Friday, May 1, 2015

Fire in the Fourth - May 2 in Old Fourth Ward

Fire in the 4th - O4W Atlanta, GA

Fire breathers, aerialists, live music, comedy, fire installations and a fireman competition...what's not to love?  Don't miss this incredibly unique fundraiser and neighborhood event this Saturday! Get the full details here.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Atlanta Valentine's Day Dining 2015

February is for lovers...or something like that. So order those flowers and make those reservations stat if you don't want to end up in the dog house.

Cake & Cream Bouquet from TheBouqs.com

First the flowers. The Bouqs is a super cool way to get flowers - no hidden fees, no sad looking bouquets that are past their prime. Just beautiful arrangements fresh from a South American volcano (seriously). And lucky you, if you're a new customer, you can get you a $40 bouquet for free! Get your sweetie something pretty here.

The Adventurous Tastes family has our own new Valentine this year: Francesca (Frankie) joins our other sweetie, Gemma, and our hearts are truly overflowing! So we'll be kicking it at home this year, but if we're lucky we can at least snag a sitter for an adults only lunch out! For those of you who still get to leave the house...there are no shortage of special menus for V-day, but you're cutting it close on timing to snag a table, so get moving!

Watershed
4-course meal with bubble for $75. Just say yes to Onion Glazed Short Rib and something called Hot Milk Cake.

Sky High Dinner at Polaris
Treat your honey to a romantic dinner with a view at Polaris on Friday, February 13, or Saturday, February 14. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, Polaris will offer a special prix-fixe menu for $55 per person featuring items such as heirloom baby beet salad, lobster cocktail, sea salt-infused filet mignon and “strawberries and champagne” dessert. Choose from optional wine pairings for $25 per person or Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails like “Old Fashioned Potion” and “Queen of Hearts”. Limited reservations are available at Polaris@hyatt.com or 404.460.6425.

Wine Tasting at Portofino
Prolong the love this Valentine’s Day with a special bubbly tasting at Portofino on Sunday, February 15. After a night of feasting on seared duck leg and lamb Bolognese, let wine expert Michael Gallant guide you through a special tasting of 12 sparkling wines presented in four flights and paired with a selection of light appetizers. The tasting is $40 per person, all-inclusive. Reserve your seat by calling 404.231.1136.
Atlanta Valentine's Day Dining Options
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Livingston
Enjoy a three-course meal from Chef Michael Semancik. On both Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, guests can expect a menu of holiday-inspired dishes. On Friday night, all menu items will be offered a la carte and on Saturday night, the same menu will be offered at a set price of $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call 404-897-5000 today to make a reservation.

Cook Hall
Bring your sweetheart and come celebrate Valentine’s weekend at Cook Hall! Join them for dinner on February 13th or 14th and choose from one of their Valentine-inspired Blackboard Specials from Chef David Gross in addition to their All Day Menu. On the 15th, join them as they give their classic brunch a Valentine twist complete with $5 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

Cibo e Beve
Enjoy a prix fixe four course dinner from Chef Linda Harrell. Choose from a variety of dishes, including Fresh Scallops, Charred Octopus, Beef and Veal Lasagna, Spaghetti al ‘Cacio e Pepe”, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Seared Salmon, Salted Caramel Panna Cotta and more.  This will be offered at a set price of $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Please call 404.250.8988 today to make a reservation, as space is limited.

Rathbun's
Friday (2/13) Regular menu or choice of a four course set menu for $85.00. Saturday (2/14) Prix Fix menu only with choices for $85.00. Current open times include nine o'clock or later.

KR Steakbar
Friday (2/13) Regular menu or choice of a four course set menu for $85.00. Saturday (2/14) Prix Fix menu only with choices for $85.00. Current open times include 5:30, 6:00, 6:15, 8:45 and later.

Three-course pre-fixe menus ($45) featuring South City favorites and new exciting flavors. Nothing says I love you quite like she-crab soup and buttermilk fried chicken!

Three-course pre-fixe menu ($55) for a romantic evening in Italy. Duck tortellini and flourless sea salt and olive oil chocolate cake will inspire some amore for sure.

