ORIN SWIFT WINE DINNER AT SERENA PASTIFICO MAY 7

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/1/24

Tues., May 7, 6:30pm – Orin Swift Wine Dinner at Serena Pastificio

Serena Pastificio – the coastal, Northern Italian restaurant in Midtown’s Colony Square – is hosting a wine dinner on Tuesday, May 7 with the acclaimed wine makers of Orin Swift for an evening of culinary excellence and decadent wines. Kicking off with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm followed by a dinner at 7pm, the evening will feature an indulgent four-course menu curated by the Serena Pastificio culinary team paired alongside a selection of Orin Swift’s finest wines. Tickets are $195 per person (all inclusive) & include a welcome drink, plus one wine paired with each course. Book online here.

Founded in 1998 by visionary winemaker Dave Phinney, Orin Swift is a collection of art and storytelling that comes to life through one-of-a-kind labels and wine styles. The brand is known as much for its creative and evocative expression of art on the bottle as it is its bold, yet finessed, styling within each bottle. Dave produces wines from premier sites across California and his favorite regions around the world.


Featured wines & pairings include:

  • Welcome drink & passed appetizers

Meringue nest, stone fruit chutney, almond tuile

Grilled fig, stracchino mousse, balsamic

Scallop, arugula, yuzu, lemon confit, bene seed, crostini

  • Mannequin Chardonnay

Linguini of crab, roasted cauliflower puree, pancetta, lemon gremolata, beurre noisette

  • Slander Pinot Noir

Quail, pomegranate syrup glaze, espresso jus, fermented strawberry salsa

  • Machete Red Blend

Bone-in short rib, confit wild mushroom, potato cream, dark chocolate demi, chive

  • Papillon Bordeaux Blend

Gorgonzola dolce cheesecake, butter cracker crust, brandied cherry sauce

CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTERS PATIO PARTY AT TWO URBAN LICKS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/22/24

Featuring a Raw Bar, Seafood Specials from the Grill, Champagne & Sparkling Wines 

Saturday, April 27th From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

TWO urban licks is inviting seafood fanatics to a high-energy Champagne and Oysters Patio Party on Saturday, April 27th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located on the BetlLine in the Old Fourth Ward, guests are invited to listen to live music, sip on a selection of champagne and sparkling wines from their acclaimed wine program and include fresh, raw oysters on the half shell, grilled oysters, seafood specials and much more. TWO’s Champagne and Oysters Patio Party is for ages 21 and up and includes two hours of food and champagne. Tickets are $50 per person; tax and gratuity are not included and available for purchase here. Reservations are required. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA, 30306. For more information, www.twourbanlicks.com or call 404-522-4622. Stay connected on Instagram at @TwoUrbanLicks and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwoUrbanLicks

EASTER 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/9/24

Everything you need to know about Easter in Atlanta

Photo: Tim Robinson

ATLANTA RESTAURANTS ARE HOPPING WITH EASTER CELEBRATIONS AND CULINARY DELIGHTS

Join the Festivities with Family and Friends on March 31 as the City’s Top Chefs Offer Special Easter Feasts

Easter Sunday on March 31 is a day of celebration and family gatherings as well as a time when Atlanta’s culinary scene shines brighter than ever. Once again, Atlanta’s top restaurants invite families and friends to indulge in special Easter feasts that promise a blend of traditional favorites and innovative delights. To ensure a spot at one of these restaurants, reservations are strongly recommended and are just a hop, skip and click away. For those looking to elevate Easter baskets, Bitzel’s Chocolate offers an array of items from limited-time chocolate boxes to decadent chocolate bunnies.

Bitzel’s Chocolate: A Sweet Easter Adventure

  • Newly opened Bitzel’s Chocolate turns Easter into a chocolate wonderland this month. From spring long-stem strawberries at $4 each to a selection of hollow chocolate offerings including a massive 10-pound 28-inch winking bunny (pictured below) with prices ranging from $6-$199, there’s a chef-crafted Easter treat for everyone. Other Easter offerings include chocolate-covered mini pretzels, schnapper rods, chocolate-covered Peeps and the limited-edition spring chocolate box at $34.99. Various Easter baskets are also available, ranging from $49-$79. For visitors to the 7,000 square-foot facility in Suwanee, Bitzel’s offers a true “Willy Wonka”-style experience allowing visitors to watch as various treats—from molded chocolates to fresh, continuously churning gelato—move through the production process.

Chido & Padres: A Twist on Easter Brunch

  • Chido & Padres adds a twist to its brunch menu for Easter with tamale muffins, smoked salmon and avocado sopes and tres leches pancakes. For dinner, guests can look forward to a special of whole snapper “huachinango” diabla. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Gypsy Kitchen: An Easter Brunch and Dinner with Spanish Flair

  • Gypsy Kitchen will serve its brunch menu while adding dinner features such as sweet potato chorizo croquettes, olive oil-poached halibut, beetroot and potato gnocchi and duck breast confit. Make reservations online

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern: A Special Easter Treat

  • All locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern—Atlantic Station, Halcyon, Brookhaven, Perimeter and Vinings—are serving brunch and dinner on Easter Sunday. Chefs also have added an all-day Easter special. The Easter ham platter features spiral-cut ham with apple cider glaze, mashed potatoes and broccoli for $18.95.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails: An Elegant Easter Feast

  • Join Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails this Easter Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. (last reservation at 7 p.m.), for a three-course prix fixe extravaganza. Among the course highlights are piquillo pepper crab bisque; smoked salmon deviled eggs; brioche French toast with scrambled farm eggs and a choice of applewood bacon or chicken apple sausage; shrimp and grits; root beer-glazed lamb chops with applewood smoke cheddar cheese rice grits; and spiral cut ham served with smoked cheddar mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts with apple and bacon. Priced at $65 for adults and $32.50 for kids, this elegant dining experience is sure to please every palate. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Ocean & Acre: A Sophisticated Easter Brunch and Dinner

  • Ocean & Acre delivers an upscale coastal vibe while serving its classic menu along with mouthwatering additions for brunch and dinner. Brunch additions include crème brûlée French toast and lobster omelet. Dinner brings delights such as braised rabbit cavatelli and poached halibut with smoked trout roe. Reservations can be made online.

Ray’s Restaurants: A Buffet to Remember and Dinner Downtown

  • Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s on the River open their doors from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for an unforgettable buffet priced at $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Buffet highlights include slow-roasted prime rib, Faroe Island salmon, holiday Nueske’s ham, signature mini crab cakes, Southern-style baked mac and cheese, almondine haricot verts, glazed Brussels and cauliflower, seasonal cobbler and a chef’s selection of bread pudding. Meanwhile, Ray’s in the City offers its regular dinner menu all day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., ensuring a familiar yet festive experience.

The Big Ketch: A Seafood Easter Delight

  • Easter diners looking for a beach getaway in the heart of Buckhead will delight in The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill’s Easter brunch. Offerings include crab and lobster deviled eggs, smoked salmon toast, crab cake Benedict, honey-glazed ham, and a sumptuous chocolate cake for dessert. Make reservations online.

The Southern Gentleman: A Refined Three-Course Easter Experience

  • The Southern Gentleman joins the Easter celebration with a three-course prix fixe menu featuring a variety of dishes including deviled eggs, butternut squash soup, shrimp and lobster grits, pan-seared salmon and delectable desserts like red velvet cheesecake. Reservations can be made online.

The Woodall: Easter Brunch Offers a Festive Feast

  • The Woodall invites guests to celebrate Easter with a delightful brunch on Sunday, March 31. The special menu includes delectable options such as the traditional hot cross bun, available individually for $6 or in a basket of four for $20. Other highlights include confit lamb accompanied by smoked labneh, black cherry purée, charred onions and a fresh fava bean salad for $23. For a classic taste, the smoked ham dish, priced at $20, is served with honey bordelaise, charred carrots, smoked carrot purée and white asparagus. Diners can elevate their brunch experience with unique cocktails like A Tisket a Tasket…a Pisco Basket blending pisco, blueberry, vanilla and egg white, garnished with a marshmallow Peep for $12, and the Bloom-mosa featuring St-Germain elderflower, grapefruit juice and bubbles for $14. Reservations can be made online.

Your 3rd Spot: Extended Easter Weekend Hours

  • Your 3rd Spot welcomes locals and visitors for an extended Easter weekend celebration. Guests can spend extra memorable time with friends and family with extended hours on Good Friday (2 p.m. – 1 a.m.) and Easter Sunday (1-11 p.m.). Your 3rd Spot offers endless entertainment with more than 80 games such as indoor curling, retro games, bowling, darts and more along with a chef-driven, globally inspired menu of shareable small plates and creative craft cocktails. Book an experience online.

