Did you know that the stockings that are hung by the chimney with care were actually first filled back in the fourth century by St. Nicholas with care? Yes, indeed. In his honor, friends at Der Biergarten are saying thanks for letting us borrow his tradition by hosting a Nikolaustag party on Monday, December 9 from 5-9 p.m. It's a family friendly celebration, so come one, come all. With more than 9,500 ornaments, 72 nutcrackers, 48 stockings and 26 Christmas trees, Der Biergarten is throwing the party of the season, no it's the party of the year. Music, entertainment and a special appearance by the always jolly Santa will bring holiday cheer to the youngsters. Don't worry, those 21 and up, we'll let you have the honor of saying "cheers" with $8 liters of draft Krombacher pilsner and Warsteiner dunkle and $5 glühwein. If you're an honorable member of Stein Club, save 50 percent on your individual tab. Der Biergarten’s proximity to Centennial Olympic Park puts Nikolaustag on the post-ice skating rink radar, and those at Georgia Aquarium Festival of the SEAson can enjoy the jingle and jangle after the aquarium closes at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Christmas on Main Street is coming to downtown Tucker on Thursday, December 5. From 5-9 PM the Old Town Tucker Merchants Association is transforming downtown into a holiday block party with music, food, Santa sightings and lighting of the Great Tree. And we all know that it wouldn't be Christmas without some treats! To get your fix, visit Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop at the vendor stalls lining Main Street for peppermint bark, mini cupcakes and small stocking stuffer items. If you still can't get enough, Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop is conveniently located at 2316 Main Street. Inside the display case boasts an array of baked goods, cupcakes and full-sized cakes that are sure to bring cheers!
Already have Thirsty Thursday plans this week? Good, ditch them and instead, enjoy a cultural night of better drinks, beautiful art and excellent company at the High Museum of Art from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5. Gunshow owner, chef, Fire in My Belly cookbook author and Bravo “Top Chef” star Kevin Gillespie will be there too, so you know it's going to be a rocking good time. He'll be creating a sculpture using the freshest ingredients from his kitchen with...OK, just kidding. Gillespie actually joins Dr. Pegah Zamani, Southern Polytechnic State University professor of architecture, to lead Dialogue, an informal gallery talk of their favorite High pieces. For those coming straight from work, receive half-price admission after 4 p.m. With extended hours, a DJ and a bar (hence the "Thirsty Thursday" reference), plus the company of the talented and tattooed chef Gillespie, there's no excuse good enough to miss this. Seriously.
Share the Joy of the Season at Der Biergarten's Nikolaustag Party on December 9 Plus More in this Week's Dish
Monday, December 2, 2013
'Tis the season for giving and doing it often. Instead of indulging in the gluttonous tendencies that seem to surface around the holidays, extend a helping hand to those who need it the most. On Wednesday, December 4, Old Vinings Inn hosts a "Happy Hour for Hope" where guests can make a difference in the lives of those experiencing difficult times. Spread cheer to a child by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, a bag of canned goods for MUST Ministries' food pantry, where you could provide a family's only meal of the day and/or a $10 donation to The Attic Bar at Old Vinings Inn beginning at 6 p.m. As a thank you for your kindness, enjoy an array of complimentary appetizers to go along with your favorite drinkable desserts. Get your family, neighbors and even coworkers on board to participate. And remember, each day and circumstance is not set in stone; you never know when you'll be the one needing help. Food for thought, eh?
Friday, November 29, 2013
You still have time to taste the scrumptious sushi created by eat.drink.repeat. blogger Chris Watkins, who won RA Sushi Bar Restaurant's Foodies Show Heart contest with his "This is the Way we Roll." Clever, huh? Guess what, it's just as delicious. The colorful dish is prepared with red beet tempura bits and drizzled with sweet eel sauce and green wasabi mayo. Through November 30, $4 from the sale of the $8 dish will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Watkins' charity of choice. So, what're you waiting for? Roll on to Midtown!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
The annual post-Thanksgiving shopping traditions are within our grasp. As the city gears up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, local shops and restaurants are celebrating their originality with Small Business Saturday on November 30. Instead of spending all of your savings at the mall and chain restaurants, support the local men and women of Atlanta and their unique products and fare offered. American Express has a special "Shop Small" promotion for those who register their cards and use them at select businesses on Saturday. It's a way to say, "thank you," to your neighbors and friends who work relentlessly to keep the city new and interesting.
Plenty of our favorite restaurants are dishing out delightful choices to indulge in. Vinings residents can explore Southern warmth and fare at Old Vinings Inn for brunch or dinner on Saturday, while Midtown crowds enjoy Communitas Hospitality restaurants HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and 10th & Piedmont for lunch, brunch or dinner. Late night drinks and noshes are also a must for these fun hangouts. Ray's Restaurants has the city covered by serving mouthwatering cravings in Alpharetta (Ray's on the Creek), on the top-end (Ray's on the River) or Downtown (Ray's in the City). Need something different for the palate? Tin Lizzy's Cantina locations provide fun FlexMex options with tantalizing margaritas and brews. End your small-town tour with sweets and treats at Sweet Dee's Bakeshop in Tucker, where cupcakes, ice cream, baked goods and more please the sweet tooth in us all. If you'd rather start the morning on the sweet side, they'll be open early at 8 a.m. and serving the night owls until 9 p.m. Small-town life isn't that bad, especially when you're in great company.
Here at MLA we have a couple of Auburn folks, a Florida girl, a Tennessee fan and several UGA boosters (Go Dawgs!) but nary a Georgia Tech alum. (We do call one when we need IT help though!) This Saturday, Nov. 30 is, of course, the big rivalry game between the Georgia teams and Marlow's Tavern in Midtown is throwing down an epic tailgate party starting at noon. Jackets and Dawgs alike can enjoy an outside mobile bar, four big-screen HDTVs, grill-fired foods, drink promos, giveaways and beer truck touchdowns by Athens' Terrapin Beer and Atlanta's SweetWater Brewery. The party continues with a DJ and tunes after the clock runs out. Score!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
What's better than a gift card or personalized e-gift card to use at one of your favorite Fifth Group Restaurants? Getting 20 percent more to indulge with. During its holiday gift card promotion, Fifth Group Restaurants is adding 20 percent to the value of each purchase of a gift card of $100 or more. That's an extra appetizer, a couple cocktails or desserts for the table. Savvy shoppers, that's $120 of dining for $100, $150 for $125, $240 for $200, etc. Are you dreaming of your ideal dish to dive into? Choose from Alma Cocina, Ecco, Lure, La Tavola Trattoria, The Original El Taco, South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings. Between carving the turkey and holiday shopping, we know you're busy this season. If you can't use up the card before 2013, have no fear, Fifth Group Restaurants will still be here in 2014. Your cards don't expire or lose value, so plan that special night out during the new year! E-gift cards are available in denominations of $25 to $250 and can be personalized with your own design and message. Send them out immediately or choose a future email date. Classic gift cards come in any denomination. While you're out spreading holiday cheer to others, reward yourself for being on the nice list this year and purchase a few for yourself. You have to eat too, you know.
The Atlanta area is known for some of the best restaurants in the country. It's no surprise, then, that when the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations -- OpenTable -- recently announced its 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the United States, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails represented Georgia proudly. What's even sweeter? The historic Crabapple eatery was one of only two restaurants in the state to make this year's list. Milton's popular seed-to-fork trend has won over plenty of guests and placed the restaurant on the Top 50 and Top 100 for three years in a row now. To further elaborate on what a big deal this is, OpenTable culled the list from more than five million restaurant reviews between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013. Yes, you read that correctly. Five million reviews. It seems Milton's is doing something right. Cheers to all!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Reel In Free Appetizer with Wine Bottle Purchase During The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill's Ketch a Cork Tuesdays
Turkey week is upon us with lots of exciting news, events and eats to gobble up. Are you still unsure if bird is the word in your house on Thursday? Check out the “Terrific Turkeys” Pinterest board for great ideas to mix up traditional, seasonal fare. For those of you heading out for a Black Friday shopping spree, fight the urge and participate in Small Business Saturday on November 30 to help the local economy. If shopping isn’t your thing, maybe football is? Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown will be hosting an epic tailgate for the state’s biggest rivalry game between UGA and Georgia Tech. See, we told you this week was stuffed! For more things to do around town, check out this week’s Dish.
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The city starts to dazzle as the sun goes down, and a million energy-efficient LED lights turn on the throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden in what has become the South's brightest holiday tradition, Garden Lights Holiday Nights. The event runs nightly from 5-10 p.m. through January 4. Midtown neighbors HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and 10th & Piedmont offer up some suggestions for a spectacular evening: pick your night, buy tickets online, bundle up and wear your walking shoes. Guests can redeem their 2013 season Garden Lights tickets for 50 percent off their tab at either restaurant through January 4 (up to $15 off; one ticket or promotional offer per table). For those who want to keep their glow on, 10th & Piedmont offers a late-night bar menu Tuesday-Saturday until 2 a.m., and HOBNOB offers late-night food until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are all options as the offer is good any day through January 4, not just on the day of your Garden Lights visit. Both restaurants offer free parking or complimentary valet parking to guests.