Bert Weiss, Bert’s Big Adventure

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Aside from being the most popular man on the Atlanta airwaves, Bert Weiss is a certifiable mensch.  The popular host of Q100′s top-rated (and appropriately named) “”The Bert Show“”, Bert and his wife Stacey are the driving forces behind “”Bert’s Big Adventure“”, a non-profit foundation that takes local children stricken with chronic illnesses on a weekend-long excursion to Disney World.   It’s a fantastic cause, and you can support it by attending a five-course dinner fundraiser being held tomorrow night, September 17, at Dogwood.  But first, hear what the man has to say…

Q. The most underrated thing about Atlanta is…

A. … our culinary industry. I’m constantly amazed that when lists are published of “Americas Best Food Cities” that Atlanta is consistently absent. I’ve never even seen us in the top ten! I think Atlanta is at the point where there are so many quality restaurants that if you get a mediocre meal or poor service you have enough variety that you never have to return to that restaurant.

Q. Favorite Atlanta neighborhoods?

A. Virginia Highlands, Little Five

Q. The biggest misconception about Atlanta is…

A. … that Buckhead is still the dominant area to go to get your drink on!

Q. As a former Taco Bell chef, you surely have some culinary chops.  If you were in the kitchen for the wine dinner, what would guests see coming from the kitchen?

A. Heirloom tomato gelee, Peekytoe crab, blackberry sorghum gastrique, braised beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding. In all honesty I have never seen the words “gelee”, “peekytoe” or “sorghum gastrique” until I read this menu and have no idea what I’ll be putting in my mouth when I eat them.

Q. What’s the deal with the fundraiser at Dogwood for Bert’s Big Adventure, and why should everyone reading this make plans to attend?

A. Because one bottle of Silver Oak cost almost as much as the ticket to get in and you get to taste four other wines and five courses of some of Atlanta’s best food.

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