Last weekend I headed over to the first annual Smoke a Peach event hosted by Chef/Partner Jordan Wakefield, Chef Ron Eyester and Smoke Ring. Let me give you a little background about Smoke Ring. Smoke Ring coins themselves as a Rustic-chic smokehouse offering contemporary barbecue. Some of their popular items include Smoked Wings, Pork, Brisket, Fried Green Tomatoes, Deviled Eggs with Bourbon Bacon Marmalade and Smoked Trout Dip. The Smoke a Peach event took place in a grassy area within walking distance of Smoke Ring. The day was beautiful after a prior week filled with rain in the Atlanta area. The day was filled with food and music from Georgia’s own Allman Brothers Band.
My first stop was to the selection of meats. I had the chicken wings that were amazing. They were super moist on the inside and the perfect amount of crispy on the outside. There was also a tender brisket and chicken taco to choose from.
I had quite a few wings that I had to give myself a little break. Have you ever just stopped eating in hopes that your stomach will make more room for more food? Or am I the only one? After I mustarded up more stomach space I headed over to grab my sides which thinking about it now I probably should have grabbed everything at one time for a complete meal.
The sides I went for were the local grits with peach jam and the cucumber salad with peaches and sliced almonds. Both were really amazing and really encompassed the peaches well. Some other sides that I devoured were the Smoked Bacon Potato Salad and the Caprese Kabobs made with Fresh Peaches, Mozzarella Balls, Pesto and Sea Salt. The combination was not one what I would expect but it was definitely tasty.
After loading up on the amazing food I decided it was time to partake in an adult beverage or two. I opted for the Peach Lemonade. It was the right amount of peach and liquor.
The food and the drinks were great at this event, but what I really loved were the vendors. I had the pleasure of speaking with several local vendors and hear a little more about their products and their back story. Hunter’s Cattle was one of those vendors and I got to try an amazing assortment of their meats.
Lastly I talked to The Honey Mill. I tried several different types of honey, my favorites were the Blueberry, and the Orange Blossom. I also tried the Bee Stinger and it was very spicy to say the least. The owner shared with me that the blend is made using pimento peppers and their signature Wildflower honey. This honey is perfect for grilling, sautéing vegetables and marinating meats.
I finished my rounds at High Road Luxury Ice Cream. After very careful deliberation (there were 2 choices), I decided on the Southern Sundae with Smoke Peach Ice Cream, Brown Butter Caramel and Pralines. Can I just talk about how amazing this ice cream was.
Smoke a Peach put on an amazing event filled with fun, music and of course food. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because who doesn’t love barbeque! A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a local Atlanta charity, Songs for Kids.