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CITY WINERY ATLANTA’S AFTERNOON WITH BLACK BEVERAGE ARTISANS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/2/19

Tasting features exclusively black-owned wineries, breweries, and distilleries
 
Saturday, August 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Winery celebrates black-owned wineries, breweries and distilleries on Saturday, August 31st during An Afternoon with Black Beverage Artisans.

Beverage Director, James Brim, has curated a tasting menu featuring some of the best African American-owned and produced beer, wine, and whiskey.

Attendees will wander the spacious patio, sampling from companies such as Brown Estate Wines, Mouton Noir Wine, McBride Sisters Wine, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Khonso Brewing, and Atlanta’s own Down Home Brewing.

Sommeliers will be on hand to guide the experience. Guests will enjoy music courtesy of a DJ until 6 p.m., when Wine Down Weekends (free live music) begins on the patio.

Cheese and charcuterie are included.

Tickets are $40 available here.

4TH ANNUAL SPRINGER MOUNTAIN FARMS SOUTHERN WING SHOWDOWN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/7/19

Over 30 Top Chefs from Around the Southeast Will Compete for ‘Best Wing’ Title

The Fairmont at 1 pm

Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown, the favorite all-inclusive summer festival celebrating unique takes on a Southern staple, will return for its fourth year on Sunday, August 25 at The Fairmont (1429 Fairmont Ave NW) in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood from 1pm to 5pm.

Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms and Big Green Egg and produced by Taste of Atlanta, the event will feature creative talent from over 30 prominent Southeastern chefs hailing from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including Atlanta’s Matt Basford of Canoe (2018 ‘Best Wing’ Winner) and Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps, Charlotte’s Greg Collier of Loft & Cellar and more.

While enjoying wings and sides from acclaimed chefs, attendees can also sip beer, wine and specially crafted cocktails that complement chef creations. Local purveyor Springer Mountain Farms will provide chefs with chicken that’s raised without antibiotics, steroids, growth stimulants or hormones, and each chef will serve their unique recipe as they battle it out to win ‘Best Wing’ in a competition judged by festival goers and a panel of wing aficionados. The winner of Southern Wing Showdown will win a Big Green Egg to take home.

Angel Flight Soars, a volunteer pilot organization located at Dekalb Peachtree airport and providing flight services to patients in need of medical-related care, will be a nonprofit beneficiary for this event and will host a silent auction on-site. The festival will also support Second Helpings Atlanta – a nonprofit food rescue organization that fights hunger and reduces food waste in the city – who will be doing food recovery onsite.

Starting in June, tickets will be available for purchase online and will grant access to all-you-can-eat tastes and drinks, including signature cocktails, beer and wine, plus live music from Luke Latimer. There will be both General Admission and VIP tickets, with the first hour of the events reserved for VIP First Taster attendees. The event sells out every year, and last year, approximately 28,000 wings were eaten by attendees.

For more information, please visit: SouthernWingShowdown.com.

PARTICIPATING CHEFS:

Asheville, NC
Steve Goff – AUX Bar

Atlanta, GA
Christian Rodriguez – High Road Ice Cream
Deborah VanTrece – Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Drew Van Leuvan – Seven Lamps
Jason Jiminez – Kitchen Six
John Adamson – American Cut
Linda Harrell – Cibo e Beve
Matt Basford – Canoe (2018 ‘Best Wing’ Winner)
Megan Brent – New Realm Brewing
Nick Leahy, AIX & Tin Tin
Pat Pascarella – The White Bull & Grana
Thomas McKeown – Polaris
Todd Richards – Chicken + Beer

Chattanooga, TN
Charlie Loomis – Feed Table & Tavern (2017 ‘Best Wing’ Winner)
Charleston, SC
Daniel Doyle – Poogan’s Porch

Charlotte, NC
Eric Ferguson – Staggioni
Greg Collier – Uptown Yolk
Alex Verica – The Stanley
Thomas Marlow – Mimosa Grill

Conyers, GA
Gary Caldwell – Triplz Lounge

Knoxville, TN
Jesse Newminster – Tako Taco

Marietta, GA
Greg Lipman – Piastra

Nashville, TN
BJ Lofback – Funk Seoul Brother
Richard Jones – Green Door Gourmet
Shane Nasby – Honeyfire Barbecue Co.

