Essence My City 4 Ways:  Food, Music, Art & Style Presented By Ford

Yesterday was a chilly, yet beautiful day in Atlanta. A perfect day to test drive a powerful, fast, red car. And that I did! Saturday, Essence held their amazing event, My City 4 Ways. It was held at the Mason Fine Art Gallery. Here some of the city’s most beloved influencers gathered to celebrate the awesomeness that is Atlanta through its music, food, art & style. 

Upon arrival, guest were able to ride and drive in a Ford vehicle of their choice. I chose to drive the 2017 Ford Mustang . It was red, beautiful, and fast! I loved it. My friendly Ford representative passenger encouraged me to really get a feel of the horsepower this car has. He told me to gun it and I did! That was fun! At the end of the drive guest were given a very nice gift bag to commemorate the event. 

Inside the venue, we were greet with many smiling faces, welcoming us. We were also given a map to get us familiar with all of the vendors and sites of the event. At first glance I knew it was going to be a pretty fun Saturday afternoon.

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I started my journey through the gallery in Style Ave. On this path, guest were invited to shop and meet the owners of local Atlanta shops. Shops included Tracy Nicole Clothing, Sylvia Mollie Collection, Suakoko Betty, and Ford Warriors in Pink
Suakoko Betty
Ford Warriors in Pink
Next, I strolled down Food Alley. Here I grabbed a few tasty bites from some Atlanta culinary artist. On deck was Chef Virgil from Suite Lounge, and Chef Mark Phillips, Executive Chef of Southern Temptation. Both serving up some delightful southern food. 

Shrimp & Grits ~ Chef Virgil
At the bar, I was pleased to see a wine tasting taking place with McBride Sisters. Before tasting their wine, I took the time to read about them from the informational cards provided. They have a great story. The McBride Sisters are sisters, Robin and Andrea, who were raised on two different continents. Both raised around vineyards fostering an appreciation for the craft of winemaking. They reunited in 1999, and know run a successful wine business. Great story! And great wine! Definitely look for them in your local grocery store.

The McBride Sisters
Down Art Street, guest were invited to take part in an interactive mural collaboration. The mural was designed by visual artist, Kashmir Thompson

We ran into record producer and songwriter, Michael Cox on Art Street!

Music Boulevard was the last stop and scene of the main event. Keeping our feet moving was the sounds of DJ Princess Cuts. Quite a few special guest graced the stage throughout the night. First out was a discussion panel with some gems of Atlanta. Erica Key, Anthony David, Kashmir Thompson, Kenya Freeman, and Charreah Jackson talked about their favorite Atlanta spots as well as their current and future projects. Also coming through with some motivational words of encouragement was Comedian and Talk Show Host, Loni Love

(l-r) Anthony David, Kenya Freeman, Kashmir Thompson, Charreah Jackson, Erica Key
Chef Ahki & Erica Key
We also got an awesome cooking demonstration from Celebrity Chef Ahki and Blogger, Erica Key. On the menu, Vegan Mac & Cheese. It sounded delicious eventhough I’m a strong believer in only putting real cheese in Mac & Cheese. I wish I could have tasted it. 

Anthony David & Algebra

For the musical portion of the afternoon, Anthony David was back to perform a favorite song of mine, alongside Algebra Blessett. I love when they sing together! Closing out the show was Tweet. She bellowed out her songs beautifully. She was so sparkly!  I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday afternoon with Essence and Ford. Great event!

Fun Saturday with my girls, Leslie and Amber!

7 thoughts on “Essence My City 4 Ways:  Food, Music, Art & Style Presented By Ford

  1. This looks like a fun day out! I kind of love that board from Ford Warriors in Pink. And vegan Mac & cheese? Yes, please! I’m glad they included some vegan programming in the event, living in Denmark where vegetarianism is still trying to catch on, I’m usually left out on the food front when I go to festivals and things.

  2. This sounds like so much fun and what a great way to experience your city. How cool is that mural project?! Off to read the story of the McBride Sisters, I’ve never heard of them before but their store sure sounds intriguing!

  3. Those shrimp and grits sure look good! What a fun way to enjoy an event and celebrate in your city. I wish my town had more blogger-friendly media type events. They are a great networking event.

  4. What an awesome event! You must of had so much fun! I definitely wish they had something similar around where I live. It looks like it was a blast!

  5. I just love events like these. I love hearing about new venues and the food is usually rocking. What a fun time and you are so lucky to have been able to attend.

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