It’s the most wonderful two minutes of the year! The Kentucky Derby is upon us, Southern Art & Bourbon Bar are celebrating with the second annual Peachtree Downs Derby Party on Saturday, May 2. Held in the Windsor Gardens at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta from 2 to 7 p.m., guests will be treated to Southern-style canapés, signature Derby drinks, live music, games, raffles and race viewing! Food offerings include a slider and sandwich station featuring grilled Kobe beef, buttermilk fried chicken, barbecue pulled pork, egg salad and the official sandwich of the Kentucky Derby, “hot browns,” along with a grilled kabob station and made-to-order donuts. Prepare for the most anticipated two minutes in sports while sipping on mint juleps as well as beer, wine and other premium liquor selections as you play casino games, virtual horse racing and lawn-game favorites like horseshoe, corn hole and bocce ball. Live music by Ruby Red Lips will also be playing throughout the afternoon. Entry is free for guests, and food and beverages may be purchased with $5 raffle tickets. For more information, visit www.southernart.com or call 404.946.9070.
 
 
May Day Blooms White Oak Pastures Workshop, Farm Tour, Dinner and Live Music on May 2
For those of you yearning for a veggie garden this summer, White Oak Pastures Seed Starting Workshop sows a fast start to success on Saturday, May 2. Learn tricks of the trade for greenhouse and outdoor gardening and how to optimize conditions to render vigorous transplants and contend with harsh weather. A 10 a.m. farm tour and noon lunch in the Pavilion inspire your inner farmer and verify the full-on flavor of farm-fresh produce. Come dressed to impress the soil and seeds because you’ll get up close and personal with dirt at the 1-4:30 p.m. workshop. (Good excuse to throw some cute gloves in your cart the next time you’re at a big box store or garden center.) $60 per person, includes lunch in the Pavilion. Limited to 15 participants. Reservations required; reserve online or by calling 229-641-2081. Don’t uproot yourself, stay on for a special May Day dinner at the only farm in the United States that pasture raises and hand butchers 10 red meat and poultry species as well as produces pastured eggs and certified organic vegetables.

Also on Saturday, May 2, celebrate May Day White Oak Pastures style down on the farm in Bluffton, Georgia. From 3-4 p.m., meet and greet the farm crew and your fellow May Day merrymakers, eat appetizers and enjoy drinks in the Pavilion. Embark on a two-part farm tour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Return to the Pavilion to appease farm-fed cravings with a four-course garden- and pasture-to-plate dinner featuring White Oak Pastures raised meats and seasonal vegetables, a cash bar and live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. No maypole, but feel free to improvise a May Day dance if you’re so inclined. Tour, dinner and music, $75 per person; dinner and music only, $65 per person; tour only, $20 per person. Make reservations online or by calling 229-641-2081
 
 
From April 20-26, Here to Serve Restaurants will hold its first Oyster Fest, offering oysters specials in its 12 restaurants throughout the Atlanta area.  The oyster-centric celebration will culminate with an all-day event at Coast Seafood and Raw Bar on April 26.    Held from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 26, the Oyster Fest at Coast Seafood and Raw Bar will feature Executive Chef Quentin Donnaud’s roasted oysters – easy shuck-your-own oysters and already shucked oysters - along with live music, cornhole games and other festivities on its large patio in the heart of Buckhead.  This family-friendly event will also feature hot dogs, hamburgers and an ice cream sundae bar for children.

Chefs at all of Here to Serve’s restaurants have created unique oyster features, reflecting the style and cuisine of each restaurant concept.  The featured specials will be available exclusively Monday through Saturday on the week of April 20-25. 

About Coast

Located in the heart of Buckhead, Coast serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails in a casual, coastal-inspired environment, featuring a seasonal menu centered on sustainable and local/regional seafood. Coast is now open for brunch on Sunday and nightly for dinner, offering an expansive patio, an intimate back patio, extended bar area, and comfortable dining room as well as three private dining spaces. About Chef Quentin Donnaud

Executive Chef Quentin Donnaud was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his menu at Coast reflects his appreciation for the culinary influence of his hometown.  His menu also demonstrates his commitment to using locally grown ingredients and locally raised meats and his dedication to encouraging sustainable seafood practices.  In 2012, Donnaud won the culinary competition on the Food Network’s popular show “Chopped.”

