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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Returns in June

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns for its 7th year this June, showcasing the best of the South’s restaurants, food, drinks, spirits and beyond.

From Thursday, June 1st through Sunday, June 4th, unique food and beverage traditions from Texas to D.C. will be served up in more than 80 Learning Experiences, plus dinners, events and the can’t miss all-you-can-indulge Tasting Tents.

Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalComing together for the four day fete in Midtown Atlanta are award-winning chefs, mixologists, barbecue pit-masters, sommeliers, mixologists and local growers.

The best strategy is to come prepared with how you want to travel through the South. Is it through food? There are Learning Experiences about barbecue sauce, soul food vegetables and oysters. Is it through drinks? There is Bourbon, southern craft beers and Virginia’s award-winning wine. Or are you looking for a global experience, going beyond Atlanta to other southern regions around the globe? There’s Chilean, South African and Australian wine seminars, and even one on sake.

One thing is for sure – no matter the event, you’ll experience the best in wine and food. Be sure to share it via social media, with hashtags #AFWF17 and #KnowTheSouth.

If you don’t yet have tickets, here are the details:

Individual Tasting Tent Pass – $100 per Tasting Tent ticket
Day Pass – $175 per day
Weekend Pass – $435 for full weekend
Connoisseur Experience –$600 – $1,800 per ticket
Dinners & Evening Events – $25 – $225 per person, per dinner/event

Click here to purchase tickets

The Tasting Tents are open Friday, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm; Saturday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Extra advice: wear comfy shoes so you can enjoy the festival to its fullest extent. The main action happens at the Loews Hotel at 1065 Peachtree Street NE, and the Tasting Tents are located a short walk away, at Piedmont Park’s Greensward Promenade (there is a shuttle from the Loews and golf carts from the 12th street entrance to Piedmont Park). Taking public transportation or Uber is recommended, or have a designated driver. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.

For all information, visit atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

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Related: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Celebrates the South

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Southern Gentleman

A Twist on Tradition at The Southern Gentleman

A tip of the hat to The Southern Gentleman, the new restaurant offering traditional favorites with a modern twist in the Buckhead Atlanta development.

The southern influenced gastropub is the place to go for a post work drink or dinner with friends. You’ll find a chef-driven menu with locally sourced ingredients in a laid back yet sophisticated setting.

Bourbon fans – and those hoping to discover what makes bourbon so good – will love the cocktail menu. Try the East of Hudson, The Southern Gentleman’s take on a Manhattan, or that week’s Barrel Aged Cocktail. If you want your whiskey without all the fuss, there’s a list of more than 80 kinds of bourbon, rye and Scotch. There’s also a selection of draft and bottled beer, and wine by the glass and bottle.

Southern Gentleman cocktails

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New Details for Terminus

Update: As reported earlier, Terminus City will be the name of Chef Kevin Gillespie’s second restaurant. While the location has not been disclosed, Andreas Muller has been announced as chef de cuisine. Terminus CityMuller was one of the original culinary team members at Gunshow and has worked with Gillespie for years.

Terminus City has also announced a special tailgate for the Falcons’ home opener and will be offering a catering service while the location is being finalized.

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fireworks

Celebrating July 4th in Atlanta

Staying in town for Independence Day or visiting the city for the holiday weekend? Here is a roundup on special offerings at Atlanta restaurants, organized by neighborhood.

Scroll to the end for Alpharetta, Avondale Estates, Decatur, Roswell and Sandy Springs.

Buckhead

Del Frisco’s Grille
Overlooking Peachtree Road and Lenox Square Mall, the double-decker patio is the perfect spot to enjoy Fourth of July festivities. After cheering on Peachtree Road Race runners, enjoy brunch favorites like the build-your-own bloody Mary, red velvet Belgian waffle and crab cake benedict from 11am to 3pm. In the evening, take in the red, white and blue fireworks over drinks and dinner.
3376 Peachtree Road, 404.537.2828, delfriscosgrille.com/atlanta

F&B Atlanta
F&B will offer a barbecue that showcases American favorites like beef sliders, macaroni and cheese, potato salad with dill sauce and a festive 4th of July sheet cake while incorporating the restaurant’s signature Belgian-inspired French flair in the French style baby back ribs, grilled corn on the cob with parsley butter sauce and Philippe’s iceberg cup “BLT” salad. The menu will be available for $36 per guest, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations for the barbecue are required.  Located on the first floor of the Ritz Carlton Residences, F&B Atlanta is within walking distance to Lenox Square Mall, so guests can easily take in Atlanta’s most famous firework show after enjoying dinner.
3630 Peachtree Rd NE, 404.254.1797, fandbatl.com

Smokebelly BBQ
Celebrating Independence Day with live music, $5 craft cocktails and $2 PBR cans. The regular menu will be offered.
128 East Andrews Dr NW, 404.848.9100, smokebellybbq.com

Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Southern Art will be extending brunch on July 4 until 2:30pm and Bourbon Bar will have its weekly All-American Pork & Punch happy hour. From 5 to 8pm chef de cuisine Keoko Turner will be grilling up brats, ground bacon BLT sliders and Coca-Cola glazed BBQ pork rib tips alongside the weekly single-batch seasonal punch bowls mixed by head mixologist Toki Sears. Live music will keep the party going on the terrace overlooking Peachtree Road.
3315 Peachtree Road NE, 404.946.9070, southernart.com

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Max’s Wine Dive Opens July 1

Opening at 12th & Midtown on July 1st: MAX’s Wine Dive, offering gourmet comfort food alongside an expertly curated selection of wines from around the world in a casual, rock-n-roll atmosphere.

