Toast of the Town! April 20, 2008

Last Thursday, I was invited to attend a new event being held here in Atlanta: Wine Enthusiast’s Toast of the Town. Held at the Georgia Aquarium, it was a celebration of Atlanta food and amazing wines – and it all took place at the Georgia Aquarium, which really provided such a great backdrop for the event.

I have to say…it was a really great event. There were so many great wines…too many to try in an evening. There was no shortage of bubbles – my favorite – so seeing the Piper Heidsieck and Mumm tables was a treat. There was also doing a tasting of the 50 year Grand Marnier, created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Grand Marnier.

Food-wise, there were around 30 restaurants present. The highlight for me was getting to officially meet and chat with Michael Tuohy, who has a wonderful restaurant called Woodfire Grill. I have been a fan of his for a long time…and he was just as genuine and wonderful as I had hoped. His salmon with spring vegetable dish was also pretty incredible. I have linked to his really informative blog, Frontburner, on my blog over there.

Ecco did a wonderful mushroom stuffed piquillo pepper. Another great salmon dish came from Feast, which was paired with a lentil salad. I had great bites from Taurus and Atlanta Grill, as well – both did skirt steak or brisket with flavored grits. My one complaint: you have hundreds of people there and its a chance to impress a wide audience…and you serve boring all bruschettas? I appreciate the ease of eating these nibbles at this type of event…but step it up a bit! Portofino did some great versions with a smoked salmon & horseradish and a wild mushroom crostini…but lots of restaurants seemed to just be calling their food in.

Overall, I had such a wonderful time. Special thanks to Tony Clark Photography , who acted as the official photographer of Running With Tweezers. I’m sure he took great joy in snapping photo after photo of me consuming, well, everything.


Chris Apr 20, 2008 08:04 pm

Sounds like a tremendous event! I love Taurus! I am bummed I missed it…but thanks for giving us an inside look.