Wine, brunch and chocolate are all on the menu next month with these March events for food lovers.
Eat out while supporting a good cause
The Atlanta Community Food Bank's annual Hunger Walk/Run event is coming up on Sunday, March 5, but if doing a 5K isn't your thing, you can give back with the Dine & Donate program. Through March 5, dozens of participating Atlanta restaurants including Agave, The El Felix, Ladybird Grove + Mess Hall, Lure and South City Kitchen are offering an additional donation line to customers' checks for them to leave a donation directly to the Food Bank. In addition, many restaurants also offer additional additional donations from the sales of specific drinks or dishes -- Ford Fry restaurants are offering a portion of sales from their Hunger Walk Cocktail prepared with Old Fourth Ward Distillery vodka to the food bank.
Various locations through March 5. Find out more about Dine & Donate and the Hunger Walk/Run: acfb.org/
Celebrate all things oyster
Chef Doug Turbush's Marietta restaurant Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is celebrating its first anniversary with a weeklong list of oyster deals and specials , chef demos and pairing dinners from March 1-7. Oysterfest highlights include Oyster happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with half-shell, half-priced oysters, "Buck-a-shuck" oyster of the day and $5 house punch; a $35 Oysterfest prix fixe menu available each day; all day "buck-a-shuck" oysters and $5 Terrapin Hi-5 IPA every day; "Oyster 101" chef demonstrations 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; a five-course, oyster-centric dinner featuring wine pairings on March 2; and a five-course dinner with beer pairings on March. 7.
March 1-7. Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-635-7641, driftoysterbar.com
Find out how chocolate gets made
Ever wonder how your favorite sweet treat is created? Find out in March at the Atlanta Botanical Garden during a lecture and preview of “Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story.” The documentary features Atlanta bean-to-bar chocolatiers, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate , as well as other craft-chocolate makers as they venture into the Peruvian jungle to strengthen relationships with farmer communities and identify new types of cacao to bring to market.
Stick around for a conversation on craft chocolate with the film’s director, Tim Shephard, and Xocolatl owners Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt.
7 p.m. March 7. Free. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. http://bit.ly/2mpDBMh.
Support your favorite local female chefs and food leaders
Celebrate International Women's Day with this event hosted by Community Farmers Markets and recognizing the women of Atlanta’s local food movement. Chef, cookbook author and James Beard Award winner Virginia Willis will curate food and beverages with a team of female chefs including Sarah O'Brien of Little Tart Bakeshop, Taylor Webber of Hampton and Hudson and Holly Chute of Georgia Grown, as well as bartenders including Kellie Thorn of Empire State South , Shanna Mayo of The Luminary and Kendall Dreyer of Poor Hendrix. There will also be a silent auction featuring locally created projects and awards given to four women who support other females in the local food movement.
6-8 p.m. March 8. $50 per person, including food and drink. Gallery L1, 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta. cfmatl.org/go/ladylocavores
Try all your favorite brunch spots in one place
Our favorite meal is getting the respect it deserves for the second year in a row with the Atlanta Brunch Fest. The event will feature samples of brunch dishes from more than 30 restaurants including Buttermilk Kitchen, Einstein’s and Hampton and Hudson, the Shed at Glenwood, Two Urban Licks and more. Beverages will include mimosas, bloody marys, SweetWater beer and a variety of wines, and a DJ and live band will provide entertainment.
Tickets, on sale now, are $65 in advance and $75 after March 2 for VIP; and $15 in advance, $20 after March 2 and $25 day-of for general admission. No day-of event tickets will be available for VIP. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added.
Noon-5 p.m. March 11; VIP starts at 11 a.m. Atlantic Station, 1381 Market St. N.W., Atlanta. atlantabrunchfestival.com/.
Drink great wines while supporting a good cause
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, the main fundraiser for the museum for the past 25 years, returns this year with a new theme — The Big One — and a variety of events for food and wine lovers, including tasting seminars, dinners and the grand finale live auction. Participating restaurants include Bocado, Storico Fresco Alimentari, Watershed on Peachtree and the General Muir, and wineries include Terra Valentine, Eleven Eleven Winery and Cass Winery.
March 22-25. Prices, times and locations vary by event. http://bit.ly/1x9bSOF.