@FifthGrouper Named a Top Georgia Tweeter

FifthGrouper has just been named by Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the Georgia organizations or individuals with some of the largest followings on Twitter.  Fifth Group Restaurants currently has over 8,000 followers. 

Also on the list are Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) with over 2 million followers, Chick-fil-A (@ChickfilA) with over 300,000 followers, Mayor Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) with 43,000 followers, and Philips Arena (@PhilipsArena) with almost 10,000 followers.

To view the entire list, click here, and if you’re not already doing so, follow us on Twitter!

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Give 20% More This Holiday Season

holidaydcHappy Holidays to you! Starting Friday, November 1, we’re giving you an extra 20% when you purchase a gift card of $100 or more.  The extra value will automatically be loaded onto the gift card, and you’ll get all the credit!

Don’t want to pay for shipping? Order an e-gift card instead.  The same 20% promo applies, but the extra value gets sent to the purchaser’s email address. That’s one way we like to share the love!

Whether you’re shopping for family and friends or clients and co-workers, a gift of good taste is always the perfect choice. Fifth Group Restaurants dining cards never expire or decrease in value, and they’re gladly accepted at all of our restaurants.

To order yours, go online, call 404.873.4700 or ask your server today. Don’t delay, this promotion ends on Monday, December 30.

Season’s eatings from your friends at Fifth Group Restaurants!

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Day of the Dead Celebration at @ElTacoATL

dayofthedeadbrochure 2What is Day of the Dead, you ask? Well, let’s get one thing straight: Day of the Dead has nothing—and we mean nothing—to do with Halloween. It’s purely coincidental that it takes place around the same time and shares imagery such as skeletons and skulls. It’s also not a sad or scary holiday. It’s a big, happy celebration. OK, now that we have that out of the way, here’s the real scoop:

More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This is a day on which to memorialize and celebrate loved ones who have passed on. You toast a drink to them. You clean and adorn their graves with brightly colored flowers and decorations. As offerings, detailed skulls made entirely of sugar are put proudly on display in homes, shops, bars and restaurants. By honoring them in this way, they are never forgotten. See, it’s not scary at all, in fact, it’s kinda sweet!

As part of this annual memorializing, many people build ornate shrines to commemorate passed loved ones. Items often include trinkets that belonged to the deceased, their favorite foods and beverages, photos and other memorabilia.

dayofthedeadbrochureIn honor of Day of the Dead, El Taco is building a shrine to honor the loved ones who are no longer with us, and you’re welcome to add to the shrine! In fact, we encourage it! However, we can’t guarantee the items will be returned, so please don’t bring any family heirlooms or precious keepsakes. Please bring your mementos to El Taco by Friday, November 1 for them to be included in this shrine.

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Happy Day of the Dead!

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Satisfy your Sweet Tooth at @LureATL

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We are pleased to announce a collection of new desserts at Lure, and they’re all available now on the menu! Thanks to Executive Pastry Chef Eric Wolitzky, you have even more to love about Lure. Save room for dessert, because these delectable treats will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth!

Chocolate Malt Shake with chocolate ice cream,
malted milk, hot fudge, whipped cream malt chocolate crunchies
Coffee Hazelnut Shake with coffee praline chip ice cream,
Frangelico, whipped cream and kix caramel crunch
Ginger Beer Float with ginger beer,
passion fruit caramel, brown sugar ice cream, pineapple
Apple Tart with flaky butter crust,
sautéed apples, apple cider caramel sauce, buttermilk sherbet
Magnum Citrus Petit Four with chiffon cake, citrus curd, vanilla buttercream,
lemon shortbread, clementine and mint salad

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Chef Wolitzky has recently updated the dessert menus at South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings. Be on the lookout for changes to the dessert menus at other Fifth Group Restaurants locations soon!

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Give Thanks at @SCKMidtown & @SCKVinings for Not Having to Cook

sckxgivingCan you believe the holidays are just around the corner? Let us do the cooking while you relax and enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family. South City Kitchen Midtown will be open from 11:30-8:30pm, and South City Kitchen Vinings will be open from 11:30am-7:30pm on Thursday, November 28, serving up a traditional Southern holiday meal with a sophisticated twist.

The following 3-course prix-fixe dinner will be available for $45 for adults and $22.50 for children under 12 (plus tax and gratuity).

CHOICE OF APPETIZER
Old Charleston She-Crab Soup with fresh cream, sherry
Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese, sweet red pepper coulis
Sweet Potato Dumplings with hen of the woods mushrooms, pickled pears,
pork belly, arugula, Sweet Grass Dairy Asher blue
Housemade Pimento Cheese with toasted corn crackers, butter pickles, celery hearts
Pork BBQ with scallion-grits hoe cake, bbq sauce, horseradish slaw
Chicken Livers with Benton’s country ham, caramelized onions,
brioche, creamed corn, garlic jus
Smoked Pork Belly with collard green kimchi, orange-tupelo honey, benne seeds
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with watercress, citrus aioli
Autumn Greens Salad with roasted winter squash, Dijon mustard vinaigrette,
candied pecans, dried cranberries, Grana Padano

CHOICE OF ENTREE
Roasted Turkey Breast with giblet gravy, cornbread dressing,
collard greens, whipped potatoes, orange cranberry sauce
Grilled Pork Loin with spicy smashed sweet potatoes,
bacon creamed collards, red onion jam
Shrimp and Mussel Jambalaya with okra, andouille, spicy tomato broth
Buttermilk Fried Springer Mtn. Chicken with garlic sautéed collards,
smashed bliss potatoes, honey-thyme jus
Smoke Roasted Filet of Beef with celery root potatoes,
roasted Brussels sprouts, truffle jus
Shrimp and “Red Mule” Grits with tasso ham,
poblano chilies, smoked tomato gravy
Pan Seared Salmon with mushroom farrotto, arugula salad, port wine vinaigrette
Veggie Plate with spicy sweet potatoes, garlic sautéed collards,
roasted Brussels sprouts, mushroom and kale farro

CHOICE OF DESSERT
Caramel Pumpkin cake
Southern Chocolate Pecan Pie
Warm Apple Cobbler
with vanilla bean ice cream

Reservations at our Midtown location are available online or by calling 404.873.7358. Reservations at our Vinings location are available online or by calling 770.435.0700.

Or, if you prefer to dine at home, you can order complete dinners to-go for 8 for $35 per person (plus tax). Each dinner for 8 includes:

8 housemade biscuits
8 housemade corn muffins
1 boneless roasted turkey breast
1 quart giblet gravy
2 cups cranberry sauce
2 quarts collard greens
2 quarts whipped potatoes
2 quarts cornbread dressing
1 whole chocolate pecan pie
2 cups whipped cream

Orders must be received by Monday, November 25 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 27 between 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Call 404.873.7358 for pick-up at the Midtown location or 770.435.0700 for pick-up at the Vinings location.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Fifth Group Restaurants!

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Be Seduced by Sirens at @EccoATL

eccosirensAccording to Greek mythology, sirens of the sea would lure sailors with their enchanting music, beauty and voices to shipwreck on the rocky Greek coast. Homer tells us that even Odysseus nearly fell prey to these seductive sea nymphs. Fortunately for you, we only want to tempt you to feast on delicious Mediterranean coastal cookery.

Ecco‘s annual, limited-time-only “Sirens of the Sea” menu returns October 30- November 10 with a variety of unique seafood plates.  These dishes will be available in addition to many of our regular menu items.

Executive Chef Jonathan Beatty and his culinary team have created this delicious menu sure to tempt your palate:

BACCALA MANTECATO grilled country bread, Ligurian olive oil 10
WOOD-FIRED OCTOPUS celeriac, sopressata, gaeta horseradish aioli 15
LEMON SOLE TARTAR colatura, fresh hearts of palm, charred scallion oil 12
SMOKED HADDOCK CHAUDREE farmers’ squash, local bacon, crème fraiche 9
SEPIA A LA PLANCHA marcona almonds, fried rosemary, espelette citronette 12
BAY OF FUNDY SALMON RILLETTE roe, chive, sea salt crackers 9
LOBSTER burrata cheese, winter citrus, preserved tomato 11
WOOD-FIRE BOUILLABAISSE littleneck clams, mussels, rouille 25
CURED YELLOWFIN TUNA toasted coriander vinaigrette, apple, baby cilantro 14
BUCATINI ALL’AMATRICANA guanciale, red pepper, poached pink shrimp 20
LEMON SOLE local pumpkin, mushroom, pumpkin seed vinaigrette 28
SICILIAN-STYLE SWORDFISH Brussels sprouts a la plancha, sauce Salmoriglio 26
TAGLIOLINI boquerones soffritto, mint, peeky toe crab 21
ROASTED GEORGES BANK SCALLOPS braised lamb belly,
sweet potato, sauce Lyonnaise
28

Let us lure you in with this delectable menu. These dishes won’t be around long! Call 404.347.9555 to make reservations, or make them online.

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I Do Declare: We’ve Received Another Environmental Award!

Steve Simon and Fifth Group Restaurants have recently been recognized by the Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment (FCCCE). Wednesday, October 16, 2013 was declared “Mr. Steve Simon Day” in Fulton County in honor of his achievements toward protecting the environment.  Although the day was named for Steve Simon, the day honors the environmental practices of all the Fifth Group Restaurants and the brand as a whole.

