Thursday, July 2, 2015

Check out how much is going on in July!

From restaurant celebrations to major events perfect for the 4th and throughout July, this month is on and poppin’!

Whaddup!

It’s now July and I consider this to be one of the most festive, event-packed months of the year. To confirm, day one has already made history with Georgia finally allowing breweries to sell growlers directly from the source, so folks are running to get their canisters filled at dope spots like Burnt Hickory, Three Taverns, Monday Night, SweetWater, Wild Heaven, Terrapin, Orpheus…Crazy! And that’s just the beginning.
Peep all of these great 4th of July restaurant celebrations, beer-themed throwdowns, and straight up fun-filled events going on especially in Atlanta. Along with my commentary below, I provided descriptions of each event compiled straight from the source.
All in all, it’s going to be one helluva month in the A!
Here we go…

Watershed On Peachtree celebrates the 4th of July with their famous Fried Chicken
I say: World famous for the way they fry the bird, they make it a special occasion on the 4th. Give my boy and Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson a shout out for me.
They say: Looking for the ultimate Fourth of July feast? Watershed on Peachtree and Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson will be serving the restaurant’s famous fried chicken and biscuits for $16 per person. Side orders including mashed potatoes, collard greens, and slaw can also be purchased for $5 per person. Place a pre-order and take on the go or join us at Watershed for both the fried chicken special and full menu for your 4th of July celebration. All pre-orders must be placed by noon on Friday, June 26, and will be available for pick up beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Please call 404.809.3561 to place all fried chicken pre-orders and note that all orders are final. Reservations are recommended for in-house dining. (1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309; watershedrestaurant.com; 404.809.3561)

Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew 
July 4, 2015, 7-10 p.m.
I say: Now here’s a baller way to enjoy the 4th with exotic fish, more than 50 different local brews, dinner, plus a killer view of the fireworks show Centennial Olympic Park takes very seriously!
They say: Come celebrate Fourth of July with dinner, drinks and the best view of Centennial Olympic Park’s firework show at Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew (225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)! The event will begin at 7 p.m. and features an all-American BBQ dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering and live performance by Atlanta-favorite, The Regulars Band. Guest can enjoy complimentary caricature drawing by local artists, Team Artboy, and OMG! photo booths while sampling beer from over 50 national and local brews, including Georgia’s own Sweetwater Brewery, Terrapin Brewery, Orpheus Brewery and Eventide Brewery. A full list of brews that will be available can be found here.
Red, White, & Brew will be held in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom where guests can enjoy views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. After dinner and drinks, guests will head up to the Aquarium’s parking deck rooftop to view Atlanta’s No. 1 fireworks show in Centennial Olympic Park, beginning approx. at 9:40 p.m.
General admission tickets are $55 and include a Red, White & Brew souvenir tasting glass. Aquarium members may purchase tickets for $45. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/experience/support/how-to-donate/fundraising-events/red-white-brew

Cook Hall hosts Peachtree Road Race Viewing Party and second annual All-American Cook Out July 4th.
I say: Cook Hall is one of my favorite eateries who truly takes pride in their craft beer and cocktails paired with top notch cuisine. Well they are giving us a full day of kickin’ it with the Peachtree Road Race Viewing Party followed by a cookout! I can dig it!
They say: Cook Hall will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast, including the patio which offers guests a prime view of the Peachtree Road Race. For the duration of the race, guests will enjoy $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas and a music set from Atlanta’s own DJ Hakim. Additionally, there will be a grab and go breakfast for racers with bottled water, fresh fruit, and other healthy race day fuel. Beginning at 4 p.m., Cook Hall will be kicking off their second annual All-American Cook Out on the patio. Expect boozy slushies from Tito’s Vodka and all-American fare like hamburgers and hotdogs. Live music from Jacob Deaton & Friends will get going at 7 p.m. and continue into the night. Admission is free and complimentary 3-hour valet parking will be provided.  Cook Hall is located at 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta Ga. 30325. For more information, call 404.523.3600.

Tavernpointe  Peachtree Road Race Party on July 4th
I say: Sip and eat in style while watching Peachtree Road Race runners…well…run! I have been waiting for this spot to launch and this is one of their first events open to the public. Go!
They say: Come visit Tavernpointe at the Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July! In partnership with Springer Mountain Farms, the restaurant, which will open in late July, will be providing a sneak peak of their menu with samples of their Smoked Peruvian Chicken for everyone watching the race. Nestled in front of Peachtree and Spring streets, Tavernpointe provides a perfect view of the world’s largest 10K. The event is complimentary, so bring the entire family for a little fun on the Fourth!
1545 Peachtree Street, Suite 101, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
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Meehan’s Public House-Buckhead hosts Pints For Patriots on July 4th
I say: Here’s a belly-filling way to be patriotic!
They say: Celebrate the Fourth of July with BBQ, beer and raffles at Meehan’s Pints for Patriots! Pints for Patriots kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a live DJ beginning at 4 p.m. Chef Brian O'Rourke has crafted a special BBQ menu and the chicken, pork, toast and collard greens will all be locally sourced. All food, beer and raffle proceeds benefit our local heroes through the Catalyst Sports Veterans Initiative.  The Catalyst Veterans Initiative serves veterans who have incurred a physical or mental injury or illness while serving our country. Don’t miss out on this chance to celebrate and support our veterans this Fourth of July at Meehan’s. (322 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305; meehansbuckhead.com ½; 470.355.5116)


