By Teresa Tobat

Easter is this Sunday and Passover started Monday, and whether you celebrate or not, the food lover in you is in store for a treat. Plenty of Atlanta restaurants are dishing out fine food for a fraction of the cost. So treat yourself and remember that spring is finally here.

Ecco
Midtown residents can go to Ecco on March 31 for a Mediterranean-style Easter brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant is offering a variety of meat and cheese options, one for $4.75, three for $14 or five for $22. Taste and share items for the table range from chocolate strudel, mixed olives and crab fitters with a poached egg and pickled peppers.  Appetizers include mixed lettuces, radishes, almonds and tarragon-mustard vinaigrette and potato, leek and chervil soup with poached Georgia shrimp supplement the wood-fired pizzas, pastas and main dishes, including the San Marzano tomatoes, house-made mozzarella and basil pizza, lasagna with mushroom ragu, béchamel and arugula and butcher steak with polenta, asparagus and salsa rosso. Best of all, this menu is budget friendly; all the items previously mentioned are $20 or less. For reservations or more information, call 404/347-9555. 
40 7th Street NE  
Atlanta, GA 30306
ecco-atlanta.com

El Taco
If you’d prefer a more informal meal on Sunday, head to this Mexican joint. Its regular menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
1186 North Highland Avenue NE  
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873-4656
eltaco-atlanta.com

La Tavola
La Tavola's brunch starts an hour earlier than usual at 10 a.m. The Italian haunt will be serving brunch plates like Fontina scrambled eggs, poached eggs bruschetta and cocktails including mimosas and Bloody Marys. 
992 Virginia Avenue NE  
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873-5430
latavolatrattoria.com

Lure
Seafood staple, Lure, is offering gelfite fish to Atlantans during Passover. Using fresh pollack and Georgia rainbow trout, Executive Chef David Bradley created a mixture of ground fish, eggs, matzo and onions that will be offered from now until April 2. For more information, call 404-817-3650. 
1106 Crescent Avenue NE  
Atlanta, GA 30306
lure-atlanta.com  

Ray’s on the Creek
In Alpharetta, Ray’s on the Creek is serving a buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the regular menu will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. Adults can dine for $29.95 and kids ages 5-10 can eat for $14.95. Children 4 and under eat free. To reserve a table, call 770/649-0064. 
1700 Mansell Road  
Alpharetta, GA 30004
raysrestaurants.com

Ray’s on the River 
Ray’s on the River is offering its award-winning Easter buffet from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 31. Guests can enjoy assorted breads, a salad bar, an omelette station during brunch hours, Virginia ham, prime rib and homemade desserts. The buffet is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids ages 5 to 10. Children 4 and under eat free. To reserve a table, call 770/955-1187. 
6700 Powers Ferry Road NW  
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
raysrestaurants.com

South City Kitchen Vinings and Midtown
South City Kitchens in Midtown and Vinings locations are serving patrons a three-course prix fixe brunch menu this Sunday. For $32 for adults and $16 for children under 12 (tax and gratuity not included), guests can choose from appetizer options such as pecan granola, fried green tomatoes or a strawberry salad. Entrées range from hearty dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, crab cake hash and BBQ pork Benedict to a fresh farmstead vegetable plate. Diners can cap off the night with a peach cobbler, chocolate velvet Elvis cake or orange buttermilk chess pie. For reservations or more information, call 404/873-7358 for the Midtown location and 770/435-0700 for the Vinings location. For more information, please visit southcitykitchen.com. 

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Vinny’s on Windward
Vinny’s will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specials include ham and smoked cheddar frittata, petite filet mignon with fried eggs and smoked bacon, spinach and gruyere quiche. If you’d rather head to this Alpharetta haunt later in the day, the restaurant also will be serving dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Stand-out dishes include veal and cremini mushroom tortellini, sautéed salmon with ribbon cut zucchini and risotto and rack of domestic lamb with shiitake mashed potatoes and thin beans. Since no meal would be complete without dessert, Vinny’s menu also includes white chocolate crème brûlée Napoleon (pictured), chocolate mousse torte with an espresso truffle or pear frangipane tart with bourbon caramel ice cream. 
5355 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
770/772-4644
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/vinnys.html

 

Fresh Bites

09/13/2012

 
By Teresa Tobat
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Picnic & Polo 

If you’re free on September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. and are feeling charitable, plan to attend the Beauty Becomes You Foundation’s picnic and polo benefit in Alpharetta. Beauty Becomes You is a nonprofit that offers a variety of basic hygiene programs to seniors that will enhance their health and well-being.