Both offer a romantic Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner for two from 5-11 p.m. For $79 plus tax and gratuity, couples will enjoy a four-course menu that includes grilled Belgian endive salad, a shareable chef's tasting of smoked salmon mousse cups and mini crabcake bites, as well as an entrée choice for each person, such as cumin-crusted duck breast, roasted lamb loin or a surf and turf with lobster tail and filet medallions. Spoon a swoon-worthy dessert, chocolate soufflé for two. Make reservations online or by phone:  404-602-5510 or  404-872-8012.
Aqua Blue
From Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15, a Valentine's three-course prix fixe dinner is $50 per person (excluding tax or gratuity), and the à la carte menu also is available for those who already have a "love" on the menu. Reservations: 770-643-8886.
Aria
In the heart of Buckhead, a four-course dinner at Aria sets the stage for romance on Saturday, February 14. Chef Gerry Klaskala's avant-garde take on fine American cuisine woos and wows for $95 per person. You know it's romantic - it's where we went the night we got engaged! Reservations: 404-233-7673.
Flip
Nothing says romance like a burger, right? If you're feeling casual this year, check out Flip's special Valentine's lobster burger available February 13-15. The loaded lobster roll burger hugs a topping of Duke's mayo, crème fraîche, shallots, chives, parsley, avocado and pecan-smoked bacon, all on a toasted brioche bun for just $19.
Nikolai's Roof
Love is way up in the air on the 30th floor of Hilton Atlanta where an elegant dinner at Nikolai's Roof awaits weekend view seekers. Chef de cuisine Stephanie Alderete is offering a five-course prix fixe menu along with the regular menu on Friday, February 13. On Saturday, February 14, only the prix fixe option will be available. Featured dishes include jumbo lump crab terrine, seared foie gras, sautéed swordfish or braised short ribs, and a dark chocolate soufflé to finish. $110 per person, with a four-glass wine pairing for $55 or five glasses for $58. Reservations: 404-221-6362.
The Pig & The Pearl
Over February 13-14, both seafood and smoked meat lovers will adore the special three-course lunch and dinner menu. Fan the flames of desire with a shared appetizer course of smoked deviled eggs, poached shrimp and smoked salmon followed by a shared smoke stack of pork shoulder, brisket, wings, ribs, mustard greens, mac & cheese and Sea Island red pea "baked beans." Finish sweetly with flourless tuxedo chocolate cake served with bubbles. $80 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. Lovely additions: four seats will be available at the raw bar each night for a seven-course menu personally designed and prepared by chef Todd Richards and featuring the finest oysters, caviar, smoked meats and vegetables. $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 404-541-0930.
The Southern Gentleman
This new gastropub in the Buckhead Atlanta development will dazzle and delight guests with a three-course prix fixe menu rich with lobster and grits, black truffle-celery soup, flounder, petite filet of beef, chocolate buttermilk cake and strawberry cheesecake. Dinner is $65 per person. Reservations: 404-939-9845.
ONE. midtown kitchen
Saturday, February 14th | 4-11 p.m.
Enjoy a special a la carte menu! Pair this with craft cocktails and the fantastic view of the Atlanta skyline and you can’t go wrong.
Reservations are required, call 404.892.4111 or visit onemidtownkitchen.com
TWO urban licks
Saturday, February 14th | 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Enjoy a live band, a great view of the city, menu specials highlighting the best the season has to offer. 
For reservations call 404.522.4622 or visit twourbanlicks.com.
PARISH
Saturday, February 14th | 5-11p.m.
PARISH will be offering a special featured menu along with modern cocktails and a raw bar for the occasion. To make your reservations call 404.681.4434 or visit parishatl.com.
The Spence
Saturday, February 14th | 5 – 11 p.m. 
Enjoy special a la carte menu and each table will leave with a complimentary sweet surprise. For reservations visit thespenceatl.com or call 404.892.9111.
Lobby Bar & Bistro
They're offering a three-course menu offered Thursday, February 12th - Saturday, February 14th. Cost is $39.95 per person. Make your reservation today, call 404.961.7370 or visit lobbyattwelve.com.
Room at TWELVE
Thursday, February 12th through Saturday, February 14th, enjoy a special three-course menu for $55 per person. To make your reservation today or to view the full menu, visit roomattwelve.com or call 404.418.1250.

Looking to do more than just eat?

Preserving Place
Imagine Valentine’s Day dinner at a candle-lit table, enjoying a four-course meal that you prepared on your own: Preserving Place can make this a reality! Join classically trained Chef Jorge Céspedes at Preserving Place on February 14th from​ 6 - 9 p.m. as he leads you through this hands-on class, producing a four-course meal that you will enjoy at our farm table. ​Participants will prepare and enjoy roasted fingerling potato slice with creamy aioli and southern aged American ham; tomato & shellfish consomme with steamed mussels, beautiful Southern shrimp, and fresh caught market fish; a sweet pea, orange and rosemary risotto with a juniper spice blend-rubbed salmon; and for dessert, red wine & white chocolate mousse with a vanilla and red wine reduction gelee, cinnamon crumble and a soft & airy whipped cream. Th​is ​​​class is $125 per person. To reserve your spot, please ​register via http://bit.ly/1KkANVb or call (404) 815-JAMS.

