Monday, September 30, 2019

Taste of Atlanta is almost here!


Below is the restaurant lineup and programming for October 18, 19 & 20 in Historic Fourth Ward Park. Get your tickets now! 
(Photo by Taste of Atlanta)

Cheers Y’all!
One of my favorite fests is around the corner when it comes to eating and drinking the best Atlanta’s culinary scene has to offer. Even better, it’s in my own Old Fourth Ward Park backyard, an awesome venue to have it.
The info is below straight from the source. Just know that besides the 100-plus restaurants serving up some of the best dishes to get us hooked, they don’t play around when it comes to an awesome craft beer selection as well. Below is the inside scoop of what’s in store to get your mouths drooling. See you there!
Ale

Taste Of Atlanta Announces 2019 Restaurant Lineup & Festival Programming

Featuring Over 100 Local Restaurants, Cooking Demos & Classes from Chefs Including Jonathan Waxman of Brezza Cucina & Chef Todd Richards of Chicken + Beer, Saturday Night Concert from Yacht Rock Revue & More
October 18, 19 & 20, 2019 at Historic Fourth Ward Park
Tickets Available Here

They say: Taste of Atlanta, the city’s award-winning food, craft beer, wine and spirits festival showcasing the local restaurant scene, announces this year’s festival programming and restaurant lineup here

Taking place over three days from Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Historic Fourth Ward Park, the 18th annual festival will feature more than 100 restaurants throughout the weekend. Plus, there will be a Friday Opening Night Party, on-stage cooking demos, cooking classes and new this year, Food Districts, a more expansive VIP Tasting Experience and a Saturday night concert from one of Atlanta’s favorite local bands, Yacht Rock Revue.

·         Opening Night Party (October 18): Kicking off on Friday with the Opening Night Party hosted by Chef-Owner Nick Leahy of AIX and Tin Tin, the evening will showcase a roster of well-regarded local chefs who focus on sourcing ingredients locally and cooking seasonally. From 7:30-11pm, participating restaurants, including Tiny Lou's, Bellina Alimentari, KR Steakbar, Table & Main, Mission + Market and dozens more, will serve tastings alongside wine, beer, cocktails and live music from Moontower. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will support Georgia Grown's restaurant partnership program.

·         Main Tasting Events (October 19 & 20): Bringing together chefs from neighborhoods across Atlanta and representing dozens of cuisines, Taste of Atlanta will serve as a destination to try bites from over 100 restaurants all in one place. General Admission featured restaurants include Barcelona Wine Bar, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Poke Burri, Sweet Spot and more. Among the restaurants in VIP Tasting Experience – an exclusive area of the festival offering all-inclusive tastings and pours from craft beer, wine and cocktail makers – are 9 Mile Station, Golden Eagle, STK, Casi Cielo and 5Church. Plus, this year’s Best Bartender Competition, presented by Bulleit Bourbon, culminates at the festival with finalists sampling their creations in VIP Tasting Experience as well as presenting alongside chefs leading cooking demos and classes.

·         Food Districts (October 19 & 20): This year’s festival will feature categorized Food Districts, including: 
o    Buford Highway – Offering the international cuisines of Atlanta's most diverse culinary corridor, this Food District presented by WeLoveBuhi will feature bites and sips from Northern China Eatery, Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea and more.
o    Tailgating – Guests can check out game day bites from restaurants such as City BBQ, Shake Shack, Taco Mac and Three Dollar CafĂ© while watching the football games of the day! Plus, the Atlanta Falcons and 92.9 The Game will be there adding to the game day spirit.
o    Hartsfield-Jackson Lounge – Attendees can swing by the lounge to get a taste of what the busiest airport in the world has to offer! Chicken + Beer, TGI Fridays, Atlanta Chophouse & Brewery and others will be serving tastes.
o    Brunch All Day – Festival goers can enjoy brunch all day, every day at Taste of Atlanta. Restaurants, including Waffle House, The Little Farmhouse Cafe and Simon’s Restaurant, will be dishing up the city’s best brunch dishes at this Food District presented by The Extreme Bean.
·         Chef Demos (October 19 & 20): Attendees will also get an inside view into the Atlanta culinary world at Chef’s Table and Home Plate Stages, where chefs will demonstrate how to prepare mouthwatering dishes and provide tastings of their creations. For a full demo schedule, please see here.
o    All Things Fall with Brezza Cucina's Culinary Legend Jonathan Waxman & Executive Chef Andrew Cacioppo – The duo is teaming up at Taste of Atlanta to teach attendees all about cooking fall recipes with local and seasonal ingredients, including a Roasted Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Lamb Chops and a Warm Shrimp Salad. Plus, they'll be serving a seasonal cocktail to pair. 
o    Somms and Sous – While head chefs tend to receive the glory, the behind-the-scenes heroes who help keep kitchens running are the sous chefs. Taste of Atlanta is putting some of the city’s best sous chefs front and center as they demo how to prepare bites that are paired with wines selected by their restaurants’ sommeliers. Not only will attendees learn how to cook, they’ll get the chance to explore pairings with wines of Germany and Bordeaux. 
o    Burger Brawl with Budweiser There’s no doubt that restaurants all across Atlanta dish up tasty burgers, but who will receive the top honor at Taste of Atlanta? Guests are invited to watch as burger joints duke it out for ‘Best Burger.’

