Many of Atlanta's bigger hitter chefs were there - Gillespie and Rathbun and Fry oh my! I thought about hitting the most exciting tables first, but the place was a sea (he he get it?) of hungry people so it was easiest to just go with the flow (whoa, more puns!)
The lobster crape from Chops Lobster Bar blew my mind - oh how I'd like to eat more of that! Rathbun's steak and Atlanta Fish Market's sushi were also highlights. And how could I forget the heavenly burger topped with an egg from Canoe.
I got a chance to chat briefly with Top Chef's Kevin Gillespie and he struck me as down to earth despite his newfound fame. I was surprised, though, that he offered to serve up a miniscule shrimp different, far different from the porky delights he's known for.
Oh and of course dessert - I wouldn't recommend interspersing it with savory dishes like I did but I couldn't pass them up when they were on offer. Parish's dessert had beets, which was unexpected and very tasty, reminding me somewhat of the Passover apple/nut/cinnamon dish charoset, which is weird I know!
I was surprised given the fancy-pants attendees that you could actually get items for under face value. The live auction, complete with event host Jane Fonda had the truly high dollar prizes - including a week on a yacht or dinner with Ted Turner.
I have Foodbuzz to thank for my free tickets, but I definitely have to say that this yearly event now tops my list of charities to save up for. It's a bacchanalian feast for a great cause - what's not to love?