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Taste of Atlanta’s Best Sommelier Competition

Taste of Atlanta’s Best Sommelier Competition

ATLANTA -- Like a fine wine, the Taste of Atlanta Best Sommelier Competition gets better with age. Now back for its second year, this sommelier showdown invites viniculture experts to raise their glasses and put their skills to the test. After completing the preliminary rounds, eligible participants will vie for the distinguished title of Atlanta’s best sommelier at the final competition, hosted by Del Frisco’s Grille.

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs are partnering for a national sweepstakes centered on stock car racing.

Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Coca-Cola Photo Finish sweepstakes at Firehouse Subs locations through Apr. 21.

During the contest, life-size cutouts of participating Coca-Cola Racing Family members will be placed in FIrehouse Subs locations. Firehouse Subs guests can snap a photo with the cutout and submit it to win. Guests can submit photos via text to cocacolaphotofinish.com, or entries can be mailed.

Participating drivers include Joey Logano, representing the Georgia and Gulf region; Greg Biffle, representing the West and Central region; Danica Patrick, representing the Florida region; Denny Hamlin, representing the South region; and Tony Stewart, representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Atlantans up for Oscars of Food

Atlantans up for Oscars of Food

ATLANTA -- The James Beard Foundation has announced the semi-finalists for its 2013 awards with a bunch of Georgia chefs and restaurants in the mix.

The award nominees will be announced on Monday, March 18, with the James Beard Foundation Awards taking place on May 3 and 6 in New York City.

Here's a list of the Georgia semi-finalists:

Best New Restaurant:
Cardamom Hill, Atlanta

Best Chef Southeast:
Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, Ga.
Todd Richards, The Shed at Glenwood, Atlanta
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

Outstanding Chef:
Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta

Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Aaron Russell, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta

Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

Exploring Atlanta's gastropub scene

ATLANTA - The term "gastropub" was coined in the UK in the 90s, marrying the terms "gastronomy" and "pub" (or "publick house" for you completists). The idea was geared toward freshening traditional pub food and creating cuisine that was more adventurist and creative, but that was not unattainable.

In Atlanta, gastropubs have surfaced and crafted a niche for themselves that have attracted some of the world's elite chefs. New gastropubs are showing up with regularity across the area, but if you want to cut your teeth, here's a selection of some of Atlanta's gastropubs.

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Free pancakes at IHOP to help Children's Miracle Network Hospital

Free pancakes at IHOP to help Children's Miracle Network Hospital

(WXIA) -- In an effort to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and celebrate National Pancake Day, IHOP Restaurants will give out free pancakes to all guests on Tuesday, February 5.

This day will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Children's Miracle Network Hospital, as reported by a spokeswoman for IHOP.  National Pancake Day is recognized as IHOP's largest philanthropic event of the year, with more than 1,500 restaurants taking part. IHOP hopes that reaching the $3 million goal will be the ideal kick off to 2013 fundraising for the CMNH.

The spokeswoman said IHOP restaurants will give a complimentary stack of buttermilk pancakes to all guests from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. At the same time, they hope guests will make donations to CMNH. All proceeds will be put towards helping CMNH and other local charities to bring vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care to sick and injured children.

Buckhead Pizza Co. offers rival SEC pies to hungry fans

Buckhead Pizza Co. offers rival SEC pies to hungry fans

ATLANTA -- Football. Fanfare. Food. Some of the best traditions are born in the South. To celebrate these beloved pastimes, Buckhead Pizza Co. gets in on the gridiron action this season with its SEC Championship specialty pies. The eatery lets hungry fans gear up for the big game with themed pizzas November 29 through December 1.

On December 1, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Southeastern Conference hosts its championship game, between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama, in Atlanta. Rival rabble-rousers can enjoy themed creations at Buckhead Pizza Co. as they prepare to cheer on their team.