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October 15 — Good morning and welcome to Rough Draft! It's Chad Radford, here with Amy Wenk and Collin Kelley.

☀️ It'll be Sunny with a high of 84° today.

🎼 Big news! The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced this week that Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann will be the first woman to hold the title of music director with the ASO. Stuzmann will take over the role currently held by Robert Spano, and will conduct a program of Mozart and Strauss next March.

💸 Atlanta mayoral candidates met yesterday for a forum at the Chastain Horse Park to discuss ways to halt Buckhead’s efforts to split. The discussion came the same day that the Buckhead City Committee announced it has raised more than $1 million.


🎥 Matthew Loeb, president of the IATSE union representing film and television crews, says its members will begin a nationwide strike at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday unless an agreement is reached on rest and meal periods and pay for its lowest-paid workers.

🍑 Last year, Jason Isbell declared that he’d record a cover album of all Georgia-based artists if Joe Biden won the state in the 2020 presidential election.

True to his word, an album titled “Georgia Blue” is due out today, and includes songs by R.E.M., the Indigo Girls, Otis Redding, James Brown, and more.

🍸 Bar Peri, Dunwoody’s first rooftop bar, is open on the seventh floor of the new AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter.


➼ ➼ Tonight is the 31st annual Torch Gala, benefitting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. If you missed Amy's recent profile of Event Chair Neal Maziar, it's here
👚 Atlanta's first annual Sustainable Fashion Week, founded by Tanjuria Willis (above), will offer fashion shows from designers and panelists from the U.K., Germany, and Africa, and pop-up boutiques will be held at Lee + White in the West End Oct. 28-30.

🕖 Today's Draft is five stories:

• Cisco coming to Midtown
• My Top 5 Something: Beer & candy
• Widening the Eastside BeltLine trail
• Our Friday sports column

AND 
• In the Mix: Kyle Stapleton


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1. More tech to Midtown

💻 On Wednesday, global tech conglomerate Cisco announced that it will invest $41 million to open a talent and collaboration center in the Coda building at Tech Square in Midtown.
 
The Fortune 100 company also announced it would create up to 700 jobs in the expansion. Cisco currently employs more than 1,000 Georgians across the state.
 
“At Cisco, our growth plans are guided by our purpose to power an inclusive future for all. This means building a workforce that is truly reflective of the world we live in,” Cisco Chief Financial Officer Scott Herren said.

Cisco’s new office is expected to open in the summer of 2022, and the company will be hiring in a variety of areas and skill sets, including engineering, customer experience, and finance.

💼 In a recent interview with The Business Journal's Atlanta Inno, Panoramic Ventures General Partner Mark Flickinger said: "In the first half of 2021, the Southeast saw just over 900 deals at a value of more than $8 billion."

Other tech giants making moves in Atlanta
➡ Airbnb is opening an East Coast technology hub in Atlanta.
➡ Apple invested $25 million to launch the Propel Center at AUC.
Facebook has leased an entire floor of T3 in West Midtown.

Google opened an office in 2018 and is now expanding its presence.
Microsoft is making Atlanta one of its largest hubs, with a Westside campus and data centers in south Fulton and Douglas counties.
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2. Making space

The widening of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside trail is in progress in high-traffic areas between Krog Street Market and Piedmont Park.

A two-foot-wide shoulder is being added to both sides of the trail using a material called Flexi-Pave. The flexible, porous pavement makes for a much softer run or jog for those who use the trail for exercise.

The widening is expected to be complete by year’s end. And if you’ve been longing for an access point to the Eastside trail at Ponce de Leon Ave., then your wish has been granted. An ADA-accessible ramp will soon be installed on the north side of Ponce, between the CVS pharmacy in Midtown Place shopping center and the BeltLine.
3. Pairing beer & Candy with Eventide's Adam Lukey 

Adam Lukey is head brewer at Grant Park’s Eventide Brewing. With a degree in molecular biology, his approach to brewing is rooted in science. Adam joined Eventide in 2019. We are fans of his Kolsch, which is perfect, whether you are raiding your kid's Halloween candy or not.

Rough Draft asked Adam for his Top 5, and he gave us this sweet list of beer and candy pairings to help you navigate Halloween. 

1. Kit Kat: The chocolate-covered, snappy wafer should be eaten with a traditional German Altbier. This well-balanced, bitter yet malty, amber-colored beer pairs nicely with the milk chocolate to offset hop bitterness, and the wafer accentuates the malt with a crispy, wheat flavor which brightens the palate. Local Altbier of choice: ALT in the ATL by Fire Maker Brewing Co.

2. Skittles: A candy so aggressively sweet and fruity needs an equally strong beer. In this case, a Belgian Tripel. This golden ale is dry and aromatic with notes of clove, nutmeg, and allspice. The alcohol content is quite strong, usually ranging from 7.5 to 9.5% abv. The fruit flavors of Skittles are contrasted by the baking spice present in the Tripel, but are also complemented by additional fruity characters such as orange, citrus, and banana. Local Belgian Tripel: Jude by Reformation Brewery.

3. Sour Patch Kids: From the mid to late ’90s when everything was “X-Treme!” we had Warheads, Tear Jerkers, Cry Baby, and various other types of candy, which, if taken in excess would actually make your mouth bleed. While Sour Patch Kids might not be as gnarly as these earlier candies, they pack a mouth-puckering punch, and need a beer to contrast and balance them out. I chose an American IPA to pair with Sour Patch Kids. The assertive bitterness is just right to balance out the sour from the candy, and the tropical citrus and stone fruit flavors from the IPA’s American hops compliment the candy once the sourness subsides. Local American IPA: Slap Fight by Monday Night Brewing.

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Dark chocolate is luxurious, highlighted by deep chocolate flavor, bitterness, coffee, roasted nuts, and subtle berry aftertones. With such a multi-faceted and nuanced treat, you need a beer that can hold its own and deliver complimentary flavors. My beer to pair with dark chocolate would be a raspberry sour ale. The addition of raspberry offers a touch of sweetness to bring balance and harmony to the beer. Sourness offsets the bitterness of the chocolate, and the raspberry gives you the sensation of a fruited truffle. Local Raspberry Sour Ale: Rapturous by Tucker Brewing Co.

5. Hershey’s Special Dark: Dark chocolate is luxurious, highlighted by deep chocolate flavor, bitterness, coffee, roasted nuts, and subtle berry aftertones. With such a multi-faceted and nuanced treat, you need a beer that can hold its own and deliver complimentary flavors. My beer to pair with dark chocolate would be a raspberry sour ale. The addition of raspberry offers a touch of sweetness to bring balance and harmony to the beer. Sourness offsets the bitterness of the chocolate, and the raspberry gives you the sensation of a fruited truffle. Local Raspberry Sour Ale: Rapturous by Three Taverns Brewery.

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4. The Sports Section

We don't have any reporting on 'Squid Game' or anything, but there are some pretty exciting other games to know about. (Do squid games also start at :07 after the hour, like the Braves?) 

🏈 For the second time this season, ESPN's College Gameday (above) is setting-up shop in Athens. The draw is Saturday's battle between the remaining two undefeated teams in the SEC. Top-ranked Georgia is hosting #11 Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. (TV: CBS). Both teams are 6-0.

Georgia Tech and Georgia State are off this weekend.

Braves play the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday at 8:07 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at 7:37 p.m. Both games are at Truist Park. (TV: TBS).

⚽ With six matches remaining in the season, Atlanta United is one point out of the playoff mix. They travel to Toronto this weekend for a Saturday match at Toronto FC. 7:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN+)

⛹️‍♀️ The WNBA's Atlanta Dream have a new head coach

🏀 Hopes are high for the home team as the NBA season begins next week. The Hawks host the Mavericks on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. 
*Partner Message* 🧀🍸 Taking place today through Sunday at Epicurean Atlanta, Gather ‘round is an indulgent celebration of food, drink, music, and art manifesting itself across a series of signature events, masterclasses, and collaborator dinners. Curated by Southern Culinary & Creative, the experience celebrates the diversity and culture of the South with over 70+ talented chefs, beverage experts, and artists. The weekend will generously support Giving Kitchen.
5. In the Mix: Kyle Stapleton of TuneDig

🎧 While gearing up to start recording sessions for season six of the TuneDig podcast, co-host Kyle Stapleton took a few minutes to put together an In the Mix playlist, and to chat with Collin about how TuneDig has evolved since beginning as a social media platform.
 
Their conversation touches on everything from the value of taking deep dives into albums by everyone from Miles Davis to Bjork, Radiohead to Rihanna. Stapleton also offers some insight into what is sure to be TuneDig's most eclectic season yet.

Check out their conversation, and press play on Stapleton’s mix of deep, local cuts by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd live at the Fox Theatre to Noot d’ Noot, Balkans, and OJ Da Juiceman.
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