The Weekender: Food events in Atlanta Sept. 11-13

Here’s your guide to a good time this weekend. The following five events are all happening around town, so be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand time. Thank goodness it's Friday.

Shucked and shelled: Dive into a variety of fresh gulf, east coast and pilsner-roasted oysters at Ray’s On The River ’s Oysterfest from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The fest is really a feast since andouille sausage, potato salad, corn on the cob, cole slaw, dessert and nonalcoholic beverages are part of the event's menu.  Alcohol will be available at the cash bar. An afternoon of fun will run $40 per person. Call 770-955-1187 to RSVP.

Party with a purpose: “Party, pounce and prowl” is the theme of the eighth annual Jazzoo, an evening of food, drink, music and mingling hosted by Zoo Atlanta. 25 restaurants are scheduled to participate, including Wahoo! Grill , which will serve casual European-influenced neighborhood bistro bites. The fun runs from 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. To purchase tickets, visit www.jazzooatlanta.org. It’s sure to be a roaring good time.

Philanthropic dinner: The Yonkofa Project, an all-volunteer non-profit organization operating in Georgia, will host “A September Affair,” a fundraiser designed to celebrate the beauty and fortitude of Ghanaian people at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Center Ave. NW, Atlanta) . The Yonkofa Project (Yonkofa means “coming together in friendship” in Twi) aims to build a medical clinic, create a medical record-keeping system and distribute medicine as well as medical supplies to hospitals in Ghana’s Western Region. Tickets to this philanthropic dinner and art auction with work by Ghanaian artists are $120 each; tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,200. For more information, email lisar7154@gmail.com.

Photo credit: Ray's On The River

Chowdown: Here’s your last opportunity of the year to catch Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails special Farmyard Chowdown, a low country boil seafood boil with everything from oysters to fried oyster to live music. The festivities will take place from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased here.

Sunday’s secret picnic: For the second year, Le Dîner en Blanc – Atlanta , the annual secret picnic, will return on Sunday, Sept. 13. As part of the tradition, the location is kept under wraps until the very day of the all-white affair. The highly coveted $45 tickets, which covers round trip transportation via a private motor coach and live entertainment for the evening, is only wait-list at this point. Moet & Chandon is the official champagne sponsor. Click here for more details.

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