This May, the 127-room Atlanta Food & Wine Festival opens in the posh Buckhead neighborhood 20 minutes north of downtown. Housed inside a 42-story building designed by American hotel genie Robert Stern, the Mandarin blends traditional Southern charm with modern Oriental mystique. The new hotel occupies the former Rosewood property, The Mansion on Peachtree.
For those of you familiar with the previous hotel, the bulk of changes are cosmetic. Look for muted silver furnishings and earth tone fabrics in the guestrooms, starting at 482 sf, with 37” LCD screen and a Bose Wave music system. The vibe is complemented by delicate Asian floral paintings and white marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs.
For group biz, six light-filled meeting rooms host up to 200 pax, while an English Garden provides a rarefied setting for al fresco receptions up to 100 pax.
The fine dining New Southern menu at The Café & Bar is dictated by the availability of organic produce. We’re looking forward to trying the Scottish salmon fillets topped with caraway-scented rutabaga puree. For pre-dinner cocktails and gourmet nibbles, Taipan is a clubby blond-on-blond restaurant and lounge overlooking the garden.
And did someone say shopping? The best retail therapy in The South is just a few minutes beyond the porte cochere at Lenox Square Mall and a wide range of modern designer boutiques and contemporary art galleries.
While we’re on the subject, check out what’s cooking at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival running May 10-13. Stay tuned for more good Southern cookin’ in our upcoming Food & Drink issue in July.