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In Your Easter Bonnet: The Tradition of the Easter Celebration

Chocolates, the Easter bunny and colorful egg hunts are often the top of the list for Easter celebrations. But have you ever wondered why these items have become part of a holiday the originated out of religion? The below provides insight into why these symbols have become important aspects of the Easter celebration.


  • The images of rabbits and bunnies are some of the most familiar as far as Easter symbols, and it’s all because of the weather! These creatures have been used to celebrate the Easter season for thousands of years, even before the Christian holiday of Easter arose, as an introduction to springtime.
  • Chocolate galore! According to The Story of the Easter Bunny, the chocolate came from the European traditions, and it was common knowledge that “to receive the special Easter eggs, children were told to make nests from hats or baskets so the Easter Bunny could leave them there.” Not to mention, since so many people give up sweets for Lent, chocolate is a great way to end that fast and celebrate the holiday well.
  • Easter egg hunts have become commonplace activities for adults and children alike during an Easter Sunday celebration. These Easter egg hunts are rooted in a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, stemming from the story of an Oschter Haws laying eggs in the grass while children were encouraged to build nests for it to lay in, and leave eggs for the them to collect.


There are so many traditions for holidays, and Easter is no exception. But, as we all know, often holidays are not just about the activities, but about the food! What kind of Easter meal traditions do you have? For many it can be ham, or lamb, with an abundant amount of fresh side dishes. Unfortunately, busy schedules can make it a challenge to maintain traditions, especially when it comes to cooking full spreads for family and friends.


Atlanta Bread offers a full catering menu, ideal for holiday gatherings. Here are some of our suggestions for an Easter lunch to remember.


  1. Provide something for everyone…with our sandwich platter! Let your guests put together their own meal, with selections of roasted turkey, honey maple ham, chicken salad and roast beef.
  2. Keep it healthy with salads! Group-sized bowls of staple salads like Caesar, House and Chopstix Chicken offer healthy and fresh option for your guests.
  3. Sides are the real star! Choose Italian pasta salad or roasted red potato salad with bacon to add more substance to your spread.


Call your local Atlanta Bread for location-specific catering menu items for your Easter gathering.


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Paying Homage to America’s Favorite Sandwich

Grilled cheese. Even at first mention, you can already imagine the gooey crunch of this melt-in-your-mouth sandwich. It’s an American classic and deserves a celebration. So today, we recognize the popular sandwich on its special day, National Grilled Cheese Day!


A unique aspect about grilled cheese is its ability to satisfy children and adults alike. Its popularity with vast audiences has had chefs around the globe reinventing the classic and making it their own. Before it became a classic staple on menus across the country, it’s history tells us the story of how it came to be. Here are a few tidbits of information about America’s favorite sandwich.


  1. It’s the best thing since sliced bread! Grilled cheese sandwiches became the norm in American households shortly after the invention of sliced bread, because it was an easy and inexpensive meal for the whole family in the 1920s. The difference between our understanding of the sandwich then and now, though, is these sandwiches were open faced – a piece of bread toasted and topped with shredded American cheese.
  2. What’s in a name? The term “grilled cheese” appeared for the first time in print in the 1960s. Before that, it was called a number of different things, before it settled on its signature nomenclature.
  3. Make it your own! The grilled cheese may be a staple, but people are always finding new ways to make this meal fancy, fresh and deliciously original. Try your hand at adding in some new flavors like bacon, tomato or avocado. Or, keep it classic.


Pop by your neighborhood Atlanta Bread today to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with friends and family. Or, if you are on the go, grab a grilled cheese from us – it’s a perfect on-the-go meal! You can order ahead online or through our app.


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Shrimp Provide Balance Between Health Benefits and Flavor

Finding a meal that is simple, includes an abundance of health benefits and offers delicious flavors can be a challenge. With shrimp, individuals can receive this combination and much more. This protein option is packed full of flavor and plenty of health benefits. Don’t believe us? Check out the top four benefits of shrimp and why you should include them in your diet on a regular basis below (courtesy of


1. Shrimp packs a punch…of protein. Three ounces of shrimp has 20 grams of protein with very little fat or carbs to boot. When you finish a good workout at the gym and need to find a way to feed those worn-out muscles, try something different and add shrimp to a leafy green or spinach salad.

2. Fighting shrimp are a real thing. Shrimp boosts your intake of zinc and selenium, activating enzymes that improve immune health, increase muscle metabolism health and build enzymes to fight cancer. Such a small addition can help improve overall health, and help ward off that cold you fear is coming on.

