A hundred vendors dished up everything from dark chocolate and port cupcakes to Trinidadian pholouri. What I especially loved about the event was the passion that was on display. These aren't big businesses, or even local restaurants, these are big dreaming, hard working food entrepreneurs. And I, for one, love the idea of supporting local food talent.
|Dark chocolate and port cupcake at Iced|
Since many of the vendors are beginners, you can see that some have a lot to learn. Fortunately now that Atlanta Nosh is happening weekly, they will have a chance to learn on the job, and I imagine that the people who ran out of popular treats early or got passed over for a lack of signage will learn quickly.
I have an occasional Food Entrepreneurs column, I look forward to profiling some of these budding businesses on my site in the coming months. In the meantime, some highlights:
- Mac Shack - Urban Daddy recently covered this mac 'n cheese delivery service. I tried a sample, and it was coco-nuts how good it was.
|Max 'n Cheese at the Mac Shack|
- Nellie's Iron Pot - one very beautiful girl helping her mother fulfill a lifelong dream by dishing up unique Trinidadian eats...what's not to like? I have never had this type of food before, but it is clearly influenced by Indian. The pholourie have an appealing chewy but fluffy texture and a flavorful chutney.
- NaturAlmond - Nut butter enthusiasts and Adventurous Tastes' friends Jaime and Harry were at the Nosh selling their all-natural almond butter.
- CC Brazilian Sweets - Tasty South American treats galore. I spent my entire evening tonight looking forward to my after-dinner Brazilian truffle. So worth it!
- Original Yay Yay - Ever since Huey's in Buckhead closed, Atlanta has had a deficit of delicious New Orleans style beignets. This vendor dished out these sweet powdered sugar covered delights filled with savory Nawlins fillings, like crawfish or shrimp. I wasn't a huge fan of the crawfish, but the shrimp was delish. It's big, though, so if you're looking to sample lots of vendors, plan on sharing.
- Gourmet Pretzel Company - In a sea of newbies, this mother daughter combo, Lucretia and Sydney, stood out for their lovely merchandising. Delectable looking chocolate/caramel/nut covered pretzels beckoned. It's all I can do not to gobble them all up stat. At the event she sells them individually, but normally they'd come in packages of 12.
|Shrimp Beignet at the Original Yay Yay|
Full disclosure: Although the PR team at Atlantic Station was kind enough to hook us up with free tastes from a number of tables, I always endeavor to give you my honest opinion.