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All along Canton Street and beyond, you’ll find familyowned shops and one-of-a-kind eateries in Roswell. Spend an afternoon in locally owned shops or stop in for a glass of wine at one of these gems.

While most chefs create a dish and then find a wine that will pair well with it, we asked chefs to create a dish from the aromas, flavors and complexities of a particular wine. Read on for the amazingly creative results. Complete recipes available online at!


RESTAURANT GARDENS The growth of backyard gardens at many metro Atlanta restaurants has evolved into something that we “OTP” consumers have come to expect. Join us as we explore a few, and get ready to sink your teeth into juicy, bright-red tomatoes right off the vine.

46 CHIP WADE His home is absolutely everything you’d expect from Chip Wade, the jovial, creative brain behind the hammer on HGTV’s “Elbow Room.” But the best part of meeting Wade was leaving with design tips for our own homes.

58 SUMMER GETAWAYS While one family heads back to dive into the southernmost dishes of Key West, another changes course for new adventures and relaxation in Atlantic Beach. Get ready to dig your toes in the Sunshine State.





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teachers in my lifetime, many well credentialed with academic degrees, but none quite as impactful as the roly poly bundle of joy who sleeps in the nursery down the hall. His method of instruction is full immersion in the subject matter of motherhood, and it’s proven quite effective; in eight short months, I have quickly learned how to survive on less sleep than I ever thought possible, where he prefers to take his naps, and which silly songs illicit the most giggles. I’ve learned to tell the difference between cries of hunger and those of a sleepy baby, to distract him so that he stays still when I clip those little nails, and to never say never in parenting. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” I don’t know who said it, but there are no truer words to sum up the new role I assumed when Hayes entered



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Meg Harrington and Ann Huff, owners of the 5-year-old Buckhead fine art gallery, Huff Harrington Fine Art, have expanded operations with the opening of a new retail venture. Huff Harrington Home, a shop featuring home décor with a French twist, opened last fall in the retail center at 102 West Paces Ferry Road. Brimming with all the thoughtfully collected pieces that make a house a home, the space playfully mixes and marries furnishings and decorative items of all kinds. “We are big proponents of buying what you love, not because it fits an image or definition of fashionable or of-themoment,” Harrington said. Merchandise includes all the things that Huff and Harrington are passionate about: new, antique and vintage furniture, lamps, rugs, accessories, gifts and hard-tofind items from France, where Huff and Harrington frequently travel. “In addition to furnishings and decorative pieces, we carry dozens of life’s little delightful necessities — things we just can’t live without,” Huff added. Both Huff and Harrington agree that this new venture is a perfectly natural extension of their fine art gallery and they plan on taking their cues from the gallery where they have always played off a strong mix of art styles and media. Visitors are “welcome home” Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 404-467-0311,

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CRADLING A TALENT Led by Atlanta natives and co-founders Jarrett and Christina Helms, Cradle&Thread is a for-profit company that launched online last November with a slogan that encompasses the true nature of its existence: “Better Baby Clothing with Giving Sewn In.” The garments have a higher thread count and high quality fabric, making them more durable but still extremely soft. “Moms take our clothes out of the package, and we usually get a little ‘ooh and ahh’ over how they feel,” said Jarrett, whose genuine desire to create something beneficial for society is what led him to begin this company. The Giving Sewn In program serves the main purpose of fulfilling that charitable mission, and for every combined $100 that is received from purchases, the Helms’ will donate a Threadbox containing one full outfit of clothing to an impoverished family. So parents, get your wallets ready. Cradle&Thread has hit the Atlanta scene, and this summer, you’re going to have a chance to spread the “giving fever.” Cradle&Thread’s first Threadbox donation event takes place this month in Decatur. – Amanda M. Usher | May 2013 | Points North





That’s right! The Chattahoochee Hills Country (CHC) International Horse Trials has announced its inaugural event that will take place May 17 – 19. This three-day “equestrian triathlon” will be held at Bouckaert Farm, a scenic 8,000-acre equestrian paradise along the Chattahoochee River and very close to Serenbe. Not only will event goers get to watch amateur, professional, international athletes and Olympian competitors, but they can also take advantage of a variety of activities and amenities including a shopping bazaar, food trucks, a beer garden, kid zone, bars, rider meet and greets, a huge bon fire, live music and more. The property is owned by Olympic Three Day Event rider Carl Bouckaert and guests are invited to tailgate throughout the weekend by bringing their own chairs and tents. It’s an event for the whole family, even the four-legged members. Just added is a 2.5mile fun run for guests to run with their pups.


COOKING CLASSES FOR KIDS Is your child always begging to be your sous chef? The Cook’s Farm’s second annual Farm-to-Table Camp for kid-chefs gives young cooks an opportunity to learn about the production and preparation of food as well as harbor early healthy eating habits. Nestled into the Blue Ridge Appalachian foothills, the one-acre model farm offers its visitors first-hand knowledge of every facet of sustainable community agriculture. The week-long day camp is designed to give kids aged 6 to 16 some insight into where food comes from before it gets to the store. Campers will receive lessons on all things food-related, from nutrition and gardening to basic meal planning and chicken raising. At the end of each session, the students have the chance to show off their newfound culinary know-how by making lunch for their parents. The first session starts June 10 and a newly added second session will begin July 15. Early registration is available until May 10 and space is limited. Register your kitchen assistant today — that is, if you can spare them for a few days. – Emily Anne Jackson PHOTO COURTESY OF COOKS FARM


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For special needs high school students in search of fun this summer, enAble of Georgia has a summer day camp to explore. EnAble of Georgia, a Fulton County nonprofit group supporting people with special needs, is partnering with Shenanigans! and Full Radius Dance to offer an eight-week program from June 10 – Aug. 2 at its North Fulton location. Campers can enjoy drama and improv, dance and creative movement, chorus and song, arts and crafts, gymnastics, health, gardening, swimming and more. While these activities will surely provide fun for campers, they will also help campers develop social confidence and promote their physical and emotional wellbeing. For more information, call Nancy Lindgren, Camp Registrar, at 770-664-4347 x 121, or email at Early registration is encouraged. — Caitlin Wagenseil

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CENTURY HOUSE TAVERN After six years of wowing diners with his precision, execution and flavor combinations, Bacchanalia’s Executive Chef Daniel Porubiansky is leaving the Westside and heading north. It’s every chef’s dream to have his or her own restaurant, and Porubiansky is making his dream a reality. Years of culinary excellence has landed him in some of the city’s top kitchens including nine years at Bacchanalia, and a stint at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Now ready to embark on his own endeavor, he is assuming the role of both Partner and Executive Chef at Century House Tavern in Woodstock. A booming community with southern charm, Downtown Woodstock is a short distance from Porubiansky’s home. In 2012, a 120-year-old building known as the Hubbard House was renovated and became home to Century House Tavern. Offering upscale comfort food and turn-of-the-century cocktails, Porubiansky plans on slowly tweaking the menu. His vision is to seek out local farmers and purveyors in order to offer the freshest cuisine possible. – L. Chelsea Greenwood


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Hearth Pizza Tavern Serving oven-fired pizzas from their 600-degree hearth oven, Hearth Pizza Tavern is a soon-to-be-favorite tucked at the end of a string of shops on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs that could easily be overlooked. But trust us — you don’t want to do that! There’s a reason why they claim to serve “hearth-fired happiness.” Choose from 13 homemade, 100-percent organic dough signature pizzas including the “Great White Clam,” a white pizza made New Haven-style, and the “Mom Says, Eat Your Veggies!,” which has spinach, roasted red peppers, broccoli, roasted cremini mushrooms, butternut squash, homemade marinara and a premium pizza cheese blend, but speaking from personal experience, the Chicken Coupe de Ville (called BBQ chicken anywhere else) still makes a certain editor keep coming back. Can’t decide which of the delicious options to order? Build your own. If your palate doesn’t crave pizza, pick from a number of small plates, salads and a traditional tavern fare like sandwiches and burgers. Adding to the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant is a fully stocked bar known for true craft brews, a variety of wines and signature cocktails.

