Photography by Tony Benner
ATLANTA – This weekend the 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival filled Piedmont Park with life, color, music, and art from
more than 200 talented artists in 12 different mediums. The 2015 Festival was enjoyed by art lovers, families, friends, and foodies alike. Attendees experienced beautiful weather, hands-on art activities, live music and savory bites while
perusing incredible artwork from across the country. While the Festival founders pride themselves on offering a variety of activities and beautiful art for every interest, they also take time to highlight the true stars of the show, the artists.

Each year, several artists are recognized for their artistry and craft with one artist from each of the 12 categories of art
awarded “Best of” in their respective craft. The winners are chosen by a panel of highly-esteemed judges, the same
artists and educators who chose the participating artists. The 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival is proud to announce this year’s winners:
2-D Mixed Media                                       Chris Mason              www.chrismasonphoto.com
Drawing | Graphics | Printmaking     Richard Wilson         www.richardwilsonart.com
3-D Mixed Media                                       Grace Kisa                  www.gracekisa.com
Fiber | Leather                                            Clay Bush                  www.etsy.com/shop/SalvageGoodsTN
Painting – Oil | Acrylic                             Patrick DeAngelis   www.facebook.com/patrickdeangelisart
Glass                                                              David Russell            www.russellartglass.com
Painting – Watercolor | Pastel             Alison LaMons          www.alisonlamons.com
Jewelry                                                         Harry Roa                   www.harryroagallery.com
Photography | Digital Art                       Michael Bryant         www.Michael-Bryant.com
Metal                                                               Robert Taylor           www.roberttaylormetalsmith.com
Wood                                                              Jeff Vollmer               www.merchantsofmirth.com
Clay                                                                 Lee Hazlegrove        www.leehazlegrove.com
With a beautiful weekend as its backdrop, the 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival filled the Piedmont Park pathways with
captivating and irresistible photographs, jewelry, wood pieces, paintings and so much more. Festival-goers of all ages
were encouraged to discover their inner artist. Kids created masterpieces at the Lil’ Artist Alley, while adults participated in classes at the Creation Station and Canvas By U! pavilion. Food lovers explored the flavors of Atlanta as chefs from 521 Kitchen & Que, Murphy’s, Parkers on Ponce, Spice to Table and more brought food to life at the Art of Cooking Stage.

The artistry of local musicians filled the air providing a live soundtrack for the Festival. Attendees participated, absorbed, and experienced all of the Festival offerings throughout the weekend.
ABOUT ATLANTA ARTS FESTIVAL
Atlanta Arts Festival is a professionally-juried fine arts event that fills Piedmont Park in Atlanta GA with color and life.
Ranked among the Top 100 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine in 2012, Atlanta Arts
Festival brings to the drawing board 200 local and nationally recognized artists from an eclectic mix of 12 mediums,
Including jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, leather and metal, glassblowing and more – all in one weekend!
 
 
Photography by Addison Hill
Organic Wine & Food Fair
Eco-Friendly Wine Tastings, Green Pop-Up Market, Live Entertainment
Sunday, October 25 from 1-5pm
www.OWFF2015.eventbrite.com

Presented by Savor Wine Boutique, the 3rd annual Organic Wine & Food Fair is a one-stop-shop for eating and drinking green and features local farmers and artisans, multiple wine tasting stations (30+ wines), sustainable business exhibitors, health screenings by Mercer University pharmacy students, live entertainment, door prizes and more. Donate 3 or more pantry items (canned or boxed goods) to the Hosea Feed the Hungry food drive for the chance to win a wine tasting party for 20 valued at $500.

More and more consumers are making environmentally sound decisions regarding the food they eat and the products they use. Well, don’t forget about what’s in your glass. Winemakers and wine lovers alike are beginning to embrace the drink-your-values movement which has led to the emergence of wines created with eco-friendly principles in mind. Sustainable farming, using renewable energy and packaging, and waste reduction are among the many practices today's wineries have adopted to support the environment.

Advance tickets are $20 in-store or online, tickets will be $30 at the door if available. This event is rain or shine. For tickets, a list of exhibitors and more information visit www.OWFF2015.eventbrite.com.

Free souvenir wine glass and Whole Foods Market tote bag filled with coupons to the first 300 guests.

 
 
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THE SATURDAY DROP-IN TASTING!
October 24th from 3 - 5pm
No RSVP -- Just.Drop.In

Fall Wines (with an extra booster!)
We'll be pouring these eight (8) selections from the bar with some lite bites included.  The wines are priced to move as well should you wish to take some home.

The Tasting for $10/person (FREE for Wine Club Members)
2013 J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California
2013 Rombauer Chardonnay, Carneros, California
2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Rouge, Languedoc, France
2012 Sans Liege "En Gedi" Grenache, Santa Barbara, California
Add-on the High-End Red Booster!
$15 extra
1999 Damilano Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy
2008 Long Shadows "Pedestal" Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA (Magnum)
2007 Torbreck "The Pict" Mourvedre, Barossa Valley, Australia
2013 Orin Swift "Papillon" Red Blend, Napa Valley, California

4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road | Dunwoody | GA 30338 | 770-668-0435 info@atlantawineschool.com
 
 
 
 
Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International will host its 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm.  Chefs from Atlanta's top restaurants, paired with our area's best farms will be set up in a tasting format alongside fine wines and premium micro-brews--all under festive big-top tents in the beautiful gardens surrounding The Inn at Serenbe near Palmetto.  Other highlights include:  Live music, a one-of-a-kind cake raffle featuring sweets from Atlanta's top pastry chefs, hayrides, children's activities and an expansive silent auction offering exclusive dining and travel packages, food and wine merchandise and original art by prominent local artists.  For more information on Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International or Afternoon in the Country, please visit www.ldeiatlanta.org.
 
 
 
 
Flavors Magazine  is excited to introduce Home Expressions Interiors by Laura Bloom to the Flavors Family!
ABOUT HOME EXPRESSIONS INTERIORS by LAURA BLOOM
Home Expressions' Best of Houzz 2014 and 2015 award winning interior design and remodeling company’s furniture & accessory showroom is located on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta. They offer full service interior design from conception through completion including furniture, window treatments, art and accessories. A  Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and Architecture and experience in both residential and contract design has allowed Laura to gain valuable skills while forging ongoing relationships with architects, engineers, contractors and craftsmen so your project can begin with establishing a realistic budget and a plan that considers the whole home assuring everything flows seamlessly. For 25 years, Laura Bloom has successfully created quality interiors that uniquely express her client's personalities- on budget, on time.
Laura suggests these simple tips to go from "Easy to Elegant!" for the holidays:
"Start with the exterior; by selecting a stain or paint color that will brighten up your front door you create a fresh backdrop for holiday wreaths to make your guests immediately feel a sense of welcome and cheer. Next neutralize the interior walls and surfaces so that your holiday accessories become bold statements of festive style. Brisk weather invites a desire for warmth and coziness so create a focal point where friends gather such as around the fireplace. Modern mantle updates include paint and new tile. Decorate by placing a few unique accessories clustered in the center that include leaning an unexpected holiday themed piece of art or large framed photo to one side rather than the expected single piece of art."
HOME EXPRESSIONS Interiors by Laura Bloom
5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 110 E.
Alpharetta, GA   30004
678-242-0480.
HomeExpressionsInteriors.com

 
 
Join the 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival next weekend, October 24- 25, and treat yourself to the perfect weekend in Piedmont Park. Artist demonstrations and classes, festival cuisine, live music and more converge upon Piedmont Park bringing together Atlanta’s enormous art loving community, creating one of the best art weekends in the country. After exploring the artist tents, guests can head over to the Art of Cooking Stage where Atlanta’s culinary elite will bring a whole new meaning to “festival food.” Once the appetite is satisfied – sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of talented local musicians on the Festival’s live music stage.
 
“No festival is complete without live music and delicious food to enjoy,” said Festival Co-Founder Tracy Tepp. “We are thrilled to bring all genres of art together in one weekend. This year guests can look forward to beautiful art, music, food, interactive classes, sponsor activations, the Lil’ Artist Alley, Creation Station, Canvas By U! classes and so much more.”
 
Art of Cooking Demo Schedule
Saturday Oct. 24*
11:30 am                 Parker’s On Ponce: Executive Chef Andre Brookins
12:45 pm                 521 Kitchen & Que: Chef Drew Kirkland
2:00 pm                   Spice To Table: Sous Chef Robyn Tedder
3:15 pm                   Barefoot Wine: Brand Ambassador, Randy Arnold
4:30 pm                   Sugar Moon Bake Shop: Owner Amy Christine                                     
 
Sunday Oct. 25*
11:30am                  Murphy’s: Chef Ricky Navas
12:45pm                  Char Korean Bar & Grill: Chef De Cuisine David Song
2:00pm                    Nature’s Garden Express Cold Pressed Juices: Owner Michael Kirk &
                                  Production Manager Tyler Pearson
3:00pm                    Barefoot Wine: Brand Ambassador, Randy Arnold
4:00pm                    Tito’s Vodka: Georgia Representative, Theo Hall
 
The Atlanta Arts Festival music lineup encompasses a wide variety of genres appealing to every musical palate. 
 
Music Lineup & Schedule
Saturday Oct. 24*                                                                                
All Day | Mike Snowden (14th Street entrance)                                     
11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Chase Lamondo                                               
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm | Rodeo Twister                                                   
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm | Heather Luttrell and the Possumden                 
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Gibson Wilbanks                 
 
Sunday Oct. 25*
11:00 am – 11:45 am | Sara Rachele   
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | Andrew Salgado
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm | The Saint Francis Band
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Charlie and the Foxtrots
*The line-up is subject to change.  Event is rain or shine.
 
Join the conversation and stay up-to-date with the Atlanta Arts Festival (#AAF15) by following @AtlantaArtsFest on Twitter and becoming a “fan” on Facebook. Get all the details by visiting www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com.  
 
The 2015 Festival is sponsored by: Stivers Subaru, PNC Bank, Barefoot Wine, Kroger, Casper, Leaf Filter, Tito’s Vodka and more. For a full list of 2015 corporate and media partners visit: www.atlantaartsfestival.com/sponsors.php.
 
ABOUT ATLANTA ARTS FESTIVAL
Atlanta Arts Festival is a professionally-juried fine arts event that will fill Piedmont Park in Atlanta GA with color and life, October 24-25, 2015. Ranked among the Top 100 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine in 2012, Atlanta Arts Festival brings to the drawing board 200 local and nationally recognized artists from an eclectic mix of 12 mediums, Including; jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, leather and metal, glassblowing and more – all in one weekend!
 
 
Georgia’s Largest Organic Farm Helps Consumers Emulate Natural Feeding for Companion Animals by Creating Convenient Raw Whole Pastured Poultry Line
    Given the way White Oak Pastures, a family-run farm in Bluffton, Georgia, humanely raises 10 species of animals, it’s no surprise that the farm is now offering an all-natural line of food and chews for pets. In addition to being the most diverse farm in the South, White Oak Pastures is also known for its closed-loop farming practices and zero waste protocol that now also benefits a new type of customer: the four-legged kind. “We continue to learn more about how to manage our by-products, and pet food processing is our latest endeavor to utilize offal and also echo how dogs and cats have always fed themselves in the wild,” says Will Harris, a fourth-generation cattleman and White Oak Pastures’ owner. “We are excited to provide pets with something like they evolved eating, like their ancestors ate.” All animal blood, bones and eviscerate were previously composted to make organic fertilizers to be used as soil amendments for the farm’s Certified Organic pastures and garden. Now, White Oak Pastures is turning them into chews and raw pastured poultry grinds for pets.

