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Celebrating July 4th in Atlanta

Staying in town for Independence Day or visiting the city for the holiday weekend? Here is a roundup on special offerings at Atlanta restaurants, organized by neighborhood.

Scroll to the end for Alpharetta, Avondale Estates, Decatur, Roswell and Sandy Springs.

Buckhead

Del Frisco’s Grille
Overlooking Peachtree Road and Lenox Square Mall, the double-decker patio is the perfect spot to enjoy Fourth of July festivities. After cheering on Peachtree Road Race runners, enjoy brunch favorites like the build-your-own bloody Mary, red velvet Belgian waffle and crab cake benedict from 11am to 3pm. In the evening, take in the red, white and blue fireworks over drinks and dinner.
3376 Peachtree Road, 404.537.2828, delfriscosgrille.com/atlanta

F&B Atlanta
F&B will offer a barbecue that showcases American favorites like beef sliders, macaroni and cheese, potato salad with dill sauce and a festive 4th of July sheet cake while incorporating the restaurant’s signature Belgian-inspired French flair in the French style baby back ribs, grilled corn on the cob with parsley butter sauce and Philippe’s iceberg cup “BLT” salad. The menu will be available for $36 per guest, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations for the barbecue are required.  Located on the first floor of the Ritz Carlton Residences, F&B Atlanta is within walking distance to Lenox Square Mall, so guests can easily take in Atlanta’s most famous firework show after enjoying dinner.
3630 Peachtree Rd NE, 404.254.1797, fandbatl.com

Smokebelly BBQ
Celebrating Independence Day with live music, $5 craft cocktails and $2 PBR cans. The regular menu will be offered.
128 East Andrews Dr NW, 404.848.9100, smokebellybbq.com

Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Southern Art will be extending brunch on July 4 until 2:30pm and Bourbon Bar will have its weekly All-American Pork & Punch happy hour. From 5 to 8pm chef de cuisine Keoko Turner will be grilling up brats, ground bacon BLT sliders and Coca-Cola glazed BBQ pork rib tips alongside the weekly single-batch seasonal punch bowls mixed by head mixologist Toki Sears. Live music will keep the party going on the terrace overlooking Peachtree Road.
3315 Peachtree Road NE, 404.946.9070, southernart.com

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Max’s Wine Dive Opens July 1

Opening at 12th & Midtown on July 1st: MAX’s Wine Dive, offering gourmet comfort food alongside an expertly curated selection of wines from around the world in a casual, rock-n-roll atmosphere.

Max's Wine DiveWith a mantra of “Fried Chicken and Champagne… Why the Hell Not?!?,” the Houston-based concept features a dual-sided menu consisting of “Wine Dive Classics” and a chef-driven seasonal items from Executive Chef Jason Hall (formerly of Saltyard and Livingston Restaurant + Bar).

MAX’s Wine Dive will serve dinner Monday through Thursday and brunch, lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

MAX’s Wine Dive, 77 12th Street NE, Suite 6B, Atlanta (Midtown)
404.249.0445, maxswinedive.com/atlanta-12th-street

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Terminus City Preview

Next weekend Atlantans can get an exclusive sneak peek at the menu for Terminus City, the highly anticipated upcoming restaurant from Chef Kevin Gillespie.

The restaurant will feature Gillespie’s native Southern cuisine, though the location and details are still a secret.

Terminus City“I’ve had this dream for so many years. To have the opening of Terminus City so near is really exciting,” said Gillespie via a press release from Melissa Libby & Associates. “I’m a Southern guy through and through, and I can’t wait to share this next culinary venture with everyone.”

The preview will be held on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th at Gunshow, Gillespie’s flagship restaurant in Glenwood Park.

From noon to 8pm guests will dine on chopped whole hog barbecue, chicken-fried steak or a vegetarian entrée. Heaping helpings of country vegetable sides will be offered (and replenished) via Gunshow’s rolling carts.

Seating is first-come, first-served, and Gunshow will not offer its regular service.

Takeout is available à la carte with barbecued meats, slaw, Brunswick stew, cornbread, sandwiches and fried pies (dine-in items may differ from to-go items).

For more information on the upcoming Terminus City visit their Facebook page or call 404.380.1886.

Terminus City Preview at Gunshow, Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5 from 12pm to 8pm. 924 Garrett Street, Atlanta (Glenwood Park).
404.380.1886, gunshowatl.com

Pastured Poultry Week

Third Annual Pastured Poultry Week

Georgia chefs and farmers will be coming together in July to celebrate humane and sustainable practices of raising poultry during Pastured Poultry Week.

The event, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness of the chickens’ treatment and its impact. From Monday, July 7th through Sunday, July 13th more than 40 restaurants will be offering special menu items featuring pastured poultry from several of the state’s farms.

Pastured Poultry Week“The goal is to help bring a focus to the many benefits of choosing pastured poultry, such as the high welfare of the chickens and the positive impact on both human health and the environment, not to mention its superior taste,” says Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy, an event organizer and early pioneer of pastured poultry efforts in Georgia.

Participating restaurants in Atlanta include Bantam + Biddy, 4th & Swift, Gunshow, Empire State South, Holeman and Finch, The Optimist, Miller Union, Murphy’s and Aria.

Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and farms

Pastured Poultry Week is organized by Compassion in World Farming, a global organization working to end factory farming, and Georgians for Pastured Poultry, which aims to make Georgia the leader in the production and consumption of pastured poultry.

New York City and Charleston will also be celebrating Pastured Poultry Week. Click here for more information.

To learn more about Compassion in World Farming and its campaigns visit ciwf.com.

Third Annual Pastured Poultry Week, Monday, July 7 through Sunday, July 13, 2014.

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From the Archives: A Guide To Gordes

Originally posted on October 1, 2010

Photographs are only able to capture a portion of Gordes’ beauty. There really isn’t anything quite like the first time you drive up the narrow winding road and then — through a break in the trees — get your first glimpse of the perched village.

It’s no surprise that Gordes is classified as one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France. Walking around you want to take a picture of every street, every building and every view.

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Where to Watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Atlanta

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here!

The games start on Thursday, June 12th with Brasil vs. Croatia at 4pm EST (5pm local time). The United States begins its tournament play against Ghana on Monday, June 16th.

If you’re a big time football fan, you’ll know it’s more fun to watch the games with a group. If you’re not so into soccer, now’s the time to see what it’s all about.

Click here to see the full schedule of matches

The World Cup runs through Sunday, July 13th, giving you the chance to check out a number of bars and restaurants.

Catch the action at these spots in Atlanta:

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Downtown Atlanta Pop Up Shops

There’s a new reason to pop up in Downtown Atlanta this summer. On Saturday, June 7th, Central Atlanta Progress will launch the Downtown Pop Up Shops, featuring 14 merchants who will be taking over vacant storefronts along Atlanta’s Streetcar route.

Pop Up ShopsThe shops will feature a diverse range of retailers and artists offering clothing, gifts, accessories, pet supplies, shoes, furniture and home accessories, local goods and more throughout the summer.

Central Atlanta Progress coordinated free space for the selected retailers, and received more than 100 applications to fill the empty storefronts. The chosen merchants received a $500 grant from CAP to kick-start their operations, and will have the option of signing a permanent lease at the end of the three months.

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