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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

CuRe’S KiDS CoNQueR CANCeR oNe DAy At A tiMe each day in September, CuRe will highlight a very special child who has been affected by cancer. We will share their stories of diagnosis, treatment and courage. We will share stories of survivorship and loss. Please start your day on, read their stories and share them via Facebook and email. if a story touches you, consider making a donation to that child’s fundraising efforts as they raise money to support CuRe’s 20132014 pediatric cancer research initiatives.

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and indyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has joined the fight. Having lost his mother in 2010 to colon cancer, Ryan is committed to helping in the global fight against cancer. He is partnering with CuRe this September along with his sponsor AutoNation to help raise awareness of childhood cancer and funds for life-saving research. tune in to NBC’s 11Alive this September to hear Ryan talk about his passion for finding a cure and visit his fundraising page at events/cures-kids-conquercancer.

to know a family who has fallen victim to childhood cancer is to know a mother with an unbearable burden to hold her family together. Hosted by Chris Glavine, “A tribute to our Quiet Heroes” is an annual luncheon, auction, and program to honor mothers of children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Since its inception in 2005, the event has raised more than $2 million for pediatric cancer research. Join us September 28, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead for the 9th annual “A tribute to our Quiet Heroes.” Visit to purchase tickets or bid on auction items.

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Buckhead is bursting with bright young people, but these prodigies really stand out.

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Contents /// HOME



Keeping up with the Joneses An interior designer gives her own Buckhead home some TLC







TRAVEL NEAR: Destin-ation Unknown A beachside B&B offers a taste of New England on the Florida Panhandle


TRAVEL fAR: Alaska at last All aboard for a trip to the final frontier


A melodious marriage A Brookhaven couple shares a passion for music


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Sweet as pie Our picks around the neighborhood for this all-American dessert

joy of cooking Buckhead’s Joy Café a haven for fresh homespun food Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Serving Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Vinings september/october 2013 | ISSUE 18 P.O. Box 11633, Atlanta, GA 30355 For advertising rates call: 404-538-9895


Publisher and Founder Joanne Hayes Editor-In-Chief Allison Weiss Entrekin Creative Director Alan Platten Creative Production Assistant  Sandra Platten Senior Account Executive  Cheryl Isaacs Account Executives  Dee Flores Kyle Wilcox Garges Susan Vara Associate Editor Giannina Smith Bedford

Nilai Sarda is so committed to his studies, he almost turned down the chance to appear on our cover. “I have a lot of homework to do,” he told us when we tried to set up a time to photograph him. It took some convincing, but the high school sophomore finally agreed to meet us at The Westminster Schools between study sessions. When we arrived, Sarda was all smiles, happily showing us his books while his mother looked on. We hope Sarda is pleased with the final cover—and that he still got As on his tests the next day. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

Contributing Writers Kate Abney Wendell Brock H.M. Cauley Carly Cooper Jennifer Bradley Franklin Ashley Hesseltine Curt Holman Catherine O’Connor Hough Amanda Matte Olivia Putnal Kelly Skinner Phebe Wahl Chief Photographer Sara Hanna Photographers Scott Asano Tyler Welbron Graphic Designer Michael Baker Copy Editor 

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Letters Thank you for including the great article about Boxing Chicks and Buckhead Fight Club in your July/August issue! It was awesome that the author came out to the club and joined us for a workout, rather than just looking on. I think she captured a great picture of what it’s like for us. –Kelsey Smith [The new issue] looks amazing! Not that I expected anything less. –Amy Howard, sales manager, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza Love, love, love the magazine. Please keep me on your mailing list. –Gayle Ford

from our tweet hearts and facebook fans! Follow us @SimplyBuckhead and on Facebook How adorable is @abbeymglass in the July/August issue of @SimplyBuckhead?! –@WHotelsATL GREAT issue! –Linda Diack via Facebook @SimplyBuckhead, loved the pic and partnering with ya’ll on the event! Picked up a copy of the new “Night Life” edition today. Good stuff! –@WadeWright11

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am convinced my children are prodigies.

Greer, 3, spends at least two hours every day drawing, and she’s already creating shapes, experimenting with shading and making bold decisions—like giving Cinderella Photo: Sara Hanna Photography light green hair with purple roots. The High might want to prepare a wing for Greer’s forthcoming collection. And my 18-month-old son, Trace, is my musician. He started snapping his fingers before he was 1, and whenever he hears a song, that kid bops with some serious rhythm. Prodigies. Geniuses. OK, roll your eyes. In all seriousness, every child has a gift (or two). Our neighborhoods are filled with budding inventors, performers, artists, Olympians, scientists, philanthropists, musicians. In our cover story on Buckhead’s youth prodigies, we simply highlight a few of the young people in this area who have tapped into their talents and shared the results with the world. I hope you enjoy reading about these inspiring young people. In the meantime, I’ll be snapping my fingers and coloring away with my little prodigies. Allison Weiss Entrekin

Left: Trace Entrekin (AKA “Mozart”) Below: An abstract drawing by Greer Entrekin (AKA “Georgia O’Keeffe”)

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Paddles Up! Dress to the nines and mingle with likeminded art aficionados and collectors at the ACP Fundraiser Photography Auction Gala Sept. 20 at King Plow Arts Center on the Westside. This gala serves as a mega money-raising event for the festival. Attendees can bid on covetable pieces and dine on a three-course seated dinner. Tickets begin at $150.

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f each picture is worth a thousand words, Atlanta has a lot to say as Atlanta Celebrates Photography descends on the city through November. Whether you’re a collector, an admirer, an award-winning photographer or a self-taught hopeful, there’s something here for everyone. After all, it is the biggest community-oriented photography festival in the country. This year marks the festival’s 15th birthday, so expect a calendar chock full of photo-centric

activities, exhibits and talks citywide throughout the fall. On the docket? Photo exhibitions at more than 100 local galleries and venues (including Buckhead’s Mason Murer Fine Art, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery and Lumiere), a commissioned public art display along the Atlanta BeltLine by Gregor Turk, visiting lecturers, a film series and even a portfolio review (offering aspiring photographers the chance to receive critiques on their work at the Georgia

Promising to be one of the festival’s most engaging events, Legendary Children impels you to immerse yourself in Atlanta’s drag scene as you follow 10 queens through the exhibit. Showing at Gallery 1526 in Candler Park, catch the closing reception featuring a live drag show on Sept. 28.

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Hometown Pride Admire the works of Atlanta-based artists Tierney Gearon and Jeannette Montgomery Barron during Buckhead gallery Jackson Fine Art’s opening reception running Sept. 6-Nov. 2. See Barron’s celebrity portraiture from the 1980s in Scene—featuring cult icons like Andy Warhol and Willem Dafoe—and

Listen to renowned National Geographic photographer Alison Wright speak about her process—and her career—at Buckhead’s Pace Academy Oct. 3 and admire the globe-spanning portraits in her exhibit, Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit. While you’re there, make sure to pick up a signed copy of her riveting memoir, Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival. – Kelly Skinner Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival Through November 404.634.8664

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Crowds gather in No. 246’s light-strewn backyard to cheer on ping-pong tournament participants. Photo: Courtesy of No. 246

Warm up your paddle and build an appetite for No. 246’s Sunday Ping-Pong tournaments. The free matches take place in the backyard area of the Decatur restaurant from 5 to 8 p.m., where table-tennis aficionados are invited to showcase their skills, Forrest Gump-style. (Novices can also participate.) While sweating through the throes of competition, enjoy a specially priced menu of bites and beverages, including a selection of toasts ($5-$13) with toppings like arugula almond pesto and house ricotta. Crowd members can also help keep score with one hand and feast on the No. 246 meatball and salt-Parmesan French fries with the other. Wash it all down No. 246 with a beer or 1-ounce shot of rye whiskey or Fernet Branca Sundays, 5-8 p.m. ($3 apiece). Tournaments will likely go through October, 129 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue but they are dependent on weather, so call 678.399.8246 Decatur 30030 or email for more 678.399.8246 information or to sign up to play. – Giannina Smith Bedford

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Everybody Loves Pirates is a production of The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, a small troupe comprised of three siblings who write all their shows and perform using handmade puppets. Photo: Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers


A pirate’s life for everybody Pirate-themed puppets create a world of adventure for the whole family Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the popular Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise might have brought piracy back into the lives of adults, but children have never lacked enthusiasm for tales of swashbuckling adventures on the high seas. No one needs to break that news to the Maine-based Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, who have performed their popular puppet show Everybody Loves Pirates to enthusiastic crowds across the country for years. After a visit in 2010, the group brings the show back to Atlanta this fall. Part of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Family Series, the performance follows the story of Lucy and Little Chucky on a treasure map-led adventure that brings them into the hands (and onto the plank!) of a few pesky but loveable pirates. This show is recommended for children 4 and older. Tickets (required for anyone over 2) cost $9.25 for members and $16.50


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Carly Cooper Chuck Warren and Allen Jones organize monthly movie nights for the homeless at the Druid Hills Baptist Church. This project, which has been going on for more than five years, fosters some unexpected bonds in the community.

Joe Blumberg leads Men's Health & Wellness Center, helping males through medical issues and hosting annual events like Dash4Dad and Bowl4Dad.

Man to Man Sandy Springs resident educates males about wellness Sandy Springs resident Joe Blumberg is executive director of Men’s Health & Wellness Center (MHWC), a nonprofit organization that educates men about disease prevention and supports them through health crises. Blumberg helped found the group in 2007 after undergoing a robotic prostatectomy, and stepped into his current role in 2010. “Men are a neglected group in most health care programs,” he explains. “Eighty percent of funding, research and educational publications are for women and children.” He points out that men often don’t take care of themselves as well as women do, live seven years less on average, and “thus

impact the community with a disproportionate expenditure for medical conditions that could have been prevented.” For that reason, MHWC has a 24-physician Medical Advisory Board that connects its members with medical contacts and resources in the community. The organization also hosts fundraisers and events to raise awareness of men’s health issues, provides educational newsletters, free screenings and a prostate cancer support group. “We want men to know their numbers and track their health, starting as soon as possible,” he says. For more information, visit

A Sense of Normalcy Druid Hills Baptist Church provides monthly movie nights for the homeless On the first Thursday of every month, about 45 Atlantans gather at Druid Hills Baptist Church at 1085 Ponce de Leon Avenue for a movie night. They eat popcorn, watch an action flick and hang out. It’s a setup many of us enjoy in our homes on a regular basis; the only difference is these attendees are homeless. Led by volunteers like Chuck Warren, division director for the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia and a Decatur resident, the ministry movie nights offer a sense of normalcy for those who often go without proper food or a roof over their heads. “They seem to really enjoy having a structured opportunity that’s clean, dry

and safe,” Warren says. “You see a lot of the same folks time after time.” The doors open at 7 p.m. By that time, Warren and the other volunteers have made chicken salad and tuna salad sandwiches, prepared popcorn, and set out bananas, drinks and desserts. Attendees are served dinner and then sit down to watch a pre-selected DVD—usually an action movie. “You kind of get to know some of them,” Warren says. “My wife and I had two over for Thanksgiving.” For information, visit

Fostering Four-Legged Friends Lulu Vilas is one of the Atlanta Boxer Rescue’s prize volunteers A Buckhead resident for the past three years, Lulu Vilas moved from New York, where she volunteered walking shelter dogs at animal control. When she came to Atlanta, she was looking for similar opportunities and came across Atlanta Boxer Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of boxers in the metro area. Since then, Vilas has volunteered for everything from conducting home visits to performing tem-

perament tests at animal control. She’s transported foster dogs to veterinary appointments, manned booths at events and served as the adoption coordinator. “There are more dogs being abandoned every day than people realize—good dogs, not just problem dogs,” she says. “Atlanta Boxer Rescue seeks to rescue as many family dogs as we can from animal control and looks to give them a second chance.”

