By Teresa Tobat

Cook’s Warehouse Offers Private Cooking Parties

If celebrating at a local bar has become a tired routine, consider booking a private cooking class at Cook’s Warehouse. You can make any class listed on its schedule a private session, choose from a list of preset menus or have Cook’s Warehouse customize a menu just for your group. 

For more information, please visit
RA Sushi Hosts Fundraiser

If you’re looking for a sushi fix and would like to know that you’re helping out a charity while enjoying your Japanese cuisine, consider attending RA Sushi’s eighth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser. From May 27 through June 2, all of proceeds of select menu items sales will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases.

Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, a nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, who died brain cancer in February 2005 when he was just 13. RA Sushi initiated the fundraiser to honor the memory of Mailliard and to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude.

Since its inception, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $943,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and RA Sushi hopes to surpass the $1 million mark this year. 

1080 Peachtree Street, Suite 8
Atlanta, GA 30309

Tantra Restaurant Serves “Fiery Food” Dinner

Summer is on the way, and if you’re looking to enjoy food that is “hot” enough to match the weather, consider paying a visit to Tantra Restaurant on May 30 at 7 p.m. for its “Fiery Food” Dinner. The $30 menu is subject to change, but the current offerings include hummus and chilies sampler, “Seriously Seasoned Salmon,” “Ghost Chili Beef Randang,” and sorbets and ice creams for dessert.

Tax and gratuity are not included. Tantra Restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine and is influenced by the “Silk Road,” containing flavors and spices from Central Asia, the Middle East, Spain and other culinary traditions.

2285 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

From a comedy show that benefits dogs looking for homes to a sparkling wine tasting, our friends are hosting a few exciting event in the coming weeks.

By Teresa Tobat
Nancy G’s Hosts Comedy Show to Raise Funds for Dogs in Need 

For all you pet lovers who also enjoy great food and good laughs, consider attending contemporary stand-up comedy at Nancy G’s on May 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia and Life’s Little Paws, another cocker spaniel rescue group, have teamed up to present Atlanta comedians Jed Fearon and Cris Gray at “Stand Up for the Paws.” The majority of the proceeds from this event will fund the veterinary needs of dogs that are seeking permanent homes.

Tickets are $25 per person, and you must pay cash or check at the door. Seating is limited to the first 50 reservations. Call 404/705-8444 to reserve your spot. Food and drink items will be sold separately. No children under the age of 18 will be admitted to the show.  

4920 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

Ecco’s Executive Chef Teaches Cooking Class to Benefit Atlanta Food Bank

On May 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., Ecco’s Executive Chef, David Bradley, will take his talent for preparing fresh seafood and use it to show wannabe chefs how to prepare high-quality shrimp. In this class, Bradley will show participants how to use all parts of the shrimp—including head, tail and shell—to create the following dishes: coctel de mariscos, a guerrero-style seafood cocktail with citrus; shrimp bisque with tarragon shrimp dumplings; and shrimp toast with coriander and tarragon. The evening includes wine tastings and a chance to win door prizes. The class costs $55 per person.

This class is part of the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Simple Abundance Cooking Class series that provides the community with the opportunity to interact with Atlanta’s top chefs, learn the secrets of exquisite dishes and help feed Atlanta’s hungry. All of the class tuition costs benefit Atlanta’s Table, a project of the food bank that collects food from Atlanta’s local hospitality industry and delivers it to more than 40 nonprofits that provide meals to those in need. For more information, please visit

The Cook’s Warehouse
4062 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30319

Sparkling Wine Tasting at Bistro VG

If you’re in the mood for some light, sparkling wines, consider paying a visit to Bistro VG on May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a wine tasting. Each tasting features five wine samples and small bites for $35 per person. The tasting wines will be from Oregon, California, France, Spain and Italy.

70 West Crossville Road
Roswell, GA 30075

Wine Dinner at Aspens Signature Steaks

For fine wine and great food, head over to Aspens Signature Steaks’ West Cobb location on May 23 at 7 p.m. Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, located in Paso Robles, California, will host the dinner. The event costs $75 per person.

3625 Dallas Hwy SW
Marietta, GA 30064

Consider treating your mom to a special meal or buying her a special gift at some of our friends’ locations on Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 13. It will leave you both with full hearts (and maybe stomachs, too).

By Teresa Tobat

Aspens Signature Steaks

Aspens’ West and East Cobb locations will be serving a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurants’ regular menu and specials will be available. Call for reservations.

East Cobb
2942 Shallowford Road
Marietta, GA 30066

West Cobb
3625 Dallas Highway, Suite 645
Marietta, GA 30064
Beverly Bremer Silver Shop

Beverly Bremer has a wide selection of antique sterling silver dresser jars that would make a beautiful gift for mom. The jars are available in a variety of prices and styles.

