Thursday, February 26, 2015

A beer dinner at Food 101? Hell yeah!


A sneak peek of the 3rd course, the Braised Short Rib with Red Wine Reduction. I salivated when I took this shot!
Yes! I’m hosting another beer dinner March 5th and it looks awesome!

Cheers Beer Lovers!

Not only am I a proud gourmand, but I when I pair it with some of the world’s best beers that complement gourmet fare, it results in an unforgettable dining experience. Having hosted beer dinners in the past including the last one with SaltYard here and ongoing Girl Scout Cookie pairing with Hop City and ScoutMob that sold out here, my next one at Sandy Springs’ award-winning Food 101 is going to be pretty damn awesome on Thursday, March 5th!
My first session during the Girl Scout Cookie Pairing last Monday.
I came up with the theme of season hopping, meaning we will include some hearty dishes to keep us warm during the winter while simultaneously ushering the blossoming vibe of the spring. Hence, the name “Season Hopping.” (Did you catch the “hop” reference too?) Besides the sneak peek at the Short Rib course above, here is the full menu below and a description brilliantly written by Green Olive’s Henri Hollis. Please book a seat here and come through. Along with eating and drinking in bliss, there will certainly be some other surprises in store (like I usually do). Shout out to the very talented Executive Chef Justin Keith and Sous Chef Cooper Sweat who plan on putting permanent smiles on your faces!
Thanks in advance for booking your reservation. For a mere $50 for five courses, you can’t lose! (Come on, poutine?!) 
Keep in mind that any dietary restrictions will be catered to if you call ahead. 404.497.9700

Cheers!
Ale
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Food 101 Sends The Cold Back North With “Season Hopping” Beer Dinner
Atlanta’s favorite southern eatery is partnering with Ale Sharpton to squeeze the last few drops out of winter and celebrate the coming spring with a menu and beverages inspired by the seasons’ transitions 

In the South, indulging in decadent food is one of winter’s only redeeming qualities. However, with the dawn of spring around the corner, green creeps back into the landscape and our diets. On Thursday, March 5, Executive Chef Justin Keith, Sous Chef Cooper Sweat and Atlanta’s favorite beer critic Ale Sharpton will team up to create a dining experience that perfectly captures this moment on the Southern calendar. The four course dinner (with an amuse bouche to start) includes the best of both worlds – a little of the decadence of winter, along with a bit of the lightness and excitement of spring. Each course will be paired with a brew handpicked by Ale Sharpton to perfectly complement both the season and the dish.

Amuse Bouche
Beer Battered Apple / Black Pepper Goat Cheese Whip / Hard Cider Reduction
Beer Pairing: Dupont Pommeau de Normandie

1st Course - Fish
Pan Seared Halibut / Vegetable Risotto / Stewed Tomato Coulis / Herb Oil
Beer Pairing: Westbrook White Thai

2nd Course - Intermezzo of "Southern Poutine"
Hand Cut Fries / BBQ Gravy / 101 Pimento Cheese / Poached Farm Egg
Beer Pairing: Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen

3rd Course - Deconstructed Boeuf Bourguignon
Braised Short Rib / Carrot / Turnip / Mushroom / Potato / Red Wine Reduction / Fried Sage Leaves
Beer Pairing: Monday Night Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale

4th Course - Sweets
Bacon Hushpuppies / Powdered Sugar / Stout Anglaise
Beer Pairing: Burnt Hickory Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout

Reservations will sell out quickly as space is limited, with tickets available at here for $50 apiece (excluding tax and gratuity). Each ticket includes the full dinner with five pairings, all of which will be served in Food 101’s private dining room beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 5. For diners with allergies or special requests, please call 404.497.9700 to speak with a member of the Food 101 team. For additional announcements, events, specials and other news, please follow Food 101 on Facebook or on Twitter.

