Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Celebrates a Bountiful Harvest with Return of Dinners in the Garden

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

Executive Chef Derek Dollar Serves What He Reaps at Popular Seed-to-Fork Events
Starting March 31

ATLANTA (Feb. 16, 2016) – Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails executive chef Derek Dollar really digs Milton’s Acre, the restaurant’s 1-acre garden, and relishes sharing straight-from-the-vine dining experiences with his guests every spring and summer. His increasingly popular Garden Dinner Series starts again in May, with the more casual Farmyard Chowdown returning to its regular monthly schedule in June. To officially kick off the garden season and whet appetites, Milton's has also set dates for a Spring and Vine celebration in March and a "sneak preview" Farmyard Chowdown in April.

Milton's has become synonymous with “seed-to-fork” dining in part because of its al fresco dinners, which allow guests to enjoy tantalizing recipes prepared from the approximately 90 different varieties of heirloom fruits vegetables and herbs tended in Milton's Acre. “While I thought the garden was nice when we started five years ago, I didn’t really understand its incredible value,” Dollar says. "Now I can’t imagine being without it. We plan on growing several thousand pounds of tomatoes this season, for example, which will be used in so many recipes. We’re fortunate we can find inspiration in what we harvest, rather than relying only on what purveyors have available.”

A Spring and Vine celebration to herald the start of the dinner-in-the-garden season is Thursday, March 31 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  The four-course menu, complete with wine pairings, is $90 per person and includes gratuity. Tickets may be purchased online at miltonscuisine.com. “Guests will experience a preview of several dishes coming to our spring menu,” Dollar says. 

On Sunday, April 24 from 6 - 8 p.m., a Farmyard Chowdown beckons with a low country boil, fried chicken and more. Tickets are available at miltonscuisine.com and are $40 per person, including gratuity.  Tax and $5 drink tickets are an additional fee.  Future Farmyard Chowdowns will be held one Sunday a month beginning in June.

The 2016 Garden Dinner Series kicks off soon after, with dates set for May 15, June 12, July 17, August 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Mouths typically start watering as soon as the first hors d’oeuvres and libations are passed during the evening reception.  During this time, guests have an opportunity to tour Milton's Acre. Then, it’s on to a memorable four-course meal of inspired comfort foods served family style under that stars accompanied by wine pairings and the soothing sounds of a cellist. Menu items may include delicate squash blossoms stuffed with prosciutto and cream cheese or pimiento cheese and crawfish; or roast duckling with fingerling sweet potatoes, oyster mushrooms, heirloom snap beans and candied pecan apple butter. Chef Dollar has only just begun to envision the plethora of possibilities for the yellow pattypan squash and the Romanesco tomatoes he’s planning to add to the garden this year.

“Nothing can compare to bursting-with-flavor vegetables harvested fresh from the garden,” Dollar says. “You can literally eat corn from our stalks – it’s so tender and sweet. The garden dining room itself adds a peaceful ambiance to the evening.” 

Tickets to the Garden Dinner Series are $135 per person, per dinner. Tickets are nonrefundable and include wine pairings, tax and gratuity. The dinners start at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., depending on the sunset. To purchase tickets, visit miltonscuisine.com.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is located at 800 Mayfield Road in Milton. For more information, call 770-817-0161.


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