These chilly Atlanta days call for food and drinks that are both warm and satisfying. Thankfully, Midtown favorite HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is offering a special limited-time ribs and brews menu. The finger-licking dishes paired with specialty craft beers are offered Wednesday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 25. “We create our dishes to complement our large craft beer selection perfectly,” said co-owner Sean Yeremyan. “The ribs are savory and satisfying while the beer is refreshing – it’s a delicious combination.” The hearty and cold-weather friendly menu offers dishes paired with a recommended craft brew.

The menu includes the following items:  
  • Roasted baby back ribs basted with SweetWater 420 and served with roasted potatoes, green beans and signature BeerBQ sauce ($15.95). Recommended beer pairing: SweetWater 420 ($4.75).
  • Oven-baked ribs with porter beer mop, served with scalloped potatoes and grilled white asparagus ($17.95). Recommended beer pairing: Smuttynose Porter ($4.75).
  • Three Philosophers rib roast with mashed potatoes, collard greens and BeerBQ sauce ($15.95). Recommended beer pairing: Palm Amber Ale ($4). 
  • Smoked BeerBQ baby back ribs with broccoli casserole and roasted poblano mac and cheese ($16.95). Recommended beer pairing: Unibroue Don De Dieu Triple Wheat Ale ($6.50).
  • Guinness-braised short ribs with butter noodles, beach mushrooms and a Guinness demi glaze ($18.95). Recommended beer pairing: Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout ($6.50).
HOBNOB is located at 1551 Piedmont Avenue at the corner of Monroe Drive in Midtown. Dinner hours are from Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight; lunch hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar is open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and the late night menu is served until 2 a.m. Complimentary valet parking is available and all major credit cards are accepted.
 
 
Looking for tasty food to eat while watching the Olympic Games in Sochi? Never fear, we got ya' covered:


Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree StreetAtlanta, GA 30309
404.477.1700
www.rira.com/atlanta
Come grab a chair and enjoy the winter games on Ri Ra’s MASSIVE HD projectors with audio! Guests will snack on Ri Ra favorites such as from spicy pickle chips and chicken wings as well as signature items such as the Guiness BBQ burger and fish and chips. Pay tribute to Sochi with a caramel white Russian made with Absolut vanilla, Bailey's caramel cream and half and half. Visit Ri Ra onFacebook for more information.

Del Frisco’s Grille
3376 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
404.537.2828
www.delfriscosgrille.com
Show your American pride by grabbing a seat at Del Frisco’s Grille for the games and enjoy all-American bites and drinks. Kick off your meal with cheesesteak eggrolls served with a sweet and spicy chili sauce and honey mustard then dig into one of Del Frisco’s signature steaks with a side of roasted garlic mashed potatoespimento-country ham macaroni and cheese or grits with a Cajun lobster sauce.

Red Pepper Taqueria
Buckhead - 3135 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
404.869.2773
Briarcliff- 2149 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
404.325.8151
www.eatredpepper.com
Gather friends and grab a table on the heated patio at Red Pepper Taqueria. Feast on handcrafted tacosenchiladas and other Mexican fare while you catch the Olympic games on one of the restaurant’s many HD televisions. Whether you’re pulling for the U.S. or Mexico, Red Pepper guarantees a good time.

Sprinkles
Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.846.1599
www.sprinkles.com

If you’re hosting a Winter Olympics viewing party this February, be sure to pick up a dozen of flag cupcakes at Sprinkles! Get a taste of the competition with international flag cupcakes or show your pride with a batch of patriotic American flag cupcakes.

Bourbon Bar
3315 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.946.9070
www.southernart.com/bourbon-bar
Catch all the action of the Winter Games with a stiff bourbon drink in hand at Bourbon Bar. With more than 70 varieties of bourbon, including three exclusive private labels, Bourbon Bar’s got you covered for every game, match, race and round.

El Taco
1186 N. Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
404.873.4656
Show your American pride with a Mexican twist at El Taco. Your neighborhood watering hole has the ultimate set-up for the Winter Olympics with big screen TVs, fresh-made frozen margaritas and Tex-Mex classics including a variety of tacosenchiladassizzling fajitas and more. Keep it heavy on the sports action and lighter on the munching with the classic tastes trio with guacamole, salsa, queso blanco and corn chips.
 
 
The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Event Center announced today that it will hold its inaugural beer tasting event, Tastes and Brews, on March 8, 2014. This unique event returns with food samples from ten food trucks paired with tastings of more than 100 domestic, imported and craft beers. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation. 
  • Date:  Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta Food Truck Park & Event Center: 1850 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Live Entertainment: Jacob & The Good People, DJ Suspense
  • Time: 2 to 6 p.m., VIP opens at 1 pm
 Event goers will have the unique opportunity to sample a wide array of food from participating food trucks including Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Masala Fresh, W.O.W., Mighty Meatballs, Genki, Pho Sho, Spiedie Zone, Liska, Yum Yum Cupcakes and Crepe Suzette while enjoying complementary beer pairings. Tickets are available now and prices are $45 for general admission and $75 for VIP. General admission includes a souvenir commemorative cup and event program. VIP admission includes free parking, access to the reserved VIP area and early admission starting at 1 pm. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and proper identification is required. For more information, please visitwww.tasteandbrews.com. If you are interested in vending at the event, please contact tan@atlantafoodtruckpark.com.
 
 
 
 
Feel like keeping your house nice and clean this Feb. 2nd? Go out for Game Day!
Table & Main

1028 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
678.869.5178
www.tableandmain.com
If watching the big game at home with family and friends is what you like, then Table & Main in Roswell has you covered! Neighbors are invited to grab a Super Bowl spread to-go, complete with fifty chicken wings, sides of celery with creamy blue cheese and 10 homemade chocolate chip cookies for just 50 bucks! Orders may be placed by calling 678.869.5178 before noon on Friday, January 21. Feasts will be available for pick-up on game day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Table & Main will be closed for regular dining on Friday, January 21.

El Taco
1186 N. Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
404.873.4656
http://eltaco-atlanta.com/
Cheer your team to Super Bowl victory from the comfort of your couch this year thanks to El Taco! El Taco’s catering services are available for the big game and feature all of your favorites including fajitasenchiladastacos and more. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours advanced by calling 404.867.4656.
 
Lure
1106 Crescent Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
404.817.3650
www.lure-atlanta.com
For the ultimate gathering-round party bowl, try the punch bowls from Lure. These over-sized cocktails summon your inner pirate, patriot and party hat! Be the host for your table and serve straight from the big bowl. To top it off, the peachy Ciao Pescaand refreshing Garden Party cocktails are even served from a classy silver bowl and ladle.
 
Bourbon Bar
3315 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.946.9070
www.southernart.com/bourbon-bar
Win or lose, no Superbowl viewing party is complete without a stiff bourbon drink. Join your fellow football fanatics at Bourbon Bar, one of the Southeast’s top single-liquor bars, this Superbowl Sunday. In addition to the high-definition TVs throughout the bar area, there will also be a big screen projector set up to ensure you don’t miss one second of the action. With more than 100 varieties of bourbon to choose from including three private label barrels exclusive to Bourbon Bar, your glass will never be empty.
 
Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.477.1700
www.rira.com/atlanta
Much better than the typical sports party, Ri Ra Irish Pub has massive HD projectors, great audio, plenty of pints and great bites to make your Super Bowl celebration over-the-top! Football fans and guests alike will enjoy $2.50 Bud and Bud Lights all day, as well as a variety of drink selections. Ri Ra also offers some of the best game day grub, from spicy pickle chips and chicken wings to signature items such as the Guinness BBQ burger and fish and chips. Visit Ri Ra on Facebook for more information.
 
Del Frisco’s Grille
3376 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.537.2828
www.delfriscosgrille.com
As Super Bowl XLVIII nears, football fans across the country will begin planning festive at-home game day menus. Chef A.J. Buchanio of the acclaimed Del Frisco’s Grille shares a favorite recipe, a Taco Bar dish that will make you a winner, even if your team isn’t as lucky: prime steak tacos with charred onion salsa. Contact cplyler@thereynoldsgroupinc.com for the full recipe and chef A.J.’s steak taco tips.
 
