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Ray’s on the River Announces Dates for Riverside Jazz Concert Series to Benefit Local Charities

Ray’s on the River Announces Dates for Riverside Jazz Concert Series to Benefit Local Charities

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Beginning in May, Ray’s on the River will host an intimate, three-part jazz concert series to benefit local charities. The concerts will be held at Ray’s on the River’s manicured Event Lawn that overlooks the Chattahoochee River.

“We’re really excited to host such renowned jazz musicians and to be able to partner with such worthy causes,” said Mike Ross, director of operations for Ray’s Restaurants. “As an Atlanta restaurant group, we feel we have a great responsibility to give back to our local community. The Chattahoochee River is the perfect setting to enjoy an afternoon of live music and great food with friends and family.”

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."

Spice Market Announces “Artful Thursdays” and “Après Art” Packages

Spice Market Announces “Artful Thursdays” and “Après Art” Packages

Spice Market, located inside the W Atlanta-Midtown, is rolling out two new promotions with the High Museum of Art in Midtown beginning the week of April 16 in order to encourage guests to support the arts and to offer a convenient and free parking option for museum-goers.

The restaurant’s Artful Thursdays will take place every Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m. and includes the following:

·         Complimentary valet at the W Atlanta-Midtown (guests most present their High Museum ticket and their Spice Market receipt upon leaving to receive valet services free of charge)

·         Half-priced tickets to the High Museum of Art, which can be purchased at the Museum. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Ted's Montana Grill gluten-free menu wins award

Ted's Montana Grill gluten-free menu wins award

ATLANTA -- Ted's Montana Grill has been named the Best Gluten-Free Restaurant Chain in the 2012 About.com Gluten-Free Readers' Choice Awards.

The restaurant chain, which was founded by Atlanta media mogul Ted Turner, began offering a gluten-free menu in 2005.

"Although we're known for our bison specialties, we try to feature options for many types of dietary needs," Chris Raucci, corporate chef for Ted's Montana Grill, said in a statement. "We're proud to be recognized for our gluten-free choices and plan to continue enhancing our gluten-free menu to offer new products."

Visit www.tedsmontanagrill.com to see the complete menu.

What's Cookin' in Atlanta Metro

What's Cookin' in Atlanta Metro

Atlanta, Ga. - From home-grown Southern meals to prix fixe deals, Atlanta Metro's nationally-known events, world-class restaurants and farmers markets blend to create a culinary fusion that is sure to keep the summer spicy!   

Taste buds will be tantalized as more than 85 restaurants combine in celebration of their best dishes at the 19th Annual Taste of Marietta.  Hosted on Sun., April 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the historic Marietta Square will come alive with a family-friendly food festival including culinary demonstrations, a children's area, a car show and live outdoor entertainment featuring "Banks & Shane."  A highlight to this year's event, visitors may stroll through "Food Truck Alley" showcasing the ever-popular gourmet food trucks. www.tasteofmarietta.com

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

Twelve Georgia Chefs Will Compete at the 35th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival

Twelve Georgia Chefs Will Compete at the 35th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival

Twelve Georgia chefs will soon reveal new layers of their own talent as well as the versatility of the famous Vidalia® onion. Local chefs included come from restaurants such as Spice Market, the Chicken & The Egg, The Ritz-Carlton, Food 101, Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar, and more.

The inaugural Golden Onion professional cooking competition will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Vidalia, Ga., as the official kick-off to the 35th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival. This new professional cooking competition showcases the Vidalia® onion, Georgia’s official state vegetable, and also offers a new platform for chefs across Georgia to display their skills and creativity.