Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Atlanta's first local fried chicken fest

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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Fried chicken. A classic comfort food and Southern staple. Also, a dish that chef Ron Eyester is so fond of, he decided to dedicate an entire day to celebrate its glory. This weekend marks the first annual Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival, where Atlanta's chefs will fire up the fryers to showcase their favorite version of the classic.

Keeping things truly local, North Georgia's Springer Mountain Farms is donating all of the chicken for the event, and SweetWater is providing beer. And of course there will be Bourbon. Jim Beam will be in the house with the hard stuff.

Weighing in on their favorites will be judges James Oxendine of Atlanta magazine's Covered Dish, Ashley Hesseltine of Daily Candy and CBS Better Mornings, and Sarah Ann Soffer of Eat.Drink.Repeat. There will also be a People's Choice element, whereby attendees will be able to cast a vote for their favorite dish.

Participating chefs include:

Asha Gomez, Cardamom Hill
Jordan Wakefield, Meehan's
Suzanne Vizethann, The Hungry Peach
Justin Keith, Food 101
The Fox Brothers, Fox Bros BBQ
Matt Coggin, DBA Barbecue
Matt Swickerath, Valenza
Stephen Herman, Haven
Terry Koval, Farm Burger
Darrell Rice, Tavern 99
Todd Richards, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

The event will take place Sat., Mar. 31, 2-6 p.m. in a tented lot next to Rosebud in Morningside. Tickets are $35, which includes fried chicken tastings from participating chefs and two Jim Beam drinks or Sweetwater beers. Additional drinks are available for purchase as well as High Road Craft Ice Cream. Get yours here.

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