2019 Awards of Distinction

The Big Chicken
Serves a landmark chicken dish
WINNER: Sugar Cakes Patisserie and Bistro

Best Seafood Dish
A delicious seafood dish that rivals them all
WINNER: Catfish Hox 

Finger Lickin’ Good
The tastiest food eaten with the hands
WINNER: Big Shanty Smokehouse

Tastiest Beverage
From smoothies to teas and everything in between.
Must be non-alcoholic!
WINNER: Golden Krust

Best International Cuisine
Tasty treats from outside our borders

Most Unique
Probably not found in your everyday kitchen

Best Comfort Food
What grandma would serve you when you were a kid
WINNER: Dave Poe’s 

Dangerously Delicious Dessert
Will tempt even the most serious dieter
WINNER: Doughnut Dollies & High Road Craft Ice Cream

Blazin’ BBQ
BBQ so good it would make a vegetarian eat meat again
WINNER: Grand Champion BBQ

Tastiest Taste
Overall award for the best food dish
WINNER: Doughnut Dollies & High Road Craft Ice Cream

Meet Our 2019 Taste of Marietta Judges

Skye Estroff

Skye Estroff is the Marketing and Media Manager for Atlanta’s largest and longest-running food festival, Taste of Atlanta. Skye manages all television, radio and print media relationships in addition to strategizing and planning all social media. She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia grad and an expert in Atlanta’s best food.

Ben Getz

Meet Ben Getz — Producer and Host of The Atlanta Foodcast. He has called Atlanta home for the past six years and has been a long-standing advocate for those making the city such an amazing place for eaters. His roots come from the kitchen where he learned to cook and bake from his chef parents. Keeping the spotlight on the hardest working and creative people in the industry, and telling their stories, is his greatest passion of all.

Matt Pearl

Matt Pearl is a reporter for WXIA-TV/11Alive and co-founder of At the Table ATL, a segment dedicated to showcasing the international diversity of Atlanta’s food scene. Matt has won 24 Southeast regional Emmys, seven regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and is a four-time NPPA National Solo Video Journalist of the Year. He has reported from the Democratic Convention, presidential inauguration, the World Series, three Super Bowls, and three Olympic Games. Matt has also served as a youth mentor through various area organizations and is on the Board of Directors for Lekotek of Georgia, a nonprofit devoted to making a difference for children with special needs by empowering them through play. Matt moved to Atlanta ten years ago this month and loves exploring the many sights, landmarks, and restaurants of this vibrant region.

Michelle Turner

Michelle Turner is the founder of Excited to Feast, a food and drink blog that showcases the evolving and culturally diverse culinary scene in Atlanta. Michelle developed her passion for food while growing up in NY and moved to Atlanta excited to explore Southern cuisine. With her knowledge of the restaurant scene, Michelle created Excited to Feast in 2017 to connect food lovers to the best restaurants, bars, breweries and food festivals around town. Also a craft beer enthusiast, Michelle is co-founder of Craft Women Connect, a community of diverse women dedicated to exploring the world of craft beer.

Winner of the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre Online Auction

From the online fall fundraiser auction benefiting the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre on the Historic Marietta Square, winner Tom Dang will dine with the other judges of Taste of Marietta. The Strand’s 2nd Annual Online Auction raised funds for the historic Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, now debt-free thanks to the community’s response to 2018’s 250 Grand For The Strand fundraising campaign. In 2019, The Strand is producing it’s first ever full theatrical season, featuring the internationally touring Ed Asner, the nationally touring girl’s night out musical Little Black Dress, beloved bluegrass-gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain, fan favorite Strand musical revues Jukebox Giants and A Christmas Tradition, and more. More info can be found at StrandMarietta.org.