In addition to owning two boxers, Carter and Lucy, Vilas has fostered 11 or 12 dogs. (Lucy was originally a foster.) Together, Vilas, Carter and Lucy will volunteer at Boxerstock, a dog-friendly music festival held at Jim Miller Park in Marietta on Oct. 20. To purchase tickets, visit To volunteer, foster or adopt a boxer, visit

Lulu Vilas fostered Atlanta Boxer Rescue's first blind dog, Sam. He was so smart that he memorized the layout of her house in just three months and was adopted four months after that.

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Destin-ation Unknown A beachside B&B offers a taste of New England on the Florida Panhandle


n a luminous Sunday morning in early June, I packed my anxiety in a large suitcase, locked it in my bedroom closet and pointed my car toward Destin for a quick, stress-busting getaway. Though my trip to the Panhandle had been meticulously choreographed, suddenly everything seemed sunny and serendipitous. Gliding east to Montgomery, I sliced down the state of Alabama as if it were a ripe watermelon. Five hours after backing out of my driveway, I picked up my friend at the Valparaiso, Fla., airport, and we made our way over to our home for the next two nights: Henderson Park Inn. Perched next to the fabled white sandy beaches and pristine waters of the Florida Gulf Coast, the B&B is a visually arresting sight. Its weathered wooden shingles, breezy verandas and New England-style architecture feel far removed from the tawdry motels, goofy golf and water slides that once typified this so-called Redneck Riviera, where I spent so many childhood vacations swimming, shelling and inhaling fried seafood. Indeed, the Henderson Park Inn, which abuts the pristine seaside state park that bears its name, is more Maine than Miracle Strip, a kitsch-free zone where neither kids nor pets are allowed. Cited as one of the romantic hotels in North America, the inn is a relaxed and welcoming retreat that sets you up to enjoy


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the beach at your own pace. From dawn to dusk, there’s no need to leave the property, and, except for a couple of outings to pick up necessities or dine out, we rarely did. The amenities never stop, beginning with a decadent breakfast buffet that includes madeto-order omelets, the best applewood-smoked bacon I’ve ever tasted, and chafing dishes laden with rib-sticking Southern fare like grits and grillades. You are invited to help yourself to the minibar goodies (candy bars, granola bars, water and soft drinks). Box lunches and cookies are provided in takeout boxes—good for the beach or afternoon snacking. Finally, as the day winds to an end, you can drink all you want at a tiki-themed happy hour on the waterfront deck. This is not as insane as it sounds, however, since happy “hour” here means just that—60 minutes. After checking in, we jumped into the water for a good soak and soon found ourselves slurping down margaritas and white wine at the “Tiki Hut,” where the bartender made sure our glasses were always full. After a brief rest, we moseyed over to the Beach Walk Café, the inn’s restaurant, for dinner. Though you can reserve a table for the nightly “Toes in the Sand” service beside the surf, we ensconced ourselves on the deck enjoying icy martinis; a seriously good roasted tomato soup (see recipe); a bacon-and-blue-cheeseflecked romaine wedge; a juicy rib-eye cap with mashed potatoes and baby carrots; and

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the “fresh catch” special of sea scallops with green beans and nubby little new potatoes tossed in brown butter. Dee-lish. Though we were more than comfortable in the commodious presidential suite, I took a gander at some of the smaller rooms and found them equally if not more appealing—elegant, light-filled, more like an authentic B&B. Because no visit to the Gulf Coast would be complete without fried seafood, we headed east to Seagrove Village Market in Seagrove Beach on our final night for a heaping platter of fish, oysters and shrimp, topped off with a slice of housemade Key lime pie. “Serving deep-fried love since 1949,” the diner is an adorable little hole-inthe-wall tucked behind a general store and souvenir shop just off Highway 30A. The next morning, on our way out of town, still not quite satis-fried, we crossed the bridge for a visit to Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Freeport, a time warp of a fish house where the fryers are always roaring and nothing seems to have changed in decades. The servers were kooky, the ambience that of a ’50s-era fish camp and the food, well, it was heavenly. (Get the fried shrimp.) And so it was that I drove back to Atlanta blissfully stuffed, only to find that the bundle of woes I had stashed away like dirty laundry had somehow vanished. As a haven of rest and comfort, Henderson Park Inn had pushed my reset button. n

Top left: With its New England-style architecture, Henderson Park Inn is an oasis of calm in a region that has not always been known for refined taste. Photo: Courtesy of Henderson Park Inn

Above: The view from the inn's presidential suite on a pristine day is pure Panhandle: blue skies, emerald-blue waters and powdered-sugar sand. Photo: Wendell Brock

Henderson Park Inn and Beach Walk Café 2700 Scenic Highway 98 Destin, Fla. 32541 866.398.4432 Seagrove Village Market 3004 South County Highway 395 Seagrove Beach, Fla. 32459 850.231.5736 www. Nick’s Seafood Restaurant 7585 Highway 20 West Freeport, Fla. 32439 850.835.2222 www.

From the Henderson Park Inn recipe files:

Roasted Tomato Soup Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes, cored 1/2 red onion, chopped 5 cloves garlic 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 ounces bacon, chopped

4 cups chicken stock 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons fresh basil salt and pepper to taste

Serves: 4 Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat tomatoes, onion, and garlic with olive oil and roast in oven until brown. Render bacon fat in heavy-bottomed saucepot. Add roasted tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes. Add chicken stock and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Puree with a hand blender, or in a blender or food processor, adding the tomato paste. Return to the pan and simmer another 10 minutes. Add cream and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot or cold.

Photo: Courtesy of Henderson Park Inn

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Above: The Celebrity Millennium, cruising in the Gulf of Alaska, is 965 feet long. Right: A view of majestic snowcapped mountains from the Gulf of Alaska.

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All aboard for a trip to the final frontier feature: Joanne

Q Above: Whales rise up from the sea, frolicking beside the massive ship as if they are following course. Below: Wildlife tours yield moose crossing rivers and wandering in their natural habitat.


uite literally, Alaska is the final frontier for my husband, who in his 30-plus-year career as a manufacturing executive has been in more than 60 countries and every state in America except Alaska. It’s been on our bucket list for years, planned for retirement, but when we had the opportunity to take an eight-day, seven-night southbound cruise aboard Celebrity Millennium in June, we jumped on board. Flying in, Alaska’s snow-capped mountains and glaciers look like a page out of National Geographic. Daylight in Alaska peaked just one week before our arrival (with more than 19 hours of sunlight in one day), so we explored Anchorage our first well-lit night before heading south to Seward the next day. Our nearly five-hour hour train ride yielded views of moose crossing rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, eagles’ nests, bears on hillsides. We’d put the camera down, and just as quickly pick it up again for another perfect shot. As this was my first cruise experience, I was hesitant about being on a “floating hotel” for eight days. I’d read the average person gains a pound a day. With visions of endless buffets and

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guests eating and drinking nonstop, as many all-inclusive vacations promote, I was nervous. Once aboard, I pledged to stay active, turning this into a healthy vacation. And I was happy to find there were multitudes of excursions available on the southbound cruise, and guests of all ages are encouraged to hike, bike and explore the outdoors. Our ports included Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan. In Icy Strait Point, my husband opted for the world’s longest zipline, 5,330 feet and a 1,300-foot vertical drop at 60 mph, while I viewed totem poles and watched villagers filleting the daily catch and smoking salmon. We attended the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan (what’s not to love about rugged woodsmen and a rowdy good time?), visited the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau, and dropped in for a bite at local watering holes, asking natives to share their lore. Our many excursions included whale and mammal tours, hikes, bicycle tours, Deadliest Catch river adventures and helicopter rides over glaciers. One of my favorite days was cruising to Hubbard Glacier, the largest in Alaska. Dolphins playfully swam

alongside us that day, and although we were five miles away, the glacier’s bluehued ice breaking into chunks in the Gulf of Alaska appeared very close. All around, the service exceeded every expectation. With 2,138 guests and 954 crew members, there’s almost one crew member per two guests. Dining featured globally influenced classic and contemporary cuisine, created by James Beard-featured chef John Suley. The flavors and artful presentation in the main dining room, The Metropolitan, impressed, and we enjoyed a different menu nightly. I had fun putting on a cocktail dress and sashaying down the dramatic staircase into the elegant restaurant for the two formal evenings, one of which allowed us to dine at the Captain’s Table with the ship’s hotel director, Sheldon Thompson. There are, of course, round-the-clock casual buffets for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and more. If you opt for informal dining, there’s no limit to your choices, including a crêperie, coffee houses, gourmet wine bar, jazz bar, spa menu, ice cream and confectionery stands, poolside burgers and hotdogs. The Celebrity X Youth Program provides plenty of age-appropriate

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entertainment, along with babysitting services for parents in need of quiet time alone. With a basketball court, ping pong tables, shuffleboard and an activity center for the younger kids, parents don’t hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored; there’s nothing to do here.” We took advantage of the fitness center, walking the treadmill while gazing out over the Gulf of Alaska. We trekked the ship numerous times daily and took classes, including Pilates, strength and conditioning, spinning, yoga, boot camp and personal training, as well as seminars on important health topics such as “Relieving Back Pain with Good Feet,” “Detox for Health and Weight Loss” and “Burn Fat Faster.” We became well-acquainted with the full-service AquaSpa by Elemis, which features signature treatments like the Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial, Exotic Lime and Ginger Body Massage, Ionithermie Body Corrective Programs, and my favorite, the Deep Tissue Bamboo Massage, with warm organic oil. In the spa’s thermal suite, Persian Garden, couples can truly enjoy the serenity in the warm, aromatic “silent” zone. Onboard, there’s an acupuncturist, medical aesthetician, hair stylist, nail technicians, shopping emporium (all duty-free while not in port), thalassotherapy mineral pool, hot tubs and an outdoor pool. After our day’s activities and exquisite meals, we looked forward to a new show nightly in the Celebrity Theater. The talented, energetic Celebrity Millennium performers

featured singers, dancers and actors from all over the world, entertaining with two shows a night. Christina Bianco, an actress-singer currently performing off-Broadway in Newsical, did her powerful one-woman show featuring impersonations of many beloved female icons. In a “small world” story, my husband was dogged by comedian Al Ducharme for arriving 10 minutes late to his performance. He seemed familiar, and in looking Ducharme up, it turns out I’d seen him perform years ago in our mutual home state, the smallest in the U.S. Here we were, in the biggest state, enjoying a family-friendly standup routine by a “L’il Rhody” comedian now living in L.A. We’ve promised to stay in touch and see him perform on his next Atlanta visit. After all this excitement, we slept like babies (thankfully, with no motion sickness). At 91,000 tons and 965 feet in length, the only way to see this ship move is by focusing on the horizon. The gentle rocking, fresh air, majestic vistas and all of the day’s activities ensured a good night’s rest. This is one bucket list trip we plan to do again, with the addition of a Denali State Forest excursion and our kids. Akin to my first Grand Canyon trip at 45, Alaska was a “larger than life” experience, and daily, my postcard-picture memories remind me of its majesty. n For more information visit:


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Sweet as pie Our picks around the neighborhood for this all-American dessert story:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin   Photo: Sara Hanna




Few desserts evoke the same nostalgia as good ol’ fashioned pie. However, as we discovered on our taste-testing adventure, chefs in our area have put their own twists on classic flavors. No matter how you slice it, there's a pie for everyone.


