NEWS AND EVENTS
By: Julie Bookman
Food! Drinks! Dogs! May 15!
Stone Soup Kitchen’s 7th Annual Doggie Party
Get Set for a Whole Lot of Tail Wagging – all for a good cause
Bring your dogs, support Fighting for Dawn’s rescue efforts
Seeking: Pups and hounds who play well with others!
Yip-yap, it’s time for Stone Soup Kitchen’s seventh annual Doggie Party. All well-behaved pooches who usually stay home when their two-legged owners go traipsing about will again be the center of attention at the Grant Park café’s bow-wow-za bash. This year’s event is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 15.
The tail-wagging event is a low-key affair where “dog peeps” can enjoy SSK munchies, order a beer or cocktail at a cash bar, and relax on the enclosed patio. Bragging about your dog is encouraged, yet optional. Mostly, there’s a lot of laughing about how the furry loved ones are reacting to this strange occurrence.
Many SSK customers are canine-friendly folks and café owner Sarah Rick never met a dog she didn’t adore. These are among reasons why the breakfast-and-lunch café hosts its annual dogs-plus-humans mixer. SSK was an original sponsor of Grant Park Dogs’ efforts to install dog cleanup bag dispensers in the neighborhood.
This annual event raises awareness about and raises funds for a local canine rescue group. There’s no ticket price, but there will be a small silent auction and raffle drawings to support the local rescue organization Fighting for Dawn (www.fightingfordawn.com). Previous Doggie Parties have raised about $600 for groups such as Lifetime Animal Rescue and the Atlanta ResponsiBully Coalition.
Freddie, a small-medium Jack Russell Terrier-hound mix, is a regular attendee, though she usually sticks close to the ankles of her owners. (Still, Freddie’s owners believe the SSK Doggie Party is a great way for her to improve her social skills). Most dogs in attendance romp around in a large enclosed parking lot. They sniff each other, slurp up water, slobber a little and scarf up treats. This year’s event will feature a photo booth where patient-type pooches can pose with their owners.
Outfits are optional. Some furry guests wear their favorite kerchiefs or costumes, while plenty come au naturale.
Woof, woof, if you go: Stone Soup Kitchen’s 7th Annual Doggie Party, 6-9pm Thurs., May 15; 584 Woodward Ave., in Cabbagetown/Grant Park just south of Memorial Drive and off of Boulevard. 404-524-1222
Event benefits: Fighting for Dawn, a local dog rescue organization.
Please RSVP: Dogs are free but SSK needs to know how many to expect. Make reservations by going to www.stonesoupkitchen.net, then click on contact button to send an email message; or call 404-228-1763 and leave a message. All reservations will be confirmed.
Stone Soup Kitchen Serves Home Cooking, With a Twist
March 26, 2014 By Katherine Michalak
As Atlanta’s oldest historic district, the thriving Grant Park neighborhood maintains the atmosphere of a bygone age when corner markets and quaint specialty shops drew neighbors out together on daily errands. Popular area diner Stone Soup Kitchen reflects this same nostalgic spirit in a convivial haven for home cooking — with a twist.
Owner Sarah Rick chose the name from the familiar folk tale. Dust off memories of library story time visits to recall the fable in which sneaky peddlers, with nothing to eat, convince villagers to add savory items to their pot of boiling rocks, ultimately creating a feast for everyone. Stone Soup Kitchen serves up the same sense of camaraderie with a far better menu. Cozy tables and kitschy decor give the vibe of stopping by a friend’s house … a friend with mad cooking skills that insists you stay to eat with them.
Cozy tables and kitschy decor give the vibe of stopping by a friend’s house … a friend with mad cooking skills that insists you stay to eat with them.
Freshed baked goods perched by the cashier tempt customers to take a little extra treat to snack on later.
Diner standards like eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy, or pancakes present their very best selves with the freshest local ingredients. Vegan specialties such as “Vegos Rancheros,” tofu scrambles, and gluten-free blueberry flapjacks mix in nicely with those favorites, creating a spread that transitions seamlessly for any appetite. While focused somewhat on healthy eating, the cooking style is never pretentious. Nope, nobody’s going to get judgmental about a side of sausage and bowl of cobbler. On the contrary, they might just offer up a cocktail with it from the fully-stocked bar ready to mix up whatever suits the mood.
The daily specials chalkboard colorfully announces what’s cooking in the bakery and splashing over at the bar.
That’s right, a diner with liquor license, wine list, and drink specials… why not?!
Stone Soup actually opened in the 1980s as a grocery, food co-op and deli. Sarah’s soups and sandwich creations found a loyal following and eventually, she was inspired to develop the business into a restaurant. She brought the favorites from the deli to the menu and built up from there. Several signature items have been named by, or for, long-time customers.
Every morning’s a little bit brighter with a stack of pancakes drizzles in pure maple syrup.
Vegetarian and vegan specialties reflect the menu’s focus on healthy eating, but recipes are never pretentious … just a delicious something for everyone. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)
Wrap-up the meal with a bowl of fresh peach cobbler? Why yes, please…
While the restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch, the diner often hosts evening events showcasing acoustic musicians. Local artists also present works for sale in continually rotating exhibits displayed along the walls. The Stone Soup facilities provide an intimate venue available for rent for parties or private gatherings, with a variety of catering options offered as well.
Cozy tables, kitschy decor, and rotating art exhibits all add to the homespun atmosphere at Stone Soup Kitchen.
In nice weather, Stone Soup Kitchen’s back patio beckons. The facilities may be rented for private parties and events.
Catering Manager Tscharner Dickerson notes that the word seems to have spread about what’s stirring. Now they’re even feeding the occasional vampire or zombie, as orders come in from the big production companies selecting Atlanta for feature films and television series such as Vampire Diaries and Walking Dead. That’s a whole new scramble, and Stone Soup Kitchen happily dishes it up.
Sit down, sip a cup of coffee, look over the menu and relax… Stone Soup Kitchen tells everyone, “We Got This!”
You’ll find Stone Soup Kitchen at 584 Woodward Avenue. Visit the the website for more information: stonesoupkitchen.net.
Marc Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who carries the Woodstock tradition of
dealing with life with all its social and political challenges — one song
at a time. He’s been hailed by noted folk artist Happy Traum for his
“timeless” songs featuring “deep grooves, excellent playing [and]
top-notch guitar and vocals.” Black has performed and recorded with many luminaries including Pete Seeger, Art Garfunkel and Rick Danko. Levon Helm also invited Marc to play one of the Midnight Rambles.
Marc’s song subjects range from his love for Rachel Maddow to good coffee and
just about everything in between. His fingerstyle blues is reminiscent
of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins. And his recent CD, Pictures of the Highway, reached #6 on the Folk DJ Chart.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Stone Soup Kitchen now has a full bar. A limited menu of soups and sandwiches will be offered for this concert.
Call 404-228-1763 or email email@example.com
This link will take you to a few of Marc Black’s tunes from his 12 CDs:
Here’s a video bit with the band (with John Sebastion, Happy Traum and Garth Hudson sitting in)…Move Up To The Country: http://bit.ly/xSU2dY
A video from last year’s SERFA, Clean Up Man (Ode to Pete Seeger): http://bit.ly/CleanUpManLive