December 2017 Around Town 2

Gluten-free Forever

Mediterranea is Atlanta’s first full-service, gluten-free restaurant and bakery. Their vegetable-forward menu features healthy greens, fresh vegetables, whole grains, herbs, nuts, seafood and poultry. Find grain bowls, shared plates like baked feta in red sauce, entrees like pan-seared scallops, pan-roasted branzino, shrimp and polenta, herb-roasted chicken and involtini. Mediterranea’s wine list draws largely from wineries with vineyard practices that are organic and sustainable, including steel or concrete-aged wine from vintners that do not use wheat paste when sealing barrel heads. The bar program also includes classic cocktails and Italian liqueurs. The restaurant is located in a historic streetcar stop from the early 1900s and features a beautiful rooftop patio adjacent to Atlanta’s Ormond-Grant Park.

Filming for Good

Brave & Passionate is an online documentary series being filmed in the Atlanta area. It tells inspiring stories of talented people who went after their passion and turned it into a business that helps other people and solves problems. The producers of the series want to change the world one episode at a time by helping people find their inspiration and believe stronger in their talents and abilities. There are just too many amazing individuals in this world that nobody even knows about, but their stories deserve to be heard. The production team is giving an opportunity for anyone to be an executive producer and influence the creative process of the show by supporting the show on monthly basis. Starting at just $2 a month, you could be helping inspire people all around the globe. Go to and be part of the show!

Women Open Resto

Rose + Rye, the restaurant and bar housed in Midtown Atlanta’s historic mansion The Castle (87 15th Street NE), is now open for dinner. The restaurant serves refined American fare with a global reach, and both the food and drink menu are rooted in the season and will change often.The first floor of the space is “The Grotto,” a bar with a dramatic floor-to-ceiling rock wall. Stairs leading up to the second floor reveal an open kitchen, chandeliers, and floors restored from original materials, where a larger bar area is separated from the dining room. On the third level, Rose + Rye’s private event space features three private dining rooms, as well as a second outdoor patio with unparalleled views overlooking Midtown Atlanta. Rose + Rye is led by an all-female culinary and management team, including Executive Chef Lindsay Owens, General Manager Jessica Schilling, and Pastry Chef Charity Everett. 

Wine Honored

City Winery Atlanta is pleased to announce that its Vin du Glacier, Gone with the Vin, has been awarded ‘Best Georgia Grown Wine’ and ‘Best Dessert Wine’ at the Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. The event recognizes exceptional Georgia-produced wines from winemakers across the state. Wines composed of Georgia-grown grapes, and/or are processed in-state are eligible for the annual competition. Made with Vidal Blanc grapes grown in Dahlonega, Georgia’s Three Sisters Vineyards, the winning wine’s grapes were cryogenically frozen to produce a more concentrated, sweeter juice. “City Winery is humbled by this prestigious award for our Gone with the Vin dessert wine,” says City Winery’s Chief Winemaker David Lecomte, who oversees winemaking at all locations. “When excellence in Georgia wine growing meets an exemplary facility in the heart of Atlanta, anything’s possible. This wine is the result of a great relationship between City Winery and its grower, and we dedicate this award to Doug Paul from Three Sisters Vineyards, who unfortunately passed away recently.” Gone with the Vin has notes of ripe apricots and walnuts, a balanced acidity and sweetness, and a warm, concentrated honey finish. Gone with the Vin pairs well with sweets such as lemon meringue and crème brulée as well as with saltier foods like cheeses and charcuterie. City Winery dishes, such as the Chai Tea Panna Cotta, also bring out the flavors of this delicious wine.

Italian at Atlantic

Celebrating the flavors of Italy, guests are invited to 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 menu filled with house-made pastas, specialty pizzas, 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. Allora is located in the Twelve Hotel Midtown at 361 17th Street NW, 404.961.7370 or visit

Art at PCM

Now open at Ponce City Market, Atlanta Gallery Collective is a pop-up gallery and cultural destination showcasing the best of Atlanta’s contemporary art scene. The space features works from ten of the city’s top art galleries taking up residence on Ponce City Market’s second floor in the Central Food Hall. The flagship exhibit is a photography show of portraits of James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs and mixologists from around the Southeast. Each was photographed in Atlanta by Erik Tanner, a Brooklyn-based, world-renowned photographer who has captured everything from the cover of TIME magazine to Japanese Vogue and subjects as far-ranging as Aziz Ansari to Radiohead. Talent featured in the exhibit at Ponce City Market include Hugh Acheson, David Bancroft, Greg Best, Sean Brock, Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Asha Gomez, Linton Hopkins, Meherwan Irani, Miles MacQuarrie, Anne Quatrano, Hector Santiago, and Steven Satterfield. Curated by local art expert and Atlanta native Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art, Atlanta Gallery Collective highlights works from ten local galleries.


Kids Only

Rhen’s Nest is excited to expand their vision to Ponce City Market with the opening of a 1,076-square-foot store located on the property’s second floor above the Central Food Hall. Visitors will be encouraged to take a moment to unplug and have fun while navigating through their curated collection to play with and choose the best-fit option for their family. Amongst the vast offerings and enjoyable environment will be a BRIO train track, a Green Toys toy chest, buildable Modarri toy cars, a 3-foot rocket ship dollhouse, and more. Beyond the interactive retail experience, Rhen’s Nest at Ponce City Market will offer their popular art classes. Designed for ages 4 and up, the one-hour, $15-a-person classes will feature themed art lessons and story time led by the store’s experienced and enthused team. Classes at the Ponce City Market location are slated to begin this month.