Thursday, October 20, 2016

Taste of Atlanta is coming this weekend!

There are still tickets left for one of Atlanta’s best culinary extravaganzas October 21 through 23rd!

Whaddup Y’all?!
I have always had a blast covering and judging for the Taste of Atlanta three-day food festival held in Midtown’s Tech Square. Since its inception in 2010, this is truly one of my favorite events to be a part of and cover you, my cherished readers. Well it’s on again this weekend and I strongly urge you scoop tickets here before they are sold out. From all the 90-plus gangster restaurants serving up samples of some of their prized dishes to, numerous cooking demonstrations and, of course, the craft beer, wine and cocktails being poured, don’t miss this one!
See you there!

Here is the official write up:
They Say: Get primed for this weekend’s Taste of Atlanta. You’ll not want to miss a morsel of the city’s signature culinary fest spreading through Midtown’s Tech Square, October 21-23. Foodies will enjoy samplings from more than 90 of the Southeast’s most popular restaurants, including 5Church, The Big Ketch, HOBNOB, Marlow’s Tavern, Seed Kitchen & Bar and Smokebelly BBQ--and a full schedule of events such as VIP Grand Tasting Experience options, Barcraft Competition, Big Green Egg Grilling Stage, The Chef’s Table, Family Food Zone, The Kitchen Workshop, silent auction and more. Buy tickets for individual days or in two- or three-day packages and view the full schedule online.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Pour one for the late Damien Schaefer.

This gent truly touched everyone he met while realizing his dream to one day open an awesome brewpub.

I had the chance of meeting the now late Damien Schaefer when he introduced himself at a Terrapin’s Wake N Bake Off fundraiser for the Giving Kitchen at East Atlanta’s Argosy on February 8th. Since then, we have become good friends as we discussed ways I could assist in his dream of opening a brewpub in Atlanta he wanted to call the Normaltown Artisanal Brewery & Cucina. (Please read his bio on the site here.)
We often met at some of Atlanta’s premier beer spots including Ormsby’s, Slice & Pint, Twain’sWrecking Bar, Leon’s (where I met his wonderful wife Jenni), and even his home where poured the week-old Pliny The Elder pictured above he happily saved for me. I made it a goal to introduce him to some of the beer authorities of the city as well including Chase Medlin, Dan Mazurt, Bob Sandage, Jason Dominy, and others while Damien was taking on his ongoing battle against cancer for the past two years. His hopes were still high and I did my best to provide encouragement and optimism whenever I could. I truly believed he could beat it, so we enjoyed our time as much as possible as if that was the case, giving anything negative a backseat. Discussions were more about his jaw-dropping brewing station he created by himself in Athens, our love for hats, how to get folks to fund his dream, sneakers, how much he loved Jenni, his collection of pets, and art among other things. It was always a fun time sharing beers with him.
Getting a text from a mutual friend—Wild Heaven Beer Co-Founder Eric Johnson—I learned while out of town this past Saturday that the ruthless disease took another loved one away from me. I lost my mother to it a few years back.
Damien’s passing truly hurt, but the memories of how chill he was will forever be with me. Besides Damien’s aforementioned Normaltown website, I found a great article written on him by Hillary Brown here that discussed his contribution to the culinary scene as one of the Four Coursemen, his love for Athens and Atlanta, along with being a successful entrepreneur. Feel free to read it and learn more about him, as well as take a stroll through his Instagram handles here and here.
Prayers go out to Damien’s wife, loved ones and friends.
Live every day to the fullest.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Come to my Happy Hour at Davio’s this Thursday!

Complimentary appetizers, Treehorn Cider and Three Taverns will be in the house based in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza! 

Cheers Everyone!

Okay, so I was offered the opportunity to team up with the upscale Italian-inspired Steakhouse Davio’s in Phipps Plaza to do a festive happy hour, so I said sure! I have already been there for their phenomenal cuisine, a few off-the-chain media events, and talk the latest beer trends with the cool general manager, Paul Dunn. It was a no-brainer, so here it is! 
It will be a blast starting at 6 pm., and along with their extensive wine list and fine spirits, I recommended some local appreciation by featuring Treehorn's refreshing Dry Cider and one of the best IPAs in the biz, Three Tavern's A Night On Ponce, be poured. With delectable complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and schwag, it will be an awesome way to end the work day.  
The event is free, but please make sure you RSVP by emailing There is also valet with validation so indulge and enjoy! Again, it is super cool a restaurant like Davio's in ritzy Buckhead shows love by providing an evening like this, so let's make the most of it!

