Public School 404 is celebrating its birthday with a barbecue this month.
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Check out these essential metro Atlanta May food and drink events

If you love to eat and drink, head to one of these must-attend metro Atlanta events this month.

Taste of Alpharetta

Celebrate Alpharetta’s culinary scene during the 29th annual Taste of Alpharetta, featuring samples from more than 60 restaurants including Ceviche Taqueria, Citizen Soul, Holmes, M Thai Street Food and Madras Chettinaad. Chefs and restaurants will compete in categories such as Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual and Best Fine Dining. Also look for cooking demos, live music and entertainment.

5-10 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Admission is free, and tickets for food and drink are available for purchase for 50 cents each. Downtown Alpharetta.

Barbecue Nation

Pop into the Atlanta History Center for breakfast featuring Bomb Biscuits and B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue and stay for curator-led tours of the Barbecue Nation exhibition. Ticket includes breakfast, coffee and museum admission.

9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW., Atlanta.

Soil Festival

Explore life on the urban farm at Food Well Alliance and Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture’s fifth annual Soil Festival at Truly Living Well’s Collegetown Farm. Learn about healthy soil, local food, gardening, composting and earth-friendly living with activities including farm tours and harvesting, bike and walking tours, a marketplace selling fresh produce and plants, a beer garden, cooking demos, workshops, exhibitors, a kids’ corner, games and music plus free farm-to-table fare catered by local chefs, and take-home compost.

1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Free. Truly Living Well’s Collegetown Farm, 324 Lawton St. SW., Atlanta.

Cast Irons & Collards Society

Join Georgia Organics’ Cast Irons & Collards Society at New Moon Gardens for a dinner with chefs Joey Ward, Spencer Gomez, Zach Meloy, Ron Hsu and Jen Yee with beverage pairings by sommelier Cate Hatch. The evening will begin with canapés prepared by each chef, cocktails and a garden tour, followed by a five-course seated dinner with wine pairings. The dinner will feature produce from nearby Snapfinger Farm. Proceeds from the event will go toward supporting Georiga Organics’ Farmer Services programs.

6-9 p.m. Sunday, May 5. $300. New Moon Gardens, 2116 Browns Mill Road, Atlanta.

Picnic in the Park

Enjoy dining al fresco at Wholesome Wave’s Picnic in the Park in Adair Park. Get a picnic basket with dishes prepared by chefs at local restaurants including One Flew South, No. 246 and Muss and Turner’s, plus beverages, live music, farm booths and family-friendly activities. All proceeds benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia.

1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5. $40 for a two-person basket, $75 for a four-person basket. Adair Park I, 742 Catherine St. SW., Atlanta.

Quad Webb

Meet Quad Webb of the Bravo show “Married to Medicine” and talk show “Sister Circle” at a talk and signing to celebrate the release of her cookbook “Cooking With Miss Quad: Live, Laugh, Love, Eat,” featuring recipes for dishes including jalapeño cheese hushpuppies and cajun deviled eggs.

7 p.m. May 9. Barnes & Noble Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road NE., Atlanta. 404-261-7747,

Dia de Lass Madres

Friday, May 10 is the official “Día de las Madres” in Mexico - a holiday dedicated to the celebration and admiration of mothers. To celebrate, Casi Cielo will feature a three course prix fix menu with optional alcohol pairing.

5-11 p.m. May 10. 6125 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-549-9411,

Public School 404’s Birthday 

Help Public School 404 celebrate its birthday with a barbecue featuring your choice of smoked chicken or pork plates with roasted corn, slaw and chips for $12. Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing Co. will be serving four brews for $5 each, and there will be a Red Bull bar featuring specialty cocktails available for purchase. Outdoor games will be played on the patio. 

1-5 p.m. May 11. 930 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-817-0984,

Food for Thought

MODA and Ponce City Market are teaming up for a series of free events and panel discussions covering food, urban agriculture, design, culture. Kicking things off is Food for Thought: Innovation in Urban Agriculture, a discussion on the innovations in urban agriculture currently underway in Atlanta. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy light bites, popsicles from King of Pops and complimentary “The Ivey League” cocktails made by Likewise’s beverage director Ben Richardson, who will incorporate local honey from three newly installed beehives at Ponce City Market. Following, Food for Thought will feature a panel of urban agriculture innovators, including Mario Cambardella, the City of Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director and John Gordon from Friends of English Avenue Urban Farm.

6 p.m. May 14. The Plaza at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Pop-up series

Vino Venue will host the first installment of its monthly Little Red Rooster pop-up series that will feature a menu of chicken prepared Korean fried, Israeli grilled, Peri-Peri, teriyaki and Spanish arroz con pollo plus sides such as chicken-fried Brussels sprouts with Alabama white sauce and wild mushroom bread budding.

5-9 p.m. May 15. Vino Venue, 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-668-0435,

Living Color Racial Equality Dialogue Dinner
Slow Food Atlanta is partnering with Chef Zu of Kings Apron, Elevating Equity and Generator to host the Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner. The vegan five-course dinner will focus on sharing ideas around how farmers, food workers, chefs, restaurants, local food initiatives and food and farming non-profits can best deal with racial inequities in the workspace. All guests will leave with a “Elevating Equity Toolkit” to take back into their workspaces and food communities and a curated reading list for those interested in becoming an ally. Tickets are priced under the Equitable Ticket PricingSM model introduced for this dinner, reflecting the 2018 gender, race and ethnicity wage gap as reported by the Institute for Women Policy Research and United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

5 p.m. May 19. Generator, 828 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta.

Winemaker Dinner Series

Raise a glass to spring at the latest installment of Atlas’ Winemaker Dinner Series featuring a four-course meu paired with wines from Oregon’s Eyrie Vineyard.

6:30 p.m. May 23. $195. Atlas, St. Regis Atlanta, 88 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-600-6471,


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