Whole Foods Gives Back to The Giving Kitchen on April 8

Whole Foods will be donating 5% of their sales in Atlanta on April 8, 2014 to The Giving Kitchen. See the flyer below for details and participating locations:

Whole Foods

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King of Pops Introduces Girl Scout Cookie Pops

Our favorite popsicle dealers, The King of Pops, have teamed up with local girl scout troops to create four unique girl scout cookie pops for a limited time. They are being sold in packs of 12 for $30 online only while they last. Orders can be picked up between March 28-31 at their Inman Park walk-up window. The flavors include:

  • Thin Mint
  • Samoa
  • Trefoil
  • Do-si-do


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Roswell Restaurant Week Returns January 21- February 1

Roswell Restaurant Week

Downtown Roswell has become one of the best dining neighborhoods in Georgia over the last few years with restaurants such as Table & Main, Little Alley Steak, Opulent, and Osteria Mattone receiving lots of positive press and attention. The restaurants are packed on weekends (when it’s not freezing) and you can feel a special energy in the streets (maybe it’s the ghosts) as you stroll along Canton Street.

If you have not had a chance to try some of the great restaurants in the Roswell area, I highly recommend you checking out Roswell Restaurant Week which runs from January 21 to February 1, 2014. Over 35 restaurants are participating this year and offering either special pricing, discounts, new menu items, or a prix fixe menu. The menus should be added to the Roswell Restaurant Week website very soon.

I went to Table & Main during Roswell Restaurant Week last year and had one of my favorite meals of 2013. I believe we’re going to check out Osteria Mattone this year. Enjoy!


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Atlanta Hawks Giving Back to The Giving Kitchen

The NBA season has started and our Atlanta Hawks are giving back to an amazing charity on November 20 when they host the Detroit Pistons at Philips Arena. The Atlanta Hawks will be donating $5 for every ticket sold to the game to The Giving Kitchen founded by Ryan Hidinger.

Hawks Give Back

If you don’t know Ryan’s story, Ryan was diagnosed with Stage IV gallbladder cancer last December at the age of 36. This past January, with just 3 weeks of planning, the restaurant community banded together to host an event called Team Hidi to raise money for Ryan’s alternative treatments. The event raised close to $300,000 and really became a testament to the restaurant community in Atlanta. From that support, Ryan and his wife Jen recently started The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that will raise funds to help other restaurant personnel going through hardships. Ryan also plans to open his own restaurant, Staplehouse, next February in the Old Fourth Ward.

The Atlanta Hawks are honoring Ryan Hidinger as a Be Greater recipient during the November 20 game vs. Detroit. You can purchase tickets here.

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Taste Over 90 Unique Casks at Sweetwater’s Brew Your Cask Off


Photo Credit: SweetWater Brewery

The 4th Annual Brew Your Cask Off is coming up on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 6 to 10 p.m. in front of Sweetwater Brewery. Sample cask ale brewed by 90 retailers, charities, and home brewers competing for bragging rights and awards.

If sampling 90 cask ales in 4 hours doesn’t sound like the best deal ever, there will also be live music by The Vegabonds, a variety of food vendors, and Sweetwater will be offering tours throughout the evening.

I’ve had an opportunity to judge the event every year since it started and its one of my favorite days of the year. Get your pre-sale tickets here for $35.

BYCO 2013 Logo

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2013 Taste of Atlanta Winners

Did you make it to Taste of Atlanta this past weekend? Here is a look at all of the winners:



Best Decor: Chai Pani

Best Taste: King + Duke – grilled bacon, cornbread, maple onion jam

Best Presentation: Milton’s – pan seared scallops, cilantro corn spoonbread, jalapeño hone-lime vinaigrette

Best Dessert: Pascal’s – peach cobbler


Best Decor: RocketFarm Restaurant Group (JCT, Optimist, No. 246, King + Duke)

Best Taste: Mi Cocina – sweet corn tamale with grilled chicken & poblano cream sauce

Best Presentation: 1KEPT – Deviled quail eggs with bacon jam

Best Dessert:  Wrecking Bar – Nutella, rice crispy and milk chocolate bar

Best Selling Taste:

Jim ‘N Nick’s

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7 New Restaurants at Taste of Atlanta 2013


Taste of Atlanta returns to the heart of Midtown at Tech Square on October 25, 26 & 27, 2013. Over 90 of the top restaurants around Atlanta will be offering samples throughout the weekend. If you’re looking to try some of the newer restaurants in the city, check out these newcomers at the festival below. Article 14, Buttermilk Kitchen and Seven Lamps technically opened at the end of 2012, but that’s still considered new, right?

Menu: Albondigas with smoked almond Romesco (Spanish meatballs); Fall vegetables with sweet curry.

King + Duke
Menu: Merguez sausage, cheese curd, roasted chiles and dates; Smoked Cotechino, pickled fall squash and spicy greens.

Menu: Riverview Farms meatball sub with house made mozzarella.

Buttermilk Kitchen
Menu: Fried egg BLT with pickled green onions and lemon mayo.

Article 14
Menu: Duck Confit sliders.

Menu: Grilled pork tenderloin, Logan Turnpike Mills grits, broccolini, cherry orange compote & garlic jus; Deviled quail eggs with bacon jam.

Seven Lamps
Menu: Mortadella mousse with pistachio macaroons; Hot oysters, B&B pickles, white bread & Duke’s mayo; Figgy pudding, toffee & crème fraiche.

Tickets to Taste of Atlanta can be purchased HERE. Check out www.tasteofatlanta.com for more info.


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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Opens Tonight on the Westside

Photo Credit: Facebook

Photo Credit: Facebook

The highly anticipated Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is set to open its first Atlanta location tonight at 1198 Howell Mill Road in the Westside Provisions District. The scoop shop will be celebrating the opening with a FREE ice cream party from 7 to 10 p.m.

Twitter has been buzzing for months about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams from the many samples being handed out around town. Check out the variety of flavors here.

Jeni Britton Bauer opened the original Jeni’s in Columbus, Ohio in 2002. She will be hosting the opening party tonight.

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Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ on September 19

Did you know that Thursday, September 19th is National Talk Like A Pirate DayKrispy Kreme Doughnuts is celebrating by giving away a free Original Glazed® doughnut to anyone that shows up to one of their participating locations and talks like a pirate.


Not sure how to talk like a pirate? This video below should help:

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The Sun Dial Restaurant Reopens on August 13

The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View, an iconic rotating restaurant atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Downtown Atlanta, will reopen after 3.5 months of renovations this Tuesday, August 13. Along with the interior renovation, Chef Jason Starnes, a native of Hickory, N.C., will be introducing an updated menu that includes entrees such as roasted tanglewood farms chicken, milk poached pork chop, filet of the moment, roasted filet of beef, seared Scottish salmon, pan seared duck a l’orange, mustard rubbed rack of lamb, sundial’s low country boil, and “today’s vegetable of the moment.”

I was able to get a sneak peek today and take a few photos:

Chef Jason Starnes


The Views:


For more information on The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View, visit www.sundialrestaurant.com.

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