Monday Mangia at Cucina Asellina

Midtown’s hip Italian eatery is helping you ease into the week with its new Monday Mangia. Leave the cooking to the chefs at Cucina Asellina with a three-course dinner for just $17 per person.

The modern Italian restaurant located adjacent to STK Atlanta features uncomplicated Italian dishes made from traditional Italian ingredients.

The first course is Cucina Asellina’s signature salad of field greens, radishes, olives, dried tomatoes, basil and parmigiano dressing.

For the second course diners get to build their own pasta dish or flatbread. Choosing spaghetti, orecchiette or penne as the base, pasta fans can add sauces including fresh tomato and basil, three meat ragu or besciamella, plus seasonal vegetables, shrimp or chicken. The flatbreads are baked in a wood-fired pizza oven and may be topped with vegetables, mozzarella, mushrooms, sausage, chicken, smoked provolone, peppers, salami, olives and more.

Dinner concludes with Cucina Asellina’s tiramisu.

Monday Mangia will be offered every Monday evening at Cucina Asellina beginning at 5pm.

Cucina Asellina, 1075 Peachtree Street, Midtown Atlanta. (404) 793-0141

Bantam + Biddy Brings Pastured Poultry to Ansley

It is probably a good sign when a new restaurant that primarily serves poultry is packed the night before Thanksgiving.

Bantam + Biddy is the latest restaurant from chefs Shaun Doty (Yeah! Burger) and Lance Gummere (The Shed at Glenwood). The fast casual concept located in Ansley Mall celebrates heritage breed chicken – and takes its name from them.

The business lunch and family-friendly eatery features all-natural, pastured poultry and seasonal, organic vegetables.

The menu includes a Snacks + Soup section, salads and sandwiches plus chicken, pork and grass-fed beef entrees. Dishes to try include the Spicy Wings ($8), Rotisserie Chicken Penne Pasta ($12) and the Chicken Salad Banh Mi ($10). Rotisserie chicken is offered in quarter or half portions ($10 or $14), along with a selection of homemade sauces.

Specialty cocktails are described on a large chalkboard next to the counter where you place your order. Soda, beer and wine are also offered.

Bantam + Biddy will begin serving breakfast on December 3rd with a mouthwatering menu that features organic eggs.

Bantam + Biddy, Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 301, Atlanta.
(404) 907-3469

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AG Pick: Kuyen 2008 Red Blend

The temperature outside is getting colder, meals are getting hardier and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper are the flavors of the season. It’s the ideal time for drinking bigger, more mouth-filling red wines.

Bold and spicy with a nice finesse, the Kuyen 2008 red blend from Chile is a wine to enjoy this fall. Winemaker Alvaro Espinoza and his wife Marina craft the wine from biodynamically grown grapes on their small estate in the Maipo Valley. Kuyen means “moon” in Mapuche, a Chilean native language.

The wine is 49% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Carmenere. The wine was aged for six months in French oak barrels, then aged an additional six months in the bottle before it was released.

Full and intense, the Kuyen 2008 is a wine that will warm up your palate this November. Black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black pepper, clove and a hint of dark chocolate. Velvety tannins, well-balanced acidity and a long finish make this a really pleasing sip.

Pair the Kuyen 2008 with lamb, steak, grilled or braised red meat or hearty stews.

A bottle of the Kuyen 2008 costs approximately $30.

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Countdown to Beaujolais Nouveau 2012

The countdown has begun to the wine event of November — the release of Beaujolais Nouveau!

Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the Burgundy region of France and is made entirely of Gamay grapes. The red wine is released just after midnight on the third Thursday of November in accordance with French law – that’s November 15, 2012.

For 30 years Georges Duboeuf has celebrated the release of its Beaujolais Nouveau in the United States with festive release parties, unique themes and creative label art. This year’s theme is “Thirty Years of Magic,” showcasing the magical world of winemaking.

Telling the Nouveau Magic story will be techno-illusionist Marco Tempest. Marco is a virtual magician known for his imaginative combination of computer-generated imagery, quick-cut video and enthusiastic stage presence.

Marco will magically transform the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau bottle labels into virtual reality — wine fans will be able to use their smartphones to view the Nouveau Magic augmented reality label.

The 2012 vintage of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is vibrant, fruit-forward and best served chilled. A light-bodied red that pairs well with turkey and a wide variety of dishes, Beaujolais Nouveau is a perfect wine for the holiday season.

The 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau will be available on November 15th for the suggested retail price of $9.99.

For more information visit www.thirtyyearsofmagic.com.