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In This Issue
The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm Benefits Junior League of DeKalb County
G's Midtown Celebrates Bacon & Bourbon November 5-18
Southern Proper Chefs Roll into A Meal to Remember
Chef Todd Richards at Gulf Shores Oyster Cook-Off
Article 14 Wins Best Taste at 2014 Taste of Atlanta
Kevin Gillespie Wins 2014 GRACE Innovator Award
Brew Your Cask Off with SweetWater Brewing Company
Savor a Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Market Buckhead
An Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Chef Marvin Woods Opens Asante on November 10
Appetizing Aperture
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Gals Night Out Potential - The Giving Tree

at Ink & Elm Benefits the Junior League

of DeKalb County on November 5 


The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm is reaching out again this week to help an organization that's accomplishing much in the community. The Emory Village restaurant will pass along 10 percent of all tavern sales to the Junior League of DeKalb County on Wednesday, November 5 from 6-10 p.m. The tavern has your favorite cheer, be it a handcrafted cocktail, craft beer, a thoughtful wine selection or bourbon (they offer more than 100 selections of brown spirits). A locally driven menu flows with the seasons, offering satisfying appetizers, salads, entrées and sides. The women of the Junior League of DeKalb County are committed to improving the community through volunteerism, action and leadership of trained volunteers. Founded in 1934, the dynamic group assists hospitals, school children, battered women, immigrants, rape crisis centers and more.


G's Midtown Lets the Pig Out of the Bag for a Spirited Run during Bacon & Bourbon Promo November 5-18


Hoooo-eey! G's Midtown brings home the bacon dishes during this month historically reserved for turkey and stuffing. From Wednesday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 18, the Midtown gastropub turns the beacon on bacon-laden small plates, a main and a dessert and suggests bourbon cocktail pairings to complete the sweet, salty, smoky stream of thought. Little fried bacon sliders with Sriracha barbecue sauce, purple cabbage and crispy onion ($7) suckle up to a drinkable Pecan Pie, a pecan-infused Woodford Reserve bourbon dashed with brown sugar simple syrup and OJ ($11). An Asian pork belly steamed bun plates with pickled vegetables, Kewpie mayo and cilantro ($9) and bows to a Perfect Manhattan on the Rocks made with Bulleit bourbon ($10). North meets South in the bacon-wrapped shrimp, sweet plantain and tropical salsa ($15) paired with a cranberry Manhattan of Angels Envy bourbon and Deep Eddy Cranberry ($11). Bespeaking fall, bourbon-braised pork belly with maple acorn squash and wilted arugula cozies up next to the Woodford Reserve bourbon-laced G's Old Fashioned ($10). Bacon blueberry cobbler and honeysuckle-maple gelato ($6) spoon alongside a Bourbon Bubble of Basil Hayden's bourbon, apple juice, blood orange bitters and champagne ($10). After this event, there are nine days to focus solely on turkey (more if you include Thanksgiving leftovers). Until then, give the pig and its 'tail due respect at G's.


Southern Proper Chefs Roll into A Meal to Remember for Meals on Wheels on November 7


Meals on Wheels Atlanta (MOWA) began delivering meals to Atlanta's senior citizens in 1970. That population doubled by the year 2000 and will double again by 2015. MOWA supports senior independence through meals, shelter, education and community, and expanding this safety net requires more funds. Enter the 27th A Meal to Remember at The St. Regis Atlanta on Friday, November 7. Chefs from Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants will be among those preparing specialties for guests at the black-tie reception and multi-course dinner...prepping them for live and silent auction bidding to follow. Southern Proper venues include Gypsy Kitchen, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, Smokebelly BBQ and The Southern Gentleman (opening later this month in Buckhead Atlanta). This year's event honoree is AGL Resources and Atlanta Gas Light retired president Isaac Blythers, a gent who has been involved with MOWA since its inception. Psst. MOWA needs holiday meal delivery volunteers and donations -- find out more here.


