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Raising Funds for No Kid Hungry
$6 Mai Tais at Trader Vic's
Midtown Restaurant Week
White Oak Pastures Seed Workshop
Falcons Season Has Begun!
Atlanta Meatball Festival & Party in the Ktichen
Win a $200 Party at Tin Lizzy's
Appetizing Aperture
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Atlanta Restaurants Plate Up Promotions

to Raise Funds for No Kid Hungry




Here in the U.S.A., we seem to be surrounded by food with so many stores, markets, cooking shows and places to eat out. Even so, one in five American children is hungry, according to nonprofit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Their research shows children who don't have enough to eat suffer in school, get sick more often and may not graduate high school to become productive workers -- and thus the cycle continues. Join Atlanta restaurants in stepping up to the plate to help during Dine Out for No Kid Hungry month in September. All you have to do is take advantage of these special promotions.


At Aqua blue in Roswell and all Atlanta-area locations of Marlow's Tavern, every person who makes a donation of any amount to Share Our Strength receives a $5 coupon to use at the restaurant during an upcoming visit between October 1 - December 31, 2014.


All three Ray's Restaurant locations -- Ray's in the City, Ray's at Killer Creek and Ray's on the River -- will donate $2 to Share Our Strength for each three-course meal sold during September. The $37-per-person dedicated menu includes roasted beet and Georgia goat cheese salad with local greens and walnut vinaigrette; pan-seared swordfish with bourbon-whipped sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon jam; and pumpkin crème brûlée with cranberry compote and white chocolate.


Buy some now, bison later. At Ted's Montana Grill locations, each guest donating $5 or more to the campaign will receive a $5 thank-you certificate to use on a future visit. Every dollar donated can help provide up to 10 meals to kids in need. 


All Tin Drum Asiacafé locations are sending 0.5 percent of their total café sales for the month to the cause. Order up house favorites such as mango stir fry, Tin Drum curry, pad thai noodle, pho noodle soup, Tin Drum tacos or Chop Chop salad. If you can't decide, go pho today and Kung Pao tomorrow. 


Beachin'! $6 Mai Tais and Andrew & the Disapyramids Surf into Trader Vic's September 4


Help me, Rhonda! Andrew & the Disapyramids bring the beach party to Trader Vic's Atlanta Thursday, September 4 from 8 p.m.-midnight. This young, high energy 60s beach band is true to their endless summer school of surfer girl tunes, mod, doo-wop, soul and rock n' roll. Live music Thursdays are also mai tai Thursdays! Go full throttle Elvis-in-Hawaii style, twizzling Trader Vic's signature mai tai cocktails at $6 a pop. Ride your fastest wave to Trader Vic's on the ground floor of the Hilton Atlanta. 


  Look Forward to Midtown Restaurant Week September 6-14



Midtown, it's what's for brunch, lunch or dinner at easy-to-digest prix fixe menu prices of $15, $25 or $35 during Midtown Restaurant Week, September 6-14. Make reservations on OpenTable.


The Article 14 docket lists a two-course $15 lunch menu that's short and direct: a first course of Georgia shrimp with fresh herb risotto, mascarpone and lemon; heirloom tomatoes and thick-cut bacon on an open-faced BLT alongside house-made chips; or crab salad on butter leaf lettuce. Chocolate semifreddo or strawberry profiterole with herb whipped cream are choice closers. A $35 dinner menu makes a good case for three courses. Start with duck fried rice or heirloom tomato salad, move on to a second course of bavette steak, farmers market vegetable risotto with poached farm egg or prosciutto-wrapped seared scallop with sweet corn. Dessert may cause a hung jury at your table -- summer berry pie with vanilla ice cream or coconut cake with goat cheese mousse.


Bantam + Biddy on Crescent Avenue offers a $15 three-course menu that's well worth crowing about for brunch, lunch or dinner. Tomato gazpacho with basil yogurt opens the versatile menu. Opt for a main choice of a quarter chicken and two sides, a vegetable plate or meatloaf and conclude sweetly with banoffee tart or a homemade lemon bar for dessert. Chicken wins out on the $15 brunch and lunch/dinner menus at Chick-a-Biddy in Atlantic Station. Start with plantain chips or fried chicken tenders, soar into a quarter of a wood-grilled piri piri chicken with two sides or fried chicken and waffles. For dessert, choose any item from the restaurant's daily selection.


