The 3rd Annual Ramen Fest, benefiting The Giving Kitchen, took place yesterday afternoon at Monday Night Brewery. The event was once again hosted by Makan with noodles provided by Sun Noodle. It was my first time attending and I was a little excited. The restaurant line-up was quite amazing, so it was definitely going to be a fantastic ramen throw down. As Ramen Lovers entered the brewery they were given a beer glass with chopsticks, voting sticks, and tickets for beer. And so it begins…
The first table I went was Venkman’s. Their table set-up was absolutely beautiful. What were they serving? Hold on to your seats. It’s pretty amazing! Ramen on the Half Shell (Louisiana Oysters, House Fermented Black Beans, XO Broth, Togarashi, Duck Egg Yolk) Soooooo good! And unique! Never saw that one coming! They most definitely got one of my votes.
Since I’m not a beef or pork eater I was slightly limited to what I was able to try. But what I did was delicious. Little Trouble got my second vote with their Duck Ramen. It was adorned with leeks, pickled mango, fresno, shallots, and mushrooms. So delightful.
My third and final vote went to El Super Pan with their Latino take on ramen. The chicken broth was so tasty. I was battling the end of a cold and this was exactly what I needed. I think I had about five cups. It just had a good down home vibe to it.
I couldn’t taste any others but I was totally satisfied with my options. I will say every restaurant brought their A game. There were some really beautiful ramen dishes being served. I love how creative the chefs got. To top it off, we were able to wash it all down with a cold craft beer from Monday Night Brewery. Funday Sunday was in full effect!
This year’s Ramen Fest winner went to Eight Sushi Lounge with their Times New Ramen. I heard it was crazy good. By the number of vote sticks jammed into their cup at the end of the night, I’d say they were right. Congratulations Eight Sushi on your win!
The Cheese Fest 2016 went down yesterday and for the third year in a row I was there. I love cheese!! I also love the organization that it supports, The Giving Kitchen. During this cheesy event, festival goers have the chance to sample some of the best artisan cheeses around the world. There was a lot of cheese!!
The Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.
In addition to cheese samples, there was also two competitions going down. Outside was Grilled Cheese Meltdown. Chefs had the grand opportunity to create the most unique grilled cheese to win the title. The sandwiches were amazing. My personal favorite, and People’s Choice Winner, was Bread & Butterfly Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It was classic yet fancy. My WHOA REALLY!! choice, and Judges’ Choice Winner, was High Road Ice Cream’s take on the classic sandwich. They put cream cheese ice cream and jalapeno pineapple jelly between toasted brioche buns, sugared parmigiano with black pepper. Then they threw some praline pecan crumble on it for some crunch. It was amazing! They also brought two additional flavors of ice cream with the topped with more cheese. Amazing!! Inside, The Macdown was in full swing. This title went Muss & Turner’s for their Welsh Rarebit Mac and Cheese. They snagged the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Award. Well done!
The Cheese Fest was amazing and so much fun! Be sure to look out for it next year!
Last night, Bellina Alimentari hosted a most fantastic Kick Off Party for Negroni Week. Negroni week was launched in 2013 to celebrate the Negroni while giving support to charities around the world. Since its beginnings, with just 100 participating venues, Negroni Week has grown to over 6,000 participating bars. Last night’s event was in support of The Giving Kitchen! One of my favorite charitable organizations. Tasty libations were provided by mixologist, Corey Phillips. Cocktails were made with Campari and Bitters 1821. Making it a great addition to the party. Check out Negroni Week festivities near you by visiting www.negroniweek.com.
Sunday, I had the extreme pleasure of volunteering with one of my favorite organization in Atlanta, The Giving Kitchen. The Giving Kitchen is non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area restaurant workers who face unexpected hardships. Sunday’s event, Team Hidi 4, is The Giving Kitchen’s largest fundraising events.
More than 50 of Atlanta’s best restaurants and bars come together to help The Giving Kitchen’s to make this event a success every year. In addition to delectable bites and dreamy cocktails, we were also serenaded by the sweet sounds of the Yacht Rock Revue. I had the most awesome time!
And of course Smilebooth was there providing the photo booth fun!!
Thursday night, the Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen joined forces for an amazing evening of live music, great food, spirits, and a very unique silent auction. Eats and Beats was held at the beautiful Buckhead Theatre and was busting with energy. Guests enjoyed unlimited food from Atlanta’s top restaurants and an open bar. People were having a great time as the danced to the sounds of Yacht Rock Revue. All proceeds for this grand event benefited the Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen.