See the full lineup and menus for restaurants here:
Presented by Gas South, this festival will feature:
  • Live Music
  • Savory tastings from local restaurants
Admission is free, taste tickets are $1 apiece. All proceeds benefit the Sandy Springs Benevolent Fund.

More info can be found on their Facebook page:
Taste of the Nation Atlanta is the city's preeminent culinary benefit supporting the fight to end childhood hunger. So you better believe we’re gonna go big. 

  • Eat dishes from more than 50 local restaurants and mingle with all of the big guns: Karatassos, Rathbun, Gillespie, Quatrano, Hopkins. 
  • Drink award-winning wines from all over the world.
  • Collect rare wines in our much-anticipated Beverage Auction.
  • Listen to live music.
  • Bid on world-class trips, incomparable dining and luxury culinary experiences. (More info on the Live Auction Sneak Peek tab.)

It takes more than food to fight takes you.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Georgia Aquarium
255 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Event Chairmen: Pano Karatassos & George McKerrow
Honorary Chair: Sam Masell, Buckhead Coalition
Honorary Chef: Carmen Quagliata, Executive Chef/Partner at Union Square Cafe 

After nearly 30 years, Ray's Restaurants is bringing back a familiar favorite: Rio Bravo but as a new Ray's Catering venture. The Mexican- Inspired Classics, using the original fresh recipes using seasonal and locally sourced food, will be a hit at your next home, office or venue and ranging from 25-1000 guests! The Mexican–inspired classics include Chili Con Queso, Grilled Fajitas, Tacos, Margaritas and More!  Ray's Rio Bravo Catering will bring great food from their kitchen to yours. Call 770/580-9342 or visit .

Prepare your taste buds for the 24th Annual Taste of Alpharetta onThursday, May 8 in historic downtown Alpharetta, 2 South Main Street, from 5-10 p.m.  With 50,000 families, food lovers and festival-goers in attendance, over 60 gourmet food options, live music, and food competitions, the Taste of Alpharetta is the Southeast’s most anticipated dining festival.  In addition to the great food, patrons will enjoy a culinary competition, live music and family-friendly Fun Zone areas.
Admission is free and patrons can purchase food and activity tickets - 10 tickets for $5. Tickets are redeemed at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastes that will range from $.50 - $3 per sample or can also be used in the events family-friendly Fun Zones for a variety of activities ranging from pony rides and rock climbing walls, to inflatable’s, balloon art and henna tattoos. For a full listing of the 2014 participating restaurants, visit
“Alpharetta is becoming a shopping and dining destination,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.” We invite all foodies and festival lovers out to this event to have a taste of Alpharetta’s unique and chef-driven restaurants”
After filling up on delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts at the festival, plan to spend an event-packed weekend enjoying some of the awesome things Alpharetta has to offer its visitors.  Learn how to make some of your new favorite dishes with a trip to Georgia’s only Publix Apron’s Cooking School where you can have a once in a lifetime culinary experience. Learn from cooking celebrities and renowned restaurant chefs, or focus on a particular cuisine, technique, pairing topic or occasion.  Classes are also available for children or teens.   Sign up for a two or two and a half hour long class and take home new ideas and recipes. For more information on Taste of Alpharetta or Alpharetta hotels, events and restaurants visit
Schedule of Events
Music Stage
5:30 p.m. -   The Shadowboxers
7:15 p.m. -   Mayor & City Council / Sponsors
7:30 p.m. -   Rosco Bandana
8:30 p.m. -   Culinary Competition Awards
Culinary Competitions (Located on Roswell Street): 
From 5 - 7:30 p.m. Culinary Competitions will heat up Roswell Street.   A separate Culinary Stage diagonally across from the Music Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in contests for Best Salad/Appetizer, Best Fast Casual Entree, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Presentation and Best Booth. Atlanta Eats TV and radio host, Mara Davis, will emcee the culinary competition stage.

People’s Choice Awards (Located on Roswell Street at the Culinary Stage): 
Ballots will be available at the Culinary Stage through 7pm. There are no judging guidelines for this category. The restaurant with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

Fun Zones (located on Old Roswell and Old Canton Streets):
Titanic, Fire Truck, Cars 5 in 1 Combo, Monster Jeep, 24’ Dual Extreme Slide, Dragon Obstacle Course, Double Decker Bus, Pirate Ship Adventure, Jurassic Adventure, Noah’s Ark, Carousel Bounce, Popcorn, Hoops, Titanic, Temple of Doom Obstacle Course, Speed Throw, Ironman Obstacle Course, 24’ Dual Slide, Adventure course II, Adventure Course I and King Kong’s Revenge, Guitar Hero, Train, Rock Climbing and much more! Children can also enjoy wacky hair, face painting, balloon art, henna art and sand art.
Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau serves as the official destination marketing organization for the city of Alpharetta, promoting tourism and attracting visitors to all 23 of Alpharetta’s upscale and modern hotels. Visit for more information.

PictureChef Darrin Stegemann
Gourmet Winemaker Dinners are a special occasion at Wolf Mountain Vineyards. Join us as our Executive Chef creates a four course culinary masterpiece for your enjoyment.

Each course will be paired with one of Wolf Mountain’s award winning wines. The winemaker will discuss the different characteristics that each of the wines possess and how they relate to the paired course.

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 7pm
$65 per person, plus tax & service charge.
Reservations required, call 706-867-9862.

Notable chef and Food Network Iron Chef America Winner Kevin Rathbun's restaurant Kevin Rathbun Steak was named one of the places to "Eat Great Steak" by the Food Network. You can see the full story here:
South City Kitchen Vinings is making a run for the roses! Cheer on all 26 elite thoroughbreds at the South City Kitchen Vinings’ annualKentucky Derby Viewing Party on Saturday, May 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exclusive event will be held in the spacious bar area complete with big screen TVs to ensure you catch all of the action. In addition to classic libations and beer specials, guests will feast on a variety of southern-style bites including Kentucky burgoo croquettespickled shrimp and Benedictine profiterole and pimento cheesewith housemade pickles, celery and cenne corn crackers. Guests are encouraged to don their best Derby attire for a chance to win great prizes and are invited to dine after the race to receive 15% off their bill. The event is $25 per person, including tax and gratuity, and reservations can be made by calling 770.435.0700.
Neighborhood event to include live music, complimentary drinks and arts & crafts on May 2
ATLANTA (April 23, 2014) – Floataway Community and Steve Steinman Sculptor, members of the thriving Zonolite Business District, continue their bi-annual Friday celebration series with a community block party on Friday, May 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Festive Friday” welcomes the entire community to partake in a Zonolite Road experience, complete with live entertainment, an artist’s market and complimentary food and beverage.
Festive Friday kicks off with live music by Moody and The Tom Jeneff Trio and complimentary libations from Abita Beer and Cathead Vodka. Guests will enjoy nibbles donated by several area restaurants including The General Muir, Whole Foods Market, Family Dog and more while strolling through Festive Friday’s vibrant artist and merchant market which will feature aura readings by clairvoyant Jamie Butler, iron art by Invictus Forge and much more. At 7 p.m., performers from the Imperial Opa Circus will dazzle and amaze the whole family with an aerial show, fire-breathing tricks and other daring circus acts. With a suggested donation of $5 to $10, this must-see show will benefit South Fork Conservancy’s Nickel Bottom Garden and Imperial Opa’s non-profit sector. The evening will also include a silent auction for the benefit of Nickel Bottom Garden. Bid on a variety of restaurant packages, event floral design, a circus performance package and more. Festivities will take place directly behind 1145 Zonolite Road and at the end of Zonolite Place. For a full list of participating vendors, please see attached or visit
As part of the interactive block party experience, family and friends are invited to explore the Nickel Bottom Community Garden, set in Floataway Community’s backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the park’s quaint meadow and stroll across the garden bridge to hike winding paths through more than 12 acres along historic Peachtree Creek.
To RSVP, please click here. For more information, please see the Facebook event page. Interested volunteers can click here for more details. Looking to participate in the artist market? Please click here.
Floataway Community
Floataway Community is one of northeast Atlanta’s premier business complexes, encompassing four buildings conveniently located to Emory University and some of Atlanta’s most thriving intown neighborhoods. Developed by TuckerMott, this district has repurposed abandoned warehouse structures into a vibrant, thriving complex that offers unique and customizable office space for a variety of businesses and restaurants. Floataway Community is home to a unique and creative group of artisans and businesses doing unique and creative stuff. Floataway Community is located on Zonolite Road in Atlanta. To learn more about Floataway Community,
Davio’s Atlanta, located in Buckhead, invites scotch fans to attend a special evening featuring some of The Macallan family’s most famous marques hosted by Macallan Ambassador Randy Adams. On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, Davio’s hosts a spirited three course prix fixe dinner featuring some of the finest single malt Scotch offerings from The Macallan, one of the oldest and most award winning distilleries in all of Scotland. The dinner menu will feature items such as the Roasted Beet Chutney with Smokey Goat Cheese, Yellowfin Tuna, Cucumber Lemon Salsa with Caviar Dressing, and Mille-Feuille with Whisky Pastry Cream and Fresh Berries. With numerous aromas rich flavors and subtle nuances, Macallan offers distinctive tastes with each of its single malt whiskeys. From the classic Sherry Oak and triple cask matured Fine Oak to rare and limited expressions, there is a Macallan perfectly paired for every taste. Whether you are a whiskey connoisseur or a newcomer to single malt, this is an evening not to be missed. Reservations are required. Please call 404.844.4810 for more information.  

Dinner Menu
Hors d’oeuvres
Smoked Salmon Persille on Brioche
Pear Soup with Pancetta
Roasted Beet Chutney with Smokey Goat Cheese
Macallan 10 Year
First Course
Roasted Lamb Loin with Polenta, Ratatouille, Saba Dressing, Butter Poached Lobster, Baby Arugula
Macallan 12 Year
Second Course
Yellowfin Tuna, Cucumber Lemon Salsa, Caviar Dressing
Macallan 15 Year
Third Course
Mille-Feuille with Whisky Pastry Cream, Fresh Berries
Macallan 18 Year
Full Dinner Menu Also Available
$95 per person (tax, gratuity and other beverages not included). Reservations are required. Please call 404-844-4810 for more information.

Davio's Atlanta | 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 |
 404-844-4810 |