The best of fall dining events in metro Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta is on your calendar, right? That annual eat-fest, featuring more than 90 of Atlanta’s top restaurants and chefs, is taking place on the streets of Midtown Oct. 21-23. Oh, but there’s so much more happening in the world of food and drink this fall. Loosen your belts and get ready for these standouts:

Omakase sake pairing dinner

Grab a seat at Nakato’s sushi bar, then eat and drink your way through Japan. The sake tasting will consist of five sake varieties that Executive Chef Yoshifusa Kinjo will pair with a five-course omakase menu, featuring foods from each of the five prefectures where the sakes are produced.

$125. 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Nakato Japanese Restaurant, 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-873-6582,

Rare bourbon dinner

Whiskey lovers, enjoy an intimate five-course meal paired with bourbons from Local Three’s secret stash. Chef Ben Barth will pair whiskey-friendly dishes with custom blends from Four Roses, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Breckenridge and more.

$125, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Local Three Kitchen & Bar, 3290 Northside Parkway N.W., Atlanta. 404-968-2700,

Oktoberfest party

Petite Auberge transforms its banquet rooms into a festive Bavarian-style hall with an all-you-can-eat buffet of German and Bavarian delectibles and oompah music by a polka party band.

$50. 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 22. Petite Auberge, 2935 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta. 404-634-6268,

Whiskies of the World

Explore more than 200 whisky expressions from around the globe, and meet distillers and brand ambassadors as you nose and taste your way through the world of whiskey.

$140. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 22. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 408-225-0446,

Spanish dinner with guest chef Katie Button

Enjoy a Spanish dining experience and meet Katie Button, executive chef and owner of Cúrate in Asheville and author of the newly released cookbook “Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food From an American Kitchen.” Gather on the patio for cocktails, then enjoy five courses inspired by recipes from Button’s cookbook.

$100, add $40 for optional wine pairing. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Cooks & Soldiers, 691 14th St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-996-2623,

Little City Lowcountry

This inaugural fall event is a celebration of Lowcountry cooking. Taste dishes by 15 of Atlanta’s top chefs, sip beer or cocktails and kick back to live music. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Giving Kitchen and the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue in Oakhurst.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. 1-6 p.m. Oct. 30. Parking lot behind Steinbeck’s Ale House, 659 East Lake Drive, Decatur.

Chinese pop-up restaurant

Tap chef Tyler Williams is playing host to pop-up Big Wong’s Chinese Restaurant. Enjoy a la carte dishes such as dungeness crab rangoon, duck egg drop soup, tangerine chicken, phoenix and dragon, and sweet and sour pork belly along with warm and cold sake and other drink specials.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 31. Tap, 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-347-2220,

Afternoon in the Country

Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s 16th annual Afternoon in the Country will feature an extensive roster of chefs from Atlanta’s premiere restaurants and caterers, paired with the area’s best farms, fine wines, premium micro-brews and more.

1-4 p.m. Nov. 6. Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, 8000 Capps Ferry Road, Douglasville. 678-540-2045,

Cocktails and Castoffs

Support Atlanta-based nonprofit Development in Gardening in its quest to end global food waste and food loss. DIG’s annual fundraiser will feature tastings by some of Atlanta’s most notable chefs, signature cocktails, and a wine and beer bar.

$75. 5-7 p.m. Nov. 6. Gallery L1, 828 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta. 619-274-7218,

Legends of Atlanta Roast

Watch Atlanta restaurant bigwigs Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie and Linton Hopkins get “roasted” at this fundraiser to benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank. A ticket includes a cocktail reception followed by a three-course dinner. Star 94.1 radio personalities Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby will serve as emcees.

$500. 6 p.m. Nov. 7. Flourish, 3143 Maple Drive, Atlanta. 404-892-3333, Ext. 1445,

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