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FARMYARD CHOWDOWN FESTIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/14/19

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Sunday, April 28th at 6 pm

Festival or feastival? You decide while you’re savoring the fabulous food at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails’ annual Farmyard Chowdown Festival on Sunday, April 28. Chef Derek Dollar is kicking the day up a solid notch or two with oysters, mussels, pickle fried chicken, BBQ and a low country seafood boil with crawfish, crab legs, shrimp and more. The team has added a generous dollop of family-friendly activities, such as cornhole, life-size Jenga and a photo booth to capture tasteful memories. There’s also live music and a caricature artist eager to send you home with a souvenir sure to keep you smiling.

As if the team hadn’t already raised the bar on service and sumptuousness, Raising the Bar will be on hand to offer local beer, seasonal cocktails and wine from Hitch Atlanta, its vintage Airstream mobile service bar.

Tickets for Farmyard Chowdown Festival are $40 per person; $20 for children 12 and under. Price does not include a small service fee, tax or drinks. Tickets are available for purchase online.

7TH ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK ALLEY KICKS-OFF MAY 9TH

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/14/19

Thursday, May 9th and every Thursday through October 10th (exception is July 4th)

Downtown Alpharetta, GA on Roswell St.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/foodtruckalley/

The 7th Annual Food Truck Alley returns to Downtown Alpharetta on Thursday, May 9, 2019 and continues every Thursday through October 10, 2019 with the exception of July 4, 2019. The event will feature five savory food trucks and two dessert options each week. The event takes place from 5pm-9pm with a live musical act taking the stage each week from 6pm-8pm. This is a family friendly event, with limited street seating available as well as picnic mats to borrow. It is recommended attendees bring a blanket or a chair, and leave pets at home for these events.

The new concept for the 7th season, Local Connection, will add several new features to this year’s event. Local’s Corner will feature two of Alpharetta’s signature restaurants at the event alongside the food trucks. Downtown Connection offers fans a different promotion weekly inside participating local businesses such as, Make Your Own Margaritas at Ceviche, The Art of Smoking Drinks presented by Mercantile Social, and BEER 101 classes at Truck & Tap. Other pop-up activities will take place throughout the season at All Fired Up, Exquisite Living, Fermented, Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou, The Pink Valise Boutique, and more!

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley will also highlight a different non-profit organization each week and host a social project that invites attendees to engage with their neighbors. Examples include a collaborative sticker mural with the Fulton County Library, a puppy photo booth with Canine Assistants, and a seed planting activity with the Alpharetta Community Agriculture Program.

2019 Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 11 am

About: A FOOD FESTIVAL OF DELICIOUS PROPORTIONS. We’re taking a whole day, dedicated to celebrate everyone’s favorite sandwich! Restaurants from all over Atlanta will be serving up bites of melty, cheesy, goodness over the course of the day for your tasting pleasure! Try a few, or try them all and cast your vote for Best Grilled Cheese in Atlanta! There are two sessions, early session at 11:30 am and afternoon session starting at 2:30 pm. In addition to delicious eats, we’ve got an awesome lineup of frosty brews, live local music, and all kinds of contests and activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Tickets Include admission to the event, (3) complimentary Grilled Cheese Samples, plus live music, access to our Adult Game Zone and Beer Garden.
What do you get: General Admission tickets include admission to the event, (3) complimentary Grilled Cheese Samples, plus live music, access to our Adult Game Zone and Beer Garden. Ticket Ranges $18 – $35. Benefits Releash Atlanta.

More Information:

https://www.atlantagrilledcheese.com/

29TH ANNUAL TASTE OF ALPHARETTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/7/19

Thursday, May 2nd 5pm

Downtown Alpharetta

Information here.

Alpharetta – More than 62 restaurants will be ready to dish out their specialties on Thursday, May 2, 2019 as Taste of Alpharetta celebrates its 29th year. Taste of Alpharetta attracts more than 35,000 patrons between 5-10 pm, and takes place in Downtown Alpharetta, encompassing Milton Avenue, Roswell Street, Old Roswell Street, Canton Street and Old Canton Street. In addition to fantastic food, patrons will enjoy a culinary competition, live music on 3 stages, family Fun Zone and more. This year the city is adding a few new features to the event, including a beer garden presented by Smile Generation full of local brews, and a “Locally Grown” area featuring fun and educational activities put on by food-focused community organizations.

We are excited to announce The Taste of Alpharetta is partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for the event’s food rescue.  Each restaurant will have the opportunity to donate left over food, at the end of the event, to Second Helpings Atlanta.  Since 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta’s community of volunteers has been picking up surplus, nutritious, perishable and prepared food and delivering it to the many front-line agencies in the Metro Atlanta area that feed the hungry every day.  This donated food gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need, making Atlanta a more environmentally responsible metropolitan area.

This FREE admission event invites patrons to purchase food and activity tickets – 10 tickets for $5.00. Tickets are redeemed at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastes that range from $.50 – $4.00 per sample.  Tickets may also be redeemed in the “Locally Grown” area and Fun Zone area for a variety of activities including engaging educational experiences, inflatables and a variety of children’s activities.