1. Old Vinings Inn: Bourbon Apple Farmhouse Pie ($6 per miniature pie)

3. Southern Art: Bourbon Pecan Pie

5. Pie Shop: Pumpkin with Brown Sugar Streusel

($9 per slice)

($4.60 per slice, $2 for ice cream)

It’s fitting that this historic property built in the 1880s serves up a rustic, circular farmhouse pie. The soft crust is stuffed with tart, bourbon-scented apples and topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla bean ice cream. 3011 Paces Mill Road S.E. Atlanta 30339 770.438.2282 •

Autumn in Georgia just begs for pecan pie, and this Southern Art dessert pulls out all the stops. While it packs a hefty punch of sugar, the sweetness is tempered, thanks to a dose of bourbon. It’s topped with white chocolate Chantilly cream and a chocolate tuile for a pretty—and rich—presentation.

2. Murphy’s: The Bonzo ($7 per slice)

3315 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.946.9070 •

This quaint Buckhead shop is wholly dedicated to pie, so its creations achieve near-perfect status. This seasonal slice is made with freshly roasted local pumpkin (which has a pleasant smoky flavor) and topped with deliciously crumbly brown sugar-ginger-pecan streusel and housemade vanilla ice cream. The topping really makes it, providing spice (ginger), sweetness (brown sugar) and crunch (pecans). We predict that it will become your go-to fall dessert.

The name of this long-time classic at Murphy’s might as well be shortened from “the bonanza” of goodness. It combines layers of rich brownie, cheesecake and chocolate mousse, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel. Each layer is sweet and delicious by itself, but the combo is particularly decadent, so it’s best enjoyed with a cup of black coffee. 997 Virginia Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30306 404.872.0904 •


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4. La Tavola: Taleggio & Poached Apricot Tart ($6.50 per slice)

3210 Roswell Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.841.4512 •

This dessert creation is decidedly the most unusual of our picks, but something about this Italian confection just works. Fruity Italian Taleggio cheese gives it a pleasant tangy flavor, while the poached apricots make it naturally sweet, rather than savory. The plate is dressed with orange blossom honey and basil cream.

6. Buckhead Diner: White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie ($7.50 per slice)

992 Virginia Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30306 404.873.5430 •

3073 Piedmont Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.262.3336 •

This signature pie of Buckhead’s most famous diner serves up a winning combination of shortbread crust, firm slices of fresh bananas, creamy filling and a generous heap of shaved white chocolate. It’s like the love child of banana pudding and a white chocolate candy bar, and it’s good.



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Interior designer Elinor Jones spends her days beautifying the homes of others, but after more than 20 years ... she decided it was time to pay attention to her own.

Tom and Elinor Joneses’ formal living room houses a piano once played by their two daughters as well as Tom’s own trumpet. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Keeping up with

the Joneses An interior designer gives her own Buckhead home some TLC feature:

Top: Complete with garden views, the kitchen sitting area is decorated in wrought-iron lamps, plush tub chairs and an earthcolored rug from Myers Carpet. Above: The Joneses built the sun porch with plans to add glass windows eventually, but they loved the screened-in ambiance so much they left it as is. Right: An interior designer since 1989, Elinor Jones’ classic style includes contemporary and Asianinspired touches.


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Giannina Smith Bedford   Photos: Sara Hanna

nterior designer Elinor Jones spends her days beautifying the homes of others, but after more than 20 years in her Buckhead abode, she decided it was time to pay attention to her own. Back in 1988, Jones and her husband Tom Jones, a partner with the Chamberlain Hrdlicka law firm, worked with William T. Baker & Associates to design their five-bedroom, four-and-ahalf bath brick home, hiring Phillip Clark Custom Builders to construct it. After their two daughters left home, Jones redecorated the upstairs bedrooms in 2007 as guest rooms, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she decided to take on a larger project: Gut the kitchen and add a screened-in sun porch with the help of architect Kenneth Lynch and Associates and contractor A.J. Thomas. “Being a designer, you see wonderful kitchens at various show houses and kitchen showrooms, and you realize it’s time for a

remodel,” Jones says. “We wanted to have a space that would be updated, good-looking, and function well for us.” Especially since the Joneses became new grandparents of four—triplets born to their eldest daughter and a son born to their youngest daughter, all in the past year— they wanted a comfortable place for family gatherings. Jones expanded the entryway connecting the kitchen to the family room by 5 feet and lengthened the dark cherry wood island 2 feet to create more space for prepping and serving food. She bumped out a kitchen wall for a new Viking cooktop area, which she outfitted with a Calacatta marble tile backsplash (which includes an inset of Calacatta mosaic tiles). For the surrounding counters, she chose Tropic Brown antiqued granite. She replaced the island’s Corian countertops with White Spring polished granite, the oak

“Being a designer, you see wonderful kitchens at various show houses and kitchen showrooms, and you realize it’s time for a remodel...” they usually stay folded completely up, so you feel like you’re in the trees,” Jones says. Steps away, French doors open up to the home’s sunroom addition, which is done in Bluestone floors and wood furniture from AuthenTEAK accented by colorful touches like a large cerulean blue platter from Jerry Pair at ADAC. “We enjoy entertaining family and friends in our newly remodeled kitchen and new screen porch,” Jones says. “We love the open feeling that was created between family room and kitchen, which makes entertaining flow exceptionally well.” The kitchen renovation and sunroom addition took about five months, but Jones says the dust and microwave dinners were all worth it. In fact, this savvy designer took on another home rehab in 2011, redoing all her guest bathrooms with Crema Marfil marble, lighting sconces from Design Lighting and custom framed mirrors. She moved on to her master bath in 2013, working with contractor Carsten Jensen of Viking Works. Finished in the summer of 2013, the master bath features counters in polished dark Emperador marble and cappuccino marble floors and shower walls.

Top: The Joneses’ remodeled kitchen offers ample cooking space on an expanded island illuminated by a pendant fixture from Design Lighting Group. Above: To create a unified look from the family room into the kitchen, Jones commissioned a custom furniturestyle armoire to house the Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer drawers, microwave and toaster oven.


cabinets with creamy custom cabinetry, and the ceramic tile floor with taupe porcelain tile. She also traded the blue-and-white wallpaper for soft green walls to give the kitchen a soothing and elegant feel. The kitchen’s double ovens became stainless steel Viking ones and moved from one side of the kitchen to the other. Jones also added tall built-in storage cabinets, dish drawers, a pull-up mixer stand and a larger butler’s pantry near the garage door entry. A hidden gem of the overhaul is hard to notice unless you’re searching for a snack—the custom-made, tall dark cherry wood armoire actually disguises a Sub-Zero refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and freezer drawers. At the end of the long island, Jones fashioned an inviting seating area where the chocolate loveseat is flanked by two large antique French olive oil jars from Fabulous Things on Bennett Street, each topped with glass to create unique side tables. Backed by a large bay window, this comfy seating area overlooks the home’s backyard forest. “We used to have wood blinds, but now with the Hunter Douglas shades, we can pull them down when needed for light control, but

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The centerpiece of the room is the antique Chinese carved window from Miami Circle’s Mandarin Antiques hanging behind the new Cheviot cast iron tub. “I chose the carved elm window because I wanted to use an art object that would not deteriorate with light and moisture in a bath setting as a print or painting might,” Jones says. “The carved piece is more sturdy and practical, as well as being very unusual, and I love to look at it every day. The foo dog represents good luck! I also wanted something that would be a large focal point.” The Chinese window joins the ranks of Jones’ favorite home accents. Other beloved items include the dining room’s antique crystal chandelier, which illuminates Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper that is a documented reproduction of wallpaper in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. The chandelier is from Parc Monceau Antiques in Peachtree Hills, but most of the antiques in the Joneses’ residence are family heirlooms. Antique clocks, side tables and mirrors can be found at every turn, mixed among colorful paintings done by Southern artists, including South Carolina painter Dina Lowery and Atlanta artists Ann Rhodes and Isabelle Lamar. While Jones is already planning the redesign of her closets and addition of a photography gallery in the back hall, she says there is not much else she would change about her home. Well, at least not for a few more years. n

Above: The formal dining room showcases a dining table purchased from J. Tribble. Jones had Designer Rugs create the striking blue rug for her after she saw a smaller version at the antique rug dealer. Right: The month-long renovation on the master bathroom added marble from Bottega by Stones International, custom cabinetry and Rohl fixtures in a brushed nickel finish.

Left: The master bedroom combines antiques—including a family heirloom clock and chairs with needlepoint seats stitched by Tom’s mother—with paintings by Atlanta artists Ann Rhodes and Isabelle Lamar.

ELINOR JONES’   HOME RENOVATION TIPS: Get a good architect, designer and contractor. Do your homework: Make sure all the items you order are available to be delivered before you will need them for your project.  Exercise lots of patience! Go over your project and make sure everything is included before getting plans drawn and getting estimates from the contractor. Changes are easy in the beginning, but very expensive after construction has begun! Enjoy your new space!


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s Charmed offers new jewelry items to buyers through Facebook each week. Pictured: diamond cuff, $20; green turquoise and crystal stretch bracelet, $24; gold stretch bracelet, $26. t

Shannon Reynolds, owner of Charmed.

s The Impeccable Pig’s colorful accessories, like this orange bauble necklace, $38, make for an adorable gift. t Jenny Correa and Laura Robbins, owners of the Impeccable Pig.


LA Stein’s fine jewelry collection includes investment pieces like these diamond pavé laguna green agate drop earrings, $9,800. t Lisa Stein, owner of LA Stein.

s Jim Koonts, Atlanta Hublot boutique director.

Buckhead baubles See what accessory shops we’re swooning over


hether it’s a timeless pair of studs, an impressive watch or a stunning statement necklace, there’s just something so pleasing about adding a new accessory to your collection. Maybe it’s the pop it can add to a simple black dress, or the class it brings to your everyday ensemble. We’ve uncovered a few Buckhead gems that will satisfy any accessory fanatic’s craving.


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winding chronograph movements; gold-plated appliqués; and antireflective treatments, among many others. “Hublot is truly unique—they produce all of the watch movement components in-house, allowing freedom of design,” Koonts explains.

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Swiss watchmaker Hublot opened its Atlanta doors in 2012 within the high-end shopping mecca of Phipps Plaza. The location, which became Hublot’s eighth U.S. store, boasts 1,000 square feet of luxury men’s and women’s watches. “Our Atlanta clients include doctors, lawyers, restaurant owners and more. They all have one thing in common—they love our watches! Ludacris has even shown great support for Hublot in Atlanta,” says Atlanta store director


Jim Koonts. Hublot’s Swiss watches became a phenomenon when introduced in 1980. Hublot was the first-ever brand to offer watches with a metal case as the face of the watch and a rubber strap—something it calls the “fusion” concept. In additional to the “Fusion,” Hublot now also offers the “Big Bang,” “King Power” and “MP” collections. When purchasing, buyers choose a collection and their preferred model, materials and jewels. The options include things like stainless steel, carbon fiber or ceramic cases; dials set with jewels; self-

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Brookhaven resident Shannon Reynolds was in search of a fun, fast and affordable way to buy jewelry last summer. After browsing a site with a concept she admired, she decided to start her own jewelry-auction venture. Charmed, named in honor of her grandmother’s beloved charm bracelet, was born in 2012. A true mommyowned business, Reynolds manages the Facebook-based concept between naps and storytime. It’s simple: On Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Reynolds posts her most recent jewelry finds from AmericasMart, jewelry tradeshows and her high-end contacts, plus the price.

Viewers may comment “sold” on the photo with their email address; the first “bidder” receives a PayPal invoice and the item or items within one to two weeks. Recently sold pieces include stud earrings for $16 and various statement necklaces for $24. “Knowing that I help my buyers feel great about themselves with the purchase of a new, yet affordable accessory is thrilling for me,” Reynolds says.

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California native Lisa Stein now resides in Buckhead, but her easygoing West Coast style has translated into a successful jewelry venture. “I enjoyed a career in fashion design in New York City in ‘my first life’ and then I took a metalsmithing course at the Spruill Center for the Arts and realized how much I missed designing,” Stein says. So, in 2006, Stein began creating jewelry, now known as the LA Stein collection. Buckhead-


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based boutique Tassels picked up her beautiful jewels shortly after her endeavor began, and now she’s selling her baubles all around the world. “My friends in Buckhead and the South in general have a wonderful appreciation for color,” Stein says. LA Stein jewels encompass a simple yet elegant style, with hand-forged gold, fine diamonds and colorful gemstones.

For the Statement Maker:

The Impeccable Pig

As a new summer addition to the ever-expanding Shops Around Lenox, The Impeccable Pig boutique offers chic jewelry, clothing and bags at great prices. For under $100, you can score one—or three—trendy pieces from the 8-by-6-foot jewelry wall. You can snag a bright bib necklace to accompany your newest dress for a wedding, or a pair of statement studs to dress up your work attire. When it comes to bags, we especially love the sparkly clutches for a night out, or an oversize tan tote for work. “Our main focus is greeting customers with a smile and assuring that they leave with a smile of their own,” says Atlanta store manager Sarah Mullis. Add to your tried and true date night LBD or find the perfect everyday gold hoops—either way, you’ll leave with a shiny addition. n

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s The vibrating pad Dr. Kelly uses allows him to do a chiropractic adjustment without over-adjusting, a much gentler approach to the practice. t

Dr. Kelly uses a cold laser to repair tissue and reduce inflammation in a focused way.

No ordinary chiropractor Chiropractic and kinesiology help bring balance story:

Jennifer Bradley Franklin   Photos: Sara Hanna


ealth is simple,” Dr. Tim Kelly is fond of saying. “We’re not that complicated.” As someone who writes regularly about wellness, I’m tempted to disagree: It seems like there are so many conflicting theories and ideas about how to keep our bodies in good health, it can feel incredibly complicated. However, Kelly, who has practiced in Buckhead since 1989, has such a warm confidence about him, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a chiropractor specializing in applied kinesiology, a science he describes as “a way to ask the body a series of questions, looking for what makes the body stronger and weaker.” In my one-and-a-half-hour initial session with the doc, we discussed four health factors he focuses on: digestion (“chewing your food a minimum of 25 times is key to giving your body access to the nutrition from your food”); identifying nutrient/chemical surpluses or deficiencies; adjustment and alignment; and how the feet affect balance. Before my appointment, Kelly asked me to complete a test online called the Braverman Personality Assessment. “Wait a minute,” I


thought. “What does personality have to do with health?” It turns out, quite a lot. According to Kelly, our brain chemistry greatly affects our personality and our cravings, sleep habits, energy and much more. If the four main brain chemicals— acetylcholine, GABA, serotonin and dopamine—are out of balance, you’ll experience maladies that can range from headaches to intense fatigue. (I’m acetylcholine dominant, meaning that I’m highly creative, but unfortunately, I’m dopamine deficient, which partially accounts for low energy at times.) To help me balance, he recommended changing my diet to include more anti-inflammatory omega-3 foods (such as plants, grass-fed meat, nuts and seeds) and fewer inflammatory omega-6 foods (goodbye dairy and grains), and he gave me supplements of omega-3 oils, iodine and tyrosine to help support

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healthy thyroid function. Next, it was time for my initial adjustment. He tested for weakness in my limbs, which could signal improper blood flow to internal organs, since they’re connected to corresponding vertebrae. Instead of the aggressive popping and cracking you might expect from a chiropractor, Kelly adjusts gently using a vibrating mallet-like tool that coaxes the spine back into alignment. Unlike typical chiropractic care, which many patients complain is a never-ending series of visits, Kelly’s addition of applied kinesiology helps the adjustment “stick.” “The core pieces don’t come undone,” he says. “It’s sort of like rebooting your computer once and having it work properly.” After just one visit, I felt overwhelmed with information: a bit like trying to drink water from a fire hose. However, I connected with my friend Amy Crouse who initially told me about Kelly after she saw him for headaches. “He’s truly a miracle worker. Within three months, in addition to my migraines, he had cured an inner ear imbalance that multiple other specialists said was incurable,” she says. “He was

Dr. Kelly recommends targeted supplements to get your body working optimally.

able to get me off all medicines and improved my sleep, energy level and overall health.” Even though the volume of information can feel overwhelming (and still does, even though I’ve seen Kelly several times), his gentle, friendly demeanor makes it seem less intimidating. I’m on my way to becoming a believer. n

Want to learn more? Dr. Kelly is partnering with author and psychotherapist Dr. Janet Page to present a seminar called “Eat Right for Your Mind, Body & Heart” on Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2600 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta 30305. Cost is $60; call 404.477.1589 for reservations. Visit






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Prior to taking over Kudzu Antiques, George Lawes was a producer at CNN and hosted a weekly show on TBS that focused on environmental affairs called Network Earth. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

Keen on Kudzu Kudzu Antiques’ George Lawes adds flair to a three-decades-old family business. story:


eorge Lawes and his wife, Kate, both grew up in homes filled with antiques. Today, the husband-and-wife team infuses their appreciation for historic and meaningful furnishings into their home décor stores, Decatur’s Kudzu Antiques and Sandy Springs’ Kudzu & Company. Touted as Atlanta’s oldest antiques market, the original Kudzu opened in Decatur (one block from the current location) when Kate’s mother, Emily Campbell, created it 34 years ago. When Campbell passed away in 2002, the Laweses took over the business and revamped it with their personal panache, mixing classic antiques with funkier vintage pieces (one of their favorites is a huge English carnival sign from the 1950s). Kudzu’s 25,000-squarefoot Decatur showroom became such a popular destination that the Laweses decided to open a sister shop in November 2012. Situated on Roswell Road, the new store takes up 24,000 square feet of a potential 34,000, offering lots of room for future growth. George recently spoke with Simply Buckhead about their flourishing business and unique sense of style.


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We have to ask: How did the name Kudzu come about? Kate’s mom just thought it was unique and funny and very Southern since it had started growing all over the South. Her motto used to be “Kudzu— We’ll Grow on You.” Plus, as Kate recalls, there was a large patch of kudzu growing behind the old store, so it kind of fit. How has Kudzu’s style changed in the last decade? Over the past 10 years we have developed a unique [concept] with Kudzu that we like to call a “vintage-inspired home store.” We intentionally blend items from different time periods and styles, mixing storeowned merchandise into the unique mix of talented dealers we’ve attracted.

How is the new Sandy Springs location different from the Decatur one? Both stores are uniquely “Kudzu,” with an eclectic product mix, but Sandy Springs was designed to have a more open flow and to provide more resources for designers and decorators. The [Sandy Springs] store has more special-order upholstery lines, a “Design Bar” and designers on staff, a small stage for design seminars and live music events, and a specialty custom furniture service. What would you say is your personal design style? No surprise, but our home is decorated like our stores! We believe very much your home should reflect both your per-

sonal history and your current tastes. An antique from your grandmother, a cool repurposed workbench, a beautiful sofa, a piece of Southern folk art on tin, a lighting fixture made from hand-blown glass … I guess you could call our personal style “eclectic fusion.” Personal, dynamic, multilayered. n

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“Before I even knew that the iconic [Vermeer] painting was coming to Atlanta, I [commissioned] some of these casual shots with the same pose.” -Buckhead jewelry designer Lee Wiser McIntosh

Look familiar? Lee Wiser McIntosh’s pearl jewelry creations put a new spin on the classic look of a girl with a pearl earring. Photo: Steve Pelosi

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on stage

A melodious marriage A Brookhaven couple shares a passion for music story:

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ew married couples take the concept of “making beautiful music together” quite so literally as Michael and Catherine Giel. The young husband and wife from Brookhaven pursue musical careers of striking breadth, without missing a note. Michael is principal conductor for the Buckhead-based Capital City Opera Company, where Catherine serves as the organization’s music director while programming and casting all the productions. She also works a day job as education manager of Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, tutors singers and plays piano as an accompanist. Director of orchestras at Cambridge High School in Milton, Michael also plays violin with the Albany Symphony and viola with his string trio, Clairemont Strings. To stay musically fresh and creative, they also play in other bands in their spare time—when they have some. “We don’t focus on how many hours we spend on one thing or the other,” says Michael, 33. “We just think of ways to do everything we want—and still find time to let our dogs out. We have two opera-loving Pomeranians.” At home they also have a grand piano, a guitar, a clarinet, a viola, two violins, an electric violin, a ukulele and a box of harmonicas. They both appreciate the way their roles as music director and conductor at Capitol City Opera allow them to work together. “My favorite thing is when we have an opera coming up: I get a score, he gets his conductor score, and we sit down and go through the whole thing together,” Catherine says. “Michael marks up his score using a fascinating system of colored pencils. When I’m working on one myself, I have to know it backwards and forwards before I can lead the singers.” Donna Angel founded Capitol City Opera in 1983 to help local classically trained singers advance their careers by performing complete opera roles. “We still strive to put on the highest-quality production we can,” Catherine says. “We use singers on their way to big careers. It’s still a competitive audition process. And all of our tech people are highly experienced professionals.” Under Artistic Director Michael Nutter, Capitol City Opera produces full produc-


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tions like September’s La Bohème, educational outreach performances and monthly “Dinner and a Diva” shows with operatic selections at Petite Auberge restaurant. No matter where he conducts, Michael deliberately presents himself as the alternative to the imposing, intimidating image of conductors. “I’m very serious when the house lights go down and the stage lights come up, but outside of that, I think I’m approachable. A lot of conductors will go to their dressing rooms during breaks or before they go to the podium, and keep themselves apart,” says Michael. “But I’m a musician: I’ll hang with other musicians. We’ll play three hours a night—if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it.” Catherine and Michael married in April

of 2011, but when they met in 2009, they did not find instant harmony. Fellow musicians introduced them, and they went out in a group. “The first time we hung out, we didn’t like each other at all,” Catherine admits. “Most of the group just sat there. I sang karaoke. Boyz II Men,” Michael says. “He was a little over the top—but I gave him a second chance,” Catherine says. Clearly, the encore was a hit. n

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A work worth waiting for A 46-year-old college project becomes author’s first volume of poetry story:


t’s a good thing Kathleen Neal is one of those people who hangs on to everything. If not, she might never have published her first book of poetry—The Sun Begins Its Daily Flight, released in April 2013. The 68-year-old Toco Hills resident’s long literary career has included writing for publications; editing a local society magazine, Presenting the Season; and publishing a how-to book on public relations for nonprofit groups. But poetry was never her favorite or her forte. “I have been writing since I was six,” she recalls. “Growing up off Ponce de Leon, my sister and I wrote plays that we put on for other children. But I’m not a poet. For me, this is an anomaly.” After graduating from Inman Park’s former Bass High School, Neal went to Wesleyan College in Macon where, as an English and speech major, she was charged with writing poems for a senior project. “At the time, we were studying children’s literature, and since I have


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always loved Mother Goose, that was the flavor I wanted,” Neal says. “I was 22 with no children of my own then, but I have a vivid imagination, and I just let it go. The poems took off on their own; it was fantastic. And I got an A, which made me very happy.” Along with clever wordplay, the poems incorporated teachable moments. “There’s one about dreading report cards that gives parents the opportunity to talk to kids about working hard and doing your best so report card day isn’t scary,” she says. “There’s another about practicing the piano and how it can be fun, not a chore.” After graduating from Wesleyan, Neal married twice, moved to Washington, D.C., came back to Atlanta, had a son and became a two-time grandmother. It was during a recent downsizing that she rediscovered the poems from her young adulthood. “I got a lot of input from various people, and nobody had any suggestions, so I decided to publish them,” Neal says. “I didn’t even have to do any revisions.”

