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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/10/24

July 28 3-6pm

Westside Motor Lounge

Georgia Organics’ longstanding fundraiser, the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, is back! Join a lively crowd of over 1,000 of Atlanta’s most passionate local food enthusiasts on July 28 from 3-6 PM at Westside Motor Lounge as Georgia Organics dives headfirst into the 13th year of its epic tomato-tasting showdown. 

This iconic tasting festival features a carefully curated lineup of some of the Southeast’s most formidable chefs and bartenders showcasing their culinary prowess with dishes and cocktails crafted from tomatoes grown by Georgia farmers. Previous participating chefs include luminaries like Terry Koval (The Deer & The Dove, B-Side), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union), Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours), Hector Santiago (El Super Pan), and Ford Fry (Rocket Farm Restaurants). 

Attendees will traverse the festival grounds sampling dishes and cocktails, all while being entertained by live performances, including Djs, puppets, and roving musicians, A lively auction will feature coveted items – dinners, excursions, and more – curated for the food and farm lover. The event will culminate in a delightfully campy ceremony crowning the Tomato Champion of 2024. 

Among the culinary participants are chefs and bartenders from Georgia Organics’ Farmer Champion network – a growing roster of culinary professionals across sectors recognized for their dedication to purchasing from local and organic farmers. Launched in 2019, the Farmer Champion program supports professionals dedicated to sourcing locally and organically, thereby nurturing Georgia’s diverse patchwork of small farms. 

Natasha Paracha, Georgia Organics’ Director of Events states, “Through the celebration of local farmers and culinary artisans at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, we’re not just savoring delicious dishes, we’re cultivating a deeper connection to our community, supporting local regenerative agriculture, and nourishing the roots of Georgia’s rich culinary landscape.” 

Since 2008, this event has been Georgia Organics’ primary fundraiser, powering its mission to invest in organic farmers for the health of our communities and the land. True to this mission, all tomatoes at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival are purchased from local farms who are recognized and honored at the event.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 12 PM on Monday, April 15. General admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets are $250 and include early festival entry, access to the exclusive VIP Lounge, specialty beverages, and a collectors’ “swag bag” upon entry. As in years past, tickets and sponsorships will sell out fast! For more information about tickets, sponsorships, and participating chefs and bartenders, visit: bit.ly/aktf2024

Follow the festival on Instagram @attackofthekillertomatofest or sign up for Georgia Organics’ e-newsletter The Dirt at bit.ly/thedirtnewsletter if you dare to keep up with AKTF news and more…  Because in the world of Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, the only thing scarier than a killer tomato is missing out on the hottest food event of the year! 

We all know these tomatoes don’t stand a chance. However, the burning question remains: which of our culinary heroes will emerge the crowned and caped 2024 Tomato Champion? 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/5/23

The Ultimate Eatertainment Experience Takes Over the Epicurean Hotel Atlanta

Thursday, October 19 at The Epicurean Hotel

Tickets to Taste of Atlanta’s final event of the year, Grand Tasting Midtown, can be purchased at Midtown.TasteofAtlanta.com.

Mark your calendars and get ready to sip, savor, mix and mingle your way through Atlanta’s culinary diverse and impressively-unique food scene at Taste of Atlanta’s premiere food & beverage tasting experience–Grand Tasting Midtown on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Epicurean Hotel Atlanta (1117 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309). The Grand Tasting will entice foodies from all around Atlanta to experience the vast gastronomic offerings showcasing Midtown Atlanta’s finest restaurants, chefs, and bakeries. For one night only, the Grand Tasting will have all you can eat and drink from 6-10 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and from 7-10 p.m. admission for General Admission ticket buyers. For foodies
21+ the ticket provides an unbeatable array of the area’s best restaurants presenting delicious tastes along with beer, wine, and cocktail tastings to pair.

Tickets for Grand Tasting Midtown are all-inclusive, providing an all-access pass to unlimited food and drink tastings. General Admission and VIP Tickets can be purchased at Midtown.TasteofAtlanta.com or Here. VIP ticket holders get early access to the event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., special cooking demos and cocktail tasting classes and VIP goody bag (one per
household) and are $125 per ticket. General admission is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are $95 per person. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended as tickets typically sell out prior to the event. Group ticket packages are also available at an exclusive special rate, contact Tickets@TasteofAtlanta.com to inquire.

