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Under the spell of The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook


A 5-day cruise on the Silver Whisper

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Today it’s a whole new ballgame. When I listen to my single friends vent about the current state of the dating world—only texting, dating sites and apps—it all seems like too much to keep up with. I can barely handle one Facebook account! The reality is that dating today is a multi-platform game, and many singles on the hunt rely on numerous sites to meet Mr. or Ms. Right. When the next date is just a click away, it may seem as if the serendipity of romance is going by the wayside, but don’t fret because there are still opportunities to meet your soul mate and have your first conversation actually in person. How? We sent out writer and single gal Amelia Pavlik to find out. For this issue’s cover story, she sampled five of Buckhead’s out-of-the-box activities for singles. From casual church groups, co-ed sports leagues and solo travel meetups to more dedicated matchmaking services and group dinners, Buckhead offers a little something for singletons of all ages and preferences, and Pavlik reports on each one. And if you just can’t give swiping, liking and poking a break, she also rounds up some of the most popular dating apps out there. But why not step away from technology to try a face-to-face diversion? Even if you don’t find “the one” by participating, you’re sure to meet some new friends. And maybe those friends will introduce you to the love of your life. Giannina Smith Bedford

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A Fantastically French New Year Huff Harrington's 2017 collection fills its new Buckhead location


The decor in 2017 is all about "the mix," according to the co-owners of Huff Harrington Home.

“the mix,” such as pairing a mid-century starburst mirror or 19th century Louis XVI mirror with an elaborate chandelier. “We tell our customers it’s like getting two chandeliers for one because the reflection is stunning!” Huff says.

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easoned designers and co-owners of Huff Harrington Home, Ann Huff and Meg Harrington spent the last part of 2016 scouting French fairs and expositions to curate their winter collection, just in time to stock the boutique’s new location on Roswell Road near Flip Burger. They went on the hunt all around central and southern France to find unique antiques that reflect their favorite French saying: “L’un fait chanter l’autre,” which means “one makes the other sing.” They found these items by scouring exposition halls built in the 1960s, perusing dusty bins before sunrise and venturing to Paris's famed Les Puces flea market where they also took time to indulge in the open Champagne bar. The antique connoisseurs let their hearts take the lead when scouting for treasures. “When we see something that catches our eye, we call it that ‘ooh la la’ moment,’” Huff says. “One of us scouts while the other writes the tickets, and then we switch so the eyes stay fresh.” The design duo says 2017 is all about

The store’s 2017 winter selection offers a lighter look and feel, including a refurbished Louis XV table and ocean-blue glass siphons. Shoppers will also find reduced prices from the 2016 Christmas collection. n

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NEWS CLIPS A SHROOMIN’ DEBUT Inspired by its eclectic, hippie pizza joints, yellow mushroom-covered pizza boxes and bubbly colored murals, Mellow Mushroom has created an entire lifestyle and clothing collection called “House of Shroom.” Spearheaded by a team of artists, including Atlanta-based Dusty Griffin and Destiny Holden, the House of Shroom collection can be found online with select items available in Mellow Mushroom locations in Buckhead and Brookhaven. The full line includes hoodies, letterman jackets, short and

long-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and scarves, as well as stemware and temporary tattoos. The artists say the items are designed to “evoke the dark mystery of woodland magic” and “mimic a journey through the forest.” Find the collection online and in select stores. Buckhead 1770 Peachtree Street N.W. Atlanta 30309 404.687.4766 Brookhaven 4058 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30319 404.266.1661

HANOVER EAST PACES TAKES A 3D APPROACH Hanover East Paces, a new luxury apartment complex off Pharr Road behind The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, opens doors to tenants this month. Prospective residents have been touring the one- and two-bedroom apartments and studios long before the project broke ground last year. Hanover is one of the first developers in the city to utilize Oculus Rift technology to showcase pre-construction spaces. From viewing the 17 floor plans and interacting with the kitchen amenities,

the technology transforms static 2D renderings and brings them to life in 3D via Oculus Rift VR goggles. Home buyers can soon interact with five more of Hanover’s mixed-use development projects set to launch this year. Hanover East Paces 400 Pharr Road Atlanta 30305 770.412.2116

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Clothing Boutique Changes Lives Helping women and children is at the heart of Fab'rik

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Tower Lights Up the Community The Spinola family, left to right: Ryder, 5; Angelo; Lincoln, 7; Asher, 3; Dana and Hudson, 9, put their hearts into Fab'rik boutique.

Buckhead resident Dana Spinola left corporate America in 2006 to follow her dream of owning a clothing boutique “with a heart,” where women could afford to look beautiful. Her store, Fab’rik, not only offers affordable wares in 40 locations, but has a nonprofit arm. “I believe clothing can change lives, and I have seen it in the faces of women we work with in Atlanta’s safe houses,” Spinola says. “Through our nonprofit, Free Fab’rik, launched in 2010, we offer free weekly shopping sprees along with a fashion show to help women regain their self worth.” Another one of the entrepreneur’s passions is partnering with Project 82 Kenya to support an

orphanage in that country. The inspiration came when she and her husband, Angelo, adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia whom they called Asher, a name that became synonymous with a trendy line of Fab’rik clothing. Net profits from every Asher sale go to the orphanage where abandoned children receive basic needs until “forever families” are found. “Kristi Parris is the designer and heart behind the Asher line,” Spinola says. “Every piece of clothing has a tag with a particular child’s story and photo, so customers feel that their purchases have made a difference in a child’s life.” l For more information, visit

Giving back is second nature to its owner Michael Greenbaum, owner of Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits, wants to do far more than just sell beverages. Known for helping underserved people and organizations such as United Way and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Buckhead business owner rarely turns down a request. He’s also inspired his employees to embrace the spirit of giving. Wearing bright-yellow shirts with the imprint “Tower Lights: Making Our Community a Little Brighter,” Greenbaum, his wife, Anne, and employees volunteer once a month at nonprofits throughout the city. “Each year, I’m trying to take it a little deeper by working with the United Way that recommends organizations with the greatest needs,” he says.

Michael Greenbaum's corporate model includes giving back to the community that has supported Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits throughout the years.

Tower’s biggest annual philanthropic event each December is the Tower of Talent that gives gifted kids a place to showcase their talents. “The kids audition, much like contestants on 'American Idol', and the level of the performances is extraordinary. Several kids have gone on to professional careers in movies, TV, Broadway and even Carnegie Hall,” Greenbaum says. One-hundred percent of the gross proceeds from the event go directly to CHOA for music therapy. “I want patients to experience the power and healing benefits of music,” he says. “Over the last three years, we’ve raised nearly $1 million.” l For more information, visit

Fighting the Deadliest Childhood Cancer Buckhead family funds cutting-edge research When 2-year-old Ian, the son of Cheryl and Phil Yagoda of Buckhead, was diagnosed with a lesion in his brainstem, the couple was stunned to learn there was no cure. Desperate to find a way to help Ian and the 40,000 other kids in the U.S. living with brain and spinal cord tumors, they established Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) to fund cutting-edge research. “In September, the CDC named brain cancers the deadliest form of childhood cancer, surpassing leukemia,” says Phil Yagoda. “It makes our work even more imperative.”

At 12, Ian is thriving. “Doctors call him a miracle child, but most children are not that fortunate. Every time he has an MRI, we hold our breath,” his father says. “A major problem is that scientists don’t share information. To encourage joint ventures, we started the IFF Pediatric Brain Tumor Biorepository at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) that offers free tissue samples to research hospitals across the U.S. These efforts enable us to crosspollinate research information between institutions,” Yagoda says. One of the most significant results of IFF's funding has

been a project called the "tumor monorail." With the exciting results from this project, it is possible for a tumor to be moved from an inoperable place to one that is more easily treated. Developed through a collaboration between Georgia Tech, CHOA and Emory University, the discovery won the prestigious Eureka Award from the National Institutes of Health. The next step is getting it to human trials and one day finding a cure. l For more information and to donate, visit

Cheryl and Phil Yagoda have raised millions to fund pediatric brain and spinal cord research to aid 40,000 children in the U.S.

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Clockwise from above: Given the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook's art gallery, wine blending classes, rooftop eatery and billiards room and bar, you may never need to leave the property.



am holding on for dear life. I’m in the backseat of a Porsche Panamera Turbo being driven around a 2.38-mile, 16-turn track at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour as two other Panameras zip by mere inches from our bumper. This exhilarating ride, which took place at the Porsche Sport Driving School in Leeds, Alabama, and which I admit I saw only parts of as my eyes were squeezed shut most of the time, was arranged through my hotel, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, during a recent visit to Birmingham. The Grand Bohemian is the preferred hotel of the nearby school and will transport guests there so they can test their own driving skills behind the wheel of one of its high-powered vehicles, possibly even taking you there in one of the hotel’s own Porsche house cars. Schedule a visit to the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, located just two-and-a-half hours



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west of Buckhead in the tony Mountain Brook suburb of Birmingham, and careening around a racetrack won’t be the only thrill you get during your stay. Part of the Kessler Collection of luxury hotels, the year-old property has plenty of exciting offerings right on site. For instance, you can create your own unique bottle of wine in the Wine Blending Room. Sommelier and instructor Demián Camacho Santa Ana, who has a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of wine, guides the combination of merlots, malbecs and more to produce your custom blend, complete with a personalized wine label. My creation consisted primarily of an “inky and bold” petite sirah and a “savory and plush” merlot, with a hint of cabernet sauvignon thrown in for its classic cherry and vanilla tones. Food and wine lovers will also want to sign up for the hotel’s Habitat Cooking School, where Chef Joshua Towey oversees a host of classes on

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everything from pastas and sauces to mastering the grill and perfecting your knife skills. My favorite part of the class was, naturally, getting to sample the mouthwatering dishes of blue corn grits and shrimp and greens salad at the end of the lesson. My instruction continued the next day with a specially arranged painting workshop held on the hotel terrace with local artist Ricia Neura. The Kessler properties are known for having spectacular artworks throughout (most of which are for sale, if you’re interested), and the Grand Bohemian is one of its five hotels with its own art gallery. The 2,600-square-foot space includes more than 100 paintings and sculptures, along with jewelry and other items handcrafted by regional and national artisans. If your idea of a getaway doesn’t involve learning to make a mean blueberry salsa or manipulate a 520-horsepower Porsche through

a hairpin turn, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook still fills the bill. For one, you can pamper yourself with a relaxing massage at the Poseidon Spa, head to the Billiards Room for a game of pool, enjoy dinner and drinks by the fire pit at the rooftop Habitat Feed & Social or simply retreat to your cozy room, complete with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, free Wi-Fi and custom furnishings. I personally can’t wait to return, although it’s going to take a lot more alcohol next time to convince to me to go for another lap around that Porsche track. n

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Sailing the Baltic Sea A 5-day cruise on the Silver Whisper


ravel is as much about the journey as the destination. My travel buddy, Patty Ellis, and I remembered that mantra as we dragged our jet-lagged selves aboard the Silversea Cruise Line’s Silver Whisper after a 15-hour flight from Atlanta to Stockholm. To our delight, we were greeted by smiling butlers carrying flutes of chilled Champagne. It marked the beginning of what would be a remarkable cruise on the Baltic Sea to Estonia, Russia and Finland.

ALL ABOARD: DAY 1 One of the reasons we chose the Silver Whisper was its size. With a capacity of about 390 passengers and a crew of 303, it’s much smaller than the typical ocean-going ships. Our cabin was on a par with a five-star hotel, featuring two queen beds, a sitting area, desk and walk-in closet. The opulent marble bathroom had a large tub, glassed-in shower and double sink. The amenities throughout the ship were equally as posh with crystal chandeliers in restaurants and three gourmet meals daily. But the pièce de résistance was our private butler, Dipok, a charming young man who fulfilled our every request, including breakfast in the room each day.

DAY 2 Our adventures began on day two when we docked in Tallinn, Estonia, the oldest capital city in northern Europe that dates back to the thirteenth century. As we strolled through the enchanting half-mile


square village atop a cliff, we marveled at the well-preserved cobblestone streets, churches and cottages. Sections of the original stone walls are flanked by watch towers worthy of Rapunzel’s long locks.

DAYS 3, 4 AND 5 When we opened the curtains of our picture window on the third morning, Saint Petersburg lay at the end of the pier. The planned city was commissioned in the early 1700s by Tsar Peter the Great who wanted his city to outshine European capitals and became obsessed with Paris and Versailles. The outcome is a spectacular array of architectural styles from both East and West. Our first excursion was to the Hermitage, the most famous of the St. Petersburg palaces and formerly the Winter Palace of Russian tsars. The enormous green and white Baroquestyle building lies on the banks of the Neva River, and the amount of gold leaf décor in the interior is blinding. Mouths agape, we walked through the near replica of Versailles, complete with gold-framed mirrors, intricately decorated ceilings, floors inlaid with semi-precious stones and a massive collection of priceless art works from all over the world. After a traditional Russian lunch we traveled by bus to the Fabergé Museum in the Shuvalov Palace. It houses the second largest collection of original Imperial Easter eggs in Russia and boasts gallery after gallery of Impressionist paintings. Russia has, on average, only 60

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days of sunshine, and we happily experienced three. Good weather was critical the following day when we visited the Peterhof, Peter the Great’s Summer Palace. Located an hour’s ride from the city center, the interior was as opulent and gilded as the Hermitage, but the 500 acres of forests, gazebos, meticulously manicured gardens and impressive fountains surpass even Versailles. The centerpiece is the Great Cascade, a series of more than 140 fountains and canals behind the palace. At 11 a.m. it erupts into a fanciful water dance to the strains of “Anthem to the Great City.” Breathtaking. On our last day in St. Petersburg, we traveled by tour bus 30 miles outside the city to Pushkin to visit Catherine Palace, reputed to be the longest palace in the world. The most outstanding feature was the Amber Room, “wallpapered” in semi-precious amber stones with gold leaf trim.

Left: The sleek Silver Whisper glides silently through the open waters of the Baltic. Above: The throne room of Peter the Great reflects the opulence of the entire Hermitage museum, once Peter's winter palace.

Temppeliaukio), but it proved to be an architectural wonder. Excavated directly into solid rock and capped with a copper-lined dome, it felt both mystical and holy. Just before noon, the sunlight spread from the row of windows encircling the rugged interior and filled it with a golden light as bright as the gild in the Russian palaces. Another highlight was shopping in the open-air market where we purchased paintings by local artists, amber jewelry and some reindeer cutlery. Our last day onboard was spent on the open sea, and we sipped wine on the observation deck and talked to new-found friends as the Silver Whisper headed to Copenhagen. It was a perfect ending to a perfect voyage. n

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DAY FIVE After an overnight sail on calm waters, we arrived in Helsinki, Finland. Although we didn't get to see the Northern Lights, we did experience the midnight sun that occurs during the summer months when the light shines until midnight. Following the glory of St. Petersburg, Helsinki was a bit of a letdown, despite the lively guide who claimed that during the frigid winter months, Finns drink more coffee and vodka per capita than any place in the world. We didn’t know what to expect at The Church of the Rock (aka

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Left: Helen's architecture embraces the designs traditionally found in Germany's Bavaria region. Right: Barrel cabins are one of many lodging options at Unicoi State Park. Left: The trail to Anna Ruby Falls is one of the more popular hikes.  Below: Bodensee Restaurant offers traditional German fare like spaetzle and goulash.



riving two hours north of Buckhead can feel like crossing into a totally different country— especially in the Alpine town of Helen, which is as close to Germany as you can get in Georgia without a passport. Originally inhabited by Cherokee tribes and later European miners, it now has fewer than 500 residents. But a meeting between local business owners in 1969 led to its reincarnation as a Germaninspired town. The local artist hired to paint the storefronts suggested the German theme after his time serving overseas. They used Unicoi State Park as a way to get visitors to the town and their downtown, transformed into a fairytale Alpine village, to keep them there. Helen now has one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. So whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or woman, or just want to sit back with a stein of suds, there’s plenty to keep you occupied and connected with nature. Check into a lake view cabin at Unicoi State Park and Lodge, where accommodations include 15 former metal wine vats that create the perfect harmony between glamping and tiny houses. They’re much more spacious than they sound, with a full kitchen and dining area, bathroom, living room, balcony and


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lofted bedroom. Disconnect from the outside world without cell service or Internet. But if you just have to post about your trip, the main lodge is a short walk away and has Wi-Fi throughout. The lodge also houses 100 hotel-style rooms, and the park offers both standard campsites and backcountry options. Unicoi has trails for all fitness levels, ranging from the leisurely 2.5-mile round trip Lake Loop to the 4.8-mile, one-way Smith Creek Trail for experts only that leads to Anna Ruby Falls, one of the many picturesque waterfalls in North Georgia. The park also has activities such as the Screaming Eagle zipline, paddleboarding, fly fishing and mountain biking. If you’re especially ambitious, climb Yonah Mountain or Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the state. Unicoi State Park and Lodge is located fewer than 3 miles from downtown Helen. The park has a shop where you can purchase sodas and snacks, but pick up the essentials of bread, eggs and wine at Betty’s Country Store on your way out of town. The shop also has a deli counter for a quick bite. For breakfast or lunch, start at downtown favorite Hofer’s, which might already have a line out the door by the time you arrive. Grab a Reuben for now and a box of pastries for

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later. Jumping Goat Coffee Roasters and Sweetwater Coffee House, both in nearby unincorporated Sautee Nacoochee, serve caffeinated beverages for your daily jolt. When you’re ready for the full German dining experience, a quintessential part of any visit to Helen, Bodensee Restaurant is the most authentic eatery in town with generous portions and brews straight from the Motherland. The Hungarian-style goulash and buttery spaëtzle will warm you up after a day of exploring. Grab a glass of local wine at any one of Helen’s nearby vineyards. Habersham Winery is a popular stop that has been in the community since 1983. They serve three labels, including muscadine varieties, chardonnay and merlot. Yonah Mountain Vineyards in nearby Cleveland is another to try, especially for the unrivaled views of the namesake mountain and stunning tasting room. If you still need something to keep you entertained, check out the shops in downtown Helen and the Sautee Nacoochee Center for locally made pottery and other crafts. Although the resemblance between Germany and Helen ends with the architecture, restaurants and fall celebrations, the town is one of North Georgia’s best for escaping the chaos of city life. n


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SOUPER STARS Warm up winter with a steamy bowl of soup at any of these popular Buckhead eateries. From universal classics to unfamiliar combinations,


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discover a few reasons to revisit the comforting essence of soup.

1. Watershed: Potlikker Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings ($8)

2. Buckhead Diner: Roasted Tomato Soup ($6)

A pioneer in the farm-totable movement, Watershed serves soulful dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Do not miss the opportunity to try the seasonal Potlikker soup that blends a chestnut broth with delicate, toasted porcini meringues melted on top. Crisp, sage-flavored croutons tie the dish together, giving each thick spoonful a bit of crunch, while the addition of cornmeal dumplings make it a filling meal.

This high-end, retro-style diner serves upscale American comfort food including a familiar classic: tomato soup. A top seller at the restaurant, the slow-roasted tomatoes yield a rich, creamy puree for the perfect palate balance of sweet, sour and savory. Scoop up a parmesan crouton floating on top for added crunch, or pair it with the four-cheese grilled cheese served on buttered parmesan bread. It’s a satisfying winter dinner, especially when accompanied by a glass of red wine.

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3. Ted's Montana Grill: Karen’s Flying D Bison Chili ($7 per bowl) Cozy up to a hearty bowl of bison chili in this Old Weststyle American grill. Boasting the largest array of bison menu offerings in the world, the restaurant also offers a meaty chili that combines a slew of ingredients, including lean ground bison, garlic, onions and ranch-style beans (pintos made with chili seasonings). Top it off with cheddar cheese, red onions and jalapenos, and a timeless American classic is reborn. The helping is generous, filling and pairs nicely with a house-made margarita. 1874 Peachtree Street N.W. Atlanta 30309 404.355.3897

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Yogurt Soup ($5)

She Crab Soup

Tucked away off of Piedmont, this homey Persian restaurant is a hidden gem with memorable Mediterranean fare. The yogurt soup is similar to the Persian-style soups that are so popular in the Middle East. An affinity for yogurt is not required as the warm, velvety blend is totally different than what you’d find in the grocery store. Served warm with basmati rice, chickpeas, herbs and mint oil, it’s a great introduction to an authentic Persian dining experience.

($8 per bowl) Known for its sophisticated Southern comfort food, South City Kitchen doesn’t disappoint with its she crab soup. It’s a cross between a bisque and chowder, loaded with the meat of a female crab. Variations exist, but purists know that the recipe served here is made in true Southern tradition, resulting in an addictive blend of buttery, creamy crab soup that is both sweet and salty. The bowl is topped with a dollop of cream and sherry.

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As executive director of Livable Buckhead, Denise Starling strives to make Buckhead a community with “a soul” STORY:


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t’s a gorgeous fall Saturday, and Denise Starling has been hard at work since early in the morning, running errands in preparation for the Trails, Tails & Ales event taking place that afternoon next to the Lindmont Association Dog Park off Piedmont Road. The executive director of Livable Buckhead, a nonprofit aimed at “improving the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and plays in Buckhead,” Starling and her team put together the event to introduce area residents to the new PATH400, a multi-use paved trail that runs alongside Ga. 400. “We’re trying to teach people to use PATH400, and so we’re creating programs around it,” Starling says. “And so here I am on a Saturday.” PATH400 is just one of the projects Starling oversees in her role at Livable Buckhead. She was initially hired in 1999 to launch the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association, which folded into the newly created Livable Buckhead in 2011. Her expanded duties now incorporate everything from sustainability issues to economic development. But her job isn’t the only thing that has changed over the years. “Buckhead itself is crazy different,” asserts the Georgia Tech grad who has lived in the Atlanta area since fifth grade. “In 1999, it was a bedroom community. It was where your grandparents lived. Now the demographic is a lot younger, and it has a lot more flavor.” Starling insists her main job is “looking for ways for Buckhead to shine,” whether that means acquiring land for public parks, addressing traffic issues or working with area companies to step up their recycling game. Here’s a peek at what a day in the life of this community champion looks like.


6:15 a.m. While getting ready for the day, Starling has one of her “shower thoughts,” this one about adding walls along the PATH400 for art installations. “Ideas always pop into my head in the shower,” she notes. 7:30 a.m. Starling attends the Buckhead Community Improvement District board meeting. While there, she updates attendees on the progress of the PATH400, the Buc shuttle and other projects. 10 a.m. Starling is out walking the PATH400. “We just had a bunch of trees planted along the trail, and I had to inspect them,” she says. Since the first part of PATH400 opened in early 2015, Starling has given numerous tours of the trail to residents, real estate agents and other interested parties, and frequently visits areas along the trail that are still under construction. “Dressing for my job is difficult,” she acknowledges. “I may go from a construction site to an awards ceremony all in one day.” 12:15 p.m. While she often grabs lunch from Subway and eats at her desk, today Starling orders something from one of the food trucks Livable Buckhead hosts outside her Tower Place office each week. 1 p.m. Initial planning continues via a conference call on what will be Starling’s main focus over the next year. “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED is a 10-year vision for the community,” she explains. “It’s about who we are now, what we want to be and how we’re going to get there.” 3 p.m. In a 15th-floor Tower Place conference room, Starling sits in on

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a development review committee meeting. She is part of the team of advisors who provide comments to the city on any new Buckhead development that requires variance from the city code, as well as analysis on everything from how deliveries to the building will be handled to how pedestrian-friendly the project is. 4:30 p.m. Back at her desk, Starling tackles the task of writing a summary of the meeting and making recommendations for the developers. “I divide it out and say, OK, here’s what you have to do, and then here are some things we’d like you to do.” 5:45 p.m. Starling heads home to Brookhaven. She’s often asked how she can live elsewhere when her job revolves around Buckhead. “I actually like the fact that I don’t live in Buckhead,” she says. “I couldn’t be objective about things if I lived in a certain neighborhood [within Buckhead].” It’s enough, she says, that her job has been focused on the health and well-being of Buckhead for the last 17 years. “I obviously have a vested interest.”

6:15 p.m. Starling peeks in the fridge and, finding nothing of interest, asks her husband, Michael, the economic development director for the City of Dunwoody, “Where should we go for dinner?” On Fridays, it’s always Mexican at Los Bravos, which is within walking distance from their house. “And it’s always between 6 and 6:30,” she notes. “But at least we don’t sit at the same table every time.” After dinner, Starling helps her 11-year-old son, Will, with his homework then reads him a few stories before bedtime. 9:20 p.m. Starling is back on her phone, responding to emails. “There’s never a time that I’m not checking my email,” she confesses. Her commitment is paying dividends, as witnessed by the amount of recognition she’s garnered during her tenure, which includes being honored at the recent Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit as co-winner of the 2016 Redevelopment Champion of the Year award. “It’s not just the old guard Buckhead anymore,” she acknowledges. “It’s becoming a community for everyone, and I think that’s a great thing.” n



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Not every inch of the McDavid home is kid-friendly, but it is all artistically inspired.

The welcoming sitting area in the foyer features a chair covered in Jim Thompson fabric, Circa Lighting lamp and art from Huff Harrington Fine Art, the McDavids’ favorite gallery. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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RENAISSANCE FAMILY This art-filled, kid-friendly abode weaves together the pretty and practical


Above: Renaissance woman Debra McDavid is a singer, actress, mother and wife, not to mention a talented interior designer.


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homas and Debra McDavid’s love affair began with music. The couple of 25 years met on the campus of Yale University where Debra was studying opera and Tom classical violin. Over the last two decades, they’ve composed a life melody through various careers (including as professional musicians), cities and residences. In 1998, they settled in Atlanta, where Tom grew up and now works as a Morgan Stanley financial advisor. Debra stepped into acting and is currently the host of “Atlanta Shorts” on PBS-PBA30. In 2009, she also released a music album titled Sleep Little One, Lullabies of the World, that she produced and sang on (and Tom played on). This multi-talented woman also dabbles in interior design, which has allowed her to infuse her and her husband’s love of all things creative—and functional— into their stone and shake-shingle Buckhead home. They share the abode with their 6-yearold son, Mason, and Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy Poodle mix), Jett. The McDavids purchased the newly built, 7-bedroom, 7 ½-bath abode in August 2015 to be closer to Mason’s school, Westminster.


They loved the home’s open layout, but upon move-in, Debra used her stylish eye to upgrade the back porch to match the rest of the architecture. The brown columns were encased in white, a new railing was added and the floor was painted a light gray to give the space a sophisticated feel. Outfitted with an outdoor sofa by Laneventure through Logan Gardens, a custom quartzite table fabricated by Iron Studios and a cozy cream-colored cowhide rug, the porch is just one of the many spaces the McDavids enjoy with friends and family. Another favorite hangout is the downstairs basement, where Debra transformed an unfinished room into Mason’s “rec room” complete with a basketball hoop, stained plywood walls and cement floors painted with a shiny navy finish. “It’s very fun, like an indoor basketball court, or you can play tennis or golf,” Debra says. “When Mason has a play date, I just put them all in that room.” But the hallmark is the state-of-the-art media room furnished with a lounge-on-me white leather sofa, Jonathan Adler chairs Debra recovered in black crocodile to “up the wattage a bit” and black-out curtains to

Right: The family room and breakfast area offer additional places to sit and eat or watch the action in the kitchen. Left: Adorned in paintings of a speckled egg, Mason jar and more, the living room’s highlight is the Yamaha baby grand piano that Tom gave Debra for their 20th wedding anniversary.

