ADC DINING + DESIGN AT WHITE PROVISION WEST SIDE

Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm

Location: At White Provision with stops at Marcel, Oddbird, and Little Trouble

DINING + DESIGN TO HOST AN EVENING WALKING TOUR OF FOOD, DRINKS & DISCUSSION
ON WED., OCT. 28TH, AT WHITE PROVISION ON THE WESTSIDE,
WITH STOPS AT MARCEL, LITTLE TROUBLE, & ODDBIRD
Founded Last Year by the Atlanta Architecture and Design Center (ADC),
Dining + Design Is an Event Series Dedicated To Exploring & Celebrating the
Impact of Design on Atlanta’s Booming Restaurant Scene

Atlanta foodies and design enthusiasts are invited to Dining + Design at White Provision on Atlanta’s Westside this Wednesday, October 28th. Guests will first hear background on the adaptive reuse property White Provision from its developer, Chris Faussemagne. Next, attendees will stroll to West Egg’s fried chicken-themed pop-up Oddbird for snacks; then to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Ford Fry’s Marcel restaurant, and end at Victory Brands’ new Little Trouble cocktail bar for more bites and a nightcap. Along the way, guests will also hear from Chef Ford Fry, restaurateur and designer Ian Jones, and designers from local architecture, planning, and design firm Square Feet Studio.

There are only 45 tickets available for this event. Please see here to reserve. The $55 ticket price includes the walking tour, bites, and drinks from Oddbird, Little Trouble, and Marcel. The rain-or-shine event will begin at 6pm and end at or around 9pm.
About White Provision
Back when Ponce City Market was still City Hall East, another Jamestown-owned property set a high bar for adaptive reuse in Atlanta and catalyzed a string of urban revitalization on the other side of the connector. The White Provision complex was reimagined in 2008 after more than a century of various uses, including as a meat packing facility. It has since hosted some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, bars, and shops in addition to continuously showcasing design potential in Atlanta.
About Dining + Design
With generous support from MailChimp, Dining + Design Westside is the third in the popular event series from the Atlanta Architecture and Design Center (ADC). The Dining + Design series is intended to be fun and educational, providing a venue for celebrating the Greater Atlanta community’s thriving and nationally significant restaurant scene while also exploring the role of design in creating the environments that support it. Efforts for the Dining + Design event series are headed up by John Bencich, Cofounder and Principal of Square Feet Studio—an Atlanta-based, award-winning architecture, planning and design firm. More information on Dining + Design is available here, and more information on Square Feet Studio is available here.
About the ADC
All proceeds from the event will go to support future programming by the ADC and Dining + Design. Created in 2012, the ADC is dedicated to raising awareness about design in Atlanta and its impact on our lives, and giving people the tools they need to advocate for better design. To learn more, visit their Facebook page.

GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST 2015

Saturday, September 26th at 3pm

Location: Turner Field

It’s the best baseball memory you have: the crack of the bat, the crowd clapping and jumping, a familiar tune playing on the loud speakers. That’s what it feels like when you visit Turner Field: you’re favorite baseball memory, even if there isn’t any baseball being played at all. We’re back at the Great Atlanta Beer Fest like a beer fest with the atmosphere of a baseball game. It’s always a good time, despite the sprinkles in the air. Let’s jump into this year’s festival…

My favorite part of the fall is the influx of pumpkin and pumpkin beers, unfortunately there weren’t many to choose from at the beer fest. Most people said they brought what their distributors want them to bring regardless of season. Strike one for the distributors as variety is the spice of life, and all IPCP24nS3WEAA8YX7As isn’t something that excites me. I’m a dark beer/porter/sour kind of girl. But for the porters there was the Jekyll Smoked Porter, which is always a good, local porter full of malt and almost chocolatey. There was also and Starr Hill’s Pumpkin Porter, Boxcarr. It’s dark and strong with actual pumpkin added to the mash to make the right amount of pumpkin to porter. It was a little nutmeggy (yep, I like to make up words) on the end but overall pretty good.

