Eat Your Heart Out During Alpharetta Restaurant Week

Feast on new eats and favorite treats during Alpharetta Restaurant Week, happening Feb. 21-27. If you are looking for savory plates from chef-driven and locally owned restaurants, then this week of dining will keep your taste buds busy. Choose from lunch and dinner options, each featuring three-course prix fixe menus that will please every foodie’s palate.

 A piece of delicious cake from Alpine Bakery and Trattoria

Save room for dessert at Alpine Bakery and Trattoria in Alpharetta.

Alpine Bakery and Trattoria ($15 lunch + $25 dinner menus): Known for its tasty bakery full of seasonal goodies, Alpine Bakery and Trattoria features a menu that is packed with Italian favorites with an Alpine flair. The Alpharetta Restaurant Week menus feature many favorites, including a chance to taste a piece of one of the restaurant’s beloved cakes.

Lunch Options:

  • Appetizer: Cup of Italian Wedding Soup, Cup of Tomato Basil Soup, Alpine House Side Salad or Alpine Caesar Side Salad
  • Entrée: Alpine Burger, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Caprese Panini or Spaghetti with Red Sauce
  • Dessert: 1/2 slice of any cake available by the slice

Dinner Options:

  • Appetizer: Mussels Marinara, Fried Calamari or Italian Rice Balls
  • Entrée Course: Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, Housemade Lasagna or Baked Ziti
  • Dessert Course: Peanut Butter Pie Bar, Key Lime Pie Bar or Rocky Road Bar
Vinny’s on Windward’s Italian Sausage Lasagna, featured on the lunch menu for Alpharetta Restaurant Week.

Vinny’s on Windward’s Italian Sausage Lasagna, featured on the lunch menu for Alpharetta Restaurant Week.

Vinny’s on Windward ($15 lunch + $25 dinner menus): Savor Italian favorites while you sip on wines from around the globe in a chic, yet easy-going atmosphere.

Lunch Options:

  • Appetizer: Tomato Ciabatta Bread Soup, Zuppa Di Pesce or Simple Arugula Salad
  • Entrée: Margherita Pizza, Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Vinny’s Italian Sausage Lasagna
  • Dessert: Biscotti Cookies: Pistachio and golden raisin and chocolate dried cherry cookies with fresh berries

Dinner Options:

  • Appetizer: Zuppa Di Pesce, Simple Arugula Salad or Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari
  • Entrée: Chicken Scallopine, P.E.I. Mussels or Veal Meatball Gnocchi
  • Dessert: Biscotti Cookies or Bistro Vg’s “Killer” Tiramisu
Enjoy a meal at South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta

Enjoy a meal at South Main Kitchen in Alpharetta

South Main Kitchen ($15 lunch + $25 dinner menus): Located in the heart of downtown Alpharetta, South Main Kitchen offers Alpharetta a fresh and unique kitchen-inspired dining experience. With each dish carefully prepared and inspected by Chef Christy Stone before leaving the kitchen, diners can expect a delectable dining experience that is hard to duplicate. Sip premium cocktails while sitting on the patio, where local musicians perform most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Lunch Options:

  • Appetizer: Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad, Smoked Cauliflower Soup, Pecorino Cheese, Pumpkin Seed or South Main Garden Salad
  • Entrée: Brisket Chili, South Main Club or Brisket Tacos
  • Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake, Spiced Pear Hand Pie, Cheesecake or Sticky Sorghum Pudding

Dinner Options:

  • Appetizer: Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad, South Main Garden Salad or Smoked Cauliflower Soup
  • Entrée: Brisket Roast, Springer Mountain Chicken or Salmon
  • Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake, Spiced Pear Hand Pie, Cheesecake or Sticky Sorghum Pudding
MADE Kitchen and Cocktails, Alpharetta

MADE Kitchen and Cocktails is decorated with repurposed cotton mill beams, oiled, steel hanging lamps and reclaimed shutters from the Jim Beam distiller.

MADE Kitchen and Cocktails ($25 dinner menu): Taste your way through Spain with uniquely crafted tapas. Sip on a flawless cocktail that blends world ingredients with seasonal and local resources. Try a glass of wine that is sure to please every wine enthusiast.

