First Annual Kosher Food & Wine Atlanta Festival

Catering at VIP dinner provided by A Kosher Touch.

An avant-garde feast for the senses featuring aerial acrobatics, electronic music and a dazzling array of gourmet cuisine comprised the first annual Kosher Food & Wine Atlanta festival on Thursday, a celebration of the richness and range of kosher food available for local consumers. Royal Wine, one of the largest wine importers in the U.S. supplied more than hundred varieties of international wines for the inaugural event.

Presented by Chabad of Georgia as it marks 30 years of Jewish outreach in the area, the cocktail and dinner party was held at the Historic Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, which was transformed by Track Seven Events into an edgy, trendy atmosphere, presenting multiple floors of food, an elevated D.J. spinning electronic beats and a Cirque-du-Soleil style performance of aerialists twirling through the air.

Some 600 people attended Kosher Food & Wine Atlanta, which featured 30 caterers, restaurateurs and grocery chains to beckon tasters into the sensory feast. In addition, the festival honored Chef Sandra Bank, whose catering business has served Atlantans the promise and power of exquisite kosher dining for nearly 20 years. Bank was feted with a hand-blown glass award signaling her creativity in elevating kosher cuisine and, as her slogan puts it, “making the ordinary extraordinary.”


Honoree Sandra Bank and her daughter.


This kosher wine is not your mom's Manischewitz.


Raffle anyone?


Michael Leven, CEO of Georgia Aquarium and philanthropist of
The Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality
 at Kennesaw State University.


Ever so tender prime rib.


Gotta eat your veggies!


Avant-garde aerialist.


An attendee is amazed by the live statue.


Lots of kosher wares.


Salmon tartare.


Kosher beef.


Kosher cotton candy for kids of all ages.


Wolfgang Puck Catering.


Keurig is kosher, too!
 

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