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Give Back At Alpine Bakery & Trattoria
Win A Trip To Ireland With Fadó
Lunch Break For Schools Fundraiser at JCT. Kitchen
Prohibition Dinner & Party at Atkins Park Tavern
Spring Bocce Ball Signup
New Spring Cocktails at RA Sushi
Chicken and the Egg at Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest
$10 Lunches And More at RA Sushi
Tweep of the Week @stbaldricksatl
Appetizing Aperture: Cherry Classic
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Love Your Neighbors -- Have A Heart For North Fulton Community Charities At Alpine Bakery & Trattoria On February 28



Do something to help your neighbor before the love month comes to an end. Alpine Bakery & Trattoria in Alpharetta shares the love Tuesday, February 28 by donating 10 percent of the day's proceeds to Have a Heart for North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). Italian food, NY-style pizza, sweet desserts, cupcakes and helping thy neighbor -- that's finger-licking love. The fundraiser caps a month of awareness events for the non-profit human service agency dedicated to preventing homelessness of individuals residing north of the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County and to assisting families with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities and clothing during short-term emergencies. In 2011, NFCC distributed food more than 20,500 times, provided clothing vouchers to 2,000 families and gave $1.2 million to those in need of financial assistance. And hey, if you miss out tonight, NFCC also needs your help during the other 11 months of the year. 

Sign Up For Fadó Atlanta's News And You May Win A Trip To Ireland

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Lads and lassies, your eyes will be smiling after you sign up for
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant's newsletter. At least two reasons why: you might win a trip for two to Ireland, including flights, hotel and a tour of the Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin, and you'll keep up with all of the events and specials at Fadó via e-news. With St. Pat's Day on the horizon, that's really important. Sign up online through St. Patrick's Day or at the Paddython party at Fadó on March 17. Winner will be announced on March 30, 2012.

Chef Ford Fry Hosts Lunch Break For Schools Fundraiser at JCT. Kitchen & Bar on February 29 




Sloppy Joes, fries and pink milk are so old school. JCT. Kitchen & Bar Executive Chef/Owner Ford Fry says cool schools are stocking cafeteria lines with lunches high on fresh veggies and fruits thanks to the Chefs Move to Schools program supported by Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® and the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The Atlanta chef and the makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings are hosting a Lunch Break for Schools fundraiser on Wednesday, February 29 at JCT. Kitchen & Bar. On that day, lunch guests who dine in or get it to go can enjoy Chef Fry's $26 specialty lunch featuring crudités served with Original Ranch® Light, Maine lobster chopped salad with Meyer lemon "ranch" vinaigrette and a brown bag "afternoon snack" of Hidden Valley® Ranch oyster crackers. The fundraiser is one in a weeklong effort by restaurants across the U.S. to host Lunch Break for Schools events with net proceeds going to ACF's Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) and the Chefs Move to Schools program. Fry, who has kids of his own, is excited about contributing to this program that will increase nutrition education and lunchroom options for American children. Learn more and find lunch recipes online and join the Lunch Break for Schools discussion on Twitter (#LunchBreakForSchools). Fry is hosting his local event on February 29 because he's heading to the Charleston Wine & Food Festival going on March 1 - 4 in Charleston, S.C. Road trip anyone?


Who Remembers Prohibition? Atlanta's Oldest Continuously Licensed Tavern Does -- Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland Hosts 1920s-Themed Prohibition Dinner and Party




On Wednesday, February 29, Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland is going to dine like it's 1922 because next month Atlanta's oldest continuously licensed tavern turns the big 9-0. Unlike in Prohibition days, this Prohibition dinner is no secret, so spread the word. Guests will go bold with four cocktails and four plates including speakeasy snacks such as Devils on Horseback, Welsh rarebit, deviled eggs and salt roasted nuts paired with a Black Velvet cocktail; clams casino with Terrapin cask-conditioned rye pale ale (brewed with orange peel by Terrapin Owner/Brewmaster Spike Buckowski); medallions of lamb with sauce chasseur and asparagus au gratin with an Old Fashioned; and Chocolate Charlotte with burnt almond caramel and a Mint Julep. $40 per person; call 404-876-7249 for reservations.


