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Ocean Market Kicks Off Local Artist Series with Photographer Amy Simone

July 28th, 2014 | Events, News | 0 Comments

Ocean Market, a Parisian-inspired bistro located in Downtown Atlanta, will kickoff its Local Artist Series on Friday, August 1, 2014 during a champagne celebration for photographer Amy Simone from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to the public, guests are invited mix and mingle with the featured artist as they sip on complimentary champagne and enjoy bites created by Chef Shane McIntosh of Ocean Market while perusing Amy’s work, which will also be available for purchase.  Co-owners Chef Shane and Sage Stewart will rotate works from local artists of various mediums every few months. For more information about the opening night reception visit,

“The majority of my photographs depict energy that has been imprinted onto objects – a snapshot of words, emotions and actions that have been left behind.  Some are echoes of past grandeur that provoke a visual nostalgia. Others are vignettes of a suspended moment in time,” says Amy while discussing her work.

A self-taught Atlanta based photographer, Amy balances medicine and art on a daily basis.  She is a proud employee of Emory Healthcare and loves exploring the world through her patients and her lens.  Photography and ballet have been lifelong interests, which she has always studied alongside science and medicine.  Her favorite subject matter includes defunct objects and structures that embody the energy of the people who have touched them – her photography is an attempt to tell a moment of their story.  For information about Amy Simone and her photography, visit

Ocean Market is located at 489 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308 and is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information and please visit Stay connected on Facebook at and on Twitter at


July 23rd, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

After launching X107.1 FM just a month ago with 10,000 songs in a row, Atlanta’s “New Alternative” radio station has launched a search to find the official “Voice of the X”.  Lovers of all things local who have a passion for music and want to be Atlanta’s newest on-air personality are invited to submit a creative 30-second video showcasing why they deserve the coveted position with the new “Alt40” station.  Contestants are then encouraged to share their video via their social media channels and tag #ATLRevolution and #X1071atlanta to draw support from friends and followers as they compete to be the Voice of the X. Submissions will be accepted until August 1, 2014.

“We’re looking for a fresh voice and face that will not only represent the station on-air and at events and promotions, but someone who is equally as passionate about our city and all it has to offer as we are,” says Dave Clapper, Director of Branding and Programming for X107.1.  “We can’t think of a better way to find the ‘Voice of the X’ than turning to our listeners.”

X107.1, described as an “Alt40” format is the city’s new alternative station featuring popular artists dominating today’s airwaves including Lorde, Fitz And The Tantrums, Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Avicii, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and many more. In addition to the best new alternative songs and concerts, X107.1 offers a user-friendly app that allows alt music fans to listen to the radio station live on their phones at any time.

Visit for more information about X107.1 FM – Atlanta’s New Alternative, and its search for the “Voice of the X” contest, Stay connected on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @x1071atlanta. Download the app at


June 24th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Just in time for summer, the Westside’s favorite Bar-B-Cade, Bone Lick BBQ, is excited to announce the launch of its new beverage program, featuring 13 specialty handcrafted cocktails, 23 house-infused moonshine flavors, and a variety of rotating local drafts. With something to quench every thirst, the new cocktail menu boasts a variety of offerings. New favorites include southern-inspired cocktails like the Peach Picker – peach vodka, sweet tea and lemon, and the Watermelon Tequila Cooler – muddled fresh watermelon and cilantro with simple syrup and soda and a seat salt rim, to the Macon Rita, a classic with a Bone Lick twist, featuring Sauza Giro, lime, simple syrup, sour mix and orange juice with a “splash-o-beer.” Ice cream lovers will also be pleased to see the return of Bone Lick’s popular Boozy Milkshake offering – making its 2014 comeback with Nutella + Banana ‘Shine, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

In addition to the new cocktail creations, the new menu features 23 house-infused moonshines, handcrafted by owner and pitmaster Mike LaSage. With a range of flavor options to please even the pickiest of pallets, dessert enthusiasts can satisfy their sweet tooth with menu highlights like the Nutella Panty Dropper, Granny’s Apple Pie, Werther’s Original Caramel, and Heath Bar ‘shines, while those looking for something with a little more bite can enjoy savory offerings like Homemade Fireball, Peppermint Patty, and the Hellfire Habanero Dare Shot. Of course, for those who prefer to kick back and relax with a brew or two, a rotating local beer selection will also be available on draft, along with domestic canned beer options. For more information and a full list of new offerings, visit or call 404-343-6574.


