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R&B artists serenade audiences at ATL Live on the Park

R&B artists serenade audiences at ATL Live on the Park

Reporting By: Tauntiana Cambry (The Essien Agency)

The monthly sell-out concert series, ATL Live on the Park, returned to Midtown's Park Tavern restaurant, Tuesday, with seducing performances by Kenny Lattimore, J. Holiday and Ginette Claudette. Dimly lit, under the Tavern's tented canopy, with light rain drizzling just overhead; music lovers indulged in a night of live entertainment, food and libations. 

Ginette Claudette, in Atlanta for the first time, opened the night introducing her new music to the audience. With musical influence that she credits to the church, her powerful vocals, searing rendition of Melanie Fiona's "4 AM," and an endearing style, showed the anticipant ATL crowd that she was ready to make her mark as a new artist.

Oyster Bar at The Optimist celebrates Summer Of Riesling

Oyster Bar at The Optimist celebrates Summer Of Riesling

ATLANTA -- Oyster Bar at The Optimist, the oyster bar adjacent to Ford Fry’s new seafood restaurant on Atlanta’s west side, is celebrating the Summer of Riesling and the debut of the restaurant’s new three-hole putt-putt course on Wednesday, July 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Summer of Riesling is a nationwide celebration featuring 500 restaurants and wine bars and 100 retailers that are paying homage to and increasing awareness of this German grape.

The evening begins with a Riesling tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. featuring six different Rieslings from various regions of the world. The cost of the tasting is $15 per person, which also includes some light bites from Chef Adam Evans designed to pair with each of the featured wines. Guests who make a reservation for dinner after the tasting and enjoy a featured Riesling during their meal will receive a credit in the amount of the ticket cost.

RA Sushi Extends Refreshing Watermelon-Kiwi Special

RA Sushi Extends Refreshing Watermelon-Kiwi Special

ATLANTA -- By popular demand, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is extending its summer entrée and cocktail pairing by one more month! Inspired by backyard picnics and lazy day lounging, the Watermelon Kiwi Shrimp and Melon-Kiwi-Tini is the perfect summer refresher. The pairing is now available at RA Sushi in Midtown through Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

Guests can take a bite out of summer with the Watermelon Kiwi Shrimp, a light, colorful dish made with layers of watermelon, kiwi, orange slices, and lychee, topped with shrimp. The Melon-Kiwi-Tini helps beat the summer heat. Monin Watermelon, Svedka Citron, Shochu, and a splash of citrus soda are muddled together and then served with a garnish of watermelon and kiwi slices. The pairing is available for $18.

RA Sushi in Midtown Raised More Than $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

RA Sushi in Midtown Raised More Than $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

ATLANTA -- RA Sushi Bar Restaurant's annual "Nicky's Week" fundraiser raised $197,048.45 this year for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. The Midtown location alone contributed $10,329. Nicky’s Week hit a milestone this year, surpassing the $1 million mark in money raised for St. Jude since the fundraiser was initiated eight years ago.

Marlow’s Tavern gives guests a true taste of Americana

Marlow’s Tavern gives guests a true taste of Americana

ATLANTA -- From Tuesday, June 12 through Monday, July 23, Atlantans can indulge in an array of patriotic plates at all Marlow’s Tavern locations. The popular neighborhood tavern is featuring its six-week long “Red, White and Brew” menu. During this time, all eight locations of Marlow’s will offer special dishes and beverages that truly celebrate the summer season in America. This is also the time for grill masters to show off their skills in Marlow’s Third Annual Grilling Recipe Contest.

“We’re excited for the return of our ‘Red, White and Brew’ menu as it signifies a season of good times with friends and family, warmer weather and Americana,” says Executive Chef/Co-Founder John C. Metz. “It’s really become a summertime favorite for our guests, not only because of the delicious food but because they get to be a part of the celebration through our grilling contest,” he adds.

Atlanta Chef/Restaurateur Ford Fry Hosts Fourth Annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest

Atlanta Chef/Restaurateur Ford Fry Hosts Fourth Annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest

ATLANTA -- On Sunday, July 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., JCT. Kitchen & Bar is hosting an event to celebrate some of  the South’s best chefs, farmers and mixologists, who will join forces to benefit Georgia Organics in the fourth annual JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.

Tickets are now on sale and cost $60 per person ($50 for Georgia Organics members). Beginning June 15, tickets will cost $70 per person. Tickets can be purchased online through Xorbia. A total of 1,400 tickets will be available for attendees. Last year’s festival raised close to $40,000 for Georgia Organics.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

PHOTOS | Bert's Big Adventure 2012

Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

Alpharetta
* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

Athens
* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street