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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Atlanta’s First Cidery: A legend in the making

Credit: Urban Tree Cidery
Located off Howell Mill Road in West Midtown, Urban Tree Cidery is the first of it’s kind here in Atlanta.   

Urban Cidery offers tastings and tours with 4-5 original ciders on tap, plus a fully stocked bar with local beers and cocktails.

There is a science behind making cider. Grapes and Hops Atlanta experienced a tasting, plus a tour of the back cidery room. We drank a sample of cider straight from their tanks without being processed into the cider that is ready “to drink” to the masses. 

"We are involved in every step of the process to let the very best characteristics shine through, “ said Tim Resuta, owner and head cider maker.

Credit: Grapes and Hops Atlanta

Our favorites included: The Classic, Barrel-Aged and Habanero Ginger.  The Classic is refreshing and bright.  It’s best paired with fish, fruit or soft cheeses. The Barrel-Aged Cider is fermented with champagne yeast.  It has hints of brown sugar, vanilla and oak.  It is best paired with roasted and grilled meats and strong cheeses.  The Habanero Ginger is one of a kind and trust us, you will just have to try it!

The space is quaint and rustic.  Every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Urban Tree will offer special growler fill discounts on their on tap ciders.

We will be back from more!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Miller Union executive chef recognized as nominee for “Best Chef: Southeast”

Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union and his debut cookbook, Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, have been named nominees for the 2016 James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Southeast” and “Photography” Book Awards, respectively. Announced today, March 15, in San Francisco, the James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.

Chef Satterfield’s “Best Chef: Southeast” nomination recognizes him as a chef who has set new or consistent standards of excellence in the Southeast region, along with chefs Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow in Atlanta; Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY.; Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis, Tenn.; and Tandy Wilson from City House in Nashville. His cookbook nomination recognizes Root to Leaf as a book contributing to the growing canon of information and knowledge about food and beverage, along with Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking by Darra Goldstein and Near and Far: A New Cookbook by 101 Cookbooks.

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 26, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The 2016 James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurant Award winners, including the winner of “Best Chef: Southeast,” will be announced on Monday, May 2, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. For more information, visit

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Portofino Wine Tasting Series

Buckhead’s Italian-American gem, Portofino, will continue its popular wine tasting series in 2016. Every third Sunday of the month, Portofino invites guests to gather in the restaurant’s private wine cellar for a private tasting and lesson led by wine expert Michael Gallant.

Each tasting will focus on a different theme, ranging from sparkling wines, rosés and Rhone varietals, and will feature 12 carefully selected wines presented in four flights. Executive chef Matt Marcus will provide light appetizers, expertly paired with each flight. Portofino’s wine tastings range from $35 to $55, including tax and gratuity, and begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re excited to bring back our monthly wine tasting series in 2016,” says Mike Anderson, owner of Portofino. “Since opening 15 years ago, Portofino has been committed to pouring a quality selection of unique wines, which has inspired our team to host these tastings and educate guests about different grape varieties, regions and tasting notes in an intimate setting.”

2016 Portofino Wine Tasting Schedule

Sunday, February 21
Sparkling Wines – $40

Sunday, March 20
Northern Italy – $35

Sunday, April 17
Tuscany – $40

Sunday, May 15
Rosés & Summer Whites – $35

Sunday, June 19
Father’s Day Cabernet – $45

Sunday, July 17
Southern Italy – $35

Sunday, August 21
France – $35

Sunday, September 18
Rhone Varietals – $35

Sunday, October 16
Pinot Noir – $40

Sunday, November 20
Reserve Wines – $55

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Metro Atlanta restaurant among 100 most romantic in U.S.

Setting the table for romance involves an array of ingredients: scrumptious food, alluring ambience, and bespoke service.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Viande Rouge, a restaurant in Duluth was just named among the most romantic restaurants in the nation by

Viande Rouge is an all prime American chophouse with a French flair.  Viande Rouge is located at 9810 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.

The OpenTable 100 Most Romantic Restaurants list honors the seductive spots at which couples are creating connections and savoring delicious memories. The list of honorees is based on an analysis of more than five million reviews of 20,000+ restaurants across the country – all submitted by verified diners as voted by OpenTable diners.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Westside Provisions is ready to play Cupid

Westside Provisions is ready to play Cupid this year with the return of its much-loved “A Pint and a Purchase” shopping experience. Beginning Sunday, February 7, and running through Sunday, February 14, participating retailers at Westside Provisions will make shopping for your cutie much easier by keeping a “wish list” of their favorite things. Simply visit your stores of choice during regular business hours, shop the list your Valentine has created and you’re done!  It is the perfect opportunity to purchase precisely what your better half wants for Valentine’s Day. Want to make their day even sweeter? Purchasing from their “wish list” earns you a free drink ticket redeemable for one beer at Ormsby’s and Little Trouble. Participating retailers include J.Crew, Pure Barre, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Room & Board, Billy Reid, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams , Le Jardin Francais , Lilith, Perrine’s, Preserving Place and Peridot West. For more information, please visit

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bleeding Heart Brew is Back!

Bleeding Heart, the limited edition, Valentine's Day-inspired brew from Atlanta's Second Self Beer Company, is back for year two! 

This amber ale was one of Second Self's most popular releases last year. Available throughout Georgia starting today, the beer is brewed with fresh Tanzanian cocoa nibs, a fruity variety of nib specially selected by Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co., and organic Madagascar vanilla. It's inspired by the recipe for a traditional, Southern red velvet cake, and red malts and cocoa lend the beer a festive pink color. Co-founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle have been developing Bleeding Heart's recipe for over seven years.

Reformation Beer Dinner

It’s the season of beer dinners! The Southern Gentleman is hosting a Reformation Beer Dinner on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. and a Rogue Ales & Spirits Beer Dinner on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Both dinners come with four courses paired with beer and are $55 per person. 

Please call to reserve your spot at 404-939-9845.


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