Friday, August 10, 2012

Hard Pressed for Dinner Ideas? Marlow's Tavern Panini to the Rescue

During the summer months when the sun doesn't set until later, dinnertime can sneak up on you. Thankfully, Marlow's Tavern has a stay-cool menu of dishes and drinks and nine locations - including the newest location in Dunwoody. Always a good neighbor, Marlow's Tavern is glad to share its recipe for grilled chicken panini, a simple summer classic that will get dinner on the table fast and keep the cook cool as a cucumber.

Marlow's Tavern Grilled Chicken Panini
Serves 2

1 loaf focaccia bread     
2 grilled chicken breasts
4 slices fresh mozzarella
2 tbsp. basil aioli (see recipe below)
2 sliced fresh Roma tomatoes     
1/2 cup fresh spinach    

Evenly season each chicken breast with salt and pepper and grill chicken breasts until cooked through. Cut focaccia loaf in half to make two sandwiches. Spread both sides of each sandwich with one tablespoon of basil aioli. Build each sandwich from the bottom up, layering the ingredients in the following order: ¼ cup spinach, tomato slices, grilled chicken and two mozzarella slices. Place sandwich in panini press for 60 seconds or until lightly toasted. Alternatively, grill in a hot skillet until toasted and heated through.

Basil Aioli
12 fresh basil leaves
½ tsp. garlic, chopped   
1 scallion, chopped        
1/8 cup olive oil
1 cup mayonnaise         
Salt and pepper 

Place all ingredients (except for mayonnaise) into blender or food processor and blend on high speed until puréed. Place puréed mixture into a mixing bowl and fold in mayonnaise until combined. 

Appetizing Aperture: National Filet Mignon Day

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National Filet Mignon Day is coming up on Monday, August 13. As easy to slice as butter, a tender filet mignon like this one served at Ray's Restaurants just about melts in your mouth. So what do you say? Steak knife or butter knife? You chews.

Celebrate Chicken and the Egg’s First Anniversary With Fun Prizes, Discounts, Contests This August

Congrats to Chicken and the Egg! This delicious Marietta restaurant opened in August 2011 and is now celebrating its anniversary month with a variety of specials and contests to thank guests for their support throughout the eatery’s first year.

Feeling lucky? The restaurant will hand out golden eggs containing different prizes to each table Monday, August 13 through Thursday, August 16. The prizes range from complimentary beverages to a dinner for two!

Chicken and the Egg is also offering a teacher appreciation special from now through Tuesday, August 14. Teachers who show their school ID to their server will receive 15 percent off their meal and can register to win a Chicken and the Egg sponsored class party!

If you've been snap happy with your camera or iPhone on your past visits to Chicken and the Egg, be sure to check out the restaurant’s Facebook photo contest to submit your photos from the restaurant’s first year of being open. The contest will run until Tuesday, August 20 and the tasty prize is dinner for two – a $50 value!

Throughout the month of August, the restaurant will also host a family recipe contest, and guests can submit their recipes at the restaurant. Taft will pick a winner and feature the dish on the restaurant’s September menu along with the winner’s name and information on his/ her family.

Oh, Chicken and the Egg – it seems like just yesterday we were falling in love with our very first amazingly scrumptious bites of your fried chicken and macaroni & cheese… how time flies! 

Wine & Spirits Raises a Glass to Aria's Jacob Gragg

Photo by George Sanchez
Wine & Spirits magazine will toast to Aria Sommelier Jacob Gragg on its "bests" list for 2012. The magazine will publish its list in the October issue. That gives you just shy of two months to wine and dine at Aria before the word is officially uncorked. 

It's Follow Friday; Meet Our Tweep of the Week @FarmMobile

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John Deere tractors get the job done in the fields. Farm Mobile brings those veggies to the tables of metro urbanites. The mobile farm store operated by Riverview Farms stops at various places around town. 

Check out their tweets for locations and stops, head over, hop on and shop for produce from local farms. Follow on Twitter (@FarmMobile) to find them. More reads to pick at on the Riverview Farms website.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's New on Pinterest: Peachy Keen

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Coming back from the beach, you purchased a big basket of blushing peaches at a roadside stand. They're going to be delish, and they're going to ripen in unison. Peachy keen Pinterest posts are the pick of the crop for ways to make the most of your haul.

Schnitzel Savings for Dekalb County Government Employees at Seven Hens in Decatur

Throughout the month of August, Seven Hens is welcoming in the restaurant's government neighbors for a discounted meal. Those who show their DeKalb County government ID at the newly opened schnitzel eatery will receive a 15 percent reduction on their tab. The fast-casual restaurant, located at the corner of Clairmont and North Decatur roads, has plenty to crow about in the field of reasonably priced, globally inspired chicken schnitzel. And they're just getting started on community-oriented promotions, so stop by and tell them if you'd like your business to be considered for future perks and schnitzel savings.

MLA Taste and Tell: Drink Up!

MLA Client Services Manager Tuan tells us his top three favorite places to pick up pleasing summer beverages. Watch on YouTube as he spills all the details on where to find the best adult slushies and reusable tiki glasses. Bottoms up!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

JCT. Bar Continues Tomato Celebration with $10 BLT and Beer Special

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In July, I got to check an item off of my food-related bucket list: attend JCT. Kitchen's Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. I had a blast, enjoying the live music and of course, eating and drinking all the tomato-y goodness my stomach could handle. Although we have to wait until next July for the festival's return, JCT. Bar is offering a new "BLT and Beer" special for $10 we can feast on until then. Replacing the burger in their popular "Burger and Beer" special, the BLT comes with heirloom tomato, house-smoked bacon from Gum Creek Farms, peppery arugula and a pickled jalapeno mayo. The rooftop bar is pairing it with with a smooth, lager-like Southampton Biere de Mars to complete this perfect summer meal. The "BLT and Beer" special is available every Tuesday through Thursday from 5 - 10 p.m. during tomato season. This offer is only available at JCT. Bar, located above JCT. Kitchen in Atlanta's Westside Urban Market. 

Explore the flavors of summer sandwiches - and more - in this week's Dish

From schnitzel to BLT to panini, there's no denying that August is National Sandwich Month when you read through this week's Atlanta Dish! If you're not already receiving the Dish, be sure to sign up on our Facebook page or right here on our blog.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Alon’s Bakery and Market in Dunwoody Gets Beery Crafty

Hop on over to the craft beer tasting hosted by Alon’s Bakery and Market in Dunwoody this Thursday, August 9. The 7-8 p.m. tasting will highlight five craft brews from Cisco Brewers in NantucketMass. And Minhas Brewery in CalgaryCanada. Sample the entire range from English-style Whale’s Tale Pale Ale to the classic Bavarian-style Summer of Lager, along with a light-bodied American golden Sankaty Light Lager (named after a Nantucket lighthouse), malty-fruity Indie Pale Ale, and an amber-hued Vienna lager named Fat Cat Lager.     The tasting costs $15 per person. Interested guests can reserve a spot by calling 678-397-1781 or purchase tickets online at www.alons.comCheers!

Sanctuary Park Employees Enjoy Breakfast and Lunch at Three New Market Street Cafés

The Southeastern leader in on-site culinary cafes, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management (SSCM), has recently opened three casual Market Street Café locations in the Sanctuary Park office development. Alpharettans who work in and near Sanctuary Park office campuses – Lake View II, the Falls and Stone Bridge I -- are already savoring the spoils of having three new, yummy dining options. Each café is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cafés satisfy early morning to lunch time cravings with chef-driven fresh, nutritious and delicious foods prepared from scratch right there in each café. From boardroom to mailroom and carnivore to vegetarian, there’s something for everyone. 

In addition to delicious taste, Sterling Spoon’s signature HEALTHchecks initiative ensures menu items meet nationally accepted dietary guidelines for healthy and nutritious dining options. Atlantans are already familiar with SSCM dining concepts and catering services. Perhaps you’ve heard of Bistro 191 in downtown, Market Street Café in Buckhead, Aqua blue in Roswell and Atlanta-spanning Marlow’s Tavern locations?  Healthy and delicious, the new Market Street Cafés are the perfect addition to a busy workday.