About Here To Serve Restaurants

Co-founded in 1994 by owner and CEO Leigh Catherall, Here To Serve Restaurants owns and operates nine unique dining concepts with twelve locations throughout the Atlanta area. Here to Serve offers Atlanta diners a diverse array of dining options, ranging from upscale steak, seafood and sushi restaurants and fusion Asian cuisine to Spanish-style tapas and regional American fare. Here To Serve Restaurants include Aja, Coast, Goldfish, Noche, Prime, Shucks, Smash, Strip, and Twist, along with Crust, the restaurant group’s much-lauded in-house bakery.

 
 
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Gypsy Kitchen just launched “Spice Hour”, which invites guests to join them on the patio for complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres every Monday-Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. The eatery also provides two free hours of parking in the Buckhead Atlanta parking garage. Ask for voucher at host stand.

GYPSY KITCHEN
3035 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite A209
 Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 939-9840
 
 
Cookbook Author Deanna F. Cook Teaches Kids Recipes from Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)
WHO:  Deanna F. Cook
 
WHAT:  Kids Cooking Classes

WHERE:  The Cook’s Warehouse in Midtown/Ansley Mall and in East Cobb/Merchant's Walk
 
WHEN:  Midtown: Saturday, April 25, 2015; East Cobb: Sunday, April 26, 2015

ABOUT THE CLASSES: Deanna will be at the Midtown and East Cobb locations of The Cook’s Warehouse during the weekend of April 25 & 26, teaching 2 classes at each location.  Classes will feature recipes from her latest release, Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!).

Seats are still available in all sessions- kids ages 8 - 12 can sign up for space in the class where they will recipe a copy of the cookbook (value $18.95) and learn to make 4 recipes under Deanna's guidance: We Love Biscuits!, Think Spring Rolls, Popcorn Chicken and Dipped Strawberry Dessert. Seats are $45 per child and can be reserved here: http://bit.ly/1ywrQZ2

  ABOUT THE BOOK:  Kids love to cook, but many children don’t have basic cooking skills. In Cooking Class, author Deanna Cook makes learning to cook fun and exciting through easy-to-follow recipes and creative projects that kids will have a blast making!
 
Filled with lively, full-color, step-by-step live-action photography of kids cooking, Cooking Class invites all skill levels with fun food creations. They’ll gain a working knowledge of basic kitchen skills with information on everything from proper cutting to accurate measuring, and from prep work to cleanup. A handy 1- to 3-spoon difficulty scale accompanies each recipe, so kids can start where they’re ready.
 
Cooking Class is bursting with 57 delicious, healthy recipes covering breakfast to lunch, dinner to dessert, and everything in between. Kids will love making French Toast on a Stick, Italian Panini, Apple Monsters, Fruit Rollups, Nutty Noodles, and Hot Cocoa Pops! And there are lots of fun projects for every occasion, like self-portrait personal pizzas and crazy quesadilla art to make at a slumber party, or a smoothie stand to beat the heat during the hot summer months.  But the fun doesn’t stop there!
 
After kids make their tasty treats, they’ll love decorating and personalizing their packages with the accompanying labels and recipe name tags. Included in the book are flags to make sandwich toothpicks, personalized recipe cards, creative conversation starters, and tons of colorful stickers. Cooking Class will have kids cooking up fun in the kitchen for hours! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  With over a dozen family and kid cookbooks, Deanna F. Cook knows kids and cooking!  She wrote her first book, The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook, when she graduated from college and received a grant to travel around the world and collect recipes from kids. After that, she was a magazine editor for many years, first at Scholastic, then at Disney's FamilyFun where she often shared kids crafts and recipes on TV (Good Morning America, the Today Show, Food Network, and more). She is now the content director at Kidstir.com and writes children's non-fiction books. An avid cook and spokesperson, she’s hosted kids’ cooking specials on the Food Network and is a TV spokesperson on cooking with kids. She lives in Northampton, Massa­chusetts, with her husband and two daughters.
 
 
Southern Art at InterContinental Buckhead is one of the nominees in for the latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest in USA TODAY!  The expert panel selected Southern Art at InterContinental Buckhead as one of 20 contenders for the Best Hotel Restaurant category, which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-hotel-restaurant/. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest.
Voting ends Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 11:59am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 11:59am EDT, then later on USA TODAY. 


