Gather ‘round: A Celebration of Southern Food, Drink, Music & Art, will take place October 14 – 17, 2021

 Epicurean Atlanta, as the Presenting Sponsor, will play host to Gather ‘round, a unique culinary weekend celebrating the stories of diversity and culture in its inaugural year. Created and produced by Southern Culinary & Creative, the event invites guests to gather and break bread as Southern makers, artisans and creators of deliciousness bring their craft to life.

Part of the 1105 West Peachtree complex, Epicurean Atlanta is a Marriott Autograph Collection® property boasting 178 rooms, a 1-acre rooftop activity deck, and a state-of-the-art Epicurean Theatre for up to 80 guests. With a laser focus on delivering an authentic culinary experience to every guest, Epicurean Atlanta is the perfect venue for this culinary celebration. “We’re excited to bring this project to life, as Gather ‘round speaks directly to the hotel’s adventurous and light-hearted spirit,” says Epicurean Atlanta General Manager Marc Bauer. “It’s a true celebration of culinary adventure and a love note to the great makers of our region.”

The four-day celebration brings together thoughtful experiences featuring the best of the region with 80+ talent, offering guests a chance to get up close to their favorite chefs, beverage experts, artists, makers and entertainers. Ticket holders can expect programming to include signature events, collaboration dinners and master classes at the state-of-the-art Epicurean Theatre. Each of the four signature events will be fully immersive, as the space, culinary offerings and details are woven together to tell stories of the South and deliver guests epicurean discoveries by the forkful.

“We are working hand in hand with some of the South’s best chefs, beverage experts and artists to curate a creative, engaging experience so that everyone has something to be excited about, no matter what kind of culinary adventure they’re seeking,” says Southern Culinary & Creative Partner Elizabeth Feichter. “We’re excited to watch as Gather ’round blossoms into an annual event that the community will treasure and look forward to for years to come.”


Gather ‘round will feature four signature events held throughout the weekend inviting guests to break bread as Southern makers, artisans and creators of deliciousness bring their craft to life.  Each of the four signature events will be fully immersive, as the space, culinary offerings and details are woven thoughtfully together to tell stories of the South and deliver guests epicurean discoveries by the forkful. On Thursday evening, Awaken Your Senses will delight the palate with unforgettable dishes and beverage pairings to awaken the Epicurean adventure ahead.  On Friday, Tomorrow’s Table will offer modern takes on both Southern cuisine and craft, featuring rising and well-known talent from around the region with beautifully presented dishes, libations, paired wines, and engaging artistic performances and installations curated by the Hambidge Creative Arts Center. Sip will spotlight the bond between music and drinks, complete with the perfect bite to pair, celebrating classic Southern cocktails and curated Soundtracks playing to the musical culture of the South as guests enjoy a tasty Saturday night. To close out the weekend, Punch Brunch will toast to Sundays in the South with the ever-beloved and large-format concept of the Southern punch.  Combined with savory and sweet comfort food for this seated brunch service, we will top off this indulgent morning with a soulful Southern musical performance and delicious pastry bites featuring chefs from around the region while enjoying beautiful views from the Sky Terrace event lawn at the Epicurean.  


Presented by The Local Palate, this entertaining, educational kick-off series of five interactive, deeply immersive seminars will take place throughout the weekend, acting as a forum for open discussion on a wide range of topics. Learn the latest in sustainability from two Gulf-seasoned chefs, explore the iconic dishes of Buford Highway, or taste the nuances of natural wine with these latest topics and trends in food media. Guests are sure to leave inspired and satiated with each delectable discovery. 


In this collaborative dinner series, award-winning guest talent from around the South will gather in Atlanta’s top restaurants to create unexpected collaborative menus, featuring dishes inspired by multiple cuisines and visiting talent’s culinary personas.  Each multi-course meal, complete with beverage pairings, promises a culinary cover guests won’t want to miss.  Among the experiences, get ready to join the Fox Bros. as they work alongside visiting chefs Ming Pu and Shuai Wang to interpret Asian flavors into Southern smoked favorites or partake in a music-to-your-mouth journey of European flavors during Craig Richards collaboration with Chrysta Poulos and recent Top Chef participant, Brittanny Anderson.  

Tickets will be on sale beginning this Friday, July 16 and can be purchased by visiting Gather ‘round weekend rates are also available at Epicurean Atlanta and can be reserved here. For a full list of Gather ‘round talent, please follow the link here

The well-being of patrons, sponsors, team members and talent is the event’s top priority. In preparation for Gather ‘round, the team is closely monitoring COVID-19 and any other health and wellness updates and guidelines from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health. The team will evolve and adapt as needed to ensure the health and safety for all involved.  

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