One of the highlights beyond the beer, was that Southern Sky Brewing, and up and coming brewery had one of their first beer fest outings and they brought their Worlds Apart Ale. They say it’s a hybrid ale with a mix of Belgium white and an Irish red. That’s pretty spot on with a light beginning and ale end. It’s versatile beer that you can drink all year round. What I’m really looking forward to is the Schwarzchild Porter that Near told me drinks more like a stout. Sign me up!

The weather was rainy, misty and gloomy but the beers and the atmosphere made it all worth the day at Turner Field. Next year, maybe we’ll get a beautiful 70 degree day with all porters, stouts and pumpkin beers. Wouldn’t that be awesome? A girl can dream, can’t she? Now go and enjoy your favorite beer and look forward to the next beer fest! There’s always Boos and Brews on Halloween and several others each weekend until then.

FARM BURGER DECATUR’S OKTOBERFEST BEER DINNER

Tuesday, October 13th at 7:30pm

Location: Farm Burger Decatur

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.farmburger.net/blog/2015/10/2/join-us-for-oktoberfest-our-9th-farm-burger-without-the-burger-supper-a-fb-beer-dinner-w-creature-comforts-brewery

Farm Burger is partnering with Creature Comforts brewery to bring back its “Farm Burger, Without the Burger” supper series. The Oktoberfest beer dinner will be hosted at Farm Burger’s Decatur location at 410 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Chef Stella Dillard is preparing a 4-course Oktoberfest dinner featuring local, pasture-raised meats and the best fall produce, all paired with Creature Comfort brews. Limited tickets are available for $45 and can be purchased by calling 404.378.5077.

MENU

(subject to change)

First Course
Bierwurst on toast with peach-fig chutney
Radishes with homemade sour cream
Obatzda cheese spread with pretzels

Second Course
Leberknodel with sauerkraut
Cabbage rolls stuffed with bacon, vegetables, and mustard

Third Course
Glazed turnips with greens and herbs
Cucumber salad
Red cabbage
Kasespaetzle – spaetzle with Emmenthaler and fried onions
3 German sausages: Braunschweiger, Bratwurst, Knockwurst

Dessert
Decimal Place Farm goat cheese strudel 

OCTOBER’S BIG KAHUNAFEST

October 2015 at Entire Month

Location: Big Kahuna

Big Kahuna located in the heart of Downtown invites Atlantans and visitors alike to celebrate Kahunafest in honor of Oktoberfest throughout the month of October. With offers sure to cause a big splash at this SoCal inspired dining and drinking spot, guests can enjoy $5 drafts of Goose Island Beer Company’s Oktoberfest and Jekyll Brewing’s Oktoberfest on draft along with $4 Jagermeister shots. Hungry patrons can also take advantage of an array of food specials including $2 savory Bratwurst Tacos and Goose Island Beer Cheese Dip and Pretzels. As always, guests can also take advantage of Big Kahuna’s full menu and weekly specials throughout Kahunafest. For more information, visit Big Kahuna online at www.bigkahunaatl.com.

More About Big Kahuna:
Located in the heart of Downtown, Big Kahuna combines the personality of the SoCal surf culture with the hospitality of the South. Featuring all-natural, top-quality burgers, creative salads, Cali-Mex tacos, Baja fajitas and fresh seafood, this favorite dining and drinking spot is located in the SunTrust Plaza Tower at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Ga 30303.

