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Ted's Montana Grill Great American Summer
Old Vinings Inn SummerFeast
Tin Drum Asiacafé Sweet+Heat
Article 14 Chef Christopher Blobaum Cooking Demo
Parma Save the Hooch Pizza Party
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails BBQ & Blues
Article 14 Bourbon & Bites
Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival Tickets
Article 14 Weekend Brunch
Gunshow Kevin Gillespie GRACE Finalist
Appetizing Aperture
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Bite Your Bison and Celebrate the Great American West and Great American Summer at Ted's Montana Grill




Dude, b'ranch out and rope in the mouthwatering meals and big-hearted hospitality that define the Great American West during the Ted's Montana Grill Great American Summer celebration. A "Bite Your Bison" online photo contest and a grass-roots campaign to elect bison as the national mammal ( go hand in hoof with the restaurant's solid showing of signature burgers, classics and steaks. Through July 14, submit photo contest entries and nominations on the Ted's Montana Grill Facebook page or via Instagram photos and tweets hashtagged #BiteYourBison. Photos also may be submitted at Fan votes lead to three finalists, and a restaurant panel will vote for a grand prize winner to hatch a Big Green Egg.


Before you "Bite Your Bison," know why you'll love these burgers. Certified Angus Beef or National Bison Association-certified bison is ground fresh in-house throughout the day, seasoned and hand-pattied before hitting the grill and wooing tabletop compliments. Menu name droppers include George's Cadillac with cheddar cheese, smoky bacon and barbecue sauce; Montana Breakfast topped with American cheese, grilled ham, spicy tomato jam and an over-easy egg; Knife-And-Fork Chili Cheese that's hot with pepper jack, cheddar, Flying D chili, jalapeños and red onions; and the New Mexico decked out with pepper jack, roasted Anaheim peppers, spicy tomato jam and hand-made guac. And here's another info-bite for your thundering herd: Ted's Montana Grill was the first national restaurant company to feature bison on its menu, and it offers more bison menu items than any other restaurant in the world!

Old Vinings Inn SummerFeast Puts Dinner for Two on the Table for $35

It's summertime, and you'd rather lap the pool than the grocery store aisle. That frozen food case is so cold. Let Old Vinings Inn handle the menu planning, shopping and cooking for you during their SummerFeast promotion running through mid-August. Two complete meals for $35 - appetizer, entrée, side dish and dessert! Dine in or call 770-438-2282 for pick up - whatever you choose, it's a great tasting Southern value. Each week, the chef works up a new menu of Southern classics, planned around the market's best seasonal ingredients and posted on the restaurant's website and Facebook page. Examples include pimento cheese spread, tomato Caprese stacks, smoked and dry-rubbed baby back ribs, whole beer can chicken, summer bean salad and fingerling potato salad. Desserts might include white chocolate chip shortcakes with strawberry coulis and vanilla crème or salted caramel torte. One caveat, the SummerFeast menu is available until each week's supply runs out so don't dilly-dally. 

Sweet Meets Heat with Limited-time Menu at Tin Drum Asiacafé




Experience a taste of the best corner street carts in Asia with Tin Drum Asiacafé's limited-time menu -- "Sweet+Heat from the Asian Streets." Through August 17, diners can savor two signature items featuring the bold Asian sweet-meets-spicy combination. The Snap Dragon mango taco features juicy, sautéed chopped chicken marinated in an authentic spicy green curry sauce and topped with fresh, sweet mango, steamed rice and red cabbage slaw folded into a soft flour tortilla. The Kang Yum mango bowl tames spicy green curry sauce with sweet mango atop sautéed chicken and a bed of rice with fresh spinach, carrots and red cabbage mango slaw. A vegetarian option also is available. For locations and a full menu, visit the Tin Drum Asiacafé website.


Piedmont Park Green Market Picks Article 14 Chef Christopher Blobaum to Lead Demo

 on June 28

Chef Christopher Blobaum from Article 14 will lead the cooking demo this Saturday, June 28 at the Piedmont Park Green Market. Chris is the corporate executive chef for Legacy Restaurant Partners. Helping out at the Piedmont Park Green Market is right up his alley as he is passionate about organic farming and agricultural sustainability. Look for him at 11 a.m. on the Community Center patio. The market opens at 9 a.m., and you'll want to be there from the start to pick up farm-fresh produce and locally made yums. 


Toast Water with SweetWater Hefeweizen and Save the Hooch with Pizza on June 28




Water. People, pizza and beer would be high and dry without it. SweetWater Brewery is combining all four of these elements at a Save the Hooch pizza party at Parma Tavern in Buford, Ga. on Saturday, June 28 from 2-5 p.m. Parma Tavern will serve handcrafted stone oven pizza samples. Got friends? Pair up a whole Save the Hooch pizza with some ice cold SweetWater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen to fill your belly and help keep the Chattahoochee River flowing along. Pizza sales benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance and SweetWater's Save the Hooch campaign. SweetWater calls Waterkeeper Hefeweizen a catch and release beer -- you have to catch it when you can (now) because the brewery only releases it during the summer season. For the best in brew-wear, purchase a catchy and colorful SweetWater t-shirt at the party. We're not letting this event drift by unnoticed. 


 BBQ & Blues Stars at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails on June 29


Summer family traditions? Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails has one to add to your shortlist: their monthly BBQ & Blues Sundays beginning June 29. Things start humming out with live music beginning at 5 p.m. and keep rolling as fireflies emerge and the sun sets, or roughly 9 p.m. by the clock. It's like a big family reunion in historic Crabapple when cornhole, craft brews and cocktails, chicken, ribs and chef Derek Dollar's fabulous sides all come together in perfect harmony. A special barbecue menu prevails and finger licking and napkin wiping are a given. Save a seat: 770-817-0161. Planners, do it again on July 27, August 24 and September 28 (barely over the summer-to-fall line).
Give it a Swirl -- Article 14 Hosts Bourbon & Bites Tasting on July 1


Sip away at a flight of three different bourbon pours and enjoy tantalizing small bites at Article 14 for $25 per person on Tuesday, July 1 from 5-7 p.m. Article 14 offers their Bourbon & Bites tasting of hand-picked bourbons on the first Tuesday of each month. The Midtown restaurant and bar has put together six tips for bourbon tasting: study the color, give it a swirl, take a sniff, have a sip, swallow and put it on the rocks. If that seems like a lot to remember, look on the Article 14 Bourbon & Bites page for a refresher course.


Beat the Clock and Purchase Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival Tickets before the Price Rises 

on July 1



Okay, so maybe you won't turn into a pumpkin if you fail to purchase tickets to JCT.'s sixth annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival before midnight on July 1. You will, however, shell out more green. All ticket prices increase to $70 per person when June 30 becomes July 1. T'would be rotten to sleep through the change because prices are $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members through June 30. For your money, you'll share the 1-5 p.m. block on Sunday, July 20 with more than 50 of the South's top chefs, 19 mixologists and more than 30 farmers for an afternoon of tasting tomato dishes and concoctions, all to benefit Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen. In addition to festival founder Ford Fry, participating chefs include Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Lance Gummere of Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, Joey Ward of Gunshow, E.J. Hodgkinson of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Chrysta Poulos of King + Duke and St. Cecilia, Joe Schafer of King + Duke, Derek Dollar of Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, Adam Evans of The Optimist, Andrew Smith and Scotley Innis of Ormsby's, Andrew Isabella and Drew Belline of No. 246 and Craig Richards of St. Cecilia. Mercedes O'Brien of Gunshow, Eduardo Guzman of JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Optimist and Ronnie LeClair II of No. 246 are on the mixologist list. Like a prized Better Boy, the event has outgrown the original planting place, JCT. Kitchen & Bar. This year, head over to the Goat Farm Arts Center instead. More info on Facebook, and again, here's the link for tickets.


 Mimosas and Bloody Marys are $1 at Article 14 Weekend Brunch 




Weekend brunchers, you have tough decisions ahead of you: to order $1 mimosas, $1 bloody marys or both at Article 14 in Midtown. For a limited time, these two drinks are only $1 each during Saturday or Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A menu of house favorites bring more decisions to the table. On the lighter side, options include summer berries with Greek yogurt and local honey, a smoked salmon bagel or a simple garden salad ($8-11). Or enjoy signature entrées such as Eggs Savannah with two eggs on a toasted English muffin with fresh Georgia shrimp, crab cakes and sautéed spinach; cinnamon plum French toast; a farmers market omelet with Many Fold sheep's milk cheese; grilled steak and eggs; Georgia shrimp and grits with andouille sausage; fried chicken; grilled Georgia trout; the Daily Grind of Angus beef on brioche; or a grilled four cheese on brioche ($9-$20). Delectable choices, all. 

 Kevin Gillespie Named Finalist in 8th Annual GRACE Awards 



The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has announced the finalists for the Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards, and Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow is one of the three finalists up for The Innovator Award. Finalists are peer-nominated and distinguished by their outstanding contributions to the Georgia restaurant industry, and winners will be announced at the GRACE Awards Gala in November. Congratulations, Kevin!






As Australia's leading food editor and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay knows a thing or two about food. Scroll through the @donnahaymagazine pictures and feast your eyes on dishes like Italian-style tomato, chicken and bread soup or baked lamb and oregano meatballs. If that's not enough to make you get out the mixing bowls, try your hand at the caramel maple mud cupcakes with fudge frosting. Your palate will thank you. 

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"Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled." So sang Elvis Presley, and chicken tenders lovers following gluten-free diets are crooning along at Chick-a-Biddy. Gluten-free chicken tenders are on the menu at this Atlantic Station casual eatery. Get them in a basket, accompanied by wasabi honey or barbecue sauce and two sides ($12) or Itty Biddie versions fried ($6) or jerked ($5). Sing it: "you have made my life complete, and I love you so." Dig in.

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