By Teresa Tobat

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From discounted meals at some of the best hotel restaurants in Atlanta to what our friends are serving up on Easter Sunday, check out what our friends have to offer. 

The Cook’s Warehouse Spring Class Schedule Released 
Cook’s Warehouse has just unveiled its spring schedule. Highlights include free workshops hosted by the warehouse covering topics ranging from making grits to crafting healthier versions of potato chips. They also will be offering a cake decorating series for teens and a workshop for kids ages 10 to 17 on how to create Asian dishes. For more information, please visit cookswarehouse.com.

866/890.5962

Hotel Restaurant Week

Atlantans can enjoy a three-course meal for $30 at some of the city’s best hotel restaurants from March 31 to April 7 during Hotel Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants include Park 75, The Mansion on Peachtree, Livingston Restaurant & Bar, Room, Lobby Bar and Bistro, Spice Market, Paces 88, eleven, BLT Steak and Southern Art. For more information, please visit hotelrestaurantweek.com. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Easter Dining Options
Spring has officially "sprung" in Atlanta, and Easter is right around the corner, Sunday, April 8. If the idea of doing all of the cooking and cleaning up doesn't sound much like a celebration, here are some terrific options for Easter dining in and around town. 

Alma Cocina
This modern Mexican joint will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular dinner service will start at 5 p.m.

191 Peachtree Street
(One Ninety One Peachtree Tower)
Atlanta, GA 30303
404/968.9662
alma-atlanta.com


Café Intermezzo
This European-inspired coffeehouse will be serving up brunch. Restaurant-goers can enjoy a variety of crepes, soups, salads, breakfast plates and more. Café Intermezzo’s Dunwoody location will open at 10 a.m. and its Atlanta location will open at 11 a.m.

4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30346
770/396.1344
 
1845 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/355.0411
cafeintermezzo.com

Carbonara Trattoria
This Italian restaurant will serve Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special dishes from the menu include eggs Benedict, a variety of omelets, prime rib, French toast and more. 

5499 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
678/587.9100
carbonaradunwoody.com
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Davio’s 

From 12 to 8 p.m., Davio’s will serve a special Easter menu and dessert buffet for $45 per person, excluding tax and tip. Select dishes from the menu include pan-seared sea scallops, Maine lobster ravioli, veal scaloppini and oven-roasted rack of lamb. To view the full menu, please visit davios.com/atl/event-Easter.php. Reservations are recommended.

3500 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404/844.4810
Davios.com/ATL

Ecco

Ecco will open the bar at 4 p.m. with regular dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

40 7th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
404/347.9555
ecco-atlanta.com

Grand Champion BBQ

Diners can head to Roswell and pick up an smoked Easter Ham at this barbeque joint for $59.95.

4401 Shallowford Road
Roswell, GA 30075
770/587.4227
gcbbq.net

Kurt’s Bistro

Kurt’s will be serving up a special Easter menu including appetizers, a carving station offering prime rib, ham and lamb and a choice of three desserts. The special menu is $45 for adults and $20 for children ages four to 12. There are limited seating reservations available.

3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Suite 100
Duluth GA 30096
770/623.4128
kurtsrestaurant.com

MARKET

Guests can enjoy brunch at MARKET from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Highlights of the a la carte menu include black truffle pizza, butternut squash soup, goat cheese and spinach omelets, and French toast with sautéed peaches.

MARKET at W Atlanta Buckhead 
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326 
404/523.3600
marketbuckhead.com 

Nancy G’s

This Sandy Springs haunt will be serving its brunch menu along with some specials. A few select dishes that diners can expect include fried green tomatoes, salmon BLT, and country fried chicken breast.

4920 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
404/705.8444
nancygscafe.com

The Original El Taco

This casual Mexican haunt will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with regular dinner service starting at 5 p.m.

1186 N. Highland Avenue at Amsterdam Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873.4656
eltaco-atlanta.com

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Ray’s at Killer Creek

Diners who head over to Ray’s at Killer Creek can enjoy a buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Killer Creek’s dinner menu will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. The buffet is $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages five to 10. Children four and under are free. Call 770/694.0064 for reservations.

