Say farewell to summer with drinks in your hand and food on your fork at these metro Atlanta food and drink events this September.
Sip on bourbon and cocktails
Drink up at the Atlanta Bourbon Fest at City Winery, featuring samples of more than 50 bourbons and whiskeys, as well as a few beer and wine options, live music, a DJ and food available for purchase. Later that day, check out the Atlanta Craft Cocktail Festival, featuring a variety of cocktails, live music, a DJ and food available for purchase.
1-4 p.m. for the Atlanta Bourbon Fest and 6-10 p.m. for the Atlanta Craft Cocktail Festival, Sept. 7. $60-$110 for the Bourbon Fest, $50-$65 for the Craft Cocktail Festival. City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta/
Say goodbye to summer
Send off summer at the Optimist in West Midtown with an End of Summer Luau. The event, which will be held at the oyster bar and on the patio, will feature a Hawaiian-style pig roast with bluepoint oysters, pork sliders, peel-and-eat shrimp and tuna poke, live music and themed entertainment. A selection of Tiki-inspired cocktails, including sherry mai tais, banana brandy daiquiris and amaro coladas, will be available, plus themed beers, canned rosé and pinot grigio. The ticket price includes food, two drink tickets and tax and gratuity. After the use of drink tickets, the event’s cocktails, beer and wine will be available for purchase at $6 each.
3-8 p.m. Sept. 8. $55. The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. eventbrite.com/e/the-optimist-end-of-summer-luau-tickets-68809708691
Raise a glass to this dinner
Chef Telene Anderson and Second Self for “For the Love of the Upper Westside,” featuring a multi-course tasting menu, each paired with a different brew, that pays homage to the diverse food culture available in West Midtown. Children are welcome.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $45. 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta. secondselfbeer.com/
Explore African cuisine
Head to Lazy Betty for a pop-up dinner from the restaurant’s chef de partie Cleophus Hethington, who runs Ebi Chop Bar. The prix fixe dinner will highlight African diasporic foodways from across the globe. Tickets include five courses, wine and cocktail pairings.
Seatings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 9. $95. Lazy Betty, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. eventbrite.com/e/ebi-chop-bar-pop-up-dinner-at-lazy-betty-atl-tickets-66151744649
Tell your food stories
MODA and Ponce City Market are teaming up with Ryan J. and Nate Mask, the award-winning, spoken-word artists who tour as “Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway,” to curate a food-focused poetry slam and storytelling session. “Talk With Your Mouth Full: Poetry & Stories About Food” will highlight Atlanta poets and storytellers, and feature an open-mic portion, inviting guests to share their stories about food.
6 p.m. Sept. 10. Free. Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. museumofdesign.org/calendar/2019/5/14/fpoetry-slam
Support Atlanta’s black chefs
Support Black Restaurant Week at the Art of Flavor Pop Up Dinner, one of several events planned for the week. The dinner will feature a four-course dinner prepared by chef Scotley Innis, South African wine pairings from Branwar Wines Distributing Co., cocktails from Woodford Reserve and live music.
7-10 p.m. Sept. 10. $125. Parlor, 249-A Peters St. SW, Atlanta. atlbrw.com/event/art-of-flavor-atlanta-pop-up-dinner-2019/
Celebrate a milestone
Help Grace 1720 celebrate its 15th anniversary at its location in Peachtree Corners at an all-day event. A special brunch will be offered from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., live music from noon-3:30 p.m., dinner featuring special entrees starting at 4:30 p.m. and more live music from 6-9 p.m. Gift bags will be given to the first arriving guests, and a dinner for four in the Chef’s Room, including a bottle of wine, will be given away in a drawing. Read more at grace1720.com.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 14. Grace 1720, 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. 678-421-1720, grace1720.com/
Take a sneak peek at Texas-style barbecue
Get a taste of forthcoming Texas restaurant Goldee’s Barbecue at a pop-up at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q’s Que-osk with pitmaster Dylan Taylor, along with chefs Johnny White and Lane Milne. The menu will highlight central Texas craft-style barbecue with dishes including ribs, sausage and brisket along with a choice of side items.
11 a.m. Sept. 14. The Que-osk, 120 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta. foxbrosbbq.com/fox-bros-queosk_menu.html
When cuisines collide
Join Minero at Ponce City Market and pop-up Kamayan ATL for a whole hog cook out featuring a whole stuffed pig made with two different preparations and Filipino sides including crab fried rice and egg rolls, alongside a selection of tortillas, salsa and vegetable-forward sides. Beer and wine, along with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase.
