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A Class with the Lee Brothers at the 2013 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

A Class with the Lee Brothers at the 2013 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

As part of the festival’s class series, the Lee Brothers featured 3 of their favorite chefs from the Southeast

As in past years, this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival featured a series of weekend classes taught by a mix of chefs, beverage experts, industry pros, personalities, and authors. I caught a few, but my favorite was Saturday’s "What I Learned: Spain & Italy" session, presented by the charismatic Lee Brothers.

The session featured three Southern chefs — Katie Button of Asheville N.C.’s Cúrate, Brandon McGlamery of Winter Park, Fla.’s Luma on Park, and Tandy Wilson of Nashville, Tenn.’s City House — for a presentation their most inspirational travel experiences. While describing what they had learned, each chef presented a dish that exemplified the given trip’s influence on their work.

Out of the three, the most interesting was chef Button’s discussion of her time at the infamous elBulli in Spain. There is significant evidence of the landmark restaurant’s techniques throughout many of her menus. For a brief demo, though, she chose to present a quick dessert technique that she learned at elBulli that utilizes an edible and water-soluble potato paper from Japan to sculpt (in her case, at least) chocolate desserts. After spreading the paper across pans, Button completed a series of steps that allowed her to sculpt a 12-inch tall chocolate "handkerchief" garnished with salt, hazelnuts, and freeze-dried raspberries.

The talented McGlamery and Wilson both discussed inspirations from their travels in Italy. Chef McGlamery served a veal pancetta dish and chef Wilson shared a simple cauliflower ragù.


The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns May 30 – June 2

Grab your glasses, the ninth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns this spring for another weekend filled with epicurean adventure! From May 30 – June 2, attendees from across the country will come together to enjoy the dishes and spirits of the South through immersive Learning Experiences, epic Tasting Tents, and unique dinners and events. Get fired up as over 150 chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from Texas to the District of Columbia round out a robust lineup of talent for all to enjoy.

This year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is taking attendees Off the Eaten Path by spotlighting off-the-grid foodie destinations, rising culinary stars, and more. An Advisory Council celebrated by Woodford Reserve is stacked with fresh-yet-savvy talent who will carefully curate unique dinners, hands-on Master Classes, and thought-provoking seminars throughout the weekend highlighting the unexpected and incorporating surprise and delight ingredients. Be sure to take notes – these will be names you’ll want to remember.

“This year’s theme was driven by our curiosity and desire to try new dishes and ingredients from places we might not think to normally visit,” said Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Co-Founder Elizabeth Feichter. “We are looking forward to everyone joining us on this adventure, and hope they enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed planning it.”

Talent isn’t the only thing that’s fresh this year. The Festival’s beloved Tasting Tents have found a new home in vibrant Old Fourth Ward Park. Attendees will once again be able to indulge in the South’s finest flavors, up-and-coming as well as some favorite destinations and memorable brands. Crafted as an all-you-can-indulge experience, the Tasting Tents will also feature wine pop-up stations, a cocktail garden, live music, and interactive food and beverage pairing areas.

**Update 5/22/19** the Tasting Tents are moving to Historic Fourth Ward Park – conveniently located right off the Beltline.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival prides itself on having an extensive catalog of programs and events where guests can eat, drink and learn about the South’s rich food and beverage traditions from the region’s best talent. Below are some of the salivating offerings guests can choose from in 2019:

The Front Row – Learning Experiences Between the in-depth Master Studio series on Friday and an extensive roster of learning seminars on Saturday, guests will have over 50 opportunities to receive hands-on instruction, participate in panel discussions and sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. From unexpected pairings to new techniques, the spectrum of topics encourages guests to explore new sides of their palates – and offer endless opportunities for Instagrammable enjoyment and entertaining – including something for everyone’s palate.

Master Studio Series – Kitchen Raconteurs: Storytelling through Food The universal language of food is intrinsically linked to the art of storytelling. Presented by The Local Palate and hosted by The Lee Brothers, Friday’s Master Studio series invites guests to travel down memory lane with some of our favorite storytellers – chefs, beverage pros, and purveyors – as they share dishes inspired by their own experiences.

Dinners & Events – The party doesn’t end until late! Whether it’s an intimate themed dinner or an extravagant bash, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival knows how to celebrate in true Southern style – and demonstrate the finer points of Southern hospitality. Kicking off with their signature Destination Delicious event on Thursday evening, the weekend will offer festive and interactive tasting events from Friday Lunch all the way to Sunday Brunch.

Each year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival strives to bring passionate food and beverage supporters together for a decadent weekend while bringing awareness to the rich agriculture and rich talent of the South. Guests can mingle with other devotees and talent, all while eating and drinking their way through the South!

Through the ticket packages, food and drink lovers can customize their Atlanta Food & Wine Festival experience by joining us for a few hours, a day or even a weekend.