During the event, you’ll enjoy catering from Adaire, polo and music from The Roswell New Horizons 17-piece big band orchestra.

For more information, ticket price or to purchase tickets, visit http://beautybecomesyou.org.

Cobb Restaurant Week

Who says restaurant weeks are only for restaurants inside the perimeter? Thanks to Cobb County Travel, you can enjoy reasonably priced three-course dinners at 18 different Cobb County restaurants from now until September 15. Feast on a $25 three-course prix-fixe dinner of she-crab soup, buttermilk fried chicken and High Road Craft Ice Cream at South City Kitchen Vinings. Or dine on a BBQ shrimp appetizer, Parmesan-crusted scallops, lobster risotto, roasted tomato entree and a key lime pie dessert for $35 at Ray’s on the River.

To view a complete list of restaurants participating in Cobb Restaurant Week and to make reservations, click here

Marlow’s Tavern Dunwoody Is Open!

Marlow’s Tavern, which has been serving Atlanta-area residents classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist since 2004, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 30 to commemorate the opening of its newest Dunwoody location.

Marlow’s also presented the Special Olympics Georgia with a check for $5,638 that was raised during the restaurant’s pre-opening week fundraiser. For more about Special Olympics Georgia, visit specialolympicsga.org.

1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 102
Dunwoody, GA 30338
770/559-7528
marlowstavern.com

 

Fresh Bites

09/06/2012

 
By Teresa Tobat

Firenze Ristorante Serves Up Fine Italian Cuisine

As food lovers, we are always on the hunt for exciting restaurants around town. That's why we’re glad to have found Firenze Ristorante. If you head to the restaurant on Friday or Saturday, you can sample wood-fire grilled ribeye, grilled eggplant parmigiana served with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil pesto and grilled baby back ribs made with home-made balsamic BBQ sauce.

So next time you’re craving Italian food, be sure to check out what this Norcross joint has to offer.   

6025 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 9
Norcross, GA 30092
firenzeristorante.net
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Project Open Hand Hosts Party in the Kitchen

Lend a "hand" by attending Project Open Hand's Party in the Kitchen benefit, tonight, featuring some of Atlanta's most exciting chefs. Project Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through home-delivered meals and nutrition education. Attendees will enjoy an evening of music, cocktails and delicious fare.

A silent auction will offer travel and entertainment packages, fine dining experiences including a dinner prepared in-home by Chef Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s and more.

You can purchase tickets by clicking here. The patron reception is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The main event, held at the King Plow Arts Center, will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Flavors magazine is proud to be a media sponsors for this terrific cause. 

For more information, visit projectopenhand.org.

Downtown Atlanta Offers Specially Priced Cocktails at Sips in the City

If you’re downtown from 5 to 7 p.m. during the week and are in the mood for some tasty libations, consider visiting a restaurant that participates in Sips in the City. More than 25 diverse restaurants will be offering drinks and plates for every budget at this initiative of Central Atlanta Progress’ Downtown. Participating restaurants include Alma Cocina, No Mas! Cantina, Ray's In The City, Peasant Bistro, Truva and many mo

For a full listing of Sips in the City offers, please visit atlantadowntown.com/fun/sips.

 

Fresh Bites

08/30/2012

 
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By Teresa Tobat

Capital Grille Debuts New Location

The Capital Grille, nationally known for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef selections and extensive, award-winning wine list that is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, celebrates the opening of a new Dunwoody location on August 30.

The restaurant recently received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Menu highlights include sushi-grade sesame seared tuna with ginger rice and bone-in kona crusted dry-aged sirloin with shallot butter.

94 Perimeter Center West
Dunwoody, GA 30346
770/730-8447
TheCapitalGrille.com

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Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody Hosts Grilling Contest

Although summer is winding to a close, you can still savor your favorite grilled foods on September 8 Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, the restaurant will be celebrating the finalists of the restaurant’s cheekily named grilling contest—“Get Up in Our Grill.”
 
Open to the general public, grillers submitted their favorite recipes, and the restaurant’s executive chef determined six finalists. Expect to sample Kentucky sausage stuffed pork chops with bourbon-mustard glaze; Asian shrimp sliders; Asian dragon wings; stuffed, roasted poblano pepper; spiced turkey burger sliders with smoked gouda and BBQ caramelized onions; and fire-grilled corn-on-the-cob with basil parmesan butter.

During the party, attendees will enjoy complimentary samples of the six aforementioned recipes, drink specials and an awards presentation at 4 p.m.

