Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MARCH 2012 ISSUE


March 2012 Issue

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MARCH EVENTS

March 10th

ST. BALDRICK'S FUNDRAISER 

Atlanta Falcons Cornerback, Dominique Franks will be the celebrity barber at this year’s St. Baldrick's Fundraiser / ShamRock & Roll Festival on Saturday, March 10, at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs. From 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. the 24-year-old, Oklahoma native will be shaving the heads of brave volunteers who have pledged to shave their heads in solidarity with children with cancer. Franks will also be promoting the St. Baldrick's Rally Athlete program, a partnership between the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) and St. Baldrick’s  that promotes fundraising and half marathon training teams for various marathons across the country to further advance treatment for the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity devoted to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. St. Baldrick’s is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research, and today the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any other organization, with the  exception of the U.S. government. This year, the St. Baldrick’s event at Meehan's Public House has already raised $55,000 and 72 people (a.k.a. “shavees”) have pledged to shave their heads!

March 31st


THE MOTHER CLUCKER 
FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL AT ROSEBUD

Chef Ron Eyester Launches Festival and Competition
Devoted to Southern Staple on March 31

The battle for the best fried chicken in Atlanta is about to heat up. Ron “The Angry Chef” Eyester is uniting Atlantans in the singular mission of celebrating this Southern staple with the first local festival dedicated to fried chicken – the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival. On Saturday, March 31 from 2 – 6 p.m. Atlanta’s best chefs will fire up the fryers and present their best breaded work in a tented lot next to Rosebud in Morningside. Participating chefs will be encouraged to work with any part of the chicken and challenged to produce their own unique interpretation of fried chicken.

All of life’s necessities, along with fried chicken, will be at the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival: live music, bourbon and beer. Music from Julie Gribble and other artists will entertain attendees from 3 – 6 p.m. Participating sponsors include Springer Mountain Chicken, with adult libations provided by Sweetwater Brewery and Jim Beam, featuring Jim Beam Red Stag Spiced, Red Stag Honey Tea, Devils Cut and Jim Beam White Label.

Tickets to the Mother Clucker cost $35, which includes fried chicken tastings from participating chefs and two Jim Beam drinks or Sweetwater beers. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/232734Additional Sweetwater beers and Jim Beam drinks will be available for purchase.

St. Patrick's Day Events

WHAT’S HOT ATLANTA FOR 
ST. PATRICK’S DAY THIS YEAR?
  St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s is a yearly festival of celebrations around the world. It is an annual feast that celebrates Saint Patrick who was one of the patron saints of Ireland. We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, which is the day on which St. Patrick is said to have died. It is a holiday that is celebrated in lands all over the world. While it’s not a National Holiday in America you wouldn’t think so in Atlanta.



2nd Green Mile St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl
Friday, March 16 (7PM - 11:30PM) ~ After a huge success in 2011 with 500 people this event returns so come dressed in your Green and drink like you're IRISH!Registration at Ri Ra Irish Pub from 7-11PM on Friday night. Event includes 6 hosted St. Paddy’s themed drinks/shots, admission in all venues, food/drink specials, a raffle, costume contest and more!! After party at Cosmo Lava with Green costume contest at midnight the start of St. Patrick's Day!!Particpating Bars:  Deadwood SaloonFlip FlopsFront Page NewsSutra LoungeRi Ra, Cosmo & Lava
TICKETS: $20 www.AtlantaBarTours.com 

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Feeling Lucky? @ Tavern 99
Saturday, March 17th (3PM - 2AM)
(Front Parking Lot & Inside)
5 Great Bands & a DJ w/ Francisco Vidal Band,Running with Desire (U2 Tribute), Jacob Blazer & the Good People, Patrick Scott Band & Ian Schumacher
plus DJ Motec & Lethal Rhythms Entertainment
Drink on us for ticket holders.
March Madness b-ball on 20 TV's
Irish Food & Normal Bar Food Menu
Ladies Redhead Contest
Promo Giveaways: T-Shirts, Beads & more!
TICKETS:  $20
www.atlantabartours.com

