Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/25/19

Top Culinary Talent, Live Music and Artisan Vendors Return for Night Market’s Outdoor Holiday Edition

The Home Depot Back Yard

Thursday, December 5th 6pm

Next month at December’s Night Market, The Home Depot Backyard will be taken over by the smells, sounds and bright colors of a globally inspired market, featuring Atlanta’s top culinary talent, live music, and a colorful array of artisan vendors to kick off the holiday season. Crackling fire pits will invite guests to cozy up where they can enjoy the evening under the stars sipping cocktails and shopping the curated market for the perfect gift. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the market offers visitors the chance to experience all the international feel and fun without the trouble of fitting their gifts and treats in their suitcase.

“On the heels of our most successful market to date, Night Market is delighted to welcome even more of Atlanta’s top chefs and one-of-a-kind artisan vendors for December. We wanted to create a festive twist this month and truly make it special for the holiday edition, making it a unique experience even for guests who have attended before,” said Latonda Henderson, Director of Community Activation at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Despite the open-air setting, the market maintains the same intimate feeling as if you were celebrating the holidays in your friend’s backyard.”

While sipping on holiday-inspired cocktails prepared by celebrated mixologists, Tiffanie Barriere and Kellie Thorn, guests will also be able to shop a unique selection of goods at the artisan market, curated by local favorite, Indie Craft Experience. Here they can spoil friends and family (or grab a little something for themselves) with unique finds from the market pop-up, all while supporting local businesses including Atlas Candle Co., Fox + Fern Botanicals, Paper & Piece, and more.

Visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with some of Atlanta’s top chefs and enjoy dishes from restaurants including American Cut, Brezza Cucina, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Hattie B’s, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Holmes, Honeysuckle Gelato, Kyma, Shake Shack, Spotted Trotter, Sweet Auburn BBQ and Wheelies Tiny Donuts.

Free to attend. Food and beverage tickets are $25 in advance/$40 onsite and include tokens to sample 2 beverages and 3 food items. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/24/19

Etu Home

Saturday, November 30th at noon

Join, Etu Home, on Saturday, November 30th for a special afternoon with entertaining author, Annette Joseph, to kick-off the holiday season!

From Noon until 2 pm, learn how to build a charcuterie board, watch a cocktail mixology demo, followed by A Cocktail Italiano book signing.

Details here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

Saturday, November 23rd 12:30 pm

“Parks and Rec” Inspired Party will Feature a Ron Swanson Look-alike Contest, Harvest Cocktails, “Treat Yo’ Self” Raffle, a DIY Caramel Apple Bar, BBQ from C-Bo’s BBQ Food Truck, Visits with a Live Miniature Horse & More

Plus, the Release of New Seasonal Cider, Bourbon Barrel Buzz

UrbanTree Cidery, Atlanta’s first craft cidery, announces its first-ever Pawnee Style Harvest Party, a “Parks and Rec” inspired party celebrating all things fall on Saturday, November 23 from 12:30 to 6:30pm. Taking place at their Westside tasting room (1465 Howell Mill Rd. NW), the all-day, family-friendly event will feature activities like a costume contest, visits with a live miniature horse and the release of a new seasonal cider, Bourbon Barrel Buzz (7.5% ABV).

Throughout the day, guests are invited to partake in a Ron Swanson look-alike contest, enter in “Treat Yo’ Self” raffles and from 1:30 to 3pm, grab photos with a live Li’l Sebastian impersonator, a miniature horse. In addition to themed activities, UrbanTree will serve a harvest cocktail called Snake Juice, a bright and crisp sangria with mild cinnamon spice and subtle sweetness. Their full menu of flagship and seasonal ciders and local beer will also be available. To complement the beverage offerings, there will be a DIY Caramel Apple Bar sponsored by Sweetums, and C-Bo’s BBQ Food Truck will serve Ron Swanson’s favorite dish–turkey legs–along with their full menu of BBQ classics.

The event also marks the release of UrbanTree’s newest seasonal cider Bourbon Barrel Buzz. Made with Stayman Winesap, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Mutsu apples, the cider is aged in Ghost Coast Distillery bourbon barrels and lightly sweetened with a touch of Blue Ridge Gallberry Honey.

More information about UrbanTree can be found on their website, and additional details about the Harvest Festival are available here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

Two-Part Anniversary Event Will Include Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story Documentary Film Screening & Q+A on Dec. 8 & Multi-Course Chocolate Dinner from 8ARM’s Executive Chef Maricela Vega & Hopkins & Company’s Executive Pastry Chef Jen Yee on Dec. 9

Tickets Are Now Available

Atlanta-based Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate is teaming up with local nonprofit Georgia Organics’ Cast Iron & Collards Society to present “Celebrating Xocolatl: A Fifth Anniversary Film and Food Collaboration,” a two-part celebration honoring the small-batch chocolate company’s fifth anniversary next month.

