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CONTENTS OCTOBER 2017 5 Editor’s Letter 9 LATEST
The newest restaurants, shops and other spots to arrive on the scene
Living 12 Shelter
18 In-Town Escape
History and culture in Cartersville
20 Out of Town An affordable island escape
Culture 22 Soul Sisters
A Midtown home's modern update
Sacred Thread Yoga's Annelise Lonidier
15 Style to Go
Lightweight fall brights
Cobbler Union's Daniel Porcelli
Freddie Ashley of Actor's Express
26 Restaurant Review
Reacquainting with Campagnolo
Can't-miss spooks and sips
30 Fresh Bites
What to see and do when you’re off the clock
40 CAPTURED Playful Pink
Pumpkin spice—as it should be
Cover Story 32 Off-duty Eats
10 top chefs dish on where they like to dine
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f you're like me, you take pride in putting a few home-cooked meals on the table each week. After all, cooking can be a most healthful way to eat, and it's rewarding to savor something you put some elbow grease and TLC into. It can even be cathartic.
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n Ohio-based women’s boutique company has opened its first Atlanta store in Virginia-Highland, a favorite neighborhood of shoppers. Founded in 2013, the womenswear and lifestyle brand Vernacular seeks to bring together approachable fashion that won’t break the bank, incorporating East Coast and West Coast styles. Husband-and-wife team Kris Konieczko and Chelsea Cabot started the business immediately after graduating from college and now own four locations, including the newest one.
After a buying trip to the city, the couple fell in love with the neighborhood, especially during the annual Summerfest. They checked out spaces in retail-popular Ponce City Market, Westside Provisions and Inman Park, but none matched the connection they had with Virginia-Highland. The Atlanta store is their most open, light-filled space, located next to Cacao Cafe. They incorporated the aesthetic they learned from previous stores into this location, including custom shelves made by Kris. The items carried in the boutique were carefully selected by the pair.
“The brands we source for our stores have to offer a unique take on their products and keep value and quality at the top of their agenda,” says Cabot. All items are priced under $100, including the private label apparel, so shoppers can be sure of their value. Most jewelry is made in the United States by independent makers. In addition, Vernacular carries gifts and home decor from recognizable brands like Voluspa and Sugarfina as well as books, stationery and apothecary items that they’ve discovered on their travels. n shopvernacular.com
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Not Your Kid’s Puppet Show Hand to God Makes its Atlanta Debut at Dad’s Garage
obert Askins’ Hand to God will make its Atlanta debut at Dad’s Garage theater in its converted Old Fourth Ward church space on October 20. The offbeat comedy first premiered off Broadway in 2011, starring Full House alum Bob Saget, and went on to be nominated for five Tony awards. It’s the most-produced play in American regional theater this season, now with a uniquely Atlantan twist. “Most of the creative team for the Alliance production didn't see the New York production, so we won't be copying it,” says director Marc Masterson. “Instead, we will trust the hilarious script and our own creative instincts and make a version that is specifically Atlanta. This is a South-
ern play and most of us are Southerners with a wicked sense of humor. We will make it as we know it.” The raucous puppet comedy tells of meek teenager Jason dealing with the death of his father through the Christian Puppet Ministry at the urging of his mother, Margery. His relationships with the people around him in a small Texas town are at the center of the story, but his puppet, Tyrone, has a personality of his own. It appears that the puppet is possessed by the Devil and violently attacks people while on Jason’s arm. Former Alliance Theatre Associate Artistic Director Kent Gash directs this production in partnership with Dad’s Garage. Since 1995, the nonprofit comedy theater has brought in nationally known improv actors, Broadway productions and perfor-
mances by company members. If you’re a fan of the puppet humor of Avenue Q and the mocking religious themes of Book of Mormon, this laugh-out-loud show is for you. It runs around two hours and has some adult language. n woodruffcenter.org
A Taste of Naples Bocado’s Brian Lewis opens Al Forno in Midtown
estaurateur Brian Lewis, the man behind Bocado, Bocado Burger and Amer, has opened Al Forno’s, his first pizza joint, in Midtown. Teaming up with Bocado’s chef, Adam Waller, for this concept a year in the making, Lewis uses locally sourced ingredients to make authentic, Certified Neapolitan pizza. The crusts are handmade from fouringredient, low-gluten dough that is aged and hand rolled before being pre-baked in an Acunto oven. Local and seasonal ingredients will serve as toppings. The restaurant will also have sides and small plates to go with your pie, including salads, marinated olives, fresh mozzarella and gelato. Located in
the 1010 Midtown building, the restaurant offers parking is available in metered spots on the street or in the building’s deck. But instead of sitting down at a white-tablecloth restaurant, diners will take their pizzas home to bake; prep time is just about 10 minutes. There will also be limited dine-in
seating where guests can bring their own drinks. Pizza lovers can also get their pies delivered or pick them up after ordering online. Simply choose from the menu of Al Forno’s classic pies or concoct your own based on personal tastes. When ready, bake it in your home oven for the same quality one might expect from a full-service restaurant. That system provides all of the benefits of dining out without the struggles of finding parking and the need to get dressed up. Located in the heart of Midtown, this option is especially convenient for commuters bringing home dinner or local residents seeking an easy weeknight option. The pair sought out the location because of what was missing from the neighborhood. While there are plenty of fine dining and to-go options on Peachtree Street, they saw a need for high-quality food that can be easily prepared at home. n alfornos.com
Posh Pups Barking Hound Village Launches a Dog Valet at Ponce City Market Shoppers can now stop by Ponce City Market with their four-legged friends without worrying about what to do with them. Barking Hound Village launched a dog valet and bathing service at the Atlanta BeltLine entrance of the complex, complete with a petfriendly boutique, for visitors, residents and even those who work in the former Sears building. Fido can be dropped off in the dog suites that are appropriate for any breed and size. Charged by the hour, customers can also get their pet bathed and dried in under an hour and treated to “King of Pups” frozen treats during their short stay. The valet is one of the first of its kind, also selling natural dog foods, collars, leashes and toys. The company has five other locations around the city and is frequently rated as the best place to board your pet, as well as Atlanta’s first and largest dog daycare, boarding and grooming operation. When Ponce City Market was looking to add pet-friendly features, Barking Hound Village was the perfect fit, especially since it has a full-service location on North Avenue perfect for longer stays.
