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FALL FESTIVAL OF BREWS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

Fall Festival of Brews

Saturday, October 23 

1-5 pm

Butcher & Brew – the American gastro sports bar – is excited to announce the first annual Fall Festival of Brews will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 1-5pm at Halcyon (6690 Town Square, Alpharetta, GA). The outdoor event will celebrate the best of craft beer with tastings from over 20 craft beer companies and feature food, live music, games, giveaways and more. 

 

Beers can be paired with Butcher & Brew burgers grilled fresh and available for purchase, plus ticket holders will receive 10 percent off any standard menu item at both Butcher & Brew locations all weekend. New Sensation, the INXS tribute band, and ELEVATION, the international U2 tribute show, will be playing live music throughout the day, the Atlanta Photo Camper will be onsite to capture fun keepsakes and various beer games with prizes will be set up around the venue. Festival-goers will also be able to enter raffles and giveaways from local vendors. 

 

Early bird tickets are selling out fast and can be purchased for $34 here through October 17. Following, tickets will be $44 through October 22, and $50 the day of the festival. VIP tickets ($125) are also available for purchase and include early entry to the festival, private tasting and dining areas, exclusive beer tastings, a festival gift bag and more. A portion of ticket sales from Fall Festival of Brews will be donated to Bottle Share, a Kennesaw-based nonprofit organization that supports the craft beverage community in times of adversity and hardship. 

CHIRINGA’S 3RD-ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

Chiringa’s 3rd-Anniversary Weekend

Thursday, October 14th – Surf N Turf Fall Concert Series with Suburban Angst from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
CHIRINGA and Home Town Mortgage have joined forces to bring to a tidal wave of melodies to downtown Alpharetta with a special 3-Year Anniversary Surf N Turf Concert Series. On Thursday, October 14th, revelers can admire the charming Town Green Fountain and brand new, luscious astroturf while jamming out to Suburban Angst, an “altimate” rock tribute band that electrifies everyones favorite alternative tunes, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 16th – College Football on the Big Screen:
Big games need big screens! On Saturday, October 16th, CHIRINGA and Home Town Mortgage are continuing the 3-year weekend celebration with college football on a giant mobile LED wall that makes fans feel like they’re right on the field. Free to attend and for all ages, football fanatics are invited to tailgate on the green while watching the Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers game at 12:00 p.m., Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs game at 3:30 p.m. and Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs game at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 17th – Live Music with Josh Jeffords from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ending the 3-year weekend celebration with melodies flowing through CHIRINGA’s breezy patio, Josh Jeffords will start strumming beach happy tunes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 17th.

THE ATLANTA FAIR 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

The Atlanta Fair returns Oct. 8- Nov. 7, 2021

Fan-favorite fair is back with family-friendly fall fun!

Welcome back to the fair! The Atlanta Fair will roll into town once again from Oct. 8 – Nov. 7, 2021. Fairgoers will be able to take in all of the excitement of the Midway: from classic carnival games and mouth-watering fair food to rip-roaring thrill rides and gentler attractions for the youngest members of the family.

This year’s fair will feature returning favorites such as the Alien Abduction, Crazy Dance and Nemesis 360, whose inverted spins and lofty heights have been bringing out the daredevil in its patrons since 2018, as well as new attractions the whole family is sure to love such as the Zero Gravity and Drop Tower. No day at the Midway is complete without traditional fare such as cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn, corn dogs and funnel cakes!  The Atlanta Fair team is excited to bring families a much-needed dose of fall fun!

WHAT:            The Atlanta Fair 2021

WHEN:            Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

                        Monday – Friday: 5-11 p.m.

                        Saturday – Sunday: 1-11 p.m.

WHERE:         Turner Field – Grey Lot

                        655 Central Ave SW

                        Atlanta, GA 30315

HOW:              Tickets are available online or at the gate beginning on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. For online admission, visit atlantafair.net.

Fair Entrance Fees:

Always: $2 for guests under 42”

Monday – Friday: $5 for guests 42” and taller

Saturday – Sunday Matinee (1-5 p.m.): $5 for guests 42” and taller

Saturday Evening (5-11 p.m.): $8 for guests 42” and taller

Midway Ride Tickets are as follows:

Individual tickets: $1.25 each

Unlimited Ride Armbands: $25 each

*Unlimited Ride Armbands are only valid on the day they are purchased.

Parental Escort Policy in Effect

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on Friday and Saturday evenings. One adult may escort up to four youth. All guests must be able to present a valid Georgia or government issued photo ID.

 

Health & Wellness

In response to COVID-19, The Atlanta Fair team is taking extra precautions for the safety of all patrons, including regularly sanitizing all rides and attractions at the outdoor venue. Guests are asked to wear a mask while in attendance and practice social distancing when possible.

For more information, including weather updates, events and discounts visit the Atlanta Fair online at atlantafair.net and on facebook.com/ATLFAIR

GRANDIOSE GRAPE WINE FESTIVAL 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/14/21

Saturday, November 13 at 2 pm

The Mill Kitchen and Bar

The Mill Kitchen and Bar hosts The Grandiose Grape Wine Festival in Roswell Saturday, November 13th, 2021, 2pm-5pm: Early VIP Entry at 1pm. The Grandiose Grape Wine Festival is a curated collection of the finest wines to taste & explore with live entertainment and chef curated food.
Tickets include entry and entertainment, souvenir glass, chef curated food & wine samples 90+ vendors.
$90 VIP Advance Admission at 1PM | SOLD OUT
$100 VIP Advance Admission at 1PM
$50 Advance General Admission at 2PM
$60 General Admission at 2PM
Tickets: HERE.
VIP Guest will receive early admission into the festival at 1PM with a Reserve Wine Tasting with over 25+ Vendors & VIP Food, entertainment, souvenir cup, & VIP Gift Bag with gift cards. General Admission entry starts at 2PM with over 90+ Wines, Food, souvenir cup, and entertainment.
Note: 21 and up event, no children. Rain or shine event, no refunds. No outside food or beverage. Do not drink and drive, take Uber/Lyft or walk. Alcohol will cut off at 4:45pm. We reserve the right to cut off anyone at any time.

FOX THEATRE GHOST TOURS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/11/21

October Ghost Tours offer a Spooktacular time at historic Fox Theatre.

 

Hour-long, guided Ghost Tours will include haunting historical accounts of Atlanta’s

favorite theatre.

 

Tickets are on sale now at foxtheatre.org!

 

The Fox Theatre will transform into a cauldron of spookiness as it opens its doors to the top-rated Ghost Tours this Halloween season. Brave guests will walk through the historic theatre to learn about the Fox’s 90 years of ghostly sightings and unexplained events.

Tickets are on sale now at foxtheatre.org. General Admission tickets are $40, plus applicable fees, and are available for purchase at FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499. VIP tickets are available for $80, plus applicable fees, and include a $20 beverage credit to redeem in the luxurious Marquee Club presented by Lexus post-tour. The Ghost Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 10; children under six are not permitted. To inquire about booking a private tour or a group of 20 or more, please contact (404) 881-2000 or email sales@foxtheatre.org.

Full Ghost Tour Schedule:

Thursday, October 21   6:00pm – 9:45pm

Friday, October 22        6:00pm – 9:45pm

Saturday, October 23    6:00pm – 9:45pm

Monday, October 25     6:00pm – 9:45pm

Tuesday, October 26     6:00pm – 9:45pm

Tours start every 15 minutes and last approximately 60 minutes long. The rooftop terrace of the Fox Theatre Marquee Club will be open for a post-tour libation. To prevent COVID-19, all guests and staff are required to masks during the entire duration of the tour. For the most up-to-date information regarding the Fox Theatre’s COVID-19 protocols and Health and Safety features including contactless ticketing, security and payments visit foxtheatre.org/healthandsafety.

Spooks and scares will be around every shadowy corner as guides recount supernatural tales collected from theatre staff and contractors over the years. Other spooky stops include the Hospital Room, Power Room and, sub-basement areas, including the stage freight elevator.

