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The Brews of Summer at Atkins Park Virginia-Highland
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
SkyLounge Patio Party at The Glenn
Seven Lamps Monday Night Beer Dinner
Bantam + Biddy Wild Heaven Craft Beer Dinner
Kevin Gillespie at Burger Battle & Beer Tasting
City of Refuge People's Fest at Atlantic Station
Taria Camerino's Peanut Pie
Eat it & Tweep: @VidaliaOnions1
Appetizing Aperture: Little Cake Bakery
What's New on Pinterest? Cool Cocktails
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The Brews of Summer are in Cocktails at Atkins Park Virginia-Highland New Holland Brewing Company Cocktail Tasting




Craft beers, ales and stouts add their distinct natural effervescence and a refreshing punch to summer cocktails. Which beers and distilled spirits go into the mix makes the difference. New Holland Brewing Company has perfected beer cocktails and is eager to see what you think at a beer cocktail tasting on the patio of Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Atkins Park Chef Andrew Smith creates a menu of small bites to accompany the brew-dazzling cocktail tastings. Here's what guests can expect: Mad Hatter IPA paired with Gruyère cheese puffs; Aviation with Knickerbocker Gin and shaved prosciutto deviled eggs; The White Dutchess with Dutchess Citrus Vodka and crispy flat bread with ricotta, spring onion marmalade and grilled asparagus; and a Horses Neck made with Beer Barrel Bourbon and served with smoke-roasted beef short ribs and roasted corn slaw. $25 per person, excluding tax or gratuity. Reservations recommended, call 404-876-7249.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Converts Midtown Streets to Tasty Trails May 30-June 2




They come seeking wisdom and tastes of all things Southern: craft beer, tailgate specialties, bourbon, barbecue, farm goods and all of the "s" words -- sandwiches, seafood, snacks, sweets, swine and 'shine. And, they love a good party. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival fills Midtown streets with these goodies and more, Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2. The annual showcase of Southern culinary heritage is deep and wide, offering chef and expert-led learning experiences, tasting tents mapped with savory trails, and special dinners and events with regional chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and food industry leaders. Name drop some of the advisors, presenters and tasty talent? Don't mind if we do: Chris Blobaum, David Bradley, Shaun Doty, Adam Evans, Arianne Fielder, Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, E. J. Hodgkinson, Gerry Klaskala and Joe Schafer. Restaurants include Alma Cocina, Aria, Article 14, Bantam + Biddy, Gunshow, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, Lure, Olmsted, Seven Lamps and The Optimist, plus many more. See the event website for all of the details and ticket information.

SkyLounge Patio Launch Party Tops an "Ultimat" Evening at The Glenn on May 31 




The sun sets about 8:45 p.m. this Friday, May 31, and the view from the patio launch party at SkyLounge, atop the Glenn Hotel, will be stunning. lists SkyLounge as one of the "Top 23 Rooftop Bars in the World." The sleek patio holds a coveted spot on the 11th floor of this historic building. Sink into one of the low, cushioned couches and gaze over the city's shimmering skyline and the lush greens of Centennial Olympic Park. Backing up the view are party-exclusive cocktails crafted with Patron Tequila or Ultimat Vodka, DJ tunes and giveaways from 7-9 p.m. You may not want to come down off the roof.

Catch a Beer Flight to Seven Lamps Monday Night Beer Dinner on June 3 




Have a little fun with beer and brats on Monday, June 3 at Seven Lamps in the Shops Around Lenox. The craft food and drink spot is hosting a beer dinner featuring flights of beer and cocktails topped with beer, fancy hot dogs (a.k.a. brats) and dessert. Help yourself, family style, to cheddar dogs -- wood-roasted brats with fermented cabbage, pickled mustard seeds, pepperonade and bread and butter pickles on toasted lobster rolls. Your beer flight includes a light cocktail topped with beer plus spicy Belgian-style FU Man Brew, crisp Eyepatch IPA and Blind Pirate Double IPA. Dessert rolls out chocolate macaroons with peanut butter ice cream and bacon-roasted peanuts to go with a Drafty Kilt cocktail based on a full-bodied scotch ale. $60 per person. To purchase your ticket, call 404-467-8950.