CORRECTION: In the April issue, we mistakenly identified Show Me Farms North as the founders of For the Love of A Horse (FTLOAH), a non-profit rescue program for abandoned and tuckered out horses. Though the Roswell-based non-profit does board its horses at Show Me Farms, FTLOAH was founded in 2009 by a separate group of individuals. Comprised entirely of volunteers, FTLOAH’s current board of directors includes Miaka Palmieri, Kathy Ivy, Sheelagh Cafferkey, Lisa and Gary Sester and Tracy Sennett. We regret the error. On June 7, the “Fore” The Love of a Horse Golf Tournament at The Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta will raise funds to assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of equines. | May 2013 | Points North






he pairing of food with wine is a subjective

exercise. Everyone’s palate is different and that means what someone else might like could be contrary to what you might enjoy. When considering what wine to pair with certain dishes, however, spices, sauces, textures and flavors are often more important than the main item that is being paired. A quick example is trying to pair filet mignon with a particular wine, and would it surprise you to know that when serving a filet with a Bernaise sauce, a Central Coast Chardonnay might provide a more satisfying pairing than a Sonoma Pinot Noir or Napa Cabenet Sauvignon? Chef Lazaro Tenreiro of Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine in Roswell suggested that experimentation with wines and food is a fun and rewarding exercise. “When I started drinking wine, I used to only drink Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Then, a friend encouraged me to try Wagner Family’s Conundrum, and then I couldn’t get enough of it,” he said. “Soon thereafter, I began going to wine tastings and began to sample a lot of different varietals that I now enjoy. Discovery is the key. When I taste a wine, I begin to imagine what food it might pair well with. I’m not always right, but I enjoy the challenge.” While most chefs create a dish and then find a wine that will pair well with it, Points North first provided wines to the chefs we chose for this feature, who then created a dish from the aromas, flavors and complexities of the wines. Make these dishes at home (complete recipes available online at or visit their restaurants to sample the amazingly creative results. Or, create your own recipes to complement your favorite wines. With every season, there is a new challenge, but with the wide availability of fresh produce in late spring and early summer, the options are incredible. Enjoy! j y

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Swedish meatballs in white wine sauce with capers and mushrooms, paired with Elke Riesling, created by Chef Reinhold Weger of Gasthaus Tirol, Cumming

Conchinita Pibil (braised pulled pork with pickled onions in corn tortillas), paired with Brigitte Lurton Viognier, created by Chef Guillermo Santana of Pure Taqueria, Roswell

Grilled veal short loin with Parmesan risotto, grilled asparagus & exotic mushroom ragout, paired with Charles Thomas Cotes du Rhone, created by Chef Vincent Scafiti of The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek, Clayton

Shrimp, yellow rice, kale & red peppers, paired with Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino, created by Chef Lazaro Tenreiro of Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine, Roswell

Salmon Sambuca with rustic smashed potatoes, Portabella mushrooms and fennel, paired with Anglim Winery Viognier-Roussanne blend, created by Maria Gabelman and Rosa Bitussi, RosaMia Ristorante Italiano, Johns Creek

Croissant bread pudding with apple chutney, cream Anglaise & caramel shards, paired with Rotta Winery Black Monukka, created by Gayle & David Darugh, Beechwood Inn, Clayton | May 2013 | Points North






Swedish Meatballs with Elke Riesling


einhold Weger has been creating recipes for nearly 50 years, and the courageous kitchen veteran threw us for a loop when he suggested a Swedish meatball recipe to pair with Elke Riesling. Born and raised in Austria, Weger specializes in German and European fare at Gasthaus Tirol in Cumming, which was established in 1995. Weger dishes up authentic fare like Sauerbraten, Schnitzel and Rouladen, but is equally adept at preparing Chateaubriand, chicken cordon bleu or eggplant Parmesan. After tasting the Riesling, Weger said his taste buds wanted something smooth, a bit peppery and something to match the creamy, but not overly sweet Riesling from the famous Mosel region of Germany. Initially, he considered a recipe featuring veal or pork, so instead of ground beef, he incorporated ground veal and pork for his meatballs. To add a bit of color and some crunchiness to his creation, Weger added steamed broccoli and carrots to provide contrast to the capers, mushrooms, Spätzle and sumptuous white wine sauce. This is a relatively simple dish to prepare at home; if you find homemade Spätzle too daunting, Weger suggested substituting egg noodles or even rice to complement the dish.


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 Conchinita Pibil with Brigitte Lurton Viognier


uillermo Santana, area manager and chef for the Alpharetta and Roswell locations of Pure Taqueria, summoned his Mexican roots to create a recipe that would pair nicely with Brigitte Lurton’s Viognier from the small appellation, Salagou, near Hérault in southern France. His Conchinita Pibil plays off a Mayan word that means “buried.” In the Yucatán Peninsula, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, suckling pigs were often roasted in pits with coals at the bottom and then wrapped or covered with banana leaves. Santana, who was born in Mexico City and experimented in the kitchen as a young teen with his mother, detected notes of tropical fruits and citrus from the wine, which also has 10 percent of Terre Bourret, a little-known, seldom grown grape found primarily in Languedoc or the Rhone Valley. His dish features bone-in Boston butt pork, marinated overnight in freshly extracted orange juice, lime juice and habanero peppers. Once the pork is pulled and ready to serve, Santana said to place a generous amount of pork in corn tortillas, and top it with pickled onions, a squirt of lime juice and fresh, sliced habaneros. Mexican rice and beans may be served on the side. This is a perfect dish to complement the crisp, refreshing Viognier, and will be a welcome menu addition for al fresco dining atop Pure’s new rooftop venue at the Roswell location that opened in late April. | May 2013 | Points North


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Veal Short Loin with Charles Thomas Cotes-du-Rhone


he Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek’s Vincent Scafiti has a welldeserved reputation of creating seasonal gems at his charmingly intimate 28-seat restaurant, 8 miles from downtown Clayton, due to a keen eye for sourcing produce from his own garden and local purveyors. When handed a bottle of 2011 Charles Thomas Cotes-du-Rhone, a red blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre grapes, Scafiti unabashedly remarked, “I don’t even need to taste this wine, I know what to make already! In Europe, you would fi nd this wine served with meats with marrow or squab.” After tasting the wine with his wife Donna, Scafiti stayed true to his initial reaction and chose a veal short loin (porterhouse) to pair with the dark fruit flavors and peppery and herbaceous notes of the dominant Syrah, the rich berry fruits presented by the Grenache and the subdued tannins from the addition of the Mourvedre. So as to display the contrast of flavors from the subtle grilled veal, Scafiti chose earthy, yet mild asparagus and a blend of exotic mushrooms (Chanterelles, Honshimeji, Crimini and Shiitake) and sage. Served alongside Parmesan risotto, this recipe has us pointing the car northeast in anticipation of our next visit to The Farmhouse, which was featured in our October 2011 issue.



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Seared Salmon Sambuca with Anglim Winery Viognier-Roussanne Blend


aria Gabelman and Rosa Bitussi try to incorporate traditional Italian ingredients in all of their recipes. When presented with Anglim Winery’s 2009 Viognier-Roussanne blend, a complex white wine from Hastings Ranch Vineyard in the Adelaida area of Paso Robles, the predominant flavor they detected was anise, perhaps with hints of nutmeg and caramel. There was a unique creaminess, which was balanced by its earthiness and depth. “The wine is velvety, silky and carried more depth than a Chardonnay,” Bitussi offered. “The flavor lingers in your mouth, which prepares you for another bite of food.” The anise flavor, according to Gabelman, evoked memories of the

traditional Italian liqueur, Sambuca Romana, which is often used after a meal as a digestive. Those of Italian heritage enjoy the liqueur by itself, but float three coffee beans in it to signify health, happiness and prosperity. After a bite of RosaMia’s seared Salmon Sambuca, we felt like a beneficiary of all three. A recipe with salmon and red smashed potatoes alone might seem a bit ordinary, but with the addition of braised fennel bulb, sliced Portabella mushrooms, a touch of heavy cream and Sambuca, the creation is not only more complete, but memorable. With just 20 to 25 minutes of prep time required, this recipe worth remembering. | May 2013 | Points North



Shrimp with Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino


azaro Tenreiro opened his fashionable Cuban restaurant on Woodstock Road in Roswell in March 2012, and his cuisine features recipes learned from his mother and grandmother, with a bit of his grandfather’s native Spanish influences tossed in. When presented with a bottle of Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino from the Rias Biaxis region of Northwest Spain, Tenreiro hoped to balance the fruitiness of the varietal. “I am never afraid to experiment. When I first tasted the wine, I was struck by the presence of the fruits.” Laz created a special dish that incorporates shrimp, yellow rice, onions, red bell pepper and chopped kale. The onions and red peppers are somewhat sweet, especially when you cook them with shrimp, and the kale’s natural saltiness cuts the sweetness of the onions and peppers. Laz said that while he thinks his dish is well suited for the wine, others might have had a different interpretation of what might go best with the Albarino. “Everyone’s taste buds are unique, but when I create something that I know I like, I tend to do it even better.” Lazaro’s has added Sunday brunch (10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) to its offerings and hopes to attract the Northside’s growing Cuban population with Dominoes on Tuesday evenings. Selected cigar nights and wine tastings on the patio are planned for the summer months. Visit Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine on Facebook.

