Party of the Year
If you didn’t make it to Atlanta magazine’s Best of Atlanta Party last week, you missed out on one of the hottest parties of the year! A $65 general admission ticket included unlimited food, wine and cocktail tastings and a one-year Atlanta magazine subscription, plus live entertainment by the ‘70s cover band, Yacht Rock Schooner.
Best of Atlanta
In its 28th year, the Best of Atlanta Party is one of the most cherished and respected food events in the city. The restaurants, food trucks, local food businesses, local wineries and beverage companies featured at the event can not buy their way in, and it shows. As I thanked each hard working representative, their response was almost always the same, “it’s an honor to be here.” The featured best of Atlanta is chosen by Atlanta magazine editors and readers to create their signature dishes and drinks for the over 2,000 party goers.
In addition to endless rows of amazing food, drink, product samples, local celebrity sightings and live entertainment, the event also featured a Southbound travel pavilion, swanky social media lounges, an American Family Insurance sponsored drawing to win a limousine-chauffeured night out on the town and a silent auction benefiting The Giving Kitchen. A non-profit organization, The Giving Kitchen was established to support chefs, restaurant owners and workers during times of unanticipated health crises by providing emergency funds to cover basic living expenses, care-related travel expenses and other expenses.
A Food Extravaganza
In three hours time, I did not get to visit every single food and drink station, but I did do a few laps around the enormous ballroom in an attempt to soak it all in. I could have maybe tried everything there was to offer in a day’s time, but had to settle for a small taste of some amazing short ribs, steaks, Indian food, tacos, pizza, burgers and seafood just to name a few, not to mention speciality vodkas, bourbons, tequilas, whiskeys and wine. Some of the restaurants featured included Restaurant Eugene, Rathbun’s, Ted’s Montana Grill, Smash Kitchen and Bar, Farm Burger, Fogo de Chao among so many other Atlanta favorites.
The Sweetest Bite
My culinary tour of Atlanta concluded with a few miniature cupcakes from Sprinkles, which quickly became a new favorite. Somehow a few of those cupcakes ended up in my re-usable grocery bag courtesy of American Family Insurance. Now that’s what I call a party favor! I hope you can join me for next year’s Best of Atlanta party, I’m already looking forward to it. Although my tickets were complimentary as a member of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society, the opinions expressed herein are honest and unsolicited.