Thursday, September 21, 2017

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Introduces New Brunch Menu

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
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Beloved Favorites and Creative New Dishes Highlight Revamped Roster of Appetizing Options

ATLANTA (Sept. 21, 2017) – For many of us, Sunday brunch is the most anticipated meal of the week. It’s a chance to unwind and gear up for the week ahead with comfort food favorites and exciting new finds. Now, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is kicking up that anticipation a few notches with a bold new brunch menu that boasts an inviting mixture of breakfast staples and inventive, chef-crafted newcomers. Each dish spotlights fresh ingredients straight from Milton’s Acre, the restaurant’s expansive on-site garden.

“Our guests love coming to Milton’s for brunch, and we want to give them new reasons to keep coming back,” says executive chef Derek Dollar. “Brunch is all about comfort food, so it presents an opportunity to create fun twists on nostalgic favorites like tater tots and waffles. We’re keeping a lot of the popular menu items that our guests know and love while offering them some fresh new touches they can’t get anywhere else.”

Among the standouts on the new brunch menu are tater tot waffles with sunny side eggs, served with andouille redeye gravy and topped with hot sauce and scallions; fried chicken and sweet potato waffles - a sweet and savory twist on classic chicken and waffles - served with cracked mustard maple syrup and bourbon-peach jam; and the farmer omelet, stuffed with red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, scallions, cheddar cheese and buckboard bacon, which comes from the shoulder, like pulled pork. “It’s like Canadian bacon but on steroids,” Dollar says.

Other menu highlights include:

  •          The fisherman omelet, packed with crab and shrimp, asparagus, julienned radish, avocado, tomato and hollandaise
  •          Fried green tomatoes with chive-spiked goat cheese and piquillo pepper coulis
  •          Sticky toffee pecan beignets with powdered sugar and toffee sauce
  •          Sweet potato shrimp fritters with red chile syrup and basil oil
  •          Bacon cheddar croissant French toast with jalapeño maple syrup, scrambled farm eggs, applewood bacon and jalapeño bacon or sausage
  •          Avocado toast with sunny side farm eggs, julienned radish, creamy lemon dressing, pickled Fresno chilies and garden greens
  •          Shrimp and grits with red and yellow peppers, smoked bacon, mushrooms, scallions, tomatoes, lemon butter sauce and cheddar stone-ground grits

Thirsty guests should cap it all off with a loaded Bloody Mary, a delicious mimosa or Bellini or such creative concoctions as the Bee’s Knees (gin, lemon, honey and sparkling wine) and Hair of the Hog (bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, bitters and jalapeño bacon).

Milton’s Sunday brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling the restaurant at 770-817-0161.

Located at 800 Mayfield Road, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is nestled in a restored 155-year-old farmhouse located in the historic district of Crabapple. The charming North Fulton restaurant serves contemporary Southern cuisine that utilizes fresh, local ingredients, many of which come from the restaurant’s on-site garden called Milton’s Acre. Milton’s is owned and operated by Southern Proper Hospitality, which also operates The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Smokebelly BBQ, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Beni’s Cubano and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina.Chosen by Restaurant Hospitality as one of the “25 Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in America” and named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for 2017, Southern Proper Hospitality offers genuinely hospitable service and exceptional, high-quality food.
  For more information about Milton’s, visit


Monday, September 18, 2017

Carlo’s Bakery Whips Up Second Location in Atlanta

Contact: Nicole Valdes

The Traditional Italian Bakery Introduces Second Kiosk in Georgia

JERSEY CITY, NJ –  On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Carlo’s Bakery will celebrate the grand opening of the famous bakery’s second Atlanta-based kiosk at the GGP owned and operated shopping mall,  Cumberland Mall, in Atlanta, Georgia. Following an opening in April of 2017 to a massive crowd of fans at the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, this will be the twentieth location for the famous brand most known as the setting of the hit TLC series, Cake Boss.  

Spanning just 300 square foot, the mini-Carlo’s Bakery kiosk concepts offers guests a taste of the brand’s signature desserts including the cannoli, lobster tail, cupcakes and more. The notable brand’s kiosk will act as a one-stop shop to satisfy a sweet tooth with high quality favorites baked fresh daily on premises.

“I feel like pinching myself every time we’re going to open a new Carlo’s Bakery,” admits Buddy Valastro. “As a famiglia, we sit down, we make these plans for the company, and then we’re really accomplishing all of the goals we set for ourselves. I shouldn’t be surprised when it’s happening but I always am. To have the opportunity to create another sweet outpost for people to get one of our amazing cakes for their kid’s birthday, or some cannoli for the whole office, whatever – that’s all really awesome to me. Sharing the recipes of my famiglia with yours is what this is all about.”

The opening of the Carlo’s Bakery kiosk at the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Georgia will be celebrated with a grand opening on September 23, 2017. The brand’s traditional ribbon cutting ceremony will be conducted by Cake Boss stars Mauro Castano and Mary Sciarrone at 8:30am prior to the bakery’s opening.


About Carlo’s Bakery
Established in 1910, Carlo’s Bakery was catapulted from a Hoboken, NJ-based neighborhood bakery to a household name through the public’s fascination with the over-the-top cakes produced by master baker Buddy Valastro and success of TLC’s hit series, Cake Boss, and subsequent spinoff Next Great Baker. Garnering attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Rachael Ray Show, Huffington Post and Good Morning America, Carlo’s Bakery has existing locations in Hoboken, Marlton, Morristown, Red Bank, Ridgewood, Wayne, and Westfield, NJ; Las Vegas, NV; Dallas, Frisco, and, The Woodlands, TX; Uncasville, CT; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Bethlehem, and Philadelphia, PA; New York, and Westbury, NY; and, São Paulo, Brazil.

About GGP

GGP, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Atlanta-Based Bantam + Biddy Expands to Chattanooga This Fall

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates

Chef-Driven Rotisserie Chicken Concept from Top Atlanta Toques Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere Named First Restaurant Tenant in New Market City Center Development

ATLANTA (Sept. 15, 2017) – Atlanta-based Bantam + Biddy, the casual, family-friendly eatery featuring regional, all-natural and pastured poultry from chef-restaurateurs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, will open its next location in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, at 728 Market Street this fall. The restaurant, whose name refers to two poultry breed sizes, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and will also offer a full espresso bar along with alcoholic beverages. Bantam + Biddy is the first restaurant planned for the Market City Center property opening in mid-September from developer Boyd Simpson of The Simpson Organization.

“We are thrilled about becoming part of the growth that Downtown Chattanooga is experiencing and supporting the local entrepreneurial culture in the city’s Innovation District,” says Bantam + Biddy co-owner and executive chef Shaun Doty. “Our restaurants are very entrenched in the neighborhoods where they are located, so the true sense of community in Chattanooga really spoke to us. We look forward to providing Southern favorites made with seasonal, local ingredients that guests can feel good about eating.”  

Doty’s extensive culinary expertise in Atlanta (The Federal, YEAH! Burger, Shaun’s, MidCity Cuisine, Mumbo Jumbo) is the driving force behind Bantam + Biddy’s affordable menu of local free-range and pastured chicken and Southern diner-inspired dishes. Although his career has spanned the globe, he is most passionate about creating simply prepared contemporary fare. Lunch and dinner selections at Bantam & Biddy include a “meat-and-two” option, as well as chicken-centric entrées, salads and sandwiches. Breakfast brings build-your-own biscuits, fried chicken and cheddar waffles and pastured three-egg omelets and burritos. There is also a convenient carry-out counter for grabbing a high-quality meal on the go, including the popular “Family Meal” (choice of whole rotisserie chicken, meatloaf or 24-ounce herb-roasted pork loin with a family-sized organic green salad, cornbread, choice of dressing, three sides and a half-gallon of freshly brewed tea) that serves three to five people for under $50.

The new Chattanooga restaurant, designed by Tim Nichols, is going to seat 62 guests indoors and an additional 18 in the building’s air-conditioned atrium. Nichols’ decor features classic wood bead board, bright ceramic tile and rich pecan wood for a charming and casual atmosphere within Market City Center’s retail, office and residential community. 

“I’m very proud to announce Bantam + Biddy as our first restaurant tenant,” says Simpson. “The chef-driven concept and Shaun’s all-encompassing restaurant industry experience really impressed us, and it’s been a pleasure working with him.”

Recently dubbed one of the nation’s most startup-friendly cities by, Chattanooga was a natural fit for Doty and his team. The restaurant’s location is part of the city’s Innovation District, a vibrant and walkable area containing Chattanooga’s main downtown public spaces and a host of coffee shops and eateries linked by attractive streets, a bike share program and a free downtown electric shuttle. Anchoring this district is the Edney Innovation Center, which serves as a connecting point, support base and catalyst for the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Bantam + Biddy will be a great addition to City Center and to the Innovation District,” says Kim White, president and CEO of River City Company, the economic development engine for Downtown Chattanooga. “Downtown Chattanooga has long enjoyed excellent restaurants and exceptional chefs, and we are excited to add another eatery to that list.”

Bantam + Biddy is located at 728 Market Street in Chattanooga. The restaurant also has three Atlanta-area locations at Ansley Mall, Avalon and Lenox. For more information, visit For additional updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Taste of Atlanta Puts You at the Center of the Action with Three Stages to Choose from Oct. 20-22

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates

Taste of Atlanta Presented by Capital One Puts You At The Center Of The Action
With Three Stages to Choose From This Oct. 20-22
Chef’s Table, Kitchen Workshop and Home Plate Stages Offer An Opportunity
To Learn Alongside The Pros

ATLANTA (Sept. 2017) - Tickets are going fast for the 16th annual Taste of Atlanta Presented by Capital One debuting Oct. 20-22 in its new permanent home in the city’s Historic Fourth Ward Park, adjacent to the Beltline. Organizers of Atlanta’s most anticipated fall food festival are busy behind the scenes whipping up special chef appearances, dynamic demos, barcraft competitions and a Friday night kickoff party – not to mention top-notch craft beer, cocktails and wines with craveable creations from more than 90 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants.

As always, attendees will be at the center of the action with three interactive stages running complimentary demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. At the Chef’s Table stage hosted by Tom Sullivan, food fans can pull up a seat, learn tips and techniques and enjoy tastes and sips from some of Atlanta’s favorite chefs from Establishment, 1Kept, and DaVinci’s, along with local Food Network Star finalist Rusty Hamlin and more. The audience will also be energized and entertained by a local DJ providing lively music. The Chef’s Table is a fun, interactive setting for the first 60 lucky attendees.

At the Sprouts Farmers Market Home Plate stage, all ages will be inspired to tie on an apron, gather around the kitchen counter and get cooking as locally and nationally celebrated chefs demonstrate home-cooked favorites with the freshest local ingredients on the spot. With Northside Hospital as the presenting sponsor, featured guests of the Home Plate stage include chefs from Open Hand Atlanta, the Georgia Peanut Commission, Sprouts and Andretti Grill.

At the Kitchen Workshop stage, whether you’re a skilled home cook or still learning how to successfully boil water, there’s a spot for you at one of the 20 hands-on kitchen stations. Each cooking experience, sponsored in part by The Cook’s Warehouse and led by some of the city’s most talented chefs, will be hosted by TV and radio personality Holly Firfer. Featured chefs include local favorites from 5Church, RA Sushi, Davio’s and more.

Those wanting to shake up a more sip-able craft cocktail learning experience will want to check out the weekend-long Ninth Annual Barcraft Competition sponsored by George Dickel. Winners of this September’s quarterfinal competition will gather on Saturday and Sunday with cocktail shakers in hand for the exciting semifinal and final competitions featuring some of the city’s most cutting-edge beverage tastemakers doing the judging and Greg Best as the emcee.

Taste of Atlanta is celebrating its Sweet 16th year with more than 200 nibbles, sips and samples from the city’s favorite neighborhood hotspots alongside today’s most creative restaurants. Local favorites and exciting newcomers participating this year include Hattie B’s, Le Bilboquet, Hampton + Hudson, The Halal Guys, Bezoria and Better Half.  

In addition to Saturday and Sunday General Admission food adventures filled with soul-satisfying samples, festivalgoers can upgrade to the Grand Tasting Experience, which includes 20 Taste Points and access to exclusive bites and beverages. This popular option sells out every year, so tasters are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. Hometown chefs Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. BBQ are looking forward to hosting Friday night’s Sweet 16 Kick-Off Party sponsored by Cheney Brothers, and chef demonstrations, interactive panel conversations, music and more round out the schedule for a weekend full of food and fun.

In addition to Saturday and Sunday General Admission food adventures filled with soul-satisfying samples, festivalgoers can upgrade to the Grand Tasting Experience, which includes 20 Taste Points and access to exclusive bites and beverages. This popular option sells out every year, so tasters are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. Hometown chefs Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. BBQ are looking forward to hosting Friday night’s Sweet 16 Kick-Off Party sponsored by Cheney Brothers. Guests will dance, drink and dine the night away with bites from more than 20 of Atlanta’s favorite chefs and restaurants, delicious drinks and lively music.

Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the festival and park at the Emory Midtown Hospital Bike Valet. To keep up with Taste of Atlanta updates, check out the official festival website at, sign up for the fun, foodie Bite of News newsletter and follow Taste of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For sponsorship information, email Dale DeSena at


Atlanta Restaurants Score with Football-Friendly Specials

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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 College and NFL Fans Win Big at These Hotspots All Season Long

ATLANTA (Sept. 8, 2017) – Football season is finally here, and several of Atlanta’s top neighborhood hangouts are lined up and ready for action with a winning lineup of food and drink specials. Whether you’re partial to college ball or the pros, these MVP spots have everything you need to enjoy every snap in a fan-friendly environment.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland has drawn up a winning game plan for football fans. Every Saturday during college football season, guests are invited to play cornhole on one of two boards in the parking lot. NFL fans, meanwhile, can participate in a free weekly pick ’em challenge with weekly and monthly prizes. Atkins Park is also offering a special game day menu all day Sunday throughout the NFL season with Atkins hot chicken legs, smoked pulled pork mac ‘n’ cheese, a loaded quesadilla, the Dirty Bird (chicken tenders with house coleslaw, pickles and spicy remoulade served on a hoagie) and the brat burger (house seasoned and ground pork, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, sauerkraut and stout mustard). For the extra point, wash it all down with $14 pitchers of Miller Lite. 404-876-7249,

Henri’s Bakery & Café has team-themed cookies too fun to fight over. Sporting team letters and mascots for the Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Atlanta Falcons and a variety of SEC and ACC teams, these sweet treats also come shaped like game jerseys and footballs. Pick up some at the Buckhead or Sandy Springs location for tailgates or game-watching parties.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is serving free shots to all guests wearing team gear after each Atlanta Falcons or Georgia Bulldogs win throughout the season at its Midtown and Town Brookhaven locations.  The new Brookhaven restaurant just installed an additional large-screen TV, making it even easier to catch all the action.
With 16 big-screen TVs and a proven menu of chef-crafted barbecue favorites, Smokebelly BBQ is already a popular spot for cheering on your favorite team. Throw in game day drink specials served every Saturday through Monday (featuring $5 Tito’s cocktails, $10 Bud Light pitchers and $3 Bud Light drafts) and 50 cent wings every Monday throughout the season, and you’ve got a championship-caliber viewing experience. 404-848-9100,

Sport your team colors in the form of rolled ice cream at Sweet Charlie’s in Buckhead. The one-of-a-kind ice cream shop has ACC and SEC game day sprinkles available all football season long to top off your treat. Don’t forget, unlimited toppings are always available at Sweet Charlie’s! 404-549-8183,

“Wings Are for Winners” at Taco Mac this season. Customers who are dining in the restaurant when the home team wins a game will receive a coupon for six free wings (valid only on a return visit within the following Monday through Friday). Guests must purchase a beverage with their order to redeem the coupon. Valid home teams include the Atlanta Falcons, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State (Kennesaw location only) and Georgia State (Metropolis and Lindbergh locations only). Taco Mac is also giving away Coca-Cola rivalry cups Sept. 11-Nov. 11 with each purchase of a Coke Freestyle (not available at Stockbridge location) and serving up beer of the month and brat specials through February 2018.

Both locations of The Big Ketch - Buckhead and Canton Street – have introduced a “Tackles and Touchdown” menu available every day during football season. From fried oyster sac’em sliders to gridiron grouper bites and lineman lobster fondue dip, guests score with these tasty additions to The Big Ketch’s regular menu of seafood staples. $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts are also on tap. 404-474-9508 (Buckhead); 770-993-5749 (Canton Street);


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Marlow’s Tavern Introduces Seasonal Specials for September and October

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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Atlanta’s Favorite Neighborhood Tavern Celebrates Fall with
Food and Drink Features

ATLANTA (Sept. 6, 2017) – To help guests relish the gradual signs of fall, Marlow’s Tavern is featuring five weeks of food and cocktail specials that highlight ingredients and flavors of the season. Starting Sept. 12, these dishes and libations will reflect shifting temperatures and attitudes in the most delicious manner.
“Each year we look forward to the cooler weather and seasonal produce that the fall season brings. Our team is excited to serve comforting, hearty dishes that feature fresh ingredients such as fennel, squash and apples. And of course, we are serving creative cocktails to complement these satisfying plates,” says John C. Metz, executive chef, CEO and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern.  

Sept. 12 through Sept. 29, the menu features the following food and drink specials:

·         Blazed Beef Brisket - fork-tender smoked brisket, Jack Daniel’s glaze, crispy onion strings, apple-cabbage slaw on toasted onion roll
·         Seared Diver Scallops – simply seasoned and perfectly seared with celeriac purée, sweet potato, roasted fennel and sweet pea hash, roast tomato fondue and parslied olive oil
·         Bourbon Street Bread Pudding Beignets - Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey, cream soaked baguette, Coca-Cola beignet batter and bourbon crème anglaise
·         Cranberry Harvest - crisp and refreshing American Harvest Organic Vodka, fresh cranberry, lemon, splash of apple cider, Regan's Orange Bitters
·         Nice Pear Manhattan - High West Double Rye, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, Cardamaro, Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

Sept. 29 through Oct. 16 as cooler weather kicks in, the Marlow’s menu heats up with the following:
·         Piper’s Peppered Pub Sandwich - cold smoked beef brisket, peppered gravy, crispy romaine, Roma tomato and red onion on a buttered Cuban roll
·         Center Cut Grilled Pork Chop - Southeast Family Farms pork chop, roasted spaghetti squash, French green beans, dried cranberries and spiced seeds and apple cider-sage cream
·         Bourbon Street Bread Pudding Beignets - Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey, cream soaked baguette, Coca-Cola beignet batter and bourbon crème anglaise
·         Autumn Rye Press - High West Double Rye, Bénédictine D.O.M., fresh pressed apple cider, squeeze o’ lemon, Angostura Bitters
·         Southern Charmer - Old Forester Bourbon, Domaine de Canton, peach nectar, fresh lemon, Scrappy's Lavender Bitters

About Marlow’s Tavern
Marlow’s Tavern was established in 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Georgia, and has continued to grow over the years, adding many Atlanta-area restaurants, as well as locations throughout Orlando and Tampa, Florida. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit Marlow’s is always looking for top talent to join its growing team. For more information about job opportunities, visit  


Chef Marc Taft Bringing FEED Fried Chicken & Such to Peachtree Corners’ Town Center in 2018

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Chef Marc Taft BRINGING Feed Fried Chicken & Such
TO peachtree corners’ Town Center in 2018
Second Atlanta-Area Location Announced For Growing Fast Casual Concept

ATLANTA (Sept. 6, 2017) – Just as FEED Fried Chicken & Such makes its August debut at The Battery Atlanta, chef/owner Marc Taft announces he is expanding the fast casual fried chicken and Southern sides restaurant to a second location.  FEED has joined the lineup for the much-anticipated Town Center mixed-use development in Peachtree Corners opening in 2018. In addition to hot restaurants like FEED, the planned 21-acre, $103 million development on Peachtree Parkway will feature entertainment venues, townhomes, office space and an amphitheater.

“The developers behind Town Center are committed to attracting and promoting local businesses for this development,” says Taft. “We look forward to being part of this exciting new destination and can’t wait to introduce our fresh fast casual chicken and homemade sides to those who live, work and play in the Peachtree Corners community.”

The chef and restaurateur behind Marietta’s popular The Chicken and the Egg, as well as Brine Seafood Shack at Avalon in Alpharetta, Taft’s favorite childhood memories revolve around traditional Southern meals at his grandmother’s house. He says, “In the South, fried chicken is practically a religion. It needs to be treated with respect, and that’s our mission at FEED.”