1700 Mansell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009
raysrestaurants.com/raysatkillercreek

Ray’s on the River

Ray’s on the River will serve a buffet from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The buffet is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages five to 10. Children four and under are free. Call 770/955.1187 for reservations.

6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
raysrestaurants.com/raysontheriver

South City Kitchen Midown and Vinings

South City Kitchen’s Midtown and Vinings’ locations will serve a three-course prix fixe menu from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Diners can enjoy choice of appetizers ranging from she-crab soup to fried green tomatoes. Then, they can feast on entrees including crab cake Benedict, shrimp and grits, and peach French toast pudding, and finish the night off with a choice of coconut cream cake, ginger-peach cobbler or Southern pecan pie. The cost is $29 for adults, and $14.50 for children under 12, excluding tax and tip.

South City Kitchen Midtown
1144 Crescent Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/873.7358
southcitykitchen.com/midtown
 
South City Kitchen Vinings
1675 Cumberland Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30080
770/435.0700
southcitykitchen.com/vinings

La Tavola Trattoria

La Tavola will open one hour early at 10 a.m. to serve its Italian-style brunch until 3 p.m. Regular dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m.

992 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873.5430
latavolatrattoria.com

Theo’s Brother’s Bakery

Guests can enjoy a variety of pies, tarts, breads, muffins, mini-loaves, scones, lemon meringue cupcakes and lemon Pavlova at Theo’s Brother’s Bakery. Dessert lovers should place their orders by April 7.

12280 Houze Road, #6
Alpharetta, GA 30004
770/740.0360
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/theos_alpharetta.html

Vinny’s on Windward

Vinny’s will be serving a special brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant’s children’s menu also will be available.

5355 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
770/772.4644
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/vinnys.html

 
 
By Teresa Tobat

From a four-day art and wine celebration to a bourbon tasting, consider enjoying some of our friends’ mixed offerings.  

Aspens Signature Steaks Small Batch Bourbon Tasting

If you’ve ever wanted to drink like a cowboy, here’s your chance. Sample a variety of bourbons and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres on March 30 at 6 p.m. at Aspens East Cobb location. The Metro Atlanta Scotch Club will host the event.

Call 678/236.1400 for reservations. Limited space is available. Tickets are $25 per person.

Aspens Signature Steaks East Cobb
2942 Shallowford Road  
Marietta, GA 30066
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/aspens_east.html
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Grand Champion BBQ Expands, Adds new Chef

One of Atlanta’s barbeque restaurants has just gotten a little bigger. Grand Champion BBQ can now accommodate private and business catering as well as special events. They can cater for one to 4,000 people. The restaurant also hired Chris Farr (pictured) as its pie chef. Farr’s seasonal pies are for order off the menu or upon request.

4401 Shallowford Road
Roswell, GA 30075
770/587.4227
gcbbq.net

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High Museum’s Annual Wine Auction Salutes the Grape

To enjoy great wine and art all in four days, consider participating in the High’s Wine Auction from March 28 to 31. This year’s event includes specialty meals at select restaurants, professional chef-prepared dinners served at private residences, wine tastings and more. On March 31, the High will host its 20th annual Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction. Rare and collectible wine, trips, fine and more will be up for auction at the High’s largest fundraising event. Tickets for the auction are $400 per person.

For more information, please visit http://atlanta-wineauction.org/.

 
 
Chocolate Extravaganza: What Goes Into Making a Chocolate Buffet
By Teresa Tobat
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The decadent chocolate fountain at Four Seasons Atlanta.
If you think of yourself as a true chocolate lover, you have a chance every Friday through the end of March to really prove yourself. Each Friday in March, the Four Seasons Atlanta serves an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. More than 20 chocolate treats, all created at the hotel’s restaurant Park 75, are available, alongside live music and a different celebrity guest each week.

Flavors NOW spoke to the chefs behind the buffet and tracked down some facts and figures about the buffet to give you the inside scoop on what it really takes to put on a chocolate buffet.

