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A FEAST WITHOUT THE FUSS
Atlanta-Area Restaurants Cater to Spring and Summer Celebrations
ATLANTA (May 12, 2016) – Atlanta’s finest hotspots are springing into action with everything you need to host a seasonal get-together. Whether you’re celebrating a graduation or wedding, or getting the family together for a reunion this summer, the following restaurants have catering packages and private dining rooms that hit the spot.
Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market caters parties that Italian dreams are made of, from an antipasti bar and panini platter to primi, secondi and dolci courses. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance; allow a week for parties of 30 or more. Private event space is also available at Bellina and includes family-style meals, cocktail events and guided tastings of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and wine. For more information and reservations, email email@example.com. 404-330-9933; bellina-alimentari.com.
HOBNOB in Midtown provides small bites like soft pretzels and warm dip to wings and more substantial meals to share. Your place or theirs, HOBNOB will make your party a success with a full catering menu. 404-968-2288; hobnobatlanta.com.
By preparing only the freshest seafood flown in daily and hand-carving all of its meats, Ray’s in the City brings an exceptional dining experience to your home, office or other venue for meetings, luncheons, dinners and any special event. Ray’s in the City has a large selection of menu packages as well as a la carte choices that can be tailored to your needs. 240 Peachtree St.; 404-524-9224; raysrestaurants.com.
Smokebelly BBQ, Atlanta’s leading purveyor of chef-crafted barbecue, serves up three tiers of mouthwatering options: “The Baron of BBQ” ($14 per person) with pulled pork and two sides of your choosing; “The Duke of Smoke” ($17 per person) with choice of two meats and three sides; and “The King of ‘Cue” ($19 per person) with choice of three meats and three sides. All three come with house barbecue sauce and sandwich buns. 128 East Andrews Drive; 404-848-9100; smokebellybbq.com
Sublime Doughnuts can sweeten up any occasion with custom letter-shaped doughnut treats to spell out special messages. Select flavors only. Orders require 24 hours’ advance notice. 535 10th St. and 2566 Briarcliff Road; 404-897-1801; sublimedoughnuts.com.
For those who can't get enough of Kevin Gillespie's barbecue, Terminus City provides a Southern-style feast of smoked wonderment. With whole-hog barbecue, country-fried steak and homemade sides like fried okra, Brunswick stew and creamed corn, these meals will make your hosting skills a family favorite for years to come. Visit the Facebook page for more information, and place orders by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 404-380-1886.
Check out Tin Lizzy's Cantina for a spicier Flex-Mex fiesta with a variety of taco fixings, grilled chicken, seasoned pork, cantina salads and margarita mix (sorry, tequila not included). Deliveries require a $100 minimum order; delivery fee applies outside 10-mile radius. Prices exclude taxes and gratuity, and 24-hour notice is appreciated. For more information, email email@example.com. 404-668-8757; tinlizzyscantina.com.
Willy's Mexicana Grill provides cheese dip, guacamole, salsa, chips, burritos and crowd-pleasing catering options like build-your-own taco, fajita or nacho bars. Ten-person minimum on catering orders. For a full list of Tex-Mex flavors, view the menu at willys.com/catering-menu. Order online or call 404-422-7107; willys.com.
In Roswell, Aqua blue has banquet facilities and menus ideal for large events of up to 300 guests. The patio, with updated furniture and colorful landscaping, is also perfect for large parties. Hosting a more intimate gathering? Try the Wine Room for seated groups of 40 or standing receptions of up to 70. 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road; 770-643-8886; aquablueatl.com.
Aria in Buckhead offers an exquisitely chic yet comfortable atmosphere and an avant-garde menu of fine American cuisine made with high-quality seasonal ingredients. Larger parties can buy out the restaurant for a private lunch or dinner in the newly renovated space, which now features warm gray walls, rich butter-hued drapes, glowing backlit custom mirrors and gorgeous leather banquettes. 490 East Paces Ferry Road; 404-233-7673; aria-atl.com.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland serves up an animated environment that makes it just the right spot for a pleasant evening. An upstairs room can accommodate 30 guests for a sit-down dinner or 50 guests for a cocktail reception. 794 North Highland Ave.; 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
The intimate private room at Cotton Calf Kitchen in historic downtown Braselton is perfect for mid-sized gatherings of up to 32 guests. The tastefully appointed space features four tables that comfortably seat eight guests each, and an exterior door for convenient outdoor access. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 9924 Davis St.; 706-684-0410; cottoncalf.com.
While Gunshow doesn’t feature a private dining area, Kevin Gillespie’s nationally acclaimed restaurant does offer three tiers of group dining events. Groups of seven to 24 guests can enjoy a family-style service of eight items and two desserts selected by executive chef Joey Ward. Groups of 25 to 70 guests may buy out Gunshow for the evening for a fee based on food and beverage minimums. 924 Garrett St.; 404-380-1886; gunshowatl.com.
Located on the Westside under the White Provisions building, Ormsby’s With a wide selection of craft beers and a menu of classic and creative gastropub favorites, it’s a casual crowd-pleaser. 1170 Howell Mill Road; 404-968-2033; ormsbysatlanta.com.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple provides a charming setting for your social gathering or corporate event. Milton’s can accommodate parties of eight to 200 guests, and each event can be specially tailored by request. Banquet menus are priced at $35, $45 and $55. Guests will really dig Milton’s Acre, the restaurant’s 1-acre garden perfect for chef’s tables, wine tastings, birthdays and corporate events. 800 Mayfield Road; 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com
The folks at Ray’s Restaurants pride themselves on event spaces and menus that add up to memorable events. Ray’s on the River 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187. Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta caters to groups with a number of private spaces, including a covered outdoor patio and courtyard that accommodates up to 70 guests. The entire restaurant can also be bought out for the evening. 1700 Mansell Road; 770-649-0064. Ray’s in the City in downtown Atlanta 240 Peachtree St.; 404-524-9224. Last but not least, Ray’s Rio Bravo can make your event a festive occasion with its signature fresh Tex-Mex cuisine and specialty margaritas. 6450 Powers Ferry Road; 770-612-2829; raysrestaurants.com.
Kevin Gillespie's ode to Southern dining, Revival in Decatur has several private dining options ranging from an intimate family dinner for up to 12 guests and day and evening meeting spaces for 20-25 to corporate-style events of up to 100. Outdoor spaces abound on the front and side porches of the home, as well as the German beer garden-inspired backyard called Communion. 129 Church St.; 470-225-6770; email@example.com or revivaldecatur.com.
Seed Kitchen & Bar, located in the Merchant’s Walk retail center in Marietta, serves up stylish yet accessible (and affordable) modern comfort food with knowledgeable but unpretentious service. Seed can accommodate private parties of up to 25 guests and semi-private events for 10-25 guests. The patio, weather permitting, can host groups of up to 30. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road; 678-214-6888; eatatseed.com. Next door, sister restaurant Stem Wine Bar is available for full buyouts. 678-214-6888; stemwinebar.com. Newest sibling Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar can accommodate groups of up to eight at the chef’s table or in the wine room or oyster bar, while the Shiplap room can host up to 28 guests. The covered patio area seats up to 26, and the outdoor patio accommodates up to 50 guests. 4475 Roswell Road; 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com.