Do you regularly make the drive out to Umaido in Suwanee just to get a bowl o' ramen? Do you wait all week just to see if Pulaski Heights BBQ is doing ramen on special? Did the news of Five & Ten's Tuesday-night ramen pop-up fill you with joy? Oh, and also, shouldn't you be contributing more to charity?
Even if the answers to all of those questions aren't "yes," you should for sure invest your $35 for a ticket to this Saturday's Ramen Bowl at Ciné, organized by André Gallant of the Athens Banner-Herald and benefiting United Way.
The event runs noon–3 p.m., and your ticket gets you six samples of ramen created by Jarad Blanton (The World Famous), Chuck Ramsey (Pulaski Heights BBQ), Patrick Stubbers (The National), Richard Miley (Catch 22), Jason Zygmont (Five & Ten) and B.J. Bracewell (The Branded Butcher); Terrapin Beer and 1000 Faces Coffee; and a vote for best bowl of noodles.
Yours truly, chef Guy Wong (Miso Izakaya in Atlanta) and writer Wendell Brock (Saveur, Atlanta Journal-Constitution) will be judging, as will the audience. The Facebook event page is here.