This Week in Food: Via Elisa’s last weekend, helping the homeless, and more!

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Saturday, October 17
AQUA BLUE BEER FESTIVAL
For more Oktoberfest fun, Aqua Blue will premiere its first
annual beer festival this weekend. A $26 special prix fixe menu offers nine tapas
dishes—including pulled barbecue beef sliders and caramelized onion duck
wraps—paired with nine different beers such as Dominion Oktoberfest Lager and
Hoptober Golden Ale. The Roswell restaurant opens for dinner at 4 p.m.,
and The Moonlight Band tunes up at 7 p.m.

STOP BY TO SAY FAREWELL TO VIA ELISA
Via Elisa Fresh Pasta will close this Saturday at 6 p.m. Elisa Gambino’s
storefront has sold her handmade pastas, ravioli, gnocchi, and sauces since 2002. After the store closes, Whole Foods will continue to sell Via Elisa
sauces, but the pastas will no longer be available. At this point, the store is
no longer accepting orders, but fans of Via Elisa can stop by the Howell Mill
Road location to purchase some of the pastas, still being made daily, tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

On a cheerier note, Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) will
sell cookbooks, linens, culinary tools, utensils, and housewares at the
Peachtree Road Farmers Market this Saturday. Donated by some of the city’s
culinary professionals, all proceeds will go to Georgia Organics and LDEI’s
culinary scholarship program for women.

Sunday, October 18
CAFE 458 CELEBRITY CHEF
Jason Hill will serve as a guest chef at Edgewood Avenue’s
Cafe 458 this Sunday. The head chef and owner of Inman Park’s Wisteria
Restaurant
will whip up two menu specials for the restaurant’s brunch crowd as
a part of the eatery’s Celebrity Chef Series. Samaritan House of Atlanta
manages Cafe 458, which helps the city’s homeless support themselves through a
system that directly puts patrons’ money in homeless hands.

Monday, October 19
SIMPLE ABUNDANCE CLASS
Pacci Ristorante’s executive chef Keira
Moritz and pastry chef Elizabeth Matheson will teach students how to prepare a
“Seasonal Tuscan Harvest” this Monday at The Cook’s Warehouse in Brookhaven.
The Simple Abundance class will cover preparing a grilled Caesar salad, a
seasonal risotto, and fig fritters with honey and vanilla ice cream. The class
will also feature wine tastings and prizes. Tickets cost $55, and all proceeds
go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

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