There are no excuses needed to hit up a local patio this fall. Everywhere you turn in Atlanta, people are out and about taking advantage of the picture-perfect weather. Here’s a roundup of some of the best patios in the Atlanta area:
- 101 Steak
- Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland
- Bellina Alimentari
- Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
- Gypsy Kitchen
- Hand in Hand
- HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern
- Marlow’s Tavern
- Ray’s Rio Bravo
- Seed Kitchen & Bar
- Smokebelly BBQ
- The Big Ketch
- The Regent Cocktail Club
- The Southern Gentleman
- Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
- Willy’s Mexicana Grill (Howell Mill and Piedmont Park)
Award-winning cookbook author, cooking instructor, public speaker and television personality Lee Clayton Roper teaches cooking classes from her latest cookbook, Fresh Tastes, at The Cook’s Warehouse on October 19 (East Cobb location) and October 20 (Decatur location). The book is Roper’s follow-up to A Well-Seasoned Kitchen and expands on the approachable favorites that made her first effort such a hit, this time with a “fresh” take on classics that lend themselves to parties and get-togethers. The class themes are designed for the at-home cook to create beautiful meals for busy weekday schedules and weekend dinner parties with bountiful autumn ingredients:
October 19, 7-9 PM: Super-Fast, Fresh Dishes- The Cook’s Warehouse/ East Cobb
In this class, Roper introduces go-to recipes for busy weekdays and back-to-school schedules – dishes that are uncomplicated yet sophisticated, elegant enough for entertaining but fast enough for everyday meals. On the menu:
• Hot Onion Soufflé
• Lemon-Rosemary Swordfish en Papillote
• Mexican Baked Chicken
• Roasted Hoisin Pork Tenderloin
• Ravioli with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
• Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
• Baked Spinach Risotto
October 20, 7-9 PM: Celebrating the Flavors of Fall- The Cook’s Warehouse/ Decatur
This class focuses on cozy meals and how to transform the flavorful bounty of fall into scrumptious dishes for a special dinner party. Roper teaches the recipes step-by-step and offers tips on how to throw a successful dinner party. On the menu:
• Butternut Squash Soup
• Apple, Nut and Stilton Cheese Salad
• Asian Pork Tenderloin
• Lemon Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots
• Saffron Cilantro Rice
• Pear Kuchen
All classes include menu recipes, samples of the food prepared and beverages, copies of the book will be available for Roper to sign. Filled with delightful stories and cooking tips, in Fresh Tastes home cooks enjoy over 170 recipes with Roper’s own spin on dishes shared by family and friends as well as flavorful creations direct from her own kitchen. With family roots in the South, many of the recipes are southern-inspired. Roper takes the “complicated” out of timeless classics and offers contemporary fare, inspiring readers to create delicious dishes for weekday meals to formal entertaining. Recipes are accompanied with gorgeous photos by world-renowned food and beverage photographer Rick Souders. The book won The Davinci Eye Award 2016, The Eric Hoffer Award 2016, and was the NIEA Winner 2016.
“Fresh,” “organic” and “local” aren’t simply buzz words for Roper- they’re indelible principles seamlessly translated from the culinary experiences of her youth. While her home is in Denver, she travels the country (often in her Airstream trailer) sharing her culinary expertise as a home cook and hostess, teaching cooking classes, and providing commentary on television, radio and print media. For more information, visit www.seasonedkitchen.com.
Classes are $49 per person and registration is required. The class on October 19 takes place at The Cook’s Warehouse East Cobb, Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 568, Marietta, GA 30068. The class on October 20 takes place at The Cook’s Warehouse Decatur, 180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.
The 15th annual Taste of Atlanta is just days away. The city’s can’t-miss food festival, taking place Oct. 21-23 in Midtown at Tech Square, promises a delicious weekend packed with cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances and bites from more than 90 of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Guests who have purchased tickets in advance are receiving their RFID general admission and VIP wristbands now, but there’s still time to purchase these time-saving wristbands and skip the long lines.
Advance wristbands can be purchased online and picked between Oct. 17-21 at the Ticket Alternative office at 1206 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30309. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. This allows guests to bypass the ticketing tents and breeze right in. They can also add additional Taste Points online before the event or at Taste Point Top Up tents located throughout the festival. To register a wristband now, or for further information, check out the handy registration link and FAQ here.
Need more incentive to hit Taste of Atlanta? This year, the fun continues long after the event ends. Between Oct. 24 and Dec. 19, guests who dine at Taste of Atlanta restaurants are eligible to win exciting prizes including a Big Green Egg, Calphalon cookware, restaurant gift cards and more in the Taste Comeback Contest. Simply email a photo of your dining receipt, along with name and mailing address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants may dine out as many times as they like (one receipt per restaurant, please) to increase their chances of winning. One free entry is granted just for sending contact information to the email@example.com email address during the contest period.
For up-to-the-minute information on the 15th annual Taste of Atlanta, visit TasteofAtlanta.com, follow updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up for the fun, foodie Bite of News newsletter to discover all the exciting news as it is announced.
Something wicked this way comes on Sunday, October 30!
Sunday Supper South, the celebrated family style supper honoring the distinct flavors of the South and benefitting the James Beard Foundation, will be hosted once again at historic Ponce City Market. The seventh annual event will transcend years past as the culinary roster will celebrate an award-winning line-up of female chefs across the southeast. In the true spirit of the season and furthering the theme of female comradery, the dinner will conjure inspiration from The Witches of Eastwick, the classic film based upon John Updike’s novel of the same name.
Every year, the event acts as a philanthropic platform of the emerging Southern culinary community and provides support to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, in addition to local and regional nonprofits that champion access to healthy food options and education on nutritional choices. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the seated dinner commences at 6:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, call 404.365.0410, ext. 22
Treat yourself to learning something new at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market. Midweek classes leave weekends free for gridiron grooving.
- You’ll find out why Versatile Vinegar is one of the most useful condiments in your pantry at this tasting of balsamic, wine and grape vinegars. Take recipes for antipasti, dressings, desserts and cocktails. Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; $28 per person.
- Lacto-fermentation is delish in kraut, ketchup, seed crackers, mustards and more. Naturopathic doctor Lupa Irie (Lupa’s Kitchen) will show you how to begin at this Fermentation Celebration demo. Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-8 p.m.; $28 per person.
- Get Ready for the Holidays and learn how to be the perfect holiday host. At this entertainment prep class, learn how to make a traditional Italian Christmas meal of antipasto, risotto and panettone with custard. Cooking demo followed by full dinner (drinks are not included). Thursday, October 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.; $65 per person.
The Southerner’s Brunch – Saturday, October 29th, 12 – 2PM
Haskell Harris, Garden & Gun’s Style Director and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta invites customers to THE SOUTHERNER’S BRUNCH featuring a delectable selection of food and cocktails inspired by Garden & Gun’s New York Times best seller The Southerner’s Cookbook. The event, hosted at The Southern Gentleman (3035 Peachtree Road) is a ticketed event. To purchase tickets, visit www.ggfieldreport.com/brunch. Tickets, which are $75, include food, specialty cocktails, beer, and wine.
Garden & Gun: A Southern Shop Around – Saturday, October 29th, 2 – 5PM
Garden & Gun and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta unite to host a weekend of shopping, signature dining and unique in-store events. Participating retailers and restaurants will offer fresh in-store experiences to shoppers, aligning with favorites from the fall Garden & Gun issue. Whether this is a discount, gift with purchase, food tastings, specialty cocktails, mini facials, sketch artists, etc. The afternoon also includes Garden & Gun book signings, pop-up experiences in Center Plaza, and live musical performances. Customers can pick up an event passport listing all complimentary in-store events and activations throughout the property at the check-in desk located in Center Plaza of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. www.ggfieldreport.com/a-southern-shop-around/
Rigby & Peller, the acclaimed global lingerie brand best known for its lingerie styling, is hosting a bra drive at its Atlanta flagship store in Phipps Plaza this October 2016 to benefit Free the Girls. A national non-profit organization, Free the Girls works to provide jobs to survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries by helping them make connections and earn a steady income in a safe environment through selling bras. Atlanta women simply need to drop off their gently worn bras Saturday, October 15th through Monday, October 31st and they will receive $10 off their next bra purchase at Rigby & Peller. For more information about Free the Girls, visit freethegirls.org.
Throughout its 75 years, Rigby & Peller has evolved into one of the most talked about global lingerie brands and has dressed some of the world’s most iconic women, from rock royalty to crowned heads. Offering carefully curated collections of exquisitely-made lingerie, their boutiques create a luxurious and reassuring atmosphere for style and fit appointments, which are carried out by highly trained expert lingerie stylists. Rigby & Peller’s aim is that each client leaves their boutique feeling confident and beautiful; like the very best version of themselves. The Atlanta flagship store, formerly Intimacy, will be celebrating its one-year anniversary October 7th through 9th with a special shopping experience. Guests are invited to sip prosecco, enjoy sweet treats and more during their style and fit appointments. For more information, visit rigbyandpeller.com.
WHAT: Free the Girls Bra Drive at Rigby & Peller
WHEN: Saturday, October 15 through Monday, October 31, 2016
WHERE: Rigby & Peller
3500 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
CONNECT: Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RigbyandPellerUS/ and on Twitter and Instagram at @RigbyPellerUS.
NON-PROFIT CULINARY TOUR BRINGS FIERY COMPETITION TO THE STAVE ROOM – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
WHAT: Cochon555 is proud to announce the complete 2016 culinary lineup for Heritage BBQ, the annual event promoting heritage breed pigs and diverse food cultures. Cochon555 is returning to the city where it all started – Atlanta – for the first time since 2013. Linking up with one of the country’s liveliest restaurant scenes, Heritage BBQ is a culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs with global flavors and timeless cooking techniques. Each chef will be given a 180 to 200-pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. Chefs must then present a “Judges’ Plate” of 6 dishes scored on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winning team will be crowned the “BBQ King” of Atlanta and take home over $3,000 in prizes including a Traeger Grill and a new line of cast iron cookware from Williams-Sonoma. Beyond the 30 chef-competitor dishes, the festival’s all-inclusive ticket allows guests to sample “BBQ Traditions” of all styles as notable chefs prepare dishes from their favorite barbecue cultures in the spirit of collective feasting.
WHO: The 2016 Cochon555 Heritage BBQ participants
WHEN: Sunday, October 30 (3 p.m. for VIP; 4 p.m. for General Admission)
WHERE: The Stave Room | 199 Armour Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
WHY: Heritage BBQ was started in 2012 as an effort to bridge the gap between family farms and all categories of BBQ restaurants. Created by Cochon555 Founder Brady Lowe, the event invites existing restaurants into the local and sustainable food conversation taking place nationwide, while simultaneously breaking ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed, farm-friendly strain of BBQ. The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through the world’s first nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually and stages over 60 events. Cochon555 cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species, raised by family farms in top culinary markets in North America. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities, and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers.
INFO: For more details and videos of events, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and some of Atlanta’s best restaurants are doing their part to help raise awareness of a disease that affects thousands of Americans. Check out these local events and specials to see how you can become a part of the fight against breast cancer.
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta is celebrating its 17th annual Pinktober campaign to spread breast cancer awareness and raise money for It’s The Journey Inc. Guests can support breast cancer research by purchasing one-of-a-kind pins for $14 each and t-shirts for $28 each at Hard Rock Cafe’s Rock Shop. Partial proceeds from the Pinktober merchandise will go towards Atlanta-based organization It’s The Journey Inc.
Watershed on Peachtree
On Tuesday, October 25, Watershed will celebrate the release of five new high end Prisoner Wine Company bottles with a jail-themed wine tasting. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. guests are invited to take a mugshot in a photo booth, sip on Prisoner wines and enjoy light bites for $25. In appreciation of breast cancer awareness month, raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Eric R. Beverly Foundation, an organization that helps families that have been touched by breast cancer. To RSVP, guests can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popular Charleston, S.C. pizza catering operation, Coastal Crust, best known for delivering unforgettable experiences via a custom-outfitted, vintage Chevy Truck, is heading to Atlanta this November 2016 as Southern Crust Catering Co. After a successful expansion to Greenville, S.C. this summer, Atlantans will soon be able to sink their teeth into Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza at private and corporate events, rehearsal dinners, weddings and more.
In addition to featuring a Mugnaini open-hearth pizza oven, the Atlanta truck – a classic 1953 Chevy, is fully customized with Moore & Giles leather and reclaimed wood siding. It’s also has a custom tap system for pouring local brews, a sound system, and refrigeration for storing fresh salads. Embracing the art of al fresco catering with ease, Southern Crust also brings custom, reclaimed wood tables to its events and is set up and ready to serve within an hour of arriving.
To accompany an array of classic and specialty pizzas options, Southern Crust offers fresh, seasonal salads, wood-fired focaccia bread, as well as a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Starters like marinated olives, burrata, and pancetta-wrapped figs, and braised pork meatballs compliment a range of fresh seasonal salads including chopped kale salad, shrimp and avocado salad, Caesar, and more. Pizza ranges from classics like margherita and pepperoni to specialties like pistachio pesto; Calabrese; blanco; and butternut with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, mozzarella, arugula and truffle oil. House-made desserts, from s’mores and Georgia chess pie to peach and blackberry cobbler and gelato, provide the perfect ending to every meal. Southern Crust menus are designed to take advantage of the best produce available, treating guests to delicious and relaxed fare in almost any setting. Custom and gluten free options are also available.
Adding atmosphere, vintage style, great service and delicious pizza to events, Southern Crust Catering Co.’s unique approach to catering allows the truck to handle all size and types of occasions. For more information, visit www.
Thursday, October 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
featuring a pumpkin painting contest, giveaways and fall festivities in the courtyard.
The Artmore will provide the pumpkins – you just need to bring your creativity! Cocktails, wine, beer and fall-themed “mocktails” will be available for purchase at the Studio Bar.
The event is complimentary, and on-site valet parking is available for $10.
Families are welcome.
Please RSVP to Taylor at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
This Halloween, have a ghoulishly good time at Skyline Park and Nine Mile Station, located on The Roof at Ponce City Market! The rooftop amusement park and soon-to-open modern beer garden will host its inaugural Halloween-themed extravaganza, Haunted Heights, on Saturday, October 29, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Guests are invited to enjoy moonlight views of Atlanta’s skyline, access to old-time boardwalk-style games, haunted entertainment and themed refreshments, while dressed up in their Halloween best.
Early bird tickets are now available for $35 per person ($50 at the door) and offer access to a live DJ, acrobatic performers, Thriller zombie flash mob and open midway games. Trick-or-treat from Skyline Park’s Sideshow and inside Nine Mile Station, where spooky-themed cocktails and concessions will be served. Signature menu items will also be available including Skyline Park’s “Pemberton’s Frozen GA Julep” made with mint-infused bourbon, peach and Coca-Cola, and “Walking Taco,” a snack-size bag of Fritos, filled with barbacoa, pico de gallo, avocado and sour cream. The event will be open to guests ages 21 and up and Halloween costumes are highly encouraged. Nine Mile Station will be serving an abbreviated menu for the night.
For more information about Haunted Heights, visit Skyline Park’s Facebook and Instagram. Early bird tickets can be purchased for $35 per person here. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $50 per person. Miniature golf, food and beverage will be sold separately.