The Top 5 of 2016

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From canines to couture, 2016 was filled with lots of fabulous moments worth re-telling! In addition to the fashion (and fashion icons) 2016 was delicious, as you'll see with Gunshow and the year also kept us moving with the very best of EDM... Click on the titles below to see full stories!

Doggies on the Catwalk

Meeting Fern Mallis at the Art Institute of Atlanta

Alex R. Page, Fern Mallis & E. Vincent Martinez

Fashionable Mentions

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Hope that everyone has a happy and safe new years'! Thank you for the support, always :) xo

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PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK INTRODUCES BASECAMP PROVISIONS

Park Tavern is pleased to introduce its latest concept – a charming Airstream meets al fresco eatery dubbed, Basecamp Provisions. Located in the expansive roundabout driveway of the popular Midtown dining, drinking and event destination, owners and restaurateurs Paul and Angela Smith integrated their love of travel and passion for healthy food to create the “tiny restaurant” geared towards patrons traveling the Atlanta BeltLine or taking advantage of Piedmont Park.     

With its eye-catching polished aluminum exterior and signature rounded Airstream shape, Basecamp Provisions is not a typical food truck. Whether looking to hydrate, refuel or simply enjoy a great experience, patrons are welcomed by an inviting and charismatic atmosphere and can enjoy an array of healthy, chef-prepared menu items including breakfast items, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, acai bowls, salads, smoothies, kombucha, artesian soda floats, tea, coffee and more.  Conveniently located on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe and open every Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can sit down and relax in the seating area under the shade of the trees or grab a meal, snack or drink to-go. 
 

Basecamp Provisions Menu:

Smoothies

Strawberry Banana Slim - Strawberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Almond Milk

Backpacker Protein - Bananas, Apples, Pineapples, Strawberries, Coconut

Base Camp Berry - Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Greek Yogurt

Breakfast

Avocado Toasts

Jalapeno, Bacon, Basil Oil

Smoked Salmon, Caper, Red Onion

Pico de Gallo, Fresh Lime, Cilantro 

Acai Bowls

Peanut Butter Banana with Granola, Honey and Strawberry 

Mango Pineapple with Granola and Coconut

Mixed Berry with Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, and Granola 

Lunch and Dinner

Tacos

Korean Taco - Pulled Pork, Korean BBQ Sauce, Kimchi, Field Greens, Gochujang

Tex-Mex Taco - Smoked Pork Butt, Cochinita Pibil Style, Avocado, Pico de Gallo

Thai Curry Taco - Green Curry Chicken, Avocado, Cucumber, Field Greens

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Beltline Grilled Cheese - Avocado, Thick-Cut Bacon and Fresh Jalapeno

BBQ Grilled Cheese - Smoked Pork Shoulder, Bacon, Hickory BBQ Sauce

Southern Style Grilled Cheese - Smoked Chicken, Pickled Green Tomato, Dijon

Asian Super Green Salad

Baby kale, bok choy and spinach greens with cucumber, tomato, crispy wontons and ginger dressing with fresh avocado and smoked chicken.

Basecamp Provisions is located at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park at 500 10th St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309. For the most up to date information, visit www.parktavern.com or Basecamp Provisions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/basecampprovisions.

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Chef Kevin Ouzts From The Cockentrice Hosts Artisanal Charcuterie Class

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LEARN THE SECRETS OF ARTISANAL CHARCUTERIE MAKING WITH CHEF KEVIN OUZTS OF THE SPOTTED TROTTER & THE COCKENTRICE

Executive Chef, Owner and Charcutier Kevin Ouzts of The Spotted Trotter and The Cockentrice is hosting a class at Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market with charcuterie lovers in mind on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. Featuring a guided tasting of four cured meats paired with premium Italian wines, attendees will also discover the secrets behind artisanal charcuterie making from the acclaimed chef and charcutier known for his powerful voice in the world of meat preparation. Open to ages 21 and up, tickets are available for $28 per person and can be purchased at Bellina Alimentari gourmet Italian market online at http://mercatodibellina.com/products/pasta-making-class-july13 or by calling 404-330-9933.  For more information, visit www.thecockentrice.com

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HAMPTON + HUDSON COMMUNITY BAR & RESTAURANT Now Open in INMAN PARK

Restaurateurs Billy and Jenn Streck opened their first solo concept, Hampton & Hudson (H+H) - a community driven bar and restaurant located in Inman Park. Billy, best-known as co-owner of the bustling, Midtown hotspots Cypress Street Pint and Plate, GRAIN drink shop and eatery and Atwoods Pizza Cafe, has created another approachable and affordable haunt with his wife in one of Atlanta’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Jenn, an Atlanta native, has years of experience in both the music and bar industries and brings a wealth of talent and vision to their first concept. 

