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High school coaches to participate in rib-eating contest

High school coaches to participate in rib-eating contest

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Texas Roadhouse is kicking off a 10-day series of special events with a rib-eating contest for local high school coaches.

On Monday, Oct. 7, coaches from Cherokee, Harrison, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb, Pope and Sprayberry high schools will compete to see who can eat the most ribs.

The winning coach will receive 10 percent of the evening's proceeds for his football team.

The Battle of the Coaches contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be preceded by an applesauce-eating contest for children at 6:30 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse is located at 2475 Barrett Creek Parkway in Marietta. Learn more at the restaurant's Facebook page.

More than 100 people line up for free Chick-fil-A

More than 100 people line up for free Chick-fil-A

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The brand new Chick-fil-A in Woodstock opened Thursday morning, and more than 130 people began camping out outside the restaurant Wednesday morning to be among its first customers.

Every time a new Chick-fil-A opens, the Atlanta-based chain gives away a year's worth of meals to the first 100 people in line.

At 6 a.m. Thursday, the lucky winners entered the restaurant and received their meal vouchers.

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The First 100 event was created in 2003 at Chick-fil-A's first stand-alone Arizona location. Since then, it has given away more than $18 million worth of food at nearly 700 openings.

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

Stevi B's raises $1,000 for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Woodstock and Canton recently hosted a week long fundraiser to benefit the Chenault family of Woodstock.

The Chenaults' Woodstock home was destroyed in a tragic fire in May 2013. Stevi B's customers raised a total of $1,000 for the family to help them rebuild their lives.

Stevi B's would like to thank both the Rose Creek Publix and Ingles for each donating a cake for the fundraiser. Butterfly Jones, a local clown, donated her time to come out during the week and entertain the kids eating at Stevi B’s. A special thanks to the Cherokee County firefighters at Station 24 who brought out one of their trucks for the kids to see as well as ate at the restaurant.

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Visit the Georgia Mountains

Have you ever driven through the Georgia Mountains? It is an amazing experience. The drive to Helen through the mountains is breath taking. You have to be comfortable driving around curves and getting a little light headed now and then, but the view is picture perfect every single mile. Then once you get down to Helen, make sure to take your appetite with you because the food is delicious and the sceneray is a place you want to make sure you take in. 

The last time I went down to Helen we went Horse Back Riding and Tubing. The tubing was even $5. Fun for $5. That is what I always look for, or free if I can get it. 

In addition to Helen,there are literally hundreds of awesome spots in the North Ga. Mountains that so few people know about. Small Ma & Pop owned diners, cabin rentals, specialty campgrounds and much more. Stop by and see what to do in the North Ga Mountains.

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Canton and Woodstock are once again coming to the aid of a local family in need.

Mellow Mushroom unveils 'High on Thai' menu

Mellow Mushroom unveils 'High on Thai' menu

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will run a special Thailand-themed promotion through July 14.

The "High on Thai" menu features several dishes with the bold, spicy and sweet components of Thai cuisine.

It includes a new appetizer, a "Big Buddha" salad, two hoagies, a dessert and, of course, a pizza -- Thai Dye, which features an olive oil and garlic base, mozzarella cheese, yellow curry, chicken, onions, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh basil and sweet chili sauce.

"Summer is the perfect time to enjoy both the freshest of ingredients and traditional Thai flavors like ginger, lime, curry, cilantro, basil, coconut and more," Mellow Mushroom VP of brand development Annica Kreider said in a statement.

See the entire High on Thai menu and find your nearest Mellow Mushroom at mellowmushroom.com.

Woodstock restaurant owner becomes U.S. citizen

Woodstock restaurant owner becomes U.S. citizen

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Biagio "Gino" Schiano-Moriello, owner of Taste of Italy on Highway 92, became a citizen of the United Sates on June 7.

Schiano-Moriello lives in Woodstock with his wife Giovanna, who became a US citizen in 2012, and their twins, Giorgio and Francesca. Gino has lived in the United States for the past twenty-five years and has been a resident of Cherokee County since 2007; Schiano-Moriello opened the current Highway 92 location of Taste of Italy in 2008 and has been an active part of the local community.

"Congratulations! It is always wonderful to know that the new citizen, and generations of his descendants, will sow and reap the incredible rewards of living in this great FREE country," Taste of Italy customer Beverly Groneck said. "God bless Gino and his new country, America!"