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This Weekend in Atlanta

by Lisa Horten | Jezebel magazine | March 15, 2011

Whether you’re cheering on marathoners, hitting the spa or learning to cook BLT Steak-style, make it a great weekend!

Starting this month, Old Fourth Ward fave 4th & Swift is serving up Sunday brunch between 11am-2:30 pm. Chef Jay Swift’s farm-to-table menu features fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with flavors reflecting the restaurant’s acclaimed dinner menu. Think Brioche Mascarpone Toast, Lobster Crepes and a Red Wine Poached Farm Egg. Don’t miss bar manager James Ives’ signature Bloody Mary and more. 621 North Ave., 678.904.0160   Unwind with one of Spa Sydell’s new spring packages, available now through May 31. The Blueberry Soy Repair Mini Facial ($80/45 minutes) moisturizes and renews weather-damaged skin while boosting antioxidants. Or try a Perfect Peach Pedicure ($55/60 minutes)—it includes deep exfoliation, a Peach Paraffin Dip, nail sculpting, conditioning and painting. Spa Sydell is offering an exclusive 10 percent discount on either treatment for JEZEBEL readers. Book your appointment today at   While it may be a bit late in the game to participate in the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon, it’s the more the merrier on the sidelines. Both events start at 7am and begin and end at Centennial Olympic Park. Visit to plot out your best vantage point—the course winds through the better part of historic Atlanta.   BLT Steak’s first cooking class in their spring/summer series is taking place on Saturday from 2 pm-4pm. Chef de cuisine Jean-Luc Mongodin will lead the two-hour demo, “Cooking with the Season I: The Best Produce and Protein Georgia Has to Offer for Spring,” complete with wine pairings and a presentation by the sommelier. The class costs $65 per person, and attendance is limited to the first 30 reservations. 404.577.7601 or   Visit any of The Melting Pot’s four Atlanta locations now through Sunday and indulge in their “Endless Fondue” menu—unlimited cheese fondue, salad, “Eat Your Heart Out” entrée and chocolate fondue. It may not be the most calorie-conscious of outings, but at $39 per person, it’s totally reasonable decadent deliciousness.

Photo Caption: Red Wine Poached Farm Egg at 4th & Swift’s Sunday Brunch
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser/Our Labor of Love