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POINTS NORTH ATLANTA | ISSUE 161 | OCTOBER 2013

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{ ON THE COVER } In Woodstock, Century House Tavern’s scallops are a menu mainstay with accompaniments that change with the seasons. Photo by Chris Hornaday Photography

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46 CANCER-FIGHTING FOODS

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We asked local cancer specialists and dietitians to name one or more foods that may have the ability to prevent or slow the progression of cancer. Here are the all-stars they recommend to their patients.

The northernmost points of Atlanta’s north metro area along Ga. 400, Cumming and Dawsonville combine small-town charm with suburban progress, with gems in areas of dining, shopping and natural attractions.

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CENTRAL COAST

As the Northside dining scene continues to thrive, it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint a favorite restaurant, chef or dish. Here, we offer up 26 different dining options that are Points North-approved — from A to Z.

While downtown Paso Robles qualifies as quaint, Santa Barbara County offers trendier tasting rooms with a similarly hospitable and pretense-free attitude. Allow us to take you on an alphabetical tour of California’s Central Coast.

S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 42 | Food Lover’s Guide 55 | Cancer Prevention & Awareness 65 | Private Education

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one of my greatest pleasures in life. I love to cook it, eat it and even daydream about it. My husband jokes that I can’t finish one meal without planning what to eat at the next. (He’s usually right.) And I’m not only passionate about food for my own consumption. I also love to feed others. I plan weekly meals for my family on a chalkboard in our kitchen. I clip recipes out of magazines to prepare for potlucks. I fill gallonsized mason jars with soup for friends and family after new babies or hospital stays. But I’ve recently been convicted to serve even greater purposes with my passion for food. I spend so much time obsessing over my own meals when so many others are in need. So this month, as I dine my way around the Northside restaurants featured in this annual Wine & Dine issue, I’m also committing to get involved with one of these local hunger-feeding organizations. Will you join me? UÊ œÊ ˆ`Ê ՘}ÀÞÊ iœÀ}ˆ>Ê pÊ Ê «>ÀÌnership between the national Share Our Strength organization and the iœÀ}ˆ>Ê œœ`Ê >˜ŽÊ ÃÜVˆ>̈œ˜]Ê œÊ

ˆ`Ê՘}ÀÞÊVœ˜˜iVÌÃʎˆ`Ãʈ˜Ê˜ii`ÊÜˆÌ…Ê nutritious food and teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Donations are welcome, as is assistance in raising awareness about open feeding sites for children during the summer. ga.nokidhungry.org UÊ i>Ãʜ˜Ê7…iiÃÊpÊ/…iʏ>À}iÃÌʘ>̈œ˜>Ê organization providing communitybased senior nutrition programs partners with numerous senior services across the Northside. Assistance is needed in the form of funding and volunteers to deliver meals. Search for programs in your zip code with the website's “Find a Meal” feature. mowaa.org UÊ œ`½ÃÊ >À`i˜]Ê >˜Ìœ˜Ê pÊ ÀœÜÃÊ >Ê variety of produce to donate to those in ˜ii`Ê̅ÀœÕ}…Ê …iÀœŽiiÊ œÕ˜ÌÞÊ-i˜ˆœÀÊ Services, Must Ministries and more. Volunteers are needed to work directly ˆ˜Ê̅iÊ}>À`i˜°Ê-i>ÀV…ʺœ`½ÃÊ>À`i˜ÊqÊ

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A TRIP TO LA PLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT Cradled between the Gulf of Mexico and

Vanderbilt Bay, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., is the only truly beachfront, boutique resort on the Gulf Coast, with sweeping white sands just 33 steps from the resort. Besides boasting the aforementioned pristine “sandscape,” LaPlaya also pampers guests with personal Beach Butlers, poolside cabanas, its award-winning BALEEN restaurant, a David Leadbetter Golf Academy with private 18-hole golf course, stunning sunsets and the exotic SpaTerre, which is essentially 4,500 square feet of bliss by the beach. For more information on LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, ranked No. 12 on Conde Nast Traveler's “Best U.S. Resorts List,” visit laplayaresort.com.

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the PRIZE One lucky Points North Atlanta reader and guest will win three-day/two-night accommodations for two, as well as dinner for two at Baleen and a SpaTerre Treatment for two. This prize, valued at $1,400, expires one year from publication date. Black-out dates do apply and prize is not redeemable during major holidays. Enter to win online at pointsnorthatlanta.com by Oct. 31.


october 2013 CLOS PONS WINES AT SHERATON ATLANTA DOWNTOWN CLOS PONS, A WINERY IN A RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AREA of Spain, the Les Garrigues district in Costers del Segre in the province of Lleida, produces six varietals on their land that was once nothing but olive trees. One of Clos Pons’ exclusive wines, named 809, is 100 percent Marcelan. This hybrid grape, first grown in France more than 50 years ago, is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache (Garnacha in Spain). While the grape never really established itself in France as many had expected, Clos Pons has created an extraordinary wine with the varietal, exhibiting a depth and richness reminiscent of the most special Amarones produced in the Veneto region of Italy. Less than 200 of the 800 bottles produced in 2009 were shipped to the United States, and the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown recently snapped up the entire supply, as well as a few cases of every wine produced by Clos Pons. Clos Pons produces two white wines, Sisquella (a blend of Garnacha Blanca, Albarino and Moscatel de Alejandria) and Roc de Foc (100 percent Macabeu), as well as three other red wines in addition to the 809 (the new vintage 810 will be released soon). Alges is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Syrah, while Roc Nu is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon, while Alonia is a regional 50-50 blend of Garnacha and Syrah. Sheraton Atlanta recently unveiled the elegant Fandangles Restaurant & Bar with Executive Chef Marc Suennemann overseeing the cuisine, and offers an evolutionary wine program, beautifully orchestrated by Donley Ferguson and Orin McCann. The first bottles of Clos Pons wines are slated to arrive later this month. Sheraton Atlanta Downtown, 165 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, 404-659-6500

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Vine WINE TOUR A VISIT TO THE AMAZING Biltmore Estates never ceases to surprise or delight, whether it’s your first experience or one of many over the years. Recently added to the already long list of amenities and activities available to guests is the Vine to Wine Tour. This exclusive tour takes you behind the vines, so to speak, to areas on the estate not normally accessible to guests, providing wine enthusiasts the opportunity to see how grapes become award-winning wines. While on the bus, learn how the Estate, which now has 94 acres of vineyards, planted the first vines in 1971 and how each harvest averages 250 tons of grapes annually. Then hop off for a more hands-on education. Touch the vines as a gracious tour guide explains the challenges of dealing with rain like they’ve had this season, tour the winery and participate in a walking production tour before preparing your palate to sip and swirl. Accompanied by chocolates and cheeses, the tour concludes with a grand tasting including the Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay, the Biltmore Cabernet Franc, the Biltmore Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs, the Biltmore Reserve Riesling, the Biltmore Reserve Pinot Noir, the Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Antler Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. Our personal

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favorite is the Biltmore Pas de Deux, a sparkling, sweet white wine made from Muscat Canelli grapes. Foodies in search of fabulous bites onsite will gravitate to the Stable Café, a must-see transformation of a 19th-Century horse stable, originally built to house George Vanderbilt’s prized horses. Guests dine in the authenticity of renovated horse stalls with brick flooring and iron accents. Highlights here are the heirloom tomato bisque and the roasted vegetable salad with roasted asparagus, artichoke hearts, roasted red bell peppers, tomatoes and crisp salad greens with goat cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, and fresh apple cider vinaigrette. Of course, adjacent to the winery is the popular and well-appointed Bistro restaurant. Start with artisan cheeses like the Bucheron, St. Andre, Ossau Iraty, Great Hill Blue, and Cabot clothbound cheddar served with spiced honey and dried fruit and best enjoyed with a flight of wine. Move next to a perfectly prepared plate of pan-seared scallops, served with sweet corn puree, edamame and lobster succotash, then polish off the memorable meal with a flourless chocolate tort accompanied by coffee toffee. Just another reason to love the short commute to Asheville. biltmore.com — Kelly Mattingly

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FOUNDATION SOCIAL EATERY Chef Mel Toledo is opening more than a restaurant in Roswell this fall; he’s crafting an experience. Foundation Social Eatery (FSE) is the culmination of Toledo’s study in kitchens from California to France, his belief in seasonal, handcrafted food, and his passion for the forgotten art of conversation. Every dish on the new American menu, from the indulgent appetizers and desserts to the savory charcuterie and pastas, will unite the freshest of Southern ingredients with classic French and Italian influences. Toledo has left no martini un-garnished and no plate unpaired. His bar will offer an array of artisan cocktails, boutique wines and craft beers that perfectly complement your meal. Like its food, FSE’s décor juxtaposes rustic simplicity with hyper-modernity. An avant-garde color palette is intertwined with industrial metallic elements, unfinished woods and Edison lamps, creating the perfect atmosphere for relaxed conversation over inspired food. foundationatl.com — Niki Knippenberg

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ALL ABOUT THE NORTHSIDE CHEFS ALLIANCE

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The Northside Chefs Alliance (NCA) was conceived and organized by three noteworthy chefs, Michael Bologna, Chris Hope and Thomas Minchella, who share a passion for food and the culinary NORTHSIDE arts. The NCA is designed to provide members with a substantial network A L L I A N C E for sharing ideas, trends, relationships with suppliers and educational opportunities within the food service industry, primarily focusing upon those chefs who own and operate their own establishment(s). According to Bologna, chef/owner of Vingenzo’s Pizza and Pasta in Woodstock, the NCA will host monthly member meetings where members will discuss dining trends, education and development of future culinarians and restaurant management, thus creating meaningful relationships with suppliers, joint marketing efforts and the creation of consumer-focused events. Hope is the chef/owner of Sperata Restaurant, a 70-seat restaurant in historic Buford on East Main Street, while Minchella is executive chef at McKendrick’s Steakhouse, Park Place in Dunwoody and boasts extensive restaurant management experience. Visit pointsnorthatlanta.com for updates about the Northside Chefs Alliance.

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COMMON QUARTER TO DEBUT IN EAST COBB Chris Talley, Chris Hall, Ryan Turner and Todd Mussman, the quintessential quartet of restaurateurs that have enjoyed great success at Local Three Kitchen & Bar, Muss and Turners, and Eleanor’s (featured on the cover of our February issue) are at it again. Scheduled to open later this month in Marietta, Common Quarter is a new concept combining Southern Coastal fare with farm-to-table dining. Talley, who waxed nostalgic recently about his trips to St. Simons Island and Gulf Shores, said the new restaurant will have a comfortable, fun aura of the many beachside haunts he once visited, complete with a refreshing design, a cool patio and live music. Also enamored by the vegetable stands and country cooking dives dotting the roadside on the way to the beach, Talley said his group hopes to incorporate a sense of laidback simplicity, while maintaining the same service levels and quality menu guests have come to expect from the group’s other ventures. 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, commonquarter.com

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CHELSEA PARK FUNDRAISER

Last month, we announced the groundbreaking of Chelsey Park Health & Rehabilitation, a nonprofit neurological resident and patient center coming to Dahlonega. Next month, join us for the first of two fundraisers for the state-of-the-art center, taking place Nov. 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Vino Venue in Dunwoody. chelseyparkhealth.org

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Tracy Nicole, an Atlanta author and entrepreneur, has released a blog titled “Beneath the Petals” about her experience with overcoming breast cancer. Nicole was diagnosed at the end of 2012 and has since had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. She hopes to use the blog as an outlet for turning her experience into a positive one, by not only furthering her own healing but also educating women of all ages. Topics include the importance of early detection and the importance of speaking to your doctors about the danger of breast cancer. The blog sheds light on Nicole’s entire journey, as to comfort the anxieties of fellow fighters. Welcome to the blog are the stories of other survivors, so that Beneath the Petals can be used as a platform for inspiration and sisterhood. beneaththepetals.blogspot.com — Kristin Hiller

CHASTAIN PARK

Arts FESTIVAL

This Nov. 2 – 3, approximately 200 local and regional artists will come together to celebrate artistic expression and the creative spirit. The Chastain Park Arts Festival attracts some of the country’s finest painters, photographers, glass blowers, jewelers and sculptors, but a supercilious galerie d’art this is not. The free fair is designed by its artists as an interactive gift to the community. In addition to artist exhibits, there will be demonstrations, hands-on activities and live acoustic music performed by local musicians. Since the festival’s proceeds benefit a scholarship for local artists, you have the chance to give back too. For more information visit chastainparkartsfestival.com. — Niki Knippenberg

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GIBBS GARDENS presents

The Japanese Maples Festival

Dining Stars

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ALLOW YOUR TASTE BUDS to transcend in time as you dine al fresco with a celebration of regional and international avors. Château Élan’s unforgettable Dining Under the Stars series culminates this month on Oct. 12 with a tribute to truffles, those heady delicacies once referred to as the “diamonds of the kitchen.â€? The gourmet affair features a multi-course meal from the skilled hands of Chef Bradley Czajka paired with select wines by Château Élan executive winemaker Simon Bergese. Dining Under the Stars packages start at $459 and include dinner and wine pairings for two on the Winery’s Sunset Lawn, a bottle of private-label Château Élan wine and overnight accommodations in the Inn. While you’re there, feel free to add on additional epicurean experiences such as winery tours and tastings that pair wines with local ingredients like Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses and olive oils from Georgia Olive Farms; cooking classes or demonstrations in the resort’s renowned culinary studio; and dining in the resort’s selection of onsite restaurants, which feature everything from Southern and All-American classics to Mediterranean, classic French and Irish fare, to healthful spa cuisine. chateauelan.com

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elebrate autumn at Gibbs Gardens’ Japanese Maples Festival from October 1 thru November 15. More than 2,000 Japanese maples in 100 varieties paint a gold, yellow, orange and ame-red panorama on every vista. Hundreds of bright red Burning Bush and thousands of vibrant yellow Sweetshrub blend with the remarkable reds of Sourwood, Sassafras and Dogwood trees to color the hills with sweeping splashes of color. Our blossom-ďŹ lled eight-acre Wildower Meadow carpets the ďŹ elds in shades of yellow-gold, purple and red. On October 26 and 27, Gibbs Gardens’ invites you to experience the serene beauty of Japanese culture set against the singular beauty of the largest Japanese Gardens in the nation. Details coming on gibbsgardens.com. 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107   sWWWGIBBSGARDENSCOM

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Around Back at Rocky’s Place Dawsonville’s own home for folk art and all other forms of handmade finery may resemble a normal North Georgia residence from the front. But if you take a hint from its fitting name and walk around back, you’ll find a paradise of pottery, wood carvings and primary colors. This house-turnedgallery named for the owners’ lovable canine companion features pieces from nearly 300 different

self-taught artists (including prominent folk painter John “Cornbread” Anderson) in every medium you can imagine. The eccentric yet distinctly Southern assemblage began as a personal project for two professional art pickers. It’s been growing steadily for nigh on 12 years and today it’s toured regularly by both serious collectors and curious passersby. 3631 Georgia 53, Dawsonville, 706-265-6030, aroundbackatrockysplace.com

SERIES SPONSORED BY VIXEN VODKA

PHOTO COURTESY OF AROUND BACK AT ROCKY’S PLACE

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Blue Bicycle Bistro Guy Owen may have started out as an architectural draftsman, but one taste of the man’s perfectly crisped crab cakes will have you thinking otherwise. He began his transition to professional chef 25 years ago and … let’s just say the switch was a success. These days he’s the architect behind the menu at The Blue Bicycle, an unexpected little bistro behind the North Georgia Premium Outlets where he and his wife Kati are on a mission to bring back the three-course meal. From afar, the building housing the Blue Bicycle looks like little more than a huge brick box. Pull into the parking lot, however, and you’ll find the front of the bistro swathed in bushes and cheerful blooms. Pass under the royal blue awning and SERIES SPONSORED into the unpretentious BY VIXEN restaurant and you’ll find VODKA patrons as cheerful as the

blooms outside, delighting in dishes like housemade pâté and pan-seared North Carolina trout. While the trout comes from North Carolina, many of the main ingredients are harvested in locales as close as Circle A hydroponic lettuce farm in Cumming. The cuisine fashioned from these local ingredients is an eclectic amalgamation of cultural influences. The owners describe their menu-style as “continental with a Southern accent” yet they seem to underestimate the Asian and New American flavors at play in their selections. Buttery scallops on a bed of ginger-scented rice, for example, have a decidedly Thai twang. If you’re looking to indulge in a true Southern tradition, though, stop by this month to celebrate the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival with a signature moonshine cocktail. 671 Lumpkin Campground Road S, Dawsonville, 706-265-2153, bluebicycle.net

Poole’s Mill Park While we admit that Forsyth is no Madison County when it comes to accommodating epic romances, we like to think it can hold its own against a makebelieve love nest, especially when it comes to historic bridge sites. Poole’s Mill Park is a park that was built around such a bridge. While the park wasn’t officially established until 1997, the modest structure traversing Settingdown Creek at Poole’s Mill has existed in some form since 1820. Even the covered bridge that stands there today is more than 100 years old. And, with its wooden trusses and time-weathered lattices, there is something sort of romantic about it. Its antique grandeur will make it a favorite spot for engagement photo shoots and afternoon strolls for many years to come. 7725 Poole’s Mill Road, Cumming, 770-781-2215, forsythco.com

LEFT TO RIGHT: PHOTOS COURTESY OF ART OF LIFE; FORSYTH COUNTY GOVERNMENT; SHANNAH J. SMITH

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Market 334 Just entering this artisan boutique is an instant mood lifter. With wares from more than 65 local artisans as well as larger brands like Natural Life, a quick glance around the homespun bohemian merchandise should leave you feeling the love. The market carries typical boutique items — jewelry, accessories, clothing and candles — but because so many are made by local hands, each piece has a unique look. If you want to see something truly atypical, nothing beats Market 334’s selection of folk art and home décor. In a separate gallery room, you can peruse original paintings, carvings, pottery and gorgeous wood furniture for sale. New stock arrives daily so repeat visits are encouraged. Besides, there’s no telling how much your psyche can benefit from all the good vibes this place puts out. And those are free. 334 Dahlonega St., Cumming, 678-367-1615

Hardly hidden, the annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival is certainly a gem, returning Oct. 3 - 13.

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Tam’s Backstage One restaurant in Downtown

Fleece Ev en t he most loyal lovers of local have their dirty little big box secrets. And can you really blame them? Out in the ‘burbs, it isn’t always practical to shop at locally-owned businesses. When a crafty local yearns for yarn, for example, you can usually fi nd her at a certain lobby for hobbyists, sheepishly strolling through aisles of alpaca and wool. Well, we’ve got a fix for CumSERIES SPONSORED ming-based crafters’ big BY VIXEN box treachery. Fleece, VODKA

located off Highway 20 (look for the four-foot needles in the window), will have you feeling sheepish, but not out of guilt. To estimate the sheer amount of sheared sheep it must take to stock this independent yarn store boggles the mind and puts a familiar itch in any avid knitter’s wrists. Whether you’re in search of an inspiring project idea or a specialty skein for scarf season, we recommend you flock to Fleece. 1735 Buford Highway, Cumming, 770886-KNIT, fleecegeorgia.com

Cumming is bringing new meaning to the phrase “dinner theater.” Tam’s Backstage, nestled beneath the Cumming Playhouse in the historic Cumming Public School structure, serves up plenty of dramatic dishes worthy of a standing ovation. It may be miles away from Broadway, but that doesn’t mean that Tam’s doesn’t know how to put on a show. Only instead of actors and costumes, Tam’s uses fresh flavors to stage its scenes. You can start your meal off with a “dramatizer” of calamari or crab bisque. For the main event, you might sample a headliner pasta dish or a little something off the grill. Lastly, a decadent dessert makes for an ideal closing number before your Off-Broadway banquet takes its final bow. 215 Ingram Ave., Cumming, 678-455-8310, tamsbackstage.com LEFT TO RIGHT: PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNAH J. SMITH; TAM’S BACKSTAGE

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Smith’s — Gift, Home, Gourmet When we need a gift on the go,

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Smith’s is our go-to store. Smith’s motto is simple — live life comfortably and in style without breaking the bank. Since 2007, Smith’s has been helping customers entertain and live a casual yet stylish life with a wide range of home décor, servingware, kitchen tools, fashionable accessories and more. National brands include Lenny & Eva jewelry alongside offerings from local artisans, like Custom Coasters by Hazel, Habersham Home Fragrance and Linda Vachon Fine Art. The store’s free decorating workshop series is a great opportunity to get some home interior design tips; upcoming dates include a fall open house on Oct. 12 and a Christmas open house Nov. 14 – 17. In addition to the Cumming location, which recently moved to a larger space within The Collection at Forsyth behind Coldwater Creek, Smith’s also opened a second location in Downtown Duluth in August. The Collection at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree SERIES SPONSORED Pkwy., #230, 770BY VIXEN 888-5505, facebook. VODKA com/smithsthestore


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Ý Fresh Seafood Ý Baby Back Ribs Ý Fresh Home-made Vegetables Ý Great Steaks! Ý Half-Priced Bottled Wine on Wednesday and Thursday

Sawnee Mountain Preserve H igh on top of Saw n ee Mountain, you’ll find a hidden gem within a hidden gem. Yes, the preserve itself is rather hidden down winding country roads lined with lush green pastures. Within the preserve though, up a well-shaded hiking trail, you’ll find a mountain climber’s dream come true — naturally-occurring, chairlike rock formations, perfect for taking in lofty views. These stony thrones, formally dubbed the Indian Seats, provide visitors with a 270-degree vista of the Woodland Indians’ former stomping grounds. On a clear day, you might just catch a glimpse of the Blue Ridge mountains from the wind-swept seats. If you aren’t much for scaling boulders, Sawnee Mountain has plenty to offer cautious climbers including the Indian Seats observation deck, a tree house area and a canopy walk. 4075 Spot Road, Cumming, 770-781-2217, sawneemountain.org PN

ONLY TWO EDITIONS OF HIDDEN GEMS REMAIN! November: Alpharetta & Milton December: Suwanee & Duluth

Gasthaus Tirol GERMAN & EUROPEAN CUISINE Chef Reinhold Weger has been creating German & European specialties in downtown Cumming since 1995!

Oktober Fest Open 2-9p.m. Sundays during Oktober Fest Spätzle and Bratwurst eating contests! Beer tastings! Live music on some weekends! And, Schweinshaxen is served! Try our Reuben for lunch — the BEST in North Georgia

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Noteworthy Northside Restaurants, Chefs and Dishes from A to Z W R I T T E N BY T H E E D I TO R S O F P O I N T S N O R T H

As the Northside dining scene continues to thrive, it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint a favorite restaurant, chef or dish. There are places we frequent for familiarity, those we reserve for special occasions, chefs we turn to for precision or innovation, and a few new openings we’re anxiously awaiting. Here, we offer up 26 different dining options that are Points North-approved.

