Monday, September 21, 2015

10 Reasons to Go to Taste of Atlanta 2015

Taste of Atlanta 2015

It's fall in Atlanta, so that means it's time for the biggest food lover's event of the year - Taste of Atlanta! It's this weekend (September 25-27) in Midtown at Tech Square, and I've rounded up some of the best reasons you need to buy your tickets stat!

  1. With 90+ restaurants participating you're bound to find restaurants you know and love and ones you've never had the chance to check out. Hello, Bar Taco, El Felix and Common Quarter, three spots I've yet to hit I.R.L.
  2. Never fear, it's not just savory items. Morelli's, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sugar Shack and Suno Desserts will ensure your sweet tooth is sated as well!
  3. It's not just stuffing your face. You can learn from some of the best in the biz at "Experiences" like getting the down low on the best tables in town from the likes of King & Duke's EJ Hodgkinson, Local Three's Chris Hall and 1Kept's Thaddeus Keefe.
  4. Did I mention booze? There's a bar craft competition and VIP tickets get you access to Hop City's curated selection of more than 100 of the best craft beers and an amazing selection of wine from around the world. Alas, VIP tix are already sold out, so hopefully you already snagged yours!
  5. Forget tickets, this year they're going high tech. You'll get a wristband that you'll fill up with taste points. Kind of cool, right?
  6. The best of the best restaurants will be participating in my fave part of the weekend - the bucket list bash! Friday night there will be live music, bites from spots like 4th & Swift, JCT and Rathbun's at this culinary bucket list themed event. 
  7. Kids may not be invited to Friday night's festivities but there is plenty for them to enjoy Saturday and Sunday. Kids will do the cooking and the judging at a burger battle on Sunday (1:30) and a lucky family will get the chance to sample the Carnival Chef's creations at a family tasting table (4:30 on Saturday).
  8. You can feel good about your gluttony as proceeds are supporting various charities like The Giving Kitchen and Share Our Strength.
  9. You'll have more chances to part with your money at a silent auction benefiting Share our Strength. Expect big ticket items and once in a lifetime experiences!
  10. Current forecast is 74 degrees for a high. Ah...fall in Atlanta!
Bucket List Bash

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AF&WF Connoiseur Series Dinners

Never fear procrastinators, there are still spots available at some of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Connoisseur Series dinners.  These dinners are fab and feature some of the finest food and beverage talent in the South. Splash out and check out one of these dinners here. Your choice of one is included if you splurge on a connoisseur's pass.  See the full list of connoiseur dinners here.

A couple of highlights that you can still score tickets to:

Blackberry Farm 4th Annual Tribute to Southern Growers

Blackberry Farm, America’s most celebrated intimate luxury hotel, is bringing its renowned cuisine to Atlanta for a very special dinner that will delight guests and honor the region’s prized farmers. The evening will offer a decadently delicious meal of regional flavors from Blackberry’s Chef Cassidee Dabney featuring products from this year’s celebrated farmer. Dinner will be beautifully paired with French wines from Blackberry’s Director of Food and Beverage Andy Chabot and guest Vintner, Todd Mathis – DNS Wines.

WHEN:Saturday, May 30 at 7:30pm

WHERE:Westside Cultural Arts Center

Sam Beall (TN)
Cassidee Dabney (TN)
Andy Chabot (TN)
Todd Mathis (CA/TX)
Brasstown Beef (TN)
Sunburst Trout (NC)
Zavel Family Farms (TN)

Price: $300

The Porsche Experience

I know my hubby would love to get a gander at the new Porsche facility near the airport. This dinner includes a tour of the state-of-the-art track. How cool is that?

Dynamic. Dreamy. Delicious. Totally immersive. Dine and indulge in the ultimate culinary evening at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta opening April 2015 – a 27.4-acre complex that reflects the past, present and future of Porsche. Tour the state-of-the-art track and then enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by award-winning chefs with wines poured by an Advanced sommelier.

WHEN:Friday, May 29 at 7:00pm

WHERE:Porsche Experience Center – One Porsche Drive  Hapeville, GA 30354

Scott Crawford (NC)
Julie Dalton, CWE (MD)
Scott Drewno (DC)
Kyle Forson (GA)
Kristen Hard (GA)
Kevin Ouzts (GA)
Rodrigo Soto (Chile)


VIBE:An exclusive Porsche experience. Cocktails and a seated, multi-course dinner. Cocktail casual.

PRICE:Available only to Connoisseur Day or Connoisseur 3-Day Pass holders.

You snooze you lose, tickets are already sold out for an Appalachian themed dinner and an elegant dinner at the St. Regis's new spot Atlas

AF&WF Pig Out Market Style - 5/28/15

Been dying to check out Ponce City Market? Forget waiting until the delayed fall opening. You can sample the goods now at the Atlanta Food & Wine opening event - Pig Out: Market Style. Hosted by PCM restauranteurs and culinary heavy-weights Linton Hopkins (Holeman & Finch), Sean Brock (Husk - Charleston and Nashville) and Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia), the event also features:

Guest Chefs:

Tyler Brown (TN), Capital Grill
Justin Devillier (LA), La Petite Grocery
Rob McDaniel (GA), SpringHouse
Annie Pettry (KY), Decca
Bill Smith (NC), Crook’s Corner
Karl Worley (TN), Biscuit Love Brunch

Ponce City Market Vendors:

Chai Pani
Farm to Ladle
Honeysuckle Gelato
Simply Seoul


Navarro Carr (GA)
Nick Detrich (LA)
Kirk Estopinal (LA)
Books Reitz (SC)

For just $55, you can stuff your face with 499 friends and fellow foodies Thursday night at 7:30. Bragging rights included. Get your Atlanta Food & Wine Festival pig out tickets here.



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