Atlanta Restaurants Plate Up Promotions to Raise Funds for No Kid Hungry
Here in the U.S.A., we seem to be surrounded by food with so many stores, markets, cooking shows and places to eat out. Even so, one in five American children is hungry, according to nonprofit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Their research shows children who don't have enough to eat suffer in school, get sick more often and may not graduate high school to become productive workers -- and thus the cycle continues. Join Atlanta restaurants in stepping up to the plate to help during Dine Out for No Kid Hungry month in September. All you have to do is take advantage of these special promotions.

All three Ray's Restaurant locations -- Ray's in the CityRay's at Killer Creek and Ray's on the River -- will donate $2 to Share Our Strength for each three-course meal sold during September. The $37-per-person dedicated menu includes roasted beet and Georgia goat cheese salad with local greens and walnut vinaigrette; pan-seared swordfish with bourbon-whipped sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon jam; and pumpkin crème brûlée with cranberry compote and white chocolate.

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaigns start at all Sedgwick Restaurant Group restaurants on Tuesday including: PURE taqueria Alpharetta, PURE taqueria Roswell and The Union Restaurant!  Each restaurant will be running a three week campaign - September 2 - 22 - with delicious specials for campaign. 
  Look Forward to Midtown Restaurant WeekSeptember 6-14
Midtown, it's what's for brunch, lunch or dinner at easy-to-digest prix fixe menu prices of $15, $25 or $35 during Midtown Restaurant Week, September 6-14. Make reservations onOpenTable.
Get Down and Dirty at White Oak Pastures Seed Workshop on September 6
Hit the road for a field trip down to Bluffton, Ga. and nurture your knowledge on seed starting for a fall or winter garden at the White Oak Pastures Seed Workshop on Saturday, September 6. Plant yourself on the farm in the morning for a farm tour offered from 10 a.m.-noon (optional). A farm-fresh lunch in White Oak Pastures' Pavilion feeds a desire to grow your own, and the 1-4:30 p.m. workshop hammers home the how-tos. Learn the tricks of the trade for seeding in a greenhouse or outdoors, optimizing growing conditions to raise vigorous transplants and coping with harsh weather. City attire discouraged at this hands-on workshop. You know you can't have fun or get dirty when you're worried about keeping your good clothes clean. $65 per person. Class size limited to 15. Information and reservations:229-641-2081.
Chefs Pitch In at Two Benefits for Open Hand: Atlanta Meatball Festival on September 14 and Party in the Kitchen on September 18
It takes balls to enter the first Atlanta Meatball Festival. Lots of them. Beef-pork-chicken-lamb and maybe some seafood for the adventurous. Chef Drew Belline of no. 246 and chef Craig Richards of St. Cecilia are among the Atlanta chefs rolling their mouthwatering meatball dishes into the big tents at Sandy Springs' Belle Isle Shopping Center on Sunday, September 14 for this 2-6 p.m. ball game. Judges and attendees will sample wares and vote, and the top three ballers will go on to the Taste of Atlanta Meat Brawl Throwdown in October. Wine, beer, limoncello, live music by country/ Southern rock tribute band Convoy and a silent auction round out the festival -- all to benefit nonprofit Open Hand (whose chef Justin Wills also will participate).
Party in the Kitchen on Thursday, September 18 leans more to the chic and cocktail set with cuisine prepared by some of Atlanta's most talented chefs, spirited drinks, live music and both silent and live auctions. Aria chef Gerry Klaskala is one of the co-chairs for the 7 p.m. King Plow Arts Center event to help fund Open Hand. Purchase tickets online, $200 per person. 



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