Treat a Hero to a free meal on Memorial Day
Dine with a veteran or active duty service member on Memorial Day and their lunch or dinner is our treat.* Monday, May30.
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
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2665 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009
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*Receive one complimentary military entrée (equal to or less than your entrée purchase). Dine in only. Not for resale. Not replaceable if lost or stolen. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer including restaurant week items. One offer per E-Club member per visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Valid at participating restaurants only. Expires May 30, 2016.
 
 

An Amazing Dinner on Saturday, June 4th @ 6:30pm
I'm getting the word out now, 3 weeks in advance, as we just booked Giovanni Bertani.
Whenever I've been in old wine shops in Italy, I always see the dusty bottles of Bertani Amarone--I never imagined I'd be dining someday with the family who created one of Italy's most iconic wines.
In true Vino Venue fashion, the menu recipes come from the winery, carefully matched with their wines. And the dinner is cheap--leaving you ample budget to take home a few bottles from the dinner. Hope you will join us! (Register here)
~ Michael

The Menu & Wine Pairings
Reception Wine: Tenuta Santa Maria Soave

Gnocchi alla Fontina e Tartufo
Truffled Potato Gnocchi with Fontina Cheese Fondue
paired with Tenuta Santa Maria Chardonnay

Salsiccia Risi e Bisi
Sasuage Risotto with Peas and Amarone Wine Sauce
paired with Tenuta Santa Maria Pragal Veneto Rosso

Brasato al Ripasso con Polenta al Soave
Beef Braised in Ripasso over Soave Polenta
paired with Tenuta Santa Maria Ripasso and Merlot

Torta al Cioccolato
Chocolate Mousse Cake with Cherry Amarone Reduction
paired with Tenuta Santa Maria Amarone

>>> Register Now...this will sell out!
ABOUT VINO VENUE
Located in Dunwoody, Vino Venue is a one-of-a kind wine and dine emporium offering guests a unique, complete culinary experience. With over 50 wines available by the glass, a respectable craft beer selection, and bistro-style cuisine designed for sharing, Vino Venue is just the place to discover the art and science of food and wine. Vino Venue is also home to a $100,000 chef demonstration kitchen furthering Vino Venue’s fundamental priority: the ever-expanding world of culinary education.
At Vino Venue, you can drink. dine. discover.
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Georgetown Shopping Center
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
 
 
Chef Jay Swift chooses Gwinnett County for his new restaurant
Chef Jay Swift has opened Noble Fin, his Coastal American seafood and steak restaurant. The brand new restaurant, built from the ground up, has 5200 square feet, four options for private dining, a full bar with cocktail tables and an outdoor patio. Noble Fin will serve only dinner at first, but will also serve lunch within two weeks of opening. The menu, created by Chef de Cuisine Jeb Aldrich, features sections on the menu called Ice Cold, Small Plates, Fresh Market Fish, Steaks, Chops & Poultry as well as Sides. There are six craft cocktails, as well as a wine list of ninety wines. The new restaurant is located at 5260 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.
With a focus on seafood and steaks, Noble Fin has an in-town vibe with tall ceilings, a full bar with built-in televisions, tall cocktail tables, an open kitchen, private and semi-private dining rooms and a full wine wall with a rolling steel ladder. The atmosphere is comfortable with weathered hardwood flooring, large hanging pendants, a mix of booths separated by steel and frosted glass, banquettes and tables, and a full open kitchen that is fronted by a skinned canoe. The restaurant has sixteen tables for parties of eight or less.

The new locally owned, freestanding restaurant is situated adjacent to the Peachtree Corners Forum in the ever-growing Gwinnett County. It is surrounded by the cities of Duluth, John's Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Berkeley Lake, and Norcross. Jay Swift says, "I'm excited to be a part of the new development in Peachtree Corners and assist in the city's upcoming growth. We have hired many local residents and look forward to meeting many of the people in the area. Every person that I have met in the area has been more than receptive and I already feel like I know the people."
 
