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The Southern Gentleman Opening in Buckhead Atlanta
The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm Benefits Furkids on December 3
Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day at Article 14
Orpheus Flexes at Atlanta Strong Beer Fest
Santa Claus is Coming to Bantam + Biddy Ansley
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails Hosts Santa on December 7
9th Annual Santa Ride Sets Off from Atkins Park Virginia-Highland
Appetizing Aperture
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What We Like About the South -- The Southern Gentleman Opening in Buckhead December 2


The welcome mat is out in Buckhead Atlanta for The Southern Gentleman, the latest restaurant from Southern Proper Hospitality, located at 3035 Peachtree Road, NE. Opening Tuesday, December 2, this gastropub speaks "y'all" with leanings toward the lighter, more modern side of Southern food versus the cliché of fried everything. Executive chef Randy Lewis draws upon seafood from Southern coasts, local farmers, veggie-heavy dishes and playful flavors and turns out new gastropub traditions such as the warm mustard greens salad with runny yolk, crispy pig ear and sorghum-mustard seed vinaigrette or chicken and brown butter-herb waffles and Nana's chow-chow. Lewis organizes his menu into "Snacks" such as TSG deviled eggs; and Hoppin' John-boudin balls with warm pepper jelly. "Before Supper" starters include Sequatchie Cove Farm cheese bread with warmed Dancing Fern, H&F Batard and Southern Waldorf salad; and pickled gulf shrimp with pumpernickel toast, shrimp butter, herbs, sprouts and flowers. With plates for all appetites, "Supper," includes such dishes as shrimp and grits with head-on Gulf shrimp, New Orleans 'BBQ' sauce and speckled whole grain white grits; Southern "porchetta" with loin, belly and skin of Riverview Farms Heritage pork, balsamic braised greens, cornbread puree and au jus; and duck and dumplings with duck confit, root vegetables and duck fat dumplings. The bar program explores classic Southern cocktails from barrel-aged to cocktails on tap, plus craft beers and New World label wines from the Americas and Australia.


The Southern Gentleman shares neither grammie's Southern kitchen nor her décor. The restaurant sports crisp seersucker at the windows, tufted camel leather booths, herringbone wood floors, marble counters, vintage plateware and 25-foot-high ceilings. Co-owner Chris Hadermann sums up The Southern Gentleman as "that place you take your friends from, say, New York, to show them what it means to live in the South or in Atlanta these days--a warm, welcoming extension of our homes...showcasing who we really are in the South." Make reservations via OpenTable. Southern Proper Hospitality is the owner and operator of Smokebelly BBQ, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails and Gypsy Kitchen, next door neighbor to The Southern Gentleman. 


Paws to Reflect: The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm Helps Furkids December 3


Hightail it to The Giving Tree at Ink & Elm on Wednesday, December 3, the evening Furkids receives a donation of 10 percent of Tavern-side sales between 6-10 p.m. Georgia's largest no-kill, cage-free cat shelter also reaches out to save canines through SmallDog Rescue and Humane Society, a no-kill shelter for dogs. Thousands of felines and canines can thank Furkids for rescue, shelter, sterilization, rehabilitation and finding loving homes for them. Share the purr-fect love by visiting Ink & Elm for this Giving Tree event.


Article 14 Celebrates December 5 Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal Day. Drink to that?



Not pulling your bootleg, Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933, meaning after 13 years of Prohibition, Americans enjoyed the right to legally raise a glass of cheer for the holidays. The date became known as Repeal Day, a day to applaud the laws that guarantee our rights as Americans. That's reason enough for Article 14 in Midtown to offer celebratory specials on Friday, December 5, including an old-fashioned cocktail ($12), Waldorf salad ($10), and an entrée of filet en croute bouquetiere de legumes with Madeira sauce (served old school on a silver platter for $29). Celebrate this freedom, because you can.