Hugo's Oyster Bar crab cakes PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS HORNADAY PHOTOGRAPHY

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each pig from snout to tail. Menus are printed daily and filled with house-made creations using only locally sourced produce, dairy and meats. The pork belly with bourbon peach compote over grits is not to be missed, nor is the butternut squash soup served with crab hush puppies and mace whip. Belly up for an entrée like the Brasstown strip served with charred okra, flat beans, sweet potato purée and fried pickled okra, and then leave with fond memories of dessert like the smoked chocolate ice cream, honey marshmallow and graham cracker. 23 North Park Square, Marietta, 678224-1599, eatlocaleatbetter.com

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CENTURY HOUSE TAVERN | Woodstock Located in the historic Hubbard House in Woodstock’s thriving downtown district, Century House Tavern (CHT) feels a little bit like visiting an old friend, the one who hosts the best dinner parties, starting at cocktail hour and lasting late into the night. An instant hit with the Woodstock community upon opening in 2012, CHT upped the ante earlier this year by bringing on Chef Daniel PoCentury House Tavern’s warm local apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream

rubiansky, former head chef of Bacchanalia, one of Atlanta’s best-rated restaurants. In the past six months, Porbiansky has been slowly transforming

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ADAM’S PIANO BAR | Buford

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THE BUTCHER THE BAKER | Marietta

the menu, introducing items that reflect his upscale style and commitment to local ingredients. The result is fine dining that’s approachable, just like Porbiansky himself. His perfectly seared scal-

Quality nightlife can be hard to come by in the

It only took 10 days to transform the space formerly

lops (pictured on this month’s cover) were an early

northernmost stretches of the Northside, but his-

known as Simpatico into The Butcher The Baker. At

hit, making them a year-round menu mainstay,

toric Downtown Buford is a rare hotspot for eve-

the helm of this artfully updated restaurant, now

paired with seasonally appropriate garnishes like

ning entertainment. While the hard rockin’ crowd

regularly packed in anticipation of a farm-to-table

peas in the spring and parsnips in the fall. The res-

head bangs at 37 Main, those who seek softer

meal in the suburbs, is the talented husband and

taurant’s current menu is largely comprised of Por-

sounds set up shop at Adam’s. The restaurant and

wife team of Micah “The Butcher” and Katie “The

biansky’s own creations, including a charcuterie of

piano bar features live music on Thursdays through

Baker” Pfister. The duo crossed culinary paths in

local and imported cheeses, housemade pâté and

Saturdays in the main dining room, and on select

Colorado, made their way back to the South, and, in

house-cured duck ham, and a warm apple cobbler

weekend nights in its downstairs speakeasy. In-

March of this year, opened their restaurant on Mari-

made with fruit from a neighbor’s tree. A new wine

credible steaks (you could cut them with a butter

etta Square. Katie starts each day making dough

list rounds out the seasonal additions along with

knife) and a very nice wine list give Adam’s culinary

for the various breads and desserts served at both

new apple-infused and bourbon-based cocktails.

credibility as well. 15 E. Main St., Buford,  678-

The Butcher The Baker and Willie Rae’s, which they

125 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-693-4552,

745-0379, adamsrestaurantandpianobar.com

also own, while Micah turns his attention to using

centuryhousetavern.com

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DECATUR This not-so-Northside destination made our list because it’s packed with critically acclaimed restaurants and craft beer. Frequent trips to this happening hub landed us at The Brick Store Pub, where you’ll find an appetizer called tittle pop — bourbon caramel popped corn, roasted pecans and peanuts — that sets the tone for more incredible things to come. Fueling up takes on new meaning with a stop at Leon’s Full Service. A weakness for the lemon-lavender pistachio cookie sandwich, served with Georgia peach ice cream, is simply one of the many reasons the Northside could use its own Leon’s Full Service. And for tapas with a Spanish flair, we can’t resist The Iberian Pig. brickstorepub.com, leonsfullservice.com, theiberianpigatl.com.

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FUSCO’S VIA ROMA | Acworth

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EASTERN ROLL, R. RICE | Sandy Springs

Rather than breathtaking Italian vistas, dining at Fusco’s via Roma embraces the historical setting

Cocktails at The Iberian Pig

of downtown Acworth and provides a taste of The Eastern Roll with shrimp, egg and avocado is purely our excuse for getting R. Rice into our Alphabet Soup. The inhouse PN sushi lovers have yet to find rolls that can rival our top three here: the Valentine Roll is packed with shrimp tempura, cucumber and spicy tuna, then wrapped with soybean paper and served with tomato salsa; the Falcons Roll, with soft shell crab and red onion wrapped with soybean paper and topped with spicy tuna and house sauce, comes sec-

Tuscany that’s often hard to find in the ‘burbs of

shopping an interactive experience that contin-

Atlanta. Start with an appetizer of PEI mussels be-

ues long after you leave with your glass-bottled

fore diving into a hearty plate of gnocchi roma with

treasures. The couple, who opened Gabby’s after

your choice of bolognese, marinara, four cheese

discovering the health benefits of polyphenal-rich

or pesto sauce. Patrons with pint-sized picky pal-

olive oil during Tony’s bout with cancer, are truly

ates will want to order pretty much anything with

passionate about their products and dedicated to

meatballs made here. These guaranteed crowd

bridging the gap between purchasing them and

pleasers mean, of course, that adults in your

putting them to use in your own kitchen. Not only

party have more time to peruse the wine list,

will they recommend flavor combinations to taste

and that quickly pleases another crowd. 4815A

before you buy, they’ll also send a whole host of

South Main St. NW, Acworth, 770-974-1110,

recipes featuring your specific purchases via email

fuscosviaroma.com

upon request. Tony’s black cherry garlic-glazed

ond fiddle to the Lava Roll, with shrimp tempura and mango topped with salmon and house-made strawberry sauce. 1140 Hammond Dive Sandy Springs, 770-804-8155, r-rice.com

ribs is one recipe we return to time and time

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again. The shop also sells fresh baguettes and sourdough bread, gourmet olives, spice blends,

GABBY’S OLIVE BRANCH | Cumming

tapenades and pesto from Dallas, Ga.-based Olive oil tasting rooms might be the newest trend

Rosemary Knoll Eatable Delights and hydroponic

on the Northside, but it’s more than EVOOs and

lettuce from Cumming’s Circle A Farms. 5890

flavor-fused vinegars that make this one a per-

Bethelview Road, Cumming, 770-630-4077,

sonal favorite. Owners Tony and Kathy Pace make

gabbysolivebranch.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF MAI & BRI PHOTOGRAPHY

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HUGO’S OYSTER BAR | Roswell The next big thing in Roswell’s thriving restaurant scene, Hugo’s Oyster Bar is a casual, affordable alternative to owners Rich Clark and Chef Jon Schwenk’s original venture, C&S Seafood in Smyrna. Proving you don’t have to venture to The Big Easy for Cajun-inspired fare and fun, Hugo’s offers Northsiders a lively taste of New Orleans in both its menu and its mood, with white brick walls, mirrored ceilings, brightly colored murals and festively lit signs. In order to serve the best possible oysters year-round, Hugo’s brings some of their namesake items down from the Northeast, but all other seafood is sourced from Southern coastal waters, from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Mississippi Delta. An unexpected favorite is the blackened catfish, elevated by a pickled black eyed pea relish and hericots verts. Additional highlights include fiery blue crab claws (sop up the sauce for some extra spice), sizzling chargrilled oysters, and a redfish in white wine sauce with Creole potato cakes. And because N’Awlins is all about indulgence, don’t skimp on dessert – the brioche bread pudding with Jim Beam anglaise is sinfully good. 10360 Alpharetta St., Roswell,

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ICE Martini Bar

ICE MARTINI BAR | Woodstock

770-993-5922, hugosoysterbar.com If Century House Tavern is downtown Woodstock’s most impeccable host, ICE Martini Bar is its fun-loving friend. Living up to its name, the space is cool, with white and, yes, ice blue décor and a vibrant, urban vibe. Perhaps ICE seems better suited for a hip in-town neighborhood, but it’s right at home in Woodstock, providing a place for suburbanites to unwind and let loose without venturing too far from home. If you’re hungry, there are plenty of options on the restaurant’s varied menu, from BBQ pork sliders to sushi. But the main attraction is a menu of hand-crafted cocktails. There are creative concoctions galore, but our favorite is a simple interpretation of a perfectly chilled cucumber martini with freshly squeezed juice. 380 Chambers St., Woodstock, 770-672-6334, icemartinibar.com

Hugo’s catfish with black eyed pea relish

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JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION SEMI FINALIST, BEST BAR PROGRAM: THE PORTER BEER BAR This place may not be Northside (it’s perched on the outskirts of Decatur) but it is one of our all-time favorite Atlanta restaurants and a semi-finalist for the Best Bar Program by James Beard Foundation the past two years. For fans of craft beer, this haven offers more than 44 beers on draft plus more than 800 in the bottle, but don’t dare dismiss the food menu. Here, divine dishes like The Porter’s Signature Hush Puppies with applewood smoked bacon and Austin’s organic fuji apple sauce grace rustic table tops while the private beer cellar beckons patrons down a few steps into a space worthy of wiling away the night with friends. 11 Euclid Ave. NE, 404-223-0393, Atlanta, theporterbeerbar.com

The Porter’s goat cheese fritters

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KOZMO GASTRO PUB | Johns Creek Veteran restaurateur Oswald Morgan brought an

suburbs caught some by surprise. Tucked away

(hand-ground beef brisket and sirloin burgers,

in-town vibe and a progressive menu to Johns

on what can best be described as a cut-through

mac & cheese with truffle oil and bacon, Poutine

Creek during the onset of an economic crisis, Feb.

from McGinnis Ferry Road to Jones Bridge Road,

with braised beef, gravy and Jack cheese and pan-

2009. Four-plus years later, the trendy, functional,

Kozmo Gastro Pub is a breath of fresh air from the

roasted salmon with creamed corn white bean

simplistic environs still have a certain rattle-n-hum

mundane menus dotting North Fulton and South

succotash and fennel citrus salad). A wine enthu-

in the evening, where the pulse quickens to the

Forsyth counties. The menu features a mixture

siast himself, Morgan’s list is deeper than most,

beat of the music and your taste buds hum merrily

of the previously unseen (lamb croquettes, white

his “kraft” beer list evolutionary and his signature

in unison. Morgan’s The Globe Restaurant & Bar

chocolate cranberry bread pudding, Parmesan

cocktails (Saketini for one) are legendary. 11890

in Midtown was named 2006 Restaurant of the

truffled tempura mushrooms and salmon cake

Douglas Rd., 678-526-6094, Johns Creek,

Year by Atlanta Magazine, and his move to the

salad) and intriguing versions of the tried-and-true

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LAMB DUO, SPERATA | Buford When was the last time you cooked a leg of lamb, rack of lamb or a lamb shank at home? For me, it was about 18 years ago. The price of lamb, the often painstaking requirements to cook at least two of those cuts mentioned, and the fear of mal-execution leads those of us who enjoy it to assign the task to those of much more culinary capability. One chef who fits that bill is Chris Hope of Sperata in Buford, and knowing that he grew up in England, where lamb is a staple of the diet, I trust him implicitly. And, of course, I have sampled his lamb before, too. In addition to the veal osso bucco, venison and wild boar dishes he prepares, patrons of the quaint eatery in Buford also enjoy Hope’s Duo of Lamb, which in the words of the chef, “you’ve got the best of both worlds there!” The first part of the duo is a tender lamb shank taken off the bone and further enhanced with wild mushrooms, shallots and red wine (typically Australian Shiraz). Once those elements are combined and reduced, Hope serves it with risotto or horseradish mashed potatoes. Then, Hope adds two medium-rare lamb chops, lightly seasoned with garlic and herbs to the plate. The succulent taste of the shank complemented by the firm, yet juicy chops is a winning combination, or a Hopeful duo if you prefer. Visit the special events page on Sperata’s website for details of the lamb cooking demonstration and wine dinner slated for Sat. Oct. 19, beginning at 4 p.m., with co-host Jeff Mathy of Napa Valley’s Vellum Wine Craft. 9 East Main St., Buford, 678-765-7911, speratarestaurant.com

