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Gluten-free recipe: Fall fruit crisp from Delicious Living

Want to wow your guests on Thanksgiving with a homemade dessert that is quick and easy to prepare? A seasonal fruit crisp served warm with a scoop of ice cream fits the bill. And then some.

Fruit crisps can be made in just four easy step, as shown below. And you can use any all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. If it needs to be dairy free too, then substitute Earth Balance’s vegan butter sticks. Choose fruit that is in season (fresh or frozen) and use cane, date, or coconut sugar for added sweetness. Add a little bourbon or wine for a boozy treat that will have them coming back for seconds – maybe thirds!

The best part is you can prepare it the day of Thanksgiving and serve it straight from the oven. It is done when the fruit is bubbling and the crust is golden.

Thanks to Delicious Living for the inspiration, the step-by-step illustration, and, of course, the recipe!

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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – November 17, 2017

The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park is set to open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017 for the 2017-2018 season. Located in the spacious Garden Tent at Park Tavern on the Atlanta BeltLine, skaters stay warm under a heated tent at a rink that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide. Observers are treated to a covered patio with stone fire pits, flat screen TVs, private cabanas, holiday decorations and much more. The Rink at Park Tavern’s hours will be Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

2B Whole Gluten-Free European Bakery has got the pies! Place a pre-order for an apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie (paleo options available), and pie crusts. All are free of gluten, soy and peanuts. All Holiday orders must be placed by Monday November 20th. And they are offering a chance to win a Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving!
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Share a video on your #Instagram telling them what you’re most thankful for this year or CLICK HERE to fill out an online form.
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TAG @2bwholegfbakery
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Stay tuned for the winner announcement November 20th!  


Batter Cookie Dough
is opening on Tuesday, November 20th at Ponce City Market across from Honeysuckle Gelato. And gluten-free edible sugar and  chocolate chip cookie dough is on the menu!!! Make sure to ask for a clean scoop to be used when dishing up gluten-free dough.

Less than a week until Gluten Free Cutie Bakery’s first annual Thanksgiving Market Day on Tuesday, November 21st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Followed by a second day on Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There are no pre-orders this year, so stop by and choose from pies, cobblers, stuffing, casseroles, desserts, and more.

In historic Crabapple, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails picks ingredients from its garden for contemporary Southern “seed-to-fork” sensibility. One new dish is the charred broccoli, cauliflower and red pears with sweet potato purée, Asher Blue cheese, pickled red onion, candied pecans and sherry maple vinaigrette. I got to try this dish at an event recently and it was a flavor and texture bomb! Simple and local ingredients combine to create the perfect bite of fall.

Stop by Osteria di Mare in Peachtree Corners is serving up brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – the same day kids under the age of 12 are ‘invited’ to dine. And the menu is full of traditional brunch dishes kicked up a notch, like beef tenderloin medallions with farm fresh eggs, shrimp and yellow corn grits, Yukon gold potato hash and Nueskes bacon.

Welcome to Sandy Springs Salata! The fast-casual salad restaurant serves fully customizable, tossed-to-order salads from a selection of more than 50 fresh and pure ingredients alongside signature soups and beverages on tap.

Salata COO, Iris Campos; Mayor Rusty Paul; John Murphy, Vice President of Restaurants for Henry Investment Group; Councilman John Paulson of District 1; Tom Mahaffey, President/CEO of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce

 

Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery’s Thanksgiving menu is out and includes holiday favorites like pumpkin and pecan pies, dinner rolls and corn muffins, pumpkin and carrot cake and more. They are taking special orders through November 22nd, but don’t wait too long.

 

 

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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – November 9, 2017

On Saturday, November 11, Concentrics Restaurants ONE. midtown kitchen, The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH, TAP and TWO urban licks, are celebrating Veterans Day by offering all active military personnel and veterans with a valid military ID a complimentary lunch or dinner entree.

Happy Birthday to Maggiano’s Little Italy. They turn 26 in November and continue to expand their gluten-free offerings. Those with food allergies/intolerance are forever grateful for the care they take to prepare safe dishes that make dining out a tasty and stress-less event.

A new Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery just opened on Cobb Parkway November 9th. The new restaurant is a renovation of an existing location, but will feature the brand’s new menu items and design elements. The first Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery opened last December at Sugarloaf Marketplace in Duluth offering gluten-free pizzas, gluten-free buns for sandwiches and a host of sides and soups. Thanks TonetoATL for the information!

Treehorn Cider is expanding its menu to offer single small pours and opening on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Now you can order all of their ciders in the small pour size used for flights.

Have you heard of the vegan food truck Vego Bistro? It is a dedicated plant-based and gluten-free friendly food truck working on a brick-and-mortar location in Atlanta. The restaurant will be located in the Brookwood Plaza in Cobb County, next to the Austell L.A. Fitness and close to Cobb Hospital. Their plant-based cuisine is served on gluten-free buns and all of the seasonal sides, including macaroni and cheese, salads, fresh squeezed juices, soups and desserts are gluten free. Support their gofundme campaign to finance this expansion and bring another gluten-free restaurant to Atlanta.
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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – November 3, 2017

 

Chefs from 89 local restaurants will be at the Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club this Sunday, November 5th to serve their specialties under the big-top tents at the 17th annual Afternoon in the Country hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Farmers from our area’s best farms will pair up with chefs alongside fine wines and premium microbrews for this 1-4 p.m. tasting-style event. Entertainment sprawls on Foxhall’s expansive lawn with live music by Theresa Hightower and her jazz band, a cake raffle featuring sweets from Atlanta’s best pastry chefs, and an expansive silent auction offering dining and travel packages and food and wine merchandise. Buy tickets online, $125 for adults 21 and over.

Genuine Pizza will open its first Atlanta location at Phipps Plaza in December. Originated in Miami as Harry’s Pizzeria®, James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz’s casual pizza restaurant will offer gluten-free pizza on Wildflour Gluten Free Baking Company’s crusts. These crusts are not pre-made and arrive as dough. They are proofed before being cooked, resulting in a light crust with air pockets and a chewy bite. They use a dedicated pizza cutter and each pizza sits on a special mat that it is prepared and cooked on. All of their ingredients are gluten free with the exception of the meatballs.

Gluten Free Cutie bakery is changing up their Thanksgiving ordering procedures. They are not taking pre-orders, rather they are hosting Market Days on Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. Mark your calendar and be sure to stop by on 11/21 from 10-5 and 11/22 from 10-3 to buy your favorite product for turkey day. Choose form green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, herb stuffing, take ‘n bake cinnamon rolls, biscuits, pies, cobblers, scones, cookies, donuts, and cupcakes.

Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park can throw down vegan/gluten-free cuisine with texture and flavor for days. And they offers Pure Abundance’s cashew cheese and Ratio Bakeshop’s (not a dedicated facility) gluten-free buns. The menu is marked with a ‘GF’ by safe options. The chickpea and sweet potato burger with fried Brussels sprouts, chipotle agave aioli, and pure abundance cashew cheese is outstanding. They should bottle and sell that chipotle agave aioli.

Katz Gluten Free has added three flavors of holiday-themed donuts to its online store – and they are on sale: Candy Cane CrunchGingerbread, and Cranberry . As with all of their products, they are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, and soy and come six to a box.

Maggiano’s Pasta Bar is the newest catering option and it feeds 10 people. An order comes with gluten-free pasta (and regular pasta if needed), three proteins (sausage, grilled chicken and seafood) three sauces (Alfredo, meat sauce, and marinara), a large salad and dessert. A nice alternative to traditional catering fare.

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Brazilian steakhouse Chama Gaucha opened in the heart of Buckhead in the spring of 2015. Serving up slow-roasted meats (beef, lamb, pork and chicken) table side, family-style sides, warm tapioca cheese rolls with an expansive salad bar filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and signature salads, they continue to be a welcome addition to Buckhead. Recently, members of the Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers Society were treated to a night of food, drinks, and outstanding cuisine. 

If you haven’t been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, it is an all-you-can eat dining experience where waiters clad in gaucho pants slice more than 12 types of USDA Prime (aged 45 days) fire-roasted meats table side. These meats are seasoned and cooked slowly to allow the natural flavors time to mature. They are served as soon as they are removed from the fire. In addition to meat, the menu also includes Brazilian side dishes of polenta, caramelized bananas, mashed cheesy potatoes, desserts, and a full bar. 

I love dining at Chama Gaucha because their Brazilian cooking style lends itself to the gluten-free diet and their service is exemplary. We couldn’t have felt more welcome and at home by the wait staff if they tried. They are constantly offering clean plates, refills on sides, filling beverages and asking how they can make the dining experience better – and they really mean it.

Tell the rotating staff of servers how you like your meat cooked and that is all they will bring for the rest of the night. My favorite cut of the night was a toss up between the garlic steak and the sirloin cooked a glorious shade of medium rare. Both were tender enough to cut with a fork and practically melted in my mouth. I also enjoyed the sirloin, lamb chops, shrimp, bacon wrapped filet, and chicken.

