Taste of Atlanta’s Delicious 10th Anniversary
October 22-23rd marked the celebration of Taste of Atlanta’s 10th anniversary, featuring more than 80 Atlanta primer restaurants, behind-the-scenes insight into dozens of celebrated chefs, and enough mouthwatering, innovative cuisine to satisfy any appetite. Visitors enjoyed a fantastic and sunny fall day in Midtown’s Tech Square, where bustling crowd of hungry festival-goers enjoyed samplings that ranged from savory pulled pork sandwiches and chicken tikka masala to delectable mousse martinis and red velvet mini cupcakes. To experience it all, arrive with an empty stomach and get ready to chow down! This festival is known as the “best bite in the city,” and believe us when we say it will not disappoint!
Mentionable edibles are limitless, but here are a few highlights!
Bricktops‘ Grilled Artichoke with Aioli: an appetizing treat! Grilling gave these such a smoky flavor and the aioli garlic mayo was a perfect zesty complement.
Livingston chef Zeb Stevenson: a Pecan Smoked Brisket with Kale & White Beans
Sublime Doughnuts: dainty delicacies… Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Orange Dream Star, and Strawberry N’ Cream Doughnuts. So cute!
Bhojanic Homestyle Indian Restaurant: Samosas with Mint and Tamarind Chutney
Highland Bakery: fresh and flavorful Button Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Williamson Bros Bar-B-Q: The ever classic BBQ sandwich with Williamson’s sauce!
The American Culinary Federation: a tasty low country boil with succulent shrimp, and perfectly cooked and seasoned corn, sausage, potatoes and onions.
Urban Flats‘ Mousse Martini: A sweet, fluffy, posh dessert served in a miniature martini glass!
L’Thai Escargot: in a mild curry sauce, surved in a pastry shell and topped with julienne kaffir leaves and sweet pepper. Fancy!
Those who attended also feasted their eyes and ears upon behind-the-scenes demonstrations by Atlanta acclaimed chefs. journeyPod attended Chef Alex DeGrossi of Botekim Brazilian Bistro creation of ‘Bolinho De Aipim Com Carne’ or Yucca Fritters with Ground Beef. We also learned how to celebrate ‘Meatless Monday’ with David Sweeney from Cakes and Ale and Rashid Nuri from Truly Living Well.
The VIP tent featured a cocktail contest where renowned bartenders concocted specialty drinks with special ingredient Fernet Branca. The VIP tent also treated guests to a huge selection of wines, over 40 craft beers, and more delicious food!
The Taste of Atlanta Festival gives you the chance to check out what your city offers, and believe us, you’ve got a lot on your plate! If you missed out this year, don’t worry! Use our top journeyPod picks and visit the restaurants we mentioned..for more info about 2011 participants, visit the Taste of Atlanta website!
By: Madison Marshall