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In This Issue
The Pig & The Pearl and Chick-a-Biddy Amaluna Specials
Tin Lizzy's National Taco Day
Milton's at the Crabapple Fest
2 Year Anniversary at Bantam + Biddy Ansley
Twin Smokers BBQ & Aqua blue at Atlanta Eats Live!
Ray's on the River 30th Anniversary Party
Harvest for the Cure on October 23
The Perfect Taste at Avalon
Oktoberfest at Bantam + Biddy and Der Biergarten
Appetizing Aperture
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Catch Dinner at The Pig & The Pearl and Chick-a-Biddy before Cirque du Soleil Amaluna, October 3- November 30

Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil's newest jaw dropper, opens Friday, October 3 and swings on through November 30. Marvel as you may over the flexibility and movements of the Amaluna cast, you can do something they can't: enjoy a marvelous meal at The Pig & The Pearl or Chick-a-Biddy before the show. These pre-Cirque dinner menus appease appetites, and it's just a short after-dinner stroll through Atlantic Station to the Cirque du Soleil tent. Show your Amaluna ticket and enjoy a three-course dinner for $35 at The Pig & The Pearl. Starters swing toward deviled eggs with eggplant caponata, pimento cheese croquettes with pickled okra or kale salad with pork belly croutons and green goddess dressing. Power up to follow the show's gymnastics by choosing one of the smoked meat entrées -- beef brisket, pork shoulder or Springer Mountain chicken breast -- and a side of mustard greens, apple and local squash hash, barbecue baked beans, vinegar slaw or house-cut fries with Sri"ranch"a dressing. Applaud dinner and head on to the show with theater snacks of a butter cookie, banana bread or caramel popcorn. Reservations recommended through OpenTable. At Chick-a-Biddy, show your Amaluna ticket and enjoy a three-course menu for $18. Choose between plantain chips or fried chicken tenders for a starter and among a quarter wood-grilled piri piri chicken with two sides, fried chicken and waffles or a vegetable plate for a main course. Close out with any dessert from Chick-a-Biddy's daily selection. 

Tin Lizzy's Knows How to Fold 'Em for Bert's Big Adventure on National Taco Day, October 4

                Credit: Jeremy Adamo

Transport a tike to Walt Disney World by eating tacos at Tin Lizzy's Cantina locations on National Taco Day, Saturday, October 4. Say what? For each taco sold on October 4, the fun-loving cantinas are tossing a dollar over to Bert's Big Adventure. A hungry table of friends bodes well for the nonprofit organization's goals of providing Disney World family time to children with chronic or terminal illnesses. Tin Lizzy's boasts more than two dozen individually priced tacos on its menu ($2.59-$3.69). No one's judging you if you crowd the table with one of each or pick and choose your faves. Tough decision when faced with specialty tacos of Korean BBQ pork, Super Greek, Low Country (2013 Taco Contest winner) heaped with grilled shrimp, spicy chorizo and spicy ranch or the veggie with black beans and avocado sauce. Can't leave out the Santa Fe, Southern Comfort, Philly, southwest chicken club with fried chicken, bacon and chipotle mayo, the six kinds of grilled steak tacos and the five tacos filled with grilled or fried fish or shrimp. O, queso, how do you decide? A beer or margarita eases the stress!

Stop by Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails Booth and Restaurant at Crabapple Fest on October 4 


It's the fest time of year, and this Saturday's Crabapple Fest is one of the best for antiques, art, music, fun and FOOD! The October 4 destination festival will take over historic downtown Crabapple from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. If you go, mosey down Crabapple Road to the booth hosted by Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and try a refreshing Georgia peach basil mojito or a cherry limeade. Break for lunch at Milton's where chef Derek Dollar offers a special festival lunch menu from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Menfolk, Milton's will have live music and a full bar open at the restaurant from noon-4 p.m. in case you need to bow out gracefully and let the women tackle antiquing and art appreciation. One for the back pocket: Milton's dinner service begins at 5 p.m. Good to know in case the fest bests you and no one wants to fix supper at home. 

 1+1 = 2 Years for Bantam + Biddy Ansley Mall -- Fly Over to Their Fall Festival on October 5


Photo: Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, Co-owners, 
Bantam + Biddy


For two years now, Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall has been pleasing the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowds with its casual menu of regional fare. Helm leaders Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are ready to celebrate with an anniversary party and fall festival with live music from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. The co-owners count their many guests as many blessings, and they also appreciate the vendors who keep them well stocked in all-natural ingredients, pastured poultry and other responsibly raised items. Meet these suppliers at the eatery's fall festival: Garnish & Gather, Jb Farm Fresh Eggs, Nottingham Nectar and Batdorf & Bronson. The tasty information could stimulate your appetite. Thankfully, you'll be in the right place. 


