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Dantanna’s is celebrating National Tequila Day with its “Maestro Monday” event July 24th. All three locations (Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and Downtown) will offer a tequila sampler all week including Avion Silver, Don Julio Silver and Dantanna’s Maestro Blend tequila for $12.

Kaiser’s Chophouse, a collaboration from Chef Peter Kaiser and Chef Kevin Rathbun, in Sandy Springs serves up gluten-free cuisine with a smile. The majority of their menu can be modified to be gluten free and they have a dedicated fryer. There is plenty of fresh seafood (hot and cold) on the menu and the crab cakes are gluten-free too, which is definitely a rare find in Atlanta because of gluten-y bread crumbs. Can’t wait to dig into a plate of crab cakes with a side of hand-cut french fries topped with garlic-pepper dust.

Mediterranea recently added two additional vegan options to the lunch menu. Panko-crusted artichoke white bean croquettes on a bed of bitter radicchio, with sweet oranges and briny 19642530_10154930220813717_1455535949401247418_nMoroccan olives in a tahini dressing. The croquettes can also be served on a grain bowl with avocado, tomatoes, and micro greens. Lunch is served Tuesdays through Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm.

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Moonbird Coffee in Chamblee is now selling Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery items! And they offer soy and almond milk too. Moonbird Coffee is located inside of Southbound Restaurant on the top floor.

Osteria Mattone is opening its doors for dinner service on July 17th. Stop by every Monday from 5:00-9:30 p.m. for a meal featuring regional Italian cuisine with a heavy focus on Roman fare. And there is gluten-free pasta! Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

Poke Bar Dice & Mix recently opened a new location in Duluth on Medlock Bridge Road in the same plaza as the Regal Theater. The fast-casual restaurant allows customers to create bowls with their choice of fish and seafood such as tuna and salmon and mix-ins like as seaweed and pineapple. The sauces contain soy, so bring gluten-free soy sauce or top your creation with sesame oil and sesame.

Congrats to East Cobb restaurant Seed Kitchen & Bar being recognized as a 2017 Top 25 Sm6a3a66cb-ca4c-4b56-a685-fb856fdec6acall Business by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber applauds Seed for excellence in entrepreneurship and industry and its contributions to the vitality of the community. Chef and owner Doug Turbush and his family are longtime East Cobbers. He feels “there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the people of East Cobb making lifelong memories right here in our restaurant.” Turbush and his team are honored and grateful to be recognized, and they give an appreciative shout-out to the Cobb Chamber for its work to support Cobb County businesses and community.

According to TonetoAtl, Buckhead’s Sophie’s Uptown has been listed for sale. The popular bakery which has been in business for about ten years is up for grabs due to owner David York’s planned relocation out of state. The 2,200 square foot shop is located just off Peachtree Road on Pharr Road, and is open for breakfast and lunch and also offers assorted bakery items. Sophie’s Uptown donates 25% of their sales to local animal rescue and adoption organizations and their charitable involvement has helped them thrive in an otherwise off the beaten path location.

All of the desserts on True Food Kitchen’s new Summer menu are gluten free and vegan. The flourless chocolate cake has long been a favorite of mine, but I think a slice of Key Lime Pie with coconut chantilly is in order.

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake caramel, vanilla ice cream, cocoa nibs
  • Chia Seed Pudding banana, toasted coconut
  • Sea Buckthorn Sorbet, luxardo cherry
  • Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Have a safe and tasty weekend!

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Sprouts Farmers Market opened a new store in Woodstock on Towne Lake Parkway and the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society was on hand to take it all in. This grand opening marks the introduction of a new and larger floor plan with increased offerings of fresh produce, meat and seafood, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, deli, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items. With a focus on offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices, they threw out all the stops by also hosting a patriotic-themed cooking demo taught by the lovely Marisa Moore, registered dietitian.

It was standing room only as the crowd waited for Marisa to show us how to add red, white and blue dazzling colors to drinks, salad and dessert that are sure to become crowd pleasers. Marisa made ruby red raspberry sparkling lemonade, watermelon, blackberry and feta salad and berries and cream. We sampled these healthful recipes that are very easy and inexpensive to make.

