Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/22/19

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 5:30-10pm

There isn’t a better spot in Atlanta to celebrate Fat Tuesday than Serpas True Food in the Old Fourth Ward. New Orleans born Chef Scott Serpas will offer a traditional Louisiana influenced menu true to his roots. Live music, decor, masks, beads and traditional hurricane specials at the bar. Also, don’t miss joining in with the kitchen, staff and guests for the Second Line at the end of the evening! Get in and celebrate the end of Mardi Gras before 40 days of good behavior! Here’s a sampling of the menu for the night:

(subject to change)
Here’s a taste of Chef Serpas’ Mardi Gras style menu including appetizers and mains…
Flash Fried Oysters
Crawfish Pie
Seafood Gumbo
Shrimp Po’boys
Crispy Pork Shoulder with Red Beans and Rice

Plus …Beignets and King Cake

Reservations are highly recommedend: 404.688.0040. In case you didn’t know, Mardi Gras has been a legal holiday in Louisiana since 1875.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/21/19

Featuring a Full Day of Fun Including Live Music, Thousands of Pounds of Crawfish and Oysters, Cocktails, Pet-Friendly Seating and More!

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Beginning at 2 p.m.

Atlanta, GA — For the past 15 years, thousands of music and food loving festival goers gather annually at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park to celebrate the Oyster Crawfish Festival. Offering a day of Mardi Gras inspired fun on Saturday, March 2, 2019, Park Tavern will once again serve up approximately ten thousand pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish that are flown in the night before in addition to live music, cocktails and more. Since crawfish is the main attraction, hungry partygoers can dive into mouthwatering platters including 1.5 pounds of piping hot and perfectly spiced boiled crawfish served with potatoes, corn and sausage. Additional food offerings include a dozen Gulf oysters on the half-shell, buckets of 18 steamed oysters with drawn butter, and a fried station with fried oysters, shrimp, gator bites, and chicken baskets served with crispy fries. Imbibers can wash it all down with specialty libations served in a souvenir cup like the Blue Balls Hurricane, Bayou Mule, Horny Gator, Bloody Marys, Mardi Gras Margaritas, frosty brews, and much more.

With breathtaking views of the Midtown skyline as an ideal backdrop for festival fun, live music will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will feature electrifying performances from DJ Raetone (2:30 p.m.), Blair Crimmins & The Hookers (3:30. p.m.), Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics (5:30 p.m.), and Saved By The Band (7:30 p.m.). Then, DJ Raetone will take the stage again at 9 p.m., and keep the party rolling late into the night.

The festival begins at 2 p.m. While it’s an ages 21 and up event, children may be accompanied by a parent, and children 12 and under do not need to purchase a ticket. Lawn tickets are available for $7 and include all day entertainment and furry friends are welcome in grassy area. General Admission tickets are available beginning at $35 and include entry to the event, all day entertainment, and four booze and bite tickets. VIP tickets are available for $75 and include access to an exclusive entrance, all day entertainment, ten booze and bite tickets, private bars, exclusive seating and lounge area including fireplaces in the historic Park Tavern interior space, and indoor private restrooms. The event is rain or shine. To purchase tickets visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/21/19

New Exhibition Explores the Design of Espresso Machines & Examines the Social, Political & Cultural Movements Fueled by Coffee

On Display Sunday, February 24 through Sunday, June 9

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) welcomes Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso, a new exhibition that will explore espresso machine design and technology, while examining the social, political and cultural movements fueled by coffee and cafés throughout history. Previously on display at Kerkrade in the Netherlands, Passione Italiana is developed by Cube Design Museum in collaboration with IMF Foundation and is curated by Elisabetta Pisu.

The Exhibition
On view Sunday, February 24 through Sunday, June 9, Passione Italiana will chronicle the evolution of the espresso machine and document its technology and industrial design developments. The exhibit will showcase espresso makers used in Italy during the mid-twentieth century—alongside inventive coffee sets and unique crockery—and traverse through the decades, highlighting the influence designers such as Aldo Rossi, Toyo Ito, Richard Sapper and Massimiliano Fuksas have had on classic and contemporary models. Italian coffee company, illycaffè, will provide freshly brewed espresso beverages for guests to enjoy before or after visiting the exhibition.

Appealing to both design lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike, the forthcoming exhibition will also survey the social and historical impact coffee and coffeehouses have had around the world, including the role of cafés as incubators in social justice movements and how they have helped fuel everything from literary and musical achievements to political revolutions.

“Many of us use coffee and coffeehouses to think deeply, make connections with others and jumpstart our imaginations,” says Laura Flusche, Executive Director at MODA. “Our vision in presenting this stunning exhibition is not only to trace the influence designers have had on espresso makers in cafe settings, as well as those used in the home, but also to spark the conversation surrounding coffee’s ability to connect. The show celebrates the ways in which cafes have harbored creative thinkers, revolutionary actions and social justice throughout history.”

Featured designers, manufacturers and coffee companies will include:

Aldo Cibic
Aldo Rossi
Alessandro Mendini
Alessandro Zambelli
Andreas Seegatz – Stars Milano
Andrew Smith, Per Selvaag
Bilge Nur Saltik
Bruno Munari & Enzo Mari
Carlo Colombo
Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri
Dominique Perrault
Giordano Robbiati
Giulio Iacchetti
Jean Nouvel
Julian Lechner
Kees van der Westen
La Pavoni
Lara Caffi
Luca Trazzi
Marcello Morandini
Marco Zanuso
Mario Trimarchi
Massimiliano Fuksas Doriana Mandrelli
Matteo Thun – Sarri
Michele de Lucchi
Officina Rancilio
Paola C
Patricia Urquiola
Patrick Hunt
Piero Lissoni
Rami Tareef
Riccardo Dalisi
Richard Sapper
Toyo Ito
Ugo La Pietra
Victoria Arduino

The Experience
In honor of Passione Italiana’s debut, MODA is hosting a special pre-opening event on Saturday, February 23 from 4-7 p.m. During the celebration, MODA members and guests are invited to experience the new exhibition and enjoy an Italian wine tasting from Sherlock’s Wine Shop, beer from Second Self Beer Company, Italian aperitivi from the Campari Group, light bites from Bellina Alimentari, gelato from Ciao Bella and a live performance by Atlanta cellist-composer OkCello, who will perform a score inspired by the exhibit. Registration is free with a donation of $25 or more to MODA.

The opening of Passione Italiana will also mark the launch of the Co.Lab, an experiential space within the gallery that’s inspired by the spirit of creativity fueled by coffee. The immersive environment is developed by MODA with some of Atlanta’s most creative entities to offer a center for making, thinking, talking and learning, and will feature expansive communal tables within an inviting shared space.

Beginning Saturday, February 23, the Co.Lab will present What is Your Story, a crowd-sourced storytelling installation organized by design firms Orange Sparkle Ball and nonprofit sister Spark Corps in collaboration with BooknBrunch, that provides a touching look at how untold stories, struggles and secrets can forge connections. The hands-on project will invite guests to anonymously inscribe their story in a used book on view at MODA and give visitors the opportunity to respond to these stories by sending a supportive message via postcard.

Visitors will be able to take part in programming on Thursday mornings (more details to come), presented by Constellations, a civic and socially based workspace aiming to make a positive difference in the world. Constellations Founder Gene Kansas says, “We’re happy and proud to partner with MODA on this exhibit. Their experiential approach to design and thoughtful programming are true benefits to members and guests and to our city. Then, of course, there’s coffee, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to drink up all that Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso has to offer.”

Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso was developed by the Netherlands’ Cube Design Museum in cooperation with IMF Foundation and is curated by Elisabetta Pisu. The exhibition features objects on loan from the the Alessi Museum and the private collections of Enrico Maltoni, Franco Balzarotti, Kent Bakke and Sarri. Additional content has been added by MODA with generous loans from Espresso Southeast. The exhibition design for MODA is by Susan Sanders. Passione Italiana is presented thanks to the generosity of the Fulton County Arts Council, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Power2Give, Creative Approach, John Portman & Associates, illycaffè, Bellina Alimentari, Interface, Orange Sparkle Ball, Spark Corps, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Constellations.

Second Self Alter Ego Party 2019

Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Time: Noon

About: Second Self Beer Company, the craft brewery based in Atlanta, Georgia, will host an Alter Ego Party on Saturday, February 23 at their Westside taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW). Inspired by alter egos, super heroes, and “second selves,” the brewery is welcoming the public to join in the fun, and attendees can taste and enjoy a line-up of unique beers made in collaboration with local breweries and restaurants as variations on Second Self’s traditional lineup. Illegal Food will be serving a food menu, and a portion of proceeds for the day will go toward the GA Craft Brewers Guild. At the event, attendees can sip one-off takes on Second Self beers from some of Second Self’s close friends in the industry, like Pontoon’s tequila barrel-aged version of Second Self’s Margarita In Gose. Participants include: Terrapin Brew Lab from Atlanta, GA, Dry County Brewing Company from Kennesaw, GA, Pontoon Brewing Company from Sandy Springs, GA, Pine Street Market from Avondale Estates, GA, Twain’s Brewpub from Decatur, GA and more. Second Self will also be serving their own seasonals and year-round favorites, from flagship Thai Wheat (a spicy and exotic American wheat made with lemongrass and ginger) to newly released Strawberry Bleeding Heart (a red ale with strawberries, cocoa, and vanilla).

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Brunchfest with Yacht Rock Revue 2019

Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Time: Noon

About: Imbibers and diners are invited sip, sail, and brunch the day away at Park Tavern’s Brunchfest with Yacht Rock Revue on Saturday, February, 23, 2019. Beginning at 12 p.m., brunch lovers can nosh on delicious breakfast bowls, scrambled eggs served with crispy bacon, tater tots smothered and covered, toasted bagels served with cream cheese and cured salmon, a Krispy Kreme station with all the fixings including: whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate; a biscuit station with county ham and sausage; Park Tavern’s signature fresh, raw oysters; and much more. Partygoers can also enjoy morning libations such as mimosas, bloody marys served with fresh cocktail shrimp, rosé, frosé, champagnes, craft beers, a wide variety of wines, signature handcrafted cocktails, and more. For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available beginning at $20 and includes entry to the event, along with live music entertainment. The VIP Captain experience includes bottomless mimosas, access to a special VIP entrance, VIP climate-controlled seating, and access to indoor restrooms for $45. Food and drink station tickets will be available for purchase for $7 each.

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