October 6
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
at Encore Park
Featured Chefs
Iron Chef America Champion Kevin Rathbun
Iron Chef America winner Kevin Rathbun got his culinary start in Kansas City as a humble dishwasher at Sambo's. After thirty years of working his way up in the restaurant business working and learning from others he opened his namesake restaurant, Rathbun's in 2004. Just a year later came Krog Bar, followed by Kevin Rathbun Steak in 2007, and most recently, KR Steakbar just last year. Today, Kevin continues to be a pivotal and driving force in the local and national restaurant scene.
James Beard Award Winner Linton Hopkins
The 2009 Food & Wine Best New Chef studied anthropology at Emory University, planning to follow his father into the medical profession. But fate found him working in a bookstore, where Hopkins spent his spare time reading not medical texts, but cookbooks. His passion for Southern cooking and success in creating one of the most widely-discussed burgers in the nation has secured his place at the forefront of the Atlanta restaurant scene. Linton is chef/owner of Holeman & Finch and Restaurant Eugene.
About The Event

Given the amount of these “Taste of” and “Best of” events, the last thing that this city needs is one more iteration of these concepts on it’s plate. Atlanta Eats is going to shatter the mold with an event that will bring to life all of the elements that make the Atlanta Eats brand so popular; rock star chefs, Atlanta’s most entertaining media celebrities, and over 30 of Atlanta’s most popular and iconic restaurants.

On October 6th, 2013 from 5-10pm, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, a venue that houses the likes of musical acts from the Rolling Stones to Tony Bennett, will play host to our event: “Atlanta Eats Live.” What does that mean? It means LIVE music, LIVE cooking demos, and LIVE rock star chefs. Attendees will eat and drink from over 30 handpicked restaurants that have been featured in Atlanta Eats’ first two seasons, enjoy great live & local music, and take part in honoring two of Atlanta’s culinary legends. See a map of the event.

The Charity


The Giving Kitchen Initiative supports the metro Atlanta restaurant community by lending a helping hand to industry members impacted by medical or other unanticipated hardship. This initiative was inspired by the outpouring of support from the community that was generated when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer.


Industry workers as well as those outside of the food industry know Ryan through his restaurant work history and recent efforts to open his own restaurant, Staplehouse. The Atlanta community rose to the occasion to support a beloved member of our community. The fund began as a reaction to an immediate need that arose but aims to be a “proactive” effort by building a reserve fund that will be in place to assist restaurant industry members when a crisis strikes.

Woodford Reserve is also supporting this great cause in a unique way. In the weeks leading into Atlanta Eats Live, the Woodford Reserve distillery, in bourbon country of Kentucky, will be hosting Ryan & Jenn Hidinger along with six prominent Atlanta chefs and restauranteurs to select their own barrel. This custom barrel of Woodford Reserve will be made available to the public for purchase for the first time at Atlanta Eats Live with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. After the event, the select batch will be exclusively available at select restaurants again with proceeds going to the Giving Kitchen/Staplehouse.