Westside Market is quickly becoming the best design collective on Atlanta’s Westside. With the addition of their exceptional art collection, the store now hosts monthly Art Strolls every third Thursday. Stop by their next one tonight February 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. for light bites, wine and a chance to win an original piece from a local artist. Guests have an opportunity to peruse the scads of art while enjoying live artist demonstrations, entertainment, door prizes, light bites and vino. They also have a chance to speak directly with the artists about their inspiration or about commissioning artwork.
CACAO Atlanta is hosting the next installment of Slow Food Atlanta’s Slow Food for Thought is Sunday, February 21. Furthering Slow Food’s mission to celebrate Good, Clean and Fair food for all in our community, the event invites Atlantans to learn more about “bean-to-bar” chocolate, the science and history of chocolate and the steps CACAO takes to ensure sustainable practices are used in every part of the chocolate-making process. Members can join for $5 apiece and nonmembers may join for $35 apiece, or may register as members ahead of time to lock in the member price. Tickets may be purchased here. The event will take place at CACAO Atlanta’s facility at 202 Permalume Place, NW Atlanta, GA, 30318.
Portofino: Kicking off on Sunday, February 21, Buckhead’s Italian-American gem, Portofino, will continue its popular wine tasting series in 2016. Every third Sunday of the month, Portofino invites guests to gather in the restaurant’s private wine cellar for a private tasting and lesson led by wine expert Michael Gallant. Each tasting will focus on a different theme, ranging from sparkling wines, rosés and Rhone varietals, and will feature 12 carefully selected wines presented in four flights. Executive chef Matt Marcus will provide light appetizers, expertly paired with each flight. Portofino’s wine tastings range from $35 to $55, including tax and gratuity, and begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Stem Wine Bar: The team at Seed Kitchen & Bar is excited to host a beer dinner at Stem Wine Bar on Monday, February 29, featuring brews from Orpheus Brewing. Chef/owner Doug Turbush’s incredible five-course menu pairs perfectly with Orpheus beers selected by general manager Chris McNeill and beverage manager David Peek. Orpheus brewmaster Jason Pellett will discuss the beer selections used. The prix fixe menu includes choice options such as jumbo scallop carpaccio, butternut squash puree, bacon-wrapped Cheshire Farm’s pork tenderloin, roasted local baby carrot and chocolate flourless cake. Accompanying the dishes, a fine selection of beer including Arktos Mythological Sour, Lyric Ale, Life.Death.Life.Truth IPA, The Rites IPA and The Ferryman Imperial Stout will also be served. The beer dinner is from 6:30–9:30 p.m. and is $79 per person. Advance ticket sales only.
National Margarita Day is coming up on Monday, February 22. Celebrate with one of these ATL margarita meccas!
- Alma Cocina: Downtown’s premier upscale Mexican restaurant also has one of the best margarita selections in town. Plus, Alma hand-selects its own exclusive Herradura Reposado tequila blend, so you won’t find these concoctions anywhere else. On National Margarita day, take your pick and sip on one (or three) from this selection: El Clasico– 100 percent blue agave tequila and fresh citrus juices; served on the rocks or frozen, Just Wear Black– Antiquo blanco tequila, agave syrup, hand-squeezed lime juice, Amatitan– custom-barreled Herradura “double reposado” tequila, orange Curacao, hand-squeezed citrus juices, Naranjarita– Antiguo reposado tequila, blood orange infusion, orange brandy, hand-squeezed citrus juices, or Rosemary’s Baby– rosemary and black pepper infused Milagro Blanco, Jarrito’s guava, lemon agave, jalapeno
- The Original El Taco: This spirited neighborhood taco joint boasts a lively atmosphere, cool cocktail selection and unique Mexican menu with a Tex-Mex twist. And multiple marg selections, of course! Enjoy a queso royale trio on National Margarita Day and wash it down with one of these: Original Casa Margarita– frozen or on the rocks, Texas Margarita– Lunazul Reposado, Orangeville, sour, Key West margarita– Antiguo Reposado, Orangeville, key lime, Skinny Margarita– Antiguo blanck, lime, agave, La Rosalita– El Jimador Repo, lime, grapefruit, agave, Reales Margarita– Partida Blanco, Orangeville, agave, lime, house sour.
No Mas! Cantina: You’d be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate everyone’s favorite tequila cocktail than No Mas! Cantina in Castleberry Hill. Two fun options for the day include: The Classic Santos Margarita made with 1800 silver tequila, fresh-squeeze lime juices and orange liqueur, plus it comes with a handmade Mexican bracelet – $11; For a sassy, spicy option, (and special for National Margarita Day) No Mas! Cantina is pouring a Mango Habanero Margarita made with Don Julio Silver, fresh mango puree, lime juice and a splash of habanero for some kick, plus a chili-lime salted rim – $11.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is celebrating all week long (starting today through February 25) with 22-ounce Big House Margaritas (1800 tequila, Agavero and sour mix) for $10 and 22-ounce Grandma’s House Margaritas (1800 tequila, Agavero, sour mix and a hefty floater of Grand Marnier) for $12. These two featured margaritas are served in commemorative maroon cups that guests can keep and are available for a whole week surrounding National Margarita Day (while cup supplies last).
HOBNOB in Midtown will have $10 Don Julio Blanco margaritas available all day on February 22. Guests can also take home swag from Don Julio representatives to keep the party going all night long.