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Red Sky Tapas Now Offering Lunch and Brunch

Red Sky

Red Sky Tapas, the home of the dueling pianos and some of Cobb’s most innovative cuisine, is bringing the fun to the light of day. The restaurant is now offering an extensive lunch menu filled with full sized versions of some of the most popular tapas items from their dinner menu.

Executive Chef and Partner Brian Kennington has created a diverse menu filled with incredible salads, sandwiches, flat bread pizzas, tacos and ribs. Some of the stars of the menu include their Triple B Sliders that are topped with smoky bacon, blue cheese and buffalo sauce, Blackened Tilapia Tacos topped with crispy slaw, and Red Sky’s signature cilantro jalapeno aioli, a Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad seared rare and served over spring mix tossed with pico de gallo and pineapple soy vinaigrette topped with a poach egg, “White Pizza,” with parmesan cream, crispy bacon, fresh Portobello mushrooms and shredded mozzarella and slowed cooked Citrus Baby Back Ribs.

Although the dinner menu is served tapas style, lunch items are prepared in full orders. The majority of lunch entrees range from $7 -$9, with most including a choice of homemade slaw, fries or sweet potato fries.

“Because so many people are coming from work and have a limited time for lunch, we created this menu to feature some unique lunch entrees, but also dishes that we can prepare quickly,” comments Chef Kennington. “We guarantee that guests will not only enjoy their lunch experience here, but they will be served their lunch in under 15 minutes from the time they order,” concludes Kennington.

Another new addition at Red Sky is their fabulous Sunday Brunch Menu featuring some deliciously innovative spins on traditional favorites. Several of the dishes are available tapas style, an unusual take on brunch, such as Plantains Foster Waffles featuring Belgium style waffles topped with coconut fried plantains, Buffalo Chicken and Waffles, Lobster Cake Eggs Benedict and home-baked Buttermilk Biscuits topped with Parmesan Gravy. Brunch Tapas range in price between $3.50 and $7. For those with a heartier appetite, full plates are available on the Brunch Menu’s “Lunchy Brunchy” section. Dishes such as a Fried Green Tomatoes BLT, Jerk Chicken Tacos and house made Chicken Pot Pie are great for those looking for more savory options. Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys are offered during Sunday Brunch for $14.

Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11am until 4pm and Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30am until 3pm. Dinner is served beginning at 4pm nightly. Red Sky’s dueling pianos on Friday and Saturday evenings have become some of the most talked about entertainment in metro Atlanta area. For information about performances, please visit www.redskytapas.com. Red Sky is located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16 in Marietta. For reservations and more information please call 770.973.0100.

 

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Cocktail Dinner at Seed this week with St. George Spirits

 

Seed Kitchen & Bar and St. George Spirits will come together on Monday, September 22, to give diners an amazing experience at Stem Wine Bar. Owner, Chef Doug Turbush, has created an incredible five course menu that pairs perfectly with Beverage Manager/Mixologist Chris McNeill’s cocktail selections using spirits from St. George Spirits. Seed is honored to have Lindy Colburn, Vice President of Sales for St. George Spirits, join them for the evening to talk about all the spirits used.

You can learn more about St. George Spirits by visiting http://www.stgeorgespirits.com.

 

St. George Spirits Cocktail Dinner Menu

Course 1
Bay of Fundy Salmon Tartar | Crackling | Local Asian Pear | Ikura | Furikake Aioli
paired with a Pear Brandy Cocktail

Course 2
Georgia Royal Red Shrimp | Prosciutto | Uni Butter | Rum Pickled Chayote
paired with a Rum Agricole Cocktail

Course 3
24 hour Pork Belly | Baby Turnip | Chicharron | Gin Spiced Pear Gastrique
paired with a Barrel Ages Rye Gin Cocktail

Course 4
Smoked Oxtail Cannelloni | Celeriac | Parmesan Cream | Herb Salad
paired with a Single Malt Cocktail

Course 5
Espresso Chocolate Caramel Tart | Crème Fraiche | Coffee Bean Crumb
paired with a Coffee & Raspberry Liqueur Cocktail

The Spirits Dinner will be held on Monday, September 22, 6:30-9:30pm at Stem Wine Bar 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite 516, Marietta, GA. Advance Ticket Sales Only $99 per person(tax & gratuity INCLUDED).  To purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-kitchen-bar-and-st-george-spirits-cocktail-dinner-tickets-13028629983.

Space is limited and 48 Hour Cancellation Policy will be in effect. Contact Mixologist Chris McNeill with questions at cmcneill@eatatseed.com.

