It’s that time of the year again, and Taste of Atlanta will once again be taking over the streets of Midtown beginning with a kickoff party tonight, and two full days of activities on Saturday and Sunday. Taste of Atlanta is perhaps best known for the tasting tents that will dot the area around Technology Square on Spring and Fifth Streets, but there are many other activities available. My favorite activity in the past few years has been the Inside the Food Studio tent that brings area chefs, food writers & other notables in the food world for panel discussions and occasionally a taste or two. Audience members are encouraged to interact and ask questions.

From the press release:

The 2012 Inside the Food Studio session highlights include:

  • ·         From Garden to Groceries: Backyard crops are blooming across even the most urban areas, and starting one is a cinch. From sowing and maintaining to harvesting and cooking, gather tips to turn your bounty into everyday meals.
  • ·         The Offal Truth: We scoured Atlanta to find the city’s most out-of-the-ordinary ingredients that span from nose to tail. Both the adventurous and timid can get a taste of the truly bizarre yet deliriously delicious.
  • ·         Condiments to the Chef: Relish every bite as we explore unique sauces, gravies, dressings and condiments ideal for dipping and drizzling.
  • ·         Breakfast Around the World: Across the globe, breakfast is revered as the most important meal of the day. Whether its rice porridge, black pudding or buttery croissants, find out what fuels the world.

Over at Atlanta Magazine, Wyatt Williams has shared his picks on a few spots to check out at the festival, and Bob shares a few notes about this weekend’ s event, including the BarCraft competition in the VIP tents, dominated this year by female contestants.

Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell


In this year’s preview, I wanted to highlight a few authors who will be stopping by the bookstore tent at the event. As many food bloggers do, I have quite the cookbook selection, bordering on hoarder status.

One of the first food bloggers that I started to follow years ago, is Adam Roberts who is a former Emory University law student who chronicles his adventures on his blog The Amateur Gourmet.  I always get a kick out of his blog, whether he’s meeting with a notable person in the food world or trying to figure out a recipe on a livestream.

I was pretty excited when he announced the title of his upcoming cookbook, Secrets of the Best Chefs,  which features many Atlanta chefs prominently. Empire State South’s Hugh Acheson, Cardamom Hill’s Asha Gomez, Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch’s Linton Hopkins and Bacchanalia’s Anne Quatrano are among the many chefs that Adam meets with and shares their tips and recipe in the book. In addition to appearing at Taste of Atlanta, he’ll appear at Emory University and at a dinner at Empire State South. See below for further details. I’ve had a glance at a preview copy of the book and there are many recipes that I’m eager to try out, look for them in an upcoming post.

Saturday, October 6, 2:00 PM
Taste of Atlanta, Barnes & Noble Bookstore Tent, Tech Square, Atlanta
Adam Roberts will sign copies of “Secrets of the Best Chefs”

More info here.


Monday, October 8, 4:00 PM
Emory University Campus Bookstore, 1390 Oxford Road, Atlanta
Adam Roberts will sign copies of “Secrets of the Best Chefs” at his alma mater.

(404) 727-6222


Monday, October 8, 6:15 PM
Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South, 999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Three-course, prix-fixe dinner with a menu inspired by “Secrets of the Best Chefs”
Admission includes dinner and a copy of the book
For reservations: 404-541-1105

Cheryl and Griffith Day. Photo courtesy of Artisan Books

I’ve never met Cheryl and Griffith Day, but if you check out our interactions on Twitter and Facebook, you might think that we  have. Cheryl & I are both twitter addicts and somehow I’ve missed them on previous trips to Atlanta for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and the Decatur Book Festival. They own a popular bakery just down the road in Savannah. I was pretty excited to see that they’d appear at Taste of Atlanta on Sunday and sign copies of their book, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. Charleston’s Jewell & Ginnie did an amazing job with their cookbook trailer.

Back In The Day Bakery from Jewell&Ginnie on Vimeo.

I’m not much of a baker but I’m eager to give it a try. Cheryl has appeared with her friend Paula Deen on her TV show and I’ve seen her wow the viewers of QVC before the book’s release, and a friend of Tami’s is a friend of mine.

Aren’t they adorable? I can’t wait to meet them.

photo by yours truly


Last, but certainly not least, is my friend Jenna Weber who will appear at Taste of Atlanta on Saturday. She writes the popular blog Eat, Live, Run and has just released her book White Jacket Required. I met her on a trip to visit Hardy Wallace in Sonoma a few years ago and the photo above was taken on of my most memorable Thanksgiving Days ever, filled with wine, food, and even more wine.  We also took a trip up to Mendocino, goofed around at a fun winery, Toulouse, and devoured pizza at Diavola.

Jenna Weber

Her appearance Saturday serves as the Atlanta stop on her book tour to promote her book White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story. The book covers her many adventures starting with culinary school and twists and turns she’s encountered along the way, as well as a number of recipes.

The full schedule for the bookstore tent including additional authors that will be appearing, and the festival in general can be found on