Pawleys Island chef takes top honor at Atlanta festival

Adam Kirby

Adam Kirby

ATLANTA -- The seventh annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival announced 2017 South Carolina Ambassador Chef Adam Kirby as this year’s winner of the Best of the Fest competition.

Kirby is the executive chef and owner of Bistro 217 and Rustic Table in Pawleys Island. The festival was held the first week of June. 

According to a press release, Kirby provided festival-goers with shrimp and grits featuring South Carolina Bulls Bay jumbo white shrimp served over iron skillet cream corn grits and Adluh Grits from Columbia, S.C. Each ingredient was sourced from South Carolina and North Carolina, including Lee’s Market silver queen corn grown in Aynor and okra and tomato from Inlet Culinary Garden in Murrells Inlet.

For the second year, PNC Bank hosted Best of the Fest contest at the AF&WF Tasting Tents where Festival-goers could cast their vote for their favorite dishes throughout the South.

“The flavors of a dish are a reflection of our emotions, and the Pawleys Island shrimp and grits were filled with lots of love,” Kirby said. “I’m so pleased that Atlanta Food & Wine Festival attendees enjoyed the dish and that I was able to share a little bit of South Carolina with them.”

This year’s Tasting Tents explored Main Street favorites, including bakeries, butcher shops, roadside cuisine, and hand-picked Southern purveyors and featured nearly 80 food vendors from Texas to D.C.

In addition to receiving the 2017 Best of the Fest title, Kirby will also receive a set of hand-crafted Middleton Made Knives courtesy of PNC Bank. Bistro 217 follows 2016 winner Hattie B’s of Nashville as Best of the Fest.

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