Comfortable Luxury at Agency Socialthèque Phipps Plaza

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The comfortable luxury of Agency Socialthèque located at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta is the go-to place after a fabulous day of shopping, happy hour or just a mid-week date night.

Agency Socialthèque is the new byword for stylish hospitality and a reflection of its edgy neighborhood: iconic and one-of-a-kind, catering to the city-dwelling professional class by providing a beautiful space in which to be creative together.

Socialthèque, a made-up word, evokes everything we know about stylish environments where networking and play come together. More than great food and drinks, Agency is the place to freelance, enjoy live entertainment, or host a bespoke private event. Whether it be happy hour cocktails among friends or a vibrant hundred guest launch party, the dedicated team will cater to your every need. It also means experimental and revolutionary as they transform specialty ingredients into something truly unique, coupled with the city's hottest DJ's and musicians.

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WILDWOOD REVIVAL UNVEILS FULL PERFORMER LINEUP

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Wildwood Revival, a thoughtfully curated and intimate gathering and festival, is set to return this September 27th through 29th on historic Cloverleaf Farm just outside of Athens, Georgia.  Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the event embodies the magic of a Deep South setting, out into the wildwood while celebrating Athens’ storied music scene.  From Country, Blues and early Jazz to Gospel, Soul, Metal and Rock n’ Roll, Hip Hop and beyond, this isn’t your every day festival.  Exploring music, food and friendship, this coveted festival is a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, and everything in between.  

With tickets on sale now, the full lineup of performers for 2019 has been released. Festival goers can enjoy engaging sets from an array of artists including: Lucinda WilliamsShovels & RopeMandolin OrangeSon VoltLanghorne Slim and The Lost at Last BandRayland BaxterRebirth Brass BandThe Texas GentlemenCharley CrockettLilly HiattT. Hardy MorrisSuper DopplerCedric BurnsideIlliterate LightRevel in Dimes, and Georgia Mountain String Band. Performers take the stage in the Pecan Grove as well as inside the farm’s open-air barn. Beyond the stage lights, there are late-night picking sessions around the campfire where the best stories are often sung. 

The festival also features a dynamic artisan market with vintage clothing, antiques, printmakers, woodworkers, 1800’s-era tintype photography, leather makers, handmade crafts and more.  Celebrating what’s old is new again, Wildwood Revival  embraces its history as a cultural revival; making it a true antithesis to what people have come to think of festivals. Around the grounds, festival goers can experience great food, cold craft beers from Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and meals made with local produce.  In addition, this is a plastic-free experience with no single use cups or bottled waters, with YETI offering festival goers stylish drink ware options. All the water is filtered, cold and free. Camping is encouraged for the full experience, but if guests prefer a king bed and AC to a shady patch of grass, there are plenty of lodging options in nearby Athens.

All tickets to Wildwood Revival include three full days of music.  VIP tickets include access to a 7,000- square foot Antebellum Mansion that includes gourmet catered meals, complimentary alcohol, private restrooms and an outdoor courtyard. The farm opens Friday at 12 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $92. To purchase tickets, visit https://wildwoodrevival.com/tickets.  

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Dad's Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival - April 6th

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Move over BaconFest, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company is shaking things up this year and rolling out a brand-new concept for its annual fundraiser: Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival.  One part festival and one part theatrical weirdness, the inaugural event will feature plenty of beer, delicious food and rides.  Attendees will also have the chance to interact one-on-one with Dad’s Garage improvisers in games and carnival booths like the Redneck Wine Tasting, Wheelchair Obstacle Course, Bad Caricatures, and Improvised Erotic Fanfiction.  Set for Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is for ages 21+ and will take place in and around the theatre’s home in the Old Fourth Ward.  Tickets start at $10 and all proceeds benefit Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dadsgaragecarnival.com

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Food for Thought | March-April 2019

Feature photo: Pork and ricotta meatballs at Adalina. Photo by David Danzig.

Feature photo: Pork and ricotta meatballs at Adalina. Photo by David Danzig.

In this issue, we stamp our gastronomic passports with the cuisine of Mexico, Italy, and South Korea; welcome new ideas into old spaces; and say goodbye to a slew of restaurants that did not survive the winter.

It’s all Food for Thought.


WELL DONE

Skirt steak taco with chimichurri garlic aioli and cotija cheese and Tuza Taco. Photo by David Danzig.

Skirt steak taco with chimichurri garlic aioli and cotija cheese and Tuza Taco. Photo by David Danzig.

Atlanta’s affection for tacos will find nurturing at the new Tuza Taco on the westside in the Berkley Park neighborhood. Owner Jason Sherman cooks up Mexican street-food-style tacos, all little $4 explosive flavor grenades with hyper-fresh ingredients. Carnitas (slow cooked pork), tempura-Modelo beer fried fish, skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, wild-caught American shrimp and chicken with cotija cheese, are a few of the varieties that you can wrap in a soft tortilla (corn or flour) or a hard, crunchy corn shell. Housemade salsa, guacamole, and queso with roasted jalapeño are great starters and are emblematic of the attention to detail put into preparation. Cervezas and margaritas are a-flowing and with a little spring sunshine, the kiddies and pets should join to enjoy the outdoor patio and small yard.

Wild rice salad with grilled shrimp at Adalina. Photo by David Danzig.

Wild rice salad with grilled shrimp at Adalina. Photo by David Danzig.

Italophiles willing to venture off the beaten path will find amore at the new Adalina off Northside Parkway by the Chattahoochee River and the new North Atlanta High School campus. Drive up the hill to the Post Riverside apartment complex and arrive at an immaculately landscaped town square. There, former Empire State South chef Josh Hopkins is creating exciting renditions of Italian food classics. Octopus arancini, pork and ricotta meatballs, lobster risotto and blue crab pappardelle are a few of the modern spins he has applied to time-tested Italian staple dishes. And, if you are craving pizza, try their artisan Neapolitan-inspired pies with a wonderful, chewy crust and toppings like bacon, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and soppressata salami.

Korean staple dish, Bibimbap, at Dish Korean Cuisine. Photo by David Danzig.

Korean staple dish, Bibimbap, at Dish Korean Cuisine. Photo by David Danzig.

The expansion of Buford Highway eateries continues with Dish Korean Cuisine, a handsome new space from Hahn and Barbara Lee that sits next to the hugely popular Food Terminal. The restaurant is bright and clean, and the menu is in English and Korean with photos of each dish (something not ubiquitous on BuHi). Dish proudly takes a modern spin on classic dishes including a crispy potato pancake made with seafood and chives, beef ox-bone soup, and a raised pompano with spicy house sauce. Dish also offers some Korean fusion with burgers and tacos that will please both a Korean food devotee or a beginner.

SIMMERING

Mushroom Terrioir at Lazy Betty. Photo by Gianna Keiko, Courtesy of Lazy Betty.

Mushroom Terrioir at Lazy Betty. Photo by Gianna Keiko, Courtesy of Lazy Betty.

After buzz-worthy success as a pop-up concept, Atlanta favorite Ronald Hsu has locked in the space on Dekalb Avenue formerly occupied by Radial Cafe for a formal brick-and-mortar location called Lazy Betty. Hsu, the star of Netflix’s “The Final Table,” earned his cooking stripes at Michelin-starred Le Bernardin and Le Colonial in New York City. Lazy Betty will feature both a tasting menu option and à la carte options. Expect variations on globally-inspired cuisine that are, according to the Lazy Betty website, “guided by exquisite ingredients and a thoughtful approach where every part contributes to the whole.” Editor’s note: Chef Hsu and the team at Lazy Betty celebrated their grand opening on February 26th!

Gulf Snapper Tartare, Kholrabi, Herb Nage. Photo by Eric Sun, Courtesy of Lazy Betty.

Gulf Snapper Tartare, Kholrabi, Herb Nage. Photo by Eric Sun, Courtesy of Lazy Betty.

Could it be the wave of the future? Not one, but three “virtual” delivery-only restaurants are coming to Sandy Springs. Out of one shared kitchen will come a meat-and-three concept, Fatbacks; a gourmet burger concept, Top Bun; and healthy eating concept, Salad Hippie. It’s unclear which delivery services (i.e. Door Dash, Uber Eats, et al.) will handle the transportation or just how far-reaching their availability will be, but at this moment when many just want to “Netflix and chill,” maybe a virtual restaurant is just what the Instagram generation needs.

After much speculation on what would fill the void left by the defunct Decatur legend Cakes & Ale, Chef Terry Koval has announced that he will open The Deer & The Dove restaurant and Side Bar wine and coffee bar in the vacant space. The Deer & The Dove will serve “new” American cuisine and Side Bar will focus on grab-and-go breakfast and lunch sandwiches, bagels, and coffee. At night, Side Bar will transition to a simple bar with natural wines, cocktails, and small plates.

Speaking of big shoes to fill, the hallowed ground formerly inhabited by Anne Quatrano’s Bacchanalia off Howell Mill will soon welcome Redbird, a new effort from Zeb Stevenson and Ross Jones, formerly of Watershed. Redbird will cook up “free-spirited cuisine” that will be focused and balanced with fresh flavors and a reinvigorated commitment to time-honored cooking techniques” according to What Now Atlanta.

TOAST

The now-toast King Barbecue. Photo by David Danzig.

The now-toast King Barbecue. Photo by David Danzig.

The restaurant requiem has been playing steadily over the past few months with a dizzying number of casualties checking into the culinary morgue. Among the deceased are Perimeter Mall’s burger/sushi hybrid, The Cowfish Burger Bar; longtime French mainstay in Roswell, Pastis; Phipps Plaza’s Public Kitchen; The Battery Atlanta’s Feed Fried Chicken + SuchFirst & Third by Hugh Acheson5 Seasons Brewing in the Prado, Avalon’s King Barbecue; Little Five Points’ Tijuana Garage; several locations of quick-serve Pollo Tropical; quick-serve sushi eatery Maki Fresh; and Nashville import Blue Coast Burrito. Many of the operators’ parting shots to their customers included laments about rising rents and other costs, while some gave no reason for throwing in the apron. We wish them well in restaurant heaven.

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Event Recap :: Fúdo Celebrates It's Grand Opening With a Ribbon Cutting and Party

Monday, January 7, 2019, imbibers and diners alike celebrated the grand opening of Fúdo in the heart of downtown Chamblee during a high-energy party and ribbon cutting ceremony with Chamblee's Mayor Eric Clarkson, Chief of Police Kerry Thompson, City Council members and owners John and Grace Lee.  While mixing and mingling and checking out the new dining destination, revelers enjoyed an array of complimentary wine, craft beer and sake tastings along with a diverse sampling of chef special sushi and small plate offerings.  

Rooted in the community, Fúdo offers exceptional sushi and authentic Japanese sharable plate selections featuring the highest quality and freshest ingredients.  From the restauranteurs behind Ichiban Steak and Sushi, the new wallet-friendly locale boasts a modern industrial yet warm atmosphere with an expansive, interactive sushi bar; a back-lit bar serving creative cocktails, craft beer, wine and sake; ample seating; and a pet-friendly, outdoor patio with retractable windows.  Fúdo is located in Perimeter Crossing at 5070 Peachtree Blvd Suite A100 Chamblee, GA 30341 and is open from Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner, and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 3p.m. to 12 p.m. to dinner, on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.fudoatl.com.    

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Georgia makes Travel + Leisure’s global Top 50 list

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TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE has named Georgia one of its “50 Best Places to Travel in 2019.” The far-ranging annual list includes cities, locations, states and nations from New York’s Adirondacks and Alsace, France, to Malaysia, Cambodia and the Florida Keys.

