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Fourth Annual Taste of Brookhaven Hosted by the Brookhaven Arts Alliance
The fourth annual Taste of Brookhaven is a culinary experience you do not want to miss. Bringing you some of Brookhaven’s finest restaurants, the Brookhaven Arts Alliance and Presenting Sponsor Dan Woodley Communities have assembled an evening to savor. Come indulge your taste buds with a sampling of exquisite food and wine. Diners are treated to a variety of favorite menu items and wine pairing from Bones, Cassis - Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Haven, Hudson Grille, Library Coffee Company, Nava, Park 75 - Four Seasons Hotel, Repast, Roy’s, Spice Market, Sweet Water Growers, Valenza, Villa Christina, and Wisteria as well as partaking in an assortment of wines from Crane Creek Vineyards, Peachtree Wine Merchants, and Sherlock’s Wine Merchants. The Cook’s Warehouse will delight guests with a wonderful paella cooking demonstration.
The historical and picturesque grounds of Brookhaven’s own Oglethorpe University are the backdrop for this neighborhood dinner party on Saturday, June 14, 2008, 6p-10p. The opportunity to utilize the University’s beautiful quad adds to the charm of the evening. Accompanying this unique dining experience is the chance to bid on the array of items donated to the silent auction such as art and several Georgia Getaway packages. This year will also feature a live auction for a Progressive Chef’s Dinner, chef demonstrations hosted by Atlanta’s Finest Dining Magazine and wine classes taught by Atlanta Wine School and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant’s. Tickets for the wine classes will be sold separately.
The Taste is honored to have Park 75 Executive Chef, Robert Gerstenecker as chair and Repast Executive Chef, Joseph Truex as chef co-chair of the event. Chef Gerstencker is a 15-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He helped open Park 75 and played an instrumental role in developing the restaurant’s menu. Gerstenecker, who best describes his food as “a use of the best ingredients cooked to perfection,” also says that any great dish must include the three T’s, taste, texture and technique, and consist of flavors he describes as the three S’s, sweet, salty and sour. “My menu is always creative, vibrant and a reflection of the best and freshest ingredients cooked and prepared with passion.” Chef Truex along with his wife Chef Mihoko Obunai have delighted Atlantans with Repast, a casual yet elegant neighborhood restaurant featuring new American cuisine with a metropolitan flair. Truex and Obunai play an essential role in Atlanta’s dining scene bringing years of experience from Atlanta and New York to this intown eatery.
Joining the Taste this year are guests of honor, Jovita Moore, WSB-TV Anchor and Valerie Hoff, WXIA-TV Anchor. Ms. Moore joined WSB-TV in 1998. She donates countless hours working with civic associations, hosting events for community agencies and mentoring students. Ms. Moore is an Emmy award winner and has been awarded by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. Ms. Hoff joined 11 Alive News as a reporter and anchor in 1999 and became the anchor of 11Alive’s weekend morning shows in 2006. Prior to joining 11Alive, she spent more than eight years at CNN. In her free time, Ms. Hoff has volunteered at various organizations including AID Atlanta and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Along with the excellent food and wine guests will enjoy the sounds of Latin Pop Jazz band Marea Alta. The musical style of Marea Alta incorporates the improvisatory structure of Jazz into a scheme of multiple Latin rhythms and popular melodic arrangements. The end result of this musical blend is characterized by its ability to capture the musical taste of multiple audiences. Marea Alta offers a pleasant journey of contemporary rhythms and a fine musical expression.
The Taste of Brookhaven would like to thank all of the generous sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Dan Woodley Communities, Media Sponsor, The Atlantan, M-Squared, Body Vision, The Buckhead Bank, DeKalb ACE, Atlanta’s Finest Dining, Piedmont Review, Atlanta IN-town, Brookhaven Bank, Davonshire Home & Garden, Michelob, Hennessy Lexus, Library Coffee Company, Renee Kunkler Realty, and The Sunday Paper.
Ticket sales are limited so be sure to get yours early. Ticket sales will begin May 1st, through the BAA website and at participating restaurants and community retail locations. Tickets are $40 prior to the event and $50 at the door. Included in the ticket price is unlimited food and wine, a commemorative wine glass and gift bag.
The Brookhaven Arts Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization enriching Brookhaven communities by providing arts education and cultural events for residents and visitors. We are diligently working toward our goal of an Arts Center with gallery space and classes. Proceeds from events like the Taste of Brookhaven are helping us reach our goal. For further information on the Brookhaven Arts Alliance or the Taste of Brookhaven please visit the website, www.brookhavenartsalliance.com or contact the office at