If you were anywhere near downtown Atlanta this past weekend, you may have sensed the alluring aroma of fabulous food as the Atlanta Chef’s Expo kicked off its annual culinary showcase. Held at the Georgia World Conference Center and sponsored by Infiniti, this SOLD OUT eats extravaganza featured Atlanta’s top chefs and eateries who put their “best food forward” while competing to impress both guests and judges for a chance to walk away with top honors and the crown as the city’s best. This fabulous food-lovers affair featured live cooking demos, menu tastings, custom cocktails, live entertainment, gifts & giveaways, and a smorgasbord of yummy eats unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Throughout the event chefs served-up specialty sips and dishes at various stations such as “Restaurant Row” for local Atlanta restaurants, “Catering Alley” for independent caterers, “The Sugar Shack” for pastry chefs and bakeries, and “The Chef’s Table” for private or independent chefs. There was also a “Gluten Free/Vegan Zone” with delicious bites for those with strict tastes.
Featured guests included cocktail designer Kit Lewis, Chef Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food, and Chef Joe Arvin of CBS Big Brother Season 14 while proceeds from the event benefited the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta.
I had such a wonderful time and the food was absolutely amazing! Hey, if you follow me on social media you may have noticed my passion for pictures. So with that in mind, here are a few highlights from this amazing event in an InstaGlam inspired photo collage. Enjoy!
So, who would walk away with the top honors? Well regardless of who won, I’m sure that the judges had a tasty time crowning Atlanta’s top eats. This was an absolutely amazing experience for anyone who loves great food. Thanks to Enchanted Events and The Reynolds Group for the invite! My calendar is marked and I can’t wait for 2014! Congrats to all of this year’s winners!
Best Restaurant: Thrive and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
Best Caterer: Melia Hotel
Best in the “Sugar Shack”: Honeysuckle Gelato
Best Gluten Free/Vegan Zone: Pure Knead Bakery
Fan Favorite: Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café
Did you attend this event? What were some of your favorite dishes?