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Eat, drink and cook at these top January metro Atlanta events

Bake bread, take part in a Spanish celebration and drink rare beers this month in and around Atlanta.


Keep your New Year’s resolution

If you’re trying to stay healthy in 2018, you might want to get the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s New Year, New You cooking class on your to-do list. A nutrition counselor and health coach will share recipes to help you achieve your goals in the new year.

7-9 p.m. Jan. 11. $55 for the community; $45 for MJCCA members. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.


Learn how to chuck the gluten

Interested in eating less gluten? This class will teach you how to make gluten-free banana and sandwich bread at this bakery that specializes in gluten-free and allergen-friendly desserts with a European flavor.

3-5 p.m. Jan. 13. $47.99. 2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery, 42 Milton Ave., #B, Alpharetta.


Get a taste of rare beers

If you’re a beer fan, you’d do well to find yourself at the 14th Annual Cask Ale Tasting, which moves this year from 5 Seasons Brewing at the Prado to the brewpub’s Westside location. A ticket will get you samples of more than 40 rare, cask-conditioned ales from the U.S. and U.K., as well as a Monday Night Brewing souvenir glass. Food will also be available for purchase.

2:30-6 p.m. Jan. 20. $43.50 per person plus tax. 5 Seasons Brewing Westside, 1000 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta.


Take a culinary trip to Spain

Basque-inspired tapas spot Cooks & Soldiers will host its third annual Tamborrada event — a nod to the yearly celebration held in San Sebastian, Spain — featuring traditional food, drink and entertainment. Look for dishes including pintxos, cheese and charcuterie and seafood, plus a churro and brandy toast, and unlimited txakoli, beer, cider, gin and tonics and specialty cocktails with a VIP ticket. The restaurant will close for regular service the night of the event.

4-9 p.m. Jan. 21. $45 per person; $65 for VIP tickets. Cooks & Soldiers, 691 14th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-996-2623,


Have a Food Network-style evening

If you love watching food reality shows, Almost Chopped -- a nod to the Food Network show "Chopped" -- should be on your calendar. Four teams of two home chefs each will use mystery ingredients to prepare dishes for local chef judges including Pano Karatassos of Kyma  and Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen. Tickets include appetizers from High Roller Sushi, wine, beverages and desserts from Seasons 52, as well as the competition. Proceeds go to benefit Hadassah’s neurological research.

2-5 p.m. Jan. 21. $36 per person. Spring Hall, 7130 Buford Highway, Atlanta.


Have a shucking good time

Oyster lovers can celebrate their favorite bivalves at the seventh annual Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar’s Oysterfest. The indoor two-day Mardi Gras-themed event will offer oysters prepared a variety of ways, beer from Abita and live music in a heated tent.

11 a.m. Jan. 27-28. $15 in advance for both days; $8 for one day; $12 per day at the door. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar, 2840 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna.

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