Nachos from Takorea
Nachos from Takorea

By Sydia Bell

Taste of Atlanta returns to the heart of Midtown on Oct. 26 and 27 for a weekend of tasty bites from local restaurants.

Held on 5th and Spring Streets in Technology Square, attendees will also be able to watch contestants battle for the title of Atlanta’s Best Bartender and discover the culinary secrets of famed local chefs as they are interviewed by Tom Sullivan for Inside the Food Studio.

With the inclusion of The Kitchen Workshop, participants will enjoy a hands-on cooking experience where they can embrace the fact that meals are better with a little bit of technical knowledge. Lead by Chefs Ron Eyester of Rosebud and Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, 40 guests will be taught how to create the delicious dishes found at their favorite restaurants. Once the class is over, participants will also receive recipe notecards so they can re-create the dishes at home.

Serving up Williams Bros BBQ.

“We assume that most people know how to cook, but the truth is that most do not,” said Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena. “We’re excited that cooking classes are now part of the weekend.”

Taste of Atlanta is also known for turning many tasters into diners. Whether you’re looking for the perfect introduction to the Atlanta food scene or want to try other spots, there will be 90 participating restaurants offering up samples of their menus.

Other events happening over the weekend include an Iron Chef Kids competition, four live cooking stages where you can watch chefs at work and a VIP with even more food and the chance to sample 40 craft beers and wine from around the world.

DeSena said she considers Taste of Atlanta a partnership. “Between the restaurants, chefs and patrons during the weekend, they all learn about and from each other,” she commented.

From how to eat fresh and buy local to finding your next favorite restaurant, DeSena wants patrons walk away saying, “I learned that at Taste of Atlanta.”

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.