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Help the family of fallen Atlanta cop

Help the family of fallen Atlanta cop

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department will hold a fundraising event this week to help the family of Officer Shawn Smiley.

Christmas Smiles for Smiley will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Park Bench Pub in Buckhead.

The event will feature an open bar with beer, wine and appetizers. Instead of paying for refreshments, the APD is asking attendees to donate money to the Smiley family.

Park Bench Pub is located at 34 Irby Avenue.

Shawn Smiley and fellow officer Richard Halford were killed in a helicopter crash Nov. 3 while searching for a missing child.

Aria named one of the top 100 American fare restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable diners

Aria named one of the top 100 American fare restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable diners

ATLANTA -- Popular Buckhead restaurant Aria has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 restaurants in the United States that specialize in American food.

The list of winners is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Andrés Loaiza, general manager. “We are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Aria and gave us such high marks.  We also want to congratulate the other restaurants who made the list.”

Starbucks buying Atlanta-based Teavana for $620M

Starbucks buying Atlanta-based Teavana for $620M

NEW YORK -- Starbucks wants to make the tea shop as ubiquitous as its namesake cafes.

The Seattle-based company said Wednesday that it will pay $620 million in cash to buy Atlanta-based Teavana Holdings Inc., which sells high-end loose leaf teas in 300 shopping mall locations. The plan is to grow Teavana's footprint beyond the suburban mall with stand-alone shops around the world, while adding tea bars where customers can buy hot and cold drinks.

The deal marks Starbucks latest push to expand beyond its cafes, with the company facing intensifying competition from fast-food chains offering specialty coffees. Last summer Starbucks bought small bakery chain La Boulange for $100 million. Last year it added fresh-juice maker Evolution to its stable for $30 million.

Dishcrawl comes to Atlanta

Dishcrawl comes to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Recently featured on Springwise, Foodista and in the TRENDS section of the National Retail Federation trade magazine, STORES, food experience innovator Dishcrawl serves up an event for food lovers starting in Buckhead on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

“We explore everything from the high-end to the hidden gems with a crowd of locals, food lovers and the food curious alike,” says Dishcrawl founder Tracy Lee.

Dishcrawl explores four restaurants in one night and gives neighbors and neighborhoods a chance to meet, greet and share a heaping portion of delicious fun, plus a chance to sample the signature dishes of the areas best restaurants and to often meet the owners and local chefs who make this all possible. Talk about taking pride in your neighborhood, nothing pulls people together like food!

Aria hosts Chefs Thomas Keller and Sebastian Rouxel for Bouchon Book Tour

Aria hosts Chefs Thomas Keller and Sebastian Rouxel for Bouchon Book Tour

ATLANTA -- Famed Chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Per Se, Ad Hoc, Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery will be making an appearance at Aria on December 3, 2012 for a meet and greet to celebrate the release of his fifth book, Bouchon Bakery, which features recipes from the bakery’s five locations in California, New York and Las Vegas. Co-Author Sebastien Rouxel, who is the executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, will also be in attendance and will join Aria Pastry Chef Kathryn King to prepare some sweet treats found in the cookbook. King is highly regarded for creating innovative twists on classic American desserts, and, as one of the city’s top pastry chefs, she produces a memorable grand finale at Aria.

Krystal celebrates 80th birthday

Krystal celebrates 80th birthday

ATLANTA -- Krystal restaurants across 11 states – including the location on Piedmont Rd. in Buckhead -- took time on Wednesday to thank their loyal customers by offering the iconic hamburger for a quarter.

Members of the Krystal Team sported 80th anniversary t-shirts, cheered and waved to customers driving in queues wrapped around restaurants as they made their way toward their orders.

Krystal sold an astounding 1.1 million of the iconic burgers in Krystal’s 350 franchised and company-owned restaurants, during the event.

Get a $2 'Boorito' for wearing a costume to Chipotle

Get a $2 'Boorito' for wearing a costume to Chipotle

ATLANTA -- Scare up a tasty dinner -- and do some good for the community -- by wearing a costume to any Chipotle Mexican Grill on Halloween.

Chipotle customers who arrive in costume between 4 p.m. and close on Wednesday, Oct. 31 will be treated to a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for only $2.

"We have always believed that good food should be affordable and accessible to everyone, and our annual Boorito fundraiser is a great opportunity for customers to enjoy a $2 burrito while supporting a great cause," Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells said in a statement.

The great cause in question is the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, a nonprofit that works to create a sustainable healthy food supply and raise awareness of food issues. Up to $1 million in proceeds from the Boorito event will go to the charity.