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Published on May 1st, 2012 |


A Taste of Buckhead Business draws estimated 900

A crowd of business people and food lovers estimated at 900 attended Monday night’s eighth annual A Taste of Buckhead Business Expo at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Lenox Road. 
Ruth’s Chris Steak House was handing out shrimp samples
“We’re thrilled about the overall success of last night’s A Taste of Buckhead Business, particularly the incorporation of the Cousins/Terminus pre-function lounge,” said Jenn Thomas, executive director of the Buckhead Business Association, which hosted the 5-8:30 p.m. event.

“We estimate approximately 900 attended the event, which featured 23 restaurants and 28 local vendors and sponsors,” Thomas added. The attendance this year exceeded last year’s event by around 150.

At $10 per person entrance fee, John Wright, the BBA’s chairman for the Expo, claimed, “It was by far the best deal I have ever seen, not only in Buckhead but anywhere.”

Brio Tuscan Grille was one of the food vendors
The pre-function lounge, across the hall from the main Expo ballroom, opened at 5 p.m., offering an opportunity for early arrivals to grab an early cocktail, beer or glass of wine and sample food from Bricktops, the Flying Biscuit Café and Jack’s New Yorker Deli, three restaurants located at the Terminus development in Buckhead.

Cousins Properties at Terminus was the presenting sponsor for A Taste of Buckhead Business Expo and sponsor of the pre-function lounge warm-up event.

At 6 p.m., the doors opened to the main Expo hall, where the remainder of the 23 restaurants and 28 local business vendors awaited the throng of visitors, hungry to taste samples of the restaurants’ fares and learn about a wide variety of Buckhead businesses.

Inside the Expo ballroom, the restaurants included Brio Tuscan Grille, City Club of Buckhead, Davio’s, Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar, Genki Noodles & Sushi, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Johnny Rockets, Joy Café, Lime Fresh Mexican Grille, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Nancy G’s, Pizzeria Venti, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Shula’s 347 Grille, Tantra, Tavern 99, The Capital Grille and Truffles Grille

O5 Buckhead and Tremont apartments were among the
many vendors representing local Buckhead businesses. 
The business vendors included 05 Buckhead and Tremont apartments, Brooks Brothers, Buckhead Paws, Canongate Golf Clubs, Community One Associates, Emergency Services 24, Fidelity Bank, Fifth-Third Bank, First Citizens Bank, Georgia Power, The Goddard School, Northwestern Mutual Goodwin Wright, Patagonia, Salon Skanda and Woof Gang Bakery.

Many of the vendors were handing out giveaway items and there were drawings throughout the event for special prizes. BuckheadView offered a free Kindle Fire for the winner of a drawing from business cards deposited at its booth during the event. The winner of the Kindle Fire, from the drawing held Tuesday morning, was Sarah Harberts, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes, 3655 Roswell Road in Buckhead, who was one of the exhibitors at the event.

Sarah Harberts, owner of Gigi’s  Cupcakes, and Brigid
Miklas were handing out their sweet treats. Sarah also
was the winner of the BuckheadView Kindle Fire. 
In addition to Presenting Sponsor Cousins Properties at Terminus, other sponsors for A Taste of Buckhead Business Expo include: Platinum Sponsor the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center; Gold Sponsors SWANK Audio Visual and Entertainment Design Group; Silver Sponsor Community One Associates; Restaurant Sponsors The Capital Grille, Genki Noodles & Sushi, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Shula’s 347; Media Sponsors Atlanta Intown, Buckhead Patch, BuckheadView, Flavors Magazine, Neighbor Newspapers, Peachtree Papers, Reporter Newspapers and Simply Buckhead.

It was a time for old friends to share a moment together, such as this group
(left to right) of former Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, former
BBA executive director Sharon Silva and former BBA president Lolita
Browning-Jackson of Georgia Power.
Salon Skana was one of the local businesses at the event
Grits Bits was another of the local business vendors sampling its products
Garth Peters of the Buckhead Coalition talks with Claude
Guillaume, general manager of Davio’s Northern Italian
Steakhouse, leaning on a huge bottle of champagne.



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