For more information, visit

About Southern Fried Hospitality
Created by executive chef and restaurateur Marc Taft, Southern Fried Hospitality provides management and development for his four restaurants - Chicken and the Egg, Brine Seafood Shack, FEED – Fried Chicken & Such and CO-OP Community Table + Bar (coming to Forsyth County’s HALCYON development in Spring 2018).


Friday, September 1, 2017

Himitsu Included as a Finalist in Surface Magazine’s First Annual Travel Awards

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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Winner to be Announced in October

ATLANTA (Sept. 1, 2017) - Himitsu, the luxurious Japanese craft cocktail lounge located in the heart of Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood, is pleased to announce its inclusion as a finalist in the Best Bar category of the inaugural Surface Travel Awards – a tribute to the best and most thoughtfully conceived spaces and products, as well as the architects, designers and other innovators who inspire, empower and connect travelers.

Designed by Tom Dixon, Himitsu is a darkly theatrical speakeasy, inspired by the rich colors and textures of the Todd Murphy painting 'King of Birds.' The 12- by 16-foot painting, named for the R.E.M song. An elegantly lit, beautiful copper bar is the centerpiece of the 1,300-square-foot space, and an installation of Tom Dixon Melt pendants draws inspiration from molten metal and melting lava, casting an ethereal luminosity on the surroundings.

“The 2017 finalists represent a class of their own in the travel space, and illustrate the myriad ways that great design can improve our experiences,” says Nate Storey, Travel Editor of Surface Magazine.

In the first year, Surface received over 500 submissions across 21 categories. An esteemed jury of design and hospitality professionals will select one winner from each category with the exception of the Instagram categories, which will be decided by the public vote.

The jury includes Dana Cowin, media personality and former editor-in-chief, Food & Wine; Elizabeth Diller, architect and founding partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Murray Moss, design entrepreneur and co-founder, Moss Bureau; Roopal Patel, SVP, Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue; Michael Rock, founder, 2x4; Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Adam Wells, head of design, Virgin Galactic.

Winners will be announced in the second annual October Travel Issue of Surface (on newsstands October 3). Finalists and winners will be celebrated during a private event in New York in early October.

About Surface Media
Based in New York, Surface Media is a dynamic storytelling company that looks at the world through the lens of design.  Its flagship magazine, Surface, was founded in 1993. With various channel to reach its audience—a digital platform at, print magazines Surface and Watch Journal, and a highly regarded events program—Surface Media sets the standard for quality across a vast range of creative disciplines and industries.  The company’s custom publishing and native content unit, Surface Studios, partners with brands to produce distinctive projects that speak to design-conscious individuals. Its agency and consultancy, Culture+Commerce, offers representation to emerging and established designers as well as expert guidance to brands seeking design services.

About Surface Magazine
Surface is the American magazine of global contemporary design. For more than two decades, the publication has produced authoritative and thought-provoking editorial content on architecture, art, design, fashion, and culture. Surface offers a clean aesthetic and incisive writing with an emphasis on process and craftsmanship. Every issue is an event. Surface is a compass for today’s creative leaders and a barometer for what’s new and what’s next.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Bulla Gastrobar Opens Aug. 31

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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New Midtown Hotspot Serves Authentic Spanish Cuisine in a Fun, Communal Setting

ATLANTA (Aug. 25, 2017) – Bulla Gastrobar’s first Atlanta location, in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development along Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, opens for business on Thursday, Aug. 31. Known for its fun, communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on traditional Spanish tapas, Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) is owned by Centurion Restaurant Group and has three successful South Florida locations.

“We’re very excited to bring Bulla to Atlanta,” says Centurion Restaurant Group founder and president Carlos Centurion. “This is a world-class city for food lovers, with some of the finest restaurants anywhere. We believe our emphasis on authentic, shareable Spanish cuisine in a communal setting will make Bulla a perfect addition to Atlanta’s culinary landscape.”

Bulla takes its name for the Spanish slang term for “chatter,” which neatly encapsulates the restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere. Like the famous gastrobars of Spain that inspire it, Bulla balances a fun, easygoing environment with creative cuisine that applies contemporary innovations to traditional Spanish tapas.
The menu boasts both small plates and larger signature entrées that feed two comfortably.

