Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's New on Pinterest: School-Friendly Snacking

After laying on the beach and not worrying about homework all summer long, getting back into a school mood is probably the last thing on your mind. We’ve made the transition a little easier by planning ahead and building a School-Friendly Snacking board that’s sure to keep your energized and full before, during and after school! 

Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch are Three Tasty Reasons to Attend The Atlantan’s To Live and Dine Benefitting ACFB on August 4

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In an effort to help the Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Atlantan Modern Luxury magazine presents To Live & Dine, a luxury cuisine and cocktails event. Grab your tickets and enjoy samples from Umi, Smokebelly, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill and other top restaurants in Atlanta on Monday, August from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery. Take a sample of Umi’s spicy tuna crispy rice, smoked pork belly coleslaw and homemade biscuit sliders from Smokebelly and a watermelon tuna tartar from The Big Ketch. Must be 21 and over to attend and a ticket is required for entry. Purchase online ($35 including service fee) and bring some non-perishable food donations along with you for the ACFB!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Appetizing Aperture: King + Duke Huck Finn Rickey

Mark Twain, whose themes and words inspired King + Duke, once said, “If you tell the truth, you do not need a good memory.” Rafting down the Mississippi is easier than taking on the rapids (or potholes) of Peachtree, but drifting to the Atlanta restaurant for the Huck Finn Rickey is worth every bump. Sip on a mix of Hayman’s Old Tom gin, huckleberry-lime shrub and lime bitters ($11) and watch the world flow by.

Give Whole Foods Market an A+ for Back-to-School Nourishment

As summer vacation comes to an end, the chimes of school bells will be ringing around the city soon. Whole Foods Market has you covered for the tastiest and the most nutritious brain food recipes to make breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner a breeze. Their back-to-school menu includes apple oatmeal in a jar, whole grain toaster waffles, no-cook zucchini “noodle” salad, and one-dish roasted brats with apples and butternut squash. More healthy ideas can be found on their Pinterest boards and website collections of Back-to-School Breakfasts, Surprising Sandwiches, After-School Snacks and Slow Cooker Recipes. Going back to school has never tasted better! 

10th & Piedmont Sticks It to ‘Em to Win Travel Channel Chow Master’s $10,000 in Hotlanta Fried Chicken Battle

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On a mission to find the best chicken and waffles in Atlanta, Travel Channel’s Chow Master hosts, chef Sam Demarco and director Frank Coraci, headed to 10th & Piedmont. Coming hot out the kitchen was executive chef Javier Viera’s spin on the dish. Paired with a dipping trio of hot sauce, powdered sugar and North Georgia sorghum syrup, Viera marinated chicken breast on a stick, wrapped it in applewood smoked bacon, submerged the entire thing into homemade waffle batter and then fried it to a perfect golden crisp. After competing against some of the best, 10th and Piedmont took home the title for tastiest fried chicken in Atlanta and won the $10,000 prize! Catch the Chow Masters Hotlanta Chicken episode and then head to 10th and Piedmont and try the winning dish available on the lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus! 

Back to School Meals from Whole Foods Market, The Atlantan's To Live and Dine and More in This Week's Dish!

After a long summer break that no kid will ever deem long enough, it's time to hop back on the bus and hit the books yet again. Give them something to look forward to with the fast and nutritious recipes cooked up by the Whole Foods Market team. From simple sunrise smoothies to whole grain toaster waffles, your little scholars will be ready to learn after filling up on these brainy bites. Once the kids are out the door, ring up the babysitter and start making plans for The Atlantan's To Live and Dine, a luxury cuisine and cocktail event on Monday, August 4. Hometown heroes Umi, Smokebelly and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill will all be dishing out samples. Since the event helps support the Atlanta Community Food Bank, it's a win/win for food lovers and the city of Atlanta. All that and more in this week's Dish!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Makan Brings Asian Noodle Shop and Street Stall Foods to Downtown Decatur

in downtown Decatur recently opened its doors and now Atlantans can stick their fork in cuisine inspired by Asian street food and traditional Asian comfort food created by co-owner and executive chef George Yu. Experience the flavors of Taiwanese beef noodle soup, house made dumplings, Korean barbecue, whole roasted ducks and kimchi made in house from local veggies for lunch or dinner. To further the experience, look out for a Banchan cart with rotating small plate selections and a full beverage menu. Makan is located inside the Courtyard Marriott Decatur Downtown and is open seven days a week. Reservations accepted; walk-ins welcome. Follow on Facebook.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Anniversary Week Flies into Chick-a-Biddy July 28-August 3

