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October 27 - It's time to start getting spooky!

Puttshack Atlanta is celebrating Halloween all weekend with live music, a costume contest, and spooktacular cocktails. 

🍫 What's your plan for Halloween? Are you giving out those miniature Hershey's Special Dark things or are you a full-size candy bar-type house? Let us know! 

We also have a profile of the iconic Nakato Restaurant, a Cheshire Bridge mainstay for 50 years; a preview of Meals on Wheels' "A Meal to Remember" fundraiser; and restaurant openings galore. 

🗳️ And, we know you're tired of people telling you to vote (although we think you should), but we are here to remind you that you can vote in the first-ever Best of Brookhaven Awards.  

The Rough Draft team
Postino's Meatballs & Goat Cheese recipe 

🧆 The Postino culinary team has a delicious meatball recipe for you to try at home. 

Recently opened in Buckhead, Postino serves up lunch and dinner (both with wine) every day of the week. The restaurant occupies the space of a former Blockbuster Video, taking advantage of nostalgia with a VHS-tape themed wall.

Home videos aren’t the only vintage offering you can find. Postino has weekly event specials, including a daily list of curated wines by the glass and pitchers of beer available for $6 until 5 p.m., a $25 bottle of wine and bruschetta board available after 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and weekend brunch.

If you want to try one of Postino’s recipes at home, try out these meatballs and goat cheese.

😋 For the full recipe, click here. 

💥 For the first time ever, enjoy the wonder of Chomp & Stomp, one of the largest one-day festivals in Atlanta, in the privacy of a tented VIP Experience. Join us Sat., Nov. 5 at Sweet Cheats Atlanta from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. for food, an open bar, private bathrooms, and the Professional Chef Chili Challenge - where you taste and judge. Click here for tickets.
Nakato turns 50

🇯🇵  When Tetsuko Nakato and her daughter, Hiroe, opened Nakato Japanese Restaurant in Buckhead in 1972, they introduced an evolving Atlanta to traditional Japanese cuisine and culture.

The restaurant included teppanyaki tables where "high-energy" hibachi chefs sliced, diced, and grilled meals in front of an enthusiastic table of diners.

Fifty years later, Tetsuko's granddaughter Sachi Nakato Takahara now runs the restaurant where she used to run around the kitchen and made her first dollar.  

"My parents and my grandparents went through a lot to start this business and faced a lot of difficulty after moving to the United States. I would love to make my family proud." 

➡️ Read Dyana Bagby's profile of the restaurant here. 
Meals on Wheels: 'A Meal To Remember'

🍽️ Meals on Wheels Atlanta is hosting its 34th annual fundraiser – A Meal To Remember – on Nov. 4.

A Meal To Remember is a black tie affair that will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. The nonprofit, which aims to combat food insecurity and hunger for Atlanta's seniors, will use the event to raise funds to help the organization continue its mission. 

The theme of this year’s meal is “The Art of Giving,” and is inspired by the event’s honorees Paula and Glenn Wallace. According to the release, the Wallaces are the founder and chief operating officer respectively of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and are being honored for their commitment to philanthropy in the Atlanta area. 

➡️ For more information about tickets, click here. 
Full Plates, Full Hearts

🍻 Wild Heaven Beer is helping raise money for Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA), a local nonprofit dedicated to delivering fresh surplus food to hunger relief agencies. 

The brewery is offering a new small-batch Double IPA called “Full Plates, Full Hearts." Proceeds from the sale of the brew, which is an Irish whiskey-aged Double IPA brewed with Citra, Lotus, and Talus hops, will benefit SHA all through the month of November.

“Partnering with Wild Heaven Beer will help us reach a broad, new audience that is locally focused and community-minded,” said Andrea Jaron, executive director of SHA. “When 25% of Atlantans still don’t live within a half-mile of fresh food, creative fundraisers like this play a key role in our mission to tackle food insecurity.” 

 ➡️ For more information about a kick-off party for the brew, click here. 

💥 For the first time ever, enjoy the wonder of Chomp & Stomp, one of the largest one-day festivals in Atlanta, in the privacy of a tented VIP Experience. Join us Sat., Nov. 5 at Sweet Cheats Atlanta from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. for food, an open bar, private bathrooms, and the Professional Chef Chili Challenge - where you taste and judge. Click here for tickets.
Quick Bites

⛪️ This Saturday night, visit Virtue Rooftop atop 5Church Midtown for their Annual Rooftop Halloween Party. Costumes required!

🍔 Buckhead Burgers has taken over the recently shuttered Zesto space on Piedmont Rd. – and has an almost identical menu. 

🧙‍♀️ In Halloween spirit, Buckhead restaurant Gypsy Kitchen will be serving special treats on Saturday, like Wiccan Prayer cocktails and werewolf bits (pictured).

🐙 Come decked out in your best apparel to HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern this Saturday—there are three place prizes for the best looks.

🍜 Juniper Cafe, a Vietnamese restaurant and bakery, features a roomy covered patio for the colder weather rolling in.

🧆 Cafe 1933 has just opened in Midtown, replacing Joy Cafe. It features caviar “bumps” and is decked out in moody Prohibition-era decor.

🥃 On Oct. 30, Sebastian Pintxos Bar opens on Juniper St., and will serve over 50 gins from behind the bar. It also plans on regular flamenco dances, DJ sets, and other live performances.

🍢 The popular tapas bar Eclipse di Luna is now open at Halcyon in Alpharetta.

🍹 Mambo Zombi cocktail bar recently opened above the Georgia Beer Garden in Old Fourth Ward. 

📝 The upscale restaurant Dorian Gray, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s novel, has opened in Buckhead. It features quotes from the writer lining the walls and is meant to evoke the European coasts.

🥪 Castleberry Hill’s Elliott Street Deli and Pub closed after being sold to Atlanta native and NFL quarterback Cam Newton

🍦 Grab a scoop of your favorite Jeni’s ice cream flavor at their new location in Dunwoody, at Ashford Crossing. On Nov. 3, visitors can enjoy free scoops all night!

☕️ The owners of Junkman’s Daughter are planning to open a new coffee shop, Ash, in Virginia Highlands. It will replace the former store Blabla Kids. 

🍸 The Victorian Atlanta, a Ponce City Market and East Atlanta Village plant shop, is relocating along the Eastside Beltline trail and is adding a cocktail bar.

Look, Listen & Savor

The leaves are changing and the weather is turning, which means it’s time for Atlanta’s food experts to share their top places to eat this fall.  

🍴 The AJC 2022 Fall Dining Guide podcast provides their list of places to check out this season.

🥘 Eater Atlanta provides the 38 essential restaurants to try this fall.  

🍜 Atlanta Magazine is out with their 75 Best Restaurants list.   

Punk Food: Sugar Loaf's Drive-In Burger

🍔  Sugar Loaf chefs Lindsay and Nebi Berhane's families originate from Albania and Ethiopia, and the blending of cultures was one of the sparks that created the pop-up.  

When Lindsay and Nebi started conceptualizing Sugar Loaf, they agreed on the need to serve a burger. Both chefs held fond memories of late-night burgers from local drive-ins. It took a lot of taste-testing and experimentation before the pair finally developed a burger reminiscent of that nostalgic childhood experience, deemed the “Drive-In” burger. 

The “Drive-In” features an all beef patty smashed with thinly sliced, sweet vidalia onions, topped with American cheese, a smoky-sweet special sauce, and bread & butter pickles on the side. It is served on a sesame seed bun, toasted with a 50/50 mixture of beef fat and butter. 

➡️ Read more about the Drive-In Burger here. 

➡ Punk Foodie offers this weekly column about Punk Food, a moniker for a cuisine without defining or distinctive ingredients, techniques, and dishes, and born out of the increasing infusion of the diverse cultures and experiences that live in our city. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar

IG food follow of the week

📸 The Companion has a new menu for your perusal! Check out their Instagram for more details on new apps, entrées, and cocktails. 

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