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All Kinds of Southern

by Luke Osteen

Chef Todd Richards’ exclusive dinner at Half Mile Farm, set for Saturday, November 9, promises to be one of the stand-out events at the Highlands Food & Wine Festival.

Starting Thursday, November 7, the town of Highlands will sizzle with both talent and tasty treats as the annual Food & Wine Festival gets under way. One of the standout events is Chef Todd Richards’ exclusive dinner at Half Mile Farm (featuring Sommelier Jacob Gragg of Banfi Wines) on Saturday, November 9.

Mark your calendar, make those reservations.

Chef Todd Richards of One Flew South is known for his contemporary cooking style rooted in Soul and Southern cuisine. A native of Chicago and based in Atlanta since the early 1990s, Richards is a self-taught chef and two-time semifinalist for James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Southeast.

Richards is the Culinary Director of Jackmont Hospitality, overseeing One Flew South and Chicken + Beer, both located in the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. One Flew South is a two-time James Beard-nominated fine dining restaurant on Concourse E, specializing in Southern-inspired global cuisine. Chicken + Beer, owned by hip-hop icon Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, is located on Concourse D and specializes in Southern-style comfort food.

Chef Todd is also the chef/owner of Richards’ Southern Fried and has previously helmed the kitchens of prestigious hotels and restaurants including The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl, Rolling Bones Barbecue, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton (Atlanta, Buckhead and West Palm Beach), Villa Christina and The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel, which garnered the prestigious AAA 5 Diamond Award for restaurant excellence under his tenure.

Festival plans are still being made, so you’ll want to visit highlandsfoodandwine.com to get the latest word. That’s also where you read in-depth descriptions of everything that’s happening, including those ever-popular wine dinners, and learn more about the chefs, musicians and restaurants that’ll be participating.