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Neapolitan pizzeria, Vero, to open in Brookhaven next month

Late next month, Michel Arnette, owner of Haven and Valenza, will open a Neapolitan pizzeria called Vero. Located on Dresden Drive in Brookhaven, Vero will be led by Valenza's executive chef Matt Swickerath and offer small plates, salads, and pizzas made with ingredients sourced from Naples.

Food-focused events worth noting

Buford Highway Farmers Market tour, cooking class, and dinner
Lobby Bar and Bistro’s chef Russell Hays is hosting a tour of the Buford Highway Farmers Market, followed by an Asian-focused cooking class at the restaurant using ingredients purchased at the farmers market. This six-hour event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and concludes with dinner complete with wine pairings. The cost is $65. For reservations, call 404.961.7370.

The Spence anniversary dinner
Richard Blais is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Spence with a five-course, wine-paired dinner on Sunday at 6 p.m. The meal includes crab toast with lemon curd and caviar, uni spaghettini and lobster, country fried dry aged duck, and more. It costs $150; reservations are available by calling 404.892.9111.

Watershed on Peachtree anniversary picnic
It’s been in the Atlanta area for 15 years but only in Brookwood for one; Watershed on Peachtree is celebrating both with a Southern-style anniversary picnic Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be chicken gumbo, Low Country shrimp, a performance by Zydeco T, a photo booth, and a complimentary Champagne toast. The cost is $35 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For reservations, call 404.809.3561.

Festa Della Republlica at Valenza
Valenza is commemorating Festa Della Republlica, Italy’s Independence Day, with a patio party on June 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Chef Matt Swickerath will be serving small bites prepared on the Big Green Egg. The $25 cost includes beverages. For reservations, call 404.969.3233.

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