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.

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#TECHmunch Recap and Thanks!

On Friday, September 26th, the popular traveling food blog conference known as TECHmunch came to Atlanta for the first time. Co-produced by Babette Pepaj of BakeSpace and AFBS member Nichelle Stephens of Cupcakes Take the Cake. The day-long conference featured panel discussions on the topics of:

  • Leverage Your Own Personal Brand
  • How the Pros Review Restaurants
  • How to Set Up an Editorial Calendar
  • Generating Buzz through Social Media
  • How to Take Better Food Photos
  • How to Monetize Your Content

Our own AFBS President, Denise Romeo of We Like To Cook!, was the featured food blogger on the Restaurant Review panel, which also included AJC’s John Kessler and Debbie Rosen of the Rosen Group, as well as Chris Hassiotis of Zagat Atlanta.

Another AFBS member, Michelle Varigursky of Savor the Salt was the winner of the Cookbook Pitch contest that was held by BakeSpace and conference sponsor Beyond Meat and she will have the opportunity to create an e-cookbook that will be featured on BakeSpace.

Conferees mingled and chatted during an outdoor lunch sponsored by with delicious sandwiches and salads from MetroFresh along with red velvet cupcakes from Sprinkles. Representatives from Hot Sugar and SimplyLush Cocktails were on hand doling out crème brûlée and melanges. And, a photo booth from Big Bad Booth was on hand to help commemorate the occasion. With an accumulation of props to play with, many wacky pictures were taken which can be seen here.

The last part of the conference was a beer tasting hosted by the event venue, Monday Night Brewing. Conference participants each received 6 tasting tickets to try the different brew flavors before packing up and heading home.

AFBS and West Egg Café hosted an “after-party” appetizer tasting which highlighted items from the restaurant’s Fall menu including butter bean hummus, wild mushroom ragu on cornmeal pancakes and their famous pimento cheese topped with housemade bacon jam.

Special thanks to the producers, sponsors, partners and volunteers that worked so hard to make TECHmunch Atlanta a huge success!

See Tweets and Photos from TECHmunch Atlanta on Storify

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AFBS Members Compete in the High Road Cobbler Gobbler

Yesterday, High Road Ice Cream opened the doors of their brand new manufacturing facility and storefront in Marietta. To celebrate the inauguration, they hosted a cobbler competition in which amateur cooks would partner up with local chefs to create a cobbler to be served during the Grand Opening party.  It was a mad dash to the kitchen for the six competing teams in the 1st Annual Pro-Am Cobbler Gobbler: Deb Wise of Cooking Light with Linda Carmical of Do.Food.Better; Kathleen Miliotis of Davio’s Atlanta with Denise Romeo of We Like to Cook!; Kamal Grant of Sublime Doughnuts with Gisela Carapaica of Sprinkles & Tiaras; Kyle Anderson of Hyatt Regency with Michelle Valigursky of Savor the Salt; and, Tony Patton of Nashville’s Whiskey Kitchen, and Anna Gatti of Canvas Foods each partnered with a home-cook volunteer.

With cobblers of berries, peaches, rhubarb, and even peppered pineapple, the variety made for an amazing show of culinary prowess. Some had crumble toppings, some had sweet crusts and biscuits, and still others had cookie tops. All were delicious with distinct flavor profiles. Congratulations go to Kathleen Miliotis and Denise Romeo for their first place pineapple/cranberry cobbler. Click here for the recipe for their prize winning confection.