Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/1/19


Series Will Feature Talks with Leading Designers, Local Chefs & Farmers & Cover Food, Design, Urban Agriculture & More

Atlanta’s iconic Ponce City Market is collaborating with Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) to present Food by Design, an upcoming series of events and panel discussions covering food, urban agriculture, design, culture and more.

Food by Design will be hosted at The Plaza, Ponce City Market’s BeltLine-adjacent, glass structure. The free events will be open to the public, and all except the Dinner by Design conversation will coincide with the Ponce City Farmers Market held weekly on Tuesdays. Following Food by Design events, attendees are invited to peruse the market’s selection of locally grown produce, products from artisanal food makers and tastes from guest chefs.

Kicking off on Tuesday, May 14, the ongoing series will include:

Food for Thought: Innovation in Urban Agriculture – Tuesday, May 14 at 6pm
Join MODA and Ponce City Market for a discussion on the innovations in urban agriculture currently underway in Atlanta. Food for Thought will explore these efforts through the lens of design and innovation in order to understand how individuals and organizations are prototyping, testing and making the food system healthier, sustainable and more equitable. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy light bites, popsicles from King of Pops and complimentary “The Ivey League” cocktails made by Likewise’s Beverage Director Ben Richardson, who will incorporate local honey from three newly installed beehives at Ponce City Market. Following, Food for Thought will feature a panel of urban agriculture innovators, including:

  • Mario Cambardella, the City of Atlanta’s first Urban Agriculture Director. During the event, he will talk about the innovative projects underway by the City of Atlanta.
  • John Gordon from Friends of English Avenue Urban Farm, an urban farm on English Avenue that offers 100 percent of its food proceeds to English Avenue residents through a food co-op.
  • Nuri Icgoren, Founder of Urban Sprouts Farm, a formerly foreclosed property that’s now a flourishing farm and becoming home to an urban agricultural hub that serves as an entrepreneurial incubator for food and farming enterprises.
  • Kim Karris, Executive Director of Food Well Alliance, the organization that co-founded the Food Innovation Network for entrepreneurs, educators and community organizers using food as a transformational tool in collaboration with the Center for Civic Innovation.
  • Abiodun Henderson, Founder of the Gangstas to Growers, a program focused on empowering formerly incarcerated and at-risk youth through agriculture, employment and entrepreneurship.

Please see here to register and learn more.

Dinner by Design: A Discussion About Restaurant Design – Saturday, June 1 at 2pm
Held in conjunction with Atlanta Design Festival, Ponce City Market and MODA are bringing together some of the city’s top restaurant designers for a rapid-fire discussion on June 1 at The Plaza at Ponce City Market. Moderated by Doug Henderson, Co-owner of Switch Modern, the event will feature panelists from some of Atlanta’s leading restaurant design firms, who will talk about the role of design in creating an environment that enables and enhances the dining experience. Panelists will include John Bencich of Square Feet Studio, Smith Hanes of Smith Hanes Studio, Dan Maas of ai3, Skylar Morgan of Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design and Tim Nichols of NO Architecture.

After the discussion, attendees will be invited to visit restaurants designed by panelists and housed within Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall. Please see here to register and learn more.

Talk With Your Mouth Full: Poetry & Stories About Food – September 10 at 6pm
MODA and Ponce City Market are teaming up with Ryan J and Nate Mask, the award-winning, spoken-word artists who tour as “Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway,” to curate a food-focused poetry slam and storytelling session. The event will highlight Atlanta poets and storytellers, and feature an open-mic portion, inviting guests to share their stories about food. Nobody Likes Us, But We’re Here Anyway have performed in over 45 cities from coast to coast. In 2018, Ryan and Nate were members of the National Poetry Slam Group Piece Champion Art Amok Slam Team, and both are members of the Art Amok and Java Slam teams. Please see here to register and learn more.

Later this year, MODA and Ponce City Market will host a special Food by Design supper club, where guests can enjoy a seated dinner and discussion highlighting diversity and inclusion in Atlanta’s food scene. Additional details to be announced.

For more information about the upcoming Food by Design series, please visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/6/19

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) recently debuted Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso, a new exhibition on display through June 9 that explores espresso machine design and technology, while examining the social, political and cultural movements fueled by coffee and cafés throughout history.

As part of the exhibition, the museum is hosting a series of coffee-inspired classes and events, as well as featured workshops and design talks.

Constellations + MODA: Periodical
Thursday, March 7 – 11:30am

Join MODA and Constellations for a series of events in the Co.Lab—an experiential and immersive space within the gallery—during Passione Italiana. On March 7, Constellations will bring Periodical, their monthly discussion of smart articles, and cover the invention of the home coffee maker and its impact on the status of women. Free and open to the public, guests can register for the event here.

