So as day one of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival draws to a close, here's what we've got to report so far:
Best bites: Tennessee "Scrapple" with sorghum poppyseed agrodolce from City House, Nashville and coca-cola braised short rib on a crispy homemade tortilla from Boot Hill Saloon & Grill, Texas
Runner-up: Maple and Smoked Salt Chocolate Truffle from French Broad Chocolate, Asheville
More of CL contributor Brad Kaplan's bests:
Best drink: Mezcal Negroni with Ilegal Reposado mescal from Paul Calvert and Navarro Carr's seminar on the underappreciated spirits south of the border
Best aroma: walking by the Connoisseur Madeira tasting, where Mannie Berk was pouring 100 year old and 149 year old Madeira!
For CL Events Editor Wyatt Williams, "hearing David Wondrich wax poetic on cocktail history in a panel moderated by Besha Rodell," was the highlight of his day.
Williams, who attended a festival dinner at Cardamom hill last night featuring chefs Asha Gomez and Paul Mendes alongside mixologist Gina Chersevani, "was particularly taken with a cocktail of bluecoat gin, cilantro syrup, coconut, and lime. The play between the creamy coconut and bright lime fit right in with the coastal menu that Mendes and Gomez put together."
We're looking forward to all that day two of #AFWF2012 has in store!
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