Officially, the brown thrasher is the state bird. Eugene Talmadge declared it so in 1935. The Georgia legislature succumbed to the demands of the Garden Clubs of Georgia and recognized the thrasher as the state’s official bird in 1970. Unofficially, the state bird has to be the chicken. No one says Georgia is the “brown thrasher capital of the world.” Poultry capital of the world has a nice ring to it though.

Over the weekend, the Taste of Atlanta – now a year-round brand promoting the best of metro Atlanta’s culinary culture – hosted the Southern Wing Showdown. Springer Mountain Farms was the title sponsor and the event featured 15 chefs from Atlanta and 15 chefs from around the Southeast, making for a wing lover’s dream Sunday afternoon. 

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