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Heidi, Logan and Michael Coble love spending time on the front porch swing.
n 2001, when then-bachelor Michael Coble decided to move intown from Alpharetta and reduce his work commute, he had no idea where to look for a new house. “I didn’t even know Midtown existed, to be honest with you,” he says. “I was definitely an OTP person.” Not surprising for someone who had been living in Alpharetta since 1985, especially since he worked from home. He spent approximately four months scouring everywhere from Chastain Park to Midtown. When he saw this two-story Colonial, he knew his search was over. “I fell in love with this house,” he says. At that time, the home had a “country French” look, as Michael called it, with a synthetic plastic stucco-type look on the front façade. The rest was covered in siding, with a basic deck in the back. After Michael and his wife, Heidi,
married in 2006, they began making improvements. First, they redid the kitchen. Today, it is filled with Viking Professional appliances, a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and plenty of counter space that Heidi likes to use for cooking. In 2010, the couple remodeled the front and back exteriors, the master bedroom and bath, laundry room, guest room, basement and the bathroom off the library. The master bedroom now features a fireplace
flanked by built-in cabinets, as well as a spacious sitting area. “The master is large and feels like a place you can escape to,” Michael says. In the library, they added custom shelving around the couch and replaced French doors with pocket doors. In the basement, they created a playroom for Logan, their 7-year-old daughter, that features plenty of toy storage hidden behind barn doors covered with chalkboards. A small alcove
is filled with cabinets, a sink and a Viking Professional beverage cooler. Out back, they now have a covered porch complete with a built-in grill. “We wanted [to get] more use out of [the porch],” Michael says. Heidi concurs. “It’s really comfortable,” she says. “We spend a lot of time out there.” The back porch looks over a small swimming pool, something not common in the neighborhood. “It’s like a little private oasis in the middle of Midtown,” Michael says. “The trees on the right and the crepe myrtle have created a canopy of privacy back here.” A simple addition to the front porch also had a big impact on the Cobles. “Since we put the swing on the front, we spend a ton of time out there,” Heidi says. In 2011, interior designer Kate Fleming of Pineapple House Interior Design came onboard to put the finishing touches on the home’s redesign. The interior color palette reflects a variety of earthy, warm tones, another conscious decision by the
Above: The kitchen was redesigned in 2006 to make it more conducive to cooking and entertaining. Below: The Cobles love the home’s open floor plan that allows them to spend quality family time together.
Right: The cascading light fixture adds a whimsical touch to the formal dining room.
Below: The library has a comfortable feel with its cozy couch.
“The home is deceptively large when you look at the house from the outside.” MICHAEL COBLE couple. “When we started working with Pineapple House, we were talking about our honeymoon in Africa,” Heidi says. “That’s where everything started [with] the color scheme.” The Cobles worked hard to create a home where their family could relax but would also serve as a lovely place to entertain. “It’s sophisticated yet casual and comfortable at the same time,” Fleming says. “There’s not a room here that you don’t feel like you can’t live in, that you can’t enjoy.” Michael is quick to chime in, “Where kids can climb, because it’s been proven,” he says, laughing. The comfort is reflected in the furniture in the family room, which includes a Mitchell Gold+ Bob Williams chenille couch and
Bernhardt chair with a neutral linen on the outside and a woven chocolate fabric on the inside. The library also contains comfortable furniture, with its Duralee sleeper sofa and Century cocktail tables. The light fixtures throughout the home add an element of sophistication to each room: the artichoke-style light over the kitchen table and the cascading glass light over the dining table are good examples. One of Heidi’s favorites is the “bubble light,” as she calls it, over the tub in the master bathroom, that was purchased at Cantoni in Virgina-Highland. “We found that light, and I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be so cool to put this over our bathtub, like having a bubble bath?’” Heidi says. “We had that light sitting in our
basement for years, waiting for the bathroom and tub to be finished.” Michael quickly relays another reason why the wait was longer than expected. “The electrician who came to hang it had cut every strand perfectly even,” he says. They had to contact the manufacturer in Italy for replacement wire, which they then used to restring the “bubbles” so they cascaded down. “It took a couple more months to do that,” Michael says. “It was a challenge.”
The artwork in the home is a mix of personal favorites and pieces chosen as part of the interior design. For instance, just inside the front door hangs a Peter Max painting Michael purchased for Heidi as an anniversary gift. “That’s my favorite,” Heidi says. She also likes the painting of trees by Atlanta artist Jay Scott that hangs over the fireplace in the master bedroom.
Above: The Cobles redesigned the master bedroom to create a private escape where they could relax.
For the Cobles, the only distraction to the overall look of their home is the neighborhood market that sits right next door. However, they covered the wall between the structures with creeping myrtle that, as Michael says, has greatly compartmentalized the house from its neighbor. In fact, the couple really love the location. “It’s eclectic, no doubt about it,” Michael says. “We’re seeing more children coming into the neighborhood.” Heidi also is surprised at the increasing number of kids in the community. “When Logan was born, we were the only ones pushing a stroller around,” she says. “Now, you can go down at 7 in the morning to the bus stop, and it’s [filled] with kids.”With the remodel now complete, the couple is quite pleased with the results. “The home is deceptively large when you look at the house from the outside,” Michael says. “You form an opinion, then you come inside, and you go, ‘Wow!’ It’s the little surprises you see when you walk through the house.” n
With its covered porch, built-in grill and swimming pool, the backyard is a “little oasis in Midtown,” as Michael calls it.
Left: The basement features Logan’s playroom, complete with plenty of storage behind the barn-style doors.
Above: The Garden Room includes a fireplace and shares a back deck with The Royal Suite. Right: This decadent soaking tub is located in the private bathroom off The Royal Suite.
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For Elissa Benzie, a breezy kaftan and sleek leggings are the perfect transition pieces for fall | STORY: Sarah Blackman | | PHOTO: Nathan Bolster | What is your favorite thing about what you’re wearing right now? The colors! I usually never wear bright colors, but I currently love anything with orange. I’m trying to branch out of my fashion comfort zone. Where did you get the pieces you put together? I ordered this from Etsy for a “kaftan party” but it didn’t arrive in time. I figured I would never wear it, but here I am… My leggings are from Forever 21 and the sandals are from DSW. Are you an outfit planner or do you dress by how you feel? One hundred percent by how I feel, which is generally tired, as I have two small kids. I rock a lot of athleisure wear. I’m lucky to be able to dress down when I go into the office. On shoot days I wear things like t-shirts and jeans. Super-casual is my brand! Who are your style icons? I love older women who have bold style. Iris Apfel has always been a favorite of mine. I love the idea of a uniform, so to speak, and she makes hers interesting with bold accessories. I’m trying to find my uniform. Maybe it’ll be colorful kaftans with leggings… Where do you find fashion inspiration in Atlanta? Since the people that I’m hanging out with are wearing athleisure 24/7 and pushing strollers, I stay hip by
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people -watching at in-town festivals or on the BeltLine. It’s like ‘Oh, so this is what we are wearing now?’
on some jeans. Done. Cute, casual, but most importantly, comfortable.
Less or More? Less. Always less.
What’s the worst outfit you ever wore? How long ago? A really dramatic, dark-navy velvet dress that I paired with peep-toe heels and hose. It was a short dress that also had a cap-sleeve, bolerotype jacket. It was like a weird, tiny coat. It was much too dressy for a junior in high school to wear and I knew when I crossed the threshold of the front doors that I had made a terrible mistake.
Describe a fashion moment you’re having right now. I’m having a cap sleeved t-shirt moment. I tie them up in the back and I layer them over a tank top and throw
What was the most outlandish thing you experimented with fashion-wise? Bell bottoms, but it was before people were ready to accept bell bottoms
Do you consider yourself a trendsetter? Why or why not? No. I am not a trendsetter at all. I just like to be a sheep and stay in the middle of the pack. I like to be on trend, though, so I’ll go on Pinterest to see what’s in for the moment and try to copy it.
again. Any time I had a before-thetrend moment it scared me to death because I got attention, and I never wanted attention. So I think that transformed my style into being simple, because typically a simple outfit won’t get you a lot of attention. What item of clothing can you not get rid of? I’m like a snake; I have to slough off my stuff continuously to feel a sense of renewal. I don’t like too much clutter, but there is a t-shirt from a photojournalism seminar that I attended years ago. It’s made of really terrible material that feels like sandpaper. I never wear it but I just can’t let go of it. n
Living PEOPLE Cobbler Union Founder Daniel Porcelli believes in the transformative power of beautiful shoes
g n i tt e G Kicks s i H G rowing up in Patagonia, Argentina, and moving to New York City with his family at 18 years old, Daniel Porcelli was always inspired by the loveliness of his surroundings. “I grew up in a place of extraordinary natural beauty, and in New York, there was extraordinary man-made beauty. It was the combination of both that inspired me to surround myself with beautiful things and what attracted me to shoemaking in the first place,” he says.
