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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/5/24

This February and March, City Winery will host its 2nd year of two month-long initiatives for Black History Month and Women’s History Month, respectively titled “Still I Rise” and “Fierce Light.” Throughout February and March, City Winery will donate a portion of select wine sales to Sounds of Saving, a 501(c)3 music and mental health non-profit that provides awareness, education, resources, and direct paths to treatment—especially for youth and marginalized communities. 

Highlights of “Still I Rise” and “Fierce Light” at City Winery include special performances throughout the months of February through March, 2024. Each month will feature an eclectic mix of musicians and women thought leaders from diverse backgrounds to highlight these strong voices in the music industry. 

As part of this special fundraiser honoring diversity, women, and gender justice, City Winery will produce a custom-labeled wine series adorned with exquisite, newly-acquired artwork. These limited edition wines will be available for purchase online and at performances, and a portion of the proceeds from the wine sales will benefit Sounds of Saving. In addition, City Winery will offer customers an additional opportunity to donate during online checkout. 

Founded in 2018, Sounds of Saving was created as a resource for people who come from households where mental health is not acknowledged. With programs designed to be intersectional and inclusive, the organization harnesses music and storytelling as a bridge to overall mental health and wellness. Initiatives include a suicide and crisis lifeline, a Mental Health Action Day in partnership with MTV, discussions, and live events featuring artists like G Herbo, Nick Hakim, and Meshell Ndegeocello. 

“At City Winery we aim to foster an environment that invites people from all walks of life into our ecosystem and gives everyone a chance to proverbially be on-stage,” said Michael Dorf, CEO of City Winery. “We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize diverse voices that empower and inspire during Black History Month and Women’s History Month.”

DEI (Diversity Equity Inclusion) is at the forefront of thought processes at City Winery, and the company is constantly seeking to promote diversity, equality, inclusion, and a sense of belonging in the workplace. This commitment to inclusivity and diversity initiatives remains critical, from weaving D&I into new employee orientations and cultural training sessions, celebrating and recognizing diverse events such as Black History Month, International Women’s Day, and Pride, and through consciously building 

equity into hiring systems and practices.

Throughout February and March, guests can support Sounds of Saving by purchasing limited edition “Still I Rise” and “Fierce Light” wine online and at shows at City Winery’s various locations in New YorkAtlantaChicagoPhiladelphiaBostonNashvilleHudson ValleySt. Louis, and Pittsburgh. City Winery is a 300+ seated room that prides itself in providing an amazing listening experience in an intimate setting and dining experience from their locally-sourced menu paired with curated wine made on-site.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/2/20

Celebration of Culinary Artisan Events features African-American Chefs and Wineries

City Winery celebrates the achievements of the African-American community this February for Black History Month with food and beverage events curated by Beverage Director James Brim. Brim himself is a trailblazer in a growing number of African-American sommeliers and beverage directors in Atlanta.

City Winery’s Celebration of Culinary Artisans ft. Edna Lewis’ “The Taste of Country Cooking” on Saturday, February 15th celebrates the life and achievements of the late Edna Lewis. Edna Lewis was an African-American author and chef, renowned for her traditional Southern cooking that emphasized fresh and locally grown foods. Towards the end of her career, Lewis relocated to Decatur, GA, where she spent the rest of her days. The South’s answer to Julia Child, Edna Lewis has inspired an entire generation of African-American chefs. Her life and impact will be celebrated at City Winery for Black History Month. Chef Vawanda Richardson will prepare an interpretation of the fresh taste of early spring, served family style and paired with wines from African-American producers.
7 p.m. start, 9 p.m. end. Tickets $75 plus applicable fees.

On Saturday, February 29th, City Winery hosts a Celebration of Culinary Artisans: Vertamae Smart Grosvenor “Vibration Cooking, or Tales of a Geechee Girl”. Vertamae Smart Grosvenor was a world-renowned author, performer, and chef. Born in South Carolina in 1937, Vertamae was strongly influenced by her Gullah Geechee community. Having befriended some of the most influential artists, writers, actors, and musicians of the twentieth century, Vertamae held a treasure trove of stories about her experiences  with people like novelist and poet Maya Angelou, and jazz musician Hugh Masekala. The dinner will be with wines from African-American producers paired with the dinner.
7 p.m. start, 10 p.m. end. Tickets $75 plus applicable fees.

Tickets are available online at citywinery.com/atlanta or by calling 404-946-3791.