Thursday, June 15, 2017

Taste of Atlanta Tickets Go on Sale June 16

                                             
                                
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The Wait Is Almost Over! Taste of Atlanta Tickets Go On Sale June 16
Incentives Include Early Bird Pricing and Gift Bags for First 300 Grand Tasting Experience Purchasers

ATLANTA (June 15, 2017) – The early bird gets some delicious discounts when Taste of Atlanta tickets go on sale June 16 on the festival website. The first 200 fans to purchase tickets to the city’s premier bites and bevs fest can score Saturday or Sunday general admission tickets for just a sweet $16 (plus fees) - the lowest price the tickets will be this year. The first 100 Grand Tasting Experience tickets sold for Saturday or Sunday can be locked in for just $116 per pair (or $58 each), while the first 50 tickets to the Friday night Kick-Off Party are just $65 each. To sweeten the deal, the first 300 Grand Tasting Experience ticket buyers will secure their highly coveted Taste of Atlanta gift bag before the festival begins simply by purchasing early.

“As the city’s most popular, chef-driven food fest, we have many dedicated attendees who plan early and come year after year to be introduced to the newest, trendsetting chefs and enjoy enduring favorites,” explains festival founder Dale DeSena. “We want to reward those early birds and encourage all of our passionate fans to go ahead and secure their tickets at this lowest price of the year.”

Running from Oct. 20 to 22, Taste of Atlanta is celebrating its Sweet 16th year with a move to a new home in Historic Fourth Ward Park, adjacent to Atlanta’s burgeoning Beltline. The festival features 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, Better Half and Cast Iron.  

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

To keep up with Taste of Atlanta updates, check out the official festival website at TasteOfAtlanta.com, 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 Dale@TasteofAtlanta.com.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill in Buckhead Opens Seafood Counter


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THE BIG KETCH SALTWATER GRILL IN BUCKHEAD OPENS SEAFOOD COUNTER
Fresh Favorites To-Go from Atlanta’s Favorite Beach House

ATLANTA (June 13, 2017) – Since opening its Buckhead doors in 2010, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill has established itself as a casual beach house favorite known for sourcing the very freshest seafood and creating signature gourmet fare with coastal flair. Now, the restaurant has added a seafood counter open daily so guests can grab and go, no advance order necessary.


“Fresh seafood delivered daily is a point of pride for us, and we are excited to be able to share that with our guests now both in and out of our dining room,” says co-owner John Piemonte. “With our new seafood counter, diners can get fresh seafood to go to prepare at home.  It’s another way to provide the great-tasting seafood they’ve come to love in a way that’s fast, convenient and affordable.”


The seafood counter menu features favorites by the portion or by weight and includes the following:

  •          7-ounce fresh Gulf grouper ($13.99)
  •          7-ounce Chilean salmon ($7.99)
  •          4-ounce lobster tail ($6.49)
  •          Dozen littleneck clams ($5.99)
  •          7-ounce fish of the day (market price)
  •          Prince Edward Island mussels ($3.99 per pound)
  •          Dry pack scallops, 10-20 count ($12.49 for half a pound)
  •          Peel-and-eat shrimp, 26-30 count ($13.99 per pound)
  •          Raw, shell-on shrimp, 26-30 count ($11.99 per pound)


Available only at the Buckhead location (3279 Roswell Road, 404-474-9508), The Big Ketch’s seafood counter is open the same hours as the restaurant: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

About The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? That’s the spirit behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill – fresh, casual seafood, prepared with a gourmet touch. Atlanta’s local beach house first opened its doors in Buckhead in October 2010, followed by a second Roswell location in 2015. Known for sourcing the highest quality seafood and offering friendly service in a relaxing atmosphere, The Big Ketch is the perfect place to dine with friends and family any day of the week. For more information, visit thebigketch.com.

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HOBNOB Brings Tavern Fare with Southern Flair to Brookhaven on July 10


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HOBNOB BRINGS TAVERN FARE WITH SOUTHERN FLAIR TO BROOKHAVEN ON JULY 10
Second Outpost of Neighborhood Tavern Offers Spirited Scene for Socializing in Town Brookhaven


ATLANTA (June 13, 2017) – HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern owner Sean Yeremyan announces the opening of his second Atlanta tavern at 804 Town Boulevard in the Town Brookhaven mixed-use complex on Monday, July 10. Just like the name implies, HOBNOB provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, while also pouring one of the most comprehensive bourbon lists in the city. The restaurant’s menu of refined tavern fare highlights classic Southern dishes designed to deliver comfort to those who live and work in Brookhaven.


“Although we are known for our high-quality tavern specialties, signature cocktails and one of the largest bourbon selections in the Southeast, HOBNOB is first and foremost a community-driven establishment that emphasizes friendly service and comfortable environs,” says Yeremyan of his goal to provide a lively respite for guests.


Town Brookhaven’s pedestrian-friendly urban village creates a sense of community akin to what Yereyman and HOBNOB general manager Mark Nelson believe is the foundation for their restaurant.
“We want guests to feel like they are at a party whenever they visit HOBNOB, and Town Brookhaven offers a similar energy that we know our guests will appreciate,” Nelson says.


At HOBNOB, the party starts with a chef-driven menu created by Nelson and executive chef Gerald Rheinlander. It features gourmet burgers, classic entrees, gluten-free options and more, with a special steak menu unique to the Brookhaven location. Examples of other lunch and dinner dishes include the following:

  •          Southern spring rolls with smoked pork, collard greens and bacon onion jam ($9.50)
  •          Tavern salmon with herb-breadcrumb crust, balsamic glaze, melted Vidalia onions and Brussels sprouts ($18.95)
  •          Kale and wheat berry salad with red onions, red grapes, green apples, pomegranate seeds, mint and cilantro-lime vinaigrette ($12.50)
  •          10 oz. marinated hanger steak served with roasted fingerling potatoes, chipotle tomato relish and cilantro ($22.95)
  •          Five different wood stone oven-fired pizzas with the option of house-made crust, gluten-free crust or flatbread ($13.25-$14.25)


Weekend warriors will enjoy multiple variations of the mimosa along with satisfying brunch fare such as:
  •          Tiramisu French toast with Challah bread, maple syrup and powdered sugar served with fresh fruit ($11)
  •          Chicken and waffle sliders with Nashville hot chicken, cinnamon roll waffles, powdered sugar, maple syrup and grits ($12)
  •          Wake and bake pizza with sausage, bacon, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, caramelized onions and three eggs over easy ($13)



Complementing the high-quality tavern fare is a craft beverage menu boasting one of the largest selections of bourbons in the Southeast along with an extensive selection of craft beer, wine, boozy and non-alcoholic milkshakes and signature hand-crafted cocktails.


Live music and daily specials such as half-priced wings, Trivia Tuesdays, Slider Night, BBQ Thursdays and a Kids for Kids charity fundraiser offer something for everyone and contribute to the restaurant’s convivial vibe.


Much like the Midtown location, HOBNOB’s Brookhaven décor features a rustic mix of wood paneling and black brick walls with orange accents, while the Edison blub lighting emphasizes the impressive bourbon selection on display. A glass garage door allows for open access between the main dining room and the large patio to give the space an airy feel and take full advantage of the city’s warm weather. The restaurant’s interior seats 180 guests, while the spacious patio seats an additional 75.


HOBNOB at Town Brookhaven is located at 804 Town Boulevard, Suite 1010. The restaurant serves lunch weekdays, dinner nightly and brunch on the weekends. The bar is open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Ample free self-parking is available. For more information, call 404-464-8971 or visit hobnobatlanta.com. Follow HOBNOB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.


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Free Margaritas and Fun Galore for Father’s Day, June 18


He’s king of the hill, top dog at the grill and ruler of the remote. Give Dad a break from kingly duties by whisking him away for a Father’s Day outing involving eating and drinking at Atlanta’s fun-loving and fancy restaurants. Specials are popping up all over town on Sunday, June 18.

Intown

Indulge Dad with an elegant prime rib dinner at American Cut. The upscale steakhouse in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta serves this Sunday special from 4-9 p.m. for $52 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Dad can choose either the OG 1924 Hotel Caesar salad or Beeler’s Farm bacon to whet his appetite. For the second course, slice into a tender cut of 12-ounce dry-aged prime rib served with beef jus, horseradish sauce and a choice of one menu side dish. Lucky dad, Father’s Day falls on a Sunset Sunday, a monthly after-brunch party hosted by American Cut’s upstairs neighbor, The Regent Cocktail Club. On the third Sunday of each month from April through September, the rooftop cocktail lounge is open from 3-11 p.m. From 3-6 p.m. enjoy $35 mimosa carafes and $10 tequila cocktails. Just the place to let Dad know he’s “tops” in your book.

5Church Atlanta has a dad-friendly weekend brunch and à la carte dinner menu featuring hearty options such as the “60 second” prime New York strip, the bistro steak “a la brasa,” the 5Church lamb burger, Atlantic diver scallops (dinner only) and the A-5 Kagushima wagyu rib-eye (dinner only). For a more intimate option, Dad can share the 60-day dry-aged porterhouse for two with his special someone. Call 404-400-3669 or visit 5churchatlanta.com for reservations.

Dad’s well worth his salt, so Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila in Brookhaven is treating Dad to one free margarita on Father's Day. He’ll enjoy the icy concoction while building a taco playlist from Jefe’s multitude of creative handfuls. Another margarita or favorite brew? There in a jiff, at Jefe’s.

Dad can sleep in and still make it to Sunday brunch at Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub. The Brookhaven eatery stands by its usual hours and menu with offerings such as Springer Mountain chicken wings, herb-crusted salmon, shrimp and grits, steak frites and, of course, the award-winning Kaleidoscope burger. Secure your Father’s Day reservation -- available all through brunch (versus the usual protocol of accepting reservations only for first 30 minutes of opening). Reservations: 404-474-9600.

Take Dad out to play in the backyard on his special day -- to Communion Cantina, the outdoor gathering spot behind Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur restaurant Revival. Dad’s assured a laid-back afternoon or evening flush with cold beer, cocktails, a small menu of Mexican food truck snacks and games such as cornhole. Open Sunday from 1-9 p.m. -- no reservations needed.

The Federal serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner from 5-9 p.m., so you can treat that special man in your life to traditional American steakhouse favorites. The famous 50-day dry-aged steak is sure to compete with even his grill skills. Call 404-343-3857 for reservations.

Delight Dad with a delicacy from Sublime Doughnuts on Father’s Day morning! Sublime will be rolling all his favorites into one delicious treat with their bourbon-glazed apple butter doughnut. Pick up this breakfast fit for a king at Sublime’s Georgia Tech location all day on June 18. Just in case Dad prefers sleeping in, they’re open 24 hours!   

Midtown Takorea & Ssam Bar on Juniper Street is a fun alternative for Sunday dining, open noon-10 p.m. Executive chef Tomas Lee’s BBQ pork sliders are a Korean spin on dad’s favorite backyard barbecue meal.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is serving up their new Champion burger this Father’s Day weekend. Featuring pork belly, provolone, house-cured kimchi and served on a brioche bun with a side of house-cut french fries or seasonal veggies, this burger is sure to be a winner.

OTP

Dads who like to putz around in the garden will thrill to see Milton’s Acre, the backyard garden and a source of ingredients at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. The historic Crabapple restaurant offers a three-course Father’s Day brunch menu priced at $32 per person. Among the enticing offerings are sticky toffee pecan beignets, shrimp and grits, blackened Atlantic salmon, a truffle-salted petite filet mignon and maple-bacon bread pudding. Additionally, Milton’s will offer its regular menu and “Milton’s Prime” menu of prime cuts of signature steaks, including grass-fed Delmonico rib eye, served with a choice of three sauces. For reservations, call 770-817-0161.

Craving fresh seafood?  Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar features a fresh Maine lobster bar that will reel in dads from all over town. Call 770-635-7641 for reservations.

For all-day fun, go explore Vickery Creek Park, head over to Gate City Brewing to cool down and then finish it off with a patio dinner at The Big Ketch on Canton Street. For more information to plan Dad's perfect Father's Day in Historic Roswell, visit ExploreRoswell.com.

Multiple Locations

The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill knows Dad is quite a fine catch, and they’re offering a Father’s Day feast in his honor. The $34.95 per-person haul features a crabcake, lobster tail and a skewer of grilled, blackened or jerk-style shrimp or scallops accompanied by two sides. Sail into either port, Buckhead or Canton Street in Roswell, to net this bounty.

Whether Dad’s a morning person, afternoon adventurer or night owl, Ray’s Restaurants has Father’s Day meals covered. Dad can relax while looking out on the Chattahoochee River at Ray’s on the River (770-955-1187), serving Father’s Day brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For $45.95 per adult or $22.95 per child (age 5-10), scope out generous buffets tailored to morning and afternoon/evening tastes. In Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek (770-649-0064) spreads a Father’s Day buffet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $39.95 for adults or $19.95 for kids (ages 5-10). Family favorites include peel-and-eat shrimp, rosemary-roasted leg of lamb and roasted prime rib. Families planning an in-town Father’s Day adventure can launch or cap the day with a special Father’s Day meal at Ray’s in the City (404-524-9224). Brunch, offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., is priced at $39.95 per adult and $19.95 for children (ages 5-10). Stations are waiting for guests offering carved beef steamship round and pork shoulder, sushi, smoked salmon, charcuterie, chopped beef brisket, herb-roasted chicken and a dessert and pastry bar. Each restaurant offers its own à la carte dinner menu from 5-9 p.m., with appetizing steak options.