Red Pepper Taqueria
Buckhead
3135 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
404.869.2773
 
Briarcliff
2149 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
404.325.8151
www.eatredpepper.com

Grab a seat for the big game at Red Pepper Taqueria and feast on shared bowls of queso dip with optional jalapeno, chorizo and shiitake mushroom toppings, guacamole or the restaurant’s signature salsa trio featuring tomato, tomatillo verde and morita salsas. After some chips and dip, warm up with a bowl of poblano corn soup with creamed corn, mild poblano peppers, habanero oil and crispy tortillas or chicken tortilla soup topped with avocado, pico de gallo and panela cheese.
 
 
From the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 13, 2014) – Forget the weight-loss resolutions and ring in the New Year with a refreshing roster of new restaurants, breweries and fun for foodies. Here’s a quick sampling of new eats and treats to crave in the Queen City in 2014.
1. Dine like royalty Jan. 17-26 at Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. This 10-day eating extravaganza showcases the best of Charlotte’s restaurant scene from Lake Norman to Fort Mill with a variety of $30 three-course meals.
2. Discover the charming character of one of the city’s beloved neighborhoods on Feast Food Tours’ new Dives to Dining Plaza Midwood Tour. You’ll sample and sip your way through Historic Plaza Midwood and its architecture, art and culinary artisans. 
3. Satisfy your chocolate craving on a private, customized Dessert Tour with Tour De Food. Explore the sweet side of Charlotte at several savory shops serving wine, coffee, chocolates and other decadent delights. 
4. Tantalize your taste buds with Nan and Byron’s meatloaf topped with spicy Sriracha ketchup. Serving up American cuisine with a southern twist, the concept for the recently opened Nan and Byron’s came from Grant Wood’s well-known 1930 “American Gothic” painting of the man and woman (Nan and Byron) holding a pitchfork in front of a farm.
5. Experience the exotic flavors of Baku’s trendy take on Japanese cuisine. In true Japanese fashion, try a shared plate of Kurobota Pork Belly or Tea Brined Duck Breast or stop by for late-night to enjoy a Japanese Pear or Lotus Blossom specialty cocktail.
6. Jam out to live music at the EpiCentre’s Tin Roof where you can savor the sweet flavors of The Tin Roof sandwich made with grilled chicken, peanut butter and honey. 
7. Get a real down-home experience at Tupelo Honey Cafe. The Asheville-based restaurant opened a new store in Charlotte in December offering up a fresh interpretation of traditional southern eats.
8. Escape to northern Italy with rich, homemade Italian cuisine at La Tagliatella at the EpiCentre. Try a traditional pizza or one of the 400 combinations of pasta and sauces. Finish it off with an Italian wine and homemade tiramisu. 
9. Enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline at Charlotte’s first open-air rooftop restaurant and bar--Fahrenheit Charlotte. The hot, new culinary concept from Food Network star Rocco Whalen features American regional cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian accents.
10. Show your adventurous side at Unknown Brewing Co. in South End, just three blocks south of Bank of America Stadium. Try one of their three signature craft beers: Over the Edge USPA, Head First Pale Ale or No Shame Wheat.
11. Quench your thirst at one of Charlotte’s newest and hoppiest hotspots—the Craft Beer Garden at Time Warner Cable Arena. Before, after or during the next show or game you attend, be sure to try one of the nine North Carolina craft beers.
12. Experience the raw, fresh taste of kombucha, an effervescent fermented tea, at Lenny Boy Kombucha in South End. The certified organic kombucha and wild ale brewery is the first in the Southeast and one of the only kombucha breweries in the country. 
13. Let your taste buds roam at Free Range Brewing. Scheduled to open in the NoDa neighborhood in 2014, Free Range Brewing’s farmhouse brewing approach incorporates local fruits, vegetables and herbs resulting in award-winning, flavorful brews.
14. Ride the LYNX Light Rail to Sycamore Brewing in South End in late spring 2014 to experience the fresh ingredients and all-natural brews handcrafted by husband-and-wife team Justin and Sarah Brigham. Expect classic styles, seasonals and creative, experimental recipes on tap at this 15-barrel brewery.
With so much to see and do, there is no better time to explore Charlotte. For more information on events, attractions, hotels, dining and more, go to charlottesgotalot.com or call the Visitor Info Center at (800) 231-4636. Get the latest updates on what to do, see and eat in town at facebook.com/fan.charlottesgotalottwitter.com/charlottgotalotinstagram.com/charlottesgotalotpinterest.com/charlottgotalot and youtube.com/charlottesgotalot.
About Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to ensure the visitors and events that choose Charlotte have a positive experience. Responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot,’ and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities, which include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. CRVA’s mission seeks to leverage its hospitality marketing and management expertise to maximize the impact of the Charlotte region’s economy, creating opportunities and jobs for the community. charlottesgotalot.com

