Clear your calendar for a week of Atlanta restaurant deals – Midtown Restaurant Week is slated for Saturday, August 27 through Sunday, September 4. Restaurants participating in the sixth annual event will offer a $25 or $25 three-course, prix fixe dinner menu (plus tax and tip).
Diners can visit old favorites and try someplace new. Participating restaurants include: 4th & Swift, Abattoir, Atmosphere, Briza, Cypress Street, Dolce, Ecco, Eleven, Escorpion, Goin’ Coastal, Gordon Biersch, Livingston, The Melting Pot, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Pasta da Pulcinella, Park 75, Pozole, RA Sushi, Rosa Mexicano, Serpas, Shout, South City Kitchen, Spice Market, Steel Restaurant & Lounge, Straits Restaurant, Strip, Table 1280, The Grape at Atlantic Station, the Nook and Vini Vidi Vici. Check out Midtown Restaurant Week on Facebook.
Atlanta’s top culinary talents will take their knives to pumpkin carving at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s third annual Pumpkin Carving Contest October 27. Past champions Victor Dagatan of the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead (2009) and Tony Alberto (2010) of Mabuhay Atlanta Master Art Studio will be on hand to defend their titles. The chefs will use only knives and power tools and will be part of the Fest-of-Ale, a Thursday night tradition with live music and cash bars throughout the garden in October.
Each chef will have 25 minutes to carve a giant pumpkin masterpiece and the audience will determine who wins. The carved pumpkins will be sold during a silent auction following the competition. All events are included in general Garden admission: $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-17, free for children under three and Garden members. The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE and open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (till 10 p.m. Thursdays). For information, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org or phone 404-876-5859.
On Tuesday, August 23, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhousewill celebrate its first anniversary with a celebration and charity fundraiser. Davio’s will offer complimentary signature hors d’oeuvres, a live broadcast of 790 The Zone’s “Pollack and Bell” show, silent auction and raffle items emceed by 790 The Zone’s Steak Shapiro, with proceeds benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Davio’s is located at Phipps Plaza,3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30326. 404-844-4810. www.davios.com