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Archive for March, 2012

Weekend best bets: March 30-April 1

Hear that tasty, tasty bacon sizzling? You will if you head to Dad's Garage on Saturday for the swine-tastic BaconFest, the theater troupe's popular annual fundraiser. Photo of Pine Street Market's applewood smoked bacon by Renee Brock/ Special

Hear that tasty, tasty bacon sizzling? You will if you head to Dad's Garage on Saturday for the swine-tastic BaconFest, the theater troupe's popular annual fundraiser. Photo of Pine Street Market's applewood smoked bacon by Renee Brock/ Special

FRIDAY
Stage: The musical stage version of the classic Mel Brooks film comedy “Young Frankenstein” is at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through April 1.

Families, performing arts: Celebrate the animated films of Disney with “Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove,” which includes a visit to the world of princesses from Snow White and Cinderella to Mulan and Tiana. It continues at the Gwinnett Arena through April 1.

Music: The Spelman College Jazz Ensemble presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the school’s Sisters Chapel.

Music: The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus makes a  “Gleeful Noise — Celebrating Glee Clubs, Now & Then” at 8 p.m. March 30 and 2 and 8 p.m. March 31 at Emory University’s Cannon …

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Best caterer

Thw Wow Factor of Atlanta was your pick for best caterer in and around Atlanta. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Thw Wow Factor of Atlanta was your pick for best caterer in and around Atlanta. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. The Wow Factor of Atlanta
You say, “The office building I work for has had multiple events thrown by them, and they are always wonderful. Their staff is friendly and courteous, and the barbecue they served was amazing. And their events are made better by the fact they have live music and games for entertainment” and “What sets them apart is their emphasis on presentation and decoration. When I had them do a Mexican themed event, they brought a full taco bar set-up, ice cream, snow cones, and even a live Mariachi band. John and Joanne run a very professional operation and their attention to detail and wonderful staff will keep me coming back.”

2. Bold American Events
3. A Peach of a Party
4. Dennis Dean Catering
5. Gloriosa (tie)
5. Tucker’s Catering (tie)

The folks at Bold American Events take their name seriously with striking food and fun options. Photo courtesy Fifth Group Restaurants

The folks at Bold American Events take their name seriously with striking food and fun …

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Weekend best bets: March 23-25

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Crescendo" on Sunday, March 25. ASO conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra in Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 and also serves as narrator for Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." Photo: Jeff Roffman

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Crescendo" on Sunday, March 25. ASO conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra in Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 and also serves as narrator for Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." Photo: Jeff Roffman

FRIDAY
Dance: James Kudelka’s choreography is paired with the music of Johnny Cash in the Atlanta Ballet’s “The Man in Black.” Also on the program are “1st Flash” and the premiere of Atlanta choreographer Juel Lane’s “Moments of Dis.” Performances are at 8 p.m. March 23-24 and 2 p.m. March 24-25 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes violinist Leonidas Kavakos as the soloist for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Also on the program are Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Performances at 8 p.m. March 23-24 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Stage: “Motherhood the Musical”

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Best kids’ meal

The always popular Souper Jenny is your pick for best kids' meal at a local restaurant. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The always popular Souper Jenny is your pick for best kids' meal at a local restaurant. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS (local)
1. Souper Jenny
You say, “Souper Jenny’s is great. There is a crazy mix of people there ( I think they are all some type of performer…because I looked it up online before I went.) Even though they were plenty busy when we got there, we didn’t have to wait long and there is even a separate room for the kids to sit and eat in (even though its small).”

2. JCT Kitchen (tie)
2. Vickery’s (tie)
4. Rise-n-Dine

Kids love Chick-fil-A, and it was your pick for best kids' meals at a chain restaurant. Staff photo

Kids love Chick-fil-A, and it was your pick for best kids' meals at a chain restaurant. Staff photo

YOUR PICKS (chain)
1. Chick-fil-A
You say, “They have the best service of any fast food place around and really treat kids good.”

2. Moe’s Southwest Grill
3. Ted’s Montana Grill
4. Jason’s Deli
5. Piccadilly Cafeteria
6. Zoe’s Kitchen

The spanokopita at Kyma, one of the delicious dishes available on the kids' menu. Kyma is our pick for best kids' meal. Photo: Ben Gray, bgray@ajc.com

The spanakopita at Kyma, one of the delicious dishes available on the kids' menu. Kyma …

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