Fifth Group Restaurants implements an array of green initiatives including recycling grease to bio-fuel, installing on-demand water heaters, and using low use, water efficient dish machines with all green US EPA DfE dish machine chemicals. Fifth Group’s newest restaurant, Lure, even uses a  rain pillow that collects and allows the restaurant to reuse 100,000 gallons of water a year.  What’s more, all of the restaurants recycle and compost at least 95% of the products that come through their doors.

steve dayThe accolade as Environmental Advocate is based on the follow criteria:

  • One who strives to sustain natural resources and our environment for future generations
  • One who encourages citizens and the business community to ensure that their activities and operations are environmentally responsible
  • One who displays a commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by law
  • One who displays environmental responsiveness through his or her own personal leadership and effort
  • One who has addressed issues and participated in the resolution of issues for the general good of all citizens of the County, while being a good steward of the environment
  • One who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable contributions in conserving natural resources, protecting and enhancing our environment and building public/private partnerships
  • One who has made superior and exemplary contributions to developer’s environmental responsiveness through his or her own personal leadership and effort

The FCCCE is a citizen environmental advisory group appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The purpose of the FCCCE is to investigate environmental concerns; to make recommendations to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners on environmental policies; and to increase public awareness, understanding and involvement concerning environmental issues.

To learn more about the green initiatives and environmental practices of Fifth Group Restaurants, click here.

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E-Gift Cards Now Available!

eGiftCard-Set3We’re excited to announce that Fifth Group Restaurants now offers electronic gift cards in addition to the traditional plastic cards. E-cards can be purchased and then immediately sent to the recipient by email. He or she can instantaneously view and print the e-gift card for use that day!

The new e-cards can be customized to suit any occasion and come in an array of designs all of which may be personalized.  Just like our plastic gift cards, these e-cards may be redeemed at any Fifth Group Restaurants location.

To purchase a gift card, or to learn more about our new program, click here.

The holidays are just around the corner!  Gift cards and e-gift cards make the perfect gift, and starting next month, we’ll again be offering the extra 20% promotion when you purchase a gift card of $100 or more.  Be on the lookout starting in November for more information about this offer.

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Dinner at @LureATL and @SCKMidtown and A Show at @AtlantaSymphony

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra‘s 2013-2014 season is underway! We’ve partnered together to offer you the perfect dinner and a show combination for several upcoming shows.

Dinner at Lure followed by Cirque de la Symphonie
November 29-30, 2013
 The magic of Cirque comes to the Symphony! Marvel at high flying aerialists, daredevil cyclists, and acrobatic feats of wonder set to classical masterpieces and contemporary hits. The price of tickets and dinner combo starts at $43.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Dinner at South City Kitchen Midtown followed by Gospel Christmas
December 8, 2013
The powerhouse Atlanta Gospel Singers lift your spirit and rock your soul in an inspiring program of modern and traditional selections. Tickets to this show with dinner pairing starts at $50. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Dinner at Lure followed by A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
March 28-29, 2014 The ASO celebrates the tremendous musical legacy of Marvin Hamlisch, winner of numerous major awards (three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes), writer of more than 40 movie scores, and one of the longest running Broadway shows, A Chorus Line. Conductor Larry Blank and show- stopping vocalists Jodi Benson, Doug LaBrecque and Donna McKechnie present the best of this legendary composer. Tickets to the show with dinner pairing is $50.  For more information on this show or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Experience Poland at @EccoATL’s Next Sunday Share

eccopolandEcco continues its communal, family-style Sunday Share dinners on October 13 with a culinary exploration of Polish food and culture.

Ecco’s Executive Chef, Jonathan Beatty, and his culinary team have created this unique and memorable menu which includes several classic dishes of Poland, including:

KIELBASA & PICKLED VEGETABLES BOARDS
PLACKI ZIEMNIACZANE potato pancake with sweet corn, crème fraiche, pickled apple
JEWISH CAVIAR chicken liver spread with hard boiled eggs, gerkins, wood fired sourdough
SUROWKA apple and carrot dip, sultanas, caraway seed
BORSCHT SALAD salt-roasted beet root, marinated potato, Brussels sprout slaw, crème fraiche dressing
BIGOS autumn game stew with pickled chantrelle mushrooms, kraut sprouts, celeriac, local cabbage
PIEROGI housemade polish dumplings stuffed with fresh cheese, potato, sauerkraut and sweet onion butter sauce
KREMOWKA cream pie, puff pastry, sweet egg cream, winter citrus salad
MAKOWEIC sweet poppy seed roll with walnut, rum and raisins

 The price is $52 per person which includes tax and gratuity.  Space is limited, so purchase tickets today!

Here are some of the dishes that Ecco will interpret for the next Sunday Share.  The plates that will be served will be inspired from these traditional Polish plates.

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