1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 102
Dunwoody, GA 30338
770/559-7528
marlowstavern.com

Midtown Restaurant Week Begins Next Week

If you’ve been craving fare from some of Midtown’s best restaurants for a fraction of the typical cost, next week is the perfect time to explore. More than 30 restaurants will be offering $15 prix fixe lunch menus and $25 to $35 prix-fixe three-course dinner menus including one appetizer, one entrée and choice of dessert. Participating restaurants include 4th & Swift, Baronda, Briza, Ecco, Livingston, Park 75 and so many more. 

For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit atlrestaurantweek.com.


 

Fresh Bites

08/23/2012

 
By Teresa Tobat

Cookbook Authors to Make Appearances at Book Festival

It's exciting that we have a first-class literary festival, right in our (Atlanta) backyard. The Decatur Book Festival, August 31 to September 2, is the largest independent book fair in the United States, and this year a handful of local cookbook authors will be signing books at Taste, a gourmet food store located in Decatur.

On September 1, Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, will be signing A New Turn in the South from 2:30 to 5 p.m. From 3:30 to 6 p.m. on September 2, Natalie Dupree, a writer who has penned 11 best-selling books about Southern cooking, and Cynthia Graubart, a culinary expert, author and speaker, will be signing Southern Biscuits.

To view a complete list of all the authors who will be at the festival, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com/2012

Firenze Ristorante Serving Wood-fire Grilled Menu Items

Italian haunt Firenze Ristorante is offering wood-fire grilled cuts like grass-fed local veal chop, marinated lamb chop, homemade sausage and Mediterranean sea bass on the weekends. All of these tasty dishes are served with your choice of sides including roasted potatoes, risotto, and polenta. Of course, you also can choose from the restaurant’s robust menu of homemade ravioli and pasta.

6025 Peachtree Parkway
Norcross, GA 30092
770/817-8733
firenzeristorante.net
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Vinny’s on Windward Hosts Wine Tasting

Mark your calendars for September 14, and then be sure to head over to Vinny’s for a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. next month. This wine tasting will feature wines hailing from Napa Valley’s Caymus Vineyard—a family-owned winery which celebrated 40 years of wine making this year.  

5355 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
770/772-4644
sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/vinnys.html

 

Fresh Bites

08/16/2012

 
By Teresa Tobat

Davio’s Celebrates Two Years in Atlanta

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse celebrates its second anniversary in Atlanta this month. Be sure to drop by for tasty cuisine that includes dishes like hand-rolled potato gnocchi and roasted maple leaf duck breast at this Phipps Plaza haunt.

3500 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404/844-4810
http://davios.com/atl
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New Seafood Restaurant Lure Reels Guests In

We love to be able to announce a new restaurant on the Atlanta scene, and Lure--the newest offering from Fifth Group--is a worthy addition. This contemporary fish house that serves fresh, seasonal seafood, prepared in creative ways. Some of our favorites so far are fried Rhode Island calamari and Ipswich clams, with pickled shallots, parsley, tartar and lemon, fish and chips (Acadian Redfish in sourdough batter served with fries and malt vinegar) and sautéed Kitty Mitchell grouper (pictured left) paired with curried creamed corn, yogurt and spicy lime pickle. Be sure to request the bread, which is brought in fresh daily from Holeman & Finch.

The cocktails at Lure really shine. House-bottled soda cocktails allow guests to pop the top at the table and the restaurant’s gigantic punch bowls are a fun way to share with a group.

1106 Crescent Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/817-3650
lure-atlanta.com

Sage Woodfire Tavern Offers Eclectic Mix of Events

If you’re looking to add some diversity to your typical culinary calendar, pay a visit to Sage Woodfire Tavern Perimeter. The restaurant offers plenty of fun activities throughout the week. Celebrate Tuesday with “Taster Tuesday,” where you can purchase 2-ounce wine tasters of your choice for $2 each all day. After that, you can enjoy “Import Wednesdays,” where you'll sip $2 domestic drafts and $3 import drafts all day. The restaurant also offers live samba music on Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346
770/804-8880
sagewoodfiretavern.com

 

Fresh Bites

08/09/2012

 
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By Teresa Tobat

Marietta Baker Crowned Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” Winner

Just two years ago, Marietta resident Patricia Katopes started a new chapter in her life as a single mother and opened her own bakery, Patty Cakes Cupcakes.
Katopes can now add “Cupcake Wars” winner to her resume. “Cupcake Wars” is a Food Network show that pits four of the country’s cupcake bakers against each other as they compete in three baking elimination challenges, until only one master baker / decorator remains.

