The Dish September 05 2001

Taste sensations
The September issue of Bon Appetit features various Atlanta taste-makers as some of the nation's top ethnic cuisine purveyors. The colorful Rafih Benjelloun of the Imperial Fez graces the cover. Included inside is his restaurant's recipe for Cornish Game Hens with Dried Fruit and Honey. Latin lovers will want to check out Tierra's Dan and Ticha Krinsky, who include a recipe for Mussels in Pasilla Broth with Corn, Jicama and Cilantro. For Tuscan fare, Riccardo Campinoti's Terra di Siena and executive chef Filipo Saporito are mentioned.

Terra firma
Get your cooking skills on firm ground with the third and final session of the "Three Midtown Chefs" cooking class series with Chef Filipo Saporito at Terra di Siena Mon., Sept. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Joining Chef Saporito will be Chef Jamie Adams of Eno and Chef Daryl Gassmann of Veni, Vidi, Vici. $40 per person. Proceeds benefit Trees Atlanta. 654 Peachtree St. Call 404-885-7505 to reserve a space in the class.

Suburban sampling
Taste of Gwinnett is back with more mouth-watering fun. Stock up on tickets — at 25 cents per, you can afford lots of 'em — and then use the tickets to sample food from Sweet Rice, Steak-Out, Golden Corral, Blue Bell Creameries, C.K.'s Wood Grilled Pizza, Heavenly Ham and others. It's sort of like the fair, but the rides are in your mouth. Sat., Sept. 8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse grounds. Take I-85 North to Highway 316 East and then exit right onto Highway 120 toward Lawrenceville/Duluth, and head toward downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-339-8532.

Cooking at Callaway
Learn to cook fall dishes with the star vegetables of the season with "Callaway Gardens Presents: Cooking With Vegetables." Each class features a 15-minute talk about the veggie at hand with a horticulturist who will share planting and growing tips. The talk is followed by a 45-minute cooking demo. Sept. 15 is all about onions. On Sept. 29, squash takes center stage. $25 per class. Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta. To register, call 1-800-CALLAWAY.

Mosaic coming unglued

Mosaic will close its doors Sunday, Sept. 9, and to bid a fond farewell, is having an ice cream social the same day 4-7 p.m. If you'd like to have one last taste of their Four Corners of the World Salsa, Thursday night Paella, Multi-Grain Blueberry Pancakes or signature Seafood Antipasto, they we will be serving dinner as usual Tuesday-Saturday and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday for the next two weeks. Coming soon in its place will be Key West-themed Levi's Fish House from Angelo and Anthony Pitillo of Cafe Lily. 308 W. Ponce de Leon. 404-373-9468.

Just to rock the boat, Canoe is holding its third-Thursday wine tasting on the fourth Thursday of the month, Sept. 27. It will, however, still be held in the gardens by the river. This month's theme: "Wines From the Heart of California Wine Country." $15 per person. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 4199 Paces Ferry Road. 770-432-2663.

Red and green makes yummy
Why do they call them chiles when they're so hot? I don't know if they can answer that question at Sundown Cafe, but it's beside the point anyway because New Mexico chiles — the kind they're trucking in at Sundown — aren't very hot. Still, they do know what to do with all the green and red chiles. They'll be making adavada verde, chile rellenos, salsas, specials and more. 2165 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-321-1118.

Mo' mojitos at Zoe's
For the best mojito ($7.50) in the city, head to Zoe's, which is tucked into a corner in Midtown Promenade shopping center (beside the MailBoxes Etc., of all places) on Monroe Drive. Rum, muddled lime, fresh mint leaves, a bit of sugar and a splash of soda come together for a delightful, fresh-tasting liquid vacation. Results vary according to your server's drink-mixing skills.

Flower power
Whatever side of the cabbage you fall on, this month's "From the Garden" wine dinner at Margie's Pantry is for you. The four vegetarian (not vegan) courses are paired with four California wines and include Georgia Peanut Soup, Herbed Quinoa Fritters with Pesto Cream, Potato Encrusted Three-Pepper Napoleon and Coconut Cream Pie. $29 per person. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Margie's wine dinners fill up fast, so if you're out of luck for September, book early for the "Oktoberfest" dinner Oct. 9. 653 E. Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-377-3818.

Liquid thunder Down Under

Go on a wine Walkabout sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food and Scott Street Portfolio featuring more than 40 different wines from eight Australian wineries. Guests will be issued "passports" to travel the Walkabout, which also features Aussie-inspired appetizers and trivia for prizes. Sunday, Sept. 12. The Ashford Club in Sandy Springs. $25 for AIWF members, $35 for non-members, $40 for tickets at the door. 400 Perimeter Center. For reservations, call 404-252-FOOD or e-mail ashleywidener@mindspring.com"

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