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'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Taste of Atlanta makes its gourmet return to Midtown at Tech Square on Oct. 24-26, and it’s serving up more than just phenomenal food.

Local and nationally-acclaimed chefs -- including Kristen Kish, season 10 winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef"; restaurateur Ron Eyester of The Family Dog, Rosebud and Diner; Jay Swift of 4th & Swift; Shaun Whitmer of The Albert; and Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar Brewpub -- will roll up their sleeves and spill the beans behind their culinary master minds.

On Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, The Chef’s Table and The Kitchen Workshop cooking stages will offer attendees the chance to take epicurean arts into their own hands with direction from none other than the pros! With more than a dozen interactive demos and seminars spread throughout the weekend, attendees of all ages will be whipping up five star recipes like master chefs in no time!

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

A Cappella Books to celebrate Gary Shteyngart

A Cappella Books to celebrate Gary Shteyngart

ATLANTA -- A Cappella Books will hold one of its famous Ballroom Book Bashes next month.

Gary Shteyngart will be the honoree, joining the likes of Nick Hornby, George Saunders and Irvine Welsh. The party will celebrate the paperback release of his memoir, Little Failure.

The Ballroom Book Bash will be Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Inn Ballroom.

Tickets are $17 and come with a paperback copy of Little Failure. They can be purchased at acappellabooks.com.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Atlanta next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. It is only open to students in Atlanta Public Schools.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Voter Education is an essential non-partisan comprehensive approach to providing the citizens of Fulton County with vital information and data to enhance the voter experience.

The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with civic, business and religious organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-7020 or by fax 404-730-7024.

Fulton County voter educators will be at the following community events:

September 13 – 8 a.m.

Community Engagement - Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta

September 16 – 5 p.m.

Big Bethel AME Church Get Out the Vote Summit, 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta

September 17 – 10 a.m.

Constitution Day

Herzig University, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1003, Atlanta

Restaurant brokers to speak in Atlanta

Restaurant brokers to speak in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two restaurant industry experts are scheduled to speak at two Atlanta coffee shops this month.

Eric and Robin Gagnon are the authors of Appetite for Acquisition, a guide to buying existing restaurants.

According to the Gagnons' publisher, Tate Publishing, six out of every 10 startup restaurants fail. Appetite for Acquisition claims to provide wannabe restaurateurs with the tools that lead to more profit and a better return on investment.

The Gagnons will be at Inman Perk on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., and at Octane Coffee's west Midtown location on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1  p.m. to 3 p.m.

Inman Perk is located at 240 North Highland Avenue, while Octane's address is 1009 Marietta Street NW.