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The largest charity wine auction in the United States is coming to the High Museum

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Connoisseurs from around the world are invited to experience “perfection in wine, food and art” at the 27th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 20-23, 2019. As the largest charity wine auction in the United States benefiting the arts and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, the Auction boasts proceeds of more than $30 million over the last 26 years.

The Auction provides significant funding for the High’s exhibitions and educational programs. The Paddle Raise, which began in 2006, has contributed more than $1.5 million to the High’s Art Access program, which subsidizes visits to the Museum for approximately 125,000 students per year across all grade levels and provides teachers with classroom resources.

“The Wine Auction is absolutely vital for the Museum, essential to funding our mission-driven programming and continued outreach in the community,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “I look forward to a special celebration again this year, and I’m exceedingly grateful for the generosity of our donors, who make our work possible.”   

“Every year I think that the Auction couldn’t get any better, but it does,” said Steven Hargrove, Wine Auction manager. “We’re excited to welcome vintners, sommeliers, wine producers and enthusiasts from across the country to experience true perfection at this year’s events.”

The 2019 Auction is co-chaired by Allison Hill and Dawn Tresh, both Atlanta-based collectors of art and wine who’ve been supporters of the Wine Auction for nearly a decade.

This year’s Special Guests of Honor are James Beard Award Winners and co-authors of “Secrets of the Sommeliers,”Jordan MacKay and Rajat Parr. Both long-time supporters of the Auction, MacKay and Parr travel the globe speaking about wine, spirits and food and recently released the book “The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe.”

MacKay’s expertise as a writer on wine, spirits and food is evident in his work for some of the nation’s top publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Food & Wine magazineMacKay is also the author of six books, one of which, “Franklin Barbecue,” was a New York Times bestseller he co-authored with Aaron Franklin, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest.

Partner/proprietor of Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte and Evening Land Vineyards, Parr is a sommelier and wine producer whose vineyards span the Sta. Rita Hills of California and the historic Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon. His passion for wine education also led him to establish the California non-profit wine group In Pursuit of Balance.  

The Special Guest Chef for the 2019 Auction is Todd Richards, culinary director of Jackmont Hospitality Restaurants One Flew South and Chicken + Beer, in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Richards is also owner of Richards’ Southern Fried in Atlanta’s Krog Street Market and has authored a cookbook, “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes.”

Wine Auction Week officially begins March 20 and continues through March 23. The 2019 weekend events will take place in the Tents at Atlantic Station. The week’s festivities include:

  • Ladies Luncheon – March 20: This luncheon will feature food and wine pairings by top female winemakers and chefs. After lunch, guests will have the opportunity to bid on lots filled with items and experiences tailored for ladies.
  • Gents Lunch – March 20: This boys-only gathering will celebrate its fourth year with winemaking masters while indulging in unique dishes designed for the proper man.
  • Dine-Around Dinners – March 20-21: Some of the world’s best winemakers partner with Atlanta’s top chefs in renowned Atlanta restaurants to develop one-of-a-kind, way-off-the-menu, multi-course meals with wine pairings.
  • Winemaker Dinners – March 21: Fine wine, fine cuisine and fine homes make these private dining experiences unforgettable. Homeowners open the doors to some of Atlanta’s most extravagant abodes, while talented chefs and visiting winemakers create dinners paired to perfection. 
  • High on the Hog – March 21: This inaugural event will be a wine and food lover’s dream, boasting more than a dozen visiting winemakers, food stations and more.
  • Tasting Seminars – March 22: Hosted at local venues, seminars cover topics handpicked by winemakers and sommeliers and feature some of the world’s highest-rated and most distinctive wines.
  • Friday Fête – March 22: Inside the Tents at Atlantic Station, guests will mix and mingle with winemakers during a champagne reception, place bids on the impressive Silent Auction lots and enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by the Special Guest Chef. The after-dinner jam session will be led by Bogey and the Viceroy.
  • Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction – March 23: The weekend concludes with the main event, featuring wine tastings from many of the world’s top wineries, samples from Atlanta’s best restaurants and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind wine, travel and food experiences.

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Release courtesy of the High Museum.

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Jackie Sorkin’s Candytopia offers sweet hangout spot

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The world of Willy Wonka meets pop culture and nostalgia in the Candytopia exhibit which has taken Atlanta by storm since opening Feb. 8. Upon entering, visitors are transported into a custom-made candy paradise. Southern hospitality will marinate topia-goers with enthusiastic zeal as they explore this sweet wonderland.

The massive displays within the entrance of the first room encompass the space and present the viewer with a one-of-a-kind treat. With swings, over-the-top interactives, and unique aesthetics, the photo opportunities are “NDLYSS” (excuse the pun).

The savvy team of engineers put the experience as a top priority. From the oversized lollipops, neon lighting, and rooms adorned with chandeliers, Sorkin’s touch of glam is breathtaking and simply unforgettable.

Coming of the hills of the infamous Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Sorkin has perfect timing for introducing ATLiens to Candytopia. In a city thriving off of culture and on its way to being adoptive of cool and quirky experiences like this one, Candytopia will bring attendees back to their adolescent roots. So, come with an open mind, willingness to be silly, and you’ll never want to leave the world of candy.

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Atlanta’s new Candytopia exhibition is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

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Move over, Willy Wonka! Candytopia is prepared to give your chocolate factory a run for its money.

Don’t panic –– this candy-coated paradise accepts golden tickets, too. Beginning Feb. 15, a one-of-a-kind, sugar-filled experience will descend into Atlanta at EDENS Lenox Marketplace. After two successful runs in San Francisco and New York, Candytopia is set to provide ATLiens with the sweetest Southern hospitality.

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According to a release sent to NDLYSS, Candytopia contains over a dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The delectable exhibit will also feature the most popular attractions from its past locations along with new elements inspired by local culture and landmarks unique to this location.

Candytopia gives a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed celebrity candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

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The buzzworthy installation has even garnered attention from A-list celebs like Drew Barrymore, Gwynth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Tickets will officially go on sale to the general public on Jan. 15. Don’t procrastinate as Candytopia is expected to sell out quickly.

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Say What? KFC creates gravy scented candle

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If you’re craving for your home to smell like warm gravy KFC has you covered! The fast-food chain is bringing it’s savory aroma to your front door, and the best part is… it doesn’t require you to cook. Now that sounds like the ultimate recipe, right?

The Fried chicken aficionados known for their finger-licking sauce has launched a limited edition gravy scented candles, that both smells and looks like gravy.

There are 230 of the limited edition candles up for grabs, available on a first come, first served basis.

These limited edition candles are being only offered in the UK at this time and will hopefully melt away to the US. If you’re a candle hoarder, this may be the perfect addition to your collection.

This is not the first time that KFC has released a scented candle. In 2016, it released a fried chicken-scented candle in New Zealand, but only 25 were made.

Then, back in 2017, KFC Japan released a fried chicken-scented bath bomb for people to bathe in the scent of its 11 herbs and spices.

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