Over the years, many of the staff and more than a few patrons have claimed to have felt a sudden blast of cold air, seen a shadowy figure float along the walls, or heard the slow creaking of a door shutting close without cause. Will you?

NIGHTMARE IN ATLANTA HALLOWEEN 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/11/21

Fowling Warehouse

Saturday, October 30 8:30 pm

Tickets: here.

Get ready for a spooktacular Nightmare in Atlanta Halloween Party at Fowling Warehouse; Westside Atlanta’s hottest new sports bar and entertainment venue.

Atlanta’s premiere Halloween bash scares up all kinds of excitement at the Fowling Warehouse with an open bar all night, glow party favors (while supplies last), top ATL DJs playing all the hits, multiple areas to mingle, LED lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system to rock this party into the wee morning hours. PLUS free Fowling Games for all attendees AND not one but two costume contests with prizes! Prices range from $39 to $100.

𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕳𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖑𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖙𝖘

  • Five (5) Hour Open Bar Entire Event
  • Top Atlanta DJs
  • State-of-the-art Sound & LED Lighting
  • Multiple Areas to Mix & Mingle
  • Complimentary Fowling Games for All Attendees – $20 value!
  • Two Costume Contests with Prizes:
    • Best Couple / Group
    • Best Costume or Most Original Costume
  • Beads, Candy & Glow Party Favors for All (while supplies last)
  • Exclusive VIP Area with Added Perks:
    • All Access to VIP Lounge with Separate Bar Areas
    • Premium Booze
    • Upgraded Glow Party Favors

𝕾𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝕴𝖓𝖋𝖔 𝖙𝖔 𝕶𝖓𝖔𝖜

Age Requirement: Must be 21+ to participate. Valid ID (not expired, not cut) required or NO ENTRY – no exceptions. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Prices subject to change while supplies last.

Dress Code: Halloween costumes strongly encouraged. Costumes must not include weapons, and all masks must be removed upon entering for ID check. * Don’t forget about the costume contests; so dress in your scary, silly or sexy best to win prizes!

Door: Presale Tickets Guarantee Entry. Event will likely sell out. * Opt for VIP with Added Perks. *

Parking: Fowling Warehouse features a private parking lot. Parking availability is limited so plan accordingly and arrive early. Please party responsibly and don’t drink & drive — use ride share, taxi or designated driver company to get home safely. Get Directions >

Please Note: We follow CDC and WHO websites for all recommended guidelines to throw a safe event. If event is canceled due to Covid-19, you’ll be refunded.

EXPLORE ANTARCTICA’S LIVELY PAST IN FERNBANK’S NEWEST EXHIBIT ‘ANTARCTIC DINOSAURS’

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/10/21

Opening This Weekend with Special Events, Exhibit to Run Oct. 9, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
Museum to also Debut “Dinosaurs of Antarctica’ Film + Welcomes Paleontologist + Paleobotanist from Feature

Antarctica hasn’t always been icy and barren. Around 200 million years ago, it was a lush, temperate region, home to crocodile-sized amphibians and rhinoceros-sized dinosaurs. On Oct. 9, Fernbank Museum’s newest exhibition, ‘Antarctic Dinosaurs,’ will reveal this lost world. Visitors will be able to see and touch real fossils from Antarctica, along with full-sized replicas showing how the dinosaurs and their habitat would have looked during this time.

The exhibition will contain artifacts from both historical and modern expeditions, including the sledge used by one of the first Antarctic adventurers over 100 years ago and the thick red parkas worn by scientists exploring Antarctica today. Visitors will get a sense of what goes into living and working in the coldest spot on earth.

After exploring the science being conducted in Antarctica, guests will discover the fruits of this labor: dinosaurs. With real bones and artifacts on display, guests will get a first-hand look at the most remarkable findings from the icy continent. Along with real artifacts, guests will experience naturalistic dioramas, featuring life-like sculptures of a variety of dinosaurs from Antarctica. These dioramas and sculptures paint an intricate picture of what Antarctica once looked like hundreds of millions of years ago.

The exhibition features four species of dinosaur: the 25-foot-long predator Cryolophosaurus (“frozen crested lizard,” named for the bony ornamentation on its head), the rhino-sized herbivore Glacialisaurus and two new species that haven’t even been scientifically described yet. These new dinosaurs are sauropodomorphs, early relatives of two giant long-necked, four-legged herbivores like Brachiosaurus and titanosaurs.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of Fernbank’s Giants of the Mesozoic exhibition, so it seems only fitting that we would host another ground-breaking dinosaur exhibition,” said Fernbank’s VP of Programming Bobbi Hohmann. “Antarctic Dinosaurs is a spectacular exhibition that showcases dinosaurs that our visitors have likely never seen before, as well as the extremes scientists go through to make these kinds of amazing discoveries and contributions to science.”

‘Antarctic Dinosaurs’ also comes with interactive elements. As guests make their way through an Antarctic “expedition” they can touch a stone housing real fossils from Antarctica, explore tectonic plates through puzzles, discover the science behind the polar lights and midnight sun and see how the continents once fit together.

Tickets and Visitor Information: ‘Antarctic Dinosaurs’ is included with general admission and is free for Fernbank members. Timed, online tickets are required in advance at FernbankMuseum.org at $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $18 for children*. To purchase tickets or view pre-visit information, frequently asked questions, safety protocols and more, visit FernbankMuseum.org

‘Antarctic Dinosaurs’ will be on view daily from Saturday, October 9, 2021, through Monday, January 2, 2022, from 10am to 5pm, along with evening hours during Fernbank After Dark** on Oct. 8 (exclusive exhibit preview), Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

*Tickets not purchased online are $19.95-$21.95 and may not be available due to safety precautions that limit capacity. **Ages 21+ only.

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS AT RED’S BEER GARDEN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/10/21

Find a costume, cue the evil laugh, and let out all the screams of terror because Halloween time is here! In celebration of the “spooky season,” Red’s Beer Garden, located in Benteen Park, has a long list of fun for revelers to make the most of the holiday, one beer at a time. Starting on October 8th, guests can test their beer knowledge with the Mystery Beer on draft. Every beer purchase will allow guests to enter their guess in the mystery jar. Winners will receive a free beer at their next visit, which will be revealed on Halloween night. For ghouls and goblins looking for a happier and hoppier Halloween, they can enjoy a Beer and Candy Pairing from October 19th through October 31st. Beer lovers who purchase a can of the selected beer can enjoy a free bag of candy. Red’s is also calling all the monsters, young or old, on October 29th for a Monday night Monster Mash with a tap takeover, pumpkin carvings, and a spooky movie on the lawn at 8 p.m. Lastly, wear a costume on Halloween, and Red’s will pour a free draft lager. Not to mention, four-legged friends who dress up can join in on the pawty with dog treats.
For more information, visit https://www.redsbeergarden.com/ or call 770-637-2299

MEALS ON WHEELS HOSTS SAVOR AND TASTE AT CHATTAHOOCHE FOOD WORKS – POSTPONED

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/10/21

A Modern Twist on Atlanta’s 33-Year-Old Fundraiser

November 5, 2021

Tickets: here.

We are thrilled to announce that on Friday, November 5, MOWA will be back with a modern twist on the 33-year old fundraising event, A Meal to Remember newly branded as SAVOR & TASTE. This extraordinary food and music event will be hosted at The Works and Chattahoochee Food Works on Atlanta’s Upper Westside.

Since 1988, the Meals on Wheels Atlanta community has supported the nonprofit’s efforts to end senior hunger by sponsoring, attending, and donating to A Meal To Remember, the most important fundraiser of the year.

Every year, A Meal To Remember has been the first Friday in November. MOWA has hosted this event at Atlanta venues such as The St. Regis Hotel and Flourish. Guests have enjoyed coursed gourmet dinners prepared by well-known celebrity chefs, accompanied by exquisite wine pairings, while surrounded by the stunning decor and breathtaking flowers. In 2019, MOWA raised almost $800,000.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19, MOWA was not able to host this annual event. While donors still supported MOWA minimally, the financial support was not enough to sustain the organization’s fundamental efforts. At the same time, senior hunger has been on the rise due to the pandemic’s devastating effect.

THIS YEAR’S EVENT FACTS

·     SAVOR is the traditional coursed gourmet dinner, wine pairings, live auction, and live entertainment. SAVOR is located in the Gallery Space at The Works, featuring Chattahoochee Food Works Owner and Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern alongside Meals on Wheels’ Atlanta award winning chef Robert Gerstenecker. Joining them are three Atlanta-based chefs including Deborah VanTrece of The Catering Company, Chef Matthew Basford from Canoe and Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Pastry Chef Charles Barrett. SAVOR takes place at 6:30pm.

·     TASTE takes place in the industrial glam food hall, Chattahoochee Food Works owned by partners Robert Montwaid and Andrew Zimmern. Guests will enjoy unlimited curated “tastes” and themed beverages along with live music from over 25 food and beverage vendors in the 22,000 square foot hall. TASTE takes place from7:30pm to Midnight.

YAO Atlanta

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/6/21

The moment you step into Yao, you’re met with a long, ornate bar and lounge area that’s dressed to the nines. Beyond the beautiful entry, the dining room is stunning, dotted with blue, cool chairs and a vaulted, soaring ceiling that houses a large wood wall. What Yao does so well is marry the stunning ambiance with the delectable food and sippable cocktails seamlessly. They do everything with beauty and grace, like the stunning Yao’s Ice Cream, gorgeous Salt and Pepper Whole Fish, plump Pork Belly, divine Duck Salad, as well as the amazing cocktails! Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Sitting and gazing into the dining room, we started with two amazing cocktails, the Mr. Yao and the Cherish. The favorite of the two is the Mr. Yao cocktail that starts out sweet, then morphs into a tangy, earthy, sour sip. It’s complex from start to finish with a distinct wine flavor that gives it a defined earthiness! The gorgeous The Cherish is easy on the eyes and the tongue. The cocktail is one part tangy and the other foamy with an almost floral and earthy end. It’s dynamic and sippable.

Moving into the small plates and appetizers, we were thrilled with the little watermelon bite they brought us prior to our meal. It is the cutest little dish in a small spoon with a huge Yao flag sticking out the top. The bite itself is sweet, salty, and an earthy light crunch. It is such a good little bite! Of the appetizers and small plates, we have to state up front, we’re huge pork belly fiends. If it’s on the menu, we get it. If you get one appetizer or small plate at Yao, please get the Pork Belly. It’s a perfectly cooked, tender piece of meat with a rich and buttery first bite finished with a hearty soy back. Plus, the addition of the dried fish gives it extra saltiness to complete the flavor complexity! Some of the best pork belly we’ve ever had, and we’ve had a lot.  Another one of our favorites is the Duck Salad. Absolutely eye-catching and heaping, the skin-on duck itself is rich and crunchy, while the sauce is slightly sweet with tangy pomegranate and earthy pine nuts. The greens brighten this dish, and it’s stellar, never had anything like it.

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On to the entrée, we settled on the Salt and Pepper Fish and we’re so glad we did. Beyond the STUNNING presentation, the fish is flaky inside surrounded by a light crunch and brightened by the tangy scallions and garlic below the fish. Then, we paired it with the Sichuan Green Beans that were a good balance of spice, savory, and crunch. The best part is down in the bottom where the sauce pools. One of the best things you can do here is to mix and match the flavors of the fish and the green beans. It’s divine.

Whatever you do, stay for dessert and the Yao’s Ice Cream is an experience all it’s own. Surrounded by dry ice a served SMOKING, not only is it beautiful and the presentation flawless, but the flavor is creamy and smooth!  The addition of the salted egg yoke provides for a change in flavor profile and texture! Then, you have to eat to the back for a gelatinous surprise! The perfect way to end this fantastic meal.

Are you ready to go Yao? What would you try?