Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LLS Names Southern Proper Hospitality's Chris Hadermann Atlanta's Man of the Year

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Restaurateur Raised More Than $190,000 in Fight Against Blood Cancers

ATLANTA (June 28, 2016) – Chris Hadermann of Southern Proper Hospitality and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina was named Atlanta’s Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at a gala at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on June 11.  Hadermann, a founding partner of the Atlanta-based restaurant group Southern Proper Hospitality (Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Smokebelly BBQ, The Big Ketch (Canton Street and Buckhead), The Blind Pig Parlour Bar and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails) as well as Atlanta-based Tin Lizzy’s Cantina (12 locations across Atlanta and South Carolina) was honored for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the LLS’ mission to help eradicate leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening blood cancers.

Hadermann raised $191,595 during the organization’s Man & Woman of the Year competition, with every dollar raised counted as one vote. Hadermann competed for the award in honor of his grandfather, who lost his life to leukemia, as well as local blood cancer survivors Emory and Norah, LLS’s Boy & Girl of the Year.

“This award is for everyone with Southern Proper Hospitality and Tin Lizzy’s who helped make this happen, as well as friends and family, and of course the guests of our restaurants who also assisted in this extensive fundraising effort.  More importantly, it is for all who are fighting the fight against these terrible diseases,” says Hadermann. “I am honored to be able to contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s life-changing work to increase survival rates for these blood cancers.  The Southern Proper and Tin Lizzy’s teams look forward to hosting more events and promotions for this important cause.”

As part of Hadermann’s fundraising efforts, all of Southern Proper Hospitality’s as well as all  12 Tin Lizzy’s Cantina locations participated in a special cocktail promotion, with $1 from every drink sold going directly to the LLS. Tito’s Handmade Vodka matched every dollar donated from this effort as well.

Other efforts included a private wine dinner hosted by executive chef Matthew Ridgeway, a Great Gatsby-themed five-course dinner and party at The Blind Pig, a bountiful garden dinner hosted by Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, a golf tournament at the Polo Golf & Country Club sponsored by both restaurant groups along with food supply company Performance Food Group (PFG), and a “Sip & Savor” fundraiser hosted by Hadermann at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Hadermann also raised funds via his Facebook page, his personal MWOY page and by reaching out to generous friends and family.

Hadermann will now be entered into a competition for LLS’ Man of the Year, with a national winner announced in July.

About Southern Proper Hospitality
Southern Proper Hospitality is an entrepreneurial restaurant 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.

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 tinlizzyscantina.com.


Monday, June 27, 2016

101 Steak Now Open in Vinings

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Chef-Driven Chophouse Newest Neighborhood Addition from 101 Concepts

ATLANTA (June 27, 2016) – 101 Steak, the newest restaurant from 101 Concepts, the Atlanta-based entrepreneurial team behind neighborhood restaurants and pubs such as Food 101, Meehan’s Public House and Cibo e Beve, is now open in Vinings for dinner, with lunch service to follow in a few weeks. Owners Steve Buero, Chris Segal and Phil Roness, along with chef/partner Joe Ahn, are presenting high-quality steaks and seafood, a raw bar and more than 100 wines by the glass.

“Many of our friends and loyal patrons kept asking us to open a steakhouse, and we felt the Vinings neighborhood would be the perfect fit,” says Buero. “I also live in the area, and my children go to school here, so we are really looking forward to giving back to our community."

Helming the kitchen is Joe Ahn, whose culinary expertise has been enjoyed by Atlantans in some of the city’s best restaurants over the past two decades. His exposure to a multitude of cuisines began while growing up around his parents’ Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurant, and his seasonal menu at 101 Steak showcases his eclectic background. In addition to a selection of seafood and Prime Black Angus beef, Ahn's menu displays his diverse skill set with Asian, Southern and Italian influences featured in dishes like crispy seafood misto, house-made burrata and heirloom tomatoes with kale pesto and a Big Green Egg-smoked pork chop served with pimento mac-n-cheese, collards and Coca-Cola gastrique.

“Although we are a steakhouse and will of course offer those familiar meat options, guests will also see a more chef-driven selection of appetizers and signature entrées that exhibit a lot of culinary creativity,” says Ahn.

More examples of appetizers, raw bar items, steaks and chops, house specialties and desserts on 101 Steak’s menu include:
  • Selection of East and West Coast oysters, sour orange cocktail, pickled ginger mignonette 
  • Parmesan-crusted roasted marrow bones, onion marmalade, fresh sage, artisan bread
  • Caribbean seafood cocktail (shrimp, octopus, lump crab) tossed with diced tomato, red onion, cilantro, avocado, blue corn tortilla and fried plantains
  • 32-ounce tomahawk chop – 50-day dry aged Prime
  • Spicy “frutti de mare” with Maine lobster, Georgia shrimp, clams, Spanish octopus and squid ink linguine
  • 101 Wagyu beef burger, Gruyère, thick smoked bacon, house-made pickles, onion jam and fries
  • Classic warm crème brulee

The restaurant’s beverage program offers craft cocktails composed of fresh quality ingredients, a wide array of craft beers and a carefully curated wine list that captures the best of California and beyond. Over one hundred wines by the glass are featured, including 50 properly stored reserve selections. Guests are presented with a wine pairing guide for both seafood and sauces, with two price points suggested for each dish. These guides are a thoughtful way to assist guests in making their wine choices to pair optimally with their food selection.

Designed by Brandi Sylvester of Artisan Restaurant Design, the décor at 101 Steak is a celebration of the classic American steakhouses from the 1950s and 60s, boasting rich materials such as leather, mahogany and granite. Best described as “the Rat Pack meets Ralph Lauren,” the restaurant’s environs convey warmth and comfort but also leave guests feeling like they’re living the high life.

A copper top raw bar gives hungry eyes a peek into the restaurant’s daily fresh seafood selection, while a wall of three handmade wine storage cabinets separates the bar from the main dining room and forms the main focal point of the restaurant. Sylvester has sourced artisan pieces from around the country, including a carved wood cornucopia from the late 18th century that was salvaged from a New Jersey home where Napoleon’s family once stayed.

101 Steak’s main dining room seats 85 guests, while the bar and lounge areas can accommodate an additional 50. An outdoor patio seats 45, and there are multiple private dining options, including “The Overlook Room” for large events of up to 50 guests, “The Tasting Room” for more intimate gatherings of eight to 10 and “The Board Room” for up to 12 guests.

101 Steak is located at 3621 Vinings Slope SE in Atlanta. The restaurant is open for dinner daily with lunch coming soon. Reservations are available through OpenTable. Complimentary self-parking is available in front and in the parking deck behind the restaurant. Complimentary valet parking is also offered during dinner service.

For more information, call 770-805-8855 or visit 101steakatl.com. For additional updates, follow 101 Steak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About 101 Concepts
101 Concepts is an Atlanta-based restaurant group whose owners rely on the dynamic combination of friendship and shared work ethic for the success of their 10 restaurants. Partners Steve Buero, Chris Segal and Phil Roness first met while working the New York City restaurant scene as Iona College roommates. In 1999, they established a business partnership and found their niche in friendly, neighborhood restaurants and pubs. Today, the trio owns Food 101 and Cibo e Beve in Sandy Springs, Castleberry Hill barbecue joint Smoke Ring and 101 Steak in Vinings, plus five metro-Atlanta locations of Meehan’s Public House. In 2014, 101 Concepts also obtained Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach, Florida. For more information and restaurant addresses, visit 101concepts.com.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Atlanta-Area Restaurants Offer Fourth of July Specials for Patriotic Palates

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


ATLANTA (June 23, 2016) – Thanks to some of the city’s best restaurants, there’s no need to settle for humble hot dogs on the grill this Fourth of July. Whether your Independence Day traditions include feasting on barbecue or wearing red, white and blue, these Atlanta-area eateries are ensuring guests also stay devoted to dining out with the following fanfare:

Get red, white and bluesin’ at Bellina Alimentari. The Ponce City Market favorite has a live music series the first Sunday of each month from 4 – 7 p.m.  On July 3, enjoy food, libations and lots of great music. Bellina is also open for regular business on July 4. bellina-alimentari.com

It’s a Fourth of July Terminus City Takeover at Communion, the beer garden-inspired backyard behind Revival, Kevin Gillespie’s family-style restaurant in Decatur. This festive, all-ages event has barbecue, beer, family-friendly entertainment and games (darts, cornhole, horseshoes) plus live music from Dave Lockwood on Monday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All food, drinks and games are available for purchase via tokens - $5 each - with prices ranging from 1 to 4 tokens (tax and gratuity included).  Gillespie's Terminus City is serving up a chopped whole hog barbecue sandwich plate available for purchase for 4 tokens. There also will be drinks and cold beer available. Families can mingle at communal picnic tables and on the front and side porches of Revival (the restaurant itself will be closed). All proceeds from the day benefit Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, which helps post-9/11 veterans heal the invisible wounds of war and ease their reintegration into everyday life. revivaldecatur.com

Gypsy Kitchen invites guests to put a Spanish spin on their holiday weekend fun. On Sunday, July 3, the Buckhead restaurant offers a “Basque in the Sun” event beginning at 4 p.m. The evening features paella on the open-air patio along with drink specials such as $4 tinto de verano, $5 rosé and half-off select bottles of wine. A flamenco guitarist and a DJ will provide the musical entertainment. Peachtree Road Race participants receive 20% off their evening when showing confirmation of race registration. Gypsy Kitchen will be closed on July 4. gypsykitchenatl.com

Newly opened 5Church in Midtown hosts a Whole Hog Roast on July 4. The celebration takes place during the Peachtree Road Race from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will partake in a whole hog roast and beers from SweetWater Brewing Company while enjoying music outside along the sidewalk and on the rooftop patio. 5ChurchAtlanta.com

HOBNOB is open for regular business hours and serving its popular brunch menu throughout the holiday weekend and on July 4. Monday also means $17 bottomless mimosas and the neighborhood tavern’s Monday Date Night special - a three-course dinner for two for $22.95. hobnobatlanta.com

Get a jump-start on the holiday with a pre-Independence Day bash at Johnny’s Hideaway on Sunday, July 3. The celebration features food and drink specials, live music from Band X beginning at 8:30 p.m. and DJ Spin to keep the party going into the late-night hours. Johnny’s is also open for regular business on July 4. Johnnyshideaway.com

Marlow’s Tavern makes for a mouthful of fireworks with the restaurant’s famous Red, White and Brew Burger, offered Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 at all Marlow’s locations. For $12.50, guests can indulge in a perfectly seasoned beef patty topped with blue cheese, seared red peppers, caramelized onion and crisp romaine on a sesame bun. marlowstavern.com

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4, three of Ray’s Restaurants are offering a special surf and turf prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner. The two-course meal includes a choice of salad, 6-ounce filet mignon, 4-ounce lobster tail and Yukon Gold whipped potatoes for $24.95. Available at Ray’s on the River, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the City. raysrestaurants.com

The Southern Gentleman is serving its creative take on contemporary Southern cuisine for brunch on Sunday, July 3. Enjoy a $5 mimosa special as well as a $10 seasonal mimosa that includes seasonal fruit, orange juice and Champagne. Peachtree Road Race participants receive 20% off when showing confirmation of race registration. The Southern Gentleman will be closed on July 4. thesoutherngentlemanatl.com