Christmas is only ELEVEN days away my friends! Are you looking for some last minute gifts? Good news-WestPoint Home is celebrating the Grand Opening of their newest store in the North Georgia Premium Outlets on Saturday, December 17th from 9am – 9pm. At WestPoint Home you will always find designer brands up to 70% off on sheets, towels, quilts, blankets, comforters, decorative pillows, and more!
During the Grand Opening, receive a free monogram (one per customer) with the purchase of any personalizable item. The first 50 will be ready on the same day and will be created by the on site WestPoint Home Monogramming Expert. It’s the perfect time to stock up on hand towels for the holiday season or make your gifts extra special. Additional discounts will be offered throughout the store on everyday staples and stylish pieces from 9am to 9pm, along with complimentary refreshments.
The company has long been committed to protecting the environment, giving back, and recycling waste before it was fashionable. The WestPoint Home legacy is simple: quality, affordable, and stylish products for their customers.
Some gifts shouldn’t wait to go under the tree. For a priceless gift they’ll treasure, seize opportunities to share time and experiences at Bellina Alimentari. Sure, some assembly is required in making pasta and Italian specialties or pairing cheeses and wines or brews and bites…but no stressful, convoluted instruction manuals to frustrate the giver and receiver.
Gift-able pasta-bilities follow for those who participate in Bellina’s Pasta Making class on Tuesday, Dec. 6 or Dec. 20. Learn how to make delicious fresh pasta in these hands-on cooking classes, taste the freshly made and cooked pasta and take some home. You’ll know how to crank out fresh pasta to give as gifts or cook for friends over the holidays. Each class runs 6:30-8 p.m. $45 per person.
Tis the “saison” to spring an experiential gift on a friend, say, sharing an evening of Orpheus Brewing Tasting on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Explore some of Atlanta’s top craft beers paired on this guided tasting with seasonal treats from Bellina’s kitchen. $28 per person.
Say “Buon Natale” and “Buon appetito!” at Bellina’s Italian Christmas entertainment class and dinner. Learn how to prepare and host a traditional Italian-style Christmas meal: antipasti board, butternut squash risotto and panettone with custard. Full dinner of dishes prepared together follows 6:30 p.m. class on Tuesday, Dec. 13 (drinks extra). $54 per person.
Pause the visions of holiday sugarplums for a grown-up treat, an introduction to Italy’s amaro (bitters) culture at Amore Amaro on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Italian nibbles from Bellina’s kitchen accompany selections from Bellina’s amaro bar at this guided tasting led by bar manager and mixologist Corey Phillips. $28 per person.
3 cheese 3 honey 3 wine is a must before assembling cheese boards and baskets for holiday parties and gifting. At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, Mary Rigdon, goat’s milk cheese maker from Decimal Place, discusses artisanal cheeses and pairs some of Atlanta’s best with unique natural wines and monofloral honey from Italy. $28 per person.
It’s hard to leave Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante empty handed, which makes the full-service restaurant and bar and Italian market in Buckhead the perfect place to visit for a meal and some holiday shopping this season. The ample parking and convenient Peachtree Road location allow guests to get in and out quickly, while the plethora of fresh pastas and Italian imported goods make finding unique gifts easy as (ricotta) pie.
Storico Fresco’s owners Mike Patrick and Pietro Gianni recommend the following top five gift suggestions to satisfy even the most difficult-to-shop-for family and friends:
- Gift baskets: Guests can design their own gift basket or pick an assortment of the market’s favorite items. Storico’s namesake basket features dried pasta, imported tomatoes, Italian tuna, pepper paste, specialty imported olive oil not available anywhere else in the United States and a monogrammed bag. $60 to $150.
- Olive oil: With 15 different bottles to choose from, Storico offers a variety of flavored, non-flavored and cooking oils from different regions in Italy. $12 to $50.
- Balsamic vinegar: A mighty selection that ranges from classic balsamic vinegar for salad dressings, balsamic jelly to adorn cheese platters and four-, 10- and 25-year aged bottles for balsamic enthusiasts. $22 to $160.
- Fresh pasta: Storico’s helpful staff can assist guests in picking out the perfect sauces and accompaniments to pair with fresh pastas for a complete Italian meal. $7 to $18.
- Gift cards: Sharing the gift of an authentic Italian meal and the opportunity to browse cases of prepared foods and imported goods is always a safe bet. Any amount can be loaded on the gift card, and any appetite will be satisfied with the full Storico Fresco experience.
Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante is located at 3167 Peachtree Road NE right off Grandview Avenue. The restaurant is open for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call 404-500-2181 or visit storicofresco.com. For additional updates, follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Dantanna’s, an Atlanta dining staple known for combining culinary excellence with the entertainment value of sports, has given its third offering a new look, name and menu. Formerly Dantanna’s Tavern, the intimate neighborhood bar and restaurant opened in Sandy Springs in 2014 with a tavern-inspired menu and rustic feel. After two years under this format, the owners decided to bring the full Dantanna’s experience to this location. Due to customer demand, and the ongoing call for more upscale cuisine, Dantanna’s Sandy Springs is now offering the original Buckhead dinner menu filled with aged steaks, daily fresh seafood and all of its other signature favorites. Additionally, just as its sister restaurants located in Buckhead at the Shops Around Lenox and Downtown in CNN Center, Dantanna’s Sandy Springs has a new warmer aesthetic inside and out. A complete interior remodel was just completed featuring plush leather seating in the bar area, warm, rich colors and fabrics, and a new lounge on the north patio.
With a loyal following since opening 13 years ago in Buckhead, Executive Chef and Partner Tim Williams and his team of culinary experts prepare everything on Dantanna’s menus from scratch and only use the highest quality ingredients to ensure a memorable dining experience. Now offering lunch, the original Buckhead dinner menu and a late night menu at the Sandy Springs location, diners can sink their teeth into all of Dantanna’s fan favorites including surf and turf combinations, house specialties, juicy burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. Aged a minimum of 28 days, Creekstone Farms Black Angus steak options range from filet mignon and New York Strip to Dantanna’s Cowboy Cut Bone-in Ribeye and a Butcher Block Porterhouse for two. A sampling of fresh seafood offerings available include: Lump Crab & Fresh Berry Salad – tropical fruit, organic baby field greens, and raspberry vinaigrette; the Freuben – fried, blackened or grilled tilapia, cabbage slaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing served on grilled marble rye; Wasabi Tuna – rubbed with wasabi and panko, pan seared and topped with lump crab & shiitake-soy glaze; and Peppered Salmon Filet – dusted with pepper, pan seared and topped with shiitake-brandy-ginger cream sauce. In conjunction with the new menu and renovations, Dantanna’s Sandy Springs is also offering a gourmet, build-your-own Bloody Mary bar from 12 to 4 p.m. every Sunday during brunch. The Sandy Springs location also has an all-American wine and beer list including many local craft beers on tap. The wine list has more than 60 selections by the bottle, with 40 available by the glass.
For more about Dantanna’s Sandy Springs or to see the full menus, visit www.dantannas.com.
Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads brings people together around the joy of food, and now they also want to bring them together over the joy of a grand opening celebration. To commemorate their recent debut in Poncey-Highland, the Rize team is adding to its menu of chef-driven, global American fare to present a different special to enjoy each day with their artisan pizza, hand-crafted salads and pasta with bold flavors.
Monday, Dec. 12: DINE TO DONATE
- Twenty-five percent of the day’s proceeds will go to Create Your Dreams Foundation, a long-term youth development program dedicated to nurturing the talents and dreams of students living in underserved areas of Atlanta.
Tuesday, Dec. 13: KIDS’ NIGHT
- Kids eat free with any adult entrée purchase.
Wednesday, Dec. 14: LADIES’ NIGHT
- $5 small plates and $5 sangria specials.
Thursday, Dec. 15: HOMETOWN HEROES DAY
- All members of law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, nurses, doctors and active and veteran military personnel receive a complimentary classic pizza with any purchase. Limit one per person with ID or badge.
Friday, Dec. 16: DATE NIGHT
- Buy a sangria, beer or wine after 5 p.m. and receive a free small plate. Limit one per person. Share a photo of you and your date on Instagram with #rizedatenight for the chance to win a $100 Marriott gift card.
- Download the Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads mobile app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play) for a chance to win a $100 Live Nation gift card.
Rize is open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Complimentary self-parking (up to 2 hours with validation) in the parking deck behind the property, and valet is available Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Federal is launching breakfast and lunch service starting tomorrow, Dec. 6. Breakfast will be available Monday through Friday from 8-10:30 a.m.and lunch begins Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Those in need of a cup of joe before work can swing by The Federal’s coffee bar, which brews Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beginning Dec. 10, The Federal will serve weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Watershed for our 20 for $20 Tuesday Wine Tasting on December 13, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wine tastings feature 20 tastes for $20 along with chef’s choice light bites. Get ready to add diversity to your wine cellar with whites, reds and rosés from various regions around the world. Please note tax and gratuity is not included. Don’t forget to RSVP HERE for your spot.
Christmas Meals for the Whole Family
Holiday cheer has spread through the Atlanta air, giving residents a reason to celebrate. Skip the stress of planning your holiday meal this year. Here are some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and nightspots that will be open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and have you covered with holly jolly specials, events and takeout options:
Enjoy an elegant Christmas Eve dinner at Aria in Buckhead before heading out to a candlelight service or to view Christmas lights. Gerry Klaskala’s acclaimed restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland stays open late Christmas Eve night for those waiting up for Santa (or frustrated by DIY assembly directions). Coals glowing in the Big Green Egg will rival the lights on your big green tree when the neighborhood gathering spot opens at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. The special prix fix dinner menu stars BGE smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy; bourbon glazed ham and roasted root vegetables; a crispy onion and roasted mushroom-decked green bean casserole; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; cranberry Grand Marnier compote; sweet potato biscuits; and sugarplum choices of peppermint cheesecake or Southern pecan pie for dessert. Reservations recommended, call 404-876-7249. Priced at $28 for adults, $18 for young adults and $10 for the under 10 set.
Down the street in Poncey-Highland, Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads will be open Christmas Eve and serving from its regular menu of artisan pizzas, healthy salads and global American fare from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
5Church Atlanta in Midtown will be open Christmas Eve and serving from their regular menu. Closing time will be determined by the amount of merriment filling its dining room and bar.
Your Christmas cheer headquarters is Ormsby’s. The Westside restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and serving as usual, although closing time is flexible. Ormsby’s will be closed on Christmas Day.
Opt for brunch in Midtown before you finish your last minute holiday shopping. The Federal will be open for brunch only on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After a Christmas Eve stroll in Piedmont Park or taking in Garden Lights Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, stop by HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown and warm up with favorite dishes and drinks from the regular menu. Park the sleigh at HOBNOB on Christmas Day to celebrate the holiday from 3-9 p.m.
Order your Christmas meal to-go! Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails has Applewood-smoked turkeys with Madeira gravy and spiral hams with bourbon-orange glaze available for purchase for $85 each plus tax. Both options comes with one side and feeds 6-8 people. Additional sides are available upon request for $18 a quart. Order by Dec. 19 and pick up Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Place your order here or call 770-817-0161. Visit Milton’s on Christmas Eve for holiday specials in addition to their regular menu.
Marc Taft’s Chicken and the Egg is clucking up a special Christmas Eve menu available Dec. 23 from 5-10 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 5-9 p.m.Before supper, grab pork croquettes or creamy mushroom bisque before you dive into salt and herb-crusted prime rib (while it lasts!) or C+E famous buttermilk fried chicken. Pro tip: bring Santa your leftover spiced apple cake and you’re sure to be on his good list!
Take a break from last minute holiday shopping at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and head to Gypsy Kitchen, which will be operating during regular hours on Christmas Eve.
Across the Chattahoochee River in East Cobb, sister restaurants Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar on Johnson Ferry Road and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue Marietta will all be open as usual and offering their regular menus on Christmas Eve.
During Christmas Week Dec. 18-24, enjoy a special three-course holiday dinner at Aqua blue. The $39 per person prix fixe menu includes seafood gumbo or house salad; grilled ahi tuna with scallops and shrimp or grilled New York strip with coconut shrimp; and warm chocolate cake or New York-style chocolate cheesecake. Call 770-643-8886 for reservations.
Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar in Alpharetta will be open and featuring a prix fix menu on Dec. 24. The staff is taking Christmas Day off and hopes you’ll be enjoying the day with friends and family as well.
Decked out in holiday décor, Atlas is hosting a special, three-course prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner created by Executive Chef Chris Grossman from 5 to 9 p.m. for $65 per person. The full dinner menu, which changes daily, will also be available. With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, Atlas is located in The St. Regis Atlanta and celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. For more information or to make a reservation, visit atlasrestaurant.com.
Revelers looking for an excuse to leave the house on Christmas Eve are invited to visit GRAIN. Located in the heart of Midtown, GRAIN will be open from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. and serving specialty holiday cocktails inspired by the 12 days of Christmas. Boasting an intimate atmosphere, thoughtful and inventive cocktail program, and eclectic bar bites menu, GRAIN is an ideal spot to sit back, relax and imbibe this holiday season. For more information, visit www.grain-bar.com.
Cypress Street Pint and Plate, one of Atlanta’s most cherished neighborhood haunts, has become a must-stop for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle during the Christmas holiday. Open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Christmas Day from 6 p.m. 2 a.m., guests can cozy up next to the fire pit while imbibing on holiday cocktails and noshing on limited menu that will put the Merry back into Christmas. For more information, please visit www.cypressbar.com.
Ready for some beautiful, Christmas hair?? Blo Blow Dry Bar, North America’s original and largest blow dry bar is finally coming to town! Blo is tickled pink to announce that its newest location (and first in the Peach State) is opening in Buckhead this December! The Blo team congratulates Franchise Partner, Erin Freer, on the opening of her first Blo Blow Dry Bar location in Atlanta. The Blo Buckhead location opens today, Friday, December 9th, at the Shops Around Lenox at 3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 213. Blo Buckhead will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open as early as 7am and as late as 9pm by appointment.
Blo Blow Dry Bar offers affordable beauty services seven days a week. Blo’s expertly trained stylists deliver flawless hair in-bar or onsite. The signature blo out service starts at just $40.
Additional Blo services offered across all locations include:
- Up Do a la Carte – custom up-dos
- Clip-in Hair Extensions
- Head Massages
- Blo Bridal Bar service to prep you and your bridal party for your big day
Join Blo Buckhead from Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th, for their Grand Opening! We’re talking sweet treats, pink drinks and $25 blo outs all weekend long!
Walk-ins are accepted and online reservations are available for those pressed for time at blomedry.com or via the app (available for iOS or Android). Appointments can also be made by phone by calling 404-390-3552.
BLO BLOW DRY BAR – BUCKHEAD
Shops Around Lenox
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 213
Atlanta, GA 30326