Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Food and Drink Specials a Weekly Highlight at Hand in Hand

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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$1 Tacos and PBR on Sunday, with More Great Deals throughout the Week

ATLANTA (Nov. 30, 2016) – You already know Hand in Hand as a can’t-miss destination thanks to its authentic pub atmosphere, top-notch menu of made-from-scratch favorites and extensive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails and infused vodkas. What you might not know is that the popular nightspot boasts a variety of great food and drink specials throughout the week, giving a number of enticing reasons to stop by this quintessential intown tavern located in the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood. 

Sunday - start the week off right with $1 fish tacos, $2 chicken tacos and $2 pork tacos all day. Can’t decide which to try? Order them all – it’s only $5.

Monday - all food on the menu is available at half-price, including bangers and mash (Patak Bohemian sausage and mashed potatoes, served with a homemade stout gravy), chicken schnitzel, the Scottish salmon fillet and a satisfying array of starters like pub wings with Tabasco-Buffalo sauce, beer-battered onion rings and poutine (hand-cut French fries and cheese curds topped with brown duck gravy). 

Tuesday – just $2 gets you the ever-popular pub burger featuring prime Angus beef and fried onion strings on a H&F bun. Additions like bacon, a fried egg, British blue cheese, goat cheese, cheddar, Gruyère or pimiento cheese are $1 each.

Wednesday - $2 all-beef hot dogs, topped with your choice of chili, cheese, onions or sauerkraut. In addition, team trivia is free to play on the dog-friendly patio. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m.

Friday - celebrate the end of the work week and the start of the weekend with the city’s best fish and chips—a beer-battered cod fillet with okra pickles and jalapeño tartar—for only $7 (normally $14).

These tempting specials are served in a welcoming, laid-back environment distinguished by knowledgeable and enthusiastic servers, charming fixtures like the British phone box and original artwork, and a spacious outdoor patio.

Hand in Hand is located at 752 North Highland Ave. NE. For more information, call 404-872-1001 or visit


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Give the Gift of Good Taste from Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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Italian Market and Restaurant in Buckhead Takes Holiday Shoppers on a Tour of Italy

ATLANTA (Nov. 29, 2016) – It’s hard to leave Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante empty handed, which makes the full-service restaurant and bar and Italian market in Buckhead the perfect place to visit for a meal and some holiday shopping this season. The ample parking and convenient Peachtree Road location allow guests to get in and out quickly, while the plethora of fresh pastas and Italian imported goods make finding unique gifts easy as (ricotta) pie.  

Storico Fresco’s owners Mike Patrick and Pietro Gianni recommend the following top five gift suggestions to satisfy even the most difficult-to-shop-for family and friends:

  1. Gift baskets: Guests can design their own gift basket or pick an assortment of the market’s favorite items. Storico’s namesake basket features dried pasta, imported tomatoes, Italian tuna, pepper paste, specialty imported olive oil not available anywhere else in the United States and a monogrammed bag. $60 to $150.
  2. Olive oil: With 15 different bottles to choose from, Storico offers a variety of flavored, non-flavored and cooking oils from different regions in Italy. $12 to $50.
  3. Balsamic vinegar: A mighty selection that ranges from classic balsamic vinegar for salad dressings, balsamic jelly to adorn cheese platters and four-, 10- and 25-year aged bottles for balsamic enthusiasts. $22 to $160.
  4. Fresh pasta: Storico’s helpful staff can assist guests in picking out the perfect sauces and accompaniments to pair with fresh pastas for a complete Italian meal. $7 to $18.
  5. Gift cards: Sharing the gift of an authentic Italian meal and the opportunity to browse cases of prepared foods and imported goods is always a safe bet. Any amount can be loaded on the gift card, and any appetite will be satisfied with the full Storico Fresco experience.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante is located at 3167 Peachtree Road NE right off Grandview Avenue. The restaurant is open for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call 404-500-2181 or visit For additional updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Marlow's Tavern Opens in Brookhaven Dec. 13

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Atlanta’s Favorite Tavern Brings Chef-Driven Classics to Historic Neighborhood

ATLANTA (Nov. 29, 2016) – Marlow’s Tavern will make its Brookhaven debut on Tuesday, Dec. 13, featuring a contemporary bar design, spacious outdoor patio and the same mix of world-class hospitality, chef-driven American favorites and creative cocktails that has made Marlow’s Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood tavern.

“Brookhaven has grown into an exciting destination for families and professionals,” says John C. Metz, executive chef, CEO and co-founder of Marlow's Tavern. “They’re looking for great places to eat, have a few drinks and unwind with friends, and that’s what Marlow’s is all about. We’re looking forward to becoming an essential part of the Brookhaven community.”