“I feel beautiful art makes a huge impact on the design of the home.” – Debra McDavid

Left: The McDavids didn’t have to make any changes to the well-equipped kitchen and butler’s pantry where the granite countertops show off a hint of lavender.

from the Buckhead gallery mingle with other works from various sources: a Chinese silk painting in the basement gifted from a friend, a Steve Penley picked up at an auction and a soft, contemporary painting of a Mason jar that Debra found online and purchased from the artist when she visited Atlanta. Fine art may not be something you typically find in large numbers in the residence of a 6-year-old, but Debra has made it her goal to create a home that is glamorous but livable. In addition to not shying away from hand-picked art, she does this by combining designer furnishings with fabrics that stand the test of time.

She says guests often ask, “How can you have a young child in this house?” Her response: “I used livable outdoor fabrics that can easily be cleaned.” In the nearly all-white living room with Amy Howard custom Lucite chairs, oversized floor lamps and a glitzy Ainsworth-Noah, quatrefoil drum light fixture, the custom sofa by Bjork Studio is covered in Perennials outdoor fabric. And the Brazilian cowhide rug dispels any liquid spills. In the family room, a Ralph Lauren sofa in cotton velvet flanked by gold floor lamps from Arteriors accompany a previously glass-topped Barbara Barry coffee table that Debra contracted DEX Industries to retrofit with a white cement top when Mason was 18-months-old so he could play with trucks on it. In the nearby kitchen, with granite


create a theater ambiance when the feature presentation rolls on the drop-down screen. “We love family movie night. Or after we put Mason to bed, Tom and I come here and watch an episode of something we are currently addicted to,” Debra says. The McDavids are also addicted to beautiful art, and the 6,500-square-foot home is a testament, with each wall showcasing a show-stopping piece. “I feel beautiful art makes a huge impact on the design of the home,” Debra says. “Our favorite, go-to gallery is Huff Harrington Fine Art.” The classic and contemporary pieces sourced

Above: The dining room features a painting by Georgia artist Andrea Costa and dining table and chairs modeled after those found at England’s Althorp Estate where Princess Diana grew up.

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S I M P LY S T Y LIS H H OM E Right: The renovated porch is decorated in a Global Views twig mirror, “the softest” creamcolored cowhide rug from Scott Antique Markets and a teak table and chairs creating the ideal place for the family to lounge and entertain.

countertops and Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances, the breakfast area features a Global Views Faux Bois marble dining table with iron “branch” legs surrounded by antique Ralph Lauren chairs that are upholstered in super-soft faux leather. On the other side of the table, a built-in bench is covered in Sunbrella fabric so it can be unzipped and washed. For the more “adult spaces,” Debra let her interior design instinct run the show. The dining room with a half-shiplap wall and Circa Lighting chandelier features Jim Thompson fabric drapes that create a subtle backdrop for the striking blue Turkish rug Debra sourced from Scott Antique Markets. In the master bedroom, the living room’s all-white theme continues with a tufted leather bed and alabaster lamps from Bungalow Classic and custom mirrored chests by a North Carolina artisan. White tends to be Debra’s go-to palette, but in the upstairs guest bedroom, she mixes it with touches of celery and sea foam to create a relaxing respite. The room includes a Moroccan-inspired burlap bed from Noir, glossy white chests from Bungalow 5 and turquoise lamps by Arteriors fronting a pair of silver-leafed mirrors by Bunny Williams for Mirror Image. Not every inch of the McDavid home is kid-friendly, but it is all artistically inspired. Like the blending of their musical passions, the McDavids have flawlessly melded their elevated interests into everyday family life. n Below: The nearly all white master bedroom isn’t just for adults and offers more than enough room for Mason to play.


Right: Movie nights take place in the basement media room, complete with a drop-down screen and black-out curtains.

Debra’s Top Tips for Creating a Sophisticated, Family-Friendly Home l Use indoor/outdoor fabrics such as Perennials or Sunbrella for indoor sofas and chairs and cushion covers. l Make sure all your cushion covers have zippers so they can be washed, which I do frequently. l Use a hard surface, like the cement top by DEX Industries, on the tops of high-traffic tables. l Buy furniture that is distressed if you know your kids are going to distress it more, so it blends in. l I have found cowhide rugs to be very family and puppy-friendly.

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Right: The basement “rec room” is a dream play space for 6-year-old Mason McDavid and his friends. Below: The McDavids’ guests retreat to this upstairs bedroom, complete with a Noir bed and custom chair upholstered in Schumacher fabric.



Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center 3405 Lenox Rd NE

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Dresses for the modern-day Audrey Hepburn A

Anne Barge brings timeless sophistication to the bridal world STORY:


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nne Barge is a Peach State native, UGA graduate and a renowned bridal dress designer. She’s been featured on hit shows and news programs such as TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and NBC’s “Today Show.” She’s designed for a number of Buckhead’s elite, including Kandis Wood, the daughter of longtime 11Alive News anchor Brenda Wood; wedding planning guru and owner of Toast Events Lindsay Pitt; and M-squared PR firm CEO Marsha Middleton. Her Spring 2018 collection debuts in April and is sure to delight the stylish and sophisticated Buckhead bride. Barge’s elegant bridal gowns adorn the mannequins of Buckhead Bridals by Guffey’s, located on the ground floor of Tower Place in Buckhead. Guffey’s stocks more than 100 signature dresses from her collection year-round that can’t be found anywhere else in Atlanta. “I knew Don and Neil Guffey before our collaboration and have been friends with them many years,” Barge says. “I travel a good bit so it’s really been great for me to know that they’re able to represent the line like we want

From left to right: Jonquil from Anne Barge Collection, $4,830; Cistena from Anne Barge Collection, $3,950; Calliandra from Blue Willow Bride Collection by Anne Barge, $2,630

it to be represented. When they need me to make a personal appearance or come work with a bride, I’m able to do that for them when I’m in Atlanta.” Barge has called Atlanta home since 1970 and, throughout the years, has lived in neighborhoods from Buckhead to Midtown. She now resides in Druid Hills. She finds inspiration for her pieces from sophisticated women around the world such as Grace Kelly and designs for the bride who shares the same refined essence. “The Anne Barge bride is definitely the modern-day Audrey Hepburn or Kate Middleton. She’s classic, timeless and fashionable,” Barge says. While her bride might not be the trendy type, Barge pays close attention to what her clients want in gowns through trunk shows that allow her to see how brides react to certain fashion elements. She also looks for ways to include the classic design fundamentals that have made her dresses so sought-after. One of her top trends in the coming year is “bringing back the classic look” of long sleeves, intricate lace patterns and unique fabrics such as tulle, mikado and organza.