June 12th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Get the best bang for your buck during the World Cup at these favorite Atlanta haunts that are packed with TVs, cold brews, great food and always promise a good time.

D.B.A. Barbecue – Red, White and Blue World Cup Special:
Virginia Highland’s favorite neighborhood barbecue joint, D.B.A. Barbecue couldn’t be more ready for the FIFA World Cup tournament. Fans are invited to enjoy BBQ, buffalo and lemon pepper smoked wings as they cheer their teams to victory. With 14 flat-screen TVs and not a bad view in the house (including the patio), it’s no wonder D.B.A. has become a favorite destination to watch sports all year long. With expansive and affordable food, beer, cocktail and catering menus, D.B.A. will also offer 10% off during the U.S.A. game to those in attendance wearing red, white and blue. D.B.A. Barbecue is located at 1190 N. Highland Avenue NE Suite B Atlanta, Georgia 30306. For more information, please visit or call 404-249-5000.

Red Pepper Taqueria – World Cup Taco & Beer Specials:
After a long four-year wait, it’s no wonder Red Pepper Taqueria is going all out for the FIFA World Cup. Throughout the tournament, soccer enthusiasts can enjoy $3 Heineken pints alongside Karma Tequila specials as they catch all the action on one of the 24 HD flat-screen TVs throughout the Buckhead location and 16 HD flat-screen TVs throughout the Briarcliff location. In the spirit of the host country, hungry fans can also chow down on  Brazilian steak tacos, featuring a traditional picanha cut, specially created by Chef Mimmo. Red Pepper Taqueria is located in Decatur at 2149 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 and Buckhead at 3135 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Decatur location at 404-325-8151 or Buckhead location at 404-869-2773 or visit

Bone Lick BBQ – World Cup Beer, BBQ & Moonshine Specials:
Catch all the World Cup action this year at West Midtown’s favorite Bar-B-Cade, Bone Lick BBQ. From group stages, beginning on June 12, all the way through the final match on July 13, soccer fans can catch every game while taking advantage of $3.50 pints of Red Hare Brewing beers. During every USA game, Bone Lick will have a wing buffet and will also be giving away Red Hare special edition World Cup pint glasses. Fans can also quench their thirst throughout the tournament with Budweiser, Bud Light ($20 for five), and High Life ($14 for five) tallboy bucket specials.  In typical fashion, Bone Lick will also be giving away complimentary rounds of shooters from its extensive moonshine menu for any match that the USA wins.  Bone Lick’s new summer menu will also be available along with international barbecue specials. For more information, visit


June 11th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

Calling all emerging artists! The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS) and Binders Art Supplies & Frames are excited to announce the launch of the “Emerging Artists” program. Making its debut at the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival on June 28 and 29, 2014, the program aims to support new artists and artisans that have never previously exhibited outside of the classroom or studio by providing the opportunity for them to participate in a juried outdoor art festival.

“AFFPS and Binders strongly support the arts and especially the development of new talent.  We recognize the challenges new artists face when developing a body of work and finding exhibition opportunities.  Participating in a juried outdoor art festival can be viewed as a ‘rite of passage’ among new artists who wish to introduce their work in an unbiased public setting,” explains Patrick Dennis, Executive Director of the AFFPS.

Artists eager to participate are encouraged to apply through the AFFPS by completing a one-page application and submitting photos of their artwork. A reduced rate opportunity for artists to participate in a juried outdoor art festival, AFFPS and Binders will provide basic display tools including the tented pavilion, tables and/or easels.  The application fee is $25, in addition to a booth fee of $75.  Participating artists will retain all proceeds from sales during the event. The deadline to submit applications is this Friday, June 13, 2014. For more information, or to submit an application, visit


May 23rd, 2014 | Events, News | 0 Comments

On Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 4 to 9 p.m., join Central Atlanta Progress for the grand opening celebration and pop up shop crawl to kickoff off the Downtown Pop Up Retail  Shops  Featuring 14 merchants taking over vacant storefronts along Atlanta’s Streetcar route in Downtown’s most walkable communities, Atlantans and visitors alike are invited to be the first to explore the pop ups while enjoying in-store giveaways, music, food, drinks and much more. CAP’s Downtown Pop Up Shops will be open to the public through August 2014.