THE VEUVE CLICQUOT EN ROUTE TRUCK HEADS TO STK ATLANTA THIS OCTOBER 2015

Thursday, October 8th at 6pm

Location: STK Atlanta

Join Midtown’s Chicest Steakhouse for a Champagne-Infused Evening
 
Featuring a DJ, Photo Booth, Dining, Imbibing Specials and More

Atlanta, Georgia (September 3, 2015) – Adorned in Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow hue, the Clicquot En Route truck is making its way around the country and will be stopping at STK Atlanta on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy an exciting, champagne-infused evening featuring a DJ, photo booth, calligrapher, games, giveaways, and gourmet bites created by STK’s Executive Chef Mark Alba. Each hour “Veuve on the Clock” specials will be announced, offering guests a chance to partake in a variety of champagne specials. From 6 p.m. to 6:59 p.m., champagne lovers can indulge in Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Non-Vintage Rosé for just $6; from 7 p.m. to 7:59 p.m., the price rises to $7 and so on until the clock strikes 9 p.m. Those party goers that stay for dinner will receive 15% off their check and also have the opportunity to purchase a magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label for $150. Finally, in anticipation of the Clicquot En Route truck’s arrival, STK will be serving a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label or Non-Vintage Rosé paired with STK’s signature truffle fries out of custom Veuve Clicquot mini-mailboxes, available for $19, the entire week leading up to the event. To make a reservation or to learn more, visit www.stkhouse.com.
WHAT:   

The Veuve Clicquot En Route Truck Visits STK Atlanta

WHEN:    

Thursday, October 8, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:  

STK Atlanta
1075 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

CONNECT:  

Website – www.stkhouse.com I http://veuveclicquot.tumblr.com/
Facebook – www.Facebook.com/stkhouse | www.facebook.com/VeuveClicquot.USA
Twitter – @stkatlanta | @veuveclicquot | #clicquotmail
Instagram – @eatstk | #stkatlanta

ABOUT STK:
STK is a unique concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. STK distinguishes itself by focusing on the social experience with a sleek, contemporary design and an in-house DJ who creates an infectious, high-energy vibe. The menu features reimagined classic American cuisine with signature dishes like bite-sized Lil’ BRGs made with Wagyu beef, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and, of course, the highest quality steak. STK defines the modern fine dining experience with incredible food, world-class service and the perfect atmosphere. STK has locations in New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, and Milan with additional locations coming soon to Chicago and Orlando. For more information about STK, please visit www.stkhouse.com.

STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/STKAtlanta and Instagram at www.instagram.com/eatstk #stkatlanta.

ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT: 
Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit Veuve Clicquot on Tumblr www.veuveclicquot.tumblr.com or www.veuve-clicquot.com.

THE CORK PULLERS BEER, WINE, AND SPIRITS FESTIVAL 2015

Saturday, August 29th at 3pm

Location: Candler Park

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: http://www.corkpullerstour.com/

By Liz and John Attaway

With billowing clouds and small spurts of sunshine, there was the distinct smell of fresh cut grass in the air surrounding the lush Candler Park. Atlanta’s first annual Cork Puller’s Beer, Wine, and Spirits Fest got underway with a trifecta, holy trinity of drink choices: beer, wine and liquor. The crowd wIMG_7719as decent but we never felt like we waited too long for a drink and plenty of space to sit and watch the bands. Here are the highlights of this year’s Cork Pullers.

What would an almost fall festival be without the emergence of the year’s porters, Oktoberfests, and pumpkin ales? The best beer I hadn’t tried at the festival was the Misdemeanor Porter by Jailhouse. It was smooth and malty but not too heavy for a good drinking beer any time of year. Someday, we’ll make it to Hampton to visit them. I’ll come right out and say it, I’m not a huge Sierra Nevada fan. Too. Many. Hops. To my surprise Sierra Nevada has come out with an OctoberFest that is slightly heavier and not too hoppy. I enjoyed this one! Terrapin had just tapped their PumpkinFest the night before so there was plenty to go around at Cork Pullers. Finally, always a delight are some of my favorite Atlanta beers from Monday Night with their Drafty Kilt, and Orpheus’ Atalanta Plum Saison. Too bad the tents weren’t next to each other and I just would have thrown down a chair and hung there.IMG_7717

The other big player was the wine. There were two good whites that I really enjoyed: The D’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc and Columbian Crest Unoaked Chardonnay out of Washington State. The Sav Blanc was a smoother, crisper wine without the traditional over the top grapefruit nose. I enjoyed that. The chardonnay was very smooth with a hint of butter at the end. It was good for a hot summer day. There was also liquor, but I’m not a big liquor person so I stuck to beer and wine. Even though I’m not big on it, the festival goers sure would as the lines for both Jack Daniels and American Born Moonshine were pretty much the longest lines at the festival. They must have had something good.

