Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Best of Atlanta

Written by Patti on March 10th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Best of Atlanta is an annual event held by Atlanta Magazine to fete the best of the best. I was invited by my sweet friend Stuart from The Foundry, the swanky design showroom that has produced two of the coolest parties I have attended in recent memory.

In fact, Stuart and I are in talks to produce an Anatomy of a Dinner Party dinner at their showroom. I am thrilled to be partnering with one of the most sought after companies in the city. And, I don’t have total confirmation, but one designer friend of mine is in talks to design each table. Stayed tuned and let me know how you feel about this venture. There are others in the works, too!

Despite the fact that we were experiencing tornado watches the night of the event, I insisted on attending. The rain lightened up and off I went. I met my darling friends Patricia and Jay at the door and after we met up with Stuart, we were ready to party.

Part of The Foundry's VIP lounge.

Folks relaxing in the VIP lounge.

Abe, Stuart and me.

The big draw of Best of Atlanta is all the amazing food vendors. Everyone was there. I saw my friends Maggie and Katie of Cake Hag, who were serving a killer white chocolate and champagne cake that was lighter than air.

Maggie, Patti and Katie.

Stu and I hung out with the Most Interesting Man in the World, who seemed pretty two dimensional, if you ask me.

Stu, Me, and that Interesting Guy.

We ditched him and spent some time listening to the band. Band X was fabulous! They played every get up and dance song you can imagine!

Groovin' to Band X.

At one point, Stuart and I spied someone dancing with a cardboard cutout of Elvis. He seemed to be enjoying himself.

The Food Trucks were well represented, too. Fan favorites included Souper Jenny, Yum Yum Cupcake and cult fave, Yumbii were all there serving up tasty goodies.

Souper Jenny.

Yum Yum Cupcake Truck. So cute!

Huge Fan Favorite, Yumbii.

One of my favorite booths was Waffle House. How can you not like Waffle House? It’s a southern tradition.

Well, yes, I would like a waffle. Thank you!

My old friends from Rathbun’s were there, too. Chef Kirk had whipped up his awesome Krog Street candy bar. I can’t wait to see them on Friday, when Eric takes me on a special night out for our anniversary.

Martin, Cliff and Kirk - I love these guys!

Martin, me, Kirk.

McKendrick’s served up some amazing beef, which we gobbled up.

Carving station!

I loved that some small companies were also honored. I picked up two bundles of this organic sausage that was out of this world.

Nom, nom, nom...fresh, organic sausage right from the farm.

Sugar-Coated Radical with their emotion essences - super cool.

It was a fantastic evening that wrapped up with Stuart and I making funny faces in the photo booth. Super Fun!

A million thanks to Stuart and The Foundry for a fantastic evening!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris – Welcome to Atlanta


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dana says:

    OK – I am officially living vicariously through you! I think the Anatomy of a Dinner Party – party @ the Foundry is a FAB idea! Let me know if I can do anything to help spread the word! Smooches to you and your honey on your A day!

  2. Patti says:

    Dana! I miss, miss, miss you!! And of course, my little sweetie…Pork Chop! Lunch soon? xxoxoo, P

  3. Dear Patti,
    Thanks for such a fun post. I really enjoyed myself at the event and was so glad that you made it. I am really looking forward to collaborating with you on our supper her in our showroom.
    All the best!

  4. Patti says:

    Stu – thank YOU! We are going to have so much fun! xoxo, P

  5. Deborah says:

    I’m living vicariously through you too. Let me know how I can get an invite to some of these cool events. I’m a great promoter.

  6. Patti says:

    Deborah, Dear, we need to have lunch and I will spill all! xoox, P