3. I Heart Shrimp! The omega-3 content in shrimp is important in cardiovascular and nervous system health. In addition to omega-3, shrimp are rich in omega-6, a great pair that is seen to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

4. The more the merrier. With only 7 calories per shrimp, more doesn’t mean your caloric intake will shoot through the roof. So you can enjoy more of these tasty treats without the guilt.


This month, your local Atlanta Bread menu features two new, bold shrimp dishes, giving you a taste of the coast from your local bakery café. Take a trip beachside this Spring with our new Shrimp Po’ Boy, explore the vibrant city of New Orleans with the bold flavors of our Creole Shrimp Caesar OR put a twist on one of our classic salads with shrimp as an add-ons.

Stop in to your local Atlanta Bread this month and try our new fresh, healthy shrimp offers. To find a location near you, visit: These dishes are here for a limited time only, so hurry in! Don’t have time to wait in line? Grab and go when you order ahead online or through our app.


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15 Atlanta Bread Favorites Perfect for Your Spring Picnic

Spring is in the air. Celebrate the great outdoors while munching on some of your favorites from Atlanta Bread. Here are our top 15 items perfect for your outdoor adventure.

  1. ABC Signature sandwich. Roast beef, turkey, ham, provolone, pepperoncini, mayo and spicy mustard on a fresh-baked baguette.
  2. Shrimp Po’ Boy. Here for a limited time only! Seasoned shrimp tossed with all-natural, sriracha mayo served with leafy greens and tomato on a fresh-baked French roll.
  3. Caprese sandwich. Mozzarella, tomato and pesto on ciabatta.
  4. Bella Chicken sandwich. Chicken, pesto, mayo and provolone on Mediterranean focaccia.
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  5. California Avocado sandwich. Avocado, provolone and dill sauce on tomato onion focaccia.
    California Avocado
  6. Chicken Waldorf sandwich. Chicken, dried cranberries, fresh apples, walnuts and mayo on cranberry walnut bread.
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  7. Turkey Bacon Avocado. Served on nine-grain bread with lemon basil aioli.
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  8. Pacific Chicken wrap. All-natural chicken, tomatoes, avocados, sesame seeds, chili flakes and cilantro served with a side of Thai peanut sauce.
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  9. Steakhouse Roast Beef sandwich. Served with mushrooms and provolone on ciabatta, and a side of au jus.
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  10. Chicken Pesto sandwich. Chicken, tomato, basil and pesto with Havarti cheese on focaccia.
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    Salads galore! Grab a fork and dive in. These delicious dishes require a few utensils, but we promise it’s worth a bite of your favorite Atlanta Bread salads.

  11. Balsamic Bleu. Mixed greens, walnuts, dried cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles, apples, tomatoes, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette.
  12. Chopstix Chicken. Chicken, tomato, romaine lettuce, chow mein noodles, mandarin oranges, almonds & sesame ginger dressing.
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  13. Greek Salad. Romaine lettuce, feta, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, red onion, tomato and Greek dressing.
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  14. Creole Shrimp Caesar. Here for a limited time only! Crisp romaine lettuce, topped with shaved parmesan, fresh-baked croutons, seasoned shrimp and all-natural Caesar dressing.
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  15. Cobb Salad. Mixed greens, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, diced egg, tomato, parsley and avocado with sesame ginger dressing.
    Cobb Salad

No matter the season or the weather, Atlanta Bread has the perfect dish to top off your picnic basket. Planning a picnic soon? Skip the line and grab and go when you place your Atlanta Bread order online today!



Make a St. Patrick’s Day Tradition of Your Own

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration started in 1631 when the Church established a Feast Day honoring St. Patrick. He had been Patron Saint of Ireland who had died around the fifth century—12 centuries before the modern version of the holiday was first observed. But very little is known about who he was.

Legend says St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat. He changed his name to Patricius (or Patrick), which derives from the Latin term for “father figure,” after he became a priest. His supposed luck is the root of all the themed merchandise for modern St. Patrick’s Day.

As the years have passed many of the St. Patrick’s Day customs and its recipes have evolved.

Food is a big part of this day of celebration. Although corned beef and cabbage are often thought to be the main dish, there are many others, including soda bread, the Irish fry, fried Irish lamb belly and slow-poached organic chicken with tarragon, apple tart, colcannon [mashed potatoes and kale], roasted carrots and herbed Irish cheddar croquette. Explore some of these recipe’s here.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations

Parades and wearing green have always been a traditional part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but the events vary based on the city:

Boston – St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Boston bring over 600,000 visitors to the city, which has a large Irish-American community. Boston has one of the largest parades, which many veterans take part in, and events are held in the large number of Irish pubs in the city. The Irish Cultural Centre holds a celebration, and many events feature Irish food, such as corned beef.


New York – New York City is the host of the oldest civilian parade, which boasts over 200,000 participants. It is led by New York’s 69th infantry regiment. Second to New York City is Pearl River, another city in New York state, which has the second largest parade in the state with crowds of over 100,000 people.


Scranton – This Pennsylvania city’s parade is one of the oldest and largest. Since 1862, this parade has been one of the most popular, with current celebrations attracting crowds of around 150,000.


Chicago – The Irish community makes up a large part of Chicago’s celebration. Chicago dyes the Chicago River green and holds the South Side Parade, which has had to be scaled back in recent years due to the celebration growing too large for the Irish groups that hold the parade.


New Orleans– This coastal city was the largest point of immigration for the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are typically held at the community or neighborhood level.


Ireland – This celebration is more religious in nature, as it is considered a religious feast day. While it was made an official holiday in 1903, the first Saint Patrick’s Festival was held in 1996. During recent years, the event has become more cultural and consists of weeklong celebrations in the streets.


Whether you are going to one of these famous celebrations or throwing a party of your own, Atlanta Bread catering is the perfect way to top off this famed holiday. We’ve suggested a few of our favorite dishes that may bring you luck below:

Creole Shrimp Caesar— crisp romaine lettuce, topped with shaved parmesan, fresh-baked croutons, seasoned shrimp and house-made Caesar dressing. (Limited Time Offer)


Italian Sausage, Kale & Parmesan Soup— sautéed kale, crumbled sausage and shaved parmesan, whisked together with a touch of cream and served with fresh-baked baguette. (Limited Time Offer)


Chicken Waldorf— chicken dried cranberries, fresh apples, walnuts & mayo on cranberry walnut bread.


Hot Pastrami Panini— pastrami, swiss cheese & spicy mustard on rye bread.




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Good Things Come in Pairs: Menu Pairings from Atlanta Bread You’re Sure To Love

As the saying goes, the best things come in pairs. At Atlanta Bread, we agree. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve explored our menu to find our favorite everyday healthy food pairings you’ll fall in love with this season. Keep reading to join us in this journey of fresh flavors from your favorite local restaurant.


Cranberry Walnut Bread + Your Kitchen Table (And Our Delicious Coffee) – In the mood for something sweet? Our Cranberry walnut bread can satisfy your sweet tooth (and make a pretty nice centerpiece if we do say so ourselves). An ideal accompaniment to our gourmet fresh-roasted coffee, Atlanta Bread’s Cranberry Walnut Bread is available by the loaf so you can enjoy the same great Atlanta Bread sandwich flavors from the comfort of your home.


Chicken Salad Sandwich + Greek Salad –  An outstanding stand-alone dish, the Atlanta Bread Greek Salad features fresh romaine, sprinkled with feta, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, red onion and tomatoes, topped with Greek dressing. For a little oomph, pair this salad with our Chicken Salad Sandwich served on sourdough and we promise lunch won’t leave you disappointed.


Signature Coffee + Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich – While you couldn’t go wrong pairing anything with our deep roast, signature coffee, we love this duo. The Egg and Cheese Sandwich is a delicious way to start your morning. Add turkey sausage, ham, sausage or bacon for a tasty twist!


Signature ABC Sandwich + Tomato Basil Soup – The Signature ABC Sandwich is a crowd favorite. Let your taste buds explore this blast of flavor featuring roast beef, turkey, ham, piled high with provolone, pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo & spicy mustard served on a fresh-baked French baguette. When paired with our delicious tomato basil soup, the flavors of this signature sandwich come to life.


As an added bonus, check out some of the other pairs we are looking forward to seeing in 2017.


Game of Thrones and Stranger Things + Our TV/Computer Screens – Rumor has it two of our favorites are retuning for new seasons this year. Will Sansa team up with Littlefinger and betray Jon Snow? Is Eleven alive, and if so, how? So many cliff hangers need to be resolved ASAP.


Spider-Man and Wolverine + The Big Screen – These two epic Superheros are returning to the big screen and are poised to be box office hits. We’ll be watching!


Atlanta Braves + Suntrust Park – Set to debut in April 2017, Suntrust Park will become the new home of the Atlanta Braves. What’s in store this season for the Braves? We’re not sure but we’ll #ChopOn all season long!


Mercedes Benz Stadium + Atlanta Falcons – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment stadium (and of course home to our beloved Atlanta Falcons) will open its doors in August, 2017. #RiseUp


New Atlanta Bread Menu Items + Your Dinner Table – Be on the look out for new menu items from your favorite restaurant! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with new menu items, promotional offers and more!



Atlanta Bread Blog Post 10 Reasons Chili and Football are the Perfect Pair

Chili has been a staple meal for the winter season for as long as we can remember. Cold winter nights are often made cozy with Chili and cornbread next to the fire and of course, a captivating football game. In honor of the Big Game, we’re taking you back to the beginning.


Also, known as Chili Con Carne, Chili is served best with a side of controversy. Its history has been long debated in parallel to debates about the ultimate recipe. If you asked New York author H. Allen Smith the core ingredients of chili, he’d tell you “fiery envy, scalding jealousy, scorching contempt and sizzling scorn.”


At Atlanta Bread, our recipe veers off this path a bit.


The Origin

There are just about as many stories about how Chili came to be as there are recipes for it.


Some enthusiasts will tell you the beautiful story of Sister Mary of Agreda, a Spanish nun in the early 1600s who never left her convent had out-of-body experiences in which her spirit was transported across the Atlantic to preach Christianity to the Indians. Legend holds that after one of the return trips, her spirit wrote down the first recipe for chili con carne: chili peppers, venison (deer meat), onions and tomatoes. Whatever tale you land on, it’s no secret that the American fame of chili con carne began to spread and the dish soon became a major staple of American culture.


Checkout the original recipe for Chili Con Carne, according to Betty Crocker.


A Steadfast Tradition

The Chili Cook Off has become a time-honored tradition in American culture. In 1967 the International Chili Society held its first World Championship Chili Cook Off in Terlingua, Texas and have continued the fun-spirited competition every year ever since. 3


Dive into the flavors of the 2016 Winning Recipe.


No Beans About it

Beyond the origin stories, there is also a heated debate regarding whether true chili recipes feature beans. In Texas, meat-and-chile-only chili (also known as a bowl of red) is a way of life. According to locals, to violate it should be punishable by law. Cincinnatians like to include beans in their recipe along with cheese, spaghetti, raw onions and…the kitchen sink.


There has been such a debate that in 2016, the International Chili Society’s World Chili Cook-Off included an additional division for — you guessed it — chili with beans.


Pass the Chili

Sans beans or not, every family has a chili recipe that stands the test of time, floating from generation to generation with a loving tale to go with it.


The Big Game

Over the years, chili and the Big Game have become an inseparable pair and no party spread is complete without it. Here are our 10 reasons why Chili is a must this Sunday:


  1. A Hardy Meal – Packed full of flavor and various ingredients, chili is always a hardy meal – beans or no beans. With various renditions including ground beef, pork and even rice, your chili can feed the masses.
  2. It’s Easy to Make, Perfect for Crockpot Cooking – if your chili isn’t coming together in a crockpot over several hours, is it really chili?
  3. Warms the Soul – Not all warm ups require stretching. You’re not a true football fan if you’re not tailgating at every game – no matter the weather. Chili is a hardy meal that can bring warmth to a chilly day (pun intended).
  4. Good for Dipping – Any game day side will do – chips, crackers, cornbread, you name it!
  5. Game Day Part 2 – Slap on your gear and get ready for a good one! Game Day celebrations are bound to end up in a head-to head-chili cook off. Pick your teams, ladies and gentleman – and we don’t mean #PatsNation or those #DirtyBirds.
  6. Goes Well with Beer And Cheese – Both a necessity while watching football – or for life really.
  7. They Belong Together – Pigskin and chili, both similar in color, both a Sunday favorite.
  8. Leftovers Make a Comeback – Cheese, crackers, beans, rice, lasagna, spaghetti, etc. You can put the kitchen sink in chili and it’s still guaranteed to be a hit – ask those Cincinnatians.
  9. They Both Feature All-Star Kickers – This isn’t fantasy football, but for a strong chili bowl, we encourage you to draft your best “kicker” to spice things up and bring a little heat to the game.
  10. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – As in the band who enjoys football championships and chili. It’s only right that the two are eternally paired. Who could forget that 2014 performance?