About six months ago, they removed beer from the chicken marinade to ensure all of their meats are gluten free. They consciously chose to expand their offerings to those following a gluten-free diet. What a great decision and one that is truly appreciated by the gluten-free community.

We ended the meal with the flan served with whipped cream and strawberries. The space is gorgeous with many private event areas perfect for holiday parties, etc.

We were so full, it was almost hard to walk to the car. What a wonderful experience and one that should be shared with friends, family, co-workers – you name it.

Make a reservation and head over to Chama Gaucha for a unique dining experience. And come hungry!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review, but the meal was provided at no cost. In no way did this influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience at the restaurant.

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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – October 27, 2017

Looking for some Halloween fun this weekend? Put on your costume and head over to Fernbank’s Boo-seum Trick-Or-Treat on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for spook-tacularly fun Halloween-themed activities. Enjoy ghoulish games, treats, a costume contest and more.
2B Whole Gluten-Free European Bakery is turning 3 and celebrating with a party Saturday October 28th! There will be Halloween cookie decorating, spooky treats on the menu and a scary photo booth. 

Bar Margot’s Halloween cocktail – Boo! Eye See You – is made with mezcal, campari, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, bitters, absinthe, and topped with edible gummy googly eyes. It is only available from October 27 – October 31, it is $13 and is too cute to miss.

Concentrics Restaurant’s newest Atlanta offering, ALLORA, is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in the TWELVE Hotel Midtown at Atlantic Station. Blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients, the restaurant offers gluten-free pasta, small plates, creative salads, and entrees. All of their pasta sauces are gluten free and available in full or half sizes.

 

I had the most amazing gluten-free meal at Chama Gaucha where I learned that all of their meats are safe. About six months ago, they removed beer from the chicken marinade to expand offerings to those following a gluten-free diet. What a great decision and one truly appreciated by the gluten-free community. Open for lunch and dinner, the only place you will find gluten is at the salad bar and it is clearly marked. Even the cheese bread that arrives warm at the table is gluten free. Such a treat!

Nothing Bundt Cakes has added gluten-free chocolate chip cake to its menu in an individual size. It is only .30 more than the wheat-based version and they take steps to prevent cross contact. The gluten-free bundts are baked first thing in the morning after the kitchen has been sanitized. All of the ingredients are stored separately and once they run out, another batch is not prepared. Each bundt is topped with their signature butter cream cheese frosting.

 

According to TonetoATL, Salata will open their second Atlanta area location next month at Glenridge Point in Sandy Springs.  The new salad joint, like the chain’s first Atlanta area location that opened in Atlantic Station in September, replaces a former Moe’s Southwest Grill. The Glenridge Point location will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday November 9. In advance of their grand opening, the restaurant is offering complimentary “sneak peek” meals that one must register for here.

Need a healthy mid-week pick me up? Stop by Table & Main on  Paleo Wednesday where the restaurant’s special of the night is paleo friendly. Check out the upcoming paleo specials:
  • Nov-1 | Pork & Shiitake Bolognese, pumpkin seed pesto, served over spaghetti
  • Nov-8 | Pork Hot Links, late summer peppers, apples, brussels sprouts & shallots
  • Nov-15 | Turkey Chili, chipotle butternut squash & turkey chili with pumpkin bread
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Event review: Taste of Atlanta hits it out of the park!

Happy 16th Birthday Taste of Atlanta and here’s to many more! This three-day festival packs 90 restaurants and more than 200 bites, sips and samples from Atlanta’s diverse culinary scene (including a number of newcomers and soon-to-open restaurants) into one massive event.

What a unique opportunity to try diverse cuisine (Italian, Indian, Mexican, Venezuelan, Persian, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Southern, etc.) from Atlanta’s restaurant scene. And the weather was just perfect. Its new and permanent home in the Historic Fourth Ward park, right across the street from Ponce City Market, is beyond spacious and easily handles the crowds leaving plenty of room for dancing and noshing.

The digital wristbands are in full force making paper tickets obsolete and  purchasing effortless. Chefs work their booth, so determining the gluten-free status of a particular food is easy. And some of the restaurants added a “GF” to their signs making the process even easier. The gluten-free options were on point with choices of bratwurst, fried chicken, falafel, tacos, quinoa salad, grits, lamb meatballs, paella, meat and veggie bowls, gelato, and much more.

