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Ribs & Whiskey Days are Back at Marlow's Tavern
Giving Tree Project at Ink & Elm
Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten
NFL Viewing at Smokebelly BBQ
"Toast Around the World" at Trader Vic's
Orpheus Brewing at Kennesaw Craft Beer Festival
Atlanta Streets Alive After-Party at Atkins Park
Hearth & Parma App Promo
The Big Ketch Anniversary Celebration
Visionary Dinner with Ted's, The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed
Ray's on the River Five-Course Wine Dinner
A Little Help For Our Friends at Ink & Elm
Cindy Shera at the Atlanta Foodservice Expo
Appetizing Aperture
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Get Sauced! Ribs & Whiskey Days are Back at Marlow's Tavern Through October 27

Bonus: September 24-30 Dining Benefits Dine Out for No Kid Hungry



Sails up! Unfurl napkins over shirtfronts to catch saucy chin-to-chest dribbles when settling in for Ribs & Whiskey specials at all Marlow's Tavern locations (except the newest restaurant in Buford). The annual finger-lickin' celebration signals cooler days and hearty eating ahead. Sweet and tangy stars include slow-cooked Smithfield James River St. Louis-style ribs and Marlow's Ribs & Whiskey Hookup uniting both aforementioned ribs AND Drunken Chicken on a plate along with Granny Smith apple-cabbage slaw, Southern fried mac and pimento cheese plus house-made sweet corn and jalape˝o muffins to sop up your choice of three sauces -- Jack Daniel's glaze, hoisin barbecue or Marlow's chipotle barbecue. Spoon into bourbon-soaked bread pudding with a sippin' splash of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey whiskey. Feel free to order stand-alone sides and muffins. Wash it all down with handcrafted cocktails and adult drinks such as bourbon-rich A Kick from Ginger, Georgia peach lemonade, Tommy's red sangria, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Boulevard Brewing Company Smokestack Double-Wide IPA and SweetWater Whiplash White IPA.


Marlow's Tavern participates in Share Our Strength's Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign running September 24-30. Make a donation and receive a $5 coupon to redeem between October 1-December 31. Use when you come on back for more Ribs & Whiskey satisfaction -- the saucy celebration continues through October 27.


New Giving Tree Project at Ink & Elm Supports Intown Collaborative Ministries on September 24


Ink & Elm is planting The Giving Tree, a new initiative that channels 10 percent of a night's tabs to a community organization. The Emory Village restaurant and tavern's inaugural event reaches out to assist Intown Collaborative Ministries on Wednesday, September 24. Stop by between 6-10 p.m. for dinner and drinks in the tavern side of the restaurant. Your dinner blessing is two-fold: savoring executive chef Stephen Sharp's locally derived, new-South fare (plus your favorite libations) and appreciating that warm, fuzzy feeling of doing good as your dollars aid ICM's efforts to prevent and reverse homelessness and hunger in our local community. 


Oompah! Oktoberfest Reigns at Der Biergarten through October 30


Oktoberfest is well underway at Der Biergarten, which has been named among the top beer gardens in the country by USA Today, Fodor's, Food & Wine and The annual celebration of beers and bands plays on through Thursday, October 30.  Each Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the bar-meister taps into a new beer-of-the-week keg and pulls liters for $9. Buy a commemorative Oktoberfest mug for $20 and honor the spirit of Oktoberfest with $8 refills in the souvenir steins -- all year long! For authentic German munching, try the schnitzel of the week and German potato and beer soup. Oompah band Die Kurtzbaum entertains every Friday and Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. followed by DJ Johnny until midnight. 


  Team Up NFL Viewing with $20 Bucket of Beer and Wings Special on Monday Nights at Smokebelly



We're blowing the whistle on holding that $20. Make the Monday night conversion, turning your $20 into a bucket of five bottles of Bud Light or Budweiser, a heap of 20 wings and a whole lot of NFL viewing at Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead. They'll douse house-rubbed wings in your choice of Buffalo (hot or mild) or cherry cola barbecue sauce and flank the pile with celery, carrots and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Tax and gratuity are extra. Smokebelly's whole menu of plates, sandwiches, salads and belly bites is fair game for linebacker appetites.


70 Years of the Mai Tai Calls for "Toast Around the World" at Trader Vic's on September 26 


Seventy years strong, the mai tai continues to "tiki" the fancy of Trader Vic's guests worldwide. On Friday, September 26, Trader Vic's Atlanta is hoisting a "Toast Around the World" in a spirited collaboration with all Trader Vic's locations around the globe. The worldly cocktail wielding begins in Tokyo and travels west through Trader Vic's locations until reaching California, where it all began with the Original Mai Tai«. Coast in early for the 9 p.m. toast at Trader Vic's Atlanta and order up the $6.50 drink, served in an anniversary keepsake glass while supplies last. The event kicks off in the Mai Tai lounge from 5-7 p.m. with appetizer specials, including Trader Vic's egg roll, pork spareribs basted with house-made barbecue glaze and cha siu pork smoked in the wood-fired oven ($6.75-$8.75). The lounge remains open until midnight Friday.


Mai tai lore goes that the drink was first mixed at the Trader's small Oakland, California restaurant. Friends from Tahiti were visiting one night, inspiring the Trader to shake up rum, fresh lime, orange Curašao, a dash of rock candy syrup, a dollop of French orgeat, shaved ice and a sprig of mint. After a sip, one of the friends proclaimed "Mai Tai - Roa Ae," which translates to "out of this world -- the best." As its reach stretched from California to Hawaii and Trader Vic's became an international entity in the 1960s, the potent potion quickly became one of the world's most-ordered drinks.


Orpheus Brewing Taps into Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest September 27 



Beer imbibers, this fun's for you! The Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest promises more than 100 beers for sampling, live music, food and more in the town's Depot Park on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Orpheus Brewing is outward bound from its Midtown-BeltLine neighborhood to serve up samples of its crisp IPAs and tart saisons. General admission tickets are $40 in advance or $50 on the day of the event and include beer samples and entertainment. Food will be available to purchase. VIP tickets are $70 per person. See benefits and stipulations online for this 21-and-over event. 


Pull into Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar at Atlanta Streets Alive on September 28




This week, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition gears up for Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, September 28 from 2-6 p.m. During those four hours, sections of Highland, North Highland, Boulevard and North Avenue will be closed to cars, meaning party time for feet and bikes. The 4.5-mile loop passes right by Atkins Park Restaurant & Tavern in Virginia-Highland. No need to park the car (you won't have one), just pop on in for a Southern bite, brew or cocktail and to watch the Falcons take on the Minnesota Vikings on the 120-inch big screen in the non-smoking dining room. Outside on North Highland Avenue, Atkins Park will offer games such as corn hole, Ping-Pong, ladder ball and Kan Jam and tables and chairs for guests to enjoy food, beverages and people-watching. 


Hearth Pizza Tavern and Parma Tavern Have an App for "Yelp Has an App for That" Promo




Yelp is launching a new app where businesses extend offers for Yelpers to unlock, use and post comments using up to 140 characters. Setting the app in motion is a bragging-rights fight of the apps among OTP restaurants offering special "Yelp Has an App for That" $5 appetizers from September 29-October 3. Anyone can order the appetizers, not just Yelpers, so go for it! At Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs, chicken and mushroom spring rolls ($5) look mighty tempting. Three spring rolls are stuffed with chicken, porcini and shiitake mushrooms, savoy cabbage, celery, shallots, garlic, cilantro, basil and scallions then served with a sweet and sour sauce. Parma Tavern, near the Mall of Georgia in Buford, plates up a plump homemade meatball slider ($5) on a toasted potato roll, all gussied up with arugula and creamy Parmesan dressing. Aptly said, this is one delicious duel.


The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill Reels in Anniversary Celebration on September 29




Dude, don't let this big one get away! The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill casts open its covered deck and big doors to a weeklong anniversary celebration beginning on Monday, September 29 and culminating with a big bash on Sunday, October 5. Monday opens up with $4 specials on featured appetizers and select wines and draft beers that coast on through Saturday, October 4. The restaurant's usual nightly specials also are rolling. The Buckhead hot spot cruises into full-fledged party mode on Sunday, October 5 with live music all day, a free half-basket of hushpuppies for every table, $3 fireball shots, $4 Absolut cocktails and $4 wine and draft beer selections. Wax your board and surf on in!