Nearly Neighbors: Bantam + Biddy Hosts Wild Heaven Craft Beer Dinner on June 5 




It's less than 10 miles from the Wild Heaven Craft Beer brewery in Decatur to Bantam + Biddy in Midtown's Ansley Mall. According to Urban Dictionary, that qualifies as a country mile, so understandably these two neighbors want to get together for dinner. They're welcoming the rest of us to join them for a four-course beer dinner on Wednesday, June 5. Bantam + Biddy Co-owner/Chef Lance Gummere does the menu planning and Wild Heaven's brewmaster, Eric Johnson, will be there to talk about their European-style beers and plans for the brewery. Hors d'oeuvre come out at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. dinner featuring wild salmon carpaccio with IPA mustard, dill and rye paired with Let There Be Light (American ale with a citrus note); spiced duck salad with candied pecans and strawberry and peppercorn vinaigrette paired with Eschaton (Belgian strong dark ale with dark fruit and pit fruit flavors as well as earthy spiciness); rotisserie rib-eye with horseradish, watercress and brioche paired with Invocation (Belgian-style golden ale with a semi-dry finish and lingering tropical fruit and spicy notes); and bread pudding with chocolate, pralines and cherry compote paired with Ode to Mercy (Imperial brown ale with a combination of deep-roasted malts, coffee, oak and a smooth, creamy finish). $45 per person. Reservations required; call 404-907-3469.

Kevin Gillespie "Meats" the Challenge in First Annual Burger Battle and Beer Tasting for Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Legal Aid Society




Atlanta's young legal community puts courtroom beefs aside and devotes its skills to a philanthropic evening of disturbing the peace by throwing its First Annual Burger Battle and Beer Tasting on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30-9 p.m. We're pulling for Gunshow's Kevin Gillespie (also of "Top Chef" fame) to prevail in the sizzling showdown! Complimentary samples of craft beers from around the globe keep the heat of battle in check. The pre-summer showdown is a sell-out already, and all proceeds benefit the pro bono projects of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Good luck, Kevin!

Vittles and Music Keep on Food Truckin' at City of Refuge People's Fest at Atlantic Station 

on June 22 



Our gourmet GPS steers you to the most mouthwatering events in the ATL, such as the People's Fest at Atlantic Station's Central Park on Saturday, June 22. Food community talent includes Shaun Doty of Atlantic Station's soon-to-open chicken restaurant, Chick-a-Biddy, and two stages of live music featuring R&B/classic rocker Marc Broussard of Vanguard Records, Southern Grounds recording artist Sonia Leigh and more. VIP ticketholders enter at 4 p.m. for the Chef Challenge. At 6 p.m., general admission guests can enter for the 6-10 p.m. People's Fest. Tickets for this all-ages-welcome event are $25 in advance, $35 at the door and $125 for VIP admission. Besides spending your pre-summer evening outside, you'll be helping event beneficiary City of Refuge as it assists those in Atlanta's underserved neighborhoods with job training and placement, housing, healthcare and education.

Fess Up to Putting Peanuts in Your Coke as You Have Another Slice of Taria Camerino's 

Peanut Pie with Coke Reduction 




One by one, salted peanuts trickled down into the neck of both kids' and grandpas' Coke bottles. This fond childhood memory set JCT. Kitchen & Bar Pastry Chef Taria Camerino on an insatiable quest to capture the sweet and salty contrast of this summery treat, and she's done it. Her recipe for Virginia peanut pie with Coke reduction is captured in a video on the Coca-Cola Journey-Stories web page. Just watching it will set your mouth hankering. FYI, if you're afraid you'll eat the whole pie, you can order a slice off the JCT. Kitchen menu.

Eat it and Tweep: Vidalia Onion Tweets Tell How to Enter Flavors of Summer Recipe Contest




Vidalia onions are tearless; however, you'll be sad if you miss the opportunity to enter the Flavors of Summer recipe contest. Connect on Twitter (@VidaliaOnions1) to peel back contest details. A winner from each of four categories will receive a cash prize of $1,000, and the grand prize is an outdoor entertaining package from Sears valued at $5,000.


Sample Tweet: Meet our Flavors of Summer bloggers! They come to you with great recipes, decorating tips and more. You won't want...



Appetizing Aperture




Little Cake Bakery refuses to limit Nutella to lunch box sandwiches or lemon meringue to ice box pies. These flavors lend themselves quite nicely to their summer cupcake menu. Thinking inside the cupcake box, we'll take a dozen of the Nutella mocha and another of lemon meringue. 

What's New on Pinterest?
Splash in our pool of Cool Cocktails to quell summer's heat spells and hot flashes. Fill a Mason jar with blueberry-infused vodka lemonade, and freeze up a batch of blackberry prosecco popsicles for a party on the deck. Feeling marooned in your cubicle?  RA Sushi's mango mojito and bikini martinis and the limoncello martini at Ray's in the City could be your lifesavers.