Friday, January 11, 2019

Part One: What’s Poppin’ in ATL for 2019!


Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy
White Bull throws down on Saturday, Jan. 12: 
Cocktails: An American Story, Chapter 3 - “Renaissance"

Yo, yo!!!
How have y’all been for then the new year so far? I have been rockin’ and rollin’ to get some news developed to come your way soon. I promise to have more content in 2019 as well. Folks have been asking for more updates so I will find the time to give it to ya! Shit has been hectic, but in a good way. My Instagram is always updated, so for quick fixes, hit that up for sure!
Speaking of which, if you have been on there lately, you can see that I was in Beech Mountain, NC, for their annual WinterFest Beer Fest with my bro and amazing lyricist Willie The Kid. We tore it up out there and will certainly be back. Check this out!
Anyway, arriving back to my cherished hometown of ATL, I had to see what is popping this month, and beyond. My trusty insiders who keep me in the loop have provided me a list of events, openings, date night possibilities, highlights, and even Super Bowl throw downs I want you to be aware of. And with that, here is the first installment of my What’s Poppin’ in ATL for 2019. Look for more asap! Like I said, I am going to update this a lot more, have guest writers, and surprise you with something I have in the works. Stay tuned. And thank you. I appreciate you checking me out. I promise to make it worth your while.
Now let’s kick it in the A! This is straight from the source.
Your bro,
Ale
314 East Howard Avenue

Ammazza Decatur Launches Beverage Program!
Ammazza, the Atlanta-based pizzeria and restaurant, announces the launch of its much-anticipated beverage program at its newly opened Decatur location! Led by General Manager Daniel Bridges, Ammazza's drink menu offers a seasonally driven selection of creative cocktails, beer, and small production wines designed to pair with the restaurant's food menu of reimagined staples in the Italian style, such as insalata, antipasto, pasta, and made-from-scratch pizza.

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1465 Howell Mill Rd

Join the team at UrbanTree for a fresh and new INCIDER spin on cocktail classes with Independent Distilling Company. During the Jan. 24 class, guests can learn how to prepare four different full-size cocktails from take-home recipes and will receive a 750mL cider bottle of their choice. Tickets are $60/each and can be purchased here.

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656 N. Highland Ave NE
Sun., Feb. 3 - Super Bowl Watch Party
The Super Bowl is coming to Atlanta, and Sweet Auburn is the place to watch and celebrate! Throughout the game, the restaurant will offer $20 all-you-can-eat wings and $4 select draft beers.

Tues., Feb. 12 - Chinese New Year Celebration
Save the date: Sweet Auburn BBQ’s annual, beloved Chinese New Year celebration is back on Feb. 12! Inspired by the Malaysian-Chinese roots of owners and siblings Howard and Anita Hsu, a specially curated a la carte menu will include shareable plates to honor the occasion. Traditional lion dancers will also perform for guests throughout the night, and more details are to come.

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123 East Court Square (Decatur)

Sat., Jan. 12 – Cocktails: An American Story, Chapter 3 - “Renaissance"
Join The White Bull’s Beverage Director Matthew Scott as he traces the story of the cocktail. This event series provides attendees with a detailed history of the US’most memorable and iconic cocktail recipes, along with tastes of each. Guests, who must be 21+ to attend, can choose their favorite concoction from the list and work with Matthew one-on-one to recreate it themselves.
The Cosmo did more than just open the door to craft cocktails; its very name was an ethos statement for those with a desire to be seen as sophisticated drinkers. Here, the cocktail history story spends 15 years in New York, seeing the invention of the first ‘modern classic cocktail’ (Penicillin), bartenders pouring through old texts to find lost classics (Aviation), collaborating with chefs as “craft” became the service industry buzzword (fatwashed old fashioned), or developing new techniques (Dreams of My Youth). As the aughts turned into the teens, the national conscience sought to become more environmentally friendly, leading to closed loop cocktails (Katie’s Alley), and socially aware, sourcing spirits from more social welfare-minded distillers (Pisco my Heart). The class is from 12:30-2:30pm, and tickets (here) are $55/person.