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Guests enjoying the night Frank Ski (of V103 FM) served as celebrity host.
Q&A With the Chefs Behind the Buffet

What is the theme of this year’s chocolate buffet? What does the menu feature?

Park 75’s Pastry Chef Charles Barrett: The idea for this year was to do a nostalgia-themed event with classic sweets that we grew up with as children re-imagined. We use Swiss Rolls, Nutty Buddys, Twinkies, red velvet cakes, and we’ll also feature our classics like chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate shortbread, chocolate waffles.  We’re also featuring an anti-griddle where we are making frozen treats to order.

Why was this started?
Park 75’s Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker: It’s a wonderful event. We have great talent in our pastry department and really wanted to introduce it to the late-night market. The people who go the opera, theater, and once that is over, they have somewhere to go. I’ve worked in other cities, where stuff opens at 9 p.m. Atlanta really doesn’t have that.

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Chocolate covered pretzel rods.
What do you enjoy about putting this on?
RG: It’s a good opportunity to try out different ideas, and new ways to look at things. Our event is uniquely American. When people think chocolate, they think European pralines, truffles, and those are great. But we want to remind people that just because it’s not European doesn’t make it any less than amazing.

CB: I like the aspect of people getting excited about it. It brings people to the Four Seasons, and breaks down the hotel/restaurant barrier that we face in the industry. Shows then were having fun, shows people that they can enjoy themselves.

What is the atmosphere of the buffet like?
CB: Guests turn into kids when they come in the hotel. Pile it as high as they want to. They kind of lose control after a while. That’s part of the excitement. It’s meant to be a relaxing environment. It turns into a very energizing experience.  

Why should Atlanta residents attend the chocolate buffet?

RG: For the fantastic experience. We use very fresh, flavorful ingredients with many different textures, flavors, temperatures. For you to have this many different tastes at a meal, you’d have to go to ten different places.

CB: Part of our ability as a hotel is to produce and put this type of product in front of people. This is a showcase of the number of items we can put in front of people because we have the resources to make that happen. Reminder to say we can do a lot of fantastic, exciting things.

Chocolate Buffet Facts and Figures
On average, 150 people attend each chocolate buffet.
Park 75 will use approximately 6oo pounds of chocolate throughout March.
A total of ten chefs and culinary staffers work together to put on a single buffet.
The two chocolate fountains at the buffet each use about two gallons of chocolate per night.
*Facts and pictures provided by Chef Gerstenecker.

The chocolate buffet is available every Friday through March 30 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 per person. Valet parking is included.

Park 75 Lounge and Terrace
Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
75 Fourteenth Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/253.3840
fourseasons.com/atlanta/dining/restaurants/park_75/

 
 
By Teresa Tobat

From a weekend filled with visits to vineyards to a dinner served exclusively with German wines, this is what our friends have to offer you this month.
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End the Winter Blues With Live Jazz at Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Wolf Mountain Vineyards, the first winery in Georgia to receive gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine competitions, will be serving up Southern food along with live jazz music for two afternoons in March. Located just an hour-and-a-half drive away from Atlanta in Dahlonega, consider driving up to get away from it all.

Enjoy live jazz and Southern regional cuisine for lunch on March 18 or 25. The cost is $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wine will be for sale by the glass or bottle. Seating for the event is at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

180 Wolf Mountain Trail 
Dahlonega, GA 30533
706/867.9862
wolfmountainvineyards.com

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Winegrowers Association of Georgia’s Spring Wine Highway Weekend

Consider sampling a small taste of what Georgia’s vineyards have to offer at the seventh annual Winegrowers Association of Georgia’s Wine Highway Weekend on March 23 through 25. For $25 per person, you can enjoy wine tastings from ten various wineries around Georgia and take home a souvenir glass. Wolf Mountain Vineyards will be participating in this wine extravaganza.

For more information about the event and a complete list of all participating wineries, please visit georgiawine.com/events/wine-highway-weekend-0.

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Kurt’s Bistro Hosts the 2012 German Wine Makers’ Dinner

Get a taste of Germany right here in Georgia at Kurt’s Bistro’s German Wine Makers Dinner on March 23. Diners can enjoy hor d’oeuvres and a five-course meal for $65 per person, plus tax and tip. Each course is paired with German wines to complement the plates. The courses feature Maine lobster risotto, beef consommé, baby artisan lettuce, veal loin chop and Riesling-poached pear.  The wines available include various Rieslings, Pinot Blanc, a Rose, and more.

Limited reservations are available. The patio reception starts at 7 p.m. Dinner begins at 8 p.m.

3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096
770/623.4128
kurtsrestaurant.com

 

Rich Beef Stew

03/12/2012

 
By Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Some things just say comfort and, after a particularly challenging week, I dusted off an old favorite recipe for beef stew. This one is easy and doesn't require all day in a slow-cooker to make the meat fall-apart tender. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice for a comforting meal. Enjoy! 

METHOD: 
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 red pepper flakes (more if you like a lot of heat)
  • Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped (chop leafy tops too)
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes (salt-free is best)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
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METHOD: 
Combine flour, thyme and ground pepper in a bowl. Pat beef dry and toss in flour mixture. Meanwhile, heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot with a lid (Le Creuset works well). Shake flour off of beef and brown in hot oil. 

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Add water, wine, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Add carrots, celery and diced tomatoes (juice too). Cover and cook an hour and 30 to 40 minutes longer. 

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If the broth is not thick enough, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.


Enjoy! 

 

Perfect Pairs

03/09/2012

 
Plates to Complement Your Favorite Cocktails
By Teresa Tobat


Pairing cocktails with basic bar snacks like wasabi peas and peanuts has become a thing of the past. With this handy guide, you’ll know just what dish to order to complement the cocktail you’ll be sipping on. Flavors NOW reached out to some of Atlanta’s savviest culinary professionals and asked them for ideas on what dishes to pair with their signature drinks. After ordering one of these dynamic duos, plan to look cooler than James Bond while sipping your martini (shaken, not stirred, of course).

The Place: The Albert Atlanta
The Drink: Muddy Waters Cocktail. This drink consists of Cathead vodka, muddled cilantro, basil, lime, dark agave nectar and club soda.
The Plate: Barbeque Pulled Pork Tacos served with house-made BBQ sauce and jalapeno coleslaw.

General Manager of The Albert, Heath Horan, says both dishes complement each other well because, “it’s a refreshing cocktail to combine with a Mexican-influenced food.” Horan notes that that both the drink and the plate fuse Southern home-style food with easy-to-eat Mexican cuisine.

918 Austin Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
404/872.4990
thealbertatlanta.com

The Place: Front Page News
The Drink: The Hurricane. This consists of Bacardi rum, Front Page News’ signature fruit-punch mixture, as well as orange and pineapple juices.  
The Pairings: Etouffee and Jambalaya. The Etouffee consists of crawfish tails, Gulf shrimp, peppers, onions, celery, with dark rich, roux-thickened sauce, served over long grain white rice.
The Jambalaya is made with shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage. The entire plate is slow-simmered Creole style and served with rice, bayou spices, celery, tomatoes, peppers and white onion.
“The hurricanes are strong and sweet and a great way to cool down the pallet after eating the spicy Etouffee or Jambalaya,” says Bar Manager, Scott Dunkle.

1104 Crescent Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/897.3500
frontpageatlanta.com
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The Place: Livingston Restaurant + Bar
The Drinks: The Manhattan and Negroni (pictured at left). Both drinks are aged in whiskey barrels for five to seven weeks to make them darker and richer than their classic counterpart.
The Pairings: Livingston’s Chef Zeb Stevenson recommends that either drink be paired with the smoked Duck Breast with rutabaga, malt syrup, wheat berries and pecans. “It has all the makings of a perfect pairing,” says Stevenson. “The smokiness and richness of the duck, slight sweetness and malty flavor in the sauce and nice texture contrast.”

The second pairing Stevenson suggests is the Livingston BLT. The BLT is made using H&F egg bread, smoked mayonnaise, tomato jam, soft winter lettuces and house-made bacon that is cured in charred bourbon barrels for 20 days and smoked over pecan chips.

659 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
404/897.1991
livingstonatlanta.com

The Place: Glenn’s Kitchen
The Drink: The Glenntini. This drink is made with Glenn’s Kitchen’s signature infused vodka, which consists of tart lime, cucumber, fresh mint and organic green tea. It is then shaken, strained and garnished with fresh cucumber.
The Pairing: Sea Scallops. The scallops are served with arugula, roasted plum tomato, candied pecans and warm pancetta dressing.

“The refreshing cucumber in the martini perfectly complements the fresh-seared scallops and pancetta flavoring,” says Executive Chef Jason Lovell.

110 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
404/469.0700
GlennsKitchenAtl.com

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The Place: Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food
The Drink: Mango Passion Margarita (pictured at right). This drink is a blend of 1800 Reposado tequila and Uncle Julio’s own mango passion fruit blend. 
The Pairing: Pineapple Bacon Guacamole.

“Fresh pineapple and crisp, hickory-smoked bacon add the perfect balance of sweet and savory to our homemade guacamole,” says Sean Stevens, Director of Marketing.  

1860 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/350.6767
unclejulios.com/locations.html#atlanta

The Place: RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
The Drink: Bikini Martini. This martini is made with Kai Young Coconut Shochu liquor, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, syrup, blue Curacao, a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnished with a pineapple wedge.
The Plates: The Gojira Roll and the Tropical Roll. The Gojira Roll is made with shrimp tempura, kani kama crab mix, cream cheese and cucumber that is then rolled and topped with spicy tuna and spinach tempura bits. The sushi roll is served with Sriracha and spicy mayo.

The Tropical Roll consists of cucumber, mango and avocado rolled and topped with spinach tempura bits, spicy shrimp mixed with masago and mango salsa.

“For those that like some spicy contrast, the Gojira Roll is a great match with this cocktail, as the sweet tropical fruit calms the spicy kick of Sriracha,” says Beverage Director, Alex Summer. “The Tropical Roll also pairs well with its spicy shrimp and fresh-fruit garnishes.”

1080 Peachtree Street, Suite 8
Atlanta, GA 30309
404/267-0114
RAsushi.com/atlanta

Cheers! If you have a favorite pair - in Atlanta or beyond - be sure to share it with us in the comments below. 

 
 
By Teresa Tobat

From a menu honoring National Ravioli Day to a chef’s challenge, see what our friends have in store for you in the coming weeks.

Aspens Signature Steaks’ Rodney Strong Wine Dinner

Looking for ways to add more wine to your diet? Then consider venturing over to Aspens Signature Steaks West Cobb for its Rodney Strong, a noted California vineyard, Wine Dinner on March 21. Aspens’ sommelier Michael O’Connor will host the dinner.

Sample Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Rodney Strong Symmetry alongside dishes paired with some of the wines. The Pinot is paired with lamb, grilled flatbread, the Symmetry is served alongside steak, grilled asparagus, and the Zinfandel accompanies a flourless chocolate cake.

Tickets are $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 770/419.1744.

3625 Dallas Highway SW, #645
Marietta, GA 30064
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/aspens_west.html
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Davio’s Celebrates National Ravioli Day

Consider visiting Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse on March 20 to commemorate one of every food lovers’ favorite holidays: National Ravioli Day.

Davio’s will celebrate this day a three-course, specialty menu that features handmade ricotta-lemon ravioli with Parmigiano and San Marzano Pomodoro, fresh Maine lobster ravioli served with a basil cream sauce and chocolate ravioli for dessert.

The specialty menu is $45 per person and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Davio’s regular menu also will be available. Reservations are recommended.

3500 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404/844.4810
http://davios.com

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King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge Provides Entertainment, Fine Dining

Consider venturing up to the beautiful Old Edwards Inn in North Carolina on March 17 to watch a chef’s competition and enjoy fine dining as well as live entertainment. Nosh on appetizers created by notable junior chefs, view a dessert demonstration, and get your photo taken with the chefs. The evening also includes an auction that benefits the Fragile Kids Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families with medically fragile children. Items auctioned off include wine, art, a one-year subscription to Flavors magazine and special services.

The challenge itself consists of three cooking competitions. In each competition chefs will have 40 minutes to prepare a meal using three to five “mystery” ingredients revealed to them at the start of the competition. Judges will evaluate the chefs’ creations based on taste, use of ingredients, presentation and originality.  Flavors’ very own Managing Food Editor, Shelley Sawyer will provide colorful commentary throughout. The winner of the competitions will receive the title of King of the Mountain 2012.

Following the cooking challenges, attendees will dine on a four-course dinner while listening to live entertainment. After dinner, guests can enjoy dancing and live music. Tickets are $165 for stage seating and $135 for general seating and may be purchased at www.samcallproductions.com.

Old Edwards Inn 
120 Main Street  
Highlands, NC 28741
866/526.8008
oldedwardsinn.com

Fragile Kids Foundation Holds Annual “Let Us Entertain You” Celebration

The Fragile Kids Foundation is hosting its “Let Us Entertain You” fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing and entertainment in the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium is serving dinner. Entertainment throughout the evening includes Torsades Band, comedian Trevor Williams, Ken Ford Children’s Symphony, and Atlanta Dance Lessons instructor Robert Frank.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation. The Fragile Kids Foundation aids families in caring for their medically fragile children and provides rehabilitative and therapeutic equipment as well as support to improve the quality of life for families through wheelchair lifts and other items that are not covered by insurance.

The event starts at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $250 per person and include pre-party cocktails, parking, a tour, reserved seating, a private, open bar, dinner buffet and a gift bag.  The general ticket is $125 per person and includes the dinner buffet and an open beer and wine bar. To purchase tickets, please visit fragilekids.org.

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street NW  
Atlanta, GA 30313
404/581.4000
georgiaaquarium.org

 
 
By Laura Carson Miller

When it comes time for dinner out, do your kids get just as excited about new adventures in food as you do? Atlanta is full of diverse restaurants and luckily many of them have kids menus that aren’t merely the same ‘ole thing!

Check our roundup of local restaurants with kid friendly items so delicious, parents might covet their meals. Click the restaurant names for a direct link to their websites. 
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1. Kyma
Delicious food is always a family affair at Kyma. Chef Pano Karatassos (pictured at left), a father of 3, told me, “The inspiration for the Kyma Kids menu came from the children who came to Kyma with their parents in the first 4 or 5 years the restaurant was open.”  He noticed that they were ordering and enjoying fresh, healthy menu items from the regular menu instead of asking for typical, fried kid’s menu food.  “From that observation, we created a menu that mirrors the regular menu with small plates, pastas and dinner entrees in kid’s portions.  They are the same high quality ingredients and prepared in the same healthy Mediterranean style as the rest of the Kyma menu.”   

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2. Twist

What child, or parent for that matter, could resist the Fluffernutter Sandwich and fruit or the lure of mini burgers with fries? Twist offers choices that are known and loved in portions that are kid perfect. Ask about the coloring contest, too, where you can win another meal on the restaurant!
3. South City Kitchen Vinings

Southern staples get a gourmet twist at South City Kitchen in Vinings (pictured at right), with kids favorites like Crunchy Catfish Sticks and brunch items including Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes or Scrambled eggs with grits and fresh fruit. As an added bonus, kids 10 and under eat free Sunday-Thursday from 5-6pm 
with the purchase of an adult entree at the regular price. 



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4. Café Sunflower

Vegetarian families can find yummy, healthy dishes and a menu just for kids at Café Sunflower (pictured at left) locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Pizza, quesadillas and more get the veggie treatment with fresh ingredients and smiles for kids and parents.


5. Souper Jenny

Jenny Levison has been dishing up soup in Atlanta for 13 years and her Thursday night grilled cheese offering is a favorite of local kids and adults alike. Get a yummy soup and sandwich on Thursday from 5pm – 10pm. You’ll likely be back the following week, too!

Most of all, be willing to try something new - little ones are taking their clues from you. Happy dining, families!