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Buy This: 3 experiences of a lifetime to give an Atlanta food lover

Treat your foodie friend to a special day at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market with chef Kevin Gillespie.

Gifts don’t have to come wrapped and tied with a bow. This holiday season, go for something different and give a once in a lifetime experience. If you’ve got a food or drink enthusiast in your life, here are three ideas sure to please.

Shop with celeb chef Kevin Gillespie

If you’ve got a pal who geeks out about chefs, imagine his excitement when he gets to hang out with Atlanta big gun Kevin Gillespie. The former “Top Chef” contestant and face behind Gunshow and Revival will take 15 lucky guests on a personal tour of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market on the morning of Saturday, May 13, 2017. The group will be given early admission to the market, meet the farmers while shopping with Gillespie, then watch him do a cooking demo. Guests will also receive a copy of Gillespie’s cookbook “Pure Pork Awesomeness” and a farmers market tote bag. $99,

Guests on the Downtown Southern Food Walk get up close and personal with some of Downtown Atlanta's most flavor-packed eateries.

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Food tours of Marietta Square and Downtown Atlanta

Friends or family members who love to dine out would be content with a restaurant gift card, but for something more extravagant, treat them to a food tour. On the Marietta Square Food Tour, participants stroll through historic Marietta Square, stopping for bites at restaurants, bakeries and specialty shops. The Downtown Southern Food Walk offers a taste of soul, barbecue, Lowcountry cuisine, Creole-style candies and other Southern specialties from eateries in Atlanta’s historic Downtown neighborhoods. Both are guided walking tours and include stops at seven different establishments. Marietta Square Food Tour: $45 per person, Downtown Southern Food Walk: $65 per adult, $45 per child ages 12 and younger, Make reservations online or call 866-736-6343 for either tour.

Give the bourbon aficionado in your life a seat at the exclusive New Year's Eve bourbon dinner at Local Three.

Local Three rare bourbon dinner on New Year’s Eve

Got a buddy who loves bourbon? Sign him up for one of 20 spots at the Stitzel-Weller Orphan Barrel Bourbon Dinner taking place on New Year’s Eve at Local Three. The event will see five special Stitzel-Weller bourbons like the 28-year Whoop and Holler and the 22-year Rhetoric B paired with five courses prepared by chef Ben Barth. $200 (plus tax and gratuity), Local Three, 3290 Northside Pkwy N.W., Atlanta, 404-968-2700. Reserve tickets at


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About the Author

Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.

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