·         Cooking Classes (October 19 & 20): Sponsored by The Cook’s Warehouse, Garnish & Gather, Hammer Stahl and Sprouts Farmers Market, The Kitchen Workshop offers hands-on cooking classes led by Atlanta chefs, where cooks can learn to cook at individual stations. All classes are first-come, first-served and free to join with a Taste of Atlanta ticket. Please see here for the full list of classes. 
o    It’s All in the Cookware! – Festival goers can join Mary Moore, Founder and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse, and Bobby Griggs of Hammer Stahl in the kitchen as they prepare Wild Mushroom & Marsala Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta. Participants will learn how to make the classic Italian-American dish using the cookware brand’s latest products. 
o    South Meets East – The brilliant chefs of Northern China Eatery will teach participants how to make Dan Dan Noodles with a peanut sauce made from Georgia Peanuts. Plus, Don Koehler from Georgia Peanut Commission will be on hand to talk shop about Georgia Peanuts in this awesome mash-up of South meets East.
o    Rue Po’ Boy – Chef Darrell Johnson, founder of creole and cajun bistro food truck NOLA Creations and winner of Food Network’s ‘The Great Food Truck Race,’ will take center stage with his famed Shrimp Po’ Boy. Attendees will learn how to prepare the fan favorite firsthand during this workshop.
o    Dinner at Home with Garnish & Gather – Atlanta’s local meal kit company Garnish & Gather invites Taste of Atlanta attendees to join them in cooking a farm-to-table recipe highlighting seasonal ingredients.  
·         Georgia Grown Pavilion (October 19 & 20): Chefs, restaurateurs and food producers will welcome attendees to learn about Georgia Grown products and ingredients through food conversations, mini culinary demos and of course, recipe tastings. Programs include Cathy Conway of Avalon Catering demoing a recipe with Decimal Place Goat Cheese; Ellijay Mushrooms showcasing their passion for growing shiitake mushrooms; Chef Jennifer Booker highlighting local apples and honey; Author Rebecca Lang talking pecans and more.

·         Saturday Night Concert with Yacht Rock Revue (October 19): Taste of Atlanta will continue into the evening on Saturday, October 19 with a concert from one of Atlanta’s favorite local bands, Yacht Rock Revue. The famed seven-man band will be crooning classic hits and Halloween tunes. Plus, local food trucks, such as Che Butter Jones, YoJay’s Yogurt Treats and Zubi’s Taco Kitchen, will be selling bites for purchase alongside drinks from beverage tents throughout the concert. Gates open at 7pm, and tickets can be purchased here

Tickets to Taste of Atlanta can be purchased here. Prior to the festival, ticket holders will receive wristbands equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, making Taste of Atlanta a cashless festival. The wristbands are pre-loaded with Taste Points which can be used for drink and merchandise purchases as well as food tastings, ranging from one to three points each. Wristbands track tastes sampled and provide attendees with a post-event tasting list, giving all ticket holders a customized roundup of restaurant recommendations for future dining out.

About Taste of Atlanta
Celebrating its 18th year in 2019, Taste of Atlanta is the city's award-winning food and drink festival showcasing the local restaurant scene and attracting food lovers from the region and beyond to Historic Fourth Ward Park on October 18, 19 and 20. Throughout three days of bites and bevs, more than 100 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will show off their most craveable dishes alongside live on-stage cooking demos from top chefs, hands-on cooking classes, an all-inclusive Friday Night Opening Party, a Saturday night concert and more. Oprah Magazine named Taste of Atlanta as the “Top Food Festival Worth the Trip,” and Taste of Atlanta has won Creative Loafing’s “Best Food Festival or Event” for six years running. This year’s sponsors include Garnish & Gather, The Cook’s Warehouse, Sprouts, Georgia Peanut Commission and more. For more information, please visit www.TasteofAtlanta.com and follow Taste of Atlanta on Facebook (Taste of Atlanta), Twitter (@tasteofatlanta) and Instagram (@tasteofatlanta).


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wait, wha...? Beer sneakers?! Yep!

Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery launch limited-edition trail running shoe! 

Whoa!
For all sneaker and shoe lovers in general like myself, I need to get a pair of these on principle alone! Beer kicks? Hell yeah! Below is the official press release and information. Nice job Merrell and Dogfish
Whatcha think?
I say dopeness!
Ale

