Sample craft cocktails, nibble bar bites, relax with music and activities and cast your vote for top cocktailer. Proceeds from the 7:30-11 p.m. mixer pour into a top-shelf cause, the High Museum of Art. Buy tickets online -- $100 per museum member (must login), $125 nonmembers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Vote 5Church Executive Chef Jamie Lynch for “Top Chef” Fan Favorite

Bravo Network “Top Chef” devotees! Vote for 5Church executive chef/partner Jamie Lynch as your #TopChef Fan Favorite. Vote up to 40 times each week to propel Lynch to win the title of “Top Chef” Fan Favorite. S. Pellegrino Sparking Natural Mineral Water will fill the winner’s cup with $10K. To vote, jump to via desktop or mobile device or text your favorite chef’s name – Lynch, we hope -- to 27286. Read official rules here. One reason Lynch is our pick for “Top Chef” Fan Favorite is his humility in “taking one for the team,” which moved him off “Top Chef” and into “Last Chance Kitchen,” as mentioned in this interview.  View “Watch What Happens Live” on March 2 at 10 p.m. (EST) to see if the winner is a talented newcomer or returning chef. 5Church shows episodes of “Top Chef” in the bar area starting at 9 p.m. each Thursday evening. Who knows? Maybe your “Top Chef” Fan Favorite will be there!

Sweetheart, Let’s Eat! Loving These Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Woo, woo, Valentine’s Day is today, sweet and simple. Atlanta restaurants get to the heart of the matter, with dining options that suit sweethearts yet also appeal to close friends and those loving going solo. Satisfy desires with prix fixe menus for two, lovely à la carte specials, a special Breckenridge Brewery tapping at Taco Mac, a bring-a-Valentine freebie offer at Willy’s Mexicana Grill and plenty a-more. Follow cupid to our blog for our luscious list complete with phone numbers and websites for making connections.

Monday, February 13, 2017

What’s New on Pinterest: Sweets for Your Sweetie

Sending out copious XOXs to our sweet readers for Valentine’s Day! Alas, we can’t email the Rice Krispies treat version so we tacked the recipe for ombre-colored Xs and Os onto Sweets for Your Sweetie, our Valentine treat board. Trifling with you? Nope. We do pin chocolate Baileys truffles, a racy red velvet dessert lasagna and cupcakes with captivating chardonnay buttercream frosting. Lovable Teddy Grahams hugging conversation hearts will give the kids something to talk about. Brides out there in the “heart” lands, flag this blissful board for wedding favor ideas.

#Foodgram: Erin Wysocarski

Erin Wysocarski @olivesfordinner addresses the question, “What’s an ethical vegan to eat?” Her answers appear in photos of vegan seafood, matcha seaweed bowls, copycat recipes and vegan street food like buttermilk fried tofu. For recipes, till the blog.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Appetizing Aperture

Super Bowl LI is in the history books, but Souper Combos live on at Willy’s Mexicana Grill. The fired-up duo pairs heartwarming tortilla soup with a crispy grilled cheese quesadilla for $7.95. Soft flour tortillas are stuffed with cheese and served with pico de gallo, cool sour cream, fresh-baked chips and salsa bar. Everyone’s cheering for this winter winner!