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MLA Opens The Publicist Restaurant
Aqua blue Unveils Three-Course Spring Menu
Chocolate South Hosts Name That Bonbon Contest
Ray's at Killer Creek Patio Party
Barks & Beers at Der Biergarten
New South Family Supper
Whole Foods Market "5% Day"
Appetizing Aperture
What's New on Pinterest
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MLA Opens The Publicist Restaurant on Atlanta's Westside




After more than 20 years of publicizing Atlanta's best restaurants, Melissa Libby & Associates is donning another toque and opening The Publicist Restaurant in the Lumberyard Lofts on Atlanta's Westside. Not that the team is putting their public relations skills on the back burner; they're finally sharing a culmination of culinary skills gleaned over years in the industry...hundreds of restaurant openings, wine dinners, cooking demos, cookbook creations and signings. You name it, they've probably tasted it. Specializing in post-5 p.m. and late night munch outs, The Publicist will offer a 10-course tasting menu featuring items such as The Melissa, an energizing Red Bull and Power Bar combo. Order The Rafer and woof down leftovers as your main course. MLA awarded Bowen Betts Design their first restaurant design project. On the beverage menu, look for a big bowl of cold water for visiting hounds and a punch line for humans . . . April Fools! 

Spring $25 for Three-Course Dinner during April at Aqua blue


Photo by Brandon Amato


Aqua blue's $25 three-course, prix fixe dinner menu is not part of any restaurant week promotion - it's valid after 4 p.m. for the entire month of April at this Roswell favorite. Start with classic, creamy New England clam chowder or your choice of the Aqua blue house salad or Caesar salad. Mains include Parmesan chicken with cheese ravioli and tomato marinara; butcher's cut hanger steak with garlic whipped potatoes, broccoli and green peppercorn sauce; salmon with polenta, grilled asparagus and roasted red pepper sauce; or pan-seared trout with sautéed mixed vegetables and lemon-caper butter sauce. Choose vanilla bean crème brûlée or warm chocolate cake to punctuate your meal. Priced per person; not including gratuity, tax, substitutions or alcohol.


Name That Bonbon! Chocolate South Coats Confection Contest with Sweet Rewards


Elvis bonbon at Chocolate South


What's in a name? At Chocolate South, nomenclature reflects fine ingredients plus a thick slathering of Southern traditions. Each chocolate-laden bite renders riches of premium ingredients and liqueurs, organic cream and spices, and local finds like Georgia pecans. How to describe such bonny bonbons? Hold a "Name that Bonbon!" contest. Through May 1, stop by the shop on Atlanta's Westside, sample the yet-to-be-named confection and fill in one of the special entry cards with your suggested moniker (and your name, of course, in case you win). Chocolate South will select a winner to receive recognition on the Chocolate South Facebook page, in their newsletter and display case; a Southern Culture Box containing one each of Ray, Elvis and "Allmand" Brothers from the Southern Musician Collection and Scarlett, Scout and Stella from the Southern Literature Heroines Collection; and a $25 Chocolate South gift certificate. Whoa. Feeling the sweet rush already! (Rules: Up to two entries per person and one entry per visit. Bonbon sample is free of charge -- one sample per entry per visit. Entries will be judged on originality and appropriateness; earliest date wins if duplicates.)


Big Green Egg Apps and More in Lineup at Ray's at Killer Creek Patio Party April 3



Out back behind the patio at Ray's at Killer Creek, the woods are leafing, budding and flowering, waking up after a long winter's nap. Open up the doors, it's patio party time on Thursday, April 3 from 5-8 p.m. The faithfully evergreen Big Green Egg is ready, willing and able to smoke and grill up ribs in tangy barbecue sauce and smoked salmon toast points with remoulade to go along with other complimentary appetizer offerings, including veal meatballs in tomato sauce, crab-stuffed mushroom caps in a mustard butter sauce and goat cheese pimiento fritters with jalapeño jelly. Great drink specials and live music complete the idyllic scene. Tag this in your datebook and get a jump on the weekend!


