Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Les Grand Chais de France, the number-one privately owned winemaker in France, provides wines for an exciting Bordeaux Wine Dinner experience at Stem Wine Bar on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Guest Maxime Lillet will introduce the night’s wine selections chosen by Stem general manager/sommelier Chris McNeill to complement a five-course menu created by chef/owner Doug Turbush and chef John Flagello. Menu highlights and pairings include warm CalyRoad aged goat cheese, prosciutto di Georgia, orange marmalade, toasted walnuts and baguette served with Helfrich dry Riesling, Alsace; absinthe-cured king salmon with pink grapefruit, crème fraiche, torn sourdough crouton and tarragon paired with Chateau Fonfroide white, Bordeaux; duck leg confit with red wine-braised red cabbage and grain mustard joined by Chateau Laroque 2012, St. Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux; grilled spinalis with Yukon potato confit, autumn mushrooms and sauce bordelaise paired with Chateau Laroque 2010 and 1996, St. Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux; and dessert of maple pots de crème with almond praline served with Helfrich gewürtztraminer, Alsace (menu subject to change based on availability). Limited space, buy tickets in advance, $119 per person (includes tax and gratuity).
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Go “Back on the Farm” with Gunshow, 5Church and Others at Atlanta History Center’s Smith Family Farm Sept. 22
Urban farmhands, swap shovels for forks and cocktail glasses for the fifth annual “Back on the Farm” fall social at the Smith Family Farm on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center on Friday, Sept. 22. Event executive chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef Virginia Willis steers a herd of top chefs, farmers and bartenders preparing for a night of cocktails, lite bites and supper in the Grand Overlook. Gunshow “curator of all things cocktail and cocktail cart conductor” Mercedes O’Brien and 5Church Atlanta lead bartender Keyatta Mincey will be on hand harvesting their own special libations while White Oak Pastures’ Jenni Harris takes her place with the participating farmers. The 6 p.m. event supports the Smith Family Farm, its educational programming for Georgia school children and the newly established 4-H program run in conjunction with UGA Extension at the History Center. Buy tickets online, $225/individual through various sponsorship levels.
Atlanta connections run deeper than a golf course pond for the PGA TOUR Championship and Henri’s Bakery & Café. The two institutions will share a delicious bond showcasing the legacy of golfer Bobby Jones when the PGA TOUR’s season-ending competition draws the world’s best golfers and throngs of viewers to historic East Lake Golf Club Sept. 21-24. Jones was a founding member of East Lake Golf Club and is considered by many to be the game’s greatest amateur golfer. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1902, the Atlanta native kept a shamrock charm on his pocket watch…lucky inspiration for the shamrock shortbread cookies Henri’s will prepare exclusively for tournament week. Henri’s, which opened its doors in Atlanta in 1929, has two locations (the newly relocated Buckhead store in Andrews Square and the Sandy Springs store) delighting Atlantans with bakery delicacies and premium deli favorites. The renowned Atlanta bakery will serve some of its famous sandwiches -- the turkey po-boy, the roast beef po-boy, turkey on white and ham and cheese on white -- at the Tour Championship. “It’s worth noting that within a year of Henri’s Bakery first opening its doors, Bobby Jones became the only golfer to ever win the Grand Slam in the same calendar year,” points out Anthony DiNardo, president of Henri’s Bakery & Café. Tasty trivia to chew on while watching the pros vie for the FedExCup and a replica of Jones’ Grand Slam-winning Calamity Jane putter.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Pepper your day with some really hot topics by skimming headlines on our Just Jalapeños board. Jalapeños add zip to appetizers like hummus, cheese fondue, “insanely delicious” dip and pigs in a blanket as well as hearty hotties of jalapeño cheddar burgers, empanadas, grain-free shrimp veggie bake and creamy popper pasta. And while we’re on the subject of those popular poppers, try varieties involving pineapple, sausage, mac ‘n cheese, spaghetti squash, chicken casserole and bacon-grilling. So fired up, we are.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Breakfast Criminals follows a mantra well worth chewing, “…how you start your day is how you live your life.” So why open the day by opening a cardboard box when you can fix raspberry lemon nice cream, a gut-friendly açaì-cashew kefir bowl or a beety magenta-hued, hormone-pleasing schmear of almond cheese on toast. And remember to breathe and set a daily intention…before caffeine-ing for the day. Peace, bro.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Brine Modern Seafood Shack’s Portuguese fish stew brims with a seaside soiree of fish, clams, mussels, Heywood’s chorizo, peppers, tomatoes and saffron ($21.95). Perfectly acceptable to slurp or sop up every drop at this casual eatery in the heart of Alpharetta’s Avalon development.
