Taste of Athens may have been a victim of its own success. The event, which features samples from dozens of local eateries, routinely draws thousands to the Classic Center, but the sheer size made it increasingly difficult for restaurants to participate. Next year, Community Connection, the nonprofit that benefits from the funds raised, is refocusing Taste of Athens into a more intimate, chef-driven event that can draw national attention to the Athens food scene. Kicking off the update is a fundraiser and screening of American Winter, an award-winning HBO documentary directed by Harry and Joe Gantz about struggling families in Portland, OR, who've been helped by their Community Connections' 211 referral hotline. Our Community Connection hopes the film will help the public make the, well, connection between 211 and Taste of Athens.
5:30 p.m. · $10 · www.athenscine.com