Meet a hungry cookbook author and be a part of several dinners that benefit local organizations.
Drink up in Acworth
Sample from more than 100 beers, as well as wine and cider, at the fourth annual Acworth Beer & Wine Fest. The event will also feature live music, games and food for purchase.
1-5 p.m. Nov. 4. $40; $50 the day of the event. Historic Downtown Acworth, 4415 Senator Russell Ave. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2A4ftpZ.
Check out foraged food
The city becomes the producer of your meal during Concrete Jungle’s Finders Keepers Preservation Dinner, made with food foraged from around the city. The 10-course meal, designed by chef Philip Meeker of Bright Seed using fruits preserved over the course of the year, will get an assist from chef Ryan Smith of Staplehouse and chef Sarah Dodge of 8Arm. The meal will be served with cocktails, wine and beer, and Julian Goglia of the Mercury will help kick off the event with his Jackie O apple cocktail.
In addition, Wild Heaven Beer will offer tastes of its upcoming barrel aged fruited quadrupel featuring apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, mulberries and serviceberries foraged by Concrete Jungle. All proceeds will help fund fruit harvests in 2018, as well as the printing of the forthcoming “Taste of Concrete Jungle” cookbook.
6 p.m. Nov. 5. $120 per person, $100 for Concrete Jungle members. West Egg, 1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2zjToGT.
Hungry? Meet this girl
Author and founder of hungry-girl.com Lisa Lillien will appear at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta to discuss her 12th book, “Hungry Girl: Clean and Hungry Obsessed.” Lillien will discuss her brand and her book — which offers up low-calorie recipes for popular comfort and junk foods and desserts — with local TV and radio personality Mara Davis, with a dessert reception featuring recipes from the book to follow.
Noon Nov. 8. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2yfc4aE.
An event for music and food lovers
Chefs from across metro Atlanta will come together for Eats & Beats, which pairs food with live entertainment from the Whiskey Gentry. Guests can sample food and drinks from local restaurants including Local Three, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Bhojanic and C. Ellet’s. All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations Children of Conservation and the Giving Kitchen. A VIP option will get you in at 6 p.m. and give you access to a VIP suite with additional restaurants, premium bar and exclusive activities.
7-10 p.m. Nov. 9. $75 ($85 at the door); $170 for VIP ($185 at the door). The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2yXH9Px.
Get to know your local brewers
Butcher & Brew will host its first Butcher & Brew Fest, featuring unlimited tastings of seasonal craft brews and bites prepared on the Big Green Egg by chef Andy Long. Participating local breweries include Creature Comforts, SweetWater, Gate City and Abbey of the Holy Goats. Tickets also include curated cocktails and games. Half of the proceeds will go to the Drake House, an organization that provides short-term housing to mothers and children in need.
2-6 p.m. Nov. 11. $25-$35. The Alley at South Main Kitchen, 9 S. Main St., Alpharetta. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2A0MROz.
Two chefs join forces for a good cause
Better Half chef Zach Meloy and El Super Pan chef Hector Santiago will come together this month for a six-course collaborative dinner with wine pairings. Participants will be dining for a cause — a portion of the proceeds will go to Ser Familia, an organization active in aiding hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
The menu will include dishes from Meloy such as Hearts of Palm Relleno with white bean puree, warm brown butter vinaigrette and coriander croquant and Guava Tart with cream cheese ice cream, preserved orange and candied jalapeño, with Santiago providing dishes such as Rice Crusted Trout with arroz con esencia de arroz con pollo, trout liver, cucumber and pimento trout roe and Yuca Gnudi, with caldo negro de calamar, calamar a la plancha and yuca leaf kimchi.
6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. $125 per person. Better Half, 349 14th St. NW, Atlanta. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2zS1rqE.
Learn how to host the perfect party
Become the host or hostess with the mostest at this class, which will teach you how to turn ingredients into a variety of small plates ideal for holiday parties. Start the night with a reception of wine and light appetizers, followed by the class and enjoying the prepared dishes and wine pairings. Additional wine will be available for purchase.
7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. $79 per person. Vino Venue, 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-668-0435. Buy tickets here: on-ajc.com/2yZFlWq.