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MAMBO JAMBO | Alpharetta Tucked amongst the many culinary choices on Alpharetta’s Windward Parkway sits a LatinAmerican inspired restaurant that should be on everyone’s can’t-miss list. Owner George Quesada started Mambo Jambo in 1998 in Weston, Fla., and opened a second location in Coral Springs before bringing his particular Latin-fusion flair to the Northside. The restaurant pleases the eye, the ear, and the palate; the décor is rich with dark woods, luxurious fabrics, and an eclectic collection of art and artifacts. Live music plays at just the right level while you enjoy a perfectly-spiced ceviche (only the freshest seafood, marinated in lime juice, Rocoto peppers, cilantro and red onions), followed by their famous goat cheese salad (a must have), and any one of their many entrées. The restaurant bills itself as a Nuevo Latino Seafood Café, but their menu goes beyond the numerous fresh-daily seafood dishes — served Cuban style — to include Codito de Cordero al Vino Rojo (braised lamb shank in a rich red wine sauce), Argentinean Parrilla, and a collection of Peruvian and Cuban dishes. Tapas are served in the bistro-style bar area, and there is a large outdoor dining area as well as a private room. 5310 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, 770-667-0097, mambojambocafe.com — Cheryl Mills

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NINE STREET KITCHEN | Roswell If we had it our way, it would be 70-degrees yearround. Weather that calls for jeans and a t-shirt and dining outdoors. Thankfully, we get those mild temperatures quite frequently at this time

PHOTOS COURTESY OF NINE STREET KITCHEN

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Left: Portico’s seared Ahi tuna; Above: Quanto Basta’s orchiette

of year. But when it’s a little bit hotter or colder

Roman fare. The menu will combine the simple,

than our liking? We’re dining outdoors at NINE

We expected Old World Italian and instead found

casual spirit of an osteria with the more formal

global panache. Rather than stately columns,

Street Kitchen anyway. With five different outdoor

dining of a Roman trattoria. The restaurant’s menu

this Portico boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and

areas, the restaurant on Roswell’s booming Can-

and dining rooms will allow guests to choose how

industrial chic décor, and while pasta is scarce,

ton Street is a year-round destination for al fresco

they’d like to dine: a simple, quick bowl of pasta

appearing only once in a porcini ravioli (twice if

dining. In the heat of the summer, diners set up

and cicchetti in the osteria, a three-course dinner

you count a side dish of truffle mac & cheese),

camp on the restaurant’s picnic lawn or street-

in the trattoria, or just simply a glass of wine and

the food here does not disappoint. Executive

side sidewalk. In the winter, they bask under the

salumi at the bar. Fresh, locally sourced ingredi-

Chef Brian Lee’s menu reads like a well-traveled

warmth of heat lamps on the upper brick patio or

ents from nearby Georgia farms, artisan bakers

passport — steamed mussels reminiscent of the

cozy up under brightly colored blankets on the cov-

and purveyors will be used by Leahy to create an

south of France, fried chipirones (a Spanish take

ered porch. The food is good, to be sure, with a

unparalleled dining experience. “I think Canton

on calamari), a nod to local foodways in a South-

selection of wraps, quesadillas, entrée salads and

Street is beginning to resonate further afield than

ern grit cake, and that expected taste of Italy in

specialties, but it is this atmosphere that makes us

it had two or three years ago,” Pernice said. “As

a salty-sweet fig prosciutto flatbread. Unexpected

crave NINE more than anything, especially when

residents, it’s fun for us to take part in that discus-

combinations keep your taste buds on your toes

we’re in the mood for a glass of wine in the great

sion when people think of the great restaurants

in dishes like seared scallops with a citrus-vanilla

outdoors. 982 Canton St., Roswell, 678-682-

in Roswell. Ted and I both felt Italian cuisine was

emulsion. Lee uses only the finest international

underrepresented and we wanted to add that

artisanal ingredients and changes his menu

to the team. But, this also is a community-driven

seasonally; expect a new late fall menu later

venture, helping bring Canton Street to where we

this month. Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter, 111

think it needs to be.” 1095 Canton St., Roswell,

Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, 770-396-6800,

osteriamattone.com

lemeridienatlantaperimeter.com

3222, ninestreetkitchen.com

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PORTICO | Dunwoody

QUANTO BASTA | Cumming

Pernice and executive chef Ted Leahy, along with

When Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter moved into

As much as we love the Northside’s popular dining

sommelier Dan Pernice, who relocated from New

the former W Atlanta – Perimeter space, we im-

districts (Roswell’s Canton Street, the Historic Mar-

York to work with his brother in Roswell, will focus

mediately wondered what the hotel would offer

ietta Square), we can’t help wishing, every once

on creating a unique dining experience on Canton

in terms of dining. The answer is Portico, which

in a while, that they’d share the wealth. Portions

Street. The neighborhood restaurant will serve

opened in July as the last phase a $12-million ren-

of the ‘burbs are still sadly devoid of quality local

regional cuisine from all of Italy, with a focus on

ovation. The name is admittedly a bit misleading.

dining options. Cumming’s east side would be one

opened in August 2011. Managing partner Ryan

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RYAN HIDINGER Sometimes someone comes around that changes the perspective for the rest of us. Chef Ryan Hidinger is one of those people. More than five years ago he and his wife, Jen, started hosting supper clubs at their home with the long-term goal of opening their own restaurant. Just as things were starting to fall into place, Ryan was diagnosed with Stage IV gallbladder cancer in December of 2012. As the couple shifted priorities and prepped for an all-out battle with cancer, support from the community and unflappable forces like Ryan Turner of Muss and Turners and Ryan Smith, who left his position at Empire State South to become the fourth operating partner of Staplehouse, have kept their dream on track. Opening in early 2014 is a brick and mortar space called Staplehouse, so named according to Hidinger for the very things you want and need in the space where you’re most comfortable. Inspired by the unrelenting support given to him, the Hidingers have established the Giving Kitchen, a non-profit that will support members of the hospitality industry in times of need — and all profits from Staplehouse, after taxes and business expenses, will become the financial engine for that initiative. staplehouse.com

One of Chef Ryan Hidinger’s culinary masterpieces

such area. It would be, if not for this little bistro.

pork chop with mango bourbon pan gray is a

Italian for “how much is enough?” Quanto Basta

menu stand-out, as are the addictive loaves of

is a culinary gem on Highway 20 near the Chatta-

sourdough batard that precede each meal. Stop

hoochee River. Its low lighting and elevated neigh-

in on Oct. 23 for a casual wine tasting featur-

borhood Italian cuisine make it perfect for date

ing four to six unique pours with good company.

night or a special occasion, yet it’s casual enough

2980 Buford Hwy., Cumming, 678-455-3444,

for everyday dining, and many regulars make ap-

qbitalianbistro.com

pearances once or twice a week. The center loin

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STEM WINE BAR | Marietta Building upon a year of success with his fashionable eatery in East Cobb, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Doug Turbush and his team decided to expand their operation to include STEM, a cozy wine bar

other guests and servers, and of course, people

American, Spanish, Italian and French wines. It will

serving small plates that will pair nicely with the

watching. And while the overall vibe and menu

showcase approachable, high quality wines se-

extraordinary wine list that general manager/som-

will be completely different than that of Seed, the

lected from blind tastings and all selections will be

melier Jason Raymond has conceived. Having

area is still ripe for new concepts. “My wife and I

paired with small plates with wine flights available.

turned many prospective diners away on certain

have lived in the area for 12 years. We’d just get

Raymond will host tastings and other wine events,

nights due to the popularity of Seed, and with the

in the car, ride around and look for a place to go

all designed to give guests the opportunity to taste

space next door available, Turbush wanted to pro-

to dinner,” Turbush said. “Sometimes we’d just go

and compare wines they may not have sampled

vide his current and future customers something

back home because there wasn’t a whole lot go-

before. STEM is slated to open in mid-October.

a little bit different. He has traveled extensively

ing on up here.” But East Cobb is undergoing a re-

Hours are 4-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., and 4-11 p.m. Fri.

and enjoyed some of the wine bars he visited in

naissance and STEM fits a need that hasn’t existed

and Sat. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 516,

England, France, Spain, New York, Chicago and

before. “We wanted Seed to be the wine destina-

Marietta, 678-24-6888, eatatseed.com

San Francisco. “The menu isn’t huge, probably 12

tion in East Cobb. We made sure that it was a focal

small plates, local charcuterie sliced razor-thin, lo-

point and we sell a lot of wine. So we have estab-

cal and international cheese, four or five desserts,

lished that there is a significant market up here.

and that’s it. We will feature European inspired

We decided to serve a variety of things that would

small plates from $9 to $15,” Turbush said. The U-

appeal to the wine novice and the wine connois-

Marietta Square, and now Woodstock, are home

shape of STEM’s bar will promote interaction with

seur alike.” STEM’s wine list is focused on North

to Taqueria Tsunami, where mouthwatering tacos

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TAQUERIA TSUNAMI | Marietta

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team with the likes of Latin-Asian infused creations that take the East-meets-West concept on a culinary ride that’s well worth a short wait. The packed entrance and full house prove the unique menu ensures a return visit not too long after the initial one. Tsunami is one of the few unanimous votes in our family of four; my five year old loves the edamame sprinkled with chili salt and lime while the rest of us unabashedly bite into homemade empanadas filled with Vietnamese pork, beef or roasted corn salsa, served with salsa verde and Santa Fe ranch for dipping. Options abound but the tacos tempt us every time: Asada Zing Taco with Bulgogi (Korean) marinated steak topped with shitake mushrooms, lettuce and soy-sesame vinaigrette; Thai Chicken Taco with grilled Teriyaki chicken, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds and drizzled with Thai peanut dressing; and the hands-down winning taco? BBQ Short Rib smothered in Kogi BBQ and topped with cucumber salad. 70 South Park Square, Marietta, 678-324-7491, taqueriatsunami.com

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THE UNION RESTAURANT | Milton With no other restaurant in sight (the closest is three miles away), the Milton community has warmed to Chris Sedgwick’s The Union Restaurant during the past six years like a blanket for one of their horses. To be so secluded, we were initially surprised by Taqueria Tsunami specialties, clockwise from top left: noodle bowl, Far East bowl, sake sangria

the lunchtime crowd, but an exploration of the menu explained why The Union is a popular spot for both lunch and dinner. If you’re not counting carbs, you simply must try the appetizer of light and crispy housemade chips dusted with spicy barbecue seasoning and balanced beautifully with creamy bleu cheese, bacon and green onions. As for entrées, The Union serves one of the best interpretations of shrimp & grits in town, with a touch of lemon for a bright, unique flavor. The wood oven roasted chicken with herb butter, fingerling potatoes and a simple arugula salad is a tasty, healthy selection, while diners who are looking to indulge will appreciate an order of “coffee” and doughnuts for dessert – New Orleans-style beignets with espresso ice cream. 14275 Providence Road, Milton, 770-569-7767, theunionrestaurant.com

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VIN25 BISTRO & WINE BAR | Roswell

Blink and you’ll miss Plum Tree Street in the heart of Roswell’s historic district — it looks more like a driveway than a two-lane road — but this restaurant is one you don’t want to miss. Owner Phillip Cooper, former sommelier for Ray’s Restaurants, let the little house that became his first independent endeavor dictate its own identity when he opened Vin25 in September 2012. “The idea had been a restaurant in my head for a while, but the space felt more like a wine bar that needed to be

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Yebo South African bread bowl

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YEBO RESTAURANT & BAR | Buckhead

Cooper ran with the rustic feel, incorporating wood

It’s hard to imagine not finding something on the

tones and leather and an incredible stone-paved

menu that tempts your palate, but if not, they will

The second venture from Justin Anthony of At-

patio with fire pits and lights strung in overhang-

be happy to accommodate you with any dish or

lanta’s 10 Degrees South, Yebo (which means

ing trees. Vin25’s wine list changes frequently and

ingredient that you’re craving. And while I have

“yes”) makes South African dining even more

introduces customers to new varieties. “I wanted

brought family and friends to enjoy the food for

accessible with a selection of sharable tapas in

to showcase the artisan producer … I wanted to

years, it’s the friendliness of the Chau family that

a funky, safari-like space. The restaurant is small

capture off the beaten path [wines] because our

makes dining here feel special. Just ask Joe Chau

yet sociable, with an incredible patio and menu

restaurant is off the beaten path,” he said. Recom-

about his 3-D origami creations that decorate the

that combines traditional South African fare with

mended fall pairings include a braised lamb shank

restaurant, and his face will light up, describing

re-imagined pub grub. Highlights include mac &

with wild mushroom, smoked mozzarella polenta,

the original design and the hours put into each

cheese with white cheddar, manchego and panko;

and lamb jus with a Dehesa le Granja Tempranillo

work of art. Masterpieces abound in this intimate

a traditional South African bread bowl with roasted

2006 from Ribera del Duero, Spain. 25 Plum Tree

setting … the food, the art, and not least of all,

vegetables and spicy goat cheese; and Yebo GoGo

St., Roswell, 770-628-0411, vin25.com

the Chau family. 4000 Old Milton Pkwy, Ste.

(spiced rum, lemon, honey dew, domain canton)

200 and 1525 McFarland Road, Alpharetta,

from the bar. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta,

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WOK & CHOPSTICKS | Alpharetta For nearly 25 years, Wok & Chopsticks has served up the freshest Chinese cuisine in the Northside.

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ZEST | Roswell

WINE XPLORER | Dunwoody Maybe you like sushi … maybe you don’t. Either

Family owned by the Chau family, these five siblings learned early on how to choose the freshest

In order to incorporate an educational aspect into

way, chances are good you’ll find something to

vegetables, seafood and meats by growing up in

the concept of wine tasting socials, former Atlanta

suit your tastes at Zest. The sushi and tapas bar

their parents’ restaurant in Cambodia. The cooking

Wine Meetup organizer Katt Martin opened Wine

is a favorite for Roswell residents and a destina-

skills were passed along as well, with two of the

Xplorer in spring 2012. Here, fellow wine enthu-

tion for diners in the surrounding area. It’s casual

brothers hailing as head chefs, turning out tasty

siasts can attend regular tasting events that are

enough to be family-friendly, yet vivacious enough

dishes using minimum amounts of oil and coaxing

both fun and informative. Common themes in-

for a girl’s night out. Zest’s sushi menu boasts all

the full flavor out of each ingredient. The compli-

clude basic skills, food pairing and regional edu-

the requisite rolls along with several specialties,

mentary pickled cucumbers topped with sesame

cation. For this month’s topics, check the schedule

plus tapas like short rib tacos, lamb lollipops and

seeds that greet every diner on arrival are a clue

online. 1402B Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dun-

yucca fries. 957 Canton St., Roswell, 678-461-

that your meal is going to be something special.

woody, 404-840-4657, wine-xplorer.com

6788, zestoncantonstreet.com

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GROUND FLAXSEEDS Cancer-fighting agents:

Lignans, fiber, Omega-3 essential fatty acids May help fight:

Breast and prostate cancers “I recommend consuming cold-milled, ground flaxseed — maybe two to three tablespoons per day,” remarked Anup Lahiry, M.D., an oncologist and hematologist at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville.

13 million Americans are currently living with or have survived

Ground flaxseed is a highly concentrat-

cancer, and another 1.6 million of us will be diagnosed with the

ed source of secoisolariciresinol diglucoside

disease this year.

(SDG) lignans, which are phytonutrients

But researchers are hopeful. They are finding that Mother Nature loaded many of her best cancer-fighting weapons in the foods we eat. Though no panacea exists — no single fruit or vegetable that can deliver total protection — studies show diets rich in particular foods may help us lower our risk. We asked local cancer specialists and dietitians to name one or more foods that may have the ability to prevent or slow the progression of cancer. Here are the all-stars they recommend to their patients.

— plant-based micronutrients that offer many health benefits and may help stave off cancer. Lahiry suggests adding ground flaxseed to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, casseroles, chili and dark sauces.


SWEET POTATOES Cancer fighting agents:

Alpha-carotene, beta carotene May help fight:

Prostate and other cancers

HOT PEPPERS

Sweet potatoes, along with other

Cancer-fighting agents:

foods rich in carotene (such

Capsaicin

as carrots, pumpkin

May help fight:

and winter squash)

Prostate, stomach, and lung cancers; and leukemia

may help reduce the

“[Hot] red peppers contain capsaicin, a cancer-fighting com-

risk of many types

ponent abundant in paprika, chili peppers, cayenne peppers

of cancer through

and other hot peppers,” said Colleen McCarthy, a registered

their potent antioxi-

and licensed dietitian at On Pointe Nutrition in Alpharetta.

dant capacity.

She cites a 2006 study published in The Journal of Can-

“Consuming these

cer Research by Akio Mori and others suggesting that capsa-

foods may provide an

icin has a role in the management of prostate cancer, though

anti-cancer effect by reduc-

the American Cancer Society reports that further studies are

ing the free radical oxidation rates of

necessary to truly determine the effect on cancer in humans.

cells,” said Colleen McCarthy. “Eating a

The hotter peppers — the torturous ones — contain

wide variety of foods rich in carotenoids

the most capsaicin and may pack the biggest cancer-fighting

will provide a better effect than a single

punches.

consumption of one type of food rich in carotene.”

The hotter peppers — the torturous ones — contain the most capsaicin and may pack the biggest cancer-fighting punches.

BLUEBERRIES

“Blueberries seem to be on the top of everyone’s super food list, and for good

Cancer-fighting agents:

reason,” said Rachel White, an oncology registered dietitian with the Well-

Dietary fiber, vitamin C, flavonoids, ellagic acid and anthocyanosides

Star Cancer Network. “Not only are blueberries excellent sources of vitamin

May help fight:

as flavonoids and resveratrol.”

Cancers of the colon and rectum and possibly cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, lung and stomach

C, vitamin K, manganese and fiber, but also powerful phytochemicals, such

At about 80 calories per cup, blueberries are tasty whether washed and eaten by the handful or mixed in oatmeal, tossed atop cereal or blended into a smoothie.

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substances that may protect humans from cancer. “Uncooked, dried beans and canned beans provide the same benefits,” noted Rachel White. “If you choose canned beans, it’s best to go with those without added salt or drain and rinse them to remove as much sodium as possible. Legumes are rich in fiber, protein, vitamins and phytochemicals and make delicious soups, salads and dips.”

ACTIVE CULTURE YOGURT Cancer-fighting agents:

Lactobacillus acidophilus and calcium May help fight:

Colon and bladder cancers “Yogurt with active cultures [containing living micro-organisms] is a probiotic that enhances healthy gut bacteria and the gut immune system,” remarked Daniel Dubovsky, M. D., an oncologist at Atlanta Cancer Care, a medical practice

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affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. “In 2011, Pala [et al] published data indicating yogurt intake was associated with decreased colorectal cancer risk. And Larsson, from the Karolinska Institutet [in Sweden], reported lower bladder cancer rates associated with the consumption of yogurt and cultured milk products,” he continued.

“Because of its fiber content, broccoli has a strong link to colorectal cancer prevention.” LAURA PEARSON, M.D., Medical director, North Fulton Hospital’s breast health program

BROCCOLI Cancer-fighting agents:

Dietary fiber, sulforaphane, indoles, phenols, folate, vitamin C and glucosinolates May help fight:

Colorectal, stomach, bladder, breast and lung cancers All cruciferous veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, turnips) boast impressive cancer-fighting properties, but broccoli is a superstar. “Because of its fiber content, broccoli has a strong link to colorectal cancer prevention — especially in younger

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patients and those with histories of smoking,” said Laura Pearson, M.D., the medical director for North Fulton Hospital’s breast health program. “It contains sulfur compounds that act as antioxidants and rid the body of carcinogens and indoles that help block estrogen receptors which are important in hormone-sensitive breast cancers. It also contains phenols that scavenge freeradicals thought to be culprits in cancer

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mally-cooked fruits and vegetables,” she stressed. “A cheesy broccoli casserole tastes good, but steaming it or adding uncooked broccoli to a salad are better choices for disease prevention.”

GREEN TEA Cancer-fighting agents:

Polyphenols, in particular the catechins and the amino acid, theanine May help fight:

Stomach, esophageal, ovarian, colon and other cancers Green tea, as well as other teas, contains catechins, compounds that scientists 50

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believe may help stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent cell mutations that contribute to cancer development. “Modern studies in both Asia and the West have shown encouraging results indicating that green tea contributes to fighting stomach, esophageal, ovarian and colon cancers,” Strattner said. “It’s a great low-calorie beverage to sip on throughout the day.”

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SPINACH Cancer-fighting agents:

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CANCERFIGHTING LIFESTYLE “Consuming certain foods alone can not stave off cancer,” emphasized Anup Lahiry, M.D., an oncologist and hematologist at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. “If you want to try to reduce your risk, you must change your entire lifestyle.” Here are a few cancer-fighting tips he shares with his own patients: • Avoid tobacco products. Don’t smoke it, chew it, or eat it. • Avoid alcohol consumption. But for those who do drink, men should not have more than two drinks per day, and women should not have more than one drink each day. • Reduce consumption of processed foods. Food from a plant is good. Food made in a plant is not so good. And he suggests completely avoiding processed meats like deli meats and hot dogs. • Avoid high-calorie, sugary drinks and foods. Ultra-sugary drinks and foods cause blood sugar to go up, which causes insulin levels to rise suddenly, which can trigger cancer cells to become more active. These drinks and foods are also linked to obesity, which can cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other life-altering illnesses. • Eat a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables. Your plate should always look like a rainbow of fall colors in reds, greens, yellows, and oranges. • Exercise. Exercising stabilizes insulin levels in our bodies, reduces inflammation, reduces stress, and makes us feel happy.

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{ C A N C E R - F I G H T I N G F O O DS } cancers,” Strattner said. “It affects cancer cell survival and inhibits inflammation.” She suggests topping sandwiches and burgers with spinach, adding leaves to omelets, or including some strawberries and watermelon to a bowl of the leafy greens to sweeten up the dish.

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ancer touches the lives of people all over the world, and with the United States at the center of the epidemic, awareness is being raised to help push for a cure. In many instances, certain cancers can be avoided by healthy living and proper education. One mode of prevention is frequent screenings. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), “Screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable.” Another important key to cancer prevention is maintaining a healthy body through a well-balanced diet and frequent exercise. This concept is reinforced by statistics from the ACS that state, “Each year, more than 572,000 Americans die of cancer; about one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and carrying too much weight.” These numbers show the important correlation between poor personal health management and cancer, while also proving that the dangers associated might be controlled — and even avoided — through vigilance and knowledge. One common form of cancer that can be more easily controlled is lung cancer. This can seem like an insurmountable task considering that 45 million Americans still smoke, but bettering one’s chances of avoiding cancer is as simple as kicking a habit. According to Cancer Facts & Figures 2013, “Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death worldwide, and is responsible for the deaths of approximately half of long-term users.” While not all diagnosed cases are the result of tobacco use, a major percentage is attributed to smoking. When discussing preventable cancers, another that has gained exposure is skin cancer. The ACS states that skin cancer “accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.” Like lung cancer, there are preventive measures that can be taken, such as staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, wearing appropriate clothing, sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds and other sources of UV light. Along with providing causes, tips and statistics, the American Cancer Society also offers information to healthcare professionals and patients in order to educate and spur a collective effort to rid the world of a disease that affects nearly everyone. While the statistics may seem frightening, there are copious ways to prevent cancer, and while it may not be totally successful, it is a step toward eradication. For more information from the American Cancer Society, visit cancer.org.

