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Midtown Festival Of The Arts Dishes Out Full Plate of Culinary Options
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The Midtown Festival of the Arts will dish out a hearty portion of culinary art and something for every palate as the inaugural event opens Sept. 25 and 26. In addition to traditional festival fare such as popcorn, cotton candy and sodas, the Midtown Festival of the Arts incorporates a culinary stage and culinary arts tent, as well as a festive beer garden and gourmet street vendors. The Midtown Festival of the Arts debuts the “Plates on Peachtree” exclusive experience, which will showcase special dishes and drinks from 15 of Atlanta's finest restaurants, featuring:

•    Ecco Executive Chef Micah Willix, duck rillettes
•    La Tavola Executive Chef Craig Richards, beef ravioli with thyme, marrow butter and red wine reduction
•    South City Kitchen Executive Chef Chip Ulbrich, green tomato vichyssoise with shrimp and roasted corn
•    Shaun’s Executive Chef Shaun Doty, heritage pork schnitzel
•    Bacchanalia & Star Provisions Executive Chef Ann Quatrano, local Georgia fruit shaved ice (Saturday only)
•    Empire State South Executive Chef Hugh Acheson, roast pork belly with citrus-celery and sorghum
•    Park 75 Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker, lobster corndog with P75 mustard and sweet corn ice cream
•    Pacci Executive Chef Keira Moritz, creamy polenta with braised pork belly, wild mushrooms or bolognese
•    Tap Executive Chef Adrian Villarreal, chilled shrimp with saffron-poached apples
•    Bakeshop Executive Chef Jonathan St. Hillaire, creamy chocolate and pistachio flan
•    Gordon Biersch Executive Chef Christian Norton, shrimp and chicken potstickers
•    Noon Executive Chef Katie Birmingham, mini-meatloaf sandwich
•    Top FLR Executive Chef Shane Devereux, fig & duck confit salad
•    RA Sushi, assorted sushi selections
•    Bhojanic Executive Chef Archna Becker, puffed crispy rice, spicy house chutney, onion and cilantro (Sunday only)

Located at the corner of Peachtree Street and 7th Street in the Midtown Festival Culinary Pavilion, this ticketed event (the only paid-ticket aspect of the otherwise free Festival) invites visitors to expand their palate, rejuvenate in the covered Plates on Peachtree area and enjoy a specialty cocktail to compliment the meal.

The Plates on Peachtree Event will operate on Sept. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and Sept. 26, from noon to 4 p.m.  Advance tickets are available online for $30 per person per day ($40 at the door) and include restaurant-size tastes and a complimentary cocktail (additional beverages are also available for purchase). Plates on Peachtree is sponsored by Fifth Group Restaurants with dining amenities provided by TLC Rents. To purchase tickets visit www.TicketAlternative.com and search for “plates” or visit the Plates on Peachtree section at www.MidtownFestivaloftheArts.com.

One block north of Plates on Peachtree, Festival attendees may watch chefs in action, creating their featured dishes at the Midtown Festival Culinary Stage at the corner of Peachtree Street and 8th Street. Sponsored by EcoOrchard and The Cook’s Warehouse, the cooking demonstrations will showcase the talent, skills and creativity of Atlanta’s restaurant community. Scheduled demonstrations include Chef Hugh Acheson from Empire State, Craig Richards from La Tavola, Jonathon St. Hillarie from Bake Shop and the Brewmaster from Terrapin Brewery. Schedules remain TBD but will be updated at www.MidtownFestivaloftheArts.org.

The Midtown Festival Beer Garden, located at Peachtree Street and 7th Street, features craft beers from Festival sponsor, Athens-based Terrapin Brewery. The Beer Garden includes a roster of live music performances throughout the Festival, with a complete schedule available online at the Festival website.

Gourmet Street Food such as specialty popsicles, ethnic delicacies, burgers, brats, sandwiches or fish & chips are on site with 15 restaurants spread across the Festival grounds. Participating food destinations include RiRa Irish Pub, JCT Kitchen & Bar, South City Kitchen, Westside Creamery, T Concessions, King of Pops, Noodle, Yumbii, The Nook on Piedmont Park, The Original El Taco, Yeah! Burger, TAP, Moto Bene, Ecco and Bhojanic.

For updated Festival concert, live performance and other entertainment options for the two-day event, visitwww.MidtownFestivalofTheArts.org.

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