The chefs have gone home, the tents have come down, and another year of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is in the books. Four days of dinners, cooking & booze seminars and tasting tents showcased the best that the South has to offer. There was no signature Food Network celebrity on the bill to bring in the hordes, just honest good food from restaurants from Texas to Virginia with a lot of Atlanta mixed in.
Some of the longest lines were reserved for culinary outlets like The Spotted Trotter and Cardamom Hill that didn’t even have a brick and mortar location at the time of last year’s festivals. Many joked last year that the festival was really the Atlanta Food and Bourbon festival, and there was no doubt plenty of bourbon at this year’s festival. The spirits industry must’ve gotten wind of this and the bourbon folks were joined by tables hawking mezcal, acai spirits, pisco and more.
The wine dinner I attended at Cardamom Hill, didn’t have much wine at all, but I wasn’t complaining. The dinner was a collaboration between CH chef Asha Gomez, George Mendes from Aldea in NYC and mixologist Gina Chersevani. Cocktails ranged from cachaca, red wine, and gin concoctions and homemade ginger & cilantro syrups and leek-infused vermouth. I’m still trying to replicate the gin+coconut milk+cilantro offering that paired masterfully with Chef Mendes’ house cured bacalhau (Hey Gina, call me!).
I don’t have the gift of words that folks such as Bill Addison and Ozersky have, so be sure to check out their odes to the festival that was. What I do have is photos, and I’ll let them do the talking. Cheers!
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