Casual pizza eatery shakes up the dining scene in historic downtown Roswell
Restaurateurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac and culinary director Bob McDonoughof F&H Food Trading Group are set to debut  their fifth venture together, Real Fix Pizzeria, in historic downtown Roswell. The casual, neighborhood pizzeria is set to open in spring 2014.
 
F&H Food Trading Group’s collection of restaurants currently reside on Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell, Ga., and include the globally inspired OPULENT, New York butcher-influenced Little Alley Steak and Salt Factory Pub a modern gastropub serving comfort food with an international twist. The second location for Salt Factory opened in Alpharetta in November 2014. The Real Fix is the newest concept from the seasoned restaurateurs and their first pizzeria.
 
“We’re excited to introduce a new-style, thoughtfully curated pizza to downtown Roswell,” said Azhari. “With an approachable atmosphere and both classic Italian-influenced and locally sourced ingredients, the Real Fix will be a lively addition to the neighborhood.” 
 
Real Fix, which derives its name from co-owner Fikret Kovac’s nickname, will boast a menu comprised of chef-driven pizzas, superior ingredients, canned beer and wine on draft. Real Fix sets the tone for the next generation of pizzerias featuring three different signature pizza styles made with dough from the restaurant’s humidity-and temperature-controlled dough mixing room and starter. Styles include the classic New York styleoriginal New York fried “House Specialty”and Neapolitan-style pizzas. All pies are available in a gluten-friendly option made with quinoa dough and vegan styles.
 
Inspired by the pizzerias on the streets of Napoli and New York’s five boroughs, the New York fried style “House Specialty” is made when dough is flash-fried then finished in a brick oven, giving it a crunch and char unique to this specific style of pizza. The pies will be prepared in two specialized ovens with the New York style pizza cooked at 650 degrees and the Neapolitan at 850 degrees. These unique, handmade ovens are assembled brick-by-brick by master craftsmen from materials made from the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius, allowing the ovens to achieve higher temperatures than their all-American counterparts.
 
The Real Fix’s design is heavily influenced by the simplicity of traditional Italian pizzerias. The 1,200 square-foot restaurant will feature a vibrant and energetic interior comprised of striped walls, central lighting from a large chandelier and an illuminated signs that offers a vintage feel. The pizzeria will be located at 14 Elizabeth Way, Roswell, Ga., 30075, and will be open for lunch, dinner, delivery and carry-out daily. For more information, please visit http://fhfoodtradinggroup.com/.
 
 
 
 
Still a few days to get in on these great Atlanta area restaurant deals!
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The bi-annual (Spring) Inman Park Restaurant Week will take place from Monday, March 17th, through Sunday, March 23rd, 2014. Each of the thirteen participating restaurants will offer a  three-course tiered menu which will cost either $15.00, $25.00 or $35.00. The restaurants that are included are: Barcelona Wine Bar, Folk Art, Fritti, Il Localino, Kevin Rathbun Steak, North Highland Pub, Parish, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun's, Sotto Sotto, The Albert, The Wrecking Bar and Wisteria.

ABOUT INMAN PARK RESTAURANT WEEK:
This is Inman Park’s fifth year of having restaurant week and the largest to date. This week, the new restaurant included is Folk Art which has recently opened in Inman Park. There will also be a Fall restaurant week in September, 2014. You can find all of the information on the restaurants at www.inmanparkrestaurantweek.com

ABOUT INMAN PARK:
Inman Park is Atlanta’s first planned residential suburb and also Atlanta’s first electric trolley neighborhood. Created at the cusp of the twentieth century, this ideal Victorian neighborhood — curved streets, generous residential lots, and verdant parks — was built upon the wrecked land of Atlanta’s Civil War battlefield, two miles east of downtown Atlanta. Inman Park was the brainchild of a renaissance thinker named Joel Hurt (1850-1926), who modeled the neighborhood after other trolley neighborhoods he had seen throughout the United States.

For more information, please contact Marco Alarcon directly at 404.593.9999 or visit our website at www.inmanparkrestaurantweek.com

 
 
March Madness is around the corner and with it comes the all-important game day snacking. This tournament season, consider a unique game day snack that’s sure to be a slam dunk: the Benihana sushi platter.

Whether you’re picking one up as a host or guest, a Benihana sushi platter provides a convenient and flavorful alternative to the typical game day fare. Guests will forget all about buffalo wings and chips and fall in love with the kick found in Benihana’s Spicy Tuna Roll and the crunch in a Crunchy Tuna Roll.
 
For 50 years, Benihana has been creating a unique and memorable flavor experience—and the take-out sushi platter is no exception.