The result is The Sun Begins Its Daily Flight, a 37-page book of poems and illustrations that more than meets Neal’s expectations. “The adults enjoy it as much as the kids, which confirms that I was accomplishing what I wanted,” she says. “Good children’s literature has to be something adults enjoy as well, like Alice in Wonderland or Harry Potter. I really would like it if the kids who read this think they can do something fun with the world of imagination and writing, too.” n

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A passion for pearls Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls make Buckhead jewelry designer Lee Wiser McIntosh go “weak in the knees” story:

Jewelry artist Lee Wiser McIntosh (below) didn’t set out to restage the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” but images of her work (above) are eerily similar.

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earls have long gripped Peachtree Hills-based jewelry artisan Lee Wiser McIntosh. She’s turned her favorite gems into an array of wearable art items, and just recently began having them photographed on live models. That was when the striking similarity hit: She’d created the modern-day version of the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring” painting—the masterwork by Johannes Vermeer currently on display at the High Museum. “Before I even knew that the iconic painting was coming to Atlanta, I [commissioned] some of these casual shots with the same pose,” McIntosh says. “I didn’t want to recreate the painting but to show a contemporary earring on a contemporary girl. But even now, that classical pose and that gaze show that Vermeer had the right idea.” For McIntosh, there’s something mysteriously magical about a pearl. Along with an unusual luster, a pearl comes with a pedigree that sets it apart from other gems. “Their iridescence makes you say, ‘Wow— how did that come out of a mollusk?’” she says. “They’re very humbling; man has learned how to culture pearls, but the natural ones are incredible. I like diamonds as much as the next girl, but I go weak in the knees for pearls.” McIntosh is so drawn to the captivating quality of pearls that they have become the signature component in many of the custom jewelry creations she showcases through her company, Katura Design.


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“All my recent projects are stone driven, but I’m very drawn to pearls, so they often make their way into my designs,” she says. “Most of my work is custom re-styling— taking a piece that doesn’t necessarily work for somebody, deconstructing why, then recreating it into something they love. It’s a very economical thing to do, especially if you have diamonds that have been sitting in a safety-deposit box for 20 years. Why not enjoy them?” McIntosh didn’t always work with gems. An Ohio native, she studied art and finance in college, then worked in the film industry for 13 years until she realized “film and having children didn’t work.” But jewelry making was a way to stay connected with art while being a mom. “I had painted, but I felt jewelry making was even more natural,” she says. “Jewelry takes on a life of its own. You can design something, but it comes to life when somebody wears it. I find that very beautiful. And I like how people respond to jewelry; there’s a very social aspect to it.” Her children are in their teens now, and jewelry still holds its appeal—especially when pearls are involved. “I had a fear at one point of waking up and being bored, but with pearls, I never get sick of them,” she says. “Just the other day, I walked by my bench and saw this very organic pearl there, and it was amazing the way it reflected the light. They are just magical.” n

A series of photos featuring McIntosh’s pearl jewelry are on display at: Katura Design The Galleries of Peachtree Hills 3883 Lake Forrest Drive Atlanta 30342 404.455.8989 “Girl with a Pearl Earring” on display at the High Museum of Art through Sept. 29

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Joy Café serves two kinds of chicken salad; this one is made with apples and walnuts and served over salad greens.

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Above: At Joy Café, in the former home of Cafe at Pharr, you can dine in, take out or sit on the patio. Left: Joy Café’s unique and tasty chicken burger is stuffed with spinach and feta and dressed with bacon, provolone, jalapeño aioli and chipotle mayo. It’s shown here with a side of tomato-cucumber salad and a fresh watermelon agua fresca. Below: Joy Café Chef-Owner Joy Austin Beber explains her philosophy of cooking this way: “Take good food and leave it alone.”

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very Sunday at sunrise, Joy Austin Beber goes to her Buckhead café and makes a whopping pile of her great-grandmother’s Southern biscuits. Then she drives to Peachtree United Methodist Church to sing in the choir, with the blessed assurance that only her Maker can see the streaks of flour hidden under her robe. After church, Beber returns to Joy Café on Pharr Road (in the former Café at Pharr location), where she serves a hallelujah chorus of a brunch: fluffy buttermilk pancakes; eggs Benedict; and those famous biscuits topped with gravy, sausage and scrambled eggs.


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Praise Jesus, and pass the butter. Beber—a self-taught chef who turned her passion for cooking into a catering company, and later her namesake restaurant that opened in October 2011—has little interest in culinary trends or fussy, precious food. But she and her partner-husband, Jon Beber, do adhere to a made-from-scratch gospel that borders on the fanatical. For their menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and baked goods, the Bebers make nearly everything themselves. They don’t do Boar’s Head. If there’s a turkey sandwich on the menu, they roast a bird. Pastrami for the Reuben? Jon cures

and smokes it, as he does the salmon for the omelets and eggs Benedict. The Bebers make their own sausage, salad dressings, breads and English muffins, granola and herb-infused salt. The insistence on freshness is so firm, the charming and loquacious Joy told me, that there is not even a freezer on the premises. And by the looks of things on my two recent visits, Buckhead has certainly warmed to this casual lunch spot, with its consistently tasty homespun cooking, generous portions, welcome price point ($8 to $10 sandwiches and salads) and laidback vibe. Food may be ordered to go or eaten in the inviting, pale-green space decorated with a collection of framed butterflies. Though the Bebers previously offered a dinner menu with meatloaf, handmade pastas, enchiladas and so on, their B.Y.O.B. policy ran afoul of the city. So for now, dinner service is on hiatus until the restaurant known as “the Joy” gets its beer and wine license. Arriving at the 3 p.m. cutoff for the breakfast-y brunch items on a recent Sunday, I took my time with the menu as the

“They don’t do Boar’s Head. If there’s a turkey sandwich on the menu, they roast a bird.” server sighed. But soon she was dripping “Honey” and “Sweetie”—a textbook case of the hard-edged waitress with the heart of gold. (“Ladies, make yourself at home! I’ll be right with you,” she blared to incoming diners in classic diner shtick.) You may want to start with a cup of the loaded-spud soup—a rich concoction of chunky potatoes, cheese, sour cream and chives—or the sweetly complex tomato bisque. Both are yummy. Among the sammies, I liked the smoky Reuben (on marble rye with Gruyère, tangy housemade sauerkraut and sweet Thousand Island) and the mustard and dill-pickle zing of the Cuban. Two more interesting options are the ratatouille sandwich (sliced zucchini and tomatoes with Gruyère and sun-dried tomato aioli) and the chicken burger (ground chicken stuffed with feta and spinach and dressed with provolone, jalapeño aioli and chipotle mayo). That chicken burger can’t decide if it wants to be Greek or Mexican, but it’s mighty good-looking and sure has a way of disappearing. As for the sides, I liked the plain, coldly comforting potato salad over the bow-tie pasta salad with feta and sun-dried tomatoes. Buckhead being a mecca of chicken salad, “the Joy” offers two kinds of dressed bird: a classic preparation with a bit of tarragon and a fancier version with apples and walnuts. I didn’t get a chance to try either, but I shall return. I did, however, enjoy a terrific Cobb salad with loads of blue cheese, bacon, avocado, boiled egg and grilled chicken. Those salty little rolls that come with soups and salads are divine, by the way.

Above Left: Cobb salad lovers won’t be disappointed with Joy Café’s version, piled with bacon, avocado, blue cheese, grilled chicken and boiled egg. Above: The classic Cuban presses house-smoked pork, ham, pickles and provolone cheese between slices of toasty Cuban bread. Below: Crack Pie has an oatmeal-cookie crust and a gooey interior that’s like a pecan pie without the nuts. Sprinkled with powdered sugar and decorated with strawberries, it’s as pretty as it is addictive.

Above: Loaded potato soup is a decadent, creamy purée of spuds topped with scallions, cheddar, bacon and a dollop of sour cream.

Being a Southern gal, Joy has an affinity for sweets, so be sure to check out the dessert case. I inhaled a slice of old-fashioned lemonmeringue pie and banana chocolate cheesecake that tasted like a heavenly marriage of banana bread, banana pudding and chocolate. The Joy’s pièce de résistance, though, is the Crack pie, with its oatmeal-cookie crust and gooey interior that’s like a pecan pie without the nuts. Several months ago, my niece made off with a slice and gave me a little nibble, and I’ve dreamed about it ever since. Disappointed that it was sold out on a recent visit, I considered calling before my return run to ask if they could save a slice for a friend’s, ahem, “birthday” lunch. Joy got a kick out of hearing that I am wack for her crack, and I’m hoping that she’ll hear my prayer and bring it back. n

Joy Café 316 Pharr Road, Atlanta 30305 404.816.0306 Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch: $6.50-$14. Lunch: $8-$12. Bottom line: Self-taught chef keeps it simple and fresh.

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In case you missed the memo, it’s apple-picking time in Georgia. And, when blended with liquor and shaken by one of Buckhead’s top barkeeps, there’s so much more to adore. An apple a day? No problem. feature:

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Cidery Sip: The Postman Always Rings Twice Mix Master: Randy Kuder The Buzz: This spice-infused cocktail mixes a dollop of sweet with a hint of naughty. Plus, the peppery combo of ginger and bourbon will keep you warm and toasty. You Need: Yield: 1 cocktail 1 tablespoon Candied Pecan Dust (recipe included) 1 Pecan Simple Syrup Ice Stick (recipe included) absinthe 2 ounces Cinnamon Ginger-Infused Bourbon (recipe included) 3 ounces housemade apple cider splash of Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine Liqueur

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Cidery Sip: Manzanilla Hermosa Mix Master: Jon “Spanky” Billick The Buzz: With an unexpected splash of tequila, it’s the perfect transitional drink from summer to fall. You Need: Yield: 1 cocktail 1 1/4 ounces Excellia Reposado tequila 3/4 ounce Apple and Cherry Demerara (recipe included) 1/2 ounce lemon juice (freshly squeezed) 1/2 ounce brandy 1 1/2 ounce housemade apple cider cinnamon and sugar for glass rim whipped cream and apple crisps for garnish

Combine ingredients in a mixing tin, add ice and shake. Double-strain the concoction into a cinnamonsugar-rimmed lowball glass. Garnish with whipped cream and dehydrated apple crisps.

Rim a tall glass with candied pecan dust and garnish with the pecan simple syrup ice stick. Spritz the glass with absinthe before adding everything else. Shake or stir to mix. for the Pecan Simple Syrup Ice Stick: Place 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar

and a handful of pecans in a large saucepan and boil until pecans are soft. Once soft, remove pecans and store simple syrup in a sealable glass jar. When cool, pour into thin ice trays until they freeze into “sticks.” For the Cinnamon Ginger-Infused Bourbon Place 16 ounces of your favorite bourbon, 2 cinnamon sticks and 5 pieces of fresh grated ginger in a sealable glass jar. Allow to sit for 24 hours.

Have your pick Prefer enjoying the fruits of your labor (literally)? Take a quick ride up I-575 and pluck a few ripe ones between now and early November at one of North Georgia’s bountiful orchards. You’ll get bonus points from the kiddos for finding a wholesome and good-for-you activity that’s fun and delicious, too! Hillcrest Orchards Hit the Apple Pickin’ Jubilee (held every weekend in October) where you can pick your own apples, walk the onsite nature trail, milk a cow, watch a pig race, scout out the moonshine museum and more at this Ellijay orchard. Mercier Orchards Open since 1943, this Blue Ridge-based orchard offers a bounty of fresh fruits (cherries, peaches, apples and more) and has an onsite bakery (cue the fried pies) and market store. Red Apple Barn Snag a tractor ride, prime pickin’ and a cup of fresh cider (or a hot doughnut) at this family-owned outpost in Ellijay. Once you’ve had your fill of apple pie (as if!), scout out this year’s Halloween pumpkin at the onsite pumpkin patch. For maximum apple appreciation, catch the Georgia Apple Festival Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20 at Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds. You can buy apples and applemade products from more than 300 vendors.

Candied Pecan Dust Spread a handful of Georgia pecans on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake at 400 degrees until the mixture starts to melt. Once cool, place pecans in a grinder and chop until they reach a powdery consistency.

FOR THE Apple and Cherry Demerara Cook down two Granny Smith apples, two Gala apples, two Red Delicious apples and half a pound of pitted cherries in four cups of water. Add four cups of brown sugar.

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Cidery Sip: Fall in Manhattan Mix Master: Scot Humphreys The Buzz: This sweet and simple drink includes elements of the classic Manhattan updated with fresh, boozy apples.


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You Need: Yield: 1 cocktail 2o  unces Apple-Infused Bourbon (recipe included) splash of fresh apple cider round slice of apple

for the Apple-Infused Bourbon: Yield: 8 Infuse one 16-ounce bottle of bourbon (Humphreys likes Maker’s Mark or Buffalo Trace) with 8 to 10 cored and chopped Georgia Gala Shake the infused bourbon with a and/or Fuji apples and 6 to 8 cinsplash of fresh apple cider. Garnish namon sticks for one to two weeks with a round slice of apple and serve. and strain. n

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Ashley Hesseltine

Mangia, Mangia!

The “Angry Chef” does it again. Restaurateur Ron Eyester may as well be the mayor of Morningside with the opening of his third eatery in the ’hood, Timone’s. Titled after his mother’s maiden name and designed with inspiration from her New York roots (subway tile, black and white NYC lifestyle photography, open kitchen), the Italian joint serves up mouthwatering pizzas with toppings like Riverview Farms meatballs and fresh clams, delicacies like penne alla vodka and baked ziti, plus Italian sodas and classic egg creams alongside beer and wine. Mother definitely knows best.

Dig into pies that change seasonally with toppings like local chanterelles (pictured), roasted local squash, heirloom tomatoes and more. Photos: Courtesy of James Camp Photography

Timone’s 1409 North Highland Avenue Suite D Atlanta 30306 404.809.2979

Be His Guest


ou may have indulged and imbibed at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, but did you know that founder Steve DiFillippo was just 24 when he opened the first location, which is now a $50 million restaurant brand group? His book, It’s All About the Guest (October release), shares the secrets of his success along with fascinating stories and a special bonus: 12 signature Davio’s recipes including the beloved Bolognese; Kobe meatballs and marinara sauce; gnocchi; and panna cotta. He tells the tale of the time he slept with Julia Child (well, technically she was sleeping in the car as he escorted her to an event) and they later became great friends. DiFillippo says, “She always complained that the portions at Davio’s were too big, although she loved our food, especially our angel hair pasta with pomodoro sauce. I knew that American guests expected large

portions because they wanted to feel like they were getting a good value. So, although I appreciated her opinion, our portion sizes stayed the same. (It’s all about the guest, right?)” Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse 3500 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.844.4810 Pre-order the book at ($18-$27)

And because we all want to dine like Julia Child, DiFillippo shares one of the recipes Child most enjoyed:

Julia Child’s Favorite Angel Hair Pomodoro

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Vacations, happy hours and barbecues did some damage this summer. Get your healthy body back with all-natural, cold-pressed selections at Roots Juices. Choose from the Skin Glow (apple, spinach, celery and lemon), Immune Booster (grapefruit, orange, apple, jalapeño and kale), or the Roots Juices Watermelon Cooler (watermelon and fennel). Take a 3400 Around Lenox Road booster shot (lemongrass is the house specialty), sip Suite 202-A an aloe vera or chlorophyll water for hydration with Atlanta 30326 extra health and immune system-boosting benefits, 888.666.0290 recoup with the hangover recovery kit or commit to a three- or five-day detox and cleanse kit. Another juicy tidbit: They deliver for orders $30 and up. Photo: Courtesy of Roots Juices


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This dish is simple and so good. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil  (Monini preferred) over medium-high heat. Take 1 large garlic clove, slice it paper thin, add it to the oil, and cook for about 1 minute or until the garlic is golden brown. Now add 16 ounces San Marzano tomatoes to the garlic and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes. You want to simmer the sauce briskly until it thickens. Take 6 basil leaves, roll them up lengthwise, and cut across the roll, slicing them very thinly. (You get the idea? This recipe, from the angel hair on up, is about skinny stuff.) Stir the basil into the sauce and add 1 sprig of fresh oregano. Whisk in 1 ounce unsalted butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. Now, on to the pasta. Keeping the sauce warm, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add 1⁄2 pound dried angel hair pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package, or until al dente. When the pasta is about finished, bring the sauce up to almost a boil. Drain the pasta and transfer immediately to the sauce, stirring the two together. Cook the sauce and pasta together for 1 minute, adding 2 ounces of reserved pasta water. Divide the pasta into 2 equal portions, and then spoon the remaining sauce from the pan over the pasta and garnish with Parmigiano cheese. Bon appétit!

playing in october


Frisch Marionette

OCT 9-20 Wed-Sun

By Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH Adapted from the American children’s classic by L. Frank Baum

Black and Blue

Keep it classy and casual with “black-tie food at blue-jean prices” at Smash, the latest Here to Serve venture. The menu is a highlight reel of founder/master chef Tom Catherall’s steak, seafood, salad and pizza dishes, plus a little signature something called the Smash Potato (served in a skillet

with peas, carrots and Brussels sprouts). A fancy lighting and sound system, modern square bar, intimate seating, and impressive wine and cocktail lists ensure the Town Brookhaven resto transitions easily into a post-dinner hot spot. Just try not to get too smashed.

Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, Tinman, and Strawman are all singing the Blues.

Meat and potato lovers rejoice for the bone-in, 18-ounce ribeye with the signature Smash Potato on the side, while those who prefer poultry feast on the skillet-fried whole chicken. Photos: Sara Hanna Photography

By Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, MA Smash 804 Town Boulevard Atlanta 30319 404.817.8190

Your Big Fat Greek Restaurant

Café Agora arguably has the best gyros in town (Note: We’re not arguing), but you’ve had to feast on the Greek goodness in such tight quarters … until now. Jovial owner Al Ozelci (known for hand-feeding his customers) has opened a much larger, stunning location just a block away on East Paces Ferry, so you’ll have more elbow room (about 5,000 Café Agora square feet of it) and an upscale dining experience 318 East Paces Ferry Road when scarfing down authentic Mediterranean N.E. cuisine like hummus, falafel, kebabs, and of course, Atlanta 30305 traditional lamb gyros. Also getting you to the Greek: the large patio and full bar.

Grape Expectations

Superb sommelier Ian Mendelsohn (formerly of the St. Regis Buckhead) thinks great vino should be accessible and approachable for everyone. Cheers to that! With this mantra, he opens wine wonderland Vine & Tap with his wife, Susan, in Lenox Village. Sip fine and affordable reds and whites by family-owned wineries and feast on meats, cheeses, gourmet bruschettas, meatballs with whipped Ricotta, paninis, Honeysuckle gelato and Vine & Tap more from executive consulting chef Zeb Stevenson 2770 Lenox Road N.E. (formerly of Livingston Restaurant + Bar). The Atlanta 30324 casual bar area, warm dining room and large patio 404.228.8848 all beckon you to do one thing: Raise a glass.


When a drought strikes China, a fearless Grandmother resolves to find out why the Dragon King is withholding the rain—even if she must go to the bottom of the sea!

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tast emaker

The Day of a Valet Lenox Square’s lot manager spills his secrets story:

Kate Abney


f you’re heading to dinner at Lenox Square’s standby steakhouse, Prime, or plan to hit up one of the glam new eateries once the shopping mall’s massive renovations are complete, you might just meet Bobby Ralston. The 28-year-old valet manager, who’s finishing up a history degree at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, serves as an account manager for AmeriPark, the Atlanta-based corporation founded in 1986. Managing a crew of 15-plus valets (double that during the holidays), Ralston, a former cross-country athlete, still gets in several hours of running during his six-hour shift. In January, this company man moved to Brookhaven to be closer to his AmeriPark job, one he hopes to keep for the long haul and work his way up. Here, Ralston gives us some insider dish on his curbside gig.

How did you start as a valet? I got this job to make a little money on the weekends, but I’ve grown to love it. I started as a valet at The Cheesecake Factory in February 2010, then in September 2012, I moved over to Terminus, managing valets for BrickTop’s, Cantina and The Flying Biscuit [Cafe]. I came to Lenox full-time in February 2013. Besides those at Lenox, what restaurants are on AmeriPark’s Atlanta roster? We work many of the Here to Serve restaurants, like Prime at Lenox Square and Shout in Midtown. They’re opening two more [Smash and Shucks] in Brookhaven this fall. I’d love to valet there because I live right down the street, but I don’t think there will be room for valet with all the parking decks and different property managers. Some other AmeriPark accounts are Houston’s, The Cheesecake Factory and Fogo de Chão in Buckhead.

“So far, my favorite day as a valet was when we worked [former Atlanta Braves Manager] Bobby Cox’s retirement party. It was a lot of fun meeting Bobby and Pam Cox...We were even given baseballs autographed by Bobby himself.”

Should we ever be embarrassed—say, about the CDs in our console, the radio station playing on the radio, or a dirty car? I don’t think people should be embarrassed on how their car looks … However, they are allowing people into their vehicle, so they may not want to have extremely personal items or anything that they would not want a stranger to see being out in the open. As for music, whether it’s a CD of you singing or a book on tape in a foreign language, valets have probably heard it before. Do you hear lots of juicy restaurant scoop through this gig? You do get to know a lot of the people who work at the restaurants, and you definitely hear a lot of gossip. Rumors circulate about what restaurant may be opening in a space soon, but then we’ll hear something different two days later, so you never really know. Right now, we hear that Zinburger is coming to the old Lenox Grill space.