The new Marlow’s is located at 3575 Durden Drive in the bustling Brookleigh Marketplace, a mixed-use community that also includes BURN Studios, Brookhaven Family Dentistry, the Primrose School and a mix of other restaurants and shops. This restaurant is Marlow’s first venture into the historic neighborhood of Brookhaven, which is home to Oglethorpe University, the Peachtree Golf Club, Murphey Candler Park and the Brookhaven Historic District.

While checking out the new location, diners can also enjoy new fall favorites on the tavern menu, including Scallion Crusted Salmon, Porterhouse Pork Chop, Grilled Chicken Pappardelle and the Naked Chicken Burger, in addition to Marlow’s popular menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and other chef-driven fare, all made with fresh ingredients.

General manager Tim Singleton, who previously served as a managing partner for Longhorn Steakhouse, is eager to greet new and returning Marlow’s guests just in time for the holiday season. “Whether you’re looking to make merry with friends and family or just a place to grab a burger and recover from holiday shopping, Marlow’s has everything you need,” he says.

Marlow’s Tavern Brookhaven is open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit

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 and Florida taverns. 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  


Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 Sterling Hospitality Golf Tournament Raises Over $95,000 for Special Olympics Georgia

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ATLANTA (Nov. 21, 2016) – Thanks to an unbeatable combination of passionate staff and committed community members, Sterling Hospitality – the parent company of Marlow’s Tavern, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management  and Aqua blue - is helping some very special youth thrive in Georgia with its annual Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) golf classic, which took place this September. The teams’ collective efforts were responsible for a 2016 donation that topped $95,000.

Even after 18 years, John C. Metz, executive chef, CEO and co-founder of Sterling Hospitality, is no less enthusiastic about this annual golf tournament. “All you have to do is go to one SOGA event,” he says. “Once you see the smiles on the faces of the athletes as they compete, you’re hooked. That’s part of how we have been able to raise more than $730,000 over the years. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when we all work together.”

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 Florida. 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   

About Sterling Spoon Culinary Management
Sterling Spoon Culinary Management combines talented chefs, dedicated employees and outstanding culinary and financial management to provide corporate café and on-site contract management clients extraordinary food and hospitality with an innovative retail restaurant approach. Founded by culinary-trained chefs, Sterling Spoon focuses on fresh, delicious offerings with a contemporary twist. The company’s goal is two-fold: to exceed clients’ objectives at all times and to offer clients a high-quality, affordable breakfast and lunch experience to their employees and visitors daily at their place of business. For more information, visit

About Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar
For more than 15 years, Aqua blue has brought chef-driven, global cuisine to Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The menu boasts the freshest, seasonal ingredients from around the world served in an elegant and exciting atmosphere, giving diners more than just a meal but an unforgettable dining experience. Aqua blue is located in Roswell at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road. For more information about Aqua blue, call 770-643-8886 or visit


Friday, November 18, 2016

Bellina Alimentari's Market Makes Tasteful Gift Giving Easy This Holiday Season

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Bellina Alimentari's Market Makes Tasteful Gift Giving Easy
This Holiday Season

ATLANTA (Nov. 18, 2016) – Shopping is a breeze at one-stop destinations such as Ponce City Market, which offers a plethora of local boutiques, national retailers and delicious dining options in its famed food hall. Tal Baum and her team at Bellina Alimentari are ready for the holiday rush, stocking their Market shelves with gift-giving must-haves to savor this season and beyond.

“I love that you can come to Ponce City Market for lunch or dinner and take care of your shopping list at the same time,” says Baum. “At Bellina, we have cultivated relationships with the finest local growers and most authentic producers in Italy, importing a unique assortment of goods to our Market in Atlanta. We are here to help our customers select the right ingredients for a culinary gift that will wow their friends and loved ones.”   

To make holiday shopping simple, Baum has shared some of her team’s favorite gift ideas: 

An Italian Christmas classic - Panettone. A Christmas cake, present on all Italian tables, available at Bellina in different traditional flavors and sizes. ($10 to $50)

How to generate good gift buzz - Honey Gift Set. Explore the great diversity of honey, each with its own distinct color and flavor. Perfect for mixing and matching with your favorite cheeses. ($12)

For the ones you love - Dolce Vita. A choice of Italian chocolates and sweet treats; a holiday classic. ($28)

When you need the perfect host or hostess gift - Maple Ambrosia Wooden Board. Handmade in Atlanta by carpenter Koby Downs; a great versatile wooden serving board. Used for serving artisanal cheeses and cured meats at Bellina. ($30)

For your single friends who want more - Date Night Box. An easy-to-cook dinner for two; all ingredients needed for the perfect match. ($42)

For the real connoisseur - Specialty Vinegar Set. Selection of three artisanal vinegars, made from honey, grape juice and grape must. A pantry essential for gourmet food aficionados.($47)

For filling a pantry versus a stocking - this Pantry Stuffer Package won’t stay on your recipient’s shelf long. Consists of La Vecchia Dispensa Italian Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena; Olio Extravergine di Oliva; ROI Italian Taggiasca Olives in Brine and handmade Taralli crackers with fennel seed and extra virgin olive oil. ($45)

When pesto is best – Pesto Party Package. All you need is the pasta for three speedy, incredibly savory meals. Consists of Italian Red Chili Sauce; Italian Pesto Sauce (Green) and Italian Walnut Spread. ($22)

For the person who has tasted everything - Traditional Balsamic Vinegar DOP. One of Italy’s most unique food specialties, this vinegar is a concentration of taste, cultural tradition and passion in a bottle. ($89.90)

Give the amateur chef in your life the ultimate foodie experience – a voucher to a Culinary Club class at Bellina Alimentari. Available for $28 or $45, this voucher can be redeemed by booking any class equal to the amount. Select from pasta making classes to local cheese tastings and more.  

About Bellina Alimentari
Bellina Alimentari, which loosely translates to "lovely specialty food store," was founded on the belief that every meal should be an amazing experience, and quality and ethics never need to be compromised in the pursuit of value. Italian food as a way of life means that each dish is tasty, fresh, whole and balanced. The menu at Bellina Alimentari changes seasonally to reflect the availability of produce from local farmers. Meat is sourced from farms where every animal is respected, treated humanely and pasture raised. Located at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, in the Central Food Hall of Ponce City Market, Bellina Alimentari is delicious, fair and affordable. For additional information and updates, visit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or call 404-330-9933.


Sublime Doughnuts in North Druid Hills Earns Kosher Certification from Atlanta Kosher Commission

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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Chef-Inspired Doughnut Shop Offers Kosher Sweets for Neighboring Jewish Community

ATLANTA (Nov. 18, 2016) – As if eating at Sublime Doughnuts wasn’t already a divine experience, the North Druid Hills bakeshop is now also kosher. The Atlanta Kosher Commission (AKC) recently granted this location of Sublime Doughnuts with a kosher certification, making the shop’s beloved doughnuts and treats such as the A-Town Cream more accessible to those with dietary restrictions.

Located at 2566 Briarcliff Road NE in The Village at Druid Hills, the specialty doughnut shop’s surrounding Toco Hills neighborhood has a large Orthodox Jewish population. Sublime’s founder Kamal Grant was encouraged to seek out kosher certification in response to customer requests.

“We have received so many questions about kosher certification from our guests, and it’s important to us to satisfy the needs of our neighbors and to give back to the communities where we are located,” says Grant. “Pursuing this certification enables those who are keeping kosher to enjoy any doughnuts, toppings, sauces, ice creams and flavored coffees sold at our North Druid Hills restaurant.”

The Atlanta Kosher Commission is an Orthodox community-based non-profit kosher supervising agency founded in the 1970s by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman. The Atlanta Kashruth Commission currently certifies over 150 companies in the Southeast and beyond, including manufacturing facilities, bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, and caterers throughout the country.

Sublime Doughnuts is located in North Druid Hills at 2566 Briarcliff Road NE and in West Midtown at 535 10th Street NW. Both locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Self-parking is available at both locations. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Marlow’s Tavern Celebrates the Season with Creative Cocktails and New Fall Dishes

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Classic Cocktail Techniques Made Modern at Atlanta’s Favorite Tavern

ATLANTA (Nov. 17, 2015) – To help guests drink in every moment of the fall and holiday seasons, Marlow’s Tavern is introducing new features on both the food and drink menus beginning Nov. 15. Rick Blumberg, Marlow’s manager of adult beverages, research, development and purchasing, has taken classic cocktail techniques from some of the first taverns in the world and given them a modern twist to create a cocktail lineup that combines one part creative, one part classic and one part seasonal.

One example is the house-made sour mix in Marlow’s new house margarita. “Historically, citrus was limited, so bartenders used the rinds to magnify the flavor,” informs Blumberg. “We’ve gone back to their technique of combining citrus rinds with sugar to craft the citrus oil used in our house-made sour mix. We’re also using fresh, seasonal blood oranges in our blood orange margarita.”