Hate V-Day or still on the prowl? Here's an Anti-Valentine's option...

Bellwood's Social House
Friday the 13th doesn’t have to be unlucky! Head to Bellwoods Social House from next Friday and take advantage of the last opportunity to find a date for Valentine’s Day! Sip spirited festively-named cocktails, such as “hot babysitter” and “love me Tinder,” crafted just for the evening. The party will kick off at 9 p.m. when DJ Kevin Dispain sets the tone, mixing tracks from the last few decades. Guests can mingle and chat by the fireplace or toast cocktails and dance near the bar…then come back on Saturday when Bellwoods will transition into a date night spot with live music by Nashville, Tennessee’s The Len and Pete Show beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Bad break-up? Another year single? Bitter cuz you don’t have a sitter? We’ve all been there. If you’re dreading the arrival of February 14th this year, you’re in luck. El Taco is here to make you feel better for Stupid Cupid Night with drink and food specials.

Enjoy shots of Jilted Juice (pineapple-infused tequila) for $4 each and Rebound-a-Ritas (blood orange skinny margaritas) for $6 each or $25 for a pitcher.

Bring your single friends for their “Misery Loves Company” dinner special. It serves 3-5 people for $60 and includes:

Your choice of:
  • Classic Tastes Trio (salsa, guacamole, queso blanco) or Trio Royale (salsa, guacamole, queso royale)
  • 10 tacos
  • two desserts
  • Plus, add a pitcher of Rebound-a-Ritas for $20 more
Hobnob
From 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., the restaurant hosts a Broken Hearts Club singles party with all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink beer and bubbly. Party tickets are $29 per person in advance; $39 at the door. Reservations: 404-968-2288.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Red Gold Lasagna - Recipe and Giveaway

RG_Logo_FullColor_TomatoesThe holidays are over, and months of dreary winter weather are still stretching out ahead of us. Comfort food is definitely in order! And what says warm winter comfort better than lasagna like your Nona would have made (minus hours of slaving away)? You're in luck because Adventurous Tastes is giving away a Red Gold lasagna kit.

Family-owned, Red Gold has been around since the 1940s focused on growing local in the Midwest. You gotta feel good about that, right?

Red Gold's Origins



The kit is a gift pack of tomatoes, lasagna noodles, a Red Gold reusable tote, apron, coupon and recipes, Red Gold also will be hosting a promotion starting Jan. 13 during which twice a week they will give away a Le Creuset Lasagna Pan, a Simple Gourmet Lasagna Kit, Red Gold spatula, Garfield Toy, coupons and an apron. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/RedGold to enter on or after Jan. 13th.

Here's how to enter:


Red Gold’s basic lasagna recipe can be layered together in just minutes with Red Gold tomatoes and three cheeses…. And of course you can add all kinds of things to give it your own personal twist.

Here's their basic recipe:

Red Gold All in One Lasagna

ALL IN ONE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1/2 cup water
1 (28 ounce) can Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes, or 2 (15 ounce) cans Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt to taste
1 (16 ounce) box traditional lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 (15 ounce) carton low fat ricotta cheese
3 cups (16 ounce) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350o F. In large mixing bowl combine water, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning and salt.

Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan with 1½ cups of sauce mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapped.  Top with ½ of ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarela cheese and 1 cup of sauce.  Repeat layers and top with last 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours; until noodles are cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

The recipe makes 12 servings, but you could divide the recipe into two 9x9 inch baking dishes and freeze one for a wintry night supper.

Variations:

Add 1 pound ground Italian sausage or lean ground beef, cooked and drained, to the tomato mixture of the basic recipe.

For added color, flavor and nutrition add 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and water removed, as another layer after the cheese layers.

Add both Italian sausage and spinach for great nutritional value and appearance.  Use each as a layer in the recipe.

Add fresh basil to sauce for added color and flavor or sprinkle fresh basil on top as a garnish.
Use fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced, as an option to shredded mozzarella cheese.

For some other variations, try Chicken Parmesan Lasagna or Eggplant Florentine Lasagna.

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