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Virginia Willis on Chopped
Lance Gummere Demos at Truly Living Well Urban Farm
Holiday Cocktails at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Bouchon Bakery Book Tour and Tasting at Aria
Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Woodfire Grill
Tweep of the Week: @AndreaWeigl
Appetizing Aperture: Cabot Christmas Tree
Pinterest: Dear Santa
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Intense Suspense -- Virginia Willis Takes on "Chopped" November 27




As exhilarating as the experience was, Virginia Willis says being a "Chopped" chef-testant was one of the hardest things she's ever done. This coming from one of the South's grand dames of cheffing, a hard worker who has worked her way up through the culinary world since age 16. We're sure Willis handles the challenges of this high-pressure competition with true southern grace and some fast-thinking chutzpah. Her Food Network episode premieres Tuesday, November 27 at 10 p.m.

Bantam + Biddy Chef Lance Gummere Demos at Truly Living Well Urban Farm November 30




A lot of hard work and a strong desire for neighborhood-grown fresh veggies have turned vacant lots in Atlanta's concrete jungle into urban farm oases for downtown Atlanta and East Point residents. Truly Living Well provides Community Supported Agriculture options, learning experiences for adults and summer camps for children. Truly Living Well hosts two markets from 2-6 p.m. each week, in East Point on Wednesday afternoons and on Friday afternoons at their Wheat Street Garden location near the Martin Luther King Jr. National Park. Chefs from Atlanta restaurants and other culinary experts lead market demos and give new ideas for making the most of what's in season. On Friday, November 30 from 4-6 p.m., Bantam + Biddy Chef Lance Gummere will lead a demo. Come watch and learn; if you get hungry, you can zip over to Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall for a flavorful meal featuring pastured poultry. Map TLW's Wheat Street Market: 75 Hilliard Street N.E., Atlanta, GA 30312.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Swizzles Up Holly Jolly Holiday Cocktails


Move aside, eggnog and wassail. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is loosening your lock on the cup-o-cheer with a couple of new holiday cocktails for the over-21 crowd. Available December 1-31, Haute Holiday ($10.95) mingles Quady Elysium (muscat dessert wine), St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and Mionetto prosecco in a champagne flute and garnishes the beauty with a Luxardo cherry. Merry Mint Spice ($11.95) is a right jolly julep of Gentleman Jack, Domaine De Canton, POM juice for antioxidant power and simple syrup plus fresh mint leaves for zesty holiday greenery. Fleming's is a reindeer hop across the street from Perimeter Mall shopping. You decide -- cocktails before or after? Although, a couple of these could lead to some impulse buys and serious rockin' around the Christmas tree.

Meet Chef Thomas Keller at Aria Bouchon Bakery Book Tour and Tasting on December 3



Baking and the holiday season go hand in hand, stamping
Aria's Bouchon Bakery book tour and tasting with our holiday activities seal of approval. Touring to celebrate the release of his fifth book, "Bouchon Bakery," famed Chef Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se, Ad Hock, Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery) specifically chose Aria as his only Atlanta book signing and dessert tasting because of the outstanding baking abilities of Pastry Chef Kathryn King. On Monday, December 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sebastien Rouxel, co-author and executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, joins Keller and King to prepare some of the book's sweet treats. Join in for the midday meet and greet and buy a book to be signed for your favorite baker. The event includes pastries, desserts, mimosas and coffee. Tickets are $35 per person; buy the "Bouchon Bakery" book at the event for $50. Click here for tickets.

Woodfire Grill and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company -- Two Landmarks Craft December 6 Beer Dinner


In 1978, Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi cobbled together a microbrewery in Chico, Calif. using components from a former soft drink bottling facility. Grossman was an avid backpacker so he named their venture after his favorite hiking grounds, the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Similar to its landmark namesake, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been dubbed a landmark in the American craft beer landscape since turning out its first batch in 1980. On Thursday, December 6, Woodfire Grill Chef de Cuisine E. J. Hodgkinson crafts a four-course dinner paired with Sierra Nevada brews  -- Torpedo Extra IPA, Ovila Quadruple, Ovila Golden Ale and Narwhal Imperial Stout. The evening begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. $80 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 404-347-9055 to reserve your spot.


Eat It and Tweep: Research Triangle Writer Covers Food from at Least Three Angles


Raleigh News & Observer journalist Andrea Weigl covers culinary action equilaterally in all three corners of N.C.'s Research Triangle - Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill (beyond Wolf Pack, Blue Devils and Tar Heel tailgates). If you're headed there or trying to hone in on some Carolina recipes, follow her on Twitter (@AndreaWeigl). For more, visit the News & Observer Mouthful blog.


Sample Tweet: No repeats on the dinner table in 9 years! How does this #Raleigh mom do it?


Appetizing Aperture



Oh Christmas cheese tree, oh Christmas cheese tree, you're so ravishing on our table. Our guests will cheer, tip wine or beer, and devour you while watching cable. Cabot Cheese posts this and more merry dairy recipes to make this your cheesiest holiday season ever! 


What's New on Pinterest: Dear Santa, Please Check Out This Culinary Wish List


Hey Santa, gift givers and recipients are drooling over a wonderland of kitchen gifts and gadgets. For those who have been extra good, we posted a few selections on Pinterest.