Can’t wait to dig in? Take a sneak peek at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s re-vamped website, partially launching today. Dive into this year’s stellar roster of talent and see who has been slated for this year’s esteemed Advisory Council celebrated by Woodford Reserve. For the full lineup, including Learning Experiences, Master Studios, Dinners, and Events, visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.


Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Announces New Additions

In the company of more than 250 chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, pitmasters, and artisans hailing from Texas to the District of Columbia, the sixth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to Midtown Atlanta June 2—5. Promising to surprise and delight attendees once again, the four-day weekend showcases the rich food and drink traditions of the South through a variety of Learning Experiences, Tasting Tents, Dinners & Events, and Masterclasses—all designed to educate and entertain guests from the novice to the connoisseur.

“The vision of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was born from a passion for great Southern food and drink, and a desire to learn from the talented professionals who are shaping the future of our region’s food-ways, while also embracing the traditions and history of the past,” says Dominique Love, festival co-founder. “Our event is part conference, part party and is designed to teach guests about the past, present and future of the region’s food and drink scene. It is as informative as it is decadent.”

Among the many returning Festival favorites, the 2016 event will feature a number of new additions including:

A Series of Masterclasses

For the more serious and seasoned food and drink lover, the Festival’s new Masterclass series will offer expanded learning experiences. These two-hour sessions delve into topics ranging from in-depth wine pairings led by Master Sommeliers to a class on rare bourbons and country hams.

An Expanded Advisory Council

Guests will see a number of new faces on this year’s Advisory Council, an illustrious group of chefs and beverage experts from across the South. “Each year, we challenge our Advisory Council to develop educational, entertaining, and fulfilling classes to give our guests a real sense of our food and drink history and future,” Love says. “The process takes a few months and has become quite competitive among council members, with each member developing a series of class and event concepts.”

Destination Delicious: The Ultimate Road Trip Party

Located in The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, this year’s kick-off party, Destination Delicious presented by The Local Palate, will take guests on a virtual road trip through some of the South’s top food and drink destinations. It’s about the journey, not the destination.

Sunday Brunch

In 2015, the Festival hosted a Sunday brunch event with service inspired by Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow restaurant. The event was a tremendous success and will now be the featured activity on Sunday morning. This year’s Sunday Brunch will include a VIP brunch at Vineyard in the City and a general admission brunch at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, food and drinks by more than 15 chefs and mixologists, and live music.

Tasting Tents

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s coveted Tasting Tents are an all-you-can-indulge experience, featuring the best flavors of the South. Located in the Greensward Promenade area of Piedmont Park, the new Tasting Tent location offers ample space and seclusion. Lots of outdoor green space and a gorgeous fountain provide a haven for sommelier and mixologist lounges, a Pairings Tent, live music, tailgating areas outfitted for barbecuing and relaxation, and a pick-your-garnish cocktail garden. The curated Tasting Tents allow guests to delve deeper than ever into interactive experiences, featuring a number of themes, such as Southern Staples, Southern Around the World, Southern Tailgating and Southern Provision. Friday’s Tasting Tents will take place at nighttime this year, giving guests the ideal end to their workweek.

Vineyard in the City

The first of its kind in the U.S., the festival’s pop-up vineyard and event venue will provide a unique backdrop for Masterclasses and events during the weekend, including a “Grapes from A to Z” Wine Luncheon with Master Sommeliers and a VIP Sunday Brunch. Located in the former Atlanta Symphony Hall lot of 14th Street, Vineyard in the City is hosted by OHM Development and presented byPNC Bank. The pop-up vineyard will remain open after the festival until July 14 for community use.

Through the ticket packages, interested enthusiasts can customize their experience at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival by making it an afternoon, a day or a full weekend endeavor.

Individual Tasting Tent Pass: Designed to take guests on an epicurean journey through the South, the Festival’s Tasting Tents are not the typical festival tasting experience. The all-you-can-indulge layout allows guests the opportunity to eat, drink and explore the region’s top food and drink products and chef creations while also celebrating international influences that have shaped our region for $100 per Tasting Tent ticket ($80 early bird).

Day Pass: Day Passes are ideal for curious food and beverage enthusiasts who want to eat, drink, and learn. They include access to Learning Experiences, the Festival Tasting Tents, and class intermission sips and snacks presented by Ballard Designs. Friday-only includes access to Toast, the Festival’s kick-off event. Day Pass holders also receive a festival gift bag for $190 per day ($160 early bird).

Three-Day Pass: if one day isn’t enough, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offers Three-Day Passes for guests looking to expand their tastes and minds. Three-Day Pass holders will experience Toast, the Festival’s kick-off event Learning Experiences on Friday and Saturday with class intermission sips and snacks presented by Ballard Designs Tasting Tents each day Sunday Brunch access to Destination Delicious kick-off party on Thursday evening and invitations to exclusive sponsor events. 3-Day Pass holders also receive a festival gift bag for $575 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday ($485 early bird).

Connoisseur Experience: Created for the serious food and drink lover who wants the best the festival has to offer, the Connoisseur Day and Three-Day Passes are the perfect indulgence. Connoisseur pass holders will enjoy unique benefits, including access to the exclusive Connoisseur Lounge, which is a favorite gathering spot for the festival’s Advisory Council and features breakfast, food and beverage service throughout the day by award-winning talent. The Connoisseur Experience also includes access to Connoisseur-only classes priority seating at Connoisseur Dinner Series events that are curated by Matt Lee and Ted Lee fast-track entrance into the Festival Tasting Tents and a Connoisseur hospitality area in the Tents designed by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. New to the Connoisseur experience in 2016 is a VIP Wine Luncheon and a VIP Sunday Brunch in the Festival’s pop-up Vineyard. The Connoisseur Day pass includes one dinner and the Connoisseur 3-Day pass includes three dinners. All Connoisseurs receive a Connoisseur Gift Bag for $725 ($600 early bird) Connoisseur Day Pass and $2,000 ($1,700 early bird). Connoisseur ticketholders may choose reserve seating for general classes in lieu of attending Connoisseur Learning Experiences.

Dinners & Evening Events: The festival experience continues into the evenings as chef’s, sommeliers, and mixologists come together to curate dinners and signature parties for guests. The Dinners and Events are peppered throughout the city at private homes, restaurants, and unique Atlanta venues and showcase the South in unique and intimate atmospheres for $45 to $300 per person, per dinner/event (no early bird pricing).

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2019 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Returns for a Good Time Off the Beaten Path

The countdown marker on the website for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is the saving grace for those anxiously awaiting the start of the city's annual event for food lovers. However, for many, May 30 – June 2 can't come soon enough as the festival's founders and talent gear up for what is expected to be another amazing weekend.

With little rest between ending one event and planning for the next, co-founder Elizabeth Feichter says, “We tend to dive right into planning for the next year as soon as we get things settled from the previous. It is a perfect time to reflect on things we learned during the year, interesting ideas we came up with while sharing a meal or drink with talent, and opportunities to continuously evolve the festival’s programming.” The Atlanta Food & Festival, in my opinion, is of few high-profile events that intentionally make an effort in providing diverse and inclusive programming that reflects the area and the country. Something to be appreciated.

Pictured: Festival guests | Photo credit: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

A Growing Culinary Family

Taking place at the Loews Atlanta Hotel (classes and dinners) and Historic Fourth Ward Park (Friday – Sunday tasting tents), this year the festival will run with the theme Off the Beaten Path, the will spotlight off-the-grid foodie destinations, rising culinary stars and more. “We've been able to bring together new faces and rising stars mixed with familiar and much-loved friends from up and coming food destinations. One of the things I find myself most in awe of every year is how amazing our talent really is. They take time away from their restaurants and bars, their families and communities to come to Atlanta and introduce our guests to new flavors, inspire them to cook up (or mix up!) something new in their own kitchens,” says Feichter.

Participating for the first time as one of those rising stars is Steven Brooks from the restaurant 5Church Atlanta. The German native who joined the restaurants earlier this year is preparing to win over foodies with his butter shard scallop dish with a carrot variation. “I’m new to this city and I’m very grateful for every experience I can get. This gives me an extra opportunity to get to know this wonderful city and dive deeper into a great culinary network,” Brooks shares.

Among several returning veterans who enjoy coming back to the festival year after year because of its mission and the excitement it brings is mixologist Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach) and chefs Jennifer Booker, Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours), Josh Lee (Chicken + Beer), Navarro Carr (The Sound Table), Todd Richards and Cedric McCroery (One Flew South). “Food is the camaraderie that brings us together at Atlanta Food & Wine and opens our minds to amazing collaborations, friendships and understanding. Finding those commonalities are the highlights for me,” says VanTrece.

Pictured: Tiffany Barriere | Photo credit: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Participating in the festival is more than just coming up with a recipe and coordinating a team to serve it. It about sharing experiences and input during the planning period with others to ensure attendees experience the best of the best over the weekend. “There's such a great energy within this festival and it starts with all the coordinators, participants and volunteers. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be working behind the scenes and then see people from other areas in the South that you haven’t seen in months or sometimes years. I feel like most people in hospitality gravitate toward the team and family aspect of our business, and this festival can feel like an extended family reunion,” says Carr.

What’s New, What’s Hot

Each year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival strives to bring passionate food and beverage supporters together for a decadent weekend and prides itself on having an extensive schedule of programming for attendees to learn about the South’s rich agriculture and talent.

