For the second year, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is collaborating with Craft Catalyst, LLC, an Atlanta-based brand accelerator that works with early-stage food and beverage companies, to offer a special program for Southern food and beverage entrepreneurs.  The program will provide participants the opportunity to gain valuable insight from successful food and beverage industry entrepreneurs with emphasis on Innovation, Brand-Building, Scalability and Value Creation.

This year, we are pleased to welcome Southern Living to the partnership with the creation of the Southern Food & Drink Entrepreneurs Award. Six, Southern food and beverage entrepreneurs with businesses less than five years old will be selected as award finalists, receiving recognition by Southern Living and being showcased at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.  Three of the finalists will be awarded the Southern Living award and provided with online and editorial coverage in the magazine. Entrepreneurs who meet the criteria may apply online through April 15.








Thursday, June 2

12:00PM – 6:30PM

Loews Atlanta Hotel – 1065 Peachtree Street, Conference Floor (14th Floor)


Business Casual.

Self and Valet parking available at Loews and surrounding surface lots.

$100 – SOLD OUT


Matti Antilla, Grain & Barrel
Marianne Barnes, Castle & Key
Alisa Barry, Bella Cucina
Scott Blackwell, High Wire Distilling
Joe Driscoll, Kill Cliff
Robert Gamble, Fenwick Capital
Bebe Goodrich, Icebox Coffee
Allyson Holt, Home Shopping Network
Ransom James, Eagle Merchant Partners
Katie Kittredge, Kittredge Advisory Partners
John Lynch, WTRMLN Beverage Co.
Ron Marks, AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery
Kubeshini Moodley, Whole Foods Market
Andy Oliver, Braswell’s Food Co.
Michael Ripps, Jittery Joe’s
Anna Russ, Anna Apotheca
Keith Schroeder, High Road Craft


Sid Evans, Southern Living
Maggie Largente, Whole Foods Market SE
Dominique Love, AF&WF
Roy Milner, Blackberry Farm
Matthew Mitchell, Coca Cola/VEB
Brooks Reitz, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.


12:00 PM     Registration & Welcome

12:30 PM     Lunch & Keynote: Innovation with Allyson Holt, VP Culinary/Home Shopping Network

2:15 PM       Session 1

  • Brand Building: Rising Above the Noise & Driving Sell Through
  • Scalability: Growing Beyond the Startup Garage

3:45 PM       Session 2

  • Scalability: Best Practices in Managing Growth & Optimizing Margins
  • Value Creation: After Friends and Family Have Been Tapped

5:00-6:00 PM    Closing Reception