Viva Tequila Festival at Atlantic Station 9.15.18

ATLANTA, GA The inaugural Viva Tequila Festival (www.vivatequilafestival.com) will be held at Atlantic Station, September 15, 2018 from 11am-6pm with an exclusive after party from 6pm -9pm.

Viva Tequila Festival welcomes food, art, music and small batch, hand-crafted tequilas of Mexico to the streets of Atlanta’s own Atlantic Station.  The festival is thrilled to introduce our official, non-profit sponsor, the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, (GOCA), an organization dedicated to “increasing awareness and educating Georgia’s women, their families, and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.” A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit GOCA. (www.gaovariancancer.org)

Viva Tequila is also proud to announce a community partnership with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and The Georgia Hispanic Business Center (https: // ghcc.org).

Atlanta’s finest participating restaurants will be paired with the world’s finest boutique tequilas to create Signature Bites and Sips designed to dazzle your palate. The festival will educate attendees on the history of the agave plant, tequila cultivation, proper sipping technique and its’ development on the global market. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to stroll through Atlantic Station’s Pinnacle Pad and sample prepared bites from some of city’s finest restaurants as they display their respective culinary talents. A complete list of the restaurants can be found on the Viva Tequila website.

Moreover, Viva Tequila Festival presents a unique marketing opportunity for its participants. Restaurants and tequila sponsors will be featured on “The Tastemaker Talks” Live with Sean O’Keefe, a new Facebook Live show highlighting Atlanta’s most influential brand ambassadors and tastemakers. As a leader in the events industry, and the producer behind Viva Tequila, Sean O’Keefe (www.seanokeefeevents.com) will be bringing his wealth of culinary knowledge and event design expertise to the forefront. “This show is an exciting option to introduce the sponsors and cross promote the brands, further increasing their reach and exposure for the duration of the festival campaign this summer. “ says O’Keefe. All participating brands will be eligible for inclusion in the “The Tastemaker Talks” series.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for small business owners for the “Mi Pueblito Craft and Artisan Showcase” a lively marketplace for vendors whose wares reflect the dynamic and rich culture of Mexico. Mi Pueblito, designed in the style and feel of Olvera Street in Los Angeles, will allow local artisans to sell their crafts and merchandise in the midst of the festival.

The price for general admission is now $55 and $150 for VIPs. VIP guests will enjoy intimate conversations with the Tequila makers in the sophisticated VIP lounge and have access to the Viva La Noche after party, complete with live music performances. Each ticket includes six delicious bites to be paired with six tequila sips. Each bite is a small dish, each sip is a small-pour, handcrafted cocktail created in conjunction with the restaurant’s chef and bartender. All bites and sips will be created solely for Viva Tequila and are unique to the feel of each restaurant.

All adults aged 21 and older are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased at www.vivatequilafestival.com and Eventbrite.

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Coffee Shop Love: Buteco [Atlanta,GA]

Today my daughter and I stopped by Buteco in Atlanta to check out their espresso offerings. First of all, it’s a super cute place. Love the vintage Brazilian vibes! The inside is pretty cozy, but they have plenty of space outside to enjoy your coffee, cocktail, or delicious food.

Yes! They offer much more than just coffee! They also offer an authentic Brazilian food and cocktails. On this trip I just order a Dirty Chai, which was wonderful. My daughter went for an Ice Chai Latte, which she gave 2 thumbs up. I’ll definitely be back to check out the rest of the menu!

Buteco

1039 Grant St SE

Ste C-10

Atlanta, GA 30315

www.butecoatlanta.com

I Had My First 100 Layer Donut and Fell in Love with Five Daughters Bakery

Five Daughters Bakery recently opened their new location in Ponce City Market. I’ve been seeing the Instagram post about how delicious they were. Well I finally got to taste for myself!

They are known for their 100 layer donut, their version of a cronut. Yummm!! It takes them 3 days to craft this croissant donut hybrid, but well worth the time. When I took a look at the many delicious choices, the one that was screaming for my to take it home with me was the Lime Meringue. It was so cute with its toasted meringue, dusted with lime zest. Gimme! After paying and have a photo shoot, it was time to taste this 100 layers of deliciousness. Yummmmmm.

