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Operation HOPE will host its latest HOPE Forum today, Tuesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the HOPE Center-Ebenezer, led by Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and other key Atlanta local and financial industry leaders. This Forum coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed letter from Birmingham jail, which served as one of the igniters of the Civil Rights Movement and still serves as a reminder for the need to extend “silver rights” to a number of underserved communities across the nation.
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The HOPE Forum series is part of Operation HOPE’s commitment to bring access and financial dignity to underserved communities, by raising their credit scores and improving financial literacy in underserved neighborhoods. To learn more about this event and similar projects by Operation HOPE, please visit www.operationhope.org.
The 2013 Atlanta Chef's Expo, held on February 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center, was an event perfect for foodies, culinary lovers, and those that simply love to eat.
It provided the chance for food lovers to see their favorite Atlanta chefs up close and personal outside of their kitchens. Chef Scott Serpas of Serpas Restaurant was on hand demonstrating why his restaurant is one of the top spots in Atlanta, and to meet and greet VIP ticket holders.
There were savory bites, sweet eats and plenty of soul food dishes to be had. The expo was broken up into several categories with something for everyone's palate. "Restaurant Row" -- featuring Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe, Thrive, and Meehan's Public House -- was the place to wander up and down sampling dishes. "The Chef's Table" section of the expo was dedicated to the culinary options of Atlanta's private and independent chefs like Chef Ameerah Watson's, of Intimate Chef of Atlanta, whose fish and grits had many people hovering for seconds. "The Sugar Shack" aisle was where you could get your sweet tooth fix. Sugar was so abundant that attendees probably will have their dentists dolling out lectures their next visit. For future brides and grooms, or party planners, "Catering Alley" was the section to visit and discover catering companies that may fit the bill for the Big Day.
Though food was the main attraction, it wasn't the only thing on everyone's minds at the Atlanta Chef's expo. Cocktail designer Kitt Lewis was mixing and serving up signature drinks at the Patron Mixing Lounge, and Infiniti was in the building with its latest vehicles and a chance to win a gourmet dining experience. And Lethal Rhythms Entertainment was spinning tunes to keep everyone happy dancing with a fork and plate in their hand.
By the end of the day, attendees were surely full to the hilt, fatisfied (fat + satisfied), and already salivting at the thought of doing it again next year. The Atlanta Chef's Expo organizers, Alisha Nesbitt and Cheryl Hasting of Enchanted Events and Enchanted Blu Events, accomplished their goal of celebrating Atlanta's culinary talent. If you like to eat, I'll see you there in 2014.