Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Atlanta 4th of July Festivities

Mr. AT and I are packing up the car and heading to Hilton Head for the long weekend. For those kicking it staycation style, here are some fun goings-on for you!

At Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highlands, enjoy the 3rd Annual Pig Roast on July 4. A 70 - 80 lb. Riverview Farms Berkshire pig will go into La Caja China, a plywood box lined with metal. Glowing charcoal is heaped on top, and four hours later the pork is fork-tender perfect for the $15-per-person "Meat and Three" deal. Guests can choose pork and/or Big Green Egg-smoked all-natural chicken; three sides of your choice -- house-baked beans with smoked bacon, grilled corn on the cob, Atkins Park's famous potato salad, creamy cole slaw, vine-ripe tomato salad, braised pole beans and macaroni and cheese; Texas toast, three house-made barbeque sauces and a choice of Southern banana pudding or homemade peach ice cream. Seeing that July 4 falls on a Sunday this year, Atkins Park guests also will have the option of ordering from the Sunday brunch menu from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. or from the bar menu all day long. (794 North Highland Avenue; 404-876-7249)

Want to get out of town but not go too far? Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery adds a dash of live bluegrass to its red and white wines to unfurl the 8th Annual Reds, Whites and Bluegrass Brunch in the Vineyards. Celebrate the birth of the United States of America on July 4 over Southern regional cuisine with special wine and gift pricing. $30 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Call ahead to reserve your place at the 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. seating. (180 Wolf Mountain Trail in Dahlonega; 706-867-9862)
Atkins Park
Go whole hog and honor Independence Day at the Woodfire Grill BBQ & Beer party from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Chef and Top Chef runner-up Kevin Gillespie will roast a whole hog. The three-course, all-American dinner is $38 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and SweetWater draft specials will keep beer mugs full all evening long. Beer sale proceeds will pour into SweetWater Brewing Company's "Save the Hooch" campaign for ecological stewardship of the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries and watershed. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. (1782 Cheshire Bridge Road; 404-347-9055)

The Bar at The Georgian Terrace Hotel & Livingston Restaurant will play host to Flux, Bill Kaelin and the DJ Vicki Powell’s two-day event of cocktail sipping, brunch relaxing and pool splashing, Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4, with the added fun of watching the city’s July 4 fireworks from the spectacular vantage point rooftop pool. The weekend kicks off with a party in the bar on Saturday night followed by Sunday brunch specials, including a make your own Bloody Mary bar, and a rooftop pool party until 10 p.m. on Sunday. (659 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown)

Want the traditional Atlanta experience (well at least the traditional one of my 4th of July's past?), head to Lenox Square for the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. On the 4th, enjoy the Kids Zone play area opening at 12 p.m. Musical entertainment from City Heat and Party on the Moon (who I can vouch for as totally awesome) begins at 6 p.m. And, of course, fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. (Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd., N.E., 404.233.6767)

Two Urban Licks $21 Fourth of July menu features all-you-can-eat Texas Style BBQ with complimentary beer and wine, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.



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