Forward-Thinkers Feast on Foods from Whole Foods Market, Ted's Montana Grill, The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood at Southface Visionary Dinner on October 1

The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Whole Foods Market and top Atlanta chefs share commonalities with guests at the annual Southface Visionary Dinner on October 1. All are forward thinkers, sharing the Southface vision of a sustainable future. The historic Fox participates in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge to reduce water and energy use. Whole Foods Market and area chefs seek locally sourced ingredients. Before keynote speaker Andrew Winston takes the mic, some of the night's visionaries will have already been hard at work behind the scenes. Top chefs are collaborating in kitchens with Whole Foods Market -- the gracious ingredient provider -- to produce the evening's mouthwatering menu with wine pairings. You'll find Chef Chris Raucci smashing up avocados for Ted's Montana Grill's guacamole and Todd Richards of The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood roasting fennel for an autumnal salad he'll splash with tarragon dressing. Find recipes for these dishes and others on the night's menu online. See yourself there? Register here, $300 per person. Now in its 16th year, the Visionary Dinner raises awareness and funding for Southface's continued work in sustainable community development, affordable housing, green jobs, clean energy, education and research.


Charbroiled Oysters, Coffee Bean-Smoked Boar and Rombauer Wines Headline Ray's on the River Five-Course Wine Dinner on October 2


Wine brings joy and so will the five courses Ray's on the River chef Josh Warner pairs with Rombauer wines at the riverside restaurant's Rombauer wine dinner on Thursday, October 2. At the 6:30 p.m. reception, guests will sip a Rombauer sparkling selection while noshing on charbroiled oysters, bacon-dusted popcorn and a spread of local cheeses. At 7 p.m., Warner's dinner menu progresses through courses of scallop crudo and Carolina black rice paired with Rombauer chardonnay, Carneros, 2013; sous-vide duck confit with local chanterelle-Anson Mill grit cake, bacon jam and white cheddar twill paired with Rombauer merlot, Carneros, 2010; and coffee bean-smoked boar rack with fingerling potatoes, baby carrots and fig reduction accompanied by Rombauer cabernet sauvignon "Diamond Selection," Napa Valley, 2010. Rombauer zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2012 is divine with bittersweet chocolate-pistachio torte in a goat cheese-butter crust with cappuccino foam. Feed your brain with knowledge from the night's guest speaker Jeff Papa, southeast sales manager for Rombauer Vineyards. $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating. Reservations are required and can be secured with a credit card by calling 770-955-1187.

 Law Firm Takes Over Ink & Elm to Host A Little Help for Our Friends Charity Event on October 9



                                               Credit: Chris Watkins


Even though Ink & Elm will be closed to the public for dinner on the night of Thursday, October 9, executive chef Stephen Sharp will cater to a full house. The law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P. is taking over the entire Emory Village restaurant for a charity fundraising event from 6-9 p.m. Guests will rub elbows with chefs and bourbon buffs at A Little Help for Our Friends, a pig roast and Southern artisanal bourbon tasting. Besides piling on the pig meat, Sharp will serve subtly modern Southern dishes of salt-crusted roasted fish, roast beef and locally sourced organic sides. Whiskey whizzes will circulate throughout, sharing their knowledge. Proceeds that night will pour into the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), a trio composed of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia State University College of Law that is banding together to improve the health of low-income children and their families. $100 per person to attend (50 percent tax deductible as charitable contribution within IRS guidelines). Case closed. 


 Cindy Shera and Panel Discuss What It Takes to Succeed in the Restaurant World at the Atlanta Foodservice Expo October 13-14


       Photo: Cindy Shera, Owner, The Pig & The 
Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood


Seminars, demonstrations, speakers, celebrity chefs, competitions and exhibits are all on the menu at the Atlanta Foodservice Expo heating up the Georgia World Congress Center October 13-14. At 1 p.m. on day two, "Atlanta Eats" host Steak Shapiro moderates a panel of four Atlanta restaurant owners and industry leaders as they discuss what it takes to succeed in the restaurant world. Cindy Shera, owner of The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood will share her insights gleaned over her years in restaurant kitchens. Shera is also a part of the Women's Leadership Panel from 10:30-11:30 a.m. that same day.






Deb Perelman has a tiny kitchen and a huge following on her Smitten Kitchen blog. Her recipes are comforting and unpretentious, and there's no place for fuss in her NYC galley kitchen or Instagram gallery 


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We tried to capture the whole menu, but our jpg file was way too big. We're settling for a tablescape of dishes on the menu at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in Jacksonville, Florida. Moxie chef Tom Gray joined Kevin Gillespie as a Gunshow Hired Gun back in June. Jacksonville's not that far to go if you missed it.  


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