As winner of “Cupcake Wars,” she will receive $10,000 to put toward growing her business and a chance to showcase her creations at the WildAid black-tie gala in San Francisco. She is also a potential contestant for the upcoming season of “Cupcake Champions,” in which 16 “Cupcake Wars” winners will face off against each other for a chance to be named the “Ultimate Cupcake Champion,” receive a $50,000 prize and showcase his or her creations at a high-profile event.

Patty Cakes Cupcakes operates out of the Great Harvest Bread Co.’s Marietta location and serves delicious treats that Katopes makes fresh daily using all-natural ingredients.

3894 Due West Road (Located inside the Great Harvest Bread Co.)
Marietta, GA 30064
770/421-9998
pattycakescc.com

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High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet Debuts Limoncello Sorbetto Flavor

Award-winning Atlanta-based ice cream company High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet has a new flavor on store shelves: Private Reserve Limoncello Sorbetto. For this sorbetto, High Road Craft creates its own limoncello, an Italian lemon liquor. For this flavor, High Road juices fresh lemons no more than an hour before "spinning" the ice and steeps a pinch of real saffron threads to provide the refreshing treat with some depth. Our publisher, Yolanda Jones, called this “the best sorbet” that she has ever tasted, and with just a few weeks of summer left, be sure to sample this refreshing, tasty treat.

You can find this new flavor and the company’s other products (which are all made in Atlanta) at local Fresh Markets and Whole Foods. Check out highroadcraft.com for the company’s other flavors.

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Velvet Salon Opens in a New Location

We love days when we get to celebrate the successes of terrific people and companies who are partners of Flavors. Today is such a day, as we’re proud to announce the opening of the new location of Velvet Salon (a favorite of many a Flavors staff member!). Stylist Drew Delaney and his partner, Matthew Gabriels, are now open in the hip lofts in the up-and-coming downtown of Chamblee, at 5256 Peachtree Road. Just a few miles north of Buckhead, this chic salon boasts three top-notch stylists, a bright, airy atmosphere and happy clients. The salon is open Tuesday - Sunday. Learn more at www.velvetsalonstudios.com or call 404/863-2302. 

 
 
Happy August 1st, everyone! In honor of the start of a new month, Flavors NOW rounded up a few events you should put on your calendar today to ensure you don’t miss out. Enjoy this last month of summer.

By Teresa Tobat

Carbonara Trattoria’s August Events
Dunwoody’s Italian haunt, Carbonara Trattoria, has plenty going on this month to keep foodies busy. For starters, the restaurant will open for lunch beginning August 6. During the week, guests can enjoy Girls Night Out on Tuesdays which includes one appetizer, two entrées and one dessert for $50. On Wednesdays, the restaurant offers 50 percent off select wines for Wine Appreciation Night. If a cocktail is more your speed, plan to sip $5 Martinis every Thursday.

Call 678/587-9100 or visit carbonaradunwoody.com for more information.

5499 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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Share Our Strength’s Give Me Five Fundraiser
Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States, is hosting its sixth annual “Give Me Five” event at Atlanta’s Cherokee Town & Country Club on August 19. Five of Georgia's top chefs, plus one chef chairperson and five of the state’s best sommeliers will be coming to the table to create a five-course meal complete with wine pairings and commentary from the attending culinary professionals. Flavors magazine is one of the night’s sponsors.

The event starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $275 per person and $2,500 per table of 10. To purchase tickets, please click here.

For further event details, call 404/627-4630. For more information about Share Our Strength, please visit strength.org.

SafePath’s Culinary Tour and Competition
More than 20 of Georgia’s top chefs will gather at the Cobb Galleria Exhibit Hall, from 6 to 10 p.m. on August 23 to serve up their signature dishes and to mentor cooking competitions to benefit SafePath—an organization that advocates for child-abuse victims.

General admission tickets are $75 and can be purchased here. Flavors magazine is a media sponsors for the event. For more information, visit safepath.org.

 
 
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By Teresa Tobat

Celebrate “Tomatofeast” at La Tavola 

To sample a taste of fresh tomatoes, consider visiting La Tavola Trattoria from July 25 to August 4 for its tenth annual “Tomatofeast.” This 11-day fete offers original dishes made out of locally grown heirloom tomatoes available à la carte or for a three-course prix fixe cost of $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The regular dinner menu also will be available during this time.

Guests can nosh on dishes including pickled cantaloupe and tomato soup for an appetizer, feast on pork chops or steaks for entrees and top off the night with peach crostada served with tomato gelato and black pepper.

This special menu is only available during the following dinner hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30-10 p.m.

992 Virginia Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
404/873-5430
latavolatrattoria.com

Enjoy Black Truffles at La Grotta

For some fine Italian cuisine with a little extra something, pay a visit to the La Grotta this week and next for shavings of fresh black truffles over any of your favorite dishes. The restaurant’s menu also has changed to incorporate more seasonal summer ingredients

2637 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
404/231-1368
lagrottaatlanta.com

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F & B Restaurant Opens 

Restaurateurs Fabrice Vergez and Cindy Brown are returning to Buckhead with F&B Restaurant. The eatery will be serving light French and Mediterranean cuisine made from seasonal organic ingredients, with an extensive wine selection and a wide variety of handcrafted cocktails crafted from freshly squeezed juices.

Call 404/254-1797 for reservations. The restaurant’s hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Closed on Sundays. F&B also offers complimentary valet parking.

3630 Peachtree Street at the Ritz Carlton Residences
Atlanta, GA 30326

 

Fresh Bites

07/18/2012

 
By Teresa Tobat

Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats Sells Famous Float to Benefit Animal Shelter
If you’re craving an ice-cream float (and in hot July weather, who isn’t?), head to Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats to try their “Candy Necklace” float. Designed by Jessica Dauler of JessicaShops, a portion of float sales will benefit Furkids—the largest no-kill shelter in Georgia that provides a cage-free environment for rescued animals where they can reside until they are adopted.

The themed float fuses Cowlicks’ vanilla and banana-flavored yogurts with Sprite. From July 16 to August 16, 20 percent of the specialty floats sold will help Furkids. Cowlicks will serve the Candy Necklace float at its Vinings and Sandy Springs locations.

Sandy Springs
1100 Hammond Drive  
Atlanta, GA 30328
770/913-0190


Vinings
2460 Cumberland Parkway  
Atlanta, GA 30339
770/433-9008
cowlicksyogurtandfloats.com

Downtown Restaurant Week Begins Saturday
If you’ve been dying to go to a downtown Atlanta restaurant for some fine cuisine, consider making reservations at a local hot spot starting on July 21 during Downtown Restaurant Week. Feast on sautéed salmon and chorizo at Café Circa or indulge in New Orleans-style bread pudding topped with rum sauce at Paschal’s Restaurant—all for a fraction of the usual price.

From July 21-29, enjoy $25 and $35 fixed dinner menus from some of downtown Atlanta’s top restaurants.

For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit http://atlantadowntowndining.com.

Local Television Channel Donates Money to Meals On Wheels Atlanta
Meals On Wheels Atlanta accepted a $37,000 check from WSB-TV and Cox Enterprises during the “Salute to Monica Pearson” party at the Fox Theater on July 11. The party celebrated Pearson, a prime time Channel 2 WSB-TV anchor, who will retire later this month after 37 years on the air. The check represents $1,000 for each year that Pearson has served as anchor. 

Pearson has served as a board of trustees member for Meals On Wheels Atlanta for six years and was named a “Lifetime Trustee” at the organization’s board meeting in March.


For more information, please visit MealsOnWheelsAtlanta.org.
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JCT. Kitchen & Bar Hosts Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 

The fourth annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, hosted by JCT. Kitchen & Bar, will see some of the South’s best chefs, farmers and mixologists join forces to benefit Georgia Organics, a nonprofit connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.

This year’s event, which will be held on July 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature 37 chefs, 12 mixologists, and more than 30 farmers. Each chef will be paired with a local farmer to create a tomato dish for attendees to sample, and the mixologists will make creative, potent cocktails. Participating chefs include David Larkworthy of 5 Seasons Brewing Company and Cooper Miller of The Feed Store. Co-masters of ceremonies include food writer, stylist and photographer Angie Mosier and registered dietician, author and food journalist Carolyn O’Neil

“The tomato festival is a wonderful way to honor small-scale sustainable, organic food producers and our earth-friendly methods of farming. We are very particular about our growing practices, and this event enables us to share our tomatoes with so many attendees so they can taste the difference that our production methods make,” says Will Moore of Moore Farms, a longtime farmer participant in the festival.

Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased here. For more information, please visit killertomatofest.com.

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Ray’s on the River's Jazz Concert 

On July 21, Ray’s on the River will host the final installment of a three-part jazz concert series to benefit local charities. Renowned trumpeter Joey Sommerville will entertain guests from 2 to 4 p.m. on Ray’s event lawn overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Tickets are $35 and proceeds will benefit the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. The organization’s mission is to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River—the most heavily used water resource in Georgia—and its tributaries and watershed.

6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
770/955-1187
raysrestaurants.com/raysontheriver