Bites, Beers & Bands will be held Aug. 9 at Aja Restaurant and Bar in Buckhead. The event will feature the chefs from each of Here to Serve’s concepts, as they showcase their grilling skills; including classic BBQ favorites from Chef Dan Garner of Prime, house made sausage from Chef Peter Kaiser of Twist and a modern Surf n’ Turf from Chef Phillip Strange of Strip. Among the breweries involved are Second Self, Eventide and Terrapin. There will be music from Sailing to Denver, a giant Jenga game, cornhole and a photo booth. The event will be $35 in advance/$40 at the door. Admission includes a sampling of each food and beer station. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. Tickets are available at

Eats & Beats will be held Aug. 13, 7-10 p.m. at The Buckhead Theatre. Atlanta chefs will be putting on their aprons and guitars for this special event featuring music from Yacht Rock Revue and the chef band featuring Ford Fry, Zeb Stevenson and Chris Talley. Guests will also enjoy food from 4th & Swift, Barcelona Wine Bar, Big Ketch, Cibo E Beve, Common Quarter, Dennis Dean Catering, Einstein’s, Epic Events, Farmburger, Horseradish Grill, Kimball House, Lobby, Local Three, Muss & Turner’s, Red Sky Tapas, Reel Seafood, Smokebelly BBQ, Watershed and more. Tickets are available at Proceeds will benefit Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen.

The Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival returns to Atlantic Station on Aug. 14-15. More than 50 teams from across the region will fire up their grills to compete in the annual cook off to win prizes in categories like whole hog, ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, sauce and more. Local barbecue restaurants will also be serving up their specialties during the event. For more information, visit

The annual Give Me Five Dinner, an exclusive evening featuring Atlanta’s best chefs and sommeliers and benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, will be held Aug. 16, at Piedmont Driving Club. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal with paired wines and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $275 per person and $2,500 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased online at

The 12th annual German Bierfest is back in Woodruff Park in Downtown on Aug. 22, 2-7 p.m. Attendees will receive a commemorative sample glass to enjoy unlimited samples of more than 35 authentic German beers. Atlanta area German restaurants and food vendors will serve up bratwurst, käsepätzle, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel and more. There will also be live music and plenty of hands on sports activities and games. General admission tickets are $35 in advance at or $40 at the gate.

The second annual Atlanta Meatball Festival returns to Belle Isle Square in Sandy Springs on Aug. 30, from 1-5 p.m. to serve up a selection of meatball dishes, music, limoncello tastings and much more. More than 20 restaurants will be taking part in this year’s event including Double Zero, Seven Lamps, Food 101 and St. Cecilia. Advance tickets are now available online at

Buckhead Italian-American restaurant Portofino, 3199 Paces Ferry Road, has permanently ended lunch service to concentrate on dinner and a new Sunday brunch menu launching in the fall.

The Fresh Market has opened a new store at 2840 Brighton Park shopping center (formerly known as Loehmann’s Plaza). The gourmet supermarket offers fresh foods and local, organic produce.

Local husband and wife team Kelly and Kenny Keith are opening a pair of new artisan doughnut shops in Buckhead and Brookhaven. According to Tomorrow’s News Today, Bon Glaze will open a 600-square-foot space in Powers Ferry Square in Buckhead and a 1,700-square-feet at Brookleigh Marketplace on Johnson Ferry Road.


Chef Kevin Gilliespie’s latest concept, Revival, is now open in Decatur at 129 Church St. The menu is full of Southern-inspired dishes like country fried steak, friend green tomatoes, fried chicken, meatloaf, pork steak, quail, field peas, fatback fried corn and more. Visit for more information.

Grand China is moving to a new location just across from The Peach shopping center at 2905 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The property was the most recent home of Peachtree Bikes (which is now on Roswell Road next door to Buckhead Theatre).

The Fresh MARTA Market is now open every Friday from 2-6 p.m. at the West End MARTA station. The pop-up market will offer fresh, affordable and locally grown produce through October.

ONE. midtown kitchen has named Matt Weinstein (formerly of with Woodfire Grille) and Christopher Maher (sous chef at ONE) co-chefs of the restaurant.

Land of a Thousand Hills coffee house will open in Atlantic Station this month offering single-origin coffee along with espresso, pour overs, craft beer and wine, as well as a food menu fully prepared in-house.

Mary S. Moore, founder and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse, has been elected chair of the governing board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Moore has been a volunteer and on the board of the Food Bank for 15 years and recently chaired the committee overseeing the search for a new leader of the organization.

The creators of The Painted Pin in Buckhead will open The Painted Duck in the new Stockyards Atlanta development on the Westside at 976 Brady Avenue. The Painted Duck will include 18 full service duckpin bowling lanes, indoor deck shuffleboard and horseshoe pits, Belgian featherbowling, two full service private karaoke rooms and other unique competitive group gaming options. For more, visit

Joining an exciting roster of nationally acclaimed brands and local culinary pioneers, husband-wife duo Meherwan and Molly Irani and team will open a new Indian street food concept in Ponce City Market in the fall called Boti. The restaurants will spotlight marinated meats on skewers, cooked on open flame, then served with fresh-made flat bread, fresh herbs and spices.

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is now open in Downtown at 229 Peachtree St., Suite C-05 serving up “FlexMex” and margaritas.

Little Bacch

Chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have opened Little Bacch (a spin-off of their acclaimed Bacchanalia) at Westside Provisions featuring an ingredient driven menu with Georgia red shrimp cocktail, whole-roasted chicken, New York strip and cocktails poured tableside. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visit for details.

Also open at Westside Provisions is the latest concept from Chef Ford Fry called Marcel, located in the former Abattoir space. Marcel is a steakhouse named for 1900s French boxer Marcellin “Marcel” Cerdan and pays homage to the celebratory meals held by men during the era. Menu highlights will include USDA prime cut steaks cooked over wood and finished in a copper pan with butter and thyme. Visit for more information.

Burger 21 has opened its second Georgia franchise at 4279 Roswell Road NE, Suite 206 in Chastain Square Shopping Center.

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.