Nothing signals the start of summer like Memorial Day and a good burger! The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has partnered with the Mushroom Council once again to kick off the second annual Blended Burger Project, starting on Memorial Day.The Blended Burger Project challenges chefs, nationwide, to create healthier versions of the classic burger by blending chopped mushrooms and ground meat. The participants will create their own unique blended burger, using at least twenty-five percent fresh, chopped mushrooms.We had the pleasure of attending the Blended Burger Project kickoff at Empire State South, where Chef Hugh Acheson pledged his participation. Chef Hugh is an award-winning chef, author, and Top Chef judge.Fellow chefs were asked to participate in the Blended Burger Project and create their own custom blended burgers. The burgers will be added to their menus, starting on Memorial Day and going until July 31st.Customers can cast their vote here for their favorite blended burger. In October, the five chefs with the most votes will win an opportunity to travel to the historic James Beard House and prepare their blended burger for the Foundation’s annual Food Conference.In addition to Empire State South, check out James Beard Foundation to find other blended burger project participants located near you.
Thank you, Eric Davis, for allowing AEP to capture this amazing event.
A tour through Atlanta will quickly reveal its diverse art scene. The city is home to the High Museum of Art, various statues and sculptures, as well as, a booming collection of unique street and public art pieces.It has been my pleasure to capture many of these pieces. The vibrant colors and shape used in creating the art has been a photographer’s delight.Whether capturing a close up or wide shot, it’s been an awesome experience to witness the growing and thriving art scene in Atlanta.My projects have taken me into the heart of Atlanta to capture beautiful statues, sculptures, and tall buildings. It’s fascinating to see raw elements manufactured and crafted into pieces that add beauty to the surrounding environment.Not all of the sculptures are downtown, a few can be found along the Beltline. The Beltline is littered with beautiful pieces of visual art in the form of sculptures, nature, and murals.Eclectic colors, symbols and shapes create some of the most stimulating pieces imaginable.The use of blues, yellows, and purples can leave the mind in a euphoric state. It’s a treat to capture this art through the lens of my camera. I try to bring the art to life and represent it in a way that would make the artists proud.I’ve been honored to capture pieces by artists such as: Molly Rose Freeman, Kyle Brooks, and William Massey. Each artist has made a contribution to the Atlanta Beltline. Molly’s work entitled, The Pigeon, can be found on the Northeast interim hiking trail under Piedmont Avenue.Kyle’s work entitled, Where the Bears Come From, is located on a tin shack next to Park Tavern right off of the Northeast hiking trail. Object of Wo(Man), created by Massey, can be found on the Eastside trail under Freedom Parkway.The first picture of this post states, “Everything is art”. It’s true! Art can be found in simple every day things. Visit the Office of Cultural Affairs’ website to find out more about the city’s public art collection, as well as, events that are happening around town.I urge you to get out and see the art explosion in the city. Find art in everything!
The stress of dealing with an ill child can be intense, that intensity can be magnified if urgent care is not easily accessible. Fortunately for the families of Cherokee County and surrounding areas, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) opened an urgent care center last month. AEP was on hand to capture the ribbon cutting ceremony. This addition marks their sixth urgent care center in the metro Atlanta area.The community, along with five special patients who sought treatment at CHOA and reside in Cherokee County, were there to cut the ribbon. Also in attendance among the ribbon cutters were: Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood, CHOA CEO Donna Hyland and CHOA Community Outreach Liaison Janet Read.The center officially opened on March 22nd and is located in Canton. It provides convenient and specialized care for minor illnesses and injuries.The facility is more than 10,000-square-foot and provides families with board-certified pediatricians, and on-site lab and x-ray services that use up to 50 percent less radiation than adult facilities. Patients also gain access to more than 1,900 doctors trained in 60 specialties.The center offers convenient online scheduling where families have access to real time wait times.This makes it easy for families to save their spot in line for check-in before leaving home.Additional information about the urgent care center can be found here.
Special thanks to Laura McGee, Public Relations Coordinator, CHOA, for allowing AEP to participate in this special community event.
Spring is almost here! And with it comes warmer weather, we desire to get outdoors and enjoy it. AEP could not think of a better place for you to enjoy the warm weather than Atlanta’s BeltLine.The sustainable redevelopment project consists of a network of public parks, trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor. The BeltLine circles downtown and connects many neighborhoods directly to each other.The outdoor setting offers the opportunity to engage in many activities, such as walking, biking, swimming, yoga and tours, just to name a few. Bring a chair, blanket, or find a bench if you simply prefer to enjoy nature’s beauty.Walking, biking, and bus tours are also offered to the public. The tours are a perfect way to take in the natural beauty of the Atlanta BeltLine while learning about the history of the beltline project, updates and long range plans.While out enjoying the Beltline take time to stop by one of the many restaurants located along the way. The options are as diverse as the city, so make sure you visit one of the spots for a sit down meal, drink or on-the-go snack.Atlanta’s first public skatepark offers something for skaters at every skill level. Legendary skateboarder, Tony Hawk, was present for the grand opening of the park. His foundation contributed $25,000 towards the construction of the park.
Of course, the kickoff to Spring is incomplete without a festival of some sort! Check out the Beltline Boil on April 2nd. Local restaurants will compete in a Low Country Boil competition. The live music stage will feature a full day of roots, blues, jazz and bayou funk.
Get out to the BeltLine and enjoy the arrival of Spring!
For the seventh year in a row, Gas South invited over 50 families of children with special needs to the Philips Arena to experience the magic of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show. The children were treated to a pre-show that allowed them to interact with clowns, animals and performers before the main event. The event is entirely free for the families and made possible through the partnership of Gas South, Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, and Feld Entertainment.In an effort to accommodate a range of special needs, the pre-show activities included sign language interpreters, touch and sound activities for visually impaired children, and seating arranged to fit wheelchairs and other mobility devices.Brianah, 12 along with her dog Julia, enjoyed dancing with the clowns and circus performers in the center ring.Quanaya Bah, 19, of Union City, can barely contain her smile as she prepares for the show.Story Anthonsen, 8, and Rachel Lore, 9, proudly wearing clown paint on her nose, anxiously await the elephant performance ring side.Maria Vescio, 6, and her mother, Ana Vescio, of Woodstock, take a quick peek inside their gift bag.Birthday Girl, Dakota Chamlee, celebrates her 11th birthday at the circus.Four year-old, Betty Jean Jones, takes in all the sights and sounds around her.Bennett Betts, 5, enjoys a center stage dance performance.Q Kellermeyer, 12, and his mother Debbie enjoy a bicycle performance.Many thanks to Dana Johnson, Fleishman Hillard, for allowing us to be a part of this thrilling event.