Grab some buddies and head out to dinner at any of the three Communitas Hospitality restaurants. Order the $15 dinner menu at G's Midtown, and G's popular pimento cheese dip with house-made corn chips is headed your way. Second course involves a choice of basil pesto farfalle with red peppers, zucchini, squash and tomatoes; a six-ounce blackened mahi-mahi filet with risotto and sautéed garlic spinach; or G's pimento bacon cheeseburger with fried jalapeños. Take comfort in apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert. The 10th & Piedmont $25 three-course dinner centers on favorites, including the option to order their prize-winning, signature chicken and waffles with applewood smoked bacon, North Georgia sorghum syrup and hot sauce as the main course. Other entrée choices include bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with spinach risotto and sweet Thai chili sauce; seared shrimp on a fried grit cake with tomato vodka gravy; or a garden vegetable melt of grilled veggies, caramelized onions, fresh spinach, tomato and basil aioli on focaccia. Choose a small 10P salad or a cup of tomato bisque as a starter and fixate on chocolate soufflé for dessert. A simply hearty three-course dinner is yours for $15 at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern beginning with a Tavern salad or cup of soup followed by a choice of CBR pizza (chicken, bacon, ranch), short rib pot roast with buttermilk mashed potatoes and roasted veggies, the edamame Earth burger or the Southerner burger with chipotle cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes. House-made cobbler of the day fulfills dessert lust.


Smoked meats are pivotal on the $35 three-course dinner menu at The Pig & The Pearl in Atlantic Station, where half a smoked Springer Mountain chicken or smoked pork shoulder comes with guest's choice of smoked sweet potatoes, smoked onions, creamed corn or duck home fries. Choose pimento cheese croquettes or a half-dozen oysters to start and devour peach cobbler or banana cake for dessert.


 Get Down and Dirty at White Oak Pastures

Seed Workshop on September 6


Hit the road for a field trip down to Bluffton, Ga. and nurture your knowledge on seed starting for a fall or winter garden at the White Oak Pastures Seed Workshop on Saturday, September 6. Plant yourself on the farm in the morning for a farm tour offered from 10 a.m.-noon (optional). A farm-fresh lunch in White Oak Pastures' Pavilion feeds a desire to grow your own, and the 1-4:30 p.m. workshop hammers home the how-tos. Learn the tricks of the trade for seeding in a greenhouse or outdoors, optimizing growing conditions to raise vigorous transplants and coping with harsh weather. City attire discouraged at this hands-on workshop. You know you can't have fun or get dirty when you're worried about keeping your good clothes clean. $65 per person. Class size limited to 15. Information and reservations: 229-641-2081.


Atlanta Restaurants Run Long with Viewing

and Tailgate Party Catering Ideas


The Atlanta Falcons season opener kicks off against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. Atlanta restaurants are ready with the assist if plans revolve around your own tailgating or home viewing parties or scoping out a viewing spot.


No ticket? Hail Mary, Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is throwing a tailgate party and showing off their new 120-inch big screen for game viewing in the family friendly dining room. Can't get Big Green Egg specials at the stadium but there will be plenty at Atkins Park! Goose Island beer is the beverage of choice at the party. For fun and games, join in the raffle benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and stick around for a Cornhole ATL tournament after the game. Cornholers, tournament registration begins at halftime, and more than $1,000 in cash and prizes is at stake! The $30-per-team registration scores a straight shot right over to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Even though they are hosting a tailgate party, Atkins Park is willing and able to cater yours.  


Beloved Atlanta chef Shaun Doty is flapping his Falcon-loving wings to cater tailgate parties with Bantam + Biddy's famous Southern-inspired, farm-to-table main dishes and side items. Falcons fans can enjoy the famous fried chicken tenders with wasabi honey sauce or a variety of sliders including options like white truffle chicken salad, BLT and roast beef and horseradish. Great side options include homemade creamy macaroni and cheese and Anson Mills Sea Island red peas and rice.  


Football games mean pizza, and Sandy Springs' Hearth Pizza Tavern is offering its to-go specials for the big game, including this swell deal: Purchase four large pizzas with one or more toppings and receive one complimentary pizza with one topping. Additional to-go options include "Missy's Intense Hearthbread" and the Parmesan truffle fries.  


Craving pretzels and beer-cheese dip? Head over to HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown to catch the big game and enjoy tasty bites at the spacious bar or on the patio. In addition to pub fare, a comprehensive craft beer list includes a mix of American and imported high-gravity beers - draft and bottled. Complimentary valet parking is available.  