 
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to several recent recalls that include a wide range of products that were distributed and sold in Georgia. The products are being recalled over concerns of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, which poses health risks to consumers if eaten. “Recalls are one of the food safety control measures in place to prevent illnesses when a potential problem is identified,” Commissioner Black said. “Many of these recalls are tied together by common ingredients. The multitude of related recalls is a testament to the supply chain working together to identify products that need to be removed from the marketplace.” While retailers are actively pulling recalled products from store shelves so they are not available for purchase, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) food safety inspectors routinely check retail shelves and distribution warehouses to make sure recalled products have been removed from sale. Recent recalls impacting Georgia due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination are listed below; please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website for additional, complete information about each recalled product. Frozen fruit and vegetable products:
  • CRF Frozen Foods - This expanded recall of frozen fruits & vegetables includes ALL organic and non-organic products with a best by date or sell by date between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. The recall includes approximately 358 products sold under 42 separate brands, such as broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. The products were distributed nationwide.
  • The Pictsweet Company - Certain frozen vegetable products sold nationwide because they contain Cut Green Beans or Green Peas recently recalled by CRF Frozen Foods, a Pictsweet ingredient supplier. Recalled products include specific "best by" dates, with the letter “K” as the 5th digit of the manufacturing code (found on the back panel of each package). 
  • The Kroger Co. - Simple Truth Organic Mixed Vegetables that may be impacted by contaminated vegetable ingredient(s). Includes sell by dates of Dec. 2016 and Jan. 2017, 10 oz. sized package, UPC 0001111036738.
  • ConAgra - Watts Brothers Farms Organic packages of vegetables sold at Costco (including Mixed Vegetables, Super Sweet Corn, and Peas) and Trader Joe's Organic Super Sweet Corn.
  • Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. - Stahlbush® IQF Green Bean in 10 oz. retail packages (UPC code 6 38882 00053 7), sold across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Pita Pal Foods - Pita Pal Corn Relish Salad, Texas Caviar Salad, Mediterranean 3 Bean Salad and Chipotle Quinoa Salad, that may be impacted by contaminated vegetable ingredient(s). The products were sold in Georgia and other select states through retail and food service distribution.
Sunflower seeds and nuts:
  • Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. - Uncle Bucks Sweet & Salty Trail Mix in 3 oz. clear bags with UPC 752545073390 and best by dates of 03-14-17 & 04-18-17. The products were distributed nationwide only in Bass Pro Shops stores.
  • SunOpta - Sunflower kernel products sold in clear plastic packages under "Dakota's Best Biggy's Roasted and Salted Kernels" (16 oz.) and Planters Sunflower Kernels (3 oz.), with best by dates of March 2017, that may have been distributed nationwide.
  • Creative Snacks Co. - Bulk and packaged sunflower seed products sold nationwide.
  • Publix Super Markets Inc. - Wheatberry Salad that may be impacted by contaminated sunflower seeds, sold in plastic containers available in the Publix Delis, sold in Georgia and other southeastern states.
  • Brown & Haley - Mountain Thins "Trail Mix" flavor that may be impacted by contaminated sunflower seeds, sold at select retail stores nationwide. 
  • The Kroger Co. - Kroger Sunflower Salad Toppers, Sunflower Kernels, and Cranberry Delight Trail Mix that may be impacted by contaminated sunflower seeds, sold in Georgia and other select states.
  • The Kroger Co. - Broccoli Raisin Salad that may be impacted by contaminated sunflower seeds, sold in Georgia and other select states. Includes all container sizes and all use by dates for products with UPC 0028715820000.
     
  • TreeHouse Foods, Inc. - Sunflower kernels and almond products sold in retail stores nationwide.
Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune symptoms. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Lm infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers can sign up to receive email or text alerts in Georgia, and see a comprehensive list of recalls impacting Georgia online at www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.
 
 
The Stars of the New World Wine Dinner!
May 25th, 6:30 pm

Join Nancy G's to
discover some old world charm that resides right here in the United States! This is the first time Nancy G's has featured all domestic wines and they are excited to present to you the "stars" of the New World.  One of the brightest "stars" is Nancy G's new executive chef, Ron Eyester, previously of Rosebud and Family Dog in Virginia Highlands. Get ready to have a culinary adventure from our own country with "The Stars of the New World" Wine Dinner on Wednesday, May 25th, 6:30 pm. The menu reaches new heights with an incredible 4 course menu paired with 4 wines to complete the feast!


Reception and First Course
Baby Arugula Salad with Grilled Pineapple, Shaved Berkshire Ham, Pickled Red Onion& California Olive Oil
Firesteed Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, Oregon, 2014 

Second Course
Seared George's Bank Scallop with Carrot Puree, Tiny Tomatoes & Micro Basil
Morgan Highlands Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA, 2014

Third Course
Vanilla Roasted Pork Loin with Local Grits, Collard Green Slaw & Cranberry-Pork Jus
T
ruchard Pinot Noir, Carneros and Napa Valley, CA, 2013

Dessert
Chocolate "Pate" with Baguette, Sea Salt & California Olive Oil
ZD Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2012

Cost is only $50++ per person.  To make your reservation, email karen@justaddwinega.com or call 678.624.5722
 
 
As the warmer weather approaches, Atlanta-area restaurants are freshening up their menus with these delightful new spring dishes.

From top-left, clockwise:

In Alpharetta, enjoy a mouthwatering and refreshing mix of crispy fried green heirloom tomatoes with homemade fresh mozzarella and pickled Vidalia spring onion ($11) at Ray’s at Killer Creek

Catch a taste of the sea at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple. Pan-seared arctic char is the spring special with summer squash casserole, baby lettuce, roasted carrot romesco, charred scallion oil and chorizo bread crumbs ($30).

Grab lunch at Atkins Park Virginia-Highland, Atlanta’s oldest continually licensed tavern, for their ahi tuna salad with red onion, cucumber, mixed field greens and honey-lemon cream dressing ($12)

Sail over to Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue East Cobb. Yellowfin tuna poke ($12) is the dish of choice with avocado, spicy radish and plantains