Max's Wine DiveWith a mantra of “Fried Chicken and Champagne… Why the Hell Not?!?,” the Houston-based concept features a dual-sided menu consisting of “Wine Dive Classics” and a chef-driven seasonal items from Executive Chef Jason Hall (formerly of Saltyard and Livingston Restaurant + Bar).

MAX’s Wine Dive will serve dinner Monday through Thursday and brunch, lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

MAX’s Wine Dive, 77 12th Street NE, Suite 6B, Atlanta (Midtown)
404.249.0445, maxswinedive.com/atlanta-12th-street

Terminus City Preview

Next weekend Atlantans can get an exclusive sneak peek at the menu for Terminus City, the highly anticipated upcoming restaurant from Chef Kevin Gillespie.

The restaurant will feature Gillespie’s native Southern cuisine, though the location and details are still a secret.

Terminus City“I’ve had this dream for so many years. To have the opening of Terminus City so near is really exciting,” said Gillespie via a press release from Melissa Libby & Associates. “I’m a Southern guy through and through, and I can’t wait to share this next culinary venture with everyone.”

The preview will be held on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th at Gunshow, Gillespie’s flagship restaurant in Glenwood Park.

From noon to 8pm guests will dine on chopped whole hog barbecue, chicken-fried steak or a vegetarian entrée. Heaping helpings of country vegetable sides will be offered (and replenished) via Gunshow’s rolling carts.

Seating is first-come, first-served, and Gunshow will not offer its regular service.

Takeout is available à la carte with barbecued meats, slaw, Brunswick stew, cornbread, sandwiches and fried pies (dine-in items may differ from to-go items).

For more information on the upcoming Terminus City visit their Facebook page or call 404.380.1886.

Terminus City Preview at Gunshow, Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5 from 12pm to 8pm. 924 Garrett Street, Atlanta (Glenwood Park).
404.380.1886, gunshowatl.com

A New Era for the Old Vinings Inn

Old is new at the Old Vinings Inn. A longtime landmark on Paces Mill Road, the restaurant is beginning a new era, with new management and a new executive chef.

Old Vinings InnIt’s an evolution, not a revolution, according to new owner Lee Schulman. Since the transition in mid April the Old Vinings Inn hasn’t missed a beat, offering simple yet satisfying upscale southern cuisine.

Though Executive Chef Don Diem has added his touch to the menu, longtime diners will still recognize the Old Vinings Inn. At the same time, it gives new diners a reason to choose it for a special night out.

The Old Vinings Inn is the total package — a charming setting in a historic building, friendly and attentive staff, and delicious southern food. Even the yeast rolls are tasty. Topped with melted honey butter, you’ll have a tough time eating just one.

charcuterie plateIn addition to wines offered by the glass and bottle, Old Vinings Inn has a tempting selection of cocktails. Try the Old Vinings Inn Plantation Punch, made with St. Germain, Campari, champagne and fresh grapefruit juice. Or try the Chattahoochee, made with Jim Beam, St. Germain, ginger beer, lemon juice and bitters.

To start, try the Charcuterie Plate. It comes with a selection of house pickled vegetables, salumi, cheese, flatbread and a generous serving of Chef Diem’s pimento cheese, a real guilty pleasure.

gulf coast oystersNot to be missed are the Blue Corn Crusted Gulf Coast Oysters. Big and juicy, they’re perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor.

For the main course, try the Pecan Mountain Trout. The pecans add a wonderful flavor and texture to the fish. The Pan Seared Lamb Lollipops offer a touch of sweet with savory. They’re served with a wild mushroom and leek farmhouse bread pudding.

If you want to stay more traditional, go for the Buttermilk Fried Chicken or the Shrimp & Grits.

peach pieYou’ll have a hard time choosing among the side dishes, but make sure the Pot Likker Collards are one of them. They just may be some of the best collard greens you’ll find in Atlanta.

If you have room for dessert try the Farmhouse Peach Pie, which comes with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

The night doesn’t have to end when you get the check. Head upstairs to the cozy Attic Bar for a digestif. There’s live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night starting at 9pm.

Old Vinings Inn, 3011 Paces Mill Road, Atlanta, 30339. (770) 438-2282
Dinner Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 3pm.
The Attic Bar is open beginning at 5pm.

The Varsity

Fly & Dine at ATL: Your Guide to Where to Eat at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

If your travel plans take you through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you’ll want to arrive early. With a host of new restaurants, there have never been more delicious dining options for travelers.

The airport offers a true taste of Atlanta, including favorite in-town restaurants like Ecco and landmarks like The Varsity.