Available at your local Benihana location! 
 
 
  • Local farm innovation company’s first consumer salad product lines the shelves of select locations
PodPonics, an innovative leader in urban salad-mix production, announces the official launch of its first consumer product, Lettuce Buy Local. The delicate mix of greens is pesticide free, kosher, non-GMO and conveniently comes washed and ready-to-eat. Sustainably grown in Atlanta, Lettuce Buy Local offers consumers superior produce that is more nutrient-dense and eco-friendly as lettuce is packaged and delivered within hours of harvest.

“The goal of PodPonics has always been to improve local communities through sustainable urban farming technology,” said Matt Liotta,PodPonics founder and CEO. “With the official launch of Lettuce Buy Local, we are providing tangible results as Atlantans now have a better choice for readily available, fresh and flavorful lettuce.”

Packaged in a 5-ounce clamshell container, the fresh and flavorful product is currently available in two mix varieties: Green Mix with green romaine and green lollo, and Encore Mix with green romaine, green lollo and red lollo. Both product varieties are sold in select Whole Foods and Kroger locations throughout Atlanta and in the surrounding suburbs. 10-ounce packages of each variety are coming soon to stores.

As a genuine advocate for the local food movement, Lettuce Buy Local is a weekly vendor at several Atlanta market locations, including the Decatur, Piedmont Park, Georgia Tech, East Atlanta and Grant Park Farmer’s Markets. Both the Encore Mix and Green Mix are available in 5-and-10-ounce clamshell packages at each market. For more information on store locations, in-store product demonstrations and news, follow Lettuce Buy Local on Facebook.

PodPonics anticipates additional Atlanta grocers and markets in their distribution plan for 2014 and continued growth of globally based farming efforts.

With a strategic team of industry experts and leaders, along with the promise of expanded farming capabilities for Atlanta, PodPonics is beginning to operate on a global scale. As part of its sustained growth model, the company is actively building urban farm locations internationally. Its second farm is under construction in Dubai and subsequent farms are expected in other countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.


About PodPonics

PodPonics is the future of farming. The Atlanta-based company answers the growing consumer demand for local food by producing it in urban centers, using an approach that does not require arable land. PodPonics utilizes a proprietary system that integrates advanced hydroponics, proprietary lighting, irrigation and nutrient technology with process control. Their growing system eliminates pesticides, reduces cost, improves product quality and creates local jobs while answering the strong and growing demand for locally produced, natural foods.

The PodPonics approach to next-generation urban agriculture provides a number of advantages over traditional farming, including year-round crop production, much higher crop density, predictable results and the elimination of crop failures caused by weather or pests. PodPonics meets these goals using far less water and oil than traditional agriculture, without employing harmful pesticides. The benefits of the approach include providing a healthy, natural product grown in a controlled environment at or near the point of consumption. For more information on PodPonics growing technology or crops, please visit www.podponics.com.
 
 
Courtyard party brings live entertainment, spring cocktails and giveaways to Midtown
The Artmore Hotel, Midtown’s premier boutique nightlife destination, invites neighbors and friends to welcome the first day of spring with its annual soiree, Cocktails in the Courtyard, on Thursday, March 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Set in the hotel’s chic, Spanish-inspired courtyard featuring a magnificent central fire fountain, the festive event will begin with complimentary cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., including seasonal favorites set to showcase local juices such as the starry lights with Citron vodka, fresh lemons, simple syrup, champagne and blue Curacao, and the south beach with Kilo Kai spiced rum, amaretto liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine. Guests will also be treated to a variety of tasty bites.

 Live jazz tunes from Groove Centric will fill the air throughout the evening, while guests mix, mingle and dance to the smooth sounds. There will be plenty of surprises along the way, such as spring-inspired giveaways and even a one-night stay for one lucky party goer! Guests will also be delighted to visit the Artmore’s new Cocktail Garden.

A hidden Midtown oasis, the charming space is ideal for lounging with friends - the perfect way to begin your night out in the city. As an extension of the Studio Bar + Lounge, The Cocktail Garden offers ample space to lounge and enjoy signature cocktails, domestic beers all while taking in the majestic Midtown Atlanta skyline. The space also provides a stylistically intimate setting that is enclosed within a state-of-the-art tent to ensure comfort year round.

Cocktails in the Courtyard is free to attend with a $10 valet service. Guests are welcome rain or shine! Please RSVP to andi@thereynoldsgroupinc.com to attend. For more information on this and other events, call 404.876.6100 or visit the Artmore Hotel Facebook page.