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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

Watershed on Peachtree now open for lunch

Watershed on Peachtree now open for lunch

Watershed is now serving lunch at its new location in The Brookwood located at 1820 Peachtree Street. Chef Joe Truex serves a Southern-inspired farm-to-table menu perfect for a leisurely lunch on the patio or a quick break from the office. The new menu is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 - 3 p.m.

Notable dishes include:

Tin Drum Asia Café to open more restaurants

Tin Drum Asia Café to open more restaurants

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asia Café plans to open six new restaurants this year and eight more in the coming years, the chain announced Tuesday.

The very first Tin Drum opened at Georgia Tech, alma mater of founder Steven Chan. Since then, it has spread to locations throughout metro Atlanta, including Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Cumming, Dunwoody and Georgia State University.

Brand new Tin Drum locations include Augusta, Chastain Park, Emory Village and the chain's first restaurant outside Georgia -- Birmingham, Ala.

More locations slated to open later this year include Athens, Roswell and Midtown's Colony Square.

"Our plan is to double the size of Tin Drum in 2012 with additional units throughout Atlanta and in Athens, Augusta, Birmingham and throughout the Southeast," Chan said in a statement.

RA Sushi Introduces New Menu Items and Additional Cocktail Selections

RA Sushi Introduces New Menu Items and Additional Cocktail Selections

ATLANTA -- Beginning Monday, June 18, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown will roll out updated dinner and beverage menus, adding a new selection of appetizers, shareable creations and specialty cocktails.

“Every year, RA Sushi refreshes its menu to keep the choices new and exciting for our guests,” said RA Sushi Executive Chef Tai Obata. “We stay true to our popular favorites, while introducing some new flavors focused on culinary trends.”

Under the “Soup and Salads” category, Obata added the Clam Udon: sake steamed clams served over udon noodles in a sake cream broth ($13.25). A variety of creations for grazing have also been added to the menu. Guests can get started with the Edamame Dip: a creamy edamame and spinach dip, served warm with wonton chips ($5.25).