While Blumberg is eager to pay tribute to the good ol’ days, he’s equally excited to mix it up with contemporary trends. “Fortified wines like sherry, madeira and port have gained popularity as cocktail ingredients,” he says. “The Victorian features Michter’s Rye, Fonseca Bin 27 Port as well as Plantation Pineapple Rum, which has only recently become available for sale in the U.S. This drink is based on The Suburban, a classic cocktail popular in the 1860s.”

Additional sips new to the menu include:
  • The Barrel Aged Scrappy Old Timer – Old  Forester, Suze Apéritif, Cocchi Torino Vermouth and Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
  • The Orchard Conformist – St. George Straight Vodka, apple cardamom shrub, Bar-Keep Apple Bitters and simple syrup
  • The Southern Crush – Aviation Gin, fresh lemon, Jack Rudy Grenadine topped with a splash of club soda and fresh pineapple
  • Three Hour Tour – Clément Select Barrel Rhum, Coopers Craft Bourbon, agricole, Velvet Falernum and fresh lime

Blumberg has built strong relationships with local wine distributors like Ali Banks of Terroir Life and Boo Beckstoffer of Tuck Beckstoffer Wines to feature some unique wines from their portfolios. These include The Seventy Five Wine Company’s Sum Red Blend and Mulderbosch’s Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé.

Meanwhile, Marlow’s executive chef and co-founder John C. Metz is bringing the robust flavors of fall to the food menu as well. “Our Rustic Grilled Cheese with Havarti, Swiss, classic Mornay sauce and applewood smoked bacon on chili-slathered sourdough will warm guests through and through,” he assures.

The new menu also features:
  • Scallion Crusted Salmon – grilled Atlantic salmon, blazed with poke sauce, roasted sweet potato, shitake, kale, squash and miso broth
  • Porterhouse Pork Chop – barley Parmesan risotto, mirepoix, kale, grilled jumbo asparagus, grainy mustard and apple cider reduction
  • Grilled Chicken Pappardelle – Prestige Farms bone-in chicken, Joseph’s fresh egg noodles, caramelized onion, shaved asparagus, tomato, shitake and cremini mushroom cream sauce and parslied olive oil
  • Grilled Center Cut Filet- filet mignon grilled and seasoned perfectly, cauliflower rice, French green beans, shitake mushroom, caramelized onion, fines herbes and cognac peppercorn sauce
  • Naked Chicken Burger – all-natural Joyce Farms ground chicken, mozzarella, provolone, baby arugula, Roma tomato, red onion on toasted sesame seed brioche roll
  • Crispy Trout- rainbow trout, sautéed farro, tiny green beans, parsnip, buerre blanc and apple shallot gastrique
  • Crushed Burrata - red and golden beets, quinoa, baby arugula, olive oil, pickled red onion and house-made lemonette
  • Asian Chicken Salad – grilled chicken, mixed greens, Roma tomato, fresh avocado, cucumber, scallion, carrot, miso-soy vinaigrette, crispy wonton and candied spiced nuts
  • Sweet Potato Bread Pudding - sweet potatoes and ciabatta bread baked to order and served with maple crème anglaise

For more information on the new menus, visit

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 and Florida taverns. 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  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chef Marc Taft to Debut Brine Seafood Shack at Alpharetta’s Avalon in Spring 2017

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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Southern California-inspired eatery will feature a rooftop tiki bar, 
walk-up takeout window

ATLANTA (Nov. 15, 2016) — Executive chef and restaurateur Marc Taft, who brought the ultra-successful farm-to-table restaurant Chicken and the Egg to Marietta in 2011, is now adding a fresh seafood alternative to Alpharetta with Brine Seafood Shack. The latest from Taft’s Southern Fried Hospitality is set to debut this spring in the super-hot Avalon retail complex.

The restaurant’s Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica menu was inspired by Taft’s time spent on the West Coast. “I’ve always been enamored of how Southern California does seafood,” says Taft. “It’s fresh, it’s healthy and there’s a laid-back vibe. It always feels like a vacation getaway. That’s exactly the kind of relaxed environment we want to bring to diners at Brine.”

On the menu: think really good lobster rolls, fish stew, clam fritters, tuna poke, fresh oysters and fish tacos, all overseen by Taft and Brine chef de cuisine David Connolly, previously of Two Urban Licks and Tap in Atlanta and Michelin-starred Spiaggia in Chicago.