The founder of Cobbler Union, a small-batch, luxury, bespoke-inspired men’s shoe and leather goods brand, didn’t jump into creating beautiful shoes right after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, though. Instead, he worked in management consulting
in New York and Argentina before moving to Atlanta in 2001 to attend Emory’s business graduate school. He then became a partner at Gallup, a management consulting firm, before leaving in 2011 to invest in a made-to-order shoemaking business in Barcelona. “I always wanted to become an entrepreneur by the age of 40 and, at the time, I was 39. I just happened to have a very good friend from Argentina who knew a great shoemaker in Europe,” Porcelli says. “I love being a part of this incredible industry and playing a small part in preserving the craft for future generations.” After spending three years with the studio in Barcelona that sold men’s pairs for around $4,000 each, Porcelli was dissatisfied with the high price point and lack of accessibility for a
wider audience. In 2014, he launched Cobbler Union in Inman Park, offering ready-to-wear shoes made in Spain at prices starting at $195. “I wanted to make something more attainable for the consumer. Not necessarily affordable, but attainable,” Porcelli explains. Last year, the retail store and headquarters moved to Ponce City Market. It also sells its goods online in 65 countries. Cobbler Union offers around 60 different shoe models—a fairly vast collection for an independent maker. To keep things fresh, each year, 30 to 40 percent of Cobbler Union’s products are new. “We work in small batches, which allows us to frequently bring to market new styles and retire old ones,” he adds. When asked why the retailer only offers men’s shoes, Porcelli
explains, “In menswear, the shoemaking is all about craftsmanship rather than fashion or design. The word fashion is not even part of our vocabulary. We go for classic construction with contemporary twists, made with traditional methods, made to last. Womenswear is all about fashion. Our vision as a company is to preserve and promote incredible craft.” Indeed, the Cobbler Union customer is everyone from guys who have recently graduated to older, more professionally “established” men. “Beautifully crafted shoes have the power to transform a man and Cobbler Union allow him 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. to express his N.E., Suite N219 unique point 404.500.6828 cobbler-union.com of view,” Porcelli says.” n
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Above: The Booth Western Art Museum
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uring a recent visit to Cartersville, just 45 minutes up Interstate 75 north, I couldn’t believe how many sights and attractions called this small town of 21,000 home. From art to entertainment to dining, I found everything and more right downtown.
An artful experience My first stop was at Booth Western Art Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate that contains an extensive collection of art ranging from Western and Civil War art to a sculpture court of traditional and contemporarystyled works. While I loved it all, my favorite collection is in the “Carolyn & James Millar Presidential Gallery.” Here, you’ll find an original, one-page signed letter by every U.S. president through President Obama (Trump’s display is in place, but awaiting the letter). It’s quite entertaining to see the various missives, some written before the author took the oath, and some during or after leaving office. I also enjoyed the temporary exhibits. At the time of my visit, the museum was hosting “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” The artist served as President Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through
Above right: The Booth Western Art Museum’s Presidential Gallery Right: Dinosaur bones at the Tellus Science Museum
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his early years in the highest office. The collection documented Kennedy’s run for the White House and included candid shots of the president, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. The Booth also was showcasing a selection of Ansel Adams photography, an exhibit that runs through Oct. 29.
A scientific approach Cartersville is home to another top attraction: The Tellus Science Museum is just minutes from downtown and features a number of exhibits that invite exploration. These include the fossil gallery, the “Science in Motion” gallery and the Weinman Mineral Gallery. My favorite gallery is the last one, which has a giant periodic table that contains the elements. Essentially, this light-up display features a compartment with a window for each element; the element is printed on the window, and behind the glass is an item containing the element. For instance, in the window for aluminum, there is a Coke can. Another exhibit, the fluorescent mineral room, distinguishes minerals contained within regular rocks. You walk into the room, which is really more a hallway. You take a look at what appear to be ordinary rocks in the display. But when you hit a button, the regular lights are replaced with fluorescent lights that highlight
the minerals. Basically, they glow. It’s very cool–and hard–to try to pick out the minerals before the lights change. For those visiting with kids or who are kids at heart, check out the Collins Family My Big Backyard. This section contains interactive displays and experiments that demonstrate how light and sound work, puzzles that challenge the mind and the power of magnets and electricity. Head to the back of the museum, and you can dig for fossils or pan for gems.
A night of drama When searching for evening entertainment, head to one of Cartersville’s local theaters. At the Legion Theatre, The Pumphouse Players host a variety of productions throughout the year, as does The Grand Theatre. On two previous visits to Cartersville, I had the pleasure to see comedians Henry Cho and Jon Reep at The Grand Theatre. The performances were fantastic, with both comedians making me laugh so hard I cried. What was even better was the small venue that put me close to the action. The Grand Theatre, which lives up to its name with neoPalladian architecture outside and classic burgundy and gold designs inside, has been a part of Cartersville’s cultural scene since 1910 when it first opened as The Greenwood Theatre. The Pumphouse Players also
have been a mainstay in Cartersville, with its first performance hitting the stage in 1975. Nearly 200 plays later, it continues to attract audiences to the Legion Theatre, its home since 1993. With more than 15 restaurants within walking distance of the theaters, it’s easy to make a night out of your visit. I highly recommend Table 20, just a few doors down from The Grand. This casual restaurant features a menu filled with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients created by Chef Chris Lyons. Don’t miss the deviled eggs with candied bacon and Sriracha, or the wild mushroom ravioli with toasted walnuts and herb pesto sauce. With all there is to see and do in Cartersville, it means one thing: You’ll have to go back again, just as I plan to do. n
VISIT Booth Western Art Museum boothmuseum.org Tellus Science Museum tellusmuseum.org The Pumphouse Players at the Legion Theatre pumphouseplayers.com The Grand Theatre thegrandtheatre.org Table 20 table-20.com
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hen it comes to travel, those of us who live in Atlanta are spoiled on a few different fronts, not least among them having the world’s busiest airport right here in our own back yard. Secondly, escapes to sunny destinations in the Caribbean are only a short flight away, which means we can put up our Out of Office reply and dig in to an alfresco dinner with our toes in the sand all in the same day. And although it’s true that those sunny island escapes often come with intimidating price tags, they don’t always have to. With a little planning, it’s plenty easy to enjoy a long weekend in the islands that won’t break the bank. We recently hopped a flight to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos islands, one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated beach destinations, and checked in to one such spot—Ocean Club West. The condo-style resort
is situated directly on powder-soft Grace Bay Beach and has rates in October starting well below $300 per night (as of press time). Condo-style accommodations are commonplace in Turks & Caicos, and they offer flexibility and the option to prepare easy meals any time of day in your own private kitchen. Just take a quick spin through a nearby grocery market to stock up on essentials, and you’ll spare yourself the eyepopping expense of a week’s worth of restaurant outings. (Bonus: not having to change out of your swimsuit when it’s time for a bite!) Making the deal even sweeter? Ocean Club West’s accommodations have large, screened-in porches and balconies, which means you can enjoy a homemade meal and ocean views at the same time. Of course, vacation is a time to splurge, too. At Ocean Club West, that means dining at the beachfront Opus restaurant, which serves up locally caught seafood, including snapper, grouper and lobster. If you’re in search of lighter bites or a more casual setting—between
dips in the ocean, perhaps—head to Cabana Bar & Grill, where you can order anything from a cool, crisp salad to a plate of tender conch fingers, a TCI staple. For the ultimate conch experience, arrange an outing to Da Conch Shack, on Blue Hills Road. The laid-back beachfront restaurant is decked out in colorful turquoise, white and pastel pink, and the conch is arguably the best in the entire island chain. If you’re feeling more like fish, don’t miss the blackened mahi mahi plate or fish tacos. Whatever you order, be sure to wash it all down with a refreshing rum punch. When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, Ocean Club West offers up a host of activities, ranging from half- and full-day diving and boating excursions through its Silver Deep activities concierge (they’ll cost you extra) to good, old-fashioned R&R and sunbathing on the shores of Grace Bay Beach. For a splurgeworthy, ultra-romantic or fun family outing, book a private sailing with Sun Charters aboard the Atabeyra. Prices range from $1,200 for a two-
hour sunset cruise to $1,800 for a six-hour snorkeling excursion complete with a picnic lunch. Having the boat—and nearby sleepy beaches— to yourself is priceless. Turks & Caicos may be famous for snorkeling and diving, but landlubbers will have plenty to keep themselves occupied, too. The Provo Golf Club is within a few minutes’ driving distance, and the resort is home to its own lighted tennis courts complete with complimentary equipment. That’s an island vacation you can feel good about. n
VISIT Ocean Club West oceanclubresorts.com/ ocean-club-west-resort Da Conch Shack daconchshack.com Sun Charters sailatabeyra.com HOW TO GET THERE
Delta offers direct flights from Hartsfield-Jackson to Providenciales (PLS). From there, it’s a quick, 15-minute drive to Ocean Club West.
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BRING IT OM Connecting with Sacred Thread Yoga’s Annelise Lonidier
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or some, yoga is an outlet for releasing the tensions of a long work day or a way to master those bendy handstand moves you see experienced yogis doing on Instagram. Then there are people like Annelise Lonidier, owner of Sacred Thread Yoga, for whom yoga is a saving grace.
A Greensboro, North Carolina, native, Lonidier found herself in Atlanta about five years ago as the result of a job move during her 15 years in the medical device field, working with surgeons to create products for operating rooms. But during college at the University of North Carolina and throughout the years she spent growing her corporate career, yoga was always part of her life. After a post-college move to Boston, she completed yoga teacher training and began instructing once or twice a week on the side.
How Annelise Lonidier is working to make yoga accessible to all of ATL
“When I moved to Atlanta, there weren’t as many studios as there are now,” Lonidier says, “so that got me wanting to have a studio.” After two years maintaining her corporate gig while getting Sacred Thread Yoga up and running, she eventually felt comfortable transitioning to teaching and operating the studio full-time. She’s now the owner of Sacred Thread studios in East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward and Hapeville, and co-owner of Sacred Chill West in northwest Atlanta. But back to that “saving grace” part. “I think the cool thing about yoga is that everybody has a connection if you do it for long enough, and everybody’s connection is going to be different,” Lonidier explains. “For me, it helped me just to accept myself.” Growing up in a low-income household, she says things such as mental health weren’t as high a priority as keeping a roof over her family’s heads. “As I started to get
deeper into the philosophy behind yoga, I realized I had a lot of healing to do from things that I had experienced growing up. When I started doing yoga, that idea of self-care and having healthy habits was what hooked me.” Her time on the mat, she explains, was therapy—a way to get to know herself and become comfortable in her own skin. Along with running her studios and teaching, Lonidier also works with the organization Operation Peace to support local families through educational assistance and community resources. She also participated in a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in September and, this month, is working with her Sacred Chill co-owners Octavia Raheem and Meryl Arnett on a new festival dubbed Westside Chill, happening October 14 at Whittier Mill Park in northwest Atlanta. “It’s a stillness-to-sound festival, starting with meditation and building up to a peak with a DJ,” Lonidier explains.
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“It’s going to be very musically focused. We’ll have yoga, meditation and representations from local businesses on the Westside.” When she’s not hard at work, Lonidier can be found hanging out in Cabbagetown and Old Fourth Ward, home to the second Sacred Thread location, complete with a rooftop patio (full-moon meditation, anyone?). “In the medical field, I worked developing products and going into surgery, and quite often, the patients on the table were not taking care of themselves,” Lonidier says. “They had high blood pressure and diabetes. I think the first 30 years of my life were about [asking], how can we take better care of ourselves? Everybody can do yoga; it’s really a matter of knowing that there are different styles and approaches, and finding the right teacher for you.” n
For more info, visit sacredthreadyoga.com
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Here’s what’s coming up at Actor’s Express The Christians Sept 16 - Oct 15 Cardboard Piano Nov 11 - Dec 3 Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Jan 13 - Feb 17, 2018 Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika Jan 18 - Feb 17, 2018 The Harvey Milk Show Mar 9 -10, 2018 The Flower Room Apr 21 - May 13, 2018
r e t a e h T to Make You Think After 30 years, Actor’s Express still challenges its audience | STORY: H.M. Cauley |
reddie Ashley knows the precise moment he wanted to be part of Actor’s Express theater company. It was 1994, and the curtain had just come down on the troupe’s production of Picnic. As the lights dimmed on stage, the proverbial bulb flashed in his head. “It was like lightning in a bottle, seeing something so impeccably produced, so visceral,” recalls Ashley, who lives in Old Fourth Ward. “I was a 21-year-old kid falling off the turnip truck and realizing I had to work for this theater.” Ashley had no way of knowing then that the dream would exceed his expectations. He moved to Atlanta in the late 1990s and scored several
parts in Actor’s shows with no clue that he’d end up as the company’s artistic director, a job he’s held for the last 10 years. Getting there took earning an MFA in theater performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, then working as a manager at Midtown’s Alliance Theatre, taking a role in the Actor’s Express adaptation of Jane Eyre and directing its production of The Last Sunday in June before stepping up as artistic director in 2007. “This was always a theater whose work was in line with my own interests,” Ashley says. “Our mission is to do contemporary work that jumpstarts conversations at the community level. There’s a sense of adventure to the work we do, and a lot of it can be provocative, but it’s always
meant to be impactful on an emotional and intellectual level.” The company meets that mission by staging a mix of dramas, comedies, classics and even a few musicals that pack a punch inside the 145-seat venue. “We serve an audience that craves something meaningful in its theater experiences,” Ashley says. “The excitement lies in finding as much variety as possible. We don’t want people to have the same experience over and over.” With that goal in mind, Ashley devotes significant energy to selecting productions. “We aim for contemporary works by mostly living, sometimes brand-new, writers,” he says. “Many of our shows are world premieres. We’ve worked with many who have gone on to great success around the country: playwright Sarah Gubbins, now the executive director for I Love Dick; Steve Yockey, a widely-produced playwright in America now; Janine Davis did Serial
Blackface last spring. But we also like to produce some classics; one that resonates with the current moment is The Crucible. We do them to reflect the current political moment, not to redefine the great play.” This Actor’s Express season features one of those classics designed to touch a contemporary nerve. Angels in America, the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play from the early 1990s about the AIDS epidemic, was “definitely cutting edge,” says Ashley, “and a lot of folks thought it might have a short shelf life because of its topical nature. But it speaks to various political, spiritual and personal points in our current American experience, including what it means to be an American, and the moment is fertile for examining those questions.” Ashley picked the other upcoming anniversary productions with the same approach. “My initial impulse had been to think about marking the anniversary, but after the election, when I looked around and saw how wounded people were on all sides, how scarred the political landscape had become, I stepped back and made sure, in this moment when civic discourse is desperately needed, that we’d present a season of work with values we believe are important and could be in danger in the current climate. All the plays had to pass through the lens of contributing something meaningful and creating a place for ideas and feelings.” Ashley did allow one bit of nostalgia to sneak into the planning. Next March, the company will mount a concert version of The Harvey Milk Show with Actor’s Express founder Chris Coleman coming back to Atlanta in the lead. “In 1992, that was the show that cemented our relationship with the LGBQT community,” says Ashley. Actor’s Express “And it’s the 887 W. Marietta Street, one that got the 30318 theater’s name 404.875.1606 actors-express.com out there to begin with.” n
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ESCAPE TO ITALY
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eview restaurants long enough, and you’ll end up with a few chef friends. Chef Daniel Chance, who used to work at Campagnolo, is one of mine. He hasn’t been to my house for the holidays—we aren’t that close—but we’ve had some good chats, so when we see each other at food industry events we give one another a hug. A few years ago, he left Campagnolo and its sister restaurant, Henry’s Midtown Tavern, to join the team at Bacchanalia. According to his Facebook profile, he's now executive chef at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp. I hadn’t been back to Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar since he left. I like the restaurant, and I’ve had pleasant conversations with owner Maureen Kalmanson. But without a friend in the kitchen, the place didn’t hold the same compelling lure for me. Why cheat on a good a memory? Besides, Atlanta is so rich with dining options that I rarely frequent the same restaurant. As years have passed, however,
Above: Orecchiette, or ear-shaped pasta, with tomatoes, broccoli rabe, housemade sausage and shaved parmesan Left: Tender chicken picatta with tomatoes and capers Previous page: Heirloom tomato bruschetta
Midtown’s Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar serves Italian comfort foods with welcoming smiles I’ve grown curious: Could today’s Campagnolo live up to my fond memories of previous meals there? I decided it was time to find out. In recent weeks, I visited the restaurant twice, for a Sunday brunch and a Thursday dinner. Opened in April 2012, Campagnolo is billed as having a “seasonal menu [that] offers Italian favorites with creative twists.” "Campagnolo" is Italian for "peasant," and the name is a linguistic cue that this restaurant is an ethnic cousin to Peasant Bistro, Kalmanson’s former restaurant near Centennial Olympic Park. The dining room at Campagnolo is staged in three acts: The front patio overlooks Piedmont; the entry room in this restored building (circa 1911) houses the bar and is dominated by dark woods; and the back room feels airy and white with its peek into the kitchen. Seating options include benches, chairs, stools and booths. Servers are attentive, know the menu, readily make recommendations and keep water glasses filled. Don’t know which wine to order? Ask and trust the suggested pairing will work. While food arrives to the table at an appropriate temperature, staff members don’t appear
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to be rushing around, and their calm pace sets a peaceful stage for a relaxed meal. Scoring the mood is a mix of swayable tunes from the Rat Pack, Motown, Michael Bublé and others. The menu is influenced by Italian and Mediterranean culinary traditions. The star may be the orecchiette, which had been my favorite dish back when I originally knew the restaurant. I was surprised and glad to see it still available at both brunch and dinner. Ear-shaped pasta is topped with sausage, broccoli rabe, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan for a delightful contrast of spicy heat, mild creaminess, savory vegetal and sweet fruit flavors. The dish is at once simply comforting and interestingly complex. (In a later conversation with Kalmanson, she said it’s a popular favorite: “If I took the orecchiette or the lasagna off the menu, I’d have a problem on my hands.”) The meatball appetizer nests a duo of meatballs into a crock of creamy soft polenta, all topped with tomato gravy and an artful smattering of pecorino and oregano. Extra cheese, herbs and dried peppers are scattered alongside. Each meatball is at least two bites in size, but
Left: For brunch, Eggs Benedict is served atop crunchy garlic bread and smothered in red pepper hollandaise sauce. Right: A twist on shrimp and grits, Campagnolo's spicy shrimp and polenta is served with bacon sun-dried tomato pesto.
Above: Brussels sprouts, charred with butter and olive oil, are a complementary side. Below: Semifreddo—warm beignets drizzed with salted caramel —are a sweet note to end on. Above: Meatballs in tomato gravy atop creamy polenta are finished with Pecorino Romano and dried oregano.
it’s hard not to wish for more once the plate is clean. The cannellini bean bruschetta appetizer buries the large beans under a hefty spattering of tomato escabeche plus greens, mushrooms and herbed ricotta that masks the mild bean flavors. But that didn’t stop me from taking multiple bites. Chicken picatta packs an eye-pleasing trio of green, red and yellow. Skinny cappellini pasta swirls under tender chicken, roasted tomatoes and capers, all drenched in a sauce that adds a just-right snap of tart lemon bite to the dinner entrée. At brunch, shrimp polenta gives shrimpand-grits an Italian spin, and the result is exactly what you’d wish it to be: a blissful blend of sweet seafood and creamy cornmeal with pops of tomato, spice and bacon flavors. Eggs Benedict, another twist on a classic, swaps crusty Italian bread for the English muffin. Red pepper lends the hollandaise a smoky note, but mostly a pink hue. The potatoes served alongside were cooked to perfection; a bit more red pepper hollandaise would have been welcome for dipping. Desserts of semifreddo and torta divina satisfy cravings for sweets, but savory
Desserts of semifreddo and torta divina satisfy cravings for sweets. sides such as Brussels sprouts are consistently more impressive. Skip dessert unless your sweet tooth simply cannot be ignored. Dining at Campagnolo is not the same experience for me as it once was since I don’t recognize anybody in the kitchen, but the food is familiar and satisfying, the atmosphere welcoming, the servers attentive and the ambiance relaxed yet jovial. I’m glad to be reacquainted. n
CAMPAGNOLO RESTAURANT + BAR 980 Piedmont Ave., 30309 404.343.2446 campagnoloatl.com Recommended: Shrimp polenta ($14), meatball polenta ($10), orecchiette ($10, $18), chicken picatta ($18). Bottom Line: Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar offers a relaxing atmosphere, attentive service and tasty fare at fair prices.
LIQUIDS The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge
644 North Highland Ave. N.E., 30306 404.874.5756 thehighlandinn.com
Parish: The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe 240 Highland Ave. N.E., 30307 404.681.4434 parishatl.com
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The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge is popular for its eerie reputation. The hallways alone conjure images of haunted halls in The Shining. Bar Manager Robert Harvey says he’s had a personal encounter. He recalls that he’d just turned down the music in the room to little more than a whisper, then he crossed the room to turn off the lights. As he reached for the switch, the music began blaring. “It was creepy for me because I was the only one on premises at the time,” he says. Torched Hop Brewing Company is frequented by the inexplicable sound of a bell, like an antique phone, faintly ringing and girls giggling. Co-owner Stephen Bivins says multiple employees have heard the sound of two young girls when no one else is in the building, and
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Ghostly goings-on at Parish? Yikes!
We’ve followed rumors of ghosts at some of the city’s haunted bars to forge a spooky spirit-chasing, bar-hopping tour
e’ve all got our favorite haunts around Atlanta— places we go to grab a beer or a go-to spirit. But in a city rife with old homes and history, some of these “haunts” take on a more literal meaning. With the season of spooks upon us, we invite you to take a tour of bars in which the spirits are not just of the liquid variety—if you dare.
1578 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 30324 404.875.1522 smithsoldebar.com
on each occasion the employees say it sounds “like two girls were playing behind the attic door.” Other accounts tell of a woman in a 1920s-era dress floating between the bathrooms, and it’s said that her appearance has a nearly transparent quality. The building that is now Inman Park’s Parish: The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe was once part of the General Pipe Fitting and Foundry, a business that dated back to the 1890s (in fact, famed Atlantan Robert Woodruff worked there as an apprentice when he was 19). Now it’s possible that former employees of the piping era still have not moved on. General Manager John McDaniels says that the upstairs dining room, which was formerly the piping business office, has often been the site of paranormal happenings, often during business hours. Glasses are known to mysteriously fly from tables and shatter on the floor. “Not in an ‘Oh, I missed the table and it fell’ way,” he says, “but more like someone or something was walking through the dining room and just pushing them off the tables with an unseen force.” Grab a drink upstairs, but just be sure to hold onto your glass! Wrecking Bar Brewpub also seems to be haunted by a family of ghosts. General Manager and Partner Stevenson Rosslow says he’s heard
no fewer than six accounts of two small children and an unidentifiable adult haunting the space. Previous owners also told Rosslow that the ghosts were prone to rearranging. “There was a figurine on the downstairs second bedroom mantle that would be found on the floor each morning,” Rosslow says. “Each day they would replace it on the mantle. The following morning it would again be found on the floor.” Smith’s Olde Bar is home to a ghoulish man who appears at the top of the stairs wearing a dark hat. Those who have seen him describe feeling a gust of cold air coming up the stairwell; some even say the ghost is accompanied by the sound of
249 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., 30308 404.835.2040 torchedhopbrewing.com
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave. N.E., 30307 404.221.2600 wreckingbarbrewpub.com
hysterical crying. Manager Brittany Burdett says there are two running theories as to who the man may be, “In the early 1900s, Smith's housed meetings for a local Mason chapter. One of the members hanged himself after it was discovered that his wife was having an affair with his brother,” she says. “It could also be Wilfred, one of the long-time regulars of the cabaret Gene & Gabe's, who vowed to the bartender each time he left 'to be back with a vengeance' the next evening.” As all good ghost chasers know, when it comes to paranormal activity, seeing is believing. If you’re feeling brave (or you’re seeking a good fright), come witness the spirits that inhabit these spooky bars for yourself. n
Wrecking Bar is reportedly home to ghosts.
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RIGHT Proof Bakeshop serves pumpkin spice as it should be
hen fall rolls around, the craving for everything pumpkin spice is almost instinctual. It’s something in the crisp air, the changing leaves and the slow emergence of Halloween decor that makes you long for what’s perhaps the year’s most comforting and nostalgic flavor profile. Of course, Starbucks reigns supreme when it comes to capitalizing on our autumnal lust for pumpkin spice, now an internationally recognized symbol of being “basic.” But long before there was a signature latte in the hands of fanatics everywhere, the flavors of pumpkin and fall spices were utilized right where they belong: in baked goods of all varieties. At Proof Bakeshop in Inman Park, the innovative team of skilled bakers pride themselves on tying their menu to seasonality. And in October, naturally, they’re not shy about their
use of cinnamon, spice and all things pumpkin-y and nice. Proof’s pastry chef, Carey Bell, has loved the dynamic duo of pumpkin and spice since childhood, when she’d bake while standing on a stool next to her mother and grandmothers. Her time baking as a young girl serves as inspiration for her work now. “Warm spices like nutmeg, clove and cinnamon inspire me the most,” says Bell. “The subtle spice and warmth they add to pies, cakes and cookies reminds me of my childhood and being home with family.” To this day, fall is Bell’s favorite season for baking. “It's all about sharing your baked goods with family and friends, and that's my favorite thing to do,” she says. “I would rather bake for someone else, which is my job.” Bell admits that even she has her own pumpkin-spiced guilty pleasure. She tried the ubiquitous Starbucks offering once and was surprised to learn she didn’t like
it at all. Instead, she makes her Nana’s pumpkin bread (sold at Proof in the form of miniature Bundt cakes), but she has a very particular way of indulging in this treat. “The top of it is my favorite. The bottom and sides, I don't care about that,” she says. “I could eat the top off of the pumpkin bread all day long.” And it’s easy to understand why: The flavors bring out the best in each other and leave a lasting feeling of satisfaction. “I think it's just the warmth of the spices along with that subtle pumpkin flavor. It relaxes you and makes you feel like home and comforted. It just makes you feel cheerful!” Pop into Proof to get your fix with everything from pumpkin bread mini Proof Bakeshop Bundts to pumpkin 100 Hurt St N.E., whoopie pies, 30307 or try your hand 678.705.3905 proofbakeshop.com at the whoopie pies at home. n
Food News n Known for its fun, communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on shareable Spanish cuisine, the Floridabased Bulla Gastrobar (pronounced “boo-ya”) will open in the 12th & Midtown development later this year, following a delay. Caldoso De Pollo Y Alcachofas
n The Local Pizzaiolo will open in West Midtown this month. Giulio Adriani, a native Italian and internationally lauded Neapolitan pizza chef, is set to open four of these restaurants in the coming year (including Reynoldstown) each serving the authentic pizza for which he is known and loved.
n Taste of Atlanta will be held from October 20-22 in Historic Fourth Ward park, featuring food and drinks from more than 100 of the city’s best restaurants and bars. Look for the likes of 5 Church, Hampton + Hudson, Barcelona and Cast Iron.
PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES WITH SPICED CREAM CHEESE BUTTERCREAM Yields 15-20 BATTER:
2 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. nutmeg ½ tsp. salt 1 stick soft butter 1 c. granulated sugar ¼ c. dark brown sugar 2 eggs 1 c. pumpkin puree 1 tsp. vanilla FILLING:
4 oz. cream cheese 5 tbsp. soft butter ½ tsp. vanilla 1 ½ c. powdered sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon Preheat the oven to 350F. Whisk flour, leavening, spices and salt in a bowl. Beat the butter and sugars in a mixer bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla gradually. Add pumpkin and mix until combined. Add all dry ingredients and mix just until no flour remains. Use a medium sized cookie scoop and drop batter onto a parchmentlined sheet tray. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan and bake for about 5 minutes more or until they spring back in the centers. For the cream cheese filling: Beat the butter and cream cheese until combined and no lumps remain. Add the sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat until light and fluffy. To finish, take the cooled cakes, scoop a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese filling and sandwich them together, flat sides facing each other. These whoopie pies can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days. But they won't last long!
Steven Satterfield Executive chef, Miller Union
teven Satterfield is an Atlanta culinary darling known for being a whiz with vegetables and a champion of the farm-totable movement. Over the past few years, he’s gained celeb status for his restaurant, Miller Union, and the release of his 2015 cookbook, Root to Leaf. Last spring, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. (That’s like an Oscar in the food world.) Between running Miller Union and serving on the board of Slow Food Atlanta, Satterfield doesn’t have much free time, so each off-duty meal has to count. Favorite restaurant:
One Eared Stag, Inman Park Why he loves it: The food is always very creative and fresh, and I recognize a lot of the ingredients because we buy from many of the same farms. I can walk there from my house, and it’s always comfortable and relaxed. Favorite dish: The one thing I’ve had recently for brunch was a Dutch baby pancake with blueberries baked in and topped with bitter greens, country ham and shaved parmesan. I had it one Sunday and went back and ordered it again the following Sunday because I could not stop thinking about how good it was. ONE EARED STAG 1029 Edgewood Avenue, 30307 404.525.4479 oneearedstag.com
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Local chefs share where they like to go when they’re not doing the cooking
This may come as a surprise, but chefs like to dine out, too! Sure, most of their days (and nights) are spent in the “back of the house,” but every now and then you’ll find them out and about indulging in our city’s epicurean delights. Ten of our favorite local chefs gave us the lowdown on where they like to go when they’re not calling the shots in the kitchen.
Eddie Hernandez Chef and co-founder, Taqueria del Sol
ne of the geniuses behind Westside’s popular fast-casual taco joint, Taqueria del Sol, Hernandez is known for efficiently using a small, from-scratch kitchen. At his restaurant you can try popular dishes of cornmeal-crusted tilapia tacos and turnip greens, but when he goes out, he looks for something a bit different but close to his restaurant. Favorite restaurant:
Little Star Provisions, Westside Why he loves it: I’ve been going there since it opened. It’s close to the Westside Taqueria location, so I can just walk across the parking lot and grab a sandwich for lunch. Favorite dish: I love both the shrimp po’ boy and the reuben. The po’ boy is served with Cajun mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. The reuben is the perfect mixture of buttery and tangy.
etit Chou opened its doors in Cabbagetown this past spring. A breakfast and lunch gem, the restaurant is run by women, including its executive chef, Diana Presson Eller. Before taking the lead at Petit Chou, Eller worked with big Atlanta names such as Shaun Doty (Bantam + Biddy) and Robert Phalen (One Eared Stag).
Executive chef, Petit Chou
Staplehouse Why she loves it: It’s the best meal in Atlanta that I’ve ever had, and maybe my life, from start to finish. The service and hospitality is so warm and wonderful. They really go the extra mile when you make your reservation and it’s like they know you when you walk in the door.
stood out the most was the jumbo lump crab with local corn and sunflower custard. The sunflower custard was made with steeped sunflower pods. It was earthy and floral, but not perfumey. It hit every note: salty, sweet, umami. STAPLEHOUSE 541 Edgewood Avenue, 30312 404.524.5005 staplehouse.com
Photo: Courtesy Taqueria del Sol
Diana Presson Eller
LITTLE STAR PROVISIONS 1198 Howell Mill Road, 30318 404.365.0410 starprovisions.com
Favorite dish: Everything is wonderful, but what
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Executive chef, Better Half
fter operating their supper club, PushStart Kitchen, for two years, Zach and Cristina Meloy opened Better Half on the Westside in 2013. The intimate space holds fewer than 50 people and never fails to delight with creative, ever-changing dishes. An ITP expatriate, Meloy now lives in Woodstock, but the foodie chef and his family are willing to drive for good food when they’re not calling the shots at Better Half. Favorite restaurant:
Ticonderoga Club, Inman Park Why he loves it: I think what I find endearing is that they’re not sticking to
any trend or fad. They step up and do whatever they want. Cocktails, food— they just nail it. They’re always at 110%. Favorite dish: They have a dish called Poh’s Eggplant. Chef David Bies has an Indonesian step-grandmother named Poh who influenced his cooking, and it’s one of her recipes. It’s hot, salty and sweet. It has all of the right components and it’s truly craveable. I also love that there’s a story behind it. TICONDEROGA CLUB 99 Krog Street, 30307 404.458.4534 ticonderogaclub.com
Photo: Tomas Espinoza
Executive chef, Hampton + Hudson
avannah Sasser began making waves during her tenure as head chef at Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur. In February she left Twain’s to helm the kitchen at Hampton + Hudson, bringing with her a proclivity for showcasing vegetables. Don’t let her way with produce fool you, though, because her off-duty eats are anything but vegetarian. Favorite Restaurant: Saltyard, Brookwood Hills Why she loves it: I like what Nick Leahy does. He sources locally as much as possible, and he’s always changing the menu, which is refreshing. You never get the same meal twice! Favorite Dish: He does an octopus niçoise that I love. It’s charred with olives, tomatoes, green beans and lemon. SALTYARD 1820 Peachtree Street, 30309 404.382.8088 saltyardatlanta.com
Executive chef, Bacchanalia
lthough he just stepped into his role as executive chef of Bacchanalia, Jonathan Kallini has been with Anne Quatrano’s restaurants on-and-off since 2008. His time with Bacchanalia began during his culinary school externship, evolving into his working his way up through the family of restaurants that includes Floataway Cafe and the now-closed Quinones. When he’s off duty he likes to keep it in the family. Favorite restaurant:
Floataway Cafe, Virginia-Highland Why he loves it: I worked there for 3.5 years and know every inch of that restaurant. I love and appreciate what they’re doing. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant with a woodfire grill, but the chef specializes in pastas.
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Favorite dish: The roasted chicken over panzanella. It’s roasted in the woodfire oven and is a classic Floataway dish. For years it was a mainstay, but now it comes and goes. The bread is made from dayold Star Provisions focaccia, toasted and tossed in butter. When the chicken is served it soaks up the fat drippings. The chile vinaigrette makes the dish. FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, 30306 404.892.1414 starprovisions.com
Anthony Galletta Executive Chef, Mediterranea
efore taking over his current role as executive chef, Edgewood resident and 25-year restaurant vet Anthony Galletta served as Mediterranea’s sous chef. Some of his favorite menu items at the restaurant are herb-roasted chicken with root vegetable mash; mussels steamed in herbed lobster broth; and cheddar chive biscuits and gravy, but when he’s not in the kitchen, nothing beats a hearty breakfast dish. Favorite restaurant:
Petit Chou, Cabbagetown Why he loves it: It’s in a great location that I’ve seen evolve over the years. It’s in a sort of quaint, industrial building with a chill vibe and friendly service. And there’s a really pleasant patio. Favorite dish: I’m always on the lookout for a proper breakfast. Petit Chou delivers every time. My go-to items are the Morning Biscuit or the Croque Madame. They are both superb and topped with a perfectly poached egg— my true measure of a chef’s egg cooking skills. PETIT CHOU 662 Memorial Dr S.E., 30312 petitchouatl.com
Bruce Logue Executive chef and owner, BoccaLupo
tlanta native Bruce Logue lives on the Westside, but his much-touted Italian restaurant, BoccaLupo, is in Inman Park. If you’ve dined at the cozy locale, you’re familiar with his handmade pastas presented with Southern flair. Favorite restaurant:
Le Fat, Westside
Favorite dish: The drunken noodles. I’m into pasta and noodles, so it stands out. It’s not very saucy because it’s made with an oil-based sauce and soaks up all of the spices. There’s not much liquid because everything gets absorbed by the noodles, making them slick. It’s simple and has focus and that really resonates with me. LE FAT 935 Marietta Street, 30318 404.439.9850 lefatatl.com
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Why he loves it: It has a great vibe and cocktail situation. They’re using very solid flavors that you’d normally find in a hole in the wall on Buford Highway, but everything here has been put through Guy Wong’s chef lens.
Co-owner and executive chef, The Federal and Bantam + Biddy
haun Doty is a transplant from Oklahoma and a star of Atlanta’s dining scene. After a couple concepts that eventually shuttered, Doty found success with his casual chicken eatery, Bantam + Biddy. In November, he amazed Atlantans with his take on the French bistro, The Federal. He also wowed the James Beard Foundation, snagging a nomination for Best New Restaurant. Favorite Restaurant:
Bocado, Westside Why he likes it: It’s a go-to place for me because it has a neighborhood feel. It’s unpretentious and…they provide a high-quality experience. Favorite Dish: I get their burger. They have a creative menu, but I love the burger. I love the meats they use. It’s tasty and it’s classic, American comfort food. BOCADO 887 Howell Mill Road, 30318 404.815.1399 bocadoatlanta.com
Todd Richards Executive chef, Richards’ Southern Fried
master of fried chicken, Todd Richards keeps bellies happy with fried hot chicken sandwiches at his Krog Street Market stall. When he’s not at Richards’ Southern Fried, he’s at White Oak Kitchen on Peachtree Street, so his recreational time is a little tight. He lives near work and likes to go to restaurants in the same area when he’s free.
Miso Izakaya, Old Fourth Ward Why he loves it: It’s great. Simple food and in the neighborhood is always a plus, and—I can go there with the family.
it’s hard to pick. But I love the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and duck buns. The KFC is crispy with soy and scallions, and the duck is pulled with hoisin sauce. MISO IZAKAYA 619 Edgewood Avenue, 30312 470.225.6252
Favorite dish: I’ve eaten just about everything on the menu, so
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LOVE IS LOVE ATLANTA PRIDE BRINGS ITS POSITIVE MESSAGE TO MIDTOWN
tlanta’s annual LGBTQ celebrations return for their 47th year to Midtown October 13 through 15. Originally started in 1970 after the Stonewall Riot, the event seeks to advance unity, visibility and wellness in the community through educational programming and activities, as well as cultural, social and political work. Over 300,000 people are expected to attend this year’s events. Pre-Pride events will include speaker panels and a night out at Sips n Strokes. The official festivities kick off October 13 with a party at the Georgia
Aquarium, complete with DJs and bars. Other official events include trans and lesbian marches, as well as the main Pride Parade, which starts at the Civic Center and runs down Peachtree Street before ending in Piedmont Park. Deaf interpreter David Cowan and trans activist Holiday Simmons are just a few of the grand marshals who will kick off the festivities, chosen for their outstanding work in advancing LGBTQ equality in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. “The Atlanta Pride Committee has a mandate to capture and complement the wide range of diverse activists
among us,” says Jamie Ferguson, executive director of the committee, about the grand marshals. The AIDS Memorial Quilt, a project started in 1987 to memorialize those who have died from the disease, will also be on display. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment at a variety of stages (an official lineup will be announced this month), before grabbing a drink in the beer garden. Pride 2017 will also have a family fun zone appropriate for kids. And if that’s not enough revelry, Midtown bars and restaurants also hold Pride-focused events. n atlantapride.org
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SUNDAY IN THE PARK
October 1 Oakland Cemetery
Inspired by the San Fermin Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the Rolling of the Bulls is a one-mile fun run through Piedmont Park in Midtown. The concept first took hold in New Orleans, but has now reached Atlanta, starting near Park Tavern and finishing on the northern end of the park, near Orpheus Brewing. It’s followed by an after party on the brewery’s adjacent lawn with frosty pints as the perfect way to celebrate. As in other races, a water station will be at the halfway mark and
restrooms will be available at the start and finish lines. Instead of angry bulls chasing participants through the streets, the red-and-black-clad Atlanta Rollergirls derby crew will skate along behind runners, playfully prodding them along with Wiffle Ball bats. It’s all the fun of the original event without the potential of horn-induced injuries and sky-high flight costs. The 1,500 expected runners are encouraged to wear the traditional white attire with a red bandana, just as revelers do at the original Spanish festival. And while it’s
BOOS AND BREWS
Equal parts grown-up Halloween party and craft beer festival, Boos and Brews is a popular annual event featuring music from DJ Q-Tip and the band Coast Guard.
called a “race,” the Rolling of the Bulls is open to walkers and participants of all fitness levels. Spectators can watch the craziness from the sidelines within the park, and Wasted Potential Brass Band will be on hand to provide music. Entry starts at $15 per person. The after party for attendees will have food and drink specials, food trucks, a DJ and lawn games. Those who purchase VIP tickets will gain entry into the inside of the brewery, as well as extra samples of the best Orpheus brews, a t-shirt and souvenir n atlbulls.com
The eighth annual event, put on by Atlanta Beer Festivals, takes over the Center Stage, Loft and Vinyl spaces for different atmospheres in each room. They’ll have a costume contest, awarding tickets for future events to the winners,
as well as $500 cash for the most creative ensembles in the male, female, couple and group categories. The more unique, the better! Standard tickets ($15) get you entry into the event, entertainment and two drink tickets (non-craft beer) if you arrive before 8:30, but the Beer Lover ticket allows you endless samples of craft beer. Local breweries and national brands will have a presence, including well-known names like Reformation, Jekyll, Jailhouse, Monday Night and more. A crowd of 1,500 revelers is set to attend, dancing and drinking until late in the night. Parking is limited at the venue, so the use of ride-sharing apps and public transportation is encouraged. n atlantabeerfestivals.com/ boos-and-brews
Historic Oakland Cemetery’s 38th annual Sunday in the Park festival will include Victorian-inspired costumes, live music, food trucks, an artist market, living history demonstrations, performers and tours of the cemetery and its mausoleums. While the cemetery itself dates back to 1850, the preservation effort didn’t start until 1974, restoring the gardens and the vandalized headstones. The programs and events benefit the cemetery’s upkeep.
ATLANTA GRILLED CHEESE FESTIVAL October 7 Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark More than 15 Atlanta restaurants—including Smoke Ring, Sun in My Belly and Palookaville Fine Foods—will create their best version of America’s favorite sandwich. Attendees will cast votes for the People’s Choice Award while judges select the rest. The $14 admission cost gains entry into the event, but attendees can purchase sandwich samples from food vendors. A beer garden, live music and a marketplace will also be at the event.
ATLANTA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL October 20-22 Plaza Theatre and Synchronicity Theatre This 11th annual event will showcase the work of filmmakers from around the world, including award-winning films, independent features and horror shorts. The festival’s selection committee carefully selects diverse films from within the horror genre. Attendees can come for the night of shorts or commit to the entire three night screening. Awards are also given by the festival in categories like best special effects, best feature and best short. Tickets start at $10.
LA FETE DU ROSE October 14 Historic Fourth Ward Park The inaugural La Fete du Rosé event brings the “rosé all day” catchphrase to life. The event is a picnic that will showcase rosé wines and champagne as well as cocktails that feature the wines, including the popular Frosé. Starting at 1 pm, bottles will be popped, which you can pre-purchase, as DJ Baby Drew spins tunes for ambience. Attendees are asked to dress in their most stylish pink and white attire for the festivities.
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