Chef Todd Richards of The Pig & The Pearl

High Tails it to Gulf Shores Oyster Cook-Off November 7-9


Executive chef Todd Richards of The Pig & The Pearl smokehouse and raw bar is cruising to Gulf Shores, Alabama to compete in Saturday's 7th annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend. Each day of this three-day festival at The Hangout overflows with oysters, craft brews and live music. A craft beer festival kickoff party opens the weekend on Friday, November 7 with opportunities for guests to try more than 60 beers from some 25 craft brewers. Saturday, November 8 ushers in oysters and chefs from across the U.S. to compete in cook-off competitions. Extracurriculars include an oyster-shucking contest, the crowning of the best oyster in the "Blind Oyster Taste Test" and football viewing on the big screen. Free admission; buy tickets to exchange for oysters, craft beer, wine, 'shine and champagne. A brunch and bloody mary eye-opener begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 9 and features recipes from cook-off chefs and a "make your own" Zing Zang bloody mary bar. Football plays on the big screens through 5 p.m. closing time. More details and ticket options online; small service fee applies. Closer at hand, The Pig & The Pearl offers $1 oysters Monday-Thursday afternoons from 4-6 p.m., and oysters star on the restaurant's lunch, dinner and brunch menus in the Chef's Daily Dozen and two seafood towers.


Article 14 Wins "Best Taste" at

2014 Taste of Atlanta


Ah, sweet memories. Taste of Atlanta chow hounds (a.k.a. attendees) sampled the goods from more than 90 diverse Atlanta restaurants and chefs at this year's annual food fest sprawling around Midtown's Tech Square over the weekend of October 24-26. Though word on the street is it 'twas all good, a few standouts captured guests' votes to win "Best of" recognitions. On Saturday, Article 14 scored "Best Taste" designation for its autumnal specialty, scallop with roasted French pumpkin purée and pumpkin seed. Sunday's tallies unveiled Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails for having the "Best Décor" among event participants. Congrats! 


Kevin Gillespie Wins 2014

GRACE Innovator Award


Creating and innovating are passions for chef Kevin Gillespie, and now the Georgia Restaurant Association is recognizing his talents, awarding him the 2014 GRACE Innovator Award. Gunshow in Glenwood Park is a fired-up testimony to this chef's vision, being named one of Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants in America, 2014. Creativity is evident throughout Gillespie's life story be it during his celebrity chefdom on "Top Chef," earlier days at Atlanta restaurants Woodfire Grill, TWO Urban Licks and The Ritz-Carlton or at his alma mater, the Art Institute of Atlanta. While stirring these pots, Gillespie worked with David Joachim to write the smoking-hot cookbook "Fire in My Belly," and the duo has another one on the way in "Pure Pork Awesomeness". When Gillespie does power down for a rest, he's dreaming up more eat-em-up ideas. Kevin, you innovator, you!


Are You Cask Oriented? Brew Your Cask Off

Ale Fest at SweetWater Brewing Company

is November 8


The goods are already in the casks, waiting their time in the limelight at the Brew Your Cask Off Cask Ale Festival on Saturday, November 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at SweetWater Brewing Company. Ninety guest brewers from Atlanta's restaurants, breweries, charities, media and celebrity world have channeled their inner brewer into one-of-a-kind casks of ale to be tapped and judged at this SweetWater Brewery bash. Hopping in the mix: Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland, Marlow's Tavern, Ormsby's and Orpheus Brewing. Cask-ale is unfiltered, unpasteurized and served directly from the cask without added pressure from carbon dioxide or nitrogen. Going? Take a brew tent break to tour the facilities. Buy tickets online for $35 pre-sale or $40 day of event.


Savor a Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Market Buckhead on November 8


Let the Thanksgiving menu tasting and planning begin. Whole Foods Market Buckhead is holding its first holiday menu tasting event of the season, a Taste of Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 8 from 1-3 p.m. Walk the aisles and visit each department to sample holiday menu items. The Whole Foods Market team is ready to help you plan your Thanksgiving dinner and prepare for the festive season that follows.