A rooftop bar will feature fresh, tiki-style craft cocktails served next to fire pits under a retractable roof. Downstairs, a raw bar and classic boat drinks are on the menu. For diners on the go, there’s a walk-up window inspired by New England clam shacks where you can grab takeout, soft serve ice cream, milkshakes and even cocktails, wine and beer to enjoy while strolling through Avalon.

Brine’s seafood will follow the sustainable practices outlined by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, the nonprofit dedicated to empowering consumers and restaurants to make choices that result in healthy oceans.  Much of the seafood from New England, the West Coast and the Gulf region will be geo-tagged so Brine chefs know precisely where the fish was caught, down to the captain’s name and boat.

“Just like at Chicken and the Egg, we’re dedicated to bringing only the finest-sourced ingredients to our customers at Brine,” says Taft. 

The 150-seat Brine Seafood Shack, designed by Jay George, is located in phase two at Avalon in Alpharetta.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Holiday Shopping is a Steal with Atlanta Restaurant Gift Card Deals

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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Popular Atlanta Eateries Offer Holiday Gifts for Food Loving Friends and Family,
Plus Incentives for Generous Shoppers

ATLANTA (Nov. 14, 2016) – Dreading holiday shopping? Head straight to Atlanta restaurants for a much merrier way to cross off every name on your shopping list. The following eateries are offering a wide array of generous gift card deals to satiate friends and family this holiday season, along with some perks for hungry shoppers:

5Church Atlanta: Located in the heart of Midtown, 5Church Atlanta throws in a $10 bonus when you buy a $50 gift card. Available to use immediately.

LDV Atlanta: Buy a $100 gift card to LDV Atlanta’s American Cut, Dolce Italian, Corso Coffee or The Regent Cocktail Club and receive a $20 gift card to keep or present to someone else. Offer valid Nov. 15, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017.

Marlow’s Tavern: With restaurant locations in nearly every neighborhood of the Atlanta area, Marlow’s Tavern is convenient for anyone on your list. Toast the beginning of the holiday shopping season starting Black Friday (Nov. 25) by purchasing a $50 gift card at Marlow’s and receive a complimentary bottle of Michelle Brut. Purchase a $100 gift card and receive a bottle of Michelle Brut and a complimentary $25 gift card. Guests who order gift cards online will receive a voucher for redeeming the bottle of Michelle Brut at the Marlow’s location of their choice.

Ray's Restaurants: The restaurant group behind Ray's On The River, Ray's At Killer Creek, Ray's In the City and Ray's Rio Bravo is offering a 20 percent bonus on all gift card purchases of $25 to $975 and a 25 percent bonus on all gift card purchases of $1,000 or more now through Jan. 31, 2017. Gift cards may be purchased online or at any of the four Ray’s locations.

Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar: Experience the art of amazing Southern-inspired cuisine in Alpharetta and earn an extra $20 gift card with the purchase of any $100 gift card this holiday season. Shoppers can choose to give the bonus card as a gift or keep for themselves; it’ll be our little secret.

Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar: Now through Dec. 30, all three Marietta restaurants are offering guests an added 20 percent value with any gift card purchase of $50 or more. After a 24-hour activation period, the extra value will be automatically loaded onto the gift card. Offer only available with in-store gift card purchases, not online. Gift cards do not expire and are accepted at all three restaurants., and

Southern Proper Hospitality Group offers the gift of options now through Dec. 31. For every $50 gift card purchased during this time, guests will receive a $15 bonus card, redeemable at the restaurant where the gift card was purchased. Bulk orders of $1000 or more receive a 20 percent discount. Gift cards are available at The Big Ketch Buckhead, The Big Ketch Roswell, Smokebelly BBQ, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails.

The Federal: The newest intimate steakhouse from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere is offering a $20 bonus when you purchase a $100 gift card. Offer valid Nov. 15 – Dec. 30.

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina: FlexMex cuisine makes mouths happy, so thankfully the 10 Atlanta-area locations of Tin Lizzy’s are offering 20 percent off every gift card purchase over $25 during the months of November and December.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere Open The Federal on Tuesday, Nov. 15

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Celebrated Atlanta Chefs Debut Intimate Steakhouse Inspired by Worldly Travels

ATLANTA (Nov. 11, 2016) – Acclaimed Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere are joining forces once again to open The Federal, named after the nearby Federal Reserve Bank, at 1050 Crescent Avenue in Midtown on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Federal’s menus feature a roadmap of Doty’s and Gummere’s culinary experiences from New York City to Belgium to previous Atlanta restaurants such as Shaun’s, MidCity Cuisine and Mumbo Jumbo. The restaurant will open with weekday morning coffee bar service from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and nightly dinner beginning at 5 p.m., then add weekday breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch toward the end of November.