Sun., March 31, 11am-3pm – Easter Brunch Buffet at Serena Pastificio

On Easter, Serena Pastificio – the coastal, Northern Italian destination in Midtown’s Colony Square – will offer a special Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday, March 31 from 11am-3pm. The buffet menu ($60 for adults; $25 for children 12 & under) will be available alongside a mimosa special ($40) featuring a bottle of prosecco accompanied by orange, blood orange and grapefruit juices. Reservations can be made here

Highlights from the menu include: 

  • BENEDETTE AL PROSCIUTTO with poached egg, crispy prosciutto, grilled tomato, lemon-basil Hollandaise & English muffin
  • BISCOTTI E SUGO with black pepper biscuits & Italian sausage gravy
  • FONDUTELLI AL TARTUFO with fontina and taleggio filling, braised leek, black truffle cream & parmesan
  • TIRAMISU with Mascarpone, lady finger, brandy, marsala & cocoa powder

Sun., March 31 – Delbar Alpharetta’s Easter Brunch Buffet

Delbar Alpharetta will host a special Easter Sunday buffet for brunch on Sunday, March 31 from 11am-2:30pm. The restaurant will serve items from their brunch menu including the Turkish Breakfast Station with labneh, halvah, feta cheese, radish, jam, honeycomb, dates, fruit, butter, hard boiled egg, soft boiled egg, sarshir, Nutella, fresh herbs, olives, raw vegetable and walnuts. The buffet is $80 per person, and reservations are available here.

Sun., March 31, 11:30am-2:30pm – Easter at Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta and The Americano with Live Music & Festivities

Enjoy a grand Easter celebration at Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta and its signature restaurant, The Americano, with family-friendly, easter-themed festivities including a special easter brunch, cookie decorating, face painting and two egg hunts for kids of all ages. Activities are available to Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel guests and locals who book a brunch table at The Americano. Please see here for brunch photos by Ken Goodman. Please see here for hotel images. 

  • Easter Brunch: Guests are invited to a special Easter brunch celebration at Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta’s signature restaurant, The Americano. Helmed by celebrity chef Scott Conant, the restaurant will serve a special Easter menu, featuring house-made brunch favorites including Steak & Eggs, Wagyu Beef Cheek Hash, Pasta al Pomodoro, tableside handcrafted cocktails and much more. Plenty to enjoy for both kids and adults, the restaurant will have live music and festive kid-friendly activities in the garden to continue the celebration.
  • Easter Activities in the Garden: Guests can participate in other fun easter festivities before or after brunch including two dedicated ‘Easter Egg Hunts’ with the Easter Bunny taking place at noon and 1:30pm. There will also be cookie decorating and face painting with an easter theme. 

Hotel reservations can be made online here. Brunch reservations can be made by visiting OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at (404)-946-9070. *easter activities included with both 

Beginning Thurs., March 20 – Easter Cocktail at Le Bon NoshLe Bon Nosh will begin serving a new cocktail, En Saison, on March 20 in honor of Easter and springtime. Featuring a purple hue and garnished with mint and a lemon twist, the drink is made with Empress Indigo Gin, yellow Chartreuse, L’Epicerie de Provence Violet Syrup, lemon juice & muddles kumquats & mint.

Now Available for Pre-order – Le Bon Nosh’s Easter Carrot CakeLe Bon Nosh is now accepting pre-orders for their 10-inch Carrot Cake for Easter celebrations. The single-layer cake is topped with cream cheese frosting and slivered almonds, and feeds 8-12 people. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance of the desired pickup date on Saturday, March 30 or Sunday, March 31. Orders can be placed here.

Now Available – French Broad Chocolates’ “Every Bunny” Gift Sets & Spring Eggs

French Broad Chocolate is now selling eggstravagant spring gifts! The Deluxe Every Bunny Gift Set includes an assortment of 12 limited-edition eggs and 12 peanut butter bonbons, and the Every Bunny Gift Set includes six eggs and 12 peanut butter bonbons. The Spring Eggs Collection features filled chocolate eggs that pay homage to classic Easter candy. These six or 12-piece collections are made with French Broad Chocolate’s bean-to-bar chocolate and hand-painted with naturally-colored cocoa butter to evoke the traditional confections tucked into baskets this time of year. Each egg is about double the size of a traditional bonbon! Orders can be placed HERE for shipment the week of March 11, 18 or 25.

Signia by Hilton Atlanta

The Easter Bunny will be at Signia by Hilton Atlanta for photos on Sunday, March 31.

Plus Easter specials:

·       Capolinea is a fine-dining, signature restaurant that serves traditional Italian and handmade pastas, prime-cut steaks, and tableside martini service. Capolinea’s Easter special will be a $75 three-course pre-fix menu and $100 with sparkling wine pairings served with each course.

·       Homespun will be an opportunity for guests to experience a Southern breakfast with Atlanta flair, combining local ingredients and a whimsical atmosphere. The special will start at $46 as a base price for the buffet, which includes a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.

  McDaniel’s QN2 are bringing back their popular smoked and glazed hams. All orders need to be place by Monday, March 25.

Spiral Hams Smoked & Glazed with Honey & Brown Sugar

  • $10.99 per pound
  • Place your order by Monday, March 25 for pickup on Saturday, March 30

Sliced Turkey

  • $27.55 per lb.

