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Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

ATLANTA - The term "gastropub" was coined in the UK in the 90s, marrying the terms "gastronomy" and "pub" (or "publick house" for you completists). The idea was geared toward freshening traditional pub food and creating cuisine that was more adventurist and creative, but that was not unattainable.

In Atlanta, gastropubs have surfaced and crafted a niche for themselves that have attracted some of the world's elite chefs. New gastropubs are showing up with regularity across the area, but if you want to cut your teeth, here's a selection of some of Atlanta's gastropubs.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

'The Waffle Palace,' now sponsored by Waffle House, returns to Horizon Theatre

'The Waffle Palace,' now sponsored by Waffle House, returns to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- A play that made its world premiere at Horizon Theatre last May will return in 2013, this time with a very fitting sponsor.

Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee's The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365 will begin its encore production on Jan. 11.

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Waffle House, the inspiration for the play, will sponsor its second run. To celebrate the partnership, a The Waffle Palace Meets its Muse party will be held at the Waffle House Museum in Decatur on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The cast and playwrights of The Waffle Palace will be at the sponsorship party, which begins at 12 p.m. There will also be a raffle with great prizes, including show tickets and dinner at Waffle House.

A Cappella Books to hold dinner, book signing for local author

A Cappella Books to hold dinner, book signing for local author

ATLANTA -- A Cappella Books will host a tasty event for local author Marc Fitten this week.

Linton Hopkins, the award-winning chef at Buckhead's Restaurant Eugene, will prepare a special four-course dinner inspired by Fitten's latest book, Elza's Kitchen. The meal will be inspired by the luxurious foods and flavors of Hungary.

Fitten will attend the dinner to read from and sign copies of Elza's Kitchen, the second book in his Paprika Trilogy. The novel follows a successful chef and the happenings in her restaurant in post-Soviet Hungary.

The dinner and signing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $110 and includes a copy of Elza's Kitchen.

To reserve your place at the dinner, call Restaurant Eugene at 404-355-0321. The restaurant is located at 2277 Peachtree Road NE.

Atlanta Chef/Restaurateur Ford Fry Hosts Fourth Annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest

Atlanta Chef/Restaurateur Ford Fry Hosts Fourth Annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest

ATLANTA -- On Sunday, July 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., JCT. Kitchen & Bar is hosting an event to celebrate some of  the South’s best chefs, farmers and mixologists, who will join forces to benefit Georgia Organics in the fourth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.

Tickets are now on sale and cost $60 per person ($50 for Georgia Organics members). Beginning June 15, tickets will cost $70 per person. Tickets can be purchased online through Xorbia. A total of 1,400 tickets will be available for attendees. Last year’s festival raised close to $40,000 for Georgia Organics.

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Georgians for Pastured Poultry (GPP), an alliance that is promoting the use of high-welfare, pasture raised poultry in Georgia, has created Pastured Poultry Week to take place Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

As part of this annual event, Atlanta restaurants will help spread the word about the many virtues of pastured poultry – its superior taste, the natural life of the chickens, and the positive impact on both human health and the health of the environment – by serving it on their menus every day during this designated week. Additionally, chef demonstrations at local farmers markets throughout the spring and summer will educate consumers on ways to prepare pastured poultry in order to continue raising awareness.

Participating restaurants include:

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