Having an allergy usually means limiting food choices. The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo aims to change that, inviting folks to a feast of allergen-free goodies. Here, guests dig into versions of normally gluten-rich items such as pizza, baked goods, and beer from renowned brands including California Pizza Kitchen, Nature's Path, and Bard's Beer. They can also browse items sold by an array of vendors and meet bloggers.
Jocks & Jills sates sports-lovers with a menu of classic American cuisine served in an athletics-championing atmosphere. Rev your hunger engine with a 10-piece set of original buffalo wings ($7.99), available in nine different sauce styles, or make room on the mantelpiece of your stomach for a bowl of made-from-scratch Trophy chili ($4.29). Bread bookended bites include the Hall of Fame burger ($6.99), a half-pound of beef and overly emotional speeches, and the Philly Fanatic, topped with rib-eye steak, onions, peppers, and cheese ($7.99). Jill's Berry Walnut salad culls together fresh strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette ($6.49), and a full-rack of the Back-to-Back baby-back ribs slathers the meat-marimba in hickory barbecue sauce ($18.99). Desserts include the quadruple chocolate-mousse torte ($4.99), which satisfies sweet teeth via a quartet of cocoa elements—one for each half in a football game.
It isn’t every day that a student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio right next to Cumberland Mall. Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Hosts of the Georgia BigPictureCon, The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation works to aid film industry professionals, students, and emerging filmmakers with professional development by providing a program of educational sessions covering a range of film-related topics. The focus is on innovation and collaboration at the 2014 BigPictureCon. Attendees can also hear about it firsthand from local and nationally known industry speakers; past conferences have featured Hoodwinked director Cory Edwards and Paul Jenkins, a former writer for Marvel Comics.
A curious whirring sound draws passersby into Rowbot Fitness, where bright yellow walls and a long, shiny mirror welcome crews of students looking to scull their way toward higher endurance levels and smaller waistlines. A trained instructor leads each one-hour group rowing workout, acquainting students with the Concept2 rowing machines as they pull their way toward fitness goals or an imaginary desert island. Instructors incorporate a warm-up and cooldown to prevent injuries and ease newcomers into this intense workout.