Macon hosts inaugural Design, Wine and Dine fest Friday and Saturday

Staff reportMarch 5, 2014 

Nationally known chefs, authors, designers and visual artists will be in Macon Friday and Saturday for the inaugural Design, Wine & Dine festival.

The two-day exhibition, which benefits the Historic Macon Foundation, is billed as an exhibition of in-depth conversations and demonstrations from culinary and decorative arts experts.

The event runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame building, located at 301 Cherry St. Sessions are $10 per person.

A session schedule is available online at Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call 742-5084.

Macon artist and author Mark Ballard will host the event as well as demonstrate.

Celebrity guests are:

• Andy Husbands, “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant, chef/owner of Tremont 647 and the author of three cookbooks. Husbands also has competed in barbecue competitions internationally, and his team has won the Jack Daniels World Championship in Lynchburg, Tenn.;

• Sara Foster, from Chapel Hill, N.C., owner and author of Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen, and Martha Stewart catering chef;

• Annette Joseph, an entertaining expert;

• Susan Sully, a writer and photographer who is a leading authority on Southern architecture and design;

• Thomas Sully, a resident of Asheville, N.C., a portrait and landscape painter;

• Jennifer Boles, who writes the design blog “The Peak of Chic,” which focuses on design trends, historical homes and the history of design, among other topics.

• Tim McNally, host of the weekly “The Wine Show” on WGSO in New Orleans, is a popular guest lecturer, journalist and nationally known judge in wine competitions. His online weekly newsletter, WineTalk­Nola, educates his readers in understanding the concepts of winemaking and consumption;

• Tommy Townsend, a moonshine maker who has a partnership with Georgia Distilling Co. Inc. in Milledgeville to market and distribute Granddaddy Mimm’s Corn Whiskey;

• Elizabeth Dowling, architectural historian, author and organizer of Shutze Design Awards. Her new book, “Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary,” offers an authoritative survey of the best of classical design.

The festival will conclude with a soirée Saturday evening at a historic home in Macon.

Tickets for the soiree are available online at

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