A Few of My Favorite Things (72 | ATL Food & Wine Fest)

[the cutest little 7 month session up on the website]

[upstairs hallway re-do: from tan to grey]

[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: pink JCrew cardigan // navy and white tank // GAP jeans // pink Tieks flats // Fiona Bib Necklace // Eden Studs // Bardot Spiral Bracelet in gold // Eternal Band Ring]

[ATL Food & Wine Festival – food classes, private events, and too many delicious tastings]

[smoking brisket in the “De-Regionalized” BBQ class]
[tasting:: brisket 3 ways — quesadillas, sliders, and bruschetta]
[flowery, fruity cocktail shooter]

[tasting tents and glasses on lanyards]
[prettiest tiny bite with crab meat and veggies | bourbon brittle from Nashville | best mac n cheese from G.C. BBQ | Honeysuckle Gelato]
IMG_3810 [tangerine and mint cotton candy!]
[my super woman SIL, one of the planners of AFWF]
[Pig Out party at JCT Kitchen]

[seafood, gazpacho, cocktails, caramel cake, and a great band]
[Amex event @ The Painted Pin in Buckhead]
What a busy weekend. My parents came up from Florida for the Food & Wine Festival, which my SIL Lauren’s company coordinated. She’s been working night and day for months on this huge event, and it was really fun to see all of their hard work come together. We started out with some food classes on Saturday. The Southern Food & Great Literature class included a panel discussion with chefs Anne Quatrano (Atlanta restaurants include Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, and Floataway Cafe, among others), Bill Smith (NC), and Frank Stitt (AL). While they talked about their favorite cookbooks and Southern cuisine and culture, we got to sample some of the chefs’ own dishes, including biscuits and homemade strawberry jam, cheese crackers (w/rice krispy treats!), and pea cakes with salsa. In our next class, “De-Regionazlied” BBQ with John Rivers (FL), we learned all about smoking brisket (which we’ve never done), and some really fun ways to prepare it. The brisket quesadilla and bruschetta were some of our favorite tastes all day. We got his cookbook, so I can’t wait to smoke some meat and make all kinds of new dishes.

Aside from the heat and mass crowds at the tasting tents, they were my favorite part of the event. With glasses on lanyards to keep your hands free to hold more food, we sampled SO many amazing dishes. Some of my faves were the mini chicken pot pie from TRACE (opening soon at W Midtown Atlanta), Grand Champion BBQ mac n cheese, Bourbon Brittle from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. in Nashville, Highland Brewing Company porter beer, tangerine mint cotton candy, and balsamic vinegar drizzled over pound cake from Marchetti International (Italy).

Some other fun AFWF events we attended were at JCT Kitchen and The Painted Pin. I’m excited for TPP to open soon — it’s a high end bowling alley located on Miami Circle in Buckhead. Aside from bowling, they have bocce ball, skee ball, a game called Skittles, swanky seating, and giant pizza ovens. I’m sure it’ll be packed out for a while, but we’re looking forward to going with friends sometime.

After a weekend of food and fun with our family, I’m looking forward to a somewhat low-key week… and Friday marks mine and Craig’s 5-year wedding anniversary! Cheers!

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

My superwoman sister-in-law Lauren volunteered for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown last week (just a couple days after returning from their honeymoon, mind you), and she was gracious enough to offer up her 2 free passes for the last day of the event.
I love food and cocktails, and I love it even more when it’s free. So how could we say no (especially considering that
passes were $100+ per person each day)?


The tasting tents were PACKED to the max with people, food, drinks, and more people.

Being in the South, there was a lot of BBQ. And Bourbon.

Shrimpies and crawfish!

One of my favorites of the day… Frito Pie from Fox Bros. BBQ! I already know that I love Fox Bros, so I didn’t really have to try their food…
until I saw brisket chili being scooped into bags of Fritos. Yep. Messy and delicious.


Excuse the blurry photo, but this is Kevin Gillespie from Top Chef! He has an awesome beard. 

We tasted some fried chicken sammies from his booth and they were one of my other favorites of the day.
The chicken was marinated in pickle juice!


M.E.A.T. and lots of it. I’m not even sure what any of this was.

Mini Sublime donuts? Yes! I should have taken one of each. 
The festival was such a fun way to end our week. A torrential downpour kept us all crowded under the main tent for a bit, but other than that, we had a great time. Craig’s favorite were the fried chicken livers — so much so that he went back for seconds and was still talking about them last night. We can’t remember which restaurant they were from… maybe Magnolia’s in South Carolina? We may never know. My faves were Kevin Gillespie’s fried chx sammies, the mini Sublime donuts, and the Frito Pie from Fox Bros. We also enjoyed tastings of Wolf Mountain wine, several bourbons, and craft beer. All quite yummy. I hope Lauren volunteers next year so we can go to the tasting tents again!  (he he) Thanks, Lauren!

A Few of My Favorite Things (26)

[Friday night dinner with friends @ Pozole]


[Look of the week: Pink maxi skirt (Old Navy last spring) // White tank (Old Navy) //
Stella & Dot Bahari Necklace (being retired soon!) // Janie Studs // Bardot Spiral Bracelet]

[perfect Saturday picnic in the park]

[dining al fresco @ TAP in midtown]

[Cheers for Children, benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta]

[Sunday Funday at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival]

What a fun, eventful weekend in Atlanta! It started and ended with food, which is always a favorite for me. Friday, we met some friends for dinner out on the patio at Pozole, a really great little Latin-style restaurant in the Virginia Highlands. I love their pork/corn/cheese quesadilla and their margaritas. Several people had the jalapeno ritas – too spicy for me, but they had an interesting flavor. On Saturday, we got really brave and picked up sammies for a picnic lunch in this great park near our house… with Coco. She was surprisingly well-behaved, only tried to eat our lunch a couple times, and the weather was perfect. Win! Saturday night, we attended Cheers for Children, a charity auction/cocktail party benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is where my sister-in-law works. We have gone several years now, and it’s always a fun night out. This year, it was at the W Hotel in Midtown, so we had dinner outside among the high rise buildings before “cheersing” for the kids. And as if that weren’t enough for one weekend, my lovely SIL offered us 2 free passes to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on Sunday….which meant a lot more eating. It was a neat event – more on that later. Now it’s Monday, and I’m counting the hours until we leave for our beach vacay!