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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)

Learning and Teaching: A lesson from Rev. Tom Pumphrey

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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 (NRSV)

A disciple is one who learns from and follows a master. We are disciples of Jesus Christ, and the church is a place where we learn from each other to grow as Jesus’ disciples. We start with the Apostle’s teaching found in Holy Scripture, studying the Bible to hear the voice of the living God and learn more about the Christian life. And we learn the wisdom of those Christians who have come before us, who have read and prayed and learned, passing down the teachings of the church from the Apostles and Jesus himself.

So how are you learning? We can learn by reading the Bible, but even more so when we read the Bible with other Christians who are also listening for God and seeking a closer relationship with him. There are several Bible Studies that offer this opportunity. We learn in Sunday School (for all ages), or in evening programs like the one we had this past Lent. We learn through the liturgy ofSunday morning worship. We also learn in mentoring relationships, where a cancer survivor speaks with someone who was just diagnosed, or an empty nester befriends a new dad. One person can invite another to serve breakfast at MUST Ministries and in so doing teach by example serving Christ in the world. Mentors learn in the process too, for both are seeking God’s guidance and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

How are you learning as a disciple of Jesus Christ? How are you teaching the Christian faith and life to others? This is a key part of the process of discipleship. As you do, God is present and active, changing lives of those who learn, and those who teach. God bless you always!
(Reprinted from the newsletter of Rev. Tom Pumphrey, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in East Cobb.) 

 

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High Road Craft Ice Cream opening in Marietta

After four years at its original location in Chamblee, East Cobb-owned High Road Craft Ice Cream is opening a new factory and visitor’s center in Marietta. The visitor’s center, named the High Road Corner Store, will feature a large glass window through which guests can get a prime view of the factory floor, and will hold tastings of the company’s ice cream and sorbet. A VIP grand opening at the facility is set for Saturday, September 20.

(Source: Eater Atlanta)

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It’s FREE Iced Tea day at la Madeleine

On August 28th, get a jump start on your holiday weekend with a FREE iced tea at la Madeleine!

Take a break, bring your friends, and clink free glasses of their freshly brewed traditional or mango breeze iced teas. It’s the perfect way to say au revoir to summer. Visit la Madeleine at 4101 Roswell Road in East Cobb.

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Nibble & Noshfest is this weekend! Experience the Taste of Jewish Food and Fun!

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Temple Kol Emeth wants to celebrate the end of summer with all of their East Cobb friends, so we’re throwing a party Labor Day weekend: the Fifth Annual Nibble & Noshfest. The non-stop fun runs August 31 and September 1 in the parking lot of Temple Kol Emeth.

  • It’s a children’s fair. We’ll have inflatables, games, and face painting to keep the kids happy for hours!
  • It’s a music festival. We’ll have entertainers galore from those who are young and those who are young at heart!
  • It’s a crafts show. If you are looking for that perfect gift or something for yourself, our vendors will be selling something you can treasure. Lots of your local favorites will be on hand selling jewelry, art, photography, and much more.
  • It’s a religious education. Nibble & Noshfest is your chance to learn everything you always wanted to know about Judaism in East Cobb, but were afraid to ask. Take tours of our sanctuary and learn the mystical meaning of the architecture. Rabbi Steven Lebow and Rabbi Erin Box will be on hand much of the time to offer insights into our beliefs, our congregation, and our place in the  community. Outside, you’ll find booths with information about Temple Kol Emeth and other wonderful community organizations.
  • It’s a night of Desserts, Drinks, and Drama. Nibble & Noshfest is too exciting to be limited to the daylight, so we’ll kickoff the weekend on Saturday, August 30 with an evening of mystery theatre featuring the Laughing Matters Improv Troupe. It’s the classic case of “Who Dun It?”

Noshfest style! The event begins at 8:00pm and tickets are available on www.noshfest.com. Of course, best of all, Nibble & Noshfest is about the nibbling and the noshing—that is, the food. Imagine Taste of East Cobb with a bit of a Jewish/ethnic flair, and you’ll get the picture. More than a dozen great eateries will offer food in sample-size portions for $1 to $4 each.

Nibble & Noshfest runs from 11am to 7pm on Sunday, August 31. The fun continues from 11am to 4pm on Monday, September 1. Admission is two canned goods that will be donated to Must Ministries Feed the Hungry Program. Have a nosh and share a nosh, what a great combination!

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Temple Kol Emeth is located at 1415 Old Canton Road in Marietta/East Cobb 30062 at the intersection of Old Canton and Sewell Mill Road. For more information about Nibble & Noshfest, please visit the festival website at www.noshfest.com.

Feel Right at Home at Chicken Salad Chick

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With its meager beginnings in the family kitchen, East Cobb’s new Chicken Salad Chick maintains that homespun atmosphere of entering someone’s dining room. Local Marietta landmarks grace the walls, and friendly faces greet you with a “come sit a while” manner. Franchise owner and operator of the East Cobb location, Kay Lynne Mitchell is the aunt of the original Chicken Salad Chick, Stacy  Brown.

In 2007 Stacy set out on a quest in Auburn, Alabama, to achieve two goals: to discover the ultimate chicken salad recipe and to support her family in doing so. Her neighbors served as taste testers until she developed the perfect recipe. Stacy quickly became  known as the Chicken Salad Chick as she delivered her food in a basket door-to-door in the Auburn community. The company logo today is a whimsy representation from this stage of the business. To diversify, she added other recipes such as Fruity Fran and Jazzy Julie (named after family and friends) to her menu.

