Category: Event

Travel Edition… Taste of Chicago June 24- July 3

In 2009 I attended Taste of Chicago. All the locals said the economy had forced the event to scale down, it was still crazy to me. I was in the city on business, so i didn’t have much time to taste very much food, but it was still an awesome experience.

I’m always a fan of “Taste of” events. A friend texted me this week saying he was headed to Chicago for the Taste. I was admittedly jealous. And then i thought back:

Thousands of people, long lines and hot as fire temperatures– all crammed into a small portion of Grant Park. I’ll take my chances with Taste of Atlanta in October.

But in case you intend to run to Chicago for the undoubtedly AWESOME food, here is the link. Enjoy.

Metropolitan Cooking Show… with the Neely’s

In May I attended the Metropolitan Cooking Show. Media credentials didn’t really allow much access to the top names and celebrity chefs. So I purchased tickets to the Neely’s cookbook signing. Pat and Gina Neely are super funny! The short time that I stood in line for them to sign my book was extremely enjoyable. Even afterward, I stuck around to laugh with them. I hope that DineWithDani will have opportunity to interact with them more intimately this year.

This video has no real content. You can’t even hear what we are saying to each other. But I love them now!

Metropolitan Cooking Show… with Paula Deen

Last month I attended the Metropolitan Cooking Show in Atlanta… The organizers were kind enough to allow me to ask Paula Deen a question. I had NO IDEA what to ask her, but it didn’t matter. My moment was hi-jacked when part of the audience left to attend another demonstration. It’s actually pretty funny. I make a quick cameo in the video even though I’m filming. Enjoy.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival… May 19-22

(Even though I was denied media credentials, I still believe this event should get a mention. I hope I’m able to attend on some level. And I hope I see you there.)

Food lovers across the nation can mark their calendars as the countdown to the first Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has begun. Dedicated exclusively to showcasing authentic foods, wines and spirits from across the Southern region, the inaugural event will take place May 19 – 22, 2011.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, created by Atlantans Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, is a welcome addition to a city that is home to an impressive number of chefs and restaurants of national acclaim. The weekend-long gastronomic affair will be the first luxury festival in the nation dedicated  exclusively to Southern food and beverage traditions. The Festival will highlight the best of the region from Texas to West Virginia and the states in between, building upon three key themes: old traditions, new traditions and imports and inspirations that have influenced Southerners in the kitchen.

Inspired by the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, the Atlanta Festival will take the best elements of other national festivals, build upon them and then infuse a spirit of honoring the regional food culture.  Leveraging the expertise of a Founders Council of the best Southern culinary talents, the Festival will offer carefully-designed seminars, demonstrations and tasting experiences, representing the unique flavors of the region.

(For more information click HERE.)

Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival… May 14-15

The Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival is a two-day outdoor event located in the largest public park in Fulton County. We set out with many different goals in mind: 1) Give back to the community through art; 2) Create a venue that emphasizes local and Georgian artists so they have a show they can depend on in their own back yard; 3) Bring a Spring festival to the folks in the northern part of Fulton county; 4) Create a show unlike any other in the City of Atlanta, bringing together outstanding local and regional artists.

The Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival will be held at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA conveniently located near the Chastain Park Amphitheater, the Horse Barn and Golf Course. For map quest and Yahoo maps, use 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327.

The festival will be located along Park Drive between Stella Drive and Dudley Drive.

Free and open to the public, this festival will have live music and (most importantly) food & beverages that encourage a healthy lifestyle!

There are several events this weekend. Pick something, have fun and eat well!

Natural Products, Green Living, Family Fun… May 21-22

This one weekend, two day event is packed with interactive demonstration, health lectures, workshops, and kids activities that the whole family can enjoy! Each year over 30,000 Atlanta & Seattle consumers attend the Alive! Expo to learn how to integrate health and wellness into environmentally responsible, GREEN living and to create a positive impact on the world as a whole. Attendees get a chance to experience all the newest and best natural, organic, green and eco products for your home and their entire family, even the pets!

Each year Alive! Expo draws over 300 national and local companies representing industries such as: Natural/Organic Foods, Natural & Organic Personal Care/Natural Beauty, Vitamins & Supplements, Alternative & Herbal Medicines, Natural & Eco Pet Products, Green Home & Eco Household Products, Eco Fashion & Accessories, Books/Videos, Sportswear, Health/Fitness/Gyms and Yoga/Pilates Studios, Natural Spa Products & Services, GREEN & Recycled Products, Environmentally Friendly Products and Hybrid & Electric Cars.

Among the exhibits, the show additionally features: Healthy Cooking Demos, Healthy Organic & Local Food and Wine Tasting, Interactive Pilates and Yoga Demos, Complimentary Health & Wellness Screenings, Live Lectures by Industry Experts, Fun Kid’s Corner with an On-Site Daycare, PLUS you can Buy & Sample Your Favorite Natural Products and Receive Free Product Samples.

With something fun and exciting for every member of the family – this is a weekend event you will NOT want to miss!!!

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