 

Canoe music series returning September 24

 

Canoe restaurant near Cumberland/Vinings has announced the return of its seasonal outdoor music series, Song of the South, on September 24 at the restaurant’s outdoor river bar on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

The restaurant will feature live, local music every Wednesday evening from 7-10pm. throughout the season.

The series schedule will be Sans Abri on September 24, Smokey’s Farmland Band on October 1, Sam Lewis on October 8, Cicada Rhythm on October 15, High Strung String Band on October 22 and The Deadfields on October 29.

For more information, call 770-432-2663 or visit canoeatl.com.

Healthy Eating: Common Food Myths

 

Some say carrots are good for your eyesight. True? Discover the facts behind this and four other food myths.

There’s some truth to “you are what you eat.” Food can make a significant difference in your health and how you feel. Let’s explore some common food myths – and truths.

Myth: Eating carrots helps your eyesight

Fact:Because carrots are full of beta carotene, there’s some truth to this. Your body converts beta carotene to vitamin A. This helps sight, but only people with vitamin A deficiency benefit from eating additional carrots.

For people who have macular degeneration – a form of vision loss from damage to the back of the eye – high-dose vitamins can be sight-saving. Science has found that use of anti-oxidants, such as beta carotene, can delay age-related macular degeneration.

Myth: Eating animal fats increases your chance of heart disease and cancer

Fact: A number of studies point to higher rates of breast and colon cancer in people with higher amounts of animal fat in their diets. Other studies suggest that dissolved carcinogens in the animal fat are the problem. Additional research shows people with a high-fat diet have an increased risk of early heart disease.

Since it’s possible for carcinogens to dissolve in animal fats, it may be the toxins rather than the fat that cause heart disease and cancer. Until scientific studies answer those questions, it’s better to err on the side of safety and monitor your animal fat intake.

Myth: Vegetarians live longer because they have a healthier diet

Fact:Several recent long-term studies show no differences in longevity, rate of strokes, or cancers between vegetarians and non-vegetarians. However, the rate of heart attack was 24% less for younger men and women who ate a vegetarian diet for more than five years. In addition, many studies have shown a lower rate of colon cancer among people on a high-fiber diet.

The higher fiber intake of vegetarians has benefits. Soluble fiber – in grains of rye barley, oats, and beans – has protective value, believed to prevent the body from absorbing toxins. While vegetarians have heart health advantages, they still have the same risk as everyone else for stroke and cancer.

Myth: To prevent kidney stones, you have to avoid dairy products

The theory is that calcium in the diet will cause kidney stones, but not all kidney stones are calcium-based. For many years, doctors told patients to avoid milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese. Fact: A study followed 93,000 people until some of them developed kidney stones. The group of those with stones and those without were compared. The group without kidney stones had higher dietary intake of cheese, ice cream, and milk as well as a 65% lower chance of developing kidney stones.

You have a greater chance of developing kidney stones if you eat a lot of meat and don’t drink enough fluids.

Myth: Eating eggs is bad for you

This is based upon the idea that egg yolks are especially high in cholesterol, containing about 200 mg of cholesterol per yolk.

Fact: The amount of cholesterol from eating an egg yolk a day won’t increase your overall cholesterol or risk of heart disease. In fact, eggs are a great way to take in additional protein, B vitamins, iron, and other minerals. The American Heart Association says it’s OK for heart disease patients to eat an egg twice a week.

The egg yolk also contains lecithin and alpha 3 omega fatty acids, which help with heart health by raising the levels of high density (“good”) lipids in the system and that may counter the impact of cholesterol.

Although you have to watch what you eat, the importance of good nutrition – coupled with a common sense approach to food – will help protect health.

(Source: Humana)

East Cobb Chef Jeffrey Gardner Wins Prestigious Award

Chef Jeffrey Gardner of Common Quarter

Springer Mountain Farms, a Georgia-grown poultry producer known for its flavorful chicken with no antibiotics, has awarded Chef Jeffrey Gardner of Atlanta’s Common Quarter with its prestigious Celebrate the Chef Award. Named one of Open Table’s Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America, Common Quarter provides a no-boundaries celebration of culinary heritage and the warm hospitality of the South.

Known for its flavorful chicken raised without antibiotics, Springer Mountain Farms presents this award to a chef each quarter for his or her established background, community involvement and commitment to serving innovative dishes. The chef must also represent a high-end restaurant that provides top-notch service and features Springer Mountain Farms chicken on the menu.

“It’s a luxury to work with people who share a like-minded commitment to quality and integrity,” said Chef Gardner. “I’m proud to be associated with a group of people who believe in raising chickens the right way: with care in a clean environment and void of any hormones or antibiotics. The love they put into the process comes through in a chicken with superior flavor and texture. Cooking with great ingredients like Springer Mountain Farms chicken makes my job that much more enjoyable.”

Growing up in Natchez, Mississippi, Gardner acquired his passion for food while cooking with his mother and grandmother. He graduated from Millsaps College and Johnson & Wales University before moving to Atlanta, where he worked at local Fifth Group Restaurants South City Kitchen Midtown and Alma Cocina before beginning his current role as executive chef at Common Quarter. Chef Gardner has been featured on Food Network’s “Chopped” and Cooking Channel’s “How to Live to 100”.

Gardner joins a select group of esteemed previous award recipients in Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte, including Chef Jon Fortes of Mimosa Grill, Chef Edgar Pendley of Urban Grub, Chef Chip Ulbrich of South City Kitchen, Chef Linda Harrell of Cibo E Beve, Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud, Chef Trey Cioccia of The Farm House and Chef Asha Gomez of Cardamom Hill.

Taste the Good Life During Cobb Restaurant Week

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Cobb Travel & Tourism invites diners to “Taste the Good Life” at the sixth annual Cobb Restaurant Week, September 13-20. Throughout the week, participating restaurants will offer pre-selected three-course menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, plus tip, plus tax.

There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. Simply visit any of the participating restaurants during Sept. 13-20 and select from their special three-course menu. This is a great opportunity to try local restaurants and celebrate their culinary talents, tasteful cuisines and vibrant atmospheres. Diners are encouraged to explore new offerings from favorite restaurants or try dishes from somewhere new.

Visit the Cobb Restaurant Week website at cobbrestaurantweek.com to access the full list of restaurants and menus. Follow the event on Twitter @CobbRestWeek for everything food in Cobb County and become their fans on their Facebook page, /CobbRestaurantWeek, for even more foodie tips, photos and to win prizes. Be sure to use #COBBRW2014 when talking about Cobb Restaurant Week on social media!

Cobb Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to support the local dining community by exploring the newest restaurants and hitting up old favorites. For more information about Cobb Restaurant Week, visit cobbrestaurantweek.com.

EAST COBBER Festival Food Vendors

Don’t miss these fantastic vendors at Saturday’s EAST COBBER Festival, beginning at 11am (after the Parade) in the Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center!

 

Brat SO Stop!
Bratwurst, Chips, Drinks and Snacks

Bubba D’s Dawgs
Southern style hot dogs on a freshly steamed buns, chips, nachos, homemade chili, Moon Pies, and more

Ferdy’s Ice Cream
Homemade Ice Cream, Soft Serve, Yogurt, Sorbet, Sherbert, Italian Ice and many cool treats

Jimpa’s Catering
Fried catfish, fried shrimp, fries and hush puppies

Kona Ice
Shaved Ice Treats

Mediterranean Grill
Kufta Kabobs, Shish Kabobs, Basmati Rice, Falafel, Hummus, Baklava

Smallcakes
Made from scratch cupcakes!

 

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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Buy your tickets for Tuesday’s Beer & Tapas pairing with Red Sky

 

Red Sky has partnered with Merchants Package and The Boston Beer Company for the September Food Pairing on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30. Tickets must be purchased at Merchants Package. Cost is $30 for 5 beer pairings:

  • Curious Traveler paired with Lemon Pepper Shrimp
  • Anytime IPA paired with Citrus Bbq Salmon
  • Summer Ale paired with Fish & Chips
  • Angry Orchard paired with Chicken Salad Slider
  • Rebel IPA paired with Jerk Chicken Taco

Red Sky Tapas & Bar is located in East Cobb at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 16. Door, bar and kitchen open daily at 4pm.

Eat Cheeky for less with coupons for EAST COBBER readers

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Enjoy delicious enchiladas, burritos, salads and more at Cheeky with coupons from p. 50 in our August issue. Visit Cheeky at The Avenue, 4475 Roswell Road.

 

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Battle and Brew moving to Sandy Springs

 

OTP game bar Battle & Brew closed over the weekend in Marietta and is moving to a new location in Sandy Springs. First opened in 2005, Battle & Brew offers a wide selection food, beer and cocktails, and video games across several consoles. No word yet on a grand reopening date. Have info on when the new Battle & Brew will launch? Let us know via the tipline. [EaterWire]

(Source: Eater Atlanta)