Thursday, February 4, 2016

Nosh Talks Sets the Table for Atlanta Dining Industry Networking

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Nosh Talks Sets The Table For Atlanta Dining Industry Networking
Inaugural Booze Schmooze Event at Monday Night Brewing on March 7

ATLANTA (Feb. 4, 2016) - Working in one of the most vibrant dining cities in the country, the thousands who make up Atlanta's restaurant industry are hungry for fresh networking opportunities to celebrate victories and dish on the latest trends. That’s why food and beverage industry veteran Karen Pagano is launching Nosh Talks, a new networking organization by the industry and for the industry.

“Working long hours in a busy restaurant can be isolating,” explains Pagano, a former Takorea and Saltyard server. “The goal of Nosh Talks is to bring our amazing restaurant industry together, from line cooks and servers to owners and chefs, to share war stories and victories. This is a way for Atlanta’s food and beverage professionals to eat, drink, learn and share together." 

Nosh Talks kicks off its regularly scheduled industry socials with "Booze Schmooze" on March 7 at Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave. NW in Atlanta) from 2 to 5 p.m. In addition to light bites and sips from Monday Night Brewing's signature suds lineup, Nosh Talks is hosting a beverage-centric panel discussion on the creative craft cocktail and burgeoning local beverage industry. Moderated by local liquor licensing attorney Dan Plevak, the panel features Aria’s Andres Loaiza, The Painted Pin’s Trip Sandifer, Monday Night Brewing’s Jonathan Baker and Charlie Thompson from American Spirit Whiskey.

Available online through Eventbrite, tickets are $10 for students, $20 for industry members and $40 for non-industry guests.

“Our city’s restaurant industry is not only a family but a group of like-minded people with the same goals and passions," explains Pagano. “Nosh Talks is a way to facilitate, moderate and create a home for our community to learn and grow.”

Nosh Talks also wants to be a mechanism for giving back to Atlanta’s food community and to serve as a vehicle to pair culinary students with mentors. Supporting the Nosh Talks mission is an advisory board that reads like a who’s who of Atlanta’s food and beverage industry, including:

  •      Archna Becker, Bhojanic
  •      Naomi Green, The Giving Kitchen
  •      Chris Hardman, Georgia Restaurant Association
  •      Shireen Herrington, The Optimist/Beetlecat
  •      Joe Kelly, Talent Served
  •      Gerry Klaskala, Aria
  •      Nick Leahy, Saltyard
  •      Melissa Libby, Melissa Libby & Associates
  •      Stephanie O’Rourk, CohnReznick
  •      Dan Plevak, Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess
  •      Todd Rushing, Concentrics Restaurants
  •      Whit Whitmire, Brasstown Beef

Pagano recognizes firsthand the critical importance of sharing knowledge, experience and those all-important contacts. She previously worked at the restaurant tech start-up Orderly, and as she moves into more restaurant marketing and brand development roles, she believes Atlanta’s Southern hospitality makes it the perfect host city for Nosh Talks. "Our city is focused on giving, not receiving," Pagano says. "Above all, that sets us apart."

For more information and to discover ways to get involved, go to or follow Nosh Talks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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