, the nationally acclaimed online magazine for culinary insiders, is thrilled to announce its 2012 Atlanta Rising Stars. The award winners will be showcased at the Rising Stars Gala on June 13, 2012, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Goat Farm Arts Center, a historic site housing an acclaimed visual and performing arts center.

Hosted by chef Zach Meloy of PushStart Kitchen, the tasting gala will allow local food lovers the opportunity to experience the talents of Atlanta’s Rising Stars and sample beverage pairings from the awarded sommelier and mixologist.

Through its partnership with the Goat Farm Arts Center, will showcase the city’s highest regarded cuisine in conjunction with acclaimed local artist David Baerwalde.

For his most recent arts center exhibition entitled “delicious objects,” Baerwalde reclaimed and reconfigured anonymous bits of scrap material and waste including wood, sawdust, honey, and coffee grounds, transforming the detritus of the Goat Farm’s recent evolution into simple, elegant pieces that express the locale. The installation perfectly complements the celebratory evening of local culinary talents, products, and daring creativity.

“We've found a creative, eclectic, and burgeoning culinary landscape in Atlanta,” says editor-in-chief Antoinette Bruno. “It’s the heart of farm-to-table, artisanal product and historical cooking. This city is the epitome of Southern cuisine.”

Chosen from more than 80 Atlanta culinary professionals through in-person tastings and interviews, the 2012 Atlanta Rising Stars Award Winners include:

Andy Carson, Bacchanalia
Shane Devereux, The Lawrence, The Sound Table and Top FLR
Adam Evans, JCT Kitchen
Robert Phalen, One Eared Stag
Ryan Smith, Empire State South
Tyler Williams, Abattoir
Guy Wong, Miso Izakaya

Aaron Russell, Restaurant Eugene
Chrysta Poulos, Woodfire Grill

Terry Koval, Farm Burger

Todd Immel, Star Provisions’ Meat Department

Anthony Gray, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar at the InterContinental Buckhead

Richard Blais, HD1 and Flip Burger

Taria Camerino, Sugar-Coated Radical

Brian Lewis, STG Trattoria andBocado

Seth Roskind, 4th & Swift

Miles Macquarrie, Leon’s Full Service

Peter Dale, The National

Whitney Otawka, Farm 255

Zach Meloy, PushStart Kitchen

In Atlanta, will present its Restaurant of Distinction Award, presented by Steelite International, to recognize a Rising Star who demonstrates beautiful plating with singular style.

Additionally, the craftsman spirit of Atlanta inspired to augment its existing culinary and restaurateur awards with an Artisan Award presented by Hobart, as well as Rising Star Brewer and Coffee Awards.

The Mentor Award, presented by Vitamix, will also be given to one influential chef who has shaped a new generation of local culinary talent. The Mentor, Brewer, and Coffee Awards will be announced at the gala.

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, guests will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish of the night. The Rising Star who garners the most votes will receive a brand new Jade Range 18” commercial plancha.

General admission tickets are $85 per person. VIP tickets are $125 and include a private reception with champagne and Petrossian caviar beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

The proud national supporters of 2012 Rising Stars Awards include Steelite International, Meat & Livestock Australia, Hobart, Jade Range, Cervena Venison, Vitamix, Fresh Origins, and Verterra/Aspenware.

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