ABOUT FOOD 101
Food 101 has evolved during the past decade to focus on farm-to-table, cutting edge Southern Cuisine, while featuring several long-time favorites. Executive Chef Justin Keith highlights a bounty of local ingredients prepared with a bold Southern flair that provides a deliciously satisfying dining experience. High standards of quality ingredients and cutting edge cuisine have become synonymous with Food 101, including its Barrel Bar, which features Southern-inspired plates of its own with a cocktail menu built around two dozen bourbons. Food 101 serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday; dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Sunday –Thursday and 5:30 until 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. Food 101 is located at 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30342. For reservations, menus and more information, visit food101atlanta.com. Connect with us on Facebook or on Twitter.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Here are six awesome beer events you can’t miss!

This was the Secret Stash Bash trophy in 2014. Who will win it this year?! I took this when TMAC's Head Honcho
Adam  Anacker proudly held this up last year.
From Brick Store’s Changing of the Guard to Secret Stash Bash (plus my beer dinner), make plans now!

Whaddup!!!

With so much poppin’ off in ATL to end the month of February and then make the big step into March, I had to post a few of the events starting with tomorrow’s Changing of The Guard at the Brick Store, one of the world’s most revered beer bars. To add on a personal note, I just completed the first session of my sold out (Thank You!) Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing with Hop City and Scout Mob at Krog Street Market; the final two sessions are next Monday. As a follow up, I have a beer dinner themed around merging winter and spring justly titled Season Hopping with the award-winning restaurant Food 101 in Sandy Springs on March 5th at 7:00. I am about to post the full menu and details in a separate post, but for now, here is what’s in store for the next two weeks that I figured to be super dope.  
Thanks so much for your support via physical mailings, Tweets, Instagrams, and any other shout outs you have given me. Seriously, I appreciate you.  
Okay, here we go…

Brick Store’s Changing of the Guard Celebration
February 26, 4 p.m.
Me: So my homey Tim Ensor is passing the baton of beer management duties at the world renowned Brick Store so that he can put full time into his My Parents’ Basement beer bar venture. Therefore, this is an once-in-a-lifetime event this Thursday starting at 4 p.m. Be there and splurge with your homey and some the most exotic suds you can ever put to your lips! According to Tim, they have Bell’s Hopslam, Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, Creature Comforts Southerly Love, Boulevard Za Tart, Red Brick 100% Brett A-Town Brown, Terrapin French Toast Wake N Bake, and the one I can't wait to try, the Westbrook 4th Anniversary among other hard-to-finds! It's gonna be nuts!


Fourth Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
February 28th, 12 to 6 p.m.
I say: Beer and all-you-can-eat BBQ? Wait, and bourbon? Nuts!
They say:
WHAT:            4th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
WHO:              Produced By Trigger Agency
WHERE:        Atlantic Station Grounds
WHEN:           Saturday, February 28, 2014, 12 to 6:00 p.m.
Special VIP admission runs from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., followed by general admission beginning at 2:00 p.m.
They Say: The Fourth Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, produced by The Trigger Agency is returning to Atlanta under the big tents at the Atlantic Station on February 28, 2015. This year’s event will benefit The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation and Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb, Inc.
The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza features a special VIP Bacon and Whole Hog session from Noon - 6pm.  The General Admission session runs from 2 pm to 6 pm. Over 5,000 enthusiasts are expected to attend this salute to some of the South’s best assets. 
At the event, attendees can taste over 60 craft beers, sip 40 styles of bourbon and eat lots of southern style BBQ. Admission includes a souvenir sampling glass for guests to try out all the unlimited beverages the festival features. Some of the best barbeque Pit Masters will be on-site cooking up their most mouthwatering dishes. Barbeque selections will include pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chicken, and sausages with all the fixins you can imagine.
More info is here: www.BeerAndBourbon.com or call 800-830-3976.
There is plenty of parking around the site, however please drink responsibly and bring a designated driver.
Decatur Stirs
This weekend!
I Say: Just look it up because it sounds pretty chill. I mean, come on! A series of mixology workshops, sippin’ cocktails, and an awesome brunch that’s this weekend. Oh, and Leon’s Full Service is a part of it.
They say: For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.decaturstirs.com