Salivating highlights festival guests can look forward to include:

The Front Row – Learning Experiences Between the in-depth Master Studio series on Friday and an extensive roster of learning seminars on Saturday, guests will have over 50 opportunities to receive hands-on instruction, participate in panel discussions and sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. From unexpected pairings to new techniques, the spectrum of topics encourages guests to explore new sides of their palates – and offer endless opportunities for Instagrammable enjoyment and entertaining – including something for everyone’s palate.

Pictured: Festival cocktail | Photo credit: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Master Studio Series – Kitchen Raconteurs: Storytelling through Food The universal language of food is intrinsically linked to the art of storytelling. Presented by The Local Palate and hosted by The Lee Brothers, Friday’s Master Studio series invites guests to travel down memory lane with some of our favorite storytellers – chefs, beverage pros, and purveyors – as they share dishes inspired by their own experiences.

Dinners & Events – The party doesn’t end until late! Whether it’s an intimate themed dinner or an extravagant bash, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival knows how to celebrate in true Southern style – and demonstrate the finer points of Southern hospitality. Kicking off with their signature Destination Delicious event on Thursday evening, the weekend will offer festive and interactive tasting events from Friday Lunch all the way to Sunday Brunch. Each year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival strives to bring passionate food and beverage supporters together for a decadent weekend while bringing awareness to the rich agriculture and rich talent of the South. Guests can mingle with other devotees and talent, all while eating and drinking their way through the South!


Saturday, 10 a.m.—11 a.m.

International BBQ
This class is led by Scott Drewno, a James Beard-nominated chef at Wolfgang Puck’s the Source in Washington, D.C. and Chris Lilly, executive chef at Big Bob Gibson BBQ in Alabama and an eight-time Memphis in May World Champion. “It’s going to be really fantastic because it will broaden our take on traditional Southern barbecue,” Love says. “During the class, guests will learn to apply international techniques and ingredients to more traditional Southern-style barbecue to really expand the flavors.”

Southern Food & Great Literature
“When we think of Southern literature, our minds often go to the great works of William Faulkner or Harper Lee,” Love says. “Chef Frank Stitt of Alabama, like many other Southern chefs, believes great Southern cookbooks are great literature and the best way for us to really learn our food history and culture.”

Stitt leads this class along with Anne Quatrano of Baccchanalia and Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in North Carolina.


14 Food & Drink Events for May and Beyond

May certainly is shaping up to be a busy month for food events around the world. Restaurants share top billing with big-name musicians at festivals such Napa's BottleRock, Brooklyn's Great GoogaMooga, and DC's Sweetlife Festival. And there's a lot happening on the literary front, too. In fact, the month kicks off with the Food Book Fair in Brooklyn and the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine in County Cork, Ireland. Beyond that, there's also the well-regarded Mesamérica gastronomic conference, a celebration of Southern food at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and a street food jamboree at Singapore's World Street Food Congress. Here's the list:

Food Book Fair
When: May 3 - May 5, 2013
Where: Brooklyn, NY
What: Over the course of three days, food writers, chefs, designers and more will descend on Brooklyn in honor of the written word. Participants include Nate Appleman, Marion Nestle, Oliver Strand, and Swallow Magazine, plus cookbooks and publications from Hugh Acheson, Cook It Raw, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, and Nancy Singleton. There will also be a resource fair for small food start-ups and Foodieodicals, "[a]n exposition of international food magazines, journals and periodicals from all over the world."

Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine
When: May 3 - May 6, 2013
Where: County Cork, Ireland
What: A pretty impressive lineup of chefs and other assorted food personalities are headed to East Cork for the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine at the Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School. Speakers include Alice Waters, White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, Noma co-owner Claus Meyer, the Nordic Food Lab's Ben Reade, food writer David Tanis, fermentation genius Sandor Katz and many more. There are going to be plenty of demos, book readings, and conversations about things like the Nordic food revolution and the evolution of food writing.

BottleRock
When: May 9 - May 12, 2013
Where: Napa, CA
What: BottleRock is much more than just a food festival: It's also a music festival, wine festival, and comedy festival. Napa area restaurants are providing the food, including La Condesa, Morimoto and a bunch of Napa Valley food trucks. Napa wineries are naturally involved as well, while musical acts include The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Cake, Violent Femmes, Blues Traveler, Mavis Staples and more. Comedians include the likes of Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, and Wyatt Cenac.

Vegas Uncork'd
When: May 9 - May 12, 2013
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
What: Bon Appétit Magazine's annual Vegas blowout returns with the reliably fun grand poolside tasting, plus master tastings with Francois Payard, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay, and more. Joel Robuchon is hosting a six-course "When in France" dinner, while Alain Ducasse ends the weekend with a brunch at miX.

