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Great Escapes: Mojitos Cuban American Bistro

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Mojitos at the Forum

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

Mojitos Cuban American Bistro
5161 Peachtree Parkway #630
Peachtree Corners 30092
770-686-3254
mojitosbistro.squarespace.com

For authentic Cuban cuisine, live music every night, dancing, and a laidback, festive atmosphere, invite your holiday party guests to Mojitos. This family-owned and operated, Cuban restaurant boasts a splendidly friendly staff, and dedicates a tremendous amount of time and resources to daily prep-work in order to deliver only the freshest family recipes that are subject to quality control by the head chef and creator of said recipes herself, the matriarch of the family.

Her son, Alexander Cortes, General Manager of Operations, allowed me to pick his brain about hosting a unique holiday party there. His dad is a chef. His parents, sister, and brother-in-law co-own the restaurant. His sister, Yanin Fernandez, and her husband also play with the band on Friday and Saturday; she sings, he plays several instruments. It’s really all in the family here! And they love to share their heritage with you through their food and music.

Feliz Mojitos

No shocker there, it’s in the name, after all. They’re serving up the best Mojitos in town! The lime juice is freshly squeezed, and the mint is picked fresh, daily. There are no drinks made with pre-mixers at this bar.

Your Cuban Christmas party could be as small as 15 people, and as large as 200. Inside, 100 can be comfortably seated. Outside on the all-season patio, you can seat 50.

Either the bar area or the patio would be an ideal place to host a cocktail hour for a maximum of 60-80 guests. If you had a larger-scale happy hour in mind, you could use the whole restaurant and fit 200 inside, up to 300 if you also make use of the patio.

How About a Holiday Party at Mojitos?

Enjoy different musicians every night. See performances from a Flamenco guitarist, an R&B cover band, and Abe Parker, an acoustic cover singer. If you wish to be part of the entertainment from the patio, large garage doors open allowing you to enjoy the acts from outside. If you’d rather have a more intimate gathering, the doors remain shut.

“Our food is all fresh and seasoned here. Our roast pork leg cooks for 4 hrs. We season it the night before. It takes a lot of prep work every day. We have four to five people coming in every morning just for prep, that doesn’t include the chefs,” emphasized Cortes.

Custom menus for parties are planned in advance upon your request. “It really depends on what type of party you’re looking to organize. We can offer a limited menu. We can do a buffet. No two parties are the same. If you have a vision for your event, we want to make that vision happen.”

In terms of dietary restrictions, they can make gluten free suggestions. Vegetarian options are available. Although more limited, there are some vegan selections too. Most of their dishes are nut free. “We’re very careful about paying attention to any May Contain warnings,” shared Cortes.

Good News! Mojitos Caters! If you can’t make it to Mojitos, they’ll take the Cuban cuisine to you! Within a 10-mile radius, they can cater the food and provide full serve at your holiday party, if you need it.

Fun Fact: The family is very involved with Atlanta United. “We took it seriously when they asked us to be a sponsor,” confided Cortes. “We go to some games as one of the affiliates, and we bring precooked Cuban sandwiches and make paella on site – we basically tailgate the restaurant… in the parking lot. It’s fun, and we get to see the game.”

Book it!

They try to be flexible but recommend booking a party at least a week in advance. Parties are normally limited to 3-hour blocks but if you have something else in mind, they can work with you up to 4 hours.

They are open seven days a week: Monday to Thursday, from 11a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Every other Saturday, there’s a serious party going on in the suburbs. They host Havana Night with a DJ, starting at 11 p.m., and patrons take on the night life until 2 a.m. “Havana Nights are announced on Instagram and Facebook,” Cortes pointed-out. You could host a party on those evenings, but it would have to be on the patio. “We can cook paella outside on the patio for 30 people on the weekend, it depends on the night.

Because of the volume of regulars, parties after dark are a little more restricted.

The size of your group is also a factor. You can always start earlier in the day or choose a more open day of the week. However, if it’s small enough, the patio is always a good location for a private event on busy nights.

Party Packages are based on needs and everything is customizable. “We’ll have suggested foods in each package but if there is something you really want, we can always add it, even if it’s a higher-end item. Then we’ll rework the rest of the menu to fit… [your desired price range]” said Cortes.

  • Lower: $14 – $20 Soft drinks, beer and house wine can be included in the $20 range.
  • Drink Tickets are available as well. You can limit the alcohol to two drinks per guest for example, and you’d pay $7 for each ticket.  
  • Mid: $30-$35 per person. This tier offers a broader selection of food, higher end choices, Mojitos, and well drinks. There is a two-hour maximum for the open bar.
  • High: $40 – $45 per person. All drinks are included, open bar style. Appetizers and desserts are included as well.

