Sept 7

Roasted at The Strand

On September 7, 2014 the Earl Smith Strand Theatre will be awash with sizzling sounds, the clang of pans, and possibly the scent of a culinary setback or two. Roasted: A Celebrity “Food Fight” Fundraiser, benefitting the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand, is a cooking competition between public figures of Marietta to decide who will go home the champ and who will go home roasted.

Guests of the event will be greeted with h’orderves prepared by the Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Program and will then gather in the auditorium to watch the competition unfold live on The Strand stage.

The show will feature four teams consisting of a chef and sous chef: Mayor Steve Tumlin (City of Marietta) with Shan Cooper (VP, Lockheed Martin);  Chairman Tim Lee (Chairman, Cobb Commissioners) with Elaine Armster (Special Projects Chief, GDOT); Attorney General Sam Olens (State of Georgia) with Kim Gresh (President, SA White Oil Co); and Mayor Max Bacon (City of Smyrna) with Faye DiMassimo (Director, Cobb DOT)

Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s bakery and restaurant in Marietta, Ga, will be hosting the event. With the help of two randomly selected audience members, Gabriel will judge the finished dishes. Chef Hillary Gallagher of Chattahoochee Tech and her team of culinary students will be keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure the historic theatre stays intact.

“We are so excited to host such a unique event here at The Strand,” says Cassi Costoulas, general manager of The Strand Theatre, “this will be a very fun and entertaining evening, and we can’t wait to see what our ‘celebrity chefs’ create.”

Silent Auction will take place in lobby prior to the show. Tickets are $45 and include assigned seating and h’orderves. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit:

Roasted at the Strand

Taste of Kennesaw ~ Sept 7

The Taste of Kennesaw will be held on Saturday, September 7 in downtown Kennesaw, from 11am -8:00 pm.  Presented by The Kennesaw Business Association and the City of Kennesaw we expect about 20,000 visitors to enjoy delicious treats from over 40 participating restaurants.  This is a great way to sample all your favorite restaurants again and again!
The title Sponsor is Superior Plumbing and the event is produced by JRM Management Services. Admission to the Taste is FREE with food samples costing $1.00 to $4.00 each

The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with Sons of Sailor’s- A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band in concert at 6:00 p.m.   Patrons will be able to grab an adult beverage from the California Dreaming Beer Garden, sample delicious food, and sit back and listen to great acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m!!

A fanstastic end of the summer concert is planned at the depot – starting at 6:00 p.m. and featuring Sons of Sailors- A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band Grab an adult beverage from the beer garden, sample delicious food, and sit back and listen to great music!!

Restaurants on board include.Big Shanty Smokehouse, Ray’s NY Pizza, The Melting Pot, McAlister’s Deli, Trackside Grill; California Dreaming; Carrabba’s; Williamson Brothers BBQ; Marietta Fish Market; Joe’s Crab Shack; Cold Stone Creamery; Ted’s Montana Grill; Mellow Mushroom; Rib Ranch; Brazilian Bakery Cafe. Proceeds from The Taste of Kennesaw will benefit five local charities: Shop with a Mustang (Kennesaw Mountain High School); Shop with a Warrior (North Cobb High School); Shop with a Longhorn (Kell High School) MUST Ministries and the Jerry Worthan Community Christmas Fund.

Four local high school seniors will compete in the Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-off on the Depot stage at the Taste of Kennesaw for a $3,000 scholarship to the culinary school of choice.   The first two will go head to head from 10:30 a.m. – Noon and the second two from 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There will be a wide variety of children’s activities from a Quad Bungee, Rockwall, inflatable slides and much more. Parking will be available throughout the downtown area as well as Adams Park and First Baptist Church of Kennesaw.  For more information Call JRM Management 770-423-1330 or email

Want to know where your favorite restaurant is located?  Check out the Taste of Kennesaw map below.2013_Taste_of_Kennesaw_Restaurant_Layout