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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Announces "Best of the Fest" Winner

Poke Shooters Take the Prize with Tasting Tent Favorite Created by Chefs Seven Chan & Kevin Yu of Poke Burri

The eighth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is pleased to announce 2018 Chefs Seven Chan & Ken Yu as this year’s winner of the PNC Bank “Best of the Fest” competition. The dynamic duo wowed the crowd with salmon and tuna poke shooters and tempura fried bacon with butter syrup. Poke Burri is located in East Atlanta Village in Atlanta and has recently opened a new location in Raleigh, NC.

“Congratulations to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival for curating another phenomenal selection of culinary talent and mixologists for festivalgoers to enjoy this year,” said Eddie Meyers, PNC regional president for Greater Georgia. “This collaboration brings an engaging cultural experience to the Atlanta community and celebrates the artistry of local chefs such as this year’s winner, Chefs Seven and Ken!”

“We are so excited to win this honor,” said Chef Seven Chan. “We are so humbled to have worked with this elite caliber of chefs. Coming in as the underdog, our ultimate goal was to make the crowd happy and enjoy ourselves. We never expected this.”

Some of delicious themes at this year’s Tasting Tents included Improbable Pairs, an exploration of unexpected wine, beer, cocktail and food pairings; Palate Pleasers, a flavor-driven sampling experience; and Ingredient Spotlight, a showcase of the region’s quintessential ingredients. Nearly 100 food and beverage booths allowed guests the ultimate all-you-can-indulge experience. “Joining with PNC Bank to celebrate the best bite from the Festival’s Tasting Tents has once again been a great experience,” said Festival Co-Founder Dominique Love. “We have so many talented participants in the Tasting Tents each and every year, and it is wonderful to show them that their hard work is celebrated and rewarded by the Festival-goers. Everyone truly outdid themselves with their dishes and themes this year.”

In addition to receiving the 2018 Best of the Fest title, Chefs Seven Chan and Ken Yu will also receive will also receive a set of hand-crafted Middleton Made Knives courtesy of PNC Bank. Poke Burri follows 2017 winner Bistro 217 of Pawley’s Island as Best of the Fest. About PNC Bank: PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

About Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Launched in 2010, by Atlanta entrepreneurs Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary experience dedicated to shining an international spotlight on the rich food and beverage traditions of the South from Texas to the District of Columbia. With an all-female Advisory Council of 60 award-winning talent from 13 Southern states and the District of Columbia, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is one-part conference and one-part party, offering carefully-crafted programs and events to entertain and educate consumers about Southern food and drink. The Festival also celebrates the flavors of other Southern regions around the globe including Southern Europe, South Africa, South America, Southern Hemisphere (Australia and New Zealand) and South-of-the-Border for Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Caribbean. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a member of the IWSC Group North America’s portfolio of events. Follow Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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