Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Things to eat and do

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Local farmers markets to host chef demos
  • Local farmers markets to host chef demos

We know there's a lot of stuff going on in Atlanta when it comes to food, and we also know you may have a hard time deciding what to do in a short weekend, so we've rounded up some of this week's best events around the city.

For starters,CWPR Restaurant Week starts June 23, and it's something that isn't worth missing. The good people at CWPR are hosting seven days of delicious lunch and dinner deals at local hot spots like D.B.A Barbecue, STK, The Albert, and Sun in my Belly. Deals on these meals will range from $15-$35.

On the home-grown front, a few of our favorite farmers markets are hosting chef demos from local food gurus. East Atlanta Village Farmers Market will be introducing chef Seth Freedman, owner of Forage & Flame on Thurs., June 21 at 6 p.m. Freedman's Forage & Flame offers personalized culinary services like culinary coaching, hands-free dinner parties, and farm to school trainings. The culinary educator will demonstrate his talents with local ingredients.

Over on the south side, Grant Park Farmers Market will be hosting a chef demo with Cakes & Ale's Billy Allin on June 24 at 11:30 a.m. Allin and his wife modeled Cakes & Ale after their basic dining philosophy of using high-quality ingredients to produce unassuming foods. The chef will be using creativity and local seasonal ingredients to demonstrate a variety of dishes.

We aren't done with the local scene though. Gaia Gardens, the five-acre urban oasis, is hosting its Young Guns! dinner series once again. The series that celebrates Atlanta's young and talented, will be a simulation of last year's dinner. Guests will arrive around 4 p.m. for a cocktail reception from Miles Macquarrie of Leon's Full Service. A farm tour and sit-down dinner prepared by local chefs will follow the reception.

Now for some celebrations of food: Meehan's Public House in Vinings will be hosting the "Smallest Beer and Wing Festival" on Sat., June 23 at 1 p.m. This is the pub's first annual celebration of beer and their mouth-watering wings. They're offering up flavors like Habanero Pineapple, Thai Coconut, and Spicy Carolina. So after you've toasted your taste buds they've been nice enough to offer you a selection of Sweetwater on tap, or cans of Finch's, Sierra Nevada, and Mother Earth.

Looking for something with less mess? Not a problem. Head to Canoe this weekend for their celebration of the food and beverage culture of the South. Canoe's Chef Carvel Gould at Southern Grown Bonjour from Sea Island weekend will be hosting events like a country fair, a cooking class, bourbon tasting, and a formal five-course dinner prepared by chef Carvel Gould and chef Daniel Zeal.

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