Sweet Charlie’s is where they roll. We’re talking about Atlanta Falcons/Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta Hawks player Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Braves players Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, Ryan Howard and Nick Markakis and Georgia Tech head basketball coach Josh Pastner -- all of whom were spotted at Buckhead’s hottest ice cream shop. Perhaps they were fascinated by the wrist technique displayed by the Sweet Charlie’s crew expertly rolling made-to-order ice cream on an arctic-cold slab. Score!
Friday, September 15, 2017
Have it all over back-to-back weekends -- from a lively Southern spread to a vine-and-dine garden dinner at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple. Executive chef Derek Dollar stocks a hefty spread of low country boil, oysters and gracious plenty fried chicken and sides for this month’s Farmyard Chowdown feast from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17. Live music and lawn games entertain the whole family, from wee ones to strong farmhands. Buy tickets online, $40 per person and $20 for kids 12 and under (plus small service fee; tax, alcohol not included).
Dig dining in the garden? So does Dollar, and he’s eyeing Milton’s Acre, the restaurant’s one-acre garden, for another harvest-to-plate Garden Dinner Series dining experience on Sunday, Sept. 24. Relishing the harvest begins upon arrival over hors d’oeuvre and libations at the 6 p.m. reception. Go ahead and tour the garden, drink in hand, before a memorable four-course meal of inspired comfort foods and wines served family style accompanied by ambient starry skies and the soothing sounds of a cellist. Menu items may include delicate squash blossoms stuffed with prosciutto and cream cheese or pimento cheese and crawfish; or roast duckling with fingerling sweet potatoes, oyster mushrooms, heirloom snap beans and candied pecan apple butter. Purchase tickets online, $125 per person, per dinner. Price includes wine, tax and gratuity.
For either dinner series, tickets cannot be refunded within 48 hours of the event. Tickets are not transferrable for other dates. Please call 770-817-0161 for more information. If this month’s calendar is full, look ahead. Milton’s hosts its last Farmyard Chowdown of the 2017 season on Oct. 8 and Garden Dinners on Oct. 1 and Oct. 15.
Fill your plate where it’s great to be eight, and ate, at the eighth annual Southern Chefs Potluck fundraiser benefitting Wholesome Wave Georgia. More than 250 guests, chefs and bartenders from across Georgia will come together from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 for family style dining, fun and fellowship in the open-air pavilion at the idyllic Inn at Serenbe. Mosey over here to buy tickets and see who’s potlucking like Gunshow’s cocktail director, Mercedes O’Brien. Choose individual for $175 or a VIP Chefs Table and Reception package for two for $600 (service fees extra). Wholesome Wave Georgia works to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food for all Georgians through two core programs: Georgia Fresh For Less, which stretches SNAP/EBT dollars at farmers markets, and the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program, in which healthcare providers give families prescriptions to be filled and spent on fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
There are cups and then there is the FedExCup -- The PGA TOUR Championship trophy, the very trophy that will go home with the winner of this year’s PGA TOUR's championship. See the FedExCup trophy at Henri’s Bakery & Café’s new Buckhead location (56 E. Andrews Drive NW) on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Photo bomb op! Golfers and non-golfers alike can take a selfie or group shot with the FedExCup trophy. The spill on why Henri’s has the privilege of hosting the FedExCup trophy for lunch? Henri’s is partnering with the TOUR Championship as a vendor to provide cookies and sandwiches at the Sept. 20-24 golf tournament at Atlanta’s historic East Lake Golf Club. If saying “Cheese!” for the camera leads to hankering for cheese in your lunchtime sandwich, Henri’s pleases with ham and cheese, salami and cheese, and pimento cheese sandwiches or add cheese to one of their delicious deli sandwiches.
Ready. Set. Eat. Repeat. Don’t miss a chance to dine on good value prix fixe menus at Cobb County’s most popular restaurants during the ninth annual Cobb Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-23. Plan your strategy, including making reservations, starting with these top picks. Chicken and the Egg in Marietta plans a $25 dinner menu highlighting the restaurant’s sophisticated yet approachable American farmstead fare. Make reservations (closed on Mondays) through OpenTable. Hook a three-course dinner for $35 at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in The Avenue East Cobb and add wine pairings for an additional $15. Reserve a table to catch Cobb’s best seafood. Harvest a three-course dinner for $35 at Seed Kitchen & Bar and wine pairings for an additional $15; make reservations here. Date night? Next door neighbor Stem Wine Bar pours out a special three-course tasting menu for two priced at $25 per couple.