The anniversary festivities will begin on Sunday, December 8 with a special film screening of Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story. The much-anticipated documentary tells the story of how chocolate goes from bean in the Amazon to bar in high-end cafes and stores, by following the journeys of a group of the nation’s top craft-chocolate makers––including Xocolatl’s Co-founders Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt. Held at The Plaza Theatre, the event will begin at 6pm with samples of chocolate, Cafe Campesino coffee and a Xocolatl collaboration beer crafted with local brewery Wild Heaven Beer. Following the film, guests can engage in a Q&A discussion with the Xocolatl team about their business and the craft chocolate industry. Tickets ($10) are available online here.

The celebration will continue on Monday, December 9 with a five-course chocolate dinner at Atlanta restaurant 8ARM. From the restaurant’s Executive Chef Maricela Vega and Chef Shari Griffith and Hopkins & Company’s Pastry Chef Jen Yee, the plated dinner will incorporate cacao into every dish, celebrating and reimagining the beloved ingredient in both savory and sweet applications, and spotlight Mayflor Farms produce and other local makers and farmers. Beverage pairings will be crafted by 8ARM’s General Manager and Beverage Director Joshua Fryer. Tickets ($150) are available here for two seating times – 6pm and 8:30pm.

Since opening their micro-factory inside Atlanta’s nationally renowned food hall Krog Street Market in 2014, Xocolatl has garnered local and national acclaim for its award-winning, bean-to-bar chocolate, and is the recipient of awards including the 2018 Academy of Chocolate, 2018 Great Taste Awards and 2018 and 2019 Good Food Awards.

All proceeds from the anniversary events will benefit Georgia Organics and their mission of connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway

City Winery

Saturday, November 30th

City Winery is pleased to highlight groundbreaking beverage makers during An Afternoon with Black Beverage Artisans on Saturday, November 30 in the music venue.

This informal tasting allows guests to wander, sampling options at their leisure…all from African-American owned wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

Sommeliers will be on hand to answer any questions and make suggestions as to what specific wines will suit your preferences. A DJ will spin tunes to keep you moving.

Informative cocktail demonstrations by our friends the Taste Beverage Company.

Cheese and charcuterie will be provided, and our Chefs will craft a menu with thoughtfully curated dishes.

Some of the producers will include –

  • Mouton Noir Winery
  • Brown Estates
  • McBride Sisters
  • Vision Cellars
  • Abbey Creek
  • La Fete du Rose
  • Uncle Nearest Whiskey
  • Bomade Vodka
  • Down Home Brewery
  • Khonso Brewery

Tickets are $50 and limited as this event will sell out. Get your tickets here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/1/19


Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta’s Annual Fall Culinary Event Supports Life-Changing
Scholarship Programs and Educational Grants

Foxhall Resort 

Sunday, November 3 at 1 pm

Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) Atlanta, part of an international society of female leaders in culinary professions, is hosting the 19th annual Afternoon in the Country (AITC) on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 p.m. at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, Georgia. Tickets for both general and VIP admission are now available, and proceeds from the event directly fund scholarships for women in culinary and agriculture, as well as support other food-related philanthropic efforts.

“Afternoon in the Country isn’t just a fun way to enjoy amazing food and beverages, it’s also an opportunity to meet the incredible women making an impact in our community and to help us continue education for females pursuing careers in culinary arts, hospitality and agriculture,” said Angie Mosier, Les Dames d’Escoffier-Atlanta board president.

Dedicated to promoting the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities, the Atlanta Chapter of LDEI has been offering annual scholarships and continuing education grants since 2001. The organization also provides thousands of dollars of funding to local non-profit organizations related to farming, global culinary initiatives, nutrition programs and anti-hunger work. AITC’s ticket sales, raffle and auction items help fund these initiatives.

While supporting these important causes, AITC attendees get to spend an afternoon sampling food and beverages from more than 150 of the region’s top chefs, restaurants, farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries. The afternoon also includes a cake raffle featuring delectable creations from Atlanta’s most talented pastry chefs and a celebrated silent auction offering exciting getaways and food and wine merchandise.

General admission tickets to AITC are $125 per person and include unlimited tastings. For $250, the VIP ticket experience includes special perks such as early admission, valet parking, a gift tote with an array of curated goods, and access to the Georgia Grown VIP Tent and the Foxhall Resort After Party at the glorious Legacy Lookout. Both tiers of tickets are available
for purchase online.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/31/19


Inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival Announces Celebrity Chef and Judge Lineup

Held at The Battery Atlanta, the Georgia Seafood Festival will feature cuisine from Georgia’s Coastal seafood scene, live entertainment and educational exhibitions


VIP tickets available here

The Fresh District announced today the celebrity chef and judge lineup for the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival. The Georgia Seafood Festival will take over The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave SE, on November 9, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and aims to celebrate Georgia’s booming commercial seafood industry. Festival attendees will enjoy cooking demonstrations, drink eclectic seafaring cocktails, and immerse themselves in interactive educational experiences from the Georgia Aquarium, UGA Marine Extension, and Georgia Grown. A variety of fresh, sustainability sourced seafood, with a focus on Wild Georgia Shrimp, will be available for sampling, along with some of Georgia’s most well-known vendors.

Culinary stars from across Georgia will display live cooking demonstrations for attendees including:

  • Chef Pano Karatassos, executive Chef of Atlanta’s acclaimed Kyma restaurant and Corporate Executive Chef of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group;
  • Chef Fred Flu, owner of The Fluniversity and featured on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons;
  • Chef Guy Mitchell, former guest Chef for the White House Chef, former Executive Chef for the Philadelphia Eagles, and creator of The White House Chef Tour;
  • And Chef Chantel Mines, Executive Chef at The Lost Druid Brewery and 2nd place winner of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition.

Additionally, the following Chefs will compete for a coveted slot in the 2020 World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas:

  • Chef Lisa Washington, Good Day Atlanta contributor and Healthy Living Contributor for 104.7 The Fish;
  • Chef Scottie Johnson; personal Chef and owner of Blessed and Highly Favored Cuisine;
  • Chef Marshall Rodgers; Corporate Executive Chef for Goldbergs Corporation and former Executive Chef for Sweet Auburn BBQ;
  • And Chef Joseph Martin, owner of ANGELFIRE7 BBQ and winner of several grilling and smoking awards.

Celebrities and personalities including Brian Jordan, former outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and former safety for the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Cloud, President and CEO of the World Food Championships, Brady Lowe, creator of PeachFest and founder of Taste Network, Cochon555, and Piggy Bank, Linda Carmichael, Founding CEO of FoodTheFire, President Emerita of the Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers’ Society, and Editor-in-Chief of Do.Food.Better, Delano Massey, CEO and Founder of Jacob’s Eye Marketing Agency, Chef Pano Karatassos and Chef Guy Mitchell will serve as judges send one lucky Atlanta Chef to the 2020 World Food Championships.

Chef Jernard Wells, host of New Soul Kitchen on CLEO-TV, will host the Compete Wells
Cooking Competition – the first qualifying event for the 2020 World Cooking Championships. The winner of the competition will receive a coveted ‘Golden Ticket’, guaranteeing them a spot to compete in next year’s Championships and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000. Chefs will compete head-to-head in a timed cooking challenge featuring Georgia seafood and local ingredients. Each chef will prepare a judge’s plate scored on execution, appearance and taste and be given one secret ingredient that must be featured in their dish.

“The Fresh District is excited to announce the participation of some of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and celebrity judges for the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival,” said Delano Massey, festival founder and CEO of the Fresh District. “This festival will give attendees a unique culinary experience that will transport them to Georgia’s coast as they sample some of the freshest seafood our state has to offer.”

The Georgia Seafood Festival is brought to you by the Fresh District and The Battery Atlanta. The Fresh District is a fresh-food movement which promotes fresh, local and sustainable food systems in urban environments and raises up generations of smart, innovative participants in the industry.

General admission to the festival is sold out, however, attendees can purchase tickets that offer a variety of sampling options. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/25/19

Park Tavern at Piedmont Park


Join us on Saturday, November 16th for the next edition of Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival at Park Tavern overlooking the beautiful Piedmont Park!

From 12:00pm – 4:00pm enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer tastings (over 50 varieties), music performances, and fun wine-themed activities.

Tickets Include the below and were $48 at the time of posting:

  • Souvenir Uncorked Atlanta Tasting Glass
  • Complimentary Wine and Craft Beer Tastings (50+ varieties)
  • DJ and Music

Food will be available for purchase. Tickets here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/21/19

Saturday, November 9th at 2 pm

Butcher & Brew Fest 3 will be held in Alpharetta on Saturday, November 9 from 2-6pm. Celebrating the best of craft beer, the third annual event will feature food from Butcher & Brew, live music by Fire & The Knife, games and more. Butcher & Brew Fest 3 will bring together 30 craft breweries from Atlanta and around the world; highlights include Creature Comforts Brewing Co., SweetWater Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Co., Allagash Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing and Wicked Weed Brewing.

General admission tickets can be purchased for $40 here and include entrance to the festival as well as unlimited pours from more than 60 beer choices and entry into a raffle for a Big Green Egg. Plus, a portion of proceeds from Butcher & Brew Fest 3 will be donated to Giving Kitchen. For more information, please see here.