“Opening The Federal is our way of giving our Midtown customers what they have long been searching for in a neighborhood restaurant,” says Doty, a veteran of the Midtown dining scene.  “We are looking forward to reconnecting with guests and offering some familiar favorites from our previous restaurants to our longtime patrons.”

Doty and Gummere have an extensive history of working together, from Mumbo Jumbo to Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, and the two are drawing inspiration from their travels around the world as well as from the tenets of French cuisine and the traditional American steakhouse for The Federal.

Midtown residents and office dwellers can start the day with a much-needed jolt from the coffee bar, which features a selection of hot and iced espressos, lattes and mochas available with house-made syrup options; iced shaken specialties like the café cielo cold brew with sorghum cinnamon and vanilla; a house blend brew and loose leaf teas by Rishi.
Dinner service begins daily at 5 p.m. and includes features such as:
  • Chopped chicken liver with toast and cornichons
  • Whole loup de mer with chickpea pancake, fennel, olives, saffron yogurt and bee pollen
  • Pork schnitzel with onion salad, peanuts and Italian parsley
  • Federal burger with American cheese, grilled garnish and fries
  • West Texas venison with cheese pierogi, red cabbage, sour cherries and leek ash butter
  • Side dishes include Anson Mills grits with Green Hill cheese, sautéed hen mushrooms, creamed or sautéed spinach, mashed fingerling potatoes, sautéed broccoli rabe with garlic pickles and fries with homemade mayo  
There is also a selection of steakhouse traditions such as a 14-ounce dry-aged Kansas City strip, 20-ounce Iowa porterhouse and 16-ounce Strauss grass-fed ribeye all cooked in cast iron.  Add-ons for steakhouse items include béarnaise sauce, Asher blue cheese, Green Hill cheese, au poivre sauce and Chasseur sauce.

For a sweet finish, the dessert selection offers Doty’s beloved sticky toffee pudding, Key lime pie with coconut mousse and a chocolate fried pie with vanilla bean ice cream.

The Federal’s thoughtfully crafted cocktail selection includes a Southern 75, a coconut rum punch called El Moro and Beer:30 made with beer, rye whiskey and St. Germaine. The beer list includes a few local favorites, and wines are available to order by the glass or bottle.

The Federal is located in Midtown Atlanta at 1050 Crescent Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations may be made via OpenTable. Two-hour validated parking is available next to the restaurant in the 1010 Midtown Parking deck, and additional paid parking is on Crescent Avenue. Valet parking is offered at the corner of 11th and Crescent Avenue Thursday through Saturday. For additional information, call 404-343-3857 or visit Follow The Federal on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for further updates.


Third Annual Harvest for a Cure Event Raises $350,000

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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Gourmet Food and Wine Gala Hosted by the Georgia Chapter of the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society Benefits MS Research

ATLANTA (Nov. 11, 2016) – The third annual Harvest for a Cure took place Oct. 20 at Mason Fine Art and raised $350,000 to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization that supports research to help treat and end MS globally. The evening was an extravaganza of gourmet food, vintage wines and a luxury raffle that raised much-needed funds for critical research initiatives.

“Harvest for a Cure is a one-of-a-kind evening because of the generous sponsors and volunteers that are involved,” says Roy A. Rangel, president of the Georgia Chapter of the National MS Society. “We are also so fortunate to have chef chair Gerry Klaskala and the amazing group of chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers and mixologists who give their time to provide the delicious food and beverages. Our guests are still raving about the experience!” 

The evening featured 15 top Atlanta chefs and 15 sommeliers, pairing culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of local wine collectors. This year’s event also included confections by three pastry chefs and libations by three mixologists. Mason Fine Art provided a setting of stunning contemporary art, and guests enjoyed enhancements to this year’s event, such as a high-end raffle and a new digital experience that included a MS Wine Event App and digital signage.

All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure 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


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Storico Fresco Alimentari E Ristorante Offers a Lunch Hour Lesson in Italian Counter Culture

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

Italian Market and Restaurant Brings Culinary Traditions of Italy to Buckhead

ATLANTA (Nov. 8, 2016) – At Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante, guests often find themselves stopping in for lunch and leaving with dinner. The full-service restaurant and bar offers a quick yet fresh and satisfying option for a midday meal in the heart of Buckhead, while the surrounding Italian market boasts a bounty of prepared foods and Italian imported goods for endless take-home dinner options.