2-7 p.m. Sept. 15. $40. Minero, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. eventbrite.com/e/kamayan-atl-x-minero-vol-3-tickets-69767836477
Eat good, do good
Wholesome Wave Georgia will celebrate 10 years of fighting food insecurity and diet-related illness with its annual Southern Chefs Potluck. Local and regional chefs will bring their favorite dishes to complement a whole hog roast from Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q, offered alongside local farmers market merchants. Tickets include food, live music, beer, wine and cocktails and silent and live auctions. A pre-party hosted by chef Todd Richards will offer chef demos, small appetizers and Uncle Nearest whiskey and Cathead Vodka tastings. All proceeds will benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting 1.7 million food-insecure Georgians with access to fresh, healthy, and locally grown food.
5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 15. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta. $175 for general admission, $300 for VIP admission. wholesomewavegeorgia.org/potluck19
Celebrate with spirit
Join Canoe for a four-course dinner with BenRiach Distillery. Dishes including hot smoked wild king salmon, peppercorn-crusted kangaroo and Georgia ribeye will be paired with BenRiach scotch cocktails as well as scotch, neat. The evening will begin with passed appetizers with brand ambassador, followed by dinner.
6:30 p.m. Sept. 16. $110. Canoe, 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta. 770-432-2663, brownpapertickets.com/event/4316159
Get a taste of Buckhead
Try the best of what Buckhead restaurants have to offer at the 15th annual Taste of Buckhead, hosted by the Buckhead Business Association. Sample food, dessert and drinks from several neighborhood eateries including The Capital Grille, The Southern Gentleman, Eclipse Di Luna, Chama Gaucha and Southern Baked Pie Company. The event will also feature a “Spirit Wall” fundraiser benefitting local charity Nicholas House, a non-profit agency operating an emergency shelter and temporary housing for homeless families in Atlanta. Attendees can purchase a ticket for $20 and win a bottle of wine or spirits.
6 p.m. Sept. 19. $75-$125. The Stave Room at ASW Distillery, 199 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta. tasteofbuckhead.org/
Take a culinary road trip
Take a trip to Douglasville for The Farmher and the Chefs, a farm dinner at Rodgers Greens and Roots Organic Farm. Tickets include a vegetable-focused meal cooked by local chefs including Thomas McKeown and Gizzy Barton with produce grown on the farm as well as locally sourced ingredients from Riverview Farms, the Woodsman and Wife and Woodsong Farm.
5-9 p.m. Sept. 21. Rodgers Greens and Roots Organic Farm, 5292 Ga. 92, Douglasville. eventbrite.com/e/the-farmher-and-the-chefs-farm-dinner-at-rodgers-greens-and-roots-organic-farm-tickets-68506876913
Get chopped for a good cause
Join Hadassah Greater Atlanta for its second annual Almost Chopped. Four “chef-testant” teams will compete in two rounds of cooking, using baskets filled with mystery ingredients. Guest judges include Mimmo Alboumeh of Red Pepper Taqueria and Jenny Levison of Souper Jenny. Tickets include sushi from High Roller Sushi, desserts from Seasons 52 and Edible Arrangements and beer, wine and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit Hadassah’s neurological research and helps combat ALS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.
2-5 p.m. Sept. 22. $36. Spring Hall, 7130 Buford Highway, Atlanta. www.hadassah.org/atlanta
Chow down for a good cause
Support Open Hand Atlanta at its annual Party in the Kitchen, featuring food from more than 20 chefs from local restaurants including Aria, Rathbun’s, Local Three Kitchen & Bar and the General Muir, as well as cocktails from local mixologists. Tickets also include silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Open Hand’s programs, which provide access to home-delivered, health-promoting meals as well as nutrition education to Atlantans living with or disabled by chronic disease, homebound seniors and at-risk youths and families.
7 p.m. Sept. 26. $250. The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta. partyinthekitchen.org/
Cheers to 90 years
Help Henri’s Bakery celebrate 90 years in business in Atlanta with celebrations at all three of its locations featuring 90-cent po’boy sandwiches, children’s activities, live music, and giveaways, with a cake cutting and celebratory toast at 11:30 a.m. at the Buckhead location (56 E. Andrews Drive NW).
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28. Locations in Buckhead, West Midtown and Sandy Springs. henrisbakery.com/
By Yvonne Zusel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution