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FOOD THAT ROCKS 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/8/22

Food That Rocks Returns August 19-20 to Celebrate Local Restaurants at City
Green in City Springs, Presented by Taste of Atlanta
Popular event includes bites and bevs, chef demos, and live music creating unique tasting experiences with local flavor

Food That Rocks, a tasting event celebrating the diverse and vibrant restaurant scene in Sandy Springs, celebrates its seventh year. Food That Rocks returns on August 19-20 with food, wine, beer and cocktails from more than 20 local participating restaurants. Food That Rocks is hosting three sessions for guests 21-and-up to taste and sip from top-rated Sandy Springs restaurants. Food That Rocks includes chef cooking demonstrations during the day and live music at night for entertainment.


FOOD THAT ROCKS SESSION DATES AND TIMES
SESSION ONE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 7-10 PM
SESSION TWO SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 12-3 PM
SESSION THREE SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 7-10 PM


Tickets for Food That Rocks are all-inclusive, providing unlimited bites and beverages. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 18, 2022, at https://foodthatrocks.org/. Tickets are $85 per
person per session. Tickets are $100 per person when purchased at the event. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Ticket sales at the gate are subject to availability.

“Food That Rocks in Sandy Springs was created to bring together community and entertainment for a cause. For our seventh year, we are reimagining this tasting event with multiple sessions over two days. Food That Rocks is providing three smaller, intimate tastings to expand options for our guests and restaurants. We believe our seventh year hosting Food That Rocks will have a great turnout. This year we are offering multiple sessions with unlimited bites, beverages and entertainment for our guests,” said Dale DeSena, the event creator and founder of Taste of Atlanta.

Foodies and drink enthusiasts are invited to taste and sip all Sandy Springs dining offers. The outdoor event will be held in City Springs located at 1 Galambos Way in Sandy Springs. Food
That Rocks is a rain or shine event. No refunds. No exchanges.

FOOD THAT ROCKS HIGHLIGHTS
• Three, three-hour-long sessions over two days
• An all-inclusive ticket to taste and sip from top-rated Sandy Springs
restaurants
• Signature bites from Sandy Springs’ top chefs and cooks
• Refreshing beer, wine and cocktails to satisfy your thirst
• Watch local chefs cook and serve your favorite bites at cooking demos during the day and
rock on to live music at night
• Support your community and learn more about getting involved in the restaurant
industry with Culinary Job Bank


PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
• Battle & Brew
• Breadwinner Café and Bakery
• Buttermilk Sky Pie
• Casi Cielo
• Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café
• City Bar
• City BBQ
• Clean Juice
• Colonial Kitchen & Bar
• Flower Child
• Flying Biscuit
• The General Muir
• Hearth Pizza Tavern
• Henri’s
• il Giallo
• Kid Cashew
• La Parrilla
• McDaniel’s QN2
• Nam Kitchen
• Nothing Bundt Cakes
• Nowak’s
• Southern Bistro
• The Select
• Thos. O’Reilly’s Public House
• Three Sisters
• Tre Vele
• Tupelo Honey
• Under the Cork Tree
*Check Food That Rocks’ website often for additional restaurants.


Each restaurant is bringing a “taste” of its delicious foods prepared by top Sandy Springs chefs. Every session will allow eventgoers to vote for the “Best Taste” award and deem that
Chef’s bite as the greatest. Attendees will get a taste of many musical genres from GlowBand and The Geek Squad Band’s performances showcasing the 60s, Motown, Jazz, Hip Hop and
even today’s Top 40 hits.

“Food is a powerful tool in creating strong cities. It brings people together, and a thriving hospitality industry contributes to the overall economic health of a community. Food That Rocks has added significantly to our efforts to elevate our dining scene while creating an entertaining event fun for the community,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.


In partnership with Visit Sandy Springs and the City of Sandy Springs, Food That Rocks is for 21-and-up only and is presented by Taste of Atlanta. You must have a photo ID to enter. Food
That Rocks is also sponsored by Your Atlanta Area BMW Centers and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.


