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Three Ray's Restaurants, Three Unique Fall Menus
Buy Taste of Atlanta Tickets
"Like" Buffalo Wild Wings Atlanta Airport
Cystic Fibrosis Battle for a Cure
Aqua Vino at Georgia Aquarium
Seven Lamps Fires Up for Second Annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off
Bantam + Biddy Hatches First Anniversary Fall Festival
White Oak Pastures Says "Bird is the Word"
Wine Your Way through Four Courses at Ray's Restaurants
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails Harvests Last Garden Dinner of 2013
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Appetizing Aperture: Tin Lizzy's Three Amigos
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Three Ray's Restaurants, Three Unique Fall Menus, Three Choices per Course




Good things come in threes! The chefs at each of the three Ray's Restaurants locations have crafted a fall three-course menu specific to their location. Each menu pairs gracefully with carefully selected wine recommendations and offers guests three choices to consider for appetizer, entrée and dessert. Available for a limited time, each menu is $29 per person; add $15 for wine pairings (excludes tax and gratuity). A quick peek at the menus reveals items such as fried green tomatoes, hazelnut-rolled pork tenderloin, smoked chili-chocolate bread pudding and white chocolate and pumpkin crème brûlée at Ray's on the Creek; barbecued shrimp, a 10-ounce pork chop with maple bourbon whipped sweet potato and apple chutney, and chocolate-raspberry mousse cake at Ray's on the River; and crab Rockefeller-stuffed mushroom, spicy tuna roll, barbecued Atlantic salmon, pumpkin cheesecake and apple cobbler at Ray's in the City.

Time to Buy Taste of Atlanta Tickets for Big Eats October 25-27



More than 90 restaurants, four live cooking stages and the VIP food-wine-cocktail experience are major players in what may be Midtown's tastiest takeover. Taste of Atlanta spreads out like jam over Tech Square Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27. Look forward to some barcraft competition, the Big Green Egg Grilling Experience, the Family Food Zone, workshops, cookbook signings, a silent auction and so much more. Some of our favorite chefs, mixologists and restaurants are participating including Alma Cocina, Article 14, Der Biergarten, Glenn's Kitchen, Gunshow, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, Lure, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, No. 246, The Optimist and Seven Lamps. A variety of ticket options are available online priced from $30 each on up. Buy now. Chances are there won't be leftovers.

There's a lot to "Like" on the Buffalo Wild Wings Atlanta Airport Facebook Page




Add Facebook to all the things to "like" about the new Buffalo Wild Wings location in Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Which do you like more: Buffalo Wild Wings' oasis of big-screen football, 24 beers on tap, boneless wings with 24 sauces, sandwiches and even breakfast . . . or airport parking, security lines and baggage fees? Thought so. Let your "Like" shine on Facebook!

Cystic Fibrosis Battle for a Cure is a Food Fight for A Good Cause on October 10




Atlanta's "next generation" restaurants are throwing it down for cystic fibrosis in the Next Generation Celebration: Battle for a Cure restaurant competition on Thursday, October 10. The historic Georgia Freight Depot serves as a culinary battleground for the 7-10 p.m. showdown. JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, No. 246, The Optimist and RA Sushi Bar Restaurant are some of the restaurants hoping to champion the evening. Along with viewing all of the action and silent auction bidding, guests will experience an all-inclusive tasting with beer and wine for $75 ($36 tax deductible). Ultimately, the real victor of the evening will be those battling cystic fibrosis as all proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Buy tickets online and prepare for the battle. More on Facebook.

Aqua Vino at Georgia Aquarium Swells with Water, Wine and Atlanta's Best Restaurants 

on October 10




The eighth annual Aqua Vino on October 10 provides a fabulous way for the over-21 crowd to ooh and aah over aquatic life at the Georgia Aquarium while enjoying wine samplings drawing from more than 200 global wines, incredible tastes from Atlanta's premier restaurants such as Article 14 and Glenn's Kitchen, and upscale live and silent auctions. The main event fills the Oceans Ballroom, and guests are able to venture out to view Georgia Aquarium exhibits. Grand Tasting is $150 per person; VIP Tasting is $325 per person and adds 6 p.m. admission, red carpet arrival and media splash photo op with hosts plus access to the VIP lounge with exclusive wines and behind-the-scenes tours. Proceeds benefit Georgia Aquarium's whale shark conservation and research initiatives. This event is ages 21 and up only.

Seven Lamps Fires Up A Batch for the Second Annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off on October 12 




With more than 60 chili-concocting teams, this Saturday's outdoor Brookhaven Chili Cook Off is guaranteed to be a blast whether you go for beans, no beans, meek or spicy mean. Seven Lamps will be one of the teams competing for endorsements (a.k.a. votes) from taste testers (like you) and celebrity judges at the October 12 festival in Brookhaven's warehouse district just north of Dresden Drive on Apple Valley Road. The short walk from Brookhaven MARTA will prep you for the taste fest and perhaps for some of the cold adult beverages available for purchase at this Beano bonanza running 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This family friendly event belongs on your radar with its three bands, kid zone, arts and crafts, cornhole and a hearty welcome for Fidos on leashes. What not to bring: outside food and coolers. Tickets, $5 in advance or $10 at the gate, carry entitlements of a spoon and unlimited chili tastings from noon-4 p.m. or whenever supplies run out. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Fundraising Foundation.

Bantam + Biddy Hatches First Anniversary 

Fall Festival October 13




Join the farm-to-festival event of the season and help Bantam + Biddy hatch its first anniversary fall festival on Sunday, October 13 in the Ansley Mall courtyard. Enjoy live music and the good company of local vendors such as Nottingham Nector, Souvei, Riverview Farms, Tiny Buffalo, Deck Specks, Doux South, Capra Gia and Georgia Organics. The only party fowl is if you don't show up. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Not ready to end the festivities so soon? You're invited to take a seat at Bantam + Biddy's table later that night to celebrate one year of culinary creations with a four-course prix fixe meal prepared by chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere. The limited-seat dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., costs $50 per person and includes a one-year Georgia Organics membership. For more information and to make a reservation, call 404-907-3469.

White Oak Pastures Says "Bird is the Word" 

This Thanksgiving




Turkey day is right around the corner, and bird is definitely the word. Starting now, White Oak Pastures offers exclusive pre-orders on all Thanksgiving turkeys. Gobble up the deals before they've flown the coop. Choose from small ($75), medium ($100) or large ($125) birds. All poultry are Heritage Birds, American Standard Bronze and Black, reared on White Oak Pastures' certified organic pastures and are rated a Step 5+ with the Global Animal Partnership. No pilgrimage needed; orders can be placed online and will arrive at your table November 18-21.

Wine Your Way through Four Courses at 

Ray's Restaurants



Cabernet, chardonnay, zinfandel and prosecco -- the gang's wining to dine with good company at Ray's on the River on Thursday, October 10 and Ray's on the Creek on Friday, October 11. Enjoy guest speaker Wyatt Taylor, certified sommelier from Gallo, as he shares bottles of information on wine procurement and storage. Inspired by wines from Taste of the NFL, drinks will flow through a reception and four courses. Eat your way through Big Green Egg-smoked oysters with cucumber mignonette served with La Marca Prosecco; Marcona almond-dusted striped bass with olive and roasted red pepper tapenade and parsnip purée paired with William Hill Bench Blend Chardonnay 2008; seared duck breast with sweet potato mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon served with William Hill Bench Blend Cabernet 2009; and braised brisket with wild mushroom bread pudding, rapini and bourbon jus paired with Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet 2008. Before heading home, cleanse your palate with assorted cheeses and balsamic and fig ice cream for dessert accompanied by Louis Martini Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2010. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $75 per person or $65 for Dining Club members. RSVP to Ray's on the River at 770-955-1187 or Ray's on the Creek at 770-649-0064. Remember, the only wining we accept is the kind in your glass. Cheers! 

Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails Harvests Last Garden Dinner of the 2013 Season 

on October 20




Rightfully, the Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails team has dubbed this one the "Harvest Garden Dinner." Relax in the garden of this historic Crabapple restaurant as an autumn afternoon meanders into evening on Sunday, October 20 from 4-7:30 p.m. A reception with hors d'oeuvre and libations precludes the four-course seated dinner with wine. A tour of Milton's Acre and strawberry fields provides rich fodder for dinner conversation. $95 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Rescheduled if raining. Reserve your seat online today! Call 678-431-8753 or email with any questions.
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