Add Sprouts organic red beet powder (find in supplements) to Sprouts sparkling lemonade and top with lemons and frozen raspberries for a tangy and refreshing drink. The watermelon, blackberry and feta salad was dressed with lime juice, raw honey and fresh mint. If you want to omit the feta, which is salty, add a pinch of kosher salt before drizzling it over the salad. DDW4eiuXkAIiuOY

Since I cannot tolerate dairy, it was lovely to see Marisa offer So Delicious’ cocowhip and coconut yogurt as alternatives for the berries and cream. Cut up the strawberries and blueberries, combine with vanilla extract and coconut sugar and let them sit while they create a lovely sauce. Top your favorite gluten-free cake with cocowhip and a heaping spoon of berries, or create berry parfaits layering coconut yogurt with the berry mixture.

Thank you Marisa for such an informative demo and for the red, white, and blue recipes!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review; however I did receive a store gift card. In no way did it influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience.

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Event Review: SMASH Juice & Cocktail Tasting

Rob Green, bartender and award-winning mixologist, has created a line of nutritious cold pressed juices that taste great and are actually good for you called SMASH Culinary Crated Juice. These organic and uniquely flavored juices are coconut-water based making them ideal to include in your daily health plan. And they double as cocktail mixers that keep you hydrated as the night goes on.

The launch19554283_10155604495953447_6467433178951605472_n party was held on the seventh floor of Yoo at the Zoo with a view of their sheik lounge and pool. The evening included small bites from Off the Eaten Path and Chef Melissa, a drink bar with mocktails and cocktails and Trilogy cigars. The food was fantastic, but the star of the evening was the small-batch juices.

A great source of vitamins and aminos, Rob blends fresh fruits and veggies into four flavor combinations: Juggernaut, Kapow, Blue Steel, and Pom Bom.

  • Juggernaut – Wheat grass, Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Apple, ​Ginger, and Organic Sugar
  • Kapow – Orange, Pineapple, Turmeric, Ginger, Coconut Water and ​Raw Honey
  • Blue Steel – Blueberries, Sage, Lemon, and Organic Sugar
  • Pom Bom – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Red Grapes, Vanilla Bean, Raw Honey, and Coconut Water 

The Juggernaut was my favorite with the kapow at a close second. Lightly sweetened with organic sugar or honey, they contain a short list of simple ingredients packed with a clean, refreshing, balanced flavor that leaves you wanting more. I loved that you could sample them with or without alcohol, so you could really get a feel for the flavor itself.

Now, on to the food. I noshed hard on the espresso pomegranate pot de creme and marinated Argentinean meatballs with red wine vinegar and chimichurri. The bold flavors paired nicely with the cocktails creating the perfect eat and chill vibe.

Congrats to Rob and the successful launch of SMASH Juices. Order them online for local delivery!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review; however I did receive free samples. In no way did it influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience.

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It isn’t often you meet a business owner so passionate about providing healthy oat-based gluten-free options to those who avoid gluten, but Deb Wheaton is just that person. Her passion shines in the quality of products from Gluten-Free Prairie, a woman owned, family operated business in Montana, that donates a portion of sales to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

After being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005, Deb set out to create a line of certified gluten free oat-based products made with purity protocol oats grown in dedicated gluten-free fields in Montana. All grains are harvested with dedicated gluten-free combines and packaged in a designated gluten-free facility to ensure they are truly safe and aren’t contaminated with gluten.

I received samples of their hunger buster cookie, pancake and waffle mix, deep dark chocolate brownie mix and Montana morning granola. They also make oatmeal, toasted oat flour and groats. You won’t find any rice flour, xanthan gum, preservatives, or fillers in any of their products and oats are always the first ingredient. Making taste and health a priority, the high protein and fiber content make them a tasty addition to any diet.

