Rock out with “The A-Town A-List” this Friday Night!

Do you have plans this Friday night, August 1st!?  Well, grab your lawn chairs, coolers, and dancing shoes because Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross has an exciting evening planned for you!

This Friday, from 7:30pm-9:30pm, Thrasher Park’s FREE Summer Concert Series will feature a rockin’ concert in the park’s outdoor amphitheater by “The A-Town A-List,” a revolutionary party band known for packing a dance floor!

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This band performs songs from a variety of genres, such as, classics, oldies, modern rock, pop, and hip hop! The musical diversity of “The A-Town A-List” has transformed them into a successful band that connects with people from all generations. 

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You can make it a full evening of fun by grabbing dinner and drinks, and checking out the local shops, before or after the concert! Paizanos Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Iron Horse Tavern, Dominick’sThe Crossing, Mojito’s and Zapata Tacos & Tequila Bar are just some of the nearby restaurants. You can even purchase dinner to-go to enjoy during the concert!

As well as delicious restaurants, there are downtown shops with great deals, such as Abby Gayle’s and The Shops of Antique Traditions, an antique shopping mall. 

What better way to celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of a new month than with live music, delicious food and drinks, and great shopping!? Gather your family and friends and head out to downtown Norcross for an exciting night!

Be sure to arrive before the concert starts to get a good seat!

Outstanding food and Exceptional Service at Cinco!

Craving authentic Mexican food?! Cinco in Suwannee is the perfect place to dine! In honor of Gwinnett Restaurant Week, last night some of the Explore Gwinnett staff headed out to Cinco for an outstanding three-course meal and exceptional service!

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Our waiter, Augustis (in the red), made our experience at Cinco one for the books! He was lively and interacted with our whole group, including Liz’s little girl Annabella! Throughout our meal, Augustis went above and beyond getting us everything we asked for with a smile on his face. The teamwork the Cinco staff demonstrated also helped make for exceptional service! Augustis was backed by many other staff members who helped deliver our food and drinks, as well checking in on us throughout the evening!

The food was equally as great as the service! With a variety of delicious options from Cinco’s GRW menu, it is a difficult decision to choose what to eat! However, we discovered that you cannot go wrong no matter your decision!

For the first course the empanadas de pollo were a popular choice!

“I really enjoyed my appetizer, the empanadas. It had an avocado sauce that paired nicely,” said Leigh. Victoria also agreed that this appetizer was her favorite part of her experience at Cinco!

The calamares fritos appetizer, steak fajitas, and the salmon entrée were also ordered by our table, and everything was enjoyed!!

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To end our three-course meal we had the choice of tres leches cake finished with a light vanilla frosting or berry-filled churros rolled in cinnamon and sugar, drizzled with chocolate, and topped off with vanilla ice cream! YUM! Both were outstanding and definitely satisfied our craving for something sweet!!

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“For only $21.21 we experienced great atmosphere, outstanding wait service, and perfect portion sizes! It was a great value for the price,” said Cricket.

This restaurant is one that everyone needs to try! I know our staff will definitely be making a trip back to Cinco, and you should too!

Buy Your Tickets to the 2nd Annual International Film Festival

The Gwinnett Center International Film Festival (GCIFF) is back for the second year in a row! On Friday through Sunday, August 1-3, head on over to the Gwinnett Center & Performing Arts Center in Duluth, GA, to experience some local, national, and international independent films of all genres and styles!

This weekend is meant to acknowledge and celebrate the works of original and artistic filmmakers, as well as allow audience members and filmmakers the opportunity to attend workshops, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions to learn more about the film industry. Panel discussions such as, Marketing Yourself Through Social Media and Extras on the Set!-The Art of Being An Extra, are just two of the many discussion sessions where you can learn a lot of great information!

There will be feature films, short films, student films, kid’s films, special screenings, and additionally,  this year will also have family films and  music videos shown throughout the weekend! These screenings will take place in the main theatre which seats over 700 people.

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Friday is opening night screening from 8pm-10:30pm, Saturday festival hours are from 11am-10pm, and Sunday festival hours are from 11am-9pm, with the closing awards ceremony from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

At the closing ceremony, there will be 21 awards presented and feedback given by renowned Georgia Film Industry Professionals, such as, Cesar Aguirre, Krista Berutti, Daniel Espeut, and nine others. Some of these awards include: Best Short Film- Non-Fiction, Best Student Short Film- Fiction, Best Music Video, and many more!

There are multiple options of tickets that you can purchase for this festival:

  • Weekend All Access Pass- $35
  • Single Day Pass- Friday: $8-$16.50
  • Single Day Pass- Saturday: $8-$15
  • Single Day Pass-Sunday: $8-$15
  • Film Maker Discount: $13.50

We are also giving away single day passes for Saturday and Sunday! Send an email with the name of your favorite film to Lauren@exploregwinnett.org, and you may be one of our lucky winners!!

The Gwinnett Center International Film Festival will be knowledgeable as well as fun! Come see some great films, meet filmmakers, and learn more about the filming industry which is booming in Georgia, and more specifically Gwinnett! Gwinnett County is a camera ready community, and the city of Norcross has recently become home to the largest production studio in the Southeast. This studio hopes to be home base for $100 million-plus productions, and Hollywood movies, such as, The Hunger Games and Fast and Furious, are just two that have been filmed here! Since the metro-Atlanta area has become a prime target for filming, there are tons of opportunities for you to become an extra in a film! Check out the upcoming casting calls here.

Visit the GCIFF website for more information, and purchase your tickets today!

Gwinnett Restaurant Week: Sperata

Gwinnett Restaurant Week (GRW) is happening now! Do you know where you’re dining?! Sperata in Buford is a great choice!

Sperata is a farm-to-table restaurant, and changes its menus frequently to provide its customers with the freshest ingredients possible! This restaurant strives to create a remarkable dining experience by providing customers with excellent food, service and atmosphere!

The Executive Chef, Christopher Alan Hope, has a creative flare and high standard of excellence which is evident in every bite.Hope has been recognized by highly regarded food critics, and received multiple medals and awards at culinary competitions. Recently he has earned the achievement of “Famous Fish Company”, the “Best of Peachtree City” award, and a “5 star” rating by the Atlanta Magazine.

Here at Sperata, you can experience Hope’s cooking talent! Soups and salads, seafood dishes, and entrees, such as Chicken Marsala and Pork Tenderloin, are just some of the delicious menu items you can choose from!

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Today through Thursday, for only $21.21, plus tax and gratuity, you can create your own three-course meal from a variety of options on Sperata’s special GRW Menu:

First Course (Choice of):

  • Cock-a-Leekie Soup | leak and potato
  • Escargot | garlic, parsley, white wine, Dijon mustard,creamed spinach
  • Picasso Salad | romaine lettuce, chipotle ranch dressing,grilled apples and bacon, blue cheese crumbles

Second Course (Choice of):

  • Charcuterie Platter | prosciutto, peppered salami, roasted artichokes, kumato caprese, carpaccio, arugula
  • Sperata’s Gravlax | marinated Scottish salmon, dill sour cream, capers, rosti potatoes, poached egg
  • Roast Cornish Hen | black pudding potato hash, red cabbage, green beans, port wine reduction

Third Course (Choice of):

  • Sticky Toffee Puddding | hot with a caramel rum sauce
  • Crepes Suzette | crepes with flambeed peaches

Sperata is open from 5pm-10pm today through Thursday, and reservations are required! You can make your reservation by calling 678-765-7911 or online at Open Table.

Check out what others are saying about Sperata on Yelp!

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Gwinnett Restaurant Week: Marlow’s Tavern

Marlow’s, a Classic American Tavern, serves delicious food full of fresh flavors. And you can enjoy a meal here during Gwinnett Restaurant Week (GRW), today through Thursday, July 24!

This restaurant transforms classic tavern dishes into exquisite gourmet meals. From burgers, sandwiches, salads, steak, shrimp and grits, tuna, and so much more, this tavern serves a variety of options! As well as great food, you can grab a drink at the bar, which serves a variety of beers selected carefully by the Tavern team, wine by the glass or bottle, & cocktails made with the freshest seasonal juices and ingredients!

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Here at Marlow’s, you can dine inside at the bar, a large table, or comfy booth while enjoying a variety of shows on the plasma TVs.

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You can also choose to sit on the outdoor patio! The patio is covered and has side walls that roll down; therefore, you can sit on the patio no matter the weather! Rain or shine, hot or cold, the patio is always an option!

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This week at Marlow’s, located in Duluth, you can enjoy a three-course meal for $21.21 per person, plus tax and gratuity! The special GRW menu offers delicious options! You can start your meal with an appetizer of truffle fries, smoked trout dip, or asparagus fries. Following your appetizer, you can choose your second course from one of the Tavern Favorites: crispy chicken stack, black and blue steak salad, or crispy shrimp tacos. For those who have a sweet tooth, the third course is a house-made Crème Brulee dessert with a crispy sweet crust! Yum!

Reservations are required! Make your reservation today by calling (770) 622-2033.

Be sure to check Yelp! to find out what others are saying about Marlow’s Tavern, and keep your eye out for the new location opening up at the Mall of GA in August!

 

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