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Top 10 Brunch Places in Gwinnett County

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Black Wallnut
Black Walnut's Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

This month in Peachtree Corners, Explore Gwinnett‘s Top 10 Brunch Places in Gwinnett County with co-hosts Victoria Hawkins and Rico Figliolini.

Black Walnut’s Angry Shrimp Omelet
  1. Parkside District, Lawrenceville, GA – https://www.parksidedistrict.com/
  2. Maple Street Biscuit Co., Duluth, GA – https://maplestreetbiscuits.com/
  3. Black Walnut Café, Peachtree Corners, GA – https://www.blackwalnutcafe.com/locations/atlanta-locations/peachtree-corners/
  4. Brunch Apothecary, Dacula, GA – http://thebrunchapothecary.com/
  5. Graft, Grayson, Ga – http://www.graftrestaurant.net/
  6. Three Blind Mice,  Lilburn, GA – http://www.tbmrestaurant.com/
  7. 45 South Café, Norcross, GA – http://www.45southcafe.com/
  8. Sugar Hill Bakery and Café, Sugar Hill, GA- https://www.sugarhilltowne.com/
  9. Famous Toastery, Suwanee, GA- https://famoustoastery.com/menus/
  10. Local Republic, Lawrenceville, GA – https://www.localrepublic.com/

For more information about things to do in Gwinnett County visit https://www.exploregwinnett.org/  

For more about Peachtree Corners or the Explore Gwinnett’s Top Ten List visit https://livinginpeachtreecorners.com

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Highball Celebrates the Best of Brunch Cocktails

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Atlanta’s leading mixologists will face off at the High Museum of Art’s 3rd annual Highball, an exclusive craft cocktail competition fundraiser featuring libations, light bites and lively music on Aug. 11, 2019, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at The Fairmont. This year’s event has a Sunday Funday theme, with each bartender creating his or her best brunch-inspired drink. Early bird tickets will be available on June 3, and general admission tickets go on sale June 18. Visit www.high.org/highball for more information and to purchase tickets while supplies last. 
 
“Highball has given our patrons a unique and festive opportunity to raise a glass in celebration and support of the arts,” said Allison Chance, the High’s director of development. “We are very excited to see what the competitors mix up for this year’s theme and to toast the laid-back and sundrenched brunch atmosphere.” 
 
The 2019 Highball will feature 15 of Atlanta’s top bartenders, who were hand selected by the event’s host committee: 

·         Fernando Alonso (Casi Cielo)

·         James Cramer (Biltong Bar

·         Tiana Dillard (King + Duke

·         Greg Emilio (Bellina Alimentari)

·         Baylee Hopings (Empire State South

·         Erika Moore (Parlor

·         Colten Murray (9 Mile Station

·         Mitchell Oliver (King of Pops

·         Don Pirone (Brezza Cucina)

·         Gabriella Ramel (Iberian Pig Buckhead

·         Mathew Riggins (Negril Village Atlanta

·         Tokiwa Sears (Bar Margot

·         Jessica Smith (Urban Tree Cidery

·         Nik Soukavong (Little Trouble

·         Zee Zammit (The Consulate Atlanta

 
Each bartender will unveil his or her original cocktail recipe at the event to compete for Highball’s top honors. Guests are invited to sip each cocktail and vote for their favorites. Local judges, The Atlantan Editor Lauren Finney and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Food and Dining Editor Ligaya Figueras, also will score each cocktail based on five categories: appearance, taste, complexity, balance and originality. Guest and critic votes will be combined to select first, second and third place winners: Luxury Mixologist, Top Shelf Mixologist and Classic Mixologist. In addition to bragging rights, each winning bartender will receive a cash prize. This year 
 
Throughout the afternoon, guests will enjoy music by DJ Teknology and breakfast-inspired bites by Dennis Dean catering. 
 
Doors will open at noon for VIP benefactor access, with general admission beginning at 12:30 p.m. Cocktail enthusiasts age 21 and older are encouraged to attend; all proceeds will benefit the High Museum of Art. Early bird tickets are $65 for High Museum of Art members and $85 for not-yet-members. Beginning on June 18, regularly priced single tickets will be available at $75 for Museum members and $95 for not-yet-members. Benefactor packages with exclusive benefits begin at $500. Tickets may be purchased online at www.high.org/highball. Guests are encouraged to break out their favorite brunch casual attire for the occasion. 
 
Event listing: 
 
Highball 
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 
12:30 to 4 p.m. 
VIP Benefactor access begins at noon, followed by general admission at 12:30 p.m. 
The Fairmont 
1429 Fairmont Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 
 
Atlanta’s best bartenders compete in a head-to-head craft cocktail competition at this Sunday Funday-themed fundraiser benefiting the High Museum of Art. Guests will raise a glass for a top-shelf cause and vote for their favorite libation as they enjoy music and light bites. Single tickets are $75 for Museum members and $95 for not-yet-members. Benefactor packages begin at $500. More information and tickets available at www.high.org/highball
 
Highball Support 
Media Partner – The Atlantan 
Esprit de Pour – Atlanta Beverage Company 
 
 
About High Museum of Art 
Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High features a collection of more than 17,000 works of art, including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts; major holdings of photography and folk and self-taught work, especially that of artists from the American South; burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, new media and design; a growing collection of African art, with work dating from pre-history through the present; and significant holdings of European paintings and works on paper. The High is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of its communities and offering a variety of exhibitions and educational programs that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process. For more information about the High, visit www.high.org

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Live on the Green with Emily Hackett

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Emily Hackett

The Live on the Green series hosts free monthly concerts in the Town Center through October. The summer performances kick off with Emily Hackett on Saturday, June 22.

Hackett, who was raised in Atlanta but has since moved to Nashville to launch her music career, has gained recognition as a country artist through her bold and honest songwriting. In fact, she was recently named one of the 10 “need to know” up-and-coming country artists by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Her unique, fresh take on country music has cemented her place in the new wave of the genre and allowed her to tour with renowned artists like Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan.

The show will start at 7 p.m., and Farm Burger will be serving up classics like their original Farm Burger and the popular Chicken Burger, along with local craft beer off the back patio. Parking will be available within the Town Center and off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and get ready for a night of great music, food and family fun.

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Sweets & Treats

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Eight treats from a restaurant, three bakeries, a movie theater, and a chocolatier

Donut Bread Pudding

A twist on your favorite breakfast treat comes in the form of this decadent dessert. Made in-house and from scratch, it’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet. The dough is soft and tender with lemon crème pâtissière and salted butterscotch — and to top it all off — a dollop of cinnamon whip cream. Donut Bread Pudding is just one of CinéBistro’s tasty dessert options.

CMX CinéBistro
Town Center, 5180 Town Center Boulevard, Peachtree Corners
facebook.com/cmxcinebistropeachtreecorners
cmxcinemas.com

Guava Cheesecake
Guava Cheesecake from Mojitos

Guava Cheesecake

Mojitos Cuban American Bistro at the Forum has cleverly taken the classic Cuban treat of crackers with cream cheese and guava paste and transformed it into a cheesecake! It’s their original, and also their signature, dessert — found nowhere else. The cream cheese is guava infused and the icing is made in-house as well. Cheesecake is an American favorite, while the guava adds a brilliant Cuban flair.

Tre Leches from Mojitos

Tres Leches

A traditional Latin specialty, tres leches consist of three milks: evaporated, condensed and heavy cream. This moistened sponge cake is made fresh and in-house at Mojitos daily. The cake is garnished with a lush red cherry to top it all off. It’s a sweet treat that will melt in your mouth. Delish!

Mojitos at the Forum
5161 Peachtree Parkway
Suite 630
Peachtree Corners
mojitosbistro.com

Quesitos
Quesitos from Pablo’s Bakery & Cafe

Quesitos

A traditional dessert from Puerto Rico, quesito is a puff pastry consisting of cream cheese and covered in sugar. The perfect shade of golden brown you see on the outside is a result of the caramelization of the sugar — absolutely mouthwatering! This treat pairs perfectly with a cup of hot coffee.

Strawberry Tart
Strawberry Tart from Pablo’s Bakery & Cafe

Strawberry Tart

Pablo’s Bakery takes a unique approach to the classic strawberry tart dessert. It’s prepared in-house, like many of their other treats. The dough is made like a cookie, then the tart and the frangipane are baked to perfection. It’s topped with cream and, of course, fresh strawberries with little sprinkles of chocolate.

Pablo’s Bakery & Cafe
5075 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 101
Peachtree Corners
facebook.com/pablosbakerycafe
(770) 676-5784

The Wonder Egg, Peterbrooke Chocolatier
The Wonder Egg, Peterbrook Chocolatier

The Wonder Egg

The ultimate Easter treat is Peterbrooke’s Wonder Egg! While a chocolate egg is exciting enough, break the Wonder Egg open for a pleasant surprise – chocolate covered popcorn! Are you the lucky winner? One of the eggs has an additional surprise hidden inside: a $100 gift certificate. Chocolate eggs are not the only indulgent treats. Peterbrooke also has chocolate bunnies, and a diverse array of them — whether it’s vanilla, dark or milk chocolate you prefer. Most of their treats are made right in-house.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier
The Forum, 5135 Peachtree Parkway
Suite 930
Peachtree Corners
facebook.com/PeterbrookeAtlanta
(770) 817-8118

Beard Papa's
Cream Puffs, Beard Papa’s

Cream Puffs

Cream puff? More like dream puff! Beard Papa’s which originated in Japan, has the most fresh and natural cream puffs in the game. The puff shells and custard cream used to fill the delicious puffs are made fresh every day from scratch right in the kitchen! The natural ingredients include Madagascar vanilla beans. There are a variety of cream puff flavors to choose from, ranging from your classic vanilla and chocolate to more extravagant flavors, like crème brûlée and espresso.

Beard Papa’s
Town Center, 5215 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 620
Peachtree Corners
facebook.com/BeardpapaATL
Image provided by Beard Papas

Gigi's Cupcakes
Wedding cake, by Gigi’s Cupcakes

Custom Cakes

Don’t let the name fool you. While cupcakes are Gigi’s signature treat, there’s more where that came from. Gigi’s is a full-service, family-owned bakery that specializes in custom cakes that come in various sizes and designs. They offer themed cakes fit for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party or wedding. Pictured here is a semi-naked vanilla cake decorated with beautiful hand-piped flowers. It looks so good you almost don’t want to eat it!

Gigi’s Cupcakes
The Forum, 4880 Peachtree Corners Circle
Suite 1130
Peachtree Corners
gigiscupcakesusa.com/norcrossgeorgia
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