Memorial Day is next Monday, May 31. The unofficial beginning of summer always means the opening of swimming pools and lots of barbecue. Check out some 'cue-related events and other tastings, and special dinners going on this week in Atlanta.
Antica Posta, Tues., May 25: Three-course meal featuring paired Chianti wines from the estate of San Felice in Italy. Paolo Boselli will be on hand representing the estate. Reservations required. 7 p.m. $115. 519 East Paces Ferry Road. 404-816-4071. www.anticaposta.com.
Marietta Wine Market Wed., May 26: Tasting featuring four wines from the Madrigal family vineyards. Madrigal wines are some of the best-sellers at Marietta Wine Market. 5-7 p.m. Free; charity donation encouraged. 18 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-919-1574. www.mariettawinemarket.com.
Whole Foods Ponce de Leon, Wed., May 26: 5% Day, where 5% of all net sales will be donated to BeltLine Partnership, Inc. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-853-1681. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/poncedeleon/.
One Midtown Kitchen, Thurs., May 27: Mangia! Mangia! Meatballs Thursdays begins with a three-course family-style meal featuring a weekly meatball selection, salad and dessert. This week: Caesar salad, veal and ricotta meatballs and tiramisu. Reservations required. $14.50 or $19.50 with bottle of wine. 559 Dutch Valley Road. 404-892-4111. www.onemidtownkitchen.com. (Music plays automatically on load)
(The followingMay 27 events are a few specials that happen weekly with Atlantic Station's summer free movie series. This week: A Hard Day's Night. Note that the movies are weather permitting, check Facebook for more details and a full list.)
Geisha House, Thurs. May 27: Special dinner for two featuring one shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert. $35. 1380 Atlantic Drive. 404-872-3903. www.dolcegroup.com. (Music plays automatically on load.)
Dolce Enoteca, Thurs., May 27: Special dinner for two featuring one shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert. $35. 261 19th St. 404-872-3902. www.dolcegroup.com. (Music plays automatically on load.)
Brenau University, Fri., May 28 to Sat., May 29: Second annual Brenau BBQ Championship. Pro cooking teams from all over the Southeast will be competing in divisions including Whole Hog, Shoulder Shank and Ribs. Vendors will offer food and gifts and family fun includes inflatable play structures, a classic car show and live music. $10 on Friday, $5 on Saturday. 500 Washington Street, Gainesville. 1-800-252-5119. www2009.brenau.edu/bbq.
Tap, Fri., May 28: Live music every Friday. The Brotherland plays "favorite tunes" from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. and then Tap's DJ keeps it going until midnight. Tap has also recently added new menu items. Check out the Web site for details. 1180 Peachtree St. 404-347-2220. www.tapat1180.com. (Music plays automatically on load)
Marietta Wine Market Sat., May 29: Tasting featuring award-winning Tastes of Georgia, both food and drinks. 2-4 p.m. Free; charity donation encouraged. 18 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-919-1574. www.mariettawinemarket.com.
Two Urban Licks, Sun., May 30: Ongoing Sunday Splurge series features burgers and hot dogs with chips and coleslaw. All you can eat, complementary beer and wine. Communal table setting. Reservations required. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. $21. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. 404-522-4622. www.twourbanlicks.com. (Music plays automatically on load)
Wolf Mountain Vineyards Sun., May 30: Eighth annual White Wine, Sparkling Wine and Seafood Festival ends this week. Features seasonal seafood dishes such as lobster bisque, crawfish bread pudding, fried tilapia fingers with Cajun remoulade sauce, baked salmon Wellington with Stone crab sauce and more plus, of course, wine! Seating times are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Reservations required. $30. 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega. 706-867-9862. www.wolfmountainvineyards.com.
Ra Sushi, Sun., May 30-Sat., June 5: Sixth annual Nicky's Week offers special items with 100% of proceeds benefiting St. Jude's Children's Hospital in memory of Nicky Mailliard. 1080 Peachtree St. 404-267-0114. www.rasushi.com/nickysweek.
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