Chef Kevin Gillespie

The Atlanta History Center will host the annual Back on the Farm fundraiser on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. with Kevin Gillespie (Gunshow, Revival) serving as executive chef of the event. Gillespie will lead a group of the Southeast’s best chefs and pit masters, including Sam Jones of Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, N.C., Suzanne Vizethann of Atlanta’s Buttermilk Kitchen, and Seni Alabi-Isama of Statesboro’s SmoQue Pit. Mercedes O’Brien, curator of all things cocktails at Gunshow, is in charge of specialty drinks. Back on the Farm provides support for Smith Family Farm and its unique educational programming that tens of thousands of school children experience each year. Tickets start at $225 each and are available at

The Veggie Taste is set for Sept. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. on the ground of the Kipp Strive Academy, 1444 Lucille Ave. SW. Featuring speakers, over 50 vendors/exhibitors, vegan food, live entertainment, and activities for children and families, the event offers a diverse experience for all to learn about healthy, compassionate, and sustainable living. Admission is free and taste tickets are $5 each. For more information, visit

The Cheese Fest will be held Sept. 28 at Historic Fourth Ward Park. The farmer’s market-style event will feature tastings from more than 100 artisan cheese and specialty food vendors, educational classes, grilled cheese competition with local chefs, and more. Proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen, the nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers. For tickets, visit

Meals on Wheels Atlanta will host its annual Power Luncheon on Sept. 27 at Flourish Atlanta. This years luncheon will feature a discussion with legendary Vogue editor André Leon Talley moderated by Paula Wallace the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Individual reservations are available at $300. For more information, visit this link.

Hogs for the Cause, a partnership of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Home Team BBQ and Taqueria del Sol, has made a $750,000 contribution to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In honor of this donation, a Celebration Area at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be established in their name.

BJ’s Wholesale Club has made a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide fresh, nutritious food to children across the region.

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th annual Taste of Atlanta on Oct. 19-21 showcasing local restaurants, craft beer, wine and spirits. The event will be held at Historic Fourth Ward Park. For tickets and information, visit

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.