Premier chefs, musicians, and artists from across the South invite foodies to join them in Midtown Atlanta for a four-day event dedicated to the South’s cuisine, beverage culture, foodways, and the people shaping it. Gather ‘round, held October 14 through 17, is so much more than a food festival. The weekend touches on every facet of food—from tastings to masterclasses, live demonstrations, collaborative chef dinners, and social receptions—making it a medium for celebrating and connecting with others.
The recently opened Epicurean Atlanta will host the event; a fitting choice as the hotel caters to people who love traveling for food. The cutlery-patterned pillows in the rooms, multiple onsite dining options, and the Epicurean Theatre (designed for live cooking demos and classes) make this space the ideal home base for guests to savor Gather ‘round’s events and connect with food pros while exploring Atlanta’s diverse food scene.
TLP Collab to Feature at Gather ’round
The Local Palate collaborated with Gather ‘round to curate an experience that gives a distinct nod to our publication. The weekend’s Master Classes, held in the Epicurean Theatre, draw themes from the magazine’s regular columns: Larder, Key Ingredient, The Riff, Roots, Nourish, Snapshot, and Culinary Class. Dedicated to exploring how ingredients, recipes, food evolution, history, and regional culture shape Southern food, these master classes connect attendees to chefs, authors, purveyors, and other experts in the field.
Expect to learn about the South’s natural wine growers; three chefs’ global takes on chicken; the role the Black diaspora played in the evolution of cooking traditions; the sustainable seafood industry; the diverse dining destination found on Georgia’s Buford Highway; and the aging processes for meat and cheese.
In addition to the master classes, Gather ‘round offers opportunities to experience Southern food and drink through signature events where chefs showcase diverse flavors and tastings, including a collaborative dinner series (including one devoted to humanely raised, natural chicken, and sustainable seafood), an exploration of regional ties between music and cocktail culture, and an evening of live jazz music complete with beverages enjoyed on the Epicurean’s Sky Terrace.
A full schedule of events is available at Gather ‘round’s website, along with a ticket package. It includes admission to the four signature events, seven master classes, and eight collaborative dinners. Additionally, tickets per event are available through the website. For more information about Gather ‘round, the schedule, and the Epicurean Atlanta, please visit the event website.
Featured Chefs and Talent
Award-winning talent that call the region home will be featured throughout the weekend’s lineup including Ferrell Alvarez (Rooster & the Till, Nebraska Mini Mart, Gallito Taqueria, Tampa), Brittanny Anderson (Brenner Pass, Metzger Bar and Butchery, Black Lodge, Leni, Richmond, Virginia), Cory Bahr (Parish, Monroe, Louisiana), Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar, Houston), Gerald Sombright (Knife & Spoon, Orlando), Shuai Wang (Jackrabbit Filly, North Charleston), and Shai Farigan (YAFO Kitchen, Charlotte). Deborah VanTrece.
In addition, Atlanta’s very own Justin & Jonathan Fox (Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q), Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Miles Macquarrie (Watchman’s, Kimball House), Claudia Martinez (Miller Union), Nick Leahy (Nick’s Westside, Atlanta), Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Atlanta), Craig Richards (Lyla Lila), and Maricela Vega (Chicomecoatl) among many other local favorites will guarantee Gather ‘round will delight and inspire guests throughout the weekend’s events.