James Beard Foundation benefit dinner, bourbon dinner and more in metro Atlanta

Celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday with a six-course dinner at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours. Photo credit: Shelby Light.

Six-course dinner to benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs. Four-course book signing. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Monday, Jan. 15: Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere, chef Deborah VanTrece and chef Jennifer Hill Booker will host a six-course collaborative dinner and cocktail pairing at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours beginning at 6 p.m. The menu will include chitterling sausage, Springer Mountain smoked chicken, crawfish quenelles, hog head cheese, oxtail rillettes and much more. While food will be the focus of the evening, the event will also debunk the myths of soul food and spark discussions about its history and challenges faced by minorities, specifically women and African Americans. Proceeds from the evening will benefit James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs which address the most pressing issues women chefs face. Tickets, which are $100, can be purchased here.
133 Huff Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-350-5500, twistedsoulcookhouseandpours.com.

Monday, Jan. 15: Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, co-creator of the Whole30 program and New York Times bestselling author, will introduce the two newest additions to the Whole30 family — The Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook and Whole30 Day by Day via a talk and book signing at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Books will be available for purchase. Free and open to all. RSVP online or call the box office.
5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812- 4002, atlantajcc.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 23: Sure, Le Bilboquet’s four-course bourbon dinner is two weeks away, but if you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to RSVP by Jan. 12. Now, the good stuff: the food. The menu will include marinated bay scallops and ahi tuna; braised veal cheeks; roasted duck breast plus an amuse bouche and dessert. Bourbon will be provided by Breckenridge Distillery. A seat at the table is $85.
3027 Bolling Way N.E., Atlanta. 404-869-9944, lebilboquetatlanta.com. 

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