Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2012 Recap: Part One

Opa! A little Meze to start the weekend off right…

Dinner Sunday night came around. There were no tents. There were no classes. There were no throw downs. Suffice it to say, it was a sad Sunday night. The Atlanta Food & Wine festival left us as quickly as it came – but the experience, the tastes, the sights and sounds – those will be enough to carry us through to next year.  With that, this 4 part series recap will take you down memory lane, with the last series featuring a special video tribute to the festival – 3 incredible days in 3 minutes. Here’s to Dominque Love and Elizabeth Feichter for bringing this festival into our lives and showing the world yet again that the Southeast has some of the best culinary offerings in the country. Salud!


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Cinco de Mayo Margarita-Inspired Cocktails

Not a fan of tequila? Try these alternatives.

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, you can guarantee that party hosts will be blocking up the aisles at Tower in search of copious amounts of Patron, Jose Cuervo, and Avion tequila to celebrate the festivities. Did you know that more tequila is consumed on Cinco de Mayo than any other day throughout the year? That’s A LOT of agave. But what if you’re aren’t a fan of tequila?

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Toast to Spring with Baileys and Ketel One

Cool your spring fever with these seasonal cocktails.

Baileys? In the spring? Oh yeah. We’re all over it. And you’ll want to be too once you get hold of these two refreshing spring cocktails. Muddler not included.

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‘Midnight In Paris’ Comes to Atlanta with Boucherie Dinners at BLT Steak

Meat Week Series Continues April 22-28 with ‘Beef Week’

“What is it with this city? I need to write a letter to the Chamber of Commerce.” – Gil Pender in Midnight in Paris

I first learned of “The Meat Week Boucherie Dinner” series when it launched back in February with ‘Wild Game Week’. It turns out, this was a returning series of four-course dinners featuring whole-animal cookery.  Intrigued, I waited for the launch of ‘Veal Week’ in late March to see what it was all about. Plus, any excuse for me to enjoy BLT’s famed popovers is always a good idea.

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The 2nd Annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Don’t call it a comeback…

It’s hard to believe that we’re less than a month away from the 2nd Annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was the ultimate food festival litmus test. After attending several Aspen Food & Wine Festivals and asking themselves why Atlanta didn’t have its own, festival founders Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter were faced with the daunting task of creating a culinary event that would showcase and celebrate the food and beverage traditions of the South.

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Corner Tavern West Midtown’s New Menu

New gourmet-inspired menu options…from a dive bar?

We’re always a little skeptical when our favorite local watering holes diverge from their usual menu offerings. With regular patrons keeping the lights on and the seats filled, it can be a pretty ballsy move to change items they’ve come to know and love. But Corner Tavern owners Mike and Melanie Rabb don’t seem to have this hang up. Variety is the spice of life, and they’ve taken this mantra full steam ahead when they let the West Midtown Chef Cameron Lukkar run wild with the restaurant’s new menu.

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Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival

Garnish Photography, Courtesy of Green Olive Media

Clucker rhymes with….

Leave it to one of my favorite New Yorkers in Atlanta, Ron “The Angry Chef” Eyester, to stir up a battle over the best fried chicken in Atlanta. But there is a good purpose, and that is uniting Atlantans in the singular mission of celebrating this Southern staple with the first local festival dedicated to fried chicken – the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival. On Saturday, March 31 from 2 – 6 p.m. Atlanta’s best chefs will fire up the fryers and present their best breaded work in a tented lot next to Rosebud in Morningside. Participating chefs will be encouraged to work with any part of the chicken and challenged to produce their own unique interpretation of fried chicken.

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Atlanta’s Best Sports Bars

He shoots! He scores!

Apart from the blanket of yellow pollen currently covering our fair city, what’s not to love about March in Atlanta?  Plenty of sunshine, warmer temperatures, and best of all…constant basketball games. Grab your buddies and your brackets and belly up to these bars for prime basketball action and delicious libation-swilling.

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Goin’ Coastal Sunset Cruise

Set sail on the high seas…of Lake Lanier.

Ahoy there matey! What could be better than a relaxing day at the lake with your closest friends? The gang at Goin’ Coastal in VaHi seek to answer that question with said day at the lake accompanied by a low country boil with shrimp the size of cats, andouille sausage, and potatoes. Well maybe not the size of cats, but the shrimp are pretty huge. Oh, and if that didn’t get your attention, did we also mention that this is all going down on a boat with unlimited beer and wine?

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Van Gogh Vodka Give A Damn Martini

Frankly Scarlet…we give a damn.

As a part of their Cocktails Without Prejudice Campaign, Van Gogh Vodka is proud to introduce the Give a Damn Martini. The campaign, in conjunction with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, was launched in 2010 to inspire straight people to “give a damn” about LGBT equality.

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