Thursday, October 14, 2010
Taste of Atlanta: October 23-24
Taste of Atlanta is right around the corner. Do you have your ticket yet? For just $25 in advance/$30 at the door, you get tastings, music, demos and more!
More than 70 local chefs will be there dishing up tastings and showing off their skills with demos. The usual suspects are there (e.g., Restaurant Eugene, JCT, Pacci), but so are some restaurants I've never seen at a tasting event, including Bhojanic (my fave Indian resto), Cafe Intermezzo (home to my first high school forays into dating), Mediterranean Grill (our go to take out for gyros), and yes, even Waffle House. How many food events can offer you everything from liquid green tomato to pecan waffles?
The two day event includes three live cooking stages, with demos on the main stage from heavy hitters like Kevin Gillespie, Ford Fry and oddly enough Toni Braxton. On other stages, learn skills such as using a big green egg or farm to table cooking.
At Inside the Food Studio, you can pay an additional $25 to enjoy tastes and treats while learning. The Sunday 3:30-4:30 "The Secret Behind America's Best Burger" with Executive Sous Chef Jason Paolini from Holeman & Finch Public House sounds pretty awesome. How much would I like to replicate that burger at home?! Not content with just eating and demos? Peruse the farmer's market or the silent auction.
If you're feeling fancy, a VIP ticket ($75 in advance/$80 at the door) entitles you to beer, wine and additional food tastings, seminars, and the bartending competition.
Get directions here.