Croissant Bread Pudding with Rotta Winery’s Black Monukka


ayle and David Darugh, owners of Beechwood Inn in Clayton, recently were featured in Best Chefs America. Gayle is a renowned pastry chef, while David has an uncanny knack of creating dishes that pair perfectly with wines, a testament to his Sonoma, Calif., upbringing and highly developed palate. They collectively met the challenge of pairing Rotta Winery’s intriguing Black Monukka, which takes on the lovely structure of a cream sherry than a typical wine. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID DARUGH


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“I’ve never actually had anything quite like this Black Monukka,” she said. “It is quite pleasant and has a lot of layers to it. I don’t gravitate to cream sherries, so we were delighted with how good it is. It isn’t so cloyingly sweet.” Knowing that most people eat with their eyes, the Daurghs set out to provide a complement or contrast for the flavors of the Black Monukka. Notes of spiced caramel apple, cream and nutty aromas with a bit of nutmeg were present. They re-worked a traditional bread pudding to develop some flavors that complemented the dessert wine. They began by using light buttery croissants, adding a scrumptious apple chutney and cream Anglaise. They completed the recipe with caramel shards, whipped cream and a fresh mint sprig. “We work hard to create recipes that are greater than the sum of its parts,” Gayle said. In this case, the parts are incredibly decadent, meaning the sum is off the charts. PN

For the first time, Points North Atlanta now provides you an opportunity to have these recipes sent directly to your smart phone or other handheld device. Text the code that corresponds to the recipe(s) that you want to the following number: 88500. Or, get them online at On the Cover: Milton’s Tomato Bruschetta Gasthaus Swedish Meatballs Pure’s Conchinita Pibil The Farmhouse’s Veal Short Loin RosaMia’s Salmon Sambuca Lazaro’s Shrimp & Rice Beechwood Inn’s Bread Pudding

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D E N Atlanta restaurants break out their green thumbs for a HOM E MA D E S P IN ON F RESH FA R E { W R I TTEN BY J ENNI FER SMITH WILLIA MS }


HEN IS THE LAST TIME you sank your teeth into a ripe, bright-red tomato? Wait, before you answer that, let me be more specific: When is the last time you pulled it right off the vine and let its salty, sweet red juices run down your cheeks because it was just that good? Speaking of, have you ever tried the more than 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, or had the chance to taste them in a homemade, seven (give or take)-layer meal? My mouth is watering just thinking about it. That’s exactly what the chefs at some of our favorite savory spots are counting on. The growth of the backyard garden at many metro Atlanta restaurants started several years ago and has evolved into something that we “OTP” consumers have come to expect.

BACKYARD BOUNTY IN MILTON ike the tin-roof, gravel lot and country feel of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, a Crabapple neighborhood favorite, it’s that front porch and family dinner feel that makes this self-sustaining idea a success.


Chef Derek Dollar came on board with Milton’s in 2009, when the garden was just over a year old, and started experimenting with a small crop of herbs and a few traditional homegrown veggies. With the help of expert gardener Peter Kohm, who started the crops as a curious hobby, the garden is now more than an acre of almost anything you can imagine. “We’re truly seed-to-fork,” Dollar said. “The guests can enjoy a glass of wine before dinner and walk down here to the garden to see what looks good before they order.” “We have more than 80 different kinds of vegetables here,” Kohm explained as he walked through the delicate herb beds, across the asparagus patch and the site for what will sprout carrots and potatoes soon. And those 21 varieties of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes? From a place that produced more than 200 pounds of the red (and green and yellow) jewels last year, expect one heck of a tomato pie this summer. “The best thing we get out of this garden is hearing how much people like it,” Kohm said. “The fact that we get such good feedback is really rewarding.”



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own the street in the heart of Alpharetta, La Casa owner Pasquale Cardamuro feeds his menu with the knowledge he gained growing up on the coast in Naples, Italy. His family was big in the restaurant business, so after culinary school he moved his talents westward. For Cardamuro, it’s not just a hobby — it’s about the culture behind cultivating your own food, and an emphasis on the value that growing something from a seedling to an entrée carries. Oh, and pinpointing exactly the difference in how much better it tastes when you do it that way. “I like to start everything from the seed,” he said. “I plant the seeds in my garden at my house, and when they’re big enough, we bring them to the restaurant.” Those seeds come straight from Italy, a place he visits at least once a year to see family, friends and shop for produce. Cardamuro is married with two teenage boys, both of whom like to cook, and the entire family can be seen having dinner together on most nights right there in the restaurant. “It’s important for me to teach them how to cook. That’s my roots. My


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grandfather taught my father. My father taught me. We all do restaurants,” he said. As a native Italian in the restaurant business, Cardamuro emphasizes the fact that at La Casa, they do things old-school, which means he keeps his business running (or his garden growing) like they do it in Italy. “Growing vegetables is my therapy. Food is my passion. So we grow everything, all our vegetables, all of the herbs.”

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“I like to start everything from the seed. I plant the seeds in my garden at my house, and when they’re big enough, we bring them to the restaurant.” PASQUALE CARDAMURO | La Casa owner

Likewise, the sauces at La Casa are the favorites, whether the mushroom and shrimp sauce, the chicken piccata with spinach, or the special spare rib meat sauce that Cardamuro says is a regular on the family’s own Sunday-night dinner table.

FANCY FARM-TOTABLE FEAST hef Robert Gerstenecker from Four Season’s Park 75 just made the move OTP, nestling his family on a huge plot of undeveloped land in Cherokee County. He grew up on a farm in Canada, so, naturally, the value of freshly picked peppers (and such) sits deep within his makeup; but it’s the resources that come from working with a big brand that gave him the ability to make a city scene into something reminiscent of farm-to-table. The biggest difference between Park 75’s garden and the gardens out in the suburbs is the fact that it’s growing on the roof. And not just any roof — the roof on top of the five-story high terrace at Atlanta’s grand Four Seasons Hotel. “It’s really hot up there, and there is a lot of reflection from all of the buildings around us,” Gerstenecker said. “But, that

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actually helps us. We can grow sweet potatoes and peppers really well, because they love the heat.” “Broccoli is our magical vegetable,” he added. “And in the fall, we get the most pristine cauliflower. It’s just pure white and huge. We can always bank on the herbs, too — basil, mint, thyme, bay leaf. We bought one bay leaf tree years ago and it’s just so prolific, I’ve never had to buy [another]!” Prolific also describes the success of the basil, all 300 pounds of it. You’d think they’d run out of ways to use it, but all of the herbs get to co-star in the lounge as well — muddled into seasonal creative cocktails every single night. Currently, the rooftop hosts eight planters, all with a little something different, and all tended by a separate member of the restaurant staff. As a way of training their servers on the menu’s intricacies, it’s become somewhat of a continuing education program for the entire kitchen crew. This year, expect to see eggplant on the menu, as well as bites from a row of fruit trees, including blueberry, apricot, figs and persimmon. And a classic you can look forward to seeing on the menu again is the stuffed squash blossoms with goat cheese and honey from the garden’s own beehives. That’s what you call a sweet homemade meal. PN

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a girls’ getaway to St. Simons Island in 2010. Over cocktails, Carrie King, Jenny Policky and LeeAnn Maxwell (pictured from left to right) conceptualized a brand of vodka that would bring some “girl power” to the male-dominated spirits industry. Since its official launch last November, the gluten-free, figure-friendly vodka has shaken and stirred the industry, winning a medal at the World Spirits Competition and making its way to shelves in approximately 250 locations across the state. Yet through its widespread success, Vixen Vodka is still a hometown brand at heart. The company supports local organizations such as Roswell Woman’s

Club, Star House Foundation and The Lionheart School by participating in fundraisers; a hot auction item is Vixen’s Night Out, in-home parties during which the Vixen girls teach guests how to mix fun cocktails. The company also hosts Open Your Heart parties, which incorporate cardiologists (and heart-healthy cocktails, of course) to support the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” Campaign, an initiative that hits particularly close to home for Maxwell, who suffered from a heart attack without the tell-tale symptoms last year. Visit Vixen online for details about parties and events and a list of retailers.,

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House When the need for inspiration

Fresh Bike Service As a designated “Bicycle Friendly Community,” Roswell boasts plenty of paths and trails for serious cyclists… but what if you want to sample the sport without committing to the costs of equipment? Enter Fresh Bike Service. The boutique bike shop’s proximity to Big Creek Park makes it the perfect place to pick up a rental bike

to enjoy on the Greenway or the park’s mountain bike trails. Fresh also specializes in high-end bike sales and serves as the starting point for group rides. Morning road rides depart Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and night mountain bike rides depart Thursdays at 7 p.m. 1575 Old Alabama Road, 770-587-4982,

strikes, we often seek creative stimulation in the sanctuary of a local coffee shop. And this particular gem offers more than a comfortable environment to spark our imaginations, though its seating is quite comfy and its patio particularly inviting on a warm spring day. But there’s more to it than that. With its “Drink Coffee, Do Good” mantra, Land of a Thousand Hills also stirs our souls. The java joint does its part to make a difference in the world by paying higher than Fair Trade prices to Rwandan coffee growers and investing profits in Rwandan village projects like sustenance farms for orphans. And if you’re in the market for artistic inspiration, a little latte art in your mug ought to do the trick. Plus, enjoy live music with coffee and dessert on Friday and Saturday nights. 352 S. Atlanta St., 770-645-1149,




Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience When Chef Marc Wegman and his wife, Ruth, put “Authentic” into the name of their restaurant, they meant it. The casual dining space, which opened in 2011 and expanded earlier this year, is a true tribute to Wegman’s New Orleans roots. In fact, most of the star ingredients coming out of Adele’s kitchen are shipped straight from Louisiana — fresh seafood delivered weekly, famed Patton’s sausage and even the dough for French bread. Baked locally at Artisan Bakery, the crusty loaves are featured in a long list of poboys including classic seafood options like shrimp and oyster alongside landlubber versions like hot sausage and roast beef. SignaSERIES SPONSORED ture dishes are available BY VIXEN in “big” and “bigger” VODKA portions; choose from

favorites like crawfish étouffée and shrimp & grits. For an extra kick, add a few dashes of Adele’s signature hot sauce, which is also available by the bottle. During crawfi sh season, which lasts through June, the N’Awlins delicacy is available Thursday through Saturday (or until they run out!). End your meal with a piping hot order of fresh beignets and a cup of chicory coffee or a scoop of High Road Craft Aztec chocolate ice cream. A hand-painted mural of a Crescent City streetscape, the masterpiece of Wegman’s SCAD graduate son Stuart, further sets the tone for an authentic Cajun experience. Plans are in the works for a fresh seafood market to open by the end of the year. 690 Holcomb Bridge Road, 770-594-0655,

Provisions for Home When customers started asking to purchase the furniture and props at Roswell Provisions, the owners of the European-style market saw an opportunity for expansion and the result, Provisions for Home, opened last December. Peddling a selection of European home goods alongside repurposed items from their own “American Pickers”-style escapades, the store is a treasure trove of whimsical items with Old World charm: Parisian books, handmade sconces, antique silverware and a vintage two-seater bike, just to name a few. It even smells like Europe, thanks to a collection of French Provençal soaps and candles. While you’re there, be sure to pop into the market around the corner for a picnic-style lunch. 942 Alpharetta St., 678-938-7225, LEFT TO RIGHT: PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNAH J. SMITH; BRE HUMPHRIES


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Bilt-House Warning, shopaholics: with such an assorted array of goods, you’ll be hard-pressed to walk out of this place empty-handed. The Bilt-House’s inventory includes everything from women’s clothing and accessories to home décor and children’s items. There’s a great collection of Old Gringo boots, fun knickknacks like homemade Himalayan candles, an enviable display of Casa Mia ceramic dinnerware, original items by Roswell artist Rebecca Puig of Sugarboo Designs (think hand-stamped burlap pillows), and oh, so much more. And if you decide you just can’t live without that recycled rug on the floor or a piece of folk art furnishing one wall, you’re in luck, because everything is for sale. 1035 Canton St., 770-552-8581,

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Oli + Ve If you’re skeptical about a store devoted entirely to premium olive oils and vinegars, one step inside this charming shop will change your mind. Boasting 29 different varieties of olive oil and 26 aged balsamic vinegars, this fabulous foodie find encourages you to taste everything before you buy. Sample extra virgin olive oils from mild intensity to robust in a process that’s not unlike wine tasting, then move on to fused and infused flavor combinations (think basil oil with apricot vinegar). There’s also a gourmet food room where you can sample local products and freshly baked goods featuring unique olive oils. (Blood orange brownies, anyone?) The experience culminates with mini cups of vanilla ice cream on which to drizzle various vinegars (espresso, dark chocolate, fig) and an inevitable purchase of at least one pairing you just can’t live without. For ideas on using the oils and vinegars, visit Oli & SERIES SPONSORED Ve’s website for recipes. BY VIXEN 1003 Canton St., 770VODKA 587-4244,

The Mill Kitchen & Bar Some consumers can be hesitant to visit a business in a location where another has failed. But in the case of The Mill Kitchen & Bar, those consumers would be missing out. Recently opened in the building that once housed Relish and later Pico Autentico, The Mill no doubt has what it takes to bring success to this space. The joint venture of accomplished restaurateurs Scott and Randy McCray (McCray’s Tavern, Smyrna and Lawrenceville; Carolyn’s Gourmet Café, Midtown) and Chef Marc Taft (Chicken and the Egg, Marietta), The Mill is quintessentially Southern, comfortable and contemporary all at the same time. Black chalkboards boast a commitment

to Southern ingredients from “Friends & Farmers” like Mills Farm of Athens and Riverview Farms in northwest Georgia, which contribute red mule grits and tasso, respectively, for an incredible take on shrimp & grits. A hummus appetizer gets a Southern spin using black-eyed peas, and local High Road Craft ice creams elevate desserts like Jack Daniels chocolate pecan pie. Wash it all down with a culinary inspired cocktail like The Tipsy Pig (Belle Meade bourbon, sweet vermouth, black walnut bitters, bacon and brown sugar syrup). It’s Southern innovation in a glass. 590 Mimosa Blvd., 770 -817-9345, PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRE HUMPHRIES; THRILLEST; JASON FUCHS


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Muse & Co. Fine Art Roswell’s status as a hotspot for the arts is no secret, and the local businesses that promote them are tucked in every nook and cranny. Located in the Shops at SoCa Village, Muse & Co.’s contemporary fine art gallery features high quality, original artwork with an emphasis on paintings and sculptures. Most of the artists are local, with quite a few based right here in Roswell. And we adore how the store is staged; fine art is displayed in vignettes with furnishings from La Bella Vie, allowing shoppers to visualize how the pieces might look in their own homes. The gallery’s somewhat industrial yet stylish space is also available for private event rentals. 39 Oak St., 770-594-9511, PHOTO COURTESY OF MUSE & CO.; OAK STREET CAFÉ


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NORTH GEORGIA REPLACEMENT WINDOWS Award-winning General Contractors who specialize in replacement windows, doors, insulation/air sealing, exterior shutters, porch enclosures, sunrooms and decorative glass overlays. NGRW offers a large selection of windows that are energy efficient and maintenance free as well as free in-home proposals and a showroom location. 1210 Warsaw Road, Suite 1000 • Roswell 770-888-1604 •

FEATURED ROSWELL GEM: OLI+VE We feature premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) from around the world and Aged Balsamic Vinegars from Modena, Italy. The fun part is you get to taste before you buy! Check out our imported Italian pastas (including gluten free), olives, flavored salts, gourmet blends and spices, almond butter, and unique gift items. 1003 Canton St. • Roswell • 770-587-4244 3263 Roswell Road NE • Atlanta • 404-841-1012

VININGS GALLERY Vinings Gallery is a one-of-a-kind art destination for collectors and artists alike. Like the impressive mix of nationally recognized and emerging artists featured on its walls,Vinings Gallery is a true original – a place where a passion and enthusiasm for great art is contagious. Visit the original gallery in Smyrna, or the brand-new Roswell location. 10 Elizabeth Way, Roswell • 770-299-1122

ELEGANT ATTIC Elegant Attic specializes in handmade treasures for the home and garden, including custom-made pieces by the store’s own craftsmen and artists. A Garden Café is open for lunch on Mondays, and aspiring artists can enjoy painting classes on Wednesday evenings. Planning a party? Consider hosting it at Elegant Attic’s conservatory or patio. 1105 Canton St., Roswell • 678-261-7988

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the famous (and cute-as-a-button) Atlanta-bred Chip Wade, I don’t think I realized how much I’d want to become part of his family. If not just for good genes all around (wife Pauli is equally adorable and young kids Mac and Mara are Cabbage Patch level cuties), but also for the fact that when you’re a part of the Wade clan, you get a private, custom-designed suite within the new Cumming, Ga., compound they’re calling home.

Constructive Creativity The Wade home is absolutely everything you’d expect from the jovial, creative brain behind the hammer on HGTV’s “Elbow Room,” a weekly show updating homes in Atlanta to bring added space families need to start the next chapter of their lives. It’s a dreamy hardwood-floored home, with sky-high vaulted ceilings, a kitchen worth wearing an apron and the most well-thought-out nooks, crannies and extra fancies that any lover of the network keeps in their personal “idea box.” Knee-pads deep into the second season of “Elbow Room,” which recently premiered, Wade found his way to this show after several stints within the HGTV family of home-renovation lineups that started in 2007. Back then, he was a structural engineer for the popular builder John Weiland Homes. On a curious whim, he answered a casting call for the network’s series “Designed To Sell” set to film in Atlanta the following season. What started as a one-off appearance grew into a 52-episode contract — casting him as the lead. | May 2013 | Points North


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“All I knew to do was work hard and be myself,” Wade said. “We created some amazing spaces with only a $2,000 budget and I guess it was enough to get noticed. My engineering background and the designer’s architectural background allowed us to put together some very impactful and innovative spaces.” By “get noticed,” Wade means they moved him into the starring role as lead contractor for the outdoor makeover show, “Curb Appeal,” something that took his design and carpentry skills to California and back. “I was able to show a little bit more about who I was and what I was best at: creating the best out of spaces.” Designed to Function What happened next, Wade remembers as “a random, but great day in March of 2011.” That’s when he got the call from a network executive telling him they wanted to create his very own series. “With a $40,000 design budget per episode and a handpicked team, I went to work as the host, designer and contractor for the new series ‘Elbow Room,’ where I would come up with innovative solutions that would appeal to both men and women,” he said. “I have been blessed so richly with the opportunity to do what I love,” Wade admitted. “This job is perfect for my personality, which thrives on the challenge of going above and beyond. My support team also is amazing and all professionals that have adopted my vision for this show and the families we help.” As I sat at the enormous, custom-built dinner table with Wade and his family, he listed his first law of design: “strive to make spaces functional and make them