 Unlimited bites from Atlanta’s best restaurants
 Discover new restaurants and revisit neighborhood favorites
 Sample dozens of innovative cocktails, wines, and beers
 Special Cooking demo and cocktail tasting classes
 Meet top chefs up close and personal
 Immersive entertainment including live music by The Geek Squad, a caricature artist, and electric violinist
 Vote for the “best taste, “best beverage” and “best dessert” of the evening
 Giveback to Atlanta-area nonprofit partners

VIP TICKET: $125.00 (plus tax and fees)
 Early VIP Entry 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
 Exclusive Swag Bag (limit one per household)
 Limited VIP Tickets Available
 Special Cooking demo and cocktail tasting classes

GENERAL ADMISSION: $95.00 (plus tax & fees)
 Entry 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
 Enjoy unlimited bites from Midtown’s best restaurants and chefs
 Meet the chefs up close and personal
 Unlimited wine, beer & cocktail tastings
 Live music and special entertainment

Event goers will eat their music-loving hearts out with live tunes from an electric violinist and popular Atlanta band, The Geek Squad, a lively, energetic, get-up-and-dance band, performing all the best Motown, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and Top 40 Hits. In addition to musical talent, Grand Tasting Midtown features one jam-packed evening of other captivating entertainment including live culinary demonstrations by some of Midtown’s rockstar chefs and mixologists, a caricature
artist, a 360-photo booth, and more!

 Alici Oyster Bar
 Aveline
 BK Lobster
 Botica
 Farm Burger
 Hartley
 Johnny’s Chicken and Waffles
 LaRayia’s Bodega
 LowCountry Steak
 Lure
 Mukja Koren Fried Chicken
 New Realm Brewing Company
 Nine Mile Station
 Nowak’s Restaurant
 Poke Burri
 Ponko Chicken
 Pretty Little Tacos
 Reverence at Epicurean Hotel
 Smoq’n Hot Grill
 Sukoshi
 Sweet Cheats Bakery & Coffee Shop
 Tandoori Pizza and Wing Co.
 Tiny Lou’s
 Umbrella Bar
 Yay! Beignet & Bistro


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/5/23

Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26

Atlanta’s Original Oysterfest Returns to Midtown for Two Days of Live Music, Cold Brews, Fresh Seafood and More Tickets Now Available; Benefiting Atlanta Leadership Club and Shells to Shore

Get ready for a shucking good time as the original Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest returns to Midtown Atlanta for its 35th year on Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. Produced by Rival Entertainment, seafood lovers can indulge in heaping buckets of roasted oysters, chargrilled oysters on the half-shell with garlic and butter, Steamhouse’s legendary lobster bisque, fried oyster po’boys, ice-cold beer, cocktails, and much more.

Located just two blocks from the Steamhouse Lounge’s iconic beach house on the corner of 11th and West Peachtree, Atlanta’s original Oysterfest will showcase musical talent from across the country in perfect tune with the vibe and soul of Atlanta’s favorite street party. Featured artists include, Saturday: Magnolia ExpressMoontowerCoHostThem Dirty Roses, and Funk You. Sunday gets started with Francisco VidalKind Hearted StrangersSam Burchfield & the Scoundrels, and Frankly Scarlet (A Tribute to the Grateful Dead).

Weekend tickets to the 35th annual Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest are on sale now for $25, plus fees, and include two days of sun-soaking, live music, and fresh seafood from the Louisiana Gulf Coast. For revelers who can’t make it on Saturday, single-day tickets are available for Sunday at $15, plus fees. Advance tickets allow for express entry lanes and are available at www.steamhouselounge.com. The event is for ages 21 and up. Festival goers under 21 are permitted when accompanied by an adult. Oysterfest is cashless, and all transactions at the gates, bars, and restaurants will only accept credit or debit cards. Oysterfest encourages its patrons to be responsible and take MARTA to the 10th Street Midtown Station for maximum fun.

The 35th Annual Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest benefits the Atlanta Leadership Club, which empowers strong leaders from underserved Atlanta communities, and Shells to Shore, an Athens-based oyster shell recycling project.

$25 for Satruday and Sunday

$10 for Sunday-Only

Tickets are available at www.steamhouselounge.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/12/22


Taste the Soul of the South at the Second Annual Festival, Created to Celebrate
Southern Food, Drink, Music, and Art


 It’s time to eat, drink and dance your way through Atlanta’s top culinary and drink offerings. Gather ‘round, the food, drink, music, and art festival that debuted last fall, is returning for its second year this September, from Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2. The four-day festival will be held in Atlanta’s west side at select locations of Lincoln Property Company’s Echo Street West including Westside Motor Lounge, Guardian Works and Guardian Studios, with each day packed with food, drink and culture, and proceeds benefiting organizations Speed Rack and Giving Kitchen.

