Friday, April 13, 2018

Trying to roll to Brewgaloo, the biggest beer festival in North Carolina?!


100 NC Breweries, 50-plus Food Trucks, local vendors and live bands for two days? Yes please!
 

Whaddup!
You know I love traveling and this Brewgaloo Beer Fest had me at “Brew”! Ha! Truthfully, I hear that word all the time, but when it’s the biggest beer fest in North Carolina, a state that makes some gangster ales and lagers, I was all in! It’s April 27-28, 2018 and guaranteed to be nuts! Below is the official description and HERE is the link to the tickets. Boom!
Cheers!
Ale

ShopLocalRaleigh.org says…
Brewgaloo features craft breweries from North Carolina and partners with local food trucks, local vendors and local bands. Friday night will be a sampler event from 6-10pm. Tickets are $45 per person (before April 1) with a limited number of tickets being sold. Sample size pours will be available for you to try the best of NC. Must be 21 and up to attend the Friday night event. Designated Driver’s need not purchase tickets, thank you for being responsible!

Saturday is 2-10pm. Beer is sold by the pint or the taste. Samples are 2 tickets and full pints are 5 tickets. No admission fee to enter the festival. Saturday’s event is open to the public and free to attend.  Saturday will feature over 100 NC Breweries, over 50 Food Trucks, dozens of local vendors and bands. Drink tickets will be sold in advance and available for purchase at the festival. Food trucks and vendors accept cash and credit options. Purchase now to avoid lines!

The largest NC Craft beer festival celebrating all things local
You’ve tasted the world, now taste local

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Creature Comforts Beer Dinner Benefiting the Farmer Fund


Once again it's on!

It's beer dinner time!

One of my favorite events combining beer and fare is the Farmer Fund Dinner held annually by Athens’ GA’s own Creature Comforts and Saltyard Owner and Executive Chef Nick Leahy at the gorgeous location in Midtown ATL (1820 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309) on April 19th. Not only will the experience be one helluva festive one, taste buds will be tantalized, and of course world-class brew will be poured in your complimentary collector’s glass, but it’s also for a great cause—supporting the Famer FundIn their words, “The Farmer Fund exists to support farmers in the face of natural disaster and help keep farmers farming.”
As you can see, I have covered it a few times if you scroll down here. I truly dig it!
There is also a silent auction and the items aren’t a couple of coozies and t-shirts; some of the hardest beers to get in the South exclusively brewed and donated by the Comforts posse will be available to bid on. They also have a fun Farmer Fund calendar available where various farmers and restaurateurs strip down to aprons and other revealing outfits. Here is a look at this year’s addition with the intention of also raising funds for the cause.
The official description is below. Just know it sells out pretty damn quick, so book your seats asap! Oh, and they have your main man Ale (ummmm, that’s me!) as a special guest to make sure everything goes as dope as possible. It’s truly an honor to be there. 
This one is for the farmers, Atlanta. Don’t miss it. Make your reservations by calling 404.382.8088.
Cheers!
Ale

Thursday, April 19 - Creature Comforts Beer Dinner Benefiting the Farmer Fund
Join Saltyard for a special beer dinner with Creature Comforts on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30pm. With popular offerings such as Tropicalia IPA and Athena Paradiso, the dinner will feature special guest Ale Sharpton. A silent auction will take place on-site to benefit The Farmer Fund, and tickets are $75/each. Guests should call the restaurant directly at 404-382-8088 for reservations.

Oh! Nick Leahy and the Saltyard also have this popping on Thursday, the 26th...

It’s the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

Find Saltyard Executive Chef Nick Leahy at April 26's James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner, hosted by 1KEPT in Charleston (68 Wentworth St). Nick will join other prominent chefs including Atlanta's Jarrett Stieber of Eat Me Speak Me and Philippe Haddad of Cape Dutch, at the "Road to Charleston" dinner – a multi-course meal highlighting the bounty and culinary heritage of Georgia and South Carolina. Tickets can be purchased online here for $200/each.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Creature Comforts celebrates four years during April 21-22 weekend!

The lineup is crazy as usual! 
Whaddup!

There is no mystery that I think Creature Comforts is one of the best breweries pound for pound on the planet, and the fact that it's just an hour-and-change away in Athens driving from ATL makes it even more lovely! I will definitely be there to celebrate their four years keeping me refreshed with gangster beers. Care to join me?
Peep the flyer and click here for more details. See ya there I hope!

Peace!
Ale

Monday, March 26, 2018

Whoa! Uptown Magazine shows me crazy love!

Joeff Davis on the photo.


Cheers!

In this article called “Brew Expert Ale Sharpton Raises the Bar,” Uptown Associate Editor Kym Allison Backer interviews me about beer, what my favorites are, where to go to enjoy it, the industry surrounding it and loads of other fun content.
It’s an honor to be in such a great magazine. Check out the entire article here. I just got back from Nashville covering the Schlafly Oysterfest (which was a blast) and now have to deal with my grandmother’s recent passing, so this couldn’t have come at a better time to keep things balanced out.
Many blessings y’all. I appreciate you for real. Oh, and a very special shout out to Kym and Uptown for embracing such an amazing beverage and letting the world know that beer is for everyone

Peace.
Ale

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ale Sharpton is on ABC's 'Grown-ish'!

Yep! Thanks to Robbie aka @rjmedwed alerting me with this screenshot below on this Tweet, I had to check this out...
Whaddup Y'all!
This is totally random, but while I was reveling in my March Madness bracket thus far at a perfect 100%, I got this Tweet saying my name made an appearance was on the ABC show Grown-ish, the college spin-off from the hit sitcom Black-ish. I was like, huh? And then behold, "Ale Sharpton" was one of these "peacemaker" concoctions that spurred a cyber quiz on Freeform here...

While I got a chuckle at the others in my name's company, the "Ale" title undoubtedly reigns supreme. I'm about to do more research on it and see what comes of this.
Pretty crazy, huh? I hope there was a world-class IPA in my cup, at least. 

Peace!
Ale

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Love Oysters and Brew? Well hit up the free Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival on March 23 & 24th!

St. Louis, here I come!

Whaddup Y’all?!
March promises to be an awesome month for especially brew and eats, so I will do my best to post as many dope events as possible to keep you posted on what’s happening nationwide. In this segment, we are going to St. Louis where their renowned brewery Schlafly will be hosting their annual Stout & Oyster Festival on March 23 & 24th! They do this event every year and I have been trying to go, but conflicts in the past hated on me booking a trip. Well this year, it’s on! And guess what? It's FREE!
I was already sold on the 80,000 oysters being flown in the night before the Fest for optimal freshness along with the 15 different stouts poured specifically for the occasion—yes, they pair well in case you didn’t know—but after seeing this video from last year, I am counting down the hours until I touch ground in the Lou! Although the event is free.99, there are also Pearl Pass VIP tickets on Friday night (see tickets here) available. Of course, you can also explore the city's festive beer scene as well.
And even if you are not a stout person, Schlafly has a plethora of other great beers to choose from including my fave, IPAs, so every palate is covered. Here is all the info straight from the source below. See you there!   
Peace!
Ale

Come celebrate Schlafly’s largest party of the year, Stout & Oyster Festival, held on March 23 & 24, 2018 at the Schlafly Tap Room!
Every year, Schlafly flies in almost 80,000 oysters (overnight to be the freshest possible) from both coasts and brings in 20 shuckers for their Schlafly’s Stout & Oyster Festival. The festival takes place at the brewery’s historic Schlafly Tap Room on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. They also brew 15 stouts for the festival – some exclusive for the event. See the craziness here.
It’s pretty much my second Christmas, and 2018 plans to be the largest in the brewery’s history and one of the largest oyster festival in the Midwest.
All weekend long festival goers will get to experience live music, multiple raw oyster bars, stout tasting bars with the exclusive small brew stouts, and of course all of the other Schlafly beer the heart desires. I also included more below about their special Stout Bout which they brew to promote the festival.  