"After almost 20 years in the bar and restaurant industry, we are so excited to be opening Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park. We have always wanted to be a part of this incredible neighborhood and we’re simply thrilled that we finally have the chance!” says Jenn Streck.  

A true family business, Billy and Jenn have put their hearts and souls into H+H, creating an old-world style bar and restaurant that embodies the warmth and hospitality of being welcomed into someone’s home. The 3,500-square foot space boasts a mezzanine, large, central bar, private dining areas and an intimate outdoor patio with a fire pit. The interior has distinctive touches inspired by many of their favorite go-to spots from their travels and when they lived in the East Village in New York, but also plays to both the spirit of the neighborhood and Atlanta’s ever-growing dining scene.  Custom overhead bar lighting from local Atlanta designer Tobin Hagler illuminates the main room that features an open kitchen and is outfitted with reclaimed 1800's barn wood, tufted leather booths, Colonial bar stools, handcrafted tables adorned with fresh flowers in Mason jars, an antique cash register on display, and a large garage door leading to the outdoor, covered patio.

"We painted a quote on our window before we opened by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a man that gained fame in the 1800’s as an epicure and a gastronome that is the core of our mission. It says, 'To invite people to dine with us is to make ourselves responsible for their well-being for as long as they are under our roofs," and we stand by that,” adds Billy. 

With an expansive bar as the centerpiece of the restaurant, H+H will offer 20+ craft beers on draft, wine, cocktails and ice coffee on draft. Tweaked classics and seasonal cocktails are playful, delicious and delightfully uncomplicated.  Jefferson’s Jetpack - Cathead Vodka, lime juice, Orgeat, Framboise, Violette’s, egg white; Snow On Tha Bluff - Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, lemon juice, blood orange shrub, Strega, ginger beer; Upper East Side - gin, elderflower liquor, lemon juice, ginger, fresh raspberries, and mint; and Hard Times - tequila, blood orange, lime, Cassis served as a shot with a High Life Pony are among the spring offerings. Two pocket-friendly, brews will also be constants on the rotating beer list. H+H South House, SweetWater 420, will be just $3 while the H+H North House, Brooklyn Lager will be a whopping $4. 

At the helm of the kitchen with a wood-fired grill and rotisserie oven stands Executive Chef Jason Hall (Saltyard, Livingston Restaurant & Bar) who presents a thoughtful menu that is packed full of locally sourced ingredients and covers all the bases, from snacks, salads and sharable dishes to impressive entrees, desserts, and late night offerings. Redefining the meaning of accessible pub food, standouts ideal for sharing include:  Hampton Hot Chicken Biscuit Sliders -  herb and cheddar biscuits, hot sauce,  spicy B+B pickles; house-made jerky; Steak Tartare Tacos with a potato chip shell; and the Duck Ham with little moo, fig aigre-deux, baby mustard greens served open-faced on sourdough from the “toast” menu. Mouthwatering “handheld" and “fork and knife options” include:  H+H’s signature Spies Like Us house blend burger topped with American cheese, Soviet Sauce, spicy house-made B&B pickles, and shredded lettuce; The Best Veggie Sandwich - Baba ganoush, smoked pepper, herbs, house-made focaccia; a half rotisserie chicken cooked for 24-hours; N.C. flounder fish + chips; and the cauliflower steak. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night and with a kid’s menu, H+H also has numerous gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options for all ages.

Hampton + Hudson is located in Inman Park at 299 N. Highland Ave., Unit L, Atlanta, GA 30307. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight. For more on Hampton + Hudson, visit www.hamptonandhudson.com

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MAYA STEAKS AND SEAFOOD CELEBRATES ITS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH A PAELLA PARTY

After a smashing year of success since opening its doors just over a year ago in the heart of Sandy Springs, MAYA Steaks and Seafood is inviting food lovers to join them for giant paella party beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2016. With proceeds benefitting CURE Childhood Cancer, this family-friendly event taking place inside and outside of the restaurant will feature Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh cooking his signature seafood paella to perfection in front of partygoers eyes, his house-made sangria, live music, specialty tapas from 4 to 6 p.m. and more. Named after his youngest daughter and known for its undeniable Spanish flair, MAYA Steaks and Seafood has quickly earned acclaim as a favorite go-to Atlanta destination for steaks, seafood and great service and an undeniable neighborhood feel. Admission to MAYA Steaks and Seafood One-Year Anniversary Paella Party is $20 per person, plus gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-705-8880 or visit www.mayasteaks.com. Purchase tickets, HERE.  

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Nando’s Spices Up Atlanta with 10-Day Pop-Up on the Atlanta BeltLine

Nando’s PERi-PERI, the Most Famous Sauce You’ve Never Heard of, 
Now Widely Available in Atlanta and Across the Nation

Nando’s PERi-PERi, the most popular hot sauce from England to Australia, is now widely available in Atlanta, throughout Georgia and in over 10,000 of the nation’s biggest retailers including Safeway, Kroger, Fresh Market, Walmart and Publix. And to celebrate, Nando’s is throwing a 10-day pop-up party on the BeltLine to introduce Atlanta to the most famous sauce you’ve never heard of. 

From Thursday May 5 to Saturday May 14, Nando’s will transform the Atlanta Beltline Bicycle warehouse into a vibrant party space and will kick off festivities with a Braai, a traditional South African party involving friends, fire and delicious Nando’s food. In addition, Nando’s surprise-and-delight teams have been leaving artfully designed packages of PERi-PERi sauce—bearing postmarks from Nando’s home in southern Africa—on the doorknobs of 40,000 fortunate souls in Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward, Decatur and other Atlanta neighborhoods.

The Nando’s pop-up, at 151 Sampson Street on the Beltline, started with an Instagram meetup on Thursday May 5. On Friday, Justin Anthony, master chef behind Atlanta’s Cape Dutch, 10 Degrees South and Biltong Bar, manned the grills at a killer Braai and help tell the story of Nando’s.  Anthony grew up within walking distance of one of the very first Nando’s restaurants in his hometown of Johannesburg, and will share his love of PERi-PERi. “You can say I’m mildly obsessed. I grew up eating Nando’s pretty much every day,” he said.

Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce is packed with flavor because it is made with sun-ripened lemons, onion, a dash of garlic and blended with our special ingredient – the African Bird’s Eye Chilli pepper. PERi-PERi (Swahili for ‘pepper pepper’) is the heart and soul of Nando’s PERi-PERi and the secret ingredient behind our 1,200 restaurants worldwide. One bite, and you will be hooked. 

The 10-day Nando’s PERi-PERi pop-up will feature:

- The first time that Nando’s succulent PERi-PERi chicken—marinated for 24 hours and flame-grilled to perfection—will be served in Atlanta

- Local delicacies including PERi-PERi infused Old 4th Distillery Vodka and popsicles from King of Pops

-  Atlanta artists including DJ Santiago and muralist and illustrator Barry Lee

- Special Braais for local musicians, artists, foodies, fitness gurus and South African ex-pats

- Chicken and waffles brunches featuring PERi-PERi Bloody Marys 

Why Atlanta? Nando’s is heating up Atlanta to celebrate the wide availability of PERi-PERi in Atlanta supermarkets. Atlanta also has a thriving community of South African ex-pats and a long tradition of loving chicken. Put it all together and we just know Atlantans will become Nando’s fans! 

*My Nando's PERI-PERI experience was beyond amazing. It was the most delicious food ever, so flavorful and moist. I wanted more, except I was FULL! I did, however, take home a bottle of Nando's! YOU can too! CLICK on this link Nandosatl.com/saucygift  and get a friend a free bottle of Nando's (and then have them do the same for you!)

RSVP's go fast! Here is the link: https://nandosmay14.splashthat.com

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The Mother of All Mother Day Brunches at Nando’s Braai on the BeltLine

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For people who don't have traditional Mother's Day Brunch plans - Nando's is hosting the mother of all Mother’s Day brunches - meaning a complimentary brunch for 50 lucky Atlantans from noon to 2 p.m. featuring Peri-Peri chicken and waffles, Bloody Peris in collaboration with Old 4th Distillery, a DJ, surprise guests and more. Nando’s PERi-PERI, the most famous sauce you’ve never heard of, now widely available in Atlanta and across the Nation.

I had the Peri Peri experience last night and it was nothing short of amazing! 

RSVP:  https://nandosmay8.splashthat.com/

PASSWORD: PeriPeriATL

SOCIAL MEDIA IT: #PeriPeriAtl

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