New Hotel Set to Open Next Month at Villa Christina

Hyatt Villa Christina

Just minutes away from Buckhead, the brand new Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina will be opening its doors and 177 guest rooms, including 15 suites this May.

With 177 guestrooms, including 15 suites, Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina will be able to accommodate corporate meetings, family gatherings, weddings and other special events.

The new Hyatt will contain many of the ammenities other area hotels offer including:

  • Services & Facilities – business center, valet & self-parking, complimentary shuttle, on-site spa rooms
  • Recreational Facilities -state-of-the-art fitness center (open 24 hours), expansive outdoor pool and bar with a scenic view, nature conservation area with walking trails
  • Dining & Bar Options – Villa Christina (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Caffé Christina (to-go only), Sassafras lounge featuring a full service bar, and in-room dining including a menu specially crafted for kids
  • Conference & Banquet – 13,000+ square feet of function space (both indoor and outdoor), onsite catering, several upgrade options including deluxe, bridal and presidential suites

Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina is now accepting reservations June 15, 2014 and beyond.

rendering courtesy of Hyatt

Take a Peek Inside the Flats at Ponce City Market

Today the Flats at Ponce City Market leasing center opened to the public, making floor pans and pricing available for the first time. Thinking about moving? Here is what you’ll find:

FLATS at Ponce City Market

Situated in both the east and west wings of the historic Sears building, all units will offer views of midtown, downtown, the Historic Fourth Ward Park or the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

FLATS at Ponce City Market

The iconic brick tower at Ponce City Market is the beacon for finding the Flats, which consists of 259 residences with studio, one, two and three-bedroom options.  This one bathroom option with 575 square feet of space is $1225-1340/month.     Continue reading

Chefs Unite for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation in Atlanta

I Am Team No Kid HungryEach year, culinary experts from across the county unite to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Aimed at ending childhood hunger in America, this year’s Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Atlanta will feature gourmet samples from Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs and mixologists, as well as live, silent and beverage auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment all set against the dramatic live backdrop of the Georgia Aquarium ballroom.

The line-up for this year’s event is impressive and some of the participating restaurants include:

  • 103 West
  • 4th & Swift
  • Abattoir
  • Aqua Blue Restaurant and Bar
  • Aria
  • Article 14
  • Atlanta Fish Market
  • Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
  • Bacchanalia
  • Bistro Niko
  • BLT Steak
  • BOCADO
  • Buckhead Diner
  • C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar
  • Canoe
  • Chops Lobster Bar
  • Cook Hall Atlanta
  • Davio’s
  • Double Zero Napoletana
  • Floataway Café
  • Governor’s Mansion
  • Gunshow
  • Hugo’s Oyster Bar
  • Iberian Pig
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Kevin Rathbun Steak
  • King + Duke
  • Kyma
  • Local Three
  • Marlow’s Tavern
  • Murphy’s
  • Nan
  • One Flew South
  • Paper Plane
  • Parish Foods & Goods
  • Pricci
  • Proof & Provision
  • Rosebud
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Seed
  • Serpas True Food
  • Star Provisions
  • Southern Art
  • Sundial
  • Table 1280
  • Tamarind Seed
  • Ted’s Montana Grill
  • The Hil
  • Umi
  • Veni Vidi Vici
  • Windows at Lake Lanier Island Resort
  • Woodfire Grill

One hundred percent of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation Atlanta benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign. Tickets are now available and proceeds benefit one important cause: making sure all children in this nation have the healthy food they need, every day.

To purchase tickets for Taste of the Nation Atlanta, visit www.atlantataste.org.

Say “Hola!” to Midtown’s Newest Lunch Specials and Brunch

Zocalo AtlantaThis Spring, Zocalo is welcoming new lunch deals, an expanded cocktail menu, and Beats and Eats Bottomless Brunch.

New weekday lunch meal deal options include the $8.95 mix & match lunch, a two-item combination of tacos, enchiladas or sliders and $11.95 lunch trios, with the choice of enchilada, taco and soup trio, quesadilla, soup and salad trio or slider, soup and salad trio.

From the kitchen of new chef de cuisine Steven Shanks include:

  • Skillet nachos with creamy cheese sauce, guacamole, crema fresca, black bean puree, pico de gallo and jalapeno
  • Chicken tinga flautas served in crispy corn tortillas with chile morita salsa, contija cheese, black bean puree and crema fresca
  • Pulled chicken burrito and pulled beef barbacoa burrito, both served with pinto beans, pico de gallo, crema fresca, Mexican rice and morita salsa with an option to add entomatada cheese sauce.
  • Jalisco shrimp enchilada with Mexican corn, rajas, crema fresca, plantains and cilantro rice
  • Grilled salmon salad served on a lettuce mix, topped with radish, green onion, cilantro, tomato, avocado and tortilla strips drizzled with a habanero-orange dressing
  • Chicken zarape with pan-seared chicken breast served with bacon, panela, pico de gallo, cotija chipotle sauce, crema, refried black beans and creamy white rice
  • Pork carnitas, slow roasted pork shoulder served in corn tortillas and topped with guacamole, pickled onion, charro beans, salsa verde and habanero

Want a cocktail with your lunch? Order from the new additions to the cocktail menu including  “el mero, mero,” a spicy cucumber Mezcal margarita, “la sandia,” a fresh watermelon margarita made with Cabo Wabo tequila and spicy orange infused margaritas. Cocktail additions include fresatini, Zocalo’s first signature cocktail made with vodka, strawberry puree and citrus, and new mojito flavors mango mojito andpepino mojito.

Also new to the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is the Beats and Eats Bottomless Brunch DJ series happening at Zocalo every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating DJ will spin Latin, pop and dance beats from 1 to 6 p.m. while guests enjoy bottomless brunch dishes and cocktails (!) for just $35 including guacamole, chilaquiles with fried eggs, onions, beans and red or green salasa, potato and chorizo pambazo fried sandwich with crema fresca, lettuce and cotija cheese and sopa de huevo y salsa verde with poached eggs, black bean puree and al pastor pork, along with a variety of tacos, quesadillas and more.

image courtesy of Zocalo

Thanksgiving Comes to Bantam + Biddy This (and Every) Wednesday

Bantam + BiddySick of salad? Say sayonara to steak. Now, each and every Wednesday, you can now get a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Bantam + Biddy‘s Crescent Avenue location. 

That’s right, you’ll sit down to a delicious $15 meal of turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cornbread.

“I just had a wonderful visit to Bates House of Turkey in Greenville, Ala.,” said executive chef and co-owner Shaun Doty. “My meal was so delicious, it inspired me to offer the comforts of a Thanksgiving meal to our guests,” said executive chef and co-owner Shaun Doty.

Also new at Bantam + Biddy,  Slider Night has moved to Thursday evening. Starting Friday, March 28, Bantam + Biddy is also offering the famous sliders on the late night. From 9 p.m. to close on both Friday and Saturday nights, diners can chow down on sliders for $2 each.

Ready to dine? Bantam + Biddy is located in 1050 Crescent Ave. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit bantamandbiddy.com or call 404-835-6450.

photo courtesy of Bantam + Biddy

Who is Confirmed to Play This Year’s BB&T Atlanta Open?

BB&T Atlanta OpenPast years’ line-ups have included world renowned tennis greats like John Isner, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Lleyton Hewitt but who is scheduled to attend this year’s BB&T Atlanta Open when it comes to Atlantic Station July 19-27?

Isner (seeded No. 10 in the world) is already signed back up to play in front of his hometown crowd and ATP Emirates ranked No. 9 Richard Gasquet, the tournament’s first non-American Top 10 player, to play in its 2014 tournament. No. 2 American Sam Querrey and France’s Gael Monfils are also signed on to play.

More players will be announced as the dates of the event get closer.

Weeklong Ticket Packages are on-sale now and include a ticket to all 11 sessions at Atlantic Station. Four different seating levels are offered and packages are priced as low as $35/ticket. Tickets can be purchased at www.bbtatlantaopen.com or by calling 404-941-9202.

photo courtesy of BB&T Atlanta Open

F&H Food Trading Group Set to Open Pizzeria in Roswell

The Real Fix PizzeriaThe team behind OTP dining experiences OPULENT, The Salt Factory Pub, and Little Alley Steak are set to open The Real Fix Pizzeria at 14 Elizabeth Way in historic downtown Roswell this spring.

The Real Fix, which derives its name from co-owner Fikret Kovac’s nickname, will boast a menu comprised of chef-driven pizzas, superior ingredients, canned beer and wine on draft. Real Fix will feature three different signature pizza styles made with dough from the restaurant’s humidity-and temperature-controlled dough mixing room and starter- the classic New York styleoriginal New York fried “House Specialty” and Neapolitan-style pizzas.

For those wanting a non-traditional pizza, all pies will be available in a gluten-friendly option made with quinoa dough and vegan styles.

Inspired by the pizzerias on the streets of Napoli and New York’s five boroughs, the New York fried style “House Specialty” is made when dough is flash-fried then finished in a specialty brick oven made from the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius, giving it a crunch and char unique to this specific style of pizza. The pies will be prepared in two specialized ovens with the New York style pizza cooked at 650 degrees and the Neapolitan at 850 degrees.

The Real Fix’s 1,200 square-foot restaurant will feature a vibrant and energetic interior comprised of striped walls, central lighting from a large chandelier and an illuminated signs that offers a vintage feel.

To keep up to date on progress on The Real Fix and their exact opening date, visit fhfoodtradinggroup.com/.

Take in a Moment of Happiness This Spring & Summer

World of Coca-ColaThere are nothing quite like those magic moments that make you happy. Whether it’s seeing your leave-bound soldier riding up the escalator at the airport to see you, your child riding their bike without your guidance for the first time, or simply opening up a Coca-Cola as you take in an afternoon of porch setting, it’s the moments that matter.

That happiness that surrounds us every day is the inspiration for the new film, “Moments of Happiness,” showing when you visit the World of Coca-Cola.

Currently playing for each entry audience, the six-minute film, “celebrates life’s everyday moments experienced by people around the world. It features nine mini-stories of people in various life stages and cultures experiencing universal moments of happiness – moments of fun, humor, adventure and love.”

Seeing the film is included with your visit to the World of Coca-Cola, located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park at 121 Baker Street.

image from “Moments of Happiness” courtesy of the World of Coca-Cola