Last year Ben’s Friends, the sober support group started by Indigo Road’s Steve Palmer and Charleston Place’s Mickey Bakst, sponsored a Chill Space at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. The intention of the space, the idea of writer Kat Kinsman, was to provide chefs and beverage participants not interested in the typical food fest party atmosphere with an area to relax, and it was a huge success. The newly sober Chef Sean Brock told the New York Times that it was “the safest I’ve ever felt.”  [content-1]In keeping with that original intent, this year Ben’s Friends, along with sponsor US Foods, will host a yoga session for all Charleston Wine + Food participants the Saturday of the fest. [content-2]”We’re offering a morning yoga and meditation led by Ashley [Bell] from Reverb on Saturday morning before the Village Opens,” says W+F publicist Alyssa Smith. “It’s going to be a morning flow and meditation to get everyone in the right space to start that day.”

The yoga will be from 9 to 10 a.m. and all chefs participating in the festival are invited to take part.

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