Atlanta Eats Live! took place Sunday October 5th and not only did FanBolt attend, we ate our little hearts out!
The fun event (think: Food Olympics) was thrown by Atlanta Eats, a popular Atlanta TV show that showcases some of the best spots to dine around town, was hosted by the show’s hosts Steak Shapiro and Mara Davis. Tickets started at $45 for general admission and went up to $100 for VIP. The event was held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, which was the perfect size to host over 40 of Atlanta’s most delicious restaurants. The turnout this year was impressive, large enough to make the event worth it, but it was still small enough that you aren’t spending most of your time waiting in lines to sample the food.
FanBolt Editor-in-Chief Emma Loggins and I definitely tried to stuff ourselves as full as possible so that we could have the complete experience (or at least that’s what we told ourselves!). We sampled from many of the eateries there, which are listed below, but some of our favorites included: Bite (who showcased a fantastic short rib sandwich that melted in your mouth), Joy Cafe (three words: Chicken Burger Sliders), Chicken & the Egg (whose Georgia Shrimp & Grits Emma absolutely adored) and Cooks & Soldiers (Opens soon in West Midtown) with their life-changing grilled cheese sandwich (yes, grilled cheese!). Seriously, you have to taste this stuff to believe it.
Atlanta staple Yacht Rock Schooner performed once the restaurants began packing up. This was their first time playing a food-themed set list, and the group did a great job rocking the house and keeping the fun going (At a point in time where most people would sit down and take a nap). The last time I saw them live was when they played at the Archer premiere party a couple of years ago and I remember their performance being just as energetic. These guys seldom disappoint.
The Complete Yes-Jasmine-and-Emma-Ate-All-of-This-Don’t-Judge-It-Was-For-Research List:
Atlanta Fish Market
Chicken & The Egg
Muss & Turner’s
Taqueria Del Sol
The Ice Cream Bar
The Palm Restaurant
Grand Champion BBQ
Man that looks a lot worse typed out than I would have thought, but we’re willing to sacrifice our modesty to let you all know that we weren’t disappointed by any of the samplings from these restaurants.
Another great aspect of the event was that, for the second year in a row, a portion of the profits made will be donated to The Giving Kitchen, so not only are you coming to enjoy amazing food, drinks and music, but you’re also helping give back to those less fortunate, which is always a plus.
Atlanta Eats Live! is an event we’d definitely recommend checking out when it comes back around. It makes for a fun date or friends outing, and it was a cool sight to see such a wide array of people who came from all parts of Georgia to do the same three things: eat, drink and be merry… and that we certainly did.
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