Sunday, March 01, 2015

AFBS Celebrates National Peanut Month

Photo Credit: Britt's Blurbs
Despite being called the “Peach State,” Georgia is better known for its peanut crops which actually generate nine times the revenue that peach crops do. Georgia’s 1.65 billion pound yield of peanuts accounts for about half the nation’s peanut consumption. Needless to say that is something to celebrate especially during March, which is National Peanut Month.

Our members know the virtue and diversity of the lowly groundnut as demonstrated in the wide array of recipes both sweet and savory featured on their blogs:

Peanut Butter Power Bars
Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge
Kentucky Derby Pie
Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Mousse Sandwiches
Sweet and Salty Compost Cookies
Peanut Brittle

Photo Credit: Cupcakes & Sunshine
Colonial Peanut Soup
West African Black Bean Stew
Thai Peanut Rolls
Sesame Meatball Satay
Peanut Noodle Salad
Hoisin Slaw
Enchiladas with Peanut Sauce

Of course, there is nothing wrong with eating it right out of the jar, either!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AFBS Takes Flight with Hops in the Hangar

Photo Credit: Red Velvet Confections
Hops in the Hangar was an inaugural event for the Delta Flight Museum with tickets selling out quickly. Craft brews were poured from two dozen brewing & beer companies into souvenir glasses while Low Country Catering filled plates with their catered barbecue menu. Two hangars were used to house the activities of the night with each hangar featuring live entertainment in addition to several aviation exhibits. A party this big necessitated an event map which was provided to guests to assist in locating their favorite breweries.

Read more from AFBS member Teresa Dothard of Red Velvet Confections

Monday, February 23, 2015

Win 2 Tickets to the Best of Atlanta Party 2015

The annual Best of Atlanta Party 2015 hosted by Atlanta Magazine is the one of the most respected and cherished food event in our city. Celebrating its’ 28th year, this year’s event is an even bigger and better celebration featuring the city’s “best” restaurants, food trucks and bars as deemed by Atlanta magazine editors and readers. These top eateries will come together at the Cobb Galleria on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 to serve their tried and true favorites to hungry foodies from across the state. No one will go home thirsty either because more than 30 bars will be on hand to serve up samples of specialty beer, wine and spirits.

“Every year, this event brings together the best of the best in Atlanta’s culinary achievements, and we are thrilled to present such a diverse lineup of restaurants, food trucks and bars to attendees,” said Sean McGinnis, publisher of Atlanta magazine. “Hungry Atlantans will not be disappointed this year, as we’ve added even more ways to interact with the city’s most impressive chefs.” McGinnis added, “and the live music of Yacht Rock Schooner is always a big hit.”

In addition to food and drinks from Atlanta restaurants and bars, there will be an interactive pavilion named “The Coop” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, where notable chefs will create tastings paired with craft beers as well as social media lounges, and silent auction which will benefit his year's non-profit partner, The Giving Kitchen.

The Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society, in partnership with Atlanta Magazine, is giving away a pair of tickets ($130 value) to one lucky @AtlFBS fan. Enter below for your chance to win!

Here is a partial list of participating restaurants and brands:

  • A Moveable Feast / The French Truck
  • Another Broken Egg
  • Baby Tommy's Taste of New York
  • Banner Butter
  • Beautiful Briney Sea
  • Bell Street Burritos
  • Bhojanic
  • Big Chow Grill
  • Big Shanty Smokehouse
  • Bocado
  • Chai Pani
  • Chay J's New Orleans Candies Food Truck
  • Don Antonio by Starita
  • Divan Restaurant
  • Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
  • Fairywood Thicket
  • Farm Burger
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Fuji Hana
  • Gayla's Grits and Georgia Olive Farm
  • Honeysuckle Gelato
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Louisiana Bistreaux
  • Octane Coffee
  • Portrait on a Plate
  • Rathbun's
  • Rawsome Juicery
  • Red Sky Tapas & Bar
  • Restaurant Eugene
  • Rev Coffee Roasters
  • Royal Cup Coffee
  • Season's 52
  • Seed
  • Sprinkles
  • Sweet Caroline's Cakes
  • Taco Mac
  • Tassa Caribbean
  • The Fry Guy Food Truck
  • Ted's Montana Grill
  • Westrock Coffee
  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Tickets are available online through the Exclusive Experiences portal Atlanta Magazine Concierge. General Admission Tickets which include unlimited cocktail and appetizer tastings plus a one-year subscription to Atlanta magazine are on sale for $65 in advance and will be available for $75 at the door. VIP Tickets include early admission, a VIP swag bag, VIP wristband, unlimited cocktail and appetizer tastings, plus one-year subscription to Atlanta magazine are $90 in advance and will be $100 at the door.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Eat Out Atlanta Debut

Looking for an insider dining experience in Atlanta without the fuss of coupons or discount offer, then look no further - Eat Out Atlanta is just what you need. An Eat Out Atlanta membership offers a unique and personalized dining experience for those looking for an adventure and are truly passionate about food. This exclusive insider Dining Club gives you access to some of the city’s premier restaurants. This club is for the serious foodies who want to experience the best a restaurant has to offer from access to secret menus to preferred seating options.

We recently had the pleasure of attending a progressive dinner curated by Eat Out Atlanta to demonstrate the type of experience members can expect. We began our evening with drinks and cocktails at The Southern Gentleman followed by dinner, more drinks and dessert at Gypsy Kitchen which are both located in the new Buckhead Atlanta Development. We urge true dining aficionados to give Eat Out Atlanta a try as well as pay a visit to The Southern Gentleman and Gypsy Kitchen. Annual membership is currently $97 for which you will receive an impressive anodized aluminum membership card mailed to you to use at the restaurants to gain access to member’s only perks.  An interactive app is also available to download for Apple devices.

More from AFBS member Jehan Peters of Jehan Can Cook

Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year & Thanks!

The beginning of a new year triggers introspection. It is very easy to get swept away by all the end-of-year madness, so it is important to pause and reflect on the good and bad aspects of the previous year to learn and grow from our mistakes and accomplishments, as we resolve to make 2015 an even better year by working together to promote Atlanta as the gateway to the Southern food experience.

The year of 2014 was a good one for the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. We more than tripled our membership, participated in 23 members-only dining experiences, and received exclusive media passes to five premiere Atlanta food events. Our Twitter feed was named "Best Atlanta Food Tweeter" by Creative Loafing, and we were instrumental in bringing the nationally-renowned “TECHmunch” Food Blogger Conference to Atlanta, as well as well as the worldwide phenomenon, “Diner En Blanc.” Our members won a variety of awards for writing, cooking and recipe development. We had members featured in Best Self Atlanta and Jezebel magazines, interviewed on NPR, and highlighted on websites and television including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox5 News, Thrillist, Eater Atlanta, Atlanta Eats and Huffington Post.

I'm incredibly grateful that we continue to thrive, despite the ever-changing and aggressive industry we represent. We initiated some powerful changes within the last year in an effort to enhance the visibility and credibility of our members, and to strengthen our core membership. To my immense relief and gratitude, those changes have resulted in a Society that is even more electric and resilient than ever before. We are now 42 members strong with an incredibly diverse readership and content scope.

Now, let’s be honest. We could not have achieved these pinnacles without your support and readership. We write our posts with you all in mind. We chronicle our experiences and opinions and share our recipes and stories in the hope that it will spark a chord with you; our audience. We thank each one of you for taking the time to read our member blogs, and we welcome your comments, questions, and feedback.