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Drink wine, meet chefs at these September food events

This September, learn how your wine is made while you drink it and nibble on the most quintessential of Southern dishes.

Meet your (wine)maker

Ever wonder how the wine you love so much is made? City Winery is offering guests the chance to meet with its head winemaker, Travis Green, every Wednesday. Held in the Ponce City Market spot’s Barrel Room Restaurant, Winemaker Wednesdays offer complimentary limited tastings and the opportunity to ask Green about the winemaking process.

5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. City Winery, 650 North Ave., Atlanta.

Watch an Atlanta chef defend his title

West Egg chef Andrew Smith took top honors at the Jekyll Island Sh rimp and Grits Festival for his shrimp and grits recipe. Watch him defend his title at this year’s fest, and sample other chefs’ takes on the ultimate Southern dish. A second metro Atlanta chef, Karen Patton of Sweet Potato Cafe in Sotne Mountain, will also participate in the competition. The event will also feature professional cooking competitions, a craft brew fest, arts and crafts merchants and live music.

Sept. 15-17. Free. Jekyll Island Historic District,

Partake of a potluck

Wholesome Wave Georgia will hold its eighth annual Southern Chefs Potluck, bringing together chefs and bartenders from across the state, including Drew Belline, Steven Satterfield and Terry Koval. Each chef will contribute a side dish along with homemade pickles, relishes and desserts, all designed to complement the main dishes from White Oak Pastures and Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ. The family-style meal will also include local beer, wine and cocktails from local mixologists, as well as a live auction. Proceeds benefit Wholesome Wave, which helps provide access to healthy, locally grown food to food insecure communities.

3 p.m. Sept. 17. $175 per person. Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto. Tickets can be purchased at

Dine out for a cause

Enjoy food and cocktails from some of Atlanta’s top chefs and mixologists, including Kevin Rathbun and Gerry Klaskala, at Project Open Hand’s Party in the Kitchen. Tickets include unlimited food, drinks, live and silent auctions and live music. All proceeds benefit Project Open Hand, an organization that prepares and delivers more than 5,000 meals per day to those living with critical and chronic illness or disabilities and senior citizens in 19 counties around greater Atlanta.

7 p.m.Sept. 28. $250 per person. American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta. Tickets can be purchased at

Drink wine, feel fine

Get ready for fall with Osteria Mattone’s sommelier Daniel Pernice, who will lead guests through his favorite fall wines, and discuss winemaking styles and viticulture while describing regions, flavors and ideal pairings. Participants will get wine tastings plus chef Eric Sell’s selection of salumi and formaggi.

2-4 p.m. Sept. 30. $29 per person. Osteria Mattone, 1095 Canton St., Roswell. Tickets can be purchased at


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