 
 
From April 27 to May 2, the More Tacos You Eat…the More We Give
Taqueria del Sol and The Giving Kitchen are teaming up for a week of giving. From April 27 to May 2, Chef Eddie Hernandez will be working with The Giving Kitchen board member and local Atlanta chef, Chris Hall on the one-of-a-kind weekly taco. All proceeds from the taco will go back to The Giving Kitchen and their commitment to provide emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area restaurant workers facing unanticipated hardship.Taqueria del Sol and The Giving Kitchen fans can look forward to “The Giving Taco” – crispy bacon, roasted corn, pickled jalapeños, cotija cheese, cilantro mayo. “The Giving Taco” will be available all week during lunch and dinner service at all Atlanta and Athens locations. “It is our pleasure to support The Giving Kitchen and all of the good work that they do for the Atlanta community”, said Taqueria del Sol owner, Mike Klank. “By collaborating with Chef Hall on The Giving Taco, Chef Hernandez, myself and the Taqueria del Sol family have the opportunity to give back.”The Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit charity based in Atlanta inspired by the outpour of support from the hospitality industry when Chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer in December 2012. From helping with the cost of living expenses to funeral arrangements, The Giving Kitchen provides crisis grants to restaurant workers facing unanticipated hardship who work in metro Atlanta. 

ABOUT TAQUERIA DEL SOL
 Taqueria del Sol offers innovative and cross-cultural menu selections in a relaxed, approachable atmosphere. Chef Hernandez uses only the freshest of ingredients, and spices up his menu with weekly taco and seafood specials. Taqueria del Sol has Atlanta units located at 2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd., 359 West Ponce de Leon Ave., and 1200-B Howell Mill Rd. The Athens location is at 334 Prince Ave. Hours varying based on location. For more information, menus and full contact information, visit www.taqueriadelsol.com.

ABOUT THE GIVING KITCHEN  The Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. As unique as its mission, TGK’s origin is a compelling testimony of the caring, generous nature of Atlanta’s restaurant community. TGK was inspired by the outpouring of support generated when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer in December of 2012. Industry workers and others know Ryan through his restaurant work history including Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Muss & Turner’s, and the Staplehouse supper club.
 
 
Aspens West Cobb is hosting a
Wine Dinner
Wednesday, April 22nd - 7 PM  
Smoked Pacific Salmon Tartar, Grated Farm Egg
Crispy Capers, Everything Bagel Chip, Roasted Lemon Vinaigrette
Fritz 'Dry Creek Valley' Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

Seared Nantucket Scallops, Georgia Corn Puree
Farmer John’s Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Basil Oil, Pickled Spring Onions
Fritz 'Russian River' Chardonnary, 2012

Confit Springer Mountain Chicken, Organic Greens
Shaved Asiago, Crisp Prosciutto, Charred Asparagus, Aged Balsamic 

Fritz 'Dry Creek' Pinot Noir, 2012

Grilled Eye of Ribeye, Truffled Yukon Potatoes
Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Leeks, Veal-Zin Reduction Fritz 'Dry Creek' Zinfandel, 2012

Chocolate Cake, French Chocolate Butter Cream, Grenache
Fritz 'Late Harvest' Zinfandel, 2013   
$65.00 per person plus tax and gratuity


Limited reservations available
call (770) 419.1744 or click here

 
 
Inaugural Event Mixes Live Music, Great Food, Margarita Championship and More at Atlantic Station
Get ready to sample some of the city’s finest margaritas and the world’s best tequilas at the Atlanta Margarita Festival. Coming June 19 and 20 to Atlantic Station, this inaugural event promises to stir things up with two days devoted to food, tequila, music and more in honor of America’s favorite tequila-based concoction. The event will include a chance to vote on Atlanta's best margarita.   

“Some of the best-tasting margaritas in the world are served right here in our city,” says Jeffrey Langfelder, event founder. “We are confident that the Atlanta Margarita Festival will become an annual event showcasing an array of tequilas and the talents of Atlanta mixologists - professional and amateur alike.”

A portion of the net proceeds from this event will benefit Camp Twin Lakes camper scholarships. “Everyone loves a great festival,” says Eric Robbins, executive director of Camp Twin Lakes. “You can have a fantastic time while also helping to support children who are coping with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. We are thrilled to be partnered with the Atlanta Margarita Festival for this celebration.”

The Atlanta Margarita Festival gets underway Friday, June 19, with a limited-admission Tequila 101 educational seminar from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn the origins and history of tequila, as well as, how to taste and smell various tequilas during a private sampling of four different types of tequila with a premium brand.

That same evening from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Taste of Tequila, guests will be able to sample more than 75 premium tequilas and mezcals and savor gourmet appetizers from top Atlanta restaurants while “Mad Violinist” Ashanti Floyd performs. Taste of Tequila will also feature a special silent auction, featuring such items as a trip for two to Jalisco, Mexico, to tour a number of different tequila producers, and an in-home gourmet tequila dinner catered by a top Atlanta restaurant. All auction proceeds benefit Camp Twin Lakes.

