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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL AT BON TON AND TAPA TAPA MARDI GRAS POP-UPS 2020: MARDI-VAL ON MONROE AND MARDI GRAS MUSICAL!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/7/19

No road-trip needed to experience the magic of Frenchmen Street during Mardi Gras this year. Big Citizen (behind Atlanta favorites The Lawrence, Bon Ton, Wonderkid, Miracle Bar Atlanta) is bringing carnival vibes a la Mardi Gras to Atlanta by hosting ‘Mardi Gras Musi-cal’ at Bon Ton in Midtown through Fat Tuesday. In addition, they’ll be joining forces with the team at Tapa Tapa with an exclusive “created by Bon Ton cocktail menu” only available at the pop-up. The event is aptly titled ‘Mardis-Val on Monroe – Parade of Cocktails’. Gather your krewe and get ready to celebrate carnival season!

Eric Simpkins, co-owner of Big Citizen, is excited to bring experience from Bon Ton’s past Mardi Gras celebrations to Tapa Tapa. “Mardi Gras has always been a favorite at Bon Ton, and we’re thrilled to make it bigger and better than ever this year, with not only a unique cocktail menu only available at Bon Ton, but another exclusive menu offered only at Tapa Tapa. These events not only offer Atlanta options to enjoy Mardi Gras, but also showcase the spirit of the holiday, drawing inspiration from music and celebrations all over the world.”

MARDI GRAS MUSICAL @ BON TON (674 Myrtle St NE | Regular restaurant hours)
Starting today, and running through Fat Tuesday, February 25, Bon Ton, Midtown’s eclectic Viet-Cajun restaurant and bar, will be offering their unique libations inspired by classic NOLA music, such as George Lewis’ “Down by the Riverside,” Rebirth Brass Band’s “Do Whatcha Wanna” + “I Feel Like Funkin’ It Up,” and The Dixie Cups’ “Iko Iko” and more. Each Bon Ton bartender contributed to the limited-run cocktail menu with modern takes on timeless Southern cocktails such as the Hurricane and Pimm’s Cup. Reservations for Bon Ton can be made on Open Table.

MARDI GRAS IN MIDTOWN FEATURING BON TON’S MARDI-VAL ON MONROE: PARADE OF COCKTAILS @ Tapa Tapa (931 Monroe Drive NE | Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-12am)
For the third year in a row, beginning today, Tuesday, February 4, and running through Fat Tuesday, February 25, Tapa Tapa will transform into a Mardi Gras celebration. This year’s pop-up is not only inspired by the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, but five other world-renowned carnivals around the globe happening now – Rio de Janerio in Brazil, Venice in Italy, Mazatlan in Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain, and Cadiz in Spain.

On the heels of the success of the holiday collaboration Miracle on Monroe, they will be teaming up with Big Citizen’s Bon Ton, who will provide an exclusive Mardi-Val on Monroe: Parade of Cocktails, eight unique drinks for the pop-up experience. Bar manager Nick Chaivarlis (ink+elm, 8arm, The Lawrence, and Miracle Bar Atlanta) will also have a hand in the pop-up cocktail menu. Each drink name draws inspiration from the Mardi Gras Krewes that march in the famous New Orleans parade. Traditional New Orleans food will also be served to complete the Mardi Gras experience.

Andy Alibaksh, owner of Diem Restaurant Group, is thrilled to collaborate with the Big Citizen team for another pop-up at Tapa Tapa. “Our location has been the home to Miracle on Monroe for Big Citizen the past four years and so it felt only fitting to have the Bon Ton team craft a menu of specialty cocktails to compliment the Mardi Gras décor and Carnival party vibe of the pop-up.” The pop-up is free entry and first-come, first-served – no reservations are being accepted at this time. Should there be a wait, guests can also enjoy Apres Diem, next door to the pop-up and part of Diem Restaurant Group, which offers relaxed-European style dining and cocktails.

RED SKY FAT TUESDAY PARTY 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/7/20

Tuesday, February 25th at Red Sky in Marietta, GA

Put on your Mardi Gras mask and head over to Red Sky for Fat Tuesday on February 25th with live New Orleans music from PR3 Project from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Plus, guest chef Eric Nelson will partner with Red Sky chef Brian Kennington for an evening of New Orleans style tapas.

