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Highball

Highball: High Museum’s New Boozy Benefit

The art of mixology will be on display next February at a new fundraiser for the High Museum of Art.

Introducing Highball, the museum’s first craft cocktail competition. On February 18, 2017, twelve of Atlanta’s top mixologists will shake, stir and serve an original cocktail, with guests getting to sample each and vote on their favorite. There will also be light bites from Sterling Spoon catering and music from DJ Teknology.

Here are the participating mixologists:

Jeff Banks, Brush Sushi Izakaya
Donna Bogatin, Sipology
Greta Buccellato, 5Church Atlanta
Blake Carter, Sweet Auburn BBQ
David Chapman, Kimball House
Bobby Dudley, The S.O.S. Tiki Bar
Joseph Haywood, Bar Margot (Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta)
Brent Hesse, 1KEPT
Carmaleita Lyght, Lyght House Cocktails
Jose Pereiro, Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
Corey Phillips, Bellina Alimentari
Trip Sandifer, The Painted Pin (Buckhead)
Jessica Smith, Urban Tree Cidery
Ryan Smith, Reboot Retrocade & Bar
Jonathan Turner, Grain Spirits + Food
Ben Yabrow, Himitsu

At the event there will be a “People’s Choice” winner, decided by the guests, and a “Critic’s Choice” decided by a local expert based on appearance, taste, complexity, balance and originality. In addition to bragging rights, the winning mixologist will receive a cash prize.

Single tickets to Highball are $100 for museum members and $125 for not-yet members. Benefactor packages start at $500. All proceeds will benefit the High Museum of Art. The event is 21 and up.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Highball is an aperitif to the museum’s main fundraiser (and one of my favorite events), the 25th annual High Museum Wine Auction, to be held March 22 to 25, 2017.

Highball at the High Museum of Art, Saturday, February 18, 2017.
General admission at 7:30pm, benefactor preview hour at 6:30pm.

Margaretta Taylor Lobby, Wieland Pavilion, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30309. www.high.org

image courtesy High Museum of Art

Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Fashion for a Cause: Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

Atlanta’s most fashionable gathered at Phipps Plaza Monday night for Jeffrey Fashion Cares. Founded by fashion guru Jeffrey Kalinsky, the 24th annual event is one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country. One hundred percent of net proceeds benefit the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta.

Cucumber Pink Mule cocktail
Cucumber Pink Mule cocktail

The fete kicked off with a cocktail hour. While perusing the silent auction items guests sipped on drinks including a Tropical Tiki Mojito, Spicy Margarita and a Cucumber Pink Mule, made with Svedka Cucumber Lime Vodka, LiDestri Pink Limoncello, and Ginger Beer Syrup and Baltimore Bitters from local favorite 18.21 Bitters.

Once guests took their seats along the runway in the transformed Monarch Court, event chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams gave a brief introduction. A live auction offered guests the chance to bid on fabulous trips, experiences and jewelry.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Then it was on to the main event. Models showed off the latest looks from Celine, Balenciaga, Chloe, Givenchy, Gucci and beyond.

Major fashion envy ensued. My closet simply won’t be complete without the fab purple pants from Dries Van Noten and gorgeous geometric print dress from Haider Ackerman.

The final walk at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016
The final walk at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016. I’ll take one of everything, thanks!

Last year’s sold-out Jeffrey Fashion Cares raised $700,000 for the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta.

Jeffrey Kalinsky is the founder and president of the Jeffrey boutique chain, with locations in New York City and Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza.

For more information visit jeffreyfashioncares.com.

Cockentrice Atlanta

The Cockentrice Debuts New Menu

Come for the charcuterie, stay for the new innovative and delicious meat, pasta and yes, even vegetarian dishes. The Cockentrice, the hip restaurant in Krog Street Market owned by the husband-and-wife team of Executive Chef Kevin and Megan Ouzts, has debuted a new dinner menu. I recently got to indulge in a sneak peek.

The CockentriceOf course you have to start with charcuterie. You’ll be craving it after walking past the display at The Spotted Trotter on your way into the restaurant. The Ouzts launched The Spotted Trotter in 2010, and their meats can be found at farmers markets around Atlanta in addition to their two brick and mortar locations.

Pair your charcuterie with one of The Cockentrice’s new cocktails. New Beverage Director Cole Younger Just brings his experience at The Last Word, King + Duke and Horseradish Grill and offers his take on classic cocktails. I was a fan of the Milk and Honey, a twist on a Bee’s Knees, made with milk washed gin, raw honey, lemon and lavender.

The new dinner menu is organized by taste preference. From vegetables to flatbreads, fish and shellfish to beef, pork and pasta, there’s a dish (more likely several) to match your mood.

Tomato cucumber salad with tomato granita
Tomato cucumber salad with tomato granita
Peach caramelized onion tart with candied tasso and fromage blanc
Peach caramelized onion tart with candied tasso and fromage blanc

Several of the dishes can be made vegetarian, and many are gluten free. Dishes range from $8 to $38.

The decidedly non-vegetarian Spanish pork paté with golden date, pimenton and mustard on brioche
The decidedly non-vegetarian Spanish pork paté on brioche bread

There’s even the namesake Cockentrice on the menu. Chef Ouzts’ take on the unique medieval dish is a roasted hen stuffed with lamb and served with cornbread, roasted tomato, asparagus, and game jus. If that’s not your style there’s always the massive 34 oz. char-grilled pork porterhouse.

Scallop with peach chow-chow, fennel and grilled savoy cabbage
Scallop with peach chow-chow and fennel
Brisket with crispy grit and grilled savoy cabbage
Brisket with crispy grit and grilled savoy cabbage

What hasn’t changed is Chef Ouzts’ commitment to supporting local farmers and purveyors.

“As Krog Street Market and Inman Park continue to take shape and grow, we want to make sure we’re providing a distinctly, authentic Atlanta experience that reflects the friendliness and needs of the community and stays true to our philosophy to provide exquisite balance in flavor, price and sustainability,” said Chef Ouzts.

Blueberry and sumac panna cotta with lemon genoise and chantilly cream
Blueberry and sumac panna cotta with lemon genoise and chantilly cream

The Cockentrice is located at Krog Street Market. It is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cockentrice, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta 30307.
470.428.2733
www.thecockentrice.com

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Nando's PERi-PERi Sauce

Nando’s PERi-PERi Sauce Makes Atlanta Debut

It’s the most famous sauce you’ve never heard of.

So the saying goes for Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African sauce that made its debut in Atlanta this month. But you’re in luck, we’ll let you in on the tasty secret.

We got to try the hot sauce at Braai on the BeltLine, a South African barbecue-themed pop-up party on the Atlanta BeltLine. Nando’s teamed up with Justin Anthony, the South African restaurateur behind Cape Dutch, 10 Degrees South, Yebo Beach Haus and Biltong Bar to serve the PERi-PERi sauce along with Nando’s famous PERi-PERi chicken, which was marinated for 24 hours and flame grilled.

Braai on the BeltLine

One taste of Nando’s PERi-PERi and you’ll realize it’s more than a hot sauce. It is hot – the medium, my favorite, has much more heat than most medium hot sauces.

Nando's PERi-PERi chiliThe flavor is what makes Nando’s PERi-PERi unique. It gets this flavor from African Bird’s Eye Chili, grown in southern Africa. The chili is handpicked, then dried and crushed. Swahili for “pepper pepper,” the PERi-PERi is enhanced with sun-ripened lemons and a dash of garlic. It does not contain artificial preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors or added MSG. It is also gluten-free, kosher and suitable for vegetarians.

See why people from England to Australia are going gaga for PERi-PERi by picking up one or several of the Nando’s sauces. They’re now available in Georgia at Kroger, Publix and Walmart.

For more information, visit www.nandosperiperi.com/sauces.

Braai on the BeltLine

Dine at Moe’s in June to Support Bert’s Big Adventure

Wednesday’s welcome at Moe’s Southwest Grill will be more magical this June. The 70 plus metro Atlanta locations of the fast-casual southwestern restaurant will be supporting Bert’s Big Adventure.

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On the first four Wednesdays in June — June 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd — Moe’s restaurants will be donating 10% of net sales to the nonprofit organization that provides all-expenses-paid trips to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

To find a Moe’s near you click here.

Bert’s Big Adventure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 2002 by Bert Weiss, morning radio show host for the nationally syndicated The Bert Show. For more information visit bertsbigadventure.org.

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Facebook: Moe’sSouthwestGrill
Twitter: @Moes_HQ
Instagram: @moessouthwestgrill

Food That Rocks Debuts in Sandy Springs

Get your tickets to a brand new food and music festival in Sandy Springs that is sure to rock!

Food That Rocks Sandy Springs
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Food That Rocks will be held from 7 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, May 14 at Hammond Park. More than 20 of the city’s favorite restaurants will be offering bites along with wine, beer and cocktails from Three Sheets and sponsors Tito’s Vodka, Corralejo Tequila, Citadelle Gin and Old New Orleans Louisiana Rum.

Taking the stage under the tents will be Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project, Tony Levitas and Friends and the Tommy Dean Trio.

The event benefits three Sandy Springs-based charities: Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Tickets to Food That Rocks are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets online.

UBER is recommended as parking is limited. New riders can get $20 free with the code: SSFOODTHATROCKS.

For more information, visit foodthatrocks.org.

Food That Rocks, Saturday, May 14, 2016, 7 pm – 11 pm. Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Dr NE, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328.

wine auction 2016

Drink & Dine During the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction

One of the year’s most anticipated events is happening at the end of this month — the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction!

More than 100 wineries and winemakers will descend on Atlanta March 30th through April 2nd for four days of tastings, seminars and dinners with the city’s favorite chefs, culminating in the Wine Auction on Saturday afternoon.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the event benefiting the art museum. New in 2016, the Friday Fête, Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction will be held at Turner Field.

Click here to see articles from previous High Museum Wine Auctions

If you aren’t attending the auction there are still many mouthwatering ways you can join in the festivities.

The Dine Around Dinners offer guests an unforgettable evening at top Atlanta restaurants on March 30th and 31st. Chefs are teamed with celebrity winemakers for multi-course meals perfectly paired with wines. The dinners range from $75 to $225 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. For the full list of dinners click here. Reservations should be made directly with the restaurant.

At Tasting Seminars on Friday, April 1st, guests will meet winemakers and learn about wine in new and unique ways. From toasting to terroir with a panel of winemakers and complementary dishes prepared by Chef Linton Hopkins, to tasting wine in the dark — literally, with blindfolds — there’s a seminar to suit your tastes. The seminars range from $100 to $125 per person. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

We’ll see you there!

The 24th Annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 30 – April 2, 2016. atlanta-wineauction.org

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STK Atlanta Hosts Wine Tasting with Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary

Here’s your chance to sip with a shark!

Kevin O’Leary, a.k.a Mr Wonderful from ABC’s Shark Tank, will be showcasing his own wines at a special tasting at STK Atlanta.

Kevin O'Leary WineThe no-nonsense investor is the founder and Chief Sommelier of the award-winning O’Leary Fine Wines. He’ll be sharing tastes and tales in STK’s Bistro on Tuesday, March 8 from 6 to 8 pm.

Guests will have the chance to meet and take pictures with O’Leary, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from STK Executive Chef Mark Alba.

A limited number of tickets are available for $35 per person by emailing VIPAtlanta@togrp.com in advance. The event is ages 21 and up.

O’Leary Fine Wines Tasting with Kevin O’Leary, STK Atlanta, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm. 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. 404.793.0144, stkhouse.com

images courtesy of O’Leary Fine Wines

Margaritas for a Cause at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

As if you needed an excuse to enjoy one of Tin Lizzy’s delicious margaritas, the restaurants are adding a little extra sunshine to their signature drink.

Tin Lizzy margaritaTin Lizzy’s Cantina has partnered with Sunshine On A Ranney Day, a 501(c)(3) a non-profit based in Atlanta that creates dream room and home make-overs for children with long-term illnesses. All ten locations of Tin Lizzy’s are giving 10% of proceeds from their signature “Sunshine Margarita” to the charity.

The Sunshine Margarita is a blend of El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Agavero Orange Liqueur and sour mix. It is available for $6.95 per glass and $26.95 per pitcher through December 2015.

For more information about Sunshine On A Ranney Day or Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, visit sunshineonaranneyday.com and tinlizzyscantina.com.

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