Smoked mushroom omelette from Watchman's.
Photo: Watchman's
Photo: Watchman's

Love food? Here’s what to do, eat and drink this week in metro Atlanta

Try a new spot for brunch, indulge your love of beer, get free chicken and more Dec. 9-15

Hungry or thirsty? There are plenty of events to check out and new restaurants to try this weekend in metro Atlanta.

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Do this on Monday

Help Atlanta-based Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate celebrate its fifth anniversary via two events in partnership with Georgia Organics’ Cast Iron & Collards Society with a five-course chocolate dinner at Atlanta restaurant 8Arm. The restaurant’s executive chef Maricela Vega and chef Shari Griffith will join with Hopkins and Company’s pastry chef Jen Yee to prepare the meal, which will feature sweet and savory dishes that incorporate cacao and use ingredients from local makers and farmers as well as beverage pairings from 8Arm’s general manager and beverage director Joshua Fryer. All proceeds will benefit Georgia Organics. Read more here.

On Dec. 9, the Southern Foodways Alliance premieres “Homeplace,” a film about Georgia’s White Oak Pastures, at the Atlanta History Center. Celebrating farmer Jenni Harris, this Joe York film about the next generation in Bluffton, Georgia, follows up his 2009 about her father, Will Harris. After the screening of both short films, the Harris Family will participate in a panel discussion with SFA director John T Edge, and food from Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol will be served. Read more here. 

Do this on Tuesday

Head to Lazy Betty for a five-course dinner Dec. 10 prepared by chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, paired with wines curated by a wine concierge from A Cork in the Road. Read more here.

On Dec. 10, bring a new, unwrapped toy to Pie Bar in Woodstock and you’ll get four free cookies in return. Toys will be donated to The Children's Haven in Canton. Read more here.

Get in the mood for Mexican food at Stem Wine Bar Dec. 10 for a Mexican pop-up featuring special menu items including duck carnitas tacos and short rib enmolada, margaritas and concha ice cream sandwiches. Read more here.

Do this on Wednesday

Learn about -- and drink sake -- at a special event at Chirori featuring appearances by Sakeman Green and Leo Yoshimura as they serve all-you-can drink warm sake from The Kuramoto Sake Brewery and Kikusui Sake Brewery. The event also offers small bites. Read more here.

Public School 404 releases several new menu items today including buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing and Frank’s Buffalo Sauce; vegetarian chili with black beans and cannellini beans; Moroccan harissa salmon; and new cocktails including  7th Period made with Hendricks, lime and brulee lime. Read more here.

Head to Le Bilboquet at 6:30 p.m. for a four-course Charles Heidsieck champagne dinner. Read more here. 

Do this on Thursday

Enjoy a series of beer events Dec. 12-14 at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine, Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar and Boxcar.On Dec. 12, Hop City in West Midtown is offering 20% off all ‘bombers of beer from open to close; on Dec. 13, Barleygarden will host Manchester Orchestra, which is promoting its charity beer, and will host a tap takeover; and Boxcar will host a five-course beer dinner with Wicked Weed Brewing Company Dec. 13 and a cookie and beer pairing Dec. 14 with Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 

Do this on Friday   

Head to Oak Steakhouse in Avalon for happy hour from 5-7 p.m. for a special bar menu and house wine and beer for $5. Read more here.

Get in the holiday spirit at Red Door Tavern’s annual Christmas party, hosted by Milagro Tequila. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unopened toy to donate to the Aflac Cancer Center and in exchange will receive a complimentary cocktail. Read more here.

Warm up at one of these metro Atlanta holiday pop-up bars. 

Do this on Saturday    

Ponko Chicken in Buckhead will celebrate its official grand opening from 11 .a.m-9 p.m., with the first 50 people in line receiving a free basic meal. Read more here.

Break out your tackiest attire for BeetleCat’s Tacky Sweater Brunch Dec. 14, offering a selection of holiday doughnuts including eggnog and peppermint as well as punch specials and holiday music from a DJ. All specials will be available in the Den only and alongside the regular brunch menu. The guest with the tackiest sweater of the day will win free doughnuts per week for a year. Read more here.

Find out where to dine with Santa and decorate gingerbread houses and holiday cookies here.

Do this on Sunday

Head to Watchman’s at Krog Street Market from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for its new brunch service, with menu items including breakfast burrito with chorizo, scrambled eggs, American cheese, potato, and onion; pineapple upside down pancakes with spiced rum maple syrup and whipped cream; and smoked mushroom omelette with Gruyere, caramelized onion, and a side salad. Read more here.

Taqueria del Sol and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will “pop up” in the Morningside neighborhood Dec. 15 for the third edition of their Foxeria del Sol brunch series, with dishes including Smothered Corn and Jalapeno Pancakes with Andouille Sausage and Mushroom Gravy, Eddie’s Red & Green Christmas Tamales topped with a Fried Egg, Posole Chicken, Fried Steak Biscuit and Gravy, Hatch Chile Pork Roll with Cheesy Eggs and Fox Bros. Brisket Hash. Bloody Marias and a full bar will also be available for purchase in addition to starters like Jalapeño Cheese Dip, Guacamole and Salsa Trio. All proceeds will benefit Foxeria del Sol’s fundraising efforts for Hogs for the Cause. Read more here.

Looking ahead... 

On Dec. 16, Maker’s Mark and the Atlanta Community Food Bank are bringing together Atlanta artists, bartenders and more for the Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned Holiday Party. A $15 contribution to the Atlanta Community Food Bank at the door include live music, gifts, small bites and cocktails. Read more here.

From Dec. 16-23, head to The White Bull in Decatur for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a seven-course Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve featuring a menu comprised of seafood and veggies. Tickets are $85 plus an extra $55 for wine pairings and feature dishes including roasted oysters, breadcrumbs, pecorino, chives and ikura; squid Sicilian fisherman style, couscous, capers and olives; and crispy baccala, marinated peppers and hot oil. Read more here.     

Cooks & Soldiers returns to its Basque roots Dec. 17 with a dinner with chef Jessica Lorigo, the head chef at Gerald’s Bar in San Sebastian. The regular menu menu will be served in addition to several special dishes from Lorigo including cogote de merluza; artichokes cooked with txakoli and sofrito, cod confit, roasted local mushrooms with charred leaks and potato puree; and pork abanico with winter squash.  Read more here.

On Dec. 20, Der Biergarten is hosting its 10th Annual Nikolaustag Party from 5 p.m.-midnight featuring 10,000 ornaments, 72 Nutcrackers, 48 stockings, 26 Christmas trees, holiday cocktails, food specials music, games and an appearance by Santa. Read more here.

On Dec. 22, Donetto in West Midtown is bringing back brunch, along with booze (including one complementary candy cane shot) and Santa. Read more here.


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