Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/24/17, Updated 1/28/18




The Gallery Showcases Exciting Works from Atlanta’s Contemporary Art Scene & Portraits of James Beard Award-Winning & Nominated Southeastern Chefs & Mixologists, Photographed by Erik Tanner


ATLANTA GALLERY COLLECTIVE, a pop-up gallery and cultural destination at Ponce City Market that showcases the best of Atlanta’s contemporary art scene, has been extended through March 31. Originally set to close after the holidays, the space features works from ten of the city’s top art galleries (below) on Ponce City Market’s second floor in the Central Food Hall. Atlanta Gallery Collective is open during Ponce City Market’s regular business hours.

Atlanta Gallery Collective’s flagship exhibit is a photography show featuring portraits of James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs and mixologists from around the Southeast. Each was photographed by Erik Tanner, a Brooklyn-based, world-renowned photographer who has captured everything from the cover of TIME Magazine to Japanese VOGUE. Talent featured in the exhibit at Ponce City Market includes Hugh Acheson, Greg Best, Sean Brock, Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Asha Gomez, Linton Hopkins, Meherwan Irani, Miles MacQuarrie, Anne Quatrano, Hector Santiago and Steven Satterfield.

The gallery is set to host several upcoming events:

Thursday, Jan. 25: Chef Hugh Acheson Book Signing celebrating the James Beard Award-winning chef’s latest cookbook, The Chef and the Slow Cooker. Tickets can be purchased here.

Wednesday, Feb. 28: Jerry Siegel Artist Talk and Book Signing showcasing Black Belt Color, a monograph featuring images from the photographer’s hometown of Selma, Alabama and the unique cultural landscape of the area, known as the “Black Belt.”

Through Mar. 31: The public is invited to discuss life’s big questions at the Question Booth from internationally renowned podcast company HowStuffWorks. Each week, a new question is posted, and producers from HowStuffWorks are on-site to drive conversation with thought-provoking prompts. The booth is free and open to the public for recording on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm; no reservations required. To record outside those hours, please make an appointment by emailing questions@howstuffworks.com.

Date to be determined: Artist Talk and Book Signing with famed international photographer Landon Nordeman featuring Out of Fashion (named one of the best Photo Books of 2016 by TIME).

As curated by local art expert and Atlanta native Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art, ATLANTA GALLERY COLLECTIVE highlights rotating works from ten local galleries below. The gallery presents a variety of mediums like sculpture, paintings, photography and more, and featured artists include Richard Thomas Scott, Tori Tinsley and Joe Peragine, among others. Thomas Deans Fine Art is a new featured gallery that joined the pop-up after the new year. They are showcasing paintings and photography work from artists such as Paul Tamanian, whose paintings include auto paint on aluminum, and Atlanta photographer Kathryn Kolb, who presents chromogenic prints. All works in the gallery are available for purchase.

  • Arnika Dawkins Gallery
  • Kai Lin Art
  • Hathaway
  • Marcia Wood Gallery
  • Mason Fine Art
  • Matre Gallery
  • Spalding Nix Fine Art
  • Tew Galleries
  • Thomas Deans Fine Art
  • Whitespace





Flagship Exhibit Will Be Portraits of James Beard Award-Winning & Nominated Southeastern Chefs & Mixologists, Photographed by Erik Tanner


Opening Weekend Will Be October 28th-29th, Coinciding with Sunday Supper South, The Annual James Beard Foundation Benefit at Ponce City Market


Kicking off this fall, Ponce City Market is hosting ATLANTA GALLERY COLLECTIVE, a pop-up gallery and cultural destination that will showcase the best of Atlanta’s contemporary art scene. The space will feature works from ten of the city’s top art galleries (below) and will take up residence on Ponce City Market’s second floor in the Central Food Hall. Opening weekend will be October 28th-29th, coinciding with Sunday Supper South—the annual James Beard Foundation benefit hosted by Chef Anne Quatrano at Ponce City Market.


The flagship exhibit will be a photography show of portraits of James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs and mixologists from around the Southeast. Each was photographed by Erik Tanner, a Brooklyn-based, world-renowned photographer who has captured everything from the cover of TIME Magazine to Japanese VOGUE and subjects as far-ranging as Aziz Ansari to Radiohead. Talent featured in the exhibit at Ponce City Market include Hugh Acheson, Greg Best, Sean Brock, Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Asha Gomez, Linton Hopkins, Meherwan Irani, Miles MacQuarrie, Hector Santiago, and Steven Satterfield.


As selected by local art expert and Atlanta native Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art, ATLANTA GALLERY COLLECTIVE will highlight works from ten local galleries:

–        Arnika Dawkins Gallery

–        Jackson Fine Art

–        Kai Lin Art

–        Lumiere

–        Marcia Wood Gallery

–        Mason Fine Art
–        Matre Gallery

–        Spalding Nix Fine Art

–        Tew Galleries

–        Whitespace

Expect a variety of mediums like sculpture, paintings, photography, and more. The pop-up gallery will be open to the public, with all works available for purchase through the holidays.


Sunday, January 22nd at 7 pm

Location: Southern Exposure

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/31/17

Immersive Creative Experience “Blends” Together Hair Styling, Music, Makeup, and Performance Art

Atlanta, Georgia (January 26, 2017) – Keune Haircosmetics, a global hair care company with North American headquarters in Atlanta, launched its much-anticipated new hairstyling product line BLEND at an exclusive, invite-only event on January 22, 2017.  Produced by  Bill Kaelin Marketing and located at the striking  Southern Exposure venue within King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s Westside, the event hosted over 250 hair  stylists  and  tastemakers,  and played off of a “blended” theme throughout, including a variety of unexpected artistic experiences, entertaining performances, and creative food and drink.

“Keune BLEND’s launch party was a celebration of individuality, personal style, true beauty, and art,”  says Atlanta-based Rachael Hoffman, VP of Marketing for Keune North America. “We are thrilled with the positive reception to Keune’s hot new hair styling line, and look forward to continuing to expand BLEND’s reach for consumers and hair stylists alike throughout Atlanta and North America’s hair salons. For a company that has been around for over 97 years, in 72 countries – we are just getting started in the states and the response has been tremendous.”

Southern Exposure’s expansive 7,000-foot space with soaring 25-foot ceilings, more than 2,000 panes of glittering glass windows and unique vignettes set the scene for the BLEND creative experience to unfold.  Everywhere guests turned there was something to stimulate the senses Atlanta  DJ Ree De La Vega put a bounce in partygoers’ steps with her sick beats, while famed local graffiti artist Dr. Dax created a large scale painting that was given away at the end of the evening. An aerialist flew over an all-white photography area where guests were given the opportunity to take part in a live photo shoot. Performance artist Diego entertained onlookers through a glass-walled bathroom space, where he played with BLEND products and various hairstyles, while hair models with makeup by Crush Studio and styling by nationally renowned Keune artists George Alderete, Edward Woody and Switzerland’s Mike Karg showcased trendy BLEND looks throughout the crowd.

Garbed in over-the-top wigs filled with colorful BLEND products, drag queen hosts took Polaroid photos of guests that hung from clotheslines during the event, and later, attendees took home their snapshots. The hosts included the fabulous Dax Exclamation Point, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race; Brigitte Bidet, who emcees her show “Tossed Salad” at Burkhart’s Pub; and Hydrangea Heath, who performs for the “Tossed Salad” and “Gurlfrand” shows in Atlanta.

Garbed in over-the-top wigs filled with colorful BLEND products, drag queen hosts took Polaroid photos of guests that hung from clotheslines during the event, and later, attendees took home their snapshots. The hosts included the fabulous Dax ExclamationPoint, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race; Brigitte Bidet, who emcees her show “Tossed Salad” at Burkhart’s Pub; and Hydrangea Heath, who performs for the “Tossed Salad” and “Gurlfrandz” shows in Atlanta.

Bold American Catering tantalized taste buds with creative bites that juxtaposed flavors like sweet and savory and cool and hot, such as bacon and peanut butter shots and cantaloupe and pineapple with smoked chili powder. At the open bar, Bai cocktails matched BLEND’s hot-hued packaging in flavors like blood orange, pineapple and grapefruit and Atlanta’s Wild Heaven provided yellow cans of Emergency Drinking Beer. Plus, mobile sips and treats  included Cult Carts’ “adult” cotton candy in unexpected blended flavors, such as Strawberry Fig Balsamic, Lavender Cookies & Cream, and Vanilla Popcorn, as well as a model who brought bubbly to partygoers with her “Champagne dress.” Tito’s Vodka served up Moscow Mule slushies from the dry ice bar in VIP.

Fashioned for the modern muse, style chameleon, and free spirit, Keune BLEND sparks creativity with endless mix-and-match hair-styling options. The 14 premium products in the modern and colorful BLEND collection feature packaging with silver metallic, bold black and a rainbow of hot hues, and look just as great on your shelf or countertop as it does when used on your hair. The line encourages personal style by offering everything you need to work with volume, texture, hold, shine and more. Use each product, from a shaping texturizing cream to a de-frizzing shine booster, alone or create a custom mash-up that suits your hair or the mood and mode of the moment. Grab two, three, four—as many products as you want—to invent a whole new shape and make it your own. It is top-shelf mixology for hair that’s going places.

Need inspiration? Keune has got you covered with eight international looks inspired by today’s street fashion and DIY videos to help you create them. Watch another video introducing Keune BLEND here.

All Keune BLEND products are available for purchase at professional salons, including Salon 124 and Genesis Salon locations in the Atlanta area. To find one near you, visit us.keune.com/salonfinder.

A family-owned and founded company based in The Netherlands, Keune Haircosmetics has served hair stylists, colorists, and consumers since 1922 by providing the finest professional hair color, hair care, and styling products to more than 70 countries. For more information, visit keune.com/na.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/11/16

We were invited on Tuesday, November 29th to experience Fogo de Chao’s newest location in Dunwoody. They have tons of offerings from salmon to heart of palm to black pepper candied bacon on their salad bar, as well as every meat imaginable. The best was the bacon wrapped filet, followed by the lamb chop, and the parmesan pork. Everything is delicious and the drink list is impeccable. Beyond that, they have stepped it up a notch with modern, yet inviting decor. Here’s more information about Fogo de Chao’s newest location below, as well as menu offerings. Enjoy!


Authentic Southern Brazilian Steakhouse opens in Atlanta’s hottest suburb


ATLANTA – Internationally-renowned Southern Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dee shown) is bringing the heat to Atlanta’s culinary scene with the opening of its second Atlanta-area location on Wednesday, November 30 in Dunwoody.


“We’re very excited to open our second Atlanta-area restaurant in Dunwoody,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Since opening in Buckhead almost 16 years ago, we’ve kept an eye on the growth in Dunwoody, and are thrilled to establish Fogo as a regular destination for residents, the business community, and tourists alike.”


The menu is anchored around the Full Churrasco experience – the art of roasting meats over an open fire, and espeto corrido, or “continuous service” – that Fogo de Chão began serving more than 37 years ago in Southern Brazil. The menu features a wealth of savory, fire-roasted meats that are perfectly seasoned, prepared and carved tableside by a team of authentic, Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs. Some guest favorites include filet mignon, lamb chops, and ribeye, as well signature Brazilian cuts like their house specialty Picanha sirloin. As a complement to the variety of protein options, guests can also enjoy the gourmet Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soups, fresh vegetables, Feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew), and authentic Brazilian side dishes. To celebrate the new location, an introductory price of $46.50 is being offered for dinner.


