Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: Holiday Markets, Ria Memorial & More

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  December 13, 2013
Credit: The Pinewood

From a beer dinner to a memorial party and from wine tastings to a food expo, this weekend's a packed one as Atlanta leads into the final weeks of the holiday season.

Friday, December 13

Total Wine & More Perimeter hosts a port and dessert wine class tonight from 6:30-8:30 PM. Greg Murray of Symington Family Estates will discuss port and madeera, while Total Wine's Susan Anderson will present the non-fortified dessert wines. No idea what non-fortified means? Show up to find out, as the class takes attendees through nine different wines geared towards holiday drinking. Tickets are $25 and available online (124 Perimeter Center West; 770-395-1678).

Video-game-themed Marietta pub Battle & Brew hosts a beer dinner featuring five different selections from brewery Anchor Brewing Company. A special menu will pair dishes with lagers, porters and seasonal ales from the California craft brewery. The dinner begins at 8 PM and costs $30 per person at the door (279 Powers Ferry Rd. SE, Marietta; 678-560-1500).

Friends, family and associates of Ria Pell, the chef and owner of Ria's Bluebird who passed away on Sunday, November 24, are holding a benefit and tribute show in her honor tonight at the Variety Playhouse. More than a dozen bands will perform, a silent auction will feature donations from artists, chefs, restaurants, musicians. Doors open at 7 PM, and money raised will go to support Pell's family. Entrance is $20, though "no one will be turned away for lack of funds," according to the organizers (1099 Euclid Ave NE; 404-524-7354)

With more than 50 vendors, restaurant representatives, farmers and more from all across Georgia, this expansive Georgia Grown Food Show offers significant variety. Vineyard and brewers will have drinks on hand, locally sourced oils, vinegars and jellies abound and Georgia meats and chocolates put in a showing as well. The whole Georgia Grown enterprise is a program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the wide array is intended to display the diverse agriculture industry in Georgia. This is a two-day event - today is open only to restaurants, retailers, distributors and any other food service representatives, while Saturday's Christmas Showcase is open to the public (11 AM-4 PM; Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park; 404-675-1782).

Saturday, December 14

The Root City Market quarterly pop-up market sets up shop today at the Inman Park Stoveworks. From 10 AM to 2 PM, shoppers can peruse selections geared towards the holidays. Arts, jewelry, gifts and more all come from local vendors, and food options include Southern Table Provisions, XK Macarons and Sugar-Coated Radical (112 Krog St.).

Swing by The Pinewood (pictured above) to have a drink and support the fight against child hunger. As part of Share Our Strength's "Traveling Punch Bowl for Charity" event, in which different bars or restaurants create a unique punch on different nights as a fundraising effort, a portion of tonight's proceeds will go to benefit No Kid Hungry (254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-373-5507).

The Vinings location of Meehan’s Public House calls on their buddies from The Smoke Ring barbecue joint tonight to showcase their skills in a culinary event they're calling "Beer, Brisket and Buckets." Diners can purchase buckets of smoked oysters and beef brisket for $20, and and $12 will get a brisket plate with two sides (2810 Paces Ferry Rd. NW; 770-433-1920).

The Georgia Grown Christmas Showcase - the second day of this weekend's Georgia Grown event (see above) - is open to the public and is open to the public and features a wide array of holiday- and Christmas-themed food items for sale. 11 AM to 4 PM (Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park; 404-675-1782).

Sunday, December 15

The Atlanta Black Restaurant Owners Network this weekend hosts its end-of-the-year celebration The Southern Winter White Food & Beverage Show. Held at the Rialto Center for the Arts, the event showcases a number of local restaurants and caterers and features chef demonstrations. On hand: Bistro 404, Doux Vegan, Kimberly Sweet Shoppe, Zettey's Cookies & Sweets, and SugaChef Desserts, among others. The event runs from 3-7 PM. Tickets are available online and cost $25; white, off-white, cream or silver attire is encouraged (Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW).

Buckhead's Seven Lamps celebrates its first anniversary with a special 10-course, $192 meal featuring contributions from almost 20 Atlanta chefs and mixologists. Check out our interview with Seven Lamps' executive chef Drew Van Leuvan for more details (3400 Around Lenox Rd.; 404-467-8950).