Entries by Liz Attaway

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL CONFIRMS NEW LOCATION FOR 2020

After swirling rumors and much speculation, the southeast’s biggest and most immersive electronic dance music festival has officially announced that it will yet again be enhancing the fan experience- this time with a move to Bouckaert Farm in the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Faced with increased limitations with its previous venue, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Imagine decided that it had to explore other options to take the festival into its next chapter and create an experience in line with the original vision of the aquatic fairytale. The site which has played host to such marquee events as The Echo Project, CounterPoint Music Festival, and TomorrowWorld will host the seventh annual Imagine Music Festival September 18 – 20, 2020. A rich history with the electronic music community, the site’s beauty and natural setting was an obvious choice when planning 2020.

VININGS JUBILEE RESTAURANTS AND RETAILERS PIVOT TO CONTINUE SERVING COMMUNITY

For decades, Vinings Jubilee has been a centerpiece of historic Vinings, bringing the community together over delicious food, great shopping and a family-centric neighborhood experience. While the continually evolving developments surrounding COVID-19 affect the day-to-day, the tenants at Vinings Jubilee are taking necessary precautions and adjusting. Whether updating business hours, policies, or temporarily closing, each business is doing what is best to continue to serve the community and for the safety of Vinings Jubilee. Restaurants are making dining at home as easy as ever, Southern Baked Pie and Whimsy Cookie Co. are still serving up their delicious treats and many retail stores have pivoted to online shopping options.

DINING IN FOR LIFE 2020

With the current challenges posed to the city’s food service industry, Open Hand is turning the tables on its annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser by encouraging locals to “Dine In” with restaurant take-out, curbside pick-up or delivery from April 27 – May 3. The change is not only to support Open Hand, but also a step to help support restaurant partners as they navigate the changes necessitated by the evolving COVID-19 developments.

FRONTLINE DINE INITIATIVE 2020

With meal deliveries beginning this week, True Story Brands (10 Degrees South, Yebo Beach Haus, Biltong Bar) is set to deliver nearly 2,500 meals per week to workers of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of new “Frontline Dine” initiative. The initiative is funded by Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, the charitable arm of Spanx that has donated millions of dollars to charities around the world since its inception in 2006.

RALLY WITH #ATLFAMILYMEAL TO SUPPORT ATLANTA’S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Help. Support. Come together. Do good. These are not new concepts. As humans, in good times its harder to look past your own situation to see others in need, but in bad, it’s amazing how it brings us together and makes us stronger. With the onslaught of hospitality worker unemployment or under employment, a slew of non-profits and charities have popped up to answer the desperate call of the industry. We’re living in unprecedented times at the moment, and it’s all we can do is if we have the means to pitch in. They were there for us, giving us advice, cooking us delicious meals, and taking care of our every need, and now they need us! From charities that have always been doing good, like Giving Kitchen, to the growing list of newbies, #ATLFAMILYMEAL is answering the call to help feed your favorite bartender, sous chef, and everyone from the industry in need.

#ATLFAMILYMEAL LAUNCHES TO HELP HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The mission of #ATLFAMILYMEAL is to help feed, nurture, and support hospitality workers during and immediately after the COVID-19 crisis by activating and connecting the Atlanta restaurant community unlike ever before. There are more than 500,000 hospitality industry workers in the state of Georgia, and more than half of this group live and work in the metro Atlanta area. The majority of these hospitality industry workers live paycheck to paycheck and have found themselves jobless overnight. This initiative involves a united front across the industry supply chain, with extraordinary teamwork, communication, and a commitment to attain a common goal––doing whatever it takes to feed the ATL restaurant family. #ATLFAMILYMEAL is a newly-formed nonprofit with end-to-end logistics capabilities actively seeking funding, sponsorships, and in-kind donations to purchase, prepare, and deliver free “family meals” to the doorstep of hospitality workers across the metro Atlanta area, potentially employing hundreds (or thousands) of out-of-work hospitality professionals in the process.

GUSTO! LAUNCHES DINING BONDS TO GENERATE REVENUE FOR EMPLOYEES

Buy now and reap the rewards later. gusto! has found an innovative way to generate revenue for their employees by creating gusto! Dining Bonds. Purchase a $100 dining bond now and redeem it for $150 on July 1 or purchase a $200 dining bond now and redeem it for $350 on Sept. 1. Dining bonds help generate revenue now to pay gusto! team members while offering guests a great value on gusto! in the future. Guests can put their bond money towards catering when back in the office or as an excuse to celebrate the end of social distancing when they’re able! Visit gustobonds.com for details and to purchase.

CITY WINERY ATLANTA ANNOUNCES FOOD AND LOCAL WINE TO GO!

In an effort to adapt to these ever-changing times and support public health measures, City Winery is providing new ways to enjoy their locally-produced, award-winning wine and food at home. New wine packages are available to purchase here and range from $45 for a three-bottle bundle that includes their top-selling ATL Rosé to a $225 mixed case of reds, whites, and rosés. City Winery’s chef-curated food to-go includes margherita flatbreads, cheese and charcuterie plates, Impossible Burgers, and more. Click here to purchase and set the pickup time. Pickup for food and wine is available Monday through Friday from 11am to 6pm at the spacious patio, which has been set up for low-contact. See more…

CHIRINGA MAKES THE MOVE TO TAKE-OUT AND CURBSIDE PICK UP ONLY

Based on the recommendations of the CDC and the concerns for the health of the community, CHIRINGA has suspended dine-in services and has implemented a strict take-out and curbside pick up policy until further notice. In order to protect the safety of their patrons and the internal team, guests can dive into their surf-side favorites by ordering from their extensive online ordering system, calling into the restaurant or by ordering from the outdoor Fly Up Window located on the Town Green during business hours. Allowing guests to take a staycation, CHIRINGA’s full menu will be available and includes whole grain bowls, dips, salads, sandwiches, tacos and plantains, available with fresh fish packed with Omega 3’s and clean proteins, along with freshly squeezed juices overflowing with Vitamin C. Guests 21 and up can also order specialty cocktails, craft beers and full-bodied wines at the Fly Up Window to enjoy on the Town Green. When completing the order online, guests can specify if they would prefer to pick up their order from the Fly Up Window or curbside. When placing an order for curbside, guests will need to describe the make, model and color of the car picking up the order to ensure prompt delivery. To dive into CHIRINGA’s online ordering system, visit www.chiringa.com and click the “Order Online” icon located at the top of the page.