A COMPREHENSIVE Breast Care Program Northside Hospital is one of the nation’s leading providers of breast care services, diagnosing and treating more breast cancer cases each year than any other program in the Southeast. From diagnosis to treatment and recovery, Northside’s multidisciplinary Breast Care Program offers the most compassionate, comprehensive cancer care available. Full-spectrum services include education, genetic counseling, imaging, radiation oncology, surgery, support, rehabilitation and more. Patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer at Northside benefit from personalized care including dedicated breast surgery suites, a survivors’ We are commitNetwork of Hope and A Woman’s Place, a boutique offerted to providing high ing specialty healthcare quality breast care products just for women. on every level and to Specialized breast nurse making access to that navigators answer quescare as convenient as tions and provide compaspossible. sion, support and guidance — Patti Owen, MN, RN, as patients navigate the candirector of oncology services, Northside Hospital cer journey. Northside Hospital was the first in Metro Atlanta to introduce 3D mammography, one of the newest technological advancements in the fight against breast cancer. Northside now offers this premier technology at locations in Forsyth, Atlanta and Alpharetta. Additional women’s imaging is available in Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Sugar Hill, Marietta, Acworth, Woodstock, Holly Springs and Canton. All of Northside’s imaging centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the hospital’s Breast Care Centers are designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the ACR and have received accreditation by the American College of Surgeons. Northside also is the only hospital in Atlanta chosen by the National Cancer Institute to be a Community Cancer Center, which gives patients access to the latest cancer research and treatments close to home. In fact, Northside offers leading-edge clinical research trials, some of which aren’t offered at any other hospital in the state.

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THE RECOVERY PROCESS: BREAST RECONSTRUCTION The most prominent news in breast cancer today is when Angelina Jolie recently shared her BRCA+ diagnosis and her decision to undergo a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (removal of both breasts) due to her high risk of developing breast cancer in the future. It ended up that Jolie did in fact have the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an elevated risk of developing breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Angelina Jolie did undergo bilateral mastectomy, followed by immediate implant-based breast reconstruction. There has been a recent FDA approval for a “gummy bear” implant commonly used for breast reconstruction. The FDA approved the Mentor MemoryShape CPG implant, which was a clinical trial The Swan Center helped conduct for almost a decade before final U.S. FDA approval.  This is the third company to have an anatomically-shaped breast implant in the United States. With the approval of such a form-stable “gummy bear” implant, the use is now considered not only for breast augmentation, but heightened for breast reconstruction. It gives another option for implant-based reconstruction to women. The Swan Center specializes in the most advanced breast reconstruction techniques. Email info@swancenteratlanta.com to learn more about your breast reconstruction options.

IF YOU ARE OVER THE AGE OF 50, THERE ARE NO EXCUSES Here’s why: Colon cancer is a preventable form of cancer, often curable when detected early, yet it is the number two cause of death in the U.S. The American College of Gastroenterology and The American Cancer Society recommend colon cancer screenings begin at the age of 50. However, if there are risk factors or a family history, the recommendation is a screening at least 10 years prior to the age when the family member was diagnosed. “A colonoscopy is a quick, outpatient procedure and will remove any potentially pre-cancerous polyps that are identified; don’t make an excuse, make the appointment,” said Brian Hudes, M.D. and Medical Director of Advanced Gastroenterology Associates and Hudes Endoscopy Center.

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Living with Cancer SCRATCHING THE SURFACE ON SKIN CANCER Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells that often develop on skin exposed to the sun, but can also occur on areas of skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. You can reduce your risk by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and checking your skin for suspicious changes. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful treatment. If you see anything on your skin that is growing, changing shape, bleeding or itching, you should see a dermatologist right away. North Atlanta Dermatology, 770-814-8222, naderm.com

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The battle against cancer is fought in different ways. Patients, caregivers, family members and friends find their own way to cope with the disease. Returning control is at the forefront of the battle and is essential in the comprehensive approach to the treatment of cancer. “Over the years I’ve learned that treating cancer means more than state-of-theart equipment, technology, and medical expertise. It includes progressive thinking that incorporates a variety of scientifically-proven techniques that treat and benefit the body in its entirety — the whole being,” explained Dr. Chad Levitt, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist with Radiotherapy Associates of Forsyth. The effectiveness of the treatment is measured in both clinical and subjective manners. Radiotherapy Associates of Forsyth provides state-of-the-art radiation treatment and physician-driven management of care to ensure the most efficient and effective scheduling of therapy. “Our focus includes education, patient-centered treatment, integrative oncology, and compassionate and realistic care,” Dr. Levitt explains. “The diagnosis of cancer is devastating, but if doesn’t have to be crippling.” Focused treatment planning and implementation is truly a team process, which involves Dr. Levitt, a physicist, dosimetrists and radiation therapists. Treatment programs are tailored for every patient’s unique situation, while providing hope, understanding and emotional support. For more information about cancer treatments and coping with cancer, visit us Radiotherapy Associates of Forsyth online. Radiotherapy Associates of Forsyth, forsythradiotherapy.com


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ENSURING EXCELLENCE IN BREAST CARE Fewer than 50 breast care centers in the nation are certiďŹ ed by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers as CertiďŹ ed Quality Breast Centers of Excellence, and North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center is proud to have been recently added to that list. Sta members at the center worked diligently this year to improve the quality of care at the center and meet or exceed the national standards for breast care. “We hold ourselves to higher standards to ensure that patients receive the very best breast care possible,â€? said Micah Brown, CertiďŹ ed Breast Nurse Navigator at North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center. One of the many standards that are studied during the certiďŹ cation process is the turnaround time between a screening mammogram that indicates the need for further testIf a patient has an ing and the time when the patient is able to receive a diagnostic mammogram. Early abnormal mammogram, last year, patients waited an average of 12 days to return for the second exam, but now, we get them back in the patients are seen within 2 to 3 days so the patient spends less time worrying and can RIĂ€FHZLWKLQGD\VDQG receive treatment faster. ZRUNGLOLJHQWO\WRJHWUH “If a patient has an abnormal mammogram, we get them back in the oďŹƒce within VXOWVTXLFNO\VRWKH\GRQ¡W days and work diligently to get test results quickly so they don’t suer from unnecesVXIIHUIURPXQQHFHVVDU\ sary anxiety,â€? said Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson, Medical Director of the Breast Center. “We also work to avoid unnecessary surgeries so that our patients receive the least invasive DQ[LHW\ Âł'U/DXUD5LYHUV3HDUVRQ treatment possible and are back to their full lives more quickly.â€?

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A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO CANCER CARE The WellStar Cancer Network provides care for patients and their families across the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast. Thousands of adults with cancer diagnoses of all types turn to us for expert treatment. At WellStar, we treat cancer with an innovative, multidisciplinary approach. This means physicians who have special training and expertise in treating cancer work together to provide the best treatment options. Our highly skilled physicians and treatment team :HOO6WDU¡V&\EHU.QLIHŠ will provide you with superior care in a supportive and respectful environment. 5RERWLF5DGLRVXUJHU\ As one of the nation’s preeminent not-for-proďŹ t healthcare systems, WellStar consis6\VWHPSURYLGHVQHZKRSH tently receives accolades from national organizations that set standards and monitor IRUPDQ\FDQFHUSDWLHQWV performance. We have the ďŹ rst accredited Network Cancer Program in Georgia and RQFHFRQVLGHUHGXQWUHDW the ďŹ fth in the nation, by the American College of Surgeons. DEOHLQFOXGLQJWKRVHZKR WellStar’s Specialty Teams and Treatment (STAT) Cancer Clinics — for lung, esophaKDYHKDGSULRUUDGLDWLRQ geal and chest cancer — is the only true multidisciplinary service in Georgia where RUWKRVHZLWKWXPRUVDGMD the entire team of dedicated specialists sees the patient in one place at the same time. cent to critical structures The STAT team works together on each case while the patient is present in the Clinic. OLNHWKHVSLQHRUEUDLQ Each individualized plan of care is developed so treatment can start in days, not weeks or months. WellStar is home to Georgia’s ďŹ rst CyberKnifeÂŽ Robotic Radiosurgery System. This stateof-the art treatment delivers high-dose radiation with pinpoint precision to tumors anywhere in the body, without incisions or scars. CyberKnifeÂŽ provides new hope for many cancer patients once considered untreatable, including those who have had prior radiation or those with tumors adjacent to critical structures like the spine or brain. At WellStar, we believe in a future free of cancer.

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EXPLORING the central coast A WINE LOVER’S ALPHABETICAL GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA’S BEST LESSER KNOWN WINE REGION { WRITTEN BY CARL DANBURY }

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Of course I have been to Napa and Sonoma.

and quotes from winemakers and representatives that have been engaged in the business for many years in the area. For now, here is a sneak peek at a select few.

If you enjoy wine as much as I do, the wine country of California’s North Coast typically resides on the top of one’s list. Like many of us who have visited, however, the memory of those visits is as dense as the morning shoreline fog in the Bay Area. Occasionally, both in tasting rooms and in restaurants, asperity outshines affability in some of the haughtiest haunts. The Central Coast of California, however, is a friend to the adventurer rather than the emissary. This wine region that stretches from above Paso Robles to Santa Barbara is an altruistic area where both the farmer and the cowboy could be friends and often are, one in which Rhone, Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals cohabitate with those from Italy, Spain and Germany, and most importantly, where small, family-owned wineries can compete with large corporately driven wineries. Those factors make this locale, which produces its own world-class, but often less-publicized wines, a tempting place to visit, one in which grandiloquence takes a backseat to accommodation. After a direct flight from Atlanta to San Jose, I began my southward excursion through Salinas amidst the wineries of Monterey. Heading south on the 101, I was amazed at the acres upon acres of farmland, less than 100 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Although late January isn’t peak growing season in the area, there was no mistaking that this is the veggie basket of the U.S., but the crop I sought was grapes. As I approached Paso Robles, I was immediately struck by the surrounding countryside that featured rolling hills, retro road signs and the striking countenances of vines smiling at the welcome sunshine. While downtown Paso qualifies as quaint, Santa Barbara County offers trendier tasting rooms with a similarly hospitable and pretense-free attitude. I will take you on a complete alphabetical tour of the Central Coast on pointsnorthatlanta.com, with notes

Esprit de Tablas, Tablas Creek Without the entry of Château Beaucastel into Paso Robles and the unveiling of their California operation, Tablas Creek, winemaking in this area might not be quite as prolific. In fact, Steve Anglim of Anglim Winery told me the only current operation certain to endure for centuries is Tablas Creek. The history of the Esprit de Tablas and Esprit de Tablas Blanc labels is interesting indeed. The Perrin family is in its fifth generation of ownership at Château de Beaucastel, widely recognized as one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s finest domains. Robert Haas, the Perrin’s exclusive U.S. importer since 1968, encouraged Château Beaucastel to explore opening a California-based operation, and after 10 years of discussing the plan and four years of trying to locate a site for the vineyards and winery, their partnership to open Tablas Creek was born in 1989. The sons of patriarch Jacques Perrin, Jean Pierre

While downtown Paso qualifies as quaint, Santa Barbara County offers trendier tasting rooms with a similarly hospitable and pretense-free attitude. and Francois, often visited Haas to promote Beaucastel’s wines to the U.S. market. During one of those trips, they visited Paso Robles, after previous potential site visits to Sonoma, Napa, Lake County, the Sierra Foothills and Ojai, according to Haas’ son Jason, who is a partner and general manager for Tablas Creek. “The climate, ample rainfall to allow dry farming and limestone is the bedrock of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but is rare in California,” Hass related. As such, the team was looking for a site that had those same characteristics in the United States. After a long day of tasting, the elder Haas and the Perrins were driving along Peachy Canyon Road. Haas took a turn a bit too abruptly and awoke a dozing Francois. Legend has it that Francois looked at the passing hillside and spotted pure chalk from the road surface to about 20 feet up. Francois summoned Haas to stop the car, which according to Jason, was the group’s “ah-ha”

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moment, realizing they were close to finding the site they were looking for. Rhone varieties appreciate a soil that drains well, has ample minerality, and is neutral in acidity. Thus, they wanted chalky, grainy soil and found those

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Falcone Family Vineyards John and Helen Falcone are well engrained in the Central Coast since moving to the area in 2001. Their first stop was at Rusack Vineyards from 2001-2012 where they oversaw the 11 vintages for Geoff and Alison Rusack’s Ballard Canyon winery. Recently, John was named general manager and director of winemaking at Gainey Vineyard, while Helen is focusing all of her attention on the couple’s own label, Falcone Family Vineyards, which has produced Syrah, Cab and Chardonnay since 2002. In July 2000, the Falcones planted four acres of Syrah – Estrella Clone and four acres of Cab – Clone 337 in a previously un-irrigated and unplanted property that is named Mia’s Vineyard for their daughter. Their Chardonnay – Clone 15 is sourced from Sierra Madre Vineyard in Santa Maria. Falcone Family Vineyards don’t produce a lot of wine, preferring to take an Jason Haas, Tablas Creek John Falcone, Falcone Family Vineyards artisanal approach to their winemaking, but what they do produce is delicious and highly regarded. properties on a former 120-acre alfalfa and cattle ranch “For us, we are looking for a style, so once we only 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. At that time, there have matched the vineyard that can produce the fruit we were only 17 wineries in operation in Paso Robles, and want and it makes sense, we try for a level of consistency the majority of those were located on the east side of from year to year,” John said. “That’s the thing people Hwy. 101. There were no Rhone varieties in the ground don’t understand. How do you deal with the vintage difat that point in time. ferences, to keep your wines tasting similar from year to The “Tablas Creek Vineyard” label debuted with year? It’s hard to do. The vintages will show themselves, the construction of the estate winery for the 1997 vinbut you can make some really big mistakes when you tage. Beginning with the 2001 whites and the 2000 reds, try to follow a recipe when there are stark differences the estate’s flagship wines were named Esprit de Beauin the fruit from a hot year and a cold year.” castel and Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. In 2011, both were “85 percent of the winemaking is done in the vinechanged to Esprit de Tablas and Esprit de Tablas Blanc. yard,” Helen said. Current vintages available include the The 2011 Blanc is a blend of Roussanne, Grenache 2011 Chardonnay, of which only 302 cases were proBlanc and Picpoul Blanc, which creates an interesting duced. The wine sees 25 percent new French oak and all combination of richness and dryness. Like many from of the juice is barrel fermented. This wine is a refreshing the Rhone, this white is cellar-worthy, but may be break from many of the current heavy-handed Calienjoyed today too. It received a 93-point rating from fornia Chardonnays. The 2010 Syrah receives wonderRobert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Esprit de Tablas fully refined tannins, perhaps due to the addition of six Rouge is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Syrah percent Petite Sirah. Classic aromas of boysenberry and and Counoise. It is medium- to full-bodied with a rich blackberry with a smoky accent dominate the wine. and beautiful texture. Considering that the vines are less The Falcones make two Cabernet Sauvignons. Their than 20 years old, relatively young by French standards, Mia’s Vineyard designate was limited to roughly 828 winemaker Neil Collins is doing a wonderful job creating bottles in 2010 and is typically sold to Falcone’s wine elegant, complex and expressive wines. For more of my club members. They bottled 484 cases of their 2010 interview with Jason Haas, visit pointsnorthatlanta.com. Cabernet Sauvignon. Optimum harvesting produces a 805-237-1231, tablascreek.com

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Grenache Noir Grenache Noir is the most widely planted grape in the southern Rhône Valley, and the second most widely planted varietal in the world. We see a lot of inexpensive Garnacha (the Spanish version of Grenache) on grocery and package store shelves, but the gravitation toward higherend, small production, domestic Grenache hasn’t taken hold on the wine-buying public in the Atlanta area just yet. Chances are local wine buyers haven’t sampled wines produced by John Alban (Alban Vineyards, Edna Valley) or Steve Beckmen (Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez Valley). Sadly, I missed Beckmen on the day I visited Los Olivos because he was accompanying his daughter for a soccer tournament, but I was lucky enough to grab a bottle of his estate Grenache at dinner that evening at Los Olivos Café. The 2009 vintage features lovely acidity, mature tannins and wonderful balance. At 15.1 percent alcohol, this Grenache is rich and full in the mouth, almost leading me to summon a cigar to enjoy with it instead of dessert. Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast said, “Beckmen is one of Santa Barbara’s premier Rhône-style producers, and one of the few wineries that understands how to get Grenache right.” In fact, Beckmen’s Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache has achieved plus-90 ratings three years running from Heimoff, and Jeb Dunnuck, a reviewer for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, gave the last two vintages 92- and 91-point ratings. Decent Grenache can be produced in massive quantities, but with the combination of carefully selected grapes and meticulous winemaking, the varietal can be very refined and spectacularly delicious as displayed by Beckmen. 805-688-8664, beckmenvineyards.com

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Rusack Vineyards A few hours with Dan Martin at Rusack Vineyards, Solvang, is time well spent. He has been at the winery in customer service for the past 10 years, and knows the history of the winery, the surrounding area, but also is extremely knowledgeable about wines. Rusack is off the beaten path, and as such, should be regarded as a destination unto itself. The landscaping pristine, the ambiance relaxing and the wines are exceptional. “Once the visitors get here and experience what we have, they keep coming back. We get a lot of referrals from hotels, customers, our wine club members and other wineries,” Martin said. Rusack is owned by Geoff and Alison Rusack. The Rusacks recently made big news when they became the first and only producer of wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel) from Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California on private land owned by the family. John Falcone produced their first vintage in 2009, but sadly, these are select wines you can’t get unless you join their wine club. The Rusacks purchased their 48-acre property in 1995, and replanted 17 acres of vineyards in 2003. All of Rusack’s wines are small production lots, and just recently became available here to a select few bottle shops and restaurants. The wines currently available in Georgia are the Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Ballard Canyon Syrah. Current winemaker Steve Gerbac, whose first vintage at Rusack was 2012, opened our eyes with his Sauvignon Blanc, which features flavors of Meyer lemon and pineapple on the palate, with a crisp, fruity finish. Frankly, it was one of the best whites I tasted during my entire trip. All the wines I tasted were as spectacular as the setting of the winery itself. 805-688-1278, rusackvineyards.com Terry Hoage Vineyards I met former University of Georgia Football All American and College Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl XXVI winner with the Washington Redskins and current winemaker at Terry Hoage Vineyards early one morning at his winery in Paso Robles. A genetics major who graduated with a 3.85 GPA from UGA, Hoage not only learned how to become a valuable team member in his 17-year college and pro football career, but also understands the science behind growth. He and his


wife, Jennifer, purchased a 26-acre vineyard site in 2002, and with Justin Smith’s tutelage and guidance, have created a legacy of producing world-class wines in a relatively short period of time. Terry Hoage Vineyards also focuses its attention on Rhone varietals, producing masterpieces with Syrah, Grenache, Picpoul Blanc, Mourvedre, Counoise, Cinsault, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Clever names extracted from his football days adorn the labels, such as “The Pick,” “Skins,” “The 46,” “5 Blocks,” “The Three-Four,” and “The Hedge.” Jeb Dunnuck is a fan of the wines. “Terry Hoage Vineyards is fashioning rich, yet balanced and brilliantly drinkable efforts that also age remarkably well. Pulling all from his estate vineyard, the style here leans toward the full-flavor end of the spectrum, but the wines never seem over the top to me and always show beautifully made profiles and a sense of restraint that allows them to shine on the dinner table.” Dunnuck was particularly enamored by the 2010 Three-Four, a 100 percent Syrah, which should drink well for the next decade. My interview with Hoage, which provides fascinating details about his venture into the wine business, and why he and Jennifer chose Paso Robles for their home and business is available online at pointsnorthatlanta.com. 805-238-2083, terryhoagevineyards.com

reputation of Paso Robles wines took on a new meaning. “…and these 1999s are sensational efforts that should be reference points for complexity and quality in Paso Robles,” said The Wine Advocate. Wine Spectator also commented, saying “The 1999 L’Aventure Syrah (92 points) is the finest Syrah yet produced in the region, and close behind is his Syrah-Cabernet blend, the 1999 Optimus (91 points).” 805-227-1588, aventurewine.com Santa Ynez Valley The Santa Ynez Valley has the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County. Prior to Prohibition, the valley had as much as 5,000 acres under vine, but it was not until 1969 that commercial viticulture returned to the region. The long valley is bordered by the Purisima Hills and San Rafael Mountains to the north and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south. The towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang are located in the valley, and while each have their own allure, all are focused upon providing genuine hospitality and friendliness. There are 32 hotels in the area and wine tastings and tours are readily available. The can’t-miss venue for wine tasting

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Vineyards, Variety, Viticulture and Vinification The marriage of vineyards, variety, viticulture and vinification led many wine enthusiasts to Stephan Asseo’s L’Aventure Winery and his 127-acre vineyards. Bordeaux born and bred, Asseo graduated from L’Ecole Oenologique de Macon in Burgundy, and that same year established his first winery, Domaine CourTerry Hoage. Terry Hoage Vineyards teillac in Bordeaux. He and his family later and tapas is Avant Tapas and Wine at Terravant Wine purchased Château Fleur Cardinal and Château Robin in Buellton, which is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 in the Cotes de Castillion. In 1996, Asseo embarked a.m. to 8 p.m. Twenty-four wineries, including Falon a quest for a vineyard site that would allow him cone, Ken Brown and Daniel Gehrs are available here. to do more than blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, visitthesantaynezvalley.com, avantwines.com PN Cabernet Franc and other Bordeaux varietals that must adhere to strict guidelines. His search lasted more than a year before discovering Paso’s west side. His first five For the complete alphabetical tour wines from the new winery were from the 1998 vinof the Central Coast, please visit tage, but when word spread about his 1999 releases, the pointsnorthatlanta.com. pointsnorthatlanta.com | October 2013 | Points North

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juried show, with more than 60 works of art available for purchase. Bank of North Georgia, Roswell, rfaa.org

JOHNS CREEK ARTS F E S TI VA L [Oct. 19 – 20] Bring your family and friends to enjoy art in all mediums, entertainment, food and children’s games, with performances by North Atlanta Dance Theater, Banks and Shane and others. Don’t forget to dress your pet for the annual Pet Parade. Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, johnscreekartsfestival.com

[OCT. 19] Bella Italia Frameworks Gallery, Marietta

PERFORMING ARTS A LL C H I LD I S H TH I N G S

[Oct. 3 – 27] Follow Dave and his friends as they plan a risky maneuver involving stealing a stash of coveted collectibles in this Star Wars themed comedy. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com

TH E W I Z A R D O F O Z [Oct. 9 – 20] Come see Dorothy and friends as performed by the Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, Ohio. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, puppet.org

R A D I O L A B LI V E — A P O C A LY P TI C A L [Oct. 22] The Peabody Award-winning radio show hits the stage with their signature blend of storytelling, science and music to tackle the subject of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly

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slow. Featuring hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad, with comedian Reggie Watts and music by On Fillmore and Noveller. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, 800-754-3000, ticketmaster.com

TH E D R AG O N K I N G [Oct. 22 – Nov. 3] Performed by Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, Mass. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, puppet.org

S O YO U TH I N K YO U C A N DA N C E TO U R 2 0 1 3 [Oct. 25] The top ten finalists from the 10th season of the popular show perform some of the season’s most admired routines along with original numbers. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, 800-754-3000, ticketmaster.com

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G U YS A N D D O LL S [Oct. 25 – Nov. 10] Set in vivid, mid 20th-Century New York City and buoyed by a Frank Loesser score that is among the most immortal works in theater history, “Guys and Dolls” is an American classic that has been called “the perfect musical comedy.” Cobb Civic Center, Marietta, atlantalyrictheatre.com

ARTS | EXHIBITS

TH R O U G H TH E LE N S [Oct. 3 – 27] Gallery 4463 will host a photography exhibit with more than 30 member artists. Gallery 4463, Acworth, gallery4463.com

GENESIS XIX [Oct. 11 – Nov. 13] The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance will host its 19th annual premier member

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R O S W E LL F I N E A R T S A LLI A N C E R I B B O N C UT TI N G [Oct. 19] The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance welcomes you to the ribbon cutting ceremony of their new home. Arts Center East, Roswell, rfaa.org

B E LL A ITA LI A [Oct. 19] Take a visual tour of Italy through the eyes of artist Pat Fiorello at this combination book signing and art exhibit. Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, 770-973-6701, frameworksgallery.com

WATE R I S LI G HT [Oct. 21] Artist Wyland unveils his largest ocean-themed fine art canvas ever, which will be on display above the Oceans Ballroom. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, georgiaaquarium.org

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[Oct. 5] Shawn Mullins headlines this annual jamboree, featuring performances by AJ Ghent, The Mobros, Hannah Thomas and the Chattahoochee Chain Gang. Sautee Nacoochee Center, snca.org

F R O M TH E VO LG A TO TH E C H AT TA H O O C H E E [Oct. 19] The Atlanta Balalaika Society, now in its 32nd year, presents a concert of Russian and Gypsy folk music, song


and dance, conducted by David C. Cooper. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, 404-292-7176, atlantabalaika.com

JOHNS CREEK SYMPHONY O R C H E S TR A [Oct. 24] Maestro J. Wayne Baughman, bassbaritone, performs “My Favorite Songs.� Taylor Lodge at St. Benedict’s Church, Johns Creek, 678-748-5802, johnscreeksymphony.org

M OV I E M U S I C S P E C TAC U L A R POPS! SERIES [Oct. 25 – 26] Join Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the ASO Chorus to relive magical movie moments through music. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, atlantasymphony.org

M I C H A E L B U B LÉ [Oct. 27] The crooner stops in Atlanta as part of a 40-city tour promoting his album, “To Be Loved.â€? The Arena at Gwinnett Center, gwinnettcenter.com

D O O R S TO H O M E S AND HOPE [Oct. 5] An outdoor art exhibit during Norcross Art Festival featuring original handpainted doors by more than 100 artists. At the end of the month-long exhibit, the doors will be sold to beneďŹ t the Gwinnett Habitat mission and ArtWorks! Gwinnett. City of Norcross, gwinnettrestore.org

O C TO B E R F E S T B E N E F IT F O R M U S T M I N I S TRY [Oct. 5] Admission to the 5th annual Octoberfest to beneďŹ t MUST Ministry’s Food Pantry is free with a donation of four cans of non-perishable food. The festival features a petting zoo, pony rides, inatable obstacle course, a polka band and a horseshoe tournament with prizes. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Marietta, holytrinitymarrieta.org

24 HOURS OF B O OT Y ATL A NTA [Oct. 5 – 6] Bicycle enthusiasts come on down to a secured course in Sandy Springs for 24 hours of cycling to beneďŹ t Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the LIVESTRONG foundation. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School 24hoursofbooty.org

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[Nov. 3 – 4] The 17th gala season of the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra features performances by saxophonist James Houlik, soprano Megan Mashburn, violinist In-Hye Kim, and Maestro Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada. Gwinnett Center, ludwigsymphony.org

[Oct. 13] Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique presents this cutting-edge show to beneďŹ t the Georgia Transplant Foundation. VIP admission includes early access to a silent auction and cocktail hour. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, three-13.com/angels-of-life.html

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[Oct. 2] The charity is holding a silent auction and casino night to help provide transitional housing for homeless families in Atlanta, sponsored by Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association. Villa Christina, Atlanta, atlantahomebuilders.com

[Oct. 13 – 14] Proceeds from the event will directly beneďŹ t the non-proďŹ t TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation in its work to improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer. Dunwoody Country Club, 770-360-9271, myturningpoint.org

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calendar F O DAC C H A R IT Y G O LF C L A S S I C [Oct. 16] This annual event benefits Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), which provides home medical equipment at little or no cost. Bear’s Best, Suwanee fodac.org/golf

Jonathan Buckhead jewelry as well as silent auction items. All proceeds support Camp Kudzu’s mission to educate young children and families living with Type 1 diabetes. Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, 404-875-2565, campkudzubenefitluncheon.kintera. org

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[Oct. 22 – 23] Norman’s Landing’s annual tournament begins at 7 p.m. and features singles on Oct. 22 and doubles on Oct. 23; $20 per person, with proceeds benefitting United Way. Norman’s Landing, Cumming, 770-886-0100, normanslanding.com

[Nov. 1] The Big Scream promises an entertaining evening at The Wimbish House with an auction, dancing and live music, with proceeds going to the Institute’s work to help military families grow closer and calmer. The Wimbish House, Atlanta, screamfree.com

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[Oct. 28] This year’s luncheon honors former Camp Kudzu board member Melanie Boltax, and features a live auction of

October planned, with music, plant talks, cooking demonstration and a Lit and Lunch with Norma Boeckler. Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, gibbsgardens.com

ITH I N K I M P R OV TR O U P E [Oct. 4] Stop in for some family-friendly laughs as the Troupe takes audience suggestions and turns them into a wacky comedy show. City Center, Woodstock, elmstreetarts.org

C R A B A P P LE F E S T [Oct. 5] City of Milton and CCA combine their two popular events — the Milton Roundup and Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival — into one massive destination festival. Historic downtown Crabapple, crabapplefest.com

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[Oct. 5] Gently used books, household goods,

jewelry, sports, lawn & garden, games, furniture, toys, antiques and more! Free parking available on the grounds. All proceeds support the restoration of the 1835 Hembree Farm Historic Site. Historic Hembree Farm, Roswell, roswellhistoricalsociety.org

VININGS R E S TAU R A NT W E E K [Oct. 5 – 13] Come visit some of the outstanding restaurants at Vinings Jubilee for the second annual Restaurant Week. Vinings Village, Atlanta, viningsjubilee.com

ATL A NTA E AT S LI V E ! A S A LUTE T O C H E F S [Oct. 6] Atlanta’s favorite culinary TV show goes LIVE for one night on the Northside, featuring more than 30 Atlanta restaurants including Hal’s, Rathbun’s, The Optimist, 4th & Swift and Watershed. Tickets on sale now. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Alpharetta, atlantaeatslive.com

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WHERE Hardman Farm, Hwy 17 in Sautee, GA COST Admission: free Parking/Shuttle: $10/car Wine & Food: $1/ticket Wristband (must be over 21) for wine samples (includes souvenir wine glass!): $5 PARKING Parking in designated lots along Hwy 17 only, including shuttle service. Handicap drop off available on Hwy 75.

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“ D E ATH BY C H O C O L ATE ” M U R D E R M YS TE RY DINNER [Oct. 6] Come figure out whodunit during this whimsical evening at an intimate French country café. Sugar Hill Bakery and Café, Sugar Hill, sugarhillbakeryandcafe.com

2 0 1 3 M ITC H E LL SPEAKER SERIES [Oct. 10] Marilyn Borst of the Outreach Foundation discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by mission workers in Iraq, Iran and Syria/Lebanon. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, covenantpresbyterian.us

I N A G A R TE N : TH E B A R E F O OT C O NTE S S A [Oct. 16] Best-selling cookbook author and star of the Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” will share her natural approach to food with tips, stories, recipes and an interactive Q & A. Hosted by Belinda Skelton. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, 800-754-3000, ticketmaster.com

2 N D A N N UA L RUCKER FEST [Oct. 20] Come celebrate the 2nd annual Rucker Fest in historic Roswell with pet vendors, dog demonstrations, refreshments and contests. Historic Town Square, Roswell, roswellhistoricalsociety.org

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 A S S O C I ATI O N [Oct. 21] This month’s speaker is Dr. Matthew Chappell, Assistant Professor and Statewide Extension Horticulturist in the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture. The topic will be “Native Plants You Should Know.” The Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville, 678-277-0179, gwinnettmastergardeners.com

D E R M ATO LO GY C U S TO M E R A P P R E C I ATI O N [Oct. 24] The center is offering 20 percent off products and services in honor of their

anniversary. Gift certificates available in advance. Dermatology Center of Atlanta, Johns Creek, 770-497-0699, dermatology–atlanta.com

G H O S T TA LE S A N D TR A I L S [Oct. 24 – 26] Hear spooky tales based on Woodstock’s history told by veteran storytellers. Elm Street Village, Woodstock, elmstreetarts.org

1 2 TH A N N UA L TA S TE O F ATL A NTA [Oct. 25 – 27] Enjoy specialty dishes, robust wines and craft brews from more than 80 Atlanta restaurants, along with demonstrations by celebrity chefs and activities for the whole family. Midtown at Technology Square, Atlanta, tasteofatlanta.com

K I D G IT S BOO -BASH [Oct. 26] Head to Town Center Mall for an evening of frightfully fun activities, including face painting, a bounce house, balloon artists and more. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a mall-wide trick-or-treat and a costume parade. Town Center at Cobb, Kennesaw, towncenteratcobb.com

W H I S K I E S O F TH E WO R LD E X P O [Nov. 1] Learn about the styles and origins of whisky, how to pair the beverage with food, and more as you sample a wide range of whiskies at this innovative event. InterContinental Buckhead, whiskiesoftheworld.com

A LP H A R E T TA C H I LI C O O K- O F F [Nov. 2] Come to downtown Alpharetta to enjoy the Georgia-Florida game in conjunction with some of the best chili ever prepared by local firefighters, police officers and other public safety staff. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta, 678-297-6000, awesomealpharetta.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | October 2013 | Points North

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Draw out Your Inner Designer. Take your place among the tastemakers of the interior design world at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s signature series, Discover ADAC. Running from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, the series will feature panel discussions, book signings and Champagne receptions with local and international designers of the highest caliber, including White House designer Michael S. Smith. Topics will range from color and wall coverings to modern life in historic homes and the merging of art and technology. 404-231-1720, adacatlanta.com

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Take a Sip. Rather, take 250. This Oct. 5, spend a sophisticated afternoon in Town Center Park sampling more than 250 wines at the Suwanee Wine Fest. For an even more elegant affair, snag a VIP invitation and treat yourself to exclusive premium wines, catered foods, a souvenir glass and the expertise of sommeliers. The only thing better than the warmth of wine and friends on a crisp fall day is knowing the event benefits Annandale Village. suwaneewinefest.com Go down to the River. For the paddleboard racers, the local brew drinkers and the autumn activity lovers, it’s time for the annual fall festival at Cobb County’s Riverview Landing. Don’t miss the fun on Saturday, Oct. 12, which promises to be a day brimming with live music, mouthwatering food, hay sliding, and pumpkin patch picking along the Chattahoochee. Get there early for the boat race, and stay late for the VIP concert. This year’s proceeds will benefit Chattahoochee NOW, Chattahoochee River Keeper and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. riverview-landing.com/join-us Get Lost. Nothing says autumn like a corn maze, and, with more than 3 miles of winding paths, no one does corn mazes like Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton. Waiting outside the labyrinth is delicious BBQ, silky hot chocolate and an old-fashioned hayride. As dusk falls, gather around the bonfire for folk tales and, if you dare, face the shadowy spooks in the haunted barn. Come on out for some homegrown country fun every weekend through Nov. 17. caglesfamilyfarm.com/fall-fun


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