Founded by Southern Culinary & Creative, Gather ‘round is a 4-day event full of intimate and collaborative food, drink, music, and art experiences. With music having a high seat at the table this year, guests are invited to gather and experience some of the South’s top culinary talent, along with artisans and creators of all kinds, through taste and sound. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Speed Rack, a bartending competition aimed at empowering women in the bar industry, with funds raised being given to Giving Kitchen, the non-profit partner that provides emergency assistance for food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources, on their behalf.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring back Gather ‘round to the Atlanta community this year,” said Elizabeth Feichter, co-founder of Southern Culinary & Creative. “We’ve worked closely with the South’s most creative culinary talent to put together a delicious weekend attendees will be talking about for years to come. From experiencing Atlanta’s pop-up culture and tempting your taste buds with Southern brewers while swaying to sounds that define the South to experiencing intimate, curated dinners and dancing the last day away on the Westside at a disco day party, there’s something for everyone. We can’t wait for you to Gather ‘round with us once again.”

Throughout each day, Gather ‘round has curated events that guests are invited to take part in. From the opening party on Thursday to dinners, drink tastings, seminars and music on Friday and Saturday, to the closing disco day party celebration on Sunday, there’s something for every Southern lover. Details on each day are below.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Soul of the South
Held at Guardian Works at Echo Street West from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., this kickoff party is not to be missed. Soul of the South will feature a showcase of Atlanta’s hottest concepts from the pop-up scene curated in partnership with Punk Foodie, a tasting experience with the region’s top breweries, a cocktail and DJ pairing exploring the classic cocktails and musical genres that define the South, and an art exhibition by Guardian Studios also at Echo Street West. With over 35 stations of food and drink, the night will be full of delicious offerings for all. This event is $100 per ticket and includes unlimited food, drink, music, and art, with a full line-up and details here.

Friday, Sept. 30 & Saturday, Oct. 1: Sound & Flavor Dinner Series
A collaborative dinner series blending sound and flavor.

El Ponce’s Cena de Remezclas, (Remix Dinner), held at La Palapa at El Ponce, will be a journey of sound and flavor, with ingredients remixed to highlight tastes that will delight and inspire a delicious evening. This creative, flavorful meal will find you dancing the night away after filling your bellies as you sway to the best of DJ Rasta Root and go on a journey through the rich history of Mexican cuisine, along with a spirits selection curated by local bottle shop Elemental Spirits Co. – Friday, Sept. 30. More details can be found here.

Nicks Westside: Music Meets Food dinner, hosted by Nick Leahy and featuring chefs Duane Nutter of Southern National and Bruce Moffett of Moffett Restaurant Group, will dazzle your taste buds with a curated menu and sounds from each chef’s hometown. The inspired multi-course lineup will showcase their favorite music from the South and will be paired with a cocktail and/or wine selection to compliment the evening. Tickets are $125 per person and all-inclusive. – Friday, Sept. 30. Details and tickets located here.

One Flew the Coop, a dinner hosted by Chef Cedric McCroery (One Flew South) and featuring Chef Demetrius Brown (Heritage Super Club), Chef Allen Suh (One Flew South), and Arield Powell & Ray Samson (Bar Vegan), will take guests on a culinary journey inspired by the Blues music of the Mississippi Delta. The creative Sound + Flavor dinner will offer an immersive food and beverage experience paired with the introspective, soulful blues music that pays homage to the land that brought this passionate and fiery music to life. The interactive evening will kick off with a welcome cocktail and passed bites created by each chef, followed by a four-course, seated menu. Tickets are $125 per person and all-inclusive. – Saturday, Oct. 1. Additional information can be found here.

South Got Something to Say, held at Westside Motor Lounge at Echo Street West, will feature an incredible lineup of award-winning chefs and barkeeps as they create an unforgettable 10-course meal paired with cocktails, wine and beer. With an all-star roster from across the South, including Brittany Anderson of Richmond, VA, Ferrell Alvarez of Tampa, FL, Michael Gulotta of New Orleans, LA, Rebecca Masson of Houston, TX, Erika Moore and Raquel Ravenell of Atlanta, GA, and J’Nai Williamson of New Orleans, LA, the evening will be a living example of the profound influence the South has had on food, drink, music, and culture. Along with the inspired meal, the evenings will celebrate the diverse culture of the South and soundtracks that define it, from jazz, blues, soul, funk, country, and rock and roll. Tickets are $125 per person and all-inclusive. – Saturday, Oct. 1. Additional information here

Saturday, Oct. 1: Behind the Bar
Cocktail lovers unite. Behind the Bar, held at Westside Motor Lounge, includes tastings and technique masterclasses with premium spirit partners and top-shelf talent, including Kellie Thorn, Keyatta Mincey Parker, Lynnette Marrero, Meaghan Dorman, Tiffanie Barriere and more. Six beverage seminars and masterclasses will take place over three sessions. Topics include Cocktails + Confections, Throw It Back Y’all: Retro Cocktails, Get Low to Get Down: Low ABV, Everything That Sparkles: Mixing with Bubbles, The Soulful Spirits of Latin America, and The History of the Cocktail According to Gin. Session intermissions will include additional tasting opportunities, light bites, and shuffleboard and music from the expansive Westside Motor Lounge courtyard. A $125 ticket includes three sessions and is all-inclusive. Find more details here.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Apermoutho: A Disco Day Party
Closing out the Festival will be Apermoutho, an unforgettable disco day party from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Westside Motor Lounge and features the nationally recognized Speed Rack bartending competition. A $100 ticket includes unlimited light bites, Low ABC cocktails, natural wines and light drinking beer and a soulful disco soundtrack. The spectator-friendly Speed Rack competition is one of the most influential and community-connecting programs in the field and is aimed at empowering women in the bar industry. The weekend will come to a close with the crowning of the Atlanta bartender champ on this first of four regional tour stops. To purchase tickets, visit here.

Gather ‘round presenting sponsors are PNC and Lincoln Property Co., with many more organizations also sponsoring. For more details and tickets for this unforgettable weekend, head here. Interviews and photography are available upon request.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/21/22

Barrels & Bites

An Evening of

Wine, Whiskey, Tequila, and Bites

at The Village Dunwoody

Thursday, September 29, 6-10 pm

On Thursday, September 29, The Village at 5521 Chamblee Dunwoody Road will host Barrel & Bites, an elevated evening of bites from local hospitality owners plus music, wine, whiskey, and tequila, as well as a VIP hour. This ticketed event will be hosted by The Village owner, DASH Hospitality, and will take place throughout the expansive courtyard and parking lot. Each bite will be paired with a complementing wine, whiskey, or tequila cocktail. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Atlanta Community Food Bank

Barrels & Bites will be from 6-10 pm, with VIP ticket holders gaining exclusive entry at 6 pm, while General Admission ticket holders will gain entry at 7 pm.

VIP ticket holders will experience an exclusive whiskey tasting in addition to wine, whiskey, and tequila, plus one hour of passed bites at 6 pm compliments of Aussie Select, a commemorative gift upon exit, live music, and unlimited bites. ($120 per ticket +ticket fee, 21+ only)

General Admission ticket holders gain entry at 7 pm and will experience unlimited wine, whiskey, tequila, bites, and live music. ($85 per ticket + ticket fee, 21+ only)

“After the tremendous success of our first festival this past April, Green Eggs & Kegs, The Village team thought it would be enjoyable to host an evening event and highlight our incredible wine and whiskey vendors and our neighboring Dunwoody restaurant owners. We want to do as much as possible to bring our Dunwoody community together and support all the small, local business owners,” said David Abes, owner of Dash Hospitality Group and the newly opened The Village.

Popular restaurants will include Bar{n}, Cuco’s Cantina, Message In A Bottle, The Usual, Morty’s Meat Supply, Breadwinner Cafe, NFA Burger, Grand Champion BBQ, Chupito’s Azteca Grille, Southern National, Local Three, Nur Kitchen, and Renzo’s Fire, and many more.

Over a dozen wine and spirits sponsors will be paired with each participating bite and will include; Tres Agaves, Amador Bourbon, Old Forester, Coopercraft, Woodinville, Dalmore, Don Fulano, Shortbarrel, La Gritona, Stellum, Riboli Family of Wines, Redemption, Napa Cellars, Iron and Sand, Sonoma Cutter, Lake and Vine, Babylonstoren, Herradura, Bulleit, Champagne Nomine Renard, and more.


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.


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.

• Three, three-hour-long sessions over two days
• An all-inclusive ticket to taste and sip from top-rated Sandy Springs
• 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

• 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.