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In This Issue
Ice Up Spring with Little Cake Bakery
John Metz Receives 2013 IFMA Silver Plate Award
Vote In Atlanta Magazine's Final Fork Competition
Ray's on the Creek Customer Appreciation Weekend
Bantam + Biddy Cooking Class
St. Patrick's Week in Atlanta
Mole & Mezcals at Alma Cocina
Hey Midtown, What's for Lunch?
Eat it and Tweep: @GirlontheGoJan
Appetizing Aperture: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Pinterest: Nuts for Peanuts
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Little Cake Bakery Ices Up New Spring Cupcake Flavors Plus Guinness and Baileys for St. Pat's - But No Corned Beef




Sized right for grown-up leprechauns and easy on the gold, charming cupcakes at locally owned The Little Cake Bakery come richly endowed in top-shelf ingredients. For a St. Pat's o'bite or two, stop in the shop this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, to nab some slightly tipsy Baileys Irish Cream chocolate cupcakes and the regular menu's Guinness cupcakes made with Guinness beer. The new spring menu is in play at the Buckhead bakery with different flavors each day. Tuesday features pink lemonade, peanut butter cup and malted milk chocolate while Wednesday offers Key lime, Hostess and Almond Joy. Thursday brings orange cream, Elvis and blackberry merlot flavors, and the weekend starts with carrot, chocolate salty caramel and lemon lavender on Fridays. Stop in on Saturday for Guinness, s'mores, cookies and cream and strawberry varieties. At $2.50 each or 12 for $27.50, these little treasures won't eat much of your cash stash. Minis are $11/dozen. More prices on the website. 

John Metz of Sterling Hospitality Receives 2013 IFMA Silver Plate Award 




Does anyone else see how fitting this is -- Sterling Hospitality receiving this year's International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate award? John Metz, CEO, executive chef and co-founder of Sterling Hospitality, has been recognized for excellence in the Independent Restaurants/Multi-Concept category. Metz, along with Silver Plate award honorees from seven other foodservice operations categories, is up for the coveted Gold Plate award. One of the eight will be awarded the foodservice world's Oscar at the 59th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration, May 20 in Chicago. Congratulations, John, and best wishes toward winning the gold to sit next to the silver!

Bite into Bracket Action and You Might Win Big - Vote to Advance Your Favorites in
Atlanta Magazine's Final Fork Tournament




The NCAA Final Four basketball showdown is bringing its exciting hoopla to Atlanta in April. Atlanta magazine's Final Fork competition is already here and well into round two. Round one divvied up 64 of the ATL's top restaurants into four categories - "Gastropubs and Bars," "High Rollers," "Global Eats" and "Southern, Dressed Up or Down Home." We're cheering for JCT. Kitchen & Bar, The Optimist and South City Kitchen. Votes propel restaurants forward, with top scorers advancing through brackets toward a big victory when final voting closes at 11 p.m. on April 11. Round two voting action concludes at 11 p.m. on March 14. Sign up to be an Atlanta magazine Insider and play along. When you choose your picks each week, you'll be entered to win one of four $100 gift certificates to the Final Fork restaurant of your choice. One grand-prize winner will score a Big Green Egg smoker and a bottle of Richland Rum.

Ray's on the Creek Expects Full House for Customer Appreciation Weekend Celebrating 

New Look and Menu




Alpharetta friends waited patiently, longingly while Ray's on the Creek underwent a gorgeous renovation and menu revamp - a well-earned spa treatment of sorts after 15 years of business. The wait is over, and it's time to celebrate! Ray's on the Creek is hosting a sold-out lunch event this weekend, March 16 and 17, where lucky guests will grab a look and a free lunch off the new menu. Guests will be able to make a $10 donation to Share our Strength. Ray's Restaurants is overjoyed that so many of their friends have made plans to attend and go with the restaurant's new flow.

Shaun Doty Leads Bantam + Biddy Favorites Cooking Class at The Cook's Warehouse in 

Ansley Mall on March 12




Instead of borrowing a cup of sugar from Ansley Mall neighbor Bantam + Biddy, The Cook's Warehouse is borrowing their chef, Shaun Doty. The cluckmeister is coming over to share "Favorites from Bantam + Biddy" on Tuesday, March 12 from 7-9 p.m. Doty will prepare and share some of the eatery's trademark chicken recipes including chopped liver on toasts, chicken schnitzel and market salad with pastured chicken jerky. Class size is limited; sign up online. $45 per person.