Schlafly Beer’s Stout Bout

The Stout Bout name is a play on the boxing term for a match, and the “winning” selections featured in the sampler are determined by the crowd favorites at Schlafly’s annual Stout and Oyster Festival, which takes place at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St.) on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. Schlafly offered over 15 specialty stouts at last year’s festival with unique flavors from Smoky Pepper Chocolate to Cinnamon Vanilla. Blueberry Coffee and Salted Caramel were two of the outstanding stouts amongst consumers.
Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale explains, “The sampler packs are about an ongoing conversation. Our festivals give us true feedback from our consumers, and we listen to that for the following year. Stout & Oyster Festival also allows our brewers to showcase their craft with brewing stouts. Our festival-goers see what our brewers can do, and we get a good litmus test before distribution about what consumers will enjoy.”
The sampler always features one of Schlafly’s classic stouts (Oatmeal, this year) and one variety had to make a return appearance: Mexican Chocolate Stout. Hale explains, “It was received with a huge fanfare online last year so we brought it back for this year’s pack.”
Want a say in next year’s Stout Bout pack? Visit Schlafly’s Stout & Oyster Festival at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St.) on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. The largest, locally owned brewery in St. Louis flies in 70,000 oysters and 25 shuckers from both coasts for one of the largest oyster festivals in the country. The brewing team will again offer new, unique specialty stouts for sampling and consideration for next year’s Stout Bout.
The Stout Bout pack can be purchased at the Schlafly brewpubs or across the brewery’s distribution region ($13.99 suggested retail). For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visitwww.schlafly.com/beers/distribution.

For more about each stout, see here:

Blueberry Coffee Stout (5.7% ABV, 30 IBUs): Just the right balance of sweetness and bite. Locally roasted coffee coupled with the flavor of seasonal blueberries.

Mexican Chocolate Stout (6.2% ABV, 25 IBUs): A classic American stout inspired by all the characteristics of real, Mexican-style hot chocolate. Creamy, roasty, sweet elements provide a perfect base for the addition of the cocoa nibs, which we add directly to the fermenter to age until their finest flavors blend with the stout. The addition of cinnamon adds a kick that balances well with all the flavors in this beer.

Salted Caramel Stout (6.5% ABV, 30 IBUs): It’s unapologetically rich and creamy. Using sea salt and caramel for a smooth, sweet and bold declaration of decadence.

Oatmeal Stout (5.7% ABV, 40 IBUs): This classic, British-style stout is dark, smooth and slightly sweet, with just enough bitterness and hops to balance out the richness of the roasted malt’s nutty character and the creaminess of the oatmeal flakes. Freshly roasted coffee beans, cocoa and touches of raisin and dried fruit dominate the aroma of this super dark ale.

About Schlafly Beer:
Schlafly Beer, St. Louis’ largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery, proudly offers over 60 unique styles of beer. Each is handmade at the Tap Room in Midtown St. Louis or Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Utilizing 120 hop varietals, 95 malts and grains, 30 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast 18 strains from around the globe, Schlafly also works with local suppliers for everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and labeling. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Schlafly donates spent grain to local farmers to feed their livestock and utilizes 100% renewable energy throughout its operations. The largest Missouri-owned-and-operated beer maker offers free tours of the Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the hour and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue) from noon to 5 p.m. every half hour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The brand continues to define craft across 12 states and throughout countless fine establishments, backyards and basement bars. Join us at either of our locations and on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. For a full listing of seasonal and year-round beers and for information on distribution, visit Schlafly.com.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

I can’t wait for Nina & Rafi pizza to open in ATL’s Old 4th Ward!


Here comes pizza, sandwiches and more Italian-inspired eats from two gangster restaurateurs along the BeltLine!
O4W owner Anthony Spina’s famous 16-inch Grandma Pie prepared in a cast iron skillet.

Whaddup Y’all!
I just got an official press release announcing one of my favorite restauranteurs Billy Streck—co-owner along with his wife Jenn of gastropub Hampton + Hudson—is teaming with Anthony Spina of O4W Pizza to bring a new pizzeria called Nina & Rafi along the burgeoning Atlanta BeltLine. Named after Streck's and Spina's grandmothers respectively, Nina & Rafi will be located in the new phase of Studioplex at 659 Auburn Avenue NE; it promises to be a huge hit this summer for walkers, commuters, bikers and runners who want to get their eat and sip on. The full story direct from the source is below. 
Be sure to get a feel for how both Streck and Spina get down and visit their current locations.
Peep the full release below for more intel.
Cheers!
Ale
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Here is the layout.

ATLANTA RESTAURATEUR BILLY STRECK & ANTHONY SPINA OF JERSEY-STYLE O4W PIZZA ANNOUNCE THE NAME OF THEIR FORTHCOMING RESTAURANT "NINA & RAFI," EXPECTED TO OPEN SUMMER 2018
Located on Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail, Restaurant Will Be Inside New Phase of Studioplex. It’s Named in Honor of Co-​Owners' Grandmothers

Restaurateur and bar aficionado Billy Streck of Hampton + Hudson and Cypress Street Pint + Plate and Anthony Spina of O4W Pizza are bringing the Grandma Pie home to Old Fourth Ward. The two co-owners have teamed up to open Nina & Rafi, named for their grandmothers (Billy's and Anthony's respectively)​, in the new phase of Studioplex at 659 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA, 30312, expected to open summer 2018.
The new joint will serve top-selling pies from O4W Pizza and other Italian snacks, sandwiches, salads, and pasta, including vegan and gluten-free options, alongside a tight beverage program with a full bar.  
Growing up in Red Bank, Anthony Spina learned to make Jersey-style pizza side-by-side with his uncle. He cooked in his home state for two decades before moving to Atlanta and opening O4W Pizza on Atlanta’s Irwin Street in January 2015. He moved the concept to downtown Duluth in September 2016. 
In a short time, O4W Pizza has become recognized as one of the best pizzerias in the country. Zagat named O4W Pizza among the “15 Must-Try Pizza Joints Across the U.S.” It’s on Eater’s list of “Essential Atlanta Restaurants,” The Daily Meal’s “Best Pizzas in America for 2017”, FirstWeFeast’s “Best Pizza From Each of the 50 States," and featured in the March 2018 issue of bon appetit.​ Anthony is best known for his traditional Grandma Pie; it’s 16 inches square and cooked in a cast iron pan. 
A New York native and self-described Southerner at heart, Billy Streck grew up hanging out in his grandfather’s and dad’s pizzeria. He remembers eating grandma-style pizza throughout his childhood and has long looked for the right partner to open a pizza joint with. He’s been a friend of Anthony Spina’s for years. 
Streck has over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry and 10 years under his belt as a bar and restaurant owner. He and his wife Jenn own the community bar and restaurant Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park, and he is co-owner of the Atlanta classic Cypress Street Pint & Plate.
​Nina & Rafi’s design is a collaboration among Billy and Jenn Streck, Anthony Spina, and local Atlanta firm Smith Hanes Studio. It will face the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside trail and feature a bar, banquette seating, and an open kitchen. 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Part Two: The 2018 Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide


Still no reservations? Once again, I’m here to save the day! This second installment brings even more incredible dining choices in ATL!
 Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

