The Dish August 22 2001
AN AROMI BY ANY OTHER NAME
Aromi Gelato Italiano (known by most people simply as Aromi), has changed its name to Paolo's Gelato Italiano after quirky and charming owner Paolo Dalla Zorza. In addition to the name change, it seems Paolo's been harvesting flowers and is now serving rose, jasmine and carnation-flavored gelato. Looks like Paolo's gelato, no matter what he calls his store, still tastes sweet. 1025 Virginia Ave. 404-607-0055.
SHEER LUNA-CY, PART 2
Funky Brazilian tapas restaurant Loca Luna would like to thank Atlanta for two triumphant years of business. Loca Luna will open its doors Sunday, Aug. 26, not Aug. 19 as originally scheduled, from 5 p.m.-midnight and offer free food on a first-come, first-serve basis. House band Rua 6 will keep the feast festive with its Brazilian beats. 836 Juniper St. Midtown. 404-875-4494.
South City Kitchen's Executive Chef Jay Swift hosts the first of two cooking class to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" mountain bike race in which he is participating in October. For his class, he'll prepare roasted squash soup with ginger Chantilly; crispy snapper and fried grits with peanut brown butter; and banana brioche bread pudding. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Cook's Warehouse in Midtown. 7-9 p.m. $55 per class. 549-1 Amsterdam Ave. 404-815-4993 or www.cookswarehouse.com.
LIVING THE HI LIFE
Hi Life Kitchen and Cocktails in Norcross hosts a winemaker dinner with Benziger Vineyards (of California and Oregon) Thursday, Aug. 30. Benziger wines are paired with food creations by Chef Chris Pyun's. Fume Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon will be paired with rosemary-seared diver scallops with tomato petal confit; sweetbread fritter Dijon in a butter lace cup with carmelized pears; and maple-smoked rack of lamb with wax beans, respectively. $75 per person. 3380 Holcomb Bridge Road. 770-409-0101 or www.atlantahilife.com.
CHILIS IN FROM NEW MEXICO
Ay, ay, ay! The just-harvested green and red chilies have arrived from the Land of Enchantment to spice things up at Sundown Cafe. Catch them in specials, regular offerings such as carne adovada and, of course, chilies rellenos. 2165 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-321-1118.
A SPARKLING DISPLAY
Where else to go for wine but Vino! Restaurant and Wine Bar. Tuesdays are theme nights 5-8 p.m. And on Aug. 28, the wine that flows will be sparkling. $20. Hors d'oeuvres included. 2900 Peachtree Road (in the Peach shopping center). 404-816-0511.
Zoe's Sangria Sundays are the closest to the original concept of tapas this city has to offer, plus Zoe's has real sangria! Steel yourself for the work week with a delicious last stand on Zoe's patio in the Midtown Promenade. Zoe's Mediterranean Grill. 931 Monroe Drive. 3-9:30 p.m. 404-817-0807.
A MIGHTY WINE TIME
Both locations of Horseradish Grill are hopping on the wine wagon. The Alpharetta location goes first Aug. 22 with a casual affair 6-8 p.m. featuring five sparkling wines from Domaine Chandon and food prepared by Executive Chef Dave Berry to complement the selected wines. $35 per person. Horseradish Grill's Buckhead/ Chastain Park location will host a dinner featuring the wines of Kenwood Vineyards in September. Alpharetta : 3070 Windward Plaza Suite P. 770-442-3123. Buckhead: 4320 Powers Ferry Road NW. 404-255-7277. Or visit online at www.horseradishgrill.com.??