Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dinner for a Thousand

There we were, one thousand foodies excitedly waiting underneath Atlantic Station, packed into a fenced walkway. More and more people arrived with trays of food, shopping carts filled with chairs went by; even a large silver branch centerpiece appeared. Had you not known it probably looked like a movie set; where all the extras were told to wear black and bring their finest meal. At seven pm on Sunday the first Feast Noir began and quickly we ascended on Atlantic Station, a long thread of people appearing from the escalators below.

It was a wonderful feeling of community. Everyone found a spot, set up their table and sat down for a home-cooked Sunday meal. Not once did I hear an argument or complaint, just strangers sharing their love of food.

In a dinner among a thousand our table of six fit right in, even with all our dietary needs. We were a true testament to community and the versatility of food. Not only was our table gluten free but we had one vegan, one vegetarian/egg free and me who is also dairy free. Yet all six of us worked together to build an amazing menu that you would never guess was full of restrictions. I hadn’t met anyone at my table until that very night but sitting down to eat with them I felt confident in the food. A feeling I don’t often get.

That meal is what I hope to be the first of many with the Atlanta gluten free community. Many thanks to Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium, American Gra-Frutti and company, Jennifer Harris and Atlanta Without a Car and company. 

Dr. Sweet's Cakes Blueberry Cake
Feast Noir Gluten Free Table 4 Menu
American Gra-Frutti bread with spreads (GF, DF)
Broccoli and cauliflower salad (GF, DF)
Pork sliders with chow chow (GF, DF)
Potato salad (GF,DF, VN)
Spicy garlic broccoli with pine nuts (GF, DF, VN)
Asian asparagus salad (GF,DF, VN)
Dr. Sweet’s Cakes blueberry cake (GF, DF)
Dr. Sweet’s Cakes brownies (GF)
Dr. Sweet’s Cakes black pepper and wine cake drops (GF)

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