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Happy March

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Laying in the snow at Home Ranch in Colorado where the chef served up three gourmet meals a day, fueling us for sports galore.

y sweet mom used to remind us, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  Growing up in Michigan, we hoped and prayed that was true. By March, we’d had it with shoveling, muddy icicles mucking up wheel wells, freezing grey days and the lack of sunshine. Here in Alpharetta, March will mostly come in like a lamb and go out like a soft fluffy chick. Our mild winter (“winter”) has left me longing for cold days made for big pots of chili and fireside chats. Instead, we’ve grilled every weekend, sipped gin and tonics right through February and spent afternoons chatting on the front porch. Not bad at all!

Whatever you’re cooking this month, I hope you’ll gather your favorite people around the table and give thanks for good health and good food. We have so many places to dine right here near home (should you not feel like peeling, slicing or dicing) and hope you’ll share your favorites on our Facebook page. We like Village Tavern, as you can tell by our cover, shot by the talented Dennis Malcolm Byron.   We had an engaging networking event there recently, where advertisers and partners joined to share news from their businesses and toss around ideas for this magazine.  This magazine is YOURS and we hope you'll share your story ideas with me for an upcoming issue. Shoot me an email today!

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March 2017

Departments

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22 Barleygarden launches at Avalon

Spotted Trotter master of meat comes to Alpharetta.

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Artist’s Palette

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Giving Back

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Locally Owned

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Road Trip

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Driver’s Notebook

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Realty Report

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Tech Savvy

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

24 Village Tavern Turns Heads

Our visit to Alpharetta’s favorite meeting place.

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Good Times

Village Tavern Toasts

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

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goal is to produce an Italian Resort Wear line that offers both a U.S. and European fit, so as to cater to distinguished men of all builds who like and appreciate luxury clothing. Kevin Swan, VP of Operations and Atlanta native, said, “My biggest passion is playing a direct role with the design team in the U.S. and abroad.” In 2013, SCARCI opened the Milan office to develop, build and design the brand. Recently, they have expanded their market to the U.S. and opened a secondary office in Alpharetta. In July 2016, after years of research, testing fabrics, designing and traveling the

Janice Schmidt, a fashion wearables artist based near Alpharetta,

world in search of the most high-tech factories and luxury fabrics, SCARCI

is one of 26 Georgia and more than 250 nationwide artists whose

launched their brand to the fashion world during New York Men’s Fashion

work has been selected by the American Craft Council for its juried

Week. Check out their latest Spring/Summer collection at Scarci.com. 

show,  March 17-19, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Schmidt and the non-profit American Craft Council, which is celebrating its 75th year,

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understand that the sophisticated craft patrons who attend the Show

Another Broken Egg Cafe is thrilled to be expanding to the egg-straor-

appreciate the broad range of works available. Patrons also will have

dinary community of Roswell. Opening its doors at 10800 Alpharetta

an opportunity to enjoy the work of both local designers and stylists

Hwy, Another Broken Egg’s Roswell location is the sixth Atlanta area

who are utilizing the artists’ crafts to form unique, full-size rooms and

location of the franchise. Diners wanting to check out the new eatery can

one-of-a-kind fashion ensembles, respectively. For more information

expect a diverse menu full of family-friendly options. From Peach Cobbler

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Pancakes and ABEC’s famous biscuit beignets, to healthier options like

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including the ABE Famous Infused Mary, mimosas and Tropical Sangria.

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Open from 7 AM-2 PM daily, Another Broken Egg is a delicious, friendly

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Executive chef and restaurateur Marc Taft

We visited Bluegrass Day Spa, beautifully designed, near Alpharetta.

pany called Southern Fried Hospitality to

Launched by Nhi Huynh nearly ten years ago, I found an expansive service

provide management and development for

menu, ranging from manicures and pedicures, boutique facials, to-die-for

his four restaurants including Chicken and the

massages, and exclusive body treatments. Huynh provides an interview

Egg, Brine Seafood Shack (debuting spring

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2017 in Alpharetta’s Avalon). The company

iment, and additional challenges. The salon’s signature SNS Manicure &

also plans to expand its consulting services

Pedicure, Bluegrass Signature Facial, and Deep Tissue Massage was a

to both restaurants and hotel F&B operations.

combination that couldn’t have been more ideal. The spa at Bluegrass is

Taft’s chef-driven restaurants remain consis-

separate from the main manicure and pedicure rooms. This detail, while

tent to his dedication to bringing the finest

subtle, provided a more relaxed experience. The aesthetician provided a

sourced ingredients to guests, like the  mod-

110-minute facial with moisture infusing essential oils, gentle exfoliate, and

ern-farmstead fare at Chicken and the Egg.

