Atlanta Food Walks
What it is all about
With a background in food and storytelling, Akila McConnell, of Atlanta Food Walks, is the perfect addition to Atlanta's culinary tourism scene. A "college course in Southern food 101 crushed down into 3 hours," AFW mixes tastings with the history and evolution of Southern cuisine. From Native American influences to the Civil Rights era, participants are immersed as much in the how's and why's as the actual ingredients. The story begins in the Castleberry Hill area, hops through Five Points, onto Fairlie-Poplar and then Sweet Auburn. You won't find any food snobbery on this tour, just memorable moments for your taste buds. In fact, Akila shies away from the word "foodie" due to its often elitist insinuations. Ironically, she does refer to Dr. King as a foodie, for lack of a better word. Akila notices that through this different and grounding perspective into his life it allows tour participants to be "more connected to Dr. King through his love of food."
Don't assume that food tours are just for out-of-towners. In fact, Atlanta Magazine referred to Atlanta Food Walks as a "service targeted at locals." When asked why she feels Atlanta Food Walks has been given that distinction, Akila conjectures that it has a lot to do with where they go. Many locals are often intimated with areas of downtown, yet leave the tour pleasantly surprised as they experience areas they would never have necessarily gone to on their own.