Bourbon Bar is raising a glass to the release of three new private label barrel selections. Adding to its existing trio of exclusive labels including Jefferson’s, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace, Bourbon Bar is thrilled to introduce barrels from Woodford Reserve and Old Forester to the collection, with Heaven Hill Select joining in late spring. All barrels were hand selected with the help of the master distillers at each location. The Woodford Reserve selection is a blend of two barrels and boasts a bubbly flavor with hints of honey, while the Old Forester selection is a full-bodied mixing bourbon with tastes of vanilla and caramel. The most exclusive of the three new selections, Heaven Hill Select’s private barrels are nearly 150 proof and offer a surprisingly smooth flavor with touches of honey, bread, vanilla and caramel. Bourbon Bar is the only property in the U.S. with this private barrel, and only 17 can be found worldwide. For more information, please visit www.southernart.com/bourbon-bar.
 
 
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South City Kitchen Vinings is bringing the Bayou to you! Now through Fat Tuesday on Tuesday, March 4, South City Kitchen will celebrate Mardi Gras with its exclusive “Taste of New Orleans” menu. Small plate selections will showcase “Nawlins” delicacies including Louisiana gumbo with catfish, crawfish, Andouille, okra and brown roux broth,  gulf crab and apple beignets with bacon mayo and oysterman’s stew with fennel, fingerling potatoes, bacon, basil butter and oyster crackers. Crispy buttermilk catfishserved alongside Gulf blue crab maque choux and a celery salad and red fish napoleon with crawfish mousse, green rice and crawfish etouffee will be featured entrees. A New Orleans classic, the Ambrosia “Pain Perdu” with coconut bread pudding, pineapple-banana rum caramel and High Road vanilla ice cream will end the meal on a decadent note. Les bons temps rouler!

 
 
 

Barbecue Anyone?

02/25/2014

 

New Atlanta Dogwood Festival VIP Offers Backyard Barbcue & Brews

This spring, Atlanta Dogwood Festival visitors will get a chance to visit the festival’s backyard during a VIP tasting event highlighting one of the South’s best culinary traditions. Backyard Barbecue & Brews will take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival and feature local chef versions of the outdoor picnic.

WHAT
Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP Experience

This all-inclusive outdoor tasting event will take place in a spacious tented area overlooking the Main Stage. Backyard Barbecue & Brews will showcase local craft beers, wine, moonshine and barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city’s favorite restaurants and chefs. Guests will enjoy picnic-style seating, activities like corn hole and lawn bowling and access to private bathrooms. 

Restaurant and beverage participants coming soon! Interested restaurants and chefs can contact restaurants@launchatlanta.com to find out how to participate.

WHEN
Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13;  1 to 5 p.m.


TICKETS 
$20 per day if purchased by March 15, 2014
$25 per day in advance beginning March 16, 2014
$35 at the door
Available at www.dogwood.org

WHERE
At the 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park in a tented area overlooking the Main Stage.

ABOUT THE ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL


The city’s longest-running festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing the annual springtime celebration of arts and entertainment. The festival has earned significant recognition for the overwhelming success of its Green Festival Initiative, which in 2011, 2012 and 2013 received a Gold Award for Best Festival Environmental Program from the International Festivals & Events Association. The Society of American Travel Writers named the Atlanta Dogwood Festival as one of the Top 10 Spring Festivals in 2012 and Sunshine Artist magazine named the festival the 40th best in the country in 2013. The Art Fair Sourcebook ranked the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in its list of Top 25 Fine Art Festivals in the country for 2013.
 
 
No matter how much of an ancestral stretch it actually may be, Americans feel a real connection to their Irish roots each year on St Patrick’s Day. And starting March 1, the social order in Atlanta shifts towards a singular purpose: connecting to those Irish traditions. This means wearing green, eating traditional Irish food, connecting with community through charity, and, of course, drinking Guinness and fantastic Irish whiskey. After 17 years of throwing the biggest Paddy’s Day outdoor event in Atlanta, Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead continues its tradition of delivering revelers Atlanta’s definitive 2014 Paddy’s Day celebration.

Planning for the outdoor block party at Fado starts months in advance and every aspect of the days leading up to March 17 is focused on offering an over-the top- yet authentic- Irish experience with something for everyone. This year the outdoor event begins on March 15 and continues until March 17 featuring a full line up of European sports, including 6 Nations Rugby, English Premier League, Irish Dancers, traditional bag pipers, an appearance by The Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch team, full live music schedule, food and drink stations, including the a Tullamore Dew signature cocktail, called The Paddy’s Punch, as well as a signature serve “Flexible Flask”!  The flask will be prefilled with the cocktail and set up at stations or hand sold by wait staff throughout the day. “Party like a Paddy” never sounded more right!

Since 1996, Atlantans have chosen Fadó as the best St Patrick’s Day party in the city.  Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead has become a St Patrick’s Day Institution. Buy your tickets in advance now. Commit Yourself.

Here’s what to expect during Atlanta’s most anticipated St. Paddy’s celebration at Fadó in Buckhead:
  • Traditional Irish Session, Monday, March 10 at 8 p.m. -local musicians gather to perform acoustic versions of classic Irish tunes. New Musicians always welcome.
  • “Craft Fare” Tuesday, March 11 - a gourmet slider and craft beer sampling event from 7.30-9.30 p.m. $25 per person includes sampling from 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.; gourmet mini-burgers and sliders and multiple craft beers, including Sweetwater Brewing cask ales and bomber bottles. Between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m., guests will enjoy special pricing on all featured product.  Tickets available on-line and on the door. Limited seating. Craft Fare Pre-sale Tickets
  • Super Paddy’s Day Pub Quiz with $500 cash prize, Wednesday,  March 12 at 8 p.m. - $500 1st place cash prize, 2nd place-$200 Fado Bucks, 3rd place-$100 Fado Bucks. Three week tournament starts on Feb 26th. Featuring Heineken pitcher specials for the tournament.
  • Live Music with the Mike Magno Band, Thursday, March 13 at 9 p.m. No cover. And, for Guinness lovers, its lucky pint night. Prizes given at random all night long!
  • St Baldrick’s Charity Event, Friday, March 14 at 2:15 p.m. from 6:18 p.m.- An annual head-shaving event where the community raises money and awareness to help fight children’s cancer. Drink specials include Heineken and Heineken Light Bottles and 20 cents from each bottle sold will benefit the St Baldrick’s Foundation. Party goes late with “Just Press Play” kicking off at 10 p.m. playing cracking pub tunes, new and old.  Fun Fact: “craic” is an Irish term meaning good times”. So we like to always say that this event is “great craic for a great cause”.  We have a $125,000 fundraising goal and over 35 shavees signed up so far. Go here and find out how you can participate. Or, just go here to donate
  • Parade Day in Atlanta; Outdoor Block Party at Fado, Saturday, March 15 - Doors open at 7.30 a.m. for European sports, English Premier League and 6 Nations Rugby. Full pub menu available all day. Outdoor festival starts at 12 p.m. and is co-hosted by Atlanta’s own, A Social Mess who will be featuring the main stage contests, games and other amazing nonsense to infuse some wild into the festival this year.  Live music from 1 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and includes Andy Birdsall cover band, Mike Magno Band, Desire (U2 cover band), and Geek Band (80’s cover). DJ Just Press Play inside starts at 9 p.m. Food tents and multiple beer and cocktail stations, including the Tullamore Dew signature cocktail; “The Paddys Punch”. Cover starts at noon.  21+ after 2 p.m. $20 on the door.  
  • Trad Sunday, March 16 - Doors open early with European sports, featuring Liverpool v Manchester United 9.30am. Brunch menu available until 3 p.m. and full menu, including Traditional Irish food, available all day. Guest bartender charity event from noon to 3 p.m. hosted by Leukemia & Lymphoma Team in Training. Irish dancers to perform throughout the day. Traditional Irish Music from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m and Andy Birdsall Acoustic. to perform from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. No cover

      SPECIAL: From noon - 2 p.m., the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Team will be at Fado! All ages welcome. No charge
  • St Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17 - Doors open at 7 a.m. Full menu available. Outside event starts at 12pm with traditional Bag Pipers and Irish Dancers performing throughout.  Live music from 2 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. with Geek Band, Andy Birdsall Band, Desire, the greatest U2 cover band in the world! Cover starts at noon. DJ Just Press Play inside from 4 p.m. playing “cracking” pub tunes until 9 p.m.! 21+ only after noon. $20 cover on the door.
Advance tickets are on sale now for March 15 and March 17, 2014. Purchase before March 1st and save.
$15 for 1 day, $25 for 2 day passes
After Midnight on March 1st, tickets are $20 for 1 day, $30 for 2 day pass.$20 at the door.Tickets on sale now

