Something very exciting happened in October: I got to be a judge at my very favorite foodie festival in the city, Taste of Atlanta.
I am so honored to have been asked to judge this year's event! I've been attending TOA religiously since moving back to Atlanta after graduation: The three-day festival showcases the best dishes of so many phenomenal restaurants from around the city. It's like getting a sneak peek into the most talked-about eateries in your favorite neighborhoods, sans all the driving around and searching for parking.
|Davio's prep station for their famous gnocchi bolognese (the best in town!)|
|TOA's VIP experience = all you can eat and drink (definitely worth the price!)|
|Bar Taco's street corn--authentically delicious!|
|Running into a few local celeb chefs, like Ron Eyester of Rosebud and "Top Chef" fame|
|The Delia Champion of Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand|
|Article 14: Scallop in French roasted pumpkin puree + seeds. The right amount of fall flavor gives this classic seafood dish an unexpected but much welcomed twist. This won my vote (and TOA's) for Best Taste on Saturday.|
|Chai Pani: Kale pakoras, made with curried chickpea batter and served with green chutney + sweet yogurt.|
|Whole Foods Mobile Kitchen: Seasonal beet salad. The fresh dressing and the cheese crisps was a nice surprise.|
|Four Roses Bourbon: Spiced bourbon cocktail served in mini pumpkins! This got my vote for best drink.|
|Ink & Elm: Preserved Georgia shrimp with crispy chicken skin. The hard-boiled egg is an added bonus. Wowza!|
Did you go to this year's event? How was your experience?