Twin Smokers BBQ and Aqua blue are Two of 40 Restaurants Putting the "Eat" in Atlanta Eats Live! at the Verizon Amphith"eat"re on October 5

How'd you like to visit 40 restaurants for dinner -- all in one big outdoor venue? Atlanta Eats Live! comes through with the food plus live cooking demos, live rock star chefs and live musical entertainment on October 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. That's a delicious mouthful! Twin Smokers BBQ, the newest concept from Legacy Restaurant Partners, will be there serving up some of its specialties during the 5-8 p.m. dinner hours. Aqua blue will be plating up a scrumptious assortment of sushi.  Yacht Rock Schooner turns on the live music from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner, demos, music and free parking. VIP Club access, VIP parking and a selection of drinks jump onboard for the $100-each VIP tickets. Buy tickets online; service fees and taxes apply. Wine, beer and liquor will be available to purchase. A portion of the proceeds from this all-ages event benefits the restaurant community through The Giving Kitchen.


Twin Smokers BBQ is blazing a tasty trail on the downtown Atlanta restaurant scene. "Atlanta Eats" will be filming a segment at the new restaurant on October 9. Look for the segment on Peachtree TV, Saturday mornings at 10:30.  


Everyone's a Captain at Ray's on the River 30th Anniversary Party on October 9



A complimentary captain's hat sails along with every party ticket to the Ray's on the River 30th Anniversary Party docking at the riverside restaurant on Saturday, October 9 from 5-9 p.m. Gotta have the cap to sing and dance along with Yacht Rock Revue on the shores of the mighty Chattahoochee. $40 per person covers live music, hors d'oeuvre, a complimentary drink ticket, access to a cash bar bearing fabulous drink specials, and, of course, your captain's hat. Snatch up your tickets ahead of time online because they won't be sold at the door. If you don't have one, you'll be sunk. 


Discerning Tastes Wine and Dine for Multiple Sclerosis Harvest for the Cure on October 23




Like a prized wine, a cure for multiple sclerosis is to be sought out and cherished. The inaugural Harvest for a Cure teams up the city's top chefs and wine collectors in an exceptional wine event benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter on Thursday, October 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Randy Lewis of Gypsy Kitchen, Stephen Sharp of Ink & Elm, Derek Dollar of Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails and Todd Richards of The Pig and The Pearl are a few of the chefs who will collaborate with experienced wine collectors to match dishes and prized wines from personal wine cellars. Doesn't get more divine than this! Buy tickets online, $250 each. Donations welcomed.

 Scope Out Avalon's Restaurants, Spirits and Retail at The Perfect Taste on October 29



5Ks raise funds for good causes. An evening stroll through The Perfect Taste at Avalon in Alpharetta does the same with a lot less sweat, meaning you can wear your nice clothes and cute shoes. On Wednesday, October 29 from 6-9 p.m., enjoy cuisine from Avalon restaurants, wine, beer, spirits, live entertainment and a first look at retail offerings as you explore the streets of this very walkable, luxury community. What's for dinner? Tasty morsels from Marlow's Tavern, Bantam + Biddy, Ted's Montana Grill and Whole Foods Market -- all opening soon and part of Avalon's art of living well concept. Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger will receive all net proceeds from the event. Tickets start at $125 per person; Club Avalon tickets ($250 each) add more bubbly and gifts. 
Guten Appetit! Bantam + Biddy and Der Biergarten Tap Oktoberfest Specials 



"Bon appétit!" and "Cheers!" suffice the other 11 months of the year. October begs to differ. "Guten Appetit" and "Prost!" (rhymes with toast) are more in line with Oktoberfest's appreciation of life, happiness, food and drink. Bantam + Biddy in Ansley Mall rolls out an Oktoberfest special plate of pork schnitzel and one side, German Black Forest cake and a bottle of Victory Brewing Company's Festbier for $18 (tax and gratuity not included) October 1-30. Oktoberfest partying continues at Der Biergarten through October 30 with $9 liter beers and true-German schnitzel­-of-the-week specials. Atlanta's authentic beer garden taps into an Oktoberfest keg of the week each Saturday at 7:30 p.m., working through kegs of Spaten, Warsteiner and Weihenstephan. German oompah band Die Kurtzbaum plays Friday and Saturday nights from 6-9 p.m.; DJ Johnny carries on until midnight. Lederhosen? Dirndls? Soccer shirts? Gemütlichkeit, Oktoberfest's atmosphere of comfort, peace and acceptance, upstages attire wherever you celebrate!




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