Johns Creek Restaurants to Compete at Taste of Alpharetta

More than 20 of the 52 restaurants at Taste of Alpharetta today will participate in the Culinary Competition.

Restaurants serving up samples of some signature dishes at the 22nd Annual will be competing not only to please local residents' taste buds; they'll also put their food up against each other in the Culinary Competition. And those competing restaurants will include Johns Creek's own and Italian restaurant.

More than 20 of 52 participating restaurants will compete on the Culinary Competition Stage on Roswell Street. The city's Special Events staff says the public is invited to watch as local chefs prepare their best dishes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen.  The competitions will heat-up between 5 and 7 p.m., with the final Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Awards presented at 8:10 p.m. at the Music Stage on Milton Avenue.

Culinary Judges will be Tom Maicon, Atlanta Cuisine on Tap editor; Helen Cauley, a freelance restaurant writer who contributes to the AJC, Sunday Paper and Atlanta Now Magazine; and Ashley Brooke, Whole Foods Market Salud! Cooking School Regional Team Leader.  

Culinary Emcee host is Donna Rodriguez with “The Dishing with Donna Show” Radio on WGKA Talk 920 AM.

 Here's the Culinary Competition schedule:

Best Appetizer/Salad  5-5:30 p.m.                              

  • Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe

Restaurant Booth 5:30 p.m. present to judges

Best Fast Casual Entrée 5:30–6 p.m.                            

  • Wildflour

Restaurant Booth 6 p.m. present to judges

  • Seven Seas Mediterranean Café
  • Cuzi Fresh Café
  • Egg Harbor Cafe
  • Bite

Best Fine Dining Entrée 6 – 6:30 p.m.                                

  • Bite
  • Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails
  • Sip Wine

Restaurant Booth 6:30 pm present to judges

  • Sage
  • Seven Seas Mediterranean Café

Best Dessert 6:30–7 p.m.                                        

  • Cuzi Fresh Cafe
  • The Flying Biscuit Cafe
  • Wildflour 

Restaurant Booth 7 p.m. present to judges

  • Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe
  • Heavenly Gourmet Popcorn
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails

Best Presentation

This category winner will be awarded from entries in Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual Entrée, Best Fine Dining Entrée and Best Dessert. 

Best Booth

Taste of Alpharetta booth judges will walk the festival to select the restaurant with the best overall booth presentation. 

People’s Choice Award

The public will vote for the all around favorite restaurant at the 22nd Annual Taste of Alpharetta. A ballot box will be located at the Culinary Arts Stage with voting concluding at 7 p.m. The restaurant with the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award, so stop by the stage at 8:10 p.m. to hear the winners.


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