2nd Annual Dames and Dregs 2019 – A Photo Recap

This past Saturday, craft beer enthusiasts gathered in downtown Atlanta to celebrate women, the original brewers, at the 2nd Annual Dames and Dregs Beer Festival. The beer fest featured 40+ breweries, over 120 beers poured, including 16 exclusive pours. It’s was a good time!! Can’t wait for next year! Check out some of my photos!!

About Dames and Dregs

“An Atlanta-based experience that seeks to empower and educate the community by celebrating the female contributions to brewing, both in the present and throughout history. We strive to create an enticing, supportive, and inspiring atmosphere, featuring the hard work and talents of female-led breweries, brewers and brewery employees who are women, as well as female-led businesses and non-profit organizations within the community.”

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Everything Was Just Peachy | Atlanta PeachFest 2019 Recap

Yesterday was a most beautiful day in the peach state, as Atlanta was the location of the 3rd Annual PeachFest. The event was held downtown in the newly renovated Peachtree Center, where 65+ chefs, farmers, and bartenders joined to pay tribute to the almighty peach. Peachfest guest had the opportunity to sample the best peach inspired dishes and cocktails from some of Atlanta’s most well-known chefs and mixologist.

There were so many great bites and sips. Below are my personal favorites!

Biltong Bar – James Cramer

Smoked Peach Old Fashion

Alma Cocina – Chad Clevenger

Peach Ceviche

Bar Margo

Housed Smoked Ivory King Salmon Tostada

Peaches ín Escabeche, Peach Salt, Micro Cilantro

Rathbun’s Restaurant

Peach Cheesecake

S & J’s Woodfired Pizza

Jalapeño Peach Pizza

Bar Margo – Tokiwa Sears

“🍑”

Thanks for the peaches Pearson Farms! 🍑🍑🍑🍑

Photos Courtesy of DMHPR

Pharrell Williams Announces His 3-Day Music Festival This Spring in Virginia Beach and the Lineup is Crazy!

Pharrell Williams is kicking off spring in the most awesome way possible with the launch of his 3-day festival, named Something in the Water. The festivities will take place Friday, April 26th thru Sunday, April 28th, 2019, in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

The lineup is pretty incredible with performances from Missy Elliott, Migos, Janelle Monet, SZA, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, Jaden Smith, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Travis Scott, Dave Matthews Band, Dram, and so many more!

Tickets go on sale March 8, 2019 at 12PM EST. General Admission 3-day Passes are $150, while VIP passes are priced at $450. To purchase tickets visit the festival website!

Save the Date: Seattle Museum Month February 2019

During the month of February 2019, downtown Seattle hotel guests receive 50 percent off admission prices to participating museums and cultural institutions during the fifth annual Seattle Museum Month. It’s the perfect time to explore one or two of Seattle’s 40 museums!

Photo Courtesy of Visit Seattle

These discounts are only valid for guests staying at one of the participating hotels, up to four people, during hotel stay dates. Visitors must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts.

Participating Seattle Museums

  1. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  2. Bellevue Arts Museum 
  3. Center for Wooden Boats
  4. Chihuly Garden and Glass 
  5. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
  6. Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum  
  7. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 
  8. Frye Art Museum
  9. Henry Art Gallery
  10. Job Carr Cabin Museum
  11. Kids Discovery Museum 
  12. Kitsap History Museum
  13. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  14. LeMay – America’s Car Museum 
  15. Living Computers: Museum + Labs 
  16. Museum of Glass 
  17. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) 
  18. Museum of Pop Culture 
  19. Nordic Museum 
  20. Northwest African American Museum 
  21. Northwest Railway Museum
  22. Olympic Sculpture Park
  23. Pacific Bonsai Museum
  24. Pacific Science Center 
  25. Puget Sound Navy Museum
  26. Seattle Aquarium 
  27. Seattle Art Museum 
  28. Seattle Children’s Museum 
  29. Seattle Pinball Museum 
  30. Shoreline Historical Museum
  31. Suquamish Tribal Museum 
  32. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
  33. The Museum of Flight 
  34. The Valentinetti Puppet Museum
  35. US Naval Undersea Museum
  36. USS Turner Joy Museum Ship 
  37. UW Botanic Gardens Arboretum
  38. W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
  39. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 
  40. Woodland Park Zoo

For more information visit www.seattlemuseummonth.com

First Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic March 1-3, 2019

On March 1-3, 2019, head to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to attend the 1st Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic. This 3-day festival features world-class vintners, master sommeliers, and top chefs in Wailea. The event is curated in partnership with Christian Navarro of Wally’s Wines.

Event Schedule:
(Details are subject to change.)

