July 2017 Around Town 4

STK Toasts

STK in Midtown hosted a slew of thirsty journalists for a cocktail making class with Ketel One. We learned to muddle and shake a “Cucumber Stiletto.”  Here you go! Set up your bar with: 1.5 oz Ketel One Citron, .75 oz St. Germain, .75 oz lime juice, .75 oz simple syrup, 2 strips of cucumber, 6 mint leaves. Muddle mint and cucumber with lime juice and simple syrup, add citron vodka and St. Germain. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with slice of cucumber. STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development. Cheers!

A Bright Night

The 2017 Atlanta Light The Night Walk is set for Saturday, October 7th at Piedmont Park.  When you or someone you love hear the words, “You have cancer,” it’s one of the darkest moments in your life.  At Light The Night (LTN), their aim is to bring light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures.  LTN is an evening community event supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s research funding.  They bring hope in time of despair, community in place of loneliness and life-saving research and support for cancer patients and their families. LTN brings communities together to celebrate those who are fighting, honor those we have lost, and raise funds to cure blood cancers once and for all.  They are taking steps to end cancer: we Light The Night! The Goal: More Cancer Survivors.  Join Us!   Walk * Sponsor * Volunteer. LightTheNight.org or call 404.720.7841.

Perfect Pizza

Maestro pizzaiolo Luca Varuni is thrilled to announce that Varuni Napoli’s second location at Krog Street Market is open daily. Offerings will include build-your-own pizzas; a selection of artisan red and white Varuni favorites such as the Bastardo and Oro Bianco; and a Krog Street Market special – a fried pizza stuffed with fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, nduja and Pecorino Romano with a light, crispy crust and fresh, well-scattered toppings. The Virginia Highland restaurant celebrated its third anniversary. Varuni Napoli is an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria from veteran maestro pizzaiolo Luca Varuni. The eatery serves traditional southern Italian pizzas, desserts and antipasti as well as a selection of premium Italian wine, local and Italian beers and Italian-inspired cocktails. The open kitchen allows guests to become a part of the pizza-making experience and enjoy the world-renown Italian hospitality of chef Luca and his team. Varuni.us

Live Music, New Menu

City Winery, Ponce City Market’s urban winery, intimate venue, restaurant, and private event space, is serving up new dishes just off the BeltLine.  Executive Chef Don Cherry and Beverage Director Mani González have added their finishing touches to a new menu. Since day one, City Winery’s vision has been clear: provide guests with a high-end experience through an approachable culinary tour of the world’s wine regions. Those dining at The Barrel Room Restaurant at City Winery or in the venue can enjoy the farm-to-table quality without stepping foot outside of Old Fourth Ward. In addition to its revamped dinner menu, City Winery has updated its beverage offerings to reflect the warmer weather. Those looking for light, floral, and sunny drinks will love checking out what Beverage Director Mani González has whipped up. Building off of its already impressive cocktail and wine lists, this surge of springtime inspiration offers guests yet another artfully-crafted drink menu to choose from. One of the highlights from the menu roll-out includes the Blushing Bee (Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin, lemon juice, honey-lavender syrup, edible flower garnish.) Those already fans of the classic Bee’s Knees cocktail will be met with the same feeling of holding spring blossoms in their glass, all while discovering a lesser-known gin that could become a new favorite.

ATL Station Eats

A new restaurant, ALLORA will be located in TWELVE Hotel Midtown in Atlantic Station, taking over the space where LOBBY was. Celebrating the flavors of Italy, slip into ALLORA where the art of dining and drinking is rediscovered. Blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef Chris Maher offers an impressive and sometimes playful menu filled with housemade pastas, pizzas made to order, creative insalatas, small plates and more. Located in TWELVE Hotel Midtown, ALLORA welcomes guests to sit and stay awhile in an inviting environment that showcases industrial design, warm leathers and woods, and rustic touches including an expansive central bar, chef’s tables overlooking an open kitchen, comfortable booths, and a spacious, covered outdoor patio. ConcentricsRestaurants.com

NC Gourmet Get-away

The Swag is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Chef Jake Schmidt. Chef Schmidt was previously the Executive Chef of the Sammons Wing at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Schmidt will be ready to delight Swag guests when the mountaintop inn opened for its 36th season in April. Its established culinary program is known for its bountiful breakfast buffet, picnic lunches and five-course dinners. The Wednesday afternoon gourmet picnic, atop The Swag’s Gooseberry Knob, is a highly touted experience along with its very popular Sunday Brunch and Thursday night barbecue on the Dog Trot. The Swag also offers a popular Cooking School set for July 30-August 1 and November 12-14. After cooking, you can hike the Smoky Mountains (trails start outside your door), read in a lounger on the sprawling lawn or hop in the giant hot tub perched overlooking the valley. Book in to see the massage therapist on property. Chose a room that boasts a steam shower, sauna, soaking tub and private wood fireplace. TheSwag.com

A Rare Opportunity

Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Through Sept. 3, 2017
The High Museum of Art in Midtown is the exclusive East Coast venue for this sweeping exhibition featuring more than 250 works by famed pop artist Andy Warhol, including such iconic screenprint portfolios as “Marilyn Monroe” (1967), “Campbell’s Soup I” (1968), “Electric Chair” (1971), and “Mao” (1972). The comprehensive show is the largest exhibition of its kind, drawing exclusively from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation in Portland, Ore. Remarkable for their nearly exhaustive range, the Schnitzer Collections offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the breadth of Warhol’s influential graphic production over the course of four decades. From portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe—imbued with a sense of the tragic—to evocative images of the Birmingham, Ala., civil rights protests and portrayals of influential 1970s personages, Warhol’s prints speak to the American values of the prosperous post-war consumer culture and foreshadow society’s preoccupation with celebrity, fashion, politics, sensationalism and scandal.

Fashion Happens

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is set to celebrate 25 stylish years on Monday, August 28th. Considered the official kick-off to fall social season, the annual philanthropic fête founded by acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky will return to Phipps Plaza for an unforgettable evening that includes a cocktail reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring style selections from high-end designers such as Gucci, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.  The 2017 event will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina. In its history, Fashion Cares has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JeffreyFashionCares.com.