Have you always wanted to see Alton Brown in person but would rather pay for the privilege than stalk him at the suburban Atlanta grocery store he frequents (ot at least did when "Good Eats" was on the air)? Well, you'll get your opportunity Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Classic Center Theatre, for a cost of $38–$105. "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" will have participation opportunities, comedy, music and more. Standard tickets are $38–$58 (plus fees). Fancy shmancy tickets that include a meet-and-greet, an autographed photo and special seating are $105. Both kinds go on sale Friday.
Did you miss having pizza on the Westside? A lot of us did. The downtown Transmetropolitan was nice as an option, but if you needed to run in and out quickly, circling the area trying to find a parking space and cursing loudly didn't really put you in a good mood. So, yay to the news that the Oglethorpe Avenue Transmet is reopening as a franchise, under the command of ex-East West Bistro-er Ashley Christiansen. Considering that not even the sign needs to be changed out, it should open by the end of month, said co-owner Brian Colantuno.
On Lumpkin Street, Hubee D's, a strong contender for the best chicken fingers in town, has closed but is supposedly looking for a new location on Broad. Moving into its space will be YoBo Cantina Fresca, a healthy Mexican restaurant based out of Charleston, just like its predecessor. This appears to be the first location other than the original, which doesn't have a huge menu and does tacos, salads, burritos and quesadillas, plus a big range of drinks.
Stuffed Burger, next to Publix on the Eastside, has added beer and wine to its offerings, serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays and will introduce sliders soon.
Heirloom Cafe will host an Edible Agriculture Tour event this Sunday from 5–8 p.m. For $30, you get food by Matt Palmerlee (The Branded Butcher), Aaron Phillips (Last Resort), Brittany Gunter (Epting Events, which will be making praline sundaes with Frozen Pints beer ice cream, flavored balsamic vinegar and sea salt) and Aly Moler (Frozen Pints), highlighting offerings from a bunch of area farms. You can get tickets online here. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.