Don’t Be Tardy for the Party! Meet the ArtoberFest Chefs.

As our ArtoberFest celebration nears, we wanted to continue to entice you with more features of our event sponsors. We are excited to announce the involvement of two rockstar chefs who will be preparing food throughout the evening. If you are a fan of the food scene in Atlanta (and who isn’t? what kind of artist doesn’t like to eat?), it’s time to get excited! Joining us for ArtoberFest 2016 will be:

Robert Velazquez – The General Muir

Robert Velazquez of the General Muir finishes dishes for a local Atlanta event.

Robert Velazquez is originally from Miami where he first learned how to roast a pig under his family’s supervision and developed a love of classic Latin flavors. He then trained in New York City at restaurants such as Momofuku Noodle Bar and Alder where he learned precision and modernist technique.  Upon moving to Atlanta he was a Sous Chef at Holeman & Finch Public House where he focused on butchery and charcuterie. In December of 2015, he joined the team at the General Muir as a Sous Chef and later promoted Chef de Cuisine. His eclectic flavors and techniques are a reflection of travel, passion and a need to push ahead towards something new.


Eli Kirshtein – The Luminary

Eli Kirshtein of The Luminary outside his restaurant located at Krog Street Market.

Atlanta native and “Top Chef: Las Vegas” contestant Eli Kirshtein is chef/partner of The Luminary at Krog Street Market. Equal parts avid sports fan and accomplished chef, Kirshtein is a proud Atlantan and food anthropologist.

Kirshtein first tested his culinary chops at the age of 16, working as a protégé in the kitchens of Chefs Kevin Rathbun and Richard Blais. With an insatiable appetite for learning and advancing his experiences, Kirshtein sharpened his skills with stages at several acclaimed restaurants in NYC and at JOËL in Atlanta while completing his formal training at The Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, Kirshtein teamed up with Richard Blais at ONE. midtown kitchen before moving to Miami to work at Karu & Y. In 2007 he returned to Atlanta as the executive chef at Eno Restaurant and Wine Bar, from which he would take a brief hiatus to participate as a contestant on “Top Chef: Las Vegas.”

As a chef, Kirshtein has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Food & Wine Magazine and even a special-edition issue of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man series. He has served on the culinary counsel for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and The Culinary Council of The Piedmont Park Conservancy. Kirshtein is also a proud supporter of the Atlanta Jewish Federation and Birthright Israel‎. Outside the kitchen, Kirshtein is a part-time sports writer and full-time SEC enthusiast.

In August 2014, Kirshtein brought his distinct style, perspective and technique to Atlanta’s highly anticipated Krog Street Market with the opening of his first restaurant, The Luminary. An American brasserie with regional influences, The Luminary features a classically inspired menu, large raw bar, craft beer and cocktail program, and 400-square-foot patio space.


Thank you to Eli Kirshtein, Todd Ginsberg, and Robert Velazquez for their generous donations of food, time and talent for this event! We are humbled by your generosity on behalf of the artists in our community.

Join us on October 20th, and taste for yourself! Get your ArtoberFest tickets here: Purchase ArtoberFest Tickets

Advance tickets for $15 for individuals, or $45 for couples (couples package includes 2 drink tickets) are available until October 19th. Drink tickets can also be purchased in advance for $5 each. Tickets at the door will be $20, with additional drink tickets available for $6 each.

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