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In This Issue
The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm Benefits the Shepherd Center
Marlow's Tavern Opens at Avalon
Fall Craft Beer Dinner at Atkins Park
Orpheus Brewing at The Ponce de Leon Beer Festival
Ray's at Killer Creek Hosts Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner
Smokebelly BBQ Dishes Daily Specials
Bar Card Discount at Article 14
Business Card Bargain at Game-X
Thanksgiving Feast at Ted's Montana Grill
Appetizing Aperture
What's New on Pinterest
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Strengthen the Shepherd Center with

The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm on November 11 



Lining the sidewalk by the Shepherd Center, patients share their determination to succeed as they cheer on Peachtree Road Race runners progressing up "Cardiac Hill" every July 4. The not-for-profit hospital specializes in hope and healing -- via medical treatment, research and rehabilitation -- for those with spinal cord or brain injuries. Founded in 1975, the Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Speaking of cheer, share some by dropping by The Giving Tree event at Ink & Elm on Tuesday, November 11. The Shepherd Center benefits, receiving 10 percent of all food and beverage sales on the tavern side of the restaurant from 6-10 p.m. 


Marlow's Tavern Opens at

Avalon on November 11


Eat, play, live and love all the mouthwatering options available when Marlow's Tavern opens its doors at Avalon in Alpharetta on Tuesday, November 11. Shoppers, browsers, moviegoers and those out for a saunter and supper will find the menu at the newest Marlow's Tavern backs those social skills with "Start/Snack/Share" plates and options for all from crisp salads, classic Tavern burgers, sandwiches, grilled meats and seafood to those "infamous" fish tacos and Marlow's rendition of shrimp and grits. Youngsters adore the Kids' Fun Foods menu. Spirits, the drinkable kind, are plentiful in handcrafted cocktails mixing premium liquors and fresh juices, global wine selections by the glass or bottle, and draft, craft, bottled or canned local and national beers. As an Avalon location-only privilege, guests can take a to-go alcohol cup with them after they dine (must be consumed inside the Avalon development). Plan your day or evening of shopping or fun mindful that the Avalon Marlow's Tavern serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and stays open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for night owls.


Atkins Park Virginia-Highland Fall

Craft Beer Dinner on November 13


She's partial to pilsner. You're devoutly stout-hearted. Come together in hoppy harmony at this week's Fall Craft Beer Dinner at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, the dinner romps through four courses and craft beer pairings: togarashi-dusted diver scallops, rock shrimp and kimchi Brussels sprouts with Westbrook Brewing Co. White Thai; grilled Georgia quail and Asher blue cheese, frisée and warm bacon vinaigrette complemented by Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen; braised beef short rib and celery root purée, local greens and smoked sea salt with Stone Brewing Co. Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA; and a must-have dessert of cinnamon churros and Valrhona chocolate with Founders Breakfast stout. $55 per person. Reservations recommended, call 404-876-7249.


Count Orpheus Brewing in as Brewers and

Beer Lovers Unite at The Ponce de Leon

Beer Festival on November 15



Style. You either have it, or you don't. Orpheus Brewing is one of more than 30 craft breweries pouring their own unique styles of beer at The Ponce de Leon Beer Festival inside the Yaarab Shrine on Saturday, November 15 from noon-6 p.m. The festival is a stone's throw from Orpheus, which brews its saisons, sours, ales, IPAs and other beer varieties in Midtown near the Atlanta BeltLine and Piedmont Park. By the way, Orpheus Brewing's Atalanta and Lyric ale are now available in cans in area stores. Festival goers can sample multiple beers, rock out to eight bands on two stages, nab vendor freebies and buy chow from food trucks. General admission begins at 1 p.m. VIP ticket holders add a noon entrance privilege plus access to a separate area for sampling special "one-off" (single release) beers. Ticket sales cut off at 1,500 guests to keep the experience more intimate than "brew-tally" crowded. The event is a fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children, which provides children with care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of a family's ability to pay. These are the same Shriners who ride those little motorcycles in parades.


Ray's at Killer Creek Hosts Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner on November 21


Rich, earthy, smoky, sweet. Ray's at Killer Creek has more autumnal umami in its Woodford Reserve dinner menu than colors in a leaf pile. Reserve your place at the Friday, November 21 dinner and savor every mouthful complemented by Ray's personal selection of Woodford Reserve and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked whiskeys and Woodford cocktails. Guest speaker Shannon Holmes, Brown-Forman's whiskey brand champion, imparts wisdom on these small batch whiskeys. At 6:30 p.m., a reception opens the evening with grilled oysters, pumpkin bisque with smoked shrimp and grilled mushroom bruschetta. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. with tantalizing cedar plank salmon, burnt-sugar black-eyed pea chow-chow and crispy hand-pressed tortillas precluding hearts of romaine salad with smoky Caesar dressing and bourbon-coddled egg, and fall-off-the bone Coca-Cola braised pork osso buco with smoked cheddar and butternut squash risotto. White chocolate sweet potato bread pudding with salted caramel frozen custard brings the evening to a sweet and salty close. $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required, call 770-649-0064. 


Smokebelly BBQ Daily Specials Keem 'Em Coming Back with Wings, Wine, Bands Pig and Pigskin



Good news bears repeating, like the lineup of daily specials that reoccur each week at Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead. On Mondays, roost at Smokebelly for half-off wings all day long. Tuesday doubles up with the band Jacob's Big Night Out at 9 p.m. and a bevy of food and drink specials. On Wednesday, swoon over Wine & Swine half-price select bottles of wine. Thursday night pops open Buckhead's Best "Happy Hour" and live music from 6-9 p.m. Friday night lights up with live music beginning at 9 p.m. Forget fumbling for the remote on weekends. Fourteen televisions focused on gridiron action turn Smokebelly into your end zone for viewing college football on Saturdays and NFL on Sundays. Come again? Don't mind if we do, for good times, great drinks, a multitude of craft beers on tap and generous helpings of Smokebelly's slow-smoked meats, 'cue, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and sides.


Lawyers, Flash Your Bar Card and Save

at Article 14 on Thursdays


It's a case of Bar and Order on Thursdays at Article 14 in Midtown. Flash your state bar card and receive 20 percent off your food order and $8 specialty cocktails from 5-7 p.m. each Thursday night. Order up small plates of yakitori grilled chicken, bacon-wrapped dates with Asher blue cheese, grilled octopus, steamed mussels, duck confit sliders with fig jam, an artisanal cheese and charcuterie plate and other options to share ($2-$16). If dinner is the consensus, how will you decide between the jumbo lump crab salad, grilled Angus beef burger, sweet corn ravioli, pot roast, grilled Georgia trout or all the other mouthwatering specialties ($10-$26)? You're on your own -- the jury's out on that one.


Your Business Card Buys an Hour of Play

for $10 at Game-X


Play your card right and an hour of Game-X simulation play is yours for $10 during the 5-7 p.m. time slot every Monday through Thursday evening. All you have to do is drop off your business card during the aforementioned happiest two hours of the day. Up the happiness amps by bringing your whole office team or a group of friends...and tell them to bring their own business cards. Game-X has more than 60 new and retro games, two full bars and a satisfying menu of appetizers, salads and big, honkin' sandwiches and burgers and generous sports viewing options in case you need to take a breather from your own game.


Roam to Ted's Montana Grill for

Your Thanksgiving Feast


Gather 'round the table at Ted's Montana Grill and share Ted's Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Feast with friends and family this Thanksgiving Day. Whether you take your meal midday, afternoon or evening, Ted's prix fixe Thanksgiving menu runs $25 per person (not including tax, gratuity or beverages). The all-American meal begins with a first-course choice of side salad, cup of soup or Karen's "Flying D" bison chili. Out next, whole-roasted turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, buttered carrots, "Aunt Fannie's" squash casserole and cranberry sauce. And there's more to be thankful for -- Ted's famous apple pecan crisp featuring Granny Smith apples drizzled with caramel then baked with a crispy oatmeal-pecan crust and topped with Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream. Children get dibs on a half-sized version of the menu with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing, buttered carrots, cranberry sauce and a "scratch" cookie for $12. Tuckered out on turkey? Other classics available include bison meatloaf, cedar plank salmon and Delmonico rib-eye. Fill wine glasses with Kendall Jackson chardonnay Vintner's Reserve or Gascon malbec at $30 a bottle. See the full Thanksgiving Day menu online. All Atlanta Ted's restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day except for Luckie Street. Call your favorite location for hours and reservations.

Appetizing Aperture


Willy's Mexicana Grill caters to morning meeting or tailgate plans with mucho "olé!" Breakfast burritos ($4.99 each) encase your choice of sausage, chicken or bacon, eggs, jalapeño hash browns and Monterey Jack cheese in a flour tortilla blanket and have sides of pico de gallo and chipotle salsa. DIY-ers can build their own, same ingredients, with Willy's breakfast bar ($4.29/$5.39 per person). 




Cinnamon sugar Nutella-swirled pumpkin pie pop-tarts. Warm toasted "caramel" coconut gooey chocolate crunch bars. Who needs a hallowed holiday excuse to whip up sinfully delicious treats? Not Tieghan. She's good to go on savories as well. Pictures on Instagram lead to recipes on her Half Baked Harvest blog. 


What's New on Pinterest


It's Getting Chili out there, reminding us that it's time to fall back into hearty food mode and pull out the stockpots and Crock-Pots. Chili generates its own kind of aromatherapy as spices simmer in slow cooker Mexican chicken chili, Tuscan-style chili, smoky pumpkin beer chili, bread bowl chili and even kid-approved chili for your little human "beans." This could be our chili-est recipe board yet!