Come ‘Season Hopping’! 
My Food 101 Beer Dinner
Thursday, March 5th, at 7:30
Click here!
I say: After doing my sold out Girl Scout Cookie beer pairing, it’s time to take dishes to a more hearty, hot and finger lickin' level by pairing some seriously gangster beer with amazing fare ingeniously crafted by the acclaimed Executive Chef Justin Keith and Sous Chef Cooper Sweat. And of course, there are always some surprises whenever I do an event if you know what I mean! Go here to reserve seats leading to an unforgettable night of sippin’ and culinary indulgence!
My partners say: Atlanta’s favorite southern eatery is partnering with Ale Sharpton (me!) to squeeze the last few drops out of winter and celebrate the coming spring with a menu and beverages inspired by the transition of the seasons.
Reservations will sell out quickly as space is limited, with tickets available at here for $50 (a crazy deal!) apiece. Each ticket includes the full dinner with five pairings, all of which will be served in Food 101’s private dining room beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 5. For diners with allergies or special requests, please call 404.497.9700 to speak with a member of the Food 101 team. 

For additional announcements, events, specials and other news, please follow Food 101 on Facebook or on Twitter.

The Secret Stash Bash
The Prado’s Taco Mac and 5 Seasons, Sandy Springs, GA, March 7th
I say: This is the shiiiizzzzznit for beer lovers! (Besides my beer dinner at Food 101). Basically, some of the world’s best breweries are coming together and pour more than 40 amazingly hard-to-find gems for folks during two shifts on Saturday, March 7th. Session 1: 1:30-4:00 pm
Session 2: 5-7:30 pm
They say: The time has come for some of the greatest breweries you have ever known to break out the extra special beers from their brewer's Secret Stash. Expect the unexpected: rare beers, cellared beers, barrel-aged, blended, Brett, wild, and everything in between. Not only will you get to taste over 40 amazing beers in one setting, there will be notable brewery folks on hand to talk to you about their unique creations.
•           Only 450 attendees per session
•           Souvenir Tasting Glass
•           No long lines
•           No clueless volunteers
•           No common beers
•           Knowledgeable brewer representatives

See you soon!

Cheers!
Ale

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Girl Scout Cookies and Beer? Let’s rock!


My dude Kraig Torres of Hop City couldn't wait until after the photo shoot to bite a cookie. (Dope photos by Laura Relyea/ScoutMob)
Come by Krog Street Market and try this one-of-kind pairing with me, Hop  City and Scout Mob!

Hey Y’all!

The word is out about my upcoming Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing next Monday, February 23rd, and again on March 2nd, and I wanted to give you a personal account on the blog. (That’s what it’s here for, right?)
Well, I worked with ScoutMob before when they did a feature on me, so when the idea of pairing beers with Girl Scout Cookies surfaced (marketing guru Bill Kaelin was seminal to this by the way), there was no better place to do it than the Hop City based in Inman Park's newest shopping sensation, Krog Street Market. Besides their jaw-dropping bottle section, Hop City has an adjacent bar based in the main atrium featuring more than 400 beers on tap! To add, the super cool and knowledgeable Kraig Torres—the owner of Hop City—and I have a bit of history because I actually helped him open his first of three locations on the west side of town a few years ago. Since then, we have always stayed in touch and, of course, he saw me frequently buy from his locations (he also has one in Birmingham). Anyway, after meeting up with everyone and doing a test run, things worked perfectly and now it’s officially a go!
Now, due to my education as a Cornell University Hotelie, plus having an extensive background in the culinary arts thanks to my family’s catering history and especially my mom and sister Simone’s mastery in the kitchen, I know flavor. (I am also no slouch with the pots either, but that’s another story.) Combine that for my love for beer, and it only makes sense to encourage, promote, curate and host pairings with fare any time possible. This one is my most eccentric to date and I happily accept the challenge. I mean sheesh, ales and lagers can be chocolately, smoky, citrusy, earthy, fruity, sour, roasty… Pair them with those irresistible baked circles of oral pleasure and it’s a match made in heaven!  
I hope you get a chance to book a seat and maybe treat a companion while we enjoy the awesome cookies everybody and their mommas love. Of course, everyone has a favorite (I freeze my Thin Mints), so look for at least four variations. And like all of my events, there will be some other surprises as well. Here is the link to the witty write up by ScoutMob’s Laura Relyea along with a link to the tickets. (She took the photos too.)
I hope to see you there!
Some quick facts:
·         It will be seated
·         There will be a beer with each cookie selection
·         You will get more than one cookie (unless it's the really rich, think ones!)
·         There are two shifts each night, so four different time slots are available
·         Kraig and I will both be hosting this one so attention will be spread around. 

