Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hunting for Easter Brunch or Dinner on April 5? The Dish Knows Eggs-actly Where to Go

When it comes to gathering Easter brunch and dinner ideas, we’ve put all of our restaurant eggs in one online basket, ourblog. Whether you prefer to dress up for the important occasion, browse a buffet eggs-travaganza, mellow out on a casual patio perch or grab goodies and prepared foods for an at-home celebration, we know what’s hopping where. We’re delighted to share, and we won’t even bite the ears off your chocolate rabbit. 

Oh, Swine Divine: Chef Kevin Gillespie Demos and Signs “Pure Pork Awesomeness”

The March 31 release of “Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World” has Gunshowowner and celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie sizzling like bacon to show off his divine swine skills and recipes at a passel of cookbook signings and demos in Atlanta and beyond.
This week, join Gillespie at A Cappella Books (208 Haralson Ave., NE) on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. for a patio book signing. The evening will include drinks and food from "Pure Pork Awesomeness," and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is very limited, but A Cappella is a short walk from the Inman Park MARTA station.
You can also meet Gillespie at Pirch in Lenox Marketplace (3535 Peachtree Road, across from Phipps Plaza) where he will sign copies of “Pure Pork Awesomeness” and demo recipes from within its jowls on Friday, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. $50 admission includes cookbook, demonstration, an array of appetizing “Pure Pork Awesomeness” creations and Angry Orchard brews. Limited to 75 guests. Buy tickets here. Next week Gillespie packs up his passion for all things pork and heads out to the West Coast to ham it up in Seattle and San Fran. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Six Dollars Induces a Blushing Geisha at RA Sushi in April

She won’t blush at your bawdy jokes, but a Blushing Geishawill join you at the bar or table any day, all day during April if you hand over $6 at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. Skyy Raspberry vodka and Chambord cast a beguiling blush to lemon sour, yielding a sweet sipper that’s not as innocent as she seems. No wonder she’s such a popular specialty cocktail of the month. While you can’t take her home, you’ll fondly remember her raspberry kiss. 

No Joke. A Fool’s Feast Dinner at Article 14 features WhistlePig Whiskey April 1

The pig is out of the pen. WhistlePig whiskey is hand-bottled, 100 percent rye whiskey hailing from Shoreham, Vermont. Seems spring hasn’t sprung yet in Vermont, thus WhistlePig is southbound to Article 14 for a Fool’s Feast WhistlePig dinner on Wednesday, April 1. The 100-proof, aged whiskey stands strong in handcrafted cocktails paired with a Southern family style feast and fixin’s planned by Legacy Restaurant Partners corporate executive chef Christopher Blobaum. Dinner guests will be privy to Sauternes Finish, the first American rye aged in premium French Sauternes casks and the first in a new series of WhistlePig whiskey finishes. Hightail it in for the 6 p.m. reception presenting assorted salumi and cheese, cured salmon on rye bread with radishes and bourbon-glazed chicken drummettes with blue cheese. Dinner brings forth diver scallops, rye berry salad with pecans and blood orange followed by Fatback Pig Project’s pork tenderloin with bourbon ancho sauce, creamy grits with goat cheese, broccolini with lemon, and bourbon walnut sweet potato mash. A dessert of bread and butter pudding with bourbon burnt sugar ice cream invokes whistles of admiration. Limited seating. Better fly to reserve your seat because the first 10 reservations receive a complimentary WhistlePig rocks glass. $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Call 404-443-8432 for reservations.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aria, Bantam + Biddy at Southern Foodways Alliance New South Family Supper April 12

Aria owner and executive chef Gerry Klaskala and Bantam + Biddy co-owner and executive chef Shaun Doty venture north to Summerland Farm near Cartersville on Sunday, April 12 to participate in the Southern Foodways Alliance New South Family Supper. This year’s supper theme, “Heart of the House,” pays homage to the unsung heroes of the restaurant industry -- dishwashers, bussers, valets, waiters and others who impact every dining experience but are seldom recognized for their hard work. Klaskala, Doty and other top Southern chefs will create dishes inspired by the quiet giants in their restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Buy tickets online for $250 each, which include food, drinks, programming and roundtrip transportation.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Appetizing Aperture

Paleo-terians and vegetarians agree, Kabob Land is their fast-casual “gyro” of authentic, made-to-order Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes in Buckhead. The heart-smart and wallet-friendly menu features plates of falafel, marinated charbroiled beef, lamb, salmon, chicken and vegetable kabobs ($7.95-$14.95) and most can go the wrap route on Lebanese bread ($6.95-$10.95). Baba ghanoush, hummus and jalapeño-infused falafel line up as amazing mezze, and fresh Greek, tabouli, shirazi and green salads ($5-$5.95) can be topped with chicken or beef shawarma for added protein (+$3). Give in to decadent pistachio baklava ($4) for a treat! Open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


If you need someone to grill about grilling, Texas native Doug Pickering is your man. Temperatures, rubs, rest -- the “Grill M.D.” and owner of D.W.P. Grill M.D. catering in Dallas doles out advice on his website and succulent photos@dwpgrillmd. This doc has earned his stripes.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Marlow’s Tavern Springs New Website!

Marlow’s Tavern first opened its doors to neighbors in Alpharetta in 2004, and now there are Marlow’s locations all over Atlanta and even in Orlando, Florida. A growing family tree calls for a new website, and DynamiX is on it, designing a new online look for the friendliest taverns in town. Oneclick and you’re there!  

Ray’s in the City Hosts Wine Dinner Featuring Sonoma’s Chalk Hill Winery April 1

Ray’s in the City executive chef Ugo Okpareke pours the fresh tastes of spring into his five-course menu for the downtown restaurant’s Chalk Hill Wine Dinner on Wednesday, April 1. David Goode, CSW, supplier for Chalk Hill winery, will be available to answer questions about Chalk Hill varietals served throughout the meal. A 6:30 p.m. reception gives way to a 7 p.m. dinner seating where guests will enjoy local chanterelle bisque with pickled white shrimp served with Chalk Hill sauvignon blanc; a salad of mâche, radish and pea tendrils topped with fried egg and goat buttermilk dressing alongside Chalk Hill chardonnay; roasted beef tenderloin, smashed sweet peas, morels and horseradish complemented by Chalk Hill malbec; braised pole beans and pork trotter with brown butter creamed grits served with Chalk Hill pinot noir; and a finish of sweet biscuit ice cream sandwich with warm chocolate and Chalk HillBotrytis sémillon. $99 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations required; call 404-524-9224.

FLIP burger’s Gregg Piazzi and Stephanie Alderete of Nikolai’s Roof Demo in Junior League Tour of Kitchens

Kitchen tourists following the Junior League of Atlanta Tour of Kitchens route will see what’s new in home kitchen design from fine cabinets to shiny sinks as they whip through 14 residences on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday’s showcase kitchens include bonus guest appearances and cooking demos by Atlanta chefs and culinary gurus. Attendees will meet Gregg Piazzi, director of culinary operations for FLIP burger boutique and Stephanie Alderete, chef de cuisine at Nikolai’s Roof in the Hilton Atlanta. Route and details are in the tourprogram. Tickets are $40 each and valid both days; buy them at homes along the tour or at Junior League of Atlanta headquarters. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar Opens this Spring at Loews Atlanta Hotel

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar opens in the Loews Atlanta Hotelthis spring to shake up Midtown with its dynamic energy, easy-to-share fare and highly social ambiance. The new restaurant and bar are designed to encourage the casual mingling and communal dining get-togethers its Midtown neighborhood favors. Executive chef Oliver Gaupin, a native of Orleans, France and one of only four chefs in Georgia to carry the Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chef of France) distinction, presents a menu focusing on shareable small plates and charcuterie featuring local ingredients. Gaupin and sous chef Chris Espanola draw upon European roots and Southern riches as they choose locally sourced charcuterie and create house-made charcuterie such as pork and duck prosciutto, rabbit terrine and Saltwood Spam. Refreshing starters such as cucumber soup and charred octopus make way for mains ranging from seafood to meats to offal and pasta. Quick entrée peeks include cobia with crudo, pickled shrimp and dilled yogurt; lamb belly with pickled grapes, saffron golden quinoa, harissa jus and gremolata; blood sausage with egg, sweet potato and poblano hash, crispy tripe and an apricot butter vinaigrette; and Forbidden rice risotto with Reggiano, butter-poached lobster, pea tendrils, chive oil and chervil. Saltwood will be open for lunch, dinner and evening drinks. Follow developments on Facebook.

Get Moo-ving -- White Oak Pastures and Whole Foods Market Sponsor Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conference

Where do like-minded livestock farmers gather to network and graze on seminars fielding best practices in pasture raising, humane livestock handling and processing, business and marketing, and educating consumers about the benefits of their products, all capped by a keynote from Dr. Temple Grandin? The Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conferencedraws them to The Gwinnett Center like cattle to lush grass on Saturday, March 28. White Oak Pastures and Whole Foods Market are key sponsors in making this second-annual conference happen. A Harris family farm for five generations, White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia follows ecologically sustainable land stewardship and raises all of its animals following humane practices. White Oak Pastures sells its artisan products, grass-fed meats and pasture-raised poultry through its online store and at retailers including Whole Foods Market. As the world’s leading natural and organic grocer, Whole Foods Market is committed to supporting organic farmers, growers and the environment through sustainable agriculture and by expanding the market for organic goods and meat from humanely raised livestock. Friday’s White Oak Pastures farm tour is sold out; however, livestock lovers can buy tickets for the Saturday conference at the door from 7-8:30 a.m., $85 each.