Smile and Go Green, It's St. Patrick's Week 

in Atlanta




Winter's gray shades are gone and St. Patrick's Day greens are sprouting up all over town this week, from green beer and cabbage to emerald fountains and outdoor shindigs. No wonder emerald and tender shoots greens are topping the Pantone color chart this season. We are so ready for the wearin' of the green and the cheer that goes along with it.


Dublin' down for two days of St. Pat's festivities, Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Smyrna hosts the Smyrna St. Patrick's Day Festival at Market Square this Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. Mayor Max Bacon has the honor of dyeing the fountain green, which makes for a nice photo op to go with the lineup of live music, a redhead contest, games and rides for children and adults, beer pong, cornhole, a 65-foot inflatable obstacle course - plus magically delicious foods, Guinness, Harp and Irish Car Bomb drinks. Friendly toward Irish setters and other pups. Buy tickets online for $5 or pay $10 at the door. Across town, Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia Highland conjures up traditional Irish classics in the dining room and especially at the bar, including Guinness and Magners to mark St. Pat's Day.

Midtown restaurants 10th & Piedmont, HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and Gilbert's Cafe & Bar are all part of the Communitas Hospitality family, and on St. Patrick's Day, they are coming together to offer the same food and drink specials in addition to their regular menus. Visit one or all three for green $3 Miller Light beer, $6 Lucky Leprechaun cocktails that jump to your lips with Midori, vodka, OJ and Sprite, and plates of rib-sticking corned beef brisket with mashed potatoes, braised cabbage and Pommery mustard ($13.95).

In Buckhead, Fadó Irish Pub colors the whole week green with activities and food and drink specials each day, building up to the St. Practice Day celebration on Saturday, March 16. Of course, the biggest blowout comes on St. Patrick's Day itself with a party that starts inside Fadó in the morning and spills out into the street by afternoon. Bookmark our blog for more detailed information on this biggie so you won't miss a drop of the fun or the chance to win the trip to Dublin, Ireland. Feast your eyes on a plate of their corned beef and cabbage in the Appetizing Aperture below.


A Little Moolah Buys A Lot of Mole & Mezcals at Alma Cocina Secrets of a Mexican Pantry Five-Course Dinner Pairing on March 16


The mighty mole sauces of Mexico add secret layers of complexity to Mexican foods. And those naughty mezcals are legendary in their own way. As part of its "Secrets of a Mexican Pantry" dinner series, Alma Cocina is revealing the variations of Mexican mole sauce and pairing them up with spirited compadres from Ilegal Mezcal for a five-course Moles & Mezcals taste fiesta on Saturday, March 16. Holy moley, the event is only $70 per person (plus tax and gratuity). For the full menu and pairings, check out the Facebook page. Memories will be made of this!
Hey Midtown, What's for Lunch? 
10th & Piedmont's New Weekday Lunch Service Begins March 18


In the ongoing quest for reasons to love Mondays, 10th & Piedmont will open its doors for the weekday Midtown lunch crowd beginning Monday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Offerings go global with a variety of sandwiches, salads and soups. Modern interiors with white-hued walls and black and mirrored accents frame panoramic windows that provide a lively sidewalk and street view. Pull up mod chairs to a sleek table for two, four or more or slide into one of the high-backed circular booths for group conversation. What comes next? Don't know about your day, but 10th & Piedmont closes for an hour and reopens for dinner at 5 p.m.

Eat it and Tweep: Tweet Fast to Catch this Girl On The Go

She works hard so she can travel, eat and drink. Jan Schroeder tweets at Girl on the Go (@GirlontheGoJan), is managing editor at Travel Girl magazine (@TravelgirlMag) and blogs at Girl on the Go. This gal is going places. Tweet along for the ride.

Sample Tweet: Was wondering why "get gyros" was on to-do list. Should have been "get euros." Same thing, right? #fb

Appetizing Aperture


National Corned Beef & Cabbage Day is March 17. No blarney. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant is an any-day go-to place for this Irish delicacy, and there's always room for one more place at the table or bar, or street if you show up for Sunday's St. Pat's Party. Party plans on Atlanta Dish.

What's new on Pinterest: Nuts for Peanuts

Passionate is more like it, hence the plethora of peanutty pins on our Pinterest board. Crack open our posts for a lunchable spicy peanut, carrot and snap pea wrap, spicy peanut sauce over pasta to cook for your friends, frozen banana peanut bites, rich Do-Si-Do pie to use up those Girl Scout cookies and the ultimate - the peanut butter and bacon cookie. Oink.