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Experience Atlanta, GA

Infused with a Rich History and Modern Energy

Atlanta is the largest city in the Southeastern United States, the capital of Georgia, and a global hub with a rich mix of cultures. It boasts the world's busiest airports(1) and is the world headquarters for 13 Fortune 500 companies(2), as well as an established college town with lots of students and young adults out and about enjoying the city's wealth of activities. Atlanta offers something for everyone – from sports fans and families, to fashionistas and foodies. Atlantans and tourists can take their pick of shopping and entertainment options, cultural offerings, and loads of outdoor recreation – from nearly year-round concerts and festivals to rafting on the Chattahoochee River, hiking the challenging trails at nearby Stone Mountain Park, or driving 90 minutes to the North Georgia mountains. It's a great food town with award-winning restaurants serving up southern hospitality with everything from farm-to-table, soul food and southern specialties, to international cuisines that reflect its cultural diversity. Even world travelers agree that Atlanta is the place to be. Frommer’s travel experts from around the world rank the city one of the top business destinations with a quality of life that’s hard to beat.(3) We second that!

  1. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/atlanta/0002010002.html
  2. http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=624
  3. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/atlanta/0002010002.html

Learn More About Atlanta

Find out more about this city's attractions and notable chefs by clicking on any of the options listed below.

Unique Attractions

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  • Georgia Aquarium (world’s largest aquarium)
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birth Home
  • Margaret Mitchell House (features a Gone with the Wind movie exhibition)
  • The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
  • Zoo Atlanta/Grant Park (Cyclorama depicts the Battle of Atlanta)
  • Coca-Cola World Headquarters (World of Coca Cola)
  • CNN Global Headquarters (CNN Studio Tours)
  • Home Depot Corporate Headquarters
  • Piedmont Park
  • The Varsity
  • The Jimmy Carter Center
  • High Museum of Art
  • Woodruff Arts Center
  • The Fox Theater
  • Philips Arena (Hawks)
  • Georgia Dome (Falcons)
  • Turner Stadium (Braves)
  • The World’s Busiest Airport
  • Lenox Mall & Phipps Plaza (Buckhead shopping)
  • Music Midtown Festival (a popular event from 1994 to 2005 returns in 2011 – many Atlantans hope it will become an annual event again)

Social & Culinary Attraction

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  • Atlanta Street Food Coalition
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Society
  • Georgia Organics
  • Sugar Coma Atlanta
  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival
  • Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
  • Atlanta Jazz Festival
  • Corks and Forks (A Fine Food & Wine Event)
  • National Black Arts Festival
  • Sweet Auburn Festival
  • Taste of Atlanta
  • Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival
  • American Culinary Federation (Monthly meetings; annual golf tournament)
  • ACF Regional Conference (3-day event featuring chef demonstrations, a trade show and several culinary competitions: Chef of the Year, (Jeopardy-style competition where five
  • student teams answer challenging cooking questions), Student Team Championship, Student Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year)
  • Taste of the Nation (Share our Strength’s to end childhood hunger)
  • Afternoon in the Country (Les Dames d’Escoffier, Atlanta Chapter Annual Fundraiser, food festival)
  • Culinary Fight Night® (Monthly competitions where two local chefs “fight it out” in the kitchen)
  • Other Important Culinary Influences
  • Buckhead Life Restaurant Group
  • Fifth Group Restaurants
  • Concentrics Hospitality
  • Here to Serve Restaurants
  • Food 101 Concepts
  • Popular Destinations for Foodies
  • Cook’s Warehouse (Largest gourmet retail store in the Southeast)
  • Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market (fresh food market)
  • Sweet Auburn Curb Market (fresh food market)
  • State Farmers Market (fresh food market)
  • Atlanta Wineries (Persimmon Creek and the multiaward-winning Frogtown Winery)

Atlanta Area Chefs

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  • Carvel Grant Gould (Canoe)
  • Kevin Rathbun (Rathbun’s, Keven Rathbun Steak, Krog Bar)
  • Hector Santiago (Pura Vida Tappas and Bar)
  • Leonard Lewis and Brent Asip (Bones Restaurant))
  • Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison (Bacchanalia, Quinones, Abattoir)
  • Kevin Gillespie (Woodfire Grill)
  • Richard Blais (Flip Burger Boutique)
  • Gerry Klaskala (Aria)
  • Robert Gerstenecker (Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Park 75)
  • Steven Satterfield (Miller Union)
  • Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen)
  • Scott Serpas (Serpas True Food)
  • Tom Catherall (owner of many restaurants including, Twist, Shout, coast, Prime, Noche, and Goldfish)
  • Heather Hurlbert (Cherokee Town and Country Club)
  • Suzanne Vizethann (The Hungry Peach; Winner of Food Network’s “Chopped”)
  • Linton Hopkins (Holeman & Finch Public House; Restaurant Eugene; one of Food & Wines Best Chefs 2009; Nominated Best Chef: Southeast – 2011 James Beard awards)
  • And Much More!

 

Average Temperatures

  • January 33° – 52°
  • July 71° – 89°

Nicknames

  • The ATL
  • The Dogwood City
  • The Athens of the South

Neighborhoods

  • Buckhead
  • Cabbagetown
  • Decatur
  • East Atlanta
  • Emory/Druid Hills
  • Little Five Points
  • Virginia Highlands
  • Vinings
  • And More

Transportation

  • Primarily Automobile
  • MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority – subway)

Sports

  • Falcons (NFL)
  • Hawks (NBA)
  • Braves (MLB)
  • Silverbacks (Soccer)
 

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