As I mentioned Monday, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival wasn't only food and wine and liquor and beer... There were also beautifully designed spaces, especially those in the Connoisseur Lounge, by Atlanta based interior designer, Mallory Mathison Glenn.
I had to email her to praise her for a wonderful job and ask how it felt to be chose for such a cool project! She did agree that those shrimp and grits were the bomb.
Just a glimpse into her portfolio:
A girl after my own heart, she obviously shows the importance of textures, heirlooms, SILVER!!, and art groupings. Her spaces seem personal and intimate... like they have been collected over years. And those dark glossy walls... her own personal bedroom. LOVE the boldness!
AND.. we found the Wine. Tents and Tents of food and wine. Yes, I had a moment. Several in fact.
Nick's lamb guy was roasting this for late night.
More of the tent's with a hint of Angela English's awesome hair.
We finished the weekend with a trip to Holeman and Finch Public House, a Linton Hopkins restaurant. I only have one shot from the night because my stomach swelled up and I haven't been able to eat since.
I will tell you this: When someone in a badass restaurant offers you brains, you just do it.
I haven't eaten since Saturday. No Lie. I think I stuffed myself, and my body can live off it's own fat for a while. Shouts out to Atlanta Food and Wine Festival! What an awesome experience. I was extremely proud of Nick and all of his hard work, and had the best time meeting other chefs and seeing old friends. So... since I left you Friday, we discovered more street carts:
A dangerous sight.
A Moscow Mule. No Tequila for me.
I asked these guys if they would move in my front yard.
They declined, but we became very good friends over the next few days.
The Rig minus Willie.
He was missed.
I had been looking for this since I got to town.
I had a Blackberry Ginger Lemonade Pop.
The reason I asked those guys to move in my front yard.
I had to take a break this afternoon and recharge! AFWF has been pretty awesome so far, and we still have 2 more days!
We went last night to a beautiful farm about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta for a party where we were fed by the Viking Cooking Team...
These guys walked up to me while I was eating.
I think they were upset about the grilled lamb.
No shots from the rest of the night, but the festival kicked off with a reception on the roof of the Loew's Hotel, then a group of us moved over to Hugh Acheson's Empire State South.
(Swayze, I told him you said hello!)
The restaurant was really awesome.. and had a boche ball court in the garden.
Nick's first event was at lunch today, and he completely rocked it.
Bluegrass, Bourbon and BBQ on the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel.