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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, complete with after hours treats


As we close in on the end of spring we're also nearing the first Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (May 19-22).

Along with seminars, demonstrations, tastings and discussions by leading Atlanta chefs, mixologists and sommeliers, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will have some intensely fun sounding after hours specials. At these "a la carte" gatherings, guests will mix and mingle with the professionals at restaurants and private homes. There's also late night Street Cart parties.

On Friday night, one of the eventss will be a Chef's Choice Wine Dinner with Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, Karen and Ben Barker of Magnolia Grill and Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill ($150). Then, on Saturday night Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun's, Kevin Rathbun Steak and Krog Bar will host a chef's party with Stephan Pyles of Stpehen Pyles Restaurant and Jeff Tunks or Acadiana.

An updated schedule of the A la Carte events follows after the jump. A full schedule of the festival's events is available online. However, be warned that some events are exclusive to specific ticket levels.

Friday Night | 7:30 p.m.

Break the Rules | W Atlanta Midtown
Nathan Lippy, Food, Drinks & Rock 'n Roll
Only Open to Foodsters

A Southern Supper | Miller Union
Matt Lee and Ted Lee, Steven Satterfield, Miller Union

Chef's Choice Wine Dinner | Empire State South
Hugh Acheson, Empire State South, Karen & Ben Barker, Magnolia Grill, Frank Stitt, Highlands Bar & Grill

Frog & Peach | 103 West
Pano I. Karatassos, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Eric Ziebold, CityZen, Jeremy Miller, Bluepointe

Inspired Southern | Woodfire Grill Kevin Gillespie, Woodfire Grill, Vishwesh Bhatt, Cocktails poured by Zacapa Rum

Italian Dinner | Pricci.
Todd English, Todd English Enterprises, Jamie Adams, Veni Vidi Vici, Piero Premoli, Pricci

New Orleans Flavors | Serpas True Food
Spronsored by TABASCO™
John Besh, Besh Restaurant Group, John Currence, City Grocery Restaurant Group, Donald Link, Link Restaurant Group, Scott Serpas, Serpas True Food

Oceans 3 | Watershed
Joe Truex, Watershed, Bryan Caswell, REEF, Mike Lata, FIG

Pig Out Texas Style | JTC Kitchen
Tim Love, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Ford Fry, JTC Kitchen, cocktails mixed Dale DeGroff, King Cocktail

Spring Farm to Table Dinner | Parish
Joe Schafer, Parish, Sean Brock, McCrady’s and Special Guest Julian Van Winkle, Old Rip Van Winkle Distilling

Friday Night | 10:00 p.m

Late Night Street Cart Pavilion | Street Cart Pavilion
Alberta Cabrera, Jeremy Fox, Katsuya Fukushima, Eli Kirshtein, Whitney Otawka, Adam Sobel

Saturday Night | 7:30 p.m.

Chef’s Party at the Rathbun Home Kevin Rathbun , Rathbun’s Kent Rathbun, Abacus, Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Jeff Tunks, Acadiana

Evolving Tradition into Today’s Taste | The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Todd Richards, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Duane Nutter, One Flew South, Darryl Evans, City Club of Buckhead, Kevin Mitchell, Culinary Institute of Charleston, Evette Brady, 1602 Restaurant, Stephen Satterfield, ISAW

Saturday Night | 10:00 p.m

Basque in the South | ECCO
Micah Willix ECCO and Adolfo Garcia, Rio Mar

Late Night Street Cart Pavilion | Street Cart Pavilion
Alberta Cabrera, Jeremy Fox, Katsuya Fukushima, Eli Kirshtein, Whitney Otawka, Adam Sobel

Sunday Morning |The Morning After

11:00am Gospel Sunday Brunch | Ritz Carlton Atlanta (Downtown)
Yves Samake, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown), Atlanta, GA, John Farace, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, Brian Jones, Atlanta Grill, Atlanta, GA, Yann Chupin, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA

EDITOR'S NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the current event schedule and to remove some erroneous information about the origins of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

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