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Gunshow Hired Gun John Currence
10th & Piedmont Vodka Passport Program
Nikolai's Roof Artisanal Spirits
Chick-a-Biddy and Tin Drum BB&T Atlanta Open
JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
Chick-a-Biddy LifeLine Animal Project Charity Night
Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Braves Trip
Parma Rustic Tavern Lunch
Atlas Opening in The St. Regis Atlanta
Whole Foods Market One-Year-Old Cheddar
Appetizing Aperture
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John Currence of Oxford, Miss. City Grocery is Gunshow Hired Gun July 15-16



For a sizzling summer read, digest the bio for chef John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss. Reading like a five-star recipe, the story crams in so many tempting ingredients you can't wait to see where it leads. On Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16, find Currence stepping into the kitchen at Gunshow as a visiting chef for Kevin Gillespie's Hired Guns Southern chef series. Among Currence's Hired Guns offerings: gumbo z'herbes, German sweet potato salad, mushroom tamales, and Szechuan catfish with stir-fried rice and summer vegetables. Currence, a New Orleans son, grew up in a family that loved to cook and was inspired by Louisiana living and global travels. Tugboat galley cooking in the Gulf of Mexico, diving into foodie jobs such as baking bread and butchering while a UNC student and working his way up through Chapel Hill's Crook's Corner -- the food life fascinated him. He heeded the call and returned to his N.O.L.A. roots to work at Gautreau's and with the Brennan restaurant family before moving to Oxford and opening City Grocery in 1992. City Grocery Restaurant Group now has numerous offspring, and Currence has been honored with many accolades, including the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef South. The Garden & Gun magazine contributing editor is exploring Deep South food spots for the "Adventures of the Big Bad Chef" video series. Last year, he completed his first cookbook -- "Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some" -- and will be selling copies at Gunshow during his Hired Guns stint. Want to whet your appetite for more? Catch Hired Gun Currence at Gunshow in Glenwood Park. Reservations: 404-380-1886.


10th & Piedmont Vodka Passport Program Offers Proof You've Traveled the World


                                        Credit: Lauren Uhi-Chambers


...World of vodka, that is, be it from the domestic distilleries of Oregon, Texas and Kentucky or the global outreaches of Kazakhstan, Poland and France. The new vodka passport program takes flight at 10th & Piedmont this Thursday, July 17, and it's sure to become a hub for Atlantans (and visitors) interested in broadening their familiarity with an extensive variety of vodkas. National Wine & Spirits representatives will be at the 6:30 p.m. launch party to offer complimentary vodka tastings, and the Midtown restaurant will provide complimentary snacks and a 10 percent discount for guests who stay on for dinner that night. Procure a passport with your name, phone number and email address and sip your way through 25 varieties of vodkas, earning a stamp for each vodka you try. Max out your passport with a stamp in each square (you don't have to do it all on one night) and receive a complimentary dinner for two (maximum value $50).

 Nikolai's Roof Dinner Highlights Distillerie de Biercée Artisanal Spirits on July 17



On Thursday, July 17, Nikolai's Roof chef de cuisine Stephanie Alderete orchestrates a midsummer night's dream of an evening featuring fine dining, the artisanal spirits of Belgium's Distillerie de Biercée and a panoramic ATL view from the restaurant's perch atop the Hilton Atlanta. The four-course dinner and cocktail pairing begins at 7 p.m. and is $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Seating is limited; call 404-221-6362 for reservations.


 Chick-a-Biddy and Tin Drum Asiacafé Serve Up Delicious Eats During BB&T Atlanta Open


Take a break while you're at the BB&T Atlanta Open from July 19-27 and swing by Chick-a-Biddy and Tin Drum Asiacafé to ace your hunger. These Atlantic Station restaurants are just steps away from the tournament action and offer a variety of options. Chick-a-Biddy serves up its lunch and dinner menu beginning at 11 a.m. during weekdays and opens for brunch Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Try the blackened pasture-raised chicken burger, fried chicken and waffles or one of four Green Biddies (salads): Cobb, Club Med, Power House and Roman. Top the Green Biddies with fried chicken, wood-grilled chicken skewer or wood-grilled fish for an additional $4. Start off brunch with organic oatmeal, chef's omelet of the day or almond pancakes. If you're in the mood for Asian cuisine, Tin Drum Asiacafé heats up the kitchen Monday-Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Menu items range from Asian classics like stir-fry and pad thai noodles and dishes inspired by authentic Asian recipes such as tikka masala and basil fried rice, tacos, salads and soups. After a day sitting courtside, a satisfying meal and cold beverage is just what you need!