3164 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305

Bistro VG

Bistro VG is serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

70 West Crossville Road
Roswell, GA 30075 

Cook's Warehouse
If you're on the hunt for a perfect culinary present for mom, look no further than any of the four Cook's Warehouse locations around town (East Cobb, Ansley Park, Decatur and Brookhaven). There are gifts at every price point - from small gadgets to sets of beautiful pots and pans and much more. Visit them at for store locations, hours and even cooking classes to delight the mom in your life! 

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Davio’s is featuring an appetizer buffet, desserts and choice of entrée for $45 per person from noon to 8 p.m. For a special treat, mothers will receive complimentary mimosas with purchase of the Mother’s Day menu. Please contact 404/844-4810 for reservations. Tax and gratuity are not included.

3500 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326

Firenze Ristorante

Firenze will be open from 11 a.m. to. 2 p.m. Its dinner menu and a special Mother’s Day menu (pictured at right). will be served. Call 770/817-8733 for reservations.

6025 Peachtree Parkway #9
Norcross, GA 30092

Hal’s Kitchen

Hal’s Kitchen will be offering a crepe-making class and a Miami-cuisine themed cooking class on Mother’s Day.

206B Johnson Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Imperial Fez 

Consider taking your mom out for Moroccan cuisine (pictured at left) on Sunday. Imperial Fez’s first seating is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. or 5 to 6:30 p.m. and provides diners with three course-meals. The second seating is at 7 or 8:30 p.m. and provides diners with five courses.

2285 Peachtree Road N.E. 
Atlanta GA, GA 30309

Kurt’s Bistro

Kurt’s will be open from noon to 3 p.m. The restaurant will feature prime rib, ham and roasted salmon filet—all carved to order—along with waffles and poached eggs. The Mother’s Day menu is $39.50 for adults and kids ages 4 to 12 are $18.50—purchase includes plated dessert. Reservations are suggested.

3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Suite 100
Duluth GA 30096

MARKET Buckhead 

MARKET has a variety options to choose from on its a la carte brunch and dinner menus—ranging from buttermilk pancakes with fresh bananas and mixed berries (pictured at right) to steamed shrimp salad with avocado and mushroom in a Champagne vinaigrette. All mothers will receive an herb plant as a token of MARKET’s appreciation. Call 404/523-3600 for reservations.

3377 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326

Ray’s at Killer Creek

This Ray’s location will provide brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The brunch is $29.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 5 to 10, and children 4 and under are free.
It will be serving its regular dinner menu from to 5 to 9 p.m.

1700 Mansell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Ray’s in the City

Ray’s Atlanta location will be serving a buffet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Live music will accompany the meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A bottomless mimosa bar will be available for $15 per person. The buffet is $29.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 5 to 10, and kids 4 and under are free.

240 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Ray’s on the River

Ray’s Sandy Springs location will host a buffet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The buffet costs
$39.95 for adults, kids ages 5 to 10 are $19.95, and kids 4 and under are free.

6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339

South City Kitchen

Both of South City Kitchen’s locations are celebrating with a brunch and dinner menu full of Southern favorites.  The three-course brunch is priced at $29 per person and is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy the three-course prix fixe dinner for $39 per person. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

South City Kitchen Vinings
1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 401
Smyrna, GA 30080

South City Kitchen Midtown
1144 Crescent Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309

Vinny’s On Windward

Consider heading over to Vinny’s in Alpharetta for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant will be serving its traditional menu items along with brunch and dinner specials. Call 770/772-4644 for reservations.

Vinny's On Windward
5355 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Mother's Day is right around the corner (Sunday, May 13... this weekend, for those of you who haven't yet made plans to celebrate), and in honor of this day, we asked some friends to put together a gift guide to help you pick out the perfect gift for the mom in your life!

Here, two chic shopkeeper moms, Ann Huff & Meg Harrington of Huff Harrington Home, the new home design and gift store in Buckhead, share their Mother's Day "have to have" items. More info:
For the Mom Who Loves to Entertain:

There’s nothing more chic and clever than disposable, biodegradable – and cute – cocktail napkins that come on a roll (pictured at right). And yes, you really can throw them away when your party is over.  They also come in dinner napkins and placemats – and in lots of gorgeous colors. From $26.50.

The Corkcicle: a completely brilliant invention: just place a frozen corkcicle in your bottle of white or red and it stays perfectly chilled.  $24.99.

French linens: nothing says oh la la like a table set with French-inspired linens. Ours come in soft and subtle patterns and hues and promise to make any table extra special. From $8.00.

