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Snapshots from the 2013 Buckhead Wine Festival

Guests sipped a variety of wines, beer and spirits at the second annual Buckhead Wine Festival, held Saturday at the Andrews Entertainment District.

Georgia was well represented — in addition to sampling wine from the state, guests could taste and buy locally made cheese, macarons, cupcakes, jellies, pickled vegetables and more.

The Buckhead Wine Festival offered a chance for many to get their first taste of Richland Rum, a rum distilled just two hours south of Atlanta, in Richland, Georgia.

Click below for snapshots from the 2013 Buckhead Wine Festival.

South City Kitchen Midtown Celebrates 20 Years

Happy anniversary South City Kitchen Midtown! This month the sophisticated southern restaurant is celebrating its 20th year.

SCK logoSince opening on Crescent Avenue in 1993, South City Kitchen Midtown has won numerous awards and continues to be regarded as one of the top dining spots in Atlanta. Located in a refurbished 1920s bungalow, South City Kitchen Midtown is a delicious destination for a number of occasions, from business lunches to romantic dinners, or a relaxing weekend brunch.

South City Kitchen Midtown patioSome of Atlanta’s favorite chefs spent time at South City Kitchen Midtown including Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Todd Mussman of Muss & Turner’s and Ted Lahey of Table & Main. Today it’s Executive Chef Chip Ulbrich who for the past five years has been putting his spin on mouthwatering dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and banana pudding.

“Part of the challenge here is honoring the 20-year history while keeping the cuisine relevant,” said Chef Ulbrich. “Local ingredients, Southern tradition and contemporary techniques help keep us at the forefront of the Atlanta dining South City Kitchen Midtownscene while consistently exceeding evolving expectations.”

Want to bring South City Kitchen into your own kitchen? Try this recipe for the restaurant’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Red Pepper Coulis (link opens in new window).

South City Kitchen Midtown is operated by Fifth Group Restaurants, which includes South City Kitchen Vinings, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco, Alma Cocina and Lure, plus catering and design company Bold American Events.

South City Kitchen Midtown, 1144 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta 30309.
(404) 873-7358

Snapshots from the Edna Lewis Celebration Dinner

On what would have been her 97th birthday, Edna Lewis was remembered for her remarkable life and legacy April 13th at a celebration organized by the Edna Lewis Foundation.

Ms. Lewis, who passed away in 2006, brought Southern cuisine to the national stage and influenced generations of Southern and African American chefs.

Chefs Art Smith, Darryl Evans and Joe RandallOn Saturday members and supporters of the Edna Lewis foundation enjoyed a five-course meal inspired by Ms. Lewis. In attendance were Ruth Lewis Smith and Mattie Scott, Ms. Lewis’ sister and niece, and John Henry Thurston, Ms. Lewis’ cousin. Throughout the evening her family and the chefs shared stories of Ms. Lewis and her love of cooking.

During the cocktail hour guests were served duck confit and dried fruit empanadas, smoked salmon BLTs, pickled seafood served in a mason jar and cornbread bites stuffed with crab and smoked gouda, created by Chef Charlie Hatney of the City Club of Buckhead.

Chef Art Smith shared his stories about Edna Lewis as guests enjoyed a Bourbon and Virginia ham tasting with Southern Art’s Mixologist Clay Livingston and Executive Chef Tim McGee.

Edna LewisThe first course was a roasted kabocha squash and gala apple soup prepared by Chef Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Cardamom crème fraiche and prosciutto cracklings added additional flavors to the rich soup.

For the second course Chef Todd Richards of The Shed at Glenwood served lamb belly with roasted garlic hummus and pickled radishes.

The third course was a salad of arugula and frisee with creole cured salmon, parsnips and pecans with a Bourbon vinaigrette prepared by Chef Duane Nutter, Executive Chef at One Flew South.

The fourth course was a thyme & rosemary crusted pheasant breast from Chef Darryl Evans of the City Club at Buckhead. It was served with a Hoppin John rice cake and kale and mustard greens ragout.

For dessert Chef Jennifer Booker of Your Resident Gourmet served a decadent lemon chèvre cheesecake with blackberry sorbet.

The mission of the Edna Lewis Foundation is to honor, cultivate and preserve the rich African American culinary history by offering a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire and entertain, and promote a deeper understanding of Southern culinary culture and heritage. It was founded in January 2012 by Chef Joe Randall of Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School in Savannah. For more information on the foundation visit

Credit for first photo: Angela Hatney

Edna Lewis Foundation Hosts Second Annual Celebration Dinner

Top southern and African American chefs will come together this month to celebrate the grande dame of southern cookery: Edna Lewis.

Edna LewisThe granddaughter of a former slave, Ms. Lewis was a chef, cookbook author and teacher. Her second cookbook, The Country Cookbook (published in 1976), was the first-ever cookbook written by an African American woman about African American cookery that gained national fame. Ms. Lewis spent many of her later years in Atlanta, and passed away in 2006 at the age of 89.

Click here to read more about the history and legacy of Edna Lewis.

The Edna Lewis Foundation will host its second annual birthday fundraiser on Saturday, April 13th at the City Club of Buckhead. Founded in January 2012 by Chef Joe Randall of Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School in Savannah, the Edna Lewis Foundation is dedicated to the study and preservation of African-American food traditions.

The evening will begin with a Bourbon tasting provided by mixologist Clay Livingston and Chef Art Smith of the Southern Art and Bourbon Bar.

Following hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Charlie Hatney of the City Club of Buckhead, guests will enjoy a five-course dinner. Participating chefs include Chef Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute of Charleston; Chef Todd Richards of The Shed at Glenwood (and 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Award Nominee); Chef Duane Nutter of the Lush Life Restaurant Group; Chef Darryl Evans of the City Club of Buckhead; and Chef Jennifer Booker of Your Resident Gourmet.
Click here to see the menu.

Tickets for the dinner cost $125 per person and may be purchased online. Net proceeds will benefit the foundation and its programs.

For more information on the Edna Lewis Foundation or to join, visit

The Edna Lewis Foundation’s Birthday Celebration Dinner, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 6pm. City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.

photo credit: Edna Lewis Foundation
Chefs Cary Neff, Art Smith and Joe Randall at the 2012 event.

New Food at Turner Field

When the Braves take the field for their season opener on April 1st there will be several new dining options for fans:

Turner FieldH&F Burger

If you’ve never been able to secure one of Holeman & Finch’s famous 10pm burgers you’ll have a much better chance at Turner Field. A limited number of burgers will be sold each game in Fan Plaza at the base of the BravesVision scoreboard and at a cart behind section 102 (near home plate). Want to skip the line? The Braves are offering 24 tickets that will let you jump to the front, making sure your craving for the double patties will be satisfied as soon as it hits. The seats are located in the outfield (sections 148L, 149R and 151L) and can be purchased online for $32 at


The Turner Field location of the upscale sports restaurant will offer crab cake sandwiches and sesame steak skewers. Located at section 216, on the Terrace Level.

Yicketty Yogurt & More

Offering self-serve frozen yogurt and slushies with a variety of flavors and toppings. Located in sections 206 and 316.

Other options to note:

The Chop House underwent an off-season renovation and will have new menu items including smoked pulled pork nachos, smoked cheddar sausage grinder and McCann’s Burger (also sold at stands near sections 216 and 231). In addition to new furniture and lighting, there is a bobblehead wall featuring more than 250 bobbleheads. The Chop House is located in center field.

Kevin Rathbun Steak, which debuted in the 2012 season, will again offer savory steak sandwiches at section 205 (behind home plate on the first base side).

Fetzer will be introducing a new line of wines that come in ready-to-serve, disposable wine glasses. The Crimson red blend and Quartz white blend come in 100% recyclable glasses developed by Zipz. Turner Field is one of seven major league ballparks to offer the single-serve wines, which are expected to hit retail stores this summer.

The Atlanta Braves open their 2013 season against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, April 1st at 7:10pm.

Game-X: Fun, Food & Drinks in Downtown Atlanta

Atlantans and visitors will soon have a new place to play in downtown’s Luckie Marietta District: Game-X, opening Friday, March 29th.

Game-XThe Amateur Gastronomer got a sneak peek at the 12,000 square-foot spot Tuesday night. Part arcade, part bar and restaurant, Game-X offers the latest in high-tech gaming along with classics like skee-ball, basketball free throw and air hockey.

Once you purchase an “X-Card” you can swipe and play. The card keeps track of how many tickets you’ve won. In addition to toys and electronics, you can redeem tickets for prizes in the Luckie Marietta District including restaurant gift cards and hotel stays. There’s even a helicopter ride for four that you can get for 100,000 tickets.

Game-X is located across from the Georgia Aquarium, with large windows that offer views of Centennial Park. In addition to beer, wine and cocktails, Game-X offers a menu of fast-casual American fare.

Game-X, 275 Baker Street Suite B, Atlanta 30313. 404-525-0728
Open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. Guests must be at least 21 years of age after 9pm.

Buckhead Wine Fest Returns April 27th

The Andrews Entertainment District will be transformed into a hot spot for wine fans for the second annual Buckhead Wine Festival.

Buckhead Wine FestivalThe event to be held on Saturday, April 27th will include wine tastings, educational seminars, food from local vendors, live music and more. From 3pm to 6pm guests will taste wines from north Georgia and around the world. VIP guests will get to enjoy the festival two hours earlier, with 1pm entry.

Click here for photos from the first Buckhead Wine Festival

General admission tickets are $25 in advance online and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets visit All guests must be 21 or older.

The Buckhead Wine Festival was created by Grape Crush Productions and comes at the end of Atlanta Food & Wine Month, which is an effort to raise awareness and drive business to local food purveyors, wine shops and restaurants.

Buckhead Wine Festival, Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 1pm to 6pm at the Andrews Entertainment District at 56 East Andrews Drive.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Week at Fado

Not content to have just one day to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day? Celebrate the holiday all week at Fadó. The authentic Irish pub in Buckhead will host seven days of events.

The celebration kicks off on Monday, March 11th with the Irish Session. Beginning at 8pm guests can gather and listen to traditional Irish music.

On Tuesday, March 12th Fadó will hold a whiskey tasting with Bushmills and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits. Starting at 7pm guests will enjoy a selection of Bushmills whiskeys accompanied by small bites and appetizers. The evening will be hosted by master of whiskey Kevin Mulcahy. The cost is $39.95 per person, and seating is limited. Click here for the menu and to purchase tickets.

On Wednesday, March 13th is the St. Patrick’s Irish Pub Quiz at 8pm. Teams will compete for prizes including passes to St. Patrick’s Day while enjoying a menu of authentic Irish food and pints of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s.

Thursday, March 14th is Lucky Pint Night. From 8pm to 11pm guests who order Guinness will have a chance of ordering a “lucky pint” of the iconic Irish dry stout. Patrons who find a sticker on the bottom of their pint glass will receive free tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day party on Sunday.

On Friday, March 15th is the 12th annual St. Baldrick’s event. From 2:30pm to 6:30pm Fadó will host the family-friendly charity event to raise money for childhood cancer research. The restaurant will set up barber chairs and encourage “shavees” to commit having their heads shaved. The “shavees” get family and friends to sponsor their shave with monetary donations. As a company, Fadó has helped generate $700,000 in donations since 2004.

Saturday, March 16th is St. Practice Day. Day one of the two-day festival will begin at 10:30am for the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby tournament. Rugby fans will have access to a reserved viewing area for all three of the day’s matches. The outdoor festival starts at 6pm with traditional Irish rock music from Paddy & Marty, U2 cover band Desire and entertainment provided by Irish dancers. A DJ will spin tunes beginning at 10pm Pre-sale tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door.

The week of activities culminates on Sunday, March 17th for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Atlanta. Doors open at 7am for guests who want to start early. The party moves outside at noon for a street festival featuring live music, traditional Irish dancers and bagpipers. Desire, Andy Birdsall, Secret Sauce and Astral Freaks (Van Morrison cover band) are all set to perform. Pre-sale tickets, which sold out quickly last year, are available now online for $10. Tickets will also be sold for $15 at the door.

Guests can also purchase a two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday for $15 online. Click here to purchase tickets.

Fadó is also offering guests who sign up for the newsletter a chance to win a four day, three night trip for two to Dublin, Ireland. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, March 20 and participants must be 21 and over to enter. Click here for more details and to enter.

St. Patrick’s Week at Fadó Irish Pub, March 11th through 17th. 273 Buckhead Avenue, Atlanta. (404) 841-0066

images from Fadó’s Facebook page.

Get Your Tickets to BaconFest 2013

Food, fun, and perhaps a celebrity sighting – it’s happening on March 30th at BaconFest!

The 13th annual pig out benefits Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. The nonprofit theatre in Inman Park has been producing innovative scripted and improvised works since 1995.

Last year’s BaconFest included a surprise visit from Kevin Bacon. Who knows what excitement this year’s BaconFest will bring? One sure thing: you’ll leave full.

In addition to more than 1,200 pounds of bacon donated by The Vortex Bar & Grill and troughs of cold beer, Diesel Filling Station, P’cheen International Bistro and Pub, Pine Street Market, Corner Tavern, King of Pops and The Wrecking Bar will provide tastings and special offerings.

There will be live performances by local bands and unique carnival games manned by Dad’s Garage’s most entertaining improvisers. Past games have included Hunt an Improviser, a Wheelchair Obstacle Course, Hobo Wine Tasting, Name That Keanu Quote, an Insult Booth and a Compliment Booth.

Tickets are available in three options and may be purchased online at Dad’s Garage’s website.

Portioned Porking ($28): Admission to the festival, 5 game tickets and three cups full of beer, bacon or both. Additional beer and bacon will be available for purchase.

Bottomless Bacon ($48): Admission to the festival, unlimited game playing and unlimited beer and bacon.

Whole Hog! ($88): Attendees get access to a whole pig roasted by Bone Lick BBQ, several kegs of specialty beer and some exotically-flavored bacon. Whole Hoggers also get a special BaconFest 2013 t-shirt.

Tickets are an additional $10 if ordered on the phone or purchased at the event. Get your tickets early as BaconFest 2012 sold out in advance.

BaconFest will be held from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, March 30th in the parking lots of Dad’s Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C-101. Ages 21 and up, rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA.

For more information, directions or to purchase tickets visit or call (404) 523-3141.