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Friday, August 26, 2011

Freight and Tap - Woodstock

51 E. Main Street Woodstock, GA
770 601 6858
Celebrated Atlanta Chef Robert Morneweck of Smyrna’s Crepe Revolution Restaurant has announced the planned opening of Freight Kitchen & Tap in Woodstock’s revered train depot in the heart of the downtown district. Chef Morneweck and business partner Neel Sengupta plan to introduce their new American tavern in August of this year. The duo look to provide the Woodstock community with a polished casual dining experience, focusing on American fare and the fast growing craft beer and artisan whiskey movements.
Neel Sengupta and Chef Morneweck

Freight Kitchen & Tap is planned to be part gathering spot, part watering hole and part dinner house. The menu is an American blend of reinterpreted pub classics, small plates, and featured entrees. Chef Morneweck is known for his use of fresh ingredients; he’s been known to purchase fresh vegetables and herbs from local gardens and green thumb enthusiasts in his pursuit of a quality dining experience.  With weekend features planned around cuts like aged prime rib, the occasional porter house and an assortment of fresh catch, Freight is Woodstock’s answer to the gastro pub cum steak-house. The restaurant is an American upscale tavern without the pretentious service and big city price tags. The team calls this approach to their food and service polished casual. “Our guests are all so busy with life that they don’t need more rules on how to eat and what to wear for a night out on the town, or to worry about whether their dining plans will impress the neighbors,” says Morneweck.  “Instead we’re creating a restaurant space that says join us on your terms, come as you are and relax.”

Freight is a place for professionals to unwind, to enjoy an approachable meal while they consider the next couple of micro-brewed beers they’ll explore or the small batch bourbon they’ll sip. The focus on craft beer and artisan spirits will be like no other in the community. The restaurant will offer beer classes and dinners, whiskey tastings, home brew lessons, and appearances by professional distillers and professional beer makers.   

To prepare great tasting food in a culturally and historically significant landmark like the community’s train depot is an honor and privilege. The partners believe that it requires a concept that goes beyond a cold beer and a good burger, it requires a concept that is willing to explore local and regional culinary traditions. Freight, as the name implies, is the culinary exploration of the movement food and drink from field to kitchen, to the community table with a purposeful nod to the almost one hundred year old train depot.

Freight was the shared vision of the Downtown community developers Cheri and Terry Morris, and the duo from Crepe Revolution. Their goal was to invigorate and capture the community’s love for its depot by serving classic American fare in a simple chef-driven way, while paying homage to the beautiful restoration of the depot and its place in Woodstock’s past, present and vibrant future. Freight will serve lunch, dinner and brunch. The restaurant’s team of service and culinary professionals is excited to serve the Woodstock community.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Painting with a Twist

 1635 Old Hwy. 41, NW Suite 107, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Crew from Painting with a Twist
Laura Alford, owner
I had the pleasure of speaking with local entrepreneur Laura Alford, owner of Painting with a Twist of Kennesaw, a new place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist in a fun atmosphere.  "If you are a wine enthusiast, we have plenty of options for you to choose from to paint!"  Alford is currently working on future "Painting with Pinot and/or Merlot" nights.  "We provide your paint, canvas and brushes!" says Alford.  At Painting With a Twist, all you need to supply is your favorite bottle of wine and snacks and let your creativity grow!

PWAT is part of a growing national franchise that provides guests a unique ‘getaway’ allowing residents the option to bring in and uncork their favorite bottle of wine while exploring their creative side. Led by local art instructors, Atlanta residents paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases. During each instructional painting session, guests recreate an existing painting to produce a personal piece of artwork that they can leave the studio with that same day.

Classes at PWAT
"The artwork is copyrighted by many different artists and there are over 1500 you can choose from to paint!" said Alford. “We are offering lighthearted entertainment that merges creativity and a social gathering where friends come together to create memorable pieces of artwork.”
Vernon, Managing Artist giving instruction

Instruction during class

In keeping with the founders’ fundraising roots, Painting with a Twist of Kennesaw is passionate about supporting their local community. With the Painting with a Purpose program, Painting with a Twist of Kennesaw will donate 85% percent of their proceeds during a charity event to raise funds for local University of Georgia baseball player, Jonathan Taylor, who was left paralyzed during a collision with a teammate during a game earlier this year.

In addition to supporting the local community, Painting with a Twist of Kennesaw also offers private parties for corporate outings, bachelorette parties, sorority functions, date nights and special events. The studio is able to accommodate up to 56 people per gathering, making painting accessible for a few friends or a private party.  Class prices are $35 for a 2 hour class and $45 for a 3 hour class.  Seniors and children paint for $25.
Wine and Dine

Wine Lovers

Wine Pre Party


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