Friday, October 21, 2016

It’s a Founders beer dinner with Piastra on Marietta Square!

Yep, I love beer dinners! This one is on October 25th.

On October 25th at 7 p.m., the Italian-inspired Piastra on Marietta Square is hosting a beer dinner with one of the best breweries in the country, Founders. For a mere $40 (tax included) plus appreciated gratuity, you should definitely make your reservations before all the seats get sold out by calling (770) 425-9300.
Here is the menu below. Say hello to Founders’ rep, Abbey, for me!
1st Course
The Founders PC Pils paired with…
Bruschetta - House cured Duck Prosciutto, Taleggio and Red Pepper Jam

2nd Course
The Founders Centennial IPA paired with…
Torta De Funghi – Roasted Exotic Mushrooms on Flakey Pastry with A Poached Egg

3rd Course
The Founders Porter paired with...
Ravioli Fritti – Fried Ravioli with House made Whole Milk Ricotta, Local Farmed Egg Yolk, Red Pepper Sauce and Pickled Mustard Seeds

4th Course
The Founders Breakfast Stout paired with…
Maiale Brasato – Braised Crispy Skinned Pork Belly with Potatoes, Sunny Side Farmed Egg and Crustini

5th Course (Dessert!)
The Founders Dirty Bastard/Backwood Bastard paired with…

House Made Cannoli 

Taco Mac’s Georgia Chapter Room hosts Terrapin and Herradura!

From an awesome beer dinner to one of the best tequilas in the world, Atlanta’s most intimate beer bar throws down next week!

Cheers Y’all!
Always keeping you in the loop of all the dope events around town when it especially comes to the sips, ATL’s most intimate beer bar—the Georgia Chapter Room—is hosting two classy occasions for us to enjoy. Stationed under the Taco Mac in Sandy Springs at the Prado, the Chapter Room is one of my favorite locations due to its speakeasy vibe, extensive list of hard-to-find libations, and posh interior. Next up, they are hosting Casa de Herradura on October 25th and Terrapin on the 27th! Here are the details straight from the source.

Taste Tequila beyond the margarita.
Join us for a tequila tasting with Ruben from world famous distiller Casa de Herradura in the GA Chapter Room on October 25th at 6 pm. Tickets are $40 and include a tasting flight of tequila, snacks, and a beer. Sounds like our kind of Tuesday.
Get your tickets here

Terrapin’s coming to town for dinner.
Join us on October 27th in the GA Chapter Room for a five-course beer dinner with our friends from Terrapin Brewing in Athens. Tickets are $50 and you save $10 on two.
Snag your seat before they’re gone!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Taste of Atlanta is coming this weekend!

There are still tickets left for one of Atlanta’s best culinary extravaganzas October 21 through 23rd!

Whaddup Y’all?!
I have always had a blast covering and judging for the Taste of Atlanta three-day food festival held in Midtown’s Tech Square. Since its inception in 2010, this is truly one of my favorite events to be a part of and cover you, my cherished readers. Well it’s on again this weekend and I strongly urge you scoop tickets here before they are sold out. From all the 90-plus gangster restaurants serving up samples of some of their prized dishes to, numerous cooking demonstrations and, of course, the craft beer, wine and cocktails being poured, don’t miss this one!
See you there!

Here is the official write up:
They Say: Get primed for this weekend’s Taste of Atlanta. You’ll not want to miss a morsel of the city’s signature culinary fest spreading through Midtown’s Tech Square, October 21-23. Foodies will enjoy samplings from more than 90 of the Southeast’s most popular restaurants, including 5Church, The Big Ketch, HOBNOB, Marlow’s Tavern, Seed Kitchen & Bar and Smokebelly BBQ--and a full schedule of events such as VIP Grand Tasting Experience options, Barcraft Competition, Big Green Egg Grilling Stage, The Chef’s Table, Family Food Zone, The Kitchen Workshop, silent auction and more. Buy tickets for individual days or in two- or three-day packages and view the full schedule online.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Pour one for the late Damien Schaefer.

This gent truly touched everyone he met while realizing his dream to one day open an awesome brewpub.

I had the chance of meeting the now late Damien Schaefer when he introduced himself at a Terrapin’s Wake N Bake Off fundraiser for the Giving Kitchen at East Atlanta’s Argosy on February 8th. Since then, we have become good friends as we discussed ways I could assist in his dream of opening a brewpub in Atlanta he wanted to call the Normaltown Artisanal Brewery & Cucina. (Please read his bio on the site here.)
We often met at some of Atlanta’s premier beer spots including Ormsby’s, Slice & Pint, Twain’sWrecking Bar, Leon’s (where I met his wonderful wife Jenni), and even his home where poured the week-old Pliny The Elder pictured above he happily saved for me. I made it a goal to introduce him to some of the beer authorities of the city as well including Chase Medlin, Dan Mazurt, Bob Sandage, Jason Dominy, and others while Damien was taking on his ongoing battle against cancer for the past two years. His hopes were still high and I did my best to provide encouragement and optimism whenever I could. I truly believed he could beat it, so we enjoyed our time as much as possible as if that was the case, giving anything negative a backseat. Discussions were more about his jaw-dropping brewing station he created by himself in Athens, our love for hats, how to get folks to fund his dream, sneakers, how much he loved Jenni, his collection of pets, and art among other things. It was always a fun time sharing beers with him.
Getting a text from a mutual friend—Wild Heaven Beer Co-Founder Eric Johnson—I learned while out of town this past Saturday that the ruthless disease took another loved one away from me. I lost my mother to it a few years back.
Damien’s passing truly hurt, but the memories of how chill he was will forever be with me. Besides Damien’s aforementioned Normaltown website, I found a great article written on him by Hillary Brown here that discussed his contribution to the culinary scene as one of the Four Coursemen, his love for Athens and Atlanta, along with being a successful entrepreneur. Feel free to read it and learn more about him, as well as take a stroll through his Instagram handles here and here.
Prayers go out to Damien’s wife, loved ones and friends.
Live every day to the fullest.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Come to my Happy Hour at Davio’s this Thursday!

Complimentary appetizers, Treehorn Cider and Three Taverns will be in the house based in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza! 

Cheers Everyone!

Okay, so I was offered the opportunity to team up with the upscale Italian-inspired Steakhouse Davio’s in Phipps Plaza to do a festive happy hour, so I said sure! I have already been there for their phenomenal cuisine, a few off-the-chain media events, and talk the latest beer trends with the cool general manager, Paul Dunn. It was a no-brainer, so here it is! 
It will be a blast starting at 6 pm., and along with their extensive wine list and fine spirits, I recommended some local appreciation by featuring Treehorn's refreshing Dry Cider and one of the best IPAs in the biz, Three Tavern's A Night On Ponce, be poured. With delectable complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and schwag, it will be an awesome way to end the work day.  
The event is free, but please make sure you RSVP by emailing There is also valet with validation so indulge and enjoy! Again, it is super cool a restaurant like Davio's in ritzy Buckhead shows love by providing an evening like this, so let's make the most of it!

See you Thursday!