Chick-a-Biddy is celebrating their one year and has special dishes and deals in honor of the anniversary week, July 28-August 3. On Monday, July 28, enjoy a free pimento cheese appetizer with any purchase (one per table). Receive a free gift of a $5 coupon for your next visit with any entrée purchase on Tuesday, July 29. Chow down on half-price wings all day on Wednesday, July 30. On Thursday, July 31, each guest receives a complimentary regular or gluten-free cookie. Atlantic Summers cocktails are only $5 each, and a DJ spins your favorite tunes on Friday, August 1. A DJ provides the tunes as you make a Chick-a-Piggy of yourself by filling up on $5 whole hog chopped barbecue sandwiches from noon until they’re gone and quaff down SweetWater 420 for $2 on Saturday, August 2. Birthday cake comes out during Sunday brunch on August 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and surely the DJ will toss "Happy Birthday" onto the playlist!

Paint the Town at Old Vinings Inn Art Show Featuring Victoria Disalvo

On July 26, Old Vinings Inn lets the creativity in as the works of artist Victoria Disalvo are featured from 6-8 p.m. Guests can enjoy light appetizers and a specialty cocktail while viewing Disalvo’s paintings. Disalvo won her first blue ribbon in an art show when she was just five years old and went on to show and sell her work in Atlanta, Memphis and other destinations in the mid-South.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Appetizing Aperture: Willy's Mexicana Grill Southwest Chicken Salad

Stick your fork into a Southwest chicken salad at Willy’s Mexicana Grill. Grilled chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, corn salsa, jack cheese, homemade guacamole and tortilla strips all sit atop romaine and iceberg lettuce to create the perfect meal ($7.75). Find your closest Willy’s location online; their newest location just opened in The Village on North Druid Hills.

Party ‘til After the Fireflies Come Home at Milton’s BBQ & Blues on July 27

Don’t let a good Sunday go to waste. On July 27 at 5 p.m., cruise over to Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails for their BBQ & Blues Sundays. Spend an evening in historic Crabapple for cornhole, craft brews and cocktails, chicken, ribs and Southern sides by chef Derek Dollar. There’s only two more gatherings left on August 24 and September 28, so catch them while you can! Please call to reserve your seat: 770-817-0161.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#foodgram: @girleatworld

#foodgram: Melissa, the Singapore-based photographer who runs @girleatworld, has one mission: stuff her face around the world. Based off of her food pictures, eating Belgian waffles in Brussels, coconut ice cream in Thailand or even a Scotch egg in London has never looked better. Read how she does it on her blog,

Pour it on for National Tequila Day at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina July 24

Yes, National Tequila Day is an actual thing and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is celebrating with specials you can’t pass up. Whether you take it as a shot or as a margarita floater, on July 24 head to your nearest location and commemorate the day with one-ounce pours of 1800 Tequila for $2. Sip on house margaritas for $4 or try the Beach House made with 1800’s new coconut-infused tequila, orange liqueur and sour mix. Pour it on!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rare Orphan Barrel Whiskeys Call Ink & Elm Home for July 23 Dinner

Join master of whiskey Kevin Mulcahy at Ink & Elm in Emory Village as he leads guests through a trio of rare whiskeys paired with a four-course dinner prepared by executive chef Stephen Sharp. The evening begins on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a specialty cocktail, then progresses through an aged flight of whiskeys coming out of Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co.: Barterhouse, 20 years; Old Blowhard, 26 years; and Rhetoric, 20 years. Purchase your tickets today!

Umi Ranks #1 in Jezebel Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants 2014

When Umi unites classic and modern Japanese flavors, they do more than just please taste buds – they receive accolades. According to Jezebel magazine, partner/chef Fuyuhiko Ito runs the “most happening resto in A-Town.” The Buckhead restaurant ranked number one in the luxury magazine’s “100 Best Restaurants 2014." The recognition kept coming as they claimed "Best Sushi" and "Best Celeb" sightings.

Milton's BBQ & Blues, Chick-a-Biddy Anniversary Week and More in This Week's Dish!

The sixth annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival may be over, but our summer foodie schedules show no sign of slowing down any time soon. Up next on our calendars? Making our way to historic Crabapple for BBQ & Blues Sundays at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails. Live music, craft brews and more barbecue than you can shake a rib at - what's not to love? Once we've had our fill, we're heading back to the big city to celebrate Chick-a-Biddy's first anniversary at Atlantic Station. With a week's worth of special deals and events, multiple visits are a must. All that and more in this week's Dish!