It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Emilio's Italian Eatery treats its guests to elegant feasts of flavorful, colorful italian pastas, salads, seafood, and desserts. Diners sup on dainty dishes, such as steak-wrapped grilled-asparagus spears and vanilla-bean cheesecake, or hearty plates of port shrimp with orzo pasta.
Domino's recently reformulated its pizza recipe, which puts the buyer in command of a plentitude of pie-personalizing possibilities. Test the sturdiness of a hand-tossed thin crust with mounds of hearty marinara, ham, chicken, green peppers, black olives, and spinach, or fill a deep-dish foundation with alfredo sauce, bacon, onions, jalapeños, fresh mushrooms, and banana peppers. While delicious design options stretch into infinity like a taffy pull in a black hole, the eatery's specialty pizzas make choosing more manageable. Peruse pies like the MeatZZa Feast, which is piled high with pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, beef, and extra mozzarella, and the Pacific Veggie, a flashy West Coast–concoction of roasted red peppers, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, feta, mozzarella, and provolone.
All styles of homespun cooking share a certain warmth and character, regardless of their regional origins. Bistro 491 proves this by showing how comfort foods separated by an ocean complement each other perfectly. Built off rustic recipes from the French countryside, the plates here incorporate the distinctive flavors of the American South, accessorizing oysters with green-tomato relish or pork chops with macaroni gratin. Much like the order of colors in a rainbow, the menus rotate with the seasons; however, they always marry international styles of home cooking to create upscale yet accessible meals.
The dining room exudes a similarly inviting warmth. A padded bench runs the length of a wall lined with large, framed mirrors and glowing sconces. Opposite this wall hangs an orange and black mural, which adds a small splash of color amid the rows of tables dressed with crisp white linens and flickering candles. The bistro's Old World roots show a bit more in the entryway, which features walls plastered with wine labels.
Jack of Malibu Jack's Surf Grill has always loved the beach. He grew up in the surf—swimming, fishing, sailing—and moved away from it only to go to school. His adult life sent him travelling for work, a time when he sought out the beaches of the world and sampled the diverse foods of the various areas he visited. From these experiences he was able to pull together a menu that features beachy foods from various cuisines, such as caribbean jerk chicken and Maine diver scallops. The Augusta location of Malibu Jack’s Surf Grill boasts six big-screen TVs, which broadcast NFL games in the fall and a video feed of Poseidon scraping kelp off his party boat the rest of the year.
Drawing inspiration from two timeless influences, Finch & Fifth embraces the spirit of a European bistro while incorporating elements of upscale southern cooking. In between sips of wine or one of the bar's specialty cocktails, diners can construct their own shareable charcuterie boards by adding anything from artisan cheeses and dry-cured olives to pickled cherry peppers and p?t? that is made in-house. The menu, termed "delectable and affordable" by Augusta Magazine, grows more eclectic from there, featuring dishes such as roasted mushrooms with wilted spinach and manchego cheese, as well as blackened catfish with corn, okra, and tomatoes served over stone-ground grits. Even with this dose of experimentation, Finch & Fifth exudes a refined atmosphere thanks to touches such as the espresso-hued wooden accents, the rolling library ladder affixed to the wall of wine- and spirit-filled cubby holes, and opera glasses guests may borrow to read the menu.