Of Georgia, Travel + Leisure specifically mentions Atlanta and Savannah, saying: “With so much happening in the Peach State, Georgia should be on the mind of any savvy traveler these days. Atlanta continues its rise as a culinary capital. Notable openings include the Local Pizzaiolo, a downtown pizza spot, and Masterpiece, helmed by James Beard-nominated Rui Liu, while food halls like Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market are constantly adding new vendors. Meanwhile, the remarkable transformation of Hotel Clermont from a seedy motel into a dapper boutique property — complete with a superb French-leaning bistro and rooftop bar — has both locals and visitors buzzing. And the city famous for its gridlock is increasingly bike-friendly, thanks to the ongoing growth of the Atlanta BeltLine, a mixed-used trail that will span 33 miles when it’s completed in 2030.

The picture gallery in the lobby of Savannah’s Perry Lane Hotel.

The picture gallery in the lobby of Savannah’s Perry Lane Hotel.

“On the coast, Savannah is hopping with a flurry of hotel openings, including newcomers The Alida, a luxe riverfront property, and the upscale Perry Lane Hotel in the Historic District. Openings in 2019 include the Liberty and the Lark. On the food front, the Grey Market, a hybrid of a New York-style bodega and a Southern lunch counter, opened in late 2018 under Johno Morisano and Mashama Bailey, Savannah’s most celebrated restaurant team. It was inspired by their beloved restaurant, the Grey, which does Southern-inspired cuisine in a refurbished Greyhound bus depot and has earned a slew of accolades since its 2014 opening.”

To read about all 50 destinations, go HERE.

Travel + Leisure editors sought recommendations from travel writers. The team then reviewed locations at the forefront of conversations worldwide and made its recommendations based on what destinations are of most interest to travelers. The magazine has a global audience of more than 16 million.

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Fúdo Celebrates Its Grand Opening This Monday

FÚDO CELEBRATES ITS GRAND OPENING IN DOWNTOWN CHAMBLEE

Featuring Complimentary Chef Special Sushi, Small Plates, Spirit Tastings and More!

Monday, January 7, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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Imbibers and diners alike are invited to celebrate the grand opening of Fúdo in the heart of downtown Chamblee on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. during a high-energy party. Rooted in the community of the bustling city, Fúdo is excited to offer exceptional sushi and authentic Japanese small plate selections in a a modern industrial yet warm atmosphere. A new authentic Asian concept by the restauranteurs and creators of Ichiban Steak and Sushi, the new locale boasts an inviting, expansive spot ideal for dining, imbibing and relaxing. Featuring an expansive sushi bar serving artfully crafted plates and interactive seating, a back-lit bar serving creative cocktails, ample seating, and a pet-friendly, outdoor patio with retractable windows, Fudo promises not to disappoint. 

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During an afternoon and evening of fun, revelers are invited to enjoy an array of complimentary wine, craft beer and sake tastings, and hungry party goers can also nosh on chef special sushi and small plate offerings including: Hunger Games roll, Devil Roll, Spicy Mega Tuna roll, Pokémon Roll, Audi roll, signature Spring Rolls, Brussel Sprouts and Pan Seared Dumplings.  At 5 p.m., Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson will host the official ribbon cutting in celebration of the new location along with the City Council members and Fúdo founder John Lee.  The grand opening party is free to attend and all ages are welcome.  For more information, visit www.fudoatl.com.    

ABOUT FÚDO
With decades of experience, restauranteurs John and Grace Lee, best known for the popular steak and sushi concept, Ichiban in Alpharetta and Cumming, have created another mouthwatering concept for the Atlanta market, Fúdo.  Located in Chamblee, Georgia, Fúdo’s name means food with no limits, encouraging guests to sample and share a wide variety of mixed Asian food prepared to order.  Deeply rooted in the community, Fúdo boasts a modern industrial yet inviting setting - combining metal elements with the warmth of wood accents and tables, a back-lit bar, ample seating, a dog-friendly patio with retractable windows and an expansive interactive sushi bar. Artfully crafted, Fúdo’s aesthetic translates from the walls down to each dish that features the highest quality and freshest ingredients. Fúdo is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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