Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Atlanta Chef's Expo - Feb. 19

A mere 24 hours before I celebrate the day of my birth, you can start celebrating early at the inaugural Atlanta Chef's Expo benefiting the Atlanta branch of the recently controversial Susan G. Komen for the cure.

According to event founders Alisha Nesbitt and Cheryl Hasting, “It is our goal to create an affordable, family-friendly environment for event goers to enjoy some of the city’s finest culinary talents and to showcase additional chefs that aren't always in the spotlight, including acclaimed caterers and pastry chefs.”

The event will highlight not only restaurant dining but also top caterers with tastings from restaurants Thrive and Marlow's Tavern, caterers such as reMARKable Meals and Wolfgang Puck Catering; and desserts from local pastry chefs including Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium.

Worried you'll get lost in a maze of tasty treats? Never fear, the event will be divided into “Restaurant Row,” “Catering Alley,” The Sugar Shack” and “The Chef’s Table.”

Savory Exposure's Broderick Smylie will judge each category and select a “Most Creative” while guests can choose their “Fan Favorite.” Additional judges for the event include Holly Firfer from Star 94 and Atlanta on-air personality Tom Sullivan. What's up with no one ever asking me to judge? Calling all PR people and event planners, this girl loves eating and expounding on her opinion in almost equal measure!

No such event would be complete with out demos. Featured guest chefs include chef Ginny McCormack, an expert in Southern hospitality; one of the most sought after private chefs in the country, chef Dwayne L. Hairston; one-time “Chopped” winner and co-owner of The Hungry Peach, chef Suzanne Vizethan; and pastry chef Juanita Threlkeld who designs weddings cakes.

Add to the mix cocktails from presenting sponsor ABSOLUT Vodka, and music from Joel Rabe of Lethal Rhythms, and you've got a party!

General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are available for $50. The expo is also seeking sponsors for the event in support of Susan G. Komen. Packages range from $500 Silver Sponsors to $2,000 Platinum Sponsors.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.atlantachefsexpo.com.

When better to celebrate than just after Susan G. Komen, an organization committed to serving women's health needs, has reversed their unpopular decision? Happy dining!



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