The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is the creation of the dynamic Atlanta entrepreneurial duo, Elizabeth Feichter (right) and Dominique Love (left). The pair first joined forces almost 10 years ago to run Corporate Community Outsourcing, a philanthropic consulting firm created by Love after leaving her post managing The Coca-Cola Company’s corporate giving.
Love’s corporate philanthropy experience coupled with Feichter’s extensive nonprofit experience, including her role as the Director of Development for Hands on Atlanta, has positioned their agency as a go-to resource for corporations and nonprofit organizations wanting to have a more strategic impact in the community.
Their work developing a national cause-marketing campaign for FOOD & WINE magazine led the duo to the magazine’s famed FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. So impressed by the Classic’s programming and how the weekend drew smart, food-loving people, Feichter and Love decided to recreate the concept in Atlanta to showcase and celebrate their beloved Southern region and its rich food and beverage traditions.
Photo Credit: Sara Hanna Photography (2014)
seminars, demonstrations and panel discussions
Festival weekend will offer guests close to 100 carefully-crafted Learning Experiences that include smart and entertaining cooking and cocktail demonstrations, wine and food tasting seminars and panel discussions all designed by the Festival’s esteemed Advisory Council.
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Tasting Tents are designed to take guests on an epicurean journey through the South with curated “tasting trails” showcasing great food and drink items from across the region and from other Southern regions around the globe like Southern Europe, South Africa, South America, Southern Hemisphere and South-of-the-Border.
The Festival experience continues into the evening with special chef dinners and signature parties at private homes, restaurants and special unique venues around the city.
Designed for the serious food and beverage lover, The Connoisseur program includes access to the exclusive Connoisseur Lounge created by award-winning Atlanta designer, William Peace, ASID, for socializing, eating, drinking and participating in private food and beverage classes.
New to the Festival in 2015 is a special dinner series for Connoisseur Pass holders only. Connoisseurs will have their choice of attending the annual Blackberry Farm dinner, an immersive dining experience at the new Porsche Experience Center, or an intimate dinners that have been carefully curated by award-winning food authors, Matt Lee and Ted Lee from Charleston, SC. All dinners will feature award-winning chefs, sommeliers and beverage innovators.