Goin' Country: Food, Wine, Chefs,

Guests Fill Serenbe Grounds for LDEI Afternoon in the Country


When we say "fill," we mean "full," because this year's event is a sellout! The 13th annual Afternoon in the Country, presented by Les Dames d'Escoffier International - Atlanta Chapter, will spread out under big tents in the gardens and meadows surrounding the Inn at Serenbe on Sunday, November 9 from 1-4 p.m. Devotees know what's in store: a tasting format of dishes by Atlanta's best chefs and caterers (with local farmers) alongside fine wines and microbrews. Lucky are the ticket holders as they'll sample delectables from Aria, Bantam + Biddy, Chick-a-Biddy, Gunshow, Marlow's Tavern, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails and many more. Layering on more fun, there's a cake raffle for sweets created by Atlanta pastry chefs, hayrides, a silent auction and bluegrass band DriveTrain. Event proceeds benefit Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave, Global Growers Network, The Giving Kitchen, The Wylde Center, The Atlanta Community Food Bank and Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International's scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts.

Chef Marvin Woods Cultivates New Soul for Downtown Dining Scene When Asante
Opens November 10


Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Celebrity chef Marvin Woods channels experiences and a passion for "Coastal Soul" into Asante, his new restaurant opening Monday, November 10 in downtown's Luckie Marietta District. Woods culled his unique culinary genre after years of cooking, travel and studying the global influence of the African diaspora, the scattering of the peoples of Africa around the world as slave routes traveled from the west coast of Africa to Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Cultures influenced by this "Middle Passage" share common threads of cooking methods and healthy ingredients such as herbs, spices, seafood, citrus, chili peppers, okra, sweet potatoes and rice. Located in the two-story space that previously housed the Peasant Bistro, upscale-casual Asante will be open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Its seasonally driven, reasonably priced menu features appetizers ($7-$16) such as Gulf Coast shrimp 'n' grits with circuit hash and chicharrones de pollo (Latin fried chicken), Bahamian conch fritters and piri piri Nigerian king prawns. Entrées ($17-$26) range from chicken sausage-stuffed wild boar to Creole-braised kingfish with Carolina Gold speckled rice. Lunch ($9-$12) reveals po' boy sandwiches with catfish, shrimp, chicken or a traditional Puerto Rican-style roast pork known as pernil. Salads, sides and shareable plates round out food offerings, and the bar pleases with handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine.


Foodies know Woods as the Emmy award-nominated host of the television show "Home Plate," host of Georgia Public Television's "Georgia Cooks," author of "Home Plate Cooking" and "The New Low-Country Cooking" cookbooks and lead chef for First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. He's also a James Beard Foundation "star" chef who dedicates time and talent to health-oriented organizations and products. Asante (ah SAWN tay) means "thankfulness" or "gratitude" in Swahili -- a reminder for diners to be grateful for daily blessings and thankful for the deliciously vast culinary influences of the African diaspora that we enjoy today.


Appetizing Aperture


Roll up your sleeves and use two hands to hoist the meaty brisket "Sloppy Joe" from plate to mouth at The Pig & The Pearl. Fries and slaw round out the plate for this lunch and brunch frontrunner ($12). Save some bun to sop up the sauce runoff -- way too delish to leave unattended.




Crisp fall days conjure up images of comfort foods that seize the season's goodness such as pumpkin sage alfredo pappardelle, delicata squash farro salad and cookies oozing chocolate. We must be envisioning acozykitchen where Adrianna Adarme shares her own recipes and successes from other 'grammers. She's writing a book, #TheYearofCozy and packs more cutes and cozies on her A Cozy Kitchen blog. 


What's New on Pinterest


The lid's off the jar and the spoon's in hand. Stop, purist! You'll inhale all the PB, the main ingredient on our Peanut Butter Lovers recipe board. Then again, if you're a true PB lover, you probably have a spare jar for Thai peanut butter chicken, peanut butter and Nutella cookies, Oreo and peanut butter brownie cakes, peanut butter granola and peanut butter sauce. Care to share? Fido will love frozen peanut butter and yogurt treats or homemade peanut butter treats. Hope Fido has his own jar.