Upcoming Summer Events at The National

beautiful local produce abounds at The National these days… tomatoes, squash blossoms, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, zucchini, green beans, beets, mustard greens, basil, peppers, eggplant, even more tomatoes… not to mention fresh shrimp from Savannah, dairy from Johnston Family Farm, and the beautiful flowers from Madison County around the restaurant.. without a doubt, summer is a good time to be in Athens.

The National at AthFest
Come see us at our tent on Washington Street near the main stage this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll have fish tacos, hummus, cold gazpacho and pomegranate-limeade to energize and refresh.

Athens Urban Ministries Benefit
10% of brunch sales in the month of June are being donated to Athens Urban Ministries. They provide assistance to the hungry, homeless and working poor in our community through a variety of programs including Our Daily Bread. This Sunday, June 25th, is your last chance for your Sunday brunch to support this great organization.

Speaking of Sunday Brunch…
Bloody Mary’s are now $5 at brunch, after 12:30, of course.

Argentine-themed Dinner & A Movie
2010 Academy Award-winning picture for Best Foreign Language Film, “The Secret in Their Eyes”, opens at Ciné in July. We’re waiting for confirmation on a premier date, but we’ve gone ahead and planned a special Argentine-themed menu for our Dinner & a Movie combo with Ciné for the dates the film is running. See below:

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES: Argentina 2009, 35mm, color, 127 minutes
Official Site: http://www.sonyclassics.com/thesecretintheireyes/
Trailer: http://www.sonyclassics.com/thesecretintheireyes/
WINNER: 82nd Annual Academy Awards USA: Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina: 12 Categories Including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing

3-Course Dinner & A Movie Menu
guests choose one from each course
$29 includes dinner and a movie ticket

1. empanada margarita filled with tomato, basil and mozzarella
heart of palm salad, avocado, sweet onions, tomato, sweet peppers, red wine vinaigrette

2. matahambre, vegetable-stuffed flank steak, fried local potatoes and red chimichurri
Patagonia-style trout with almond-herb brown butter, saffron rice, sliced local tomatoes

3. peaches poached in malbec with vanilla ice cream
chocolate mousse with dulce de leche and cherries

don’t forget our July wine dinner
Wednesday, July 7th, 6:30 pm
our July wine dinner is all about sustainability…

Sustainable Seafood and Sustainable French White Wines from Eric Solomon Selections
5-courses/wines, $60 per person

1. Mackerel crudo, cucumber slaw, mint, preserved lemon
2009 – Giachino - “Altesse” – Savoie AOC, 100% Altesse

2. Yellow tomato gazpacho, basil oil, dungeness crab-stuffed fried squash blossom
2008 – JP & B Droin – Chablis AOC, 100% Chardonnay

3. Olive oil-poached wild salmon, slow-roasted heirloom tomato, black olive-aioli, crispy chickpeas
2009 – Mas Christine Blanc – Cotes de Rousillon AOC, Marsanne/Roussanne/Grenache Gris/ Maccabeu/Carignan Blanc

4. Roasted sablefish, romesco broth with steamed clams, pearl couscous, braised local onions, herb salad, pantelleria capers
2009 – Domaine de L’Hortus - “Bergerie Classique Blanc”, Vin de Pays du Val Montferrand, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Sauvignon, 30% Viognier, 10% Roussane

5. Local milk panna cotta, roasted peach, pecan nougatine, blueberries
2008 – Coume de Mas – Banyuls Blanc AOC, Grenache Gris & Grenache Blanc

* menu may change slightly due to market conditions

Closed July 4th / July 3rd Dance Party
The National will be closed on Sunday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day, but we will be open late into the night on Saturday, July 3rd. A couple times a year we clear the tables in the dining room after dinner service and cut a rug. DJ Immuzikation will start the music about 11:30 pm.