The Weekend Guide

ritz-carlton buckhead championship bout!

Win by decision.

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead’s Food and Wine Championship Bout

What: Choose who leads the menu (chef Todd Richards or sommelier Linda Torres Alarcon) of a four-course spread with pairings ($89 per person). Then pick a winner.
Why: A little competition makes for a better meal (so we’ve heard).
When: Thru Nov. 19. Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m.
Where: 3434 Peachtree Rd. NE, Buckhead. Reservations (required) to 404-240-7035. Mention the Food and Wine Championship Bout when calling (seating is limited).

Cacao’s New Treats

What: The newest and largest locale exclusively serves ice cream sandwiches (from-scratch cookies with High Road Craft) and pastries (raspberry Bakewell tart, chocolate chip banana bread).
Why: Pick up confitures like pawpaw butter or fudge and caramel sauces.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1046 N. Highland Ave., Virginia Highland (404-892-8202).

Bottega Veneta Parfum

What: The handbag and footwear legend releases its first fragrance — fine Italian leather (typical) and the flowery Venetian countryside in a bottle — just in time for FNO.
Why: Complimentary Veuve Clicquot and top-secret gifts with purchase (they’re numbered, so get there early).
When: Tonight, 6-9 p.m. Store hours, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5:30 p.m.
Where: Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead (404-467-8705).

Urban Cottage Warehouse Sale

What: With loads of inventory at 20-70 percent off, bring home that bright bookcase or leather chair your checking account wouldn’t allow last month.
Why: You read 70. That’s not a typo.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 998 N. Highland Ave., Virginia Highland (404-815-9993).

Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

1046 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Bottega Veneta
3500 Peachtree Rd
Phipps Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30305
3434 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
998 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306