With spring almost here, and summer not far behind, the idea of fresh seasonal veggies and fruit is enticing to foodies throughout Georgia. EAT GA, the brainchild of Taste of Atlanta and the Georgia Restaurant Association, will offer Georgians just that, fresh and seasonal flavors from local farms that are prepared by local chefs.
EAT GA, or the Edible Agriculture Tour, is a state wide dining series funded by a grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program. It was created in an effort to offer dining events throughout Georgia that will feature the best local and seasonal produce that Georgia has to offer and will feature many of Georgia’s top chefs. Taste of Atlanta and the GRA are hoping to educate the people of Georgia about local farms and produce that are Georgia Grown.
Taste of Atlanta founder and president, Dale Gordon DeSena, explains, “EAT GA will bring together the men and women growing exceptional product and the Georgia chefs and families who want to buy, cook and eat local produce. We believe these grassroots dining events are a natural way to grow business across the state.”
The EAT GA tour will get its start on March 11 at the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Supper Club event at Table & Main in Roswell. There are also events planned for Atlanta, Marietta, Athens, Savannah, St. Simons Island, North Georgia, Thomasville and Augusta. A portion of the proceeds from each event will benefit the community food bank in the area where the event is held.
“We see this as a natural extension of our Georgia Grown Restaurant Program,’ says GRA Director Karen Bremer. ‘We are proud to highlight the talented restaurant chefs who make an effort to showcase locally grown produce and goods. Partnering with Taste of Atlanta to create EAT GA allows us the opportunity to better promote Georgia farms and educate consumers on what is available in their area.”