Highlights include paella (Valencia-style rice, seafood, red sofrito and saffron), braised short ribs (with tetilla cheese, potato foam, cipollini onions and red wine sauce) and Iberian pork tenderloin (with sautéed apple and wild mushrooms in a rosemary demi-glace). In addition to a monthly Market Menu that showcases a rotating selection of five to six unique dishes, desserts and a cocktail of the month, Bulla also offers guests a three-course prix fixe lunch on weekdays and a three-course tasting weekend brunch menu featuring $3 mimosas on Saturday and Sunday.

An imaginative drink menu will launch shortly after the opening and include handcrafted cocktails with syrups made from scratch, top-shelf beer and wine selections and three made-to-order sangrias - traditional, sangría blanca, and sangría de cerveza. It’s all served in an animated, expansive space with an urban loft vibe inspired by the tapas bars of Barcelona and a traditional Spanish marketplace. A large gather-around bar sits center stage, establishing a community atmosphere, and a second-floor event space beckons for parties and company dinners.

In the heart of Midtown right next to the Federal Reserve Building, Bulla is a convenient destination for exceptional cuisine. Within easy walking distance of MARTA’s Midtown station, many office buildings and popular retail and entertainment options, it’s a perfect spot for quick business lunches, after-work drinks or a relaxing dinner with friends and loved ones.
Bulla Gastrobar is located at 60 11th Street NE in Midtown Atlanta and serves lunch and dinner daily, with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Plentiful validated parking is available at 12th and Midtown. For more information, call 404-900-6926 or visit

For a selection of high-res images of Bulla Gastrobar, click here.

Centurion Restaurant Group is a company created by a food enthusiast founded on four pillars: share, passion, discover and soul. From the inviting ambiance and design of each of the restaurants to the world-class cuisine infused with authentic flavors, the group delivers a distinct experience to its guests. Under the leadership of seasoned restaurateurs, Centurion Restaurant Group is committed to delivering the highest level of hospitality and guest experience for each of its restaurant brands. The group’s core values and mission include creating unique environments, timeless concepts and outstanding food. Centurion Restaurant Group operates Bulla Gastrobar in Downtown Coral Gables, in The Shops at Downtown Doral and Winter Park Florida. Additionally, the group runs Pisco y Nazca at The Palms at Town & Country plaza in Kendall and Pisco y Nazca located in The Shops at Downtown Doral with plans of expanding both brands further in Florida and throughout the United States.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Chef Marc Taft’s FEED Fried Chicken + Such Opens Aug. 29 at The Battery Atlanta

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
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Battered Up! Chef Marc Taft’s FEED Fried Chicken + Such
Opens Aug. 29 at The Battery ATLANTA
New Fast Casual Concept Adjacent to SunTrust Park Features Buckets of Fried Chicken, Southern Sides and a Full Bar

ATLANTA (Aug. 24, 2017) - Atlanta Braves fans can finally get their FEED on beginning Aug. 29 when Marc Taft, the chef and restaurateur behind Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg and Avalon’s Brine Seafood Shack, brings his signature dish and his favorite Southern sides to the popular live-work-play development adjacent to the new home of the Atlanta Braves.

Taft’s fast casual menu is a Southern fried chicken revival featuring antibiotic- and hormone-free Springer Mountain Farms chicken. There are delicious options for all appetites, from the family-friendly Bucket o’ Chicken to the grab-and-go Picnic Fried Chicken (three pieces served cold with two sides and a biscuit) and the Nashville Hot Sandwich (a spicy fried boneless breast, shredded lettuce, house pickles, Alabama white sauce on a buttered brioche bun). There are three heat levels too, from the tame Southern Fried to the Atlanta Hot to the fiery Cluck’N Inferno.

Whether you’re grabbing a bite before the game or picking up a Southern supper on the way home from work, FEED’s menu features the tastes the Alabama-born Taft grew up with straight out of his grandmother’s cast iron skillet. Sides include all-day braised greens, Southern-style green beans, black-eyed peas, house-made potato salad and of course, mac and cheese. A “For the Peeps” menu (crafted for kids 10 and under) features a pint-sized plate of fried chicken or choice of mac and cheese or grilled cheese on Texas toast.

The Battery Atlanta’s convenient open container policy makes it easy for diners to enjoy one of FEED’s Southern-inspired craft cocktails, wine or beer on the go. FEED also serves delicious handcrafted milkshakes and soft serve ice cream made exclusively with Atlanta’s own High Road Ice Cream.

From FEED’s signature neon sign, the restaurant’s roadside mural and the garage doors that open up on breezy evenings, Taft wants diners to feel at home.

“Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around the fried chicken meals at my grandmother’s house,” says Taft. “Our goal is to be a beloved family destination with the best locally sourced poultry at a great value.”

Located at 900 Battery Avenue S.E. FEED is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit


Friday, August 18, 2017

Storico Fresco’s Mike Patrick Seeks Inspiration in Italy, Illustrates Delicious Journey on Social Media

For more information:
Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates

Buckhead Market and Restaurant’s Pastaiolo Feeds Atlanta with Flavors
Unearthed in Rome, Rimini and Ponte Rosso

ATLANTA (August 18, 2017) – Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante’s co-owner and culinary director Mike Patrick is known for bringing a genuine supply of all things Italian to Atlanta and continues to go above and beyond (literally!) to find authentic inspiration for his dishes. This time he has documented his travels with a photo journal on Instagram so followers can share in the journey.

From visiting experimental growth farms to sipping squid ink cappuccinos to revisiting classic dishes like fritto misto, Patrick delves into what makes each of his meals in Italy so memorable by penning culinary love notes through photo captions like a modern-day Romeo.

His research begins in the Eternal City, where he dines at Secondo Tradizione, enjoys the best meat and cheese board selection in the city and savors the distinctly heady, porky flavors found in carbonara. In Ponte Rosso, a small town just outside Rimini, he meets a “mind numbing” cappelletti in brodo and then puts on his swim trunks and takes to the beach to experience cookouts using local provisions, cooking baby crabs with tomatoes and tossing the mixture with strozzapreti and baby clams. In Rimini, Patrick revels in a Michelin-starred meal at Guido, admiring the restaurant’s grounded culinary viewpoint from crudo pizza to the “Adriatic depth and flavor” of spaghetti alle ostriche to the cuttlefish cappuccino topped with squid ink dust, which Patrick dubs “a mind bender.”

Guests can view a slideshow of his photographs highlighted with commentary from Patrick’s travel diary and personal insight into how he will interpret these beloved Italian dishes for diners at Storico Fresco. Then they can look forward to tasting menu selections influenced by Patrick’s recent Italian travels on upcoming lunch and dinner menus and in the prepared foods market in the fall.  Patrick will be returning to Italy mid-September to find inspiration once again.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante is located at 3167 Peachtree Road NE, Suite S in Buckhead. The restaurant is open for lunch (11:30 am to 5:30 pm) and dinner (5:30 pm to 10 pm) Monday through Saturday; the market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm. Reservations are available for the restaurant and are recommended. Ample self-parking is available onsite in both the front and rear lots, and valet parking is offered Thursday through Saturday. For additional information, call (404) 500-2181 or visit For additional updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Marlow’s Tavern Signs Lease for Peachtree Corners Location

For more information:
Morgan Dyches or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates

Atlanta’s Favorite Tavern Joining 21-Acre Town Center Mixed-Use Development Scheduled to Open in 2018

ATLANTA (Aug. 16, 2017) – Marlow’s Tavern has signed a long-term lease for its newest location in the expansive Peachtree Corners Town Center mixed-use project. Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood tavern, Marlow’s winning combination of world-class hospitality, chef-driven American fare and creative cocktails caps an impressive roster of restaurants, shops, parks, a theater and upscale townhome apartments housed in the 21-acre development that is scheduled for a 2018 opening.

“We’ve wanted to be a part of Peachtree Corners for quite some time, and this is the perfect opportunity to join this growing community,” says John C. Metz, CEO/executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. “We look forward to providing our new neighbors with a friendly gathering place they’ll want to visit again and again.”

Peachtree Corners Town Center (at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Medlock Bridge Road) will be the third Gwinnett County location for Marlow’s, joining its popular hotspots in Duluth and the Mall of Georgia in Buford.

Marlow’s offers an appetizing array of crisp, cool, salads, classic burgers and salads and other chef-driven fare, emphasizing fresh ingredients and made with seasonal, locally sourced items when available. The beverage menu features wines from around the world,  signature cocktails and a stellar selection of draft, bottled and canned beers, ranging from local craft brews to national favorites.

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