Table & Main serves up fried chicken served family style on July 4th
I say: Family-style meals are almost necessary with all this tech and cell phone distractions breaking up conversations. Here is a delicious way to get to talking and enjoying real life again!
They say: hat better way to celebrate Independence Day this year than with a family picnic with delicious fried chicken! This Fourth of July, Table & Main will be closed for normal service, but will be offering a family style meal for four featuring their famous fried chicken, cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, baked beans, cornbread, and potato chip cookies for $79. Orders can be placed beginning on Tuesday, June 23, by calling 678.869.5178. The last day to order will be Wednesday, July 1, and upon ordering, guests will be provided a time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for pick up on July 4. Don’t miss out on this tasty addition to your Fourth of July celebration! (1028 Canton St, Roswell, Ga. 30075; 678.869.5178)
  
Pre-Order Your July 4th Feast Fox Bros. BBQ 
I say: Their BBQ is official. Get on it! Just get those orders in by Friday, 5:30!
They say: Make it a picnic to remember with a little help from Fox Bros. BBQ. Pre-order your favorite Fox Bros. smoked meats and sides and take them to-go on July 4th. Fox Bros. BBQ will be accepting pre-orders on all order sizes up until Friday, July 3rd at 5 p.m. The restaurant will open early at 10 a.m. for guests to come pick up their orders. Call the catering line at 404.414.0826 to place your order. Fox Bros. BBQ is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Watch live at Rí Rá as Irishman Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor takes on Jose ‘Scarface’ Aldo in the Ultimate UFC Fight Card July 11th.
I say: I’ve heard of fights at the bar, but this takes the cake, UFC style. Rí Rá is going for Conor McGregor out of Ireland. Surprise, surprise. Ha! Should be a good one!
They say: Watch Irish sensation Conor McGregor take on Jose Aldo live at the pub on July 11th in the most anticipated fight in the history of the UFC. Rí Rá is hosting the UFC 189 pay-per-view fight night featuring a blockbuster double header fight card that will see the Brazilian defending his Featherweight title against the Irish superstar (Ri Ra Atlanta, 1080 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).
Champion Robbie Lawlor will battle it out with top contender Rory McDonald for the Welterweight Strap and Irishman Cathal Pendred takes on John Howard in the Preliminary Card along with a host of other fights kicking off at 8pm. The main card takes place at10pm followed by the headline event between Aldo and McGregor. This will definitely be a fight night not to be missed with all of the action live from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas! 
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from FreshTix https://www.freshtix.com/events/ufc-189-atlanta. Enjoy drink specials throughout the night including $5 Fireball, $4 Abita Draft and $3 Bud/Bud Lite. DJ Dirti hits the decks after the fight and continues the party late into the night.

101 Concepts presents Salad Wars between July 13 and August 16
I say: A little friendly competition among top chefs in Atlanta is a super dope way to feed your body greens!
They say: Watch our chefs go head to head by creating unique salads to celebrate the warm summer weather and fresh local ingredients. Chef Linda Harrell (Cibo e Beve), Justin Keith (Food 101), Jordan Wakefield (Smoke Ring), Erick Torres (Meehan’s Atlantic Station), Brian O’Rourke (Meehan’s Buckhead), Oscar Aguero (Meehan’s Downtown), Stephen Welch (Meehan’s Sandy Springs) and Heather Murray (Meehan’s Vinings) will be busy all month developing the mouthwatering salads, in an effort to claim the title of Salad King (or Queen)! Official voting will take place in-house. Salad Wars is running at ALL 101 Concepts locations July 13 through August 16! Come support your favorite neighborhood chefs in 101 Concepts – Salad Wars!
101 Concepts- All Locations
Cibo e Beve: 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta Ga. 30342
Food 101: 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta Ga. 30342
Smoke Ring: 309 Nelson Street SW, Atlanta Ga. 30313
Meehan’s Buckhead: 322 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta Ga. 30305
Meehan’s Downtown: 200 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Ga. 30303
Meehan’s Sandy Springs: 227 Sandy Springs Place, Atlanta Ga. 30328
Meehan’s Vinings: 2810 Paces Ferry Road NW, Vinings Ga. 30339
Meehan’s Atlantic Station: Atlantic Station, Atlanta Ga. 30318

Cibo E Beve makes Tuscan Summer Favorites on July 14
Looking for the perfect way to spend your summer evening? Join us at Cook’s Warehouse on July 14th at 7 p.m. for a Tuscan Summer cooking class led by Cibo e Beve’s own Chef Linda Harrell. Chef Harrell will teach guests how to create some of her Tuscan Summer favorites, including her Burrata with organic heirloom tomato salad, Tuscan Brined Chicken with cavolo nero and potatoes and Tiramisu ai Frutti di Bosco. Tickets are $50 and there are 30 spots in the class. For tickets or more information, please visit www.classes.cookswarehouse.com. (4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30342; ciboatlanta.com  404.250.8988)