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St. Patrick's Day Irish Bar Bus Tour
Saturday, March 17th (3PM - 9PM)
Trip Includes Cooper-Atlanta Coach Bus Transportation

Beverages on the Bus - Beer, wine, water
Free Entry to 5 St. Pat's Day Fests ($40 Value) Tons of St. Patrick's Day Beads

Itinerary

2:30PM:  Check In Tavern 99 - Buckhead
3PM:  Depart to Meehan's - Vinings
4:30PM:  Depart to Meehan's - Sandy Springs
6PM:  Depart to Pub 71 - Brookhaven
7:30PM:  Depart to Limerick Junction - VA/HI

9PM:  Depart back to Tavern 99 - Buckhead

Bars Subject to Change
COSTS:  $59 Advance Only

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Luck of the Irish Kegs 'N Eggs Bar Crawl
Saturday, March 17th · 10AM - 3PM
St. Patrick's Day in the Virginia Highlands
Registration at Hand in Hand - 10AM - 3PM
752 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Tickets include:  5 Leprechaun sized Drinks (ex:  Green beer, Green mimosa, green shots), small breakfast items and after party admission to Limericks Block party 3-5pm
It’s never too early to start drinking on St. Patrick’s day!!
 Participating Bars & Restaurants: Neighbor's Pub, Hand in Hand, Limerick Junction, Dark Horse Tavern, Diesel &Atkins Park
Tickets: $20
www.AtlantaBarTours.com

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Others Include:



Fado Irish Pub: Events beginning March 7th. Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant , 273 Buckhead Ave., Buckhead, 404-841-0066
Meehan's Public House:  Sandy Springs - Saturday, March 10th - Shamrock & Roll w/ Cracker
Tickets:  
www.ticketalternative.com/Events/17503.aspx
Meehan's Public House: Sandy Springs - Saturday, March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day Blow Out!
Tickets:  
www.xorbia.com/e/mss/greeneggs12
Meehan's Public House: Atlantic Station - Saturday, March 17th - ShamRock the Station w/ Better Than Ezra
Tickets:  www.ticketalternative.com/Events/17715.aspx

McCray’s Tavern: Lawrenceville - Saturday, March 17th
Link:  
www.mccraystavernlawrenceville.com
McCray’s Tavern: Smyrna - Saturday, March 17th
Link:  
www.mccraystavernsmyrna.com
The Dunwoody Restaurant Group: Dunwoody Tavern, The Royal Oak, Iron House Tavern, Ship & Anchor, Bat & Balls, Robin Hood Tavern - Saturday, March 17th
Link:  www.atlantastpatricksday.com/dunwoody-restaurant-group.htm

Limerick Junction: Virginia Highlands - 25 Year Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Party
 
Link:  www.limerickjunction.com

Friday, March 2, 2012

TASTES, TRENDS & FLAVORS

AAA's Four Diamonds, 'Top 100
Nightclubs' and St. Patrick's

Thirteen local restaurants have been given the ‘Four Diamond Award’ by AAA (American Automobile Association) for 2012.  The ratings are AAA’s highest designations and recipients include: Aria, Altanta Grill, Bacchanalia, BLT Steak, Canoe, La Grotta Ravinia Ristorante Italiano, La Grotta Ristorante Italiano, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Paces 88, Park 75, Restaurant Eugene and Nikolai’s Roof... Nightclub & Bar online magazine has released it’s ‘Top 100’ nightclubs and bars from across the U. S. for 2012 and Atlanta hotspots Opera on Peacthree Street in Midtown and Havana Club on Piedmont Road in Buckhead both made the cut bringing in a reported $10 - $15 million each last year.
St. Pat’s Day...
Meehan’s Public House is offering all kinds of festivities for St. Patrick’s Day at each of its locations in Downtown, Sandy Springs and Vinings.  Visit 101concepts.com for complete details. 
•On March 10, Meehan’s is bringing you St. Patrick’s Day one week early for the fourth annual ‘Shamrock & Roll’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration. From noon until midnight the parking lot in Sandy Springs will be transformed into a rockin’ lucky wonderland. There will be various beer stations, food vendors (with traditional Irish fare) and live music (starting at 1:30 p.m.) under huge tents.  Buy your tickets before the event for $10 at http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/17503.aspx or in Meehan’s pubs. Tickets at the door will be $20. The event will kick off with the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to raise money for childhood cancer research. Every year volunteers called ‘Shavees’ pledge to shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment, while receiving donations from their friends and family. Last year 69 heads of women and men were shaved, raising over $50,000. This year the goal has been raised to $100,000.
•On March 17, Meehan’s is teaming up with Atlantic Station in Midtown to throw the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day bash — ShamRock the Station.  Starting at noon, families can enjoy Irish dancing, games, face painting, balloon art and bagpipers. Children are invited to dress up in their finest green threads to show off their Irish spirit. There will be premium and craft beer stations with drinking games also beginning at noon. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. and the night will be capped off with a fireworks display. Adult admission is $10; tickets can be purchased in advance at the Atlantic Station Concierge or at the door. There is no admission fee before 2 p.m. for children under 12.
•Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant on Buckhead Avenue is hosting the city’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On March 17, Fadó will open at 7 a.m., and rugby fans will enjoy non-stop live action including Ireland vs. England in the final match of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby tournament. There will be a $10 cover charge starting at 8 a.m. which grants fans access to a viewing area. The rest of Fadó is open with no cover charge for guests until noon. At noon, the Buckhead pub will open its doors to the street festival that includes beer tents, bagpipers and Irish dancers along with live music throughout the day and night til 3 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $10 online, and $15 at the door.  Call 404.841.0066 or visit www.fadoirishpub.com for details.
•Also, visit atlantastpatricksday.com for events from around the Metro area.  Participants include McCray’s Taverns in Lawrenceville & Smyrna; The Dunwoody Restaurant Group’s six local pubs; Tavern 99 in Buckhead; The 2nd Annual Green Mile Pub Crawl in Midtown; Atlanta’s 130th St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Downtown; Churchills British Pub in Buckhead; Park Tavern in Midtown; Cloverfest 2012 at the Masquerade Music Park on North Avenue; Padriac’s on Cumberland Parkway in Vinings; and Deadwood Saloon in Midtown.
Happenings...
The 3rd Annual Buckhead Restaurant Week began Saturday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, March 4, 2012.  Buckhead Restaurant Week features special three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $25 or $35 per person at participating restaurants in the Buckhead neighborhood (prices do not include alcohol, tax/gratuity). Visit www.brwatlanta.com for participating restaurants and more details.
•On Tuesday, March 13, Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant and afternoon radio host Rich Sullivan of 92.9 davefm are hosting a whiskey tasting beginning at 7 p.m. For $39.95 per person, guests will enjoy a tasting of five whiskeys (Bushmills Black Bush, Bushmills 10, Bushmills Honey, Bushmills 1608 and the Pickleback) and six dishes (salmon bites, lamb & bleu cheees sliders, hot brie, Irish cheddar stuffed mushrooms and mini cheesecakes). Seating is limited to 75 people, and the event will be held on the rooftop level of Fadó. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to local Atlanta chapter and long time partners St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Fadó will also be hosting the 11th annual St. Baldrick’s charity event three days after the whiskey tasting on March 16 in order to support childhood cancer research. The restaurant sets up barber chairs and encourages 'shavees' to commit to having their heads shaved that day. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 273 Buckhead Avenue; 404.841.0066.  www.fadoirishpub.com.
•Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia-Highland is turning 90 years old next month and in honor of its anniversary, the restaurant will host a Prohibition Party on Thursday, March 8. “The restaurant industry and the neighborhood have changed so much since I first took ownership of Atkins Park Tavern, and I really just want this to be a fun celebration of how long we’ve been a part of the Atlanta neighborhood scene,” says owner Warren Bruno. The Party will begin at 6 p.m.  A special prohibition menu from chef Andrew Smith will include items such as Scotch eggs, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed broiled lobster and suckling pig porchetta and will range in price from $5 to $24. Live music will be provided by Blair Crimmins & The Hookers from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A costume contest will take place at 10:30 p.m., and all guests are encouraged to wear 1920s attire. The staff will be dressed in Prohibition-era attire as well. Atkins Park will also show old 1920s movies and Boardwalk Empire episodes throughout the restaurant, and a Photobooth will be set up with 1920s props.  The Photobooth will be sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), and each $5 photo donation will be donated to the 2012 Georgia Chain Gang and the team’s endurance Race Across America for LLS.  Atkins Park Tavern is located at 749 N. Highland Avenue. For more information, call 404.876.7249 or visit www.atkinspark.com.
•Bacon lovers, rejoice! BaconFest, the popular annual event benefiting Dad’s Garage, (a nonprofit theatre that engages, cultivates and inspires artists and audiences alike by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for being undeniably awesome) is scheduled to descend upon the theatre’s home turf in Inman Park on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Attracting more and more bacon, beer and music lovers every year, BaconFesters are invited to enjoy copious amounts of bacon compliments of Vortex Bar & Grill and cooked by the local grill masters at DBA Barbeque, cold beer, nonstop entertainment and an expansive silent auction. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now for ages 21 and up at www.dadsgarage.com.
•American Idiot Live Band Rock & Roll Karaoke launches at Rí Rá in Midtown starting Thursday, March 12th at 9 p.m.  Every Thursday for 7 weeks you will get the chance whether you are a true Karaoke pro or just like to sing in the shower to feel like a real Rock Star and sing on stage backed by a real band with real sound & lights to boot. Come sing like a superstar with North America’s #1 Variety Band, Scott Moody and the Attitude Adjusters. Celebrity judges and fan votes will determine weekly winners with a final show on Thursday, May 3rd. For more info visit www.rira.com/rira/atlanta.html.
•Walk like an Etruscan down to Cibo e Beve on Thursday, March 8th for a meal that transports guests to the land of Tuscany. Cibo's executive chef Linda Harrell has created a multi-course wine pairing dinner to pay homage to the traditions. Etruscan civilization is the modern English name given to the Italian region of Tuscany. Accordingly, chef Harrell, has named this Cibo’s “Walk Like an Etruscan” Wine Dinner.  Co-Hosted by Frescobaldi’s United States director, Alessandro Lunardi, the dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Cocktails and Stuzzichini (snacks) as well as Frescobaldi Brut sparkling. The cost is $70, excluding tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited, reservations can be made by phoning Cibo at 404.250.8988 or visit their website, www.ciboatlanta.com.  

