Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Atlanta Restaurant Halloween Events

Halloween is still one of my favorite nights of the year, despite the fact that it has gotten decidedly less exciting since I exited the single world (seriously, if you are single, get your butt to a Halloween party. It’s the best night of the year to meet people!) No idea what Mr. AT and I will be doing this year yet. All I am sure of is that it won’t involve candy since the wedding is mere weeks away.

Local restaurants and chefs are getting in on the spook-tastic action, too. Here’s a roundup of what’s going on if you can’t resist the urge to dine out in your costume-finest.


El Taco

Open at 4pm and all kids 12 and under in costume eat free until 6pm.

6-11pm adult costume contest from . They’ll take your picture and post to the El Taco facebook fan page ( on Sunday--the costume with the most votes by Monday night will win a $100 Fifth Group Restaurants dining card; the runner-up will receive a $50 dining card.

Great Chefs Pumpkin Carving Contest

Where: The Atlanta Botanical Garden

When: Thursday, October 29 from 7-8 p.m.

What: Five Atlanta chefs will square off and put their pumpkin-carving prowess to the test during Fest-of-Ale. The chefs will be given 25 minutes to carve an award-winning masterpiece out of a giant pumpkin, and the winner will be declared by audience applause. Following the competition, the carved pumpkins will be sold in a silent auction benefitting the Garden.

Who: Top Chef & Woodfire Grill’s Chef Kevin Gillespie, Babette's CafĂ©’s Chef Joey Bridgers, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead’s Chef Victor Dagatan, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta’s Chef Andrew Miller, and Sun in my Belly’s Alison Lueker,

Shed at Glenwood

4 pm Trick of Treating in Glenwood Park

5 pm Kids costume parade

6-8 Special kids drop off at haunted house and kid friendly scary movie

6-8 Adult costume competition, judging at all Glenwood Park storefronts

9 pm Winner announced at Brasfield Square – win a Scooter!

Ra Sushi

What: Costume contest, food, drink specials and Top 40 tracks and horror movie theme songs.

The DJ will announce the costume contest champions at 10 p.m. and first, second and third place winners will receive RA Sushi gift certificates ranging from $25 to $100.

"Potent Potions" for the evening include Vampire's Kiss, Bloody Brain and Skullini for $7 apiece. The special "Boo Bites" menu will feature the Creepy Cali Roll ($6), Voodoo Roll ($7) and Spider Roll ($7).


I’m off to Los Angeles tomorrow for my grad school reunion. Will update you on my fave LA eats next week!



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