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“I have been blessed so

richly with the opportunity to do what I love. This job is perfect for my personality, which thrives on the challenge of going above and beyond. — CHIP WADE

work first; make them look great second. A space is only as good as how it functions. You have to have a master plan before you start anything, before you buy anything,” he emphasized. Here’s where hyper-list making goes into overdrive — a chance to get real-life advice from an HGTV pro about my own home! “If you don’t buy things and pick materials that all work toward one endgoal, you end up like a lot of people — with a house that’s just got too much going on, and nothing really makes sense together,” he cautioned. He also advises idle homeowners itching for updated space (ahem — me) to really figure out what your budget is, and don’t sacrifice quality for that number. “If you can’t use the real thing, just look at alternative options,” he said. Living by what he preaches, he explains that he would have loved a ceiling-high stone face on his fi replace, but the budget said no, so he compromised with half the height. (Take my word for it, it’s still a pretty big statement). Adding to his statement living room, the walls are a rich, cool grey tone, which elevates the punch of those dark wooden floors and delicate ironwork accents. He’s laid beautiful tile that works in different ways everywhere, even accommodating a separate men’s and women’s half bath. | May 2013 | Points North


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to so many people and inspires lots of different kinds of lifestyles,” he added. Speaking of lifestyles, remember how I mentioned that bloodlines in the Wade clan mean you get a piece of the pie they call home? Wade built a detached apartment for his sister and reworked the existing studs to create an in-house suite for his parents, who plan to move in post-retirement. “Honestly, this house is way more than we could ever need,” he explained. “But with the market the way it is, you have to take advantage of being able to get quality square footage. So, now we just have room to grow and because we’re so close with my family, we’re able to have space for them, too.” I’ll be the first to admit that almost anything on HGTV is more than I need, but the truth is there are so many details and design tips that just about anyone will need or could use to spruce up their home. And, of course, in my case, become fodder for the endless list of things I want to do. Is next year too soon to try and accomplish it? PN

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Fresh Floral Arrangements TRISH LAND GIVE MOM an exotic orchid plant or a made-to-order, fresh floral bouquet filled with a dazzling array of the world’s most unusual blossoms. Tucked away in Historic Downtown Duluth, where old shutters and European wrought iron grates decorate the gift shop, Trish Land — Goods for the Home and Garden awaits your visit.

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SHOW MOM that she’s oneof-a-kind with a handmade bracelet by local designer Wingostarr Jewelry ($34). Piper Lillies carries a great selection of gifts from clothing and accessories to items for the home. Next door, gift certificates are available at Taylor Brooks Salon & Spa, a full-service hair salon/ style bar with day spa services and custom spray tanning. 1170 5 J O N E S B R I D G E R OA D JOHNS CREEK 67 8 - 8 67- 0 0 3 3 p i p e r l i l l i e s .c o m

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the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic Beach, commonly coined the “Nantucket of the South.” What we didn’t expect was a beautiful boutique retreat designed with serenity and sophistication without compromising any of the chic comforts or laid-back personality we anticipated. Certainly the cobblestone streets of the postcard-perfect Beaches Town Center lured us to the eclectic combination of shops, while the beach, as it does for most, beckoned us to water’s edge, but the real reason to set out for Atlantic Beach is One Ocean Resort and Spa. A beach girl born and bred, my oceanside expectations are rarely exceeded, but One Ocean is obviously accustomed to doing just that. Before we’d even left Atlanta, a Guest Historian had requested our preferred snacks and beverages to ensure the in-room amenity cabinets were packed accordingly, and with tired kids in tow, we bypassed the front desk with the hotel’s Seamless Check-in process. I readily confess The Spa at One Ocean was practically love at first sight, thanks to the incredible floor-to-ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean. Outfitted with sustainable bamboo floors, the spa has eight treatment rooms named for the lifecycle of sea turtles and boasts more than 40 marine-inspired treatments promising to provide proper pampering in an eco-friendly environment and a sea of endless relaxation. While the signature treatment is the Seashell Massage, an appropriate twist using recycled seashells in lieu of the traditional hot stone massage, the menu is replete with replenishing options. Besides any service utilizing the Vichy shower, I most often found myself swaddled in a plush robe and propped in an equally lush lounge chair watching the waves crash on the sand. Spoiling me is one thing, but I found it particularly smart that the brains behind this beach haven also thought to create a space that enables younger guests to enjoy their

stay as much as Mom and Dad. Our children, 4 and 6 years old at the time, had no trouble waving good-bye as we eased out of the Sea Turtle Kids Club located across from the hotel’s fitness center and were very reluctant to leave when we came back to get them hours later. Truth is, guests will find many reasons not to leave One Ocean Resort and Spa, one of which is Azurea, one of three AAA four-diamond restaurants in all of Northeast Florida. An ocean view is attainable from every seat, but one bite from a dish at the hands of highly acclaimed Executive Chef Ted Peters and the view suddenly fades into the backdrop. Locals and visitors alike can’t help but smile as they walk through the striking entrance of Azurea, knowing their experience is about to be a special one. It’s a familiar feeling around the resort, where much like the marine hues, happy faces are simply part of the undeniable decor. Making a memorable journey to One Ocean Resort and Spa is one we plan to repeat again this summer. PN

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J A C K S O N V ILLE’S GE MS F OR FA M ILY FUN Plan to meet up with Captain Brooks of Jax Water Taxi for a sunset cruise, dolphin safari and eco tour or even a wine cruise. 904-3227194, Tour downtown Jacksonville with AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation, Inc., which offers flexible itineraries for groups of all sizes including 65 speciality tours of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Amelia Island and Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-827-1845, Visit MOSH for a fun detour out of the sun. 904-396-6674, Head to Nipper’s Beach Grille for a refreshing drink with a view. 904-247-3300, Entertain the whole family at Adventure Landing’s Shipwreck Island in Jacksonville Beach, the largest amusement complex (part dry/part sopping wet) in northeast Florida. 904-246-4386, jacksonville-beach/ | May 2013 | Points North


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picturesque private pier at lunch. Just a short stroll away, Louie’s Backyard is practically hidden in an otherwise residential area but boasts exquisite Caribbean-American cuisine and a breathtaking ocean view. Located in a transformed Victorian home on the National Register of Historic Places, Louie’s indoor dining room drips with Old World elegance, but I prefer to venture onto the back porch straight off the beach at lunchtime for Louie’s hot-smoked salmon pastrami sandwich and a mid-day cocktail. A bit further down the coast, Salute! On the Beach surprises those who wander into its casual café setting with fine Italian fare and a nightly lasagna special that never disappoints. Epicurean Adventures, Island-Style Tucked down a discreet side street in Key

West’s Bahama Village, Santiago’s Bodega offers an adventurous tour for your taste buds with an array of tapas — cherry-hoisin glazed short ribs, cayennespice croquettes, and the like come together for a kaleidoscope of flavors, all accompanied by colorful ceramic pitchers of the island’s best sangria. On Duvall Street, Bagatelle is one of the classier spots for dinner, combining French heritage with a menu of local seafood; a few coveted tables on the front porch are perfect for people-watching while sipping Old Cubans. And, of course, you can’t visit Key West without catching a sunset over Key West Harbor, but skip the crowds at Mallory Square and reserve a table for dinner at Hot Tin Roof. The second-story restaurant at Ocean Key Resort & Spa features creative cuisine and cocktails (try the seafood paella with a spicy melon mojito) and the most

gracious service on the island. But perhaps the best way to enjoy local seafood is to hook it yourself. Captain Troy Phillips’ private fishing charters depart from Conch Harbor Marina, where Dante’s Restaurant & Pool Bar awaits to cook up your fresh catch at the end of the day. Available fried, grilled, blackened or tataki-style, Dante’s fresh catch service includes side dishes for a picnic-style feast. Dante’s public pool is also a fun place to see and be seen during the day, while the Southernmost Pool, back near the Santa Maria, is a more sophisticated alternative for socializing while you sunbathe. And since every good dining experiences deserves a sweet finale, plan to spend an evening at Better than Sex for decadent drinks and desserts like chocolate grilled cheese. Reservations are required, and your sweet tooth will thank you! PN



summertime fun W R I G HT S V I LLE B E AC H , N .C . For most of my life, I lived less than 7 miles from a beach (East Coast and West), so as a mom of two kids, I admit that I’m the most excited of all of us when we pack the car and head back to the beach. Unlike most Atlantans, though, we head east instead of south, opting for Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Here, I know the shortcuts when the bridge goes up every hour on the hour. I know which restaurant serves the best breakfast in town, which restaurants are more tourist trap than true seafood treasure, and every morning, I get up to run either from pier to pier or the 2.4-mile sidewalk loop around the town of Wrightsville Beach. Best of all, those familiar habits are now blending with new ones for my own children. With my son and daughter in tow, I’ve found parking spots where beach access is quick and potties are nearby. I pack snacks instead of books, and I abandon my chair for a spot on the sand, where I dig for sand fiddlers with my kids. I remember being a kid and doing the same with my Mom. She walked me and my sister down to the water’s edge


and showed us how to look for the “v” in the sand ... that’s how we learned to find them. Once discovered, we all raced to scoop a few into our hands before they quickly buried themselves in the sand as the tide went out. Playing Tic-Tac-Toe in the sand, trying to fly a kite above the dunes and building sandcastles have never been so much fun. And while the other beaches I’ve visited rank as top vacation spots, none of them say “home” like Wrightsville Beach. — Heather KW Brown

C A LI F O R N I A’ S C E NTR A L C OA S T For food and wine enthusiasts who need an escape from the dreadful summer heat here in Atlanta, the 29th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic provides a welcome respite, July 11 – 14 on California’s Central Coast in the seaside towns of Avila Beach, Shell Beach and San Simeon. The annual kick-off black-tie dinner at Hearst Castle will showcase extraordinary chefs from throughout California, including Chef Levi Mezick from 1833 in Monterey; Chef John Cox from Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur;

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Chef Percy Whatley of the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite; Chef James Sly, ChefOwner of Sly’s in Carpinteria; and Chef Michael Hutchings of Michael’s Catering in Santa Barbara, coordinated by Chef James Sly’s Team. The dinner features six courses with matching wines from Vintner Dignitaries. A $1,250 per person patron sponsorship is required, which includes the Barrel Tasting, Auction, Auction Luncheon and Reserve Tasting. Luxury coach transportation departing from and returning to the Avila Lighthouse Suites and Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Shell Beach after dinner is included. The Justin Winemaker Dinner at Lido Restaurant at Dolphin Bay Resort and the VIP Outdoor Winery Dinner Dance & Paulee at Avila Beach Golf Resort are the featured events on Friday evening. The Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Live Auction, Silent Auction and Luncheon is Saturday’s signature event. It will be held at the golf resort and will feature the eclectic cuisine of Chef Rick Manson of Far Western Tavern, Old Orcutt. Sunday’s culminating event, Reserve Wine Tasting, will take place at the golf resort, and will feature the

“Most Special Wines” of 50 California wineries, with culinary samplings from fine Central Coast restaurants. A complete list of events, details and costs are available at As tickets are not sold for the event, please contact Archie McLaren, Central Coast Wine Classic Founder and Chairman, for further information and registration., 805-544-1285 or 805-878-3124. — Carl Danbury

F E S TI VA L F U N I N TE N N E S S E E The summer festival season is upon us, and no matter what atmosphere you’re looking for, our northern neighbor has a festival for you. If you find yourself craving fresh summer fruit, make the trip to Portland May 4 – 11 for the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival. Classic festival entertainment can be found here with car shows, game nights, pageants and concerts. Those of you who enjoy a more eclectic atmosphere will want to stop by the month-long Memphis in May Festival, which brings music, international tributes, cooking contests and more to The River City. And for a getaway with



the kids, be sure to check out the Ruby Fall’s Ice Cream Festival in Chattanooga. Mayfield ice cream is on full display June 3 – 16 with different flavors of the day and free samples. Make sure to bring a camera for the Cavern Scavenger Hunt! Families should also make a point of attending the award-winning Secret City Festival, June 21 – 22 in Oak Ridge, which features a WWII reenactment, music, arts and crafts and fun family activities. — Emily Barnhill

NORTH ATLANTA HAIR RESTORATION is dedicated to providing a full service approach to both female and male hair restoration. Using the latest medical and surgical techniques available, our approach is individualized to meet your current and long-term needs. Losing your hair is devastating, particularly if you are a woman. We recognize that confidentiality is paramount both in the office and out in your daily life. Our approach will conceal that your hair has ever been restored, but it will reveal a new you!

D E S TI N , F L A . Enjoy a fun-filled 4th of July with the family at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, where weeklong festivities ensure an unforgettable vacation. Kick off with a poolside movie at sunset on Monday evening, followed by a week of activities like the Children’s Patriotic Pursuit competitions, cupcake decorating and t-shirt tie-dyeing with the Kids Krew. The fun culminates on the Fourth with a children’s carnival, poolside cookout and fireworks extravaganza. Of course, the package also includes family accommodations overlooking the Gulf and access to amenities like seven on-site restaurants and the incredible Serenity Sandestin Spa. — Bre Humphries

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C LU B M E D I N TH E CARIBBEAN What’s the greatest perk of living near the world’s busiest airport? Easy access to a tropical retreat, of course! And Club Med is amplifying the advantage by offering air-inclusive packages from Atlanta to properties in the Caribbean. Enjoy all-inclusive getaways with roundtrip airfare to locales like La Caravelle in Guadeloupe and Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique starting at $1,979 per person. The biggest draw while school’s out for summer? Club Med’s award-winning children’s programs keep the kiddos active and entertained with everything from sailing to circus school, and kids up to four years old stay for free. — Bre Humphries | May 2013 | Points North




HEALTHY HAIR CARE YOUR HAIR IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS that others notice about you. Healthy hair care that supports strong, vibrant hair is a balance of nutritional foods for great hair health and products that define the new generation of hair care using nature’s greatest ingredients and forward-edge technology. The new technology of today delivers unique and unbeatable benefits that can repair damaged hair while delivering brilliant color results with luxurious shine and vitality. High-performance hair care lines such as the Number 4 can give you the ultimate hair care experience. This advanced delivery system takes beneficial botanical ingredients and creates tiny molecules from that material to infuse unique anti-aging, strengthening, color preserving and purifying results. Using another groundbreaking formula, the ColorProof Evolved Color Care line delivers the complete range of benefits that color-treated hair demands, containing certified organic botanicals to nourish and protect the hair such as rosemary, geranium, sage, shiitake mushroom and patchouli oil. The new Flexshield Technology uses revolutionary polymers to provide unsurpassed thermal and color protection up to 450 degrees. Beauty, health and fashion should always be up-to-date, so take your hair color to a new level and get the results that only a professional hair colorist can deliver.

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SCR E E N I NGS n n n n n n n n n A YEARLY SKIN EXAM is simple and can be the key to early detection and treatment for melanoma. Gabrielle M. Sabini, MD, of North Atlanta Dermatology recommends a skin exam yearly and encourages all patients to look at their skin monthly. You should at least have any skin lesion that is changing, growing, bleeding or itching examined. Educate your loved ones on the importance of early detection and malignant melanoma. May is melanoma month; celebrate by scheduling your screening today.

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Ultimately, the most effective way to eradicate varicose and spider veins is via minimally invasive procedures. A few lifestyle tips may help alleviate and even prevent chronic venous insufficiency as well. — VEIN ATLANTA WITH WARMER WEATHER, two words come to mind that may either excite or scare us: “swimsuit season.” Varicose and spider veins not only look unattractive, but also cause common discomforts that include burning, itching, cramping and swelling. Ultimately, the most effective way to eradicate varicose and spider veins is via minimally invasive procedures. At VEINatlanta, all procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, and normal activities can be resumed the next day. Most treatments are covered by insurance. A few lifestyle tips may help alleviate and even prevent chronic venous insufficiency as well:


1. WALK THE DOG. Walking and other mild cardiovascular exercise helps to improve blood flow in the legs. We recommend that patients walk every day after treatment. 2. EAT HEALTHIER. Obesity is a common risk factor. Excess weight puts more pressure on your veins and causes them to dilate. 3. TREAT YOURSELF TO A PEDICURE. Propping your legs up can also help alleviate pressure. 4. CHANNEL YOUR INNER FASHIONISTA. Compression stockings will alleviate pressure and help improve

blood flow. And no, they’re not just for grandmothers. VEINatlanta’s medical-grade compression stockings are available in different styles, colors and patterns. Popular style options include thigh-high, calf-high and pantyhose, all of which are available in both open and closed toe. These fashionable stockings are also available in either sheer or opaque. Leggings are also a great option. Purchase compression stockings from a supplier that will measure you and also offer a variety of different brands from which to choose.

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REHABILITATION FOR SPINAL CORD AND ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURIES WHILE FEMALE PATIENTS make up a small part of Shepherd Center’s patient population, the hospital goes the distance to help them adjust to life after injury. While the goals are the same – to regain as much independence as possible – female patients who have a spinal cord injury (SCI) or an acquired brain injury (ABI) often receive added assistance dealing with issues unique to them, from careers to child care, body image to sexuality and homemaking. Therapy at Shepherd Center addresses everything a patient did before injury, and for many women that includes cooking, cleaning, shopping and doing laundry. “We take them out on outings, teach them how to maneuver around a grocery store, practice in the kitchen – even teach them how to get dressed and put on makeup,” said Minna Hong, a peer


support coordinator at Shepherd Center. Since male patients suffering from SCI or ABI outnumber female patients, the research dedicated to women has been historically lopsided as well, but the field is realizing that women need to be studied differently than men. “Women develop different co-morbidities than men,” said Lesley Hudson, M.A., co-project director of the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Model Injury System at Shepherd Center. “Because there aren’t as many patients to study, those issues have been largely ignored.” Reproduction, fertility, osteoporosis and menopause are issues that are unique to women and need to be addressed, she added. And research that is unique to women will only help them deal with their unique issues. “We’ve done so much to ensure a reasonable life expectancy,” Hudson said. “We now want to give women the tools to improve the quality of that life.”

