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11 essential September food, wine and beer events in metro Atlanta

Everything from a mimosa festival to a potluck with some of Atlanta’s top chefs 

There are so many ways to celebrate your love of food, beer, wine and more this month: 

Wind down with a glass of wine or two (or three) during Wine Riot. Geared toward millennials, the two-day event features tastings focused on specific wine categories; a Bubble Bar featuring a variety of sparkling wines; and a regional and varietal booth offering tastings of 10 key wine regions, in addition to other wine-themed activities. Tickets include unlimited wine tastings, souvenir glass, access to classes and activities, photo booth and temporary tattoos.

Sept. 7-8. $65. The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta. wineriot.com/atlanta-information/.

Celebrate the release of Kyma chef Pano Karatassos' debut cookbook “Modern Greek Cooking: 100 Recipes for Meze, Entrees, and Desserts” during a special cocktail reception. Tickets to to the event include a signed book, live music, a sommelier's selection of wines and hors d'oeuvres from the book, tax and gratuity. 

5:30 p.m. Sept. 13. $75; use code CHEFPANO to get a $30 discount. Kyma, 3085 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. brownpapertickets.com/event/3585098

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Chow down on food from “Top Chef” alum and owner of Gunshow and Revival Kevin Gillespie during the Atlanta History Center’s Back on the Farm event. Gillespie, along with other chefs including Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen, will offer a menu featuring dishes such as whole hog and beef brisket. Gunshow’s Mercedes O’Brien will create drinks for the evening. Proceeds from the event provide support to Smith Family Farm and the Atlanta History Center 4-H Community Club.

6 p.m. Sept. 14. $225; sponsorship opportunities also available. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. atlantahistorycenter.com/support/back-on-the-farm.

Take a food tour with an international flair with the Gateway Flavors Global Food Tour. Hop on a trolley and travel to five restaurants including D’Cuban Cafe, Indian restaurant Ashiana and Taiwanese eatery Bento Cafe.

1:30-5 p.m. Sept. 15. $55, includes tastings at each restaurant and a swag bag. Tour starts at D’Cuban Cafe, 197 N. Norcross Tucker Road, Norcross. bit.ly/2oemv70.

Some of the top chefs in Atlanta, including Steven Satterfield and Asha Gomez, will serve up food at the ninth annual Southern Chefs Potluck events. In addition to the casual Sunday supper, tickets include local beer, wine and cocktails as well as a live auction. Proceeds benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia’s programs aimed at providing fresh, healthy foods for low-income and food-insecure families.

3-6 p.m. Sept. 16. $175-$300. The Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Palmetto. wholesomewavegeorgia.org/southern-chefs-potluck/.

Get spirited at this cocktail and spirits dinner at Stem Wine Bar. Chefs Doug Turbush and John Flagello of Stem Wine Bar are teaming up on a five-course menu featuring dishes such as juniper-cured Ōra King salmon with crème fraîche, Hatch chile, micro cilantro and compressed avocado and whiskey-braised wagyu short rib with smash fried plantain, roasted baby turnip, pickled turnip greens and pan jus each paired with a spirit including gin, tequila or rum, with cocktails from Stem mixologist David Peek also available.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 17. $99. Stem Wine Bar, Merchant’s Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 678-214-6888, bit.ly/2wmsVWd.

Is there really such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen? Find out during Barrel of Chefs, which will bring together more than 10 chefs including Hector Santiago of El Super Pan, Andre Gomez of Porch Light Kitchen and George Brooks of Botiwalla to create a five-course meal that also includes local wine, beer, cocktails and coffee. Proceeds benefit Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that assists restaurant industry workers in need.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $150. City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. citywinery.com/atlanta.

Eating well and doing good collide at Open Hand Atlanta’s 15th annual Party in the Kitchen, featuring food from 19 top Atlanta chefs including Shaun Doty of the Federal, Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. BBQ and Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito of Umi, as well as drinks from local mixologists. The event, which will also feature silent and live auctions, will raise money for Open Hand Atlanta, a nonprofit that delivers meals to at-risk youths and families and other communities.

7 p.m. Sept. 27. $250. American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta. partyinthekitchen.org.

Celebrate your favorite dairy product at The Cheese Fest, featuring samples of artisan cheeses and specialty foods, a chance to meet the producers and purchase products. Craft beer and wine will be available, along with live music. Special VIP experiences include sessions focused on the fermentation process and cured meats, as well as cheeses.  
5-10 p.m. Sept. 28. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta. bit.ly/2PTLQQk

Toast to your love of mimosas at the Atlanta Mimosa Festival. The event will feature pours of mimosas (with special orange juice flavors), Bellinis, Bloody Marys and a selection of beer, wine and cider, as well as live music and a DJ and food available for purchase. General admission includes admission only; bottomless drink tickets include unlimited drinks; VIP tickets include early entry, brunch bites, unlimited drinks and more. 

1-5 p.m. Sept. 29. $15-$79. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St., Atlanta.  atlantamimosafestival.com/

Love lobster? Get your claws on the Lobster Madness event at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. General admission tickets include a 1.5- pound boiled lobster and lobster, steak and seafood dishes including chimichurri flank steak and crab and lobster rolls, a lobster bib and claw cracker with alcohol available for purchase separately. A VIP experience also includes champagne and unlimited boiled lobster. 
6-8 p.m. Sept. 30. $90-$175. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, 800 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta. eventbrite.com/e/lobster-madness-tickets-48398314662?aff=efbevent

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