Thursday, October 25, 2012

Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Atlanta Botanical Garden: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Here's what you do Thursday, October 25, 2012

Six great chefs of Atlanta will compete Thursday Night in the Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Botanical Gardens, 7-8p.  Pumpkins are sold in a silent auction at the end of the night to benefit the Garden.

As we build up to Halloween, the events are getting better and better.  Tonight, go to the Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  From the Garden:

"Local celebrity chefs square off and put their pumpkin-carving prowess to the test during Fest-of-Ale. The chefs have 25 minutes to carve an award-winning masterpiece out of a giant pumpkin, and audience applause declares the winner.
Emceeing the contest will be John Kessler, celebrity restaurant critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 2012 competing Chefs include:
  • Two-time defending Champion Tony Alberto, Chef and Visual Artist, Mabuhay Atlanta Master Art Studio
  • 2009 Champion Chef Victor Dagatan, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
  • Chef Andrew Miller, Gwinnett Technical College
  • Chef Max LeBlanc, Sun in My Belly
  • Chef Greg Paine, Avante
  • Chef Emily Phillips, Added Touch Catering
Following the competition, the carved pumpkins are sold in a silent auction benefiting the Garden. Also, don't miss the wackyScarecrows in the Garden!"

The contest is from 7-8.  It's part of tonight's Fest-of-Ale event, which is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids under 12.  Go check it out!

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Here's what you do Thursday

First:  Film time.  Go Check out Diana Vreeland:  The Eye Has to Travel at Tara at 4:30.  From the producers:
"An intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. During her fifty year reign as the "Empress of Fashion," she launched Twiggy , advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion's most eloquent proverbs such as "the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb." She was the fashion editor of HARPER'S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met's Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections."
"You're not supposed to give people what they want.  You're supposed to give them what they don't know they want yet..."   Diana Vreeland

The film is $10 per person.

Second:  A little dinner.  Grab a quick bite at the Nook on Piedmont Park.  They were voted best veggie burger at this years Battle of the Burger.  Go check it out.  $10 per person.

Third:  Time for the Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Enjoy!

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Diana Vreeland: $20
  • The Nook: $20 
  •  Pumpkin Carving; $40
Total: $ 80

Day Map:

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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 9 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 9 miles  equates to about 7 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 1 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

9 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
1 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at

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