January 2018 Around Town 1

Taste of the Championship: Good Food for a Better Cause

On Sunday, January 7, some of the best chefs in the country will gather at the Georgia Aquarium to support the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers platform. The Taste of the Championship event will feature gourmet food and beverages and ticket buyers will celebrate teachers from around the nation while enjoying live music and chef demonstrations from Atlanta.

Featured chefs are: Matt Basford, executive chef, Canoe; Castellucci Hospitality Group; Eddie Hernandez, executive chef, Taqueria del Sol; EJ Hodgkinson, executive chef, King + Duke; Johnathan and Justin Fox, chefs/owners, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q; Ford Fry, chef/owner, Ford Fry Restaurants; Kevin Gillespie, chef/owner, Red Beard Restaurants; Kevin Rathbun, chef/owner, Rathbun Restaurants; Pat Pascarella, executive chef, The Optimist; Rusty Hamlin, executive chef/partner, Atkins Park Restaurant, touring chef for Zac Brown Band and “Food Network Star” season 13 finalist; Todd Richards, executive chef/owner, Richards’ Southern Fried; Savannah Sasser, executive chef, Hampton & Hudson; and Joey Ward, executive chef, Gunshow.

“Taste of the Championship presents great entertainment and amazing cuisine, all in a world-class venue like the Georgia World Aquarium,” CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky said. “The best part of the event is that proceeds support teachers throughout Atlanta that are working hard to educate the next generation.”

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. VIP tickets can be purchased for $350 and include access to special VIP areas, private entrance and early access. General admission can be purchased for $250. All proceeds will benefit Extra Yard for Teachers, which elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. Tickets can be purchased at ATLChampGame.com.

Events To Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

There are many family events, celebrations and activities taking place across Atlanta on January 15 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Gather, learn and remember the spirit of fellowship with these memorable events.

The MLK 5K walk/run in Piedmont Park will have drummers lining the course. It will be preceded by music and dancing and followed by a party at Piedmont Park. The Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally will assemble at 1:15 p.m. on Peachtree Street and the march to the King Center begins at 1:45 p.m. Parades will be held at 10 a.m. in McDonogh, 10:30 a.m. in Fayetteville and noon in Lawrenceville.

Admission will be free at national parks, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House.

 Ebenezer Baptist Church will hold a commemorative service, featuring a gospel artist and keynote speaker, while Turner Chapel A.M.E. will be the site of a tribute hosted by the Cobb branch of the NAACP featuring dance interpretations, dramatic readings and musical performances. 

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will hold special events including music, stories and performances and the city of Atlanta will hold an African-American history tour of important graves at Oakland Cemetery. The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Conversation Series Program is a panel discussion in the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College. Admission is free.