Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Potluck Recipe Round-Up

Photo Credit: Runnin' Srilankan
Labor Day represents the waning days of Summer; the last vestiges of hot weather. What better way to celebrate than a potluck cookout with everyone contributing their favorite dishes which are as diverse and intriguing as the individuals in attendance! We've put together some of our best recipes for you to make the most out of holiday weekend get togethers:

Main Dishes:
Mushroom and Lentil Burgers
Tres Cerditos Sandwich (a sandwich with 3 kinds of pork)
Baked Ziti 
Low & Slow Carnitas Tacos
Ground Turkey Baked Beans

Sides & Dips:
Trio of Tapenades
Avocado Black Bean Salsa
Photo Credit: Sprint2TheTable
Chipotle Corn Hummus
Hatch Chile Cheese Casserole
Orzo Caper Salad
Minted Eggplant Salad
Colorful Asian Slaw
Cheesy Corn Salad
Deviled Farm Eggs
Fava Beans with Mint and Parmesan
Farro with Kale Pesto
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Cold Sesame Noodles

Bacon Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Grilled Peaches with Goat Cheese Mousse
Healthier Almond Cookies
Better Than S’mores Brownies

Have a Safe and Relaxing Weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Winding Down with AFBS

One of the things I love about Atlanta is the number of restaurants that offer terrific atmospheres for winding down after work.  Last Monday, I joined members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society for appetizers and cocktails at Sweet Auburn Barbecue and found it to be just the right kind of laid back for an After 5 gathering.

Photo Credit: Teresa Dothard

While waiting for everyone to arrive I ordered a nice Strawberry Lemonade which really hit the spot considering how hot it had been outside earlier. After going over the beverage menu a few times, I finally settled on The Walking Red cocktail. It’s a pleasant yet mild blend of St. George Botanivore Gin, Byrrh, Grapefruit, Lime and Leopold Brothers Absinthe. Between sips, I was able to soak in a bit of the charm in the restaurant’s decor. The space was semi-rustic with an eclectic assortment of lighting fixtures, wood furnishings and wall decor. I adore spaces like this.

Read more from AFBS member Teresa Dothard from Red Velvet Confections

Friday, August 22, 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014 Restaurant Lineup

More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in Taste of Atlanta 2014, which will take place October 24th through 26th in Midtown at Tech Square. Festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city.

For more than a decade, Taste of Atlanta has featured hundreds of the city’s finest restaurants, celebrated Atlanta’s top-notch chefs and transformed tasters into diners. Keeping with tradition, Taste of Atlanta will kick off the festival’s 13th year of fantastic fare with an exclusive block party, on Friday October 24th to prep and pump up taste buds for the food-filled weekend. Saturday & Sunday will include a food festival with nearly 100 of Atlanta’s best restaurants from both ITP and OTP.

Participating restaurants* include:
Jim N Nicks
BBQ ribs and grilled corn from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
Taste of Atlanta supports several Atlanta non-profit groups, including Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, Atlanta’s Table, Georgia Organics and Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia and ProStart®. Click here to purchase tickets and keep up with Taste of Atlanta 2014 on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, plus sign up for the Taste of Atlanta newsletter.
*Restaurant List Subject to Change.
Article and photos contributed by AFBS Board member, Lauren Patrick of

Monday, August 11, 2014

AFBS Dines at Zeal Modern Eatery

Zeal Modern Eatery is a good restaurant in an area with quite a few really good restaurants.  Zeal Owner/General Manager Scott Sawant invited the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society, of which I am a member, to dine for free at his cozy East Cobb eatery in exchange for our honest opinions.  Scott is gracious host and hands on manager whose passion for service was evident.  He seemed genuinely interested in our constructive criticism so I have very high hopes for this restaurant. In general, there are a few kinks to work out in this 8-month-old spot, but it shows a lot of promise.

We started our evening with super fresh oysters in honor of National Oyster Day.  The starters here are the stars of the show for sure. The Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Skewers were a big hit at the table. For the entrees, I had a perfectly cooked, if a bit under-seasoned, grilled pork chop. Then for dessert, sampled the cheesecake, and the “Trio of Tarts;” strawberry, coconut/lime, and chocolate turtle. They were more mousse than tart, but delicious nonetheless! 

Read more from AFBS member Demetra Overton of Sweet Savant 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

TECHmunch Comes to Atlanta on September 26th


TECHmunch Atlanta Food Blogger Conference
Friday, September 26, 2014

TECHmunch, the food blogger conference sweeping North America, is heading to Atlanta for the first time to serve up tasty strategies for food blogger success, as well as lunch and a beer tasting hosted by Monday Night Brewing (included in ticket price)!

The TECHmunchATL conference will inspire food bloggers of every level and provide the ingredients you need to succeed and pursue your passion.

Who should attend? 
  • Bloggers of every level - from hobbyists to media conglomerates and everything in between
  • Brands, PR and Marketing Pros that want to connect and form partnerships with bloggers (mostly lifestyle, food and wine)

What you'll learn?
Topics include the latest tools and tactics for food bloggers to create great content, build buzz, grow an audience and profit financially from all their hard work. The focus is on practical, hands-on information that bloggers can use from day-one to take their blogs to the next level. (View full schedule here.)

Can non-food bloggers attend?
Yes of course! A lot of our chats will be focused on food content, but anyone interested in SEO, monetization, content creation and syndication will walk away from our event with useful information.

Who’s involved?
TECHmunch was created by Founder Babette Pepaj (@bakespace) and co-host of the live online food show #KitchenParty on Google+. TECHmunch Atlanta is co-produced by Nichelle Stephens (@niche), Founder of Cupcakes Take the Cake. We’re proud to also announce TECHmunch Atlanta is teaming up with the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society (@AtlFBS) who will has helped shape our programming. Add AJC Food Critic, John Kessler, to the agenda and the day is ensure to impress! 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS available through July 31st at!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Want to connect with food bloggers and social media leaders in Atlanta? Contact us at or head over to and fill out our sponsor form.

The Fine Print: TECHmunch tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable.

Have questions about #TECHmunch Atlanta: Food, Beverage & Lifestyle Blogger Conference? Contact TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference