Anything by Jezebel or Atlanta magazine is generally suspect IMHO
Generally I agree with Knife and Fork but I eat out a lot, at a bunch of great spots around town and at Gunshow twice now. Both times they were some of the best and most enjoyable meals I have had. Maybe its the fact that I have gone on a Tuesday or Wednesday night when it's less crowded but I would rate it quite a bit higher.
@stepback I agree with you, the best place to get the full experience is the restaurant. However, not many people can get to Fig in Charleston, Poole's in Raleigh and Hot & Hot in Birmingham, so this let's me taste all of that in one place. Maybe I try something here and it convinces me to go visit these places. I am well versed in mass food prep and the restaurant business from many angles and sympathize with your point. All I'm arguing is that this event is 5 steps up from a taste of X events. I had a similar opinion to yours until I actually went last year.
I think stepbacktoreality has it very wrong. This isn't an event to be seen, this is basically 180 degrees from Taste of Atlanta or other events. I went last year and the food is prepared on site at their stations, and it was some of the best food I've tasted. I've been to crap food fests and this is a food lovers dream. Cardamom Hill basically got a rocket boost from the reviews of her chicken she served at one of the tents. Hugh Acheson personally manned his station providing samples from Empire State South. All the great food in our city and across the south is represented along with free pours of any liquor you can think of. Is it inexpensive, no. But the quality is there to back up the cost. The classes are fun and informative and you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Everyone needs to calm down. I'm thinking he just likes to put stuff out in the ether to generate a good response and debate. I don't imagine a column about how great and nice his customers are and how perfect owning a restaurant is and how cartoon birds help him dress salads as the line cooks whistle a sweet tune would be an interesting read now would it?
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