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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Spring Features Menu Infuses Popular Dishes with Fresh Seasonal Ingredients

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, known for its bold flavors and classic American cuisine, brings fresh seasonal ingredients and smoky, grilled dishes to its new Spring Features menu, which includes Crispy Flounder Filet, Southwest Steak Salad, Wood Grilled Striped Bass and the Impossible Burgerä. Additionally, Firebirds has added refreshing seasonal cocktails to its FIREBAR® menu and refreshed its popular Kids Menu.

“These scratch-prepared menu items are perfect for spring,” said Firebirds Executive Chef Steve Sturm. “They put a creative twist on our favorite dishes by adding fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a delicious dining experience for all.”

Available from March 20 – April 30, the Spring Features menu includes:

Lunch

  • Impossibleä Burger – Delicious patty made from plants that tastes like beef, topped with Tillamook cheddar, vine-ripened tomato, pickles; served on a brioche bun
  • Crispy Flounder Filet Sandwich with lettuce, vine-ripened tomato, pickles and our

house-charred lemon tartar sauce

  • Southwest Steak Salad served over a salad of mixed greens, charred corn salsa, peppers, onions crispy tortilla and avocado, tossed in house-made salsa verde vinaigrette
  • Chef Steve’s Steak Sandwich topped with Sam Adams beer cheese, crispy onions and

house-made spicy pepper relish on toasted focaccia bread

Dinner

  • Wood Grilled Striped Bass topped with our own charred corn salsa and served with a cool Mediterranean grains salad of cucumber, roasted peppers, tomatoes, feta and lemon vinaigrette
  • Steak & Shrimp wood-grilled flat iron steak topped with seared shrimp and creamy lemon-garlic sauce
  • Southwest Marinated Grilled Steak served with salsa verde, house-made pico de gallo, freshly sautéed asparagus and rice with smoked tomato and Southwest spice; topped with Cojita cheese

Lunch and Dinner

  • Buffalo Shrimp Flash-fried jumbo shrimp tossed with house-made buffalo hot sauce, served over chunky bleu cheese dressing
  • Ooey Gooey Butter Cake served with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries

“We are also happy to introduce our spring and summer cocktails that incorporate seasonal ingredients, perfect for when our guests want to relax and unwind,” said Sturm.

Firebirds’ hand-crafted seasonal cocktails such as the Slow Burn Margarita, Rosé All Day and The Icebreaker are available through the summer. Firebirds is also offering the only authorized wines of the most-watched and most-awarded HBO series of all time, Game of Thrones, for a limited time:

  • Game of Thrones Chardonnay: A rich palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey
  • Game of Thrones Pinot Noir: Fruit-focused with subtle tones of earthiness, vanilla, spice and toasted oak in the background

In addition to Spring Features, Firebirds has also changed up its well-regarded Kids Menu. This menu is inspired by the adult menu, with healthy new entrees such as the kids Wood Grilled Salmon, perfect for any young visitor.

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Celebrate the Spooky Seask with Family-Friendly Halloween Events at Gwinnett Parks

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Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has so many ways to celebrate the haunting season. Some are spine-chilling and others are educational but all are family friendly:

  • Walk Among the Stars is on Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Collins Hill Park, 2225 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville 30043. Celebrate National Lights on Afterschool at this free event for all ages with costumes, games, crafts, inflatables and more. Visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or call 770-822-3197 for more information.
  • Gourd Monsters & Mocktails is Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee 30024. Create a spooktacular masterpiece while enjoying mocktails and tasty treats! All instructions and materials provided. Ages 50 and older, $5 per person. Preregister by Oct. 22 online with code GPP41901 or call 678-277-0910.
  • Escape the Room: Teen Edition is on Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Help solve the mystery, beat the clock and escape. Ages 11 to 14, $10 per person. Preregister by Oct. 21 online with code RJP41605 or call 678-277-0890.
  • Super Hero Costume Party is on Oct. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road, Lilburn 30047. Come to this free event dressed as your favorite hero for an afternoon of fun, games, music and more. All ages welcome. Preregister to reserve your spot online with LAB41620 or call 678-277-0875.
  • Fall Into Halloween is on Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross 30093. A Halloween festival complete with crafts, games, costume contests and a haunted surprise for everyone. All ages, $3 per person. Preregister online with code LSP41610 or call 678-277-0860.
  • Harvest Homecoming is on Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth 30096. A free event with a special trip to the farm for games, face painting and tours. See the furry farm friends, enjoy a hayride, visit vendors and sample some tasty s’mores. All ages, preregister online with code MFP41690 or call 770-822-5450.
  • Trail of Terror is on Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville 30052. Get your chills and thrills as you experience the shadowy and sinister Phantom Village. All ages, $5 per person. Preregister online with code EXT41700 or call 678-377-4010.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Patch is on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Come find your perfect pumpkin in the pool patch to decorate for our pumpkin contest. All ages, $8 per person. Preregister online by Oct. 18 with code BEP41101 or call 678-277-0880.
  • Spooktacular Skate Party is on Oct. 26 from, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Hockey Rink, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners 30071. Create ghoulish crafts, roast marshmallows, participate in a costume contests and more! Free to attend, bring your skates and have some fun. Additional fees may apply. All ages, preregister online with code PVP41690 or call 678-277-0920.
  • Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Get into the spooky season with one of the most renowned writers to hear tales that will make your blood run cold! Ages 16 and up, $26 per person. Preregister by Oct. 20 online with code LFS41402 or call 770-822-5178.
  • Boo Bingo and Potluck is on Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Dress up in your best Halloween costume, bring a frightfully good potluck dish and enjoy a round of Boo Bingo! Ages 50 and up, $6 per person. Preregister Oct. 29 online with code BEP41908 or call 678-277-0179. 

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Great Spaces: Ten Bistro

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Ten Bistro

One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Ten Bistro
5005 Peachtree Parkway #820
Peachtree Corners 30092
770-375-8330
tenlocalflavors.com

Ten Bistro is the vision of Owner and Chef Jesse Kauffman who initially spent a long time on the corporate side of the restaurant business. Much of his formation included eight weeks of training in the kitchen, at each new restaurant that he managed.

He comes from a family of foodies; his mother was always very focused on organic, healthy foods, and his grandfather was a life-long baker. He rolled into the restaurant business very naturally.

When this attractive space became available in his community, he jumped at the chance to open his own, and just like that, Kauffman became both a Peachtree Corners resident and restauranteur. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, he decided on a brilliant way to get the neighborhood to rally behind him.

He put out the word to the 10 major subdivisions in Peachtree Corners, soliciting favorite recipes from his neighbors. “There’s always that one person known for their white chicken chili at the tennis team party,” chuckled Kauffman. So in a genuine attempt to find out what his fellow citizens would enjoy eating, his initial menu emerged, complete with the names of the neighbors who had volunteered them and the subdivisions they hailed from.

“So that’s where the “10” came from. And Bistro, just because a bistro has everything from French onion soup, to a good fresh fish, to filet mignon, and good organic salads. So that’s Ten Bistro!”

The Ten Bistro Noël

Both corporate and family gatherings on the smaller side, which do not necessarily require a private event space, are welcome in the restaurant. If a private function is a requirement, buyout of the restaurant is always an option.

The best number for a party size here is 50 or less—50 would take-up the whole restaurant. They’ve had parties of up to 65, with some guests spilling over onto the patio, but you can’t always count on the weather.

How About a Holiday Party with Ten Bistro?

Great news! Kauffman and his team do provide off-site catering for 10-150 people. Call the restaurant to discuss your vision and Ten Bistro can come to you!

For a group reserving the whole restaurant, they’ll start off with either passed around appetizers, or set them up on the bar. Envision brie wrapped in puff pastry with pineapple chili marmalade, asparagus fries, pitta and hummus, vegetable crudités, and bruschetta toast points.

Once guests are seated two choices of salad are offered; either Caesar or the House Salad.

Entrees can be served one of two ways; family-style, with guests being served from platters brought out by servers or plated in advance and brought out. For family-style, “servers come out with large platters of truffle mashed potatoes, green beans, and asparagus, and serve everybody. Then we come out with 3 different proteins and everybody can have all of them, like salmon, steak, and chicken. So, you get a nice full plate that we keep serving until people are full,” explained Kauffman.

Alternatively, you may develop a menu from which guests will be able to choose one of three entrees if the party is large. If the party is 20 or smaller, guests can have a choice of up to five entrees. “That’s where we can include vegan, vegetarian, seafood, chicken, steak, for a nice broad coverage. Then we just plate it, and bring it out,” offered Kauffman.

Desserts are the grand finale of either aforementioned scenario. 

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated here. Whether you’re a vegetarian, or you’re avoiding gluten, or dairy. Meals can be easily made per your request. Because everything is made to order, any undesired ingredients can be easily left off.

Kauffman has always had his finger on the pulse of every food decision at the restaurant. For the past seven years he’s shifted his focus from shaking hands and kissing babies in the front of the house to the kitchen even more so. There’s a reason the “boutiquey” restaurant is often buzzing.

Artwork from local artists adorns the walls of this eclectic establishment. If you should find a piece that speaks to you, they’re for sale – all proceeds go to the artists who created them.

Book it!

Any day is a good day to host a party at Ten Bistro. Kauffman recommends scheduling your holiday season event one month in advance.

From Sunday through Thursday, the group would have to spend $4,000 to rent the whole restaurant. This includes an open bar and a four-course meal.

The buyout price for Friday and Saturday is $5k, including a four-course menu, an open bar, tax and gratuity.

Daytime parties that take place on Saturday or Sunday can be done for much less: $20 per person, with a 20-person minimum.

For smaller groups of 15 to 25 that don’t need to rent the whole space for a private venue, it’s from $15 to $20 per person for lunch groups. For three course dinners, it’s $27 per person, alcohol would not be included. It would be billed separately.

To book your holiday fête or soirée at Ten Bistro, call Owner and Chef Jesse Kauffman at 770-375-8330.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directly.

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Great Spaces: Royal Thai Bistro

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Royal Thai Bistro

One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Royal Thai Bistro
6365 Spalding Drive, Suite A
Peachtree Corners 30092
828-635-9745
royalbistro.net

Royal Thai Bistro is a family-owned, Asian Fusion restaurant offering in-house and to-go dining. There’s an uplifting story behind this restaurant. It’s a story of hard work, a love of our community, and of course, a love of flavorful Thai food.

Breathing life back into a great neighborhood jewel with a fresh Asian Fusion twist, Owner and Managing Partner Kenny Suphapol once worked in Royal Thai Cuisine. When it closed after serving the community for 25 years, he decided to purchase the space, pick the former owner’s brain regarding everything he loved about her restaurant, and he opened up shop again with his own personal touches, in the form of Royal Thai Bistro.

That was almost four years ago. Today, this welcoming neighborhood establishment offers weekly lunch specials and monthly Happy Hour dinner specials that are a big hit among the locals.

The Most Wonderful Thai of the Year

There are approximately 33 chairs, a long silver-colored, tufted back, leather banquette against the back wall, and a smaller adjacent room with 3 booths. Tables are elegantly set with dark linens. Royal Bistro can seat a party of 25-30 people for your holiday event.

If you’d prefer a standing-only cocktail hour type party, with passed appetizers, that is also an option in the main dining room.

How About a Holiday Party with Royal Thai Bistro?

Every dish served here is made fresh to order. “We use only fresh ingredients to make our Thai Fusion food,” stated Suphapol. Their aim is to serve up the unique flavors of Thai cuisine with a slight twist, making it friendlier on American palates. “For example, we’ll put a traditional, Thai Nam Tok salad in a sandwich, and serve it with fries,” explained Suphapol. “We can make dishes super spicy, or as spicy as you like.”

There are gluten-free and vegetarian options available. They’re able to cater to certain food allergies as well. They try their best to meet your needs and are happy to prepare dishes especially for you if you have dietary restrictions.

While Royal Thai Bistro does not cater off-site, they do prepare large quantities of food for pick-up so you can still take the Thai party home. For a large affair, five days of advance notice would be beneficial.

Book it!

Two days’ notice is sufficient for a party of 10-12. For parties of 25-30 people, five days’ notice is advised. While they encourage customers to book as early as possible, they’ve also been able to accept large party bookings in as little as two to three days in advance.

Royal Thai Bistro is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If your party takes place here, free refills of Thai tea and coffee are included. Beer and wine would be charged on a per consumption basis.

Food pricing will depend on the number and type of dishes you request. Per person rates can start at $12 to $15, which would include appetizers and entrees. More expensive selections can go up to $25 per person, including three to four appetizers, not served all at once, but staggered and spread out. When everyone is done, a main course would be served.

To discuss the details of your Thai-rrific holiday party at Royal Bistro, call Owner, Kenny Suphapol at 828-635-9745.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directly.

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