June 11th, 2014 | News

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 www.oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com.


June 4th, 2014 | Events

In honor of National Donut Day, STK Atlanta is hosting a special Drunkin Donut Happy Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 6th in its chic lounge. Donut lovers are invited to kickoff their weekend on the sweeter side by indulging in complimentary STK signature Drunkin Donuts. Truly a party in a box, Drunken Donuts are filled with Raspberry Chambord Jelly, topped with a Rum Glaze, and complimented by STK’s delicious liquor sauces – Chocolate Frangelico and Coconut Lime Mint. Drunkin Donuts will be available on STK’s dessert menu throughout the week.

STK Atlanta artfully blends two concepts into one—the modern reincarnation of a steakhouse and a chic lounge. The feel is sleek, sexy and refined. As anticipated, steak is the main attraction. STK features small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as naturally raised options and market fish entrees. STK is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets. Complimentary valet parking is available on 12th Street. Visit www.stkhouse.com for more information and stay connected on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/STKATL and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/STKAtlanta.


May 29th, 2014 | Events

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will celebrate the Third Annual Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts this weekend on Saturday, May 31 and June 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two-day festival will bring 125 artists to the shady, tree-lined neighborhood along with live acoustic music, delicious local food and drinks, a new children’s area and much more.  The event is open to all ages and is free to attend; pets are welcome.

Held in and around the Peachtree Hills Park & Recreation Center, festival goers can are invited to enjoy live entertainment while they pursue the carefully selected line-up of fine artists and crafters.  This year’s featured performers include: Mary Kate Farmer, Nena Dubois, Caryn Womack, Brandon Gunter, Destitute Way, Madison Shea, Rachel Wiggins, Sarah Mootz, Laughlin, Sara Barbara, BJ Wilbanks.

Festival goers can also explore local food and beverage concessions and gourmet food trucks such as Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, Mobile Marlay, Texas Tacos, A Movable Feast, the King of Pops, Roly Poly, the Bubble Tea food Truck and more.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase at several locations throughout the festival. Revenue from on-site beverage sales will be benefit the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces scholarship program.  Visit www.peachtreehillsfestival.com for more information.  Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeachtreeHillsFestival.


May 23rd, 2014 | Events, News

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 www.atlantadowntown.com/guide/retail/pop-up-shops. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlantadowntown 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.