Thursday, October 29, 2015

Harvest for a Cure Event Raises $325,000 and Hope for a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

(photo by Ben Rose Photography)

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
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Gourmet Food, Wine and Art Gala on Oct. 22
Benefited the Georgia Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society

ATLANTA (Oct. 29, 2015) – On Oct. 22, the second annual Harvest for a Cure event was held at the Westside Cultural Arts Center to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization that supports research to help treat and end MS globally. It was an extravaganza of gourmet food, vintage wines and acclaimed art that raised $325,000.

Many of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and sommeliers —including Gerry Klaskala and Andres Loaiza from Aria—worked together to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of top local wine collectors.  Guests sampled delicious food and drinks while surrounded by stunning art, including works from renowned local artist Ross Rossin, whose large scale, oil-on-canvas painting of Audrey Hepburn raised $10,000 in the silent auction.

Photos of Klaskala and Rossin, as well as Roy A. Rangel, president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Denise Dauphin, event chair, can be found here.

All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure will help improve the lives of people living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research projects to help put an end to the debilitating disease.

About Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS. Learn more at

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter:
The National MS Society helps people affected by MS through a 50-state network of chapters. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, and provides programs and services that address challenges of individuals and families living with MS, helping them move forward in their lives. The Georgia Chapter helps improve the lives of people living with MS by raising millions of dollars annually through annual fundraising events including Bike MS, Walk MS and The Harvest for the Cure event. For more information or to learn how to help end the disabling disease of MS, please visit


Monday, October 26, 2015

JP Atlanta Selects Ritz-Carlton Veteran Julio Delgado as Executive Chef

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JP ATLANTA SELECTS Ritz-Carlton veteran Julio Delgado
as executive chef

ATLANTA (Oct. 26, 2015) - Executive chef Julio Delgado will create the culinary aesthetic for JP Atlanta - Downtown Atlanta’s new fine dining destination opening in December - in continuation of his transformative work in the kitchens of some of the South’s most celebrated restaurants.  The newly appointed Delgado, a Ritz-Carlton veteran most recently engaged as executive chef of Château Élan Winery & Resort, will set the cuisine standard in a restaurant which combines contemporary elegance and a sophisticated menu in the newly reimaged mixed-use building at 230 Peachtree, which includes office space and a 206-room Hotel Indigo® hotel.   

JP Atlanta, the newest creation of architect-developer John C. Portman, Jr., embraces the style and sophistication of The Midnight Sun, the legendary restaurant he opened in Peachtree Center almost 50 years ago.  The Midnight Sun brought together the finest in cuisine, culture and cosmopolitan flair in a restaurant experience that redefined mid-century Atlanta’s standard for fine dining.  JP Atlanta, under Delgado's culinary prowess, will bring a modern, global interpretation of that same experience back to Downtown Atlanta. 

A native of Puerto Rico, Delgado's distinguished career has been spent learning and executing the exacting standards of several prestigious kitchens. He has served as executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta; as executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead and as fine dining chef at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, followed by his Château Élan tenure.

“Julio has honed his talents in some of this city's finest kitchens," says Hospitality Ventures Management Group’s Richard Jones, whose company operates JP Atlanta and the Hotel Indigo ® hotel at 230 Peachtree. “He knows what it takes to deliver an excellent culinary experience, and he will make a mark on fine dining Downtown.”

The winner of four American Culinary Foundation gold medals, Delgado is thrilled with this new opportunity. “It’s an honor for me to interpret Mr. Portman's vision into a menu and dining experience that will pay homage to our city's history while redefining its future,” he says. “I feel like my entire culinary career has been building to this.”

230 Peachtree, which will have direct access to the Peachtree Center MARTA station and Downtown’s streetcar, plus thousands of vendors and shoppers at the connecting AmericasMart complex and tourist attractions including the Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the College Football Hall of Fame and more than 100,000 weekday office workers, will become a highlight of the modern Downtown Atlanta. With JP Atlanta, Downtown will now have an inviting option for a business breakfast, a quick lunch, a world-class dinner or a late-night cocktail.

About 230 Peachtree
230 Peachtree is an adaptive reuse development in the heart of Downtown Atlanta—adjacent to the Peachtree Center MARTA station and within walking distance of the new Atlanta Streetcar. The building was originally designed and developed by world-renowned architect John Portman in 1965, and was recently reacquired by Portman Holdings after spending decades under other ownership. Currently under renovation, the finished building will contain approximately 290,000 square feet of office space atop a 206-room Hotel Indigo® hotel. The John Portman & Associates-designed property will also house JP Atlanta, a luxury-dining establishment featuring new American cuisine and an exciting cocktail program. For more information, visit

FIGO Pasta's West Midtown Location is Latest Step in Company’s Growth

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Local Restaurant Chain Continues Responsible Expansion

ATLANTA (Oct. 22, 2015) – Celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, FIGO in West Midtown is the sixth location of Atlanta’s popular pasta chain. It is situated on one of the city’s original seven streets and signals founder Sandro Romagnoli’s commitment to expanding his local Italian restaurants into new neighborhoods like the Marietta Street Artery. An area where formerly industrial properties now house creative spaces, urban lofts, performance venues and acclaimed dining and retail options, West Midtown represents a renaissance of historical Atlanta neighborhoods.

Much like the Marietta Street corridor, Romagnoli’s career also experienced a re-awakening to allow for the creation of FIGO, which in the Italian language translates to something that is outstanding or much loved. Although the company is now Romagnoli’s not-so-little slice of heaven, it took him leaving a very successful career in the woodworking machinery field to uncover his true passion.

“In 2001, I was working for an Italian company and making a very good living, but I realized that something was missing in my life,” Romagnoli recalls. “After a lot of reflection, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t really in love with what I was doing.”

During this time of reflection, Romagnoli retraced his steps, trying to determine when he had been the happiest. They led him back to his work at The George Hotel of Stamford in England where he had been a busser and server for a brief time while trying to learn English. A native of Certaldo, Italy, Romagnoli grew up in a small town outside of Florence but decided he was ready for a bigger city and traveled to England after earning his accounting degree. Although he eventually moved back to Italy and then to Atlanta to follow other career paths, Romagnoli’s time in England would have a profound impact on his future.  

“I realized that when I was serving in that restaurant, I was able to establish a connection with others that was so intense it would fill my heart with happiness,” says Romagnoli. “Then it became very clear to me that whatever I was going to do, I was going to be in the business of making people happy.”

He wrote this revelation on a piece of paper that he still holds today, because out of this shocking revelation, FIGO was born just a year later. It is what Romagnoli refers to as his “unwavering and sometimes irrational passion” that fueled the opening of the original location of his successful restaurant chain. Now, with restaurants in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Vinings, Edgewood/L5P and Decatur, as well as the latest outpost in the cultural heart of Atlanta, FIGO remains a local, independent company that has thrived despite a challenging economy.

One of the tangible ways the FIGO brand displays its individuality and creative culture is through the company’s “Italian satellite system,” which was created by Romagnoli’s sister, Anna, while brainstorming a way to locate where guests are sitting and deliver food throughout the restaurant. This system, now used at all FIGO locations, consists of pepper shakers painted by staff members to add a colorful element of self-expression.

FIGO extends this same autonomy to guests with a wide variety of fresh pasta and sauce options to make up a selection of more than 600 dishes, including salads, antipasti, panini, meatballs and FIGO favorites. Each location also offers monthly specials.  Additionally, the restaurants cater special events, meetings and parties, offering options ranging from sandwich trays to large pasta and entrée dishes to desserts.

FIGO’s West Midtown restaurant is located at 907 Marietta Street NW and serves lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant offers free Wi-Fi and ample private parking - a rarity for the area. For updates, follow FIGO on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, call 404-963-7950 or visit


Tin Lizzy’s Cantina Brings Flexmex Flavor to Columbia, South Carolina on Oct. 26

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Atlanta-Based Taqueria Begins Southeast Expansion with First Location Outside of Georgia

ATLANTA (October 23, 2015) – Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is coming to Columbia, South Carolina, bringing its lively atmosphere, chilled margaritas and signature FlexMex flavors to a new city and the company's first location outside of its home state of Georgia. With nine locations throughout metro Atlanta and one in Augusta, Tin Lizzy's is already well-known in the Peach State as a favorite locale for fun food, fresh flavors and specialty cocktails. Now, the cantina is ready to bring the party to the Palmetto State with its 11th location opening Oct. 26 in the newly renovated Congaree Vista area of downtown Columbia.

"Opening our first Tin Lizzy's outside of Georgia is a momentous occasion for our team," says Tory Bartlett, chief executive officer of Tin Lizzy's Cantina. "We chose Columbia because of its wonderful community. Not only is it the state capitol and home of the Gamecocks, but the city's historical Vista district fits our brand perfectly.  We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming, fun environment for our guests, and we look forward to serving our new neighbors in Columbia."  

The new restaurant's 4,000 square-foot space is built for friendly interaction, with multiple cozy levels and a bar as the centerpiece.  The restaurant seats 174 guests total, including a patio for outdoor dining. Tin Lizzy’s menu boasts a range of flavorful favorites, including gourmet soft tacos, perfectly shareable dips, fresh salads and sensational cast iron skillets, as well as an extensive margarita list, cleverly concocted cocktails and a diverse beer selection, including the 23-oz. pour, “El Jefe.” Catering packages are ideal for corporate meetings, tailgates, family gatherings and more. And, it wouldn’t be Tin Lizzy’s without plenty of TVs to catch all the action from favorite local and national teams.

"The Vista has such a great energy for shopping, dining and entertainment, and we are excited to be part of it," says Ross Waller, general manager of the new Tin Lizzy's Columbia location. "We are going to be serving up fresh, flavorful Mexican favorites and look forward to being a fun destination for lunch, dinner and other social gatherings in the district."

Located at 700 Gervais Street, Tin Lizzy's Columbia is open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.  Sunday through Thursday, the restaurant closes at midnight; weekend hours extend until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Free parking is available around the 700 and 800 buildings. For more information, visit the Facebook page or call 803-768-4562. Tin Lizzy's nine metro Atlanta locations include Buckhead, Grant Park, Midtown, Perimeter, Emory Point, Duluth, Mall of Georgia, Downtown and Kennesaw, with a 10th Georgia location in Augusta.

About Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina offers delicious FlexMex cuisine. For the unfamiliar, FlexMex resembles Tex-Mex, but is comprised and influenced by many cultures, and is also an attitude or experience that evokes a feeling of belonging and pure awesomeness. Known for fun food with unique flavors, the Atlanta-born and -based restaurant and bar serves more than 25 soft tacos, quesadillas, specialty skillets and more. Diners can customize their meal with a variety of fresh ingredients and enjoy one of the many specialty margaritas or cocktails from the bar. For more information about Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, visit


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Atlanta Restaurants Get Into the Halloween Spirit

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Devilish Dishes and Creepy Cocktails Highlight October Offerings

ATLANTA (Oct. 19, 2015)–Halloween is right around the corner, and you’re probably wondering whether Atlanta bars and restaurants are scaring up some terror-iffic events to mark the occasion. The answer? Of corpse they are! All across the city, your favorite haunts are hard at work on spooky food and drink specials, costume contests and giveaways that are simply to die for!

10th & Piedmont offers a frightfully reasonable Halloween-themed prix-fixe menu on Oct. 31 for $23 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The restaurant will also be serving Halloween-themed cocktails. 404-602-5510;

Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar in Virginia-Highland is scaring up a week’s worth of enchanting eats and entertainment. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the staff will tap a special cellared keg of Terrapin’s Midnight Monk (9.8% ABV), a black Belgian IPA retired in 2014, with food pairings - appetizer, entrée and dessert - that can be ordered à la carte, with or without the beer. The food and beer will be served starting at 5 p.m., with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the dining room at midnight. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the restaurant hosts a pumpkin-carving contest and scary movies on the dining room projection screen. Prizes include house cash and a prize pack from Southern Tier Brewing Company. The contest and movies start at 10 p.m., and each contestant gets a complimentary draft of Southern Tier’s Pumking ale. Thursday, Oct. 29 brings a Halloween-themed lip sync battle sponsored by Svedka vodka, with prizes including cash and house cash, starting at 10 p.m. And on Saturday, Oct. 31, bring your finest costume for a Halloween party and costume contest and compete to win a one-night stay in Asheville, including a VIP tour and dinner at the new Sierra Nevada brewery. DJ Lion performs from 9 p.m. until closing. 404-876-7249;

Treat your guy or ghoul to a delightful dinner at HOBNOB, which will be festooned with decorations on Halloween night as it conjures up a $16 dinner special with pork belly in Bloody Mary sauce (naturally), collard greens and mashed potatoes. 404-968-2288;

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar is brewing up some potent drink specials for Halloween weekend, including the Shark Attack (blue Curacao martini with a sugared rim, grenadine float, whipped cream and gummy shark garnish), the Gummi Yum (Absolut Raspberri vodka, cranberry juice, apple pucker and sour mix with a sugared rim and a gummy worm finish) and Red Vine Lemonade (with Villa Massa limoncello, simple syrup and Twizzler-infused New Amsterdam vodka, served with a red vine and lime garnish). On Thursday, Oct. 29, diners are invited to attend Costumes on the Woof, a costume contest for dogs to benefit Angels Among Us Pet Rescue of Atlanta, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the roof of the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of the hotel’s Halloween package, with superior guest room accommodations, trick-or-treating in the hotel, a $20 taxi credit and two complimentary Halloween cocktails. 404-745-5000;

Buckhead/Sandy Springs
In addition to its regular menu of contemporary Spanish cuisine, Gypsy Kitchen is offering a pair of spook-tacular drink specials throughout the month. Enjoy a tantalizing Carmine Webb, made with rye, root shrub, lemon and bitters, or the Black Dahlia with Champagne, orange and cacao (both $10). 404-939-9840;

Calling all ghosts and goblins: Johnny’s Hideaway will become a haunted hideaway as it hosts a Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 29. There's a costume contest with $500 in prizes ($300 for first place, $150 for second and $50 for third), and giveaways from some of your favorite liquor brands. 404-233-8026;

Show up to Ray’s Rio Bravo on Friday, Oct. 30 for the chance to win tickets to the second annual Saints & Sinners Ball at Park Tavern on Halloween night, courtesy of iHeart Radio and Dos Equis. No costume is required. 770-612-2829;

Multiple Locations
You’ll flip your lid for FLIP burger boutique’s October offerings, including a pumpkin spice-scented maple syrup milkshake and the Duck Duck Goose burger, a seared duck burger topped with pickled walnut goat cheese and tarragon mayonnaise, finished with arugula tossed in a smoked tomato vinaigrette, fried quail egg and shaved foie gras. Halloween weekend brings a special Silence of the Lamb burger with a grilled lamb patty, fried veal brains, fava bean ragout and Chianti ketchup for $14. These menu additions are available at the Buckhead and West Midtown locations only.

Escort your little ghost or goblin to the nearest Willy’s Mexicana Grill Friday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 1 and they’ll receive a free Kid Combo meal when you buy an adult entrée. Freebie rules are simple: children must be 12 and under and in a costume to qualify; one Kid Combo with fountain drink per adult entrée purchase. By the way, if you’re anticipating friends howling for food at your house on Halloween or any other event, turn to Willy’s Mexicana Grill. They’ll cater for any size crowd of Burrito Heads.


Guy Wong’s New Le Fat Fall Menu Reflects His Personal Interpretation of Vietnamese Flavors

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New offerings include addictive chili garlic prawns and a hearty thit kho bowl

ATLANTA (Oct. 20, 2015) - With a new chef-driven menu for fall just introduced at Le Fat, Guy Wong is deepening his culinary conversation with diners at his West Midtown Vietnamese brasserie. “Early on, I wanted to introduce people to the classic traditional dishes that I grew up eating; recipes that were cooked by my mother,” Wong explains. “Now that we’ve settled in and are becoming a part of this neighborhood, I want the menu to reflect my personal interpretation of Vietnamese food.”

The chili garlic prawns entrée is one of the new dishes Wong is eager for diners to try. It features local Georgia prawns stir-fried with roasted garlic, onions and chili oil. Another new chef favorite is the thit kho bowl, brimming with caramelized pork belly, pickled mustard greens, braised egg and grilled scallions. “It's a true comfort dish,” says Wong. “I slow braise pork belly for eight hours and then caramelize it for three hours. I pickle mustard greens for five days. It’s a warm, satisfying dish for this time of year.”

The fall menu’s drunken noodle entrée, Wong’s flavorful take on another of his childhood favorites, is made with high-quality angus flank steak and fresh noodles that Wong is sourcing from a mom and pop shop in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood and having delivered twice weekly to Le Fat.

Wong also has a special treat for early evening diners - the delicious banh mi bao appetizer filled with pork belly, carrot and daikon and accented with cilantro and jalapeño is available from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly. The dish is one Wong first began experimenting with at Miso Izakaya, his Old Fourth Ward Japanese tapas and sushi eatery. Wong explains: “I created it a few years ago and thought it would be amazing to one day serve it in a Vietnamese restaurant; here we are today.”

Even with all the adventurous new tastes on the menu, early Le Fat favorites, including the clay pot chicken (served in its signature sizzling pot), Wong’s famous rotisserie chicken (half lemongrass chicken served with ginger scallion oil and jasmine rice), bo luc lac “shaking beef” entrée and the chef’s acclaimed pho noodle dishes aren’t going anywhere.

For Wong, Le Fat’s new fall menu is a way to advance his dialogue with diners as the restaurant’s culinary offerings evolve. “This menu reflects me as a chef,” Wong says. “I am creating Vietnamese food from my own experience and history. It was personal before because it was my mother’s recipes, but now it's my take on it. Creatively, I always want to try new things. Plus, when my mother comes in for dinner now, there will be something new on the menu for her to try!”

Le Fat is located in West Midtown at 935 Marietta Street. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 5 p.m., and lunch is available on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-439-9850 or visit


White Oak Pastures Turns Zero Waste Practices into Pet Food and Chew

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Georgia’s Largest Organic Farm Helps Consumers Emulate Natural Feeding for Companion Animals by Creating Convenient Raw Whole Pastured Poultry Line

ATLANTA (Oct. 19, 2015) – Given the way White Oak Pastures, a family-run farm in Bluffton, Georgia, humanely raises 10 species of animals, it’s no surprise that the farm is now offering an all-natural line of food and chews for pets. In addition to being the most diverse farm in the South, White Oak Pastures is also known for its closed-loop farming practices and zero waste protocol that now also benefits a new type of customer: the four-legged kind.

“We continue to learn more about how to manage our by-products, and pet food processing is our latest endeavor to utilize offal and also echo how dogs and cats have always fed themselves in the wild,” says Will Harris, a fourth-generation cattleman and White Oak Pastures’ owner. “We are excited to provide pets with something like they evolved eating, like their ancestors ate.”

All animal blood, bones and eviscerate were previously composted to make organic fertilizers to be used as soil amendments for the farm’s Certified Organic pastures and garden. Now, White Oak Pastures is turning them into chews and raw pastured poultry grinds for pets.

The success of the pet chews, which range from best sellers like the rawhide chews, tracheas and cow pizzles to pet marrow bones and rabbit feet, led the farm to explore additional products. With the help of Whole Dog Market, a strong supporter of the farm, White Oak Pastures has recently introduced three varieties of raw meat blend pet supplements made from its pastured poultry: guinea fowl, duck and chicken.

“The purpose of our blends is to provide a convenient option for customers feeding raw. We are not selling a complete diet, but more so, a raw supplement like what animals would have hunted for before kibble,” explains Amber Reece, who creates White Oak Pastures’ pet chews and also manages the farm’s egg candling and packaging, tallow soap making, hide tanning and leather making.

The farm’s pet food is processed in the same manner that its ground beef or ground turkey is made, only with the addition of organs and bones to create a delicious raw ground product. Because the raw meat blends and chews are made on premises like all of White Oak Pastures’ other products, they meet all the same standards that the farm’s human food meets, including Certified Humane, Certified Grassfed and Animal Welfare Approved.

The main benefit of White Oak Pastures’ chews is the lack of preservatives used. While larger commercial pet product companies often use chemicals to remove the moisture and other preservatives, White Oak Pastures uses sunlight for their rawhides and a dehydrator for all other chews.

“All of our rawhides are cut by hand, soaked in a sodium hydroxide and water solution to remove the hair, stretched and dried in the sun," explains Reece. “The other chews—like the cow trachea, esophagus and ears—are all dehydrated for 24 to 36 hours. We don’t use any type of fillers; our pet chews go straight from the animal to the consumer.”

Although the farm's current pet-friendly options are mostly geared toward dogs, White Oak Pastures’ director of operations Brian Sapp says cat treats are something they are working on for the future. The farm is also looking to offer a raw goose meat blend this fall.

Animal lovers can purchase White Oak Pastures’ pet products at the farm’s store in Bluffton or its online store, at Doguroo and The Whole Dog Market locations and at the East Atlanta and Peachtree Road Farmer’s Markets (chews only). For additional information on these products or White Oak Pastures, visit

About White Oak Pastures
White Oak Pastures is a multigenerational, family-owned and operated grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, goat, rabbit and free-range poultry producer committed to the principles of sustainability and stewardship. The five-generation farm, led by owner Will Harris, has operated continuously on the same land in Early County, Georgia, for more than 150 years. White Oak Pastures cooperates with nature to produce artisan products that are healthy, safe, nutritious and delicious. Care is given to ensure that all production practices are economically practical, ecologically sustainable and that the animals are always treated humanely. White Oak Pastures never falters in conducting business in an honorable manner, for the sake of the animals, the land and the people eating the products. The farm now also offers on-site lodging and dining.

Harris and White Oak Pastures have received several awards for setting farming standards, contributing to the restaurant industry and being dedicated to the sustainability of organic farming in Georgia, including: 2011 Georgia’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2011 Georgia Restaurant Association’s Innovator Award, Will Harris inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs, 2012 American Treasures Award from MADE: In America, 2012 Centennial Family Award, 2012 Distinguished Conservationist, 2012 LDEI Green Ribbon Recipient, 2013 Swisher Sunbelt Farmer of the Year and 2014’s Most Respected Business Person of the Year by Georgia Trend Magazine.

White Oak Pastures also holds several certifications including: Certified Grassfed by the American Grassfed Association, Certified Humane by the Humane Farm Animal Care, Animal Welfare Approved by Animal Welfare Institute, Master Cattleman by the University of Georgia, Certified Organic by Georgia Crop Improvement Association and Good Management Practices approved by Silliker, Inc.

White Oak Pastures products can be purchased at more than 1,000 Publix supermarkets throughout the Southeast and at Whole Foods Market locations from Miami, Florida, to Princeton, New Jersey. The beef is distributed by Kelly's Foods, Buckhead Beef, Sysco Gulf Coast, Sysco Atlanta, Sherwood, Maplevale Farms, Merchants and US Foods. Customers can also place orders online. White Oak Pastures is located at 22775 Highway 27 in Bluffton, Georgia. For more information, call 229-641-2081 or visit


Friday, October 16, 2015

Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Afternoon in the Country

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Allison Palestrini
Type A Development

Annual Food and Wine Event in Idyllic Serenbe Community to Raise Funds for Local
Non-Profits and Female Culinary Professionals While Establishing Zero Waste Practices

ATLANTA (Oct. 16, 2015) – On Sunday, Nov. 8, Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI|ATL) will host the city’s most memorable food and wine tasting event - Afternoon in the Country, held at the Inn at Serenbe and presented by Lexus. Although Atlantans look forward to this fall affair every year, 2015’s Afternoon in the Country promises even more top culinary talent to celebrate the fête’s 15th anniversary.

From 1 to 4 p.m., attendees will enjoy more than 100 tasting stations from Atlanta’s finest chefs, such as Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Shaun Doty of Bantam+Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, Thaddeus Barton of The Farmhouse at Serenbe, Joey Ward of Gunshow, Andreas Müller of Revival and Matthew Ridgway of The Southern Gentleman paired with the area’s best farms, along with fine wines and premium micro-brews. These stations will be set up under festive big-top tents in the beautiful gardens surrounding the Inn at Serenbe for a picturesque backdrop. Additional entertainment includes live music, a cake raffle featuring sweets from the city’s most talented pastry chefs, hayrides, children’s activities and an extensive silent auction offering exclusive dining and travel packages, food and wine merchandise and original art from prominent local artists.

Proceeds from Afternoon in the Country benefit Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave, Global Growers Network, The Giving Kitchen, The Wylde Center, The Atlanta Community Food Bank and LDEI|ATL’s scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts. Last year’s event raised over $118,000 for these beneficiaries.

With nearly 2,000 attendees sampling food and beverages, an event of this size is bound to generate a significant amount of food waste; however, this year’s refuse will not end up in a landfill because LDEI|ATL is committed to creating zero waste practices that will become standard policy for all of the organization’s events as well as other annual events in the metro Atlanta area. For more information about these sustainability efforts, click here.

Tickets cost $125 for adults, $50 for ages 16 to 20, and $35 for ages 13 to 15. Children 12 and under are free.

The Inn at Serenbe is located at 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. For additional information on this year’s event, visit or download the Afternoon in the Country App for iPhones and smartphones.

About Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International:
Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) is dedicated to creating a supportive culture in the community, fostering excellence and promoting the achievement of women in hospitality professions through educational and charitable activities. Founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News, LDEI is a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that provides education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.

The LDEI|ATL membership boasts nearly 100 prominent women in career paths ranging from professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, and culinary educators to hospitality executives.For more information on Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International or Afternoon in the Country, please visit

Chef Doug Turbush Celebrates Restaurant Anniversaries with Special Menu and Wine Dinner

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Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar Mark Milestones with November Events
Benefiting Share Our Strength

ATLANTA (Oct. 7, 2015) –Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar are turning a year older, and the sibling restaurants are celebrating with special offerings. Seed Kitchen & Bar marks its fourth birthday with a three-course menu available Monday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 7, while Stem Wine Bar commemorates its second anniversary with an exclusive wine dinner on Monday, Nov. 2. And to make both events truly memorable, a portion of the proceeds from each will benefit Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger.

“We’re grateful that diners have embraced Seed’s vision of modern American cuisine, unpretentious service and great value,” says owner/executive chef Doug Turbush. “Our special anniversary menu showcases the kind of fare we strive to deliver every night, at a reasonable price we know diners will love. Giving back to Share our Strength is just icing on the (birthday) cake.”

Seed’s celebratory three-course dinner menu, offered Nov. 2-7 in addition to the regular menu, begins with a choice of appetizer including baby beets, pears and creamy Bit O' Blue cheese from Caly Road creamery; black pepper lemongrass shrimp; and White Oak Pastures lamb meatballs. For an entrée, diners may choose Acadian redfish, Maple Leaf Farms duck leg confit or Barolo-braised beef short rib ravioli. Choice of dessert includes maple pots de crème made with chantilly cream and pistachio nut biscotti, and a chocolate peanut butter parfait with homemade roasted banana ice cream and peanut brittle. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, call 678-214-6888 or visit

Stem’s second anniversary wine dinner on Nov. 2 begins with gougère and canapè hors d’oeuvre, after which diners will enjoy Maine scallop crudo paired with a 2010 Iron Horse Wedding cuvée; sablefish with red miso and pommes salardaise paired with a 2012 Pinot Noir from Shea Wine Cellars; bacon-wrapped rabbit saddle with a 2001 La Rioja Alta "Gran Reserva 904" Tempranillo; Snake River Farms wagyu beef rib-eye cap with a 2012 Meyer Cabernet; and a molten chocolate tart with hazelnut tuile and vanilla bean ice cream in a port reduction, paired with a Sandeman 30-year-old tawny port.

“Each of the wines we are serving during this dinner comes from our exclusive stash here at Stem,” says Jason Raymond, the restaurant’s general manager and sommelier. “An anniversary dinner is a perfect way to thank guests for making Stem a success and to introduce newcomers to the delicious food and wine we’ve become known for.”

The cost for Stem’s wine dinner is $119 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations and other information, call 678-214-6888 or visit

Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar are located next door to each other at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, in the Merchant’s Walk retail center in Marietta. For more information, visit and  

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Marlow’s Tavern Regales Roswell with Opening on Oct. 20

For more information:
Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

John C. Metz and Partners Add Third North Fulton Location of Popular Tavern

ATLANTA (October 8, 2015) – Roswell is known for having something for everyone – nature, culture, history. Thanks to Marlow’s Tavern, Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood restaurant, Roswell now has a tavern that offers something to eat for everyone, too. Marlow's world-class hospitality, chef-driven fare and creative cocktails can be found at 625 W. Crossville Road in the Roswell Crossing shopping center beginning Oct. 20.

“Roswell combines the best of Georgia history with the best of contemporary culture," says John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. "We’re looking forward to being part of that dynamic and adding another location in North Fulton. We opened our very first restaurant in Alpharetta 11 years ago and have been getting requests ever since to come to Roswell.”

Featuring crisp, cool salads, classic American burgers, fun food for the kids and more, the menu at Marlow’s Tavern focuses on fresh ingredients with seasonal, locally sourced items when available. The Roswell kitchen is in skilled hands with chef Bob Lescanec, who recently opened Marlow's Tavern in Woodstock.  

The management team also has proven experience, led by general manager Darren Foley, a Marlow's veteran moving from the Avalon location.  “Whether you're on your way to one of the nearby high school football games and stopping in for a classic tavern burger, or want something light like our grilled salmon before heading to the theater, we’re here to satisfy your appetite for delicious food and friendly service,” Foley promises. 

Beverage hospitality manager Damir Kamber, a Roswell resident, is eager to welcome guests with a tasty libation. “Roswell is rich in history; we like to think of our cocktails as history-in-the-making. All of our signature drinks start with fresh fruit juices, house-made simple syrups, fresh herbs and small batch liquors. We’ve also got wines from around the world and an enviable selection of draft, bottled and canned beers, including local craft brews and national favorites.”

The new Roswell location features an open-air patio with bar access, beckoning guests to enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing beverage al fresco.

Marlow’s Tavern Roswell is open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. The restaurant is located at 625 W. Crossville Road in the Roswell Crossing shopping center, near Trader Joe's.  For more information, visit or call 770-643-1330.

About Marlow's Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Ga., and has continued to grow over the years, adding several Atlanta-area restaurants and three locations in Orlando, Fla. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit   


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gunshow Begins Shotgun Beer Dinner Series on Oct. 25

For more information:
Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park Restaurant Partners With Creature Comforts and Three Taverns Breweries in Pursuit of Hoppiness

ATLANTA (Oct. 7, 2015) – Gunshow, chef Kevin Gillespie’s nationally acclaimed Glenwood Park restaurant, is launching a quarterly “Shotgun” Beer Dinner Series (college fraternity affiliation not required) featuring local breweries on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. For this premiere dinner, the restaurant is partnering with Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and Three Taverns Craft Brewery.

“It’s been really fun designing a menu around Creature Comforts’ and Three Taverns’ craft beers because both breweries offer a wide range of flavors just like we do here at Gunshow,” says executive chef Joey Ward. “Curiosity is what drives us all creatively and inspires us to give our guests the opportunity to discover new flavors; that is our shared goal for the evening.”

This innovative dining experience will feature six dishes from Gunshow’s team of chefs and a total of 10 beers from Creature Comforts and Three Taverns.

The food will be served in Gunshow’s signature style (dishes are presented on rolling carts and trays to diners), and each brewery will pour five beers throughout the meal. Beer dinner attendees will also receive take-home goodies from Creature Comforts and Three Taverns, including glassware and other merchandise.

Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a tasting of all dishes and beers offered that evening as well as tax and gratuity. Seating will be at communal tables and is limited to 60 guests. Tickets are available for purchase online through Xorbia.

For more information about Athens-based Creature Comforts, call 706-621-6595 or visit For more information about Three Taverns in Decatur, call 404-600-3355 or visit

Gunshow is located at 924 Garrett Street. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests may park in the Glenwood Park parking lot and on the street. For more information, visit or call 404-380-1886.

About Red Beard Restaurants
Red Beard Restaurants is the parent company that oversees Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie’s food and beverage ventures, including his restaurants Gunshow and Revival, his BBQ pop-up Terminus City and all of his merchandise. The management company allows Gillespie to set comprehensive standards to ensure smart expansion, offer more internal growth opportunities for his team members and provide consulting services to other food and beverage start-ups. With the 2015 establishment of Red Beard Restaurants, Gillespie is able to continue his day-to-day interactions with diners while also pursuing his creative visions and impacting the culinary landscape of the South. The company’s offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, call 404-380-1886 or visit


The Southern Gentleman Kicks Off Weekly “Monday Night Bourbon Club” on Oct. 5

For more information:
Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates
Sophisticated Take on Sports Viewing in Buckhead Features Top-Shelf Whiskeys
with Specialty Cocktails and Upscale Bites

ATLANTA (October 2015) – Bellying up to the corner tavern for greasy wings and domestic beer is no longer your only option for catching “Monday Night Football” at the bar. The Southern Gentleman, the Buckhead gastropub known for its simple yet sophisticated take on regional cuisine, is kicking off Monday Night Bourbon Club, a weekly event showcasing top-shelf brands, specialty cocktails and a tasty, chef-driven spin on sports bar and tailgating fare.

Every Monday night from 8 p.m. to close, the bar will highlight a different bourbon, rye or scotch whiskey and offer a featured cocktail made with that spirit for $10-$12, as well as flights and tastings starting at around $12-$15 and up.

“We’re also inviting representatives from these brands to come and speak to our guests and offer tastes of their product lines,” says co-owner Chris Hadermann. “We want this to be a fun, educational and interactive experience.”

The schedule for October is as follows:
  • Oct. 5: George Dickel
  • Oct. 12: Yellow Rose and Troy and Sons (Pacific Highway)
  • Oct. 19: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey
  • Oct. 26: Four Roses Bourbon

In addition, executive chef Matthew Ridgway will offer a small bar menu showcasing a refined take on sports bar and tailgating fare, with selections including:
  • Deviled eggs with okra chutney ($5)
  • Southern Cracker Jack popcorn ($6)
  • Meat pies ($8)
  • Cheddar herb biscuit ($7)
  • Confit pork belly with sherry vinegar sauce , fried rosemary and Kentucky bourbon barrel soy ($10)
  • Georgia peanut butter wings with ginger halo and scallion ($10)

Best of all, guests can enjoy these cocktails and bites while taking in the big game on giant 60” screens on either side of the restaurant’s roomy bar. “Our goal is to provide a welcoming alternative for discerning men and women who want to be able to see and hear the game, have a high-quality cocktail and enjoy some creative, modern Southern cuisine," says Ridgway.

The Southern Gentleman is located at 3035 Peachtree Road NE in the Buckhead Atlanta development. Valet parking is available. For more information, call 404-939-9845 or visit

About Southern Proper Hospitality
Southern Proper Hospitality is an entrepreneurial organization that values innovation, creativity and attention to detail. The mission of the team of industry leading professionals is to help shape the cultural fabric of Atlanta. Southern Proper provides a “short term escape” for diners by creating unique and distinct dining experiences that appeal to customers’ sense of adventure. Each restaurant offers a high energy, fun and entertaining atmosphere coupled with genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high quality food.