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Woodfire Grill Wine Dinner
Curtis Stone At The Cook's Warehouse
Marie Antoinette Cupcakes At Little Cake Bakery
Shaun Doty Demo At Grant Park Farmers Market
Summer Lovin' Steak And Sangria At Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
White Oak Pastures Opens Restaurant
GA Voice "2012 Best Of Atlanta"
Chocolate And Coffee Tasting
Appetizing Aperture: National French Fries Day
What's New On Pinterest: Beautiful Blueberries
Tweep Of The Week: @angierclawson
MLA Taste and Tell: Candy Shops Of Savannah
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Woodfire Grill Wine Dinner Features Wines Of Biodynamic St. Innocent Winery
From Willamette Valley


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Stocking the cellar with fantastic wines born of biodynamic farming techniques has long been endorsed by Woodfire Grill Wine Director Nicolas Quinones and sommelier Cate Hatch. The two wine experts have partnered with St. Innocent Winery of Willamette Valley, Oregon to create a five-course meal paired with five different Pinot Noirs from five different vineyards. Guests will discover these wines on Thursday, July 12, beginning with a sparkling wine reception at 6 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. bringing on five savory courses with pairings, and the final course will be cheese instead of sweets. $115 per person, including tax and gratuity. Limited to 20 guests so make reservations now by calling 404-347-9055.

Get Cooking With Curtis At
The Cook's Warehouse 

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Although Chef Curtis Stone is no longer plucking would-be chefs from the grocery aisles, you can still pick up some cooking tips and check out his new cookware line on Friday, July 13 at The Cook's Warehouse in East Cobb and Saturday, July 14 in Midtown. You'll get the chance to collaborate with the "Top Chef Masters" host as he creates several recipes from your suggestions. He'll share his insight on what tools are essential and give away culinary prizes as he talks about the kitchen dilemmas that he faced as a professional chef - dilemmas which led him to design his line of "Kitchen Solutions." Reserve your spot now, because who doesn't need more solutions or Aussie chefs in their kitchen?

Let Them Eat (Cup)Cake!


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Nothing says Happy Bastille Day like a Marie Antoinette cupcake from Little Cake Bakery. This vanilla cake has a raspberry center, European buttercream and homemade crushed almond toffee on top. Ah oui! Celebrating five years of making yummy cupcakes, the locally owned cupcakery is offering a special on their signature cupcake this Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14. Buy one Marie Antoinette cupcake and get one free - up to a dozen (that's six free!). Say bonjour to some of the other flavors while you're there - all the cupcakes are made from scratch daily using only top quality, all natural ingredients including Valrhona cocoa from France, Callebaut chocolate from Belgium, Nielson-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, real sweet creamery butter and the freshest dairy and fruit available. You'll be the hit of the Bastille Day party or the backyard barbecue! Little Cake Bakery is located at 3792 Roswell Road. 404-841-8856.


Shaun Doty Demos At Grant Park Farmers Market On July 15 


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Pastured Poultry Week has gone to pasture until next summer, and Bantam and Biddy opens this fall in Ansley Mall. Involved in both of these events, Chef Shaun Doty is using the dash in between to provide plenty of fodder in the think-and-learn department. The seasoned chef will lead a demo at 11 a.m. at this Sunday's Grant Park Farmers Market (GPFM). Those who saw his Pastured Poultry Week demos know his passion for farm-fresh topics is contagious, and he is generous with useful information. The GPFM, at the corner of Cherokee and Milledge avenues, is open Sundays from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. through December 16. 

Leave Your Patio Behind And Come To Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar For Summer Lovin' Steak & Sangria Dinners Plus New Icon Wine


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What could be more fun in the summer sun than grilling a steak and mixing up a pitcher of sangria? Letting someone else take the heat. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Summer Lovin' Steak & Sangria prix fixe dinners take the heat off your back while taking BBQ steaks from ordinary to extraordinary. The prime New York Strip steak and optional sangria pairings are offered every night with the menu and sangria blend changing every two weeks. Each three-course menu is like a mini-tour of what's in season packed with flavors you might encounter on a global vacation. The current menu, for example, is offered through July 15 and includes a fresh summer green salad with sliced strawberries, Danish blue cheese crumbles and candied walnuts with a red wine vinaigrette, a prime New York Strip with Jamaican jerk rub, chimichurri sauce, roasted pineapple salsa and farm-fresh corn salad; and chilled white chocolate almond soufflé with blueberry sauce and house-made caramel for $39.95 per person. Add a hand-crafted sangria pairing for $7.95, such as the current Silver Sun Sangria featuring Red Diamond Merlot infused with fresh seasonal fruit and topped with Milagro Silver Tequila, a touch of Crème de Cassis, muddled blackberries and fresh lemon juice. Menu and drink prices do not include tax or gratuity.


Those leaning toward ordering a bottle of fine wine will want to try Fleming's new Icon Wine. Fleming's Wine Maeven, Maeve Pesquera, has chosen JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery's signature Isosceles 2009 and is making it available at an exceptional $75 per bottle for a limited time. The world-class Bordeaux blend from Paso Robles, Calif. was recently ranked sixth in Wine Spectator's "Top Ten Most Exciting Wines." When it's gone, it's gone. Better come now.


You'd Be Hard Pressed To Get More Farm Fresh Than This - White Oak Pastures Opens Restaurant On The Farm


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Down in Bluffton, Ga., the buzz has gone beyond farm-to-table and on to Pasture to Plate, the new restaurant opening at White Oak Pastures. The sustainable farm is known for its grass-fed beef and lamb and free-range pastured poultry, and for pioneering no waste, energy-efficient methods. The location is in the middle of an organic vegetable farm, and the layout is spacious since White Oak Pastures is the largest certified organic farm in Georgia. Indeed, Pasture to Plate is so close to the food chain action, guests will almost be able to reach out and pick their vegetables while observing the spectacular view from the 90' x 30' open-air building.


After a private opening dinner prepared by celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie for Southern Foodways Alliance guests, the restaurant will serve lunch to the farm's 85 employees. Beginning in August, anyone can stop by for breakfast and lunch, and the restaurant will be able to host up to 100 patrons at a time. Evelyn Taylor, who has managed restaurants most of her life and has prepared lunch for the Harris' for several years, is the chef, and her daily plate (one option) will pull from what is fresh and available on the farm. Owner Will Harris has many chef friends, and you never know when one of them will drop by for a special event. Big question, overalls or tie?  Choose your comfort level. Harris says Pasture to Plate will be exactly halfway between a five-star establishment and nearby Blakely Chicken. Better look that one up. 


Congratulations To The GA Voice "2012 Best of Atlanta" Winners


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GA Voice readers have cast their votes for "2012 Best of Atlanta," and the winners were announced July 6 at a party held in Altitude on the 27th floor of the W Atlanta-Midtown. Let's give a round of applause to Kevin Gillespie, executive chef at Woodfire Grill, who was named "Best Local Chef;" La Tavola Trattoria, named "Best Overall Restaurant;" Alon's Bakery and Market, named "Best Dessert;" and Alli Royce Soble, bartender at La Tavola Trattoria, who was named "Best Local Artist." Read more about the honor and party on Facebook


Chocolate And Coffee Tasting Pours It On So Blood:Water Mission Can Build Clean Water Wells In Africa

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If you're reading this, you probably know where you're going to get your next cuppa Joe, chunk o'chocolate - or glass of water, for that matter. Here, easily remedied cravings. In Africa, people are still trying to get clean water wells, catchment systems and HIV medicine. Blood:Water Mission provides ways for our communities to band together to work against these crises. Join the effort -- buy tickets here to attend the Single Origin Chocolate and Coffee Tasting at Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roastery - Atlanta  at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20. Guests will take a global tour of single origin chocolates from Cacao Atlanta and coffees from Batdorf & Bronson. The Ride:Well Team, a cycling team traveling cross-country raising money and awareness for Blood:Water Mission, will be on hand to talk about both Blood:Water and their journey. Door prizes round out the fun. Your $20 ticket is a donation, all going to Blood:Water Mission. More about the Ride:Well Tour and Blood:Water Mission at

Blood:Water Mission is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by the members of the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band, Jars of Clay, to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.

Appetizing Aperture: National French Fries Day
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After the Fourth of July comes, why, National French Fries Day, of course. July 13 is the day, and we say TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fries). Looking forward to these truffle fries at JCT. Kitchen & Bar. Not trifling.

What's New On Pinterest - Beautiful Blueberries 

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Blueberry Nutmeg Cake - recipe by Virginia Willis

According to the latest field news, blueberries have overtaken peaches as a Georgia cash crop. We can't get enough of them - they're beautiful in everything from pies to pancakes and by the handful. They even mingle well with peaches. 'Pins on how you like them. 


Eat It And Tweep:  Angie Clawson Works In Food, Tweets About Everything Else


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This foodie is surrounded by food. Angie Clawson is the PR manager for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She shares funnies and thoughts on Twitter (@angierclawson) and tweets about her obsession with Indiana basketball. Follow along and maybe you'll find ways to help the ACFB, too. 


Sample tweetJust ate at @StephAndTheGoat (Girl and the Goat) in Chicago. The grilled octopus & goat empanadas were delish! Already want to come back. 


MLA Taste And Tell: Candy Shops Of Savannah 

MLA Taste and Tell: Candy Shops of Savannah


In the "wish you were here to taste my vacation department," our Client Services Manager, Erica, spills the beans on her sweet trip down Savannah's River Street. Candy shops with pralines, ice cream and other sweet concoctions were all fair game. Lucky for us, she has recapped her visit so we can eat up her yummy thoughts on Youtube. Check back next week for more Taste and Tell adventures.