6th Annual JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival Salsas into The Goat Farm 

on July 20

Now in its sixth year, the JCT. Kitchen & Bar Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival has exploded in popularity like patio tomatoes on Miracle Grow. To accommodate Goliath-sized growth, festival founder Ford Fry is transplanting this year's fest to The Goat Farm Arts Center on the afternoon of Sunday, July 20 from 1-5 p.m. Armed with more tomato types and numbers than one can imagine, more than 50 of the Southeast's most talented chefs, 19 skilled mixologists and at least 30 farmers will channel their creative juices into dishes and cocktails to raise money for Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen. Count Ford Fry in as well as 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 stir up the mixologist list. Purchase tickets in advance for $70 per person or pay $85 each at the door. Pick up some friends, pluck some tickets, Roma on over and catsup with a mighty vine afternoon. Follow us and the festival activities on Instagram and be sure to tag your photos at #AKTF2014 if you're going to the event!

Chick-a-Biddy Charity Night Helps LifeLine Animal Project Accomplish Mission on July 21

The world's a doggone lonely place for homeless cats and dogs. LifeLine Animal Project works to find cuddlesome homes for cats and dogs at area animal shelters, and they provide low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services to prevent a cycle of neglect. If this tugs your heartstrings, dine at Chick-a-Biddy after 5 p.m. on Monday, July 21 when the casual eatery in Atlantic Station will donate 10 percent of your tab to LifeLine Animal Project. Menu selections of mouthwatering all-natural chicken dishes, wood-grilled fish tacos, the eight-ounce stacked sirloin burger, falafels, veggie plates that are the cat's meow and the Little Biddies kids' menu keep diners purring right along. 
 Road Trip! Field a Seat on Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Party Bus to Braves vs. Marlins Game 
on July 22 



Braves fans, here's the pitch! Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is ready to take you out to the ballpark for the Braves vs. Marlins game on Tuesday, July 22. Only 50 tickets are available for this steal that includes a game ticket, pre-game hot dog buffet at Atkins Park, bus transportation from the restaurant to Turner Field and back, and team spirits of beer, Fireballs and Jägermeister on the way to the game. Bus leaves the restaurant at 6 p.m. sharp for the 7:10 p.m. game. Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by calling 404-876-7249. 

Parma Rustic Tavern is Now Open 

for Lunch in Buford

Start early, stay up late! Parma Rustic Tavern near the Mall of Georgia in Buford has extended its hours to satisfy appetites from lunch through late night. New hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-midnight. Parma has personality, plus. The locally owned, neighborhood gathering place serves up an eclectic mix of tavern dishes all made from scratch, including gourmet pastas, sandwiches, chopped salads and shareable small plates. A new pizza oven turns out a variety of pizza options including the Donna Rosa, Meatatarian and the Eat Your Veggies. Craft brews, cocktails and wine are relaxing options. Communal table, booth, bar -- your seat awaits.

Be Privy to Details about Atlas Opening in The St. Regis Atlanta with Gerry Klaskala as Consulting Chef and Restaurateur

Get on the "A" list, where "A" represents Atlas, the sophisticated restaurant opening in The St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead this fall. Gerry Klaskala of Aria is already on board as consulting chef and restaurateur. Sign up for Atlas' email newsletter to keep up-to-date with all their happenings.

Only at Whole Foods Market: Westminster Royal Addition One-Year-Old Cheddar Commemorates 2013 Birth of Prince George


While royalty watchers kept their eyes on William and Kate last July 22, Barber family cheesemakers in Somerset, England kept busy handcrafting a special English cheddar. They vowed to pull out this stash in July 2014 to celebrate the first birthday of bonnie Prince George. Aged for 12 months, savory Westminster Royal Addition One-Year-Old Cheddar is available for a limited time at area Whole Foods Market locations for $9.99 per pound. Prince George, we hope they share some with you before we Americans eat it all up.





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Appetizing Aperture



Get up in the grill of George's Cadillac burger at Ted's Montana Grill. Sink your teeth into the plump juicy patty resting under a tangle of smoky bacon, golden Cheddar cheese and a slather of barbecue sauce ($13-$15). Choose beef or bison -- all burgers are ground fresh in-house throughout the day, hand-pattied, seasoned to perfection and served on your choice of ciabatta, oatie wheat or a kaiser bun with fresh-cut fries. Shift your mouth into drive mode for this classy ride. 

What's New on Pinterest




Berries. We just can't get enough. Those little plastic boxes at the grocery store don't do them justice -- they berry-ly contain enough for you, let alone a recipe. Scones, salads, crisps, smoothies, popsicles...our Berry Delicious Pinterest page confirms it. Better get the large carton.