Plus, family sized selections of all of their classic sides and desserts as well including Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Banana Pudding, Apple Cobbler and more for an Easter meal everyone will enjoy. Orders can be placed by calling 404.252.3220.

Easter Sunday is in Full Bloom at Amore e Amore 

Spring is in full bloom, and Amore e Amore welcomes all to their newest pop-up experience: Butterflies & Botanicals. Just in time for this Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, the dining room has been transformed into an immersive secret garden complete with blooming flowers, winding vines, colorful lanterns and fluttering butterflies. Opening early at 11:45 a.m., the charming Italian restaurant will have a special prix-fixe menu for Easter lunch and dinner featuring farm-to-table arugula with poached salmon, rigatoni lamb osso bucco, apricot brandy glazed scallops with polenta and more. For families on the hunt for Easter plans, look no further! Amore e Amore’s kids’ menu boasts a delightful selection for little ones, including house-made pizza bites, meatballs, and children-sized portions of signature favorites like the cheese ravioli, fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, all priced at $20. As an extra treat, candy-stuffed Easter eggs hidden amidst the enchanting garden await discovery by all. Amore e Amore’s Easter prix fixe menus are $65 per person for lunch and $85 for dinner, excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity. The full à la carte dinner menu will also be available featuring seasonal and signature favorites. Easter reservations require a $25 deposit. The last seating for the evening will be at 7:45 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.amoreeamore.com or call 404-600-2176. Amore e Amore is conveniently located at 467 N Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @eatamoreatl.

Hoppy Hour: Eats, Treats and an Egg Hunt at Vesper

Spend quality time with friends and family on Easter weekend at Vesper. Opening its doors early at 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31st, guests are invited to indulge in a day of spring holiday cheer. Don’t miss Hoppy Hour between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a complimentary beverage to kick off the Easter fun. Eggs will be hidden throughout the bar for an adult Easter egg hunt, where guests can exchange their finds for boozy treats from the Easter Bunny himself. Decked out in Easter-themed decor, the bar is handing out free bunny ears to those who arrive early. Of course, no Easter celebration would be complete without themed cocktails. Vesper’s talented team has whipped up a selection of special offerings, including the “Peeptini”— a marshmallow candy twist on a classic cocktail that’s as delightful as it is delicious. Whether gathering with friends or seeking a unique way to celebrate Easter, Vesper invites everyone to join us for an unforgettable day filled with laughter, libations, and Easter cheer. Vesper is located on the Atlanta BeltLine at 924 Garrett St. Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30316. For more information, visit www.vesperatl.com or call 404.963.6902. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @vesperatl. 

An Eggciting Easter Bunny Brunch at TWO urban licks

Hop over “TWO” the BeltLine for brunch or dinner on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024. From 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., TWO urban licks will have egg-stra special Easter offerings created by Executive Chef Chad Clevenger for guests to nosh on in addition to brunch classics including Salmon Chips, Biscuits and Gravy, or, for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, the Fat Elvis French Toast, banana stuffed, tempura fried, and topped with bacon maple syrup. In addition to brunch, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., diners can kick off the evening with TWO’s Nashville Hot Fried Oysters, Broiled Crab Cakes or Brisket Empanadas. Whether in for brunch or dinner, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance to take photos and hand out candy to all. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations call 404.522.4622 or visit twourbanlicks.com. Stay connected on Instagram at @TwoUrbanLicks and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwoUrbanLicks

Spend Easter Brunch and Dinner at Bully Boy

Celebrate Easter on Sunday, March 31st at Bully Boy during a special brunch from featuring its signature Japanese-inspired cuisine. Located just off the BeltLine next to its sister restaurant, TWO urban licks, this local gem boasts dishes ideal for sharing in a garden-like atmosphere. During both lunch and dinner, guests are invited to explore artfully presented starters, entrees, sushi, vegan options, and more. To complement the experience, guests are invited to snap pictures with Easter Bunny. Bully Boy’s full list of wine, sake, beer, and seasonal and signature cocktails will be available. A Concentrics Restaurants concept, Bully Boy is located at 828 W10 Ralph McGill Blvd, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. For more information or to make a reservation for Easter brunch between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or dinner beginning at 5 p.m., visit www.bullyboyATL.com or call 678-904-5607. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @bullyboyatl, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BullyboyATL.

Start Easter Sunny Side Up with Brunch at Dantanna’s

Dantanna’s is cooking up an Easter brunch on Sunday, March 31st that every-bunny will enjoy. A favorite Buckhead destination to grab a great meal, cocktail and to catch a game, diners can explore their bottomless brunch menu or order items a la carte including shrimp and grits; traditional or red velvet waffles; breakfast tacos; biscuits and gravy; and their signature chorizo skillet featuring two sunny side up eggs, smoked gouda, and pico de gallo. Guests can also relax in the bar, dining and patio and catch the excitement of the NCAA Tournament and Braves season opener series in the bar, dining room or outside on the dog-friendly patio. In addition to brunch, diners can explore the full dinner menu of steaks, salads, pasta, sandwiches and more. As an added treat, every meal purchase includes a complimentary dessert. Dantanna’s full menu and extensive wine, cocktail, and beer offerings will also be available. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Dr. Suite 304, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.dantannas.com or call 404-760-8873. Stay connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/dantannas and on Twitter and Instagram @dantannas.