That first bite was amazing! The second bite was even more amazing. I loved the lightness of the donut. I loved that the lime custard inside was not too sweet. The meringue on top was perfect! I absolutely loved everything single bite of this donut. Bravo. Five Daughters Bakery.Bravo.

Five Daughters Bakery

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE

Suite N143

Atlanta, GA 30308

http://www.fivedaughtersbakery.com

Dinner in the Dark with Pinnacle French Vodka

Last week, I was excited to be invited to a lovely French Vodka tasting. The event, hosted by Chef Jennifer Booker, was held at Atmosphere Restaurant Upon arrival, guest were invited to mingle amongst each other while sipping on the first cocktail of the evening, the Champagne Spritz. Initially I thought that it just a glass of champagne, later I was informed that it was actually the French vodka topped with champagne. It was quite tasty.

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Dinner guest were told that this was a Dining in the Dark experience. So we would not be told the French Vodka name until the end of the three course meal prepared by Atmosphere’s Chef Adam Olejniczak. Plot twist! Usually at media dinners, we are given a ton of information about the brand prior to the event. I was actually enjoying the suspense.

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FIRST COURSE

Poulpe en SALADE

Charred octopus salad with hearts of palm, Niçoise olives, fresh tomatoes, marinated anchovies, red onion, organic arugula, and lemon confit

Paired with: French Vodka, Neat

Photo Courtesy of DMHPR

Let’s just start by saying this salad was amazing! The flavors were light and vibrant, perfectly pairing with the slight sweetness of the vodka.

SECOND COURSE

Confit de canard Moulard

Duck leg confit cooked in the time-honored French tradition, wild mushroom raviolis, glazed baby carrots, French green beans, truffles red wine reduction.

Paired with: Southern Berry Bramble

Another deliciously successful course! Everything about it screamed delectable. The duck was well seasoned and every single component on the plate played its part. Bravo! The course was paired with another French Vodka based cocktail called a Southern Berry Bramble. It was very light and fresh with the flavors of summer.

THIRD COURSE

Atmosphère Profiteroles

Choux filled with French Vanilla ice cream, topped with warm chocolate, toasted Polignac almonds

Paired with: Le Orange Drop

Oh what a delightful way to end this meal. Let’s just say I ate every bite of this dessert. It was paired with another lovely cocktail with notes of citrus called Le Orange Drop.

No it was time to reveal the name of the French vodka we had the pleasure of sipping on all night.

Drumroll 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

Pinnacle Vodka!!!

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Pinnacle Vodka starts with 100% whole-grain Winter Wheat from Northern France, creating a lighter, smoother vodka that you get from potatoes, corn, or rye. Next, they use pure spring water from the Charente region that naturally filters through limestone, removing impurities and creating a crisp, fresh taste. This award winning French Vodka is distilled five times for clean and fresh taste profile.

The Weekend

2 oz Pinnacle French Vodka

1/2 oz honey

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Rosemary sprig

Ginger Beer

Ice

Combine Pinnacle French Vodka, honey, lemon, rosemary sprig, and ice into shaker.

Shake.

Pour in glass over large iced cubes.

Garnish with a slice of lemon and a rosemary sprig.

Enjoy.

To find out more about Pinnacle Vodka visit www.pinnaclevodka.com.

I Ate 32 Wings Today…Tales of a Hungry Girl in Atlanta

Today was the 3rd Annual Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown. If you have a love for wings, this was the place to be. If you have a love for adventurous flavors, this was the place to be. Basically you should have been there!

The sold out event featured 32 southern chefs, each putting their take on the all mighty chicken wing. After attendees tasted all of the wings, they then voted on their favorite.

There were soooo many amazing wings! Just when you thought you definitely tasted your favorite, the next chef blows your mind with another delicious wing! I personally had several favorites.

My most favorite was from Funk Seoul Brother with their Hot Honey Butter Korean Fried Chicken with Smoked Cashews and Mu Radish Bourbon Pickles. Oh what a tasty bite that was!!

The winner of the showdown was Canoe’s Chef Matthew Basford with his Sichuan Spiced Wing with Gochujang Honey Mustard. That was a tasty wing too!! Congrats Chef!!

Well I left a very happy and full girl! Can’t wait till next year!!