On Thursday, March 8, the Prohibition party begins at 6 p.m. with a limited, open bar and complimentary buffet until 7 p.m. A special Prohibition menu will replace the regular menu during dinner with specials including Scotch eggs, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed broiled lobster and suckling pig porchetta ($5-$24). Blair Crimmins & The Hookers will perform 1920s jazz, ragtime and blues beginning at 9 p.m. Want to win cash and prizes? Then wear roaring '20s attire and take part in the 10:30 p.m. costume contest. Prizes include $100 cash, a $25 Atkins Park gift certificate and 90th anniversary bags will be awarded to the best-dressed male and female.  While there, check out the Photobooth sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LSS). Each $5 photo donation will go to the 2012 Georgia Chain Gang and the team's endurance Race Across America for LLS. If you weren't around in the 1920s and want to get prepped for the night, visit this flapper-happy website or take a peek at some 1920s Atlanta photos.


Sign Up For Spring Bocce Ball At Double Zero & Ormsby's By March 1   



Register today for ATL Bocce. Atlanta Bocce League spring season play begins March 11, and the sign-up deadline is Thursday, March 1. In Sandy Springs, Double Zero Napoletana tournaments roll Wednesday nights on the restaurant's two regulation bocce courts. Field your own team with five or more friends and come to play, watch or enjoy food and drink specials. If you're on Atlanta's Westside, Ormsby's (pictured above) hosts Monday night bocce. Sign up for singles, doubles or four-person squad tournament play on the restaurant's website and join in the fun. 


Put On Your Flip Flops, Grab A Bikini Martini And Catch The Pineapple Express On RA Sushi's Patio 




Schedule a pedicure and pull out the flip flops, patio season and tropical cocktails are cruising into RA Sushi in Midtown this Thursday, March 1. Jump on the Pineapple Express for an island getaway in a glass featuring Kai Young Coconut Shochu, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, pineapple juice, a hint of lemon juice and bubbly prosecco. No tan line worries with a Bikini Martini, and one size looks fab on all with a dash of Blue Curacao, Kai Young Coconut Shochu, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice and a splash of lemon-lime soda. RA's spring cocktails are $8 each from March 1 to April 30. And, if you've been hibernating all winter, RA Sushi's Sushi and Sake Social on March 6 is another primo opportunity to come out of your cave and be sociable while honing sushi-making and sake-tasting skills.  Make reservations online or call 404-267-0114.

Chicken And The Egg Is Going Whole Hog At Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest Filling Atlantic Station On March 3



Marietta's own Chicken and the Egg is heading to Atlantic Station on Saturday afternoon, March 3 to strut its stuff (Southern farmstead fare) at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. There's a whole schedule of big-top festival events from entertainment and bands to BBQ, tastings of more than 40 bourbons and 60 brews, the BBQ Sauce Challenge and exhibitors such as Scoutmob and the Atlanta Hawks. Look for Chicken and the Egg Owner/Chef Marc Taft who will be preparing a porchetta brined in bourbon and sorghum and covered in a bourbon BBQ glaze with onions, house-made pickles and beer mustard. Click here for hog-wild ticket options. 

$10 Lunches, Sushi Bar And More March Specials At Ray's Restaurants

You can't find a cure for spring fever under office or retail fluorescent lights, but you can find several culinary cure-alls at
Ray's Restaurants. March revives the $10 lunch menu at all three Ray's locations - Ray's on the River, Rays at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City. The special $10 menu includes a beverage choice of soft drinks, tea or coffee. Spend Saturday alongside the Chattahoochee River when Ray's on the River opens for lunch Saturdays at noon beginning March 3. Flip over the sushi bar and daily sushi specials starting up in March at Ray's in the City - all prepared by Sudo, the downtown restaurant's full-time sushi chef.  Buy one sushi roll, get one half off on March weekends from 4 p.m. Friday until closing time Sunday (half-off sushi roll must be of equal or lesser value). Keep that morsel in mind when planning weekend outings with friends.
Eat It And Tweep: 
St. Baldrick's Bares All On Twitter

Bares all scalps and noggins, that is, as this Tweep follows the St. Baldrick's Atlanta event that's shaving the way toward a cure for childhood cancer. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant holds a big St. Baldrick's shave-a-thon before St. Patrick's Day, and it's always a hair-raising experience, for a few minutes per person anyway. After that, heads are clean as a whistle, and Fadó is pushing the edge closer to curing childhood cancer. So far this year, Fadó Irish Pubs have raised $229,080 for the cause. Follow along on Twitter (@stbaldricksatl).


Sample Tweet Fantastic, $25,500 raised towards the cure for childhood cancer by 53 ready to "Brave the shave" at Fado on March 16th

Appetizing Aperture

Cheers to Buckhead Restaurant Week! We can't wait to try the Cherry Classic - it's the official cocktail for the event and is made with American Spirit Whiskey, Cherry Herring, Fernet Branca and cola! Stay tuned to our blog for details about a special tasting coming up soon...