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RA Sushi Spices Up Menu
Gerry Klaskala Judges NACE Chili Cook Off
Atkins Park Virgina-Highland Pulls Craft Brews for Fall Harvest
Restaurants Aid Sea Turtles at Georgia Aquarium's Aqua Vino
Ray's on the River 30th Anniversary
Brookhaven Chili Cook Off
Kevin Gillespie at Morningside Farmers Market
44th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival
Order Thanksgiving Turkeys from White Oak Pastures
Sneak Preview Tours of Whole Foods Market in Alpharetta's Avalon
Appetizing Aperture
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RA Sushi Spices Up Menu for

Cooler Days and Nights

Love those tanks and shorts, but they'll soon be a memory when we turn the corner into sweater weather. Tastes change with the seasons as well, and Midtown's trendy RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is right on cue with warm-you-up dishes and gem-toned cocktails. Settle in for heartwarming lobster ceviche ($12.75) served on a bed of guacamole and sliced avocado all topped with chili garlic salt or share spicy Asian chicken wings ($9.50) tossed in a spicy Asian sauce. Lobster and salmon layer up for fall and winter. Lobster nigiri ($9.25) wears a dill and lobster cream sauce while mushroom cream sauce tops grilled Salmon Kinoko and asparagus ($13.25). Three new, seasonal cocktails take on deeper colors, flavors and spices. The sweet and sour Blackberry Crush ($8) marries Hendrick's gin with blackberries and fresh sours; the Red Bellini ($8) is a festive mix of Fizz 56 Sparkling Red, strawberry purée and orange juice; and the golden-hued Spiced Mule ($8) packs Russian Standard vodka, Gosling's ginger beer and apple cider. You may want to buy one of RA Sushi's signature copper Spiced Mule mugs for $15 and make it your RA fall signature drink! Copper is a perfect autumn accessory, right up there with RA Sushi's new cocktails and fall dishes.

Gerry Klaskala Knows Beans About Chili,

Judges NACE Chili Cook-Off

Credit: Atlanta Headshots

Crisp white tablecloths, chic vibe and award-winning cuisine. Such is the daily scene for Aria executive chef/owner Gerry Klaskala. He's also a Culinary Institute of America graduate. Regardless of the fancy credentials, the guy knows the nuances of knockout good chili. Klaskala is one of the judges for the fourth annual NACE Chili Cook-off at SweetWater Brewing Company on Tuesday, October 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. NACE is short for the National Association for Catering and Events. Tough job for Klaskala -- ladling out first-, second- and third-place awards for Best Chili and Best Themed presentation. Can he do it? Darn right! Buy admission ($60) and raffle tickets online. 


Atlanta's Oldest Restaurant Pulls ATL's Newest Craft Brews -- Atkins Park Virginia-Highland and Second Self Beer at October 9 Fall Harvest


During this month of tricks and treats, which would you prefer? A crisp beer drafted from Second Self Beer Company, Atlanta's newest tap into the craft brewery world, or one of those little packs of Skittles? Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is banking you'll opt to try three newly released, locally crafted beers. Atlanta's longest continuously licensed tavern is casting a fall festival for a spell on the night of Thursday, October 9. Optimum timing to tap Second Self Beer Company beers, which debut by draft in select bars and restaurants this week. Executive chef Andrew Smith is conjuring up diabolically good dishes to pair with these malty fresh, hoppy and peppery brews, and Chip Jones & Co. rocks the guitar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Rise with the almost full moon and fall in for a good time. Night owls, Atkins Park serves food until 2:30 a.m. 


 Lights Out on the Beach! Georgia Aquarium

Aqua Vino Aids Sea Turtle Conservation

with Food, Wine from Article 14 and

Glenn's Kitchen on October 9



Food and wine lovers will generously shell out dollars to benefit the Georgia Aquarium's sea turtle conservation and research initiatives at the ninth annual Aqua Vino event on Thursday, October 9. In return, they'll net specialties from Article 14, Glenn's Kitchen and more than 30 top Atlanta restaurants, sample more than 200 fine wines and bid on incredible packages and fun items at silent and live auctions in the Oceans Ballroom. Attendees also will hobnob with more than 500 aquatic species as they explore Georgia Aquarium exhibits and galleries. Doors open at 7 p.m. for Grand Tasting ticket holders ($150 per person). VIP Tasting tickets ($325 each) get you in the door early at 6 p.m., VIP lounge access and more. Aqua Vino flows until 10 p.m. Must be 21 years or older to splash down at the event. 


This Week's Must Do: Buy Advance Tickets to Ray's on the River October 9 Anniversary Party



If you're contemplating anchoring at Ray's on the River's 30th Anniversary Party this Thursday, October 9, buy tickets today -- they won't be selling them at the door for the 5-9 p.m. fun-filled event. Come onboard to dance along with live music from Yacht Rock Revue, all-you-can-eat hors d'oeuvre featuring Ray's specialties and Rio Bravo catering, one drink ticket plus drink specials at the cash bar, and your very own captain's hat to wear and keep. Buy tickets online, $40 each.