The event has space for a long list of sponsors serving up swag and free samples. Blue Diamond Almond Milk, Cook’s Warehouse, M&M Mars, Peach Dish, Sprouts, and Welch’s were my favorite stops. The quinoa salad from Peach Dish was my first bite of the day and it was glorious. The grits made with unsweetened almond milk topped with maple syrup from Blue Diamond was a creamy, sweet surprise. Sprouts sampled its homemade sausage free of fillers or additives, and Welch’s debuted its new line of coconut water juice in white grape and grape. I picked up some swag from the M&M Mars booth and entered to win pots and pans from Cook’s Warehouse.

The Atlanta Marketplace was filled with gourmet food vendors whose products can be purchased around Atlanta and added to the gourmet gift baskets from Sensational Baskets.

Did you know Jamaican rum cakes from Wicked Jack’s Tavern are available gluten-free? These buttery cakes don’t skimp on the rum! I am a big fan of the gluten-free goodies from Marilyn’s Gluten-Free Gourmet and the Southern foods with a gourmet twist from Merrilily Gardens was a new find for me.

 

Here is a run down of my other favorites:

 

  • Peach Dish was on hand with their meal kits and sampling quinoa salad bright with flavor and texture. Such a refreshing and light bite.
  • I inhaled the homemade sausage from Sprouts Farmers Market before taking a photo – whoops. It is free of unnecessary fillers and additives and full of flavor.

 

  • There was a long line at Revolution Gelato for a good reason. Their coconut-based vegan gelato is creamy, flavorful and no one was missing the dairy. The cardamom kisses is insanely delicious.
People with food allergies/intolerance should definitely attend this three-day food festival loaded with gluten-free cuisine from Atlanta’s top chefs and restaurants.

 

What was your favorite dish from Taste of Atlanta?

 

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review, but I did receive free entry into the event. In no way did this influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience at the restaurant.
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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – October 6, 2017

The Giving Kitchen has launched an additional relief effort – the Hurricane Irma Emergency Assistance Fund. This new effort expands their coverage to the entire state of Georgia, including aid specifically for workers in the mandatory evacuation zone that spans the entire Georgia coast – and the 1000+ restaurants that serve the area. Grants for those who qualify will provide $500 to help them through this challenging time. Full details on this new grant program are available at www.theGivingKitchen.org/Irma.

Bantam + Biddy is set to open its first out-of-state location in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, at 728 Market Street this fall. Bantam + Biddy is the first restaurant planned for the Market City Center property from developer Boyd Simpson of The Simpson Organization

This month, DoubleTree by Hilton hotels began offering Homefree® Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies at guest check-in as a nut-free alternative to their iconic chocolate chip cookies. Homefree’s cookies are free from peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and gluten – and they are a crunchy delight!

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is now offering Pure Knead’s allergen and gluten-free hamburger buns for sandwiches. Ladybird offers outdoor dining in one of their five ‘mess halls’ with ping pong tables and campfire decor. The outdoor-themed bar and restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Treat yourself to a delicious new lunch option along the Boulevard! Oak Steakhouse is now open for lunch Monday – Friday, 11AM to 2:30PM. And they have gluten-free buns for sandwiches and gluten-free mac ‘n cheese.

 

Every Wednesday at Table & Main features a new Paleo entree – perfect for a healthy mid-week pick me up. Here are the entrees for the next two weeks:

  • Oct-11 | Coffee-braised lamb shank, smashed garlic cauliflower, maple roasted root vegetables
  • Oct-18 | Big Green Egg Smoked Turkey Breast, orange ginger glaze, roasted carrots, broccolini

True Food Kitchen’s Fall menu is out and features several seasonal gluten-free options, like: squash pie topped with coconut whipped cream, butternut squash pizza with smoked onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta, and dried cranberry, and winter squash toast on gluten-free bread topped with Brussels sprouts, caramelized onion, lemon, saba (an Italian syrup made from cooking down grape must), and hazelnuts.

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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – October 13, 2017

Brazi Bites’ Brazilian cheese bread product line launched nationwide to Target stores at 222 locations this month, including Minneapolis, Miami, Milwaukee, Denver, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas, and more. Now shoppers can purchase three of their popular flavors in the freezer section: cheddar & parmesan, garlic asiago, and 3 cheese pizza. Made from tapioca flour and a short list of ingredients, these cheesy breads are naturally gluten free.

According to The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Caravaca Market, a new gourmet food hall from Puerto Rican chef Harry Pagancoss, is planning to open late fall at the new Trace Midtown apartments at Peachtree and 5th streets. And they will be serving Mexican pizzas and other gluten-free fare from its several concepts: Taste Bar, Harry Bakes Cafe, Wine Bar, Craft Beer & Pizza, and Provisions Market. Stayed tuned for details as they become available.

The Atlanta Jewish Times is report that Formaggio Mio, an Italian Kosher bistro, plans to open sometime in the fall in the Toco Hills Shopping Center. The bistro will be a full-service restaurant providing quick-service options, including a pizza bar with gluten-free dough.

Hampton + Hudson is celebrating fall flavors with a four-course vegan Sunday Supper on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Executive Chef Savannah Sasser has created a menu full of seasonal vegetables with creative texture and flavor parings. And they can accommodate gluten-free diners too!  Reservations are required and available for $40 per person. Here is the menu:
  
Amuse Bouche:
Fried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Fritters with Chipotle Agave Aioli

1st Course

Creamy Vegan Coconut Cauliflower Curry


2nd Course
Fall Vegetable Galette, Kale Salad with Pecans, Beet Vinaigrette and Cashew Cheese

3rd Course:

Roasted Sweet Potato and Green Bean Quinoa Buddha Bowls
Roasted Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts, Cornbread

4th Course:

Pumpkin Pie Tart with Cookie Crust


Osteria di Mare
has opened in Peachtree Corners to rave reviews. From the same owner as Taqueria del Mare, Andrew Hoppen, this upscale restaurant offers traditional Italian fare including gluten-free pasta, small plates, entrees and desserts. They serve dinner Tuesday – Saturday and brunch on Sundays. And there is a full bar, extensive wine menu and cocktails.

Rize Artisan Pizza, soon to be renamed, is open and serving up gluten-free pies on fresh, not frozen dough from Wild Flour Bakery in Colorado. This is real dough, not a par-baked shell, that is cold proofed for 48 hours allowing it to rise prior to being baked on a dedicated heat resistant peel. A finished pizza has lovely air pockets making it sturdy, but not cracker like, with a bite that is soft and light on the inside. 

 

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The month of October is breast cancer awareness month, and Bar Margot is giving back! From October 1- 31, Bar Margot will be offering a pink cocktail that will support the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady (GCCE). The Blush Angel ($14) is a gin-based drink with edible roses. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each cocktail will be donated to GCCE to fund their ongoing research efforts to find a cure for cancer.


Batter Cookie Dough Counter
is bringing the edible cookie dough trend to Atlanta when it opens at Ponce City Market later this fall. They will be directly across from Honeysuckle Gelato on the first floor with regular, vegan and gluten-free dough varieties. According to Eater Atlanta, Batter comes from partnership between Atlanta native Julie Abes and local company High Road Craft Ice Cream. Unlike dough that’s baked to become actual cookies, Abes’s product is eggless and made with heat-treated flour. Batter’s dough will be available by the scoop for in-store consumption or by the pint to take home. Excited to learn about their gluten-free and vegan varieties and love that I eat the batter or take it home to bake up later.

Atlanta Hard Cider Co. has released its first cider, Crisp Apple, tthe Atlanta market. Starting September 27th, this easy-drinking hard cider will be available in kegs and six packs of 12 oz. cans for purchase in area bars, restaurants, and retailers such as metro Atlanta Target stores. Atlanta Hard Cider has six ciders in the making: Dry, Hopped, Pomegranate, Ginger, Honey, and Tart Cherry. They plan on releasing one of these flavors in the very near future, so stay tuned!

Bulla Gastrobar has opened its first Atlanta location at 12th & Midtown on Peachtree Street. Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) serves up a menu of Spanish tapas with small plates and larger signature entrees. And all of the gluten-free options are noted with a GF. Menu highlights include braised short ribs (with tetilla cheese, potato foam, cipollini onions and red wine sauce) and a Spanish Omelet (Potato Tortilla) with roasted garlic aioli.

Pledge to share a homemade baked good with a loved one or someone in your community and King Arthur Flour will donate a meal to Feeding America. I think their gluten-free baking mixes are outstanding and have already made a pledge – 1 pledge = 1 meal and 32,640 meals donated to date! It only takes a minute or two, so please make the time.

Congrats to Mediterranea Restaurant & Bakery for making Eater Atlanta’s list of Atlanta’s hottest new brunches. Brunch is served Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Treehorn Cider has plenty to celebrate this weekend with the grand opening of its tasting room and its second anniversary party. Oh, and they are launching a new seasonal cider, Miyabi, as well. The fun starts at 5 p.m. on Friday with 5% of the proceeds from the weekend benefiting Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Georgia. There will be plenty of swag, games, tunes and good times to be had. Kids are welcome, and they have a dog-friendly patio. Opening weekend hours are:

  • Friday, September 29th 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30th 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1st (Official Two Year Anniversary Celebration) 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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