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Eat at Chipotle, help Piedmont Park's Education Garden

Eat at Chipotle, help Piedmont Park's Education Garden

ATLANTA -- Eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill just got even better.

All Atlanta-area Chipotle locations will donate the day's proceeds to the Education Garden at Piedmont Park this Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The giveaway is part of the restaurant chain's recognition of Food Day, a nationwide movement that works to improve food policies.

Chipotle will give the Education Garden up to $10,000. More than 800 children visit the garden every year to learn about natural and organic gardening methods.

You can do your part to help the garden by eating at Chipotle on Wednesday. Visit chipotle.com to find your nearest location.

Maggiano's offering free pasta to take home

Maggiano's offering free pasta to take home

ATLANTA -- Maggiano's introduced a campaign Monday that will allow guests to bring home one of its popular pasta dishes for free.

The Buy One, Take One, Give One movement invites Maggiano's diners to enjoy two meals for the price of one in celebration of what the restaurant chain is calling National 'On the House' Pasta Day.

"Maggiano's is proud to have given away six million Classic Pastas on the house to date, and to thank our guests, we are sending everyone who visits Maggiano's Monday, Oct. 22 home with a free Classic Pasta of their choice," Maggiano's Little Italy president Steve Provost said in a statement.

Customers who eat at Maggiano's on Oct. 22 can choose from a variety of options -- including Four Cheese Ravioli, Mom's Lasagna and Taylor Street Baked Ziti -- to take home and enjoy for lunch or dinner the following day.

Fall in love with food at Atlanta History Center's Folklife Festival kickoff

Fall in love with food at Atlanta History Center's Folklife Festival kickoff

-- An Evening Foodie Affair Featuring Tastings, Live Music, Mixologists, and Some of Atlanta's Most Beloved Chefs --

Each year, the Atlanta History Center ushers in the autumn season with the Fall Folklife Festival. Traditional crafts, southern foodways, and environmental sustainability are at the center of the festivities. This year, the festival expands with the introduction of a new Friday night kick-off event.

Corner Bakery supports No Kid Hungry

Corner Bakery supports No Kid Hungry

ATLANTA -- Eating at Corner Bakery Cafe this month can help feed a hungry child.

The cafe chain is participating in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, a program that partners restaurants with an organization that works to end childhood hunger in the United States.

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"September is definitely a favorite month for all of us at Corner Bakery Cafe because of the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry," Corner Bakery chief marketing officer Diana Hovey said in a statement. "Over the past four years, through the generosity of our guests, franchise partners and our team, we have been able to contribute over $610,000."

Hovey added that Corner Bakery hopes to raise $325,000 for No Kid Hungry in 2012.

Eat out, raise money, help kids

Eat out, raise money, help kids

ATLANTA -- You can do your part this week to curb Georgia's high school dropout rate. All you need to do is eat at one of your favorite restaurants.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, proceeds from restaurants across the state will be donated to Communities in Schools of Georgia, an organization that encourages young people to complete their education and succeed in life.

The sixth annual Dine Out for Kids event hopes to exceed last year's total of $30,000 for children in the state.

Communities in Schools, which has chapters across the country, provides mentoring and after-school services, including parent education, literacy programs and youth leadership opportunities.

Participating Dine Out for Kids restaurants in Atlanta and Decatur include:

* 242 Boulevard SE

You could create the next Blue Moon specialty pizza

You could create the next Blue Moon specialty pizza

ATLANTA -- Come celebrate a rare blue moon with a pizza and beer fest at all four Atlanta-area Blue Moon Pizza Restaurants.

On Friday, Aug. 31, the pizzerias will host a Blue Moon Tap Takeover, with specials on Blue Moon Belgian White Ale and the restaurant chain's newest brew, Caramel Apple Spiced Ale.

The restaurants will also host a pizza creation contest. The winner's recipe will be served at Blue Moon restaurants through the month of September, and the lucky chef will win a $100 gift card and custom T-shirt.

Learn more about Blue Moon at bluemoonpizza.com.

Blue Moon locations include:

325 East Paces Ferry Road

2359 Windy Hill Road

Sandy Springs
5610 Glenridge Drive, Suite 110

4600 West Village Place

A Cappella Books to hold dinner, book signing for local author

A Cappella Books to hold dinner, book signing for local author

ATLANTA -- A Cappella Books will host a tasty event for local author Marc Fitten this week.

Linton Hopkins, the award-winning chef at Buckhead's Restaurant Eugene, will prepare a special four-course dinner inspired by Fitten's latest book, Elza's Kitchen. The meal will be inspired by the luxurious foods and flavors of Hungary.

Fitten will attend the dinner to read from and sign copies of Elza's Kitchen, the second book in his Paprika Trilogy. The novel follows a successful chef and the happenings in her restaurant in post-Soviet Hungary.

The dinner and signing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $110 and includes a copy of Elza's Kitchen.

To reserve your place at the dinner, call Restaurant Eugene at 404-355-0321. The restaurant is located at 2277 Peachtree Road NE.