Have a Hoppy Easter at Boone’s Brunch and Dinner 

Make Easter brunch and dinner a hoppy one on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at Boone’s in Buckhead. Overlooking scenic Bobby Jones Golf Course and Tanyard Creek, this local dining and drinking destination boasting new American and a relaxed clubhouse vibe invites guests to indulge in a timeless Easter brunch and lunch menu featuring favorites including Gulf shrimp and grits; fried chicken and hot cakes; Boone’s Monte Cristo, the Maple Leaf Farms duck burger, pimento cheese fritters and more. For dinner, sip on new spring cocktails, local craft beers and curated selections from their award-winning wine menu while exploring their chef-driven menu defined by local availability and health-focused, sustainable ingredients. Reservations on Easter Sunday at Boone’s are encouraged. Boone’s is open to the public and located at Bobby Jones Golf Course at 2205 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information, please call 770.835.4267 or visit boonesatl.com. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook @boonesatl

Easter Bunny Brunch at ENZO Steakhouse & Bar

On Easter Sunday, March 31st, ENZO Steakhouse & Bar is rolling out its new brunch menu created by Executive and Owner Chef Andrea Montobbio. From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., guests are invited to snap pictures with the Easter Bunny while dining al fresco on the expansive patio or in the art-filled dining room while enjoying traditional favorites and new offerings including a decadent lobster benedict covered in a rich hollandaise sauce; an over-the-top croque madame; and mouthwatering pasta carbonara. Beginning at 5 p.m., the dinner menu takes center stage featuring bold flavors, handmade pasta and sauces, choice cuts of steaks, chops and fresh seafood, and plant-based dishes. Complimenting every dining experience is ENZO’s curated wine menu, signature and seasonal cocktails, zero-proof options, and craft beer selection. ENZO Steakhouse & Bar is located in the Town at Trilith at 300 Trilith Pkwy, Suite 230, Fayetteville, GA 30214. For more information or to make a reservation, visit enzo-itl.com or call (770) 756-9188. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @enzoitl.   

Hop to Sugar Shane’s for Egg-cellent Easter Treats 

Elevate any Easter basket with Sugar Shane’s sweet treats. Known for its decadent cookies, brownies and cakes, the award-winning gourmet dessert brand has whipped up specialty spring-inspired offerings just for the hoppy holiday. Love citrus? Indulge in the Pascha, a zesty cookie with lemon Oreos and cream cheese glaze. Looking for something more traditional? Don’t miss Sugar Shane’s twist on a classic with the Carrot Cottontail, a carrot cake cookie with oatmeal, cinnamon and cream cheese frosting. Because the holiday isn’t complete without Easter eggs, they’re also serving a special Frosted Chip version of their iconic chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla buttercream and chocolate eggs. Available for pickup and delivery at its four Atlanta locations, don’t miss the chance to grab Sugar Shane’s limited-time Easter specials that every bunny is sure to love. Visit Sugar Shane’s in Atlanta in Midtown (398 14th Street Atlanta, GA 30318), Ponce City Market (675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE N 145 Atlanta, GA 30308), Sandy Springs (1110 Hammond Drive Suite 30 Atlanta, GA 30328), and Kennesaw (1635 Old 41 Hwy Ste 107 Kennesaw, GA 30152). For more information or to order online, visit sugarshanes.com. Stay connected on Instagram at @sugar_shanes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sugarshanesatl.

GWINNETT BURGER WEEK, MARCH 18-24

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/24

Diners Can Earn Points to Win Prizes for Visits During Ninth Annual Celebration Featuring Limited-Time, Chef-Created Burgers at 21 of the Destination’s Locally Owned Restaurants

Explore Gwinnett, the official tourism organization of Gwinnett County, today announced the return of its much-anticipated ninth annual Gwinnett Burger Week. Taking place March 18-24, 2024, the weeklong celebration will feature limited-time, exclusive burger creations for just $10 each at restaurants across the county. New this year, the Gwinnett Burger Week Pass will allow diners to check-in at participating restaurants and gather points to redeem for prizes. Each restaurant check-in garners points, which then can be spent on exclusive Burger Week merchandise from Explore Gwinnett, including t-shirts, totes, sticker packs and more. Diners can also vote for their favorite burger by uploading an image of their receipt to the Burger Week website.

