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RED PEPPER TAQUERIA CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO WITH THREE-DAYS OF “CINCO DE DRINKO” FESTIVITIES

May 1st, 2014 | Events

This Cinco de Mayo, Red Pepper Taqueria is hosting a three-day long “Cinco de Drinko” celebration in honor of the Batalla de la Puebla on Saturday, May 3 through Monday, May 5, 2014. The fiesta kicks off on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and features Red Pepper’s signature brunch and lunch options including flavored bottomless mimosas, local craft beers, signature cocktails, Bloody Marys, the Addicted to Tacos™ menu, and delicious fare created by Executive Chef and owner Mimmo Alboumeh. Additionally throughout the weekend, Chef Mimmo will be serving up house-smoked Riverview Farms suckling pigs at both locations.  Throughout the three day affair, live music and plenty of wallet-friendly drink specials will keep partygoers in the mood including $6 RP margaritas, $2 Tecate cervezas and $2 “Mexican Break” shots. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 5, Red Pepper will also have $2 specialty pork tacos with poblano pineapple salsa for diners and fiesta goers to enjoy. For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at eatredpepper.com or call 404.869.2773. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @redpepperatl and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.


About Red Pepper Taqueria:

With two Atlanta locations, Red Pepper Taqueria is considered one of Atlanta’s top dining destinations for Mexican cuisine. A direct reflection of Executive Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh’s dedication and passion for always going above and beyond, Red Pepper Taqueria features an impressive menu using only the finest and freshest locally sourced and organic ingredients.  With 100 different types of tequila, craft beers, signature cocktails, late night offerings, an impressive oyster bar at the Buckhead location, and much more, Red Pepper Taqueria has also become a favorite go-to social destination.  Red Pepper Taqueria is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends and is located in Decatur at 2149 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 and in Buckhead at 3135 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305.  For more information, please visit www.eatredpepper.com.

LIDESTRI SPIRITS AWARDED NINE MEDALS AT THE ANNUAL WINE AND SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA CONVENTION & EXPOSITION

April 24th, 2014 | News

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.

FITWIT TO HOST A FREE BAREFOOT WORKOUT IN SUPPORT OF TOMS’ “ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES” GLOBAL AWARENESS INITIATIVE

April 15th, 2014 | Events


On Tuesday, April 29, FitWit is inviting Atlantans to kick off their shoes and join them for a free barefoot workout in support of TOMS’ “One Day Without Shoes” initiative that annually raises global awareness for children’s health and education. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., FitWit invites all fitness levels to join their team of experts at the athletic field by the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park on the Atlanta BeltLine for a free 45-minute fat-burning and muscle strengthening workout. Immediately following the workout, attendees are invited to attend a casual after-party at Parish in Inman Park where 10% of food and drink sales will be donated to the FitWit Foundation and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. For more information or to sign up, visit www.fitwit.com/toms or call 888-534-8948.

About FitWit: FitWit is an award-winning outdoor group exercise program with four Atlanta-area locations and a unique core premise: Fitness is best cultivated in community. FitWit campers become members of a positive, challenging, and supportive community, helping individuals achieve their fitness goals and giving them the tools they need to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Portions of every FitWit camp proceeds go directly to The FitWit Foundation, which provides free fitness programs that build strength and develop character for the young people who need it most.. For more information, please visit fitwit.com.

FROZEN PINTS HELPS MAKE TURNER FIELD A LITTLE SWEETER IN TIME FOR OPENING DAY

April 1st, 2014 | Events, News

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 www.frozenpints.com. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FrozenPintsIceCream and on Twitter and Instagram at @frozenpints.

PARK BAR INTRODUCES “MONDAY MEATUP” EVENT SERIES

February 28th, 2014 | Events

Park Bar is excited to announce the arrival of a brand new, monthly event series, Monday MEATup. The meat-centric series geared to please the utmost carnivore cravings will kick off at 7 p.m. and feature rotating themes each month, which will highlight offerings from Park Bar’s new menu paired with specialty cocktail and sprit offerings. During the inaugural Monday MEATup on March 3, 2014, guests are invited to unleash their inner carnivore by partaking in an exploration of meaty dishes and specials, including tastes of Park Bar’s burger of the month, The Morningside Burger, featuring Brasstown Beef cooked to perfection, topped with all-American cheese, pecan-smoked bacon, a fried egg, and hash brown bites, alongside other tempting offerings like short rib and pimento egg rolls, and Caveman Nachos, featuring large potato pucks, topped with short rib and smothered in cheese. As guests feast, they can wash it all down with specialty cocktails such as Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer, a Bacon Bloody Mary, and the Elvis Presley, featuring a mix of bacon vodka, hazelnut liqueur, banana liqueur, and a splash of cream. For more information, please visit www.parkbaratlanta.com or call (404) 524-0444.

Park Bar is located in the Luckie Marietta District of bustling Downtown Atlanta, right off Centennial Olympic Park Drive at 150 Walton Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. For more information, please visit www.parkbaratlanta.com or call (404) 524-0444. Follow Park Bar on Twitter and Instagram at @Park Bar and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/parkbaratl.

Red Bull Illume to Showcase 50 Top Action and Adventure Sports Photographs in atlanta

February 19th, 2014 | Events

Red Bull Illume, the world’s largest international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports, is making a stop in Atlanta March 20 through March 30, 2014. Once the sun sets, locals and visitors alike are invited to stroll through Piedmont Park and take in the sights of 25 life-sized, illuminated light boxes that are touring the world as part of a unique nighttime exhibition. The images, which have been carefully selected and curated from over 28,000 submitted photographs, showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet. Throughout the 10-day free exhibition, attendees also will have opportunities to attend lectures from the award-winning photographers, meet Red Bull athletes and more.

The 2013 Red Bull Illume Image Quest is the third edition of the competition after 2007 and 2010.  A total of 28,257 photos were submitted in 2013 by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries around the globe.  The top 50 images, first unveiled in Hong Kong, are touring the world as part of a unique illuminated nighttime exhibition. An international panel of esteemed photo editors selected the top 50 images, naming 10 category winners and an overall 2013 Red Bull Illume winner.

“There are talented photographers and then there are gifted photographers,” said Jym Wilson, Senior Photo Editor at USA Today and one of 50 Red Bull Illume judges globally. “I saw a lot of talent but also saw some truly gifted photographers. These are not just action photographers but people with great technical and artistic skills.”

The Red Bull Illume kickoff event will be on Thursday, March 20 and will begin at approximately 8 p.m. as the sun sets over Piedmont Park. Located at the 10th Street side of the park inside the Charles Allen gates, the unveiling of the illuminated light boxes is open to the public and free to attend.   The evening will feature performances by Red Bull athletes and live broncolor photo demonstrations by winning photographers.  Cocktails will be available for guests ages 21 and up.

After the exhibit’s 10-day stop in Atlanta, the Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour will head to Spain and then will continue to travel around the world’s capitals and cultural hubs for the next two years.  For additional details, please visit www.redbullillume.com and follow @RedBullATL on Twitter.

STK ATLANTA ANNOUNCES MATT RAINEY AS EXECUTIVE CHEF

February 6th, 2014 | News

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 www.stkhouse.com for more information and stay connected via www.Facebook.com/STKATL ad on Twitter and Instagram at @STKAtlanta.

CYPRESS STREET PINT AND PLATE CELEBRATES SIX YEARS OF SUCCESS

February 4th, 2014 | Events, News

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 www.cypressbar.com or call 404-815-9243. Follow Cypress Street on Twitter at @CypressStreet and Facebook.com/CypressBarATL.

WINTER WREN WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE TO HOST OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

January 27th, 2014 | Events, News

Winter Wren, a brand new womenswear boutique located in the heart of Atlanta’s Virginia Highland neighborhood, is thrilled to celebrate its arrival with a stylish soiree on February 6, 2014. The second Atlanta offering from Winter Hodges, veteran retailer and longtime Virginia Highland resident behind Atlanta’s beloved 310 Rosemont boutique, Winter Wren features comfortable yet sophisticated womenswear with a curated selection of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories from posh brands like Free People, BB Dakota, Michael Stars, Hunter Boots, Kensie, Aryn K., BCBG Generation, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rebecca Minkoff and more. From party-wear to casually chic weekend-wear, Winter Wren is bringing new options and an alternative shopping experience to Atlanta’s fashion set.

“While I have boutiques across the Southeast, to have my first name sake store in the heart of the Virginia Highland, the neighborhood I call my home, is more than a dream come true.  Winter Wren is more than just another women’s clothing store; we strive to offer an authentic shopping experience and are dedicated to building the community that surrounds and supports us.  It is truly an honor to open my second boutique in Atlanta and I consider our community to be THE most solid ground as a building block for great things to come,” says Winter Hodges, owner of 310 Rosemont and newly opened Winter Wren.



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5TH ANNUAL BEER CARNIVAL RETURNS TO ATLANTIC STATION APRIL 5TH

January 17th, 2014 | Events

The Beer Carnival has announced it will return to Atlantic Station in Midtown, Atlanta on Saturday, April 5th from 1 to 5 p.m. and will pour over 100 different kinds of beers for experienced beer lovers and carnival enthusiasts alike. Formerly the Winter Beer Carnival, this year’s event is thawing out and moving to a new, early spring date, offering patrons an expanded experience, with more beers, carnival games, activities, DJs and food. Drawing thousands of fans each year, the 5th Annual Beer Carnival will feature a giant tent and outdoor areas for patrons to explore an array of beers including traditional favorites, premium craft beers, and an assortment of seasonal and favorite craft brews from near and far. General admission and VIP tickets go on sale on Monday, January 20 at 10 a.m. at www.ticketalternative.com and 877.725.8849. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event. VIP tickets are $65 and include early entry to the event beginning at noon, plus exclusive access to the VIP area with a selection of the best craft brews available, private restrooms, food and more.  For more information about the 2014 Beer Carnival, visit  www.thebeercarnival.com.