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12th annual Afternoon in the Country event

image001I still remember the cakes.

Two years ago, I attended Afternoon in the Country, an event hosted by The Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International (LDEI) at Serenbe. This large tasting event includes a cake raffle with treats from Atlanta’s pastry chefs.

Although I remember it vividly, the cake raffle is but one aspect of this event, which is coming up this year on Nov. 4. Over 90 restaurants like 4th & Swift, Bacchanalia, Miller Union, Restaurant Eugene and Rathbuns will proffer bites alongside 20 wines and an assortment of microbrews. Local organic farmers will also be on hand to share their harvest.

During the event, guests can catch a performance by the bluegrass band Drivetrain, take hayrides and visit the children’s activities tent.

Last year’s Afternoon in the Country event raised almost $80,000 to benefit Georgia Organics and the LDEI Atlanta scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts.

1-4 p.m. Nov. 4. Inn at Serenbe, Palmetto. $95 per adult, $35 for children ages 12 to 20. Children under 12 are free. Purchase tickets online. Advance purchase is recommended, as the event frequently sells out.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

4 comments Add your comment

K-Ster

September 25th, 2012
6:13 am

I’ve worked this event the past two years for Sue Ann Morgan and have LOVED the atmosphere. I’m looking forward to working another great event!

M. Johnson

September 25th, 2012
9:50 am

Time flies because I remember you raving about the cakes last year. These events are great because they let people to try new restaurants and help a worthy cause. It makes me curious about your opinion on a similar event that’s around the corner.

Taste of Atlanta is Oct. 5-7. I love Atlanta’s dining scene and have enjoyed taste fests in Chicago, DC and even Detroit. None of them was as expensive as the Atlanta fest, which is charging $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Kids ages 13 and under get in free, but you still have to purchase coupons for them to eat, at the cost of 10 coupons for $10.

I understand that Chicago’s event is MUCH larger, but they charge no admission and tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8. Large items are generally 9-10 tickets, side portions 6-7 tickets, soft drinks 4 tickets.

I love our dining scene and enjoy restaurant weeks as well as other Atlanta events that let me try new spots or dishes. But each year I pass on Taste of Atlanta because of the price.

Am I missing something about this event?

Foodie wish

September 26th, 2012
9:18 am

i still dream about the cakes too!!! omg! that was an amazing afternoon and we are hoping to go this year!

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