Welcome to Friday and an update full of gluten-free dining and shopping news. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to hear from people who not only read this update, but actually look forward to it. Let me know if you have any information to share or if you would like me to cover a certain topic in the comment section below.
Alon’s Bakery & Market creates a number of sweet treats (in a shared kitchen) that are free of gluten ingredients: chocolate chunk pecan cookies, chocolate mousse cup, chocolate louise, crème brulee, and French macaroons (raspberry, almond, chocolate, mocha, lemon, apricot lavender, black currant, caramel, and pistachio). They also stock American Gra-Frutti’s products with the cheese straws being a store favorite. Stop by the prepared foods case where there is a bounty of gluten-free products, such as goat cheese stuffed peppadew, quinoa risotto cakes with mushrooms, smoked salmon, Southern style chicken salad and much more.
Curious to learn how vodka is made? Join Dixie Vodka for a cocktail class at 18.21 Bitters in Ponce City Market from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, April 26. Aubree Magness and Kristen Koefed from the Dixie team will talk about the distilling process of their all-American made vodka crafted in Charleston, South Carolina and demonstrate how to make Dixie’s signature cocktails. Classes sell out quickly, so don’t wait to buy your ticket by calling (404) 852-7023!
Get ready for Buckhead’s new food and beverage-centric event on May 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Cook Hall – Garden Smash Festival. This first-of-its-kind festival brings together tastings from some of Buckhead’s top restaurants (Cook Hall, Seven Lamps, Davio’s Restaurant, 1Kept, Bhojanic, and Saltyard), craft cocktails and live music form Lisa Port. Tickets are available for $35 online or for $40 at the door. A portion of the ticket proceeds and all raffle proceeds will go towards The Drake House, which provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in North Fulton.
Good Karma Coffee House is continually adding new items to the menu and this week it is vegan carrot apple loaf with ‘cream cheese’ icing. I am partial to their banana bread, chai muffins, cinnamon rolls and iced lemon muffins. Vegan or not, their gluten-free baked goods are delicious and are always free of dairy and soy.
This year’s “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish” menus at Maggiano’s Little Italy run from April 21st through June 29th. Maggiano’s has been a sponsor of Make-A-Wish since 2003. Stop by the Perimeter and/or Cumberland locations to enjoy the Chilean sea bass with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and tomato aioli. Share a picture of your Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish experience on Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #EataDish4MAW, and Maggiano’s will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish. Maggiano’s is experienced at handling food allergies/intolerances, so make them known to the server before ordering.
Star Provisions bakery includes many gluten-free goodies baked in a shared environment. Choose from meringue cookies, French macaroons, brownies, and much more. While you are there, pick up some locally made jellies/jams and spreads, cheeses from around the globe, and more.
Yebo Beach Haus opens on Tuesday, April 26. The menu is still being created, but there will be various gluten-free items, including South African tacos on corn tortillas, beet and buffalo mozzarella salad and crab claws.
Have a yummy weekend!