By David R. Cohen | david@atljewishtimes.com

Kosher Food and Wine NY

The New York Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2015 was held Feb 9 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Throw out the gefilte fish and bring on the caviar: Chabad of Georgia is bringing the finest in kosher food to Atlanta.

To give the area’s kosher cuisine a boost up to the top national tier, Chabad will host its first Kosher Food & Wine Atlanta festival Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot downtown. An extensive selection of food and wine will be available from local, national and international vendors.

“A lot of people think of kosher as Manischewitz and gefilte fish,” said Rabbi Isser New, one of the five chairs of the event. “With the emergence of more kosher opportunities, we felt it was the right time to have an event where people can experience the totality of the raised level of kosher in the world and in Atlanta specifically.”

Kosher Food & Wine Atlanta is an extension of Chabad-sponsored events in London, New York, Miami and Los Angeles that seek to change the public perception of kosher food. The upscale festivals spotlight the local kosher cuisine and bring in acclaimed wine and spirits from around the world, all with the goal of showing the viability of going kosher.

Atlanta’s edition has 17 vendors so far, including Herzog winery, and will honor local kosher caterer Sandra Bank of Added Touch Catering.

“This is going to be an event that you don’t want to miss,” event co-chair Rabbi Levi Mentz said. “It’s going to be a very high-end, hip, trendy evening. Once everyone comes, they’re going to be counting down the calendar, waiting till next year.”