Here, co-executive chef Michael Bertozzi cuts open the Japanese-style omelet that tops the Blue Crab Fried Rice at Bully Boy, but the servers often take care of that task. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
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Love food? Here’s what to do, eat and drink this weekend in metro Atlanta

Try a Japanese exploding omelet, get ready for Easter, hang at a patio party and more April 19-21

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

Do this on Thursday

Check out Taste of the Nation, featuring food and drinks from more than 50 Atlanta chefs. Proceeds go to benefit No Kid Hungry, which seeks to end childhood hunger. Read more here. 

Haven Restaurant and Bar in Brookhaven is hosting its annual patio party from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include an assortment of food options and a selection of beer and wine. Read more here.

Up to five pours of Pappy will be paired with five gourmet dishes at a Pappy Pairing Party at 11th Frame at Midtown Bowl. Chef Chris Hall of Local Three will prepare dishes including lemon pepper “wet” bacon with celery and carrot salad and “aged” mac and cheese with gouda, cheddar and fontina, with 1-ounce pours of Pappy including Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year. Josh Dornellas, a spirits specialist from Empire Distributors, will be on hand to educate guests about Pappy Van Winkle. $50 from each ticket will benefit the Giving Kitchen. Get more information by calling 404-874-5703.

Do this on Friday

Passover begins tonight -- check out these recipes for the perfect Seder.

Try a Japanese exploding omelete and Lobster Frites, among other East Coast-inspired dishes, at Bully Boy off the Eastside Beltline. Read our review here.

Observing Lent? Check out one of the many metro Atlanta church fish fries popping up around town through the end of Lent. 

Do this on Saturday

To celebrate its new summer hours, JCT. Bar will host a patio party starting at 3 p.m. featuring light bites and grilled specials including hot dogs with Sea Island red pea ”chili” and chow chow verde and pork belly “bahn mi” Thai herbs and crushed peanuts as well as $6 cocktails and live music. Read more here.

Second Self is hosting a day of ice cream and beer. Guests to the craft brewery from 2-5 p.m. can enjoy pairings of four different High Road Craft Ice Cream’s Wallops (ice cream surrounded by cookie dough and covered in a chocolate shell) with a flight of four Second Self beers. Read more here.

Get a taste of homey daytime dining at the newly-opened all-day breakfast spot Pancake Social at Ponce City Market. Get a first look here.

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

Do this on Sunday

Happy Easter! Check out Easter brunch at one of these metro Atlanta restaurants. 

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

Looking ahead... 

Learn all about composting at the Earth Day Farmers Jam April 22 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.

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 April 24. 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.

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.

Get to know Lilburn during the first Lil Crawl April 27 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.

Discover the world of oysters at Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar’s Oyster 101 class April 27. 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.

Kaiser’s Steakhouse is celebrating its second anniversary April 28 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.

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