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organicgirl juices

organicgirl Introduces Green Juices & Delivery

You’ve enjoyed their salad mixes and dressings. Now organicgirl is giving you a new way to get plenty of daily greens — with a new line of cold-pressed green juices.

The “More Greens, Less Fruit” juices have 3.3 servings of veggies per bottle and contain fewer calories and sugar than other juices. All are 100% organic and certified by the USDA.

Check out the full range of flavors here. Join organicgirl’s Greens Juice Club and get a $2 off coupon.

Organicgirl has also introduced a new delivery service, bringing healthy eating to your home or office. You can select from a variety of different assortments and sizes, or create you own.  Just go to the online shop at www.iloveorganicgirl.com/shop.

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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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Moe’s:
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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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Organicgirl

Dress Them Your Best: Organicgirl #FlavCraze Challenge

Since becoming a new mom this summer, I have learned the importance of being able to throw together a meal in minutes.

That’s why I’m such a fan of organicgirl salad mixes. With organically grown lettuces from California that have been washed three times so I don’t have to, organicgirl helps me make a healthy meal in no time.

Even before I was pregnant I enjoyed organicgirl’s salad mixes. Let’s call it convenience, not laziness. Simply put, having lettuce that’s all ready to go keeps you from making excuses for not eating your veggies.

So I was excited when I was offered the chance to taste organicgirl’s new salad mixes and salad love dressings, plus a challenge: to create a dish featuring them.

My dish will be featured on organicgirl’s Facebook page, where it will compete with dishes from other bloggers.

But first, the new organicgirl greens:

Sweet Pea combines tender baby greens with fresh sweet pea shoots, which give the salad mix a springtime, fresh-from-the-garden feel. It also has 5 grams of protein per serving.

The PEPPERGREENS salad mix is rightfully in all capital letters because it shouts spiciness, with baby mustard greens, arugula and cress adding a kick.

organicgirl salad and dressings

Salad love is the new line of organic dressings from organicgirl. All are gluten free, GMO free and vegetarian.

White Cheddar is a tangy vinaigrette of aged cheddar, green onions, parmesan, buttermilk and sour cream.

Lemon Agave is a vegan-friendly vinaigrette with fresh lemons, extra virgin olive oil and blue agave nectar that is reminiscent of homemade lemonade.

Fresh Tomato Italian is tomatoes, basil, parmesan, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. It’s like bruschetta in a bottle, and so tasty you’ll want to use it as a dip too.

Kale Parmesan is made with baby kale, mint, basil, chives, parmesan and spinach. It tastes like you’re drinking pesto sauce – truly decadent.

organicgirl salad love dressings

The Sweet Pea and PEPPERGREENS salad mixes are so good on their own that all I need is a little olive oil. But that’s certainly not going to win me any votes!

So here is my entry:

White Cheddar Marinated New York Strip Steak with
PEPPERGREEN Chimichurri

Organicgirl steak

I love a good dry aged steak, but unless it’s a special occasion I buy the standard supermarket cuts. When I tasted the White Cheddar salad love dressing it was like a light bulb going off – maybe by marinating the steak in the dressing it would impart some of those delicious flavors that you get from dry aging.

Inspired by the flavors of Argentina, I decided to try an organicgirl spin on chimichurri. Instead of using parsley and oregano for the traditional green sauce, I used the PEPPERGREENS mix and the Kale Parmesan salad love dressing.

I finely chopped the organicgirl salad mix by hand, then whisked it together with the Kale Parmesan dressing, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and salt. I’ve shared the full recipe at the bottom.

Organicgirl chimichurri

I marinated the steaks overnight in the White Cheddar dressing, then seasoned them with salt and pepper before grilling them to a perfect medium rare.

After plating I topped the steak with the PEPPERGREEN chimichurri, and served it with the PEPPERGREENS mix and locally grown heirloom tomatoes. Bonus: the PEPPERGREEN chimichurri made excellent dressing for the salad!

AG Organicgirl steak

The dish tasted even more delicious than it looks in the picture. The White Cheddar marinade imparted tangy and aged cheese flavors (especially on the parts that were charred from the grill), and all the savory elements of the steak worked so well with the spiciness and vinegar of the chimichurri.

For such an easy to make dish it made a big impact – and made our weeknight dinner feel like a special event.

AG Organicgirl steak3Naturally we decided to pair our Argentine-inspired meal with an Argentine Malbec. We selected a bottle we brought back from our last trip to Argentina, a 2010 Marcus Gran Reserva Malbec.

If you’d like to try this meal in your own home, I recommend the Septima Malbec, which can be found a few aisles over from organicgirl in many grocery stores.

Look for organicgirl salad mixes and salad love dressings in the refrigerated produce section of Publix, Whole Foods and other natural food markets.

For more information visit www.iloveorganicgirl.com.

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White Cheddar Marinated New York Strip Steak with PEPPERGREEN Chimichurri

Ingredients:

  • 2 New York Strip steaks, approximately 1.5 lbs total
  • 1/2 bottle organicgirl salad love White Cheddar dressing
  • 4 cups organicgirl PEPPERGREENS salad mix
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp organicgirl salad love Kale Parmesan dressing
  • 2 cloves garlic (or more if you love garlic)
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
  • freshly ground black pepper for seasoning

Directions:

Marinate the steaks overnight in the organicgirl salad love White Cheddar dressing.

To make the chimichurri, finely chop the organicgirl PEPPERGREENS salad mix and garlic by hand or in a food processor.

In a separate bowl whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar and organicgirl salad love Kale Parmesan dressing. Add the chopped PEPPERGREENS salad mix, garlic and salt, and stir to mix.

Without removing the excess marinade from the steaks, season the meat with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks until your preferred doneness.

Top the steaks with the PEPPERGREEN chimichurri and enjoy!

Serves two hungry adults

Full disclosure: The Amateur Gastronomer received complimentary salad mixes and salad love dressings from organicgirl.

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 atlanta.dinerenblanc.info/register 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 atlanta.dinerenblanc.info.

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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 www.mrwatlanta.com.

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.

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2015

Mark your calendars for the 13th annual Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, a chance to check out signature dishes from some of the city’s top dining spots at exclusive prices.

From Saturday, July 18th through Sunday, July 26th, more than 35 restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe lunch, brunch or dinner menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

This year’s participating restaurants include Alma Cocina, Asante, Atlanta Grill, BLT Steak, Braves All Star Grill, Café 458, Cuts Steakhouse, Der Biergarten, Fandangles, Fire of Brazil, Game-X, Glenn’s Kitchen, Hard Rock Café Atlanta, Hudson Grille, Jalapeno Charlie’s, Legal Sea Foods, Max Lager’s Wood Fired Grill and Brewery, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, McCormick & Schmidt’s, Meehan’s Public House, Morton’s the Steakhouse, No Mas! Cantina, Pittypat’s Porch Restaurant, Polaris, Poor Calvin’s, Prime Meridian, Ray’s in the City, ROOM at Twelve, STATS, Sway, Terrace Bistro, The Commerce Club, Thrive, Trader Vic’s, Truva, Twenty-Two Storys, Twin Smokers BBQ and White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.

Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and their menus

Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made online at Open Table or by calling the restaurants directly.

While downtown, take a ride on the Atlanta Streetcar or check out the National Center for Civil and Human Rights or the College Football Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week is presented by Central Atlanta Progress, a Downtown business association with the mission to build a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure.

Want to chat with fellow diners or see the latest restaurant week news? Join the conversation by using #DARW2015.

Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week, July 18 through 26, 2015.
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WSPD

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 www.starprovisions.com/little-bacch.

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 westsidepd.com.

image via Westside Provisions District

Davio's Atlanta

New Summer Menu at Davio’s Atlanta

This summer check out new seasonal offerings at Davio’s in Atlanta. The northern Italian steakhouse located at Phipps Plaza offers a variety of handmade pastas, steaks and seafood.

I recently had the chance to taste some of the new dishes as well as perennial favorites at a dinner with owner Steve DiFillippo.

Potato Gnocchi Bolognese, with braised veal, beef and pork in tomato sauce
Potato Gnocchi Bolognese, with braised veal, beef and pork in tomato sauce

The Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi is light and just the right texture, here served in a bolognese sauce. Pictured in the featured image at the top of the article is the standout Ricotta-Truffle Caramelle, candy-shaped pasta served with crackling mushrooms and fennel pollen in a butter sauce.

Tuna Tartare with crispy shrimp, avocado cream and fish roe
Tuna Tartare with crispy shrimp, avocado cream and fish roe

Over the course of the evening, Steve shared a history of the Italian restaurant which is now celebrating its 30th year.

Crispy Chicken Livers with port balsamic glaze, glass spinach and toasted pine nuts
Crispy Chicken Livers with port balsamic glaze, glass spinach and toasted pine nuts

In May 1985 Steve purchased a locally-owned restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston. He revamped the interior, menu and wine list, but kept the name — Davio’s.

Seared East Halibut with white asparagus and lobster risotto
Seared East Halibut with white asparagus and lobster risotto

Since then the original location has moved, and Davio’s has expanded — with three additional locations in Massachusetts, and one in Philadelphia, Manhattan and Atlanta. Look for Davio’s to head west next, with a restaurant being planned for Los Angeles.

Colorado Rack of Lamb with sunchokes, summer pea purée and white balsamic gastrique
Colorado Rack of Lamb with sunchokes, summer pea purée and white balsamic gastrique

Steve has also published a book, It’s All About the Guest. In it he shares engaging stories of how he became successful in the restaurant industry, along with 12 signature Davio’s recipes. Click here to purchase a signed copy.

Panna Cotta with Prosecco macerated strawberries and peanut brittle
Panna Cotta with Prosecco macerated strawberries and peanut brittle

Davio’s is open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Davio’s Atlanta, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30326. 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl