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Atlanta restaurant and food events, May 12-16

Atlanta foodies will most definitely not be at a loss for delicious things to do this weekend.

Wine tastings, cocktail specials, farmer's market events and charity benefit dinners going on in and around Atlanta this weekend

Marietta Wine Market, 5/12: "Wild bunch" themed wine tasting featuring complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a selection of sauvignon blancs from France, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S. 5-7 p.m. Free; charity donation encouraged. 18 Powder Springs St., Marietta, 770-919-1574, www.mariettawinemarket.com.

Wildfire, 5/13: Four course Steak and Cabernet Lover's Wine Dinner. Enjoy four courses prepared by executive chef Matt Albertario, each paired with a different Cabernet Sauvignon. The chef will be on hand to discuss the art and technique of grilling. Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. $55. 94 Perimeter Center, 770-730-9080, www.wildfirerestaurant.com/atlanta.

Morton's Buckhead, 5/13: Cooking and drink-mixing demonstration featuring cool, fresh tastes of spring and summer. Guests will learn how to make tuna tartare canapés, miniature crab cakes and sirloin rolls. They will also get tips on making a variety of cocktails. Reservations required. $45. 3379 Peachtree Road, 404-816-6535, www.mortons.com/buckhead/.

20th Annual Taste of Alpharetta 5/13: Over 50 local restaurants will serve selections of appetizers, entrees and desserts for $1 to $3 per sample, plus chef competitions and live music. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta, 678-297-6000, www.alpharetta.ga.us/index.php?p=195.

26th Annual March of Dimes Dining Out 5/14: Three-course meals from some of Atlanta's finest restaurants (an updated list is on the event Web site). All proceeds benefit March of Dimes.  $1,000-$1,500 (Price is for a table of 10). Various locations, 404-720-5308, www.marchofdimes.com/georgia/37566_62748.asp.

Piedmont Park Green Market 5/15: Chef Gerry Klaskala of Aria will cook at the demo kitchen under the patio of the park's Community Center from 11 a.m.-noon. The Green Market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday. Use the 12th St. entrance gate. Free. Piedmont Ave. & 10th St,

404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org/programs/green_market.html.





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