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We take [female patients] out on outings, teach them how to maneuver around a grocery store, practice in the kitchen – even teach them how to get dressed and put on makeup.” — MINNA HONG, PEER SUPPORT COORDINATOR AT SHEPHERD CENTER

GASTROINTESTINAL THERAPY TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Forget the retail therapy for about an hour and treat yourself to gastrointestinal therapy. If you are over 50 and at normal risk, begin with a colonoscopy. Although there is a hesitancy among women not to schedule a colonoscopy, this is recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Cancer Society. Women need to understand that certain GI issues uniquely affect them, such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux and pelvic prolapse. Advanced Gastroenterology Associates 678-475-1606 |



IN A GROUNDBREAKING MOVE, Dr. Thomas Lyons of the Center for Women’s Care and Reproductive Surgery has introduced virtual colonoscopy (VC) to help diagnose endometriosis. This painful, debilitating disease mainly involves female reproductive organs, but can spread throughout the abdomen to other organs. VC is used to help detect endometriosis that has spread to the bowel, which is hard to detect using standard methods. The VC is advantageous as a non-invasive and low x-ray-dose single examination, which is important to young female patients who need to avoid overuse of x-rays of their reproductive organs. The

VC, which takes less than a minute from start to finish, actually shows the endometriosis and its exact site, allowing the gynecologic surgeon to coordinate with the bowel surgeon more concisely. Dr. Lyons is one of a few doctors in the country who uses surgical excision to remove endometriosis completely beneath its root rather than lasering off the surface. Coauthor of “What to Do When the Doctor Says It’s Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility,” Dr. Lyons helps dispel the myths of endometriosis and hysterectomy and explains why this diagnosis does not always mean infertility.

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Skin protection is the most preventable measure you can take against skin cancer and should be part of you and your family’s daily routine every time you step outdoors. — JONATHAN LEE, MD, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, NORTHSIDE MELANOMA SPECIALISTS OF GEORGIA

9\pfe[Jb`e;\\g1 WHAT A MELANOMA DIAGNOSIS REALLY MEANS YOU’VE HEARD IT before: Wear sunscreen, seek the shady side of the street, and avoid going out during the sun’s peak hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). But what if, despite all your sun-savvy knowledge, you still find yourself with a skin cancer diagnosis? No one wants skin cancer, but receiving a melanoma diagnosis is especially daunting. Although melanomas are relatively rare, they can be quite aggressive and deadly. The good news is that, when caught early, melanoma is highly curable. Be vigilant about skin cancer detection, and know your ABCs. Once a month, examine your body and look for any moles or dark spots. Ask family members to help with hard-to-see places. Look for: • ASYMMETRY – Onehalf of the lesion does not match the other half. Benign moles are usually symmetrical. • BORDER – Irregular borders, including ragged or notched edges that are

difficult to define • COLOR – The presence of more than one color (tan, brown, black or even blue) • DIAMETER – Lesions that are greater that 6 mm in diameter, about the size of a pencil eraser or larger • EVOLUTION –The lesion looks different from other moles or dark spots on your body, or has changed in shape, size or color If you see something unusual, or if the lesion begins to itch or bleed, talk to your dermatologist right away. A biopsy can help determine the presence of cancer. If melanoma is shown, treatments can vary significantly, depending on the characteristics of your lesion and the stage of your cancer. As a National Cancer Institute Community Care Center, Northside Hospital’s Melanoma Program uses the most innovative, advanced and scientifically supported treatment options.

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PAIN-FREE HEMORRHOID REMOVAL FOR MANY WOMEN, the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids can be unbearable — especially during pregnancy. Many of the physicians at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates have been trained and certified to safely remove hemorrhoids using the CRH-O’Regan banding technique. The procedure itself is minimally invasive and more than 90 percent effective. Plus, it doesn’t require anesthesia, takes less than 5 minutes and is typically performed right in the office. To find out more about hemorrhoid banding and other GI issues women face, visit Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates 866-468-6242 |

LATEST TREATMENTS FOR INCONTINENCE STRESS INCONTINENCE IS A TYPE of urinary leakage that occurs when you cough, strain or sneeze. This is most often treated with physical therapy, injection of compounds around your bladder neck, or outpatient surgery. Urge incontinence is experiencing leakage of urine during episodes of urgency. Dr. Martha Boone’s practice offers state-of-theart diagnosis and treatment for all types of incontinence. There are currently seven different medications that treat urge incontinence. Dr. Boone’s office also utilizes Botox in the bladder, peripheral neuromodulation (a type of augmented acupuncture technique) and central neuro-modulation with a test stimulation to determine if this therapy would work for a particular patient. The Kegel exercise program and pelvic floor physical therapy are two non-invasive and time-tested treatments for incontinence of all types. If you have failed the Kegel exercise program and physical therapy, there are still many other options for you. Dr. Martha Boone has been a pioneer in the area of urinary incontinence and is one of two women fellowship trained in female urology in the state of Georgia. Whether you desire non-invasive treatment, outpatient minor surgery or medication, Dr. Boone’s office offers comprehensive care for the incontinent man and woman. Martha B. Boone, MD 404-705-8366 |



MINIMALLY INVASIVE OPTIONS IN GYNECOLOGIC MEDICINE THE FIELD OF GYNECOLOGIC medicine has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last several years. Gone is the necessity for large incisions and long recoveries. According to Dr. John Reyes and Dr. Ingrid Reyes of Modern Ob/Gyn, minimally invasive procedures are almost always the best options for patients. Heavy bleeding and painful cycles can now be treated with same day procedures that require no downtime. Permanent sterilization can be done in 10 minutes with no post-operative pain.

“There are so many great options for women; it’s our job to get that information to them and make them aware they don’t need large incisions, long hospital stays, or painful recovery times,” Dr. John Reyes said. “da Vinci robotic surgery is also an amazing service.” Endometriosis, pelvic pain, fibroids, cysts and other common issues are sometimes best addressed with robotic surgery. As the first surgeons to perform da Vinci robotic surgeries at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Dr. Ingrid and Dr. John


Reyes pioneered the implementation of this fast-growing service in our community. Patients benefit from robotic surgery by having less risk for complications, short overnight hospital stays, faster recovery times, and minimal pain. Modern Ob/Gyn dedicates its gynecologic practice to minimally invasive surgeries and is an experienced leader in our community for robotic gynecologic surgery, performing these procedures at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Drs. John and Ingrid Reyes enjoy providing second opinions and consultations because they believe it is vital to make patients aware of their choices. “We really value educating our patients so they understand their medical issues, why certain treatments are better than others, and what their options are for treatment,” said Dr. Ingrid.

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There are so many great options for women; it’s our job to get that information to them and make them aware they don’t need large incisions, long hospital stays, or painful recovery times. — DR. JOHN REYES, MODERN OB/GYN


Losing your hair is devastating, particularly if you are a woman. Many women would not consider hair restoration as an option, but now is the time you can do something about it. North Atlanta Hair Restoration (NAHR) can help with the most recent surgical and non-surgical advances to improve density and reverse hair loss. This includes NeoGraft technology, Laser Light Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma injections. NAHR’s approach will conceal that your hair has ever been restored, but it will reveal a new you!

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IS NATURAL HEALTH CARE ENOUGH? TO ESTABLISH AND RETAIN HEALTH, there must be a sound, stable foundation on which to build. Without it, health is intermittent. The good news is that your body is the vehicle that can rebuild health. When it can’t heal, your body tells you with a simple warning: “I don’t feel good.” If you have symptoms, the only way to truly correct them is to empower the body to heal itself. Medications only weaken the body and will never correct the issue; they are made to alleviate symptoms, not cure them. AlternaHealth Solutions’ (AHS) corrective care sets the foundation for your health and defines the unique, specific steps needed for you through a process of decompression, correction, stability and infusion. This approach has proven effective in re-empowering patients’ bodies and allowing them to heal from chronic issues such as: s -IGRAINES HEADACHES TRIGEMINALNEURALGIA 4-*$ s 6ERTIGO CHRONIC FATIGUE lBROMYALGIA CHRONIC PAIN conditions, post spinal surgery pain syndromes The Maywo Clinic and Atlanta’s top physicians have referred patients to AHS and Dr. Friedman, Georgia’s only triple board-certified Upper Cervical chiropractor. AHS is currently offering free consultations throughout the month of May. With AHS, natural care is enough!

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[ MAY 10] Back on the Farm Atlanta History Center


[Through May 18] Come out to see this moving play in which seven actors of the Polk Street Players group portray 58 characters. St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, 770-218-9669,

B R E R R A B B IT & F R I E N D S [Through May 26] Enjoy a family-friendly experience at the puppet show, featuring the humorous tales of Brer Rabbit and friends as they attempt to stay out of trouble. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-973-3391,

TH E LIT TLE M E R M A I D, J R . [May 1 – 5] CYT Atlanta proudly presents “The Little Mermaid” and invites you to come see what all the fun is about “under the sea.” Milton Theater, Alpharetta, 404-543-2381,

F R O G GY W E NT A’ C O U R TI N ’ [May 11 – 26] This children’s musical melodrama is


based on the Old Mother Goose story and song. The Dancing Goat Theatre, Johns Creek, 770-772-0726,

TH E TR U E S TO RY O F TH E 3 LIT TLE P I G S BY A . WO LF [May 28 – June 9] Based on the popular book by Jon Scieszka, Mr. A. Wolf gives his entertaining perspective on the classic Three Little Pigs tale. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-973-3391,





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[May 4, June 1] Enjoy a “listening room” event at Chukkar Farm featuring James Castro with Chas Sandford, Nicole Witt and Matt Blanchard (May) and Victoria Banks and Billy Montana (June). Chukkar Farm, Alpharetta,

[Through May 9] This exhibition of paintings, drawings and ceramics is in dedication to art student Maryann Boos and in celebration of all longtime art students and volunteers. Johns Creek Arts Center, Johns Creek, 770-623-8448,

[May 4 and 5] Dawson County’s long-standing tradition is back again this year with a classic car show, gardening presentations, food and music from Lanier Jazz, the Sawnee Band, Dawson Chorale and many more. Bowen Center for the Arts, Dawsonville,



[Through May 19] Find inspiration in this portrait survey of important Hispanic American figures as photographed by celebrated

[May 10] This elegant yet casual party features entertainment and a dinner of


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locally sourced food in the farmyard. Proceeds will bring animals “back on the farm” by funding a new position to insure the care and historical interpretation of the animals at the Smith Family Farm. Atlanta History Center, 404-933-4457,

IN HARMONY FOR CANCER [May 11] Don’t miss The Dan Baraszu Trio with vocalist Laura Coyle for a concert under the stars to benefit CanCare, a nonprofit organization that provides emotional support programs to cancer patients and their families. Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, Johns Creek,

R O C K I N ’ AT TH E R I V E R [May 11] Meet at the river for the 4th Annual Rockin’ at the River event to raise support for CNC’s environment learning programs in the community. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 226,

2 0 1 3 C H I LD R E N ’ S C L A S S I C G O LF TO U R N A M E NT [May 13] The proceeds from this event will provide one New Hope Scholarship and support other programs that the Children’s Restoration Network runs year-round. The Manor and Golf Country Club, Alpharetta, 770-649-7117,

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A TO N Y E V E N I N G [May 18] This gala supports the educational programming for youth and families at the Alliance Theatre. Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, 404-733-4650,

4TH A N N UA L “ F O R TH E B OYS ” G O LF C L A S S I C [May 28] Play 18 holes of golf all in the name of raising money for the Bald Ridge Lodge, a nonprofit stabilization and assessment center for boys. Polo Fields Golf Club, Cumming, 770-887-1220,

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D E C O R ATO R S â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S H OW HOUSE & GARDENS [Through May 12] This nationally-recognized event is open to the public to view its interior and landscape designs. Tuffeau, 3495 Old Plantation Road NE, Atlanta, 404-733-4935,

TITA N S O F TH E I C E AG E [Through Aug. 15] Watch as wooly mammoths, saber-

toothed cats and giant sloths come to life on the IMAX screen. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, 404-929-6300,

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extraordinary circus show. Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta, 404-872-5818,

F R I E N D S O F R O S W E LL LI B R A RY A N N UA L M E E TI N G [May 5] Stop by for a Q&A and to learn more about the future of the Roswell Library at its annual meeting. The Roswell Library, Roswell, 770-640-3075,

[May 7] Join Cobb County seniors for an afternoon of comedy, singing and dancing at the ninth annual Cobb Senior Idol! Jennie Anderson Theater, Marietta, 770-528-1445,

P R E - M OTH E R S DAY SOIREE [May 9] Meet authors Danielle Rollins and Christy Ziglar for a book signing, take




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C R E ATE A C O NTA I N E R OF HERBS [May 9] Master Gardener Pat will demonstrate how to create a colorful herb garden. Reservations required. Scottsdale Farms, Alpharetta, 770-777-5875,

TE A W ITH B E ATR I X P OT TE R [May 11] This springtime tradition is a favorite among children to play games, make a craft and enjoy tea while listening to actress Holly Stephenson portray author Beatrix Potter. Barrington Hall, Roswell, 770-640-3855

F R E E S TR O K E SCREENING [May 11] Schedule an appointment for a free comprehensive screening including risk assessment, blood pressure reading, total cholesterol and more. Northside Hospital – Forsyth, Cumming, 404-845-5555,

E A S Y H E A LTH Y P O P S I C LE S [May 14] This bonding event for parents and children teaches participants how to make your own healthy popsicles. Scottsdale Farms, Alpharetta, 770-777-5875,

B R O O K WO O D FA R M E R ’ S M A R K E T [May 17 – Sept. 27] Kicking off on May 17 and continuing every Friday through September, Brookwood Farmer’s Market works to bring fresh produce and goods to the community. Caney Creek Preserve Park, Forsyth County, 404-401-3404

G A R D E N TO U R 2 0 1 3 [May 18] Gwinnett County Master Gardener As-


sociation’s 2013 Tour of the Gardens will feature five certified National Wildlife habitats, sun and shade gardens, a nature center and a circa 1930s farm. Multiple locations in Gwinnett County,

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ATL A NTA S TR E E T S A LI V E [May 19] From 2 to 6 p.m., a 2.7-mile stretch of Peachtree Street will be shut down to allow bikers, skateboarder, rollerbladers or those on foot to enjoy the stretch of pavement. Peachtree Street, Midtown, 404-881-1112,

B R I DA L B A LL [May 19] Planning a wedding? Attend this oneday event to meet wedding vendors, watch a fashion show and enter a raffle to win a honeymoon! Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, 404-635-6862,

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GW I N N E T T C O U NT Y M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S M E E TI N G [May 20] Join local gardeners and master beekeeper Virginia Webb in a gathering about the importance of pollination. The Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville, 770-564-4680,

BREW MOON SUMMERFEST [June 1] Kick off summer with friends, family and great food and beverages in downtown Alpharetta for its annual beer fest. B.Y.O.C. – Bring your own chairs (tables for rent). Historic Downtown Alpharetta, 404-402-5389,

M OV I E S U N D E R TH E S TA R S [May 25 – July 27] Bring a blanket and catch favorite family flicks like “Brave” and “Chasing Mavericks” on the lawn at Village Amphitheatre. Mall of Georgia, | May 2013 | Points North














Tour a Garden. The month of May is the perfect time of year to stop and smell the roses. Over Mother’s Day weekend, Atlanta Botanical Garden and Cobb Master Gardeners are each hosting garden tours. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Atlanta Botanical Gardens will spotlight 11 private gardens and a “bonus garden” at the Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators Show House. Cobb Master Gardeners will hold its annual Mother’s Day tour titled “Through the Garden Gate,” featuring a tour of seven private gardens, a plant sale and garden “faire.” For more information, please visit and Savor Italian Flavors. With an established restaurateur reputation in Dunwoody, The Peter’s Restaurant Group has recently expanded and is now serving up passionate plates in a relaxed bistro setting in Roswell. Opened since February, Peter’s Italian Bistro specializes in Tuscan-inspired entrées featuring fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Unwind with a varied wine list and full bar, enjoy live music on Saturday nights, and be sure to ask about the pizza of the month! Visit the restaurant at 690 Holcomb Bridge Road, or find details at Peruse a Pop-up Shop. Founders of the Indie Craft Experience and Atlanta natives Christy Petterson and Shannon Mulkey have now launched, an online destination for the best handmade craft items from across the United States carefully curated by the two of them. From May 3 through the 24, catch their online pop-up shop titled “Art Print Love” to find that unique piece of printed art for your home. For more information and to shop, please visit

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Download the App. Whether you are visiting or living in Marietta, you can now book a hotel, find a nearby restaurant and stay connected with special events through your mobile device. Use the Visit Marietta Square app as your personal tour guide to the city with easy-to-use searchable features to find events, dining, attractions and lodging as well as stay connected to the Marietta Visitors Bureau through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Updates are already planned for the app to include a heritage tourism component and a “hip deals” section. To download, go to the App Store for your iPhone, and the Google Play Store for Android devices.



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Take a Stroll – with a glass of wine in hand! On Saturday, May 18 from 2 to 5 p.m., head to Smyrna for the annual Smyrna Wine Stroll. There will be more than 60 different wines from around the world to sample, as well as music and food samples from local vendors. Over the past few years, the host of the event, The Wine Cellars, along with sponsors, has donated more than $25,000 to local charities from the proceeds. To purchase tickets, please visit

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