Brookhaven Chili Cook Off a Rootin'

Tootin' Good Time on October 11


Sixty-plus amateur chefs and teams will vie for $2500 in cash prizes at the third annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 11. Restaurants get in on the blowout with their own competition, and the HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern team is fired up to show them how it's done in Midtown, where the sizzling chili skillet ($7) is hot stuff on the menu. A Brunswick stew competition, new this year, adds fuel to the cook-off's fire. Gates open at noon to this family friendly afternoon of tastings, bands, food trucks, beer and other libations, and even college football viewing on the Ultimate Tailgating Trailer. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate and include a wristband for unlimited chili-tasting privileges until 4 p.m. or when the last pot is scraped clean. Vote your conscience then relax and stay on until the 6 p.m. closing time. The American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Releash Atlanta and the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation scoop up some of the proceeds at this powerfully bean-ificiary fundraiser. It all goes down at 2740 Apple Valley Road, within walking distance of the Brookhaven MARTA station. 


Kevin Gillespie Rises Early for Morningside Farmers Market Demo on October 11




We really have no idea what time Kevin Gillespie gets up every day. As dedicated as he is about procuring the freshest and best for Gunshow, the restaurant owner/chef/celebrity and "Fire in My Belly" cookbook author is bound to rise with the roosters. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, Gillespie will be at the Morningside Farmers Market. This Saturday's "Shop with a Chef" star digs into sweet potatoes from Burge Organic Farm. Grab your shopping bag and tall coffee cup and venture to this all-organic, year-round outdoor market. Hours are 7:30-11:30 a.m., and everyone knows the early bird gets the best arugula.


44th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival Fills Piedmont Park October 11-12; Midtown Restaurants Fill

You Up With Great Food and Drinks




This weekend's 44th annual Atlanta Pride Festival plans a full agenda for Piedmont Park and Midtown streets. On Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, the park will be abuzz with two stages for bands and entertainment while the marketplace promises shopping adventures. A march and a dash set off down nearby streets on Saturday, and on Sunday, the Atlanta Pride parade steps off at 1 p.m. from the Civic Center MARTA station making its way toward Piedmont Park. Sapphire sponsors Bantam + Biddy (Ansley Mall and Crescent Avenue) and Chick-a-Biddy are participating in the VIP tasting tents that those with a VIP festival pass will enjoy. Three Communitas Hospitality restaurants are merely footsteps away from the action: 10th & Piedmont, HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and G's Midtown. All three offer weekend brunch, dinner and late night chow on Fridays and Saturdays. Another Piedmont Park neighbor, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, is ready to "RA"ck and roll out sushi, sashimi, Japanese fusion dishes, specialty cocktails and adult libations. Lots to be proud of in Atlanta -- good eats included!

Get Your Gobble On and Save by Ordering
White Oak Pastures Turkeys Now for Thanksgiving


Placing a pasture-raised turkey on your Thanksgiving table costs more than grabbing one of those glacier-like frozen masses at the grocery store. Oh, so worth it if you're looking to giving thanks for a healthier, tastier bird. White Oak Pastures is carving 5 percent off the price of their pastured turkeys through November 2. During the sale, a small turkey (8-12 lbs.) that's regularly $75 is $71.25; a medium (12.1-16 lbs.) bird that's regularly $100 is $95; and a large (16.1 and up) bird that's regularly $125 weighs in at $118.75. These gobblers are humanely raised using ecologically sound and sustainable practices just down the highway in Bluffton, Georgia. Heck, since White Oak Pastures has the only onsite processing facility in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi, these birds stay down on the farm their entire lives until they're ready for your kitchen. Thanksgiving begs reflection on family traditions, core values and blessings, and the Harris family has a big one: White Oak Pastures has been the family farm for 150 years!


Whole Foods Market Offers Sneak Preview Tours in Alpharetta's Avalon on October 11-12




Excitement is building in Alpharetta with the opening of restaurants and retail stores in the new Avalon business and lifestyle community. Whole Foods Market is planning sneak preview tours for its Avalon location on Friday, October 10 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The team invites you to drop in for a 45-minute tour of the area's newest store. Mission-minded Whole Foods Market is always looking for ways to assist the community, and they hope you'll make a $5 donation to support local nonprofit organizations Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Foster Care Support. Online registration is required for the tours. Besides taking in some healthy eye candy and ideas, attendees will take away samples and goody bags -- even though it's still a few weeks ahead of the trick-or-treat goodie bag rush. The store officially opens to the public on October 14. 


Appetizing Aperture



As southern as sweet tea, a dollop of pimento cheese makes everything better. Chick-a-Biddy in Atlantic Station has their pimento cheese recipe down pat. It's right at home on their weekend brunch menu with eggs, grits, black pepper bacon and toast in The Southern brunch plate ($11) or added to a build-your-own biscuit ($6.50). At lunch and dinner, it's comfy as shown with veggies and crackers ($6), in the Southern Breakfast All Day ($11) or as a zesty extra on the fried chicken sandwich ($11). Slather it on!



Credit: @atkinspark
Corny punch lines on blackboards sprinkle among pics of community events, friends, food, drinks and Pez dispensers @atkinspark. This gallery verifies what regulars already know -- laughter and good times are a given at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland.

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