    The success of the pet chews, which range from best sellers like the rawhide chews, tracheas and cow pizzles to pet marrow bones and rabbit feet, led the farm to explore additional products. With the help of Whole Dog Market, a strong supporter of the farm, White Oak Pastures has recently introduced three varieties of raw meat blend pet supplements made from its pastured poultry: guinea fowl, duck and chicken.
     “The purpose of our blends is to provide a convenient option for customers feeding raw. We are not selling a complete diet, but more so, a raw supplement like what animals would have hunted for before kibble,” explains Amber Reece, who creates White Oak Pastures’ pet chews and also manages the farm’s egg candling and packaging, tallow soap making, hide tanning and leather making.

    The farm’s pet food is processed in the same manner that its ground beef or ground turkey is made, only with the addition of organs and bones to create a delicious raw ground product. Because the raw meat blends and chews are made on premises like all of White Oak Pastures’ other products, they meet all the same standards that the farm’s human food meets, including Certified Humane, Certified Grassfed and Animal Welfare Approved. The main benefit of White Oak Pastures’ chews is the lack of preservatives used. While larger commercial pet product companies often use chemicals to remove the moisture and other preservatives, White Oak Pastures uses sunlight for their rawhides and a dehydrator for all other chews.
    “All of our rawhides are cut by hand, soaked in a sodium hydroxide and water solution to remove the hair, stretched and dried in the sun," explains Reece. “The other chews—like the cow trachea, esophagus and ears—are all dehydrated for 24 to 36 hours. We don’t use any type of fillers; our pet chews go straight from the animal to the consumer.” Although the farm's current pet-friendly options are mostly geared toward dogs, White Oak Pastures’ director of operations Brian Sapp says cat treats are something they are working on for the future. The farm is also looking to offer a raw goose meat blend this fall. Animal lovers can purchase White Oak Pastures’ pet products at the farm’s store in Bluffton or its online store, at Doguroo and The Whole Dog Market locations and at the East Atlanta and Peachtree Road Farmer’s Markets (chews only). For additional information on these products or White Oak Pastures, visit whiteoakpastures.com.

About White Oak Pastures
White Oak Pastures is a multigenerational, family-owned and operated grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, goat, rabbit and free-range poultry producer committed to the principles of sustainability and stewardship. The five-generation farm, led by owner Will Harris, has operated continuously on the same land in Early County, Georgia, for more than 150 years. White Oak Pastures cooperates with nature to produce artisan products that are healthy, safe, nutritious and delicious. Care is given to ensure that all production practices are economically practical, ecologically sustainable and that the animals are always treated humanely. White Oak Pastures never falters in conducting business in an honorable manner, for the sake of the animals, the land and the people eating the products. The farm now also offers on-site lodging and dining. Harris and White Oak Pastures have received several awards for setting farming standards, contributing to the restaurant industry and being dedicated to the sustainability of organic farming in Georgia, including: 2011 Georgia’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2011 Georgia Restaurant Association’s Innovator Award, Will Harris inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs, 2012 American Treasures Award from MADE: In America, 2012 Centennial Family Award, 2012 Distinguished Conservationist, 2012 LDEI Green Ribbon Recipient, 2013 Swisher Sunbelt Farmer of the Year and 2014’s Most Respected Business Person of the Year by Georgia Trend Magazine. White Oak Pastures also holds several certifications including: Certified Grassfed by the American Grassfed Association, Certified Humane by the Humane Farm Animal Care, Animal Welfare Approved by Animal Welfare Institute, Master Cattleman by the University of Georgia, Certified Organic by Georgia Crop Improvement Association and Good Management Practices approved by Silliker, Inc. White Oak Pastures products can be purchased at more than 1,000 Publix supermarkets throughout the Southeast and at Whole Foods Market locations from Miami, Florida, to Princeton, New Jersey. The beef is distributed by Kelly's Foods, Buckhead Beef, Sysco Gulf Coast, Sysco Atlanta, Sherwood, Maplevale Farms, Merchants and US Foods. Customers can also place orders online. White Oak Pastures is located at 22775 Highway 27 in Bluffton, Georgia. For more information, call 229-641-2081 or visit whiteoakpastures.com.
 
