The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins this week on the 11th. Many restaurants and bars will have viewing parties and other special events. Here are some notable World Cup-related events and other food events going on this week.
The Capital Grille, Mon., June 7: Master Wine Tasting Event begins, featuring up to 11 wines including types from California, Italy and New Zealand, and custom flights prepared on request. $25. 5-10 p.m. 255 East Paces Ferry Road. 404-262-1162. www.thecapitalgrille.com.
Valenza, Mon., June 7: Meta Prezzo Mondays features 70 different wine labels, all at half price. Italian and American selections, red and white. 1441 Dresden Drive. 404-969-3233. www.valenzarestaurant.com.
Parish, Tues., June 8: Cooking class series continues with Southern Treats Part 2. Chef Nick Melvin demonstrates how to make fried green tomatoes, black-eyed pea caviar and ham hock hushpuppies. Price includes complimentary glass of champagne. $40. 6 p.m. 240 N Highland Avenue. 404-681-4434. www.parishatl.com.
Wine Shoe Atlanta, Tues., June 8: Special class featuring lessons on flavors, textures, acidity, tannins and the vocabulary of wine. Maximum of 12-14 guests, RSVP on the Web site. $35. 6:30 p.m. 339 Nelson St. 404-577-2000. www.wineshoeatlanta.com.
Three Sheets, Weds., June 9: Weekly Flavor Tripping Parties use the Miracle Fruit to rewire guests palates and change the perception of different food tastes for at least an hour. Reservations required, guests must be 21. $20. 7:30 p.m. 6017 Sandy Springs Circle. 404-303-8423. www.threesheetsatlanta.com.
Wine Shoe Atlanta, Weds., June 9: Spotlight on Argentinian wines, including the Malbec and other reds and whites. Maximum of 12-14 guests, RSVP on the Web site. $35. 6:30 p.m. 339 Nelson St. 404-577-2000. www.wineshoeatlanta.com.
Atlanta Wine School, Thurs., June 10: Spain is Hot wine lesson and tasting includes plenty of wine, both tinto y blanco, to sample. Instructor Michael Bryan has just returned from Spain and will have stories and photos to share. Reservations required. $50. 7 p.m. 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-668-0435. www.atlantawineschool.com.
5 Seasons Westside, Thurs., June 10: Beer vs. Wine Dinner features five different courses paired with a secret selection of beers and wines. Check out the preview video. Reservations required. 7 p.m. 1000 Marietta St. 404-875-3232. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.
Wine Shoe Atlanta, Thurs., June 10: Spotlight on wines from Spain, including Cava, Albarino and other reds and whites. Maximum of 12-14 guests, RSVP on the Web site. $35. 6:30 p.m. 339 Nelson St. 404-577-2000. www.wineshoeatlanta.com.
(The following June 10 events are a few specials that happen weekly with Atlantic Stations summer free movie series. This week: The Great Race. Note that the movies are weather permitting, check Facebook for more details and a full list.)
Lobby Bar and Bistro, Thurs., June 10: All you can eat pizza night. $10 for pizza, $15 for pizza and beer or wine. 361 17th St. 404-961-7370. www.lobbyattwelve.com. (Music plays automatically on load.)
Geisha House, Thurs., June 10: Special dinner for two featuring one shared appetizer, two entrées and a shared dessert. $35. 1380 Atlantic Drive. 404-872-3903. www.dolcegroup.com. (Music plays automatically on load.)
Dolce Enoteca, Thurs., June 10: Special dinner for two featuring one shared appetizer, two entrées and a shared dessert. $35. 261 19th St. 404-872-3902. www.dolcegroup.com. (Music plays automatically on load.)
(Following is a list of a few restaurants having special World Cup events in partnership with Atlanta International Soccer Fest):
Antica Posta, Sun., June 13: Special Japanese-Italian Wine Dinner features two Japanese courses from Chef Taka of Taka in Buckhead and two Italian courses from Antica Posta's Marco Betti, plus wines for each course. Reservations required. $125. 6:30 p.m. 519 East Paces Ferry Road. 404-816-4071. www.anticaposta.com.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards Sun., June 13: Eighth annual A Tribute to Tuscany brunch. Spotlights Tuscan tastes like bruschetta, linguine, leg of lamb, tiramisu 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.
5 Seasons Westside, Sun., June 13: Smaller-scale beer festival offering tastings of more than 50 varieties, plus 10% off dinner with festival wristband. Proceeds from festival benefit Project Safe Women's Shelter. Purchase tickets here. $25. 3-5 p.m. 1000 Marietta St. 404-875-3232. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.
Rosa Mexicano: Special Healthy and Organic Mexican menu shows that not all Mexican food is unhealthy. Menu includes vegetable tacos, seared tuna with quinoa salad, spicy fish and organic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Available until June 13. 245 18th St. 404-347-4090. www.rosamexicano.com.
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