#ShanaWasHere

PARK TAVERN PRESENTS ALL-DAY ROSÉ BRUNCHFEST HOSTED BY JEZEBEL MAGAZINE’S 20 MOST ELIGIBLE ATLANTANS SUNDAY AUGUST 5, 2018

Atlanta! Who’s ready for Rosé and brunch on Sunday afternoon? I am! This Sunday head to Park Tavern for endless bottles of rosé during their All-Day Rosé Brunchfest. The event is hosted by JEZEBEL Magazine’s 20 Most Eligible Atlantans on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Brunch enthusiast can expect all things delicious. Menu items include; savory breakfast bowls served with fluffy scrambled eggs and cheese, crispy bacon, tomatoes and avocado; tater tots smothered and covered; toasted bagels served with cream cheese, cured salmon, and capers; a Krispy Kreme station with all the fixings including: whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate; a biscuit station with county ham and sausage; and much more.

You can’t go to a Brunchfest and not have A proper brunch cocktail. Patrons can also enjoy libations such as a selection of rosé, mimosas, Bloody Marys served with fresh cocktail shrimp, craft beers, full bodied wines, signature handcrafted cocktails and more, while enjoying a high energy live music performance by NAKD.

Before the rosé all day festivities begin, yogis are invited to a complimentary Namaste and Rosé All Day yoga class with Westside Yoga’s founder, Amber Barry, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fitness enthusiasts in attendance will receive $10 off a single General Admission or VIP ticket at the door.

For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available beginning at $15 and include entry to the event, entertainment for the day, and two food or drink tickets. The All-Day Rosé VIP experience includes early entrance, all-day access to the Rosé Olmstead Room, an indoor bar featuring leather seating, air conditioning, indoor air-conditioned restrooms, six selections of bottomless rosé, and two food or drink tickets for $45. Additional food station tickets will be available for purchase for $8 each. To purchase tickets, visit, https://www.xorbia.com/events/parktavern/RoseBrunchfest2018. This event is rain or shine. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com.

WHAT:All-Day Rosé Brunchfest at Park Tavern Hosted by JEZEBEL Magazine’s Most Eligible

WHEN:

Sunday, August 5, 2018

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Park Tavern in Piedmont Park

500 10th St NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30309

For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.

Stay connected on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ParkTavern and on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter @parktavern.

Atlanta’s City Winery Celebrates Tomato & Vine During the Month of August

Atlanta’s City Winery is hosting a monthlong celebration of tomato and wine pairings in The Barrel Room Restaurant during Tomato & Vine. Beginning, Wednesday, August 1st through Friday, August 31st, Executive Chef Nicholas Anderson invites guests to explore rich, robust tomato dishes, one of wine’s oldest culinary companions, along with hand-selected pairings by Beverage Director J.R. Smith. Each will week will feature a special tomato-based appetizer, entrée and accompanying wines. For more information or to make a reservation visit, citywinery.com/atlanta and http://blog.citywinery.com/atlanta/city-winery-celebrates-tomato-vine-this-august.

City Winery’s Tomato & Wine Menu

Week 1 – August 1st-5th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Gazpacho $8

Wine: Sweet & Simple White 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $9

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

Week 2 – August 6th-12th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Cucumber Salad $8

Wine: Estate Blanc 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $9

Entrée: Open Faced Pork Belly BLT $14

Wine: Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, OR $11

Week 3 – August 13th-19th

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Carpaccio $10

Wine: Rosé of Syrah 2017, North Coast, CA $10

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

Week 4 – August 20th-26th

Appetizer: Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with Homemade Boursin $6

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lake County, CA $9

Entrée: Open Faced Pork Belly BLT $14

Wine: Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, OR $11

Week 5 – August 27th-31st

Photo Credit: Celeste Carson

Appetizer: Tomato Chevre Napoleon $12

Wine: Rosé of Merlot 2017, Lumpkin County, GA $10

Entrée: Tomato Basil Ricotta Flatbread topped with Cherry Tomato Salad $16

Wine: Sangiovese 2016, Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma, CA $11

For more information, call (404) 946-3791 or visit citywinery.com/atlanta. City Winery Atlanta is located at Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave NE, Suite #201, Atlanta, GA 30308. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @citywineryatl and Facebook at www.facebook.com/citywineryatl.