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Thanksgiving Ideas
Thanksgiving Eve
Black Friday Specials
Wrap Up The Holidays
Global Growers Network Tasting
Eater Cocktail Week
Tweep of the Week: @SouthernFood
Appetizing Aperture: RA Sushi's Fall Pairing
Pinterest: Georgia Pecan Perfection
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OMG! Thanksgiving is THIS Thursday? Atlanta Restaurants Keep You Thank Full


We know what you mean. With November beginning on a Thursday, that fourth Thursday (a.k.a. Thanksgiving Day) is here faster than you can stuff a bird. The choice is yours: do the warrior dash through the grocery store or calmly click on our blog link and make reservations. 

'Tis the Night Before Thanksgiving - Thank These Restaurants for Pre-Turkey Specials on
November 21



Fill up on what's going on BEFORE the big eat day. Thanksgiving Eve parties will be in full swing (or wing) around town. Atkins Park Smyrna rocks more than Plymouth with The Joe Garner Band going on at 10:30 p.m. and playing on - with drink specials - until 4 a.m. Atkins Park Virginia Highland is partying pre-feast as well, starting at 9 p.m. DJ Lion spins the tunes as SweetWater beers are featured. On Atlanta's Westside, Ormsby's will be open until 3 a.m. the night before Thanksgiving. Hmm, maybe a dash to the all-night grocery then a stopover at Ormsby's for a high five on knocking out the dinner ingredient list and a toast to blessings big and small with one of their many craft brews or signature cocktails.


Think Outside the Big Box on Black Friday with These Food and Drink Specials





Black Friday is calling your name or maybe the name of your significant other, and you're tagging along to offer opinions. Shop, then "drop" into Atlanta restaurants for some reviving libations and refueling bites. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant has a day of off-the-RAck retail therapy planned for browsers and spender friends on Friday, November 23. Choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizer and tapas selections, plus a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails in the $2 to $7 market. Just envisioning these treats will keep you sustained through shopping and on to the Midtown hot spot. Black Friday food specials start early at 11 a.m. (instead of the usual 3 p.m.) and roll until 7 p.m.; drink specials available all day. Ormsby's keeps the gents in mind with its "No honey, you can hold your own purse" beer lunch on Friday, November 23. And ladies, if your guy has a man purse or a wallet, you can say the same to him.

Holiday Parties and Gift Giving Dash in Faster than Santa's Reindeer - Our Link Wraps Up These Details for You



On the other hand, with Thanksgiving Day coming "early" this year, we do have an extra few days grace following the big eat to accomplish that holiday to-do list. Knock it out now and spend the extra days enjoying all of the holiday festivities going on around town. We're here for you, offering a jam-packed list of festive party room ideas and gift card promotions at our merry party/gift for Mary blog link. You can even do this part with one eye on those Thanksgiving football games and another on your laptop or tablet screen. 


Meet Some of the New Cultures of Southern Foodways and Agriculture at Global Growers Network Tasting on November 20




They've come from places such as Burundi and Bhutan, usually with only their hands, feet and big hearts to start a new life in their new home, "The South." And, their farms and native flavors are spicing up our Southern foodways. Learn more about their contributions from Southern Foodways Alliance Director John T. Edge as the Global Growers Network toasts "The Culture in Agriculture" with a night of cocktails and tastings on Tuesday, November 20 from 5:30-8 the Avondale Estates home of Susan Pavlin. The Women of Umurima, the sustainable Burundi Women's Farm in Decatur, will offer tastings of their traditional Burundi dishes and share farm tales. Seven Lamps Bartender Bridget Perison will stir up signature cocktails. Hosts include "Mindful Eating"co-founder Tamie Cook, Walter Reeves - "The Georgia Gardener" and more. The evening's proceeds will purchase MARTA passes for women and elderly farmers of the Burundi and Bhutanese communities. Each $40 donation, the minimum requested of guests, will purchase housing-to-farm transportation for one farmer for one month. Visit for tickets.

Eater Atlanta Turns On the Swizzle with "Eater Cocktail Week" Starting November 26



Put down the fork and pick up the glass, Eater Atlanta is filling up virtual glasses with cocktail posts the week of November 26. Twist open your internet device and see which restaurants are shaking up special cocktails for the week. We're tapping into several ourselves. Ormsby's on Atlanta's Westside, The Pinewood in Decatur, Ammazza on Edgewood and Alma Cocina in downtown's 191 Tower all have some potent mixers in mind. 


Eat it and Tweep: Nonprofit SoFAB Gives Its All for Southern Food and Drink Culture




Based in NOLA, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization SoFAB (@SouthernFood) revolves around the discovery, understanding and celebration of eating and drinking in the South. Follow for thought-provoking F&B topics, deals, gift ideas, recipes and more. Sit down with your favorite hot cup and mull over more at


Sample Tweet: For the perfect bird, treat it well - and we mean, very well...


Appetizing Aperture




Better rake in the tropical Fall Pairing at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant before the last autumn leaves fall -- the delicious duo disappears after November 30. The $18 special partners the kiwi scallops sashimi plate and Kiwi Kismet cocktail of muddled kiwi, Kai Lemongrass Vodka, sweet sparkling sake and fresh lime and pineapple juices. 


What's New on Pinterest: Georgia Pecan Perfection

Gena Knox: Georgia Pecan Perfection

This time of year is nuts for everyone, and that has nothing to do with it being Georgia pecan harvest time. Pecans are the only tree nut truly native to the U.S., and Georgia is the nation's leading pecan producing state. Crack some open on our Pinterest page.