Rideshare is preferred. Drop off and pick up are located at Johnson Ferry Road and Blue Stone Road. Parking is limited. If available, deck parking is $10. Please be safe. Do not drink and
drive. For more information, visit www.FoodThatRocks.org. Pets, chairs, umbrellas, outside food or beverages, coolers, drugs, weapons, fireworks, and glass are prohibited.

PEACHFEST RETURNS TO PEACHTREE CENTER JULY 26TH

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/11/22

Festival organizers announce chefs and sponsors ahead of the all-inclusive event on July 26

Summer in Georgia signals the start of peach season and this year, Atlanta’s popular PeachFest returns to Peachtree Center after a pandemic pause. From 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, Peachtree Center will open The Plaza to Atlanta’s best food artisans, pastry chefs and barkeeps for the fifth annual peach-filled extravaganza for an all-inclusive guest experience.

During Peachfest, guests will be able to enjoy peach-centric dishes, beer, wine, peach-infused cocktails and more curated by leading influencers in Atlanta’s food and beverage industry. Offerings include chef-prepared dishes studded with the state’s signature fruit, the Georgia peach; crushable, peach-infused cocktails made with premium spirits; endless beers, including an exclusive peach beer from Wrecking Bar Brewpub, and the Vinoteca Wine Lounge featuring Ribera del Duero and Rueda, Spain’s most prestigious regions for red and white wines.

“As Downtown Atlanta’s cultural hub, we’re thrilled to welcome back PeachFest to Peachtree Center,” said Leslie Bland, Director of Marketing at Peachtree Center. “In celebration of the Georgia Peach, PeachFest will allow guests the opportunity to enjoy an intimate, first-hand experience with the city’s top chefs and mixologists in support of our long-term partner, Pearson Farms. We’re the perfect location to host this one-of-a-kind event and look forward to enjoying flavorful peach dishes and drinks alongside our community.”

This year’s culinary lineup will feature Atlanta’s best chefs and beverage artisans who are dedicated to supporting local farmers, including Stevenson Rosslow & Mikey Staniewicz of Wrecking Bar Brewpub, John Short of Pearson Farm, Drew Van Leuvan of Farm Burger, Jon Jackson of Comfort Farms, Nolan Wynn of Banshee, Casey Burchfield of The Burch, Tyler Edwards of Elsewhere Brewing, Davis King of Betterstaff Brewing, Jason Waters of Georgia Routes, Karl Gorline of The Woodall Westside, Natahsa Horton of Blended Family Spirits, and Grant Wallace of Our Apothecary, to name a few.

Event tickets can be purchased at www.peachfest.org. Each ticket includes entry into the event, food and beverages. With an extraordinary list of participating chefs and sponsors, the festival will also raise funds for Piggy Bank, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve and protect endangered breeds of heritage pigs and support family farmers by creating and sharing business plans that can help form sustainable processes. In times of need, Piggy Bank provides relief to heritage breed pig farmers struck by eco-disaster in an effort to avoid failure.

“PeachFest is a community event designed to build awareness and education around livestock and produce grown in Georgia including peaches and tasty heritage breed pigs raised by family farmers,” said Brady Lowe, volunteer director of Piggy Bank.

ATLANTA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR 2022 WITH NEW PROGRAMMING

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/7/22

Tasting tents return alongside brand new events and programming – Sliced & Cluck’d – celebrating Southern culinary talent and traditions

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) returns for its 11th year from Thursday, September 15, through Sunday, September 18, with various programming throughout Atlanta and tickets will officially go on sale to the public Thursday, June 23 – with a limited amount of tickets available with early bird pricing through Thursday, June 30. A celebration of Southern culinary culture, attendees can prepare to revel in creations from an array of the finest chefs the South has to offer – from Texas through Georgia, and all the way to D.C. – with proceeds benefiting Children of Conservation’s school lunch program, providing nutrient-dense meals for children in Africa.

