Culinary Passport Returns to Celebrate Atlanta's International Food Scene and Culture

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Atlanta’s largest international food festival, Culinary Passport Atlanta, will return for a second year on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the beautiful Stave Room in Midtown Atlanta, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The groundbreaking cultural affair will celebrate Atlanta’s thriving food scene and culture while featuring a live cooking demo from an emerging international chef, unlimited samples from a variety of global restaurants, craft beers, wines and spirits as well as artistic entertainment.

This year, Culinary Passport Atlanta will honor Chef Pano I. Karatosses and Chef DeeDee Niyomkul for their continuous contribution to Atlanta’s international culinary scene. Chef Karatassos is the executive chef of Kyma and Corporate Executive Chef for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Chef DeeDee Niyomkul is owner and executive chef at Nan, Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft and Chai Yo.

Following a successful launch in 2017, Faven Ressom, founder and visionary behind Culinary Passport Atlanta, launched the annual international food festival to encourage the celebration of diversity in Atlanta. "Atlanta has always been known for its cultivation and acceptance of different cultures," said Ressom. “My hope is that after attending Culinary Passport Atlanta, attendees will feel encouraged to visit, engage and learn more about our thriving international restaurants and cultures."

Participating restaurants include Feedel Bistro, Tiki Bar, A-Priori, Naan Stop and La Sabrosita to name a few; an interactive art exhibit by Sheyda Mehrar and a live cooking demonstration by Italian Chef, Elisabetta Crivellero.

Attendees who purchase a general admission ticket will receive:

  • Entry and entertainment

  • Unlimited samples from featured restaurants

  • Two complimentary drinks (wine or beer)

  • Entry into a raffle to win a three-night stay for two at Valentine's Resort and Marina in Harbour Island in the Bahamas one, two tickets to an Atlanta Falcons’ game and one of three passes to a cooking class with Chef Elisabetta Crivellaro of San Marco1957… A TAVOLA!

  • Dessert

A portion of the proceeds from the night will be donated to The Covenant House, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that protects homeless youth and provides them with safe shelter and facilities that offer support to improve their lives.

For more information about Culinary Passport Atlanta or to purchase tickets, please visit