D.B.A. Barbecue Launches Monthly Sauce Making Class

Feeling saucy?

D.B.A. Barbecue is launching a monthly barbecue sauce making class in March. On the last Wednesday of each month the Virginia-Highland restaurant will give barbecue enthusiasts the chance to make their own special blend, along with enjoying plenty of drinks and D.B.A.’s award-winning hickory smoked barbecue.

DBA sauce making classAfter an opening cocktail and snacks, the evening kicks off with a moonshine tasting – three Junior Johnson Midnight Moon moonshines and a Four Roses Bourbon.

Then it’s time for the main event. Owner and pit master Matt Coggin is your entertainer and guide, helping you to create your perfect barbecue sauce – whether you prefer sweet, spicy or tangy.

Once you pick your base and add the sweeteners, it’s time to get creative. With a variety of spices and seasonings, there are limitless flavor possibilities.

DBA Matt CogginThen comes the tastiest part – sampling your sauce and other guests’ sauces with a plate of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings and cream corn. There’s also a bowl of banana pudding to end the evening on a sweet note.

You’ll get to take your barbecue sauce home, along with a bottle of D.B.A.’s barbecue sauce and a $10 gift certificate to use at a later date.

The first barbecue sauce making class will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is $40 per person, $70 for two, and $130 for a group of four.

barbecue sauce spicesSpace is limited. To make a reservation call D.B.A. Barbecue at (404) 249-5000 or sign up through their Facebook page.

Upcoming dates for the barbecue sauce class are: April 30th; May 28th; June 25th; and July 30th. All start at 7pm.

D.B.A. Barbecue, 1190 North Highland Avenue NE Suite B, Atlanta, 30306. (404) 249-5000 www.dbabbq.com

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Cypress Street Pint & Plate pairing

Sublime Pairings at Cypress Street Pint & Plate

They say opposites attract. And you would think it wouldn’t get any more opposite than beer and doughnuts. This unusual pairing was the feature at a special Valentine’s Day edition of Beer Geek Tuesday at Cypress Street Pint & Plate.

Cypress Street Pint & PlateIntrigue, or maybe just hunger and thirst brought a big crowd to the Midtown bar. Even the outside tables were full – cold temperatures and the threat of ice and snow seemed to be no deterrent. My husband and I took a corner table inside and were greeted immediately by the Beer Geek himself, Rob “BrewRu” Merrick.

Talking with Rob, it’s clear how knowledgeable and passionate he is about beer. He’s also a lot of fun. If you’re new to craft beer, Rob can make it easy to understand. If you’re more experienced, you’ll likely learn about or taste something new.

We took Rob up on his suggestion to try the featured New Belgium beers of the evening. The Snapshot wheat started with sweet citrus, followed by a gentle sourness and clean finish. The Spring Blond Belgian style ale was refreshing with apple and lemon notes, and a slightly bitter finish.

Both Rob and our server Anthony were great about checking in throughout the evening to make sure we were enjoying the beer and food.

The menu looks like a typical brewpub menu, but the quality of the food is far beyond. We started with the BBQ Eggrolls, a southern take on the Chinese dish. Filled with bbq pork and collard greens and served with a sriracha ranch dipping sauce, they were unbelievably flavorful and juicy (make sure you take a bite over the plate). Before my husband and I finished the eggrolls we were planning a return visit for them.

Our main courses were equally as delicious. I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, blue cheese and spicy mayo. Every bite was a mix of tangy, spicy and creamy. I don’t think I’ve ever had a buffalo chicken sandwich so good as Cypress Street’s.

My husband ordered the famous Sublime Burger. The ultimate indulgence, it is a half-pound burger topped with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon and caramelized onions between two Sublime doughnuts. Sublime exclusively makes the glazed doughnuts for Cypress Street Pint & Plate. As you might expect for something so over the top, it was delicious. The doughnuts, not as sweet as I had thought they would be, went surprisingly well with the savory beef and bacon. Definitely worth the guilt, or the extra time in the gym.

Sublime doughnuts and beerThen it was time for the main event – three Sublime doughnuts paired with three 4 oz. pours of beer. A Reese’s peanut butter cup doughnut was paired with Lonerider Brewing Company’s Pistols at Dawn; a heart-shaped strawberry-filled chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing was paired with Allagash Saison; and a red velvet cake doughnut was paired with Delirium Noël.

My favorite doughnut was the heart. It was almost a surprise biting in and finding whole strawberries, and they were made even better by the chocolate icing. For me, the pairing that worked best was the Reese’s doughnut and Lonerider beer. The chocolate and peanut butter in the doughnut worked well with the coffee flavors in the Pistols at Dawn.

While not every Beer Geek Tuesday involves an opposites-attract pairing, the evening is sure to include new or unique beers and excellent food.

Beer Geek Tuesdays are every Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate, 817 West Peachtree Street NE. (404) 815-9243 www.cypressbar.com

Flying solo this Valentine’s Day? Check out Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s inaugural Valentine’s Day Solo Party. On February 14th beginning at 8 pm, guests will enjoy $1 PBRs and $2 SweetWater IPAs served in classic red Solo Cups. Rob has crafted a special “Love Bites” beer shake for the event, with Frozen Pints Milk Chocolate Stout craft beer ice cream and fresh strawberries, topped with vodka whipped cream and drizzled with a chocolate beer reduction. There will be music from DJ Pat O’Brien, and there is no cost to attend.

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New Look for Anna de Codorníu

Looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or just want to add a bit of festivity to any night of the week? Try a bottle of the Anna de Codorníu Brut or Brut Rosé. The Spanish sparkling wines have a new look for 2014 but still have the same great taste and value.

Anna de CodorniuThis Cava comes from the Penedès region in northeast Spain. Most of the grapes come from estate vineyards in Lleida, west of Barcelona. The sparkling wine is made using the traditional method, just like Champagne. In fact it was Josep Raventós who first mastered this technique in Spain – he is a descendant of the Codorníu heiress for whom the Cava is named. The Raventós family has owned Codorníu since the marriage of Anna to viticulturist Miquel Raventós in 1659.

The Anna de Codorníu Brut NV is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada (one of the three traditional grapes in Cava, along with Macabeo and Xarel·lo). Pale straw yellow in color, the Brut has dry citrus and toast aromas, with flavors of white grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. Small, energetic bubbles give this Cava a pleasing mouthfeel.

The Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé NV is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. To achieve the rosy pink color in the finished sparkling wine, the must and skins of the Pinot Noir grapes were left in contact for three to four hours. Subtle red berry aromas introduce flavors of raspberry, wild strawberry and a touch of golden apple. Like the Brut, the Brut Rosé is lively in the mouth, and culminates in a crisp finish.

The Anna de Codorníu Brut and Brut Rosé can be enjoyed on their own as an aperitif, or with appetizers, shellfish, sashimi or lightly spiced carpaccio.

Costing just $14.99 a bottle, these are sparkling wines you can enjoy on many occasions.

11.5% alcohol for the Brut, 12% alcohol for the Brut Rosé

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Seduce Your Senses with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

Want to add some spice to your Valentine’s Day? Or maybe something sweet is more your style?

Titillate your taste buds with a glass of Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk or Red Satin, wines inspired by the sensual series.

As Anastasia Steele would say, “oh my!”

50 Shades of Grey wineAuthor and wine enthusiast E.L. James drew inspiration from the romance between Anastasia and Christian for the white and red wines. She collaborated with winemakers in California’s North Coast region to craft each blend.

The White Silk 2012 is mainly Gewurztraminer with some Sauvignon Blanc. Cold fermentation and stainless steel aging were used to preserve the fresh fruit characters. The wine is gently sweet, with floral aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, tangerine, honeysuckle, orange blossom and lychee. Jasmine and sweet citrus linger on the delicate finish.

The Red Satin 2010 is a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah that was aged in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Seductive aromas of blackberry, cocoa and spice lead into flavors of black cherry, plum, clove, smoke and leather. Well balanced with good acidity and velvety tannins, the wine will appeal to even those who haven’t read the books.

Enjoy the wines with aphrodisiacs like oysters or foie gras with the White Silk, and filet mignon or dark chocolate with the Red Satin.

Each bottle costs $17.99. To find out where the wines are sold or to order online, visit www.fiftyshadeswine.com.

With Fifty Shades of Grey wines, there’s no tastier way to tell your Valentine –

You. Are. Mine.

13.5% alcohol by volume

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