 
 
The grandest event of awards season is near, and we have a couple suggestions on how to celebrate in true style. See below to make the most of the 86th annual Academy Awards:
Sprinkles
Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.846.1599
www.sprinkles.com
Sprinkles red velvet cupcakes are getting gussied up for the Academy Awards! Add some Hollywood glam to your Oscar party with a Sprinkles Red Carpet box featuring a dozen red velvet cupcakes adorned with shiny gold stars. This special treat is available to order between February 28 and March 2.
 Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.477.1700

http://www.rira.com/atlanta/
Ri Ra Irish Pub is gearing up for the Academy Awards with an Oscars Viewing Party! Join the annual red carpet Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the Hollywood’s finest with a champagne and light bites reception and hot buttered popcorn. And of course, the entire event will be live on Ri Ra’s big screens for a star studded occasion. If only there were an Oscar for best pub…
 
 
 
 
Midtown restaurant 10th & Piedmont is planning a Caviar and Bubbles event from Wednesday, February 12 through Thursday, February 25.

For those with Champagne and caviar tastes, the restaurants limited-time menu uncorks a live-it-up experience with easy-on-the-wallet pricing and farm-raised sturgeon caviar developed by the University of Georgia.

Dishes include:
  • "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," deviled egg, cider-braised collard greens, crisp pork and UGA caviar ($14) paired with Zonin prosecco ($8)
  • "From Russia with Love," smoked salmon mousse in a phyllo cup with crème fraîche and UGA caviar ($14) paired with Freixenet Codorniu Negro ($12)
  • "House of the Rising Sun," tuna tartare, crisp cucumber wheel, Sriracha crema, avocado and UGA caviar paired with Codorniu cava ($13)
  • “Caviar Trilogy,” sample platter of caviar specialties ($17) and Veuve Clicquot rosé ($50, for two).

    The restaurant’s regular menu is served in addition to the caviar and bubbles menu. Reservations can be made online or by calling 404-602-5510.
 
 
Sunday gatherings are ideal for comfort food, and Sunday dinners at OPULENT are no exception. Beginning Sunday, January 19, from 4 to 9 p.m., and continuing each week, guests will have the option of ordering from a three-course, family style menu in addition to the regular menu for just $22 per adult and $7 for children 10 or younger.

The southern-tinged menu will consist of complimentary bread and butter as well as an artisan chopped salad for the table, a choice of two meats including slow braised pork shank and spaghetti and Kobe meatballs, three sides per table from a choice of seven items featuring leek bread pudding and Carolina black eyed peas and a selection of goat cheese pound cake or dolce de leche brownie for dessert. Sunday Suppers at OPULENT are a perfect feast to round out the week.  

OPULENT is located at 948 Canton Street in Roswell, Ga. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m. For more information, please visit the website or call 770.998.3114.
 
 
A new year brings new offerings from Decatur neighborhood restaurant No. 246. With the recently launched weekend brunch service underway, the restaurant is now introducing a new daily lunch menu on Monday, January 13. 

“We’re really excited about the new pasta dishes we’re able to create with our new pasta extruder,” said co-owner and executive chef Drew Belline.  

Along with classic favorites such as agnolotti and the porchetta sandwich, guests can enjoy the following new additions:  
  • Creste rigate al forno with meat gravy, pequin chiles and grana
  • Lumache with fennel sausage, ancho pepper, rapini, roasted garlic and Pecorino
  • Pineapple pizza with prosciutto, mozzarella and Calabrian peppers
  • Springer Mountain chicken with Mercier apple, celery root and sherry bacon agro dolce
 For those looking for a new late night destination, the Decatur restaurant is staying open until midnight on the weekends, starting Friday, January 31. Guests can visit the bar to satisfy their nocturnal pizza cravings with $6 all-you-can-eat margherita and salami pizzas. The full bar menu of cocktails, wines and beers is also available.   
No. 246 is located at 129 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. The restaurant serves lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.no246.com/ or call 678-399-8246.