So, I am kind of in love with the hunger buster cookies. Oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and raisins come together to create the perfect pick-me-up treat with a whopping 10 grams of protein per cookie. Just a couple of bites will satisfy any dip in blood sugar. These cookies are a chewy, delicio81JupVGiZmL._SL1280_us, grab ‘n go treat and I always have a supply in my freezer for road trips or long flights.

The mixes are new to me and offer a different take on traditional gluten-free mixes because they actually live up to their names. The deep dark chocolate brownie mix produces a batch of the most chewy, chocolaty brownies, even when made with dairy-free butter. They were gone pretty quickly and got a thumbs up from my discerning pre-teen daughter.

The versatile pancake and waffle mix takes mere minutes to crank out crepes or pancakes that can be stuffed or wrapped around the breakfast meat of choice. I made pigs in a blanket, which were light, fluffy and didn’t leave me feeling bloated or overly full.

C-ru2r4UMAAvtmpMontana mornings granola is their newest creation combining oats, chewy blueberries and cranberries, almonds, pecans, coconut and honey for a crunchy breakfast treat, topping for ice cream, or eating directly from the bag. I like that it doesn’t immediately get soggy when used as a topping and the added notes of sweetness really boost the flavor of plain yogurt.

If you want to add oats to your diet in a safe and tasty way, check out Gluten-Free Prairie online and on Amazon.com!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review; however I did receive free samples. In no way did it influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience.

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Butcher and the Bottle in Canton has an awesome gluten-free menu with Udi’s Gluten Free buns for burgers and sandwiches, a dedicated fryer, gourmet entrees at reasonable prices and an epic chocolate cake from Alpine Bakery in Alpharetta. This cake is huge with layers of fudgey cake sandwiched between chocolate icing and topped with even more icing and sprinkles. Definitely plan on sharing this dessert and ordering an after dinner drink to balance its richness. 20170627_191326

Drift Seafood and Oyster House has won the coveted title of best seafood in Atlanta from the AJC with more than 1,700 votes. The East Cobb spot offers up a seasonal menu of simply prepared coastal American fresh seafood, that is fresh, bold and driven by their obsession for quality. Gluten-free options are plentiful and marked on the menu to make ordering a breeze. Stop by and judge for yourself.

Food 101 in Sandy Springs salutes oysters with Sunday Oyster Socials every Sunday from 4 7aa0173d-29f0-4719-888e-120c31fbcd72p.m. to close. Enjoy three raw oysters on the half shell topped with your choice of hot sauce, horseradish, tomato and lime, salsa, citrus vinaigrette or herb and garlic sauce, for $7.50. If roasted oysters is more your thing, three roasted oysters are $8 and can be topped with house garlic and herb butter; piccata with lemon caper butter; Crab Imperial of crab meat, lemon, scallion, aioli skip the breadcrumbs; and Rockefeller with spinach, ham, Parmesan cheese, roasted garlic and skip the breadcrumbs.

unnamedRaspberry and apricot fruit bars are the newest innovation from Katz Gluten Free. These crunchy cookies, made with nutritious chickpea, sorghum and brown rice flours, are packed with real fruit and no dairy, soy, and nuts. And they are on sale! Stop by their website and check out all of their gluten-free products. I highly recommend the apple pie and the hamantaschen.

According to TonetoATL, Rize Artisan Pizza is coming to Dunwoody Village. This Delaware-based pizza chain that opened their first ever location this past fall in Poncey Highland and added a second location shortly afterwards in Sandy Springs, is already planning a third unit. The pizza chain faces some tough competition from long time area restaurants Mellow Mushroom, Novo Cucina and Uncle Maddio’s. The menu at Rize is definitely up to the challenge and they have the best gluten-free pizza on the block using a fresh, not frozen crust, that is proofed prior to cooking.

Sprouts Farmers Market just opened in Woodstock with a larger floor plan and increased offerings in every area of the gorgeous store. Stop by to take advantage of samples, coupons, and great prices. One July 1st, the first 200 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five free deli items.

