Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard joined Flavors on Saturday, February 13th to show Bloomingdale's shoppers how to prepare a quick, elegant and sure to please Valentine's Day dinner. Now that the stress of Valentine's Day is over, you can impress friends and family alike at dinner parties with these delicious recipes!

Seared Tuna with Winter Veggie Slaw and Quick Citrus Vinaigrette

For the Tuna:
1    pound tuna, cut into 4 ounce blocks
1    cup peanuts, ground
2    tablespoons poppy seeds
1    teaspoon salt
1    tablespoon sunflower oil

To prepare tuna:
Combine ground peanuts, poppy seeds, and salt. Rub tuna all over in peanut mixture to coat evenly. Heat a sauté pan over high heat until very hot; then sear tuna on 4 sides for 45 seconds per side.  Set aside to cool while making salad.

For the salad:
1    head Napa cabbage, shaved
1    red onion, shaved
1    rib celery, sliced thinly
1    tablespoon salt
1    apple
4    large radishes, thinly sliced
4    large sunchokes, thinly sliced
1    cup shaved Brussels sprouts (or even better, just the outer leaves)
4    ounces rice wine vinegar
1    ounce hot sauce
      juice of 1 lime
2   ounces honey
4   ounces olive oil
     salt to taste

Thirty minutes before searing tuna, mix cabbage, onion, celery, and salt and let stand at room temperature. In a bowl, mix vinegar, hot sauce, lime, honey, and olive oil. Whisk to combine; then add all of the vegetables, and toss to coat.  Let stand 2 minutes to bring flavors together.

To Plate:
Put salad on plate, thinly slice the tuna and lay over the salad, drizzle with a little more dressing, and sprinkle a little salt over the rare tuna.

Chicken Livers with Brandy Butter & Cacao Nibs

    1    pound chicken livers, trimmed
    2    cups all-purpose flour
    1    tablespoon salt, plus more for seasoning to taste
    1    tablespoon pepper, plus more for seasoning to taste
    1    tablespoon sunflower oil
    2    ounces brandy
    2    ounces vegetable stock
    2    ounces cream
1/2   tablespoon cacao nibs
    4    ounces butter, diced, cold

To prepare dredging mixture, mix all-purpose flour with salt and pepper. Dredge livers in flour mixture.  Heat large sauté pan to medium high; add oil, and sear livers for 2 minutes per side. Deglaze pan with brandy, scraping up seared bits. Add stock and cream to pan. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add cacao nibs and gradually swirl in butter piece by piece to emulsify. Season to taste and serve. 

This dish can be served over polenta, or with a little side salad of simply dressed bitter lettuces such as frisée or chicory.

ShamRockin’ for a Cure will return to Alpharetta to rock your night with great food and music on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.
ShamRockin’ for a Cure is the brainchild of close friends of Jon and Pam Baker, whose sons were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. An army of friends willing to help the Bakers in their fight against the disease grew into ShamRockin’ for a Cure. The event began as a close-knit, grassroots fundraising event that brought friends together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to “eat, drink, and help cure cystic fibrosis.” In its first year, the party of 150 guests raised just over $8,500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Now, in 2016, the event is expected to bring in close to 1,500 supporters which is expected to surpass the $1.5 million milestone in their fundraising efforts to fight cystic fibrosis. Party-goers can expect food from some of the best restaurants in Metro Atlanta, plenty of drink vendors to keep party cups full, live music, a dance floor, an incredible silent auction and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities up for grabs in the live auction.   Individual tickets are $95 ($34 tax deductible) until March 4 when pricing increases to $105.Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the CF Foundation at 404-325-6973.   “ShamRockin’ is a fun event for visitors or Alpharetta residents who are looking for a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and also help raise funds for a good cause,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “We invite all attendees to make plans to stay at one of Alpharetta’s 23 hotels after the event.”   Special hotel rates are available at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Northpoint and the Alpharetta Marriott. For more information on these hotel rates and on all of Alpharetta’s 23 hotels, visit     

About The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau serves as the official destination marketing organization for the city of Alpharetta, promoting tourism and attracting visitors to all 23 of Alpharetta’s upscale and modern hotels. Visit for more information. To view this release as a PDF, click here.