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Thanksgiving Ideas
Holiday Details
Peachtree Road Farmers Market
The Pinewood's Sunday Family Style Dinner
Glenfiddich Discovery Dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Macy's Lenox Grand Re-Opening
New Date for Bonefish Grill Charity Night
Thanksgiving Treats from Little Cake Bakery
Tweep of the Week: @BerlyMC
Appetizing Aperture: RA Sushi
Pinterest: Savory Soups
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Help Yourself to a Second Helping of Thanksgiving Meal Ideas at Atlanta Restaurants 

It's not too late to step off the busy machine and plan a thankful pause with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Atlanta Dish blog is stuffed with restaurant offerings from casual to polished, pastured and Pinterest-ed, too. Another thing to add to your "I'm thankful for" list is -- reservations. 

Making Merry or a Gift for Mary -- Atlanta Restaurants are Ready to Wrap Up Your
Holiday Details




The holiday jingle jangle is dashing in. Time is short and holiday lists are long. Thank goodness Atlanta restaurants are ready to provide party places, gathering tables and present-perfect gift card promotions.


On Atlanta's northwest side, Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna can accommodate 35 guests in a private dining room, a sit-down dinner for up to 75 people on the climate-controlled patio or even cater events for up to 500 guests at a nearby venue. Buffet, multi-course dinner, libations and specialty cocktails are easily doable. Sibling Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia-Highland combines a spirited atmosphere and a bit of history into a unique setting with an upstairs area where 30 guests can partake in a sit-down dinner or 50 guests can sip cocktails.


In Roswell, Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar offers fabulous global cuisine in a relaxed, yet upscale setting with flexible spaces for groups large and small. A semi-private back room seats up to 60 guests, and up to 200 guests are comfortable in the main bar area. Book for lunch or dinner any day of the week and let Aqua blue chefs personalize your menu.


Southern cuisine takes a modern farmstead spin at Marietta's Chicken and the Egg. Up to 28 diners can sit down to dinner, and more can get together for cocktails in the restaurant's private dining room. The restaurant also offers gift certificates for holiday giving. For private event information, contact Elizabeth Taft at 678-388-8813.


Atlantans love Fifth Group Restaurants' options for private and group dining in a variety of settings. For contemporary Mexican cuisine downtown, Alma Cocina has private dining configurations for 20 to 90 guests or a complete restaurant buyout for 200. In the heart of Midtown, Ecco's chic private dining room seats up to 58 guests and the patio welcomes up to 75. Fresh seafood haven Lure offers three different rooms to accommodate parties ranging from 15 to 50 guests. South City Kitchen Midtown has private dining options for parties of 16 people up to 180 people. La Tavola Trattoria in Virginia Highland offers a private patio as well as indoor seating accommodating between 30 to 120 people. Another Virginia Highland restaurant, The Original El Taco, rents out both the patio area and restaurant, seating 75 to 100 guests inside. South City Kitchen Vinings offers private dining for parties ranging between 30 and 230 people. Bold American and Studio 887 provide off- and on-premise upscale catering for other event options. More scoop on the company's private dining page.


Lunch, dinner, private dining room options and rewards are all part of the event menu at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Dunwoody. Rooms seat from 24 guests on up to 70 guests for cocktails with no room rental fee, only food and beverage minimums. Book by November 30 and receive a $50 dining certificate for each $500 spent. Fleming's also offers a $20 bonus gift card with every $100 spent. Enter to win a trip for two to Napa by purchasing customizable gift cards online in November and December. (Redeem bonus cards from January 1-February 10, 2013.) Solidify plans and contact Jenny Whyte-Albers at 404-782-1236 or


Forgo figgy pudding and fill up on pizza at Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs. A heated patio seats 45 guests and can host more for cocktails. Save dough on holiday shopping by snagging $100 gift cards for $75.


A 2,000-square-foot skyline terrace at JCT. Kitchen & Bar in Atlanta's Westside Urban Market provides a historic neighborhood view for up to 200 guests, while up to 165 guests can dine in the interior main dining room. Discuss your event options with Valerie Mosley, 678-536-6506.


Think outside the lunch hour for a holiday gathering at Buckhead's Market Street Café and reserve the café for your post-4 p.m. weekday or anytime weekend event. Indoors, there's space for up to 125 seated guests or almost 250 for a cocktail and hors' oeuvre function, and the outdoor patio holds an additional 75 seated guests or 100 for cocktails. Rent the entire place if you need more space.


There's a nice $20 bonus card for you with every $100 in gift card purchases at No. 246 in Decatur. Treat a friend to this tasty gift or stock up for your own use. Bonus gift cards cannot be redeemed the same day as purchased.


Located in West Midtown's White Provision complex, Ormsby's has space and games for your holiday gathering. The private lounge room accommodates parties of up to 40 guests, and the private bocce room can hold up to 125 with access to one bocce court, skee ball and a shuffleboard table. Both rooms come with a shelf full of board games. Add a bartender for themed specialty drinks. Rooms are secured by a food and beverage minimum purchase agreement, and rentals start no later than 7 p.m. All guests in the party must be 21 and over for events starting after 6 p.m.


For Southern comfort and cheer, gather at The Pinewood in Decatur. Plan a private cocktail party for up to 100 guests (150 guests with tables removed) or a seated dinner for up to 60 guests.


"RA-ck" around the holiday clock at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. Choose semi-private dining for 10 guests or rent the upstairs space for up to 100 guests. Simplify holiday shopping with RA Sushi's gift card promotion. For every $50 in gift cards purchased through Monday, December, 31, buyers will receive a complimentary $10 bonus card, valid January 2-March 31, 2013.


Look to Ray's Restaurants for three different private dining atmospheres and a variety of customizable menus. Ray's on the River, Atlanta's premier riverfront restaurant, can accommodate up to 200 guests in semi-private banquet facilities in addition to their permanent tent that holds up to 200 people. For more intimate gatherings in town, Ray's in the City has both private and semi-private dining rooms available that accommodate up to 45 people. In Alpharetta, Ray's at Killer Creek has room options for parties up to 300 people. Book a room by Wednesday, November 21 at Ray's at Killer Creek and receive an additional $100 gift card. Patrons can purchase gift cards online or in restaurants. Through Thursday, January 31, for every $50 purchased in gift cards, guests will receive a bonus $10 gift card. The "Cyber Monday" promotion on November 26 enables patrons to pay $75 online for a $100 gift card. All locations will be giving out scratch-off gift cards in restaurants during the holidays. Offers will include 15 percent or 25 percent off of a meal, valid in January and February 2013.


For a farm-to-table party in the city, check out Woodfire Grill, which offers options for almost any size party. "The Mezzanine" can be divided into three private rooms or one large space that can seat up to 50 guests. For smaller, cozier get-togethers, "The Loft" is privately located in the upstairs area and seats up to 22 people. Head out to the covered patio for a standing cocktail party for up to 75 or a private, seated affair for 30.


Now's the Time to Shop the Peachtree Road Farmers Market for Produce, Foods and Gifts - Market Closes December 15


A warm fall means farmers still have plenty of garden-fresh produce for sale at Buckhead's big Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Consumable gifts alleviate post-holiday clutter in a delicious fashion. Stop by Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon through December 15. Among the items to put on your list: tomatoes, arugula, kale, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, garlic and pumpkins. Non-veggies include: cheese, yogurt, pork, lamb, beef, grits, honey, breads, jams, pickles, and doggie treats. Purchase unique, handmade gifts from local artists while you're there.

Wipe the Drool Off Your Chin After You Read about The Pinewood's Sunday Family Style Dinner


Go ahead and tie a napkin around your neck right now. For $27 per couple on Sundays, The Pinewood serves an irresistible family style dinner featuring comfort food entrées of cornmeal fried catfish, Pinewood turkey meatloaf and crunchy buttermilk chicken and sides of pesto mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and Georgia green beans. The Pinewood's scratch-made angel biscuits and bread pudding round out this square meal deal. While you're there, take advantage of their Sunday half-price special on bottles of wine.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Hosts Exceptional Glenfiddich Discovery Dinner on November 16,
Plus a Scotland Sweepstakes Opportunity



Savor single malt scotch from Glenfiddich, the world's most-awarded single malt scotch producer, and learn about its complex nuances as Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar hosts a Glenfiddich Single Malt Discovery Dinner on Friday, November 16. Seating for the four-course dinner and scotch pairing is limited to only 40 guests and costs $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Indulge in Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt with the first course of scallop salad; Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt paired with slow-roasted pork belly over creamy chèvre grits; Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Single Malt paired with Fleming's signature filet over crisp pimento potato cake; and finish with chocolate budino, a rich chocolate tartlet with chèvre salted whipped cream and cocoa nibs. Enter the Scotland Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the birthplace of single malt. Phone reservations only: 770-698-8112.

Food Precedes Fashion as Restaurants Hand Out Samples at Macy's Lenox Grand Re-Opening on November 17




Celebrate the Macy's at Lenox grand re-opening with a full day of food and fun events on Saturday, November 17. Atlanta chefs will be there throughout the day with samples of their signature recipes for shoppers to taste. Especially enticing is the 2-4 p.m. slot when Seven Lamps will be there with buttered lobster on brioche and freshly made creamsicle soda. Buckhead Barbeque Co. will offer pulled pork sliders with hickory honey BBQ sauce and smoked chicken tacos, and RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will serve its famed Tootsy Maki rolls and sweet onion salmon sashimi made with fresh salmon in a Japanese dressing with marinated onions and microgreens. We hear you can shop with your mouth full.

Date change alert: New Bonefish Grill - Emory Point Hosts Emory Friends of Music for Charity Night December 1



Vibrant, innovative, fresh. Three words that describe both Friends of Music at Emory and Bonefish Grill - whose newest Emory Point location (1540 Avenue Place) opens soon. Always tuned in to its community, Bonefish Grill is hosting a charity night to benefit the Friends of Music at Emory on Saturday, December 1, from 6-8:30 p.m. The evening at Bonefish Grill flows with super fresh seafood, refreshing martinis and cocktails. Supporters can sample Bonefish Grill culinary delights such as ahi tuna sashimi, PEI mussels Josephine and "American-style" Kobe beef burgers, and the house specialty, Bang Bang Shrimp. Cost is $35 per person; tickets can be purchased online

Little Cake Bakery Provides Tasty Treats to Finish Off Your Thanksgiving Meal



What do you consider to be your traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Whether it's apple pie, pecan pie or something chocolately, Little Cake Bakery has you covered - in cupcake form. Special order cupcakes for your holiday feast for pickup on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21. Holiday specific flavors include apples and honey, pecan pie, orange cranberry and sweet potato. Daily flavors can also be ordered. To order, call 404-841-8856.


Eat It and Tweep: A Tweep for the Homesteader in All of Us



Technically, Kimberly McCollum refers to her lifestyle and blog as "hillsteading," but you catch our drift. Catch snippets (@BerlyMC) of the Athens, Ga. 'steading life and knock that city pace down a notch.


Sample Tweet: never too rainy for fresh veggies & a honey pop @ Athens Farmers Market

Appetizing Aperture 


Scottsdale, Ariz. welcomed RA Sushi Bar Restaurant to its sushi scene back in 1997. Fifteen years and 25 RA Sushi locations later, they're still "RA-ckin." Celebrate at RA Sushi in Midtown during their customer appreciation party on Thursday, November 15. They'll skim 15 percent off your tab all day and donate 15 percent of profits to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. From 7 p.m. until close, take advantage of $3 beers, $5 90s-themed drink specials and specially priced 90s-inspired sushi.


What's New On Pinterest: Savory Soups 


She-Crab Soup from South City Kitchen Midtown

Soup's on! Grab a hefty bowl and spoon because our tummy-warming Pinterest posts will bowl you over.