Masterclasses
Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wine tastings feature lively discussion moderated by sommeliers, rare vintages, and sunset views. Guests choose from one of the following:

-Brunello Di Montalcino Legend Biondi Santi

-Napa Valley Superstars featuring The Mascot, Realm, Dana Estates, Sinegal Estate, and Opus One

-Louis Roederer Champagne & Roederer Estate: Francevs. California

-A Discovery of Pinot Noir featuring Williams Selyem, Kistler, Peter Michael, Joseph Drouhin, and Maison Louis Jadot

-Louis XIII Cognac

Elite Wine Dinners
Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Intimate under-the-stars dinners feature one of the top wineries in the world and a visiting celebrity chef. Following dinner, guests will enjoy access to an exclusive After Party at the resort’s famed Serenity Pool featuring spectacular desserts by Four Seasons Maui Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet and Casa Dragones after-dinner cocktails crafted by the Resort’s Master Mixologist, Ben Yabrow. Guests choose from one of the following:

-Colgin Dinner featuring Chef Jennifer Carroll, hosted by Colgin owners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender

-Harlan Estate Dinner featuring Chef Jason Fox, hosted by Harlan Estate director Don Weaver

-Pio Cesare Dinner featuring Chef Jason McLeod, hosted by Pio Cesare seventh-generation winemaker Pio Boffa

-Marciano Estate Dinner featuring Chef Ryan Kluver, hosted by Marciano Estate owner Maurice Marcianoand winemaker Morgan Maureze

-Chateau Cos d’Estournel Dinner featuring Chef Peleg Miron, hosted by Chateau Cos d’Estournel brand director Etienne Nantes

Glassology
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Resort Manager Martin Dell conducts a Riedel-certified glass tasting experience, leading guests through a hands-on experience where they discover how glass shape, density and size effects taste.

200 Anniversary Celebration with Champagne Billecart-Salmon
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Guests will enjoy eight cuvees, including rare vintages, at family-owned champagne house Billecart-Salmon’s 200anniversary set in the Resort’s palatial Presidential Maile Suite.

Oceanfront Gala
Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Twenty-seven world-renowned wine producers, Casa Dragones luxury artisanal tequila, and innovative fresh local cuisine from Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and all celebrity guest chefs will delight guests at the grand tasting event set on the Resort’s stunning Ocean Front Lawn. Guests will mix and mingle with visiting vintners and master sommeliers, as well as the Resort’s robust staff of over 20 sommeliers.

Brunch & Bubbles
Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The weekend concludes with a lavish brunch featuring the best Champagne houses in the world and Italy’s top Prosecco producer, Bisol. Champagne producers include Dom Perignon, Krug, Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, and Billecart-Salmon.

The Resort invites guest to experience the entire schedule with tickets for two to all events and four nights in luxury room accommodations by reserving the Wine & Food Classic package. A la carte tickets are available through the Concierge. Guests must be age 21 years or older to attend all events. For reservations, tickets, or inquiries, call (808) 874-8000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/mauiclassic.

Macy’s Culinary Council, Chef Marcus Samuelsson Stops In Atlanta 

ATLANTA-This Friday, join Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson for a special cooking demo in celebration of his new cookbook, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem.

 

Learn from the master chef as he shares stories and secrets on how to prepare some of his favorite award-winning dishes, with plenty of scrumptious samples. Plus, enjoy performances by Harlem-based band The Rakiem Walker Project and NYC-based dance group W.A.F.F.L.E.!

 

With any purchase of $35 or more in the Home Department that day, receive a special gift and a copy of The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, which Chef Samuelsson will sign directly after the event.

 

RSVP in advance to receive a $10 Macy’s gift card at event check-in: https://marcussamuelssonlenox.eventbrite.com #macysculture

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Hannah Leonard {Grain Spirits + Food}

Photo provided by Hannah Leonard
Last night I sat down with Hannah Leonard at a place that’s she is very familiar with, the bar at Grain Spirits + Food. In this Midtown Atlanta establishment, she has served as bartender for the last 6 months. Her skillful expertise earned this Atlanta native an invitation to compete in the High Museum of Art’s first mixology event, Highball. With 11 years in the service industry and 4 years of bartending under her belt, she is coming to the competition with much craftmenship and passion. I think the other contestants need to watch out! During my visit I also asked a few rapid fire questions to get to know Hannah. Read her answers below, then come see her in action at Highball on February 18th.

Rapid Fire Q & A

What time did you get up this morning?

8:10, and then 8:45

What did you have for dinner last night

A sandwich, I think.

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

A Costa Rican Beer

A cocktail you make for someone you want to impress.

Sazerac

Describe your job in one cocktail.

Whiskey Neat

Popcorn or potato chips?

Popcorn

What’s your mixologist superpower?

Helping guest feel comfortable in their environment.

Cocktail request that makes you roll your eyes.
I try not too. No judgements from me when it comes to what guest want to order.

Ginger ale or ginger beer

Ginger Ale

Bartender or mixologist?

Craft Bartender 

Cocktail that represents Atl

Suppressor

Worse cocktail served to you.

Jack and Ginger

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Mimosas

Cocktail snob or nah?

When creating, yes. Ordering, no.

Favorite menu item at Grain

The Dirty Chick or Black Lyte

Best midnight snack.

Whatever’s in the fridge that I don’t have to prepare. Also any soup ever.

Advice for aspiring female bartenders.

Find someone in the industry who is willing to invest in you. Do your homework. Know every answer before it’s asked.


What:  Highball

Where:  Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When : February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm

Tickets: www.high.org