New deals, menus, etc...
This year’s Bayou ‘N Bourbon menu at Marlow’s Tavern brings flavors to your table. These dishes are Louisiana through and through for you and your ‘crewe’ through March 26. ‘Mo’ Betta Specials’ feature chicken and shrimp gumbo; fiery crawfish fondue (pictured); bayou flatbread topped with andouille sausage, fresh spinach, chopped peppers, Swiss cheese and Creole rémoulade; a N’awlins-style po’ boy; the bayou burger jazzed with andouille sausage, craw daddies, cheddar cheese and Creole mustard; and the sweet Bourbon St. ribeye ($7-$26). Returning favorites are Marlow’s ‘deconstructed’ jambalaya joining grilled chicken and andouille sausage with house-made dirty rice and crawfish Creole sauce ($14) and the honey bourbon bread pudding splashed with Jack Daniel’s honey ($7). Hold on as you toast a few ‘Mo’ Better Drinks’:  ‘Pat’s’ Marlow’s hurricane, Ramos gin fizz, Bourbon St. lemonade, Cajun cosmo and Abita Jockamo ($5-$9). Regular menu is also available.
•Southern Art on Peachtree Road in Buckhead invites Atlantans to savor regionally inspired flavors with executive chef Anthony Gray’s ‘Three for $30’ prix fixe dinner menu (selections of appetizers, entrees and desserts) offered daily from 5:30 to 7 p.m. beginning Monday, March 5.   Southern Art is the Atlanta debut of acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith and combines a hip, urban eatery with classic Southern charm, offering Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The menu showcases the following special dishes: Smoked sausage and shrimp gumbo; Prosciutto-wrapped rabbit loin; or pan roasted salmon; and black-bottom pie; or  pineapple upside-down cake with salted caramel and marcona almonds. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404.946.9070 or visit www.southernart.com.