What if I told you there were a way to be transported to exotic locales without ever leaving Atlanta? There is, and you can do it once a month with the non-profit group, Go Eat Give. Founded by Sucheta Rawal (pictured above right), an avid traveler, food writer and chef here in Atlanta, Go Eat Give has monthly destination dinners each month in a different restaurant, featuring a different country’s cuisine plus cultural entertainment.
I went to my first Go Eat Give destination dinner several months ago for a celebration of the Dominican Republic and Carnival. It was filled with bright colors and a wide array of food. We sampled Tostones (green plantains), Maduros (sweet plantains), Mofongo (meat mixed with garlic potatoes) and many more dishes.
My second visit was Destination Trinidad. Who knew they had their own beer? Oh and Dark n Stormy’s? They pair so well with Caribbean food. Some dishes we tried were jerk chicken, chicken curry (completely different than traditional Indian curry), Roti (Caribbean Naan), just to name a few. All in all probably about 15 dishes were served.
All the dinners are served buffet style so you can learn about the food from that country and decide what you like best. That way, you come away knowledgeable about what to order next time you find yourself at such a restaurant.
Tickets are $35 for the destination dinners and include a buffet, speaker from the country represented and entertainment. At Destination Dominican Carnival we were treated to Dominican dancers with authentic music. By the end of the evening, there wasn’t a soul sitting at the tables – everyone was on the dance floor. At Destination Trinidad we got to listen to a steel drums player. If you listened carefully, you could almost hear the ocean.
There’s a new country featured each month. Next month, they are featuring Destination Nigeria at Nations Cafe in Sandy Springs. For more information about Go Eat Give and to buy tickets visit their site: Go Eat Give.
Destination Dinners are a gateway drug I must tell you. How so? Go Eat Give wants to bring community and culture together at these monthly Atlanta dinners, that’s true. But they also organize volunteer trips to various other countries. They’ve gone to Cuba several times and they even have a trip planned to India for this fall. Chances are you’ll be so intrigued by the cultural experience at these events, you’ll yearn for more of a hands on experience.
Disclosure: I paid for my ticket to Go Eat Give’s Destination Dominican Carnival but I was provided a complimentary ticket to Destination Trinidad.