FROM THE EARTH BREWING COMPANY: AN OTP GEM

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/18/18

It’s worth your while to travel just a few minutes OTP to try a new gem in Roswell, From the Earth Brewing Company. With a brewery-style bar and full restaurant, we were blown away by the quality of both the beer and the food. Beyond that, when you think brewery, you would think the food might be lacking, but it was spot on, right up there with the best restaurants around our foodie-rich town. Making you hungry? Let’s dive-on in!

We tried three of the starters that included crisp Brussel sprouts, warm pork belly, and a tasty mushroom toast. Starting with the best starter, the pork belly with a maple, bourbon glaze that literally will melt in your mouth. Was this a dessert in disguise? Yes. Yes, it was. A must try if you make the trip. Also, the Brussel sprouts were perfectly crisped on the outside with light balsamic vinaigrette. It also had the right amount of crunch from the bacon tossed throughout. We’re not big mushroom people, but because they are brought in every few days from Loud Mouth Farms the mushroom toast was uber-fresh and delicious blend of toasted bread, goat cheese spread, and balsamic drenched mushrooms. We’re a definite fan and we’ve been converted!

Starting with some salmon and ending with wagyu flank steak, we were impressed with the entrée menu offerings for a brew pub. The salmon dish was cooked exactly how we liked with some black pepper and spices. Simple and delicious with a wild rice cake, asparagus, and local honey that was perfectly paired. Then, the wagyu steak was tender and cooked well with broccoli and a hearty gravy.  On the side was a to-die-for Gouda potatoes au gratin that was savory and rich. It’s something that you could eat every night and never get tired of it! So. Good. Finally, what did they put on their broccoli?  I’ve got to get my hands on it when we cook broccoli at home.

Finally, the beer. They have a little bit of everything from a saison, an IPA, to porters, stouts, Belgian tripel, and their golden ale. The stout wasn’t available and the porter was 2 weeks out from being ready, but we got a taste of it. It’s on the right track with a nutty, richly malted beer. Of the beers they offered that were available we thoroughly enjoyed the tripel and the golden ale. The tripel was a well-balanced and sweet with a hint of hop and yeast on the back. The golden ale was a drinkable, refreshing beer that you could drink and not get tired of all day!

Now that you’re starving, get on up to From the Earth Brewing Company. Tell, Tim, Hi for us!

3RD ANNUAL ATLANTA BRUNCH FEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/10/18

Saturday, March 10th, Noon – 4 pm


The 3rd annual Atlanta Brunch Fest will be held on Saturday, March 10th from 12 pm – 4 pm at Atlantic Station, with VIP entry from 11 am – noon. Close to 40 restaurants will be participating in the event and they will all bring their tastiest brunch items for the crowd to sample. There will be Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, Brunch Punch, as well as a selection of beer and wine to choose from. Live music as well as everyone’s favorite, DJ Q-Tip, will get the crowd moving. The list of restaurants and menu items will be added to the website soon. This year is a little different with several levels of ticket pricing with General Admission, Bottomless Drink Tickets, and VIP. General admission covers only your entry with food and drinks extra. $15 until March 1st, $20 after, and $25 the day of the event. Bottomless Drink Tickets include all of your drinks with food tastes from all restaurants at $3. They’re $45 before March 1, $50 after, and $60 day of the event. Finally, VIP tickets include all drinks and unlimited food from the VIP tent. These run $69 before March 1, $79 after, and not available the day of the event for purchase. More information at their site here: http://atlantabrunchfestival.com

ALLORA: DIVERSE NEW ITALIAN CONCEPT FROM CONCENTRIC RESTAURANTS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/5/18

From octopus to lamb pasta and arugula salad, brussels sprouts to wagyu flank steak, Allora is a diverse new Italian concept from our friends Concentrics Restaurants. The restaurant is nestled down in a cozy building on the corner of Atlantic Station and 17th. The décor was also cozy and warm with low lighting and a stunning wood bar, but of course, the star of the show was the food! Let’s take a walk through the menu together.

Of the starters, we tried the arugula salad, brussels sprouts, and the octopus. Brussels sprouts are of our favorite foods, but we have to admit we enjoyed the balance of the delicious arugula salad more with the right amount of peppery lettuce, grapes and balsamic for sweetness, and topped with radish. Sacrilege, I know. The brussels sprouts were delicious in their own right, being perfectly cooked and topped with hazelnut and balsamic sweetness to cut through the sprout’s tartness. Finally, the octopus. We’ve never had octopus before and this didn’t disappoint. We enjoyed its almost crab-like sweetness and much meatier texture than expected. We’re a fan.

We only had one pasta and it was our favorite dish of the night. The Lamb Pappardelle had some of the best marinated lamb we’ve had in recent memory. It was like a wild, savory pot roast entangled with mushroom and wilted kale that gave it a much needed texture and crunch. Then, the pappardelle thick pasta was cooked al dente to round out the dish. We haven’t stopped thinking about it since Friday!

Finally, we come to the main course where we had the wagyu beef with a hazelnut salsa and the Roasted Branzini. You can’t go wrong with steak! Right? The perfectly cooked wagyu flank steak was smooth and tender with great flavor. The hazelnut salsa added a pesto-like quality, but with a sweet and nutty flavor that really off-set the savory of the steak. All worked well together. As for the Branzini, it was charred on the skin side with broccoli and vegetable mixture combined with oil on top. The fish was flaky and slightly sweet. Let’s not forget they left the tail on for a gorgeous presentation.

We’d also like to mention that we were impressed with the variety in both style and price of the wine menu, as well as the stellar wait staff that gave 100%! Kudos to them! If you go down to Allora, bring your appetite, you’re going to need it.

PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK PRESENTS MIDTOWN BRUNCHFEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/4/18

Featuring Bubbles, Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Rosé, Brunch Bites and More!

 

Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Atlanta, GA – Imbibers and diners are invited to brunch the day away at Park Tavern’s Midtown Brunchfest on Sunday, February, 25, 2018. Beginning at 12:30 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 raw and special baked oysters; and much more. Partygoers can also enjoy libations such as mimosas, bloody marys served with fresh cocktail shrimp, Domaine Ste Michelle Brut Rosé, additional Domaine Ste Michelle 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 $15 and include entry to the event, entertainment for the day, and two food or drink tickets. The All-Day Rosé VIP experience includes early entrance, all-day access to the Rosé Room, featuring six selections of rosé and champagne, bottomless mimosas, bottomless champagne, and two food or drink tickets for $45. Additional food station tickets will be available for purchase for $7 each. To purchase tickets, visit, https://www.xorbia.com/events/parktavern/midtown-brunchfest.

YOUR PIE GRANT PARK IS THROWING A BOOZE LAUNCH PARTY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/29/18

Friday, 2/2 from 5 pm to 10 pm

 

They have our alcohol permit and are super excited to host a boozy launch party to celebrate! They’ll have a week of specials leading up to the party on Friday as well as the deals that day. They’re launching with a solid craft beer line up (10 on draft + cans/bottles), wine (bottles & draft) AND seasonal cocktails (frozen, on the rocks, etc.).

Specials will include select: $3.14 craft beer pints, $4 glasses of wine and $5 cocktails.

Check out the craft beer menu: http://bit.ly/2DGJFwQ

Did you know you can also win FREE PIZZA for a year? They’re giving away a chance to win FREE PIZZA for a year, just share the event and tag friends to enter. Link to event to enter: https://www.facebook.com/events/200445217176865/

 

SIXTH ANNUAL UNCORKED ATLANTA WINE FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/23/18

JOIN PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL UNCORKED ATLANTA WINE FESTIVAL HOSTED BY ATLANTA SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB

 

Featuring Over 50 Wine and Craft Beer Options, DJ Performances, Trivia, Games and More!

Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Atlanta, GA  — Back for the sixth rendition, wine connoisseurs are invited to the Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival at Park Tavern hosted by Atlanta Sport & Social Club on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Overlooking the picturesque Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park, revelers can enjoy over 50 varieties of complimentary wine and craft beer tastings, including an extensive list of cabernets, chardonnays, merlots, Park Tavern’s handcrafted brews, and much more, while jiving to DJ performances and challenging each other to wine-themed trivia, blind taste testing and much more.  Hungry partygoers can also nosh on local favorites including burgers, bowls, tacos, salads, sandwiches, fresh sushi and more. In addition to tastings, music and more, attendees will receive an Uncorked Atlanta tasting glass as a souvenir.  Tickets are available for ages 21 and up online for $42 and are $54 at the door. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.uncorkedatlanta.com or www.parktavern.com.

SPIRAL ENTERTAINMENT’S OYSTERFEST IS BACK AT PARK TAVERN!

Festival Featuring Live Music, Ice-Cold Beer, Steamed, Fried, and Raw Oysters, Signature Fried Shrimp and More! 

Saturday, February 17, 2018, Beginning at 1 p.m.

Atlanta,  GA — Thousands of music and food loving festivalgoers can gather at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park to celebrate Oysterfest with Spiral Entertainment on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Conveniently located on the Atlanta Beltline in the heart of Midtown, revelers can get shucked up on fresh, regional, fried, raw, and steamed oysters, Park Tavern’s signature fried shrimp, ice-cold brews, handcrafted cocktails and more.

 

With live music performances throughout the day, Coyote Anyway will crank up the amplifiers with a fresh, yet familiar tone at 2 p.m., before the Atlanta-based southern rock group, Moody Hollow, hits the stage. Then, Members Only, a tribute band bringing revelers back to the 80s, will keep the party rolling until Atlanta Funk Society takes the mic. The 12-piece funk band will fill the headliner spot, serving up classic hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s including: “Superbad” by James Brown, “Whatcha Gonna Do For Me” by Chaka Kahn, and of course, offer an unparalleled high energy performance that promises to be unforgettable. Doors open at 1 p.m. and music begins at 2 p.m. For ages 21 and up, general admission tickets are available starting at $10 at www.parktavern.com and https://www.xorbia.com/e/spiral/oysterfest2018.

GENUINE PIZZA OPENS AT PHIPPS PLAZA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/14/18

Chef-Restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s Casual Pizza Restaurant
Debuts first Atlanta Location in Buckhead

 

ATLANTA  – Genuine Pizza will open its first Atlanta location on January 5 at the main entrance of Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. Originating in Miami, where they have four locations, James Beard Award winning-chef Michael Schwartz’s casual pizza restaurant is built on honest ingredients, creative toppings combinations, and a thoughtful experience from dough to table. Genuine Pizza’s menu is anchored by 12 hand-formed pizzas featuring a tender, quick-fired crust and snacks, soups, salads, entrées and dessert to make a meal around it. The restaurant also offers a list of wines that work great with food, as well as Atlanta craft beers. Signature items include Short Rib Pizza; Polenta Fries with spicy ketchup; Warm Brussels Sprouts and Burrata; and Chocolate Chunk Cookie, warmed in the oven to order.  Every day there is a Daily pizza special and a soup of the day.

 

“We are passionate about our favorite food and can’t wait to bring our genuine approach to the Atlanta community,” says Michael Schwartz. “We’re introducing classic dishes from our flagship location while embracing our new Atlanta community as we fold in seasonal offerings, local beer selections and gluten-free options.”

 

Genuine Pizza evolves the approach Chef Schwartz first established at Harry’s Pizzeria® and is guided by a few important pillars: honest ingredients from trusted sources that care and make the best products; creative toppings combinations that are uniquely simple and delicious; a deliberate process for doing things from making dough to lighting the dining room; an enthusiastic and passionate team who loves the food and approach to hospitality; a tireless effort to improve on quality; and a sincere lack of pretension and welcoming environment. The restaurant interior features light woods and simple accents like custom yellow and grey Cuban tile, orange chairs, and an open kitchen with yellow-tiled Marra Forni oven turning out pies on the fly from its rotating deck of pure cut Italian stone.  The environment invites guests to experience the attention to detail first-hand, at a pizza bar fronting the open kitchen and a glass-faced dough room, visible to mall passersby, where the recipe is mixed, kneaded and proofed daily.

 

Genuine Pizza is located at 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326 in Phipps Plaza. Genuine Pizza is family-friendly and can seat 64 inside, including 7 seats at the counter and 6 at the pizza bar. Outdoor dining for 36 is available weather permitting with heaters. The space also offers a private dining room for 6-8 guests – perfect for business lunches and intimate gatherings – that can be reserved by calling (470) 481-3883.

