March 6, 2020



An annual affair

Synovus Toast of the Town

We’re back for our eleventh year on Friday, March 6, 2020 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 six 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.



The Aflac Culinary Experience

The Aflac Culinary Experience is the exclusive pre-event of the Synovus Toast of the Town that brings 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 six years and a limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to get your tickets early!


Chef John Currence

John Currence is chef/owner of City Grocery Restaurant Group, including City Grocery, Bouré, Big Bad Breakfast (Oxford MS, Birmingham AL and Inlet Beach FL), Snackbar, & Main Event Catering. Born and raised in New Orleans, John's career in food has covered half the globe, but is tightly focused on his roots in the Deep South and Louisiana. John was the James Beard Best Chef South in 2009 and a recent participant on Top Chef Masters. He is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun Magazine, and author of Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes From My Three Favorite Food Groups and Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book Of The Day. John is the founder of Move On Up Mississippi a non-profit foundation focusing on celebrating individuals that are doing significant work to help address the issue of childhood obesity.


Chef Vishwesh Bhatt

2019 James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef South and Southern Living Southerner of the Year, Vishwesh Bhatt joined City Grocery in 1997. Under the tutelage of Chef John Currence, Bhatt began working as a line cook. After a brief hiatus to earn his Culinary Degree from Johnson & Wales University, Vishwesh returned to the City Grocery Restaurant Group as Catering chef in 2002. In 2009 Chef Bhatt opened SNACKBAR, where using his years of culinary experience and exposure to worldwide cultures, has created a menu that intertwines Southern and subcontinental Foodways. His work earned him a People’s Best New Chef nomination from Food & Wine in 2011. SNACKBAR has been recognized by local and national media as one of the finest restaurants in the South. Vishwesh resides in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife Teresa and their pets Tula and Bitbit.


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.




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 2020?

As a participating Vendor, you will have the opportunity to showcase and promote your products in a unique way during one night to 1,500 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 was a packed house for the 2019 Grand Tasting and we hope 2020 is even bigger! See below for a list of vendors and products that were on showcase last year!


  1. 11th and Bay southern table

  2. 219 Food and spirits

  3. Acre

  4. Bare Roots Farmacy

  5. Callaway Gardens

  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


  1. Divine Dinners

  2. Creme De La Creme Catering

  3. Girlfriends Catering

  4. It’s Your Day Catering

  5. Rothschild-Pound House Inn


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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



Taste, Toast

& Travel!

Tickets go on sale December 13, 2019!

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The Aflac Culinary Experience

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 | 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, The Aflac Culinary Experience will feature TWO James Beard Award-winning chefs, John Currence and Vishwesh Bhatt of Oxford, Mississippi. 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 6, 2020 | 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

California Wine Country Trip Raffle

This year the Synovus Toast of the Town is offering a raffle for two to the Northern California Wine Country valued at $5,000! Visit some of the best wineries, learn how their grapes are grown and sample some finest wines this region has to offer. More trip details to come!

Click Here for Raffle Tickets



Local Gourmet Foods


REgional Spirits


Southern goods



Our Wonderful

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


The Aflac Culinary experience Title sponsor


Connoisseur Club


Silent Auction sponsor


Official auto sponsor


Mezzanine Sponsors

Orchestra Sponsors

Balcony Sponsors

Preferred Package Store Sponsors

Box Office sponsors

Albrights, Inc ~ Automated Business Machines ~ Crawford and Brown, LLP

Euphoria Salon ~ Hall, Booth, Smith, PC ~ Hutchinson-Traylor ~ Uptown Valet

Media Sponsors

Valet Services for the Aflac CULINARY EXPERIENCE provided by:




Columbus Convention and Trade Center


The 2020 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 6th 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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