Friday, June 05, 2015

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is a Must-Do Event

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When I moved to Atlanta and first joined the Atlanta Food Bloggers' Society, it seemed that every blogger I met asked me, “Were you here for Atlanta Food & Wine?” I had to wait a full year for my first experience, but spoiler alert: it was worth it. I can’t say enough about the quality and range of food I was able to try.

The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival which celebrated its fifth anniversary this year, is a win in my book. With the combination of learning experiences and food tasting, it’s a unique chance to taste all the flavors of the South in one location. If you can only go to one festival in Atlanta - this is the one!

Read more from AFBS member Jessica Pratas of Good Eats Mundial

Monday, June 01, 2015

Walking, Talking and Eating in Downtown

Even though I have lived in Atlanta for almost 3 years, the Atlanta Food Walks' tour introduced me to places in the city I have never been. And, even though I am a major foodie covering Atlanta restaurants on the Food-Atlanta section on my blog, this food tour in Atlanta also introduced me to new restaurants and new foods!

This "Downtown Southern Food Walk" was curated by food writer, Akila McConnell, who also served as our tour guide! From the start it was obvious that Akila was passionate about food and her hometown of Atlanta. She combined these two passions into this food tour in Atlanta. The size of the tour is limited to 10- 12 people to make things more intimate and arranges everything with the restaurants in advance. Akila talked while we walked telling us the history of Southern soul food and I felt like a VIP every time I entered a different establishment with her!

Read more from AFBS member Nadeen White of The Sophisticated Life

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spring Brunch at The Cook's Warehouse

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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Spring brunch at The Cook’s Warehouse hosted by the founder Mary Moore at their Midtown location, where we sipped on mimosas and dined on dishes that were being demonstrated by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker in their state of the art kitchen. Chef Jennifer, who is the author of Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent, believes that “food should taste like food” and boy did she prepare a delicious spread.

The Cook’s Warehouse has 3 locations in the Atlanta metro area and is Atlanta’s “premier gourmet store” which sells cookware, kitchen accessories and electronics and specialty items. It has a cooking school where a wide variety of cooking classes are offered and demonstrations are held. They also host private events as well as cookbook signings.

Read more from AFBS member Jehan Peters at Jehan Can Cook

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Georgia Grinders' Blogger Dinner

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It’s not everyday you have the opportunity to combine an awesome blogger dinner with a local product, but AFBS members got that opportunity last week. Lauren Patrick of Pretty Southern coordinated a dinner with local nut butter company Georgia Grinders for a dinner that incorporated almond, cashew, and peanut butter into the evening's dishes. How cool is that?! Everything we ate (and even drank) had one of those products! The owner of Georgia Grinders, Jamie Foster, showed us how to get creative with these butters that are normally limited to sandwiches.

Read more from AFBS member Lia Picard of The Cardigan Kitchen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fado Irish Pub Opens In Midtown Atlanta

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Irish pubs in the States have moved way beyond the typical bar like the one depicted in the sitcom, Cheers. Some are gastropubs which are now known as much for their food as well as drink. Fado Irish Pub which has a location in Buckhead, recently opened a second Atlanta location in the heart of Midtown at 8th St and Peachtree Street. Monday night, they opened their doors to the media to sample some whiskey, appetizers and bite-sized desserts.

Read more from AFBS member Nichelle Stephens at Cupcakes Take The Cake