Oh yeah! I have a beer dinner coming up with the slick eatery Food 101 on March 5th as well so stay tuned for that too! 

Much love and thanks!

Ale

Monday, February 16, 2015

SweetWater & The Giving Kitchen host a beer dinner at TAP!



Come kick it in Midtown ATL and support a good cause…and your appetite!

Hey Y’all!

I had a blast in Chicago this past weekend covering their auto show and, of course, Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ before making it back in time to enjoy Valentine’s Day and the NBA All Star activities. Make sure you check out my Twitter posts and Instagram pics documenting the trip!  
Anyway, as usual, every time I return to Atlanta from a trip, there is always something going on so I want you, my prized readers, to get the scoop and as many details as possible. One of my favorite gastropubs—TAP [1180 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 347-2220]—is throwing another beer dinner tomorrow night! Here is the information including the menu in detail. Brandy (the always sweet general manager) and Chef McCormick always know how to throw down so it should be a blast! It’s five courses and six beers featuring SweetWater’s liquid craftiness, and proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen, so you know this is going to be an awesome event.

Side note: Speaking of events, I have a Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing coming up with ScoutMob, Krog Street Market and Hop City on February 23rd and March 2nd, so look for my post on that too! You can get tickets here.

Okay, here’s the menu for Tuesday night at TAP. Call and make reservations. It sounds delicious! Boom:


Sweet Water & The Giving Kitchen 
Beer Dinner 2/17/15

Reception
SweetWater Take Two Pils
Poached Trout on Toast
Poached Carolina Trout, horseradish cream, marble rye, black radish

Seated
Hop Hash infused with jalapeno, coriander, mint
Crispy Chili Fritters
Jalapeno, samosa filling, Hop hash batter, mint yogurt

Second Helping I.P.A.
Lamb Tartar
Quail egg, apple, fennel & celery salad, garlic herb crostini

Spinner Bait
Gum Creek Farms Porchetta
German potato salad, shaved fennel, arugula, sorghum jus

Finale
Happy Ending Imperial Stout & Sweet Water Blue
Chocolate Stout & Banana Cup Cakes
Sweet Grass Green Hill- raisin walnut toast, blueberry compote



Cheers!
Ale

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fifth Group’s Restaurants do it big on Valentine’s Day! Part 3

Here are even more restaurants to choose from this weekend!

For Part 3 of my Valentine’s Day Dining Guide, here are links to what the various dining destinations of the revered Fifth Group have in store including their descriptions, the menus and reservations.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ale

South City Kitchen Midtown & Vinings

Three-course pre-fixe menus featuring South City favorites and new exciting flavors.
MIDTOWN MENU     |     VININGS MENU     |     RESERVATIONS

La Tavola
Three-course pre-fixe menu for a romantic evening in Italy.
MENU     |     RESERVATIONS

Ecco

Specials running Thursday-Sunday, for those who want to join in the hustle on Saturday or celebrate a little early or late.
SPECIALS     |     RESERVATIONS

El Taco
Bad break-up? Another year single? Bitter cuz you don’t have a sitter? We’ve all been there. If you’re dreading the arrival of February 14th this year, you’re in luck. El Taco is here to make you feel better for Stupid Cupid Night with drink and food specials.

Alma Cocina
Spice up your evening and venture Downtown to Alma Cocina for Valentine’s Day. Our dinner menu will bring just enough heat for the occasion.
MENU     |     RESERVATIONS

Lure
Brent Banda is crafting incredible specials to accompany the dinner menu for the seafood lover in all of us.

MENU     |     RESERVATIONS

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Annual Valentine’s Day Dining Guide: Part 2

Cook Hall's patio is always an awesome chill spot in the heart of Atlanta!
How about something lovely to eat and sip on to celebrate V -Day? Boom! Here is Part 2!

Besides my annual Valentine’sDay Gift Guide, and Part 1 of the Valentine’s Day Dining Guide, here are a lot more restaurant options as promised in Part 2. Keep in mind some specials start as early as February 11th, so look for those dates below. I have the days listed first this time to make sure you see them along with the descriptions straight from the source.
And last, as an added feature, I included a few restaurant events that go by the day such as One Eared Stag’s Monday Night Chicken, Food 101’s Ladies’ Night on Tuesdays, and a special dinner by Meehan’s Sandy Springs called In Celebration of Chef Ryan Hidinger.
Part 3 is up next.
Enjoy!
Your homey,
Ale

February 11 | Seven Lamps | James Beard Preview Dinner “Eye On Atlanta”
Join Chef Drew Van Leuvan at Seven Lamps as he preview's an upcoming menu for his James Beard House Dinner in New York City.  The dinner is on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. and the cost is $75 per person, with an option for wine pairings.  his five-course meal will include delectable dishes such as Chicken Confit with Chestnut TortelliniScallops and Octopus with Gochujang and Dilled Green Tomato, as well as Chef Van Leuvan’s signature Sicilian Pistachio Macaroons with Mortadella Mousse. To view the full menu and to purchase tickets, visit http://ow.ly/Hf3Ds.
3400 Around Lenox Rd. NO. 217, Atlanta GA, 30326
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February 13 & 14 | Livingston | Valentine's Weekend at Livingston
Fall head over heels all over again at Livingston this Valentine’s Day. Our chic dining room will provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening over a masterfully curated three-course meal from Chef Michael Semancik. On both Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, guests can expect a menu of holiday-inspired dishes. On Friday night, all menu items will be offered a la carte and on Saturday night, the same menu will be offered at a set price of $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Please visit www.livingstonatlanta.com to view a full menu and call 404-897-5000 today to make a reservation, as space is limited. 
659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30308
livingstonatlanta.com | 404.987.5000
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February 13 - 15 | Cook Hall | Valentine’s Weekend at Cook Hall
Bring your sweetheart and come celebrate Valentine’s weekend at Cook Hall! Our inviting atmosphere and vibrant Buckhead location promises to set the perfect mood. Join us for dinner on February 13th or 14th and choose from one of our Valentine-inspired Blackboard Specials from Chef David Gross in addition to our All Day Menu. On the 15th, join us as we give our classic brunch a Valentine twist complete with $5 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. 3-hour complimentary valet is provided. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.
W Atlanta-Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
www.cookhallatlanta.com | 404.523.3600
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February 14 | Cibo E Beve | Valentine’s Day
 Fall head over heels all over again at Cibo e Beve this Valentine’s Day. Join us for an intimate night with a prix fixe four course dinner from Chef Linda Harrell. Choose from a variety of dishes, including Fresh Scallops, Charred Octopus, Beef and Veal Lasagna, Spaghetti al ‘Cacio e Pepe”, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Seared Salmon, Salted Caramel Panna Cotta and more.  This will be offered at a set price of $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Please call 404.250.8988 today to make a reservation, as space is limited.
4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
Ciboatlanta.com | 404.250.8988
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February 14 | Preserving Place | Valentine’s Day Celebration: Cook & Dine
Imagine Valentine’s Day dinner at a candle-lit table, enjoying a four-course meal that you prepared on your own: Preserving Place can make this a reality! Join classically trained Chef Jorge Céspedes at Preserving Place on February 14th from​ 6 - 9 p.m. as he leads you through this hands-on class, producing a four-course meal that you will enjoy at our farm table. ​Participants will prepare and enjoy roasted fingerling potato slice with creamy aioli and southern aged American ham; tomato & shellfish consomme with steamed mussels, beautiful Southern shrimp, and fresh caught market fish; a sweet pea, orange and rosemary risotto with a juniper spice blend-rubbed salmon; and for dessert, red wine & white chocolate mousse with a vanilla and red wine reduction gelee, cinnamon crumble and a soft & airy whipped cream. Th​is ​​​class is $125 per person. To reserve your spot, please ​register via Cook & Dine or call (404) 815-JAMS.  
1170 Howell Mill Rd., Suite P10b, Atlanta, Ga. 30318
preservingplace.com | 404.815.JAMS
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February 14 | Meehan’s Sandy Springs | St. Valentine's Day’s 1920'2 Anti-Prohibition Dinner and Dance
Bring your sweetheart, or come solo to celebrate Valentine's Day! Join us on February 14th at 7pm for a menu of fun 1920's inspired tapas, traditional cocktails with decades of history and live music from Courtney Renee Jazz. Pick and choose from the sweetheart menu with delicious choices such as – Lamb Meat Balls, Hummus Canape Bites, Seared Duck Breast, Salmon Ala King, Grilled Petite Sirloin, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie, Red Velvet Cupcake and more! Reservations are recommended! 
227 Sandy Springs Place, Atlanta, Ga. 30328
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February 17 | Cook Hall | 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Party
Laissez les bon temps roulez…Let the good times roll at Cook Hall’s 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Party! Join us on February 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. as we throw down Mardi Gras-style with food & drink specials and festive live music. Sweet Deat and the Revivalists will take the stage to perform a live set of New Orleans-style swing music. Chef Gross will cook up his favorite Mardi Gras-inspired dishes and serve them a la carte as Blackboard Specials. Drink specials will include $5 Four Roses Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds, as well as $5 Craft Hurricane Punch. Admission for the event is free and 3-hour complimentary valet parking will be provided. For more information, please call 404.523.3600. 
W Atlanta-Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
www.cookhallatlanta.com | 404.523.3600
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February 19 | Meehan’s Sandy Springs | In Celebration of Chef Ryan Hidinger
Join us on February 19th to celebrate the life of Chef Ryan Hidinger and The Giving Kitchen. At 7:30 p.m., Chef Stephen Welch of Meehan’s Sandy Springs will serve up a menu consisting of some of Chef Ryan’s favorite dishes, including Seared Foie Gras, Nam Sad, Uni Pasta, Bone-In Ribeye and Sour Patch Cupcake. The dinner will be paired with Sweetwater brew and will feature the beer exclusively made for The Giving Kitchen – Second Helping. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Meehan’s at 404.843.8058 or The Giving Kitchen at 404.354.1227
227 Sandy Springs Place, Atlanta, GA 30328
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Mondays | One Eared Stag | Monday Night Fried Chicken
Chef Robert Phalen is teaming up with Monday Night Brewing for One Eared Stag’s Monday Night fried chicken. Each order will be served with three pieces of chicken and two side items for only $15. Guest also have the option of upgrading a whole chicken for $22 and two whole chickens for $32. This event will take place every Monday night staring at 5p.m. what better way to enjoy your Monday night than with plate of Chef Phalen’s signature fried chicken and Monday Night Brewing.
1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307
oneearedstagatl.com | 404.525.4479
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Mondays | Food 101 | Avoid Monday Meltdown
Feel like you are having one of those days? We have the perfect fix for you. Avoid Monday Meltdown at Food 101 all night long. All draft beer, house wine and sangria are only $4.00! Do yourself a favor and join us for a pick-me-up tonight.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
food101atlanta.com | 404.497.9700
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Tuesdays | Food 101 | Ladies’ Night
Ladies, come join us at the barrel bar for drinks. Tonight and every Tuesday is Ladies’ Night at Food 101 starting with wine half-off! Bring your girls, grab a drink and make Food 101 your weekly spot for Ladies’ Night!
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
food101atlanta.com | 404.497.9700
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Wednesdays | Food 101 | Wine Down Wednesday
You are almost there! You made it to Wednesday, so why don’t you “wine down” with Food 101! Each month we focus on a different wine region for our guests to enjoy. Enjoy a flight of 3 wines for $10 or $12.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
food101atlanta.com | 404.497.9700
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Thursdays | Food 101 | Thirsty Thursday
It’s Thirsty Thursday friends! Do you know what that means? It means $5 margaritas, mojitos and Tito’s martinis. Grab your friends and quench your thirst with these great deals.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
food101atlanta.com | 404.497.9700
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Sundays | Food 101 | BBQ & Bourbon Brunch
What could possibly make BBQ and Bourbon any better? The answer is brunch of course!  Enjoy our Sunday Smoked menu featuring delectable sides like our ranch style baked beans and southern cole slaw which washes down perfectly with our mouth-watering bourbon. But that’s not all; we have live music every Sunday from local bands! The fun begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m., so head on over to Food 101 for a sweet-southern Sunday.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
food101atlanta.com | 404.497.9700

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The Annual Valentine’s Day Dining Guide: Part 1

STK is doing an Earth & Sea three-course meal!
How about something lovely to eat and sip on to celebrate V -Day? Boom! Here it is!

Whaddup!?
Okay, so I have the Annual Valentine's Day Gift Guide which I keep adding to here. Now it’s the time to treat your mouth—and maybe a lucky someone—to one of these dining destinations in the city of Atlanta in Part 1 of my Annual Valentine's Day Dining Guide
Make your reservations soon and keep in mind of the dates. For instance, Cypress Street Pint and Plate starts things off with a special event tonight as well as one on V-Day cleverly for single folks! The following are straight from the source besides my jump-ins here and there. Part 2 is up next. (Duh!)
Nom, nom, nom!
Your homey,
Ale
Valentine’s Day Blackout Edition of Beer Geek Tuesday, February 10, at 7 p.m.

I say: Now you know Cypress is my jam! Come see why…
They say: Join Cypress Street Pint and Plate for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their weekly Beer Geek series on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. As an ode to their annual Valentine’s Day Blackout party, Cypress is turning out the lights (literally) for this special edition of Beer Geek Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.  Guests are invited to experience craft beer and Sublime Doughnut pairings hand-picked by resident Beer Geek, Rob “BrewRu” Merrick, half priced bottles of wine and more. For more information, please visit www.cypressbar.com or call 404-815-9243

Valentine’s Day Eve with Yacht Rock Schooner, Friday, February 13, 7 p.m.

I say: Park Tavern is always a classy destination, plus the fact that they have their own brewery and feature those Yacht Rock cats on the tunes, you should be good to go!
They say: Enjoy an evening of silly love songs at Park Tavern in The Piedmont Room this Valentine’s Day Eve.  Performing a selection of their favorite love songs from the 70s and 80s, revelers can enjoy cocktails, great tunes, and the picturesque Midtown skyline.  Of course, the Southwest Porch at Park Tavern will also be open for dinner, cold brews and cocktails prior to the concert. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for ages 21 and up only.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.  

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GRAIN
Valentine’s Day Specials, Live Music and a Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner, Saturday, February 14, 2015

I say: The creative and enterprising minds behind Cypress Street have juuuuust opened this chic destination, so show them some love. The martini apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! I even included the menu for this one!
The say: For those looking to go all out for that special someone this Valentine’s Day, head to GRAIN, Midtown’s hottest new drink shop and eatery for a cocktail-infused evening featuring live music by Deb Bowman. Offering a selection of fresh, always rotating oysters daily, diners can enjoy a dozen along with two of renowned barman Kevin Bragg’s signature cocktails for just $20. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Drew Van Leuvan has also created a three-course prix fixe dinner for $55 per person just for the occasion. The full menu will also be available and live music will be from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.grain-bar.com or call (404) 881-5377.

GRAIN’s Three-Course Valentine’s Day Menu:
First Course:
choice of:
Wild Arugula Salad
Ruby Grapefruit, Roasted Dates, and Dried Figs and Served
with Rupert’s Cheese and Yogurt Dressing
or
Southern Fried Quail Salad
Marinated Peas and Celery Root
with a Smoked Vinaigrette

Second Course:
choice of:
Bramlett Farms Trout
Warm Butternut Squash, Calabrian Chili, Marinated Mushrooms, Speck,
and Pumpkin Seed Butter
or
Beef Tenderloin
Baby Fingerling Potato Salad, Red Onion Confit
and Blue Cheese Aigre-Doux

Third Course:
Crème Brûlée
Roasted Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Banana,
and Nitro Marshmallow

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Special Earth & Sea Three-Course Dinner, Saturday, February 14, 2015

I say: Swanky, upbeat and posh all describe STK. The food is no joke as well. The free valet is the cherry on top in bustling Midtown. The four-course menu is below which includes vegetarian options as well. Enjoy!
They say: This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a night they’ll never forget at Midtown’s favorite upscale steakhouse, STK Atlanta. Known for its high-energy atmosphere, sleek and sexy décor, and delicious food and cocktails, STK is offering a special four-course prix fixe dinner that celebrates the best of earth and sea for $85 per person. With several choices per course, guests are invited to enjoy a selection of spectacular, dynamic surf and turf dishes created by Executive Chef Mark Alba along with wine and champagne pairings chosen by Geno Dew, The ONE Group Atlanta’s General Manager and sommelier, that will enhance the flavors of each dish for $150.  Guests can take advantage of three dinner seating blocks - from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with reservations required for each. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.stkhouse.com or call 404-793-0144.

STK Atlanta’s Earth & Sea Valentine’s Day Menu:
First Course:
choice of:
Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare
Avocado / Citrus – Soy Emulsion / Taro Chips

Celery Root Soup
Brioche / Truffle Oil / Micro Celery

Gem Lettuce and Frisee Salad
Poached Apple / Goat Cheese / Coppa / Radish

Classic Shrimp Cocktail
Poached Shrimp / Cocktail Sauce

Second Course:
choice of:
Lobster Risotto
Fennel Cream / Tempura Asparagus

Gnocchi
Smoked Chicken / Black Trumpet Mushrooms / Vintage Gouda

Pappardelle
Rock Shrimp / Tomato / Capers / Lemon Cream

Smoked Bacon and Swiss Chard Ravioli
Roasted Parsnips / Sherry & Maple Gastrique

Third Course:
choice of:
Duo of Petite Filet of Beef and Scallops
Whipped Potatoes / Hericot Verts / Cabernet Reduction / Verjus Butter / Crispy Shallots

Braised Beef Short Rib
Carrot Butterscotch Puree / Cippolini Onions / Celery

Pasture Raised Chicken Breast
Parsnip Bread Pudding / Grilled Pears / Chicken Jus

Seared Arctic Char
Eggplant Miso Puree / Roasted Baby Leeks / Heirloom Carrots / Miso Powder

Fourth Course:
(serves 2 guests)

Red Velvet Love Cake
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting / Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Almond Fudge Brownie
Chocolate Cream / Almond Brittle / Vanilla Ice Cream
*Vegetarian options available upon request*

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Valentine’s Day Solo Party, Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8 p.m.

Single and ready to mingle this Valentine’s Day? This year, the crew at Cypress Street Pint and Plate invites guests to join them as they celebrate singlehood during their inaugural Valentine’s Day Solo Party. Kicking off at 8 p.m., guests will enjoy $1 PBR’s and $2 SweetWater IPAs served in classic red Solo Cups, while a DJ sets the mood for this anti-love affair. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there is no cost to attend. For more information, please visit Cypress Street Pint and Plate at cypressbar.com or call 404-815-9243.