“Each year with Gwinnett Burger Week, we look forward to tasting the incredible new recipes our chefs come up with, while finding unique ways to level-up the event, supporting our locally owned eateries and creating new experiences for the community,” said Lisa Anders, executive director of Explore Gwinnett. “This year’s highly anticipated Gwinnett Burger Week – featuring our new mobile pass – is an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to earn prizes and experience delectable chef-crafted burgers from some of the best restaurants in the area, at an affordable price.”

This year, 21 restaurants are participating in Gwinnett Burger Week, each featuring an exclusive off-menu burger. A sampling of this year’s offerings include:

·       “Georgia Summer” at Over The Top Burger Bar, two all-beef smash patties with peach-jalapeño chutney, house-made pimento cheese, candied maple bacon, grilled onions, diced raw onion, pickles and mouthwatering signature sauce.

·       “BBQ Smash Burger” at Tannery Row Ale House, a double smash burger with coleslaw, pickled jalapeños, provolone cheese, barbecue sauce and fried pickles on top.

·       “UJ Philly Style Cheesesteak Smash Burger” at Universal Joint, a 4-ounce beef patty seasoned with a special blend of spices covered with a mix of grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms and topped with American cheese, all served on a toasted brioche bun.

Powered by technology company Bandwango, the new Gwinnett Burger Week Digital Pass is free, requires a quick sign-up, no app to download, and will auto-check diners in when they arrive at a participating restaurant. Participants who track their dining experience at 10 or more restaurants throughout the week will be inducted in the Gwinnett Burger Week Wall of Fame, with their photos displayed on Explore Gwinnett’s website.

Diners can sign up for the Gwinnett Burger Week Pass at Pass.ExploreGwinnett.org. by providing their name, e-mail address and mobile phone number. A link is then sent to their mobile phone, which opens the passport and directs the user to add the passport icon to their home screen, where they can access it any time.

For a full list of participating restaurants and limited-time burger offerings, visit www.ExploreGwinnett.org/Gwinnett-Burger-Week. For more information about Gwinnett Burger Week, visit ExploreGwinnett.org/the-latest/Gwinnett-Burger-Week-Know-Before-You-Go. Stay up-to-date on the latest Explore

VARUNI NAPOLI CELEBRATES NATIONAL PIZZA WEEK WITH PIZZA WEEK-ONLY MENU

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/12/23

Sunday, January 14-Saturday Jan 20

National Pizza Week will be celebrated this year beginning on Sunday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Jan. 20. There’s no better way to honor the occasion than by indulging in Atlanta’s best pizza – Varuni Napoli! This year, Varuni will be offering TWO very special National Pizza Week-exclusive pizzas! Available only at the Midtown location, patrons can enjoy:

The  My Sweet Fire is a red pizza topped with homemade peppadew pepper cream, buffalo mozzarella, hot soppressata, and peppadew peppers. Then, once outside the oven, it’s finished with stracciatella cheese and a drizzle of fresh basil pesto.

The  Melanzanella is a white pizza first topped with fried eggplant, smoked mozzarella, artisanal salame, and roasted grape tomatoes. Once outside the oven, it’s finished with stracciatella cheese, fresh basil, black pepper, and EVOO.

These are two specials Atlantans won’t want to miss, but if they already have their go-to order, the normal menu is also available to order from. 

Did you know Varuni Napoli pizzas are also available for nationwide shipping on Goldbelly? Atlantans (and beyond) can ship their favorite Varuni pizzas to friends + family across the nation to spread the National Pizza Week love!

BROOKHAVEN’S BELOVED HAVEN CELEBRATES 20 DELICIOUS YEARS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/10/23

Staple Restaurant on Atlanta’s Dining Scene Marks Two Decades of Business  

Word of Mouth Restaurants is proud to announce the 20th Anniversary of HAVEN Restaurant. The milestone celebration takes place on Thursday, Nov. 16 starting at 7 p.m. Word of Mouth Restaurants invites the community to join in the festivities and enjoy an evening of signature HAVEN fare, live music by Penelope Road, select signature cocktails, beer and wine, giveaways and more. Benefiting Ashford Park Elementary School, tickets cost $60 per person (tickets include food and drink) and can be purchased online at https://buy.stripe.com/aEU8A21aU4sGglW4gk.   

Established in 2003, HAVEN, was Word of Mouth Restaurants’ Founder Michel Arnette’s first restaurant. The inception of HAVEN brought Dresden Drive its first upscale dining experience, showcasing modern American cuisine with southern flair. Over the years, HAVEN has become a beloved Brookhaven institution, known for its seasonal cuisine, warm ambiance, and unwavering commitment to superior hospitality. Since opening, HAVEN has remained a favorite among locals and visitors alike, earning a reputation as a neighborhood gem for unforgettable dining experiences.  