Orpheus Brewing Flexes Muscles at Atlanta Strong Beer Fest on December 6



Orpheus Brewing is one of more than 25 breweries and brewpubs pouring unique, high-gravity beers at the Atlanta Strong Beer Fest hosted by The Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Saturday, December 6 from noon-4 p.m. As the fest name suggests, only strong beers survive here. More than 40 beer types will be poured, and every one of them must have an ABV of at least 8 percent to be in this festival! Powerful stuff this brew. A portion of the event proceeds goes to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (GCBG). $30 for GCBG members, $40 general admission. Limited number of tickets available; punch here to buy yours.


Bless Our Biscuits, Santa's Coming to

Bantam + Biddy Ansley for Breakfast

and Photos on December 7


Start the day St. Nick's way, with a festively fortifying Breakfast with Santa at Bantam + Biddy Ansley Mall on Sunday, December 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. Choose ham and cheese quiche with fruit, chicken cheddar biscuit with home fries or challah French toast with honey butter, Steen's cane syrup and bacon. Assorted pastries, croissants, holiday treats, juice, coffee and tea round out the morning meal. Pay $35 per person for breakfast and a souvenir photo with Santa to take home with you that morning. $25 for photo only, no breakfast. Reservations: 404-907-3469. Could be your chance to determine if Santa's an OJ or Joe kind of guy.


Santa Brunch and Photos at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails are a Crabapple Tradition, December 7


Dawdle and you'll miss the list for Santa's annual brunch-time visit to Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails along with all the Christmas cheer the day entails, from carolers to Santa smiles snapped in high-resolution digital photography by Blencoe & Co. This year's Santa Brunch is sleigh-ted for Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. In a twinkling of an eye, Ashley Blencoe of Blencoe & Co. will capture those heirloom moments with Santa. Each family will be able to peruse four to five proofs and choose one image to receive via email for printing and sharing and additional digital images will be available for purchase. $30 per family for sitting and picture/proofs. First, register and pay for a photo sitting time through Blencoe. Jill with Milton's will follow up to add your brunch reservations to her list. Santa visit and photo are only available with pre-paid child brunch ($12.70 per child). Adults may order off chef Derek Dollar's regular brunch menu and are welcome to get in the picture with Santa and kids. The more, the merrier.


9th Annual Santa Ride Sets Off from Atkins Park Virginia-Highland December 10


Park the sleigh. Rein in the deer. Bikes are the only way to cover ground during the 9th annual Santa Ride in honor of Warren Bruno at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, December 10. Santa Ride roundup begins at Atkins Park at 5:30 p.m., and the easy, sociable 10-miler pedals out from the restaurant's back parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Festivities continue through 10:30 p.m. Gear up by donning your Santa-wear, elf outfits, snowman duds or those cherished and embellished holiday ties and sweaters. Garland, lights and decorations make for a stylin' ride. Santa Ride cyclists vote on the best costumes, and the winner rides off, jolly well we might add, with the coveted Holiday Bike -- a commuter bike to keep for the entire year. $25 suggested donation to participate in this fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sign up online.


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Drink up warm and rum-derful holiday cheer at Trader Vic's and Nikolai's Roof, located in the Atlanta Hilton. A wassail of mulled spiced cider and brandy ($9) thaws noses, toes and everything in between. The hot Mounds Bar straddles drink/dessert boundaries, treating hot chocolate and whipped cream to a tropical splash of Malibu coconut rum ($9).  


Tap @AsanteAtl to preview a taste of the Coastal Soul that will soon be heating up downtown Atlanta at Asante, Chef Marvin Wood's new restaurant across from Centennial Olympic Park. Look for Asante to open soon with sunny anticipation. 

What's New on Pinterest

Seeing spirits? What in the Dickens? You must be reading our Seasonal Spirits Pinterest board. Cranberry and rosemary white Christmas sangria, apple cider Moscow mules, a winter sun cocktail, hot cocktails and mulled wine -- these strong spirits from the past and present are destined to become your signature sippers during the holiday social season and well into the future. Of course, if your name is Ebenezer, it's a whole different story.