Straight from the press:
Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 
launch Limited-Edition Trail Running Shoe! 
Made from sustainable materials, the Agility Synthesis x Dogfish shoe brings a fresh take on trail to tavern
Outdoor performance brand Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have launched a cobranded trail running shoe inspired by two of their shared passions: the outdoors and beer. The limited-edition Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish trail runner is now available in select retail stores and on Merrell.com, and will also be sold on September 29th at Dogfish Head’s annual Dogfish Dash in Milton, DE.
Available in a “SeaQuench” colorway for men and women, the design of the shoe is inspired by the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever brewed: SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale is now the best-selling sour beer in America, and is recognized by its signature sea-foam green can and off-centered ingredients, including black limes and sea salt, all of which are incorporated into the shoe design.
“Today’s adventurous beer drinker is seeking more from their alcoholic beverages than ever before. They’re looking for a beer that’s not only intensely flavorful, but that fits into their active lifestyle. Brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt, the thirst-slaying, citrusy-tart mashup that is SeaQuench Ale satisfies all those needs,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “Partnering with Merrell, leaders in the active lifestyle footwear category, to release this sweet SeaQuench-themed shoe is a great reminder to folks everywhere that you can ‘have your beer and drink it too.’ Maintaining an active lifestyle is all about balance – go for a trail run or a gym workout, then reward yourself with a cold can of SeaQuench Ale.”
Merrell and Dogfish Head, two outdoor-loving brands, both believe wild spaces urgently need to be sustained and protected. With that in mind, the co-branded shoes are made with a more sustainable choice wherever possible. They include reclaimed scrap rubber, BLOOM® algae foam instead of petroleum, recycled plastic, and more.
Alongside the launch of the Agility Synthesis X Dogfish shoe, Merrell will be donating $10,000 to The Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Merrell is a pinnacle member of The Conservation Alliance and to date, has provided more than $1 million in funding to assist their efforts.
“We’ve enjoyed building upon the shared beliefs of Merrell and Dogfish Head,” says Sue Rechner, President of Merrell. “We’re very proud that our partnership also provides support for The Conservation Alliance and reduces our impact through the use of recycled materials and sustainable processes.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Steer Me! Car Reviews—Part Three: More impressive automobiles for 2019!


The Genesis G70 (above) continues to impress along with Chevy's new Traverse trims and Toyota Highlander models!
Photo courtesy of Genesis.

As we enter the fall, here are some more automobiles to consider that me and my Steer Me! team of journalists find very impressive for 2019. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of automakers


2019 Chevy Traverse AWD Premier and High Country
Popular due to its practicality, roominess, 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar system, and comfortably fitting up to seven adults, Chevrolet’s design team added an impressive facelift to the new Traverse’s list of accolades; the custom Silver Ice Metallic body coat, 20-inch “Gloss Black” wheels with red accents, daytime running lamps, and roof rails gave the 2019 Premier edition a welcomed sporty-meets-aggressive appearance. It’s 3.6-liter, V-6 heart, nine-speed automatic transmission, plethora of safety options including an “SOS” button for emergencies, “Teen Driver” technology, eight-inch color touchscreen, and numerous apps for extensive mobile device capability are just few of the numerous attractions to add to its resume. Simply put, this room crossover SUV is perfect for whatever the family demands.
Note: The Traverse comes in an amazing seven trims, and the highest level is the High Country. This impressive version comes with emergency breaking, adaptive cruise control, leather interior, IntelliBeam high beam assist, and signature SkyScape power sunroof with tilt coupled with a back fixed skylight with sunscreen for optimal stargazing.   
Price: $48,200 (MSRP); $50,045 with all options
For more information, visit Chevy.com.



2019 Genesis G70
For the past few years, Genesis has truly claimed its place in the industry as a prestigious luxury brand at highly competitive pricing. The smooth, attractive G70—coming in two different turbocharged engines—provides amazing value, with the Prestige 2.0T starting at $34,900 for all its pampering amenities, Nappa leather interior, a Surround View monitor, responsive handling, and generous warranty package. The 3.3T edition terrorizes the streets with 365 horses packed under the hood; multiple driving modes seamlessly customize the riding experience. Ultimately, this sedan is highly recommended and shamelessly one of my favorite brands on wheels.
Price: Starting $34,900 (MSRP); $43,750 for the 3.3T option
For more information, visit Genesis.com.



2019 Toyota Highlander XLE- V6 AWD
The 2019 Highlander also comes in the SE AWD  (left) and Hybrid Limited pictured above.
Journalist Andrea Janise says…
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a great all-around mid-size SUV that will meet the needs of every member of the family with seating for up to seven people. The amenities include leather trimmed, heated seats and mirrors, 8” touch screen and backup camera, moonroof, push to start and smart key entry. Perfect for those summer road trips with its 3 zone auto climate control, plus it’s safety features includes Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) with pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and steering assist. Equipped with 8 airbags and a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert, the Highlander will ensure that you get to and from each destination safely. The Toyota Highlander offers 22 MPG combined city/highway. Price: $40,680 as reviewed.
For more information, visit Toyota.com.

Look for more soon!
Cheers!
Ale



One Musicfest is this weekend!

They are celebrating 10 years of music history!
Yo!
As I do every year, One Musicfest is the best music festival for hip-hop, soul, and people Atlanta has every year. Don't believe me? Look at the acts on this poster. I try to go every year and get busy on the photos; this was one of my best coverage shots so far. I also interviewed the founder of the Fest in my Interviews With Brews series, J Carter, here. Look for more collaborations soon!
Hope you can make it! Go here for last-minute tickets!

Peace!
Ale