Satisfy your hunger, thirst and do good all at the same time when you attend the Second Annual Songs For Kids Foundation Food and Music Festival at Park Tavern on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 1:00 until 5:00 pm. Plus rock out to a special performance by Atlanta favorites, Yacht Rock Revue as well as special performances by Songs For Kids artists. Over 25 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will be serving up bites including: Park Tavern, St. Cecilia, Fox Brothers BBQ, Cook Hall, Octane, Superica, King + Duke, Venkman’s, Metro Fresh, The Optimist, Bantam + Biddy, JCT Kitchen & Bar, One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Tap, Parish, The Spence, Mason Tavern and many more to be announced soon. Featured chefs include: EJ Hodgkinson, David Gross, Tony Ballester, Brian Horn, Chapin Vilasineekul, Justin and Jonathan Fox, Mitchell Anderson, David Connolly, Stuart Tracy, Kyle Forson, Chavez Hernandez, Michael Bertozzi, Christopher Maher, Matthew Weinstein and Sheldon Wolfe to name a few. Tickets are $75 and $10 for children 16 and under. All of the proceeds benefit Songs For Kids Foundation and their work-integrating musicians into the lives of kids facing illness and hardship. For more information as well as to purchase tickets to the event visit: http://www.songsforkidsfoundation.org/FoodFest
Diners searching for upscale seafood in a casual setting have a new home port as Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar opens at The Avenue East Cobb on Sunday, Feb. 28. The latest dining destination from chef Doug Turbush, the restaurateur behind the popular Marietta restaurants Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar, delivers a chef-driven approach to sustainable seafood, with a breezy yet sophisticated feel and the high level of service guests have come to expect from Turbush and his restaurants.
Drift’s menu, which Turbush crafted with executive chef Brendan Keenan, is an appealing mix of shareable plates, raw bar favorites and delectable entrées. There is an impressive array of eight varieties of raw oysters, including Kumamoto from Washington, Beausoleil from Canada, Island Creek from Massachusetts, and Murder Point from Alabama. Dinner offerings range from Portuguese fish stew and Carolina trout with bánh mì flavors to seafood po’ boys and lobster rolls. Guests will want to start with crab beignets or Blue Hill Bay mussels and end with a French silk pie or pineapple upside down cake with homemade rum raisin ice cream from pastry chef Addison Dudek.
There’s also ample seating on the outdoor patio, including table seating for 41 and an eight-seat patio bar. The patio area is surrounded by wood planters and is partially covered by a blue awning, further adding to the coastal feel. Capacity for the entire restaurant and bar is 192 guests.
Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar serves dinner nightly, with lunch and brunch service to follow at a later date. Drift is located in The Avenue East Cobb at 4475 Roswell Road in Marietta. For more information, call 770-635-7641 or visit driftoysterbar.com.
Those pint-sized family members deserve a little special treatment at Atlanta-area restaurants, and these three favorites have just the thing!
Revival in Decatur offers families an even better reason to stop by on a weeknight (as if they needed one!). Every Tuesday, kids eat free when ordering from the kids menu! Kids menu items include fried chicken, meatloaf or grilled cheese and a side. *One free kids meal per adult; $5 per additional child.
And parents will rejoice when they hear children eat free at Ray’s Rio Bravo every Monday through Wednesday. Hungry kiddos can choose from cheese quesadillas, chicken tacos, chicken enchiladas, mini beef burritos or chicken fingers—all served with a soft drink, choice of side and scoop of ice cream. Yum!
What better way to wrap up the weekend than Family Sunday Funday at HOBNOB? Every Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., kids 12 and under eat for free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Options include a grilled cheese, chicken tenders with house-cut French fries, mac and cheese or chicken cheese pizza. *One free kids meal per adult entree. Dine-in only.
WHAT: A Saturday in Piedmont at The Cockentrice
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
To those who are dying to indulge on some bread, pasta and wine at the end of a long work week but, unfortunately, have gluten intolerance to them, Brezza offers the perfect options to allow diners to still enjoy Italian food without worrying about allergies. Brezza menus have diverse dishes that incorporate healthy greens and protein that are paired with classic Italian staples like olives, balsamic and ample amounts of parmesan. Owner Jonathan Waxman includes multiple starter salad options such as the JW Kale Salad and the Insalata di Verdure, which is comprised of wood roasted vegetables and pignoli. For those with a bigger apatite, the “Piatti Unici” menu includes Waxman’s famous JW Chicken or the wildly popular Roasted Chicken Salad, made from simple yet tasteful essentials such as arugula, avocado, soft egg, prosciutto and parmesan.
Seafood and red meat are powerful proteins that are the base to some of Waxman’s most in-demand main dishes. Treat yourself to the Gulf Grouper placed in a bed of fennel and braised greens or the Braised Lamb Shank paired with olives, calabrese, pignol and polenta, a gluten-free grain. Finish off your meal with a sweet “dolci” like gelato, Italy’s trademark dessert. Choose from vanilla bean, stracciatella, espresso and maple apple pie. Delizioso!
Gunshow’s popular Hired Guns series is a magnet for talented chefs from around the country. This year’s lineup features 2016 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Mississippi, and Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina. Along with the rest of the stellar lineup of culinary pros, these guest chefs will join fellow 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee Kevin Gillespie in the kitchen to whip up their signature dishes alongside the rest of Gunshow’s “kitchen dudes.”
The remaining 2016″Hired Guns” includes:
May 22-23: Brian Baxter from HUSK in Nashville, Tennessee (Tickets on sale April 22 at 8 a.m.)
June 12-13: Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach, Florida (Tickets on sale May 12 at 8 a.m.)
September 11-12: Brooke Williamson of Hudson House in Redondo Beach, California (Tickets on sale August 11 at 8 a.m.)
October 16-17: Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina (Tickets on sale September 16 at 8 a.m.)
This important news bulletin is brought to you by the letter B. Bacon, beer, booths and other letter B-centric oddities and attractions will once again be able to call Dad’s Garage Theatre home. Atlanta’s outrageously savory and oft-salacious annual event, BaconFest, is set to return in 2016, but to a brand new location – the 20-year-old theatre company’s new home at 569 Ezzard Street, just off of Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. The 16th annual event takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016 and will be the first time Dad’s has hosted BaconFest since the great wrecking ball incident of 2013 (details below). For now, we urge bacon-lovers to keep that date open and their attention locked on Dad’s, as the innovative, comedic crew will be revealing juicy details in the coming weeks about the 2016 meaty extravaganza. Tickets start at $25 for ages 21 and up and go on sale Monday, February 15, 2016 at www.dadsgarage.com.
Founded in 1992, the kitschy festival has become a fixture in the Atlanta community by combining troughs upon troughs of cold beer and sizzlin’ bacon with hilarious carnival games manned by the best improvisers in the city and unforgettable entertainment like a hobo wine tasting, naughty face painting, drunken spelling bee, a scavenger hunt, and more. Selling out every year, all proceeds benefit Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, a nonprofit theatre group that engages, cultivates and inspires artists and audiences alike by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for being undeniably awesome.
Ticket Options for the 16th Annual BaconFest:
Portioned Porking (Starting at $25 online, $30 gate): Admission to the festival, limited games, and three cups full of beer, bacon or both.
Bottomless Bacon (Starting at $45, online, $50 gate): Admission to the festival, unlimited game playing, and unlimited beer and bacon.
Go WHOLE HOG! (Starting at $85, $90 gate) Bottomless Bacon, Fast pass through all games, beer, and bacon lines.
Depending upon availability, tickets can be purchased at the door. Pricing is subject to increase. The event will be held no matter rain or shine for ages 21 and up. There is no parking for this event and attendees are encouraged to take a safe-ride option. For more information, directions or to purchase tickets visit www.dadsgarage.com or call 404.523.3141. Stay connected on Twitter at @baconfestatl and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BaconfestATL.