Table & Main’s July Paleo Wednesday offerings continue to impress. Here is the lineup:

  • July 5 | Crispy Pork Belly, charred eggplant & honey pureé, yellow wax beans, heirloom tomatoes
  • July 12 | Zephyr Squash & Short Rib ‘Agnolotti’, tomato basil water, carrot, celery, onion, almond ricotta
  • July 19 | Seared Scallops, summer melons, cucumber salad, lime
  • July 26 | Pork Loin, peach BBQ, sweet potato & leek pancake

Have a safe and tasty weekend!

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Chick-fil-A launches gluten-free bun nationwide

Chick-fil-A’s gluten-free bun trial in Washington, Idaho and Mississippi in 2016 was a success making the fast-food chain the first to add one to its menu nationwide on June 19th. The restaurant, which worked with more than 30 companies over 3 years, created a gluten-free bun for customers who follow a gluten-free diet because they should not have to sacrifice taste due to dietary limitations.

Made with a blend of ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth, the bun is an extra $1.15 and is enriched with vitamins and mineral. Buns are 150 calories, individually wrapped, and stored frozen. Once thawed, the bun is heated and served in its sealed packaging alongside a separate container with grilled chicken and condiments. The customer assembles the sandwich, which is just one more safeguard to prevent cross contact with wheat in a shared kitchen. DC3VEkJVoAETHDG

I had my first grilled chicken sandwich on a gluten-free bun and it was hearty and delicious. The bun is soft, but retains its texture and doesn’t crumble or tear when eating. It is also big enough to hold a chicken breast without it spilling off the sides. The bun was a little cold when I got it home, so I heated it in the microwave for a couple of seconds to get it super warm and soft before assembling my sandwich. DC3WthKUIAAJ59E

Although the ingredients for the bun are not listed on their website yet, they can print them at the register, if asked. Here is the ingredient list:

Water, corn starch, potato starch, modified tapioca starch, garbanzo bean flour, millet flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, cellulose powder, sugar, dried egg whites, psyllium, salt, modified cellulouse gum, cellulouse gum, calcium propionate, sodium propionate, niacin (Vitamin B3), reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), folic acid, yeast, canola oil, tapioca flour, rice flour, molasses, maltodextrin, quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds, millet, teff, soluble raisin solids, granulated sugar, tapioca starch, degerminated cornmeal, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin.

Are you likely to try the new gluten-free bun at Chick-fil-A?

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Celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer at Summer Solstice Yoga at Life Time Fitness. On Saturday, June 24 from 7 – 9 p.m., members and non-members are invited to visit the Atlanta or Peachtree Corners clubs for a yoga program on the pool deck that includes a 90 minute meditation, yin, roots and vinyasa to live music. Beginners and pros are welcome and will enjoy chilled kombucha and fresh fruit following yoga. The event costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Register on location at Life Time Fitness activity desk.

oldfourth_where_ad_7x4.875Stop by the fifth annual Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2017  held in Atlanta’s picturesque Historic Fourth Ward Park. Live music, local food vendors, drinks, a children’s area, hands-on art demonstrations, games, and much more await festival goers where paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, woodwork and handcrafted items will be available for sale. The event is free to attend, open to all ages and dogs are welcome.  The festival will also provide additional bike racks for bicycle storage.

The 1910 building in the heart of historic Flowery Branch is home to Abstruse Pastry Company, Georgia’s newest dedicated gluten-free bakery. All of their products, breads, cookies, muffins, and upside-down cupcakes, are made with freshly ground, gluten-free whole grains, natural sweeteners like raw local honey, organic dehydrated cane sugar, organic pasture-raised eggs and nothing artificial.

Are you an Atlanta United Fan? Bezoria, Atlanta’s favorite Mediterranean fast-casual restaunnamedurant, is offering fans a delicious way to save. On game days through August, fans can bring in their Atlanta United ticket stubs to both locations (Midtown and Alpharetta) and get 10% off the entire menu. This includes Bezoria’s famous house-cut fries, steak shawarma and more.

Double Dragon opened at 350 Mead Road — the former home of Italian restaurant Saba — in May. The good news for gluten-free diners is that they use a lot of cornstarch, rice flour and tapioca starch in fried items and they can substitute tamari for soy sauce in stir-fried dishes. Their gluten-free menu is loaded with Chinese options you can’t get just anywhere, like General Tso’s Chicken, Lobster & Sweetbreads Cantonese, and Pepper Steak.

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Dine at Farm to Ladle during the week of June 26th and enter to win a free trio meal. The restaurant is celebrating its one-year anniversary at Avalon in Alpharetta. Many of their soups, salads and sides are gluten free and they carry local gluten-free goods in the prepared food section.

And the good news keeps coming for Peachtree Corners. A new Italian restaurant serving steaks and seafood is opening in the space formerly occupied by Double Eagle. Osteria di Mare, owned and operated by Andrew Hoppen of Taqueria del Mar, will makes its debut this fall serving fresh inspired Italian cuisine including gluten-free pasta.

Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery has added brownie bites to its menu. Available in 4-packs, these almost-paleo brownie bites are made with coconut flounnamed (1)ur and flaxseed meal creating a healthful brownie that is higher in fiber, protein, and healthy fats than regular brownies. Ingredients: Pumpkin, Enjoy Life dairy free/soy free chocolate chips, coconut oil, palm sugar, coconut flour, cocoa, flaxseed meal, vanilla extract, psyllium husk flour, aluminum free baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, stevia.

Have a safe and tasty weekend!

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Arepa Mia is closing its Decatur location June 30th and moving to Tudor Square in Avondale Estates. They are hoping to open in mid-July or early August in the space formerly occupied by The Market. What a great move for this dedicated gluten-free restaurant serving up outstanding Venezuelan fare. The parking is ample and the larger space will allow for comfortable in-store dining.

According to ToneToATL, HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern plans to open their second location at TOWN Brookhaven July 10th. Their menu features many gluten-free options, such as gluten-free pizza, gluten-free bread and desserts.  HOBNOB Short Rib and Arugula Pizza 2

Now everything on Willy’s Mexicana Grill’s menu is gluten free with the exception of the flour tortillas and cookies. More information on ingredients can be found here.

Marlow's Grilled Chicken StackOne of my favorite items to order at Marlow’s Tavern is the grilled chicken stack because its plating is gorgeous, it raises comfort food to a new level, and the price is right. Two herb marinated chicken breasts sandwich a bed of roasted fingerling potatoes, blistered grape tomatoes, artichokes, baby arugula, and green beans, topped with lemonette and parslied olive oil. As always, it is best to speak directly with the chef or the manager to alert them to your dietary needs prior to ordering. 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to celebrate its new Tuesday hours, Mediterranea, Atlanta’s first gluten-free full-service restaurant and bakery in Grant Park, is offering half-off appetizers from 5:30-9:15 p.m. Appetizers include baby peppers stuffed with eggplant caponata; turkey feta meatballs; Mediterranean stuffed eggplant with pine nuts; and seasonal toast sampling.
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continues to deliver with paleo goodness every Wednesday. Here are the menus for the next two weeks:

June 21 | Squash and zucchini noodles with sundried tomato pesto, with Georgia peach wood smoked bacon chicken sausage
 
June 28 | Brasstown Grassfed beef smokey burgers, with spring lettuce, first of the season tomato, paleo beet ketchup, paleo avocado mayo, and plantain fries

 

Taqueria del Sol’s newest location in Chamblee’s Peachtree Station complex opened for lunch service June 14th. The restaurant is located in the multi-use complex of Peachtree Station at 5001 Peachtree Boulevard. Lunch service only is available June 14th through June 17th. Going forward, the restaurant will be open for regular lunch and dinner service. All of their tacos can be served in corn tortillas, upon request.

Stop by Venkman’s Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. until close for a special Late Night Menu. Of course the bar is always open, so sit back, relax, and choose from four items – three standard items and one rotating each week. Their menu is very accommodating for those with a food allergy or intolerance and the staff is more than helpful. Here is the menu:

  • Assorted House Pickles, Smoked Trout Dip with BBQ Chips, House Hummus with Garlic Chili Oil and Crudités, and the Crock of the Week.

Enjoy a safe and tasty weekend!

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Alpine Bakery in Alpharetta is making the new drool-worthy gluten-free desserts at Cibo e Beve. Chef Linda selected them and thinks they are divine too. Choose from: Death by chocolate, Chocolate with peanut butter mousse, and Chocolate with hazelnut praline.

Brine Modern Seafood Shack at Avalon is ‘the’ place to dine on fresh seafood in Alpharetta. While gluten-free diners can’t indulge on fried seafood, chowder, lobster mac and cheese, or sandwiches, they can have all the cold seafood, entrees minus the pasta, crab and lobster rolls minus the bread, lettuce wrapped tacos, and a variety of tantalizing sides, like slaw, braised kale with bacon, haricot verts with with garlic, soy (gluten-free soy sauce), and chili flakes. I hope they will consider bring in gluten-free sliced bread, hamburger buns, and hot dog buns from local allergen-friendly bakery Pure Knead.

Chick-fil-A has rolled out two new items perfect for enjoying the soon-to-be hot summer nationwide. Starting May 15 until August 19, customers can order a new Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and Watermelon Mint Lemonade. The Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich features Chick-fil-A’s signature grilled chicken along with new ingredients, including bacon coated in a brown sugar pepper blend, colby-jack cheese, green leaf lettuce and a zesty Smokehouse BBQ Sauce crafted specifically for the sandwich. No gluten-free bun yet, so bring in your own or eat it a-la-carte.

Did you know that Cobb Galleria runs a self-operated culinary department. Supported by a full-service kitchen, where all sauces, dressings, marinades, entrees and desserts are made in house, they are more than capable of accommodating multiple food allergies and intolerant. Schedule your next meeting, expo, or party at Cobb Galleria and rest assured knowing the staff has got your food allergy/intolerance back.

A new Dave & Buster’s is open in Alpharetta in North Point Market Center, across from North Point Mall, at 6500 North Point Parkway. They offer a full bar, a gluten-free menu, and hours of game playing options for the whole family. Hours of operation are SundayThursday 11 a.m. – Midnight and FridaySaturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

There is another reason to head to Krog Street Market. Richards’ Southern Fried has reformulated its fried chicken coating to be free of gluten. This glorious and unexpected change came about because Chef Todd Richards wanted to make sure the chicken was just as crunchy when you got it home as it is at the restaurant. The new chicken blend is made from a combination of corn starch, potato, rice and tapioca flours. And nothing goes in the fryer that contains gluten making the fries a safe bet too. The cornbread, waffle and bun are not gluten-free, but all of the sides are, so you can enjoy a full meal.

Marlow’s Tavern serves up gluten-free cuisine from a dedicated menu, but did you know they used Nima Sensor to create it? Purchased by the R&D department, the Nima Sensor served as the litmus test to ensure staff could manage safe handling procedures during busy times and produce dishes that test negative for gluten. The result is a menu crafted to produce safe and tasty gluten-free cuisine. If you are as sensitive to gluten as I am, speak to the general manager or chef when placing an order.

Atlanta’s first Sweet Charlie’s, a hand-rolled ice cream and yogurt franchise, is set to “roll into Atlanta” Thursday, June 8th.  The shop is located adjacent to Superica in Buckhead Court on Roswell Road in north Buckhead. Thanks TonetoATL for the deets.

If you happen to see the Super Tot Truck out and about – stop and indulge. All they make are tots from real potatoes and spices, then top them with scratch-made sauces, hand shredded cheese, local meats, and seasonal vegetables. Nothing goes in the fryer except tots, so they are safe but not all of the toppings are, so ask when ordering.

Table & Main continues to deliver with paleo goodness every Wednesday. Here are the menus for the next two weeks:

June 7 Paper-baked red snapper, asparagus, first-of-season tomato, herb salad, ginger beet relish
June 14, Grilled salmon, spring vegetables, avocado salad, lime honey dressing

Venkman’s is kicking off summer the right way with rosé on tap and seasonal Frosé and Ecto-cooler slushies. Rosé on tap is $8 per glass and the boozy slushies are $7 for a small or large for $9. What a perfect way to stay cool.

Have a safe and tasty weekend!

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Event Review: Chef’s Table at Cobb Galleria Centre

Most of us have made the trip to Cobb Galleria Centre for a social or corporate event, but did you know it has its own culinary department with a full-service kitchen? This kitchen, run by Chef Nick Walker, serves anything but the typical bland and uninspired food one expects from a convention center. Chef Nick’s fresh approach means everything from condiments through dessert is made in house with local and seasonal ingredients. Serving as a make-it-from-scratch kitchen, they are well equipped to handle multiple food allergies/intolerance with creativity and flair.

As a member of the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, I was fortunate to get a seat at the chef’s table, which happens to be in the kitchen of Cobb Galleria Centre. We were treated to a coursed dinner with craft beer parings from Monday Night Brewing. Six courses, great service and a plethora of information was served by Chef Nick Walker and his team of talented chefs.

Nicholas WalkerChef Walker’s innovative approach to cuisine pulls from his Georgia roots and his pure enjoyment of good southern and fresh ingredients. This passion for food can be tasted in every bite. If I hadn’t been sitting in the kitchen, I would have sworn I was in a five-star restaurant because the food, the artful presentation, and the service was impeccable.

Because I have celiac disease, my dishes were modified slightly, but I didn’t DAEI0eRXYAA4HR4miss out on anything, except the beer. The first course, or amuse bouche, was crab meat salad with red onion, cilantro, and yuzu. A literal seafood party in my mouth. Everyone else had a Ginger Crab Fritter with Spicy Banana Purée Paired with Fu Manbrew – Belgian Style Wit.

The secDAEM8cuXcAAgePUond course, Duck and Blood Orange Salad with Frisee, Fennel, and Blood Orange Vinaigrette, introduced me to a new preparation of duck – duck ham that was brined in blood oranges and sliced thin. This course was paired with Blind Pirate – Blood Orange IPA.
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I can’t decide whether the third or the fifth course was my favorite, but the pineapple bouillabaisse was definitely a first for me. Serrano Eye Patch Bouillabaisse with Monkfish, Clams, Snapper and Fresh Rock Shrimp, seared Pineapple, Saffron, Serrano Aioli was paired with Serrano Eye Patch Ale – Indian Pale Ale. This dish was so light and refreshing with buttery fish and perfectly cooked seafood that came together with a smooth Serrano aioli kick!
Chef Nick threw in a palate cleanser for the Fourth Course with a Bosch Pear Sorbet, Dried Lemon, Honey Kissed Pear made with Gun Show – Belgian-Style Golden Ale. I got to sample the diced pears sans beer and they cleaned that fish right out of my mouth.
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The Fifth Course of Vanilla Braised WagyuBeef Cheeks with Trumpets, Carolina Rice Grits, Heirloom Carrot, Wilted Greens, Cocoa paired with Drafty Kilt – Scotch Ale was very rich and hearty with a smoky and slightly sweet sauce that had reduced for hours.
DAExw8FXoAAfdu2Dessert is always pretty iffy for me, but Chef Nick brought out the big guns with their signature light and fluffy chocolate mousse enrobed in chocolate topped with toasted hazelnut caramel that I got to pour. Everyone else had a Hazelnut Cigar with Smoked Dark Chocolate, Malted Sweet Cream, Caramel, Hazelnut Powder paired with Toasted Hazelnut Imperial Stout – hence the ashtray presentation.
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Thank you team for a memorable and delicious event. Schedule your next corporate meeting, event, or party at Cobb Galleria Centre knowing your guests will leave raving about the food.

 

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review; however I did receive a free meal. In no way did it influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience.

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