If you like to dig into the food scene, fill your plate with a few of the many upcoming food events this month.
Tomorrow night (Apr. 12), Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger, will host its 24th annual Taste of the Nation event at the Georgia Aquarium. During the evening, guests will sample wines and morsels prepared by local restaurants including Aria, Canoe, Kyma, 4th & Swift, Local Three Kitchen & Bar and more. Tickets may be purchased online. 6:30 p.m. (VIP)/ 7:30 p.m. (general admission), Apr. 12. $350 (VIP)/$250 (general admission).
Whole Foods Merchants Walk and High Meadows School are hosting an indoor farmers market on Saturday, Apr. 14. with over 40 vendors selling sustainably-grown produce, eggs, cheese, jams and meat. Chefs, including Shaun Doty, will provide demonstrations throughout the event. Doty’s demo at 11 a.m. will feature a sneak peek at dishes from his new restaurant-to-be, Bantam & Biddy. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Apr. 14. High Meadows School, 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell. Free.
The Peachtree Road Farmers Market opens market season this Saturday. Look for chef Chris Hall of Local Three, who will be leading a demonstration at 10 a.m. See the market’s website for a listing of chef demonstrations throughout the season. They include the likes of Linton Hopkins, Anne Quatrano, Ford Fry, David Sweeney, EJ Hodgkinson and many more over the next nine months. Grab your reusable bags this Saturday to stock up on strawberries, carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, peas and more. 8:30 a.m. – noon. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta.
The 35th annual Vidalia Onion Festival is just around the corner on Apr. 26-29. For the first time this year, the festival will kick off with a professional cooking competition called The Golden Onion. Twelve competitors will have one hour to prepare a pre-submitted recipe featuring the Vidalia onion. Atlanta’s own Hector Santiago of Pura Vida will serve as one of five judges. Contestants include Marc Taft of Chicken and the Egg, Justin Keith of Food 101, Jared Lee Pyles of HD1, Costanzo Astarita of Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar and several other metro-area chefs. The competition’s recipe collection will be available for purchase at the festival for $10. 12:30 p.m. Apr. 22. Vidalia Community Center, 107 Old Airport Road, Vidalia. $5 advance, $10 at the door.
On Apr. 25, over 100 restaurants across town will donate 20% of each check to Open Hand, a non-profit organization providing meals and nutrition education to homebound seniors and those with chronic, critical or terminal illness. Support the cause by dining at one of the participating restaurants like Abattoir, Fifth Group Restaurants, Nuevo Laredo Cantina, Murphy’s, Rosebud, West Egg Cafe, Yeah! Burger (West Midtown location) and more.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog