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Whether you're a beginner or know your way around the kitchen, we're here to help you roll up your sleeves and learn a new trick or two during a cooking class led by Atlanta's favorite chefs! The Kitchen Workshop, sponsored by The Cook's Warehouse, Garnish + Gather and Sprouts, offers free, hands-on cooking classes for home cooks, where attendees can learn to cook a variety of cuisines - from Southern to Italian to vegan - at individual work stations.

Hammer Stahl Garnish + Gather Sprouts Fontis Georgia Peanut Commission
Holly Firfer

Mara Davis

The Kitchen Workshop Emcee - Saturday

Mara is one of the most well known media personalities in Atlanta. Among her many jobs, Mara reports for WABE - Atlanta's NPR station - with "Mara's Music Mix", a weekly round up of the city's best concerts. She also hosts a regular restaurant review segment on the "The Bert Show".

On TV, Mara is co-host of the Emmy award winning program, Atlanta Eats. On stage, Davis is a skilled and experienced moderator and emcee.

Holly Firfer

Holly Firfer

The Kitchen Workshop Emcee - Sunday

Holly is an Emmy nominated journalist who you have seen covering everything from hurricanes and floods to celebrity trials, campaign trails and sporting events for CNN. Holly is active in many charities and actively raises money for cancer research and animal shelters. She has also lent her efforts to the fight against autism and diabetes.

Holly is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Northwestern University. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling with her husband Shawn and being a "mom" to their many animals.

Saturday, October 19


A Leg Up on At-Home Meals

Chef Nick Leahy of AIX and Tin Tin will lead participants through the challenge of turning the most under-utilized cut of chicken - the humble drumstick - into a chef-inspired weeknight meal using Springer Mountain Farms chicken.

  • Nick Leahy / AIX


It's All in the Cookware!

Festival goers can join Mary Moore, Founder and CEO of The Cook's Warehouse, and Bobby Griggs of Hammer Stahl in the kitchen as they prepare Wild Mushroom & Marsala Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta. Participants will learn how to make the classic Italian-American dish using the cookware brand's latest products.

  • Mary Moore / The Cook's Warehouse
  • Bobby Griggs / Hammer Stahl


South Meets East

The brilliant chefs of Northern China Eatery will teach participants how to make Dan Dan Noodles with a peanut sauce made from Georgia Peanuts. Plus, Don Koehler from Georgia Peanut Commission will be on hand to talk shop about Georgia Peanuts in this awesome mash-up of South meets East.

  • Don Koehler / Georgia Peanut Commission


Rue Po' Boy

Chef Darrell Johnson, founder of creole and cajun bistro food truck Nola Creations and winner of Food Network's 'The Great Food Truck Race,' will take center stage with his famed Shrimp Po' Boy. Attendees will learn how to prepare the fan favorite first hand during this workshop.

  • Chef Darrell Johnson

Sunday, October 20


Dinner at Home with Garnish + Gather

Atlanta's local meal kit company Garnish + Gather invites Taste of Atlanta attendees to join them in cooking a farm to table recipe - Korean Beef & Marinated Bok Choy with Fried Egg and Gochujang.



You [Pe]can Do it!

Food writer, cooking instructor, television personality and a ninth-generation Southerner Rebecca Lang will guide students through a delectable recipe from her newest title, Pecans: Recipes and History of an American Nut.

  • Rebecca Lang


Natural, Delicious & Healthy

In this class sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market, Danny Seo - the eco-friendly living expert and Emmy award-winning host of Naturally, Danny Seo - will teach guests how to prepare delicious, healthy dishes including Golden Turmeric Oats with crushed pistachios and New York Slice Pizza Dusted Popcorn.

  • Danny Seo / Sprouts


Italian Fare with KR Steakbar

Executive Chef Jessica Gamble will lead attendees through the steps to making Mushroom Fettuccine with sausage, kale, garlic confit, pecorino and rosemary.

  • Executive Chef Jessica Gamble / KR Steakbar