Located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, just an hour south of Atlanta, Callaway Resort & Gardens is home to one of North America’s largest butterfly conservatories, a newly remodeled lodge and spa, stunning azalea gardens, and Sip and Savor Spring: a boutique culinary experience prime for a springtime Georgia getaway.
While most are familiar with his name from the eponymous awards created in his honor, James Beard was a key figure in popularizing and advancing American cuisine. After his death, Julia Child bought his house in the New York City’s Greenwich Village, so that there would be a place to, “educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine,” as stated on the foundation’s website. The James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour dinner series was created to extend the Beard spirit across the country.
Presented by the Local Palate, the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner kicks off the weekend, setting the tone for all the food and beverage events that follow. Hosted by chef Kevin Davis of the Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens, the interactive dinner will feature dishes from acclaimed Southern chefs David Bancroft of Acre in Auburn, Alabama; Jamie Keating of Epic in Columbus, Georgia; 2017 James Beard award winner Hugo Ortega with a restaurant empire in Houston, Texas; and Cary Wolfe of The Kitchen at Rose Cottage in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
During the day on Friday, attend one of the Bloom Master Classes, where guests can learn how to make biscuits from James Beard award winners Cynthia Graubart and Nathalie Dupree, cook with herbs and edible flowers with Jennifer Hill Booker, or create a butterfly garden while sipping some of Georgia’s best craft beers.
Save room for the main event, Tastings Under the Big Top, which takes place in the Florida State University Flying High Circus Tent. (The collegiate circus group takes up summer residency at Callaway Gardens and runs a family adventure program there.) “It’s an all-inclusive tasting event showcasing a Barbecue Alley and Beer Garden with B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue, Grand Champion Barbecue, Southern Soul Barbecue, and a variety of chefs from all around the South,” says event founder Jan Gourley. Guests will also be able to purchase locally made products and discover new Georgia artisans in the Georgia Grown Market.Get Tickets