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GlowDry's Mane Event
Volcanauts at Trader Vic's
Ink & Elm Turns One
Cobb Restaurant Week
Chocolate-Covered Weekend
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails Garden Dinner
Party in the Kitchen for Open Hand Atlanta
Ray's on the River is Turning 30
Appetizing Aperture
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Whole Foods Market Bites are a Main Thing at GlowDry's #1 Birthday Mane Event


Traditionally, frosting cakes the face of a babe on birthday number one. When Whole Foods Market provides scrumptious birthday party chow, every morsel and crumb is mouth bound. The Whole Foods Market Buckhead store is bringing the eats to GlowDry's GLOWtastic first birthday party on Wednesday, September 10 from 7-9 p.m. Party gals, you're looking good with GlowDry's hairstyling, makeup applications, giveaways, photo booth snapshots, DJ tunes . . . and feeling gorgeous thanks to healthy party treats from Whole Foods Market. 


Volcanauts' Tunes are Lava Hot at Trader Vic's on September 11. Be Cool with $6 Mai Tais



Make it a fire-and-ice night at Trader Vic's Atlanta on Thursday, September 11. The Volcanauts blast off on a sonic journey of tunes from sultry bossa nova to surf to 80s pop rock. At $6 a pop, Trader Vic's signature mai tai cocktails douse any flames ignited by vocalist Tracey Wolf's molten vocals. Find your sweet spot at this iconic island getaway on the ground floor of the Hilton Atlanta. 


Ink & Elm Turns One, Pours Free Coffee for Passers By from 8-10 a.m. Friday, September 12


Ink & Elm turns one this week, and the year's been a fly by. Did your year flash by as well?  If you haven't had a chance to stop by for coffee, lunch, dinner or drinks, do it this week. Run by the Emory Village restaurant on Friday morning, September 12 and nab a free cup of coffee -- they'll be handing it out in front of the restaurant from 8-10 a.m. If you're already booked, just remember that this neighborly place is a keeper for grab-and-go coffee and other bites. The tavern opens at 7 a.m. weekdays to offer Intelligentsia coffee then segues into casual meals, snacks, cheese and charcuterie through lunch and dinner. A little more time on your side? Dinner in the dining room is another weeknight and weekend option as is weekend brunch, and the lounge is Druid Hills' spot for raw bar oysters and a superb place to sip Southern libations. Check website for specific hours and menus 

Dine at Ray's on the River, Ted's Montana Grill during Cobb Restaurant Week, September 13-20

For those of you tallying up well-priced opportunities to dine across Atlanta, plan on making a beeline to Cobb County for a bevy of prix fixe lunch and dinner menus during Cobb Restaurant Week, September 13-20. Restaurant week menu prices do not include tax or gratuity. 


The $35 prix fixe dinner menu at Ray's on the River covers preferences from soup to salad and steak to seafood. Begin with a choice of Ray's classic chopped salad, complete with Kalamata olives, giant white beans, goat cheese and Marcona almonds; The Wedge sporting applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese dressing and tomatoes; or a cup of seafood gumbo with a jolt of andouille sausage. Opt for a six-ounce filet mignon, horseradish-crusted black grouper or Parmesan-encrusted scallops with lobster risotto for the main course. A praline basket with bourbon-burnt sugar ice cream, seasonal berries, pecans and caramel sauce or a chocolate brownie sundae with strawberries and caramelized bananas sweetly closes the meal. Salivating already? Make reservations through OpenTable


All four Cobb County Ted's Montana Grill locations (Cumberland, Kennesaw, East Cobb and West Cobb) are participating and offering a three-course lunch and dinner menu for $25. Start with a house or Caesar salad or cup of Karen's Flying-D bison chili or soup of the day. Mains include cedar-plank salmon, braised bison short ribs or aged and hand-cut beef Delmonico ribeye. Irresistible dessert choices are wildberry cheesecake or two scoops of Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and a choice of snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip or double chocolate cookie. 


Master Smoked S'more Macarons with The Pig & The Pearl Pastry Chef Megan Brent at Atlanta Botanical Garden Chocolate-Covered Weekend 


Guaranteed NOT to melt in your hands, the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) Chocolate-Covered Weekend spreads the crave-worthy cacao on thick, advancing from tree of origin through the chocolate-making process, chef-led cooking demos and lots of samples. Megan Brent, pastry chef at The Pig & The Pearl in Atlantic Station, will lead a cooking session on Sunday, September 14 from 2-2:30 p.m. in the ABG's outdoor kitchen. Her choco-topic, delicate smoked s'more macarons, reminds us of beach bonfires and fall campfires. The Pig & The Pearl is known for its smoked meats, seafood, sides and even sweets (look for smoked chocolate pot de crème on the restaurant's dessert menu), so you know these macarons will be fabulous. 