See you Thursday!

National Bourbon Month is still going at Holeman & Finch!

Check out their gangster list below!
Yo, yo!

Of course we know that Atlanta’s beloved Holeman & Finch Public House is world renowned for their awesome, lip-smackin' burgers, but their bar is also no joke. Celebrating National Bourbon Month with their “Breakeven Bottle Program” in September, H&F has graciously extended it into October for all of you sophisticated sippers!
Here is their amazing roster of hard-to-find bottles of America’s oldest spirit priced per ounce:
Jim Beam Signature Craft Red Wheat - $2.42
Four Roses Eliot's Single Barrel - $4.35
Bellemeade XO Cognac Finish - $2.43
Lock Stock & Barrel - $5.37
Blood Oath #2 - $3.91
Four Roses Limited Edition 2015 Small Batch - $3.75
Hillrock PX Finish - $3.28
Nikka 17 year - $4.43
Whistle Pig Sauternes Finish - $3.64
Michter's Yellow Spot - $3.24
Royal Lochnagar - 3.99
Nikka 21 year - $5.28
Whistle Pig 15 year - $6.25
Yamazaki 18 year - $6.92



Saturday, October 8, 2016

Let’s kick it on my birthday!

It’s party time!
Yo, yo!!!

Yep! It’s another birthday to celebrate and I love all of you for making my life a joyous one. On today's agenda, I have Second Self Brewery's birthday (peep their gangster list below), then it's on to Wild Heaven, the Brick Store, and then outside on the Ladybird Grille & Mess Hall lawn for one more to close this gorgeous afternoon. Thank you for the born day wishes and enjoy life to the fullest.
By the way, come party with me on Thursday. October 13th, at Davio’s from 6, on, during happy hour! I will have some surprises there. 

Cheers my homies!
Second Self throws down for their second birthday today!

My bouy and co-founder of Second Self, Jason, and his crew are showing off today because they are pouring some extra dope beers and one-time releases including barrel-aged brews, two from their “Beertail” series and some fused beers from their “Alter Egos” series. Here is the scoop straight from the source.

They Say: We are turning 2!
2 is a big year for us. So we're going to have 22 beers on draft, a souvenir 2-pack to take home, and a custom 2-sided glass for you as well.

We will have food on sale by our friends at Pine Street Market (VIPs get that delicious food included in their ticket)

VIPs will be able to get in an hour early starting at high noon.
General Admission will be from 1pm-6pm.

Ticket Prices
$22 for Advanced General Admission (pre-sale only)
$32 for General Admission (pre sale and at the door)
$42 for VIP Admission (pre sale and at the door)

Beers will be rotating throughout the day
Thai Wheat
Citrus IPA
Red Hop Rye
Maverick and Gose
The Farmer Fund Serviceberry Saison
Twain’s Collaboration Grapefruit Basil Saison
Olde Oyl (2015)
White and Gold IPA

Alter Egos
Thai Wheat w/ Champagne Yeast (it's a celebration)
Citrason - Citrus IPA w/ Saison yeast
Sour Red Hop Rye - made w/ Lactobacillus and Dried Cherries
Coffee Gose - M&G w/ Coffee
Neapolitan Mole - Mole w/ Vanilla and Strawberries
Blonde Stout
The Jam (Mixed Berry Fruit) Gose
Mango Gose
Apple Gose

2 from our Beertail Series
Margarita in Gose

Barrel-Aged Beers - Rotating through the day
Crown Royal BA Mole
BLiS Barrel Mole
BBA Devil’s Mole
Jefferson 1792 Red Hop Rye
10 Year Bourbon BBA Red Hop Rye
Brewers Blend Red Hop Rye
Funky Mole

…and more surprises

Come thru!