Roll into fall tailgating with colorful and refined Asian cuisine by ordering catering from RA Sushi. Fresh selections include to-go sushi platters like the maki maki with the spicy yellowtail, Philadelphia and California rolls, or the Tsukiji combo with a variety of nigiri and sushi rolls. Pricing varies per platter.


Recently opened Smokebelly BBQ invites Falcons fans to watch the game on the patio or at the bar to enjoy signature dishes and brew selections. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the variety of options, including more than 40 craft beer selections like the Carolina Sky Blue, Evil Twin Hipster Ale, Lagunitas IPA and Allagash White. Pair it off with Smokebelly's already famous barbecue plates. 


There's no better place to catch the game downtown than STATS, Atlanta's famous sports bar located just minutes from the Georgia Dome. STATS caters to groups ready to cheer on their team, so reserve one of the main dining room party tables or seven high-top "beer" tables including a personal beer tap. STATS also provides a unique viewing experience with 70 high-definition televisions, plus supreme audio quality.


Staying in for the game? For those hosting their own viewing party, Kevin Gillespie's new concept Terminus City is offering its signature, down-home cuisine for to-go catering options. Select items include whole-hog barbecue and country-fried steak along with sides like fried okra, Brunswick stew, shaker-style slaw, squash casserole and creamed corn. Orders are required in advance. Visit the Facebook page or call 404-380-1886 for more information.


No matter who the big cheese is in your group, practically everyone gobbles up queso dip. Enjoy Willy's Mexicana Grill's catering options to create your own unique spread of Tex-Mex favorites including a build-your-own taco, fajita or nachos bar, plus fresh guacamole, salsas and, of course, queso.  


Chefs Pitch In at Two Benefits for Open Hand: Atlanta Meatball Festival on September 14

and Party in the Kitchen on September 18



It takes balls to enter the first Atlanta Meatball Festival. Lots of them. Beef-pork-chicken-lamb and maybe some seafood for the adventurous. Chef Drew Belline of no. 246 and chef Craig Richards of St. Cecilia are among the Atlanta chefs rolling their mouthwatering meatball dishes into the big tents at Sandy Springs' Belle Isle Shopping Center on Sunday, September 14 for this 2-6 p.m. ball game. Judges and attendees will sample wares and vote, and the top three ballers will go on to the Taste of Atlanta Meat Brawl Throwdown in October. Wine, beer, limoncello, live music by country/ Southern rock tribute band Convoy and a silent auction round out the festival -- all to benefit nonprofit Open Hand (whose chef Justin Wills also will participate).


Party in the Kitchen on Thursday, September 18 leans more to the chic and cocktail set with cuisine prepared by some of Atlanta's most talented chefs, spirited drinks, live music and both silent and live auctions. Aria chef Gerry Klaskala is one of the co-chairs for the 7 p.m. King Plow Arts Center event to help fund Open Hand. Purchase tickets online, $200 per person. 

Toast Those Social Skills and Instagram

Yourself into a $200 Party at Tin Lizzy's Cantina 


               Credit: Jeremy Adamo


See, see on that fancy phone! You might win a $200 party from Tin Lizzy's Cantina. Follow Tin Lizzy's Cantina on Instagram and post a photo of yourself drinking your favorite beverage (except water) at Tin Lizzy's. Next, tag the photo with "#tlcdrink" and your cantina location. Once Tin Lizzy's approves the photo, your entry goes into the mosh, and you'll have a chance to win. There's a drawing each Monday in September. 





LA girl Julie Lee creates food collages and captures their colors on her iPhone 5. See the results at @julieskitchen. Most of her raw materials come from the Santa Monica Farmers Market or her urban garden...but, gasp, never a store. 

Appetizing Aperture



That's us, the MLA team, raising glasses of IPAs and saisons after completing an  Orpheus Brewing tour. Come on in, the hops are mighty fine! Brewery tours and tastings are held Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.   


What's New on Pinterest




No more wimpy breakfasts! Breakfast of Champions recipes greet the day in a powerful way. Grab a breakfast parfait jar or smoothie on the fly. Sink your teeth into a complete meal of a breakfast sandwich or fork into a sausage, egg and cheese Tater Tot casserole. Cronuts and blueberry lemon sticky buns get the everything-in-moderation nod.