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What We’re Crushing on Now – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 28-31

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

In its 5th year the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will once again take midtown Atlanta by storm – in a good way – Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31. Elizabeth Feichter and Dominique Love are the dynamic duo responsible for the growing success of this four-day, exquisite and delicious event. Chefs, sommeliers, and those, in the wine and food know, from all over the South will come together to present seminars, Champagne Brunch, exclusive dinners, and a collaborative experience of the Tasting Tent event. Here guests can sample and sip their way through the South while chatting it up with fellow foodies, wine and distillery peeps, and top-tier chefs.

SPIT: Eric Crane of Empire Distributors says he won’t stop till he’s a Master Sommelier POUR, SABER AND SWIRL: (clockwise from left) Five Atlantans dedicate their lives to becoming Master Sommeliers  There are 211 Master Sommeliers in the world. Eric Crane, Matt Bradford, Marie Ballard, Justin Amick, and Joon Lim are vying for spots on that exclusive list.

Eric Crane of Empire Distributors Photo courtesy of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

VODA Magazine had a chance to catch up with Atlanta local, Eric Crane, advanced sommelier and Director of Training and Business Development for Empire Distributors. Crane will be presenting two seminars within the wine industry. He shares what he’s most excited about, how the festival has grown, and professional tips on how to make the most of your Atlanta Food & Wine Festival experience. Hint it involves always having a “party pal.”

In the Festival’s 5th year Crane enthusiastically says, “They’ve made it this far, there’s more synergy. It puts a nice spotlight on Atlanta and the Festival allows you to eat and drink your way through the South.” Another one of the Festival’s highlights are the Tasting Tents. Crane’s recommendation is the fried chicken section. He says, “There’s nothing better on the planet but that, usually.” He refers to festival Sunday as “Lazy, Southern Sunday.” “By that time everyone’s had too much fun during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.” There’s a Champagne Brunch on Sunday that I’m personally looking forward to. For me bubbles are always welcomed. To get the most out of your festival experience, Crane advices to stay hydrated and pace yourself. Lastly he adds, “Always have a drinking partner, a party pal. There’s less errors.” Eric will be co-presenting on Friday, May 29 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM American Oak in All Its Glory seminar. Then on Saturday, May 30 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM is the Acid is Your Friend seminar. For more information and for tickets visit, www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com

 

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A Healthy Happy Hour at Four Seasons Atlanta

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, one of the best luxury hotels in Atlanta, knows how to beat the Monday blues and kick off a Friday happy hour like no other. Monday through Friday they offer their Spa Happy Hour that includes two treatments and a glass of Prosecco or sparkling cider for mommies-to-be or teetotalers.

I arrived at the hotel midweek to attend the High Museum’s Wine Auction fundraiser that took place in late March. Wound up from work and travel, I was fortunate enough to squeeze in some pre-workday workouts in their well-equipped gym (and spy some well-known actors who were in town filming a movie) to relieve some tension. Even though Saturday was officially a work day for me this particular week, I decided to book a little happy hour for myself early Friday evening.

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

The Four Seasons Spa in Atlanta offers a choice of six treatments during their happy hour which include the following: Stretching Therapy; Reflexology Massage; De-Stress Massage; Hand and Foot Paraffin; Moroccan Oil Hydrating Scalp Mask; and Tropical Body Exfoliation. I chose the body exfoliation – an indulgent sugar-based scrub laced with ylang ylang essential, Vitamin E, and coconut. This was followed by the De-Stress Massage, focusing on the neck, shoulders, and back.

I arrived 20 minutes early to make full use of the full-service spa’s amenities which include a sauna, steam room and a fantastic indoor swimming pool and whirlpool dressed in white marble and luxurious marble. Once cozy in my robe and slippers I relaxed in the women’s relaxation lounge in a quiet nook and leisurely sifted through glossy magazines with beautiful images while grazing dried fruits and nuts and sipping lemongrass tea. I was in heaven and the treatments hadn’t even begun.

A lovely lady, by the name of Cassandra, called my name as she led me to a spa suite equipped with a glass-enclosed shower. Her voice was soft and soothing. She introduced a sugar scrub to my skin and vigorously, yet in a massaging manner, sloughed my skin smooth. After 30 minutes, Cassandra started the shower until a steamy cloud seeped from the stall. She quietly left the room as I rinse off the sugar scrub which revealed baby-soft, silky skin. Like magic, she quickly changed the sheets to ready the table for my massage.

She knew my back needed special attention and advised I incorporate regular 30 minute massages only focusing on my back in order to get the knots out.  Energized from the body scrub Cassandra and I had a lively conversation about the awesome city of Atlanta known as Austin’s sister city.  She taught me about the different areas of town and led me to some great restaurants to try.

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

I emerged from the spa suite refreshed and relaxed and made my way back to the relaxation lounge for some more guilty-pleasure reading of those glossy magazines and a pre-dinner nosh on the plentiful snacks. Cassandra handed me a bubbling glass of sparkly and I twinkled with delight from my new found favorite type of happy hour. Cheers Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, you sparkle!

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Feast and Fête – It’s Spring Gala Season

Photo Courtesy of High Museum WIne Auction

Photo Courtesy of High Museum Wine Auction

Gents, dust off your tuxes, and ladies, it’s time to get svelte to slip into those gala gowns – Spring time has arrived so let the soirées begin. High on our list (no pun intended) is the 23rd Annual High Museum Wine Auction “Uncork A Southern Tradition.” Wine Spectator magazine named this the fifth largest, charity wine auction in the US. Events start on Wednesday, March 25th and run through the weekend.

Photo Courtesy of High Museum WIne Auction

Photo Courtesy of High Museum Wine Auction

We’re most exited about the Industry Tasting on Thursday, March 27th and the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction on Saturday, March 28th. The Industry Tasting was ranked the most prestigious tasting in the Southeast. Here, we’ll meet guest vintners educating and introducing us to their choice selections. We’ll mingle with over 900 wine-trade attendees at this premiere tasting.

Photo Courtesy of High Museum Wine Auction

Photo Courtesy of High Museum Wine Auction

We’ve left our schedule open on Friday evening and may pass on the Friday Fête. This event is for the gourmand and party-goer. James Beard chefs will feature their succulent selections, guests can bid on silent auction items, and attendees will shake their groove thing to sounds of a live band. We may save ourselves for Saturday when the grand finale happens at the Vinters’ Reception and Live Auction. Top-notch chefs and winemakers will showcase their finest savories and sips and the highly-anticipated 23rd Annual High Museum Wine Auction will feature rare and fine wines, art, trips, and dining experiences. Uncork A Southern Tradition benefits the High Museum in Atlanta. Let the bidding begin!

Photo Courtesy of High Museum Wine Auction

Photo Courtesy of High Museum Wine Auction

For more information, please visit call Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or carole.ashworth@woodruffcenter.org

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