For the Mom Who Loves to Travel:

Adorable leather wallets: we found these in Paris and couldn’t live without their unusual design and wonderful colors. $190.00

Super soft French ballet flats that fold in half for perfect traveling.  Lots of yummy colors. From $175.00

We couldn’t resist these Nantucket-inspired woven bags (pictured at left) with sassy little bows and embellishments. Tres stylish. From $117.00.

For the Busy Mom:

We’re crazy about these POP handsets (pictured at right) that have a cool, chic and retro feel to them. Just plug them into your iPhone or Blackberry and voila!  Available in several different bright, fun colors.  $36.00.
For the Mom who Just Wants to Relax:

Convince her to curl up on a comfy sofa with a selection of organic Bellocq teas (from $38.00) and a gorgeous coffee table book that will transport her to another world.

For the Foodie Mom: 

Ice Milk Aprons (from $35), locally made right here in Atlanta, are a fun way for mom to stay stylish in the kitchen. Each one is hand made and "served" in a whimsical Mason jar (pictured at left). 

A glowing candle can add charm and ambience to even the most simple gathering. Why not share deliciously scented Vance Kitira candles with mom - in classic cylinders or cute pears - starting at $6. 

For the mom who loves to cook and entertain, toile trays (from $80, pictured at right) make a perfect treat. Offered in different shapes, sizes and colors (ivory, blue, white, taupe and more), you can match your gift to mom's tastes. She'll think of you each time she serves something delicious on it! 

No matter what gift you choose, mom will be touched, knowing you took the time to show her how much you care. Happy Mother's Day! 

By Teresa Tobat

Sure, Hershey’s and Nestle taste great when you’re looking for a pedestrian chocolate fix. But Atlanta is home to some very talented pastry chefs, and every once in a while it’s nice to truly indulge in one of their rich, chocolate dessert creations. Flavors NOW reached out to some of the Atlanta area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops and rounded up our picks of the city’s most decadent, original chocolate desserts. Enjoy this slideshow and next time you are out on the town, consider ordering one of these indulgent treats.

From at art festival to outdoor jazz concerts that benefit charities, consider enjoying some of the offerings are friends are hosting in the coming weeks.

By Teresa Tobat
Children of Conservation Hosts Fundraising Dinner  

The nonprofit Children of Conservation will host Eats & Beats, a fundraising event featuring more than 20 of Atlanta’s top restaurants, catering companies and four chef bands, to kick off the season for Dinner & A Cause Cards on May 7. Dinner & A Cause Cards give guests a 20 percent discount at participating Atlanta restaurants for an entire month.

Eats & Beats will take place at The Buckhead Theater from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and all proceeds from the event and sales from Dinner & A Cause cards benefit Children of Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered animals in developing countries. Children of Conservation projects also benefit the locals working to protect endangered animals, preserve their habitat and end bushmeat trade.

General admission costs $60 and includes food, alcohol and the concert. To purchase tickets to Eats & Beats, please click here. For more information about the event, please visit

Dunwoody Art Festival

On May 12 and 13, Chamblee Dunwoody Road across from Dunwoody Village will be transformed into an artist market as part the Dunwoody Art Festival. Along with the creative artist market where guests can purchase one-of-a-kind works, kids can enjoy great rides, sand art, crafts and games. Attendees also can listen to live music throughout the event. The festival also boasts a food court with dishes from neighborhood restaurants and funnel cake.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, please visit

Hal’s Kitchen Features Chinese Cuisine Cooking Class

Forget about ordering out for Chinese and consider taking a cooking class so you can learn how to make your very own Asian cuisine. On May 8, Natalie Keng of Chinese Southern Belle, a business that uses food to connect people and culture, will show participants how to make “Harvard hottie” Asian salad, seasoned beancurd pockets stuffed with purple rice (inari zuki), steamed pork buns and open-faced steamed dumplings (sao mai).

To register, please visit

Ray’s on the River Holds Jazz Concerts to Benefit Charities

Beginning in May, the Sandy Springs location of Ray’s on the River will host a three-part jazz concert series to benefit local charities. The concerts will be held at Ray’s on the River’s event lawn that overlooks the Chattahoochee River.

The concert series kicks off with a performance by Ken Ford and members of the Ken Ford Symphony at “Strings on the River” on May 19 from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, with a $55 VIP ticket option also available. Proceeds benefit The Ken Ford Foundation, an organization that focuses on enhancing academic excellence through music appreciation and making music classes and programs for young people available throughout Georgia. 

To purchase tickets, please click here. For a complete list of performing artists, please visit  

6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339