The brand new Dunwoody location offers a variety of other dining options and experiences for everyone, including:


  • Gaucho Lunch: Designed to accommodate the busy schedules of weekday diners and business professionals, starting at $15. Guests may also choose to add a single cut of meat to the Market Table, all for under $25.
  • Brazilian Brunch: Introduced to celebrate family and friends on weekends, guests can enjoy the Full Churrasco experience along with the Market Table, fresh seasonal fruits, Greek Yogurt and some special, Brazilian-inspired breakfast items like Pão de Queijo Egg Bake, Braised Beef Rib Hash and a Seasonal Sunday Roast. To complement the experience, Fogo de Chão offers a special Brunch Bar in the main dining room where guests can enjoy made-to-order Caipirinhas and classic American brunch cocktails with Brazilian twists such as their cachaça Bloody Mary and Passion Fruit Mimosa.
  • Bar Fogo: Created for those craving the authentic Fogo de Chão experience in a more casual way, guests can enjoy smaller, shareable plates, a variety of craft cocktails, award-winning wines and happy hour specials located in the bar area of the restaurant.
  • Seafood: Brazilian-inspired seafood options such as Shrimp Cocktail with homemade Malagueta cocktail sauce and Mango Chilean Sea Bass are also available a-la-carte.
  • Group and Private Dining: Whether celebrating a special birthday or hosting a large corporate meeting, Fogo de Chão has become the place for group and private dining internationally. The Dunwoody restaurant is well-suited for groups of all sizes with customizable menus, beautiful private and semi-private dining spaces, and complimentary A/V equipment.


The Dunwoody culinary team is proudly led by General Manager and Head Gaucho Chef Alceu Pressi, who first learned the gaucho style of cooking on his family farm in the small town of Marau, Brazil, located in Rio Grande do Sul, the state in which Fogo de Chão was founded.


Every Fogo de Chão restaurant boasts an award-winning wine list and extensive drink menu, featuring Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha, handcrafted with cachaça (Brazilian liquor made from sugarcane), fresh lime, and sugar. Fogo de Chão also offers a tempting dessert menu, including its signature Papaya Cream – made with fresh papaya and vanilla ice cream, then finished with Crème de Cassis tableside. A dining experience for all ages, children six-and-under enjoy complimentary dining, and ages seven-to-12 dine at half price for the Full Churrasco experience.


For more information, please visit the Fogo Dunwoody location page or Fogo.com.


Fogo de Chão Dunwoody is located at 4671 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody, next door to the Spruill Center for the Arts.


Lunch and Weekend Brunch:

Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Monday through Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Happy Hour  


Happy Hour Monday through Friday: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Available in the bar area only).


About Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 45 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago and Mexico City. For more information, visit Fogo.com or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Check out “The Gaucho Way,” a documentary-style video shot through the eyes of real Fogo de Chão Brazilian gauchos and explore the restaurant’s deep cultural roots in Southern Brazil (http://bit.ly/1jMHAtm).


Saturday, October 8th at 1pm

Location: Turner Field

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/16


With a little dust in the eye, the days of Turner Field, or as Atlanta’s refer to it, the Ted, has come to an abrupt end. Gone with it are 20 years of Braves hits and misses, the beauty of the green field, the chop house, and that large Chick-fila cow looming over our heads. Au revoir, auf Wiedersehen, sayonara. But let’s not be sad, let’s celebrate that tradition with one last hurrah to pay homage to the memories. The Great Atlanta Beer Fest accomplished that this year by letting us lose in the dugout, on the field, and letting us run the bases from IPA to stout.


image-1As far as the beer, mainstays and favorites like Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt and Burnt Hickory’s Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout were in full force. Here’s a rundown of a few things we tried and enjoyed, which included Red Hare’s Chocolate Porter. It was definitely chocolate forward but finished smooth like a traditional porter. Side note: Red Hare just had their Sticky Stout release and had a specialty Sticky Stout brewed with Thin Mints. Dear Red Hare, pretty please make this a seasonal? Gate City also brought their Terminus Porter. It was a dark, a little smoky, but smooth at the end. Let’s not forget Burnt Hickory’s Die Kreuzen Pumpkin Porter. One of the best porters of the festival, it had pumpkin and all spice up front but then ended like a smooth porter.


After that, we went off script with my love of stouts and porters to try Wicked Weed’s Old Fashioned Ale with orange and cherry. The cherry was very prominent on the nose, but it was also a little sweet like a bourbon barrel aged beer would! There was also a cranberry pumpkin beer from Terrapin called Cranberry Pumpkinfest. It was very tart but finished with a lot of pumpkin like their original Pumpkinfest. Even though this isn’t a beer, the Red Hare Root Beer soda is so delicious! Sugary sweet. A good little treat between treats.


It never amazes us the number of new breweries that pop up at these festivals, like Gate City Brewery, Dry County, Scofflaw and so much more. Not to mention, we’re excited Abby of the Holy Goats will have a Stout in February. You know where we’ll be then! It’ll almost just be in time for the new SunTrust Stadium to welcome its first Braves fans of 2017.


Friday, April 22nd to Sunday, April 24th at Times Vary by Day

Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/1/16



Sweetwater 420 Fest from day one has always been a mixIMG_8537 of music types, like rock, reggae, and rap. This year there were several big name performers of today and yesterday: Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Bastille, Ludacris, and so much more. Kid Rock began his set with “Don’t Stop Believin‘” as well as Cowboy Baby” peppered in and then ending with the beginning of “Purple Rain” before the heavens opened and drove the audience to shelter. Did Prince NOT want Kid Rock to sing “Purple Rain” or was it a coincidence? Hm. Bastille flowed their way on the stage with smooth tunes. Rebelation was perfect for Earth Day and 420 belting out reggae tunes like it was going out of style. That being said, we originally intended to do what we called Sweetwater 420 Fest in pictures and write something about each band, but in writing this blog, we realized we wanted to dwell on the band that nailed it, wowed us, and killed it.

What happened to the good old days of anything from AC/DC to old Metallica to STP to Ozzy Oawolnationsborne? Where are the threading guitars, mosh pits, reverb, guitar solos, building musical solos that culminate in a flurry of instruments and noise, some real, unadulterated rock?  There are a few bands that come to mind that is current and not-so-mainstream like The Joy Formidable and Silversun Pickups. We’re adding another band to that list that could be legendary: Awolnation. One of the staff for the production company that put on 420 was so wowed that he said they are the next headlining band. We argue, they already are!

With a mix of punk, rock, and harmony, Awolnation brought their A-game. When they entered the stage, dressed in mechanic’s jumpsuits, they kicked-off a great concert with hits like “Hollow Moon” and “Kill Your Heroes.” We wondered why do they wear jumpsuits on stage? We were hoping it was a shout-out to Lost’s Dharma Initiative. Pretty please? We couldn’t glean anything from the internet so there’s always hope. Crossing fingers. What we really enjoyed about Awolnation is they could have been just any other bacrowd waiting for AWOLnd that plays a bland melodic song with a mix of electronic and indie sound. We found they are NOT rock-lite or even good indie rock but much more. They know how to go all punk and rock-out and that was what really hit their performance home for us. The lead singer, Aaron Bruno, is also interactive and seemed to really enjoy his own music, which is refreshing. The Last song was, of course, the one that they broke on the rock scene with “SAIL!” A perfect mix of rock, electronic, and harmony. We, along with our friends in the general audience, were all too excited to hear it live. It didn’t disappoint. Rock on, AWOL. We promised our young niece a good show, so keep it up! We’re holding you to it…








Saturday, April 16th at 1pm

Location: Historic 4th Ward Park

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/23/16


venkmans blt hhWhen the weather turns warmer, and the flowers bloom, festivals pop-up and fill our weekends with food, something usually fried, and local art and music. As the years go on, it seems like more festivals flood our city, which isn’t a bad thing! With more to do, it’s nice to have a go-to, tried-and-true, festival that never disappoints, that’s Hogs and Hops. This year, we enjoyed a BLT, beers, and of course, a big couple pieces of brisket.

Starting with our favorite foods, there was a lot to choose from so it was a hard decision. First, Venkman’s BLT was divine with pork belly, bacon jam, and slaw all on a bun. The pork belly was very meaty with a slight smoke while the bacon jam added to the savor. Then, when you add in sweet slaw and a sweeter bun and there is a mix of sweet and salty. I’ve never had a BLT that was pork belly centered, but it was worth it. We also loved DBA Barbecue’s brisket. First off, it is one large piece of meat, with a good rich brisket flavor. It was slightly smoky, but fall off the bone tender, with a delicious caramelized skin. We also heard that the Mac The Cheese’s mac-n-cheese with pimento cheese and pork was so good, it was the best thing they ever put in their mouth. One thing was for sure, the food at Hogs and Hops this year was top notch, like always.

DBA BBQ HHLet’s not forget about the Hops part of Hogs and Hops. This year Hogs and Hops went undercover and was one heck of a beer festival underneath that Hogs exterior. They had so many local brews, which is all the rage and really want the people want right now. There were also a few new breweries that just came on the Atlanta brewery scene, Dry County to name one. Some of our favorite beers were also on tap: including Monday Night’s Drafty Kilt, their Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt, and IPA, as well as Reformation Stark and Red Hare’s Sticky Stout. One beer that we hadn’t had yet was Blue Tarp’s Last Place Imperial Stout. It was slightly smoky with a smooth finish, as well as had dark chocolate and coffee notes. We enjoyed it!

Enjoying some pork, sipping on a beer is one of the best ways to spend a beautiful spring day. We’re looking forward to our next Atlanta Beer Festivals event, Atlanta Summer Beer Fest in June. Bummed you missed Hogs and Hops? Here’s a link to Atlanta Beer Festival’s list of upcoming events: http://atlantabeerfestivals.com/.  Until then, enjoy the spring weather and we’ll see you next time!


Saturday, March 26th at 1pm

Location: Dad's Garage


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/8/16

Around the corner, the church bell rings. Its noon in Atlanta on a dreary, fog-laden, barely spring day with all the hope that bacon will bring sunshine and happiness. Yes, bacon. That means BaconFest 2016 was upon us with all its bacon-y glory. That unmistakable sizzle, that smoky goodness, hilarious games, and pair it with beer, and that’s BaconFest.  This year, fresh off purchasing new digs, Dad’s Garage moved the festival from Masquerade Music Park to their new location in Old Fourth Ward. What’s ironic is this irreverent bunch of improvers now reside in a church. But you know, that’s how they like it… ironic. New place, same fun.

The best, and our favorite activity at BaconFest is always the Hobo Wine Tasting. We remember the first year that we attended and I was fascinated by the sheer nastiness of the wine. To think that this year’s best in show was Arbor Mist Blackberry is a travesty. In what world is Arbor Mist ever good? Whatever you do, DO NOT try the Thunderbird. It’s rubbing alcohol light. Stay away! Everything in between is pretty gross as well, Night Train, Cisco (Strawberry & Peach), Mad Dog 20/20, and Wild Irish Rose. Fun fact: Dayroom, a local Athens band from the late 90’s had a song called, Irish Rose. They talk about drinking cheap wine and waking up stinking like Wild Irish Rose. We assume they mean this drink. WHY, Dayroom, why? Drinking it is one thing, but smelling like it? Gross.

Another game we enjoyed this year was the Battle Shots. Based on the game, Battleship, opponents guessed the location of the shots on the board. If you hit their boat, they would drink the corresponding shot. If they hit your boat, you drink your corresponding shot. Yes, we can see where this would turn you sideways but it was just Miller Lite in there. It was looking like we would win but unfortunately a guy with a cat face-painted on his forehead beat us. This game wasn’t really about winning or losing, but about getting to drink all your beer in a fun, interesting way. It was fun!

We got Rick Rolled at BaconFest! In the church’s basement, adjacent from the photo booth was a Rock Band set up. While we were sitting there, we hear “Never gonna give you up…” Yep, we just got Rick Rolled. We all laughed about it. Some of the other games included human Foosball, which the ball kept coming out of the game and knocking over people’s beers or hitting them in the head. You could get a kiss from the Clairemont Lounge’s world-famous, Blondie. Yeah, no thanks. Plus, there were the caricatures, roasting, and face-painting.

All-in-all between the bacon, bacon chips, beer, games, and improv skits, BaconFest didn’t disappoint. The weather was a little misty, with light rain mixed in early, but gave way to a pretty nice day overall. It didn’t keep the bacon lovers away. The lines got long, so thank Caren West PR for Whole Hog VIP! Since there was no actual VIP, they made separate lines at all the stations for Whole Hogers to get up front. It was pretty nice! Go Whole Hog next year!


Saturday, March 5th at 12 am

Location: Historic 4th Ward Park

Atlanta Brunch Festival 2016

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/13/16


An egg breaks into a pan, there is a low sizzle, now topped with bacon jam, and a hint of maple drizzle. One part juice, three parts champagne, keeps the head loose, maybe a trip down memory lane. Yes, it’s an ode to the almighty brunch. It’s something that peaks this poet’s interest, be it hash, chicken & waffles, breakfast tacos, or Huevos Ranchero, it doesn’t seem like we can ever get enough. No matter how you do your brunch, Atlanta Brunch Festival had it all. You couldn’t go wrong. Here’s the meat and potatoes.

One of the first things we tried at Atlatlanta brunch fest breakfast tacoanta Brunch Fest was Wahoo Grill’s Hash. It was a menagerie of flavors: apple, bacon, potato, and collards. It was delicious, with the right amount of sweet apple and salty collards on top of the hearty bacon and smooth potatoes. Right across from Wahoo Grill was a long line for Another Broken Egg. The draw? Fried Green Tomato BLT. The freshly fried green tomato on top of bacon and lettuce, what’s not to like? They also gave you a beignet on the side, which was the best thing I had all day! The right amount of crisp, fried, and sweet powdered sugar.

On the other side of the park, we kept seeing a chunk of Mexican food topped with Chihuahua cheese. We had to scope out where this was coming from; it was Guaco Joe’s. We heard people raving about them! I got the breakfast taco which was a delicious mix of egg, sausage, pico de gallo and crisp lettuce. It was a lot of food and very satisfying. Near there, our friends at the Mad Italian were grilling up fresh, to-order cheese steaks. Fresh, hot, and meaty, they might be right in they are the best cheese steak south of Philly. We love these guys! Funny story, we met a guy who actually thought Mad Italian was offering cheesecake. He went up and got his cheese steak and took a bite and was like, “this isn’t cheesecake.” I just shook my head. Cake doesn’t equal steak.

One of the best spreads was DBA’s potato and pulled pork hash topped with eggs, along with a side abe atlanta brunch festivalof bacon, then top that off with a plate of chicken and waffles. The pulled pork went perfectly with the potato and onion mix, it was the right blend of savory and salt. The bacon was crisp and thick, and in unlimited supply. The chicken with the chicken and waffles was a little bit spicy, as well as seemed to have a hint of bacon in the batter. As for the waffle, it had just the right amount of sweet to compliment the maple and chicken. Overall, delicious all the way around.

When the sun started to set behind Ponce City Market and all the orange juice had run dry, we rolled out full and happy. We should have worn yoga pants! On top of that, it was one of the most beautiful spring-like days we’d ever seen, while the food was dynamic and top-notch. The perfect day, if that can even exist. P.S. it does.


Saturday, January 31st at 1pm

Location: The Masquerade

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/15/2016

While the low clouds and frosty morning dew have plagued the land for months, the long winter wasn’t as brutal as the one before, yet the town-folk were ready for some good old-fashioned sunshine and warmer temps. Once Atlanta Winter Beer Fest comes around, there is light at the end of the cold, winter tunnel, and it’s always the best way to kick-off festival season 2016. This year, the weather was almost warm, and the beautiful day, along with the unlimited winter beer made for an ideal Atlanta festival day. We love Atlanta Winter Beerfest!

We always challenge ourselves to find new and exciting beers to chat about and this year was no exception. Over the last few years with the local brewery phenomenon, and the bigger brands clawing to keep up, beer is getting more exciting with new and inventive ingredients to step it up a notch. Be it nuts, chocolate, and everything in between, brewers are pulling out all the stops to entice beer aficionados to buy their beer. Bring it, we say. That being said there were a few fun beers we discovered at this beer festival.

The best beer that IMG_8307we hadn’t tried of Atlanta Winter Beer Fest was Orpheus’ The Ferryman. This Imperial Stout has a little bit of everything from the darkness of the malt, to the nuttiness of the hazelnut, and sweetness of the vanilla. It was the right balance between the sweet and bitter. Has anyone else noticed that a lot of breweries are using hazelnuts in their brew? Monday Night’s Georgian Imperial Stout has it, as well as Southern Sky had a specialty one with hazelnut for one of its employee’s birthdays. It does ad a good flavor to it. We’ll take it!

Some other good beers we discovered were Unknown Brewing Co out of Charlotte’s Silverback Stout. It was a good drinkable stout even if it was a little bitterer, hoppy than I like. It has a lot of chocolate up front and that makes up for the bitter finish at the end. Unknown Brewing just launched in Atlanta in December so you should be able to find something yummy from them at your local haunt. We’re keeping an eye out as we’d love to try the Imperial Stouts they offer. Finally, Burnt Hickory didn’t bring my favorite, Big Shanty Stout, due to the fact it was so popular they were literally OUT, but they had a good Brown Ale called Mudhoney (yes, a tribute to THAT Mudhoney). It was a balanced beer between hops and malt that ended with a sweeter honey hint. Have we mentioned we love the rock-n-roll themed names Burnt Hickory gives all their beers? They have great selection of beers AND name them something fabulous that appeals to our love of rock! Well done, gentlemen.




Saturday, January 16th at 6pm

Location: Opera Nightclub

By Liz Attaway, Posted 1/27/16

It’s the pop of the cork, the smell of apple tartness, the smooth dance of cascading fluid into a clear glass, and that first taste that was met with excited anticipation that what makes wine so satisfying. If you’ve ever been to a winery with a good tasting, you know there is a joy in finding something new to try be it a tasty new white, red, or rose wine. Atlanta Wine Festival has that excited anticipation, like a grand scale wine tasting with a few of your closest friends. Are you ready for a glass? Thought so!

IMG_8263There were a ton of varietals available to taste at Atlanta Wine Festival, and of those tastes, there were a few that stood out. As for the whites, the best one of the night was the Villa “Il Fresco” Italian Prosecco champagne. It was a Northern Italian wine that started tart and ended with a hint of sweet and fizzy bubbles. It was crisp, like a green apple, but was neither sweet nor too dry. It was just right. I’m not a huge Prosecco drinker, but it speaks to the quality of this wine, that it ended up being my favorite. No surprise that it was and Italian wine; it’s always my favorite country for wine. Another good white was a California Chardonnay from Spellbound. Chardonnays are also not my go-to wine when I’m out with friends or relaxing at home, but this one was different. It was fuller, buttery, and smoother than some of its peers, while not having any smoke or oak to overpower its kiwi, light body. I’d buy this out or to enjoy at home any time. It was very drinkable. Finally, I have to mention the Private Selection Pinot Grigio by Robert Modavi. I know it’s not a cream of the crop brand but it one of those wines that you could have a couple of glasses of and enjoy from beginning to end. It’s the right amount of apple, tart, and smooth ending. It could be a good go-to for those hot summer nights.

I couldn’t write this article and not mention at least one Red. Red wine is really a required taste, and it’s something I’ve tried to get into but just haven’t. It’s sometimes too heavy, makes me tired or I would rather have something lighter and crisper. That being said, I did have one red that I really liked: the Red Blend by Saved. It had a lot of personality with mixed fruit, not dry or sweet, with robust finish. Plus, it was so popular it was almost all gone by the time I got there half way through the night. Who can argue with that?

Like all good wine tastings, they must end. The lights go down and the doors to the winery are shut, as the wine ferments in the barrels or casks below. Don’t fret, it all be here tomorrow. So, sharpen your pencil, grab your scrap paper, and get tasting. Bummed you missed Atlanta Wine Festival? Atlanta Beer Festivals has a ton of events coming up including Winter Beer Fest, Atlanta Brunch Festival in March, and more. Here’s their site for more information about these events: http://atlantabeerfestivals.com/