We at the Weekly pride ourselves on our good taste. That pride, we figure, makes us imminently qualified to partner with Whole Foods Market to present a special tasting series that features a rotating panel of local chefs tasting and rating edibles of the highest order. The first-ever Local Dish tasting, scheduled for this Monday at 5:30 p.m., promises to be finger-licking good. Barbecue is the featured cuisine and a trio of local 'cue gurus (Dreamland BBQ pitmaster Greg Roy, the 2006 "Stokin' the Fire" competition winner Rod Tuggle and
Golden Rule franchise owner Billy Battle) will taste and rate bottled barbecue sauces sold at Whole Foods. Meanwhile, the public in attendance will get to sample a selection of meats smoked in-house, barbecue sides and beverages, including "7 Deadly Zins," since zinfadel makes the perfect wine complement to barbecue. The recommended donation of $10 will mean more than just feeding your face. All proceeds will benefit the Sloss Metal Arts program. Future Local Dish events include at Whole Foods include a tomato and salt tasting on Aug. 20, a tailgating primer on Sept. 17 and a sausages & mustards tasting on Oct. 15 to celebrate Oktoberfest. For complete details and reservations, call 912-8400.