Weekend Planner: Loft Tour, Waffles, Santa & Pastries
Friday, December 6
East Atlanta sandwich-and-more shop Urban Cannibals celebrates its fourth anniversary tonight with free snacks and drinks from 6-8:30 PM. To gain entry, though, you'll need to bring at least four cans of non-perishable food to donate to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Other local food vendors, including High Road Craft Ice Cream and REV Coffee, will be on hand sampling and selling their wares, Urban Cannibals will also sell its Bodega Bucks gift certificates at 25% off during the party (477 Flat Shoals Ave SE; 404-230-9865).
Saturday, December 7
The seventh annual Stacks Loft Tour & Artists Tour focuses on local artists and the historical Cabbagetown loft building, but local restaurants get involved too. While touring 15 loft spaces and checking out paintings, photography, jewelry, functional art and more, urban explorers can also snack on food provided by neighborhood restaurants. Agave, Doc Chey's, Little's Food Store, Stone Soup Kitchen, Milltown Tavern and more all put in an appearance. The event runs from 1-8 PM, and admission costs $10 (170 Boulevard SE).
Generally only opening for scheduled group tours, the Waffle House Museum opens its doors this weekend from noon to 3 PM to celebrate the holidays. Admission's free, guests get to make their own waffles and everyone gets a special Waffle House Christmas ornament. The museum is located in Avondale Estates on the site where the first Waffle House opened in 1955 (2719 E. College Ave., Decatur; 770-326-7086).
Social Vinings puts together a "Naughty & Nice" party from 7:30-9:30 PM. Abita Christmas brews and Bacardi Christmas cocktails, each just $5, are this year's treats under the metaphorical tree (3621 Vinings Slope SE; 770-432-9772).
"Enjoy a night of spiked holiday cheer and debauchery," proclaims a flyer for ONE. midtown kitchen's "Twisted Santa" party. The restaurant's accepting reservations for dinner and encouraging diners to bring unwrapped new toys to donate to Toys For Tots, and suggests Santa may have a spanking for those who show toyless. Drink specials and a "sinful dinner" round out the evening (559 Dutch Valley Rd.; 404-892-4111).
Suite Food Lounge hosts a launch party for its executive pastry chef Tonisha Jackson, who's launching a new endeavor called JaXon's Pastries. "This is a legacy," says Jackson, who specializes in custom desserts and cupcakes. "JaXon's Pastries is a tribute to the family that has made me the woman that I am today." She formerly made desserts at Marietta's Canvas Café, and has created a number of custom cakes for ATL music industry events. RSVP online (375 Luckie St.; 404-577-2500).
Sunday, December 8
Decatur Indian joint Chai Pani throws another late-night event after a successful inaugural wee-hours dance party a few weeks back. From 11 PM to 3 AM, guest bartender Tim Faulkner (currently at Umi, formerly of Octopus Bar, Sauced, H&F Bottle Shop) handles libations while Chai Pani chef Daniel Peach prepares "his mother's soul food." Tunes courtesy DJs Dookie Platters and Gnosis (406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur; 404-378-4030).