3D Printing: Custom Coffee Sleeves
Thursday, March 7 – 6:00pm
Thursday, April 18 – 6:00pm

Looking to add some design to your daily cup of joe or tea? Join MODA for their special Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop, covering the ropes of 3D modeling and giving participants the chance to make custom beverage sleeves. By the end of the class, attendees’ creations will be ready to go to print, and in just two weeks be available for pick up at MODA. The class is $40 for non-members or $35 for MODA members. Participants can register here for March 7 and here for April 18.

Coffee Cupping with Docent Coffee
Saturday, March 9 – 10:00am

On March 9, the team at Docent Coffee is giving guests the chance to experience a coffee cupping, where they’ll tune up palates while attendees taste a variety of coffees—and get tips about what to look for in a really good cup. Participation is $20 or $15 for MODA members. Register here.

Espresso Pasta Making Class
Saturday, March 16 – 2:00pm

MODA is heading to Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market for a special espresso pasta-making class! In this two-hour class, you’ll discover the art of making fresh pasta with one of Bellina Alimentari’s seasoned chefs. Participants in the hands-on cooking class will learn the steps to create delicious pasta at home—and see what happens when pasta is amped up by adding espresso. Following the class, attendees will enjoy a tasting of the pasta they made. Participation is $55 per person or $50 for MODA members. Sign up here.

Home Brewing with Docent Coffee
Thursday, March 28 – 6:30pm

On March 28, Docent Coffee is leading a demo to show a variety of ways to make amazing coffee at home. During the event, guests will be able to enjoy tastings of their brews. The event is $25 per person or $20 for MODA members. Register here.

Design all’Italiana at Design Within Reach
Thursday, March 28 – 6:30pm

MODA is heading over to Design Within Reach’s Atlanta Studio for an evening that celebrates great Italian design! Guests will sip prosecco, mingle amidst the gorgeous furniture in the Design Within Reach showroom, nibble on light bites, enjoy Italian music and get the chance to win amazing prizes and enjoy an Instagram scavenger hunt. A donation of $25 or more to MODA is suggested to attend. Donate here.

Design Conversation: Stefan Sagmeister on Beauty
Thursday, April 4 – 7:00pm

On April 4, acclaimed designer Stefan Sagmeister will explore the essence of beauty and the transformative power of beautiful design while talking about the just-released book he co-authored with Jessica Walsh titled Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty. Please see here for tickets and more details.

Aperitivo & Espresso Cocktail Tasting by Bellina Alimentari
Thursday, April 11 – 7:00pm

Bellina Alimentari and MODA are hosting a tasting of Italian aperitivi and espresso drinks while enjoying Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso. In Italy, an aperitivo is a pre-meal drink specifically meant to whet one’s appetite. The liqueurs served as aperitivi tend to be bittersweet, often with significant herbal flavors alongside notes of orange and wood. Come learn about and taste these delicious bitters, as well as cocktails created with espresso, and then head off to your favorite Italian restaurant for a late evening dinner, just as the Italians do! Registration (here) is $35 per person or $30 for MODA members.

Feminist Icon Cross Stitch Workshop
Saturday, April 13 – 2:30pm
Saturday, May 18 – 1:00pm

Grab a needle and thread and fabric and join MODA in this special edition cross-stitch class while learning a new way to celebrate feminist icons! Cross-stitch is a type of embroidery in which the needlework creates images that look pixelated. Traditionally a way for society to measure a woman’s marriageability, cross-stitch has recently become a vehicle for craftivism (craft activism) and is used to assert diverse identities and demand social change. Registration (here for April and here for May) is $35 for non-members and $30 for MODA members, or bring along a friend and pay $50 for a Buddy Pack for two adults.

Design Discourse: Designing Prohibition
Saturday, April 20 – 1:00pm

How do you design for things meant to be hidden from the public eye, and how does design change when banned substances are made legal and designers are charged with increasing desirability and demand? In this Design Discourse, MODA’s Assistant Director Lisa Babb will cover design for banned substances and lead a discussion about how design drives desire. This event is free with regular museum admission ($10 / $8 seniors & military / $5 students / Free for MODA members). Seating is limited so please please register (here) in advance.

Design Conversation: Diti Katona of Concrete
Thursday, April 25 – 7:00pm

Join MODA on Thursday, April 25 at 7pm for a Design Conversation presented by Diti Katona, Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of the Toronto-based firm, Concrete. Co-hosted by MODA and Miami Ad School at Portfolio Center, Katona will talk about her experience producing elegant and evocative work for the firm’s clients in fashion, retail and luxury goods. Please see here for tickets and more information.

Design Conversation: The Original Champions of Design
Thursday, May 2 – 7:00pm

Join MODA and Miami Ad School at Portfolio Center for a special Design Conversation with Bobby C. Martin, Founding Partner of Original Champions of Design, and Jennifer Kinon, who leads OCD’s business, design and strategy. Please click here to register and see more details.