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Do you know all the chefs and GMs? I’ve gotten to know [Here to Serve restaurateur] Tom Catherall, and he’s a great guy. Sometimes he’ll send down a note saying, ‘When your shift’s over, come up and get a burger on me.’ He gives all the on-duty AmeriPark valets half-price food, so if we go up to order a hamburger, they always take care of us. That’s quite a perk. What has been your favorite meal on Tom? Cantina has some amazing tacos. I’ve gone back [there] several times since I worked at Terminus for the tacos. And I’ve never eaten anything I didn’t like from Prime. I love their salmon and they have really good steaks. And a half-price filet isn’t half bad! Yeah, you can’t complain about that. n

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featured restaurants  A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead written: Photos:

Wendell Brock


Sara Hanna

n Café at Pharr New Orleans owns the po’boy. Philadelphia has its cheese steaks. Maine gave us the lobster roll. So … what about Buckhead? I’d have to say that the neighborhood’s defining dish is chicken salad, the classic bird-and-mayo spread that can be crammed in your mouth between slices of bread or eaten daintily with a fork. Thanks to the entrepreneurial zeal of Johnny Liu—whose Taiwanese immigrant parents opened the original Café at Pharr in 1993—this comfort food has become a new fast food. You have to love the story of Café at Pharr. An enterprising family comes up with a formula that charms and beguiles the locals: Fresh food served in an accessible and unfussy environment that never loses its friendly neighborhood feel. Entrée sandwiches and salads: $7.50-$9.50

n Café Lapin Like a Parisian patisserie with a bit more legroom, Café Lapin is a lovely place to savor handmade baked goods or spoon to the bottom of a definitive, cheese-encrusted crock of French


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onion soup. A small business surviving largely on word of mouth, Café Lapin is a casual, moderately priced restaurant where lunch is never an afterthought. You may get a serious cheeseburger and fries or an elegant slice of asparagus tart. Quiches are standard-setting—the crust is arguably the best in town—and selections vary daily, from Lorraine to mushroom and onion to ham and asparagus. Café Lapin is such a delightful addition to the city … only problem is, it might be habit-forming. Lunch Entrées: $7-$12; Dinner Entrées: $10-$22

n Georgia Grille Twenty-two years after its opening, Georgia Grille remains true to Atlantaborn owner Karen Hilliard’s original vision, which means she still splashes the bright flavors of Santa Fe onto the plates of her happy and devoted customers. The French-trained Hilliard dresses her creations in voluptuous cream sauces accented with smoky poblanos or tart tomatillos—and drizzles them with colorful squirt-bottle squig-

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Above: One Star Ranch’s baby-back ribs with corn on the cob and baked beans. Below Left: Little Bangkok menu items (clockwise from top left): mee krob, yum woon sen, fried catfish, tom ka soup, pad thai, fried spring rolls and nua num tok (center).

gles of flavor. We dug her smokedpollo enchiladas, which are stuffed with onion and sour cream, smothered with green-chile sauce and tomato salsa and served with a little salad in a tacoshell cup. The flat-iron steak, rubbed with salt and spices and cooked until its crust is charred, was another solid choice. Atlanta has plenty of regional restaurants, but a good Southwestern place is hard to find. Hilliard, who lives in nearby Peachtree Hills, knows what her neighbors want, and she dares not let them down. Entrées: $15-$31

radishes and gilded bowls. Not the throwaway curries and stir-fries of lastchance airport concessions and mall food courts. Little Bangkok is that happy place somewhere in the middle—a spot where the spring rolls are always crispy and the pad thai always a plate of tangy-sweet comfort, and where adventuresome diners can savor the green-peppercorn bite of spicy catfish and the sweet, Rice-Krispie weirdness of mee krob. At its best, Little Bangkok is like a brief, belly-pleasing adventure to the Land of Smiles. Entrées, $7.95-$17.95

n Little Bangkok Little Bangkok is a decidedly humble hole-in-the-wall, yet many Atlanta ethnic-foodies insist that it is their favorite go-to joint for casual Thai. Not the fussy business of intricately carved

n One Star Ranch According to owner Frank Bonk, the smokers at this 25-year-old Irby Avenue institution puff day and night. And when I drive up to his venerated dive in the heart of Buckhead,

Starfish’s spicy tuna tartare.

I believe him with every bit of my ’cue-loving soul. Before I can park, the sweet, heavenly aroma of longcooked meat has invaded my tightly sealed, air-conditioned car. Bonk says the brown-sugar-and-ketchuplaced sauce is the recipe of his wife’s grandfather, who hailed from Texas. He’s right proud of the beef ribs, too. “We are the only place who does that cut in the Southeast,” he says of the elbow-to-wrist, Jurassic-size gnaw sticks. We like the laidback vibe of this place and the chatty, friendly servers. There’s live blues on Friday and Saturday nights, and we’d love to come back, sit at the fabulous bar and sip a Texas ’rita or twwo. No wonder this place has such longevity. Blow that kind of smoke up a neighborhood’s skirt, and it will notice. Entrées: $12.99-$28.99

n Pig-N-Chik Co-owner Jim Graddy tells me he learned the art of the pit on his granddaddy’s pig farm in Manchester, Ga. Graddy remembers cooking whole hogs all night long over hot coals, and when I tear into his pulled-pork sandwich—a delicious pile of pink, smoke-tinged meat between two thick slabs of white bread—I believe him. Graddy has proudly transported his family’s traditions to his casual Southern ’cue counter. Man, is the food good. The fresh-tasting coleslaw (with just a little mayo) and excellent new

potato salad are just the things to cut the richness of the succulent pork. Some other tasty go-withs are fried okra, long-cooked collards, mac and cheese and Brunswick stew. I’m sated. I’m sauce-splashed. I need a moist towelette and a nap. Entrées: $8.13-$23.79

n Starfish Starfish—which can look just a little lost on the block that houses Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch— is exactly the kind of sushi joint I have been trolling for. In a city where Japanese cuisine can be hit-or-miss and sometimes not the freshest, chef-owner Seung K. “Sam” Park’s reticent little pearl is a superior catch—cute and compact as a bento box but with just a hint of luxury. At dinner, we were delighted to see how the kitchen plays around with untraditional ingredients like truffle oil and balsamic vinegar, slicing fish as thin as carpaccio and arranging it in dazzling presentations. When our flounder sashimi arrived, the server told us to place a dab of the ponzu jelly spiked with cilantro, jalapeño and lime on a strip of the fish and roll it up. Exquisite. Starfish isn’t the kind of place that announces itself with screaming klieg lights or red carpets. But in this culture of excess, sometimes being a little bit underthe-radar can be very seductive. Lunch Entrées: $7-$16; Dinner Entrées: $12-$30

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One in five kids in America struggles with hunger. This September, you can help. Dine out at participating restaurants to help raise funds* for No Kid Hungry®. Find locations at Together, we will make No Kid Hungry America’s reality. Learn more at *Every dollar raised supports the No Kid Hungry campaign’s investments in community-based organizations fighting child hunger on the local level and its national efforts to connect kids around the U.S. with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

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No kidding Buckhead is bursting with bright young people, but these prodigies really stand out feature:

Phebe Wahl

Many a wise man has said, “If you want to find the future, just look to the youth.” We took a gander at several Buckhead-area schools, and the future looks very bright. From football phenoms to violin virtuosos and budding ballerinas, Buckhead’s schools abound with tremendous talent. Already making a name for themselves in sports, academics and the arts, these whiz kids could school most adults in their respective fields.

Read on to learn more about our next generation of community leaders and ones to watch.

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Keanu Mitanga

A star violinist takes his talent around the world

Keanu Mitanga started playing the violin at the

which highlights emerging talent. In his spare time, he

tender age of four. By nine, he had joined the Atlanta

teaches students of his own using the Suzuki method.

Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program

This year, he is enjoying his senior year at Atlanta

and he currently holds the position of Principal Sec-

International School, where he is working toward the

ond Violin with the ASO Youth Orchestra. Mitanga’s

International Baccalaureate Diploma and pursuing his

experience spans the globe—he’s been an attendee

other interests in economics and physics. “If I wasn’t a

(and merit scholarship recipient) of some of the most

musician, I would love to go into aerospace engineer-

prestigious music programs in the world, like the

ing,” Mitanga says, adding that he is considering a few

Meadowmount School of Music, the Sewanee Sum-

conservatories as well as other colleges with strong

mer Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts,

reputations for music. Although he remains dedicated

Stringendo and Scherzando in France. He recently

to the violin, Mitanga recently took up the electric

won first prize in Sewanee’s Rising Stars Competition,

bass so he can play with friends in a band.

Photo: Sara Hanna Photography


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Nilai Sarda A super-smart teen wins $26,400 in Jeopardy’s Teen Tournament At just 13, The Westminster Schools whiz kid Nilai Sarda is one to watch. Literally—on TV. The rising sophomore won $26,400 with a third-place finish in this year’s “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament. The youngest contestant in the tournament, “I was just amazed I was able to make it on,” he remembers. “I watched the show a lot and looked at the archives.” This year, Sarda also placed third overall at the U.S. Geography Challenge and in 2011, an 11-year-old Sarda scored second place in the National Geographic Bee. He has competed at the national level for MathCounts and You Be The Chemist, and qualified for the National History Bee. Decidedly disciplined, Sarda has a rigorous study regimen leading up to competitions that even includes weekend hours. And although he might be a star of the Westminster math, science and quiz bowl teams, the one question Sarda still doesn’t know the answer to is where he will attend college (he hopes to study engineering). “That’s still a while away, so I’m not sure,” he explains. “Right now, I’m looking at Stanford, MIT, Caltech and Georgia Tech, but nothing’s set in stone yet.” Smart answer. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Sophie   Basarrate A budding ballerina is schooled by the world’s best By the time she was 12, Sophie Basarrate had risen to the highest level of the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education pre-professional division. The Atlanta International School freshman began ballet at age four and was on pointe by 10. For the past three years, Basarrate has attended the School of American Ballet’s summer course in New York City, studying under esteemed artistic director Peter Martins. The up-and-coming ballerina has also been a student at other prestigious programs, including the Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Applause for Kids Performing Arts Studio, right here at home. She has performed with the Atlanta Ballet in productions including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and she executed an impressive pas de deux in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin. Her dream role? “I would really love to play Aurora in Sleeping Beauty,” she says. We have a feeling this princess’ dream will come true. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography


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Kendall Baker A double-threat football player signs with UGA At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, football superstar Kendall Baker makes a big impression. A senior this year at Marist School, Baker was courted by Auburn, Florida State and Vanderbilt to play ball, but he went with a home team and is now committed to play as a defensive lineman at the University of Georgia. “It’s like a pride thing,” Baker explains. “Getting out there, playing for my home state. I’ve been here all my life. I was born and raised here, and now getting the chance to represent them feels good.” What makes Baker even more unique is that he was recruited by several schools as a twoway prospect—meaning he could play either defensive or offensive line (although UGA’s focus was defense). The sports superstar also plays center for the Marist basketball team. “He’s a pleasure to coach and has a great personality,” says Marist Coach Alan Chadwick. Baker maintains a 3.0 GPA and plans to study sports management. When asked if he is excited about his final year at Marist, the well-mannered young man with a very exciting future ahead of him does not hesitate. “I can hardly wait,” he admits. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Olivia Strader

A community leader launches a camp for middle school girls

A senior this year at The Lovett School,

riculum that explores self-esteem, respect,

one of three Lovett students nominated

star student Olivia Strader takes her com-

compassion and friendship. The camp

to serve on the Metro Atlanta Boys and

mitment to her community way beyond

addresses hot topics like Internet bullying

Girls Clubs Junior Board; her other passion

required volunteer hours. Understanding

and stresses the importance of having a

projects include everything from serving

the struggles young girls face, Strader

positive role model—and the response has

on the Student Service Board at Lovett to

stepped up and created a camp for Agape

been overwhelming. Lydell Smith, director

a recent trip this summer to help inoculate

Community Center to help middle school

of youth programs and volunteer services

children in Guatemala. You can also find

girls navigate the social conflicts and

at Agape, remarks, “Agape is fortunate

her working with Habitat for Human-

other issues they must face. She person-

to have the support of so many schools

ity and helping deliver school snacks to

ally recruited about 20 volunteers and

and young people, but few students have

children through City of Refuge. A positive

worked with Lovett faculty to create a cur-

contributed as much as Olivia.” She is

role model indeed.

Photo: Tyler Welbron


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Five More to Watch Post-graduation and post-production, these Buckhead phenoms shine bright

All Grown Up My, they grow up fast. Check out what Buckhead’s highly successful sons and daughters have been up to since graduation. W. Lamar Chesney Jr.

The Lovett School graduate W. Lamar Chesney Jr. says his passion for innovation was influenced by Atlanta’s strong business community. The MBA grad, who recently graduated with honors from Mayor Kasim Reed congratulates W. Lamar Chesney Jr.

Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business, won Nestlé-Nespresso’s Sustainability MBA Challenge, along with three teammates. Chesney’s team proposed a sustainability plan that will positively impact thousands of Latin American coffee growers, and they’ve traveled to Colombia to present it to development agencies, government officials and more.

Troy Schumacher

Buckhead native Troy Schumacher began studying ballet with the Atlanta Ballet in 2000. After spending summer sessions at the Chautauqua Ballet Program—where he worked with ballet’s bigwigs like Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Violette Verdy—the talent knew he was New Yorkbound. By 2002, Schumacher had become a fulltime student at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. After first becoming an apprentice in 2005, Schumacher joined the Company as a member of the corps

Troy Schumacher attended Woodward Academy.

de ballet in December 2005. “It’s amazing being able to dance and choreograph in New York City,” Schumacher says. “But every chance I get, I fly back down to Atlanta, listening to Allison Krauss’ ‘Oh Atlanta’ on my iPhone. I visit my family and friends at the Atlanta Ballet, and Sam’s BBQ1.”

Stay Tuned As Atlanta’s film industry booms, pint-sized movie stars are popping up all over town. Keep an eye out for these little locals who are starting to see some serious screen and stage time. Left: Anna Rappaport is gifted in Tae Kwon Do, dance and acting.

Anna Rappaport

Don’t mess with Anna Rappaport: The aspiring actress is a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. A freshman at North Springs Charter High School, she’s also a dancer with the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company and has appeared in the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker production at the Fox Theatre. She fell in love with acting at a young age and has been in numerous commercials, movies and television shows, including a recent episode of “Necessary Roughness.” The intelligent ingenue also writes, films and edits scripts and videos—and recently produced a PSA on Asian Flush and its dangers.

Annie Laurie Daniel

Ansley Park resident Annie Laurie Daniel begged for acting lessons as a child. For her 11th birthday, her wish was to have her own agent (wish granted!). The worldly 16-year-old spends summers studying in France and flying off to far-flung destinations like Thai-

Right: In commitment of her acting passion, Annie Laurie Daniel finished 10th grade at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles. Bottom Right: Mary Stewart Sullivan’s résumé includes work on television and Broadway.

some upcoming Wal-Mart commercials, which she filmed a few weeks ago.

Mary Stewart Sullivan

land, New Zealand and Africa (where she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro). Though Atlanta is home, Annie Laurie went to L.A. in January for “pilot season” and decided to finish 10th grade at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles (whose alumni include Jodie Foster and Molly Ringwald). Keep an eye out for her in

Mary Stewart Sullivan began her acting career when she was 5 years old at the suggestion of her preschool teacher, who found her quite dramatic. The now-sixth grader at Pace Academy appeared in her first commercial when she was 6, and made it to Broadway when she was just 8 (she appeared in Enron.). Most recently, Mary Stewart appeared as young June Carter in Lifetime Network’s “Ring of Fire” and as young Louisa in the Alliance Theatre’s North American premiere of Zorro: The Musical.

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Sure, we have a lazy river. Of complimentary drinks at sunset. Follow this with a chef’s breakfast the next morning, then complimentary bikes and boxed picnic lunch along a mile of unspoiled beach. Sometimes grown-ups have all the fun.


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A passion for learning Memory is something we take for granted. We use it in nearly every aspect of our daily lives. It is also an essential component to academic growth—something Westminster student Michael Irlandez discovered at an early age. By Giannina Smith Bedford


s a toddler, Michael was a learning whiz. At 2 years old, he taught himself upper and lowercase ABCs. He was reading simple sentences by age 5 and when school started he did well. All of a sudden, however, reading became a struggle and then comprehension. When third grade came about, his school’s clinical psychologist discovered he had memory issues. “He could only remember three to four digits. Backwards it was worse,” says mom, Melissa. “He did poorly on the standardized test because of poor reading comprehension and information he had learned in second grade was not retained—he had gaps in his learning.” Melissa took it upon herself to research long- and short-term memory resolution and discovered LearningRx, reading everything she could about the program. When she took Michael in to get tested, they discovered that while his working memory was great, he had a long-term memory in the 35th percentile. “I knew my son had the best teachers in the country, with all of this like a tornado swirling and our psychologists testing results I had to find a cure,” she says. “Full psych profile testing is very expensive and not a cure. LearningRx is a cure.” Working towards a solution In January 2012, Michael began a 6-month program at LearningRx’s Buckhead location.

Attending one hour and fifteen minute sessions four days a week was a big commitment, but Melissa noticed a change in her once introverted son in just a few weeks. She credits the “phenomenal trainers” for his transformation. “My quiet introverted child was so confident, he developed a strut,” Melissa says with a chuckle. “He came out of there feeling like the king of the world, that his brain was on kryptonite and he would walk around school and smile.” Michael also became a “chatter monkey” at home. When he completed the program, he began reading books two years ahead of his class for enjoyment. What’s more, he understood what he was reading. “It is like phonics infused with dynamite. It’s just amazing,” she says. “He loves to read now. That is priceless to me and any mom out there.” n

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Fashion, food and fundraising at the 15th Annual Corps de Ballet Luncheon. Photos: 1 & 2 – Jim Fitts, 3 & 4 – Ben Rose

Spotlight 15th Annual Corps de Ballet Luncheon Sept. 23 The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead 3434 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.873.5811 ext. 208 corpsdeballet

Watch models decked out in designer duds from Neiman Marcus strut their stuff at the 15th Annual Corps de Ballet Luncheon. Descending on the ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, The Art of Fashion Fall 2013 Runway Presentation raises money for Atlanta Ballet and marks the unofficial

start of the ballet’s season (the first performance is The Nutcracker in December). Co-chaired by Joanne Chesler Gross and Michelle Edwards Crosland, this event got its start in 1998 with just six ballet patrons gathering for lunch. Today it hosts more than 450 guests who enjoy an exclusive preview of performances

by Atlanta Ballet as well as remarks by Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall. Luncheon registration opens at 11 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Individual tickets start at $135 per person and hostess tables start at $1,350. To purchase, visit corpsdeballet.

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installation drawing (seeds) by Morgan Alexander, the 2013-14 winner of the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award.

n Sandy Springs Festival Sept. 21-22 Heritage Green 6075 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs 30328 404.851.9111 ext. 4 Sandy Springs Festival has grown from a small community picnic to the largest public event in Sandy Springs, welcoming nearly 25,000 attendees at Heritage Green. Founded in 1984, the event is the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday and support the cause. From the Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K to a juried Artists Market to the annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are $5 for adults; $2 for youth ages 6-17; and free for children under 5 and for Heritage Sandy Springs members. There are also two-day passes available at $7 for adults and $3 for youth. Tickets may be purchased before the festival at the Heritage Sandy Springs office located at 6110 Bluestone Road, or at the gate.

n Lilly Pulitzer Shop & Share benefiting Atlanta Speech School Sept. 26 Lilly Pulitzer Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.467.9484


Get a first peek at Lilly Pulitzer’s new fall cocktail dress collection and help a good cause during the Phipps Plaza store’s Shop & Share event. Taking place from 6 to 9 p.m., the retail soiree benefits Atlanta Speech School’s 40th Annual Language and Literacy Gala, which takes place Nov. 17 at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven and is the Atlanta Speech School Guild’s largest annual fundraiser. (There’s also a children’s fashion show at Neiman Marcus in Lenox Square taking place Nov. 3 that will benefit the gala fund.) Make sure to stock up on some bright-hued outfits, as Lilly Pulitzer is donating 10 percent of the proceeds from the Shop & Share event to the Buckhead-based educational center, which offers services for children and adults with hearing, speech, language or learning disabilities. Atlanta Speech School Guild provides the school with financial support, and proceeds from the Language and Literacy Gala go directly toward financial aid for students in need.

n Swan Coach House Emerging Artist Award Winners: 15th Year Retrospective Exhibition Sept. 26-Nov. 2 Swan Coach House Gallery 3130 Slaton Drive N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.266.2636 gallery In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Forward Arts

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Frank Ros, vice president of Hispanic strategies at The Coca-Cola Company, and his wife, Jan. The Roses are chairs of the Latin Fever Ball.

Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the Swan Coach House Gallery is hosting a free retrospective exhibition of the 15 past award winners. Curated by Marianne Lambert, the showcase includes the bright hand-cut paper installations of Venezuela-born artist Lucha Rodriguez, the large-scale watercolors of Atlanta native S. Patricia Patterson and the psychological narrative paintings of Savannah College of Art and Design professor Ann-Marie Manker, among the works of many others. The opening reception is Sept. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Forward Arts Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting and fostering the visual arts in Atlanta, instituted the Emerging Artist Award in 1998 to recognize Atlanta’s arts community in a political environment of decreased funding options for individual artists.

n Garden of Eden Ball: Circus! Sept. 28 Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.876.5859 The Garden of Eden Ball has come a long way from its early days in a parking lot tent. This year, Atlanta Botanical Garden’s largest annual fundraiser begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Howell Fountain Plaza at dusk. The circus-themed festiviThe Deadfields ties continue under the big top—

Sample the foods of the world at Atlanta International School’s WorldFest.

a tented ballroom on the Great Lawn that is transformed into a three-ring extravaganza. Expect performances by The Imperial Opa Circus as well as a threecourse seated dinner and live music by Atlanta Showstoppers. The black-tie gala is co-chaired by Ginger Dixon Molloy and Susan Been and honors Molloy’s mother, Mary Wayne Dixon, for 25 years of “leadership, inspiration and volunteer service for the Ball.” The Ball begins at 6:30 p.m. and individual tickets are $475. To purchase tickets, visit

n Latin Fever Ball Oct. 5 InterContinental Buckhead 3315 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.638.1815 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by heating up the dance floor at the 25th anniversary of the Latin Fever Ball, the annual fundraising gala of the Latin American Association (LAA). The black-tie event takes place at the InterContinental Buckhead with the theme “A Glamorous Walk Through the Past.” Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the night includes a Latin-inspired dinner, dancing to the Latin band Nova Sound and a special performance by Jorge Santana. The lively event—chaired by Frank Ros, vice president of Hispanic strategies at The Coca-Cola Company, and his

wife, Jan—also features live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the Ball benefit the LAA, which is the largest provider of social and immigration legal services to the Latino community in Atlanta. Individual tickets are $275 and can be purchased by calling 404.638.1815 or emailing

Atlanta International School’s WorldFest Oct. 20 Atlanta International School 2890 North Fulton Drive N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.841.3840 Take at trip around the world at Atlanta International School’s WorldFest, a celebration of culture, cuisine and crafts. Highlighting all seven continents, the annual event takes place at the school’s Buckhead campus, which comes alive with games for kids and special musical performances by international talent. Taste food from around the globe at the “Taste of Nations” area, where a variety of exotic spices and aromas will trigger your taste buds. As part of the event, there will also be a special admissions session for prospective parents. Entry to the festival is free and tickets for food, games and crafts may be purchased at the door (cash only).


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ore than 200 people sipped wine and beer from around the world at Cheers to CURE, held at City Club of Buckhead and hosted by law firm Morris, Manning and Martin. Attendees bid on raffle prizes like a week-long trip to Montana; the event raised $28,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer, which aims to conquer childhood cancer by funding targeted research and supporting patients and their families.

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