March 1, 2019



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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 2017 James Beard Award Winner Kevin Nashan

2017 James Beard Award Winner Kevin Nashan

The Aflac Culinary Experience: A Friends of Beard Benefit

The Aflac Culinary Experience features chefs and mixologists from all over the Southeast displaying their talents!  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!

This year, the Aflac Culinary Experience will feature the tastes and flavors of 2017 James Beard Award Winner Kevin Nashan, Owner of Sidney Street Café 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 Café, was named Restaurant of the Year by St. Louis Magazine. He was also a featured competitor on Esquire Network’s show “Knife Fight”.

Nashan seamlessly incorporates his wide variety of culinary experiences and influences into seasonal, locally-sourced creations. His French training shines through his food in dishes like a play on Bouillabaisse with eel and uni or foie gras with olives and citrus, while his time in Spain shows its lasting impact in soulful sofrito-based dishes and the innumerable cured products in the pantry. The New Mexican cuisine of his childhood is also never far from his mind—posole and aji paired with chiles rellenos are favorites to this day—and his love for Southern cuisine is reflected in the form of ingredients like ham hocks, sorghum, and speckled grits. Nashan believes that sourcing locally should be expected, not celebrated, and it doesn’t get much closer to home than the micro greens he grows in the basement or the spring garden occupying 100 yards of the Sidney Street Cafe parking lot.


Columbus Symphony

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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Brands &

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.

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& Toast

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 Café in St. Louis, Missouri. 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.

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Local Gourmet Foods


REgional Spirits


Southern goods

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Our Wonderful

We appreciate our sponsors for their dedication and contribution to the Toast of the Town event. 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


Connoisseur Club


The Aflac Culinary experience Title sponsor


Silent Auction sponsor


Mezzanine Sponsors

Orchestra Sponsors

Balcony Sponsors

Box Office

Albrights, Inc ~ Automate Business Machines ~ Colony Bank
Daughtry, Crawford, and Brown, LLP ~ Hall, Booth, Smith, PC ~ Hutchinson-Traylor
The Illges House ~ Keller Williams-River Cities ~ Uptown Valet

Media Sponsors

Valet Services for the Aflac CULINARY EXPERIENCE provided by:




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