Dinner:

  • Appetizer: Rocket salad, Wood-grilled artichokes or Spanish chorizo
  • Entrée: Grilled skirt steak with twice fried fingerling potatoes, Braised pork cheeks or Springer Mountain Chicken
  • Dessert: Shattered Chocolate Bar, Six Month Manchego Cheese or Housemade Bread Pudding
Pure-Taqueria-Alpharetta

Cocktails and guacamole at PURE Taqueria in Alpharetta

Other awesome menus featured for Alpharetta Restaurant Week:

For a full list of restaurants featured during Alpharetta Restaurant Week, along with a listing of all of Alpharetta’s 175+ dining options, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.

CaitlynFlorida native turned Georgian, Caitlyn Blizzard is the Director of Communications at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and loves advocating all things fun and unique in Awesome Alpharetta. She enjoys exploring metro Atlanta attractions and restaurants and spending time outside with her miniature schnauzer, Winstyn.

Unwrap the Holiday Magic in Alpharetta

‘Tis the season for tree lightings, mistletoe, tacky sweaters and Santa photos. With numerous holiday events, there’s never been a better time to visit Alpharetta. Stop in and tell Santa what’s on your Christmas list after snapping a photo with him at one of the many photo opportunities around the city. Lace up a pair of ice skates and take a twirl at the ice skating rink at The Cooler or at Avalon. After you’ve worked up an appetite, choose from more than 175 dining options. Or, if shopping is more your style, drop into a few of Alpharetta’s 250 retail shops located in five shopping distinct districts for one-of-a-kind finds.

ice skating at Avalon

Go ice skating at Avalon through Jan. 24, 2016

Ice Skating at Avalon: Lace up your skates and glide on ice at Avalon’s Rockefeller-inspired skating rink through January 24.

Ice Skating at The Cooler: Enjoy public ice skating in the indoor rink. Dates, times and prices vary. Click here for updated information.

Visit with Santa this holiday season in Alpharetta

Visit with Santa this holiday season in Alpharetta

Santa Sightings in Alpharetta: Santa Claus is making his list and checking it twice in Alpharetta. He is making his rounds at some of your favorite attractions. To see a complete list and to get times, click here.

Take a holiday cooking class in Alpharetta

Take a holiday cooking class in Alpharetta

Holiday Themed Cooking ClassesGather friends and family and learn how to make special holiday cookies, desserts and traditional meals. You’ll surely be baking like a pro this season!

  • Girls Night out: Cookie Swap at Sur la Table at North Point Mall – December 15
  • European Christmas Vacation at Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Market Avalon – December 18
  • Incr-Edible Holiday Cookies at Publix Apron’s Cooking School – December 23

For more information on Alpharetta’s three cooking schools, including the only Publix Apron’s Cooking School in Georgia, click here.

Smokejack BBQ in Alpharetta

Smokejack BBQ in Alpharetta

Shopping and Dining in Alpharetta – Whether you crave traditional or unique dishes, there’s an Alpharetta restaurant for you. Walk the downtown area and visit local favorites such as Smokejack BBQ, South Main Kitchen and MADE Kitchen and Cocktails, or head over to Avalon to have a taste of Chef Michael Perez’s novel interpretations of Italian food at the one and only Colletta. For more of a dainty bite accompanied by your favorite doll, make a reservation for tea at the American Girl Boutique and Bistro in North Point Mall.

shopping in Alpharetta

Find gifts for everyone on your list in Alpharetta

Fashionistas love visiting Alpharetta’s five shopping districts. Stop at a variety of locally owned boutiques like Sis and Moon’s and La Bella Maison in downtown Alpharetta or make a day of it and hit all your favorite stores like Fab’rik, West Elm and American Threads at Avalon. Then, drop in at North Point Mall to visit all your favorite, well-known stores like Von Maur, Macy’s and Michael Kors. Visit Dress Up Boutique along Windward Parkway to browse trendy outfits and accessories. Last but not least, head to the North on Main district for upscale consignment including high-end finds from Designer Consigner.

Alpharetta is an awesome place to experience the holidays. But, don’t take our word for it – come experience it for yourself! Enter to win the Ultimate Shopping and Dining Giveaway in Alpharetta that is packed with shopping and dining certificates worth over $2,000!

Make your plans now and begin unwrapping the holiday magic in Alpharetta. Visit www.awesomealpharetta.com for a complete list of Alpharetta hotels and rates as well as a comprehensive list of things to do.

CaitlynFlorida native turned Georgian, Caitlyn Blizzard is the Director of Communications at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and loves advocating all things fun and unique in Awesome Alpharetta. She enjoys exploring metro Atlanta attractions and restaurants and spending time outside with her miniature schnauzer, Winstyn.

 

Guide to Alpharetta Restaurant Week

Perhaps you have heard of the Southeast’s new culinary hot spot known as Alpharetta, Georgia. Yes, it is true- Alpharetta is the place to go if you are looking for the ultimate chef-driven or locally owned dining experience. It has over 175 dining options just within the city limits and there are new restaurants by well-known chefs and local restauranteurs popping up all around town.

Every year, Flavors Magazine hosts an Alpharetta Restaurant Week to highlight the city’s foodie scene. This year the event runs from February 21-28 and features over 10 trendy eateries so epicureans can try out new spots and revisit old favorites that are serving cheap eats.

Menu prices this year are set at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner and like other restaurant weeks, the prix fixe menus offer a variety of options that chefs are excited to show off. With so many tasty choices, it will be hard to choose. We’ve highlighted five restaurants to give you an idea of what to expect.

Alpine Bakery and Trattoria– $25 dinner menu

Serving Italian favorites, but best known for its bakery filled with the award-winning Red Velvet Cake and delectable seasonal treats. I have even known Floridians who make the six hour drive to Alpharetta every year around the holidays just to pick up a Yule Log.

What’s on the Menu (choose one from each course):

  • Course 1 (Appetizer) Choices: Calamari OR Mozzarella Sticks OR Rice Balls with Italian Sausage
  • Course 2 (Entrée) Choices: Parmigiana (Chicken or Eggplant) with Angel hair Pasta OR

House-made Lasagna OR Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

  • Course 3 (Dessert) Choices: Peanut Butter Bar OR Key Lime Bar OR Rocky Road Bar
Bantam + Biddy’s Quarter Rotisserie Chicken with piri piri, pickled beets and goat cheese, broccoli and faro salad with Vidalia onion dressing

Bantam + Biddy’s Quarter Rotisserie Chicken with piri piri, pickled beets and goat cheese, broccoli and faro salad with Vidalia onion dressing

Bantam + Biddy- $15 lunch menu

Bantam + Biddy has been serving Atlantans with a casual family-friendly dining experience since 2012. The eatery, which prides itself with serving regional, all-natural and pastured poultry, has been in Alpharetta since the opening of Avalon in October 2014. Executive Chef and Co-owner, Shaun Doty, has a passion for creating simply prepared contemporary fare and his extensive culinary experience is the driving force behind this casually creative eatery.

What’s on the Menu (choose one from each course):

  • Course 1 (Appetizer) Choices: Pimento Cheese OR Chopped Pastured Chicken Liver OR Jb Farm Deviled Eggs
  • Course 2 (Entrée) Choices: Chicken with two Sides OR Meatloaf with two Sides OR Pork Schnitzel with one side
  • Course 3 (Dessert) Choices: Dessert of your choice
The MADE Kitchen and Cocktails bar

The MADE Kitchen and Cocktails bar

MADE Kitchen and Cocktails- $15 lunch menu and a $25 dinner menu

Chic and comfortable, MADE Kitchen and Cocktails has been on every Alpharetta foodie’s radar since the restaurant concept was announced by local restauranteur, Chris Sedgwick. The menu features savory Spanish-inspired tapas with a “Made” twist. The bocadillos, or Spanish sandwiches, accompany the menu along with craft cocktails, wines and beer.

What’s on the Lunch Menu (choose one from each course):

  • Course 1 (Appetizer) Choices: Made Salad (mixed greens, radish, manchego, sherry vinaigrette) OR Stewed Lentils with house- made chorizo
  • Course 2 (Entrée) Choices: Braised Short Rib Croquettes with romesco OR Pei Mussels with saffron, garlic, white wine and grilled bread
  • Course 3 (Dessert) Choices: Seasonal Tapas Tart with vanilla-mascarpone ice cream OR a Shattered Chocolate Bar with Marcona almonds and candied orange peels

What’s on the Dinner Menu (choose one from each course):

  • Course 1 (Appetizer) Choices: Coal Roasted Beets with goat cheese and mint and sherry vinaigrette OR Boquerones with anchovies, parsley, garlic and olive oil OR Pimientos Asados with blistered shishito peppers and sea salt
  • Course 2 (Entrée) Choices: Crispy Duck Leg with pear mustarda and raddichio OR Camarones a la Plancha with prawns and lemon-butter OR Grilled Skirt steak with twice fried fingerling potatoes and chimichurri
  • Course 3 (Dessert) Choices: Seasonal Tapas Tart with vanilla-mascarpone ice cream OR Manchego Cheese with apple-bourbon butter OR a Shattered Chocolate Bar with marcona almonds and candied orange peels
Ray's at Killer Creek

Ray’s at Killer Creek

Ray’s at Killer Creek- $25 Dinner Menu

Ray’s at Killer Creek features a coastal inspired casual dining experience that is complete with fresh seafood and hospitable staff.

What’s on the Menu (choose one from each course):

  • Course 1 (Appetizer) Choices: Field Green Salad with sundried cranberries, candied pecans and Maytag blue cheese OR Caesar salad with herb croutons and shaved pecorino OR Cup of crab bisque soup laced with sherry and chive crema
  • Course 2 (Entrée) Choices: Cedar Plank Salmon with grilled asparagus, whipped potatoes and Chile-blue crab butter OR Grilled Beef Brochettes with Moroccan cous cous, wild mushroom jus and warm arugula OR Pan Roasted Airline Chicken breast with lemon gnocchi, sugar snaps and baby carrots
  • Course 3 (Dessert) Choices: Chocolate Mousse Cake with a raspberry purée and fresh berries OR Crème brûlée with seasonal fruit compote and fresh whipped cream
Miss Emily’s Chicken Salad from Mittie’s Tea Room

Miss Emily’s Chicken Salad from Mittie’s Tea Room

Mittie’s Tea Room Café- $15 lunch Menu

Set in an adorable tea room atmosphere, Mittie’s serves traditional “tea time” menu options such as scones, sandwiches and salads. The chicken salad croissant is perhaps the most praised sandwich with almonds, sliced grapes, and a special blend of spices served on a buttery melt-in-your-mouth croissant.

What’s on the Menu:

Course 1 (Appetizer) Choices: Soup of the Day OR Lobster Bisque and a beverage of your choice

Course 2 (Entrée) Choices: Quiche OR Crepes OR Salmon filet and a salad OR fruit

Course 3 (Dessert) Choices: Teacakes OR Scones and Chantilly Cream

Other participating restaurants include: Firefly Kitchen & Bar, Haiku, La Casa Italian Grill, PURE taqueria., Sage Woodfire Tavern, Salt, Spice Brick Oven Kitchen and Vinny’s on Windward. For a list of all the participating restaurant menus click here. Happy dining!

CaitlynFlorida native turned Georgian, Caitlyn Blizzard is the Director of Communications at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and loves advocating all things fun and unique in Awesome Alpharetta. She enjoys exploring metro Atlanta attractions and restaurants and spending time outside with her miniature schnauzer, Winstyn.

Top FREE Things to Do in Alpharetta

1With options such as exploring the city’s parks and trails to browsing the downtown shops, you don’t have to break the budget to have an awesome time in Alpharetta, Georgia!

  1. Pack a picnic and walk the Big Creek Greenway. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, look no further than Alpharetta’s 12 foot wide paved path for biking, walking or roller blading. There are five access points to the trail and after you have conquered the Greenway, Alpharetta has 12 other trails to explore.2
  2. Attend one of Alpharetta’s countless free events. Alpharetta may be known for its new foodie game but the events in the city are what give it the hometown feel that visitors keep coming back for. The Awesome Alpharetta calendar of events stays full of festivals, races and other happenings throughout the year. Almost every event has free admission and entertainment. 
  3. Visit the Walk of Memories. The only one of its kind in Georgia, this memorial pays tribute to U.S. veterans, family and friends through a walkway of nearly 8,000 bricks inscribed with the names of Georgians who have served our country. Monuments along the walkway spotlight several conflicts, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
  4. Arboretums and parks. Alpharetta’s three arboretums at Cogburn Road Park, Webb Bridge Park and Wills Park are living museums of trees that can be used for education, research and enjoyment. 3
  5. Browse the downtown Alpharetta shops. Great for window shopping or purchasing gifts, downtown Alpharetta offers a variety of funky retailers, antique stores and art galleries that you’ll only find in Alpharetta. If you are an art lover, you will want to visit the area the last full weekend of every month from May-September for Art in the Park. Local artists set up shop along the street and create custom art pieces for browsers and shoppers to enjoy.
  6. Play Disc Golf at Wills Park. Grab friends and participate in an 18-hole course that is set up all throughout the park. The park also features baseball fields, picnic pavilions, walking trails and Wacky World playground.4
  7. Take a history walk. Alpharetta’s extensive history can be discovered by picking up a complimentary history walk brochure at the Alpharetta Welcome Center. The self-guided tour gives you details on 17 historical markers that are located throughout the downtown Alpharetta area.
  8. Geocaching in Alpharetta will help you find treasures in and around our city. Visit geocaching.com and search Alpharetta zip codes (30004, 30005, 30009, 30002) to find a complete list of all the caches around town. Plug in the coordinates into your GPS device and start hunting!

