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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Offers Online Seminars With a Little Local Flavor (Nashville Scene) I miss food festivals, especially the ones that were within driving distance so that I could haul home a lot of food and drink items that I discovered during culinary explorations of a different city. One of my absolute favorites has been the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, an event that I’ve attended every year since its inaugural edition in 2011.

Irwin Street Market Stall Academy Coffee Is Relocating to Virginia-Highland (Eater Atlanta) Eastside Beltline coffee counter Academy Coffee closes Sunday, September 13, at Irwin Street Market in the Old Fourth Ward. Owner Connan Moody tells Eater he’s reopening Academy Coffee later this fall inside forthcoming marketplace and cafe Kinship in Virginia-Highland, owned by Rachael Pack and his brother Myles.

How Killer Mike Is Using His Restaurant to Fight Food Insecurity in Atlanta (Thrillist Atlanta) If you want to know what Atlanta is passionate about, just listen to its music. From the glorification of lemon-pepper wings and freeze cups on Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” to Future’s post-Magic City adventure on “Magic,” Atlanta’s culture and landmarks always find their way on to records. And it’s the “Bankhead Seafood making me hit that door” line on Goodie Mob’s “Soul Food” that nods to one of the longest-running Black-owned restaurants in the Westside.

BUSINESS/RETAIL/REAL ESTATE:

Delta sees hope for pent-up travel demand in SkyMiles credit card spending (AJC) That’s inspiring hope at Delta Air Lines and its credit card partner American Express that there’s pent-up demand for travel. “That’s actually a really, really encouraging sign,” said Delta chief financial officer Paul Jacobson during an investor presentation this week. He sees it as an indication that travelers are building up miles because there’s a trip to Europe or other vacation coming.

UPS adds diversity to its board (AJC) UPS is expanding its board of directors with two appointments it says will add expertise and diverse perspectives. The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant announced Thursday the appointment of Eva Boratto and Wayne Hewett to its board. Boratto, 54, is the chief financial officer of CVS Health. S

Braves partner with Atlanta-based fantasy sports platform (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The Atlanta Braves are looking to drive engagement in a time where fans can’t attend home games due to the ongoing pandemic. The Braves have reached a marketing deal with daily fantasy sports platform PrizePicks. The Atlanta-based company is partnering with the Braves for the remainder of the 2020 season. This latest agreement allows Braves’ fans to engage with games without being in Truist Park.

Georgia Film Academy announces first-ever Esports workforce training program (georgiaentertainmentnews) With a mission to put more Georgians to work in all aspects of the state’s multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry, the Georgia Film Academy (GFA), in partnership with Skillshot Media, today kicks off its first-ever Esports program at Georgia State University (GSU). The GFA 3500 Fundamentals of Esports provides students with real-world professional workforce training while exploring the numerous career paths available at the nearly 160 Esports companies located throughout Georgia. Esports is emerging as one of the fastest growing industries in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)

ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:

Atlanta Braves and FOX Sports South to Honor Five Community Heroes During Fifth Annual Community Heroes Week (FOX Sports South) The Atlanta Braves, FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast will honor five inspiring individuals who have made a lasting and positive impact in our community during the weeklong Community Heroes Week. The fifth annual event begins Tuesday, September 8, with a different individual celebrated every day through Saturday, September 12, during FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Southeast’s Braves telecasts.

Watch Live: NYC’s 2020 9/11 Memorial Ceremony (NBC NY) While different because of the pandemic, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with its annual ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City. This year, recorded name readings from the museum's "In Memoriam" exhibit will be done in place of family members reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Dunwoody creates colorful support for restaurants (FOX5) In a world that, frankly, feels pretty drab these days, the city of Dunwoody is adding color in the most unexpected of places. To help beef up business at local restaurants, city leaders created The Picnic Table Project. The goal is to expand outdoor dining options — and to do it in a stylish way.

Atlanta Public Schools to hire chief equity and social justice officer (AJC) Atlanta Public Schools is conducting a national search for a top administrator to focus on equity and social justice. The person picked for the newly created, the cabinet-level job will report directly to Lisa Herring, who took over as superintendent this summer. The post will be funded for the first year through the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other donors.

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