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September 8 - Raise a pint this evening to salute Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, who passed today at age 96.

In this issue of Side Dish, we've got markets, anniversaries, a strawberry gin fizz recipe, and plenty of restaurant news to get you ready for the weekend. 

Of special note: September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and a bunch of metro restaurants are supporting Atlanta nonprofit CURE Childhood Cancer with special sales and events. 

And congratulations are in order to Lucian Books & Wine and Juniper Cafe, who have both been named to Bon App
étit's The 50 Best New Restaurants in America!

🇬🇧 God save the King!
The Rough Draft team

Delta taps Goldbergs to revamp their food

✈️ Inside a commercial kitchen in Marietta, a crew of bakers makes bagels and challah bread familiar to patrons of Goldbergs delis — right alongside staff preparing tidy rectangular dishes of chicken marsala to be loaded onto Delta Air Lines planes as in-flight meals.

In the past two years, Goldbergs Group has expanded well beyond its bagel shop roots, cracking into the fast-paced world of airline catering thanks to disruption caused by the pandemic.

In a world where global giants like Gate Gourmet and LSG Sky Chefs rule, local favorite Goldbergs now serves flyers on Delta international flights departing from Atlanta.

As the pandemic drove airlines to pause most food and beverage service on flights and then pivot to ramp up offerings amid a rebound in travel, the situation has opened opportunities for smaller operators like Goldbergs.

Read the story via our partners at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two years later… Taste Brookhaven is back!

🍽️ Celebrate Brookhaven’s best restaurants and chefs this Thursday, Sept. 15 at Taste Brookhaven, held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. Taste Brookhaven is an evening of delicious food, signature cocktails, and live entertainment by The Bourbon Brothers Band. 

🆕 Enjoy this year’s event in the newly renovated, not-yet-open-to-the-public Villa Christina. 

🆕 Don’t worry about missing out! General admission tickets include unlimited food and beer/wine. VIP tickets include unlimited food and beer/wine and cocktails, as well as a curated VIP experience in the hotel’s Dogwood Room. 

🎫 General Admission: $100 | VIP: $175 

🔗 Get Tickets Here

🏥 Proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

📱 Follow along at @TasteBrookhaven on Instagram and Facebook
New Realm's Strawberry Gin Fizz recipe

🍹 New Realm Brewing Co. has launched a new liquor that’s the perfect refresher as the summer comes to a close.

With locations in both Atlanta and Savannah, the distillery has released a limited quantity of its new Strawberry Gin, infused with locally farmed strawberries and wildflower honey. 

If you're lucky enough to pick up a bottle while supplies last, try this recipe on for size. The hints of juniper and citrus will be perfect for a gin fizz.

🥂 Find the full recipe here. 
Savor, sip and shop at The Night Market 

🌝 The Night Market returns tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Backyard, next door to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Enjoy a delicious evening filled with live music, craft cocktails, food options, and fine goods and crafts from local artists. 

On the menu: El Ponce, Jen Chans, Rodney Scotts BBQ, Hot Dog Petes, Burnt Whiskey Brewery, and many more. This event is 21+. 

➡️ Get more details and grab your tickets here. 
Missed connection: 🥰 He was tall, dark-haired, had a sleeve of tattoos and one was definitely of an avocado with sunglasses riding a blue crocodile, reins in one hand and pounding a cold brew with the other. Last seen at The Daily, West Midtown ordering a breakfast burrito with impossible sausage (made this vegan swoon), an iced americano with oat milk (could be a little basic), and stayed for about an hour working from the back right table. If you saw him please call: (404) 500-0763.

Wild Heaven celebrates 12 years

🍺 Wild Heaven Beer, founded by Eric Purdy and Nick Johnson (pictured), is celebrating its 12th anniversary this weekend with new and rare brews, and live music.

Anniversary celebrations will be held Sept. 9-11 at the brewery's taprooms in Avondale Estates and West End, kicking off with a concert from  R.E.M. tribute band The REMakes on Friday night at 8 p.m.

🍻 Click here for a list of new beers coming to Wild Heaven in September.

Quick Bites

🇱🇧 Sarah Pierre of 3 Parks Wine Shop and Sami Ghosn from Lebanon's Massaya Winery are hosting a six-course wine dinner on Sept. 14 at Kitty Dare. Call the restaurant to reserve a seat

🥮 Juniper Cafe on the Westside will host its Lunar Festival on Saturday from 5-8:45 p.m. with small bites, special plates, and mooncakes (pictured).

🎶 Capitol City Opera Company will perform Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia during special dinner performances at Petite Violette on Sept. 20 and 22. 

🎟 Tickets for the 17th annual Taste of Buckhead, set for Oct. 6, are available now.

🥃 Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market is now open on Sundays, but is now closed on Thursday, and still "never Wednesday." 

🦞 Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead has reopened its downstairs dining area after a fire earlier this year.  

🐟 Persian restaurant Yalda will open locations in Sandy Springs and the Westside this fall.

🐓 Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand closed its Marietta St. location, but East Atlanta and outposts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium remain open. 

Look, Listen & Savor

🏈  Now that it’s officially football season, check out Eater Atlanta’s Top-Notch Sports Bars in Atlanta to find the perfect spot to cheer on your favorite team.

📣  Atlanta Eats compiled an SEC College Town Dining Guide to help you find the best places to eat when following your team on the road.

🍷 Although summer is winding down, there’s still plenty of time to check out some of
Atlanta’s rooftop bars.

🎙 Looking for a new podcast? Check out Black Girls Eatinga funny and informative show that discusses Black contributions to the culinary world, cooking tips, and more.
Photo courtesy of Ba+Me.

Behind the Food: Ba+Me’s Xôi Mặn Sticky Rice

🍚 As it is in most cultures, in Vietnam, food is a love language. And while Lisa Bi from @bamepopup has a complex relationship with her family, food is the one thing that has always been at the center of her family life and a source of warmth. So it is not a surprise that Ba+Me’s menu goes beyond the gateway Vietnamese dishes of bahn mi and pho to include homestyle dishes like bánh xèo (crispy turmeric crepe), xôi mặn (sticky rice), and chạo tôm (sugar cane shrimp).

“I'm cooking food that my family and I eat at home,” she said.

Xôi mặn is a perfect example of homestyle cooking. Lisa says that not only does just about every Asian culture have a version of sticky rice, but so does every household. Some Vietnamese make it sweeter, some add pandan and some red bean flavoring.

For her version of the dish, she seeks authenticity in honoring the ingredients from different regions rather than making the most perfect version that an ‘auntie’ from the old country would appreciate. For example, she loves adding in pork floss that literally melts in your mouth like cotton candy.  

Ba+Me will be popping up all over town with upcoming stops in O4W at Boggs Social & Supply on Sept. 12, in Grant Park at Buteco on Sept. 13, and at Eventide Brewing on Sept. 16.

➡ Behind the Food is a new column from Punk Foodie’s Sam Flemming that highlights some of the most unique and delicious dishes from the Atlanta underground dining scene. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar

IG food follow of the week

📸 Westside Motor Lounge is so close to opening at the new Echo Street West development that you can just about taste it.

Coming up: Gather 'Round's "The South Got Something to Say" ten-course dining experience on Oct. 1 and Daytime Disco on Oct 2.

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