Allowing temporary retailers to showcase their wares and generate revenue while promoting retail and shopping along the streetcar route, the highly anticipated pop up shops feature a diverse range of retailers and artists offering clothing, gifts, accessories, pet supplies, shoes, furniture and home accessories, local goods and more throughout the summer.  Receiving more than 100 applications to fill the empty storefronts, CAP coordinated free space for the selected retailers for three months with the option of signing a permanent lease at the end of the program.  CAP also provided chosen merchants with a $500 grant to kick-start their operations. Downtown Pop Up retailers include: Sock FancyModernTribeArbitrary LivingJust Add Honey Tea CompanyThe Byrd’s BoxBrixtix Bakery for DogsConnectionsThe Indie Craft ExperienceFresh.i.Am.Civil BikesRob Simmons GalleryFallen Arrows, and Bliss In Me Meditation. For more on each retailer’s location and the Downtown Pop Up route, visit the interactive map at Stay connected on Facebook at and via Twitter and Instagram at @downtownatlanta / Hashtag – #BeDowntown.

About Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District: Central Atlanta Progress, Inc., is a Downtown business association with approximately 200 members. Its mission is to build a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation created by CAP to make Downtown safer, cleaner and more hospitable.


April 24th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

For the second year in a row, LiDestri Spirits’ ready-to-drink cocktails racked up numerous awards at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention & Exposition (WSWA). The annual event, now in its 71st year, attracts wine and spirits distributors and importers from around the world who convene to find new products, develop new business, and hear about trends from leading experts.

LiDestri’s mü, a coffeehouse-inspired creamy ready-to-drink cocktail and last year’s winner of the prestigious “Hot. New. Now. Media Award”, scored big during the 2014 Wine Tasting Competition by earning a Double Gold for its Coco Cappuccino flavor, while Vanilla Latte and Espresso Macchiato flavors both landed Silver medals. The wildly popular LiDestri’s Pink Limoncello, a favorite for its classic citrus aroma and sweet, bright finish, won a Gold medal for the second year in a row while LiDestri’s White Sangria inked a Silver medal for the second year.

Debuting at this year’s event was LiDestri’s Bloody Mary, which also earned a Silver medal in the Wine Tasting Competition.  The first ready-to-drink Bloody Mary product of its kind in the country, LiDestri’s Bloody Mary is a wine-based libation sold with alcohol in it, making it much more desirable and consumer-friendly than the traditional alcohol-free mixes currently available in the U.S.  To help get attendees excited about its newest product that is served in a trendy pouch, LiDestri enlisted in the help of Food Network star Emily Ellyn, who won a Silver medal in the Hoptails Mixology Competition for her “Pineapple Express Hats off to Ham Bloody Mary Brew” made with LiDestri’s Bloody Mary.

“We had no idea how our LiDestri Bloody Mary would be received; it’s been amazingly gratifying,” says Stefani LiDestri, CMO of LiDestri Spirits.  “I give this one to my Dad. It was his idea, I simply brought it to life.”

Finally, in the Spirits Tasting Competition, LiDestri’s Tuttobello, intensely flavorful aperitifs, also saw Gold for its Amaretto featuring a proprietary blend of spices combined with the finest apricot oil and burnt sugar. Additionally, the Limoncello and Amaretto flavors each earned Silver medals.

“We’re thrilled at the reception and feedback we have been getting,” says LiDestri. “The wave we’re riding is such a rush and I feel like we’re just getting started.”

Hand-crafting the finest spirits with a sense of family pride, LiDestri’s Bloody Mary and its White and Red Sangria can be found through New York and will soon launch in Florida. LiDestri’s Pink Limoncello is available in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Missouri, and Florida and will launch in Georgia in the coming weeks while mü is now available in New York and will also launch in Georgia and Florida this spring.


April 1st, 2014 | Events, News | 0 Comments

Now baseball fans can have their beer and eat it too at Turner Field! Beginning on Opening Day for Turner Field, Tuesday, April 8th, Frozen Pints craft beer ice cream will be available to patrons in single serve sizes that come with a built-in spoon. Fans simply need to look for the branded ice cream cart by Aisle 118 on the Field Level to take advantage of the Atlanta-based company’s most popular flavors including Malted Milk Chocolate Stout, Vanilla Bock, Brown Ale Chip, and Peach Lambic.

“We always knew we wanted to make it to The Ted and saw it as a milestone for Frozen Pints, so to finally get there is a special moment for us – a recognition that we’re a part of the Atlanta community,” says Ari Fleischer, co-founder of Frozen Pints.  “Not to mention, there’s nothing more perfect on a hot summer day than baseball and beer ice cream – talk about classic American!”

Launching more than a year ago, Frozen Pints craft beer ice cream, the first product to market of its kind, can be found in more than 130 retail spots and restaurants in metro Atlanta, Macon, Peachtree City, Sewanee, Woodstock and Athens, Georgia, and is now available at the Georgia Dome and Turner Field. Using the finest craft beers and freshest local ingredients, Frozen Pints manufactures five distinct flavors out of Atlanta, Georgia:  Peach Lambic, Honey IPA, Brown Ale Chip, Malted Milk Chocolate Stout, and Vanilla Bock and offers specialty and seasonal flavors throughout the year. Most recently, Frozen Pints joined forces with Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery to release “Strawberry Sofie” craft beer ice cream throughout Georgia as part of its Limited Release series.

For more information, to find retail and restaurant partners, or to place an order, visit Stay connected on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @frozenpints.


February 6th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

With the arrival of 2014, The ONE Group formally welcomed Matt Rainey as the new executive chef of STK Atlanta. Formerly with the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Rainey brings a wealth of experience to Midtown’s favorite steakhouse.  With a passion for using fresh, seasonal ingredients and tapping local purveyors, Chef Rainey’s winter menu features an array of new offerings while making sure STK’s signature mainstays continue to impress.

“I’m deeply committed to making sure our guests have an exceptional dining and social experience with each visit to STK. I’m excited to introduce new seasonal dishes that not only embrace, but reflect our city’s distinct personality and culture,” says Chef Rainey.

Artfully blending two concepts into one—a modern reincarnation of a steakhouse and a chic lounge, diners are invited to enjoy high quality steaks along with Chef Rainey’s new specialty entrees and innovative side dishes, appetizers, salads, and desserts. Mouthwatering starters like the Lump Crab Salad, Beef Tartare, and lil’ BRGRs remain on the menu while Roasted Beet Carpaccio, Grilled Spanish Octopus, a delicious Buratta Salad, and an updated version of the Seared Scallops have all been added. His new seasonally influenced entrees include a Chili Rubbed Lamb Rack, Pan Roasted Branzino, and Miso Glazed Sea Bass.  Guests with a sweet tooth can dive into new dessert options like the Almond Fudge Brownie; Bag o’ Donuts – apple cider donuts topped with caramel and bourbon sauces; Banana Cream Pie; and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Both STK’s popular Birthday Cake dessert and signature ICE STK mini ice cream cone sampler will continue to delight.

Diners wanting to imbibe will find an impressive wine and spirit list along with creative signature cocktails. Staples like the Cucumber Stiletto made with Grey Goose Citron, St. Germaine, fresh lime juice, cucumber, and mint; the Green Intensity – Grey Goose Vodka, lime juice, Serrano chili slices, and basil leaves; and the Strawberry Cobbler made from Belvedere Vodka, muddled fresh strawberries with a graham cracker crusted rim are ideal for sipping in STK’s high-energy lounge or to compliment a meal in the bistro or stylish scene-and-be-seen dining room.

Chef Rainey’s new winter menu is available now.

STK is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development. Complimentary valet parking is available on 12th Street. Visit for more information and stay connected via ad on Twitter and Instagram at @STKAtlanta.


February 4th, 2014 | Events, News | 0 Comments

Come early, stay late, and make memories that will last a lifetime as Cypress Street Pint and Plate celebrates six years of success and the 4th anniversary of its beloved Beer Geek Tuesday series.  During a special anniversary edition of Beer Geek Tuesday, tonight, February 4, 2014, revelers are invited to enjoy a variety of drink specials, including $2 Cypress Draft beer, $5 well drinks, $5 Deep Eddy’s Vodka cocktails, and $5 shots of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. The OMG Booth will also be in the house to help document the shenanigans throughout the evening. The event kicks off at 8 p.m.

A favorite Midtown destination, Cypress Street Pint and Plate is a throwback to when the drinks were always cold, the food was always hot, and the bar-staff knew your name. With fourteen beers on tap, forty bottled selections, and a fully stocked selection of wine and spirits, Cypress offers an innovative menu of upscale pub grub created by executive chef Richard Silvey.  Additionally, beer lovers flock to Cypress Street every Tuesday when its resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, hosts Beer Geek Tuesday – a casual exploration of all things beer including food and beer pairings and rare casks to tap takeovers and specialty events.  Tucked away behind the historic Biltmore Hotel, Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta, Georgia.  For more information, please visit or call 404-815-9243. Follow Cypress Street on Twitter at @CypressStreet and