New Orleans Style Tapas Menu:
Lobster & Roasted Corn Dip
jalapeños, onions, red peppers
$11
Crawfish Hush Puppies
Sriracha mayo
$7
Gumbo by Special Guest Chef Eric Nelson
shirmp, chicken, andouille, okra
$8
Shrimp & Filet Medallions
filet medallions, shrimp red pepper sauce
$11
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
jumbo sea scallops, bacon, orange-creole glaze
$11
Cajun Shrimp & Grits
jumbo shrimp, parmesan grits, tomatoes, jalapeños,
roasted red peppers, cilantro
$9
Crawfish Pasta New Orleans by Special Guest Chef Eric Nelson
blackened shrimp, alfredo, andouille
$10
Bourbon Pecan Pie
served warm with vanilla ice cream
$7

You can also get Mardi Gras cocktails, like Hand Grenade, Hurricane, Vieux Carre Cocktail, Sazerac all for $12 each.

Reservations are strongly recommended.

2nd Annual Doughnut Dollies Hard Cider and Doughnut Flight Event

Date: Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th

Time: 12:30 pm

About: It’s BACK! Doughnut Dollies returns to UrbanTree Cidery on February 8 and 9 for a collaborative doughnut + cider pairing event! From 12:30-6:30 pm each day, guests can enjoy a flight of four gourmet Doughnut Dollies doughnuts (Blueberry Hibiscus, Almond Rose, Peach Cobbler and Rum Caramel Apple) with the purchase of a cider flight. The specially-paired flight ($18) will feature SoGa Blue, Rosè, Peach Gobbler and Rum Barrel-Aged ciders.%MCEPASTEBIN%

More Information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1560431340762363/

Chiringa Alpharetta National Kite Day 2020

Date: Saturday, February 8th

Time: 12 pm

About: On Saturday, February 8, 2020, revelers and kite flyers alike are invited to celebrate National Kite Day to the fullest at CHIRINGA from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Located in downtown Alpharetta by the Town Green Fountain, guests can sway along to special live music performances by Melissa Bret and Josh Jeffords while sipping on frosty Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat Ales and half-priced specialty cocktails. Hungry diners can dive into surfside-inspired grain bowls, dips, salads, sandwiches, tacos and plantains, available with fresh fish and clean proteins. Guests with the gaming spirit are welcome to enjoy games galore, courtesy of Cornhole ATL, including cornhole, Jenga, Connect 4 and ladder ball. A communal hangout for all ages, families and their little ones are also invited to create DIY kites and participate in other arts and crafts activities. Free to attend, this event will be rain or shine and dogs are welcome.

More Information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/524230955163664/

WINE AND DINE YOUR VALENTINE AT CITY WINERY ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/2/20

Atlanta’s Only Urban Winery Presents a Special Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner and ATL Collective’s Reliving of Sade’s Love Deluxe on the Sweetest Day of the Year

Friday, February 14, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, couples and singles alike are invited to visit City Winery Atlanta at Ponce City Market for an unforgettable experience celebrating the sweetest day of the year. The popular urban winery, restaurant and live music venue is hosting a special three-course prix fixe dinner in the Barrel Room Restaurant and Wine Bar for just $40 with hand selected wine pairings by resident winemaker Travis Green for an additional $20.

An ideal gift, City Winery will also have its 2017 Rose of Syrah featuring a special Valentine’s Day label on sale now (available onsite) through Valentine’s day for $20.

Music lovers can also enjoy an intimate performance as ATL Collective Relives Sade’s Love Deluxe.  Tickets are sold out, but wait list signups are still available. For the first show, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. For the late show, doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day, visit www.citywinery.com/atlanta or call 404-946-3791.

~ City Winery’s Valentine’s Day Menu ~

First Course

Pan de Baguette
Marinated Heirloom Tomato, Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette

Or

Baked Mussels
Grated Parmesan, Panko, Herb Blend

Second Course

Cajun Butter Ribeye
Rapini, Saffron Rice

Or

Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese
Gruyere Bechamel, Elbow

Or

Poulet Roti
½ Roasted Chicken, Seasonal Vegetables, Fingerling Potatoes

Or

Cavatappi Alla Putcanesca
Olive, Anchovy, Caper, Garlic, Tomato

Third Course

Red Velvet Skillet Cookie
Maple Bourbon Ice Cream, Whipped Topping

Or

Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun