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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

What can’t you do this weekend? We’ve got mega pool parties, a tea dance, drag shows, BBQs, gay singers, and even an award banquet going on. Yes, it is probably going to rain this weekend and there may be some thunder here and there … but who cares? There’s enough amazingly fun things going on both indoors and out that you can get splashed and sloshed to your heart’s content. We’re going to go for a healthy dose of both.

FRIDAY July 19:

Frisky MonkeyFrisky Monkey, featuring gay Atlanta singer/songwriter Juan Cezar and John Miklaucic, is playing at Smith’s Olde Bar starting at 10 p.m. There is an $8 cover.

Joining Hearts 26 Kickoff Party starts at 9 p.m. at Heretic Atlanta on Cheshire Bridge. Tonight’s party ushers in the start Joining Hearts’ weekend of fundraising with their main event tomorrow at Piedmont Park. Tonight’s party features DJ Mike Pope and DJ/Producer Micky Friedmann. Admission is $10. Joining Hearts will receive $1 from each admission paid.

Atlanta Pride’s Food, Flicks, and Fun at Sweet Cheats in Cabbagetown starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. A portion of Sweet Cheats proceeds will be donated to Atlanta Pride.

Atlanta Bucks’ 10th Anniversary Awards Banquet is tonight at the Colonnade. The reception starts at 7 p.m. with a cash bar and the dinner begins at 8 p.m. Banquet tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Awards will be presented after the dinner service. For more information contact Mike England.

TAKEOVER at The Livingston starts at 9 p.m. DJ Kirk Angell will be spinning in the beautiful bar at the intersection of Peachtree and Ponce de Leon.


Joining HeartsJoining Hearts 26, Atlanta’s favorite annual pool party, is back and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are completely sold out so I hope you got one before it was too late. For more information about the party and pictures from last year, click here. The party party at 4 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m.

Burkhart’s Extravaganza with Shavonna B. Brooks starts at 11 p.m. featuring Niesha Dupree, Monica Van Pelt, Raquell Lord, Nicole Paige Brooks, Alvion Arnell Davenport.

LeBuzz’s staff and entertainers are going all out to raise money for Marietta Pride’s charity this year, the Health Initiative. You’ll have an opportunity to bid on the staff and entertainers from LeBUZZ for a dinner date. Plus, LeBUZZ is picking up the tab for dinner. Have a fun date and benefit a great Georgia charity.

SUNDAY July 21:

Bulldogs SundayBulldogs Bar Atlanta is kicking off their new Sundays with DJ Caprice starting at 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy $2 well drinks from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and complimentary hot dogs and hamburgers from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. from Smokin T&T’s BBQ.

Atlanta Cotillion’s Weekend Wind Down Fun-raiser is the perfect way to recover from Joining Hearts 26 the day before. The event will benefit AID Atlanta and is presented by Svedka Vodka. Lounging around Century Skyline Apartments’ beautiful rooftop pool sounds like a great way to benefit charity. Tickets are available at AtlantaCotillion.com

Joining Hearts’ Closing Party, with internationally known DJ Isaac Escalante and Atlanta’s DJ Corey David, will be at Jungle Atlanta starting at 7 p.m. You can expect sexy go-go boys and even a performance by Phoenix Atl.

The Armorettes take over Burkhart’s starting at 8 p.m. for their fun and hilarious Sunday show. Join the award-winning ladies as they entertain with comedy and song for a great end to the weekend. You can see FENUXE’s photos from a recent Armorettes show here.

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A Monthly Ladies’ Night at 10th & Piedmont? Yep!

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

Ladies, keep the last Friday of every month open — 10th & Piedmont’s main course is hot women.

Beginning Friday, May 31, the hip Midtown club/eatery will host “SWANK,” an evening of indulgence that comes with perks just for the ladies. From 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., you marvelous maidens of Midtown will be treated to a festive atmosphere packed with delicious dames enjoying music, cocktails, food, and other perks that you’ll only find out about once you’re there.

Lesbian-Kiss-Web“We wanted to give women somewhere nice to mix and mingle on a Friday night,” Anna Ragghianti, publicist for 10th & Piedmont, tells FENUXE. “As of now, they really don’t have many options.”

When asked how the evening would be different from what we’re used to on Friday down at 10th & P, Ragghianti responds:

“More eye candy for the lesbians! This is a classy lounge atmosphere, so it will offer [them] a safe Midtown location to play.”

She also tells the gals to expect a DJ with random cameo DJs jumping on the decks and adding to the mix.

Bonus: No cover, which means more money in your purse to grab an extra drink.

But come early if you’re hungry, amigas. “The menu runs till 11 p.m., then switches to a scaled down bar menu,” she says. “We also feature flights of vodka from a huge selection, as well as a martini that can be instantly infused at the table with up to three farm fresh ingredients.”

Also for the ladies: valet parking from their side lot.

But don’t let the ladies night deter you, gentlemen. (Like you could stay away, c’mon.) Ragghianti assures: “Our guy friends are always welcome.”

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Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company

Nico Stoerner, Staff Writer

You may not be aware of this, but the olive oil you’ve been cooking with is swill.

For those of you familiar with great cooking and even better nutrition, you may also be aware of an astounding fact: 70% of the extra virgin olive oil sold is adulterated – cut with cheaper oils.

As detailed in a recent book by Tom Mueller, the Mob is making tons of money and in 2008 400 Italian police officers conducted a lengthy investigation called “Operation Golden Oil” that led to the arrest of 23 people and the confiscation of 85 farms. The gist: Much of the olive oil on the market, especially which is bottled in clear containers, is considered “lamp oil” – not suitable for human consumption.

Fortunately there are some committed individuals out there who are working to bring you only the best olive oil – some of which have over 450 polyphenols (these help lower your low density lipoprotein “LDL” levels and help ensure a long, healthy life). The lovely pair at Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company are also more than happy to introduce you to the beautiful world of Balsamic Vinegar: With delicious infusions like “Blood Orange,” “Wild Blueberry,” “Dark Chocolate,” “Persian Lime,” and “Coconut” among many others, you’ll be more than impressed – you can literally sip on these. What’s even more amazing is how good these taste over ice cream (Think Talenti Salted Caramel with a healthy smattering of “Blood Orange” and “Dark Chocolate” balsamic – it’s food of the gods).

While many people may think of olive farms in Georgia as a “foreign” concept, it is actually a tradition older than our nation. In fact, there have been excavations of 16th century Franciscan Settlements from Florida through Georgia where olive pits have been found. Although they were probably brought to the new world by Spanish explorers in the early 1500’s, it just goes to show you that our unique soil and climate provide an excellent environment for this Meditteranean transplant.

Following a stringent set of rules, the great folks at Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company offer only the best quality olive oil that is sure to tantalize your tastebuds as well as improve your health.

Be sure to stop in here during your next visit to Blue Ridge!

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Drink of the Week: Cran-Apple Rokk

Autumn is just around the corner, so why not cool the last few days of summer down with some fall flavors like ROKK APPLE FLAVORED VODKA.


– 1.5 fl oz ROKK Apple Flavored Vodka
– 3 fl oz Cranberry Juice
– 1 wedge(s) Lime

Introduce ice to cocktail glass. Mingle in ROKK Vodka and cranberry juice. Dress it up with the lime wedge.

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Drink of the Week: CaipiJulio

Kick the week off right with a little Mexican-style Caipirinha. Simply replace the traditional Cachaça with a little DON JULIO ANEJO TEQUILA. Salud!


– 1.5 fl oz Don Julio Anejo Tequila
– 0.25 fl oz Lime Juice
– 2 tsp Sugar
– 2 slice(s) Lime


Place sugar in a glass. Introduce lime wedges. Crush lime with muddle or back of a spoon until juice is completely mingled with sugar. Mingle in crushed ice Don Julio Anejo Tequila and lime juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Servings: 1

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Murphy’s : New Chef, Same Great Taste

by: Michael Vorndran
Murphy’s has been the home of some of Atlanta’s best known chefs including: Rob Atherholt (Taqueria El Vecino and Gerry Klaskala (Aria). Every time one of them exits foodies across the city shiver in fear that the new chef will take the comfort out of the menu.

When Murphy’s brought in Ian Winslade of W Midtown and BluePointe fame there were many rumblings around the culinary community that he would change the menu from comfort into something more modern. So far that has not been the case. Winslade keenly understands what Murphy’s is all about. He has taken his unique flavors and infused them into the standard menu while keeping the style and taste in line with what made Murphy’s a local favorite for the past 30 years.

Of course Winslade didn’t just show up and start cooking other people’s food. He has added some fine selections to the menu. One of them is the divine red wine miso glazed pork tenderloin served over tender green lentils and potatoes. The pork was tender and juicy while the lentils were perfectly steeped in a rich sauce. He has also added a succulent arctic char served over tender lemon risotto and a grilled café steak with a black sesame mustard sauce.

People who have come to know and love Murphy’s as a comfortable place to have a great, unpretentious meal with family or friends will be more than pleased with the addition of Winslade. His new items are profound, but fit perfectly into the Murphy’s style of elegant comfort food.

997 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday 11am-11pm
Saturday 8am-11pm
Sunday 8am-10pm

Price $$

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JCT. Kitchen & Bar/Attack of the Killer Tomato

If you haven’t yet treated yourself to JCT.Kitchen – It is time to head on over.

Their menu will satisfy and the ambience will relax you. Every time I leave this quaint restaurant I’m always planning for my next visit. A couple of weekends ago I stopped in for lunch and feasted on the Maine Lobster Roll sandwich with Sweet & Sour Slaw and a tasty side of Truffle Fries. It was delicious! I ended the meal with their homemade warm Meyer Lemon Doughnuts – nirvana all the way around.

This Sunday, July 17th, The third annual JCT. Kitchen: Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival will be hosted by JCT. Kitchen & Bar from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This unique event brings together some of the South’s best chefs, farmers and mixologists. They will join forces to benefit Georgia Organics (www.georgiaorganics.org), a non-profit working to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of all Georgians.

Each featured chef will be paired with a local farmer to create a yummy tomato dish for attendees to sample while the featured mixologists will stir up their own signature cocktails. Live entertainment will be provided by The Spazmatics and local chef band Five Bone Rack.

High-profile judges, such as CNN Features Editor Cybil Wallace, Food & Wine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader, Bon Appétit Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton, and registered dietician, food journalist and nutrition expert Carolyn O’Neil, will be choosing the best dish, best beverage and best table decorations.

1198 Howell Mill Road,
Suite 18
Atlanta, GA 30318

Monday-Saturday 11AM-2:30PM

Monday-Thursday 5PM-10PM
Friday and Saturday 5PM – 11PM
Sunday 5PM-9PM

Tuesday-Saturday 5pm until….

Price $$
Gay quotient 3 out of 3
Organic 3 out of 3

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Drink of the Week: Dragon Wings

Survive the summer party season with a pair (nothing wrong with a double) of wings!!! All you need is a little energy and a lot of ROKK VODKA!!!


– 1.5 ounces Rokk Vodka
– 3 ounces of your favorite energy drink


Fill glass with Ice. Pour Vodka over ice. Add energy drink to fill. Stir. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

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Double Zero Napoletana: Double Good!

By: Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

The entire experience at Double Zero was fantastic – The contemporary Southern Italian cuisine will leave you wanting to come back over and over. The pizza, pasta and seafood take you back to a summer night in Naples, their wine selection is apropos and the desserts oh the desserts…so good.

I recommend expanding your horizons with this eclectic menu and try the “Polipo” – Grilled octopus, white bean puree, pickled vegetable salad, roasted red pepper coulis, lemon, purple potato- EXCELLENT. For those with less adventurous pallets I say try the “Short Rib Crespelle” – Ricotta-mascarpone Crespelle, Blu di Bufala cheese, braised short rib ragu, walnut gremolata.

This gem is located in Sandy Springs not too far off 285 and well worth the drive. It is family owned and operated by the Castelellucci Hospitality Group – Kudos to Federico Castellucci for bringing us authentic Southern Italian to the heart of the South.

5825 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328

Mon-Thurs: 5:00 pm-11:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 5:00 pm-12:00 am
Sun: 5:00 pm-11:00 pm

Price $$
Gay quotient 2 out of 3
Organic 3 out of 3

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Dino’s Dish: Dinner Party or TV Dinner?

Matching your belt and shoes to the napkin rings and tablecloth, inviting the pretty one, the smart one, the funny one and hoping the flirty one doesn’t end up in the powder room with the bartender is just the beginning of planning the perfect dinner party. Then you need to wear the right cologne so it doesn’t clash with the aroma in the kitchen, keep an eye on your silverware so it doesn’t get confused as parting gifts and hope your sleepy pills don’t magically disappear from your nightstand.

Now, imagine adding Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard & Raven Symone to the mix. Scared yet? Well, all the above is about to happen to celebrated Chef Rocco DiSpirito.
I had the opportunity to chat with him about his new show “Rocco’s Dinner Party”.

Rocco, tell me about “Rocco’s Dinner Party” and the purpose behind it?
The concept behind the show has never been done before. It’s all about “WHY we cook not HOW we cook”. We are focusing on the celebration of cooking, having real human moments and making guests happy.

What can we expect?
Each week, three new chefs have one shot at impressing me by cooking their signature dish. The two strongest will advance to the next round, where they are challenged to develop a full menu in competing dinner parties’ for my high-profile guests.

In addition, the food is only half the battle. Allowed one consultation with Jes Gordon, celebrity event producer, the chef’s must also design a unique party concept, as décor and ambiance will be judged alongside their food. Each episode will have a theme for which the chef’s must base their meal and dining experience around.

High profile guests? Like who?
Some of guests include Liza Minnelli , Sandra Bernhard and Christine Ebersole. Tune in to see the many special guests that drop by and the many funny and memorable moments.

I’m definitely tuning in; all the elements for fun TV are present. From Chef DiSpirito, named the sexiest chef alive by People magazine, to delicious and exquisite foods and décor and then toss in an eclectic mix of celebrities candidly sharing dinner – for me it is a must watch.

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

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