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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.

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

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

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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

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.

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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 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,

images courtesy of O’Leary Fine Wines

Diner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc Returns to Atlanta September 13

The night all in white is back! Dîner en Blanc, an epicurean event that has delighted diners around the globe, is returning to Atlanta on Sunday, September 13th.

The world’s largest dinner party was launched in Paris in 1988. Since then hundreds and even thousands of people gather at a secret location revealed at the last minute to share a meal. Guests are asked to dress head to toe in their most stylish white.

Throughout the evening there will be live music, dancing and toasts with Moët & Chandon, the official champagne of Dîner En Blanc Atlanta.

Last year close to 1,000 people dined under the stars at the Millennium Gate Museum at Atlantic Station. This year about 2,000 people are expected to celebrate at the new location.

Check out photos from the first Dîner en Blanc in Atlanta

Here are more details plus how to get your invite to the ultra exclusive event:

Register online via by Sunday, September 6th. The $45 per person admission fee covers round trip transportation via a private motor coach and live entertainment for the evening. Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. To ensure the location stays a secret, guests will meet at assigned departure points and be escorted by Dîner en Blanc volunteers.

Guests must bring a table, two white chairs and a white tablecloth, as well as a picnic basket comprising fine food, proper stemware and white dinnerware. Bring champagne or wine; beer and hard liquor are prohibited. A catered picnic basket may be reserved online during the initial ticket registration.

Get social with the official event hashtags: #dinerenblanc and #DEBATL2015.

For information about Dîner en Blanc Atlanta and to register for the event visit

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Twitter: @DinerEnBlancATL

Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week Returns for 10th Year

This Labor Day weekend the place to be is Midtown Atlanta for Midtown Restaurant Week!

Midtown Restaurant WeekNow celebrating its 10th year,  Midtown Restaurant Week runs from Saturday, September 5th through Sunday, September 13th.

More than 45 restaurants will be offering prix fixe lunch, brunch and dinner menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol.

Participating restaurants include 4th & Swift, 10th & Piedmont, Apres Diem, Article 14, Atmosphere French Restaurant, Bellwoods Social House, Better Half, Bantam + Biddy, Chick-A-Biddy, Community Smith, Cooks & Soldiers, Do at the View, Ecco, Eclectic Bistro & Bar, Einstein’s, HOBNOB, Joe’s on Juniper, Hudson Grill, Escorpion, Livingston Restaurant & Bar, Lobby Bar & Bistro, Lure, The Melting Pot, Mi Cocina, Oceanaire Seafood Room, ONE. Midtown Kitchen, Pasta da Pulcinella, Poor Calvin’s, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Rosa Mexicano, Saltwood, Serpas True Food, South City Kitchen, STEEL Restaurant & Lounge, STK Atlanta, Tabla, Taco Mac, Takorea, TAPA TAPA, Tavernpointe, The Lawrence, The Nook, TRACE, Varuni Napoli and Zocalo.

Reservations are suggested and can be made online at Open Table or by calling the restaurants.

For more information and menus visit

Get social as you dine. Like Midtown Restaurant Week on Facebook and share your meal with #MRWatlanta.

Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2015, Saturday, September 5 through Sunday, September 13.

Frogtown Winery

North Georgia’s Wine Trail Weekend Returns

Discover the acclaimed wines that are made just outside of Atlanta during the fourth annual Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend in August.

On Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd, head north to sip wines at five wineries and savor the beautiful vineyards and mountains of Lumpkin County.

Pick up your passport at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega or at the first winery you visit, then enjoy tastes and festivities at Frogtown Cellars, Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery and Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery.

Each passport costs $30 and includes a souvenir wine glass (for the first 1,200 people). Many tasting rooms in downtown Dahlonega will be offering discounts and specials for passport holders.

Maps and visitor guides are available at the Visitors Center, located at 13 South Park Street in Dahlonega. For more information including other activities and restaurants, or lodging and transportation options, visit

Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend, August 22 & 23. Noon to 5 pm on Saturday and 12:30 pm to  5 pm on Sunday. 

pictured above: Frogtown Cellars


Summer at Westside Provisions District

With new restaurants and events, the Westside Provisions District is the place to be this summer.

Here’s what’s new via The Reynolds Group:

Little Bacch Now Open

The latest concept from chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison features an à la carte menu with fresh-grown produce and seasonal favorites. Diners will enjoy oysters, caviar service, cheese soufflé, Summerland Farm greens, dry-aged beef and more. To complement the food, hand-crafted classic cocktails are poured tableside.

Little Bacch is open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information or to make reservations visit

Westside Provisions District Farmers Market

The WSPD Farmers Market is open every Sunday from now until September 27th. Hosted in partnership with Community Farmers Markets, the outdoor market runs from 10 am to 2 pm and features fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and more from local farmers and artisans as well as District tenants. For more information click here.

Free Wi-Fi

Sharing what you’re up to on the Westside is even easier with free Wi-Fi now available on property 24/7. Follow @WSPD on Twitter and like WestsidePD on Facebook.

Little Trouble Pop-up

New bar and social club Little Trouble will be opening soon in the District, but before then Atlantans can get a taste of the menu with a pop-up at its sister restaurant Paper Plane in Decatur. Sample menu items include ramen, meats on sticks, steam buns and dumplings. The pop-up will be taking place Monday through Saturday from 5 to 11 pm in June. For more information visit the Paper Plane’s Facebook page.

Terrarium Class at Le Jardin Français

Le Jardin Français will be hosting an interactive terrarium class on Saturday, June 20th. From 2 to 4 pm attendees will have an opportunity to create a succulent or tropical terrarium. They will also explore the fundamentals of how a terrarium emulates the weather cycles of Earth. The class is $225 per person and includes all supplies needed. Click here for more information.

Canning 101 at Preserving Place

On Saturday, June 27th from 2 to 6 pm learn all about canning with Preserving Place. Geared toward the beginning canner, Canning 101 provides students with an in-depth approach to home hot water bath canning, including the equipment needed, a discussion on the scientific principles behind the process and a hands-on experience in the kitchen. Attendees will take home two jars of what they made in class. Canning 101 is $95 per person. For more information and to register, click here.

For more on the Westside Provisions District visit

image via Westside Provisions District