2018 Awards of Distinction and Judges

The Big Chicken
Serves a landmark chicken dish
WINNER: Marietta Local – Chicken & French Toast

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

Finger Lickin’ Good
The tastiest food eaten with the hands
WINNER: Stockyard Burgers – Dirty South

Tastiest Beverage
From smoothies to teas and everything in between.
Must be non-alcoholic!
WINNER: Banjo Coffee – Cold Brew

Best International Cuisine
Tasty treats from outside our borders
WINNER: Freakin Incan – Lomo Saltude

Most Unique
Probably not found in your everyday kitchen
WINNER: Liberty Pizza – Garlic Knot Slider

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

Dangerously Delicious Dessert
Will tempt even the most serious dieter
WINNER: Donut Dollies & High Craft Road – Cookie Dough Donut & Ice Cream

Blazin’ BBQ
BBQ so good it would make a vegetarian eat meat again
WINNER: Hawg & Ale – Square Sandwich

Tastiest Taste
Overall award for the best food dish
WINNER: Henry’s Louisiana Grill – Cajun Corn Dog

Reggie Copeland

Bishop Reggie Copeland is the Georgia Resident Bishop for the Southeastern Conference: House of Hope Church International. He is CEO and founder of the R.M. Copeland Empowerment Center, Inc. whose primary focus is to empower individuals from all walks of life to reach their full potential. Reggie has been featured in Ebony Magazine as a future leader of America and has received national recognition as an Outstanding Young Man of America. Additionally, he received the NAACP leadership Humanitarian Award for his demonstration of outstanding leadership as a community activist. He was elected to the Marietta City Council in November 2017 and represents Ward 5. Reggie is a native Mariettan and a proud alumnus of Marietta High School.

Holly Firfer

Holly is an Emmy nominated journalist who travels the world covering anything from hurricanes to floods to sporting events to campaign trails and even vacation destinations for CNN. She started her career in television anchoring and reporting for CNN/US, HLN and hosting shows.  She is part of the CNN team that won the coveted James Beard Award as a correspondent on the CNN Show “ On the Menu.” In 2004, Holly left CNN briefly to host a morning show on DaveFM in Atlanta called “Music Mornings with Holly Firfer,” where she received numerous accolades including being voted Sexiest Radio Voice by readers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She then added the role of co-host on NBC’s Atlanta and Company” and was DJ on Star94 before returning to CNN.

LaTria Garnigan

LaTria Garnigan is the magazine coordinator for Cobb Life Magazine, Cobb’s hottest, most talked about lifestyle magazine. With more than 12 years experience in editing newspapers and magazines she truly loves her work. When she’s not working, she enjoys trying out new recipes, traveling, working on her photography and binge-watching TV shows.

Erica Key

Erica Key is the editor-in-chief and founder of Eating with Erica, which she founded in 2013 due to her love for the Atlanta food scene. Erica is an award-winning Atlanta-based blogger with a passion for all things dining, entertaining and food.  Her goal at Eating with Erica is to expand everyone’s foodie horizons, showcase talented, hard-working chefs, spotlight fabulous restaurants and provide everyone with a go-to guide for everything food. She has a column in Hype Magazine call Food Stamped and is currently the brand ambassador for Zaxby’s.

Strand Theatre

Winner of the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre Live Auction

From the fall fundraiser auction benefiting the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre on the Historic Marietta Square, winner Rebecca Koch will dine with the other judges of Taste of Marietta.  In fall 2018, The Strand will host a First Course: Dinner and Silent Auction the night before the tournament to kick off the event.  A live auction will be auctioneered for big-ticket items – including the chance to participate as a judge at the Taste of Marietta.  All proceeds for the 6th Annual Strand Golf Classic go towards supporting The Strand Theatre and keeping the history and legacy alive.

After sitting in the dark for over 30 years, the 1935 Art Deco theatre was renovated and reopened in 2009 as the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.  With seating for over 500 in the auditorium, two event rooms, and a roof top terrace that turns into a bar with live music during the summer months, The Strand hosts a variety of events throughout the year.