Distiller Troy Ball at The Barrel Bar
On Tuesday, get to the The Barrel Bar at Food 101 for a meet-and-great with Troy Ball of Troy & Sons Distillery in Asheville, N.C., famous for the likes of Blonde Whiskey. In case you didn’t know, Troy is a she and one of the few woman distillers on the scene today. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the usual Tuesday night 1/2 off cocktails and wine specials. 5-7 p.m., Food 101 4969 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, food101atlanta.com.
Atlanta Eats Goes Live at Verizon
Atlanta Eats, the weekly restaurant roundup TV show hosted by Steak Shapiro, will take the stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta on October 6 for a “rockstar” program and benefit for Staplehouse and The Giving Kitchen. Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun and Linton Hopkins will be honored during an evening featuring food and drink from 30 Atlanta restaurants, including Hal’s, Rathbun’s, The Optimist, 4th & Swift and Watershed, chefs dueling in demos and karaoke contests, and live music. Tickets: $125; $250 VIP. atlantaeatslive.com.
Atlanta Cheese Festival at Park Tavern
The inaugural Atlanta Cheese Festival sponsored by Gourmet Foods International takes off on Friday, October 11, from 5 to 11 p.m. at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. Among the evening’s festivities: a Grilled Cheese Meltdown competition; a cheese market where attendees can taste samples and purchase items directly from the producers; live music from The Packway Handle Bar and Moreland & Arbuckle. VIP ticket holders get a special beer and cheese pairing seminar. Tickets: $35; $50 VIP with proceeds going to the Giving Kitchen. atlantacheesefestival.com.
Taste of Atlanta Turns 12
In its 12th year, Taste of Atlanta has grown into an iconic local event. On October 25, it kicks off with Atlanta’s Taste Revival, a music and barbecue block party with Ron Eyester and guest chefs, including Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie and Kevin Rathbun. Then, more than 90 Atlanta restaurants will offer samples at the weekend festiva,l October 26-27. Atlanta’s Taste Revival tickets: $70-$150. Festival tickets, $30-$85. Tech Square at Spring Street and Fifth Street, Atlanta, tasteofatlanta.com.
— Bob Townsend, for AJC Food and More.