Barks & Beers is Back at Der Biergarten April 5




Car ride? That question sets tails wagging for adventure-loving pupsters. Once your furry friend realizes the destination is Barks & Beers at Der Biergarten in downtown's Luckie-Marietta District, well, you'll be the cat's pajamas in his or her eyes. This canine-friendly patio-season opener at Atlanta's first indoor/outdoor German beer garden is on Saturday, April 5 from 4-8 p.m. and features beer specials for the two-legged species and water and doggie treats for four-legged guests. Another tail-wagging thought - Barks & Beers benefits the Atlanta Humane Society. Circle back to Facebook for more details!

New South Family Supper Draws on Old and New South for Southern Foodways Alliance on April 6 at Summerland Farms




Pickled, distilled, fermented, preserved. Generations of Southerners leveraged these techniques to stockpile garden-fresh bounty for off-season eating. Boy howdy, grandma's crispy pickled okra was divine! Her skills are revered again as "New South" chefs and artisans respect the past while forging ahead into a deliciously diverse and inclusive future for Southern cuisine. Ford Fry and Kevin Gillespie epitomize this resurgence. The renowned chefs are two of the more than 35 chefs, artisans, mixologists and brewers flocking -- from all over the South -- to Summerland Farm to participate in the New South Family Supper: Preserving the Future of Southern Food on Sunday, April 6. Proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Tickets are $250 per person and include the full experience: food, beverage, programming and round-trip luxury coach transportation from Star Provisions in Atlanta to Summerland Farm near Cartersville. Hop on the bus at 3:30 p.m. and ride out for 4:30 p.m. cocktails and appetizers followed by an early supper (gotta eat before the cows come home). Buses roll south to Star Provisions at 7:30 p.m. After that, whether you go back to your own barn or out on the town is up to you. If you can't farm out, you can still enjoy Ford Fry's style in town at JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, The Optimist, King + Duke and St. Cecilia. Gunshow, in Glenwood Park, is the place to go for Kevin Gillespie's local and worldly wows.


Shop Atlanta-Area Whole Foods Market Locations April 8 -- The Giving Kitchen Receives 5 Percent




Whole Foods Market shoppers are familiar with the company's dedication to supporting communities at local, national and global levels. On "5% Days," a store donates 5 percent of the day's net sales to a local non-profit or educational organization. On Tuesday, April 8, all eight metro-Atlanta Whole Foods Market and Harry's Farmers Market locations are uniting and designating The Giving Kitchen as the beneficiary of their citywide "5% Day." Inspired by an outpouring of support from our town's hospitality network when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in December 2012, this homegrown nonprofit provides grants to members of Atlanta's restaurant community facing unanticipated hardships and crisis situations. FYI, Ryan's dream of opening Staplehouse restaurant is moving forward in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward with the intent of donating after-tax profits to The Giving Kitchen. If you're reading this on April 1, you have one week to compile your shopping list to shop and give on April 8 at area Whole Foods Markets.






Restaurant opening alert on Instagram @thepublicistatl. With more than 20 years of experience in opening and promoting successful restaurants, the team behind Melissa Libby & Associates is unleashing the culinary skills they've gathered with their very own concept. The menu features true late-night creations, as the team peels, pours and plates into the wee hours of the morning. Don't worry, they aren't quitting their day jobs. Okay, okay...we can't keep the April Fool's joke going forever, but the MLA team will be sure to post photo-worthy homemade meals regularly!


Appetizing Aperture




It's still too early for Christmas in July, but what about Thanksgiving in April without the stress of cooking and cleaning? We'll take it! Visit Bantam + Biddy's location on Crescent Avenue in Midtown for Thanksgiving dinner Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to close. We're talking perfectly cooked turkey, golden stuffing, homemade gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, crunchy green bean casserole and, of course, Bantam + Biddy's famous cornbread. The best way to celebrate America's favorite holiday early is to stop clicking and come on in.


What's New on Pinterest




Spring blooms in riotous color. So does our Spring Cakes & Bakes Pinterest board. Fancies for grown-ups planning showers and parties. Fun stuff like a Peeps cake, Jello cookies and Easter Oreos for youngsters. Oh, and we've thrown in a few healthy items for good measure. We may just skip the egg hunt and keep on cake baking.