Whether you’re leaving town, returning home or just passing through, here are restaurants to check out at the Atlanta airport.

Atrium (Pre-Security)

Atlanta Bread Company
Offering pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Location: Atrium Northeast
Hours: Open 24 hours

Atlanta ChopHouse
Offering fresh cut choice steaks, burgers, drinks and more. Offers meeting rooms for business groups to rent.
Location: Atrium Northeast
Hours: 6am – 10pm

Concourse A

Brioche Dorée
A Parisian-style café bakery specializing in French urban cuisine.
Location: A Centerpoint
Hours: 5:30am – 11pm

Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House
Get a taste of Samuel Adams’ favorite and seasonal brews, plus a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and chicken wings.
Location: A 12
Hours: 6am – last flight on A

Concourse B

Cafe Intermezzo
A European-style coffee house offering lunch, dinner, dessert and a variety of coffee beverages.
Location: B Centerpoint
Hours: 6am – 11pm

SweetWater Draft House & Grill
The restaurant from the Atlanta microbrewery offers a range of beers and a menu of American cuisine.
Location: B 11
Hours: 6am – 11pm

Concourse C

Atlanta Bread Company
Offering pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Location: C 30
Hours: 5am – last flight on C

Brews & Blues
Featuring southern style cooking with beef brisket, pork, turkey and chicken sandwiches.
Location: C 6
Hours: 9am – last flight on C

Burgers, BBQ & Brew
A sitdown restaurant offering a spot for a quick bite to eat.
Location: C Centerpoint
Hours: 6am – last flight on C

Chick-fil-AChick-fil-A
Quick-service chicken restaurant featuring sandwiches, salads and nuggets.
Location: C 21
Hours: 5:30am – 11pm

Miller Lite Victory Lane
Offering draft beers and traditional bar food.
Location: C 12
Hours: 6am – last flight on C

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Offering fresh burritos, tacos, fajitas and nachos.
Location: C 14
Hours: 6am – last flight on C

The Varsity
One of two airport locations (with Concourse F) of the famous Atlanta drive-in restaurant, offering chili cheese dogs, burgers and Frosted Oranges.
Location: C 21
Hours: 5:30am – 11pm

D Concourse

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
The local burger restaurant offers fresh ground burgers, fries, onion rings and Boozy Shakes.
Location: D 30
Hours: 7am – 10:30pm

E Concourse

One Flew South
An upscale restaurant featuring spirited global fare and sushi, with an extensive wine and cocktail list.
Location: E Centerpoint
Hours: 12pm – 11pm

F Concourse

Ecco Atlanta airportEcco
The airport location of the European-influenced restaurant located in Midtown Atlanta features fresh, seasonal fare.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 10am – 10pm

French Meadow Bakery Café
Offers upscale sandwiches, desserts and more.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 6am – last flight on F

Jekyll Island Seafood Company
Featuring fresh and fried seafood dishes and southern favorites like shrimp and grits.
Location: F 9
Hours: 9am – 11pm

Lorena Garcia Tapas BarLorena Garcia Tapas Bar
Offering a selection of small bites and sandwiches.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – 10:30pm

Maison Mathis
Offering European-inspired sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages, as well as Belgian beer.
Location: F 3
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

The Original El TacoThe Original El Taco
A spirited Mexican restaurant featuring fresh food, margaritas and frozen mojitos.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

Pecan BistroThe Pecan
The airport location of the College Park restaurant offers upscale southern cuisine.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 6am – last flight on F

Pei Wei Asian Diner
Offering Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai cuisine.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

Pei Wei and The VarsityThe Varsity
One of two airport locations (with Concourse C) of the famous Atlanta drive-in restaurant, offering chili cheese dogs, burgers and Frosted Oranges.
Location: F Mezzanine
Hours: 9am – last flight on F

Bon voyage and bon appetit!

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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

South City Kitchen’s Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

South City Kitchen Midtown is celebrating its 20th anniversary in April. Bring a taste of the sophisticated southern restaurant into your own home with their recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes and Red Pepper Coulis.

Fried Green Tomatoes

fried green tomatoesIngredients:
• 4 green tomatoes sliced into ¼ in slices
• 1 lb goat cheese
• 1 cup flour for dusting
• 6 eggs whisked
• 2 cup bread crumbs
• salt and pepper
• oil for frying

Directions:
Season green tomato slices generously with salt and pepper. Place about one tablespoon of the goat cheese on the tomato slices with a spoon.

One at a time, dust with flour, dip in egg and coat with bread crumbs. Deep fry at 375 °F and deep fry until golden brown.

Red Pepper Coulis

Ingredients:
• 6 sweet red peppers
• 1 large onion
• 6 cloves garlic
• 6 fresh basil leaves
• 1 cup tomato juice
•  ½ cup white wine
•  ¼ cup sugar
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Cut onion and peppers into one inch pieces and smash garlic with the side of a knife. Sweat onions, peppers and garlic until translucent. Add sugar and stir. Add white wine and reduce by half. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Puree in food processor and strain. Season with salt and pepper.

photo provided by South City Kitchen Midtown