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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

March 1, 2019

COLUMBUS CONVENTION AND TRADE CENTER

 
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An annual affair

Synovus Toast of the Town

We’re back for our tenth year on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center! World-class wines, fine foods, hand-crafted beers, Southern spirits and a silent auction all await you at the Grand Tasting.  This year we will be featuring The Aflac Culinary Experience prior to the Grand Tasting, an event that has sold out the past five years so get your tickets early!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us to meet the chefs, vintners, distillers and brewmasters who will be on hand to share their toasts and tastes with you. All this plus a silent auction filled with a variety of wines, trips and unique treasures.

 

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The Aflac Culinary Experience

The Aflac Culinary Experience has partnered with the James Beard Foundation to bring world class culinary talent to Columbus, Georgia! Sample dishes from a James Beard Award-winning chef and hear about where they got their inspiration.  This ticket also grants entry to the Grand Tasting, so whenever you are ready to sample flavors from all over the area, just head in to the South Exhibit Hall at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center! This event has sold out for the past five years and a limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to get your tickets early!

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Chef Kevin Nashan

This year, the Aflac Culinary Experience will feature the tastes and flavors of 2017 James Beard Award Winner Kevin Nashan, Owner of Sidney Street Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri and The Peacemaker in St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin won the 2013 Cochon 555 Barbecue Competition and that same year his restaurant, Sidney Street Cafe, was named Restaurant of the Year by St. Louis Magazine. He was also a featured competitor on Esquire Network’s show “Knife Fight”.

BENEFITTING

Columbus Symphony
Orchestra 

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra was Founded in 1855 by Mendelssohn’s student, Herman S. Saroni, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra became the second orchestra formed in the United States. The symphony disbanded during the Civil War and both World Wars, but always reorganized during times of peace. In 1949, the organization as we know it today, was formed and has performed for 69 consecutive years.  Long recognized as one of the southeast’s finest musical ensembles, the CSO currently employs up to 90 musicians for any given concert and performs at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

 
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A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs.

 
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Participating

Vendors 

We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most interesting and creative brands and vendors to come out of the American Southeast. We pride ourselves on bringing these amazing vendors to the Synovus Toast of the Town. Together we will celebrate an amazing array of brilliant culinary, beer, wine, spirit and specialty food providers in our area.  

Interested in participating in Synovus Toast of the Town for 2019?

As a participating Vendor, you will have the opportunity to showcase and promote your products in a unique way during one night to 1,200 event guests. In addition, your participation helps the community by supporting the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. There is no booth rental fee for vendors and the event will help promote all participating vendors before and after the event with social media and other forms of advertising.

It’s going to be a packed house for the Grand Tasting! See below for a list of vendors and products that will be available for sampling!

Culinary

  1. 219 Food and spirits

  2. Acre

  3. Bare Roots Farmacy

  4. Callaway Gardens

  5. Chicken Fried

  6. Clean Eatz

  7. Columbus Convention and Trade Center

  8. Country’s BBQ

  9. Creme De La Creme Diner

  10. Eleanor’s

  11. EPIC

  12. Ezell’s Catfish

  13. Girlfriends Restaurant

  14. Lemongrass Thai & Sushi

  15. Lillie’s Q

  16. Mabella

  17. My Boulánge

  18. Parker’s Pantry

  19. Reese’s Country Kitchen

  20. Saltcellar

  21. The Depot

  22. The Farm House

  23. The Loft

  24. The Office

  25. The Simple Greek

  26. Warehouse Bistro

  27. Wicked Hen Restaurant

  28. Zombie Pig

Catering

  1. Divine Dinners

  2. Creme De La Creme Catering

  3. Girlfriends Catering

  4. It’s Your Day Catering

  5. Rothschild-Pound House Inn

Beer

  1. Atlanta Hard Cider

  2. Cannon Brewpub

  3. Corona Premier

  4. Lagunitas Brewing Company

  5. Line Creek Brewing Company

  6. Macon Beer Company

  7. Modela Beers

  8. Monday Night Brewing

  9. Omaha Brewing Co.

  10. Pacifico

  11. Peroni

  12. Pretoria Fields Brewery

  13. Pura Still Spiked Still Water

  14. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

  15. Sweetwater Brewing Company

  16. Terrapin Beer Co.

  17. Three Taverns Brewery

  18. White Claw

  19. Wild Heaven Breweries

  20. Wild Leap Brew Co.

  21. Wyndridge Farm Ciders

Distributors

  1. B&B Beverage Company

  2. Eagle Rock Distributing Company

  3. Empire Distributing, Inc.

  4. Georgia Crown

  5. Prime Wine & Spirits

  6. Triangle Beverage

  7. United Distributing

  8. Winebow Fine Wine & Spirits

Private Clubs

  1. Chattahoochee River Club

  2. Country Club of Columbus

  3. Green Island Country Club

Spirits

  1. 18.21 Bitters

  2. ASW Distillery

  3. Bare Bone Vodka

  4. Barrell Bourbon

  5. BenRiach Scotch

  6. Blade & Bow Bourbon

  7. Blue Nectar Silver Tequila

  8. Cathead Vodka

  9. Chattanooga Whiskey

  10. CIRCA Craft Distillery

  11. Gin Mare

  12. Herradura Tequila

  13. Jack Daniels

  14. Jimmy’s Sea Beverages

  15. John Emerald Distilling

  16. Leadslinger’s Bourbon

  17. Lit Vodka

  18. ‘Merica Bourbon

  19. Old Particular Glengoyne 10 Year Scotch

  20. Richland Rum

  21. Richland Virgin Coastal Georgia Rum

  22. R.M. Rose

  23. Slane Irish Whiskey

  24. Stolen Whiskey & Smoked Rum

  25. Swamp Fox Distillery

  26. Thirteenth Colony Distillery

  27. Watershed Distillery

  28. Wolfburn Aurora Scotch

  29. Woodford Reserve

Specialty

  1. Bar None

  2. Goldens’ Foundry & Machine Company

  3. Goodson Pecans

  4. High Cotton Cashews

  5. How Sweet It Is Cake Studio & Dessert Shop

  6. Southern Straws

  7. SuperCharged Natural Energizing Sport Drink

  8. Tru Truffle Oil

Wine

  1. 1,000 Stories Wine

  2. Babe Wines

  3. Babylonstoren

  4. Butternut Wines

  5. Bronco Wines

  6. Charles Krug Wines

  7. Constellation Brands

  8. Cooper and Thief Wines

  9. Domaine Bousquet

  10. Elouan Wines

  11. Five Points Berries Winery

  12. Francis Ford Coppola Winery

  13. Gallo Wines

  14. Goldschmidt Vineyards

  15. Hammeken Cellars

  16. Jolie Folle

  17. Joliesse Vineyards

  18. LaMarca Prosecco

  19. Le Dû’s Wines

  20. Louis Martini Winery

  21. Lovo Prosecco Millesimato

  22. Nebel Riesling

  23. Pamplemousse

  24. Peju Province Winery

  25. River’s Bend Winery & Vineyards

  26. Robert Mondavi Private Selection

  27. Solstars Wines

  28. Sonoma-Cutrer Winery

  29. Tarot Wine

  30. Verso Rosso Salento

  31. William Hill Estate Winery

Preferred Package Stores

  1. The Bottle Shop

  2. Uptown Wine & Spirits

 
 
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Tickets

Taste, Toast

& Travel!

The Aflac Culinary Experience

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 | Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Tickets: $175 per person (plus tax and fees)

Don’t miss the delicious food and unique cocktails by renowned chefs and mixologists from around the Southeast. This year’s featured chef is 2017 James Beard Award winner Kevin Nashan, Owner/Executive Chef of Sidney Street Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri. Tickets for the Aflac Culinary Experience also include entry to the Grand Tasting. This event has sold out for the past FIVE years and a limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Click Here for Aflac Culinary Experience Tickets

Grand Tasting

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 | Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm | Tickets: $95 per person (plus tax and fees)

The best local and regional breweries, distilleries, wineries, spirits and restaurants will be featured at the Grand Tasting. In one evening, guests will have the opportunity to taste all the best products on the market.

Click Here for Grand Tasting Tickets

New York City Trip Raffle

To celebrate the TENTH anniversary of the Synovus Toast of the Town, this year we are offering a raffle for a three-night trip for two to New York City valued at $5,000! This trip includes:

  • Round-trip airfare for two (2) people on Delta Airlines from Atlanta to La Guardia Airport with a round-trip private transfer from La Guardia to the hotel and back.

  • Three (3) nights accommodations at the luxurious Plaza Hotel at Central Park South with daily continental breakfast included.

  • Two (2) tickets to an unforgettable dinner experience at the iconic James Beard House.

  • Two (2) tickets to a Broadway show of your choice.

  • Dinner for two (2) at a James Beard award winning restaurant in New York City.

*Blackout dates apply. Must be redeemed by March 1, 2020. No cash value. Tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable. Theatre tickets based on availability and an upgrade fee may apply depending on the winner's desired show.

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Local Gourmet Foods

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REgional Spirits

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Southern goods

 
 
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Sponsorship

Our Wonderful
Sponsors

We appreciate our sponsors for their dedication and contribution to the Synovus Toast of the Town. Sponsors play an integral role in igniting discovery, making new connections with registrants, and contributing directly to the Columbus beverage and food community. Bridging the gap between brand presence and brand involvement, Toast of the Town Sponsors provide specific initiatives that benefit our attendees while enhancing the overall experience. Our sponsors set out to create inviting platforms to bring registrants together to discover and share ideas while connecting with their brand on a more personal level.


Title Sponsor

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The Aflac Culinary experience Title sponsor

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Connoisseur Club

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Silent Auction sponsor

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Official auto sponsor

 
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Mezzanine Sponsors


Orchestra Sponsors


Balcony Sponsors


Preferred Package Store Sponsors


Box Office sponsors

Albrights, Inc ~ Automated Business Machines ~ Colony Bank
Daughtry, Crawford, and Brown, LLP ~ Euphoria Salon ~ Hall, Booth, Smith, PC Hutchinson-Traylor ~ The Illges House ~ Uptown Valet


Media Sponsors


Valet Services for the Aflac CULINARY EXPERIENCE provided by:

 
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Location

Columbus Convention and Trade Center

 

The 2019 Synovus Toast of the Town will be held at the Columbus Convention and Trade center located in beautiful downtown Columbus. Situated on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this venue is the perfect place to enjoy world-class wines, fine foods, hand-crafted beers, Southern spirits. Join us March 1st for a very special evening.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Great food, drinks and value for the money. Very well organized.
— John Toland
I had an awesome time! Great selection of vendors, I’m hoping to see more next year!
— Mia Manns
 
 
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Contact Us

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