Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Atlanta Culinary Events

Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Atlanta. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Atlanta. We've also got the latest Atlanta Restaurant News and Wine Events.

CULINARY EVENTS

Find the Best Value Restaurants

SPRING SAVINGS
Best Value Restaurants

Top 10 Green Hotels in the US
Top 10 Wines Under $20

April 26
Gypsy Kitchen begins its special promotion called "Basque in the Sun" featuring food and drink specials on the open-air patio every Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The launch party for this promotion is Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 5 p.m. Gypsy Kitchen, Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-939-9840.
 
April 25 and May 2
Enjoy a luxurious crawfish boil on a couple of Saturdays this spring as Seven Lamps celebrates the arrival in Atlanta of warmer weather. Louisiana "mud bugs," also known as écrevisses and crawfish, will be a special on the Seven Lamps patio beginning at 3 p.m. on April 25 and May 2. Chef Drew Van Leuvan will offer a pound of crawfish and one Sweetwater 420 for $20, while supplies last. Cocktails and live music will also be provided. For reservations, call 404-467-8950. Seven Lamps, Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-467-8950.
 
April 25
Want to learn all about grass-fed beef and lamb and pastured poultry? Join a group of 55 on a bus tour to White Oak Pastures. The bus will leave The Friends School at 862 Columbia Dr., Decatur, at 8 a.m., arriving in Bluffton at 11 a.m. Lunch, beer and wine at 4 p.m. and dinner are included in the ticket price of $125. The bus returns to Decatur by 9 p.m. To make reservations, call White Oak Pastures at 339-641-2081. White Oak Pastures, 22775 Hwy. 27, Bluffton, GA 39824, 229-641-2081.
 
April 26 & May 17
Seven Lamps' chef Drew Van Leuvan will offer a culinary learning experience for kids. The interactive cooking classes will teach the basics of baking as well as some easy cooking tasks and techniques. Upcoming classes will cover cupcakes and cookies (Sunday, April 26), and spaghetti and meatballs (Sunday, May 17). Classes last one hour and begin at 3 p.m. Cost is $85 and includes all ingredients, as well as a take-home item for each child that may include a chef’s hat, apron or cooking utensil. To make a reservation, call 404-467-8950. Seven Lamps, Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-467-8950.
 
April 26
In the heart of the historic northern suburban Atlanta town of Crabapple, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, housed in a 150-year-old structure, will host a "Farmhouse Showdown" from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chef Derek Dollar plans a low country boil --- the Southern answer to bouillabaisse --- and pickled fried chicken. Cost is $35 per person, including tax and gratuity, but not including any adult beverages. Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, 800 Mayfield Rd., Milton, GA 30009, 770-817-0161.
 
May 2
Starting at 5 p.m., Griffin Bufkin and pitmaster Harrison Sapp of Southern Soul Barbeque will join with Jim Stacy of Pallookaville Fine Foods in Avondale Estates for a feast inspired by Wild Heaven Craft Beers, also in Avondale Estates. The party will be at 9 Palms Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island, Georgia, with parking at the Myrtle Street Beach access. The menu was developed to pair with specific Wild Heaven brews; cost is $35, inclusive. Among the intriguing dishes is wood fire-roasted sheepshead, a local fish that's rarely seen in restaurant settings. Required tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com
 
May 2
Cook Hall in the W Atlanta – Buckhead marks the 141st Kentucky Derby with a Kentucky Derby Viewing Party from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The event will be made even more festive with live music from The Jugtime Ragband, a New Orleans fusion band. Specials include $5 Four Roses mint juleps and Derby-inspired blackboard specials from chef David Gross. Break out your Derby best attire, including chapeaux, for the Big Hat Contest. Post time is 6:24 p.m.; after the race, head out to the patio for Champagne sabering on Cook Hall’s Peachtree Road patio. There is no cover for this event; three hour validated parking will be provided. For more information, visit http://www.cookhallatlanta.com or call 404-523-3600. Cook Hall, W Atlanta - Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-523-3600.
 
May 4
Stem Wine Bar and (adjacent sister operation) Seed Kitchen & Bar executive chef/owner Doug Turbush announce a St. George Spirits cocktail dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Chef Turbush will prepare a five-course menu to accompany beverage manager Chris McNeill's cocktail selections using products from St. George Spirits. Tickets cost $99 per person, including tax and gratuity, and may be purchased by visiting www.eventbrite.com. Stem Wine Bar, Merchants Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 516, Marietta, GA 30068, 678-214-6888.
 
May 7
Taste of Alpharetta has been an annual tradition for area families and food connoisseurs for 25 years. Attendees gather along Milton Avenue and Roswell Street beginning at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. to dine at more than 60 restaurants in one night. Top Alpharetta chefs will offer for sampling appetizers, entrées and desserts. There will also be culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment. Chefs will compete for "best of" recognition in several categories, including "People's Choice." Admission is free. Attendees may purchase food tickets for 50 cents each on site at ticket booths because participating restaurants may not accept cash, only tickets. Restaurants will charge $1-$3 worth of tickets per food sample. For more information, visit www.alpharetta.ga.us
 
May 12-18
Benefiting "Autism Speaks," the Atlantic Station Restaurant Week will be held May 12-18, 2015. Participating restaurants include Chick-a-Biddy, Lobby Bar and Bistro, Meehan’s Public House, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Atlantic Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Rosa Mexicano, Strip and Yard House. Guests may purchase an A-Card at participating restaurants and Concierge for $2. The A-Card is valid through June and gives cardholders benefits, discounts and special offers from participating Atlantic Station stores.
 
May 14
Atlanta's fine dining Greek restaurant, Kyma, part of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, will host a March of Dimes fundraiser celebrating Greek food, wine and music beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The five-course dinner, paired with Greek wines, begins at 7 p.m. Chef Pano Karatassos Jr. will be spit-roasting spring lambs for this feast. Cost is $200 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and are made by calling the restaurant at 404-262-0702. Kyma, 3085 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-262-0702.
 
June 14, July 18, August 23, September 20 & October 11
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple launches a dinner series in the garden beginning June 14, 2015. The exact time varies depending on sundown, when the dinner starts. The series continues July 18, August 23, September 20 and October 11. Each four-course meal served family style begins with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and a tour of the one-acre "Milton's Garden" with resident gardener Peter Kohm. Cost is $125 per person including tax and tip. To make required reservations, visit www.miltonscuisine.com. Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, 800 Mayfield Rd., Milton, GA 30009, 770-817-0161.
 
June 27-28
Enjoy a weekend touring north Georgia's sustainable local food farms in Hall, Habersham, Rabun, White, Stephens and adjacent counties Saturday and Sunday June 27-28, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. both days. More than 15 farms are participating in this tour. Bring coolers and buy food straight from the farm. Enjoy a farm-to-table meal at one of the meal stops, such as Fortify Kitchen & Bar in downtown Clayton. Learn about sustainable and organic agricultural practices, year-round greenhouses, community gardens, honey production, pastured farm animals and eggs, a working grist mill and bed-and-breakfast inn (Sylvan Falls), fruit orchards, a winery (Tiger Mountain Vineyards) and much, much more. Weekend passes are $35 per vehicle ($30 if purchased before June 17, 2015). One-day passes cost $20. For more information, contact Andrew Linker at 503-758-8488 or GMFNfarmtour@gmail.com, or visit eatwellbuylocal.org
 

ONGOING EVENTS

Friday & Saturday
Cibo e Beve in Sandy Springs hosts “The Cibo Supper Club” every Friday and Saturday night, with two seatings: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. These dinners present an interactive dining experience as chef Linda Harrell creates a four-course weekly menu with accompanying wines so guests may expect a new culinary experience each week. The meal can include a variety of menu combinations, such as appetizers, pasta, entrées and desserts. To start, bar manager Jonathan Turner uses the signature bar cart to discuss flavor profiles and interact with guests while constructing the evening's specialty cocktail. Harrell will talk about the dishes and wine pairings and why they are complementary. Cost is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The minimum reservation per table is six and the maximum is ten. Cibo e Beve, Belle Isle Shopping Center, 4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-250-8988.
 
Ongoing
Afternoon tea is a tradition at each St. Regis property worldwide. At The St. Regis Atlanta, guests enjoy fine teas alongside petite sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and petits fours, all presented by St. Regis butlers wearing tuxedos and white gloves. Changing with the season, teas and food pairings are built along themes that vary each month. In May, there's Mad Hatter Tea, for example. A wide selection of hot teas is available, as are cool teas in summer months. Afternoon tea is served daily from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost is $40 plus tax and gratuity for adults; $44 for Celebration Tea, which includes a glass of sparkling wine; $22 for children 12 and under. Afternoon tea is served on the Astor Court, an airy space with sofas and comfortable seating. For reservations, call 404-563-7910. The St. Regis Atlanta
 
Ongoing
Goin' Coastal in Virginia Highland features sustainable seafood and offers regular promotions that maximize the dining dollar. Monday nights are for whole Maine lobsters, a dinner with a family-style side for $20. Wednesday is for oysters, at $5 per dozen. And Thursday features $15 shrimp boils, for which about 1½ pounds of shrimp come with potatoes, corn and andouille sausage --- a true low country boil. Tuesday is ticket give-away night, for which all the evening's receipts are assembled and somebody's tab gets pulled out of the hat to receive performance tickets. Goin' Coastal, 1021 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 404-941-9117.
 
Fried green tomatoes Ongoing
Table 301 Restaurant Group and Greenville History Tours have partnered to produce Upstate South Carolina's At the Chef's Table Culinary Tour, showcasing regional ingredients and local chefs in Greenville, S.C. The culinary tours are conducted on Saturdays from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Each tour lasts 2½ to 3 hours and costs $39 per person. The price includes visits to five destinations featuring high-profile chefs cooking with regional ingredients. Greenville is about two hours northeast of Atlanta on I-85. For more information or to book a tour, visit http://www.table301.com/, call 864-567-3940, or email greenvillehistorytours@gmail.com.
 
Mondays
One Eared Stag chef Robert Phalen is joining with local brewer Monday Night Brewing to offer One Eared Stag’s Monday night fried chicken. An order includes three pieces of chicken and two side items for $15. Guests also may upgrade to a whole chicken for $22 and two whole chickens for $32. This special feast takes place Mondays starting at 5 p.m. One Eared Stag, 1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-525-4479.
 
Monday-Friday
From 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Ray's Killer Creek and Ray's on the River offer a half-priced menu of appetizers, $5 cocktails and $3 draft beer on their special weeknight menu (excluding holidays). Yes, "Oysters Rock!" with Pernod creamed spinach, bacon and hollandaise for $6. More deals include shrimp cocktail, ahi tataki, Ray's "New Orleans" barbecue shrimp with barbecue beer butter on a toasted baguette, warm Maytag blue cheese chips, and crispy calamari with sweet and hot peppers and tomato marinara ($4-$7). Fresh shucked oysters accompanied by atomic cocktail sauce and Champagne mignonette come by the dozen ($11) or half dozen ($7). Value-priced red and white wines from around the globe are available by the glass ($8-$15) or bottle ($30-$36). Those in the market for martinis will find plenty for $5 each: Ray's blue smoke, Ray's lemon drop, the Maytag, pomegranate, chocolate, Georgia peach and the French martini. Ray's Killer Creek,1700 Mansell Rd., Alpharetta, 770-649-0064. Ray's on the River, 6700 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339, 770-955-1187.
 
Tuesday-Sunday
In Grant Park, The Shed at Glenwood is now offering daily specials, with different features each day of the week (excluding Mondays when the restaurant is closed). Returning to the line-up is the very popular Slider Night on Wednesdays. Specials are as follows: Tuesday is a small plates menu ($3-$10); Slider Wednesday for eight different sliders offered for $3 each; Thursday is Brewer’s Dozen --- a dozen oysters (three ways), plus a beer for $12, also offering $7 PEI mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and cream; Friday and Saturday is Buy the Bottle --- ten-12 bottles of wine offered at $20 each; Sunday brunch for pitchers of mimosas, Bellinis and sangría, plus $7 specialty Bloody Marys; Sunday Supper is three courses of comfort food for $25 per person. The Shed at Glenwood, Glenwood Park, 457 Bill Kennedy Way, Atlanta, GA 30316, 404-835-4363.
 
Wednesdays
Chef Ron Eyester offers a mid-week uptick with the Widespread Wiener special at The Family Dog. Changing every week, the inventive creations he crafts with fresh frankfurters and sides put a singular stamp on the hot dog offerings. For more information, visit thefamilydogatlanta.com or call 404-249-0180. The Family Dog, 1402 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 404-249-0180.
 
Thursday through Sunday
From 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, features Five@Five happy hour specials. Five cocktails and five appetizers are priced at $5 each. Linger Longer Steakhouse, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, One Lake Oconee Tr., Greensboro, GA 30642, 706-467-7135.
 
JCT. Kitchen & Bar offers a fixed-price Sunday supper Sundays
JCT. Kitchen & Bar offers a fixed-price Sunday supper that features its famous deviled eggs and farm salad for the table, followed by a choice of several main dishes, three sides (also for the table) and a single dessert. Mains could include black skillet fried chicken, cast-iron roasted quail, and grass-fed-beef meatloaf, among other options. Sides lean toward Southern classics, such as mac 'n' cheese, green bean casserole and, of course, collard greens. Cost is $26 per person, plus tax and gratuity. JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Westside Urban Market, 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Ste. 18, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-355-2252.
 

View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Atlanta

RESTAURANT AWARDS 2015

Sign up for the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which will feature the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. and more.