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Artist’s Palette

Tuning up for a

10th Anniversary:

"A Night at the Opera" ARTICLE LYNN COULTER

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or the first time in a decade, opera is coming to the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra (JCSO)—and you won’t have to be an opera

fan, or even know the titles on the program, to enjoy the performances you’ll hear,  says Executive Director Sue Haggerty, That’s because the selections, she says, are the work of some of the

program is now heard on AM 1690 WMLB, The Voice of the Arts. “He’s a very well-known radio host in the classical music world,” says Haggerty, “and we’re delighted to have him.” Haggerty says the JCSO began with Baughman, who envisioned bringing a professional symphonic orches-

most revered composers in operatic music, such as Puccini, Rossini,

tra to the area after its population began to grow in

Verde and Wagner, and many of them will be familiar to the audience.

the late 1990s and early 2000s. With the growth,

Concert-goers will hear arias, such as the famous aria from Carmen,

orchestra supporters saw an increased inter-

along with well-known choruses, duets and orchestral overture music.   est in arts and culture. The concert, “A Night at the Opera,” celebrates the JCSO’s 10th

“(Baughman) held what he affec-

anniversary, and will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Johns

tionately called a ‘trial concert’ at St.

Creek United Methodist Church. The full Johns Creek Symphony

Benedict Church in December

Orchestra will perform for this operatic-rich evening, along with The

2006. It was an incredible

Johns Creek Chorale and a quartet of guest soloists, all under the

success,

direction of Maestro J. Wayne Baughman.

thousand in attendance.”

John Lemley, the host and producer of Atlanta’s classical radio show, “City Café,” is scheduled to narrate. Formerly broadcast on 901.WABE, his 14

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The JCSO was officially incorporated

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the following April, and by the fall of

If you miss “A Night at the Opera,” you still have time to purchase tickets

2007, it received its non-profit status.

for the season finale, “Sounds of the Big Bands,' which will be presented at

 Since that first year, Haggerty says,

8 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, also at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.

each season has gotten better and the

Talented trumpeter Joe Gransden and his big band will perform, along with

audience base has grown.

the Georgia State University Jazz Ensemble. Jazz singer Carmen Bradford,

“The orchestra is made up of extraordinary

formerly of the legendary Count Basie band, is the evening’s special guest.

musicians from around the metro Atlanta area, and

The symphony orchestra’s eleventh season officially begins in

many have played all over the country and the world.

December 2017, with a Christmas Gala Holiday Pops Concert. The

They continue to push the bar higher and higher.”

date, time and other details will be posted on the website, john-

Because the JCSO is a part-time professional orchestra

screeksymphony.org, as they become available.

that performs just three concerts each season, many of the

The JCSO is honored, Haggerty says, to perform for audiences who

musicians have businesses of their own, or play in other orches-

don’t have to drive downtown to enjoy an evening of music. Parking is

tras. Some perform with quartets or other groups, give lessons to

free at the orchestra’s venue, Johns Creek United Methodist Church

students, or work for schools and universities. They also participate in the JCSO’s outreach programs, and Haggerty says additional funding is needed each season for those programs.

(the JCSO is not part of the church). “Audiences can also go out to dinner in the area and keep the experience local.”

“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with students, helping them learn about the instrument families and how they sound, the techniques needed to play the instruments, and how they work together.” She says the orchestra is also delighted to bring harpists, ensembles and other musicians into senior environments.

Johns Creek United Methodist Church is located at 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Adult tickets are $32 each, while seniors age 55 and up are $27, and students and children are $16. Group rates are available, and season tickets may be purchased for a 20% discount. For more information, to request an outreach program or to volunteer to help the JCSO, email info@johnscreeksymphony.org, call 678.748.5802. March 2017 | AlpharettaLifestylePubs.com

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GOCA FLIES HIGH FOR CANCER AWARENESS AT GALA

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he Sandy Springs-based Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance is set to host another spec-

tacular soiree at the Delta Flight Museum with its seventh annual Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, on

Saturday, March 11.  All proceeds from the event support the organization’s statewide education and awareness efforts and community outreach programs.  Last year ’s gala drew 700 attendees and raised almost $250,000.  The GOCA team hopes to raise that bar even higher this year with a dazzling night in store including dinner created by Les Dames d'Escoffier International - Atlanta Chapter Chefs, specialty cocktails, dancing, casino games, tributes and live and silent auctions.  Attire is black tie-optional, and festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception starting at 6 p.m.   Christine Pullara, host of WXIA-TV’s “Atlanta & Company,” returns as emcee for the evening with entertainment provided by the Celebrity All Star Band.  Guests of honor at the gala are two very special women – Amie Moore, whose battle with ovarian cancer tragically ended at the age of 23, and Emily Coughlin, who was diagnosed at 14 years old and is now a junior at the University of Georgia studying cancer research.   18

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Giving Back

(CON TI N U ED)

Partners of the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, which is produced by Sean O’Keefe Events and presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, include Deoleo, Snyder’s-Lance, Kroger, United Distributing, Tito’s, Gallo and Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Atlanta Chapter and GA Grown. “It’s a privilege to help GOCA each year with the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, which serves as the Southeast’s premier ovarian cancer awareness event,” comments Caryn Kroll, Sandy Springs resident and Vice President of Sean O’Keefe Events.  “Not only does it honor and celebrate the women in our community battling this elusive and deadly disease, such as my grandmother who passed away from ovarian cancer, it raises vital funds to support them along their journey.  You can really feel spirits lifted and a sense of hope and camaraderie in the air during such a magical night.” The community is invited to support the cause by purchasing individual tickets to attend the event at ShakenNotStirredGala.com.  Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.  Anyone unable to attend the gala, but still interested in contributing, can donate online or bid online in the gala’s fabulous silent auction, which includes jewelry, a British Virgin Island Sailing Charter, a Zulu Nyala African Safari and many other travel experiences. 

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(GOCA), a 501c-3 non-profit, is to increase awareness and educate Georgia’s women of all ages, their families and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms leading to early detection.  GOCA serves the state of Georgia with public

outreach

education

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Barleygarden Kitchen is due to open the middle of next month at Avalon. Chef Kevin Ouzts, the sausage king of Spotted Trotter, is driving the menu.

Barleygarden Launches at Avalon ARTICLE CHRISTOPHER HASSIOTIS

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he story of Atlanta is one of rebirth. There's a reason the city chose the phoenix as its symbol — rising from the ashes of Civil War-era destruction, Atlanta's reinvented itself multiple times over. Perhaps Atlanta chef Kevin Ouzts, who is bringing a new restaurant called Barleygarden to Alpharetta's Avalon this year, should consider adopting that same phoenix as his spirit animal.  Ouzts is the talented Atlanta chef whose life has recently been inspired by two other animals. As the chef behind the charcuterie and butcher shop, The Spotted Trotter, the pig might best be his guiding beast. But then there's also the cockentrice to consider — it's a weird medieval dish that made by sewing together half of a pig and half of a large bird like a goose or swan. (Consider it an early version of stunt food, perfect before Instagram before Instagram was a thing.) It was also the namesake of the restaurant Ouzts opened in Krog Street Market in the intown neighborhood Inman Park. The Cockentrice, along with an accompanying Spotted Trotter outpost and a hot dog stand called Frankly, closed late last year. His home base, his popular butcher shop is open for retail business in Kirkwood. "The main focus of where we are right now is to make The Spotted Trotter the amazing business it is meant to be," said Ouzts. "Leaving that business for two-plus years to open a restaurant allowed for us to see a lot of amazing things, most of all, it gave us the ability to know what's most important and how to make it great." Out of last year's closures comes opportunity, and Ouzts has spent time catering, focusing on Spotted Trotter projects, and refining the Barleygarden project. It's a craft-beer-focused restaurant that is the brainchild of Kraig Torres of Hop City. Kevin is onsulting on the Food and Kitchen/ It'll be part of the open-air mall development's second phase. When Barleygarden opens, it'll offer OTP diners a wide selection of craft beers local, regional and international, all of which can be enjoyed in an attractive main dining room, front-facing patio and an open-air rooftop deck, similar in style to Avalon's existing wine bar Cru. 22

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"Branching into both North Fulton and the dynamic Atlanta Kevin Ouzts restaurant scene is a natural next step for Hop City," says Kraig Torres, founder of Hop City. "Our vast selection of draft beers has been a great success at Krog Street Market and we know the Avalon community will enjoy spending evenings on our rooftop patio, sipping local beer and enjoying gourmet food." All the meat-based menu items, heavy on hand-held and "snackable" dishes, on the Barleygarden menu will be locally sourced, and the Ouzts' Spotted Trotter will supply a good amount of items created especially for the restaurant. "Our signature menu item is a 'bratburger,'" says Ouzts. "[It's] a delicious round patty of bratwurst-style ground pork and beef that blurs the line between America's love of the hamburger and every tailgater's dream, it's delicious." This new phase of Avalon's expansion will see a number of new eateries open, including a seafood restaurant called Brine Fish House and an outpost of Sandy Springs Persian restaurant, Rumi's Kitchen. "At Avalon, we've worked hard to create a best-in-class mix of restaurants from Atlanta's most innovative chefs and entrepreneurs," says Mark Toro, a managing partner at North American Properties, the company that developed Avalon. "Barleygarden  Kitchen and Craft  Bar's incredible selection of beer and other craft beverages along with its new culinary offerings will add another destination-worthy dining experience for our guests, residents and office workers." And while a beer-focused restaurant might sound like an adults-only approach, Ouzts says Barleygarden's aim is to be an inviting spot open to everyone. "All our menu items are designed to be paired with beer," he says, emphasizing the concept driving the menu, "although many of them are family-friendly too."


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tavern TURNS HEADS

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e recommend reserving a table at Village Tavern ahead of time during prime time and on the weekends. One of the most popular eateries north of Atlanta, first-time patrons become regulars and join the loyal following who appreciate the Tavern’s balance of upscale décor with a communal vibe. Popular for date nights, family dinner, birthday celebrations or to impress clients in the posh main dining room, the Alpharetta restaurant also boasts a lively bar area complete with booths, high tops, HD televisions, and live music. The bustling open kitchen entices guests to witness the flames rising from wood-fire ovens, chefs dishing out their creations, and smiling managers orchestrating every move.  Dating back to 1985, the first Village Tavern opened its doors in Winston Salem, NC, feeding guests with their interpretations of classic American dishes with a touch of flair. The 24

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PHOTOGRAPHY

DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

personnel from top to bottom was unified under one mission: to make every diner’s experience a memorable one with pampering service, high-quality cuisine, reasonable pricing, and a cohesive staff that would act as a close family.  Now, there are 11 Village Taverns in multiple states—plus one location in Manila, Philippines—but our very own Alpharetta restaurant successfully confirms there is nothing suggesting a cookie-cutter business model. From a diverse workforce, to atmospheric music playing everything from Garth Brooks to Michael Jackson, there is evidently an initiative to embrace their hosting city’s environs. Garnering #1 rankings in numerous categories of Appen Media Group's 2016 Best of the Best of Alpharetta including “Best All Around Restaurant,” “Best Family Dining,” CONTINUED >


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“Best Happy Hour,” and “Best Business Lunch” further illustrate how they want the dining experience is as close to flawless as possible for especially the locals.  Alongside their acclaimed wine program that recently received top honors given by Wine Spectator in 2016, Village Tavern’s cocktails, entrees and desserts justify the constant flow of patronage during all hours of operation. When asked about the crowd favorites, General Manager Kevin Buckley happily listed the must-tries in different menu categories. “Our hand-cut, chargrilled, melt-in-your-mouth Fflet mignon is certified Angus beef,” he said. “I, along with our regulars, strongly suggest having it topped with lump crab meat and our house-made béarnaise.”  Besides an impressive craft beer selection including a few Georgia brews, Buckley emphasizes that the cocktails are taken very seriously as well. “The most popular is the Painkiller Tiki,” he said. “It’s made with Bacardi and Myer’s Rum; coconut, mango, and pineapple juices; plus a splash of cream.” Concluding a night of indulgence at Alpharetta’s Village Tavern, there might as well be a fan club for the mouth-watering warm butter cake topped with vanilla ice-cream, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. As one of them turned heads on the way to a young couple seated in a booth near the main floor’s blazing fireplace, Buckley informed, “All my desserts are made in house, and always fresh. We don’t buy frozen anything.”  And that’s the Village Tavern way. Village Tavern, 11555 Rainwater Drive, 770.777-6490  26

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Getting Crafty

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his is where people get creative and build cool stuff!  Woodcraft of Atlanta, located in Alpharetta, sells quality woodworking tools, accessories and supplies and promotes woodworking through a variety of educational opportunities. It is one of 70 plus Woodcraft retail stores throughout the US where anyone can learn to use all the right tools to create wood products.  Woodworkers use a lot of hand an power tools to build furniture and cabinets and craft boxes, pens, spindles, bowls, pepper mills, Christmas ornaments, figurines, and a lot more. Woodcraft classes help them learn all the steps required, from squaring lumber to applying a finish.  Woodcraft Supply, LLC, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and accessories. Founded in Boston in 1928, the company’s headquarters was moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia, in 1989.  From Boston to Sacramento and Honolulu to Orlando, Woodcraft supplies craftsmen through over 70 retail


outlets, including Woodcraft corporate-owned stores, franchise stores and Woodworkers Clubs–all conveniently located in major metropolitan areas in the United States. More than 20,000 products are available at Woodcraft through the retail stores, the monthly catalog and woodcraft.com. Woodcraft employs more than 1,200 employees nationwide, many of whom are expert woodworkers. Education Important. Woodcraft takes its registered tagline – Helping You Make Wood Work – seriously. The company promotes woodworking education and instruction through classes and free product and technique demonstrations held at stores, assistance provided by store employees, the Woodcraft Hotline, and videos, instructions and articles available with products featured on woodcraft.com and the Woodcraft YouTube Channel.  Many retail stores, including the Alpharetta store, host meetings of woodworking clubs. The Alpharetta store hosts The Woodworkers Guild of Georgia on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and the Atlanta Woodturners Guild on the third Wednesday at 7:00 pm. The  Peach State Chapter  of the Society of Period Furniture Makers  (SAPFM)  conducts semi-annual symposiums and periodic informal meetings at Woodcraft, and the Georgia Chapter of the International Association of Pen Turners (IAP) meet four times a year on selected Saturdays. Woodcraft of Atlanta is located at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 115, 770. 587.3372, woodcraft.com/Atlanta

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Johnny's many albums

1968 Corvette concept

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e love it when road trips have a theme and our recent trip to Nashville and Bowling Green certainly had it — Cars! Just south of Nashville is the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant where free tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Altima, Maxima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Rogue and Infiniti QX60 are manufactured here. In fact, about 640,000 vehicles a year are manufactured, making it the highest-volume auto plant in North America. On the hour-long tour you’ll see various stages of the manufacturing process from beginning when the individual parts and panels are stamped from huge coils of steel to the finish when vehicles go through the final inspections.

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Johnny Cash Museum is full of treasures


Dymaxion (Replica) 1933

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From the fresh off the assembly line to the historic is the nearby Lane Museum. This is one of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars and houses more than 150 cars that date back to the 1920. These are not your typical vintage cars. Some cars come with two heads, two engines or three wheels. One even has a propeller. The Lane Museum is certainly worthy of a stop. It costs $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and $3 for kids 6 to 17. Nashville is one of our favorite weekend getaways. It’s a four-hour easy drive and we usually stay downtown but instead opted to go about a mile away in midtown, near Vanderbilt University. We found a fabulous boutique hotel, The Hutton Hotel, which features 247 rooms and 52 luxury suites, all with hi-tech amenities, custom-designed furnishing, sleep-inducing bedding and a dream bathroom. There’s a fabulous spa, gym, and restaurant, The 1808 Grille, and is pet and environmentally friendly. We actually walked back to the hotel from a Predators’ hockey game and it was a reasonable walk. The Hutton House will also chauffeur you in the house van or Telsa. We go to Nashville every winter to attend at least one Predators’ game but we always try to visit one new museum or eatery and revisit some of the oldies but goodies. A trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame is a must, not only because it represents what Nashville is all about, but that they change exhibits all the time. We went to the Johnny Cash museum for the first time and saw his costumes, guitars, influences and those who came up with him such as Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Walking around the Hutton Hotel we noticed a long line outside of a chicken restaurant that didn’t end until the place closed. Little did we know that we had stumbled upon one of Nashville’s most famous hot chicken places — Hattie B’s. Eating at Hattie B’s is a commitment of time. We stood in line (in the pouring rain) for about 45 minutes. Once you order, you stand around waiting for a table to open, another 15 minutes. Then you wait maybe another half hour for the chicken to arrive. But it’s worth it.  We ordered the platter with half a bird with two sides. One of us ordered the chicken with medium heat, which burned ... still don’t know how we survived the HOT. Hats off to those who order the  Damn Hot and Shut the Cluck Up Hot. We then went north for about an hour to Bowling Green, home of the Corvette.  Bowling Green is one of those small American cities that often gets overlook but shouldn’t. Our first stop would have been to the Lost River Cave, a walking and boat experience through a seven-mile cave system, but after a few rainy days, the cave was flooded. There are a lot of franchise hotel options and the Hilton Garden Inn was perfect with a really terrific restaurant and bar. We wasted no time going to the National Corvette Museum that features more than 80 cars, a kid’s section and the Corvette Cafe, whose food is surprisingly good. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors; $5 youth (6-16), And, for those looking for the sinkhole that swallowed up eight Corvettes in 2014, it’s been covered over. Nearby is the  Bowling Green Assembly Plant and its one-hour walking tour. Like the Nissan tour it shows hard workers putting together beautiful cars. American craftsmen at its best. Before leaving Bowling Green, we stopped at Chaney’s Dairy Barn where the ice cream comes from cows a few feet away. Freshest at its best. A trip to Nashville and Bowling Green combines music, food, history and most of all cars. It’s an easy drive and an enjoyable lesson about an industry segment that keeps the country and the world, literally, going full speed ahead.

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Driver’s Notebook

THE 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE AWD RTL-E A PERFECT VEHICLE FOR SPRING BREAK! ARTICLE DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

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ith spring break on the horizon, we

North American Truck of the Year, but we are

tri-zone climate control; a power-sliding

made it a priority to find an automobile

now confident in saying the accolades are

rear cabin window; HondaLink for various

that would be the best to suit the travel needs

justified. Although classified as a mid-size

applications; Apple CarPlay and Android

of multiple people. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline

pickup, the head-turning Ridgeline han-

Auto; acoustic glass for significant noise

AWD RTL-E  was one of the standouts that

dled like a well-tuned sedan with all-wheel

reduction; and adjustable back seats for

covered a lot of demands, whether it's hitting

drive, yet powered by a 280-horsepower,

extra storage space totaling 109 cubic feet.

the beach, heading for the mountains, or

V-8, 3.5-Liter engine complete with Honda’s

The only drawback—but nowhere close to

being the life of an outdoor party. 

acclaimed iV-TECH technology, and 5,000-

a deal breaker—was the 8-inch audio dis-

pound towing capacity. 

play with touchscreen. Although the goal

Admittedly, it was difficult to objectively tune out the numerous awards the new

The spacious cabin comfortably fits

is to mimic the hands-on approach of a

Ridgeline has received so far by auto indus-

five adults and pampers passengers with

smartphone, it was often a task to scroll

try authorities including the prestigious 2017

leather upholstery throughout. There is also

the volume (whereas knobs are ageless),

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but even that was remedied by using the

the inside wall of the bed, plug in a large

steering wheel controls.  

TV, blast music using the extended truck

And now the tailgate; it serves as proof Honda knows how to throw a party. The

bed sound system, and all necessities for an epic party outdoors are met.

door ingeniously opens two ways—fold

Throw in a plethora of safety features from

down and swing—with the latter providing

collision mitigation braking to lane depar-

more practicality when loading. Honda

ture warning thanks to the state-of-the-art

wisely kept the Ridgeline’s additional stor-

Honda Sensing suite that generously comes

$41,370

age space nestled under the dent-resistant

standard in the RTL-E, and the Ridgeline

GAS MILEAGE:

bed, which serves as both a 7-cubic-foot

maintains the luster of an award-winning

18 city/25 highway/21 combined

trunk or a high-capacity ice chest with a

pickup that consistently raises the bar for

For more information, visit Honda.com

drain at the bottom. Using the AC outlet on

the rest of the industry.

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ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