Dine in the Garden before Summer Slips Away -- Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails' Garden Dinner is September 14



Summer's hottest months of July and August have passed, meaning it's past time for Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple to cap the growing season with this year's last two Garden Dinner gatherings. One's coming up on Sunday, September 14, and this growing season's last dinner takes place on October 12. Chef Derek Dollar's seed-to-fork Garden Dinner comes complete with a farm tour of Milton's Acre and Strawberry Fields led by grower Peter Kohm. Farm fashionistas know comfy shoes are ideal for walking garden rows and sitting down to dine outdoors while spike heels are meant for aerating lawns. A gathering reception of hors d'oeuvre and libations opens the experience at 4 p.m. Relish goat cheese toast with caramelized onion and candied pecans, black-eyed pea hummus with sugar-cured bacon and pita bread, and country ham and pimiento cheese crostini. Four-course chef's dinner with wine follows. Courses progress through a spinach and frisée salad with shaved butternut squash, green apples, sunflower seeds, Asher blue cheese and honey-cider vinaigrette; creamed Silver Queen corn and aged white cheddar grits, blackened shrimp, pickled red onion and popcorn shoots; red-eye brined smoked pork loin, bourbon peach jam, roasted cauliflower with Brussels sprouts and cipollini onions; and apple tart with bourbon caramel and candied pecan ice cream. $125 per person; buy tickets online. A rain or shine event!


Atlanta Chefs and Philanthropists Party in the Kitchen for Open Hand Atlanta on September 18



Twenty-five years ago, several Atlantans banded together to cook meals for friends too ill to prepare their own meals. Nonprofit Open Hand is now the nation's largest provider of home-delivered, medically appropriate meals, preparing, packing and delivering more than 5,000 meals daily (two million annually) to residents across metro Atlanta and 17 Georgia counties. To help keep those meals flying out of the kitchen, Atlanta chefs and residents are coming together for Party in the Kitchen, an evening of music, food and drinks plus the frenzy and strategizing of live and silent auctions at the King Plow Arts Center Event Gallery on Thursday, September 18 beginning at 7 p.m. Aria chef Gerry Klaskala is a co-chair for this philanthropic event. Joining him that night are co-owner/executive chef Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy and chefs Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito of Umi among others. Pull out your cocktail chic outfit and buy your event ticket today. Donations always cheerfully accepted!


29 Forever? Heck No! Ray's on the River Proudly Celebrates Turning 30 with a Party on October 9



Years flow by like water in a river, especially for Ray's on the River, serving up mouthwatering steaks and seafood and making loads of fond memories along the banks of the mighty Chattahoochee. This October, Ray's on the River will celebrate 30 years of pleasing guests as one of Atlanta's go-to dining destinations. "PARTY!" is the word and Thursday, October 9 is the date. To join the fun, buy a $40 ticket at, advance purchase only. Sing and dance along with Yacht Rock Revue, munch on complimentary hors d'oeuvre, receive one complimentary drink ticket and enjoy amazing drink specials at the cash bar. Don your complimentary captain's hat and come aboard for Ray's on the River's 30th Anniversary Party.





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Southern barbecue is mighty fine, but it's time to go global and taste "Seoul" food. Set your chops on the Smokin' Korean BBQ Bowl, a.k.a. the Seoul Steak Bowl, at Tin Drum Asiacafé. Soba noodles cushion Korean barbecued steak, red pepper and daikon salad, bean sprouts, fresh spinach and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Your office would love a Korean BBQ break as well. Enter the Smokin' Korean BBQ Bash contest through October 18. More details on the Tin Drum website, Facebook or on Twitter (#tindrumofficebash @tindrummer). 

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You Say Potato, I Say Potato. Who's your bud? The almighty spud. Be it roasted, toasted, pesto-ed, loaded, scalloped or campfired, the humble yet mighty potato has our eye. Crash hot potatoes and baked cheddar eggs and potatoes are so fine you won't even see the vitamin C, potassium, B6 and valuable minerals coming at you.