 
Gourmet Food, Wine and Art Gala on Oct. 22 Unites Top Atlanta Chefs, Sommeliers and
Private Wine Collectors to Benefit Georgia Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society
On Oct. 22, the second annual Harvest for a Cure event will take place at the Westside Cultural Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization that supports research to help treat and end MS globally. Attendees will experience an extravaganza of gourmet food, vintage wines and acclaimed art in an effort to fund critical research initiatives and advocate for change. “By raising their glasses at Harvest for a Cure, guests will also be raising the funds necessary to take us one step closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis,” says Roy A. Rangel, president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “We are thrilled to host this event for the second year and are confident that it will be even more successful than last year’s sold-out event.” This one-of-a-kind evening features many of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and sommeliers working together to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of top local wine collectors.  Guests will sample delicious food and drinks while surrounded by stunning art, including works from renowned local artist Ross Rossin. Participating chefs:
  • Gerry Klaskala of Aria
  • Christopher Grossman of Atlas
  • Matthew Basford of Canoe
  • Todd Ginsberg of Yalla
  • E.J. Hodgkinson of King + Duke
  • Pano Karatassos of Kyma
  • Chris Hall of Local Three
  • Angus Brown of Lusca and Octopus Bar
  • Derek Dollar of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
  • Ian Winslade of Murphy’s and Paces & Vine
  • Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s
  • Peter Kaiser of Twist
  • Matt Swickerath of Valenza
  • Todd Richards of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
Sommeliers include:
  • Andrés Loaiza of Aria
  • Caleb Hopkins of Atlas
  • Jordan Smelt of Cakes & Ale
  • Matt Bradford of Canoe and Canoe's Cellar Door
  • Silvio Garcia of Cherokee Town and Country Club
  • Eric Crane of Empire Distributors
  • Kristine Lassor of National Distributing Company
  • Perrine Prieur of Perrine's Wine Shop
  • Michael O'Connor of Quality Wine & Spirits
  • Joon Lim of Rathbun's
  • Linda Torres of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
  • Sarah Pierre of The Shed at Glenwood and Three Parks Wine
  • Phillip Cooper of Vin25
New this year, two mixologists - Miles Macquarrie from Kimball House and Mercedes O'Brien from Gunshow and Revival - will serve cocktails created especially for the evening.  Harvest for a Cure attendees will also enjoy live jazz music from local musician Theresa Hightower and a silent auction featuring a donated print from Rossin, whose large scale, oil-on-canvas paintings can be found on the walls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The High Museum of Art and The Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as in the private collections of Queen Elizabeth II,  Morgan Freeman and Andrew Young, among others. Sponsorships are available starting at $2,500. Tickets to the event are $250 per person and available online beginning Oct 1. All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure will help improve the lives of people living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research projects to help put an end to the debilitating disease. The Westside Cultural Arts Center is located at 760 10th Street, NW. For additional information, visit www.mswineevent.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS. Learn more at nationalmssociety.org.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter:
The National MS Society helps people affected by MS through a 50-state network of chapters. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, and provides programs and services that address challenges of individuals and families living with MS, helping them move forward in their lives. The Georgia Chapter helps improve the lives of people living with MS by raising millions of dollars annually through annual fundraising events including Bike MS, Walk MS and The Harvest for the Cure event. For more information or to learn how to help end the disabling disease of MS, please visit MSgeorgia.org.