From June 23 to June 30 (or until allotments sell out), early bird tickets for the signature tasting tents start at $85 for general admission per day – including unlimited food, wine & cocktails, alongside live chef demos presented by Publix & interactive experiences – and $125 for VIP, which offers priority access to the tents. After June 30, prices will increase to $99 for general admission and $150 for VIP. Tickets for a curated selection of intimate brunches, dinners, master classes and personalized chef experiences & collaborations will be available “a-la-carte,” including those for two new signature events, coming to Midtown’s latest events destination, Guardian Works:

Sliced: AF&WF’s Party by The Slice – Thursday, September 15, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Sweet, savory & everything in between, because we all know the filling is the best part – introducing Sliced: the first-ever party by the slice at AF&WF! Enjoy nearly every creation served by the slice you can think of – from pizza, pie and quiche to brisket, bread and good ole chicken pot pie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy by the slice. Tickets include unlimited bites, sips & entertainment for $110 through June 30, increasing to $125 on July 1.

Cluck’d: A Chicken & Cocktail Soirée – Friday, September 16, from 7 to 10 p.m.

You can’t have a Southern food festival without the star of the show – chicken! Whether served roasted, battered, baked, barbecued, grilled, sautéed, braised or fried, prepare to indulge in a variety of the South’s best birds by 15 of the top chefs of the South paired with signature Southern cocktails. Dig into some classic yet out-of-the-box poultry dishes from some of the best chefs east of the Mason Dixon. Tickets include unlimited dishes, sips & entertainment for $110 through June 30, increasing to $125 on July 1.

Additional featured restaurant and chef collaborations – honoring both our local culinary scene and the region’s – will be announced this summer. To stay up-to-date on the latest and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com and follow along at @atlfoodandwine.

TASTE AROUND TOWN ALPHARETTA 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/8/22

Presented by Taste of Atlanta

Friday, July 22 – Saturday, July 23

Taste Around Town celebrates the best the city of Alpharetta’s top-rated chefs have to offer; a rich local food culture, wine, beer, cocktail tastes, interactive cooking demonstrations, live music, and more! An all-inclusive ticket provides participants 21+ with unlimited bites, bottomless beverages, and fabulous live music. Taste Around Town is presented by Taste of Atlanta in partnership with the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. For additional information and to get tickets, visit www.Alpharetta.TasteofAtlanta.com.

Taste Around Town Alpharetta has 3 sessions over 2 days!

Friday 7-10pm

Saturday Noon-3pm & 7-10pm

Participating restaurants include BocadoCattle Shed Wine & Steak BarMiller’s Ale HouseKona Grill2B Whole Gluten-Free BakeryCarrie’s ConservatoryCity EatsIppolito’s, Lazy Dog, Loyal Q & BrewMilton’s Cuisine & CocktailsNahm Fine Thai CuisineNothing Bundt CakeOcean & AcrePopbarSankrantiSecretoShake ShackSouthern Baked PieSouth Main KitchenTaco MacUp on the RoofYumbii.

SECOND ANNUAL SERVICEBERRY FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/26/22

Ticketed Event to Raise Funds for School Fruit Orchard

Thursday, June 2nd

Esat Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Urban fruit grower Fruit Forward Orchards and holistic wellness counseling service Real Connections will be hosting the Second Annual Serviceberry Festival in Atlanta on Thursday, June 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The ticketed event will take place in conjunction with the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, at 572 Stokeswood Avenue SE in Atlanta.

“The festival celebrates all things serviceberry, also known in Georgia as juneberries,” said festival co-founder Robby Astrove, a dedicated forager who is also manager of the Davidson- Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in east DeKalb County. “Attendees can enjoy these native wild berries in any number of tasty ways, from serviceberry jam to serviceberry popsicles to
serviceberry cocktails.”

Six local chefs and three mixologists will create serviceberry-themed menu items at the event, Nand attendees can also try wellness products and services using the fruit, including serviceberry facials and hand massages. World beats will be provided by DJ Santiago during the festival. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their shopping baskets to visit the East Atlanta Farmers Market, which is adjacent to the festival.

Serviceberry Festival general admission tickets are $35 a person, and can be purchased in advance or onsite at the event. Entry fee includes ten tokens which can be used for food,
beverage and wellness services. Limited edition VIP tickets are available for purchase at the event; these tickets include all the benefits of the regular tickets but also include entry into the special “Juneberry Lounge,” with service by a dedicated bartender and exclusive GOAP serviceberry popsicles and picnic-style lounge seating.

The Second Annual Serviceberry Festival is sponsored by The Rounds and SoulShine Schools. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the creation of a serviceberry orchard at an Atlanta public school, to be planted in fall 2022 with free access to the general public. For more information, visit the event website.

MIDNIGHT MARKET ATLANTA 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/26/22

21+ Food Festival– Midnight Market to Pop-Up in Atlanta June 2022
June 10-11 5pm-11:59pm
Atlantic Station– Pinnacle Lot

Tickets here.

Midnight Market is an All Night Happy Hour for Foodies who love to eat, drink, & dance! Originally from NYC, the 21+ food fest will be popping up at Atlantic Station for two nights- June 10 & June 11. Atlanta is the first stop of their national tour of experiential 21 and over food festivals. Midnight Market brings together the fun of a night out with the deliciousness of a food festival. It is more than just a typical street fair, it’s a foodie nightlife event complete with DJ entertainment, activities, and a cocktail bar. In celebration of the Atlanta debut there will also be a roller skating rink on-site along with a pop-up artisan market experience.

Guests will be able to buy foods from local favorite vendors such as Adobo (Filipino American Cooking), NYC’s favorite vendor, Mozzarepas (Colombian sweet arepas), the Tillamook Ice Cream Truck, and so many more! There will also be pop-up bars provided by Alcohol Heroes where guests can enjoy delicious cocktails while they taste the world. The food vendors create a smaller portion of their regular menu items so guests can try a little bit of everything while the bar serves some menu items at happy hour pricing. Since 2016 the motto of Midnight
Market has always been “Small Bites for a Small Price,” and the founders feel strongly that this theme should continue especially while we come out of the pandemic.

“The theme of Midnight Market has always been to be fun, affordable and a great way for local businesses to thrive in their community. We started Midnight Market six years ago with the goal of uplifting vendors by providing a marketing platform that will allow them to interact with the locals. Now that we are slowly coming out of the pandemic, we knew that it was the most important time to bring events to major cities to unite communities with music, food, shopping and and a relaxed vibe.” – Perla Nieves, Co-Founder of
Midnight Market.

The Midnight Market team carefully curates a new vendor list for every event, keeping local favorites, while rotating in new and creative foodie concepts.

Highlights of the event:
● 21 and older only foodie fest!
● Taste the world! Purchase food from 20
local international food vendors and
food trucks
● Outdoor venue
● Vendors are creating small plate menus
for $7 or less

● Each vendor has one $5 option
● Free Roller Skating & Skate Rentals
● Live DJs and Dancing all night
● Free Games & Activities
● Artisan and Makers Market
● Multiple bars on site

General Admission and VIP Tickets are available. TWO sessions each evening. Early session & Late
Session
FIRST Session: (5PM-8PM)
SECOND Session: (9PM-11:55PM)
GA Tickets Include- Entry to the event, access to roller skating rink, games area, live DJs
VIP Tickets Include- Entry to the event, access to roller skating rink, games area, live DJs, expedited
event entry through dedicated VIP Line, exclusive access to VIP Tented Lounge, VIP Lounge Seating
(first come first serve), one complimentary beer or wine, exclusive access to VIP only bar with special
menu ( drinks not included), VIP portable restroom & handwashing, and cooling fans.

