Friday, August 28, 2015

Taste of Atlanta to Serve Hefty Helping of Philanthropy at 2015 Festival


Festival’s charities partners include Bert’s Big Adventure, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program and more!

Bucket List Bashkickoff party to benefit The Giving Kitchen

ATLANTA (August 27, 2015) – This year’s Taste of Atlanta is set to serve up phenomenal fun and food that is not only tasty on the tongue, but also good for the soul. The festival, returning to Midtown at Tech Square Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, has once again partnered with several nonprofits to benefit local charities and to provide support for Atlanta families in need.

New this year, Taste of Atlanta has partnered with Bert’s Big Adventure, an organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, and The Giving Kitchen, an organization that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area workers facing unanticipated hardship. 

Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of Taste of Atlanta,” said Dale DeSena, founder of Taste of Atlanta. “The incredible food, interactive cooking classes and live entertainment are all compelling components of the festival, but partnering with impactful charities like Bert’s Big Adventure and The Giving Kitchen is what really means the most to me. Taste of Atlanta offers more than just a fun weekend – we’re serving food with integrity.”


Over the past 13 years, the festival has donated portions of event ticket sales and silent auction proceeds to a variety of area nonprofits and provided several tons of leftover food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This year, Taste of Atlanta will donate a portion of the event proceeds to Bert's Big Adventure, and all silent auction proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Atlanta project, a cooking-based program that provides a strong foundation in nutrition, cooking, and household budgeting through specialized courses for adults, kids, and teens.

We have always admired Taste of Atlanta’s focus on philanthropy, and we’re thrilled to be on board as a charity partner this year,” said Bert Weiss, co-founder of Bert’s Big Adventure. “Their support allows Bert’s Big Adventure to fulfill our mission to take very deserving children and their families to Walt Disney World, which is truly an experience of a lifetime.”

A portion of the proceeds from Taste of Atlanta’s kickoff event, themedBucket List Bash, on Friday, September 25 will be donated to The Giving Kitchen. This all-inclusive block party will feature bites from some of the city’s best restaurants, delicious drinks crafted by unmatched mixologists and lively tunes from Five Bone Rack and Blair Crimmins & the Hookers.

Taste of Atlanta really rallies behind our city’s restaurant community, and that is a major part of what we stand for at The Giving Kitchen. Just like The Giving Kitchen, Taste of Atlanta supports Atlanta’s dynamic restaurant community,” said Stephanie Galer of The Giving Kitchen. “Partnering with Taste of Atlanta allows us to interact directly with those we serve—restaurant workers. We are honored to be the beneficiary for the festival’s kickoff party and look forward to celebrating Atlanta’s vibrant food scene.”

Taste of Atlanta also supports American Culinary Federation (Greater Atlanta Chapter), Second Helpings Atlanta, Inc. and Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia’s ProStart® program.

It’s a privilege to be aligned with such powerful charities,” said DeSena. “Their dedication to supporting our community and raising awareness and financial aid for families in need is truly inspiring. I welcome any opportunity for Taste of Atlanta to play a role in helping these organizations reach their goals and ultimately making a difference."    

For more information about Taste of Atlanta’s charity partners or to purchase tickets, please visit tasteofatlanta.com.


About Taste of Atlanta:
Taste of Atlanta packs the bold flavors, colorful personalities and vibrant energy of an entire city into 10 blocks in Midtown Atlanta to turn tasters into diners. The three-day festival explores the city's unique neighborhoods by sampling tastes from the chefs and bartenders that give each area its own creative energy. Since its inception in 2002, Taste of Atlanta has become an annual pilgrimage for thousands of food, wine, beer and cocktail lovers from across the country. Festival attendees bring their adventurous appetites and experience a full range of flavors, from time-honored Southern classics to innovative dishes that are destined to be the next culinary trend. Patrons also enjoy interactive cooking demonstrations on four main stages, live entertainment and family-friendly activities for food lovers of all ages. Taste of Atlanta supports several Atlanta non-profit groups, including Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, Atlanta’s Table, Georgia Organics and Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia and ProStart®. Indulge in the city’s flavors Friday through Sunday, September 25-27 in Midtown at Tech Square to truly savor what makes Atlanta the food capital of the South. For more information, visitwww.tasteofatlanta.com

Stay connected to Taste of Atlanta 2015:
•          Sign up for the Taste of Atlanta newsletter:www.TasteofAtlanta.com
•          Follow Taste on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TasteofAtlanta
•          Like Taste on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TasteofAtlanta
•          Follow Taste on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TasteofAtlanta
•          Follow Taste on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TasteofAtlanta

About TasteATL:
TasteATL, the culinary event management company best known for orchestrating Taste of Atlanta, the city’s largest food festival, presents food festivals and events throughout the year. For more information, visitwww.TasteATL.net.

About Bert’s Big Adventure:
Established in 2002, Bert’s Big Adventure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. To qualify for Bert’s Big Adventure, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®. Following the annual trip, Bert’s Big Adventure provides year-round support through initiatives such as the Reunion Adventures, the Fairy Godparent volunteer program and additional charitable services. The trip and programs create a community of families that establish lasting friendships with others facing similar challenges. Online at
www.bertsbigadventure.orgfacebook.com/bertsbigadventure andtwitter.com/bertsbigadv.

About The Giving Kitchen
The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit charity based in Atlanta, GA inspired by an overwhelming expression of support from the hospitality industry when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with last stage cancer in December 2012. From helping with the cost of living expenses to funeral arrangements, TGK provides emergency assistance to members of the metro Atlanta restaurant community. Funding for the sustainability of TGK comes from a variety of sources including direct beneficiary events, personal donations and profits from a one-of-a-kind platform generated by Staplehouse Restaurant. For more information on The Giving Kitchen and Staplehouse Restaurant, visit www.thegivingkitchen.org or www.staplehouse.com. 


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