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
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
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
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.
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.