4 virtual food and drink events to check out this month

Love food and looking for something to do this month from the comfort of your couch? Check out these virtual food and drink events happening in October.

McCormick & Schmick’s and Chart House Restaurants, in collaboration with J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, will present Touching Lives: A Virtual Wine Dinner for Two. Hosted on Zoom, guests will explore wines from J. Lohr paired with a four-course tasting menu from McCormick & Schmick’s and Chart House executive chefs, with proceeds going to the Touching Lives Program. Dishes include Indian Summer Chilean Sea Bass and Braised Short Rib. To participate, guests can pick up the dinner from participating locations, 45 minutes prior to the virtual event. Ticket sales end Oct. 4.

7 p.m. Oct. 9. $189 plus tax. mccormickandschmicks.com/event/virtual-wine-dinner-for-two/

Fire up your Big Green Egg for Eggtoberfest 2020, a weekend of events celebrating everything about the Big Green Egg streaming on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram – on Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. Atlanta chefs including Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen, Nick Leahy of Aix and Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market and Chop Shop will join other chefs from other US and international chefs to share recipes and memories. Big Green Egg founder Ed Fisher will introduce the premiere of The Wonderful World of Eggtoberfest on Oct. 10.

So plan your menu, fire up your EGG and join us on your favorite social media channel for all of the virtual EGGtoberfest fun. We want to hear from you, so please share your cooks and tag your friends at #EGGtoberfest2020. Stay well, chill out and EGG on!

Oct. 9-11. biggreenegg.com/eggtoberfest/

Wholesome Wave Georgia’s 11th Southern Chefs Potluck is going virtual to benefit families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with fresh food access. Broadcast live from the MET Atlanta Penthouse, the event will include a Southern cooking segment from TV personality chef David Rose; a cocktail making segment from Atlanta bartender Tiffanie Barriere; and an organic gardening segment from Atlanta Harvest farmer and food justice activist EliYahu Ysrael. Pre-prepared meals will be available to guests in the metro Atlanta area for home delivery the day of the event to eat during the live stream with dishes from local chefs including Todd Richards and Anne Quatrano. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on items in an online silent auction opening 48 hours before cameras start rolling. All proceeds will benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia.

5-6:15 p.m. Oct. 11. $25 for general admission, $150 for the diner’s experience for two, $300 for the VIP diner’s experience for two. wholesomewavegeorgia.org/potluck2020

Join ATLFAMILYMEAL, the nonprofit supporting Atlanta’s hospitality community for Feed the Fam, a virtual experience celebrating the Atlanta food, music and art communities and benefitting metro Atlanta hospitality workers. Held entirely online, the fundraiser will present a lineup of programming live-streamed on the Feed the Fam website including musical performances from local artists and cooking demos from Atlanta chefs and bartenders, featuring dishes included in a 7-course dinner available for pre-order here and delivered on the night of the event. Proceeds from a raffle will go directly to ATLFAMILYMEAL.

7 p.m. Oct. 18. atlfamilymeal.org/

Join the James Beard Foundation for its annual Taste America event, featuring participating chefs, special guests, and diners from 20 cities around the country. Each event ticket in Atlanta will include a three-course meal from chef Deborah VanTrece of Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Purs, plus wine and whiskey and access to a broadcast featuring a lineup of James Beard Foundation chefs and special guests from across the country. The broadcast will be emceed by Antonia Lofaso and will feature two roundtables featuring participating chefs and guests including Carla Hall, Gail Simmons, and DJ Hesta Prynn, as well as a round of food trivia. Proceeds will go to benefit the Beard Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, working to help the independent restaurant industry survive the COVID-19 crisis.

8 p.m. Oct. 18. $150. jamesbeard.org/events

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