I have to take a moment here to throw kudos out to Cork Pullers for having the BEST water station we’ve ever seen at a beer festival. Everyone was impressed! Everyone needs to hydrate in the heat, so this was genius. GENIUS, I say! So that’ll about do it for this fun new festival. Until next year…

BURN SOCIAL CLUB

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: http://burnsocialclub.com/

By Liz and John Attaway

It hits you when you walk in the private doors, Burn Social Club is one part Frank Sinatra, one part cocktail bar, and one part dinner destination. At Burn, cocktails are hand crafted, food is upscale, and the entertainment was lively and enjoyable. Burn’s décor starts with a dance floor front and center with high top  tables surrounding it so you can dance and be social. They’ve incorporated a lounge area with lower tables and couches for staying a while. The lighting is unique with a faux flame mixed with smooth candlelight and chandeliers.

When it comes to the food there is a wide variety of things to test: sushi, flat breads, main entrees that include lobster and beef tendeIMG_7644rloin, and don’t forget the dessert that includes a huge piece of chocolate cake. I tried the Super Crunch roll that was stuffed with crispy tempura wrapped in seaweed and rice covered with smoked salmon and sesame-garlic sauce. The crunchies were savory with a smooth fried taste. The salmon was delicious! It was grilled with a slight smoke and very tender. The size of the roll was just enough to eat one all by yourself, just how I like it. Finally, it paired very well with the Burning Mule chocked full of ginger beer. John skipped right to dessert and tried the Big Fat Chocolate Cake. I was decadent and divine with light and fluffy, mild chocolate cake, while the icing was a little richer than the cake. The chocolate drizzle was rich, dark chocolate that set off all the other flavors. Please do yourself a favor and get this!

Handcrafted cocktails are the cornerstone of the drink menu at Burn. They have all types of bourbons, vodka drinks, and high-end cocktails with tons of flavor. I got the Burning Mule, which is Burn’s spin on the typical mule. Mixing ginger-honey, fresh lime, vodka, organic ginger beer and a candied ginger garnish, it was the riIMG_7649ght amount of ginger up front and smooths out with the honey on the end. I’m not a huge ginger eater, so this wasn’t overpowering and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves their mules. It’s an interesting take! I also tried the Mary Pickford. It’s like a beautiful day at the beach with the sun shining and the sea rolling up to just get the ends of your toes. It’s one of those drinks that you could have a few of while reading your favorite book and gazing at the ocean with pineapple and cherry flavors. Take a minute to transport to the beach!

With the food, drink, and entertainment all in sync, Burn Social Club will be a place you could stay all night. Grab a drink, have dinner, dance the night away! Burn Social Club is located at Andrews Entertainment District. 56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, Ga 30305. Entrance is through Czar Ice Bar. See you there!

ATLANTA WINE PARTY – SUMMER EDITION

Saturday, July 25th at 6pm

Location: Opera

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ATLANTA WINE PARTY: http://atlantawineparty.com/

By Liz and John Attaway

 

The steam rises from the freshly dampened pavement and the air was stagnant like a thick layer of mist billowing into the early evening sky. Late July in Atlanta can be volatile to the elements, hot, sticky, smoldering, stifling, yet oddly alluring, oh who am I kidding; it’s time to head back inside until fall braces us with its cooling presence. It’s also a good time for a crisp, cold white wine with several hundred of our closest friends. Enter, Atlanta Wine Party Summer Edition. It made for a fabulous event, full of short skirts, short lines, fine wines and evening in the air conditioning far away from the hot July Georgia heat.