 

The restaurant opens with lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11 – 12 a.m., and Sunday 12 – 10 p.m.. Reservations are not necessary.  Phipps Plaza offers complimentary parking and valet. Takeout will be available with online ordering at genuinepizza.com and Genuine fans can also give the gift of pizza with electronic gift cards, now available for purchase at genuinepizza.com.

 

For more information, please visit genuinepizza.com. Follow the new location and join the conversation @genuinepizza and #genuinepizza on Instagram.

 

About Genuine Pizza
At Genuine Pizza we are passionate about our favorite food, a casual pizza restaurant to enjoy a great meal with great people and without pretense. Genuine Pizza is about consideration of every detail of the dining experience, from the careful selection of ingredients, to the choices made in crafting dishes and the space in which you enjoy them. Being “genuine” is about making the experience better, not embellished – making food and crafting an environment that people feel good about and want to return to.  The seed of Genuine Pizza is Harry’s Pizzeria®, first opened by Chef Michael Schwartz in 2011 in Miami and now with five locations including Miami, Aventura, and Atlanta.  With inspiration from his flagship Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Harry’s became a fixture of the Miami dining scene and nationally-recognized pizza hotspot, named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 25 Best Pizzerias in the U.S. An evolution of the best of the original, Genuine Pizza celebrates its beloved, flagship menu anchored by 11 hand-formed pizzas featuring a tender, quick-fired crust, as well as a gluten-free option. At the table, the experience is complete with warm service and wholesome dishes to make a meal, including snacks, colorful salads, daily specials and dessert. From the sidewalk to the dining room, the restaurant buzzes with friends and family hanging out over craft beer, a creative wine list and great music.  For more information, please visit genuinepizza.com.

SECOND SELF TRIFORCE RELEASE PARTY AND SCAVENGER HUNT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/14/18

SECOND SELF BEER COMPANY TO RELEASE “TRIFORCE IPA” 

INSPIRED BY “THE LEGEND OF ZELDA”    

 

Atlanta brewery Second Self Beer Company will release Triforce (6.1% ABV, 45 IBU), a slightly hazy IPA inspired by the iconic video game series “The Legend of Zelda,” next month. Brewed to embody the sacred relic’s three pieces: power, courage, and wisdom. Triforce is a slightly hazy IPA brewed with the triforce of malts (oats, wheat and barley) and hops (Mosaic, Amarillo, and Cascade). These combine to create a unique IPA that has the aroma and flavor of papaya, mango, and other tropical fruits; with a soft, flavorful mouthfeel to balance this truly inspired beer.

Suggested pairings for the beer include tacos, barbecue, fresh vegetables, ceviche, fromage blanc, and magical potions. The graphic label plays on the classic game and was designed by artist Keith P. Rein, who also created the popular artwork for Second Self’s limited-edition beer: Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1.

To celebrate Triforce’s release, Second Self will be challenging friends to a Hyrule-inspired scavenger hunt around Atlanta. Participants will search the city for items from the classic game at participating bars and restaurants, and winners who collect each one will win different prizes at the brewery’s taproom located in West Midtown.

To kick off the scavenger hunt, Second Self will host a release party on January 13th with Zelda games, a costume contest, Triforce-tacos from Real Mexican Vittles, and clues for the scavenger hunt. Guests in costume for the release will receive a free pint of new beer. The winner of the hunt will go home with an awesome prize pack. Second Self has also organized a quest around Atlanta, and fans are encouraged to find missing items at select bars, restaurants, and stores to win free merch and beer. The map and compass required for participation can be picked up during the release party. For more details, please click here.

2ND ANNUAL ATLANTA WINTER WINE FEST

 Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/3/18

Saturday, January 20th

Two sessions: Noon – 4pm & 6 – 10pm

The 2nd annual Atlanta Winter Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, January 20th at City Winery. Due to overwhelming popularity last year, we will have two sessions: Noon – 4 pm and 6 -10 pm. We will have over 50 wines as well as a selection of beer to choose from. There will be live music and a DJ, and food will be available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website soon. Tickets are now on sale: $45 in advance, $50 after Jan 11th, and $60 at the door. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added.  http://atlantawinefestivals.com