Fresh Bites


By Teresa Tobat

Cookbook Authors to Make Appearances at Book Festival

It's exciting that we have a first-class literary festival, right in our (Atlanta) backyard. The Decatur Book Festival, August 31 to September 2, is the largest independent book fair in the United States, and this year a handful of local cookbook authors will be signing books at Taste, a gourmet food store located in Decatur.

On September 1, Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, will be signing A New Turn in the South from 2:30 to 5 p.m. From 3:30 to 6 p.m. on September 2, Natalie Dupree, a writer who has penned 11 best-selling books about Southern cooking, and Cynthia Graubart, a culinary expert, author and speaker, will be signing Southern Biscuits.

To view a complete list of all the authors who will be at the festival, visit

Firenze Ristorante Serving Wood-fire Grilled Menu Items

Italian haunt Firenze Ristorante is offering wood-fire grilled cuts like grass-fed local veal chop, marinated lamb chop, homemade sausage and Mediterranean sea bass on the weekends. All of these tasty dishes are served with your choice of sides including roasted potatoes, risotto, and polenta. Of course, you also can choose from the restaurant’s robust menu of homemade ravioli and pasta.

6025 Peachtree Parkway
Norcross, GA 30092
Vinny’s on Windward Hosts Wine Tasting

Mark your calendars for September 14, and then be sure to head over to Vinny’s for a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. next month. This wine tasting will feature wines hailing from Napa Valley’s Caymus Vineyard—a family-owned winery which celebrated 40 years of wine making this year.  

5355 Windward Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30004



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