Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar will host an Oyster 101 class this weekend.
Photo: Anthony Nader - 52 Chefs/Anthony Nader - 52 Chefs
Photo: Anthony Nader - 52 Chefs/Anthony Nader - 52 Chefs

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

Learn all about oysters, get a taste of Marietta, dine out for a good cause and more April 22-28

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

Do this on Monday

It’s Earth Day -- celebrate at one of these metro Atlanta bars and restaurants, and get inspired to cut down on food waste with one of these stories. 

Want more? Learn all about composting at the Earth Day Farmers Jam sponsored by Food Well Alliance, Georgia Recycling Coalition, EPA Region 4 and the Atlanta Community Composting Council. Chow down on vegan nachos from Chef Zu and hot dogs from ATL Doggy Dogg while listening to live music and learning about composting from CompostNow. There will also be opportunities to win prizes and engage with local growers. Admission is free, with food available for purchase.  Read more here.

Do this on Tuesday

Looking for a new lunch spot? The recently-opened Lapeer Seafood Market at Alpharetta City Center just launched lunch service, with dishes including shrimp roll with lemon aioli, horseradish, pickled onion and Voodoo chips and a shaved prime ribeye sandwich served with garlic aioli, grilled onion, salsa verde and Voodoo chips. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and weekend brunch service will launch at the end of the month. Read more here.

Do this on Wednesday

Charleston food writers and cookbook authors Matt and Ted Lee, better known as The Lee Bros. will headline the third annual benefit for Global Growers. They’ll discuss their new book, “Hotbox,” with Angie Mosier, the past president of the board of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Tickets include a signed, first edition copy of "Hotbox," with a portion of the proceeds going to Global Growers, plus hors d'oeuvres and a full-service cash bar.  Read more here.

Dine at more than 60 participating restaurants for Dine Out for Life, which donates a portion from each bill on April 24 to Open Hand, a non-profit that provides community members with healthy meals and nutrition education. Participating restaurants include Sun In My Belly in Decatur, Three Dollar Cafe in Norcross, Valenza in Brookhaven, New Realm Brewing on the Eastside Beltline and BoccaLupo in Inman Park. Read more here.

Celebrate berry season with Root Baking. Co’s pie class. Learn about types of pie crust, share ideas for fillings, and explore pie topping techniques, and leave with your own pie. Read more here.

Do this on Thursday

Try something new at Midtown spot The Lawrence, which recently launched refreshed cocktail, lunch and dinner menus. The drink menu gives a nod to literary favorites including the The Samwise Gamgee, an ode to Lord of the Rings, made with kiwi-infused vodka, aperol, amaro nonino, china china, grenadine and lime. The lunch menu includes a new salad section with options including a farro verde salad and new dinner options include a ceviche campechana made with baby octopus, shrimp, squid, lime, avocado, red onion and tomato and a smoked chicken breast with a honey-bourbon lacquer. Read more here. 

Do this on Friday

Toast to the weekend with Tin Tin’s new late night menu, launching tonight and running from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. Featured dishes at the West Midtown wine bar will include steak tartare and frites with oyster aioli, horseradish and duck egg, brioche sausage rolls and tarragon mustard. Read more here.

Join 5Church Atlanta for a rooftop launch party from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. featuring live music, rooftop tapas and cocktail specials.  Read more here.

Alpharetta restaurant My Stir Fry is celebrating its re-opening April 26 and 27 with its full create-your-own stir fry menu plus live music, an appearance by the Atlanta Rollergirls, giveaways and face painting. Read more here.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is sailing into summer Fridays at The Que-osk with a specialty themed lunch on the last Friday of each month. The theme on April 26 will transform the Que-osk into Honolulu with plenty of yard games, Don Ho tunes and a luau-themed menu. For $15 per person, guests will have a choice of Smoked Coconut Hog or Grilled Huli-Huli Chicken, two side dishes like Polynesian Fried Rice or Big Island Macaroni Salad and a White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie. Lunch will also include house made agua frescas. Read more here.

Do this on Saturday

Get your crawfish on at Atkins Park Smyrna's 17th annual crawfish boil April 27 and 28 featuring a crawfish boil and other Cajun dishes, pours of Abita beer and live music. Read more here.  

Help Red Hare Brewing Co. in Marietta celebrate its eighth anniversary at its “Ocho” party featuring pours of Red Hare beer, live music and food available for purchase from The Real Mexican Vittles. Read more here. 

Schlotzsky’s is rebranding as Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, and is celebrating at its metro Atlanta locations April 27 with samples of new menu items,$1.99 small Original sandwiches, happy hour from 4-7 p.m. featuring buy one, get one sliders and tacos. Kids eat free with any adult purchase. Read more here.

Discover the world of oysters at Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar’s Oyster 101 class. Learn how to shuck, prepare and pair oysters and try six raw oyster varieties with a range of salinities, flavors and textures. Participants will also use tasting sheets and tasting wheels  and will discuss aquaculture, oyster etiquette, oyster flavor profiles and history and sustainability. Read more here.

Try beer from more than 12 metro Atlanta breweries, plus food and live music at the Great Southern Beer Fest at John Howell Park in Virginia-Highland. Read more here. 

Get to know Lilburn during the first Lil Crawl featuring stops for food and drink at 1910 Public House, Agavero Parkside and Hope Springs Distillery. The event culminates with a concert at Music On Main Street featuring classic rock band Those Meddling Kids. Tickets include a drink voucher, entry to the concert and an event T-shirt. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase at each stop. Read more here.

Learn about Pinot Noir at City Winery Atlanta’s Wine 101: Pinot Noir event lead by winemaker Travis Green. Discuss Pinot Noir’s history,  viticulture and cellar techniques while tasting through five examples. Antipasti included. Read more here.

Enjoy the increasingly lovely weather at one of these eight metro Atlanta rooftop spots for food and drinks. 

Do this on Sunday

See what Marietta’s culinary scene has to offer at Taste of Marietta, featuring food and beverages from more than 70 different restaurants, caterers and food trucks in addition to live music, a Kids’ Alley and a food judging competition. Read more here.

Kaiser’s Steakhouse in Sandy Springs is celebrating its second anniversary with a party featuring a selection of dishes, wines and cocktails, along with live music. Read more here.

Miltons Cuisine and Cocktails in Alpharetta will host its annual Farmyard Chowdown Festival on April 28 featuring oysters, mussels, pickle fried chicken, barbecue and a low country seafood boil with crawfish, crab legs and shrimp. Also look for games, a photo booth, live music and a caricature artist. Read more here.

It’s officially farmers market season -- check out which farmers markets are open in your area here.

Looking ahead... 

Celebrate Alpharetta’s culinary scene May 2 during 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. Read more here.

Explore life on the urban farm May 4 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. Read more here.

Get your big hats ready for the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Several metro Atlanta restaurants and bars are hosting viewing parties, including City Tap in Midtown, featuring a hat contest, race day games with prizes and Derby-themed dishes. Read more here.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo May 5 with events at several metro Atlanta restaurants including Muchacho, which is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Backyard Boogie featuring a nacho bar, Rancho Gordo beans and rice, elotes, margaritas and Tecate buckets. Read more here.

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

Join Georgia Organics’ Cast Irons & Collards Society at New Moon Gardens May 5 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 towards supporting Georiga Organics' Farmer Services programs. Read more here.

Enjoy dining al fresco May 5 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. Read more here.

Join Meals on Wheels Atlanta at Second Self Brewing on May 5 for Hogs & Hops, featuring beers, barbecue, and music with bits from chefs including Savannah Sasser of The Expat in Athens and Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market. Proceeds will go to benefit Meals on Wheels Atlanta. Read more here.

Learn about how coffee, chocolate and urban habitat are connected to birds May 5 at the Atlanta Beltline Center. Atlanta Audubon’s Joy Carter will discuss how the collaboration between Atlanta Audubon, Cafe Campesino and Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate emerged, and guests will learn about different methods of brewing coffee with Cafe Campesino and taste Xocolatl chocolate. Participants will take home their choice of Cafe Campesino Atlanta Audubon blend coffee or a Xocolatl Atlanta Audubon collaboration chocolate bar. Read more here.

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