Foodies Love Athens!

Athens, Georgia,  is a rising star on the food scene.
Food critic Krista Reese, in presenting Georgia Trend magazine's Silver Spoon Awards,
has high praise for Athens, saying:

"In Georgia, only Athens comes to mind as having some potential to reach that kind of goal [an authentic dining scene in which the restaurants drive a tourist industry,] with its many inexpensive but high-quality restaurants, walkable downtown and generally amiable lifestyle. Why? Surely relatively inexpensive real estate is a part of the formula, but it can't hurt that all are college towns, offering a plentiful supply of entrepreneurial young people who seem to egg each other on. Nor can it be an accident that a nearby enclave of culinary-minded farmers supplies and inspires those young chefs with labor-intensive but long-term vision for organic produce and humanely raised livestock and poultry on sustainable small farms."

James Beard Foundation Honorees:

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Hugh Acheson, chef/owner of Five and Ten:

"Best Chef: Southeast," 2012
"Best Cookbook: A New Turn in the South," 2012

Weaver D's: 

"America's Classics" Award, 2007

More Award-winners:

Five & Ten

  • Hugh Acheson: Top Chef Masters contestant and judge for Top Chef and Top Chef Masters, Bravo TV
  • Silver Spoon Award, Georgia Trend magazine, 2013
  • Hugh Acheson: "Best Chef: Southeast," and "Best Cookbook: A New Turn in the South," 2012,  James Beard Foundation
  • Hugh Acheson:  Rising Star of American Cuisine Guest Chef, James Beard Foundation
  • Hugh Acheson: 2007 Rising Star and 2012 winner of the Mentor Chef award,
  • Steve Grubbs, Top Sommeliers of the Year, Food & Wine, 2011
  • Restaurant of the Year, 2007, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Hugh Acheson: "America's Best New Chefs," Food & Wine magazine, 2002

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence: 


America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small Cities Award, and Peta: