It's that time of year again.
Time to celebrate the beloved stone fruit that adorns Georgia's license plates, stamps, and postcards: the peach.
Slow Food Atlanta and Community Farmers Markets are collaborating for the 3rd Annual Peach Jam, a four-day hurrah in honor of Georgia's favorite fruit.
"Peach Jam is a great way to celebrate our proud heritage of Georgia peaches and farming, while enjoying classic and not-so-classic spins on Southern favorites," said Katie Hayes, executive director of Community Farmers Markets. "Peach Jam reminds us all that there is nothing quite like a Georgia peach on a hot Georgia summer day."
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Tues., June 18
RA Sushi Tues., June 18 International Sushi Day RA Sushi will celebrate International Sushi Day, an informal holiday that encourages sushi lovers around the world to eat more sushi. In honor of this special day, members of RA's "The Hook Up" will receive a special offer good for one complimentary Tootsy Maki with the purchase of any beverage. Details
Hard Rock Cafe Tues., June 18, 11 a.m. Burger Badge Bash Hard Rock will celebrate its Founders' Day with the Burger Badge Bash event, honoring Atlanta's community heroes with a world-famous Hard Rock Legendary Burger for just a badge and "71" cents. Details
Six Feet Under Tues., June 18, 5 p.m. Supper Club Fundraiser Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House invites the community to help them kick off the summer patio season while raising money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Details
Wed., June 19
5 Seasons Brewery at The Prado Wed., June 19, 7 p.m. 5 Seasons Cabaret of Miracles Dinner Show Enjoy a delicious three-course meal paired with beer and wine, as you experience award-winning close-up magic with dinner and drinks. Details
Joystick Gamebar Wed., June 19, 7 p.m. Boobs, Booze, and Balls Fundraiser Joystick is hosting a pinball tournament on their Big Guns table. Every quarter that goes into any game that night, 100 percent of the $5 suggested entry fee, and any further donation will go toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Details
For some strange reason, amongst people I know, this is the summer of Paris. We just got back. We ran into two sets of friends while we were there. We actually had two other sets of friends in Paris that same week that we didn't get to see. And another few on their way later this month. Why now? Why Paris?
When you're in Paris, the answer seems painfully obvious - because it's Paris. It's always a good time to be there. No other place in the world has that same swanky and sensuous swirl of art and architecture, romance and frivolity, and, dare I say most importantly, food. Ahhh, the food. And it's not just the presence of the food, but the way in which the people of Paris partake of it. It's the daily trip to the boulangerie, the fromagerie, the boucherie down the block. It's the stroll through the crowds at the weekly open air markets. It's the pique-nique along the Seine laughing at the tourists packed into the passing bateaux mouches river tours. (I'll admit, I partook of both pique-niques and boat tours on this trip)
So, if you are fortunate enough to be making your way to Paris (and have an iPhone), I have one piece of advice: download Patricia Wells' Food Lover's Guide to Paris app tout de suite (that means "right away").
Toscano and Sons, the Westside Italian market and sandwich shop that's served countless panini to penny-pinching CL staffers over the last six-and-a-half years, is closing its Marietta Street location on June 19. Which means we will no longer have easy access to the always-excellent (and affordable at $5) Caprese panino, cannoli, and other offerings. As the staff wrote on the store's Facebook page in mid-May:
Although the Westside has become home to some of the city's best restaurants it has, sadly, not become the retail destination, or developed the residential density, we hoped it would. Additionally, issues associated with parking, access and unanticipated tenant mix continue to be a challenge. As a result we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that in the long term our business is not sustainable in its current location.
It's important to note that Toscano's isn't actually going away away. It's just leaving the Brickworks spot, which we hear will be taken over by a pizza place. The owners are currently looking at several different locations around town to house the market. To get an update on where and when it'll reopen, like 'em on Facebook.
Chill Restaurant & Lounge has officially opened at 11655 Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta. The sprawling, 20,000-foot "entertainment destination," which formerly housed Rainwater restaurant, offers sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine for lunch, dinner, and late-night service until 2 a.m. That includes cigar-smoking, wine, cocktails, live entertainment, DJs, and dancing.
Midtown Cuban restaurant Cruzado (366 5th St.) has a new chef. As Villains Wicked Heroes partner Jared Lee Pyles transitions to the role of consulting chef, Carlos Alberto, also a FLIP Burger Boutique alum, is taking the helm. The Puerto Rican native plans to enhance the restaurant's Caribbean and Pan-Latin cuisine, adding a cosmopolitan spin. Already, a new Moroccan-style hookah bar has helped bring in a worldly vibe.
In case you missed it: The countdown to Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's new chicken restaurant at Atlantic Station, Chick-a-Biddy, is officially on. Slated to open on July 1 at 264 19th St., Suite 2140, the fast-casual eatery will offer fresh fare - by executive chef Scott Weaver -featuring organic fowl. The space was formerly occupied by The Grape and is currently being spruced up by The Johnson Studio.
A little more than a month behind schedule, Red Pepper Taqueria's second location has opened at 3133 Piedmont Road in Buckhead, filling the vacancy left by Barca Tapas & Bar and its predecessor, La Fourchette. The chef-driven Tex-Mex restaurant offers tacos, margaritas, fresh salads, and more in a festive environment.
High Road Craft Ice Cream has reopened at Sweet Auburn Curb Market (209 Edgewood Ave.). The front-of-market retail space is actually a joint venture with a company out of New York, Sunday Gravy, which creates savory Italian fare. This news comes on the heels of High Road's recent activity in Thailand; the ATL ice cream company opened a plant in Bangkok, where it offers flavors like bourbon burnt sugar and coconut creme-kaffir lime to an adventurous new clientele.
Kirkwood Bar & Grill has officially bitten the dust. The controversy-riddled restaurant at 1963 Hosea L. Williams Drive has struggled for more than two years to stay afloat after drama surrounding owner David Johnson. Most recently, he was slapped with a lawsuit by a former employee in February, claiming no payment for overtime, 70-hour workweeks. Already, the building is being marketed to new tenants, East Atlanta Patch reports.
New tequila and mezcal bar La Urbana is slated to open later this year at 1133 Huff Road. In addition to the heady Latin spirits, La Urbana's Facebook page indicates that tacos will be served as well. Details as they arise.
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Sat., June 15
Ray's on the Creek Sat., June 15 Father's Day Cooking Class Ray's on the Creek is letting guests play the chef this Father's Day with a Big Green Egg cooking class. Participants can enjoy pulled pork sliders and several pizzas, as well as beer specials on the patio. Details
Wylde Center Sat., June 15, 11 a.m. Fantastic Raw 5-Minute Menus class Learn to create a nutritious meal with Nnenne Onyioha-Clayton, Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Educator, using healthy every day ingredients you can easily find in the garden or food store. Details
Cypress Street Pint & Plate Sat., June 15, 11 a.m. Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Eating Contest Qualifier Cypress Street Pint and Plate, Major League Eating, and Nathan's Famous are bringing a hot dog-eating eating contest of epic proportions to Midtown. Beginning at 11 a.m., the event will feature a 10-minute all-you-can-eat Nathan's hot dog challenge and will pit local eaters against professionals. Details
Whole Foods Market Sat., June 15, 12-3 p.m. Pickle Launch Party Come help Whole Foods launch their new venue - the Pickle Bar! They'll have lots of samples, giveaways, music and a team member recipe contest taste off. Details
Grocery store secrets...Caution: you may be severely disgusted and want to rethink your pantry.
A helpful guide on this season's heirloom fruits and vegetables.
If you can't get enough of the edible gold that is cheese, an infographic on cheese. Feast your eyes.
Paula Deen butter.
Andrew Zimmerman of Bizarre Foods says that 99 percent of food shows are crap. So does that make him the 1 percent?
Father's day is this Sunday and Atlanta is ready. Whether your father is a veteran gourmand or a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, Atlanta businesses are offering special deals and carefully crafted menus to help you celebrate.
Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market will feature complimentary beverages, local vendors and artisans, live music and a variety of food trucks serving Dad's favorite dishes on Sat., June 15. 1850 Howell Mill Road. Details
Ray's on the Creek Ray's on the Creek is letting guests play the chef this Father's Day with a Big Green Egg cooking class. Participants can enjoy pulled pork sliders and several pizzas, as well as beer specials on the patio. 1700 Mansell Road. 770-649-0064. Details
Williams-Sonoma Southern Soul Barbeque invites dads, kids and barbeque lovers alike to join Mark Hannah at Williams-Sonoma Lenox Square on Saturday, June 15 from noon - 4 p.m. as he brings the Golden Isles' favorite barbeque to the big city. 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta. 404-812-1703. Details
Sun., June 16
Gone are the days when a popsicle stick picture frame studded with macaroni will do. You're older and wiser (well, older for sure), and maybe you have your old man to thank for helping you get here.
Whether your dad is your right-hand man or just a monthly friendly face, here are some last-minute gift ideas for any food-loving father.
For the dad who gets up at the crack of dawn to run and grows a patch of wheatgrass in the kitchen, get him a subscription to PaleoPax Tasting Box. Keep him happy and caveman healthy.
If pork is his vice, you know, melts over fall-apart ribs and drools over braised pork belly, get him a membership to the Bacon Club. Nothing says appreciation like cured hog.
Maybe he's a music man, eats with every sense, especially his ears. Turntable offers a Pairings Box that packages music, recipes, and ingredients gathered for an euphonious and tasty experience.
Atlanta Police responded to a call at East Atlanta's Asylum Restaurant and Lounge early Wednesday, arresting the manager and citing the club for operating after hours and serving alcohol without a license, among other violations.
According to a police report, when officers arrived around 7:15 a.m. this morning a few patrons were still "sitting at a booth with drinks on their table. Officers knocked on the door and the people at the table got up, went to the back door and fled on foot."
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