Gift Idea

For the king of the grill, the KUDU Safari Braai is the ideal gift for Dad this Father’s Day. He is sure to rule the backyard barbecue season with this portable grill boasting elevated grates providing a range of heat levels that can simultaneously sauté, sear, fry, boil, smoke and steam all over an open flame.

Want to see a KUDU in action and eat some great food? Come out to Yebo Beach House on Father's Day from 12:30 - 4 p.m. and join Atlanta restaurateur Justin Anthony and his father Derek Anthony as they combine forces for an exclusive KUDU Safari Braai Cookout! Tickets are $30, and you can buy them here!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Red Beard Restaurants Joins Forces with Meriwether Companies to Form RedWether Collaborative


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CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE’S RED BEARD RESTAURANTS JOINS FORCES WITH
MERIWETHER COMPANIES TO FORM REDWETHER COLLABORATIVE
Two Innovative Companies Partner to Produce Micro-Restaurant Environments
Beginning in Kansas City, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee

ATLANTA (June 12, 2017) – RedWether Collaborative, created through a partnership between Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie’s Red Beard Restaurants and innovative hospitality developers Meriwether Companies, aims to take the current food hall trend to the next level. The group has identified sites in Kansas City, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee, for their first locations, with Kansas City’s Crossroads neighborhood scheduled to open in mid-2018.

In 2013, Gillespie opened Gunshow with the goal of creating the next generation of restaurants, where there were no longer walls between the chefs and the guests and providing a fun, interactive experience for both. With this successful experiment in full swing, he turned his attention to another long-standing goal: to help other chefs open their own restaurants but in a less risky way. Through RedWether Collaborative and the contributions of his partners at Meriwether, Gillespie hopes to create a new type of multi-restaurant experience where the tenants are chefs specially chosen for their entrepreneurial desires and capacity for future success.

“I have been wanting to help chefs try a new concept or open their first restaurant, and I finally have the right partner to do this,” says Gillespie. “As a restaurateur, I think mostly about food and service. Meriwether thinks about the setting and the overall experiences. Together, we envision a curated, micro-restaurant environment where aspiring entrepreneurs get to take the next step toward their dreams with RedWether as a support structure behind them. It’s a unique hybrid of restaurant and incubator.”

Meriwether partner Garrett Simon says, “Kevin has a way of looking at the traditional way of doing things and coming up with a better idea. We celebrate innovative thinking and consider him our spiritual leader. We can fill gaps for each other to create exciting spaces for consumers and our chef tenants. We looked all over the country and fell in love with Kansas City and Nashville; they are perfect for our first locations.”

Adds Gillespie regarding current and future sites, “We see talent and food culture all over the country, not just in the major cities. That’s why we were drawn to Kansas City and Nashville initially. There is so much there, and we want to be a part of the exciting food culture that already exists. The cool thing about RedWether is that each site will be a homegrown experience filled by locals. It will be completely different in each city.”

The RedWether Collaborative partners will choose six to eight concepts for each location. In addition to the chef and cuisine, they consider the ways the dishes will complement and contrast with each other to enhance the total experience for the guests. RedWether controls service and the bars inside the space, giving the chef tenants the ability to focus on their food without the burden of a lot of paperwork or the need to access large sums of money.

“We want to give our chefs a path to the future and groom the next generation of restaurateurs,” says Gillespie. “Our operating goal is to strengthen the tenants for the time they are with us. We can all benefit from learning, and we plan to make this educational for all involved. We want to ensure that a RedWether concept goes from Point A to Point B while they are with us, leaving stronger than when they started. We hope to create a culture of mentoring - a true collaborative.”

For consumers, RedWether’s restaurant properties will offer an ever-changing environment in which to try new things while ultimately adding to the city’s restaurant scene. The company’s first location is slated to open in Kansas City in mid-2018. RedWether has signed a letter of intent for its second location in Nashville’s Germantown Union mixed-use development. RedWether is currently considering markets throughout the United States for future development.

About RedWether Collaborative
With the creation of RedWether Collaborative, Kevin Gillespie has a new platform to expand his vision of the multi-chef collaborative concept – one that is food-centric and provides mentorship with a genuine interest in the restaurant tenants’ success. If something isn’t working, the Red Beard Restaurants team can apply its combined decades of restaurant industry experience to correct it, providing a safety net for chefs so mistakes don’t turn into disasters. Hospitality developer and partner Meriwether Companies brings its keen eye and real estate savvy to identify the best possible locations for development. Unlike the traditional restaurant model that often throws chef-owners to the wolves, RedWether’s model is supportive and scalable to any city, delivering value to customers, employees and investors.

About Red Beard Restaurants
Red Beard Restaurants is the parent company that oversees Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie’s food and beverage ventures, including his restaurants Gunshow and Revival, all of his merchandise and Red Beard Special Events, which operates Communion Cantina, his BBQ pop up Terminus City and Gamechanger, opening in August 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The management company allows Gillespie to set comprehensive standards to ensure smart expansion, offer more internal growth opportunities for his team members and provide consulting services to other food and beverage start-ups. With the 2015 establishment of Red Beard Restaurants, Gillespie is able to continue his day-to-day interactions with diners while also pursuing his creative visions and impacting the culinary landscape of the South. The company’s offices are located in Atlanta. For more information, visit redbeardrestaurants.com.

About Meriwether Companies
As a multi-disciplined, experiential real estate development and investment firm focused on designing distinctive and interesting hospitality and residential projects located in resort communities and select urban settings, Meriwether is no stranger to tapping a myriad of partners with the utmost expertise to create handcrafted solutions that make each of their projects successful. Founded in 2012, the company’s partnership group consists of over 50 years and $2 billion of collective real estate development and sales experience. Meriwether’s unique approach allowed the company to quickly grow into one of the premier resort development firms in the Western United States. For more information, visit meriwetherco.com.


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Historic Roswell Business Association Announces PR Partnership with Melissa Libby & Associates


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HISTORIC ROSWELL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PUBLIC RELATIONS PARTNERSHIP
WITH MELISSA LIBBY & ASSOCIATES

 Publicity Campaign to Promote All That Historic Roswell Offers as a Community Destination

ATLANTA (June 8, 2017) – The Historic Roswell Business Association (HRBA) has partnered with Atlanta public relations firm Melissa Libby & Associates to promote all that the Historic Roswell District has to offer to residents and visitors of the North Fulton area.

“With over 200 independent restaurants, galleries, shops, business services, performing arts and natural wonders, Historic Roswell is a jewel in North Fulton County’s crown,” says Rand Cabus, board chairman for the HRBA. “By engaging the talented PR team at Melissa Libby & Associates, we’re going to spread the word about our thriving restaurant and retail scene, as well as the outdoor adventure activities that await right here in Roswell.”

The HRBA’s mission is to promote the goals of the Historic District's business owners to the city of Roswell, North Fulton County and their customers, both present and future. For more information, visit ExploreRoswell.com, the mobile friendly website about all things Historic Roswell and complete with a map for parking, comprehensive calendar of local events and many, many things to explore.


About the Historic Roswell Business Association:
Founded in 2015, the Historic Roswell Business Association (HRBA) is an organization dedicated to revitalizing the longstanding contributions of Historic Roswell Merchant's Association. The members of the newly developed organization enable the businesses of Roswell's Historic District to work together, in a spirit of collaboration, and with Roswell's government and non-government agencies to promote the growth, development, and economic prosperity of the downtown Roswell community. For more information on the HRBA, visit ExploreRoswell.com or contact the HRBA via email at hrba.roswell@gmail.com. Stay connected on Facebook and on Twitter.


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Atlanta Restaurants Serve Up Dad-Friendly Specials and Events

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Atlanta Restaurants Serve Up Dad-Friendly Specials and Events
Give Dad a Father’s Day to Remember this June 18

ATLANTA (June 8, 2017) – Many of the Atlanta area’s best restaurants are serving food and drink specials and bountiful brunch buffets sure to please that special man in your life for Father’s Day. So on Sunday, June 18, give him the gift of a hassle-free meal with his loved ones. But don’t wait until the last minute to reserve a spot at these popular destinations: call and secure your reservation today!

Intown
American Cut at The Shops Buckhead is serving its dad-approved Sunday prime rib dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring a 12 oz. dry aged prime rib served with beef jus, horseradish sauce and choice of side. The cost is $52 per person (not including tax and gratuity). 770-415-9766; americancutsteakhouse.com/buckhead.atl. Finish off the meal upstairs at The Regent Cocktail Club, which hosts Sunset Sunday, featuring elegant handmade cocktails, gorgeous city views and music by DJ EU from 3 to 11 p.m. 770-414-9961; regentcocktailclub.com/atlanta.

Jefe's Tacos & Tequila, located in the Town Brookhaven development, is treating all dads to one free margarita—the perfect way to wash down its menu of gourmet tacos like the Trailer on Fire (Baja chicken with Jefe’s hot sauce, queso, lettuce and pico de gallo on a flour tortilla) and specialty items like burritos, fajitas, quesadillas and more. 404-963-6205; jefestacos.com.

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Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in beautiful downtown Crabapple promises a special prix fixe Father’s Day brunch dad won’t soon forget and specials that pair perfectly with High West bourbon. Enjoy such enticing offerings as sticky toffee pecan beignets, shrimp and grits, blackened Atlantic salmon, a truffle-salted petite filet mignon and maple bacon bread pudding, all for $32 per person. Milton’s is also serving its regular menu, including Milton’s Prime, a selection of prime steaks including Milton’s signature wagyu flank steak (aged 35 days), filet mignon (6 and 9 oz., aged 35 days), grass-fed Delmonico rib-eye (aged 35 days) and dry aged bone-in New York strip (aged 60 days). 770-817-0161, miltonscuisine.com.


Multiple Locations

The Big Ketch, Atlanta’s local beach house, is the next best thing to a day at the beach. Both locations are looking to hook hungry fathers with a Father’s Day feast featuring crab cake, lobster tail, a skewer of shrimp or scallops (grilled, blackened or jerk style) with two sides for $34.95. 404-474-9508 (Buckhead), 770-993-5749 (Roswell), thebigketch.com.

Ray’s Restaurants are a Father’s Day staple thanks to its stellar brunch buffets. At Ray’s on the River (770-955-1187), enjoy magnificent views of the Chattahoochee along with several carving stations, seafood and salad bars, morning and afternoon/evening options and delectable housemade desserts ($45.95 for adults, $22.95 for kids ages 5 to 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta (770-649-0064) offers a plentiful buffet with such options as peel-and-eat shrimp, rosemary-roasted leg of lamb and roasted prime rib ($39.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 5 to 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those inside the perimeter, Ray’s in the City (404-524-9224) offers carved beef steamship round and pork shoulder carving stations, sushi, smoked salmon, charcuterie, chopped beef brisket, herb-roasted chicken and a dessert and pastry bar ($39.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 5 to 10) in the heart of downtown Atlanta from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each restaurant offers its own à la carte dinner menu from 5 to 9 p.m., with appetizing steak options. raysrestaurants.com.

For fun Atlanta-area restaurants with a twist this Father’s Day or any day, try the following:
·         5Church Atlanta has a dad-friendly weekend brunch and à la carte dinner menu, which features hearty options such as the “60 second” prime New York strip, the bistro steak “a la brasa,” the 5Church lamb burger, Atlantic diver scallops (dinner only) and the A-5 Kagushima wagyu rib-eye (dinner only). For a more intimate option, dad can share the 60-day dry aged porterhouse for two with his special someone. For a 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
·         Enjoy Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub’s acclaimed brunch menu with such options as Springer Mountain chicken wings, herb-crusted salmon, shrimp and grits, steak frites and, of course, the award-winning Kaleidoscope burger. Reservations are available throughout brunch hours, so reserve now before they fill up.  404-474-9600; k-pub.com.
·         Communion Cantina, the beer garden-inspired backyard area behind Kevin Gillespie’s Revival, is a fun alternative to stuffy dinners, with an array of beer and cocktails, a small menu of Mexican food truck snacks and outdoor games. 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com/communion
·         The Federal serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5-9 p.m., so you can treat that special man in your life to traditional American steakhouse favorites. The famous 50-day dry aged steak is sure to compete with even his grill skills. 404-343-3857; thefederalatl.com.
·         Craving fresh seafood?  Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar features a fresh Maine lobster bar that will reel in dads from all over town. 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com
·         Midtown Takorea & Ssam Bar on Juniper Street is a fun alternative for Sunday dining, open noon to 10 p.m. Executive chef Tomas Lee’s BBQ pork sliders are a Korean spin on dad’s favorite backyard barbecue meal.  404-532-1944; mytakorea.com.
·         HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is serving up their new Champion burger this Father’s Day weekend. Featuring pork belly, provolone, house-cured kimchi and served on brioche buns with a side of house cut French fries or seasonal veggies, this burger is sure to be a winner. 404-968-2288 (Midtown; 404-464-8971 (Brookhaven); hobnobatlanta.com.

Make it an all-day event!

·         Go explore Vickery Creek Park, head over to Gate City Brewing to cool down and then finish it off with a patio dinner at The Big Ketch on Canton Street. For more information to plan dad's perfect Father's Day in Historic Roswell, visit ExploreRoswell.com.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Babalu Tapas & Tacos Announces Executive Team for First Atlanta Location


For more information:
Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates
404-816-3068


BABALU TAPAS & TACOS ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE TEAM FOR FIRST ATLANTA LOCATION
New Latin-Inspired Restaurant with a Southern Twist Acquires Experienced Leaders
for June Opening of Midtown Outpost

ATLANTA (June 6, 2017) – Babalu Tapas & Tacos announced today the hiring of general manager Dahlio Cheatam, assistant general manager David Smith and executive chef Jeffrey McGar for the company’s first Atlanta location. The Jackson, Mississippi-founded restaurant company with local offices in Roswell already has six existing locations throughout the Southeast and will open its doors in June at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place in the 33 Peachtree Place development.

“We are thrilled to have Dahlio, David and Jeffrey take on leadership roles at Babalu Atlanta,” said Stan Stout, COO at Eat Here Brands, operator of Babalu Tapas & Tacos. “Their extensive experience in the restaurant industry plus a natural knack for true hospitality and warmth in service is a precise match for Babalu’s one goal, which is to make guests happy.”

General manager Dahlio Cheatam has been in the restaurant industry ever since an injury in college cost him an athletic scholarship and he turned to waiting tables to earn money for school. The day-to-day interaction with customers had him hooked, and he has since gained valuable hospitality experience from Georgia to California.

“There is a lot of behind-the-scenes hustle that goes into service, but receiving verbal confirmation from guests that everything was perfect while they were with us is the best part of my job,” says Cheatam of what he enjoys most about his role at Babalu.

Assistant general manager David Smith has held jobs in accounting, retail, marketing and business operations but always found his way back to a restaurant after missing the personal interaction with guests and being a part of people’s celebrations.

“No two days are the same,” says Smith when asked about his favorite aspect of the job. “I love overcoming new challenges and knowing I learned something about myself and my team.”

Executive chef Jeffery McGar has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15, and although his career began in management, he soon discovered that he excelled in the kitchen. He has been in Atlanta since 1997, when he began working at Cherokee Town & Country Club, the number one Platinum Country Club in America. McGar believes in keeping his cuisine simple to highlight quality ingredients and then pours his heart into each dish. He is passionate about grilling and smoking meats, particularly pork, but when he’s not in the kitchen, his second love is building and upgrading cars.

Opening its doors this summer, Babalu Atlanta is located at 33 Peachtree Place at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place next to the newly opened Dancing Goats Coffee Bar.

About Babalu
Babalu Tapas & Tacos is a fun, one-of-a-kind, sharing-style dining experience. Founded in 2010, in Jackson, Mississippi, the restaurant has quickly taken the Southeast by storm. The Latin-inspired dishes -- each with a unique Southern flair -- are sure to bring people together. Babalu is proud to use hyper-local produce and products for its made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Babalu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eat Here Brands. For more information, visit Atlanta.eatBABALU.com. Follow Babalu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Kevin Gillespie Hosts Terminus City Backyard Barbecue on Fourth of July


For more information:
Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates
404-816-3068
morgan@melissalibbypr.com


KEVIN GILLESPIE HOSTS TERMINUS CITY BACKYARD BARBECUE ON FOURTH OF JULY
Ultimate Backyard Bash at Communion Cantina to Feature Barbecue, $4 Drinks, Games and More

ATLANTA (June 5, 2017) - There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a giant backyard blowout, and that’s exactly what Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie has cooked up for Terminus City’s Fourth of July BBQ. This festive, all-ages event takes place at Communion Cantina, the Mexican-inspired backyard behind Revival, Gillespie’s family-style restaurant in Decatur. There will be barbecue, beer and outdoor games to round out this one-of-a-kind celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from noon-6 p.m. or until the barbecue runs out!

Gillespie's Terminus City is serving up heaping plates of chopped whole hog barbecue for $15 and vegetarian-friendly pimento cheese plates for $12. Each plate includes pickles, bread, slaw and potato salad.

In addition to these mouthwatering plates, the following will also be available for purchase:

· Barbecue – $18 per pound

· Brunswick stew – $16 per pint; $5.50 as a side

· Potato salad – $8 per pint; $2.75 as a side

· Shaker slaw – $8 per pint; $2.75 as a side

· Pimento cheese sandwich – $5 each

· Fried pie – $6 each

Of course, no cookout would be complete without plenty of drinks to beat that Fourth of July heat. “$4 on the Fourth” drink specials from Communion Cantina include cervezas, margaritas, wine by the glass and sangria. With food and drinks in hand, families can mingle at communal picnic tables and on the front and side porches of Revival (the restaurant itself will be closed).

“Backyard barbecues are a beloved July 4th tradition and an opportunity to gather with friends and family and celebrate our country,” says Gillespie. “Gather your party people, come as you are and have a summer afternoon to remember with us.”

No reservations or tickets are necessary for this event. Revival and Communion Cantina are located at 129 Church Street in Decatur. For more information, call 470-225-6770 or visit revivaldecatur.com.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Features on Tap at Taco Mac


For more information:
             Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates
404-816-3068
morgan@melissalibbypr.com
                                                          
JUNE FEATURES ON TAP AT TACO MAC INCLUDE POUR ONE FORWARD PROMOTION TO HONOR VETERANS, BEER OF THE MONTH, LIMITED-TIME JUNKYARD DOGS AND GLASSWARE GIVEAWAYS  
Southeastern Destination for Craft Beverages Partners with Samuel Adams, Devils Backbone Brewing and Ole Smoky Moonshine for Satisfying Summertime Specials

ATLANTA (June 1, 2017) – Atlanta’s institution for award-winning wings, the most craft on draft and the best sports-watching environment is engaging guests on both a culinary and charitable level this month. Today, Taco Mac announces four special summer promotions, including a partnership with The Boston Beer Company to pour one forward for veterans, new Beers of the Month for June, a giveaway to celebrate National Moonshine Day (June 5) and a new limited-time menu feature.

“We believe our military veterans should be recognized every day, so we are encouraging our guests to thank those who have served our country with the purchase of a Samuel Adams beer,” says Senior Director of Marketing Emily Beesley. “And in an effort to offer new craveable food and beverage selections, Taco Mac is adding Junkyard Dogs and Devils Backbone beers to the menu for a limited time to celebrate the start of summer,” she adds.

All of the June offerings include:
·         Pour One Forward: Taco Mac is partnering with The Boston Beer Company so guests can pre-purchase a Samuel Adams beer (Boston Lager or Light Lager) for $6 now through July 4 for veterans to redeem. The restaurant guest pre-purchases a beer and fills out a thank you card that is displayed in the restaurant indicating to vets that there are beers available for redemption. Limited to one beer per visit, and a military or veteran ID is required to redeem. In addition, each time a guest posts a photo or video thanking a veteran using the hashtag #PourOneForward, Samuel Adams will make a dollar donation to American Dream U, a non-profit dedicated to helping our military get the education and access to resources they need to find their dream job or to start a business of their own. 

·         June Beer of the Month: Each month Taco Mac partners with a different brewery to showcase new and exciting beers. June’s featured brewery is Devils Backbone Brewing Company, and Taco Mac will pour the following:
    • Trail Angel - Bavarian-Style Hefeweisen - 4.9% ABV
    • Gold Leaf - Golden Lager - 4.5% ABV
    • Vienna - Vienna-Style Lager - 5.2% ABV
    • Eight Point - IPA - 6.2% ABV

Taco Mac is also helping to support a partnership between Devils Backbone and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). For $10 each, guests can purchase a commemorative stainless steel camping pint to keep, filled with any Beer of the Month beer and good for a new Brewniversity credit. Pints are available all month long while supplies last, and incremental profits from these cups will be donated to the ATC to support its efforts in crafting adventures from Georgia to Maine.

·         Moonshine Monday: In celebration of National Moonshine Day, Taco Mac is hosting a shot glass giveaway beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 5. As a leader in everything craft, including cocktails, the restaurant will offer its Ole Smoky Hooch Punch cocktail, and each guest who orders one will receive a set of two mini mason jar shot glasses to take home while supplies last.

·         Junkyard Dogs: New mini chili cheese dogs are available at Taco Mac locations during June and July as either an entrée (three dogs + one side) or as a kid’s meal (two plain hot dogs + kids side). These mini all-beef hot dogs are topped with award-winning chili, shredded cheese, diced onion, tomato and pickled jalapeños and served with a choice of side for $9.99.

About Taco Mac
An Atlanta institution since 1979, Taco Mac offers over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and 50+ HD TVs for enjoying all your favorite sporting events. Started by two friends from Buffalo, New York, Taco Mac now has 30 locations across Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Taco Mac has been named the best sports bar in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jezebel and Groupon and one of the five best sports bars in America by ESPN. Taco Mac is one of many portfolio companies owned by Dallas-based CIC Partners. For more information, visit tacomac.com.


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