680 The Fan Hoops Happy Hour at STATS Starts Ball Rolling for Hawks Games

Better jump! Two shots left to net a March Hoops Happy Hourat STATS: Friday, March 27 and Monday, March 30. STATS and680 The Fan are teaming up for some pre-game fun before each weeknight Hawks tip-off at Philips Arena during March. Join Chuck and Chernoff for their live broadcast at STATS from 3-7 p.m., and you’ll have a chance to win tickets to that night’s game. Mention to your server that you’re “all-in” to score half-priced appetizers from 5-6:30 p.m. Bounce herefor details.
Running up and down the court, dodging and passing cranks up a huge thirst and appetite. Good thing you’re at STATS. With 70 HDTVs and seven distinct audio zones for NCAA Tournament action, every shot is a “fan”-tastic shot backed by snazzy new menu items in the playbook. STATS is the first U.S. venue to provide pull-your-own draft taps as well as offering a tall selection of bottled beer and table-ready beer buckets. Seize commercial breaks to order court-side winners from the new menu: shrimp and crab nachos with crab fondue and green onions ($13); avocado lettuce wraps with black beans and pico de gallo ($9); loaded kettle chips with blue cheese, bacon and scallions ($7); fried pork dumplings with ponzu dipping sauce ($10); STATS shepherd’s pie with venison ($18); or a burger or chicken set up as The Big Win with bacon, fried onion and barbecue sauce ($12) or El Santo-style with pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo and jalapeños ($12). 

Jennifer Hanson and Del Baroni with On the Air Orchestra Swings Big Band Sound at Ray’s on the River

I’ve got you under my skin. Come dance with me. Come fly with me. Beyond the sea. Not cutting in on your date, just throwing out some jazzy titles Jennifer Hanson with Del Baroni and On the Air Orchestra may play at Ray’s on the River Friday, March 27. From 7-11 p.m., sway in your seat or mosey to the dance floor for the group’s elegant big band sound of classic swing, R&B, soul and classic rock and roll. On the Air Orchestra boasts a four-horn section that’s the real deal. Click here for reservations or call 770-955-1187 for more information. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bantam + Biddy Lenox Square Holds Autism Speaks “Give Back Night”

Bantam + Biddy Lenox Square is looking ahead toward next month’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks Georgia 1.5-mile walk at Atlantic Station because it’s never too early to fly the banner to raise awareness and funds for a good cause. Nonprofit Autism Speaks roosts close to co-owner and chef Shaun Doty’s heart thus he’s designating Thursday evening, March 26 as a “Give Back Night” at Bantam + Biddy Lenox Square. Ten percent of all proceeds after 5 p.m. will go to Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S., and currently, one in 68 children is diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Buying an Autism Speaks puzzle piece for one dollar atChick-a-Biddy or any of the four Bantam + Biddy restaurants -- Ansley, Crescent Avenue, Lenox Square or Avalon -- is another way to help researchers unlock the Autism puzzle. The money goes directly to Autism Speaks, and your puzzle piece decorates the restaurant.

Taste of Inman Chalks Up First Class Samples from Atkins Park, Bantam + Biddy and More at Inman Middle School March 26

Thursday night’s homework at Inman Middle School will probably involve eating dinner at school. Taste of Inman fills the school gymnasium with more than 20 area restaurants from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland and Bantam + Biddywill be among the 20-plus restaurants acing the evening by handing over mouthwatering samples of popular menu items. Atkins Park is fixing the Southern staple shrimp and grits, and Bantam + Biddy will spoon up its healthy vegetable and grain salad. Whole Foods Market - Ponce de Leon also will be on court with store favorites at this Inman Middle School PTA fundraiser. Hurry to buy tickets online through March 24: $18 per adult, $10 per student and $5 per child under age 5. Pay a few bucks more at the door: $20 adult and $15 per student.

Find Nikolai’s Roof, Table 1280 and Aqua blue in this Picture -- The High Museum Wine Auction March 25-28

Mona Lisa is stuck at the Louvre. What a shame she’ll miss the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction framing Wednesday, March 25 through Saturday, March 28, but that means more Monet for the rest of us. Generating more than $22 million over 22 years, the annual four-day food and wine extravaganza is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta, the eighth-largest wine auction in the U.S. and the nation’s top charity wine auction benefiting the arts! Another top pick, Nikolai’s Roof, on the top floor of the Hilton Atlanta, is the site for an opening night Dine around Dinner on March 25 beginning with a 7 p.m. reception. Chef Stephanie Alderete and brand ambassador Scott Foley of Alexana Winery andRevana Family Vineyard present a five-course masterpiece of a meal with wine pairings. See the menu here. Call 404-221-6362 to make reservations for the $155 per person prix fixe dinner (not including tax and gratuity). The party-h’arty week culminates at Saturday’s sold-out Vintners’ Reception and Live AuctionAqua blue and Table 1280 are among the notable restaurants and vintners converging under the big tents at Atlantic Station. Guests will munch and sip their way through the gastronomic wonderland before the 23rd High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction uncorks an incredible array of rare wines, original art, travel adventures, outstanding dinners and other luxurious temptations.