Are you ready to get your romancin’ on with fork in hand? I know I am! After an incredible dinner at the gorgeous TWO urban licks last year (Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi is a beast!), I had to post them first as one of the top dining destinations to consider for Valentine’s Day in 2018. And along with this gangster restaurant, I compiled several other choices to add to the first installment introduced by the lovely Andrea Janise aka @atlfoodwriter to put your palates in bliss.
And with that, don’t waste time, avoid the dog house, and book your reservations asap! All descriptions are straight from the source so that nothing is missed, ya heard?
Happy V-Day, y’all!
Ale
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Cozy Up on Valentine’s Day with Live Music, Dinner and More at TWO urban licks
This Valentine’s Day, friends and lovers can enjoy libations, music and Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi’s seasonal a la carte menu in addition to seasonal specials meant for sharing created just for the occasion. While noshing on Bertozzi’s mouth-watering dishes, guests can also cozy up and enjoy the smooth sounds of “Little G Weevil” performing live while taking in TWO's exceptional skyline views. A credit card is required to secure each reservation.  To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622or visit twourbanlicks.com. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306.


Enjoy a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner For Two at STK Atlanta
Guests yearning for a night on the town this Valentine’s Day can head to STK Atlanta in the heart of the Midtown for an unforgettable evening on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This year, STK has pulled out all the stops for this flirty occasion. Lovebirds are invited to celebrate with a special menu created by Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio along with STK’s selection of hand-selected champagnes. In the spirit of romance, STK will be serving a special dinner menu for two, including guests choice of: Hamachi Crudo served with Yuzu Vinaigrette, Pomegranate, and Kumquat; One-Pound Maine Lobster stuffed with King Crab and served with Preserved Lemon Sauce and Crushed Potatoes; a Tomahawk Rib Eye for Two with Melted Smoked Gouda, Leeks and Black Truffle; and for dessert, a Chocolate Ball — a delectable Almond Brownie served with Dulce de Leche Ice-Cream. To elevate the celebration, couples can also enjoy Perrier Jouet Grand Brut served by the glass, Moet & Chandon Imperial Ice, and Limited Edition Magnum Möet & Chandon Public School. As an added treat, an exclusive live performance by six time grammy nominated violinist, Ashanti Floyd, also known as “The Mad Violinist,” will perform with an accompanying DJ.
For more information or to make a reservation for the Dining Room, visit http://togrp.com/venue/stk-atlanta/ or call 404-793-0144. STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development.


Celebrate the Sweetest Time of Year at ATLAS
Celebrate the most romantic time of year at Atlas this Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Whether lovebirds or friends, diners are invited to enjoy a spectacular four-course prix fixe menu for $150 per person created just for the occasion by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman and Pastry Chef Christian Castillo.  Showcasing the freshest, seasonal ingredients, the Valentine’s Day menu will feature unforgettable options for all tastes that promise not to disappoint, including Chef Castillo’s “All You Need is Love” dessert - Chocolate Cremeux, Passion Fruit Coulis, Passion Fruit Whipped Ganache, Raspberry Sable, and Pistachio Sponge Cake.  Wine pairings, the Classic for $75 and Legendary for $150 per person, will also be available from Atlas’ wide, yet carefully curated selection from vineyards around the world.  Located within the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences.  With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, this chef-driven restaurant brings unparalleled culinary experiences to the capital of the South. The full dinner menu, which changes daily, will also be available. 
Located within the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com


Kick off Valentine's Day Early With Yacht Rock Schooner at Park Tavern
Music lovers can kick off Valentine’s Day early with Yacht Rock Schooner and an evening of silly love songs at Park Tavern in The Piedmont Room on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Performing a selection of their favorite love songs from the 70s and 80s, lovebirds and singletons alike are invited to enjoy a fun-filled night featuring cocktails and great tunes overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park. Of course, The Rink and Park Tavern will also be open for skating, dinner, cold brews, libations and more prior to the concert. This annual show always sells out. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for ages 21 and up only.
Park Tavern is located in the heart of Midtown on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.


There’s Double Trouble at Dantanna’s This Valentine’s Day
Dantanna’s, a landmark Atlanta dining and drinking destination, is offering special options for both couples and singles alike this Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Lovebirds are invited to get cozy in the dining room and indulge in a four-course Valentine’s Day menu. Pricing will be based off the main course selection for two, which includes a 40 oz. porterhouse for $120 and cioppino for $90. The four-course dinner also includes choice of appetizer, signature soups or salads, and a sharable dessert. Singles can belly up to the bar for Dantanna’s exclusive “Lonely Hearts” Valentine’s Day Drink menu. Offerings include: 
Salty Tears From Your Pillow - 
Van Gogh Blue "with sadness” Vodka, shaken, and served up with blue cheese stuffed olives; Living in Your Parents Basement - Wallow with a pint of Scofflaw Brewing Company Basement IPA and a shot of Redemption Rye Whiskey; Bleeding Heart - Sauza Tequila’s Three Generations, mixed with fresh squeezed orange juice and the blood from the heart of a black cherry; Classic G&T - The refreshing botanicals of New Amsterdam Gin blended perfectly with tears of loneliness and quinine soda, served over ice, with a slice of lime that's just as sour as your ex. 
In addition to the Valentine’s Day special menus, guests can also take advantage of Dantanna’s extensive wine, cocktail and beer list. Open to all ages, Dantanna's regular menu will also be available. Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Dantanna’s Downtown is located at 1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
For more information or to make a reservation visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.760.8873.


Spend Valentine’s Day Dinner at PARISH in Inman Park
Guests can enjoy a special dinner with their one and only this Valentine’s Day at PARISH, located in bustling Inman Park. PARISH will be serving dinner on Wednesday, February 14th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a special Valentine’s Day menu. For more information or to make reservations, call 404.681.4434 or visit parishatl.com.  Parish is located at N. Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307. Stay connected on Twitter at @parishATL and Instagram at


One Love One Heart - Spend This Valentine’s Day at ONE. midtown kitchen
Sharing the love at ONE. midtown kitchen this Valentine’s Day, revelers can indulge in Executive Chef Matt Weinstein’s exclusive a la carte Valentine’s Day menu, complimented by a reserve wine list, craft cocktails, decadent desserts and much more. A credit card is required to secure each reservation. For more information or to make a reservation, call ONE. midtown kitchen at 404.892.4111 or visit www.onemidtownkitchen.com. ONE. midtown kitchen is located at 559 Dutch Valley Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324


Singles Can Enjoy Specials and Complimentary Drinks at TAP
If a table for two, chocolate desserts and roses aren’t your style, head to TAP for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Chef Gary Thorne is offering single-themed menu specials, $15 buckets of beer and $5 drafts for the bachelors and a complimentary glass of champagne for all single ladies. For more information about TAP, visit www.tapat1180.com or call 404.347.2220


Enjoy Valentine’s Week at ALLORA
ALLORA, a new Italian concept blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients, is offering a three-course prix fixe menu along with their regular dinner menu on Friday, February 9th through Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This seasonal offering is $55, excluding tax and gratuity, or available to order a la carte. ALLORA is located in the TWELVE Hotel Midtown at 361 17th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. Complimentary valet up to three hours and two hours free parking in the parking deck are available. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404.961.7370 or visit www.alloraatl.com.
AMUSE
Lobster Arancini, Saffron Aioli
APPETIZER
Foie Gras Mousse, Roasted Grape Agrodolce, Vanilla, Frisee, Endive, Everything Lavash - $15
ENTREE
Pork Osso Bucco, Fregola Sarda, Sweet Potato, Roasted Vegetables, Broccoli Gremolata - $36
DESSERT
Chocolate Cheesecake, Raspberry, Chambord, Malted Milk Crumb - $8


A Valentine’s Week to Remember at ROOM
Why just celebrate one day? Loyal diners and newcomers alike can enjoy Valentine’s Week beginning Friday, February 9th through Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at ROOM. Diners can indulge in Executive Chef Juan Carlos Huerta's specials, alongside the regular dinner menu, all week long for the special occasion. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.roomattwelve.com or call 404.418.1250. ROOM at TWELVE is located at 400 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30308.  
APPETIZER
Lobster Bisque Soup, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Basil Oil, Micro Greens - $9
Roasted Beet Salad, Arugula, Seared Bucheron Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Strawberry Vinaigrette - $9
ENTREE
Duo Plate, Lemon Marinated Chicken and Blackened Salmon, Parsley Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Corn, Brussels Sprout, Lemon Butter Sauce - $40
Grilled 16 Ounce New York Strip, Rutabaga Puree, Wild Mushrooms and Potatoes Hash, Huckleberry Demi - $45
DESSERT 
Flourless Chocolate Cake, Fresh Berries, Coffee Ice Cream - $8
Raspberry Cheesecake, Chantilly Cream, Berry Sauce - $8

Cheers!

Friday, February 9, 2018

The 2018 Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide


Your homey Ale and guest food writer Andrea Janise (@atlfoodwriter) once again lets us know which dinners are gangster throughout ATL. 
(Photo taken by Bulla Gastropub at their hot spot. They are included below as well.)
  
Whaddup!
Cupid’s arrows are whizzing through the air leading up to February 14, and we definitely can get hungry running through the minds of that special someone all day, right? Ha! Anyway, to make sure you, my cherished readers, have numerous choices to figure out where to romantically wine and dine throughout Georgia’s capital, it’s time for my annual Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide! And to make sure I have enough coverage, I once again enlisted the sophisticated palate of food and lifestyle writer Andrea Janise aka @atlfoodwriter to write a couple of roundups as well. Here’s the first installment with more to follow. Ms. Janise, take it away!

Happy VDay y’all!
Ale

Valentine’s Day Round up – Part 1
There are a few times a year where restaurants overflow with reservations and Valentine’s Day is definitely one of them. We know that this special occasion is all about treats, so what better way to treat yourself and that special someone than to enjoy a memorable dinner out on the town? Each of the restaurants on this list are pulling out all of the stops to help make your February 14th a little sweeter. Check out these Valentine’s Week Specials for ideas on how to celebrate the special day. A lot of the description below have been delivered straight from the source. Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Andrea Janise (@ATLFoodWriter)

5Church Atlanta serves a $65 three-course prix fixe menu Feb. 14-16 with wine pairings for $25 per person. A Valentine’s Day cocktail is offered all three days. Entrées include pork osso buco and crab-stuffed lobster. A limited dinner menu also is available on Feb. 14; full à la carte dinner menu offered Feb. 15-16.

Share the love with the whole family at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 4-7 p.m. with a free Valentine’s cookie decorating event. From Feb. 14-17, enjoy a Valentines-themed three-course menu including a starter of seared scallops ($12); lobster tail and filet mignon ($28) or herb-crusted halibut ($26); and a choice of raspberry crème brûlée or hot chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream ($6).

Over Feb. 12-18, Bulla Gastrobar is featuring a special cocktail, the Chocolate-Covered Cherry. This twist on the classic chocolate martini is made with Emilio Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emilio sherry and features the same chocolate sauce used on Bulla’s delicious churros. Bulla declares Feb. 13 “Galentine’s Day,” gifting groups of four to five women with a complimentary order of churros.

Food 101 in Sandy Springs duos a three-course “his and hers” menu and a limited regular menu Feb. 14-17. There’s smoked beef carpaccio or grilled jumbo asparagus (both $9); an entrée of seared duck breast with sweet potato gratin, pearl onions and thin beans ($28) or sea bass with cauliflower purée, petite Caesar salad and San Marzano tomato-lobster broth ($38). Dessert brings bourbon bread pudding or marinated strawberries with blood orange and rosemary sabayon ($9).

Dessert lovers, stop by the Upper Westside, Buckhead or Sandy Springs locations of Henri’s Bakery & Café to pick up sweet treats like festive cakes, cupcakes, petit fours and cookies to wow your “Honey.”

Ray's on the RiverRay's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City are featuring a pair of four-course, prix fixe menus, each with a different assortment of starters, salads and entrées, for $85 and $105. These special menus are available from Feb. 10 through Feb. 17, along with each restaurant’s regular à la carte dinner menu. On Feb. 14, only the prix fixe menus are available.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante features Valentines-themed offerings in its specialty grocery store for the entire week. Purchase heart-shaped pasta with Storico’s classic ricotta filling for $14/lb.; short rib-filled pasta for $16/lb.; and lobster-filled pasta with Prosecco-infused dough for $18/lb.

American Cut presents two different prix fixe menus. For $78 per person, choose among a 10-ounce filet mignon, seared scallops and Springer Mountain chicken. For $95 per person, choose between a wet-aged, 24-ounce chateaubriand, a dry-aged, 40-ounce tomahawk chop or a 28-day wet-aged 40-oz. porterhouse. Both menus include a salad, appetizer and dessert. Toast with a $100 bottle of Perrier-Jouët brut or a $120 bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason rosé. Be sure to stop by The Cut Bar or visit The Regent Cocktail Club on the rooftop for a $7 “Valentini” of Ketel One Citroen, cranberry juice and lime.

Whisk that special someone away to the beautiful dining room at Aria where chef Gerry Klaskala offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person. Drinks, tax and gratuity are not included.

Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park hotspot where chefs rotate the evening’s selections from table to table, is open from 6-9:30 p.m. Expect a romantically inspired dish or two.

Experience a one-of-a-kind five-course Gypsy Valentine’s Day menu at Gypsy Kitchen courtesy of chef Gary Finzer. Entrée options include za’atar-spiced scallops, veal osso buco, eight-ounce grilled strip steak and vegetable paella “fried rice.” Add a half Maine lobster roasted in lobster butter for an additional $20. Cost is $75 per person.

Both locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern set forth a special featuring airline chicken with chocolate mole sauce over red rice for $17.95. At Brookhaven, James Patrick Morgan plays live music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an elegant three-course prix fixe menu at the equally elegant Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace hotel. The menu offers a selection of starters like crab and corn bisque; entrées such as cheese zucchini fritters and seared duck breast; and desserts like Nutella & Oreo Mississippi mud pie. Price is $65 per person and includes a glass of Champagne.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails offers a three-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person with entrée options including lobster roe butter-basted wagyu sirloin and pecan-crusted grouper. For dessert, choose from raspberry pink velvet cake, black cherry chocolate cheesecake or vanilla rose panna cotta.

Revival’s chef de cuisine Nicole Edwards plans a lovely prix fixe menu, including cast-iron cornpone with buttermilk slaw, seared scallops, braised Riverview Farms pork belly and sweet potato ravioli. The cost is $50 per person and includes Champagne upon arrival.

Seed Kitchen & Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in Marietta are both offering $75 prix fixe menus; wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Neither restaurant will offer à la carte menus on Feb. 14.

Sexual Chocolate is on tap at Taco Mac, which is bringing in kegs of the cocoa-infused imperial stout from Foothills Brewery just for Valentine’s Day. Fall in love with its chocolate aroma, espresso notes, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Available at all Taco Mac locations except Philips Arena, Virginia-Highland, Douglasville and Stockbridge.

In Buckhead, bring your catch to The Big Ketch for a $55 per person ($60 with Champagne toast) prix fixe menu. Dine on sesame seared tuna, lobster risotto, pancetta-wrapped grouper and more.

The Federal welcomes Valentine’s Day diners with its regular menu inspired by French cuisine and the traditional American steakhouse, among other influences.

The Southern Gentleman is serving an à la carte menu presenting shucked oysters, seafood gumbo and more. Entrée choices include vegetable spaghetti ($28), lavender-brined half chicken ($28), a 10-ounce center-cut pork chop ($34), and for couples, a two-pound crispy whole redfish ($44) or a 22-ounce rib-eye ($54).