Taste of Atlanta Showcases the City’s Best Chefs & Restaurants


Hundreds of food fans came to Tech Square in Midtown for Taste of Atlanta last weekend. The festival showcased the best in the city’s thriving food, wine, beer and cocktail scene.

A highlight was getting to taste food from more than 80 local restaurants all in one area. From barbecue to burgers, tacos to Thai, Italian to Ethiopian, plus plenty of desserts to satisfy a sweet craving, Taste of Atlanta offered a bite of everything.

“It raises awareness of Atlanta and the amount of great restaurants that we have,” said Chef Kevin Rathbun. “I think with all the younger kids, people going to college and just the in-town vibe, it’s a great venue. And I think it brings awareness to great food and what’s in the city, what’s out there.”

“What I do is a labor of love, and I wish I could actually spend more time cooking,” said Chef Ron Eyester. “[I’m] really excited about where our food is going as a city.”

Chef Eyester of Rosebud and the Family Dog was one of the chefs who entertained guests with demonstrations. At the “Inside the Food Studio” stage Chef Eyester was joined by singer Francine Reed to mix up his famous Bloody Mary. Later he teamed up with Chef Nick Melvin to battle against Chefs Drew Belline and Ford Fry on the main stage.

For VIP ticket holders, Taste of Atlanta offered the chance to learn about wine, beer and spirits at educational seminars, then taste more inside the VIP tasting tent.

“I have found, and I still believe this, that wine drinkers in Georgia are some of the most fun to be with,” said Certified Wine Educator Gil Kulers who led the wine seminars. “What they have in common is that they’re all very interested in all aspects of wine.”

This year marked the 10th anniversary of Taste of Atlanta as the city’s premier food, wine beer and cocktail event.

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