“I would like to take a moment of reflection and personally thank every family team member who has been an integral part of our 20-year journey of nourishing our community and serving up great food and genuine hospitality. Additionally, I want to celebrate our neighbors in Brookhaven and Atlanta. This 20-year celebration would have never been possible without their support and friendship! As we continue to build on this success, my team and I promise to blaze new trails and offer our guests and friends new and exciting dining destinations,” says Arnette.   

Celebrate 20 years of HAVEN with Word of Mouth Restaurants and purchase tickets for an unforgettable night of food, drinks, music and memories in Brookhaven.   

DANTANNA’S CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH FAN-FUELED OFFERING

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/17/23

Beginning Tuesday, October 17 through Thanksgiving, November 23, 2023, Dantanna’s is celebrating two decades of success with an array of special offerings, givebacks, a raffle, and more. An Atlanta dining institution founded by restauranteur David Clapp, the go-to destination for sports, steak, and cigar enthusiasts is bringing back fan-favorite classics like the Frueben, Salmon BLFGT, Dirty Bird, and Short Rib Loaded Fries along with the Scallop Lobster Risotto where $5 from every purchase goes to The Kyle Pease Foundation, a non-profit whose goal is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through sports. Patrons are invited to raise a glass with limited-time specialty 20th anniversary giveback libations, the Double Decade Dantini and Citrus Slam Paloma. Not only will $1 be donated to The Kyle Pease Foundation for each cocktail sold, but guests will automatically be entered to win an anniversary gift basket. Additionally, the restaurant will reveal surprise offerings on Facebook and Instagram at @dantannas. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox at 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326 and is open for dine-in, takeout and delivery. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.760.8873. 

EL SUPER PAN AT THE BATTERY TO HOST NATIONAL MOFONGO DAY CELEBRATION ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/11/23

Hispanic Heritage Month Event Set To Showcase Creations from Lineup of Esteemed Chefs

Portion of Proceeds To Benefit Ser Familia

El Super Pan, the lively Latin kitchen and bar from Puerto Rican Chef Hector Santiago, will host a National Mofongo Day celebration on Sunday, September 24 at the restaurant’s location at The Battery (455 Legends Pl #862), organized by Taste Network. Celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month, National Mofongo Day honors Puerto Rico’s national dish, which  features ingredients such as pork, garlic, olive oil, broth, and of course, the main ingredient, plantain. The event at El Super Pan will marry the robust flavors of Mofongo with the culinary artistry of an acclaimed lineup of chefs, immersive cocktail experiences and Spanish wines. Participating international talent will include National Mofongo Day Founder Jose Mendin of Pubbelly (Miami), Host Chef Hector Santiago of El Super Pan (Atlanta), Andre Gomez of Jose Sucio (Atlanta), Julio Delgado of Fogón and Lions (Atlanta), Santiago Gomez of Palo Santo (Atlanta), Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea (Miami), Xavier Pacheco of Bacoa & Los Guapos (Puerto Rico), Fernando Desa of Goya Foods (New Jersey), Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog (St. Paul) and Brady Lowe of Taste Network.

Established by celebrity Chef Jose Mendin, National Mofongo Day expands upon the plantain-based recipe by inviting guests to engage with Puerto Rican culture. The tasting event at El Super Pan will do just that by showcasing vibrant creations from a remarkable roster of Latin culinary experts. The evening’s festivities will include exclusive cocktail experiences, expertly crafted to complement the delightful Mofongo dishes including a specially brewed beer from Wrecking Bar Brewpub. The standup tasting experience will emulate the lively streets of San Juan with the Jim Beam® Lechón A La Varita whole roasted pig experience, savory and sweet libations from Bacardi Reserva Ocho, prestigious Spanish wines hailing from Ribera del Duero and Rueda and more.

The event will take place at El Super Pan (The Battery) on Sunday, September 24 from 5-9pm. Tickets are now available for $85 per person. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Ser Familia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Latin families through educational initiatives, community engagement and family services. For more information, please visit www.tastenetwork.com/mofongo

BASQUE IN THE SUN SUNDAYS ARE BACK AT GYPSY KITCHEN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/4/23

Guests Are Invited to Unwind on the Buckhead Rooftop Oasis,

Savor Pan-Mediterranean Cuisine and Soak in the Sounds of Live Music

Every Sunday 4:30 pm

       

Get ready to Basque in the Sun” again at Gypsy Kitchen. Guests will feel as if they have been transported to a land far, far away, thanks to the restaurant’s Moorish design and delectable food with blended flavors from the cultures of Spain, Morocco, Greece, and more. Gypsy Kitchen is also named one of Atlanta’s best rooftop restaurants thanks to its enviable views of Buckhead.

“Basque in the Sun Sundays” take place every Sunday on Gypsy Kitchen’s rooftop, with live music starting at 4:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a curated menu that features three varieties of flatbread (lamb sujuk, jamon serrano, and roasted mushroom) and libations such as the hibiscus gin spritz, watermelon basil, and 50 Shades of Purple that serves four guests and mixes flower-infused gin, passion fruit, lemon, and cava.

PONCE CITY MARKET ANNOUNCES ‘PUNK FOODIE @ PONCE’ TO OPEN FALL 2023 IN THE CENTRAL FOOD HALL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/24/23

Culinary Pop-Up Accelerator will Host Chef Residences, a Monthly Rotation of Chefs Serving Weekend Brunch, & Themed Collaboration Dinners on Mondays 

 Ponce City Market announces Punk Foodie, an Atlanta pop-up restaurant curator and storytelling platform that amplifies and cultivates the city’s thriving underground and independent food scene, will open a food stall in the Central Food Hall this fall. Named Punk Foodie @ Ponce, the concept will be a restaurant and chef accelerator, with a rotating, curated roster of pop-up chefs that represent the often unheralded diversity and talent driving Atlanta’s future restaurant landscape.

With a mission to champion budding local chefs, grant their culinary creations broader exposure, and enhance their commercial success while enriching Atlanta’s culinary scene, Punk Foodie @ Ponce will be home to one- to two-month chef residences, a monthly rotation of pop-up chefs serving weekend brunch, and themed chef collaboration dinners on Mondays. Guests will be able to explore a variety of cuisines and dishes not easily found across the city.

“Pop-up chefs are creating pictures of the new South through local and global ingredients served in styrofoam take-out boxes from borrowed kitchens and 10×10 tents with tabletop fryers all over the city,” says Sam Flemming, Founder of Punk Foodie. “Now, with the new food stall at Ponce City Market, we’re helping pop-up chefs accelerate to the next level by allowing them to test concepts, build a brand and establish a track record as a means to open brick-and-mortar restaurants that will drive the evolution of Atlanta’s dining scene.”

Upon opening, Ganji will take up residence in the new food stall and serve Asian-inspired fast fusion – American fare infused with Asian essentials and flavors. Ganji Founders Jess Kim and Jun Park are culinary school graduates of Le Cordon Bleu and Culinary Institute of America, respectively, and have extensive experience in kitchens and management positions at multiple Atlanta restaurant groups including Korean Wives, Seed Hospitality and Castellucci Hospitality Group. Other chefs slated for the first month include Mighty Hans (Taiwanese-American), Krupana (Bosnian-ish) and Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken (American Jerk & BBQ). The chefs for a Fripper’s Hot Dog night will be announced in September.  

Chefs who are interested in being part of the accelerator program are invited to claim a chef profile on the Punk Foodie ‘pop-up finder’ app. Chefs are selected based on app analytics of their activity and Punk Foodie’s deep understanding of the pop-up scene. 

When Punk Foodie Founder Sam Flemming moved to Atlanta, he fell in love with the city’s burgeoning underground dining scene filled with pop-up chefs and food trucks – aspiring restaurateurs serving some of the most interesting, cutting-edge, authentic, and unique food in Atlanta. The whole thing reminded him of a punk rock scene, but for food. This interest led him to launch Punk Foodie in 2021. Today, the Punk Foodie platform consists of @punkfoodie.atl Instagram account, a weekly newsletter, a weekly column in Rough Draft Atlanta, the Road Crew foodie content agency, an events arm that curates chef-driven events like Punk Foodie Fest, and the ‘pop-up finder’ Punk Foodie app. With the launch of Punk Foodie @ Ponce, Punk Foodie now has an integrated and powerful platform that generates content, builds community, provides information, and offers tangible business opportunities to pop-up chefs and the broader independent restaurant scene driving the evolution of the Atlanta dining.

Since opening to the public in 2015, Ponce City Market has become a must-visit place on travelers’ Atlanta bucket lists, a beacon in Atlanta’s skyline and a destination for locals to gather, shop, eat, explore art and cultural happenings, live, and more. Small business owners – both retailers and restaurateurs – have turned their dreams into realities at Ponce City Market, with many starting as pop-ups or within Citizen Supply and expanding into their own spaces, like Pizza JeansCake Culture, Modern Mystic Shop, and Elk Head Clothing. One of Atlanta’s few female restaurateurs, Tal Baum, opened her first concept Bellina Alimentari in 2017, and since has opened a second restaurant at Ponce City Market, Atrium, and Aziza and Falafel Nation at Jamestown’s property Westside Provisions District. Her sixth concept, Carmel, opened earlier this summer at Jamestown-owned Buckhead Village.