Note to media: Press credentials applications are available on the Taste of Atlanta website by visitin http://tasteofatlanta.com/mediaContact.php. Application deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014
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To Have and to Hold from This Taste Forward: 13th Annual Taste of Atlanta Kicks off with Friday Night Celebration Themed Culinary Matrimony on October 24
Eat, drink and ‘be married’ with creative gastronomic parings at festival kickoff event in Midtown at Tech Square
ATLANTA (September 2, 2014) – Here comes the bride…now open wide! To help food lovers say “I do” to the smorgasbord of flavors and fun offered at the 13th annual Taste of Atlanta, the festival is hosting a celebratory kickoff party on Friday, October 24 in Midtown at Tech Square! The event, themed Culinary Matrimony, will unite unlikely, yet harmonious parings, as local celebrity chefs lift the veil to match-made-in-heaven recipes, libations and more.
Keeping with tradition, this Friday night festival kickoff is an all-inclusive block party with exclusive bites from select restaurants, bountiful booze and live music from 80s Synth Pop band Electric Avenue. Attendees will enjoy the joining of both famed and more obscure flavor pairings from the city’s power culinary players. As a true labor of love, participating celebrity chefs, including Ron Eyester of Rosebud, Jay Swift of 4th & Swift and Drew Belline of No. 246, will serve creatively combined dishes inspired by coupling with a partner of their choosing – whether it be a home-grown farmer, stirring mixologist, seasoned cheese maker, acclaimed artist, fellow chef or anyone who shares that undeniable chemistry.
“We wanted to incorporate something old and something new into this year’s Taste of Atlanta kickoff event, and the Culinary Matrimony theme is the perfect pairing!” said Chef and Restaurateur Ron Eyester of Rosebud, The Family Dog, Timone’s and his latest concept, Diner. “Friday night is always such an awesome time for both the chefs and the attendees – we can be as creative as we want with the event theme, and guests get to try new, innovative dishes that aren’t offered anywhere else.”
The evening will serve up more than just phenomenal food, entertainment and fun – guests can also give back to the community - and live happily ever after - as a portion of event proceeds will be donated to Georgia Organics, a local non-profit that connects organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.
Friday night participating chefs and restaurants include:
- Jay Swift, 4th & Swift
- Patric Bell, Barrelhouse
- Archna Becker, Bhojanic
- Suzanne Vizethann, Buttermilk Kitchen
- Fox Brothers, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
- John Metz, Marlow's Tavern
- Drew Belline, No. 246
- Ron Eyester, Rosebud
- Drew Van Leuvan, Seven Lamps
- Craig Richards, St. Cecilia
- Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol
- Terry Koval, Wrecking Bar
- Tyler Williams
General admission tickets for Friday night start at $70. General Admission ticket holders receive access into the event at 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $90 and include early entrance to the event at 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.tasteofatlanta.com/tickets.php to purchase tickets.
Culinary Matrimony is presented by Big Green Egg, Springer Mountain Farms and US Foods.
About Taste of Atlanta:
Taste of Atlanta packs the bold flavors, colorful personalities and vibrant energy of an entire city into 10 blocks in Midtown Atlanta. The three-day festival explores the city's unique neighborhoods by sampling tastes from the chefs and bartenders that give each area its own creative energy. Since its inception in 2002, Taste of Atlanta has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands of food, wine, beer and cocktail lovers from across the country. Festival attendees bring their adventurous appetites and experience a full range of flavors, from time-honored Southern classics to innovative dishes that are destined to be the next culinary trend. Patrons also enjoy interactive cooking demonstrations on four main stages, live entertainment and family-friendly activities for food lovers of all ages. Taste of Atlanta supports several Atlanta non-profit groups, including Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, Atlanta’s Table, Georgia Organics and Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia and ProStart®. Indulge in the city’s flavors Friday through Sunday, October 24-26 in Midtown at Tech Square to truly savor what makes Atlanta the food capital of the South. For more information, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com
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Note to media: Press credentials applications are available on the Taste of Atlanta website by visiting http://tasteofatlanta.com/mediaContact.php. Application deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014
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