Yesterday I had the great opportunity to shoot Taste of Athens, thanks to Spotted at OnlineAthens.com. . Forgive me if my pictures are not as up-to-par as usual– the lighting wasn’t exactly ideal!
For the record, my favorite treats were, in no particular order of yumminess:
Andouille shrimp and grits from the Foundry Park Inn and Spa
Filet slider from Porterhouse Grill
Belgian Red from Copper Creek
Brisket Curry from the Royal Peasant
Green Pozole from Agua Linda
Jerk chicken taco from Picante’s
Filus Malbec from General Wholesale Wine
Picket Fence Cabernet Sauvignon from Bronco Wine Group
Panang curry from Thai Spoon
Dylan’s Dobbel from Cherry Street Brewing Co-op
Some of the best displays, in my opinion, were Kumquat Mae, Thai Spoon, Foundry Park Inn & Spa, Barberitos, and Home.made catering. But I was so distracted taking pics and eating that I wasn’t the most attentive judge!
Below are pictures of the stations that I enjoyed most, either from their display or from their samples. Thai Spoon won best display, and DePalma’s best food, but I think everyone there had superb food and beverages.
a map of the event
Thai Spoon girls. The panang curry w/jasmine rice was the best I’ve had…and I’ve had a lot.
Athens Bagel Company and their bagel-basket
delicious bagel toasts with smoked salmon (lox?) and capers and dill
Kumquat Mae’s wares. Tried their lemon squares, pretty good!
the many juices of Juice Up. The orange juice second to left was very, very good. Not as big a fan of the beet juice…somehow too beet-y? I know, I asked for that one.
A few of Copper Creek’s brews. The Belgian Red was delicious.
Pretzels made from beer- I tired the stout pretzels, they were aiight.
Depalma’s won best food!
wild mushroom lasagna from DePalma’s….I wanted to try but the logistics of eating cheesy lasagna while taking pictures was not meant to be
Home.made catering dolloping ice cream! The line was too long so I didn’t try anything :/
More goodies from home.made
Crudités and butterbean hummus from home.made
Jerk Chicken Tacos- so juicy, so good
Tacos from Picante’s- which will be renamed to Picante’s Street Foods (hopefully I got that right). I think these are the chicken tinga tacos.
A sample of some of the beers under Leon Farmer & Company.
Cherry Street Brewing Co.’s Dylan’s Dubbel was hands-down the best beer I’ve had.
I tried a Filus Malbec (2011 I think) from General Wholesale Wines and it was fantastic.
Remnants from many wine samplings
Cajun Andouille Shrimp and Grits from the Foundry Inn & Spa, which was phenomenal….and the display was so beautiful!
Barberito’s mascot astride a giant roasted pig. Can’t decide how I feel about it!
a lil’ plate of Barberitos.
Shokitini’s sushi chef churning out rolls at lightning speed. I tried a spicy crab, I think, and it was so good.
A filet mini-burger from Porterhouse. Easily the best beef I’ve had in a while.
More baby burgers.
Various creams cheese from Athens Bagel Co.!
Jittery Joe’s sampling of baked goods, which very considerately had allergens labeled.
Harry’s Barbecue’s pulled pork sliders with their specialty sauce.
The champagne from the champagne toast during the middle of the festival- it was pretty good! Then again, I’m not exactly familiar with Dom Perignon…
a tiny glass of bubbly
A cute display of spices and figurines from Taste of India.
Your Pie’s array of lil’pizzas!
If you want to see all the pictures I took (so I don’t kill my website) it’s here. I’m definitely going to try to go again next year!