 

CaitlynFlorida native turned Georgian, Caitlyn Blizzard is the Director of Communications at the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and loves advocating all things fun and unique in Awesome Alpharetta. She enjoys exploring metro Atlanta attractions and restaurants and spending time outside with her miniature schnauzer, Winstyn.

 

Ride a Dirt Bike in Alpharetta

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Alpharetta, Ga., has plenty to choose from when looking for unique adventures, but there is one hidden gem that fills every daredevil with excitement: the expansive Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Campus. It is definitely a “must do” in Alpharetta, and having never been on a motorized bike before, it was time for me to cross “learn how to ride a dirt bike” off of my bucket list.

2The state-of-the-art MSF facility is dedicated to expanding rider education and motorcycle safety opportunities. On any given day, you’ll find street bikers taking basic training, youngsters learning how to maneuver ATVs, groups team building, families learning the elements of dirt biking or, in our case, a class of first-time riders eager to learn. After signing up for the basic rider course, I felt a zing of excitement and recruited a friend (who also had never been on a bike before) to join me.

The day started off bright and early as we suited up with protective gear and learned basic hand signals and safety precautions. All training courses include motor safety gear from head to toe, certified coaches and CRF Honda dirt bikes. After we were properly geared up, we hopped on our bikes (already personalized with our names!) to learn basic skills and rules of the road. Before we knew it, our class of 10 was doing figure eights around orange cones and standing while make turns. I couldn’t believe it!

3We continued the day doing some drills, and as each instructor gave the lesson, my classmates and I would look at each other with wide eyes as we tried to picture ourselves completing the tasks. The instructors would ensure us that we could do it and were enthusiastic and patient with us as we took the time to learn the drill. The instructors were phenomenal. They were patient and motivational as we weaved around the cones and tried our newly learned skills. After each round, we were greeted with high fives and congratulations. Needless to say, after about 20 drills, we were exhausted and ready to head home to relax. It was a fun-filled day, and we can’t wait to try another class at the campus.

Tips for your first day:

  • Stay hydrated. The staff has a cooler filled with bottled water for you to have throughout the day. Make sure to use it.
  • Eat breakfast before gearing up. You need a lot of energy.
  • Be patient with yourself. Jumping on a bike for the first time isn’t easy. It sometimes took me longer to learn the skills than my classmates. I would get frustrated with myself at times, but I kept trying and eventually got the hang of things.
  • Bring snacks and pack a lunch. You have a few breaks throughout the day and an hour for lunch. We packed our lunches, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby, so a quick outing to grab a bite would work, too.
  • Don’t plan to head to the gym afterward. Pushing a 250-pound bike around and sweating under all that gear can wear you out. Plan to relax after your lesson (maybe even plan a trip to an Alpharetta spa).
  • Have fun and enjoy the ride!

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation campus is located within the American Honda Complex at 1450 Morrison Parkway. For more information about the classes offered or the campus, visit www.offroad-training.org. For more information on where to find adventure and accommodations in Alpharetta, Ga., visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Caitlyn BlizzardFlorida native turned Georgian, Caitlyn Blizzard graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Communication Arts.  She is the communications manager with the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau and loves advocating all the fun and unique things to do in awesome Alpharetta. She enjoys exploring metro Atlanta attractions and restaurants and spending time with her miniature schnauzer, Winstyn.