Thursday, July 2, 2015

Get Mooovin’ to Article 14 for Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Dinner with Cheese Expert Gabe Goodlatt July 8

More than 15 years ago, Sweet Grass Dairy founders Al and Desiree Wehner decided to let cows be cows on their family run Thomasville, Georgia farm. Their Jersey girls continue to graze their way through a rotation of grassy pastures, yielding pure, sweet-tasting milk at day’s end. Now cheese lovers -- locally and nationally -- enjoy these world-class cheeses crafted from the ground up. Article 14 in Midtown invites you to savor the pure flavors of these artisan cheeses and meet Gabe Goodlatt of Sweet Grass Dairy at this month’s four-course cheese dinner with wine pairings on July 8. $45 per person (not including tax or gratuity). The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations: 404-443-8432.

Bantam + Biddy Party Kicks Off Pastured Poultry Week July 8

Pasture-raised birds exhibit a not-so-paltry list of virtues spanning human and flock health, environmental sustainability and flavor. During Pastured Poultry Week, July 13-20, restaurants in Georgia, South Carolina and New York will offer dishes featuring pastured poultry to raise awareness and afford guests opportunities to taste the merits of these birds over factory-farmed chicken. On board with pastured poultry since the get go, Shaun Doty and Bantam + Biddy are kicking off Pastured Poultry Week with a party for chefs from participating restaurants and supportive community members at the Lenox location on Wednesday, July 8 from 7-9 p.m. A limited number of spaces are available for the general public; contact

Whether you’re already a pastured poultry devotee or if someone’s henpecking you to try it, note that these Atlanta restaurants will each feature a special dish during Pastured Poultry Week: Aria, Article 14, Bantam + Biddy, Chick-a-Biddy, Glenn’s Kitchen, Gunshow, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar and The Southern Gentleman.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stop Floundering and Claw Your Way to Ray’s Restaurants for Lobsterfest

Ray’s Restaurants and Rockland, Maine share a common denominator. Lobsters. While Rockland is the self-proclaimed “Lobster Capital of the World,” the king of crustaceans rules at Ray’s Restaurants’ Lobsterfest. Currently at Ray’s at Killer Creek and beginning Monday, July 6 at Ray's on the River and Ray's in the City, select a 1.25-pound whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter and a choice of salad and side for $24.95. All three restaurants salute Independence Day by presenting a one-pound whole Maine lobster, drawn butter and a choice of side for just $16.95 on July 4. The celebration continues over a lobster boil spread at Ray’s at Killer Creek on Saturday, July 11 and at Ray’s on the River on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. The all-you-can-eat buffet boasts succulent lobster tails, lobster claws, peel-and-eat shrimp, andouille sausage, savory red potatoes, roasted corn coleslaw and more plus house-made desserts. Cash bar. All three spreads are from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and cost $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited; for reservations, call 770-955-1187 (Ray’s on the River) or 770-649-0064 (Ray’s at Killer Creek). Hurry in or you’ll miss Lobsterfest by a tail. 

Scotley Innis of Ormsby’s Leads Chef Demo at Westside Provisions District Farmers Market July 5

See what kind of farm-fresh inspiration Ormsby’s chef Scotley Innis has up his sleeves at the Westside Provisions District Farmers Market this Sunday, July 5. The market sets up a stone’s throw from Ormsby’s cool environs (and cold brews) near Howell Mill and 14th Street. After picking up tips from Innis and picking out locally grown produce, dairy, eggs, artisan breads, baked goods and other delicacies at the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. market, skip over to Ormsby’s where there’s a cold beer for you and air conditioning to keep your produce perky. Market updates on Facebook.

Flag these Atlanta Restaurants for July 4

You have to eat sometime amid the cavalcade of July 4 activities, or you’ll fizzle out before the fireworks begin. Blast off to our blog where we’re taking the liberty of listing Atlanta restaurants paying tribute to the holiday with their own stars -- dine-in brunches, lunches and dinners, to-go meals, live music and drink specials -- and stripes, fresh from the grill. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Peachtree T-Shirts Past or Present Run Away With $5 Burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill July 4

Dash into Willy’s Mexicana Grill wearing the Peachtree Road Race shirt of the day -- July 4, 2015 -- or proudly don your well-earned vintage model and bag a burrito for $5. On Saturday, July 4, those wearing a prized Peachtree T-shirt from any race year can walk the burrito wrap line at any Willy’s (excluding airport location) and refuel on fillings such as Sinaloa or adobe chicken, cilantro-garlic steak, chipotle pork, Sinaloa tofu, Monterey Jack cheese, veggies, corn salsa, pico de gallo, beans, rice and Southwest coleslaw. Hydrate with your beverage of choice (additional charge) including homemade flavored lemonades, iced tea, bottled drinks, FIJI Water or a celebratory beer (plus margaritas at some locations). Stiff competition for the post-race bottled water and banana combo. 

Header on Over to STATS and Der Biergarten for FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer Semifinals and Finals Viewing through July 5

Cheer on Team USA as they play Germany in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinals June 30! STATS and Der Biergarten in the Luckie Marietta District offer specials to keep you fueled up and ready to cheer on the home team. Liters of Kӧnig Ludwig Hefeweizen are $9 at Der Biergarten, while STATS has an All American Combo for $15: personal premium jumbo wings appetizer with a choice of sauce (Buffalo, BBQ, Kung Fu) and choice of dressing with celery, plus a Messi Double Stack Burger with American cheese, lettuce, onion, pickle and, of course, Budweiser. Be sure to catch the rest of the Women’s World Cup action at STATS and Der Biergarten through July 5. Details about specials aren’t in a playbook, but you will find them on our blog

Kevin Gillespie Goes Gaucho, Travels to Argentina for CNN International’s “Culinary Journeys” Airing July 3, 4 and 7

Kevin Gillespie often refers to his Georgia upbringing, affection for rustic dishes with Southern roots and his passion for pork. On CNN International’s new “Culinary Journeys” series, the Atlanta-based chef, restaurateur and cookbook author divulges that an interest in Brazilian churrascaria-style dining led to his creation of Gunshow in 2013. Gillespie follows his affection for open-flame grilling to Buenos Aires, Argentina to explore the asado grilling method, and we can all follow along when his meat-packed 30-minute episode airs in July. Take a seat and buckle in for a tantalizing trip, whether you’re an early bird or night owl, and catch the show Friday, July 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; or Tuesday, July 7 at 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Four options for those having difficulty separating from their mini, meaty vacation with Gillespie: move fast and place an order by July 1 for a Terminus City Fourth of July barbecue pack ( or 404-380-1886), make dinner reservations at Gunshow, plan to dine at Revival -- his newest restaurant opening in Decatur later this summer, or read ”Pure Pork Awesomeness” to bone up on your pork panache. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

What’s New on Pinterest

It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Throw everything else on the grill. We mean everything. Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob and bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed burgers, shrimp satay, balsamic roasted tomatoes, veggie panini, sweet potato quesadillas, rum-soaked grilled pineapple, s’mores pizza, strawberry shortcake skewers. Even donuts deserve a spot on the grill. C’mon baby, light the fire and Get to Grillin’ now.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails throws a camera into their mix of seed-to-fork tools. Follow their new Instagram handle and see what’s growing and going on at the historic Crabapple district restaurant in Milton.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Appetizing Aperture

Rivaling the pure joy of stuffing your face with you-pick-em strawberries fresh from the field? The Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake ($5) at FLIP burger boutique. When juicy strawberries collide with divine vanilla ice cream and pound cake under a heavenly cloud of vanilla foam and a ruby red strawberry, all is well with the world.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Glory Be! Fourth of July Sparkles at Atlanta Restaurants

Fly the flag, find the sparklers and pick a parade and fireworks to watch. Our nation’s founders had no idea we’d make such a party out of their fight for freedom, liberty and independence, but if they were here, they’d probably be celebrating in red, white and blue right along with us. Atlanta restaurants are equally patriotic, declaring they’re open for dining in or packing up meals to grab and go. Some are closed for the day, but hey, even restaurateurs love going to picnics and firework displays.

Saturday night is for sparklers and Roman candle displays, Friday night is for candle-light dinners at
Aria. The Buckhead restaurant will be closed on Saturday so staffers can celebrate Independence Day with friends, family and fireworks.

Hurray for the “Red, White and Boil” Low Country boil and brunch at
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on July 4. Brunch hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. are ideal for Peachtree Road racers, and the Low Country boil and oyster roast will be ready to devour at noon. In the boil: wild Georgia shrimp, snow crab legs, black mussels, andouille sausage, new potatoes, sweet corn and Vidalia onions steamed in beer with Old Bay. Rip into one pound for $17.76 -- the price and year our great nation was officially founded. Includes okra fritters plus spicy remoulade, pepper vinegar and cocktail sauce. Pay $10 for a half-dozen smoked Gulf oysters on the half shell with melted leeks and Parmesan.

All four
Bantam + Biddy locations (Ansley, Crescent, Lenox and Avalon) will be open for business as usual. Peachtree Road racers, celebrate your accomplishment over food and drinks at Ansley Mall, Crescent Avenue and Lenox locations. Free up your day for holiday parade watching and pool time -- order a Bantam + Biddy family meal to go ($52, feeds 3-5 folks). If Lenox fireworks are on your horizon, picking up dinner at the Lenox location is a tailgating no-brainer. Meal includes your choice of a whole roast chicken, meatloaf or pork loin (24 oz.) served with an organic green salad, choice of dressing, cornbread (gluten-free bread upon request +$3), three generous sides and a half gallon of fresh-brewed tea. Family meal rules: take-out only, allow 30 minutes to prepare, no substitutions, 5 percent eco-friendly packaging fee added. Remember dessert! After all, it’s a holiday.

Chick-a-Biddy in Atlantic Station will remain open, serving brunch and dinner during its normal hours. Go all-American with waffles, healthy smoothies, chicken dishes (grilled or fried), Southern breakfast all day and your favorite cold beverages.

Raise a glass of sangria ($5) or tinto de verano ($4) to cheer Spain’s part in U.S. history and dine on fare influenced by the nation’s diverse cultural areas at
Gypsy Kitchen. Basque in the sunset on the Buckhead Atlanta restaurant's patio; open for dinner July 4 from 5-11 p.m.

Twenty-one bun salute? Close.
Marlow's Tavern is sending Insiders an email for a free burger with the purchase of an entrée. Sign up for the Insider’s Club online. Shout out: the Dunwoody 4th of July Parade sets off at 9 a.m. Saturday and concludes right outside the Dunwoody Village Marlow’s Tavern.

MAX's Wine Dive in Midtown is extending weekend brunch from Friday, July 3 through Saturday and Sunday. Peachtree Road Race fans, chicken and champagne call your names and numbers.

All three
Ray's Restaurants -- Ray’s in the City, Ray’s on the River and Ray’s at Killer Creek -- are open noon-8 p.m. For a tastes-rich, costs-little coastal treat, order the $16.95 lobster special featuring a one-pound whole Maine Lobster joined by drawn butter and side of your choice.

On July 4,
Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead waves the Red, White and Q flag, pulling pork from a whole hog roast starting at 4 p.m. (while supplies last) followed by live music from 6-9 p.m. Cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon are $2 each. Reminiscent of a spiked watermelon, From the Vine mixes vodka, watermelon juice, lime juice and simple syrup for $5 (usually $7).

The Fourth of July barbecue pack from
Kevin Gillespie’s Terminus City satisfies four to six of your most-spirited friends with two pounds of barbecue pork, one pint each of coleslaw and Revival potato salad, six sandwich rolls, barbecue sauce, pork cracklings and six chocolate chip cookies for $50. Throw in a copy of Gillespie’s new cookbook “Pure Pork Awesomeness” for just $25. Orders can be placed the day of, but orders placed by July 1 are guaranteed. Pick up orders at Gunshow. To place an order or discuss catering for a larger party, call the restaurant at 404-380-1886. More info:

Skipping beach-bound traffic over the holiday weekend? Sub in Buckhead-bound. Flip-flop over to
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill for Berry United cocktails -- New Amsterdam vodka, strawberries, lemonade, simple syrup and blueberries ($7.50) -- and live music from 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

The Southern Gentleman is a patriotic gent. The gastropub atop Buckhead Atlanta serves its modern take on Southern dish and libation traditions at lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5-11 p.m. on July 4. Foil the hot day with a few $2 Miller Lites, especially refreshing post-Peachtree Road Race or pre-Lenox fireworks.

Fire up the grill and toast land stewardship, sustainability, American entrepreneurship and independence from factory-farmed meats. Order
White Oak Pastures’ grass-fed meats and pasture-raised poultry online or look for them at local stores including Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets.

Wear your 2015 Peachtree Road Race T-shirt to
Willy’s Mexicana Grill locations on July 4 and buy a burrito for $5 (excludes airport eatery).

Rush In for an Hour of Half-Off Appetizers Monday-Thursday at Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub in Brookhaven

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub in Village Place Brookhaven is defining its own “rush hour” of sorts by offering half-price appetizers from 5-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings. Who wouldn’t want to rush in for addicting bites like these: house pimento cheese with Tillamook, piquillo peppers, local apples and crostini; Berkshire pork potsticker with ginger, toasted sesame and chili soy; ahi tuna tartare with avocado, tomato, coriander, feta and yuzu; Indian curry chicken spring rolls with garam masala, tamarind and cilantro-yogurt dip; and duck fat pub fries to dab in bacon mayonnaise. Appetizer prices are regularly $4-$12. Summer’s scorchers are no match for Kaleidoscope’s array of cold beer, cocktails and global wine list.