A call from the local health department instructing Stacy that she could not operate a business out of her kitchen put a brief stop to the enterprise. Stacy then formed a partnership with her businesssavvy, current husband, Kevin Brown. They opened the doors together of the first Chicken Salad Chick. Armed with 40 lbs. of chicken salad to sell, they were sold out by 1:00 that day. The couple ultimately opened two restaurants in the Auburn area, which they ran for the next few years.

With a push from customers, the two entrepreneurs decided to franchise the concept and were immediately flooded by franchise requests. To date, they have sold 85 franchises in the Southeast. Twenty of those locations are currently open with the rest to follow in a scheduled development plan.

One of the restaurants recently opened in Providence Square shopping center off Roswell Rd. in March 2014. Stacy’s mother and two aunts own and operate the East Cobb location, with Kay Lynne on the premises most days. These women are also namesakes of three flavors on the menu — Nutty Nana (Cheryl Melton), Kickin’ Kay Lynne (Kay Lynne Mitchell) and Classic Carol (Carol Schrader). Although Kay Lynne had lived and raised her children in East Cobb, she researched the entire Atlanta perimeter looking for the perfect spot for their restaurant.

“My search proved that the best location in all of Atlanta was right here in East Cobb,” says Kay Lynne. “From the first day, we have been packed. The community has been so welcoming to us, and customers feel like family already.”

Chicken Salad Chick is now serving its 15 different chicken salads, along with homemade side items, gourmet soups and freshly baked cookies, Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The business philosophy is God first, family second and business third, which allows employees to spend evenings, Sundays and all holidays with their families.

For more information, visit www.chickensaladchick.com, or better yet, visit the restaurant at 4101 Roswell Rd., Suite 811, to find out which chicken salad recipe is your favorite.
(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the August issue of EAST COBBER Magazine.)

Mellow Mushroom Revives 1974 Menu with Original Prices – Including $2.50 Stone-Baked Pizza Pies

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will bring back selections from its original 1974 menu on August 20th in a “Way Back Wednesday” celebration to mark the brand’s 40th anniversary.

Each of Mellow Mushroom’s locations nationwide will be offering a small cheese pizza, Coke products and select beers at their 1974 prices to mark nearly half a century since the first Mellow opened on Spring Street in Atlanta. The menu selections will be 30 cents for Coke products, 75 cents for Michelob, Budweiser or PBR and $2.50 for a small cheese pizza.

Mellow Mushroom will also be hosting a contest for customers to win a trip to Amsterdam for two. Customers will be able to pose, in-store, with a backdrop of the first Mellow Mushroom location and post it to Instagram with #40YearsBaked to enter. Those without an Instagram account can upload their images to www.40yearsbaked.com

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has come a long way from its humble roots, born out of a single pizza shop in Atlanta during the freewheeling hippie culture of 1974. The founders had a simple dream: to make the most delicious, craveable slice of pizza on the planet.

Mellow Mushroom has recently expanded to more than 170 locations in 18 states, while retaining its mission of serving unparalleled pizza and cold craft beer in an unforgettable environment. Each Mellow Mushroom location is a unique, one of a kind design, with the same core menu. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is opening new restaurants throughout the country, including recent and upcoming launches in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, Orlando and Miami.

The core of Mellow Mushroom’s menu is its handcrafted, stone-baked pizza made with wheat flour and Appalachian spring water-based mellow dough; tomato sauce made from vine-ripened, hand-selected tomatoes picked within hours of harvest; and part-skim aged mozzarella with no preservatives.

 

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Aurelio’s Pizza Celebrates 55th Anniversary: Get two medium pizzas with one topping each for just $19.59

 

Aurelio’s Pizza, the well-loved, iconic family pizzeria chain synonymous with Chicago-style thin crust pizza with that signature sauce is celebrating its 55th anniversary August 20, 2014. To mark the occasion, all Aurelio’s locations (except Homewood) will offer two medium pizzas with one topping each for just $19.59.
 
What began as the pride and joy of Joseph A. Aurelio, Jr. who decided to give it a go as a restaurateur at the age of 26 in 1959 with a small four-top restaurant on Ridge Road in Homewood, IL is today 41 stores strong across six states and growing.
 
With its legendary “old oven” dating back to 1959 in its Homewood location, Aurelio’s is the oldest Chicago pizza chain and was one of the pioneers in the concept of the family pizzeria in the United States. Aurelio’s helped to launch pizza into the American lexicon and has since become one of Chicagoland’s true claims to fame. In fact, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Lynch recently had Aurelio’s pizza flown in for her private birthday party.
 
“This marks a big year for us,” said Joe Aurelio, president and CEO, Aurelio’s Pizza. “We have a lot to celebrate. We‘ve been working hard to take Aurelio’s Pizza to the next level for the past several years. And, it’s happening. We are launching an exciting new App. This year, we’ll experience a 10% growth in our number of locations. And, we have some new markets including Peoria, IL and Fishers, IN. The most exciting news is we’ve started construction on our Downtown Chicago location at 1212 S. Michigan Avenue.”

Visit Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.

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Uncle Maddio’s Anniversary Celebration is Saturday!

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Celebrate with Uncle Maddio’s this Saturday, August 16, from 11am-8pm. Enjoy pizza and drink specials, a bounce house for the kids, live music with Samantha Stroh and more!

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is located in East Cobb at 4101 Roswell Road.

 

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