With ample parking and convenient Peachtree Road location, Storico Fresco is a lunchtime treasure. The menu ($7-$22) includes meat and cheese boards, antipasti, antipasti fritti, pasta, insalata and panini that will take Atlantans on a tour of Italy in under an hour. Examples include:
  • Arancini: assorted filled fried rice fritters
  • Callipo tuna: cannellini beans, lemon olive oil, red onion, parsley
  • Mixed greens: Roman cipollini, artichoke, almond, honey saba vinaigrette
  • Lasagna alla Bolognese: classic spinach noodle, veal, beef, pork and béchamel
  • Pi fasacc brown butter sage: tallegio, ricotta, spinach, Grana Padano filling
  • Prosciutto panini: 16-month prosciutto, grilled zucchini, Robiola cheese

The cases of prepared foods and displays of imported goods are sure to inspire dinner ideas, and take-home favorites range from cheese and cured meats to daily offerings of fresh cut pastas and sauces to five different types of lasagna. Salads such as lemon couscous, grilled veggie and kale and apple offer lighter options, while timballo (a baked pasta pie) makes for a heartier meal.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante is located at 3167 Peachtree Road NE right off Grandview Avenue. The restaurant is open for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call (404) 500-2181 or visit For additional updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Monday, November 7, 2016

This Thanksgiving, Let Someone Else Do the Cooking

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

Atlanta’s Best Restaurants Serve up Delicious Alternatives to Cooking at Home

ATLANTA (Nov. 7, 2016) – Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with family, counting our blessings and sitting down to a generous feast. Even better, it doesn’t have to be one you’ve prepared yourself!  Whether you enjoy the abundance of an all-you-can-eat buffet or the convenience of tasty takeout, you’ll be thankful for these Turkey Day options.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 5Church Atlanta offers a special three-course menu; $35 per adult and $17 for children 13 and under. 404-400-3669,

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is going all out with a plentiful Thanksgiving dinner that includes a Big Green Egg-smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy; braised pork shoulder with roasted root vegetables and a bourbon glaze; green bean casserole with crispy onions and roasted mushrooms; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; cranberry Grand Marnier compote; sweet potato biscuits; and for dessert, Southern pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. Price is $28 for adults, $18 for young adults and $10 for kids under 10. Doors open at 4 p.m., and reservations are strongly recommended. 404-876-7249,
Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg is cooking up a traditional Southern Thanksgiving feast, all prepared in-house with responsibly sourced ingredients, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from a smoked turkey breast or a sorghum and mustard-glazed ham with a choice of three sides (cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese, creamed corn and green bean casserole). For dessert, choose from apple cobbler, pecan or pumpkin pie, all for $27.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 6-12. The restaurant is also offering to-go dinners to feed parties of 6-8 ($90) or 10-12 ($125). Cal the restaurant to order by Nov. 21. 678-388-8813,
Ray’s Restaurants are known for their Thanksgiving buffets, serving heaping portions of Thanksgiving favorites alongside Ray’s signature offerings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. At Ray’s on the River, enjoy commanding views of the Chattahoochee alongside roasted turkey and herb-roasted prime rib for $45.95 per adult and $22.95 per child (ages 5-10). Help yourself to a Cajun-fried whole Bell and Evans turkey or a Big Green Egg peppered barbecue brisket at Ray’s at Killer Creek for $39.95 per adult and $19.95 per child. Or dig into a carved suckling pig or steamship of beef at Ray’s in the City, also priced at $39.95 per adult and $19.95 per child. For full menus, visit


Hosting your own family feast? Skip the supermarket and treat your guests to a 12- to 14-pound apple-brined and smoked turkey from Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. This sumptuous bird comes with Madeira gravy and sage-corn spoonbread and can comfortably feed 6-8 guests for only $85. Sides are available upon request. Order online by Nov. 18 for pick-up Nov. 22-23. 770-817-0161,

Top off your celebration with fresh-baked pies from The Southern Gentleman. Pastry chef Kelly Lovett is preparing fresh pumpkin, apple crisp and Georgia pecan pies perfect for your Thanksgiving feast. Regular-sized 10-inch pies are $35, while mini-pies that serve 1-2 are $7. All orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For ordering information, visit 404-939-9845,

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante’s Thanksgiving to-go menu features a selection of Italian favorites, including three different lasagnas (Bolognese, mushroom-truffle and spinach-artichoke), a variety of seasonal salads, meat-and-cheese platters and butternut squash soup. Don’t miss the desserts! Burnt ricotta pie? Yes, please! All orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Pick up begins Monday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. 404-500-2181,


What better way to cap a day of caloric excess than a night of dancing and merriment at Johnny’s Hideaway?  Buckhead’s long-running nightlife landmark will be open from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. 404-233-8026,


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chef Kevin Gillespie Announces Game-Changing Grill: Kudu Safari Braai to Debut this Fall

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

Gillespie Joins Founding Partners for South African-Inspired Live Fire Cooking System

ATLANTA (Nov. 3, 2016) – Few are better qualified to blow the lid off the American barbecue experience than Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie, a guy who titled his first cookbook “Fire In My Belly.” Beginning today, Gillespie has joined founder Stebin Horne and his business partner, Stewart Vernon, as owners of the brand new, innovative KUDU Safari Braai outdoor live fire cooking system. The KUDU is a multifunctional grill, griddle and fire pit combined; a heavy gauge steel dream come true for backyard fire enthusiasts.

“I love cooking over live fire,” Gillespie explains. “With the KUDU, you are cooking without a lid and regulating the heat by creating distance from the heat source. You can cook on multiple surfaces simultaneously. From a culinary standpoint, I have yet to discover something I can’t do on it!”

A few months ago, Kevin was introduced to KUDU creator Stebin Horne and the two entrepreneurs immediately bonded over barbeque. Horne explained that after spending six months with his South African-born wife in her native country, he learned firsthand the communal cooking technique called braai. Local farmers weld a cooktop to their old disc ploughs to cook for friends and family in the backyard. Returning home inspired, Horne, a University of Georgia and Mercer Law graduate, was awarded a fellowship from the Mercer Innovation Center to introduce the cooking concept in the United States. After partnering with Vernon, Horne’s dream came alive.

“Stebin had a great idea and brought it to life,” says Gillespie. “Then Stewart stepped in and made it even bigger. They realized that they needed an expert in the grilling arena. That provided me with the opportunity to join up with this Georgia-based company and help create my ultimate cooking system.”

“We began with a $75,000 Kickstarter campaign,” notes Horne. “We raised that money and then exceeded the goal, thanks to the enthusiastic grilling community we reached. Our first supporters have already received their KUDUs and are raving on social media and in notes to us!”

Horne, Gillespie and the KUDU team will use their access to Mercer’s engineering students and faculty to create new add-on accessories for the grill so patio chefs can fry, boil, steam and roast their favorite foods as well.

 “Being part of the creative evolution of this product really appeals to the engineering nerd in me,” says Gillespie. “The users and the developers will be on the journey together. As novice cooks become more skilled on the KUDU, they can simply add on to their existing grill without trading it in for a new one.”

Made of heavy gauge steel, high-temp powder coating and stainless steel fasteners, the KUDU is designed to last a lifetime. While similar professional grade wood-burning grills can cost as much as $5,000, the KUDU is being introduced at the affordable price of $750.

For Gillespie, a guy who created a backyard beer garden called Communion, inviting your friends to be a part of the grilling fun was a huge selling point. “As fast as it is, the KUDU will never cook your food as fast as a gas grill, and that’s the point,” he says. “Sometimes the journey—that time spent with your family and loved ones—is more important than the destination.”

The KUDU experience will include a tremendous amount of online content, such as videos of Gillespie showing everything from initial setup to firing up as many as six cooking surfaces on the grill simultaneously before transforming it into a late-night fire pit for guests. There will be tutorials, recipes, KUDU accessories and gear, along with an interactive KUDU Nation to provide consumers a place to interact with other KUDU users.”

“At first glance, the KUDU can look a little intimidating,” Gillespie concedes, laughing. “This is definitely not for the set-it-and-forget-it home cook. This is for a patio griller who wants to enjoy that cinder smoke, the scent of wafting wood burning across your backyard and how that results in a phenomenal flavor profile. I don’t put my name on a lot of products, but I’m proud to attach my name to the KUDU.”

About Kevin Gillespie
Kevin Gillespie is a chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author. He was a finalist and voted “Fan Favorite” on the sixth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in 2009. Based in Atlanta, Gillespie’s restaurants include Communion, Gunshow, Revival and his BBQ pop-up Terminus City. Red Beard Restaurants was created in 2015 to oversee all of Gillespie’s restaurants and merchandise. Gillespie was named a 2015 semi-finalist and 2016 finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award. Eater included Gunshow in its annual “The National 38” list of places to eat in America in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, Gunshow earned a spot on GQ magazine’s list of “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants.” Revival was included in Southern Living’s list of “The South’s Best New Restaurants” in 2016. Gillespie released Pure Pork Awesomeness in 2015, a follow up to James Beard Award Finalist Fire in My Belly.