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Live Chat w/Carla Hall of Top Chef All-Stars… RIGHT HERE 8pm EST

At 8:00PM EST, Celebrity chef Carla Hall from “Top Chef All-Stars” will be LIVE online and available to take questions. For foodies, kitchen newbie’s or anyone tasked with a holiday meal, Carla will answer their questions, will give cooking tips and an inside peek into the celeb world of “Top Chef.” Whether you’re putting together a feast for the whole family, baking a few cookies for Santa or your loved ones, the busy holiday season lends itself to a lot of time in the kitchen.

Chef Carla Hall – who cooks from the heart, and balances her Southern traditions, classic French training, and holistic approach to food as an entertaining expert and owner of Alchemy by Carla Hall in Washington, DC – will talk about seasonal, local ingredients that’ll spice up any holiday dish and answer any cooking questions you may have.

French Immersion… Dine for $30 through Dec. 12

Love French food?

Never tried French food?

This may be exactly what you’ve been looking for!! France-Atlanta, a collaboration between the French Consulate and Georgia Tech, is a project aimed at promoting the relationship between the American Southeast and the European Nation. A series of lectures, performances and more make up the end of year program.

This week marked the beginning of what I’m calling “French Immersion“. Some of Atlanta’s best known French restaurants will offer a $30 prix fixe menu from November 29- December 12. Atmosphere, Au Pied de Cochon and Petit Auberge are a few on the list.

I haven’t decided what restaurant I’ll be checking out, but I’m super excited about trying something new. Tell me about your experience too!

Shout out to Harvey Daniels III for sharing this information.

http://www.france-atlanta.org/IMG/pdf_Brochure_France-Atlanta.pdf

SALE ENDS SOON… Gifts For the Chef in Your Life

Here is a link to shopping site that I use frequently. They offer a limited stock designer items. The sale usually ends after a week or whenever they run out of the item. I’m giving you all the link because every now and then they offer cookware, flatware, stemware, cutlery, etc that would normally cost a fortune(!) at great accessible prices.

Check prices here before you head out on Black Friday… http://www.gilt.com/invite/missstyles. When you join, I get a notice. And when you buy, I get a bonus. Same goes for you and your friends.

The Gilt Group is well respected in the fashion world, but I love them for more than just clothes. Home decor, vacation packages and so much more make it a site I visit daily.

Right now, check out the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Cutlery available now in the Home section.

Get your Christmas shopping done online. And spare yourself the frustration of traveling to Atlantic Station, Lenox, Perimter, North Point or wherever you go that makes people like me feel claustrophobic.

WATCH THIS… Child Nutrition in America

As you know, I am very serious about ending Food Insecurity in America– especially where children are concerned. Here is a video to drive that message home. It also includes a bit about child obesity. For us, food is something we can enjoy and talk about as leisure, but for some its a luxury. Learn what you can do to help.

So You Think You Can COOK

FOX and Chef Gordon Ramsey are currently casting for the second season of MasterChef, the popular TV Series that pits everyday home cooks against  one another for the chance to win cash and prizes.

Auditions are being held across the country, however Atlanta is not a stop (Orlando and New Orleans are the closest cities). If you cannot make it to those open calls, you can submit your own video. I’m looking forward to seeing someone from Atlanta in the finals. Good luck!

Visit http://masterchefcasting.com/ for more details.

Food Insecurity in Atlanta

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS- USDA) releases an annual study that in 2008 showed that 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure. And what’s more alarming is that 1 in 4 children live in a food insecure household.

The leading hunger relief charity.

What is food insecurity?  It is a state of not having enough to eat or not knowing where your next meal will come from.

Who is food insecure? With numbers that high, food insecurity is not confined to the homeless or unemployed. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

The report also shows that nearly 34% of food insecure households are African-American and nearly 20% are Hispanic. An estimated 35% of those households are headed by a single parent with children under the age of 18.

Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief charity, works with food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across the country to supply them with the tools they need to combat hunger in their community. Here, the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 2 million pounds of groceries a month to families in need through more than 700 charitable organizations.

local food pantry

In addition to taking food and cash donations, the ACFB hosts several events a month from which proceeds go to supplies. With cooking demonstrations, celebrity charity dinners, concerts and more, it’s very easy to end hunger in your community.

In the state of Georgia alone, 14% of households and 23% of children are food insecure. America is supposed to be the “land of plenty”. What will you do to help?

Ghouls and Geeks… The L5P Halloween Parade

I’m really excited about this weekend. I have a lot of things to do. First and foremost, write my second blog post J. Second, the Little Five Points Halloween Parade this Saturday. Third is the AIDS Walk on Sunday. And fourth is another blog post. Must do better.

from L5Phalloween.com

Anyway, I haven’t attended the L5P Halloween Parade in a few years, but I’m looking forward to grabbing a few drinks before and dinner after. Little 5 Points has some of the coolest shops and dive bars in Atlanta. The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club is basically a neighborhood institution. Hippies, bikers, artists and yuppies alike stop by for a drink at this bar located right in the middle of the frenzy that is Little 5 Points. And of course my [relatively] normal friends and I will likely be among them.

I expect the crowd will be insane since the parade starts on Euclid. But if we’re in the mood to brave the mob, we may stop by Front Page News, The Vortex or The Corner Tavern. All low key spots to grab a beer and a burger.

I’ve never participated in the AIDS Walk. I’m happy to support the cause, but truthfully the meeting spot of my team makes me even more excited for brunch at either Blake’s or Flying Biscuit. Brunch is actually my favorite meal of the day. Eggs and alcohol are an awesome combination that make for a happy Sunday. The “Brunch” issue of Dine With Dani is coming soon.

If I don’t see you, have a great weekend. And let me know where you ate! I love to try new restaurants. WARNING: If you’ve never been to Little 5 Points, remember that it’s an alternative-artsy-hippie-rock haven. Tattoos, piercings, bright hair, heavy eyeliner, dr. martens, American apparel, rag-o-rama and incense abound. Enjoy.

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