Best events for metro Atlanta food lovers in December

Eat, drink and be merry this month with food events that’ll teach you something while you chow down and imbibe.

Taste your way through the South with three culinary trailblazers

Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere and chefs Deborah VanTrece and Jennifer Hill Booker will prepare Southern-inspired small plates and craft cocktails as they talk about their experiences in the food service industry and the challenges African-American women face in the business as part of a “Cocktails, Cuisine & Conversation” event before the three travel to the James Beard House in New York.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $125 per person. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, 1133 Huff Road NW, Atlanta. .

Explore two culinary cultures with one event

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before — a Parsi and a Jew walk into a restaurant … and cook a meal together. General Muir chef Todd Ginsberg and Chai Pani chef Meherwan Irani are returning with their Challah Walla dinner, wherein they rediscover the common ingredients that their ancestors cooked with. The six-course, family-style dinner will also be prepared with the help of chef Eli Kirstein, formerly of the Luminary, and Archna Becker of Bhojanic.

7 p.m. Dec. 7. $75 per person. The General Muir, 1540 Avenue Place, Atlanta.

Drizzle, dip and dine

Explore balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy during this dinner led by vinegar producer Giussepe Rimedio. Tickets include a cocktail, guided balsamic tasting and four-course dinner.

7 p.m. Dec. 12. $75 per person, $35 wine pairing. Bellina Alimentari, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta.

Talk cocktails with the experts

The South’s relationship with drinking is complicated, but Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater will attempt to make it clearer during their discussion at the Atlanta History Center. Milam, a former Oxford American associate editor and Southern Foodways Alliance’s managing editor, and Slater, who has managed beverage programs at One Flew South and H. Harper Station, will discuss the “Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails,” which bridges the gaps between the culture, history and practice of drinking in the South.

7 p.m. Dec. 13. $10 for public, $5 for members. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4150,

Celebrate the holidays with a traditional dinner

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or “La Vigilia,” is a tradition that originated in Southern Italy to celebrate the vigil for the birth of Jesus. Chef Jamie Adams of Il Giallo Osteria & Bar is presenting his three-course version, with seven different varieties of seafood including house-salted cod fritters and New England hake baked in parchment paper and served with fingerling potatoes, roasted tomatoes, clams, capers, sweet onions and saffron.

Dec. 24. $45 per person. Il Giallo Osteria & Bar, 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-709-2148,

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