Local chefs will compete in the Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition from 5pm – 7pm, with select chefs conducting cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Competition Stage. The Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition Awards will be presented at 8:30pm for the top chefs in each category. Come visit the new Culinary Stage location on Roswell St and cheer on your favorite chefs. As well as vote for your favorite restaurant in the 2019 People’s Choice Award.

The 29th Annual Taste of Alpharetta’s participating restaurants include:

2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery Dos Margaritas Nothing Bundt Cakes – Alpharetta
3:8 Juice & Eatery Dreamland Bar-B-Que Oak Steakhouse
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games E.M. Bop PITA Mediterranean Street Food
Another Broken Egg Cafe Favors and Flavors Cajun Twist Publix Aprons Cooking School
Atlantic Seafood Company Flavor Juicery & Eatery Ruth’s Chris Steak House Alpharetta
Bagel Boys Cafe Fire and Brimstone Tavern Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery
Benihana Flatlands Bourbon and Bayou Salt Factory
Bite Bistro & Bar Four Fat Cows Scream’n Nuts
Black Walnut Cafe Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Secreto Southern Kitchen
Brine Seafood Shack Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe
BurgerFi Holmes Restaurant Shade Street Food + Bar
Butcher & Brew La Casa Italian Grille Smallcakes of Alpharetta
Cedar Cafe La Teda Tapas and Tequilas SmokeJack BBQ
Ceviche Taqueria Loyal Q and Brew South Main Ktichen
Chuy’s M Thai Street Food Southern Baked Pie Company
Citizen Soul Madras Chettinaad Taqueria Tsunami
Clean Juice Mama’s Pizza Taziki’s
Coalition Food and Beverage Maple Street Biscuit Company The Melting Pot
Colleta Miller’s Ale House The Tavern House
Davinci’s Donuts Minnie Oliva Vitality Bowls
Domino’s Pizza Mondo Italian Kitchen Wildflour

It’s a Polenta Party!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/19

The White Bull

Decatur, GA

Last Saturday, we were invited to The White Bull to experience something we’d never even heard of, a Polenta Party. Polenta is what this southerner would equate to grits and can be dressed with similar ingredients, like cream or cheese to make it delicious. What is even more amazing is how it’s served, which is down the middle of a table, still steaming! The polenta itself was creamy, ooey-gooey, a bit savory, and delicious on it’s own. They don’t stop there, The White Bull takes whatever meat came in that day and put it right on top. Yes, right on top, down the middle of the table! We hit the meat jackpot today, because it was fresh, thigh meat chicken and a savory pulled pork ragu. First off, the pulled pork ragu was one of the best meat concoctions we’ve ever put in our mouths with very tender pork paired with a deep and savory ragu. It’s official, we heart ragu. Then, the chicken was the freshest we’ve ever had!

Beyond the delectable meat, they added several vegetables on top, and yes, right down the middle of the table! Today’s fresh veggies included broccoli, leaks, mushroom with peas, and asparagus. Let’s stop a minute here and let me discuss the broccoli with you. This isn’t your grandmother’s soggy broccoli, but a crisp, tender, olive oil drizzled star. It was like they either air or flash fried the florets, which was the right balance of crunch and savor. Also, the leaks were a perfect compliment to the polenta. It gave it a little bit of a bite, a brightness you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It could have been a very heavy meal, but the addition of the light broccoli, bright leaks, grilled asparagus, and 25 year old balsamic drizzle on top, created a good balance.

If you want a truly enjoyable experience with your family or friends, this is one for the books. Make sure you like your tablemates, as this is a shareable, tabletop, interactive, experience. Good thing we were with amazing company. You only need 6 people to join in on a Polenta Party at The White Bull. Mark our words, we’ll be back there!

PARK TAVERN PRESENTS ITS INAUGURAL ‘DOG’WOOD BRUNCHFEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/19

Featuring Mimosas, Bloody Marys, A Krispy Kreme Station, a Pup-Friendly Patio and Much More!

Saturday, April 13th & Sunday, April 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia – Art enthusiasts, brunch lovers and their furry, four legged, friends are invited to the first ever DOGwood Brunchfest at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Located in the heart of Midtown on the Atlanta BeltLine, the two-day event will feature an artist market with local artisans and crafters, including Billie Hillard, Maria Bruckman Art, Camille and Company, Ojen Atlanta, Daniel Curran, WeezieArt, Decorfiftyfive and more.

Hungry shoppers can purchase Brunch Bite Tickets for $7, which include access to a Krispy Kreme Donuts station featuring a fully loaded topping bar with whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate; hearty breakfast bowls filled to the brim with scrambled cheese eggs, bacon, tomatoes and avocado on a bed of tater tots; chicken and waffles; Park Tavern’s signature raw oysters; and much more. Imbibers can also sip through the weekend with rosé, frosé, mimosas, Bloody Marys with cocktail shrimp, a wide selection of wines, craft beers and more. Park Tavern’s pet-friendly patio boasts plenty of seating in the shade, so guests and their pups can relax throughout the brunch-filled weekend. This event is rain or shine.

General Admissions tickets are available for $5 and include entry to the event.  VIP tickets are available starting at $140 for an eight person table.  For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.parktavern.com.

Photo credit: RSVP Atl