Quick Bites: Kirkwood Wine Stroll, Atlanta Bourbon Fest, Blood Sweat & Beers and more

Black Restaurant Week is showcasing Atlanta’s hottest restaurants, food trucks, executive chefs and mixologists through Sept. 15 while calling attention to minority inequality in the food and beverage industry. BRW will partner with local, black-owned restaurants and food trucks to offer prix fixe menus for customers starting at $10. In addition to the restaurant offerings, BRW will host a variety of events designed to expand awareness and increase support for Atlanta’s community of black culinary professionals. For more information, visit ATLBRW.com.

The 13th annual Kirkwood Wine Stroll is on Friday, Sept. 20, 7 to 10 p.m. in downtown Kirkwood. There will be more than 80 wines to sample, craft beer, food and music. Food vendors will include Urban Pie, Kirkyard Public House, Poppa Corns Gourmet Popcorn and Artistic Soul Catering. The music lineup includes Elegant Bachelors, Cosmic Debris, PRINCE: A Celebration of the Genius, Bonaventure Quartet, Will Scruggs, The Bullfrogs, Brian Revels, and Vivian Slade. Proceeds from the event are used to enhance the downtown business district and help fund other Kirkwood nonprofit organizations and events. The event is for those 21 and older and photo ID is required. Tickets are $40 at kirkwoodwinestroll.com.

The PopUp Tour, featuring shipping containers transformed into a German beer garden and more, is coming to Midtown Sept. 24-28 between 12th and 13th streets. There will be a Bauhaus-themed beer garden featuring hot pretzels and Hofbräu beer; decked-out tour bus equipped with virtual reality tours of German cities; giant screens for viewing soccer matches, food trucks featuring German fare; and an interactive kids’ lab. The PopUp Tour is the official roadshow of Wunderbar Together, a yearlong celebration of US-German friendship across the United States. Find out more at events.wunderbartogether.org.

Blood, Sweat & Beers 2019, the inaugural Beer Pong Challenge presented by Marketwake, will be held Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. at New Realm Brewing. There will be beer, food, music, silent auction, yard games and, of course, beer pong. Proceeds benefit New Story, a nonprofit that creates 3D printed houses for the homeless. Tickets are available by searching for the event at Eventbrite.com.

The Atlanta Bourbon Fest will be held Sept. 7 at City Winery, 650 North Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. with VIP starting at noon. There will be over 50 bourbons and whiskeys to sample as well as a few beer and wine options. There will be live music upstairs and DJ Aetii downstairs. Food will be available for purchase from a select menu from City Winery. The list of bourbons and whiskeys will be posted on the website once they’re confirmed. More information and tickets can be found at atlantabourbonfestival.com.

The Atlanta Craft Cocktail Fest will also be held on Sept. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. at City Winery. There will be a wide variety of specialty cocktails available to sample as well as a small selection of beer and wine. Live music will be upstairs and DJ Aetii will be downstairs playing your favorite dance music. Food will be available for purchase from a select menu from City Winery. More details about the event will be posted on the website as they are finalized at atlantacraftcocktailfestival.com.

Meals On Wheels Atlanta will host its fourth annual Power Luncheon on Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Flourish Atlanta in Buckhead. This year, the local nonprofit welcomes acclaimed costume designer, Ruth E. Carter, as guest speaker. The first African American to win an Oscar for “Best Costume Design” for her work on the Marvel film Black Panther earlier this year, Carter will be moderated by SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace for an intimate conversation at MOWA’s Power Luncheon. For more information about MOWA and this year’s event, visit mealsonwheelsatlanta.com.

The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm will host the biggest community initiative in the team’s history, Million Meal Pack, on Oct. 5 at State Farm Arena. More than 5,000 volunteers are needed to help assemble the meals that will be distributed throughout the Atlanta metro area under the direction of Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization dedicated to creating a hunger-free world. The food assembly will require six 90-minute shifts with 700 to 900 volunteers each to reach the target number of meals. Volunteer now at hawks.com/mealpack.

This fall, James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins will open an outpost of H&F Burger in Asheville, North Carolina. This will be Hopkins’ first restaurant to open outside of his hometown of Atlanta.

Regynald Washington

The winners of the 2019 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards were announced recently at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. The GRACE Awards Gala is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black tie event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry. The winners included: Regynald Washington, President of Paradies Lagardère Dining Division (Lifetime Achievement); Retail Data Systems (Industry Partner of the Year); Georgia Mountain Food Bank (Distinguished Service); Meherwan Irani, CEO Chai Pani Restaurant Group (Diversity Leadership); Doug Turbush, Seed Hospitality Group (Restaurateur of the Year – Small/Independent); Taco Mac (Restaurateur of the Year – Large/Corporate); Donte Jenkins, Dantanna’s (Employee of the Year); and Andres Loaiza, Aria (Manager of the Year).

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