% LIST SOLD

DOM*

BDS

F/B

H/B

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$1,777,000

$1,445,000

81%

261

6

7

3

Falls of Autry Mill

$1,550,000

$1,325,000

85%

182

7

6

3

St Ives

$869,000

$770,000

89%

177

5

5

1

Willow Royal

$690,000

$670,000

97%

369

6

5

1

White Columns

$690,000

$690,000

100%

5

6

5

1

Champions View

$735,000

$650,000

88%

271

5

4

1

Glen Abbey

$679,900

$655,000

96%

68

6

5

0

Westwind

$640,000

$632,500

98%

10

6

5

0

Windward

$625,000

$595,000

95%

40

5

3

2

Emerson Hall

$624,000

$519,750

83%

128

5

5

1

Aviary

$699,900

$550,000

78%

126

4

4

1

Crooked Creek

$650,000

$590,000

91%

254

6

4

1

Hartsmill Pointe

$589,000

$570,000

97%

24

5

5

0

Park Brooke

$575,000

$560,000

97%

24

5

5

0

Wood Valley

$550,000

$535,000

97%

13

5

4

1

Birkdale

$535,000

$518,000

97%

3

6

4

0

Seven Oaks

$537,000

$520,000

97%

74

5

4

2

Double Gate

$534,900

$526,500

98%

5

5

5

0

Wills Commons

$535,000

$483,000

90%

51

5

4

0

Park Forest

$495,000

$495,000

100%

5

5

3

1

Thornbury Parc

$500,000

$480,000

96%

153

5

4

0

Parsons Run

$479,000

$462,000

96%

86

5

3

1

Southerby Glen

$534,900

$473,000

88%

180

6

5

0

Mabry Park

$474,900

$472,000

99%

2

6

5

0

Brierfield

$450,000

$450,000

100%

2

4

2

1

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Tech Savvy

Appy meals ARTICLE ALEXA LAMPASONA

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t seems like we rely on apps for everything from the weather to traffic, so why not rely on apps to help you find or cook food? We’ve tested six apps that will make finding a place to eat out or a

recipe to cook at home an easy decision. Download and you'll be on your way to a satisfying meal!  EATING OUT

EATING IN

OPENTABLE

CHEFSFEED

HELLO VINO

There's no easier way to make a reserva-

Ever wanted to know where Atlanta’s chefs eat

Take the fear out of selecting wine and instead

tion than through OpenTable, as long as the

when they’re not cooking? The ChefsFeed app

rely on this app. Whether you want to pair wine

restaurant is on the app. A fun fact- when

pulls together insider guides of chef’s favor-

with pizza or Chinese takeout, the “Wine with

you're looking on OpenTable and you can't

ite dining spots around the country. The app’s

Food” section let's you select from common

find the time you want, check back in an

geo-location “Feed Me” section allows you to

dishes and gives a varietal to pair with, as well

hour. Sometimes restaurants open more res-

find chef-recommended spots that are closest

as both Wine Spectator-rated and value bottles

ervation slots as the day goes on. OpenTable

to you. A few of Atlanta’s chefs that have shared

to buy. Pay a premium price to scan wine labels

is far-reaching into the Atlanta metro area,

their favorite dishes at local restaurants include

on the spot to find out tasting notes and pairing

where you can book a reservation in outlying

Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Kevin Rathbun and

suggestions. The app’s “Wine for Occasion” sec-

cities such as Dahlonega or Athens. 

Steven Satterfield. A click on their profile allows

tion is a companion to help find the best bottle

you to get insider updates on their own restau-

for a date night or even a gift. 

SCOUTMOB While it's not just a dining app, Scoutmob relies on local experts to seek out restaurants that

rant’s news and you’ll find a list of reviews from their must-have dishes in the city.

KITCHEN STORIES If you're a visual learner, this app is for you!

are worth discovering, so you can rest assured

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knowing that any option in the app has been

This is a perfect app for finding recipes that you

step-by-step videos and user-rated recipes.

vetted. Be sure to read the descriptions of the

want to cook for a dinner party or nicer meal.

Head to the “How To” section for short vid-

restaurants to get insider tips on dishes to or-

The recipes are sourced from Bon Appetit, SELF,

eos that detail each instruction of the recipe.

der and even personal stories about the own-

and even the much missed Gourmet magazine.

Always wanted to see how you should really

ers. You can search by neighborhood or nearby

In addition to step-by-step recipes, the app in-

knead dough? Or how to make crushed ice

locations, and in general every restaurant deal

cludes how-to videos, ingredient round-ups and

for cocktails? It's all here. Seeing someone

offers 50 percent off a meal.

a “smart timer” that gives instructions on cook-

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Lifestyle Calendar

March

MARCH 12 15TH ANNUAL PINK AFFAIR WESTIN ATLANTA PERIMETER NORTH Proceeds from The Pink Affair directly benefit TurningPoint, a non-profit, 501(c)3 community-based healthcare organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer by providing, promoting and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation. MyTurningPoint.org 

MARCH 16 LADIES NIGHT OUT AESTHETIC SPECIALTY CENTRE Come meet the newest addition to the Aesthetic Specialty Centre Medical Experts, Laura Lile, M.D., R.Ph. Specializing in Wellness, Anti-Aging & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement  Dr. Lile will be sharing Pearls on Aging Gracefully along with noninvasive treatments for  Vaginal Rejuvenation & Body Contouring. Wine & Lite Bites. RSVP to KPalmieri@ASC-PSD.com , 770.393.9000. 

MARCH 17 - 19 TIMES VARY THE AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW COBB GALLERIA CENTRE More than 225 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists will present their latest handmade creations in jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home 40

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décor. The show, which will celebrate ACC’s 75th anniversary, will run for three days with a special $5 ticket price Friday evening after 5 p.m. For Tickets visit  CraftCouncil.Org/Atlanta.

MARCH 17

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CASINO NIGHT ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB The Johns Creek Business Association (JCBA) is proud to host its third annual Casino Night at The Atlanta Athletic Club, all profits  benefit the JCBA  Scholarship Fund. The JCBA has awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to area high school students since 2008. Sponsorships are key to supporting this community service effort. The event theme is St. Patrick’s Day!  Tickets: JohnsCreekBA.com

MARCH 19 CITY OF ALPHARETTA EASTER EGG HUNT SOFTBALL FIELDS 1-4 AT NORTH PARK Face painting, balloon art, the Red Barn petting zoo and rides on a trackless train.  Bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.  An egg hunt for ages 3-6 will start at 11:00 AM.  Instead of a hunt area, a special goody bag will be given to the first 250 children ages 2/ younger and 7/older. Info: 678-297-6140

MARCH 20 JOHNS CREEK EGG HUNT NEWTOWN PARK Johns Creek is egg-cited to host the 2016 Egg Hunt for youngsters 10 and under at

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Newtown Park on  Sunday, March 20.  The City’s Recreation and Parks Division sponsors the FREE event, which features 15,000 eggs, filled with goodies and toys. The Special Needs Egg Hunt will begin at 1 p.m. The egg hunt begins sharply at 1:30 p.m.

MARCH 25 SHAMROCKIN' FOR A CURE VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK ShamRockin' for a Cure has been the definitive St. Patrick's Day Celebration in town. At ShamRockin' you'll taste the best from North Fulton’s fabulous restaurant scene, drink top shelf spirits from a cup that never empties, dance to 80’s music that moves you, and shop among 300 unique auction items.

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re you a wine lover?  Then don’t miss “The Big One,” the 25th year of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 22–25. The Auction is the largest charity wine auction in the United States benefiting the arts and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. The co-chairs for the 2017 Auction are wine enthusiasts and philanthropists Vicki Palefsky and Alessandra Potts. Palefsky, a resident of Buckhead, has been a supporter of the Wine Auction since 2006.  Potts, a resident of Milton, is owner of the wine storage business Vine Vault and has been a supporter of the Auction since 2010. Since launching in 1993, the Auction has welcomed more than 12,000 guests and uncorked more than 60,000 bottles of the finest wines from 400 of the world’s top wineries. To further delight your palate, amazing chefs from Atlanta’s most renowned restaurants bring their culinary creations to the table. Proceeds from the Auction have amounted to more than $26 million over the last 24 years and provide significant funding for the High’s exhibitions and educational programming. Wine Auction Week officially begins  March 22 with Dine Around Dinners at local restaurants, tasting seminars, Winemaker Dinners at private homes, and more.  The festivities wrap up with the  Friday  Fete on  March 24  and the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction on March 25. More info and tickets are available at Atlanta-WineAuction.org  We asked Vicki and Allesandra to share their favorite bottles with our readers. Cheers! VICKI PALEFSKY’S PICKS:

ALESSANDRA POTTS’ PICKS:

Favorite Red: Peay Vineyards Scallop Shelf Estate Pinot Noir

Favorite Red: Ovid Napa Valley

Favorite White: Williams Selyem Drake Estate Chard

Favorite White: Rudd Mt. Veeder Estate Susan's Blanc

Value Red: Van Duzer Pinot Noir Rose

Value Red: Sherwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Value White: Martinelli Chardonnay

Value White: Torbreck Steading Blanc

Best Bubbly (U.S): Schramsberg J. Schram Rose

Best Bubbly (U.S.): Schramsberg 2007 Reserve

Best Bubbly (International): Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve

Best Bubbly (International): Billecarte Salmon Brut Blanc de BlancsGrand Cru

Best for Hostess Gift: Paul Hobbs Hyde Pinot Noir

Best for Hostess Gift: Buckhead 2012 Shiraz (the Potts’ private label)

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