Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Atlanta Food and Drink Events: April 26-May 1

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Sip @ Riverside Tues., April 26 7-9 p.m.: Cook’s Warehouse Cooking Demonstration. Chef Daniel Massie of Sip @ Riverside is teaching the a class entitled “A Tutorial in Tapas: How to Create the Perfect Small Plates for Spring Entertaining” at Cook’s Warehouse in Midtown. 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R 404-815-4993. www.cookswarehouse.com

Cook’s Warehouse Brookhaven Tues., April 26 7-9 p.m.: Counting Points: Gimme Five for Cinco de Mayo. Chef Gena Berry will teach a class themed around Cinco de Mayo. $45. 404-949-9945. 4062 Peachtree Rd. www.cookswarehouse.com.

Cook’s Warehouse Decatur">Cook’s Warehouse Decatur Tues., April 26 6:30-9 p.m.: Big Green Egg 101. Chef Bobby Cresap, chef of the Big Green Egg, will tach a class on how to prepare dishes for the grill. $55. 404-377-4005. 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave. www.cookswarehouse.com.

Perrine’s Wine Shop Wed., April 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Rose Tasting. $25. RSVP by calling the shop. 404-254-5077. 1168 Howell Mill Rd. www.perinneswineshop.com

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Sweeney and Wong announce Sunday's menu

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:34 PM

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I wrote earlier this month that Guy Wong, owner-chef of Miso Izakaya, and David Sweeney, owner- chef of the defunct Dynamic Dish, plan to host a Sunday dinner 4-11 p.m. May 1. Depending on response, the a la carte dinner may become a regular event.

Above is this Sunday's menu of very affordable small plates.

The dinner will be held at Miso Izakaya, 819 Edgewood Ave. Call 678-701-0128 for more information. Reservations are not being accepted.

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No more smoke

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 7:29 AM

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Highland Tap, Virginia-Highland's subterranean steakhouse, has taken a surprising step after 22 years in business. It has decided to prohibit smoking.

I mentioned the restaurant-bar's suffocating volume of smoke in a "Grazing" column in February. The problem is architectural. The bar and dining room are open to one another, so it was impossible to avoid the smoke while dining.

The restaurant dispatched an email Sunday with this picture and announcement below:

Yes folks, it's true. Starting May 1st, Highland Tap will no longer allow smoking in our bar or dining areas. Smoke from the bar drifts into our kitchen and dining areas, compromising food quality and overall guest satisfaction.

For all you smokers out there, we still love ya and hope you won't break up with us. We still hold a couple of other vices sacred: red meat & big martinis!

Major kudos to Highland Tap. (Thanks to the several readers who sent me the announcement.)

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Atlanta Easter weekend food events April 22-24

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family Restaurant Wars. Go online and vote by midnight tongiht for your favorite local restaurant for a chance to win $500href="http://www.madeasrestaurantwars.com">www.madeasrestaurantwars.com .

Cook’s Warehouse Midtown Fri., April 22. 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Burmese Khowsuey Hands On. Naina Mehta-Bhedwar. Naina Mehta-Bhedwar will teach a class on the Burmese dish Khowsuey. $65. 404-815-4993. 1544 Piedmont Rd. www.cookswarehouse.com

The Mansion on Peachtree Fri., April 22. Earth Day celebration: Dinner by candlelight. 404-995-7500. 3376 Peachtree Rd. N.E. www.rwmansiononpeachtree.com

One Flew South Sat., April 23 9:30 a.m.: Morningside Farmer’s Market Demo. Chef Duane Nutter of One Flew South will lead a Georgia-grown organic demonstration at the Morningside Farmer’s Market. 1393 Ni. Highland Ave. www.morningsidemarket.com

Of course, Sunday is Easter.

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F*ck cholesterol meds

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Just in time for my first look at Boners BBQ, there's this dubiously sexy You Tube vid about food and libidinal life.

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Hell on a bun

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Tom Maicon of Food & Beer Atlanta writes to let me know he has found the hottest hamburger outside hell. His article about it says this:

Trust me when I tell you that the warning next to the Hell Burger on the menu at Canvas Cafe and Bakery (724 Cherokee Street, Marietta, Tel: 678.213.2268) isn’t just there for show, nor is the “no return” policy. These written cautions and disclaimers are as serious as the burger’s prickly punch.

It starts as a harmless 8oz. cayenne pepper-dusted certified Black Angus patty. But it quickly goes downhill from there as a handful of fiery chilies and four chunks of roasted jalapeno — carefully cut so to contain as many seeds as possible — are added. Then, it is dressed with a messy heaping pile of habanero and onion slaw.

Incredibly, there's even more fire in the burger. Check out the link above to learn the rest of the ingredients.

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Gravy Train: A new restaurant for Aria's Gerry Klaskala, Dulce Vegan opens

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM

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Gerry Klaskala, the chef and owner of Aria, will be opening a new restaurant Downtown this year. Klaskala is aiming for a late summer opening. More details on exact location, name etc. as we get them...

The new location of Grindhouse Killer Burgers is now open on Piedmont near Cheshire Bridge Road. This is the first stand-alone location for the burger joint, with their original outpost offering limited hours within the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. The Piedmont location will serve both lunch and dinner daily.

Dulce Vegan had their soft opening this week in Kirkwood. The menu is loaded with things that sound appealing to anyone who loves sweets, even those of the non-Vegan persuasion. The bakery uses all natural ingredients and sources locally, with cake flavors like Lemon Raspberry and Mexican Chocolate.

Cakes & Ale projects that their new, expanding location - which includes a bakery and dessert bar - will be opening in June.

Westside Pie pizzeria is coming to Huff Road, located in the Apex West Midtown property.

Flying Biscuit mentioned on Twitter that locations in Brookhaven (in TOWN Brookhaven) and Peachtree City (Highway 54) are coming soon. This will make nine Atlanta-area locations of biscuit goodness.

Newk’s Express Cafe will be bringing their concept to Atlanta, with at least five Atlanta-area locations planned for 2011. The fast casual chain serves made-to-order salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more. Proposed locations include Buckhead, Midtown, Augusta and Peachtree City/Newnan.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Is that burger fan a sock puppet?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

A reader pointed me this morning to a Yelp thread (scroll down) that accuses the new Grindhouse Killer Burgers of inflating its own reviews. The restaurant received a slew of rave-reviews on Wednesday.

I suppose the reviews could be the work of sock puppets, but I did have a great meal there myself on opening day, Tuesday.

Generally, the profusion of sock puppets on every website is a great annoyance. Most don't seem to realize their multiple identities can be easily traced. But, whatever. I want my double-Apache burger.

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Easter brunch in Atlanta

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

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4th & Swift. Sun., April 24 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Sunday Brunch. 678-904-0160. 621 North Ave. NE. www.4thndswift.com

Anis Cafe and Bistro Sun., April 24: Easter Brunch. The Anis Cafe and Bistro will present an al fresco Easter brunch buffet. $28 per person, $14 for children. (404) 233-9889. 2974 Grandview Ave NE. www.anisbistro.com

Aqua Blue Sun., April 24. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Easter brunch. $29.95 for adults, $9.95 children 4-12. Free for kids under 4. 770-643-8886. 1564 Holcomb Bridge Rd. www.aquablueatl.com

Brio Tuscan Grille Buckhead Sun., April 24: Tuscan Easter Brunch. Brio will present an Easter Brunch featuring Tuscan inspired dishes. (404) 601-5555. 2964 Peahtree Rd NW. www.BrioItalian.com

Brio Tuscan Grille Perimeter Sun., April 24: Tuscan Easter Brunch. Brio will present an Easter Brunch featuring Tuscan inspired dishes. (678) 587-0017. 700 Ashwood Parkway. www.brioitalian.com.

Cabernet Sun., April 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Annual Easter Buffet. Adults $44.95. Children six-12 $19.95. Children five and under free. (770) 777-5955. 5575 Windward Parkway. www.cabernetsteakhouse.com

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