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Food Trucks return July 28

The Food Trucks return to Paper Mill Village on Monday, July 28, from 5-8pm. Enjoy street food and live music. Paper Mill Village is located at 255 Village Parkway in East Cobb.

 

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Chick-fil-A, MUST team to prepare meals for children

Tyler Hediger, left, of Chick-fil-A, gets some assistance from the company mascot as he loads sack lunches to be delivered to Cobb children as part of the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. About 5,000 children received a chicken sandwich along with the rest of their meal. Staff/Jeff Stanton

 

Chick-fil-A owners worked together to provide 5,900 lunches Wednesday for children across seven counties who receive free and reduced lunches at school.

Sixty Chick-fil-A locations surrounding Atlanta donated the food and time to make thousands of lunches that were then sorted and delivered by MUST Ministries.

Chris Fields, senior vice president of programs and administration at MUST Ministries, said the summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Groups of volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

“Hunger doesn’t stop when school lets out,” Fields said. “This program makes sure that we know there are 6,000 kids who are going to have a meal on the table every day.”

Kaye Cagle, a spokeswoman for MUST Ministries, said businesses, families and senior assisted living homes frequently donate some meals and food to the program through local churches. This is the first time a business has agreed to donate meals to feed every child for a day as Chick-fil-A did Wednesday, she said.

“I think the most important part of the story is how many children are being fed every day,” Cagle said. “It’s a monumental undertaking.”

Chris Darley, who owns the East Lake Chick-fil-A on Roswell Road, said his restaurant donated 380 meals for volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church off Church Street near the Square to deliver on its three routes. Darley said each meal includes a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, chips and a cookie.

Darley said he thinks it is important for his business to support and serve the community it’s in, so he was excited to work with 60 other Chick-fil-A franchise owners to deliver the lunches.

“(The owners) wanted to do something together that we couldn’t do on our own,” Darley said.

Martie Moore, the coordinator for the lunch program at First Presbyterian Church, said every week day of the summer 13 volunteers gather at the church to make sandwiches for the children.

“The best thing has been getting to know all the volunteers and the volunteers getting to know each other,” Moore said. “It just kind of builds the community in our church and we also have volunteers from other churches.”

This is the seventh week of the 10-week program, and Fields said 158,000 meals have been delivered so far this summer in MUST’s coverage area. By the end of the program, Fields said 250,000 lunches will have been delivered across the area, and 100,000 will be delivered in Cobb.

Moore, who teaches art classes at Burruss Elementary School, said she enjoys seeing the children over the summer.

“They come in and sometimes they’re all dirty from playing outside all morning, and they’re so cute, and they say ‘thank you,’” Moore said. “This way, you don’t worry so much about them.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hilary Butschek, July 17, 2014. Read the original article here.

On Sundays Kids Eat FREE in East Cobb

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On Sundays, kids eat FREE with adult purchase at:

Red Sky Tapas
1255 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068
770-973-0100
www.redskytapas.com
Jersey Mike’s Subs
2960 Shallowford Rd., Marietta, Georgia 30066
770-578-3973 and
4400 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062
770-321-3998
www.jerseymikes.com  (with regular sub purchase)

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Kids Eat FREE on Wednesdays in East Cobb!

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On Wednesdays, kids eat FREE with adult purchase at:

Paradise Grille
3605 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA 30066
770-579-6226
www.paradisegrillemarietta.com

Mirko Pasta
1281 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30068
770-977-3030
www.mirkopasta.com
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Coming in our August Issue: 17th Annual EAST COBBER Dining Guide

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Advertising deadline is Tuesday, July 15!

 

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Red, White and Brew all month at Marlow’s

 

Through July 28 enjoy All-American favorites with a Marlow’s twist. Specials include:

Firecracker Deviled Eggs
Wild West Bison Burger
Backyard Blackened Mahi Sandwich
Grilled Kansas City Strip Steak
Summertime Watermelon Margarita & more!

Visit Marlow’s in East Cobb at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068 or visit them online at www.marlowstavern.com.

 

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California Pizza Kitchen adds new menu items

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California Pizza Kitchen has added some new menu items that are sure to become summer favorites. Three additions to the “small plate” menu include three new flatbreads that are the Bianco (whipped truffle cream, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella and sage); the Shaved Mushroom and Spinach (Cremini mushrooms, sautéed spinach, and olive oil with romano and parmesan); and the Spicy Fennel Sausage and Poblano (sausage, mozzarella, roasted chiles, Greek oregano and spicy marinara). Nothing tastes like summer like CPK’s California Fields Salad. It’s a perfect light meal for lunch or dinner on a hot day. It’s made with fresh fruit of watermelon and strawberries mixed into field greens with a house made vinaigrette, Feta and pistachios.

Visit California Pizza Kitchen in East Cobb at 4250 Roswell Rd, 30068, call them at 770-971-7950 or visit cpk.com.

 

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It’s ’2 for Tuesday’ at Red Sky!

 

Today is two for one at the bar at Red Sky!

Visit the bar on Tuesdays, buy one of any of the following food items and receive a second food item from the same list for free*!

  • Any Chicken Wing
  • Any Pizza
  • Any Calamari

Available only on Tuesdays from 7pm to close, at the bar only. Patrons must be seated at the bar to participate. The most expensive item will be charged to the bill.

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

 

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LaStrada offers casual, classic Italian

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John Lefkaditis

Going strong now at 26 years, La Strada has proven to be a staple in the East Cobb restaurant scene. Owner, John Lefkaditis, is doing something right. Lefkaditis was previously the general manager at 103 West and had been good friends with the original owner who he purchased it from 12 ½ years ago.

“Consistency is why our customers keep coming back”, said Lefkaditis. “And people come for our seafood and specials.”

Located in the unmistakable pink building off Johnson Ferry Road, the casual family Italian restaurant serves such classic Italian cuisine as Eggplant Parmigiana, Risotto Primavera and Spaghetti  Bolognese.

La Strada is located at 2930 Johnson Ferry Rd, 30062. Call them at 770-640-7008 or visit www.lastradainc.com.

 

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Food Trivia for your Fourth of July Cookout

bxp167024More than 1 in 4 – The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6.8 billion pounds – Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2010. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6 – Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was $1 billion or greater between December 2009 and November 2010. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Over 1 in 3 – The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2010. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 68 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced nationally in 2010.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Over 7 in 10 – Of the nation’s head lettuce production in 2010 that came from California. This lettuce may end up in your salad or on your burger.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

7 in 10 – The chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from Florida or California, which combined accounted for 71 percent of U.S. fresh market tomato production last year.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

2.5 Billion Pounds – Florida led the nation in watermelon production last year (750 million pounds). Other leading producers of this popular fruit included California, Georgia and Texas, each had an estimate of more than 600 million pounds.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

81 million – Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.

Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011