The majesty of Opera’s beautiful décor, elaborate wood work, and cascading chandeliers always takes your breath away. Being a renovated opera house would do that to a place. With this beautiful background, the wines just seemed more regal. I was very impressed with the wide variety of everything from whites, reds, blends, Roses, and champagne.

wine festThere were several very good white wines. My favorite was the Santa Christina Pinot Grigio from Italy. It had the DOCG logo, which is Italy’s highest classification of Italian wines. It was sweeter at first with banana and tropical fruit but very smooth and ended with a slight apple crisp. It was so smooth I went back a few times for more. I would have bought a bottle if they were offering! I also enjoyed a Gavi varietal from Riva Leone Italy. It had a high quality DOCG seal and was crisp with a tart aftertaste of mainly acid and green apple.  Also, there was the Benvolio Pinot Grigio from Italy that boasted of wild flowers and apple, it was a little more fruit forward with a smoother tarter end, a little fruitier than a like but the tart aftertaste saved the day. I’m not huge on New Zealand or Australian white wines. That being said, I guess I just hadn’t tried the better ones. I found one I really liked called d’Arenberg “Stump Jump” that was a Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc mix that was slightly sweet up front with floral and grapefruit, but not enough to be too harsh, then into a lime/apple crisp at the end. They were all worth a try if you’re into whites.

I even found a red wine that I would take home and drink regularly. I couldn’t believe it! It was a French Grenache, Syrah, Carignan blend varietal by Gerard Bertrand called “Tautavei.” The wine nose was a mix of raspberry and cranberry and that’s how the flavor started off then it went slightly dry and ended with a slight tart. There was no oak or smoke, which I don’t like. It was smooth and light enough for the hot summer months. Just look for the red circle and cross bottle if you’d like to try this one!

No sooner did we get there, that it felt like the event was over. We made our way back out into the steamy night with a slight smile on our faces. We had new favorite wines, new friends, and new memories that would keep this night in our minds for the rest of the summer. Cheers.

WILD HEAVEN’S EMERGENCY CHICKEN PICKIN

Saturday, June 27th at 7pm

Location: Wild Heaven Brewery

IMG_7586  By Liz and John Attaway

  The forecast called for rain with little chance of a dry hour that night in June. The patio was lit with party lights, while the tent was up protecting the precious chicken cargo from the impending doom. It was a brave effort but unnecessary as the clouds spaced out in the late afternoon sky. As the sun set in the west, the clouds had a pink, blue, and purple glow that was glorious and beautiful, showing the world that even a rainy day has a silver lining. What was so beautiful about this sunset was sitting a-top their entrance is the Wild Heaven logo where the pink, blue and purple cloud background shown through the big windows and behind the logo, it was a beautiful site for the Emergency Chicken Pickin event.

Wild Heaven’s Emergency Chicken Pickin was about two things: chicken and beer. This chicken was something to write home about; it was that good! With Pine Street Market grilling succulent Springer Mountain Chicken that was marinated in Wild Heaven’s Emergency beer, what wasn’t to like? It was cooked with the skin on and bone in to give you the moisture needed to make it tender and juicy. I had a snack before I went but I ate a whole piece ½ of white mIMG_7587eat and John got another piece too. More, please.

Beyond the chicken was the beer, John’s favorite is the Let There Be Light, an American Pale ale, that is one of the more hoppy options at the brewery. What I really like about Wild Heaven that they don’t over hop their beer. My favorite was the Eschaton, which is a malty, Belgian-Style Quadruple. It’s dark, malty, beautifully balanced and would be so good with chocolate. Of the new offerings, we really enjoyed Emergency, as well as the Pearly Gates No 19. Emergency is a Pil-style Session Ale. It’s one of those summer beers you can get a six pack of and sip on at the pool. It’s light, bright, and an easy drinker but not so light you feel like your drinking a light beer. The Pearly Gates No 19 was a special beer only for this event and it had a little more bit   e and bolder flavor and a slight nutty aftertaste.

With the good turn-out, the glorious sun set, and chicken and beer pairing, the event seemed to be a hit. We were IMG_7582impressed with the quality of the chicken and the beer offerings of the night. If you’d like more information on Wild Heaven, their beers, and their tours/tastings check out their site at http://wildheavencraftbeers.com/

See you next time, Nick!