Friday, September 26, 2008

Dining events out the wazoo - Eat your heart out Atlanta!

There are more food events coming up with than you can shake a fork at! There is something for everyone with events showcasing both haute and down-and-dirty cuisine with price tags varying widely. I wanted to showcase a few of the most exciting events here:

Cabbagetown Pig Roast - Saturday, September 27, 12-6 pm at 198 Carroll St.

This funky neighborhood is cooking up a whole Tamworth pig tomorrow. As if that isn't enough, there will be sides provided by Cabbagetown Market, beer and live music. A plate with two sides is $10 or a sandwich with one side is $7.50, and proceeds benefit Cabbagetown Neighborhood Association and Georgia Organics. I'd be all over this if I weren't already committed to the Chili Cook-off on the same day.

Amuse Couchon - Monday, September 29 6-10 pm

Five local chefs will compete to be the sultan of swine. Competitors include Kevin Rathbun and Jay Swift. Each chef can prepare a 60-pound heritage pig in anyway he wants, which should make for a fun Iron Chef type event.

The event is at 5 Seasons Brewing at the Prado, and tickets are $60 with proceeds going to Slow Food Atlanta. Professional judges and guests will determine the winner.

This event sounds potentially awesome, but I do wonder how much food you get. I know it's for a good cause, but for $60 I like to be sure I'm going to be sated rather than duking it out with other guests for a few passed apps. A bunch of 60-pound pigs should yield tons of food, but it all depends on how crowded and crazy this event gets. Will be curious to hear how this one turns out!

Harvest Midtown - Saturday, October 4, 1-5 pm on 5th St. between Peachtree and W. Peachtree

Sample wines, nosh on bites provided by top local restaurants like Top Flr, Dogwood and Eno, and enjoy fashion, art and music at the fifth annual Harvest Midtown Event. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, which strikes me like a pretty good deal. There's a VIP package, too, which gives you access to reserve pours, passed apps at Eno and a bocce ball tournament.

I think I'll stick with the basic ticket since you get so much for your money that an upgrade feels gratuitous. This is one event I'm not planning on missing. Tons of wine and food would be enough, but add in all the cultural entertainment, and I'm sold. Now if I can just pry the boyfriend away from football that day...

Shaun's Chef Dinner - Wednesday, October 8

Shaun's Chef Doty, Richard "I Rock a Faux-Hawk and kick Top Chef butt" Blais, and Doty's new El Taco chef Craig Sauls will collaborate on a five-course, prix fixe dinner.

The menu will be available for $65 per person and $85 with wine pairings. 10% of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Believe in Me Foundation. Co-founded by Chef Doty, the foundation is committed to supporting the education and welfare of children with autism, autism spectrum disorders, and other pervasive developmental disorders. The a la carte dinner menu will also be available.

Shaun's Cocktail Dinner - Sunday, October 12

Shaun's is hosting events galore in October. This one includes a four-course prix fixe menu paired with handcrafted seasonal cocktails for $60/person or without the pairing for $40/person. Service industry professionals get 20% off if they bring a pay stub.

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