Benefiting the restoration of Atlanta’s oldest fire station, #19 in Virginia Highland, the Morningside Mile and Block Party will begin with a competitive one-mile run with cash awards for the top overall, masters and grand masters finishers. The race will start in different waves including a recreational/family wave where jog strollers will be welcome. The race begins at high noon in Virginia Highland at the corner of Lanier Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, and ends at Doc Chey’s Morningside with a block party! The cost to participate in the race is $25 and includes a dri-fit T-shirt, Sweetwater beer and a chance to win prizes by Phidippides, Mizuno and other Morningside merchants. Runners and spectators will enjoy the post-run festivities including live music, food, drinks, Firefighter-in-Training Competitions, sidewalk sales, pet adoptions and family activities hosted by Morningside Village business owners. Doc Chey’s will also be celebrating its 13th anniversary with a party fully equipped with the third annual Noodle Eating Contest and Sumo Wrestling Competition! Runners must sign up in advance to participate. For details and event and race registration, visit
www.MorningsideMile.com.

Restaurant Eugene has created the Eugene Author Dinners, which will pair Chef Linton Hopkins with a writer to produce an evening and menu inspired by the suthor’s work. Last month Susan Rebecca White discussed her acclaimed novels, and on Nov. 22, Mark Kurlansky will sign and read from his most recent novel, Edible Stories, while guests enjoy a menu developed around his substantial and acclaimed food writing, including his books Salt, Cod, The Big Oyster and his translation of Zola’s The Belly of Paris. Dinners are four courses, with pairings for $85 per person.  Reservations are required. Local bookseller A Cappella Books will be on-site to sell books. www.restauranteugene.com or call (404) 355-0321.

Isabella’s Café is now open at 910 West College Ave. in Decatur. The restaurant serves healthy, fresh, & flavorful food that incorporates cooking techniques and tastes from across the globe, including owner Wambui Maina’s native Kenya.www.isabellascafe.com

Sunday Supper South will unite James Beard Foundation Award-winning and notable chefs from around the region at Westside Provisions District on Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is a benefit for the foundation’s scholarship program and will include hosts Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison (Bacchanalia and Star Provisions), Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Tyler Brown (Capitol Grille, Nashville), Robert Kinkead (Kinkead’s, Washington, DC), Frank Lee (Slightly North of Broad, Charleston), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora, Washington DC) and more. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the promenade near the urban footbridge at Westside Provisions District at 1170 Howell Mill Road. Tickets are $150 for James Beard Foundation members and $175 for non-members. For reservations and more information, (404) 365-0410, ext. 22 or www.sundaysuppersouth.com.

The fifth annual Field of Green Festival returns to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival brings together locally grown food, live music, and green living education, all in a family-friendly, fun environment. This year’s event features an expanded kids’ activity zone and expo and market where festival goers can learn about green living. Over 60 vendors and exhibitors and 2,000 attendees are expected. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the farm gate the day of the event. Kids 12 and under enter for free. Proceeds will benefit Slow Food Atlanta. www.fieldofgreensfestival.com

H. Harper Station is now open at 904 Memorial Dr. in Kirkwood. Inspired by speakeasies and watering holes, the restaurant’s cuisine is characterized by a variety of communal dishes and small plates, cold bar offerings and a few large plates, the majority of which will be priced under $20. www.hharperstation.com

A.D. Allushi and Chef Ian Winslade, co-owners of ADI Restaurant Concepts, partnered with Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia to convert ENO by Zaza into the European contemporary 5th Street Café. The “high-energy, French-inspired bistro” is at 800 Peachtree St. www.fifthstreetcafe.com

Georgia Aquarium will hold the fifth annual Aqua Vino on Thursday, Oct. 14, featuring more than 200 fine wines, food from 30 Atlanta restaurants, two auctions and live music. Proceeds benefit the aquarium’s veterinary services and conservation departments. Purchase tickets at
www.georgiaaquarium.org./aquavino.

Tony A. Sharpe is the new executive chef for Café 458’s Weekend Brunch, 458 Edgewood Ave. All proceeds from the Café 458 Weekend Brunch, including tips, go directly to support Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (formerly Samaritan House of Atlanta and Atlanta Enterprise Center), a nonprofit agency whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by enabling people to transform their lives through sustainable employment and income.
www.samhouse.org.

Perrine’s Wine Shop is now open on the Westside at 1168 Howell Mill Road. Perrine Prieur, former sommelier at Joël’s, is offering a collection of boutique wines from around the world. www.perrineswine.com

Der Biergarten has opened in the Luckie-Marietta District Downtown surfing up traditional German food and beer. 300 Marietta St. www.derbiergarten.com

Ruby Tuesday on Lenox Road across from the mall might have closed, but the chain’s parent company will open its new upscale café concept, Truffles, early next year.

Waffle House continues to scatter, smother and cover Intown with a new location at Georgia State University at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue. This is third location – there are WH’s at Underground Atlanta and Technology Square – to open in the last year.

Hotoberfest 2010 will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 1 to 8 p.m. at Glenwood Park featuring beer, music and fun. Proceeds benefit Trees Atlnata. For tickets and info visit www.hotoberfest.net.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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