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ATL BBQ Club Monthly "Meatings"
Atkins Park Spring Cornhole League
Peachtree-Pine Street Homeless Shelter Garden
Marlow's Sinners & Saints Photo Contest
Fadó Irish Pub Guinness Toast
Oscar Party at 10th & Piedmont
Atkins Park Smyrna "First" Last Supper
New Executive Chef at Woodfire Grill
Eat it and Tweep: @poodle_power
Appetizing Aperture
Pinterest: Snack Time
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Chew 'Cue at Atlanta BBQ Club 

Monthly "Meatings"




Here's a club with "meatings" that are downright delicious and whose members are into trying out every kind of tender, barbecued pork butt, brisket or chicken they can muster up in the metro area. Atlanta BBQ Club members meet up at various barbecue places each month for a little pork barrel spending of their own combined with a healthy serving of socializing. Their next get together (a.k.a. business "meating") will take place on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. at Spoon's Smokehouse BBQ, 5040 Old National Highway in College Park. Purchase tickets online and get ready to share some divine swine and finger-lickin' chicken.

Sign Up Now -- Cornhole ATL Spring League Starts March 12 at Atkins Park Virginia Highland


Spring planting season is here and hinting it's time to hit the patio and plant some cornhole shots at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia Highland. Cornhole ATL's seven-week spring season begins March 12. Tuesday evening competitions will take place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on the patio. This is only two evenings after Daylight Savings Time begins on March 10, honing in on some extra twilight hours for you and your teammates to toss back some brews and toss out some corn bags. Register at Yes, there are cornhole rules. Read up on them here.

Add Some of Your Greens to Farmer D's Donations So the Pine Street Homeless Shelter Rooftop Garden Can Grow



Some leafy greens from your wallet would go a long way toward helping the Peachtree-Pine Street Homeless Shelter Rooftop Garden flourish. Farmer D Organics asks for your partnership in raising at least $2,500 to refresh, rebuild and maintain the garden of raised and vertical growing beds. Join Farmer D and Urban Gardens Across America, the Wholekids Foundation, and PACT in the fundraising campaign. If the $2,500 goal is attained, Farmer D will match 15 percent of the dollars in goods and services (and that's in addition to a $2,000 grant). Make your donation online under Pine Street Shelter or Farmer D Organics. PACT will send you a comfy, complimentary thank you item from their organic clothing line, varying with your donation amount. More dirt on our Atlanta Dish blog. Farmer D has more ways you can help. Visit their store at 2154 Briarcliff Road and add your sofa cushion change to the "Change-for-Change" jar or purchase a t-shirt, knowing that 20 percent of all t-shirt sales goes to the campaign. Act quickly. Fundraising ends February 28.

Marlow's Tavern Photo Contest Focuses on Sinners & Saints Coming Together Over 

"Bayou 'n Bourbon"



Smile for the smartphone during "Bayou 'n Bourbon" days and nights at Marlow's Tavern locations. Show your best side by uploading a photo to the Marlow's Tavern Sinners & Saints photo contest before the contest ends on March 14. The top 10 vote-grabbing photos will become finalists. One first-prize winner will receive dinner for four ($100 value). Second place nabs a $50 gift card, and third takes home a $25 gift card. Encourage friends and family members to vote on Marlow's Facebook page, and you may end up a winner. Sinners & Saints can continue to mingle throughout "Bayou 'n Bourbon" until the food and drink fest blows out of town on March 25.

Raise Your Glass in the Air at Fadó Irish Pub and Toast the Great Guinness Toast on February 23



The Great Guinness Toast kicks off the St. Patrick's Day prelims at Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead on Saturday, February 23. Even if you were too bashful to enter a toast, you can still conquer toast-mastery that night with a few glasses of Guinness. From 8-11 p.m., tip a lucky pint and you may see a prize-winning sticker on the bottom. Enter to win a VIP table for you and five friends at the huge Fadó St. Patrick's Day party. Finally, if you have the evening's best toast, you will win a pint of Guinness a day for a year. The toast takes place at 11 p.m., and you must be present to win.

