Atlanta Market Features Live Demonstrations by Four Food and Beverage Experts in Summer 2022

ATLANTA – July 1, 2022 – Atlanta Market presents the summer’s top gourmet programming with live demonstrations from four culinary creatives making an impact locally, nationally and internationally. Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey; chef, entrepreneur and hunger advocate Asha Gomez and the food and beverage team at Atlanta local favorite Alma Cocina present in the JURA Demonstration Kitchen during the July 12-18, 2022 Market at AmericasMart Atlanta.

“Atlanta Market’s unique Demonstration Kitchen gives buyers the opportunity not only to hear from culinary tastemakers, but also to interact with them by tasting their creations,” said Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Centers (IMC) executive vice president, chief customer and marketing officer. “We encourage attendees to take the lessons – and delicious recipes – from these creative entrepreneurs back to their stores.”

Chef Brian Malarkey is a “Top Chef” finalist, “Guy’s Grocery Games” participant, cooking competition judge and the creator of 15 successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Ranch, Herb & Sea and Animae in San Diego; Herb & Wood in Orange County, Calif.; and Searsucker and Herringbone with locations in Austin, Texas; Las Vegas; Santa Monica, Calif.; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Waikiki, Hawaii. He will prepare seared scallops, EVOO potato puree, dill tarragon chimichurri, roasted baby carrots, cashew sesame dukkah and carrot top pesto in “Seasonal Summer Scallops” on Wednesday, July 13 at 2 p.m.

Chef Asha Gomez is the author of celebrated cookbooks, “My Two Souths” and “I Cook in Color,” a global food insecurity reduction advocate and the creator of The Third Space, a culinary studio and multi-functional event space in Atlanta, where she regularly hosts dinners. She prepares summer salad, rice pilaf with dried fruits and vegetable stew in coconut cream in “Cooking in Color” on Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m.

Ian Mendelsohn, director of beverage operations for Atlanta’s Fifth Group Restaurants, and Mark Jeffers, culinary director of Alma Cocina Downtown explore the bright, fresh ingredients and regional influences of modern Mexican cuisine in a craft cocktail demonstration paired with light bites in “Sip & Savor Modern Mexico with Alma Cocina” on Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m.

Additionally, GC Buying Group hosts “GC Buying Group Party in the Kitchen,” a meet up of gourmet and housewares retailers that is open to all market buyers on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Jura Gourmet Demonstration Kitchen. The event is part of GCX: Expo & Education which presents an additional nine culinary and housewares-focused events to members on Thursday, July 14. More information is at

At Atlanta Market, some 475+ gourmet, housewares and tabletop lines are presented in showrooms on two dedicated floors of Building 2 with an additional 100+ gourmet, housewares and tabletop lines presented in five temporary exhibit categories: Gourmet, Gourmet LUXE, Housewares, Tabletop & Entertaining and Tabletop LUXE.

Atlanta Market is the industry’s premier gift, décor and lifestyle market. Housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor, it features more than 8,000 brands across all categories. Held semi-annually at AmericasMart Atlanta, Atlanta Market attracts retailers and designers from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit

About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multiline B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce.


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