Watershed On Peachtree’s 20 For $20 Wine Tasting July 14
They say: Join us for our 20 for $20 Tuesday Wine Tastings held monthly from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wine tastings feature 20 tastes for $20 along with chef’s choice light bites. The theme changes each month, so be ready to add diversity to your wine cellar with whites, reds and rosés from various regions around the world. Please note tax and gratuity is not included. To RSVP, please email rsvp@watershedrestaurant.com. (1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309; watershedrestaurant.com; 404.809.3561)

Red Pepper Taqueria Celebrates Two Years in Buckhead on July 14th
Celebratory Fiesta Featuring Food and Drink Specials, Live Music, and More!
I say: Red Pepper’s food is banging. I am definitely stopping by their Buckhead spot!
They say: Red Pepper Taqueria is celebrating the two-year anniversary of its Buckhead location with a giant fiesta on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. As a special thank you, Executive Chef and Owner Chef Mimmo Alboumeh is hosting a Customer Appreciation Pre-Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring two hours of complimentary signature margaritas, beer, and specialty tacos for guests who RSVP and check-in on Facebook. Beginning at 6 p.m., live music will set the soundtrack for the rest of the fiesta as partygoers are invited to enjoy a special two-dollar menu honoring two years of success that includes $2 Braveheart smoked beef brisket tacos, $2 margaritas, $2 Tecate cervezas and $2 “Mexican Break” shots. Of course, Red Pepper's full dinner menu and oyster bar will be available along with its extensive tequila, local craft beer and signature cocktails selections. For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at www.eatredpepper.com or call 404-869-2773.

Celebrate the Wing Café’s 20th Anniversary on July 17th!
I say: I dig this spot because they are one of the most dedicated eateries to the craft beer movement. A great selection and good people. It’s always a fun time at Wing Café. Congrats!
They say: The Wing Cafe is here and proud to present to you our 20th Birthday Celebration and Orpheus Toga Dinner on Friday, July 17th at 8 p.m. (2145 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062; 770-509-WING)
1st Course: Orpheus Chickataur! The Wing Cafe's 20th Anniversary Brew; Paired with a Smoked Cheddar Bruschetta
2nd Course: Orpheus Lyric Ale paired with Tuna Salad
3rd Course: Orpheus Atalanta paired with a Bacon Wrapped Scallop with Corn Chowder
4th Course: Orpheus Peace.War.Truth.Lie paired with a Korean Noodle Salad with Kimchi and Chicken
5th Course: Orpheus Transmigration of Souls finished off with a Peach Cobbler and Peach Ice Cream
Cost is $40 and Limited to 65 People. Sign up today!  Pass it on to friends and family for them to sign up on eventbrite.com or call at 770-509-9464. See you all there. (And we might even have a screening of Animal House! Toga, Toga, Toga, Toga!)  

July 19 - August 2 Greyfield Inn Island Camp
I say: Get your island on with the fam!
They say: Spend your summer soaking up the sun at Greyfield Inn’s Annual Island Camp. Located on beautiful Cumberland Island, there are plenty of educational and recreational activities for every age and interest level; it’s fun for the entire family. Days at Island Camp will be filled with activities such as guided kayak tours, sea turtle watching, cooking workshops and much more! Space is limited, visit greyfieldinn.com or call 1-888-357-7617 for reservations and pricing. (4 North Second Street #300, Fernandina Beach, Fl. 32034; greyfieldinn.com1.888.357.7617)

Davio’s Atlanta Introduces Italian Microbrews
Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a taste of Italy.
I say: This is one of the most classy and delectable restaurants in town. To balance out their extensive wine selection, Davio’s blesses their drink menu with some excellent ales direct from Italy including the exotic Birreria Le Baladin Nora. They will also have the Birreria Le Baladin Super Baladin, BeerBera, and Oyster Stout starting in July. Stop by and see how well they pair with their amazing steaks, fresh pastas and other dishes. Oh, and the halibut is niiiiiice!
They Say: Libation lovers rejoice, Davio’s Atlanta is now pouring one-of-a-kind beers from microbreweries across Italy. Much smaller than the typical large-scale corporation brewery, microbreweries are independently owned operations that are characterized by their emphasis on quality, flavor and personal brewing techniques. The exclusive craft beers now available at Davio’s include LoverBeer BeerBera, which hails from Marentino outside Turin, in Northern Italy and is spontaneously fermented and brewed with Barbera wine grapes, and Oyster Stout, inspired by the Nordic tradition, it is a dark colored stout. During the brew, fresh oysters are added with their shells to produce a pleasant, not too strong salty ending. Visit Davio’s Atlanta to taste our new brews this summer! Reservations are recommended. 
For more information please visit www.davios.com/atl or call 404.844.4810.


Look for more July listings soon! Be safe while you kick it hard this month!

Cheers!

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