Eating Around: Chomp & Stomp, Afternoon in the Country, and more


Every week, we give you an in-depth calendar of upcoming dining events to help you navigate the weekend’s culinary festivities.

Friday, November 6
Today is National Nacho Day! (I’m not sure what organization could possibly be important enough to decide the best date for cheese and chips, but I do know that contemplating this holiday makes me want to make jokes about cheese that ain’t yours.) Uncle Julio’s offers up a myriad selection, including one platter with refried beans or another with mesquite-grilled chicken.

Saturday, November 7
Cabbagetown gets neighborly with its annual chili cookoff-cum-festival, Chomp & Stomp. In addition to chili, the festival entails beer, bluegrass and alt-country music, an art market, and a 5K race. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and guests are welcome to taste the at-times crazed concoctions. (I hope to run across at least one jalapeño-chili chili.)

Sunday, November 8

Les Dames d’Escoffier International celebrates the ninth year of its bucolic Afternoon in the Country. Set in the gardens encompassing The Inn at Serenbe near Palmetto, the event showcases the creme de la creme of Atlanta’s culinary scene, including Abattoir, Holeman and Finch, Joel Brasserie, Park 75, and Woodfire Grill. The afternoon will also feature a one-of-a-kind-cake raffle, a silent auction for various dining and travel packages, hayrides, and music by bluegrass group DriveTrain. Tickets cost $95, but youths aged thirteen to twenty-one get in for $35 while kids twelve and under eat free.

Toulouse’s monthly wine-tasting seminar tackles a word familiar to many an oenophobe: “reserve.” What does it mean when it’s affixed to a bottle’s label? The 6:30 p.m. event, led by the restaurant’s resident sommelier Michael Gallant, explains fifteen reserve wines to help make the term a bit less petrifying.

Tuesday, November 10

Pacci hosts this month’s Supper Club. Each month, a different restaurant in the city hosts the Atlanta Community Food Bank program, where twenty percent of the proceeds go to the bank’s prepared food rescue project, Atlanta’s Table. The Italian-style steakhouse was recently voted one of the “Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine.