Atlanta Food Rave Debuts in August

Swap your glow sticks for forks this August at the first ever Atlanta Food Rave, a high-energy evening of food, cocktails and live music.

The event to be held on the 27th at the 24,000-square-foot Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery will bring together an eclectic mix of the city’s finest culinary talent.  Guests will have the chance to mingle with the five featured chefs in a fun and informal atmosphere while sampling their food.

Chefs in the Food Rave will bring together a variety of tastes and styles.  The lineup includes:

Chef/Owner Alex Friedman of P’cheen International Bistro & Pub
Executive Chef Delroy Bowen of the Georgia International Convention Center
Executive Chef Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge
Executive Chef Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood
Personal Chef/Caterer LaToya Starks of Noorish Personal Chef and Catering Services.

The menu will be revealed at the event, with vegetarian options available.  Guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite chef, with the winner earning the 2010 Rave Review award.  There will also be a premium open bar with signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty beverages.

A portion of the proceeds from the Atlanta Food Rave will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, an organization that distributes nearly two million pounds of food and grocery items each month to more than 700 non-profit agencies and 38 counties in the Atlanta area.

Tickets for the Atlanta Food Rave are on sale now for $55 per person, ages 21 and up only.  They can be purchased online at atlantafoodrave.com or by phone at (404) 856-0157.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The Atlanta Food Rave will be held Friday, August 27, 2010 from 7pm to 11pm at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery (199 Armour Drive, Atlanta).
For more information visit atlantafoodrave.com.

images from the Atlanta Food Rave’s website

AG Pick Under $15: Morande Reserva Carmenere 2008

For its big taste at a little price, you can’t beat Carmenère from Chile.  It’s my go to grape when I’m in the mood for something bold and spicy but don’t want to drink one of the more expensive bottles in my collection.  It’s also great for get-togethers with friends.  I enjoy introducing people to this varietal and because of its low price you won’t mind opening up an extra bottle.

If you still have yet to taste Carmenère, pick up a bottle of the 2008 Morandé Reserva Carmenère.  Like most Carmenère it costs less than $15 but tastes like it should cost more, with its rich mix of earth and black fruit.

This deep purple-red, almost black wine comes from Chile’s Maipo Valley.  Right away you’ll notice an enticing smoky aroma that will make your mouth water as you imagine sweet barbecued meats.  Black fruits, violet and pepper round out the nose and continue to develop on the palate.  A taste reveals a full-bodied mix of blackberry, black cherry, cassis, black pepper, sandalwood and smoke, with a hint of a pleasant musty-earthy flavor reminiscent of an Old World wine.  Good tannins and acidity give the wine structure, and the smooth finish lingers in your mouth.

The 2008 Morandé Reserva Carmenère is one of those wines where you say “yum” out loud after your first sip.

This wine pairs nicely with steak, lamb and other grilled or barbecued red meats.

A bottle of the 2008 Morandé Reserva Carmenère costs around $10.

Where to Watch the World Cup in Atlanta

Whether you call it football or soccer, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement of the World Cup!

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off Friday, June 11th, with South Africa vs. Mexico and Uruguay vs. France.  The United States begins its tournament play against England on Saturday.

Want to watch the action with your fellow football fans?  Check out these spots in Atlanta:

Fado Irish Pub
As the official bar of US Soccer, Fado is hard to beat when it comes to watching the World Cup.  They’re showing all 64 matches live, offering a special World Cup menu (including a full Irish breakfast and a beer for $14.95), and opening up early for morning games.  On Saturday, June 12th Fado will open at 7:30am for a day long party for England vs. USA.  The game kicks off at 2:30pm but the party goes all night, with a DJ spinning Brit Pop, 90’s and more beginning at 10pm.
Fado Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Ave, Buckhead (404) 841-0066

Brewhouse Cafe
At this spot ranked by GQ magazine as one of the top places to watch the World Cup in the US you can watch every game live (even the ones that start at 7:30am) on one of the 20 plus HD TVs or outside in the tent and beer garden.  The action lasts well into the evening with different events or live music each night.  While you’re enjoying the games support a good cause — Brewhouse Cafe has partnered with the nonprofit organization Soccer in the Streets to raise money for Metro Atlanta youth development programming.
Brewhouse Cafe, 401 Moreland Ave NE, Little Five Points (404) 525-7799

Diesel Filling Station
The restaurant will be opening at 10am during the World Cup and offering $5 Bloody Marys during early games and a brunch buffet for US games on June 18 and 23.  Diesel also supports Soccer in the Streets and will donate $1 of every $4 Peroni to the nonprofit organization.
Diesel Filling Station, 870 N Highland Ave, Virginia Highland (404) 815-1820

Fritti
This Italian restaurant is the place to be if you’re supporting team Italia.  Along with watching the games on the HD projector and plasma screens there will be drink specials (including $15 Peroni beer buckets) and authentic Neapolitan pizzas, appetizers and more.
Fritti, 309 N Highland Ave, Inman Park (404) 880-9559

Loca Luna
At the Latin tapas restaurant you can watch the games while sipping $5 caipirinhas and snacking on a variety of dishes from Spain, South America and the Caribbean.  If mint is more your thing try their top-rated mojito.
Loca Luna, 550 Amsterdam Avenue NE, Virginia Highland (404) 875-4494

Meehan’s Public House
The downtown restaurant will be opening at 7:30am on early game days and will serve a variety of traditional Irish fare.  You can also take part in their World Cup competition to win a variety of prizes.
Meehan’s Public House, 180 Peachtree St, Downtown (404) 214-9821

The Midway Pub
Starting at 7:30am on early game days, this garage-turned-bar will be showing all matches on a projection screen outside on the patio, rain or shine (don’t worry, there’s a tent).  You can also sign up for the Rewards Program Passport Book to earn gift cards and prizes depending on how many stamps you get (one day = one stamp).
The Midway Pub, 552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, East Atlanta (404) 584-0335

The Nook
This restaurant across from Piedmont Park will be offering special menu items Fridays through Sundays that are based on the countries playing in the games.  Want to find out what breakfast is like in Argentina or Nigeria?  Come in Saturday the 12th to find out.
The Nook, 1144 Piedmont Ave NE, Midtown (404) 745-9222

P’cheen International Bistro & Pub
The place for Brits and those rooting for England (the owner is from the UK), P’cheen will be showing Saturday’s England vs. USA match on a large projector screen.  With its international menu you’ll feel right at home, no matter what team you’re supporting.  The restaurant will be offering a special brunch menu all tournament long, starting at 10am.
P’cheen, 701-5 Highland Ave NE, Old Fourth Ward (404) 529-8800

RíRá Irish Pub
Watch the games in HD or on the 141-inch screen projection while dining on traditional Irish fare and American favorites with an Irish twist.  While you’re there, take part in the World Cup of Beers — the pub will be offering beers from many of the participating countries throughout the tournament.
RíRá Irish Pub, Crescent Ave NE & 12th St NE, Midtown (404) 477-1700

Six Feet Under
Both locations of the seafood chain will open at 7am for the early games and will broadcast all matches in HD.  The kitchen will open at 10am with a limited menu, with the full menu beginning at 11am.
Six Feet Under, 685 11th St, Westside (404) 810-0040
437 Memorial Dr SE, Grant Park (404) 523-6664

Stout Irish Sports Pub
Cheer on your team and save some money.  If you dress in your team colors you’ll get 20% off your entire tab during their match.  That means you can splurge on an extra beer from the 50 selections on tap and in bottles.
Stout, 56 East Andrews Dr, Buckhead (404) 869-1151

10 Degrees South
If you can’t make it to South Africa this summer, head to Atlanta’s only authentic South African restaurant.  It’s the perfect time for discovering the country’s food: a fusion of French, Portuguese, Dutch, German and Malaysian cuisine with a strong Mediterranean influence.  10 Degrees South will show select matches throughout the month.
10 Degrees South, 4183 Roswell Rd NE, Buckhead (404) 705-8870

Since the World Cup goes through July 11th, why not watch a game at each of these places?

For news, schedules and scores from the 2010 World Cup visit www.fifa.com.