Drink Pink at The Global Party at STK

STK is inviting Atlantans to “drink pink” this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The ONE Group has teamed up with The Global Party to kick off the fundraising effort with a one-night-only affair at STK locations around the globe.

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On Tuesday, September 30th from 6 to 8pm guests at STK in Midtown will have the chance to dine, dance and donate at a VIP cocktail party benefiting breast cancer research organizations. A “drink pink” bar will feature STK’s signature Strawberry Cobbler, made with premium vodka, freshly muddled strawberries and a graham cracker rim. A suggested $20 donation includes drinks and canapés.

STK Strawberry Cobbler cocktailYou can support the cause all month long at all STK locations. Throughout October proceeds from the Strawberry Cobbler will be donated.

To RSVP for The Global Party at STK Atlanta, email vipatlanta@togrp.com.

The Global Party is a worldwide organization that raises funds to subsidize millions of charities.

The Global Party at STK Atlanta, Tuesday, September 30 from 6pm to 8pm. 1075 Peachtree Street SE, Atlanta (Midtown).

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Tongue & Groove

New VIP Experiences at Tongue & Groove

Be the ultimate VIP at Tongue & Groove this fall. In honor of its 20th anniversary the Atlanta nightclub is offering new party packages that take bottle service to the next level.

The experiences are available through the end of November and include:

Martini Genie
Whether you like your martini dirty, straight up or with a twist, this package offers everything you need to drink like James Bond or Frank Sinatra.
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2 bottles of Grey Goose
blue cheese stuffed olives
small carafe of olive juice
chilled martini glassware
lemon and lime twists

A Dark, Stormy Night in Moscow:
Why sacrifice real cocktails to sit in VIP? This package sets you up to make your choice of Dark ‘n’ Stormy or Moscow Mule cocktails right at your table.

1 bottle of Grey Goose
1 bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
12 ginger beer
half limes
copper mugs for Mules

Ice, Ice, Baby
Moet understands that you don’t have to be celebrating to drink champagne, so they created Moet Ice. Served over ice in anything but a flute, Moet Ice has the feel of a cocktail and the giddy buzz of champagne.

2 Bottles Moet Ice
Moet Ice Goblets
fresh fruit platter including lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries

Packages require advance reservation. To reserve, send an email to Cortney at cortneyjfoster@gmail.com. Prices listed are a subtotal before taxes and gratuity.

Tongue & Groove will be hosting a 20th anniversary celebration on November 20th. Check out their website for details as they become available.

Tongue & Groove, Main Street NE, Atlanta (Lindbergh)
404.261.2325, tandgonline.com

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Twitter: @tongueandgroove
Instagram: @tongueandgrooveatl

Epcot Food and Wine Fest

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

A trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World is even better when you go during the International Food & Wine Festival. From Friday, September 19th through Monday, November 10th, visitors have the chance to eat and drink around the world.

The Amateur Gastronomer got a peek at what makes the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival so much fun during the first weekend of this year’s event.

Headed there this fall? Check out our tips for what to see and taste.

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Miller Lite Chili Cook Off

Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off Returns in October

It’s that time of year again — time to get excited for the Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off, returning for its 35th year!

MIller Lite Chili Cook-OffThe gates open at 10am on Saturday, October 4th at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. There’s fun for the entire family, with more chili, barbecue, Brunswick stew and cornbread than possible to taste in one day, plus live music, games and more.

One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Camp Twin Lakes, a network of children’s camps that provide life-changing experiences to thousands of Georgia children with serious illnesses, disabilities and challenges.

Miller Lite Chili Cook-OffAfter introducing an amateur barbecue competition 2013, the competition is now sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which will be offering  more than $10,000 in prize money to amateur and professional pit masters.

This year’s music lineup promises to be the best one yet, with performances by Sugarland founding member Kristen Bush and Steele Magnolia’s Joshua Scott Jones.  Jimmy Buffet fans will enjoy tribute band A1A, and Convoy will play outlaw country favorites.

Entrance is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can only be purchased on site on the day of the event, and will not sell out.

Around 15,000 people attend the cook-off each year.

The Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off, Saturday, October 4, 2014. Gates open at 10am and there is no re-entry. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, Georgia 30013. theatlantachilicookoff.com

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Twitter: @chilicookoffatl

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The Pig and The Pearl

The Pig and The Pearl

The south meets the sea at The Pig & The Pearl, a smokehouse and raw bar now open at Atlantic Station.

Sure, it’s a seemingly odd pairing. But as The Amateur Gastronomer found out, it’s one that lets you enjoy exactly what you’re craving, without having to compromise on quality.

Pig and PearlThe Pig & The Pearl comes from the team at The Shed at Glenwood. Owners Todd Martin and Cindy Shera sought to create a gathering place in Midtown, with an artfully prepared and fun menu from Chef Todd Richards.

The interior is a mix of weathered wood and whitewashed brick that offers a soothing respite from busy Atlantic Station.

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First Ever Decatur Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars — the first ever Decatur Restaurant Week will kick off later this month. The event celebrates the thriving culinary scene in Decatur and Avondale Estates.

Decatur Restaurant WeekFrom Sunday, September 28th through Thursday, October 2nd a variety of restaurants will offer prix fixe menus for lunch, brunch and dinner for $15, $25 or $35 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Participating restaurants include Bhojanic, Big Tex, The Bishop, Brick Store Pub, Café Lily, Cakes & Ale, Chai Pani, Harbour House Pub, The Iberian Pig, Kimball House, LEON’s Full Service, MARBAR, No. 246, Paper Plane, Parker’s on Ponce, The Pinewood, Siam Thai Restaurant, and Wahoo! Grill.

For more information visit decaturrestaurantweek.com.

Decatur Restaurant Week, September 28 through October 2.

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Limited-Time Menu & Prizes at Tin Drum Asiacafé

Flavorful Asian street food-inspired dishes served up fast. Tin Drum Asiacafé does it so well, and the AG is a big fan.

Two of the reasons — the new Smokin’ Korean BBQ Steak Bowls that offer a Tin Drum twist on Korean cuisine. Try them soon, as the bowls will be on the menu only until Sunday, October 19th.

Tin Drum Seoul Steak BowlThe Seoul Steak Bowl is Korean barbecue steak with soba noodles, red pepper and daikon salad, bean sprouts and fresh spinach sprinkled with sesame seeds.

For the Kickin’ Kimchi Steak Bowl, Korean barbecue steak is served with steamed rice and Tin Drum Tin Drum Kickin’ Kimchi Steak Bowlkimchi, topped with a fried egg and a dash of seaweed.

Enjoy the steak bowls with the new sweet ginger peach tea, a refreshing mix of Southern and Asian flavors. On Wednesdays order a steak bowl and tea (or a fountain drink) together for $6.

Generous portions on all bowls, noodles, curries mean you won’t leave hungry. Check out more AG recommendations below.

Get social with Tin Drum during the Smokin’ BBQ promotion for a chance to win! One lucky customer will win a large Big Green Egg Grill and Deluxe Grill Kit, and one local business (per Tin Drum location) will win a catered lunch for up to 20 people. To enter either sweepstakes and check out daily giveaways visit Tin Drum’s Facebook page.

Tin Drum Asiacafé has twelve locations in the Atlanta metro area, including its newest location on Briarcliff Road in North Druid Hills. The restaurant specializes in affordable and authentic Asian street food cooked fresh to order in an open kitchen.

For more information, menus and locations visit tindrumcafe.com.

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Atlanta Arts Festival

Atlanta Arts Festival Returns to Piedmont Park

Now in its eighth year, the Atlanta Arts Festival will return to Piedmont Park in Midtown on September 13th and 14th.

Atlanta Arts FestivalThe event is free and open to the public and will showcase two hundred local and nationally recognized artists from more than twelve mediums. There will be artist demonstrations and classes, live music, kids activities and Atlanta Arts Festivalmore.

A highlight is sure to be the Art of Cooking Stage. Sponsored by Krog Street Market, the stage will feature cooking demos and specialty tastings from chefs at the Atlanta Arts Festivalnewly opened dining destination. Click here for the chefs and schedule.

Art fans of all ages are encouraged to attend the festival. Canvas by U! will offer two-hour adult art classes throughout the weekend (click here to register), and the Creation Station will offer educational sessions taught by local professional artists. In the Lil’ Artist Alley kids can enjoy arts and crafts, balloon twisting, face painting and live performances.

The Atlanta Arts Festival is a professionally-juried fine arts event. For more information visit AtlantaArtsFestival.com and get social with #AAF14.

The 8th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival, Saturday, September 13 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday, September 14 from 10am to 5pm at Piedmont Park in Midtown.

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Twitter: @AtlantaArtsFest
Instagram: @atlantaartsfest

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Pastry Live

Pastry Live National Showpiece Champtionship

On the final day of Pastry Live in Atlanta five teams of pastry chefs competed in the National Showpiece Championship. The teams had seven hours to build sculptures made entirely of chocolate or sugar.

This year’s theme was video games, and Super Mario Brothers was a popular pick. The winners, who swept the Best Overall, Best Sugar Showpiece and Competitors’ Choice, were Bill Foltz and Cori Schlemmer for their Dragon Ball inspired sculpture.

Watch the video below to see the teams in action.

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