Atlanta Living 7.9.22

Festivals happening today!

Cobb Tasting Festival at the Cobb Country Fairgrounds off of Windy Hill Road until 7pm

Chef Todd Richards headlines the Creole Food Festival at The Best End Brewing Company today until 8pm

Atlanta Food and Wine Back!

For the 11th year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) returns to celebrate Southern culinary traditions and deep-rooted culture with a weekend of curated dining experiences, thoughtful seminars and spirited Tasting Tents from Thursday, September 15, through Sunday, September 18. Anchored in Historic Fourth Ward Park, this year's AF&WF will bring together chefs, mixologists, farmers and brands from across the Southeast to create an unmatched attendee experience at every level, with a percentage of proceeds from each activation benefitting Children of Conservation's school lunch program, providing nutrient-dense meals for children in Africa. Honoring the rich history and hospitality ingrained in the South, attendees can savor diverse experiences from intimate, in-restaurant dinners, pop-ups and food & beverage tastings to expert panels, interactive demonstrations & friendly themed competitions, provided by some of the best creators the region has to offer. Children of Conservation has a number of programs supporting children in Africa, and AF&WF's donations will specifically benefit the school lunch program - feeding lunches to kids who otherwise eat one meal per day and protein once per week. This program provides a protein lunch every day to help the youth stay in school and stay healthy. Tickets for the signature Tasting Tents are on sale now, with full chef & partner lineup and additional details coming soon. For more information, visit Launched in 2010, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a four-day, interactive culinary experience dedicated to shining an international spotlight on the rich food and beverage traditions of the South from Texas to the District of Columbia. Returning for its 11th year with new events and acclaimed talent, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will be held in Midtown Atlanta on Thursday, September 15 - Sunday, September 18, 2022 inviting guests to Eat, Drink, and Explore your way through the South. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Follow Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #AFWF2022

Battery Mimosas

Do you love that OJ + sparkling wine combo? Then mark your calendars for Sun., July 17, 11 am-3 pm and the Mimosa Fest. Live! at The Battery will host the event featuring specialty mimosas, live music, delicious brunch bites, games and more. General admission tickets are available here and include entry into the event and one mimosa. VIP tickets include three mimosas, a t-shirt, access to a VIP area and entry into the event an hour early.

Brew Fest Part II

Live! at the Battery & Terrapin Beer Co.'s Second-Annual Brew Fest happens on Sat., Aug. 13 inside The Battery Atlanta. Bringing together beer enthusiasts and brewers, the event invites attendees to taste over 100 beers, listen to live music on The Plaza stage, shop items from local vendors, play games, and more. Please see here for a press release with more information, here for images courtesy of Live! at the Battery and here to purchase tickets.

Go Fetch!

Fetch Park has opened its Alpharetta park with a special feature not at the other locations — two regulation beach volleyball courts. There's also an on-leash dog-friendly patio and a shipping container bar featuring frozen cocktails and food. Fetch's volleyball courts will host league play as well as multiple tournaments a year. Fetch will be hosting its first tournament from July 15 through July 17, 2022, with the winners of this two vs two tournament winning a four-night trip to Kona, Hawaii. Local fast-casual concept Cubanos will operate as their on-site restaurant so you can enjoy top-notch Cuban sandwiches with your your pooch. Fetch Park Alpharetta is Fetch's fourth park to open and is similar in look and feel to their other locations featuring green space covered in durable, mud-free field turf, cooling stations and a bath area, shaded seating, Wi-Fi throughout and multiple Ultra Bright Outdoor Televisions. Fetch is free for humans to enter and enjoy, with a membership program available for dogs to enter the off-leash park. Entrance to the off-leash park for pups ranges from a daily $10 rate to monthly and annual membership options. Members can enjoy all Fetch locations under their membership dues. To enter the property, all dogs are required to have up-to-date vaccinations on file and be spayed or neutered if eight months or older.

Burgers and Laughs

Every other Tuesday through September 27, Shake Shack's Summer Comedy Series features local comedian Damon Sumner and his comic friends. Guests can enjoy Shake Shack's full menu of a la carte Shack favorites and try the limited-time-only Bourbon Bacon menu, plus Shack red, white and rose canned wines, White Claw and beer from the rooftop drink cart, seasonal lemonades, shakes and frozen custard. Tickets are $30 per person online, available to purchase by tables of two ($60) and four ($120). There are also a few single tickets available per show. Doors open at 7 pm, and the shows start at 7:30 pm. Show dates include: July 19, Aug. 2, 16 & 30 and Sept. 13 & 27. Sumner can be seen on The Weather Channel's "Weather Gone Viral," EPIX's "Unprotected Sets," and heard on Sirius XM, plus Sumner co-hosts the laugh-out-loud podcast, "Forth and Ten," and created the YouTube Channel "BETTER DAD."

Sushi DIY

Second Self Brewing Company and Chef Andy invite guests to learn how to spread, layer, tuck, and roll their way to sushi heaven. In this fun, hands-on social cooking class, participants will learn all the skills needed to make sushi rolls at home, including how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and add additional tasty ingredients to enhance the dining experience. The class will teach guests how to make three types of sushi rolls: a California Roll, a Spicy Japanese Bagel Roll, and a traditional Cucumber Roll. Tickets are available here for $50 each. Chef Andy has garnered a decade of professional culinary experience. The sole proprietor of Mortal Ambrosia, he spent three years as an independent private chef and culinary instructor for locals in the Atlanta area. Classically trained in French and Japanese cooking techniques, he is known for creating many new recipes in his quest to make cooking easier and more enjoyable for all.

Beer + Yoga

Hops & Flow Yoga Class takes place at Fire Maker Brewing every 3rd Sunday at 11 am. Sweat to a lovely yoga class while enjoying a tasty Fire Maker beer or seltzer! $15 includes your yoga class and first beverage! This 60-minute class is designed for all levels. Class begins at 11 am, and doors open at 1030am. Please bring your mat, a towel, and some water! Spaces are limited, please buy tickets ahead of time. *No show, no refund*

Benefit for Gun Violence

Grant Park fine dining beacon, Lazy Betty, will host a fundraising dinner for to Benefit Victims' Families in Uvalde, TX, and Buffalo, NY on Thursday, July 21st from 6-8:30 pm. All profits from the evening will go directly to the victims' families. With attendance priced at $250, guests will be able to enjoy an open bar with cocktail specials and passed canapes, including savory and sweet. Works will be on view from local Atlanta artist Nicole Kang, who will donate a portion of proceeds from any sales to the victims' funds. Guests will also receive swag from LA-based artist Natalie Bui. All profits from the evening will go directly to the victims' families.

Boo Beard Awards!

Once again The James Beard Foundation snubbed the Atlanta restaurant scene and our incredible talent: The Ticonderoga Club, chef Kevin Gillespie (Gunshow, Revival), and pastry chef Claudia Martinez of Miller Union, all finalists, failed to garner a nod for the ultimate prize. I am beginning to get a little frustrated with the lack of hardware for the ATL year after year. This year we started with eight Atlanta chefs being named as semifinalists including Mia Orino and Carlo Gan of Filipino restaurant and pop-up Kamayan ATL for Emerging Chef, Jason Liang of Brush Sushi Izakaya, Craig Richards of Lyla Lila, and Joey Ward of Southern Belle and Georgia Boy for Best Chef: Southeast, and Jen Yee for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Todd Richards and Joshua Lee were named semifinalists for Outstanding Restaurateur and Midtown restaurant Lyla Lila, co-owned by Craig Richards, was also named a semifinalist for Outstanding Wine Program. All went home empty-handed.

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