▣ BOTH DAYS!!!▣
● Thicc Burger
● SpottieOttie Chicken
● GOAP (Greatest Of All Pops)
● Xing Fu Tang
● Mozzarepas NYC
● Bite Of Korea
● Pho Cue
● Chicas Birrias Food Truck
▣JUNE 10th ONLY▣
● Adobo ATL
● Tres Jardines Food Truck
● Encanto Sweets Bakeshop
● Tillamook Ice Cream Truck
● Pat’s Poutine
● Popbar Alpharetta

▣JUNE 11th ONLY▣
● The Cereal Lab
● Aunt Betty’s Halal Soul Food
● Las Alitas
Artisan & Makers List:
June 10th and 11th ONLY-
● Wilkins Visual Arts
June 10th Only-
● Therapy the Healing Soap & Candle Co
● Glam By GiGi LLC
June 11th Only-
● Maricolle
● Jhivan Co. Candles
● LORRAY + CO®

CREOLE FOOD FESTIVAL ATLANTA 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/20/22

Saturday, July 9th

2pm at Best End Brewing

What is CREOLE CUISINE? CREOLE CUISINE is a style of cooking which blends French, Spanish, West & North African, Amerindian, Haitian and Portuguese.

ATLANTA CREOLE FOOD FESTIVAL will continue the tradition of showcasing the best Creole chefs, cuisines and beverages from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. Look to see and discover participating tourism boards, rising star chefs, beverage connoisseurs, bartenders providing signature NYCCFF drinks, sample dishes, cooking demos, and much more!

The Creole Food Festival was created because we wanted to create a platform for black and brown chefs to showcase their creativity and talent. In addition, in a world where people sometimes focus on what divides, we wanted to create a festival that brings people together through food, culture, and music.

INVITED REGION & COUNTRIES

AFRICA

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Cape Verde
  • Gabon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Madagascar
  • Maroco
  • Mali
  • Namibia
  • Tunisia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles

USA/NORTH AMERICA

  • Charleston/North Carolina
  • Coastal Carolina
  • Georgia
  • New Orleans
  • South Carolina
  • Montreal

CARIBBEAN

  • Antigua
  • Cuba Curacao
  • French Guyana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Martin

EUROPE

  • Belgium
  • -Portugal

SOUTH AMERICA/ASIA/CENTRAL AMERICA

  • Brazil
  • Venezuela
  • Colombia
  • Macau
  • Belize

YOUR TICKET GETS YOU:

  • 2 tasting tickets
  • Access to other creole dishes for sale
  • 1 sponsored drink ticket
  • Live Music
  • Acess to cash bar
  • 1 hour Sponsor Open Bar
  • 5 tasting tickets (VIP)
  • 1 hour of pre-tasting before General Admission (VIP)
  • Live beats from our djs spinning creole, latin and african hits

Sessions:

  • Session 1 (VIP): 2pm – 7pm
  • Session 1 (GA): 3pm – 7pm

Tickets:

  • Pre-Sale: $35
  • Pre-Sale VIP: $65
  • Early Bird: $45
  • Early Bird VIP: 85
  • Standard: $55
  • Standard VIP: $95

THE VILLAGE TO HOST FIRST DUNWOODY GREEN EGGS AND KEGS FESTIVAL 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/27/22

A Community Gathering in Support of the

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Saturday, April 23rd

On Saturday, April 23, The Village at 5521 Chamblee Dunwoody Road will present Green Eggs & Kegs 2022, showcasing local hospitality owners, live music, beer, and spirits, as well as street performers. This ticketed event will be hosted throughout the Dunwoody Village courtyard and parking lot in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Green Eggs & Kegs is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with VIP ticket holders gaining exclusive entry at noon, an event t-shirt, and private restrooms. With multiple breweries and distilleries, two bands, and more than twenty restaurants including Bar{n}NFA BurgerBreadwinner Cafe and Bakery, and Chupito’s Azteca Grille, cooking on donated Big Green Eggs, there will be fun for guests of all ages to eat, drink, and enjoy.

Sponsors that will help make what will become an annual event possible include Big Green Egg, United Distributors, and more to come. Other sponsors, performers and vendors will be announced prior to the event launch.

“Our first festival is about bringing the community together to support local, small business owners and enjoying food, and fun right in our own backyard” This is the first of many festivals for The Village,” said David Abes, owner of Dash Hospitality Group and the newly opened Bar{n}.

ABOUT THE VILLAGE DUNWOODY

The Village Dunwoody has quickly been established as the “center of gravity” for its city residents. It is the place for friends, neighbors, and family to gather, indoors and out. Where people can eat and drink and experience what their community has to offer. Creating this community gathering spot is the team’s mission. By 2023, our team will create five diverse yet intertwined experiences that will offer provide high-quality food and a sense of community in the heart of Dunwoody. Visit The Village Dunwoody to stay updated. Follow us @thevillagedunwoody

ABOUT JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION 

JDRF’s mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since its inception. Built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, the JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. JDRF staff and volunteers throughout the United States and six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and their vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit JDRF or follow on Twitter @JDRF

ATLANTA BRUNCH FESTIVAL 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/20/22

Atlanta Brunch Festival
Atlantic Station
Saturday, March 5, 2022 – 12pm-4pm, Early Entry 11am
Celebrating brunch with brunch bites from great Atlanta restaurants, mimosas, bloody marys, Brunch Punch, beer, and wine. Live Music with Davis and the Love and DJ Qtip.
Tickets:
Bottomless Drinks Tickets (includes all drinks 12pm-3:45pm, Food costs extra)
$45 Advance, $50 after Feb. 25, $60 day of event
Early Entry Tickets (includes unlimited drinks, early entry at 11am, 4 food tickets for any restaurant tent)
$65 advance, $70 after Feb. 25, $80 day of event
Get more information and tickets here.

GATHER ROUND ATLANTA 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/28/21

Thursday, October 14 to Sunday, October 17

Epicurean Hotel and all over Atlanta

Gather ‘round, a celebration of Southern food, drink, music and art is launching ticket sales on Friday, July 16 for its inaugural weekend in Midtown Atlanta, October 14 – 17th, 2021. Curated and produced by Southern Culinary & Creative, the four-day festival brings together the best of the region with 60+ talent, offering guests a chance to meet and eat with the South’s most prestigious chefs, beverage experts, artists, makers and entertainers.

“With a dedication to supporting the community and giving back to the people and places who nourish us, Gather ‘round is proud to champion the Atlanta-based hospitality organization Giving Kitchen as a beneficiary of the event and a primary nonprofit partner of Epicurean Atlanta. We wanted to curate an experience that encapsulates the full spectrum of culinary and creative interests in the community, and we’re working closely with some of the South’s top chefs, beverage experts and artists to bring this delicious adventure to life,” says Southern Culinary & Creative Partner Elizabeth Feichter. “We look forward to welcoming culinary enthusiasts for years to come, as Gather ‘round flourishes into an annual event cherished by the community.”

The soon-to-open Epicurean Atlanta, as the Presenting Sponsor, will play host to Gather ‘round. With a laser focus on delivering an authentic culinary experience to every guest, Epicurean Atlanta is the perfect venue for this celebration with its state-of-the-art Epicurean Theatre, 178-guest rooms and suites, and 1-acre rooftop events lawn. Epicurean Atlanta and its executive chef Ewart Wardhaugh are thrilled to collaborate with talent from its sister properties for the weekend including the team from Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, FL with chefs Habteab Hamde, Carlise Lopez, and Hannah Thomas and Wine Director Eric Renaud, as well as chefs Adam Hyatt (Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar, Epicurean Hotel, Tampa, FL), Chad Johnson and beverage manager Chris Belk (Haven, Tampa, FL).

Award-winning talent that call the region home will be featured throughout the weekend’s lineup including Ferrell Alvarez (Rooster & the Till, Nebraska Mini Mart, Gallito Taqueria, Tampa, FL), Brittanny Anderson (Brenner Pass, Metzger Bar And Butchery, Black Lodge, Leni, Richmond, VA), Cory Bahr (Parish, Monroe, LA), Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar, Houston, TX), Gerald Sombright (Knife & Spoon, Orlando, FL), Shuai Wang (Jackrabbit Filly, North Charleston, SC), and more.  In addition, Atlanta’s very own Justin & Jonathan Fox (Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q), Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Miles Macquarrie (Watchman’s, Kimball House), Claudia Martinez (Miller Union), Craig Richards (Lyla Lila), and Maricela Vega (Chicomecoatl) among many other local favorites will guarantee Gather ‘round will delight and inspire guests throughout the weekend’s events.

SIGNATURE EVENTS

Gather ‘round will feature four signature events held throughout the weekend inviting guests to break bread as Southern makers, artisans and creators of deliciousness bring their craft to life.  Each of the four signature events will be fully immersive, as the space, culinary offerings and details are woven thoughtfully together to tell stories of the South and deliver guests epicurean discoveries by the forkful. On Thursday evening, Awaken Your Senses will delight the palate with unforgettable dishes and beverage pairings to awaken the Epicurean adventure ahead.  On Friday, Tomorrow’s Table will offer modern takes on both Southern cuisine and craft, featuring rising and well-known talent from around the region with beautifully presented dishes, libations, paired wines, and engaging artistic performances and installations curated by the Hambidge Creative Arts Center. Sip will spotlight the bond between music and drinks, complete with the perfect bite to pair, celebrating classic Southern cocktails and curated Soundtracks playing to the musical culture of the South as guests enjoy a tasty Saturday night. To close out the weekend, Punch Brunch will toast to Sundays in the South with the ever-beloved and large-format concept of the Southern punch.  Combined with savory and sweet comfort food for this seated brunch service, we will top off this indulgent morning with a soulful Southern musical performance and delicious pastry bites featuring chefs from around the region while enjoying beautiful views from the Sky Terrace event lawn at the Epicurean.

EPICUREAN THEATRE MASTER CLASSES

Presented by The Local Palate, this entertaining, educational kick-off series of five interactive, deeply immersive seminars will take place throughout the weekend, acting as a forum for open discussion on a wide range of topics. Learn the latest in sustainability from two Gulf-seasoned chefs, explore the iconic dishes of Buford Highway, or taste the nuances of natural wine with these latest topics and trends in food media. Guests are sure to leave inspired and satiated with each delectable discovery.

TAKE COVER: A COLLABORATIVE DINNER SERIES

In this collaborative dinner series, award-winning guest talent from around the South will gather in Atlanta’s top restaurants to create unexpected collaborative menus, featuring dishes inspired by multiple cuisines and visiting talent’s culinary personas.  Each multi-course meal, complete with beverage pairings, promises a culinary cover guests won’t want to miss.  Among the experiences, get ready to join the Fox Bros. as they work alongside visiting chefs Ming Pu and Shuai Wang to interpret Asian flavors into Southern smoked favorites or partake in a music-to-your-mouth journey of European flavors during Craig Richards collaboration with Chrysta Poulos and recent Top Chef participant, Brittanny Anderson.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by visiting GatherRoundATL.com. Gather ‘round weekend rates are also available at Epicurean Atlanta and can be reserved here. For a full list of Gather ‘round talent, please follow the link here.

The well-being of patrons, sponsors, team members and talent is the event’s top priority. In preparation for Gather ‘round, the team will continue to closely monitor health and safety updates and recommendations from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health as related to the pandemic and any other potential health risks to stay aware of. The team will evolve and adapt as needed to ensure the health and safety for all involved and will ensure the set up and guest and talent experience for the event is maintained at the highest standards.