Prep underway for People’s Fest at Atlantic Station

Saturday’s benefit for City of Refuge combines music, local chefs and food trucks

People’s Fest, this Saturday’s benefit for City of Refuge at Atlantic Station, combines four elements Atlantans love: live music, local chefs, food trucks and a good cause. Soul infused singers Marc Broussard, Sonia Leigh, Ben Deignan and Jameson Elder will supply the original tunes, The Optimist’s Ford Fry will curate the People’s food truck menu and City of Refuge will introduce Atlantans to its nonprofit supplying food, clothing, shelter and job training to those in need plus COR will be debuting the launch of the People’s Food Truck, a four-wheeled nonprofit fundraiser bringing “feel good food” to Atlanta’s food truck loving population.

Advance tickets are $125 for VIP (which includes early access to the 4 p.m. VIP Party and premium seating for the concert), $25 in advance via the City of Refuge website and $35 at the door if the event doesn’t sell out in advance.
Atlantic Station’s newest business owner, Chick-A-Biddy chef Shaun Doty will host the VIP Party’s Iron Chef-inspired cook off on stage.

“I’m supposed to host and heckle the chefs,” Doty explains. “Which all sounds incredibly great until I bomb. I’m known for getting colossal stage fright. I might get carted off, who knows! But it’s for a great cause, I love this charity so it’s all good.”

Despite some last-minute construction headaches (“I’ve been on the phone all morning. Construction is so not my forte. I’m the cook!”), Doty is excited about the July 1 debut of Chick-A-Biddy at Atlantic Station, the sister chicken joint of his Bantam & Biddy eatery at Ansley Mall.

“The new place is going to be breezy and bright and fun,” he says. “I’m excited to be at Atlantic Station. The place has had an interesting past but the new owners have skin in the game and I’m excited to be on the team. People’s Fest gives me an opportunity to hang out and get to know more people too while supporting a great cause.”

People’s Fest 2013, VIP event from 4 to 6 p.m. (in the alley beside Meehan’s Pub) and the concert runs from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For updates and tickets, go the event’s Facebook page.