Who knew that Atlanta would be finally recognized as a mecca for great chefs? With Paula Deen taking hold of Savannah and Chef Roble taking New York City by storm, the Atlanta culinary crowd has definitely made a name for themselves and there is no turning back. For the first Annual Atlanta Chef’s Expo, the team did an awesome job. On a cold and wet Sunday February 19, 2012 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, Chefs and culinary experts from across the city showcased what they know best, food…and there was plenty of it.
The event featured delights from Wolfgang Puck Catering, reMARKable Meals and Dr. Sweet’s Cake emporium (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Bakery). Hundreds of people went from table to table sampling and tasting the Finger Licking Good samples of each server. Between the Restaurant Row, Catering Alley and the Sugar Shack, there’s so much to choose from that you didn’t have to be in one area too long. It was good to know that the chef’s were being judged, so you know they put their best knife forward. It was also refreshing to find many chefs used organic ingredients as well as Gluten-free options as well.
Besides the tunes of Lethal Rhythms and the smell of great food selections, there was a reason to feel good about your ticket purchase. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta. That always makes the event better when you party with a purpose. It’s best to get your tickets in advance because the one day-four hour event ticket sales were through the roof and the event sold out days before show date. Apparently, Atlantans like to eat, not just anything the best that the city has to offer. Look forward to next years event with a bigger crowd, more chefs and of course more samples.