Fri., Jan. 18 – Chef Pat’s Artisan Pasta Class at The Cook’s Warehouse
Chef Pat Pascarella, a.k.a. The Pasta King, will guide students through the process of pasta making with homemade featherlight gnocchi and a rich tomato ragu. Participants will learn about flours, shapes, sauces, and storage – everything to make restaurant-worthy pasta at home! The class is sold out, but interested participants can join the waitlist here, and tickets are $79/person.

The White Bull is hosting a series of six two-hour classes that explore a variety of different pastas and sauces found throughout regions in Italy. Next up is the Emilia Romagna region on January 19. From 11am to 2pm, The White Bull’s Executive Chef Pat Pascarella will guide guests through the process of making three different region-specific dishes, staying true to the ideology of “What grows together goes together.” An in-depth discussion will touch upon everything from varying types of flour to the history of each region and how that history has ultimately influenced the areas’ cuisines. Guests can enjoy a pasta dish and glass of wine at the conclusion of every class. Reservations are available here for $65 per person. Following Emilia Romagna, there will be classes on the Lazio, Tuscany, and Piedmont regions.

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Ponce City Market & The Battery

Fri., Jan. 11 - Salon Tropical Fridays
Every Friday at their Battery location, El Super Pan hosts Salon Tropical! Beginning at 8pm, guests to the restaurant can enjoy tropical drink and beer specials and Latin music from a rotating roster of local DJs. There’s no cover to attend, and free two-hour parking is available in the deck. For more info, please click here.

Sat., Jan. 12 - Rumba Saturdays
Eat and get loose Saturdays at El Super Pan’s Battery location! Beginning at 8pm, local DJs play salsa, reggaeton, pop, retro, merengue, bachata, and more, and the restaurant offers drink specials. There’s no cover to attend, and free two-hour deck parking is available.

Join El Super Pan at The Battery to celebrate the Festival de San Sebastián, the Puerto Rican festival commemorating the end of the holiday season. The restaurant will honor those traditions with a multi-course dinner (including Arroz con Gandules y Lechon, Pasteles, and  Yuca Fritters), drink specials (such as Metralla, the Punch de Navidad, and Mojitos de Parcha), salsa and plena music, and dancing. The event takes place from 4-8pm and tickets are $45/each.

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99 Krog Street

Throughout January - Guided Chocolate Tour & Tasting  
Join Xocolatl for an evening of chocolate! Their team will walk guests through the chocolate making process from bean-to-bar at their micro-factory inside Krog Street Market. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a guided tasting of single origin dark chocolates made from ethically sourced cacao from around the world with wine to pair. Tickets ($25) and more information can be found here.

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1317 Logan Circle NW

Sun., Jan. 20 - Atlanta Sushi Class
Sushi lovers are invited to a special two-hour class at Second Self’s tasting room! On Jan. 20 from 2-4pm, the lesson is hosted by Birmingham Sushi Class and will teach attendees how to make perfect sushi rice, where to shop for ingredients, how to make sauces, and how to serve raw fish at home. All guests will be served two rolls and will bring home a cheat sheet filled with tips, tricks, and recipes. Tickets are $40/each and can be purchased online.

Fri., Jan. 25 - Comedy Night
Comedy Night returns to Second Self on Jan. 25! Free to attend, the show is hosted by Vas Sanchez, who will welcome several local comedians to perform beginning at 7pm. Please note the event is for adults only as there will be adult content.

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299 North Highland Avenue NE

Sun., Feb. 23 - Super Bowl Sunday: All-Day Tailgate & Watch Party
Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday at Hampton + Hudson with an all-day tailgate leading up to the big game. Brunch will be served from 10am-2:30pm, and that evening, they'll be playing the game on TVs throughout the restaurant, on the patio, and on their big screen. Food and drink specials will be available, and fans of all NFL teams are welcome.