And the Winner Is: 10th & Piedmont's 
Award-Winning Oscar Party on February 24


No need to don your red carpet attire in case the paparazzi show up. Dress casually and arrive at 10th & Piedmont in Midtown for big-screen viewing of the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24. Food and beverage specials win in the best supporting role categories starting at 6:30 p.m. Menu credits include "Les Misérables" French onion soup with house-made croutons and Swiss cheese ($6.50); golden fried chicken with buttermilk mashed potatoes, fried corn and house-made pepper gravy ($12); champagne ($3) and red carpet punch ($7). 
When it's time to settle your tab, just say "May I have the envelope, please?"

Atkins Park Smyrna Holds "First" Last Supper Wild Heaven Dinner and Beer Pairing



Only twelve. That's how many guests will fit around the table for the "First" Last Supper Wild Heaven Paired Dinner at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Smyrna on Sunday, February 24. This month's dinner marks the first in a series of Last Supper events - to be held on the last Sunday of each month - and sponsored by The Stout Brothers Smyrna Beer Market. Chef Sarah Rothwell has created a heavenly five-course menu complete with Wild Heaven Craft Beer pairings that will have guests singing praises. Look forward to prosciutto-wrapped mushroom and "Heywood's" smoked almond pesto, paired with Invocation (Belgian-style golden ale); fennel and grapefruit salad with orange and pomegranate and a lavender and honey agave dressing, paired with Let There Be Light (American ale); Cornish hen stuffed with "Heywood's" Italian sausage and wild rice pilaf, paired with Eschaton (Belgian-style quadruple ale aged with Pinot Noir oak chips); and veal tornado wrapped in lardo with celery root purée, wild mushroom demi and potato crisp, paired with Ode to Mercy (imperial brown ale). The beer-blessed meal concludes with bourbon foie gras crème brûlée paired with Ode to Mercy Winter (imperial brown ale aged in bourbon barrels). Dinner includes two promotional Wild Heaven glasses. $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 770-435-1887.

Fourth Generation Italian Winemaker Joins New Executive Chef Tyler Williams at Woodfire Grill Demarie Wine Dinner on February 26 




The Demarie website reads like an intriguing Italian romance novel: fiefdom, 14 hectares of vineyards encompassing sun-kissed gentle slopes between Asti and Cuneo in the Roero region, all guarded by a family that's passed down their traditional winemaking heritage into the fourth generation. Winemaker Paolo Demarie brings all of this, and wines as well, to the table at Woodfire Grill's Demarie Wine Dinner on Tuesday, February 26. A 7 p.m. reception includes sparkling Arneis, followed by a five-course dinner prepared by the restaurant's new executive chef Tyler Williams at 7:30 p.m. and featuring pairings of 2010 Arneis Roero DOCG, 2008 Barbera D'Alba Superiore DOC, 2007 Barbaresco DOCG, 2007 Barolo DOCG and NV "Birbet' Brachetto." $105 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Call 404-347-9055 to make reservations.
Eat it and Tweep: No Dogs, But You'll Want to Wolf Down Poodle Power Tweets


Emily Robinson tweets @poodle_power, which is not about dogs at all. The Atlantan barks up a different tree-about edibles, food ideas, local eateries, gardening and more. For more verbiage and tantalizing photos, visit her Ultra Epicure blog.


Sample Tweet:  There's a cocktail class on @Scoutmob today, read my review here ... then sign up for it here ...

Appetizing Aperture

Share or be selfish off the new "Chip Shop" snack menu at Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead. There's a double-dip of thick or natural thin-cut chip options. Choose chips served with two sauces from the seven-sauce list ($4.95) or go whole hog with full-bodied toppings such as black pudding and chimichurri, pulled lamb and peppercorn sauce or the hold-me-back Harp Lager cheese sauce and bacon topping shown here ($6.95-$7.95). Chip away at special online offers for a free snack menu item with boxty purchase or bottomless chips and sauces at the bar. Like Fadó on Facebook and sign up for the newsletter for exclusive offers!
What's new on Pinterest: Snack Time

Photo from Hearth Pizza Tavern

Snack time can provide a mini nutritional punch between meals, enhance workout recovery or be strictly fun to eat (jackpot when they multitask). We've pinned ideas for your snack mode, offering homemade granola bars and pre-portioned snack ideas to make and stash, mini BBQ vegan pizzas, hot Caprese dip, baked "fried" pickles and other tongue ticklers. Maybe we'll make snack time, meal time.