Sip, Sample, and Savor During the Atlanta History Center's Folklife Fest Kick-Off

An Evening Foodie Affair Featuring Tastings, Live Music, Mixologists, and Some of Atlanta's Most Beloved Chefs

Each year, the Atlanta History Center ushers in the autumn season with the Fall Folklife Festival. Traditional crafts, southern foodways, and environmental sustainability are at the center of the festivities. This year, the festival expands with the introduction of a new Friday night kick-off event.

Join the Atlanta History Center on Friday, September 21 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for Folklife Fest Kick-Off, an evening foodie affair that celebrates southern culture and food with an emphasis on Atlanta's unique cuisine.

Sample delicious food from Atlanta restaurants and businesses committed to serving local and sustainable ingredients. Stop by one of three bars to enjoy a specialized punchbowl cocktail created by area mixologists. Meet with a sommelier from Restaurant Eugene who curates Georgia wines. Stroll through the museum's award-winning exhibitions. Enjoy live music from Georgia’s own Little Country Giants. Learn about the evolution of Atlanta dining with a panel discussion featuring some of Atlanta's most beloved chefs including, Steve and Marie Nygren, founders of Serenbe; Linton Hopkins, Executive Chef and Co-owner of several Atlanta restaurants, including Restaurant Eugene;  and Duane Nutter, Chef of One Flew South and Owner of Rolling Bones.   

Folklife Fest Kick-Off tickets are $60 for members; $75 for nonmembers and includes food and beverage. Purchase tickets online at

The traditional Fall Folklife Festival occurs on Saturday, September 22 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Atlanta History Center's Smith Family Farm. For more information or schedule of festival activities, visit online at Admission to the Saturday festival is free to members and included in the price of general admission for nonmembers. Purchase tickets online and save at

The Atlanta History Center's Fall Folklife Festival is supported by the Fulton County Arts Council, Publix, and Macy's.


Chef Duane Nutter delivers chef-driven “southernational’ cuisine at One Flew South.  Nutter has truly come into his own as one of Atlanta’s most innovative chefs, impressing diners and critics with his signature modern spins on classic dishes for more than 15 years.  Chef Nutter began his culinary career in 1994, studying under well-respected Chef Daryl Evans at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta.  Chef Nutter went on to work at the Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida before making his next big move in 2004 to Louisville, Kentucky's Seelbach Hilton’s 48 AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, Oakroom. Nutter received incredible reviews as chef de cuisine. In 2006, Nutter was invited to compete on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and he cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City the following year. In 2008, Nutter became the Executive Chef at One Flew South. He blends Southern ingredients with world influences into the dishes for the first upscale travel-dining restaurant in the world’s busiest airport.

Stephan D. Nygren’s early career was in the hospitality industry, founding the Peasant Restaurant Group.  Steve and his wife, Marie, retired to a farm just outside Atlanta with their three daughters in 1994 and six years later, he became concerned about urban sprawl invading their adopted country paradise.  In 2004, the Nygrens began Serenbe to demonstrate an environmental concept for community development interlaced with agriculture activity and a range of housing choices mixed with shops, galleries, restaurants and an Inn located in the historic farm compound. The result is reminiscent of century-old communities. 

Marie Nygren is the co-founder of Serenbe, Proprietress of The Farmhouse Restaurant, and Director of Serenbe Southern Chefs workshop. Her mother, Margaret Lupo was the owner of the famed Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Marie attended Florida State School of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration.

Chef Linton Hopkins is an Atlanta native with a deep passion for Southern food and beverage traditions. His commitment to celebrating the rich bounty of Georgia farms is evidenced in each meticulously and lovingly created meal. Chef's house-made preparations of natural meats and fresh, local product have garnered him national acclaim. Teaming with his wife, Sommelier Gina Hopkins, Chef also shares his passion for local ingredients with his hometown through the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market, which he founded. Chef Hopkins is president of the board of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the founder of the Fellowship of Country Ham Slicers and was recently awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence for Best Chef Southeast 2012.

Panel Moderator- Angie Mosier is a writer, photographer, stylist, and cook endeavoring to merge all of these skills in a meaningful way. By documenting food, and the folks who work to bring good food to the table, she hopes to celebrate it, save it, and of course, eat it. Her culinary career started over 20 years ago when she started a wedding cake and pastry business. Her writings have appeared in several magazines, and her essays have been included in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. She has collaborated with cookbook and craft authors such as John T. Edge, Matt Lee and Ted Lee, Virginia Willis, Natalie Chanin, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Angie is an Atlanta native who resides in historic Grant Park neighborhood.


With three albums under their belt and a growing local following, they have marked themselves as perhaps the finest new purveyors of Southern acoustic roots music in the Appalachian, country, and folk traditions. Delivering pure, simple, and timeless rustic songs touching on country, bluegrass, and even rural blues, husband-and-wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook produce artful work on par with the finest of the expansive genre. Learn more at



About Us

The Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum; two historic houses, 1928 Swan House and 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; Kenan Research Center; Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and the Goizueta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of gardens, walkways, paths and trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta.


Quick facts

Teaming with his wife, Sommelier Gina Hopkins, Chef Linton Hopkins also shares his passion for local ingredients with his hometown through the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market, which he founded.
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Little Country Giants are led by husband-and-wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook and play acoustic roots music in the Appalachian, country, and folk traditions.
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In 2006, Chef Duane Nutter competed on compete on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America.
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