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All-Clad Cookware and Chef Klaskala
New Menu at Gilbert's Cafe & Bar
Grand Opening Celebration at Marlow's Tavern - Emory Point
Up on the Rocks Cocktail Recipe from Woodfire Grill
MLA on Facebook
Tweep of the Week: @cakespy
Appetizing Aperture: Bantam + Biddy
Pinterest: Savory Soups
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All-Clad Cookware and Gerry Klaskala Present "Cook Like a Professional" at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market




A big draw downtown this week is The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, January 9-16 at AmericasMart. While retail store buyers seek new home gear finds and plan their inventories, they'll also be privy to a full slate of informative talks and demonstrations led by design and industry experts. Aria Chef/Owner Gerry Klaskala is one such legend in his field and will link up with another American culinary legend, All-Clad cookware, for a demo on Thursday, January 10 from 1-2 p.m. Award-winning Klaskala will focus on how to "Cook Like a Professional" employing techniques - searing, braising and deglazing - relied on by restaurant chefs for their signature dishes. Home cooks can perfect their skills using the same All-Clad cookware found in four-star restaurant kitchens around the world. Handcrafted for more than four decades in Canonsburg, Penn., All-Clad uses an innovative proprietary blend of metals and a revolutionary bonding process to deliver a lifetime of exemplary culinary service. Demo location: Building 2 West Wing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen.

A New Menu is One More Reason to Love
Gilbert's Café & Bar




"New year, new you" is such the January expression, but in the case of Gilbert's Café & Bar in Midtown, 2013 is bringing a new menu that Atlantans will love. The Communitas Hospitality restaurant has been an Atlanta favorite since opening in 2000. Even so, Communitas Owners Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan are always open to ways to better serve their guests. The two gents have brought in Executive Chef Brett Ring, also chef at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and 10th & Piedmont, to update and broaden the Mediterranean-focused menu for a full night-on-the-town dining experience. New meze items for sharing include diver scallops with haricot vert, crisp applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onion and citrus champagne; lemon avocado hummus with black sesame and smoked coconut; skate wing with artichoke, capers and lemon brown butter; and lamb shank börek with spinach and feta ($8-$12). For seafood lovers, Ring has seafood paella with mussels, shrimp, calamari, chicken, peas and haricot vert ($16 for one person; $30 for two) and almond-crusted tilapia with sautéed spinach and Parmesan risotto ($14). Other entrées include bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with spinach ginger risotto and sweet Thai chili jus ($16); lamb shank with chickpea polenta, cherry tomato confit, Swiss chard and corn bread gremolata ($18); and the popular chicken kebab now composed of dark meat on a large skewer for a more exciting presentation. Ring, a Georgia native, nods to his Southern heritage through seasonally inspired plates and smoked foods such as smoked coconut atop lemon avocado hummus.

New Marlow's Tavern - Emory Point Plans
Week-Long Grand Opening Celebration




The newest location of Marlow's Tavern, at Emory Point in Decatur, is hosting seven days of grand opening dining deals and special events beginning Monday, January 21. Open since December 18, the neighborhood tavern is eager to welcome its Emory-area friends with grand opening festivities. From January 21-27, guests who sign up for Marlow's Tavern Insiders Club (online or at the restaurant) will automatically be registered to win free dinner every week for a year. On Monday Insider Day on January 21, all Marlow's Tavern Insiders will receive 20 percent off their checks, and the first 100 guests will receive free t-shirts. January 22 is Tavern Burger Tuesday, and Marlow's is offering its famous Tavern Burger seasoned with tomato bacon jam for $5 all day long. Wednesday Ladies Night, from 5 p.m. until close on January 23, means $5 appetizers and drink deals for the gals and goodie bags for the first 100 ladies. On Emory Day Thursday, January 24, Emory students showing student ID receive a 20 percent discount. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 10 a.m. followed by a check presentation to Special Olympics Georgia at 11:30 a.m. During Friday Happy Hour on January 25 from 4-6 p.m., Marlow's is offering $5 appetizer specials and drink specials including $3 drafts, $4 glasses of select wines and $4 premium well cocktails. Live music cranks at 9 p.m. The first 500 guests after 5 p.m. on Shot Glass Saturday, January 26, receive a complimentary M. shot glass, and live music starts at 10 p.m. Brunch favorites await guests on $7 Sunday, January 27, and include select $7 brunch favorites such as crab cakes Benedict, Brooklyn "Egghead" sandwich and Marlow's famous stuffed French toast. Psst. BLT Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas are $7 drink specials. Looking for Emory Point? Find it at 1627 Clifton Road in Decatur; 404-343-3283.

Squeeze into the Flavor of Grapefruit with Up on the Rocks Cocktail Recipe from Woodfire Grill




Grapefruit is in season and ripe for the picking. Woodfire Grill Bar Manager Brian Stanger shares his recipe for Up on the Rocks, a refreshing cocktail finished with a tart grapefruit soda. He makes his own grapefruit soda and pomegranate syrup, but a store-bought variety of soda and real grenadine will make this an easy prepare-at-home cocktail.


Up on the Rocks


2 oz. El Dorado 12 Year Rum

½ oz. Lemon Hart Demerara 151

1 tsp. pomegranate syrup (real grenadine will do, but not Rose's brand)

1 oz. Velvet Falernum

½ oz. lime juice


Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake and strain over fresh ice. Top with a good dash of bitters and about 1 ½ oz. of tart grapefruit soda. 


There's a lot to "Like" on the MLA Facebook Page




Melissa Libby & Associates has the social media landscape covered to keep you up to date on the "nibbles, bites and scoops of all things culinary." From new menus, restaurant openings, award-winning chefs and not-to-be-missed events and activities, we keep you in the know via regular updates on our Facebook page. "Like" us and never miss out on any of Atlanta's culinary action.


Eat it and Tweep: Cake Spy Keeps No Secrets




This head spy at a dessert detective agency seeks sweetness in everyday life. Cake Spy Jessie Oleson Moore (@cakespy) is a freelance writer and illustrator who tracks down bakeries, conducts baking experiments, interrogates (sweetly) bakers and food artists and unabashedly shares her finds with other bake-minded followers. If a tweet bite's not enough, go for the icingat


Sample Tweet: Another day, another Lord of the Rings themed cupcake painting commission...



Appetizing Aperture


Newly made resolutions to health out and help out are easy (and yummy) to keep on Mondays at Bantam + Biddy. The fast-casual Ansley Mall eatery donates 10 percent of each Monday's profits to a different local charity after 5 p.m. On January 14, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) takes home the golden egg, so to speak, as guests go for fast-casual fare prepared from regionally raised all-natural pastured poultry, eco-friendly pork, organic veggies and gluten-free options.

What's New on Pinterest: Savory Soups




Fire up the stove or plug in the Crock-Pot, soup's on to warm up the winter-weary. Who would guess these comforting stews and soups also are healthy? Ladle up for easy weeknight suppers, casual entertaining and "bowl" games. When you peruse our Pinterest picks, please use a spoon.