Peachtree City, GA
Scott Smith – The Curious Pig

Savannah, GA
Zach Schulz – Cotton + Rye

Winder, GA
Alex Friedman – Bistro Off Broad

29TH ANNUAL TASTE OF ALPHARETTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/7/19

Thursday, May 2nd 5pm

Downtown Alpharetta

Information here.

Alpharetta – More than 62 restaurants will be ready to dish out their specialties on Thursday, May 2, 2019 as Taste of Alpharetta celebrates its 29th year. Taste of Alpharetta attracts more than 35,000 patrons between 5-10 pm, and takes place in Downtown Alpharetta, encompassing Milton Avenue, Roswell Street, Old Roswell Street, Canton Street and Old Canton Street. In addition to fantastic food, patrons will enjoy a culinary competition, live music on 3 stages, family Fun Zone and more. This year the city is adding a few new features to the event, including a beer garden presented by Smile Generation full of local brews, and a “Locally Grown” area featuring fun and educational activities put on by food-focused community organizations.

We are excited to announce The Taste of Alpharetta is partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for the event’s food rescue.  Each restaurant will have the opportunity to donate left over food, at the end of the event, to Second Helpings Atlanta.  Since 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta’s community of volunteers has been picking up surplus, nutritious, perishable and prepared food and delivering it to the many front-line agencies in the Metro Atlanta area that feed the hungry every day.  This donated food gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need, making Atlanta a more environmentally responsible metropolitan area.

This FREE admission event invites patrons to purchase food and activity tickets – 10 tickets for $5.00. Tickets are redeemed at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastes that range from $.50 – $4.00 per sample.  Tickets may also be redeemed in the “Locally Grown” area and Fun Zone area for a variety of activities including engaging educational experiences, inflatables and a variety of children’s activities.

Local chefs will compete in the Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition from 5pm – 7pm, with select chefs conducting cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Competition Stage. The Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition Awards will be presented at 8:30pm for the top chefs in each category. Come visit the new Culinary Stage location on Roswell St and cheer on your favorite chefs. As well as vote for your favorite restaurant in the 2019 People’s Choice Award.

The 29th Annual Taste of Alpharetta’s participating restaurants include:

2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery Dos Margaritas Nothing Bundt Cakes – Alpharetta
3:8 Juice & Eatery Dreamland Bar-B-Que Oak Steakhouse
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games E.M. Bop PITA Mediterranean Street Food
Another Broken Egg Cafe Favors and Flavors Cajun Twist Publix Aprons Cooking School
Atlantic Seafood Company Flavor Juicery & Eatery Ruth’s Chris Steak House Alpharetta
Bagel Boys Cafe Fire and Brimstone Tavern Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery
Benihana Flatlands Bourbon and Bayou Salt Factory
Bite Bistro & Bar Four Fat Cows Scream’n Nuts
Black Walnut Cafe Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Secreto Southern Kitchen
Brine Seafood Shack Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe
BurgerFi Holmes Restaurant Shade Street Food + Bar
Butcher & Brew La Casa Italian Grille Smallcakes of Alpharetta
Cedar Cafe La Teda Tapas and Tequilas SmokeJack BBQ
Ceviche Taqueria Loyal Q and Brew South Main Ktichen
Chuy’s M Thai Street Food Southern Baked Pie Company
Citizen Soul Madras Chettinaad Taqueria Tsunami
Clean Juice Mama’s Pizza Taziki’s
Coalition Food and Beverage Maple Street Biscuit Company The Melting Pot
Colleta Miller’s Ale House The Tavern House
Davinci’s Donuts Minnie Oliva Vitality Bowls
Domino’s Pizza Mondo Italian Kitchen Wildflour