Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last Call for Sips in the City

Don’t Miss The Chance To Drink Up Downtown Restaurant Summer Specials

As the month of August heats up, there are only a few more weeks to cool down with this summer’s Sips in the City experience. Stop in now at participating restaurants in the Downtown Dining District for refreshing signature cocktails, happy hours and deals that won’t last long! With more than 20 restaurants participating, guests are sure to find a summer cocktail special that will leave them relaxed or ready for a night on the town.

“Sips in the City has been a great summer promotion for Downtown Atlanta,” said David Clapp, founder of Dantanna’s Downtown. “It’s inspiring to see restaurants around Downtown partnering up to promote this city’s fantastic dining scene. I hope Atlanta residents will take advantage of the great restaurant specials going on this summer.”

Below is a few of the restaurants with deals to take advantage of before the end of August:

Dantanna’s Downtown – Dantanna’s Wine Down Wednesdays feature half-priced bottles of wine, and the upscale sports lounge also offers a wide variety of beers, classic cocktails and specialty drinks.

Max Lager’s – Watch the ball game and toast to the home team with seven new cocktails! Drink prices range between $8 -$10 and are offered throughout the baseball season.

Thrive – From4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thrive makes summertime a little cooler with $5 cocktails and discounted bar bites. The full bar serves everything from high gravity beers to hand-crafted specialty mixes as well as wines, champagnes and sakes to stimulate your senses.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – With a drink in hand andfriends gathered round, enjoy the Ruth’s Hour Prime Bites Menu, which features a half-priced bar menu Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

STATS – Experience STATS’ unique beer tap that allows guests to pour their own beer with no server or bartender needed. Have a brew and catch a few games at this unique sports lounge.

DRINKSHOP – Experience DRINKSHOP, where the cocktails are impeccably created with the greatest of ease using homemade ingredients and freshly made ingredients. On Thursdays enjoy some cool drink specials and live entertainment at DRINKSHOP Live.

Central Atlanta Progress encourages patrons to be responsible and not drink and drive. SafeRide America offers professional teams of two drivers to drive you and your car home. After a night on the town enjoying all the steals and deals Downtown Dining District has to offer, sit back and relax as a driver takes you home in the comfort of your own car. This service typically costs the same or less than a taxi, and you have your car home with you.

With so much to do and see, make the evening in Downtown Atlanta extra special with a stay at W Atlanta Downtown. Enjoy a special Downtown Dining District Sip and Stay rate starting at $149 per night plus taxes based on availability. For more information, visit or call 1-888-627-8187 to make your reservation.

For a full list of the Downtown Dining District participants and a brief description of each, visit

Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) is a private nonprofit community development organization providing leadership, programs and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta. Its mission is to build a 21st century Downtown as the heart of the Atlanta Region – a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining. It is governed by a 70 member Board of Directors, including an Executive Committee that oversees the monthly operational decisions on behalf of the Board. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) is a 510(c)(3) non-profit organization created by CAP to keep Downtown vibrant, safe and smart. It is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, six of which are elected by Downtown property owners; two additional directors appointed by the Mayor and City Council President; the final director, per State statute, is the Chair of the City Council Finance Committee. For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The 32nd Annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off Returns to Stone Mountain

Saturday 24, 2011
All Ages are Invited to Enjoy Chili, Live Music, Games and Nonstop Fun

100% of Proceeds Benefit Camp Twin Lakes

The 32nd annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off will once again be held in beautiful Stone Mountain, Ga., where more than 300 culinary teams from across the country battle for chili bragging rights. In addition to sampling chili, Brunswick stew and cornbread, guests of all ages are invited to enjoy live music from some of the nation’s best tribute bands and partake in games such as the Mullet Flop and the Jalapeno Eating contest. As in previous years, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps providing life-changing experiences to thousands of Georgia children with serious illnesses, disabilities and challenges. Since 2005, the Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off has raised more than $380,000 for Camp Twin Lakes. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can only be purchased on site the day of the event, and will not sell out. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 24, 2011
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Stone Mountain Park, GA - Coliseum Meadow
1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

$10 for adults; children 12 and under are free.
Tickets must be purchased on site the day of the event and it will not sell out.

100% of the Proceeds Benefit Camp Twin Lakes

More info:

Parking: Each vehicle will be charged $10 for entrance into the park.


10 a.m. Miller Time - Steve Miller Tribute Band
12:15 p.m. MetroPCS Master Hole Hitting Contest
12:30 - 2 p.m. Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots Tribute Band
2:15 p.m. MetroPCS Jalapeno Eating Contest
2:30 – 4 p.m. ZOSO - The Ultimate Led Zepplin Experience
4:15 p.m. MetroPCS Mullet Flop
4:30 – 6:15 p.m. Free Fallin - A Tribute to Tom Petty
6:30 p.m. 2011 Chili Awards

Sponsors: Miller Lite, Aaron’s Sales and Leasing, Waffle House, Metro PCS, Rock 100.5, Camp Twin Lakes, Caren West PR

For more information, call 678.309.4285 or email

Monday, August 15, 2011

Grammy Winner Shawn Colvin, Joe Purdy Join Callaway Gardens' Harvest Moon Festival Line-up

Act Soon - Early Bird Weekend Pass Price of $69 Ends August 31st; Overnight Accommodations are Filling Up

The Callaway Gardens Harvest Moon Festival is adding to its stellar musical lineup. Having already announced the likes of The B-52s, The Gin Blossoms and John Hiatt, the festival now includes multiple Grammy-winning Shawn Colvin.

Early Bird Weekend Passes for $69 will be available for purchase only through August 31. Beginning September 1, the price goes up to $79 for advance weekend passes. Gate price during the event will be $85. This family-friendly music festival October 6-9, 2011, also features celebrity chef Claire Robinson, host of the Food Network’s popular “5 Ingredient Fix.”

Shawn Colvin, who has won three Grammy Awards of an incredible ten nominations, is an iconic singer-songwriter who is perhaps most famous for her 1997 chart-topper “Sonny Came Home.” With this announcement of Colvin’s addition to the event, the Festival also is announcing the daily lineup. The Thursday evening Harvest Feast ($62 per person) will feature a cooking demonstration by Claire Robinson, followed by a double-bill of Atlanta musician Nic Cowan and popular recording artist Joe Purdy. Friday boasts some big names with The B-52s, Shawn Colvin, Parachute, Dread Clampitt and Allgood among the acts scheduled to appear. Saturday showcases the bulk of the musical lineup, with the Gin Blossoms, John Hiatt, Shawn Mullins, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Mat Kearney among the biggest names to appear on the festival’s two stages.

The four-day festival is a celebration of the harvest and of man and nature’s fruitful coexistence, combining farm-to-table foods, eco-centric vendors, cooking and gardening demonstrations, fun and educational activities for children, and of course, this unprecedented lineup of big-name bands. For tickets, information and the complete list of confirmed acts, visit

The inaugural Callaway Gardens Harvest Moon Festival is definitely something to experience. Plan to stay for the festival and savor every moment. Overnight packages include tickets to the events but space is filling up quickly in the Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages and Mountain Creek Villas. Gather friends and family and call today to reserve a Harvest Moon Festival overnight package.

For more information, visit For overnight reservations, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit Keep up with updates for the Harvest Moon Festival at and at

For sponsorship or vendor information, email

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.