For an unforgettable, Cuban Christmas party that will not soon be forgotten, call General Manager, Alex Cortes at 770-686-3254.

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

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. She and her family have enjoyed living, working and playing in Peachtree Corners since 2013.

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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 the 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 courses 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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Great Spaces: Pub Ten

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Pub Ten

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

Pub Ten
5270 Peachtree Parkway #118b
Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-5041
pub10.com

The friendly, neighborhood bar and grill with that Cheers sort of vibe, “where everybody knows your name,” Pub Ten, is a cozy place to consider celebrating the season’s social events. Owner, Evan Hanson and I had a fun chat about just that. Evan also does the pastry work at the pub.

“I have a lot of regulars. They start to walk in the door and the bartender is making their drink before they even ask for it. Or we’re already ordering their food. I want everybody to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. I want everybody to have great service, good food, enjoy the ambiance, and listen to some fun music,” beamed Hanson.

This craft kitchen and bar serves-up an elevated take on pub food, with a bit of a twist. They like their food to be a little bit crazy—like the lamb burger with banh mi slaw. Instead of nachos consisting of corn tortilla chips with ground beef on top, you’re going to get fried wontons topped with Korean BBQ brisket. Besides avoiding the traditional however, the old favorites are on hand, because plenty of people still enjoy a regular burger, and the comfort of a grilled cheese sandwich.

Evan serves up the best wings in town, in my opinion. They’re smoked, baked, fried, and then tossed in your sauce of choice. My favorite is the Sweet Chili Thai sauce, but their made-from-scratch 10 spice dry rub is popular too.

On the Pub-Tenth Day of Christmas…

A sit-down dinner, a buffet, or appetizers, all scenarios are possible here. “We try to accommodate the needs of the group,” said Hanson. They have both family and business events at the pub.

There’s a semi-private room where events are usually held, and the main dining area where the bar is located. Generally, people rent out the quasi-secluded room. If seated, 30-35 people can be accommodated. If it’s a standing/cocktail shindig, one can invite 40 to 55 guests.

If booking this semi-private room, there is a minimum dollar spend, depending on the day of the week and the time. You can also rent the entire space as long as the minimum spend is met.

Good News! Pub Ten also provides catering off-site for up to about 100 people. Hanson advises against certain items that don’t travel well, like some of the fried foods, although some of her customers insist on getting the Mac Tots delivered – in which case she advises they be kept in the oven so they stay crispy. When catering, all sauces are kept separate from the food to avoid anything getting soggy.

If you need servers, she’s happy to send her staff along to help you, and allows you to pay them directly.

How About a Holiday Party with Pub Ten?

It’s nice to have a space exclusively dedicated to your party. “We are so reasonably priced compared to some others in the area. Again, we’re that hometown, sit down and feel comfortable kind of place. You’ll feel like you’re at home. We’ll make sure we take good care of you,” vowed Hanson.

For the most part, the party food comes from the usual menu. You can also provide guests with a reduced menu if you prefer. If you want to go off menu, that is absolutely an option. A nacho bar, with all the fixings is a popular idea. That way everyone can create their own and get it just the way they like. Chafing dishes are used for a buffet style meal. “We try to make it easy for anybody to get whatever they want,” said Hanson.

Pub Ten can adapt the menu according to your dietary needs. “We can cater to any dietary restrictions considering what’s on the menu. If you need it to be gluten free, we can make sure it’s gluten free for you. If you need some vegetarian options, we have great vegetarian options. We have a veggie burger that’s amazing. I have a keto bowl right now that’s a spaghetti squash bake, no pasta, and it’s amazing, with chicken. If you need it to be vegetarian, we can just leave the chicken off,” said Hanson. 

Book it!

For larger groups, a week’s notice helps them to plan accordingly. For the holidays, Evan suggests starting to book in October, if not sooner, because several corporate events get booked here annually.

Hours

  • Monday           5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday           11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday     11 a.m. -10 p.m.
  • Thursday         11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday              11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Saturday          11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Sunday            11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Instead of a room rental fee, you’ll have to spend a certain amount, depending upon the night of the week. A normally busy night like a Friday will be more expensive. If you reach that predetermined amount, there’s no extra charge. If you haven’t met that minimum amount, then your tab will be bumped-up. “I’ll make sure you get the best of the best. I try to be fair,” promised Hanson.

Pricing will vary between buffets and seated dinners.

  • Low: grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, and such.
  • High: steak, Spanish bowl, Brazilian bowl, and the higher-end items.

Alcohol tabs for parties can be handled in a number of ways. Evan is open to what works best for you. For example, you may opt for an open bar scenario, minus one or two liquors that may be beyond what the agreed-upon price-point would afford.

To inquire about hosting a friendly and intimate holiday party at Pub Ten, contact Owner, Evan Hanson at 678-691-5041.

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

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