|Delia Champion poses with longtime customer Chai Taylor; in foreground Greg Carroll|
Sunday, October 27, 2013
By Shandra Hill Smith
For this journalist attending Taste of Atlanta for the third consecutive year, the three-day festival consistently has proved a treat. But this year proved to be delightful. That’s thanks in large part to Delia — as in Delia Champion, the owner of Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand.
The introduction to Champion and her chicken meatball and chicken sausage samples made for a highlight of day two, Saturday, October 26. More than 90 restaurants from around metro Atlanta are serving up sample dishes during Taste of Atlanta taking place through Sunday at Midtown at Tech Square. Festival goers also will find activities for kids, and have a chance to sample wines, beers and cocktails, and watch live cooking demonstrations from local celebrity chefs.
At booth 403, attendees will find Champion serving up samples of her chicken sausage meatballs with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce and chorizo chicken sausage.
Not only are Champion’s samples tasty, talking to her makes the stop even more worthwhile. It’s clear to see her joy over operating the establishment she opened two years ago at 489 Moreland Avenue SE not far from the East Atlanta Village in Atlanta. She’s planning to open a second location on Marietta Street around spring 2014. The cooked-to-order menu items are all chicken and all natural without hormones, preservatives or pork; chicken sausage is made in small batches and handcrafted from Georgia sources. Frozen options such as links and breakfast patties are sold in grocery stores to include Publix and Kroger.
A New Jersey native, Champion is serving what she considers to be fun and interesting food and “a healthier alternative to pork.” Some may know her from The Flying Biscuit, which she opened in 1993 and sold in 2006 to a franchise organization. Chai Taylor of Buckhead certainly remembers. A customer of both The Flying Biscuit who has followed Champion to her Moreland location, Taylor was excited to see Champion at Taste of Atlanta. She congratulated her on her success, raved about her brand and posed for photos with Champion, who took off her black Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand hat and gave it to Taylor on the spot. Minutes later, another customer walked up and told of how she’d dined at Delia’s on three separate occasions in the past week alone.
Clearly, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand is doing something right!