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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival - Learning Experiences

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicks off again Thursday, May 28. This festival celebrates the best of the south with food and cocktail learning and tasting experiences and dinners and events.I'll be sharing more about the various elements of the weekend over the next couple of days. Let's start with the learning experiences which take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning and early afternoon.

Learning experiences run the gamut, from the boozy (Cocktails for a Crowd or a chocolate and cocktail tasting seminar) to the global (a shio-koji test kitchen or the Italian South tasting demo) to the intellectual (deductive tasting) and of course to the gluttonous (whole hog on the grill, small batch decadence bourbon and cheese). Plan your class schedule here.

We'll be there on Friday, and I'm looking forward to the food and spirits tasting seminar with Chapel Hill's Gary Crunkleton and Bill Smith. My days at UNC were more noted for their late night chicken and biscuit gluttony and cheap, watery beer than fine dining and cocktails, so I'm excited to see what they dish up!

1 day and 3 day regular passes and conniseur passes are still available. Get your Atlanta Food & Wine tickets before it's too late!



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