Food Film Festival
When: May 10 - May 11, 2013
Where: Charleston, SC
What: The Food Film Festival kicks off in Charleston this month before heading to New York and Chicago later in the year. All manner of food-related films will be screened, including a documentary about Canadian maple farming titled Sugar Shack, and plenty of food porn shorts. Eater Charleston notes that "the fare highlighted in the movies shown will be served during and after the flicks" such as a ramen demo that will follow a screening of Ramen Dreams.

Sweetlife Festival
When: May 11, 2013
Where: Columbia, MD
What: Rapidly expanding DC-based salad entrepreneurs Sweetgreen are launching their fourth annual Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion this month with a food lineup as serious as the musical lineup. José Andrés' food truck Pepe will be there, as well as food offerings from Toki Underground's Erik Bruner-Yang and Woodberry Kitchen's Spike Gjerde. There are going to be entire sections dedicated to food trucks, Chesapeake Bay staples, and a sandwich tent curated by Serious Eats. The musical lineup includes Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more.

Great GoogaMooga
When: May 17 - May 19, 2013
Where: Brooklyn, NY
What: Returning for a second year (and hopefully with fewer hitches), the Great GoogaMooga is storming Brooklyn's Prospect Park with a killer lineup of food and music. Vendors include Big Gay Ice Cream, Eataly, Momofuku Milk Bar, Pat LaFrieda, The Meatball Shop, Umami Burger and more, while musical acts include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips and The Darkness. The Restaurant at Meadowood's Christopher Kostow is doing a special three-course ticketed dinner, while Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen is hosting a literary event "about cooking, sex, food porn, lady chefs, and where they all intersect."

Mesamérica
When: May 20 - May 22, 2013
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
What: Enrique Olvera's Mésamerica Festival returns for a second year with a lineup of chefs that includes René Redzepi, Alex Atala, David Kinch, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Jorge Vallejo, Elena Reygadas, and Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. The festival's aim is to promote Mexican cuisine in a conversation among those at the forefront of global gastronomy.

Cook it Raw: David Chang & Friends
When: May 22, 2013
Where: New York, NY
What: To celebrate the release of the Cook it Raw book, Momofuku's David Chang is hosting an evening at the New York Public Library to discuss the Cook it Raw experience. Chefs Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francesca) and Daniel Patterson (Coi) will be there, as well as Cook it Raw founder Alessandro Porcelli. Madrid-based journalist Lisa Abend will moderate the discussion.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
When: May 30 - June 2, 2013
Where: Atlanta, GA
What: Atlanta's iteration of Food & Wine festival brings in chefs from throughout the South to celebrate the region's culinary heritage from Florida to Maryland. The event's advisory council includes the likes of Ford Fry, Linton Hopkins, Edward Lee, Julian Van Winkle, John Besh, John Currence, Andrea Reusing, Ashley Christenson, and Sean Brock.

World Street Food Congress
When: May 31 - June 9, 2013
Where: Singapore
What: Singapore is going to see 10 straight days of celebrating international street food as the World Street Food Congress launches on May 31. Not only will there be a jamboree featuring street foods from countries all over the world throughout the 10-day period, but there will also be an awards ceremony for categories such as the best street food city and the best street food writer. From June 3-4, folks such as Anthony Bourdain, Claus Meyer, James Oseland, Brett Burmeister, Johnny Chan and Pauline Loh will participate in the World Street Food Dialogue.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic
When: June 14 - June 16, 2013
Where: Aspen, CO
What: As usual, a number of headliner names are stopping into Aspen this summer for the annual Food & Wine Classic. Expect to see José Andrés talking about (and possibly to) oysters, Top Chef challenges with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, cooking demos with Jacques Pépin, plus conversations with panelists like Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer and others.

Huichica Music Festival
When: June 14 - June 15, 2013
Where: Sonoma, CA
What: California wine country gets another music and food festival with the Huichica Music Festival in June. Located at Sonoma's Gundlach Bundschu Winery, this festival pairs music from the likes of Blitzen Trapper, Fruit Bats and Jonathan Wilson with food from Portland's Bunk Sandwiches, San Francisco's Salumeria and more.

Looking Ahead:

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival
When: September 1 - September 9, 2013
Where: Oahu and Maui, HI
What: This third iteration of the Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong-founded food festival is bringing in a huge number of big-name talent, including Grant Achatz, Floyd Cardoz, Josiah Citrin, Chris Cosentino, Dominique Crenn, Dean Fearing, Hubert Keller, Mourad Lahlou, Anita Lo, Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto, Charles Phan, Richard Rosendale, Nancy Silverton, Christina Tosi, Ming Tsai, Tetsuya Wakuda, Jonathan Waxman and more.


14 Food & Drink Events for April and Beyond

Now that April has officially arrived, it's time to take a look at the most notable culinary events coming up this month and beyond. Not only are traveling festivals Cochon 555 and Taste of the Nation winding their way through American cities this month, but Austin is home to explorations of barbecue and other Texas wonders at both the Foodways Texas Symposium and the Austin Food & Wine Festival. Toward the end of the month, London is playing host to an appreciation of insect eating in collaboration with the Nordic Food Lab, while May brings food and musical festivals like Brooklyn's Great GoogaMooga and Napa's BottleRock. Here's the full list:

Pebble Beach Food & Wine
When: April 4 - April 7, 2013
Where: Pebble Beach, CA
What: This Food & Wine festival has a lengthy lineup of chefs and restaurateurs, including Daniel Boulud, Christopher Kostow, Pierre Gagnaire, Michelle Berstein, Fabio Viviani, Masaharu Morimoto, Roy Yamaguchi, Nancy Oakes, the legendary Guy Fieri, and more. There's a master class in hospitality from the Union Square Hospitality Group's Danny Meyer, a screening of wine documentary Somm, and a Cecilia Chiang tribute dinner.

Foodways Texas Symposium
When: April 4 - April 6, 2013
Where: Austin, TX
What: The third annual iteration of the Foodways Texas Symposium celebrates barbecue and looks to "explore the past, present, and potential of smoked meat in Texas and its intimate connections to Texas cultural history and identity." Franklin Barbecue's Aaron Franklin and Briskettown's Daniel Delaney, Smoke's Tim Byres and Texas Monthly's new barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn all serve on panels discussing things like "The New Business of Barbecue" and "The Barbecue Road Trip."

Cochon 555
When and where: Washington, DC (4/7), San Francisco (4/14), Miami (4/21), Chicago (4/28), Los Angeles (5/5)
What: The annual traveling pork extravaganza wraps up this year's tour with stops in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. Five prominent chefs in each city each get a heritage pig and will compete to be named the Prince or Princess of Porc. Each city's winner will go on to compete at the Grand Cochon at Aspen's Food & Wine Classic on June 16.

Taste of the Nation
When and where: Washington, DC (4/8), Boston (4/18), Philadelphia (4/28), New York City (4/29)
What: Share Our Strength's annual event returns to cities across America to raise money for the organization's No Kid Hungry campaign. Top restaurants and mixologists in each city come together to provide tastings and cocktails. There are also auctions for various food events and experiences.

World Gourmet Summit
When: April 16 - April 26, 2013
Where: Singapore
What: Singapore's World Gourmet Summit has focused on global gastronomy since its inauguration in 1997. This year's "Artisans & The Art Of Dining"-themed event features Michelin-starred chefs from all over the world, including Portugal's Joachim Koerper, France's Yannick Alleno and India's Sanjeev Kapoor. Events include The Gentleman's Guide To Mastering The Art Of Breakfast, a charity dinner, and more.

Austin Food & Wine Festival
When: April 26 - April 28, 2013
Where: Austin, TX
What: Austin chefs such as Paul Qui, Bryce Gilmore, Rene Ortiz join with fellow Texans (Tim Byres, Tim Love) and visiting chefs from all over the country for this Food & Wine-presented festival. There are going to be demos from Christina Tosi, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Marcus Samuelsson, Andrew Zimmern and more, plus a competition to find out who can make the greatest taco in the land.

Le Grand Fooding
When: April 26 - April 27, 2013
Where: Los Angeles, CA
What: Le Fooding is bringing its outdoor festival to Los Angeles this month for the very first time, after years in New York City. Each evening, Le Grand Fooding "will celebrate the cultural link and love story between Paris and Los Angeles" with a lineup of French and American chefs, including Jean-François Piège, Inaki Aizpitarte, Grégory Marchand, Sven Chartier, Nancy Silverton, Ludo Lefebvre, Roy Choi and more. They're also bringing in DJs and graphic designers from Paris and LA.

Exploring the Deliciousness of Insects
When: April 30 - May 1, 2013
Where: London, England
What: The Wellcome Collection is collaborating with the Pestival Festival on "a gastronomic evening of insect appreciation" with the Nordic Food Lab's Michael BomFrøst and Benedict Reade, plus entomology professor Marcel Dicke. There will be passed insect canapés, beer brewed by René Redzepi's Nordic Food Lab, and lots of conversation about elevating the status of insect-eating.

Food Book Fair
When: May 3 - May 5, 2013
Where: Brooklyn, NY
What: Over the course of three days, food writers, chefs, designers and more will descend on Brooklyn in honor of the written word. Participants include Nate Appleman, Marion Nestle, Oliver Strand, and Swallow Magazine, plus cookbooks and publications from Hugh Acheson, Cook It Raw, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, and Nancy Singleton. There will also be a resource fair for small food start-ups and Foodieodicals, "[a]n exposition of international food magazines, journals and periodicals from all over the world."

BottleRock
When: May 9 - May 12, 2013
Where: Napa, CA
What: BottleRock is much more than just a food festival: It's also a music festival, wine festival, and comedy festival. Napa area restaurants are providing the food, including La Condesa, Morimoto and a bunch of Napa Valley food trucks. Napa wineries are naturally involved as well, while musical acts include The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Cake, Violent Femmes, Blues Traveler, Mavis Staples and more. Comedians include the likes of Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, and Wyatt Cenac.

Vegas Uncork'd
When: May 9 - May 12, 2013
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
What: Bon Appétit Magazine's annual Vegas blowout returns with the reliably fun grand poolside tasting, plus master tastings with Francois Payard, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay, and more. Joel Robuchon is hosting a six-course "When in France" dinner, while Alain Ducasse ends the weekend with a brunch at miX.

Great GoogaMooga
When: May 17 - May 19, 2013
Where: Brooklyn, NY
What: Returning for a second year (and hopefully with fewer hitches), the Great GoogaMooga is storming Brooklyn's Prospect Park with a killer lineup of food and music. Vendors include Big Gay Ice Cream, Eataly, Momofuku Milk Bar, Pat LaFrieda, The Meatball Shop, Umami Burger and more, while musical acts include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips and The Darkness. The Restaurant at Meadowood's Christopher Kostow is also doing a special three-course ticketed dinner

Mesamérica
When: May 20 - May 22, 2013
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
What: Enrique Olvera's Mésamerica Festival returns for a second year with a lineup of chefs that includes René Redzepi, Alex Atala, David Kinch, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Jorge Vallejo, Elena Reygadas, and Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. The festival's aim is to promote Mexican cuisine in a conversation among those at the forefront of global gastronomy.

Looking Ahead:

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
When: May 30 - June 2, 2013
Where: Atlanta, GA
What: Atlanta's iteration of Food & Wine festival brings in chefs from throughout the South to celebrate the region's culinary heritage from Florida to Maryland. The event's advisory council includes the likes of Ford Fry, Linton Hopkins, Edward Lee, Julian Van Winkle, John Besh, John Currence, Andrea Reusing, Ashley Christenson, Sean Brock, and Jeff McGinnis.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic
When: June 14 - June 16, 2013
Where: Aspen, CO
What: As usual, a number of headliner names are stopping into Aspen this summer for the annual Food & Wine Classic. Expect to see José Andrés talking about (and possibly to) oysters, Top Chef challenges with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, cooking demos with Jacques Pépin, plus conversations with panelists like Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer and others.


2015 Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

There are several major things that I look forward to throughout the year, and one of those major things that I look forward to each and every year has to be the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. I look forward to this festival because I enjoy trying new spirits, indulging in new foods , and seeing some of my favorite foodies. Thousands of people travel throughout the Southeast for this exciting weekend in Atlanta.

This year was one for the books! Not only did I get to try new foods and amazing liquors, I also met Chef Kevin Rathbun, which was really the highlight of my weekend. Although the rain tried to keep us down, the rain was no match for eager Atlantan’s ready to get their eat on!

While engaging with various vendors at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, some of my favorite vendors had to be:

South Carolina Just Right

Maverick Southern Kitchen: High Cotton Greenville,High Cotton Charleston,Old Village Post House,Slightly North Broad and Charleston Cooks.


Friends of Eater Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2013

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We've already covered the restaurant standbys, top newcomers, 2013 in one word, best dining neighborhood, and the biggest dining surprises. Now it's time for the single best meal of the year. Readers, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

BoccaLupo. [Photo: Alex Lassiter]

Q: What was the single best meal of 2013?
Beth McKibben, Twisted South Magazine food editor:
My birthday meal from Zach Meloy at Pushstart (now Better Half). No one has come close to matching it. It was sheer perfection right down to the after dinner moonshine shots.

John Mishler, Eater Atlanta contributor
For food alone, BoccaLupo. For food and a unique experience, Gunshow.

Jennifer Maley, Eater Atlanta contributor:
Team Hidi Event 2013.

Jimmy Sobeck, Eat It, Atlanta:
Miller Union
Out of town - Xiao Bao Biscuit (Charleston)

Laura Scholz, Eater Atlanta contributor
Tyler Williams's "welcome" dinner at Woodfire Grill was creative, playful, brilliant, and flawless.

Brad Kaplan, Creative Loafing and Thirsty South:
My first visit to Gunshow. It's not for everyone, but the food, the attitude, the relaxed atmosphere (and, at the time, the free wine corkage policy) all converged to make for a superbly enjoyable meal with friends.

John Kessler, Atlanta Journal Constitution
I had a meal at Bacchanalia earlier this year that reminded me why it's alone in its class in Atlanta.

Angela Hansberger, Fiddlehead Foraging:
Two of every oyster followed by caviar service at Kimball House. Was it freshness from the sea, impeccable service, or the company that made it so memorable?

Jennifer Zyman, Creative Loafing:
Every meal I had at One Eared Stag. Robert Phalen is our city's most innovative and under appreciated chefs. If you haven't been there or it has been a while, you need to go.

Chris Watkins, Eat Drink Repeat:
Opti-Burger at The Optimist

Grant Goggans, Marie, Let's Eat
Overall, it was a supper at Brooks Barbecue in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Locally, it might be the shrimp and grits at JCT Kitchen.

Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal Constitution:
This probably isn't fair, but the About South dinner at the History Center during the Atlanta Food & Wine festival was a total experience, with Atlanta chefs like Linton Hopkins, Gerry Klaskala, Duane Nutter and Anne Quatrano showing out with the likes of John Besh, John Currence, Edward Lee, and the presence of the wonderful Julian Van Winkle.

Broderick Smylie, Savory Exposure:
I attended Atlanta Food & Wine Festival "About South" opening dinner at the Atlanta History Center. It's not every day when you get a chance to eat dinner served by the best chefs in the south and I was absolutely full when I left.

Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta Magazine and Knife & Fork:
Alas, it wasn't in Atlanta. I ate at Pakta in Barcelona and found some of the same creativity I remember from El Bulli

Sonia Chopra, Eater Atlanta editor:
I didn't have a single bad meal at BoccaLupo this year. And I had a fantastic dinner, complete with smart wine flights, great cocktails, and perfect service, at the bar at Stem in East Cobb last month.


Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: A Must-Taste Spring Foodie Event

Every year, just before Atlanta gets too hot for comfort, the city undergoes a massive festival surge. April&rsquos Dogwood Festival and beer-fueled SweetWater 420 Fest are perennial must-sees. But it&rsquos May&rsquos Atlanta Food & Wine Festival that takes top honors. Honestly, you&rsquod do well to plan an entire trip around it.

Whether you&rsquore an obsessive Food Network devotee, an avid home cook, an in-the-know foodie, a server, a chef or simply a person who loves to eat, drink and be merry, this sprawling annual fest has it all and makes its base in Midtown Atlanta. Opt for one, two, three or four days of festival-going (Dates this year include May 29 - June 1.), as you join fellow eaters and more than 250 chefs and mixologists from across the nation for exclusive dinners, tasting tents, presentations, classes and foodie chatter.

Small tastes vary from savory to sweet at the tasting tents. &mdash Photo courtesy of Raftermen Photography / AF&WF

Loews Atlanta Hotel is the festival&rsquos official hotel - so there&rsquos a good chance you&rsquoll rub elbows with that Top Chef alum you&rsquove been geeking out over - which will host a smattering of demos, classes and a daily breakfast (for connoisseur package ticket holders). Pick an interest, any interest. Chances are, this festival has a special presentation or class tailored to your favorite cuisine, led by an esteemed chef or food personality.

For instance, Chef Kevin Gillespie (Atlanta) will give the scoop on hillbilly grub Chefs Edward Lee (Louisville, Kentucky) and Paul Qui (Austin, Texas) will lead a flavorful journey through South Korean cuisine James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins (Atlanta) will talk about endangered heritage foods, including several from the South Frank Stitt (Birmingham, Alabama) will reflect on food in Southern literature and chocolatier Kristen Hard (Atlanta) will bare witness to raw chocolate&rsquos phenomenal qualities.

From complicated plates to on-the-go comfort eats (like this King of Pops popsicle), Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is chockablock with good eatin'. &mdash Photo courtesy of Raftermen Photography / AF&WF

When not polishing up on your kitchen know-how, walk three blocks over to 12th Street and Peachtree Walk, where tasting tents dominate. They're arranged in various &ldquotrails,&rdquo so you can plan your gorging on a theme. Examples include Bourbon, Craft Beer, Farm Fresh, Chicken, Seafood, Pork, Southern Sandwiches and Southern Wines.

Take your empty belly on an exploration through food and booze from more than 100 award-winning chefs (The selection of chefs changes daily.). This isn&rsquot one of those festivals where you get a little bite of this, a little bite of that, then pull through a drive-through for some &ldquoreal food.&rdquo No, sir. You&rsquod be hard-pressed to find a way to eat up every booth . . . which is why this lasts for four days.

Gastronomes take over the lawn at the Atlanta History Center during the 2013 About South dinner. &mdash Photo courtesy of Raftermen Photography / AF&WF

At night, sign up for one of the festival&rsquos high-demand dinners for an unmatchable culinary experience. Cooking all-stars will team up to cook around different themes at locations around the city.

Case-in-point: Friday night&rsquos About South dinner brings together 34 chefs (culinary royalty like Aaron Deal, Brooks Reitz, Ashley Christensen, Julian Van Winkle and Anne Quatrano) from 13 states for a Southern-inspired feast held on the bucolic lawn of Atlanta History Center. Dig in!


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