Monday, October 27, 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014 - Foodie Fun for All

We had so much fun on Sunday! AFBS members enjoyed media access to Taste of Atlanta which was an absolute blast, even though it was crazy hot out even for October in Atlanta! We really enjoyed seeing all the different patrons and restaurants that were there. Taste of Atlanta runs on a coupon system.  Each food item “costs” between 1-3 taste coupons. You get 10 coupons with your event ticket, and you can purchase more for $1 each.

All of the chefs and cooks and servers at the tents were amazing.  Everyone was so friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be there.  Even if it was an act for some of them, they hid it quite well. We were also happy to see so many kids there. They had a family area with workshops and demonstrations for young foodies.

Read more from AFBS member Sashi Steiner of Get Off The Couch and Cook

Friday, October 17, 2014

Diner en Blanc Takes Over Atlanta

It was a sight to behold. A horde of people dressed in white walking down sidewalks to load tables, chairs and picnic baskets onto buses located in four departure destinations. No one knew where they were going but knew it would be a night to remember forever.

The buses wove through Midtown and finally stopped at Atlantic Station allowing all passengers including six members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers' Society to disembark to carry their accouterments to the green space surrounding the Millennium Gate Museum.

A total of 328 tables were set up side-by-side to create an intimate dining space that resembled a sea of white. The table settings were glorious with flowers, balloons, candles and even crystal. At the designated time, diners waved their napkins in the air, which signified the beginning of dinner. A variety of artists played as meals were eaten and wine was sipped.

As folks were finishing their dinners, sparklers were handed around and lit creating a scene of pure magic! Once the sparklers burned down the music turned up and the entire group of nearly 700 guests took to the dance floor. The DJ played a dazzling array of music from every decade; something for everyone! You know it is a great party when the cops come to shut it down. And with that guest packed up all their trappings and headed back to the buses exhausted, happy and vowing to return next year.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Parmigiano Reggiano Academy Teaches Taste

Recently we were invited to participate in the Parmigiano Reggiano Academy featuring the fine art of cheese tasting. The Academy, which was originally an online tasting course, is now a class being held at specialty stores around the country. To know the history of Parmigiano Reggiano you have to go back in time. Way, way back. Nine centuries back to when the Benedictine and Cistercian Monks devised a way to produce cheese that would last over a long period of time.

Known as the King of Cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano is deserving of the respect usually associated with fine wine. Cheese tasting is actually quite an elegant experience: color and texture; aroma; mouthfeel; and, taste. Each of the three varying ages of Parmigiano Reggiano had very distinct and unique flavors and consistencies.
Read more from AFBS member Linda Carmical of Do.Food.Better.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Atlanta Cheese Festival Celebrates 2nd Year

Since its inception in 2013, the Atlanta Cheese Festival has been the local destination for cheese euphoria. The festival which features over 100 different cheeses, wine pairings, and a grilled cheese competition amongst local chefs, donates part of its proceeds to The Giving Kitchen.

Set in the colorful Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Cheese Festival features several booths. The stations range from one-of-a-kind international cheeses, to artisanal crackers and jams. While at the festival, you can taste all of the different offerings and also purchase the product directly from the manufacturers.

Read more from AFBS member Gisela Carapaica of Sprinkles and Tiaras

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Evening at Studio No. 7

We were recently invited to experience Studio No. 7 with a tasting of their new Fall Menu. Studio No. 7 is located Downtown Atlanta on Marietta Street near the Georgia Aquarium and is home to an art gallery, full kitchen, bar and lounge. Their concept is really different and we hadn’t seen or heard of anything like it in Atlanta. As you make your way through the gallery, to your left is the lounge area that houses a bar and seating area, with huge windows overlooking Marietta Street.

The feel is very contemporary but comfortable. You can pull up with your laptop to work or you can gather your friends here for cocktails to catch up. As the night went on, I found that many people came in with their laptops working, drinking and eating. Once the garage door was completely open, from the second level is a view of the alley way behind the Studio with hanging lights, a large picnic table and projection television that shows on the large opposing wall. I immediately saw myself out there with friends on a gorgeous night under the lights sipping cocktails and having appetizers.
Read more from AFBS member Milla Williams of Happily Eating