On Saturday, June 20, from 1-5 p.m., the Margarita Grand Championship offers the chance to taste and judge over 30 delicious margaritas at the South’s largest margarita contest. This competition is open to anyone, from local restaurants to amateur home mixologists, who will complete for cash prizes and the right to be crowned “Best Margarita in Atlanta” by a panel of celebrity judges. Admission to this event allows guests to sample all of the competing margaritas and vote which concoction wins the People’s Choice Award. For information about submitting a margarita for consideration, visit link.

“This is a fantastic chance to taste dozens of one-of-a-kind margaritas from all corners of the city,” says Vajra Stratigos, director of food and beverage standards for Fifth Group Restaurants. “Whether you’ve perfected a family recipe handed down through the generations, or you’re a server at the biggest restaurant in town, this is a fun and exciting opportunity to see how your margarita stacks up. I can’t wait to see – and taste – what everyone comes up with!”

For those not in a voting mood, the Margarita Fest will also be taking place on Saturday just outside the main tent area of the festival. This celebration promises a unique shopping and entertainment experience with the feel of a street fair. Guests can enjoy a diverse array of live music from 1-6 p.m., as well as a variety of Mexican and traditional festival foods, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and, of course, many different flavors of margaritas. 

The Atlanta Margarita Festival is a 21-and-over event, and all attendees are encouraged to enjoy life and drink responsibly.  Ticket prices are as follows:

·         Tequila 101 seminar - $90; includes admission to Taste of Tequila and the Margarita Fest
·         Taste of Tequila - $75; includes Margarita Fest admission
·         Margarita Grand Championship VIP - $60 in advance for VIP entry at 1 p.m.; $75 starting June 1; includes Margarita
          Fest admission
·         Margarita Grand Championship - $45 in advance; $60 starting June 1; includes Margarita Fest admission
·         Margarita Fest - $15 in advance; $25 starting June 1
·         All-Events Pass - $120; includes Tequila 101, Taste of Tequila, Margarita Grand Championship, Margarita Fest
 
For more information on the premier Atlanta Margarita Festival, visit link.

About Camp Twin Lakes

Camp Twin Lakes provides year-round camp experiences at three medically-supported campsites for 10,000 children each year with serious illnesses, disabilities or other life challenges to help each camper grow in their confidence and experience the joys of childhood.For more information, visit camptwinlakes.org.

 
 
Complete Restaurant Roster Announced for 2015 Buckhead Restaurant Week
Sixth annual culinary event returns April 18 through April 26, 2015
Thirty-nine restaurants are set to participate in Buckhead Restaurant Week when the sixth annual neighborhood event kicks off on Saturday, April 18. Running through Sunday, April 26, 2015, the highly anticipated culinary promotion offers Atlantans the opportunity to enjoy Buckhead’s finest fare in an exclusive prix fixe format. Throughout Buckhead Restaurant Week, the area’s most acclaimed chefs create signature menus, encouraging diners to experience new establishments and to return to beloved icons. Diners can indulge in brunch, lunch and dinner cuisine from $15, $25 and/or $35 prix-fixe menus, and restaurants may offer more than one prix-fixe menu during any brunch, lunch or dinner seating. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity.

Current participating restaurants include: 1 Kept, 10 Degrees South, Aria, Atlanta Fish Market, Bantam + Biddy, The Big Ketch, Bistro Niko, Bricktop’s, Buckhead Diner, Buckhead Tavern, The Capital Grille, Cook Hall, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Grille, Divan, Eclipse di Luna, Establishment Buckhead, F&B, Fado Irish Pub, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Horseradish Grill, Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi, KR SteakBar, Kyma, Le Bilboquet, Meehan’s Public House, NM Café, Ocean Prime, Portofino, Pricci, Saltyard, Seasons 52, Smokebelly, Southern Art, Ted’s Montana Grill, The Café & Bar at Mandarin Oriental, True Food Kitchen, Vine & Tap, and YEBO.

Buckhead Restaurant Week is presented by sponsors The Coca-Cola Company, OpenTable.com, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Central Atlanta Progress, WABE 90.1 FM and The Reynolds Group.

To view the most up-to-date list of participating restaurants, menus and additional information, please visit www.brwatlanta.com. To follow and contribute to conversations and updates surrounding Buckhead Restaurant Week, please “like” Buckhead Restaurant Week’s Facebook page and follow #BRWatlanta2015.