 

ReDiscover Tantra

01/17/2014

 
Tantra is celebrating their 3 year anniversary in style with an open bar courtesy of The Patrón Spirits Company, passed light bites, a live jazz singer and a raffle featuring some great new area businesses.Here's the link for more info/RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tantra-three-year-anniversary-event-tickets-10106325291.
 
 
This month, Slow Food Atlanta is excited to announce its "Slow Food at the Table" campaign to inspire the Atlanta community to slow down and revive the deliberate practice of eating with others. The local chapter of Slow Food USA and Slow Food International promotes good, clean and fair food while striving to counteract fast food and fast life. The Atlanta organization works to prevent the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food Atlanta board member Stephanie Hass comments on the approachable, simple and low fuss character of the new campaign. "It’s hard for any of us to be involved with Slow Food as much as we would like. Our lives move quickly in this city! So let’s resolve to just be Slow Food. Together."  From Saturday, February 1, through Monday, March 31, the “Slow Food at the Table” campaign symbolizes a collective call to action encouraging the act of planning any kind of meal with your friends, family and neighbors. There are no restrictions to the type of meal planned, but participants are encouraged to include seasonal menu items or products from local producers in the meal. Slow Food Atlanta will be posting several meal theme ideas and inspirational recipes on their website throughout the campaign. “Slow Food at the Table” hosts will receive a “Slow Food Lives Here” yard sign to showcase in the yard, on a window or front door that can be proudly displayed year round. After meals are enjoyed, hosts will fill out an online form that will enter them to win the grand prize featuring two seats at an intimate cooking demonstration and private dinner hosted by chefs Steven Satterfield and Asha Gomez at Third Space in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The form and photos from each event will need to be submitted to Slow Food Atlanta no later than Friday, April 4, in order to be eligible to participate in the drawing. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced in mid-April.

To learn more about Slow Food Atlanta and the "Slow Food at the Table" campaign, visit www.slowfoodatlanta.org or contact slowfoodatl@gmail.com.     # # # Slow Food AtlantaSlow Food Atlanta is a local chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit organization part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, Slow Food USA links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. Slow Food’s mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all. Officially founded in Italy in 1989, Slow Food’s stated mission was to counter the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat and where it comes from. Slow Food USA was founded in 2000 and now has over 200,000 supporters, 200 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide.
 
 
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An incredible slate of educational sessions led by state, regional, and national experts; a keynote from the Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook, one of the country's foremost voices in the fight for cleaner farms; good times spent in the company of fellow organic ag lovers at the legendary Farmers Feast. What's not to love? Conference registration ends Feb. 7, so sign up today!

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Members get $100 off full registration and $20 off a la carte items, so join now for the best value on a weekend that's already going fast— three farm tours have already sold out!

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This year Georgia Organics is cross pollinating with Florida Certified Organic Growers and will welcome farmers, experts, and advocates from our neighbor state to strengthen the good food movement in the South.

 
 
    Chef and owner Ford Fry and his team are starting 2014 off on a high note with the opening of St. Cecilia on Monday, January 13. The restaurant’s name not only pays tribute to the patron saint of music, it also represents Fry’s love of music and the sirens of Greek mythology whose songs coaxed mariners to shore. Located at the bustling corner of Peachtree and Lenox Roads, the newest addition to The Pinnacle Building blends a timeless design with a modern day atmosphere.

   
Fry and executive chef Brian Horn worked together to create a menu that travels the southern European coastline, exploring delicate pasta, roasted fish and fresh crudo served in the historic seaside towns and villages.
    “When we started creating dishes for St. Cecilia, we were inspired by the cooking techniques used in the area of Genoa, Italy, the Ligurian coast, the day to day fishing, home-style pasta making – nothing too fancy, just really simple,” says Fry. Horn’s culinary methods are in perfect harmony with Fry’s. “There’s nothing very complicated about my style of food, nothing too ‘frou-frou,’” says Horn. “My favorite thing to make is handmade pasta and when you do it with heart it truly shows. I personally find the process a simple enjoyment – it’s about relaxation when kneading, rolling and shaping the dough. I wear my ear buds, get my hands in and there and practically mediate!”

Examples of menu items include salt cod beignets; bucatini with Jonah crab, Serrano chili and garlicky crumbs; fluke crudo with blood orange, pink grapefruit, Castelvetrano olive and EVOO; and veal rib chop with cipollini onions, mushroom, pancetta and madeira. When describing how she came up with the dessert menu, pastry chef Chrysta Poulos explains, “I wanted to keep kept the menu straight-forward, super delicious and with a heavy Italian influence.”

Diners can finish their meal with offerings such as the panini di gelato, an ice cream sandwich with pizzelle cookies; bomboloni doughnuts filled with housemade ricotta, honey-cinnamon syrup; and zabaglione gelato with a brown butter caramel.

The spacious bar with its 20 stools and additional cocktail lounge are ready to host those looking for a post-work or pre-dinner drink. “We put an emphasis on wine, carefully picking each of the 200 bottles on our wine list,” says beverage consultant Lara Creasy. “Our cocktails are very European and aperitif, or lighter-bodied, in style.” Craft cocktails include the Evil Ways with a Spanish brandy, Licor 43, Oloroso sherry, salt and a Marcona almond-stuffed olive; Gold Dust Woman with pisco, L’Esprit de June, prosecco and flower pollen; and Let it Bleed with bourbon, Casoni 1814 Aperitivo, cherry Heering and tangerine juice. In the center of the bar, the La Marzocco Strada espresso machine is used to create another large component of the beverage menu – coffee drinks.

Like all of Fry’s restaurants, St. Cecilia is visually stunning. The Meyer Davis Studio designed the massive, light-filled 11,000-square-foot space which seats approximately 160. Tucked away on the second floor, a private room holds a flat screen television neatly hidden away and walls decorated with playful, European beach inspired photographs. Downstairs, the windows are accented with soft, patchwork curtains attached to pulleys, distressed wall mirrors that have the ability to make guests look “just right” at night and Romanesque tiled columns. These design elements create a comfortable environment where guests can relax and feel removed from the busy outside world.  There are vintage touches such as timeworn Mediterranean books, kitchen tools and metal bins, prominently displayed on a sky-high shelf unit that separates street entrance from the dining room space just one staircase below. Reclaimed lightwood covers the floor and a matching rounded, wooden wall hangs over three gleaming stone chef’s tables. Collectively seating 12, the tables are positioned in front of the icy crudo bar. The shiny stainless steel of the open kitchen showcases a roaring, mini-hearth for roasting the fish of the day and provides guests a peek into the kitchen.

St. Cecilia is located at 3455 Peachtree Road adjacent to The Pinnacle Building at the corner of Peachtree and Lenox Roads. The restaurant serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. For more information, visit stceciliaatl.com or call 404-554-9995 for reservations. You can also visit their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/StCeciliaATL