“There will still be a lot of light and airy fabrics,” Barge says of upcoming bridal trends. “Not white so much, but pastels that read just like an ivory that are layered to produce different color effects. We’re seeing a big trend towards longer sleeves and more variety of necklines such as V-neck, bateau, off the shoulder and scoop. There’s certainly less mermaid shaped and more A-line to ball gown shape. There will be some slim skirts that are more trumpet shaped than mermaid.” During her downtime in Atlanta, Barge enjoys some of Buckhead’s finest restaurants. “One of my favorites is Antica Posta,” she says. “I also love Le Bilboquet in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. It’s a lot of fun to have a ladies’ lunch over there. I love Anis, another French restaurant that is just wonderful. But Houston’s is my all-time favorite. I have been their most ardent customer since the day they opened.” Since starting the Anne Barge label in 1999, she’s designed several thousand gowns. Barge has proven that stylish trends may come and go, but a classic bridal look never goes out of style. n





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personal fragrance is one of life’s little luxuries that enhances your sense of self, sets you apart and accentuates your mood. “It is designed to make you feel good, attractive, sexy, happy, magnetic and more,” says Susan Sexton, founder and master parfumeur of Buckhead’s Blend Custom Parfum that specializes in designing bespoke blends. But finding just the right scent isn’t always the easiest thing to do. What might smell lovely for a few seconds in the store isn’t always compatible with your nose or skin type after you take it home— hence that group of unused perfume bottles in your bathroom cabinet. For pointers on the best way to select a personal fragrance, we went to Sexton and Mary Wallace, marketing manager of Diptyque in Buckhead, which retails both personal and home fragrances.

Know thyself. What do you like to do as a hobby? What is your signature fashion look? Do you think of your personality as “salty,” “sweet” or “spicy”? “Choose a fragrance that fits who you are and what you like to do,” Sexton suggests. “If you have a sporty look and are athletic, maybe a fresh citrus scent is for you. Like to swim? A nautical note. Love to dress up and go to the theatre? Try [something in the] oriental family with notes of patchouli, sandalwood, clove or cinnamon.”

Test points. Spray the scent directly on your skin to reveal how it suits your specific composition. “Pulse points, which are slightly warmer and can intensify the scent, are the perfect places to spritz: behind your earlobes, your wrists, the back of your knees,” Wallace recommends.

Complexion chemistry. Fragrance is chemistry, Sexton notes. She explains that darker complexions can carry stronger perfumes, while fair and light complexions are more compat-


ible with lighter ones. Oily skin types can usually wear the notes of amber, musk and spice, while drier skin types might match up better with bamboo, ocean and lotus. And age is also a factor—the very young and the elderly usually need a lighter, clean scent.

Diptyque Essences Insensées Rose de Mai Fragrance ($180) is made from French steam-distilled rose petals and has floral, spicy, honey and waxy notes.

All the feels. While some decide on a “signature scent,” you can also opt for a few different options. “I prefer to choose my fragrance each day, aligning the scent with any number of things—the weather or season or a feeling I wish to evoke, like confidence, joy, allure, warmth,” Wallace says. n DETAILS: Blend Custom Parfum 2971 North Fulton Drive Atlanta 30305 404.202.5503 Diptyque The Shops Buckhead Atlanta 3035 Peachtree Road, Suite A161 Atlanta 30305 404.846.0602

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This Blend Custom Parfum bottle ($300) combines the scents of sandalwood, bourbon vanilla, cedar, lotus, bamboo, ylang ylang, green bergamot and green notes (fresh, crisp top notes that add lightness).

TAKE NOTE The world of fragrance has its own vocabulary, and breaks down a scent into three layers, a.k.a. “notes.” Here, Sexton explains what those mean:




“Top notes are perceived first, and usually that’s what you smell for 20 to 30 minutes. These can be notes of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit or pomegranate.”

“Base notes are ‘the sexy ones’—musks, vanillas, woods, leather and moss— and hold the fragrance down, making it last for six to eight hours.”

“Heart notes last between two to four hours and are often the fruits or florals, such as magnolia, lotus or bamboo.”


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SOUND OFF MEDITATION ATMASPHERE You can meditate anywhere, but Atmasphere has upped the ante by offering classes where participants wear Sound Off wireless headphone technology. “Our 30- and 60-minute classes are very approachable for both beginners and seasoned meditation gurus,” says Pavel Stuchlik, founder of Atmasphere. First class is free; drop-in rate is $25

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rom cupping treatments to meditation classes with wireless headphones, there are always plenty of new fitness and wellness trends to try in our Buckhead ’hood. To simplify your search, we’ve done the heavy lifting and pulled together a list of five must-tries. Read on to decide which should be added to your 2017 bucket list.



Although it’s been around for thousands of years, this therapy recently gained popularity thanks to swimmers showcasing round purple marks on their backs during the 2016 Summer Olympics. “Cups are applied to the skin with the use of suction,” says Britt Parrish, a licensed neuromuscular therapist who practices at Icebox. “This helps to clear a channel for the body to send fresh blood and energy to promote our healing process.” Benefits can include pain relief and increased mobility. $65 for a cupping session $85 for one-hour massage with cupping

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SOUP CLEANSE CAFE WEST EXPRESS Eager to purify your body after the excess of the holidays? This cleanse can be done in three or four days and involves eating five plant-based soups each day. “Cleansing should make you feel great, not hungry,” says Tammy Stokes, creator of West Coast Workout and Cafe West Express. “These soups are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, providing a total of 1,000 calories and 57 grams fiber per day.” $38 per day (pick up); $46 per day, plus tax and shipping (delivery) Powers Ferry Square 3792 Roswell Road Atlanta 30342


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ROCK YOUR RIDE CYCLEBAR BUCKHEAD Get ready to follow your CycleStar (CycleBar lingo for “instructor”) through a 50-minute mix of choreographed upper body work, hills and drills at one of Buckhead’s newest cycling studios. “You can track your performance using our  CycleStats technology that sends your stats, along with the playlist you rode to during the class, to your inbox following each ride,” says Denae Olberding, studio manager.  First ride free; three rides for $49

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With the hustle of the holidays behind you, treat yourself with a spa day at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The Ultimate Restorative Ritual is a 180-minute treatment that will pamper you from head to toe with a hot stone massage, HydraFacial and pedicure. “The experience is meant to bring your body, mind and skin back into balance,” explains Steve Carbajal, spa manager.











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A new tack Liz Hammack designs statement jewelry with unusual materials


ometimes following your interests wherever they lead can, in fact, pave the way to beautiful things. Such is the case for Liz Hammack, creator of “it” jewelry line, Tack. The 39-year-old Buckhead-based mom of three is a former Swoozie’s gift buyer who turned her desire to be at home with her little ones and an intense love of bold jewelry into a thriving business, spurred to success by her social media savvy. Here, she spills just a few of her secrets.

Your pieces are so bold. How did you learn to make jewelry? In 2014, I had never strung a bead, but I used to sketch necklaces. I went to Brina Beads in Buckhead. I would say, ‘I have these designs; I just don’t how to put them together. Can you help me?’ While the baby was napping and my older kids were in preschool, I would practice and practice. I started producing them and put them on Instagram [@tackcreations]. It’s how it all began. Tell me about the name Tack. Initially, I thought about creating handbags and loved the whole equestrian style. My husband, Bo, and I were driving, and I said, ‘I need


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to think of a name that’s catchy and easy, and not too specific because I might want to do décor or necklaces in the future.’ He said, ‘What about Tack? It’s short, sweet and something people will remember.’ I thought it was perfect.

times they are one-of-a-kind because I would never want to have the exact same necklace on as someone else. Also, since I go to these estate sales for materials, I may not be able to find them again.

Social media has been really big for you, hasn’t it? Yes! I’ve been surprised at how far Instagram can get you. It’s amazing because so many people find us there. A lot of my customers are from Texas, Chicago and all over.

Do you do custom necklaces? We started doing gift cards since some people would prefer to pick out their own pieces. If someone likes something, I want it to work for them. If a client says, “I love this, but I just want to have a long necklace, or I would rather have red beads than blue,” I try to accommodate.

Now you’re in a Buckhead-based boutique. Yes! I met with the buyer at Poppy’s who is a friend of a friend. She said, “One of my friends was wearing your necklace the other night. Do you want to sell them in here?” That’s how it started. Your materials are unique—antlers, horse hair tassels and such. Where do you source them? All over. I find a lot of things through antique shops and estate sales. How many of each style do you create? I have about eight main designs, then I really try to do every single one differently. A lot of

What kind of woman is your ideal client? It may sound corny, but I tag all of my posts with #makeastatement, and I really mean it. If you just throw on a sexy DETAILS: little black dress or Tack a white t-shirt and jeans, a specific necklace can change the Poppy’s of Atlanta 56 East Andrews Drive N.W. entire look. I design Atlanta 30305 for women who 404.237.7015 appreciate a big statement piece. n



Students at Trinity School work with artist Nancy B. Westfall to put their personal touches on an original painting.


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From finance to film Buckhead’s Mark Callaway considers the Mountainfilm on Tour festival a passion project STORY:

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ark Callaway has never been a man lacking for hobbies. He’s always been that way, even as a kid. The Dayton, Ohio, native, who moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay area when he was just 6 months old, was playing the drums in a band before high school. He also developed an early interest in film and environmental issues, two passions that suit him well in his role as the executive producer of the local Mountainfilm on Tour film festival. Getting to where he is today hasn’t been a linear path, however. His varied interests led him to study business at Silicon Valley’s Menlo College from 1974 to 1976 and then political science at the University of Denver from 1976 to 1978. After moving to LaGrange, Georgia, to take care of his grandfather, he finished his degree in political science at LaGrange College in 1981. That same year, he enrolled in the prestigious Fine Arts program of New York University, only to realize he wasn’t up for a career in acting after all. After getting married in 1982 to his first wife, he moved back to LaGrange and became a stockbroker at Johnson, Lane, Space, Smith and Co. “The industry sounded like something I would be interested in,” he says. These days, Callaway, 60, works at the Terminus office of Morgan Stanley, but his new passion is the annual film festival. Its programing differs from other film festivals in that its movies offer all socially themed fare, such as documentary The Sculptor of Damascus that follows a young Syrian refugee’s journey. Callaway’s involvement in the festival took root in 2007, seven years after the Telluride Mountainfilm Film Festival decided to take some of its most noted films from the annual event on tour. Callaway was visiting a tour stop in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and wondered why Atlanta wasn’t a destination on the schedule.


“I thought we should bring it here,” he says. “We have other festivals, but there really isn’t a festival or film series that is based on environmental issues or social causes. We don’t always get a chance to see what is going on in the world. We can read about it and see it in the news, but the reality of what is going on is profound.” And suddenly, he had a new cause. In 2013, he launched the first Mountainfilm on Tour festival at the Plaza Theatre. The event, usually held the last weekend of August, screens 15 to 20 movies, some the projects of local directors. Two years ago, the festival hosted a screening of the film Who Owns Water by Pace Academy alumni David and Michael Hanson. Callaway has built the festival up so solidly that in 2017 it will be part of the Atlanta Film Society (formerly the Atlanta Film Festival), and he was able to make a contribution to Re:imagine/ATL this year to encourage local documentary filmmaking. What’s more, he does

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the work for the festival while managing day-to-day responsibilities at Morgan Stanley and making time to spend with his five children: Fuller, 31; Mary Hollis, 30; Hayes, 27; Gabriella, 25 and 5-yearold Anderson. His second wife, Ansley, the CPA of her own company, helps with the film festival’s programming. A former board member of the Alliance Theatre and the Callaway Foundation Inc., he still keeps his senses open for new things that excite him. He doesn’t drag a drum set around anymore, but he loves the cajon (a Spanish percussion instrument). His most recent 2017 MOUNTAINFILM performance was at ON TOUR ATLANTA one of his daughters’ wedding. “Those Oct. 13-14 Plaza Atlanta performances are 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. rare these days, Atlanta 30306 but still enjoyable,” he admits. n






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S I M P LY A & E A RT VI E W Nancy B. Westfall shares her passion for painting with budding artists at Buckhead’s Trinity School.

Young at art Buckhead painter engages kids in her craft


or years, Nancy B. Westfall’s career as a metal artist was fueled by practicality and kids. That explains why it’s taken a while for her to engage her real passion: painting. “I have always painted and drawn,” admits the North Carolina native who now lives on Buckhead’s west side. “But unless you go to an art high school, most kids don’t come out with the portfolio needed to apply to art school. I didn’t have one, but I was very into jewelry making, so I went to UGA as a metal major. But all my electives were painting.” Westfall went on to earn a Master in Fine Arts from East Carolina University and for years enjoyed working with lathes and torches. But becoming a mom changed that. “Once I had little kids, I didn’t want to have acetylene torches in the house,” she says. When Westfall’s husband,


Stephen, moved the family from New York for his job with an Atlanta wealth management firm, she set up a home studio and devoted herself to abstract paintings “with some recognizable elements so it gets just a little surreal,” she says with a more than a bit of relish. “I used to do very detailed, almost photographic street scenes, but abstracts are a lot more challenging,” she says. “With a street scene, you know where you’re going, but an abstract has no map telling you where it will end up. You still want to have balance, color and depth, but without a particular direction.” Westfall loves to paint big—as big as will fit in her car so she can move them herself. Some of her canvases are so large she uses house paint and big brushes to fill the space. But if she’s fighting painter’s block, she says, “I’ll just do tiny paintings with watercolors or charcoals to break things up.”

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Westfall also keeps things small when she’s working with youngsters. About seven years ago, when her now-teenagers were students at Trinity School in Buckhead, she volunteered to lead an art project in a classroom as part of the school’s annual Spotlight on Art festival in late January. The finished work was put up for auction during the event’s six days of exhibitions and sales. And she’ll be doing a similar project for this year’s event. “Painting with kids is one of my favorite things, and I’ve worked with each class, but I really like working with the 3-year-olds,” she says. “They’re not even writing their names at that age, so doing an art project can be very challenging. I go in, give a little talk about my style, what I think is important about art, then I set up outside. Two kids at a time come out, and I let them paint on the canvas. I’ll do the outline, and let them add their own style. Every year, we’ve man-

aged to create an art project that’s sold, and that’s always fun.” But creating a saleable work of art isn’t Westfall’s main objective; she’s more focused on helping kids realize that art isn’t about following the rules. “The younger ones are geniuses; they have no self-consciousness,” she says. “But then there’s a certain age at which they start to say, ‘I’m not good at art.’ We talk about someone who says, ‘You’re not doing it the right way,’ and how they can say, ‘This is my way.’ And then I tell them about a little boy named Pablo who drew faces differently...” n

SPOTLIGHT ON ART Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 Trinity School 4301 Northside Parkway Atlanta 30327 404.231.8100

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A mom’s guide to becoming an ex Buckhead parent writes the book on making divorce work


or the last seven years, Sarah Armstrong has heard the same comment from people who know her story: “They tell me I had such a good divorce,” says the Brookwood Hills resident. And they’re not being facetious or snarky. In fact, they’ve come to Armstrong looking for suggestions on how they can make the best of their own bad situations. The former global marketing exec for Coca-Cola finally decided to put her advice in one place, and the result is The Mom’s Guide to a Good Divorce: What to Think Through When Children Are Involved, a 208-page collection of tips on about 150 topics to help moms—and dads— deal with all phases of getting divorced. “There’s a lot to think through, and I always believed that no matter what leads you to make the decision to get divorced, you have to keep your children in mind,” says the mother of 13-year-old Grace. “My book is meant to be the positive things you can do when children are involved.” In fact, Grace has given the book her stamp of approval. “She says it will help families,”


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A MOM’S GUIDE TO A GOOD DIVORCE, published by Life Journey Experiences, LLC, is available at Barnes & Noble and online at Amazon and

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says Armstrong, who had been married for 12 years when she divorced in 2009. “That’s the point: You have to be able to have discussions [with your ex-spouse] about your kids.” Armstrong offers a range of suggestions to open those conversations, starting with the idea of a “collaborative divorce process” in which each party has a coach, a lawyer, a child specialist to keep them focused, and a neutral financial advisor. “The model exists in the U.S., and many lawyers and coaches have adopted this approach,” she explains. “As a couple, you agree to specific principles and to operate in a certain way that’s usually the least litigious. And it’s probably shorter: In my case, from decision to final was only six months, which in the grand course of divorce is very quick.” Armstrong presents a wealth of tips broken into “bite-sized pieces” that make them easy to grasp and don’t require a serious time commitment to digest. And those ideas can apply to moms of most every situation, from stay-at-homes to high-powered professionals. Among her top tips are:

n Think ahead: All the decisions you make will affect your children through age 21. Discuss the future now, so you’re not debating points down the road. n Be careful in cyberspace: “With social media, divorce today is very different from when I grew up,” Armstrong says. “Think how you’re talking about your life online and how it will affect your child.” n Move on: Don’t let divorce define the rest of your life. “But know that the social dynamics change; I was no longer invited to parties or to go out with couples,” Armstrong says. “That was a big surprise for me.” n Lead by example: “You can be happy and have a happy child in a healthy, co-parenting relationship, regardless of why you ended up getting a divorce,” she says. Armstrong is adamant that the book is not designed to help couples decide about getting a divorce. “But when it comes to the point when you need to make that change, there’s a lot to think through,” she says. “I want people to know there’s a resource of practical suggestions to help families get through it.” n




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The menu at F&B features a core of old-fashioned French classics portioned with hunger in mind.

F&B’s menu is filled with simple yet luminous dishes, such as this starter of crab claws. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Above: The roasted lamb sandwich on aioli brushed olive bread comes well seasoned and incredibly tender. Below: Soul-satisfying bean soup with wisps of truffle-scented steam from the pretty footed tureen.

Mussels are piled high and served with a flavorful broth for dipping crusty bread.



&B charms, even tucked away on the ground floor of the glitzy Ritz Carlton Residences. It’s the kind of place you can return to when you crave the unfettered taste of home. That is, if home is the South of France. The third iteration of much-loved Brasserie le Coze that closed in 2006, F&B succeeds FAB, the large downtown version that shuttered its doors in 2011. Menu favorites from both predecessors endure, and the owner, Fabrice Vergez, still serves as ambassador and host, circling the room during service. Head chef Gabriel Capo adds personal touches to the French/Mediterranean cuisine, but with restraint and balance— sauces aren’t too rich, greens are delicately dressed and spices are kept in check. It’s immediately apparent that what lies in store at F&B is 100 percent French bistro. Next to the hostess stand is a full-size, custom-made guillotine, a holdover from a Bastille Day celebration. The lighting is subdued. Past a long, sweeping wood-topped bar on this particular Saturday night, a crooner belts


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F&B is both charming and decadent STORY:

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out Dean Martin’s version of “La Vie En Rose” into a microphone. Above the wooden plank floor are shelves with stacks of creamy white dishes and soup bowls. Chandeliers in cages dangle above green-striped banquettes with soft brown leather seats. Business meetings and “ladies who lunch” fill the tables during the day, while the evening welcomes regulars who linger over bottles of wine. A woman who walked in before my dining companion and me was ushered to her “regular seat” with the best view of the singer. French de rigueur white cloths dress the tables that are surrounded by bistro chairs, all nestled closely together. Vintage French advertising posters line a terra cotta wall, and a curved cutout made of glass panels lends a view to the semi-open kitchen. Front and center stands a cast iron Godin stove like the ones used in the 19th century to heat French households. The menu echoes the singer’s lineup— a core of old-fashioned classics with a few new dishes such as tuna crudo, quail

rosettes and seasonal flatbreads added in for a refresh. I mentioned to our server, Jeremy, that a Sancerre from the flinty white soils of the Loire valley that was only offered by the bottle sounded lovely. He agreed and brought a glass with the bread service, which included an equally exquisite housemade salted butter. While sipping wine and noshing bread, we studied the menu, which is broken into three categories: petit, moyen and grand. At first glance, it reads like a glutton’s feast: beef Bourguignon, foie gras, escargot, oysters, whole lobster, duck two ways, 20-ounce ribeye. But it’s also very possible to have a lighter meal by choosing delicate soups, salads and raw seafood. The glass of Sancerre paired beautifully with the half dozen crab claws, the wine’s acidity and minerality embellishing the freshness of the seafood and awakening the subtle sweetness of the claws, which we dipped in clarified butter. The mussels, piled high and swimming in a broth of white wine and shallots and giving off wisps of briny steam, were enchanting before the first taste. The sea taste in the slightly chewy meat was enhanced by the spices, and the crusty French bread helped sop up the tangy and garlicky broth. Lunch starters are equally satisfying. The F&B salad is a colorful kaleidoscope arrangement of mixed greens, artichoke hearts, shavings of salty Parmesan, tomatoes and pine nuts delicately dressed in a bright lemony herb dressing. My dining companion ordered a bowl of white bean

Left: The delicate and flakey skate wing comes awash in brown butter with capers and crisp almond slivers.

Above: The menu has many options that are light, but satisfying such as the F&B salad with artichokes and pine nuts.

Above: The Granny Smith apple tart is elegant, yet still homey and comforting. Left: The steak frites are seasoned and charred to an exact medium rare.

Capo’s menu is pitch perfect brasserie style. soup to share, and our server kindly split the legacy dish, which has been on all Vergez’s menus, into two terrines. The creamy potage hit all the right notes—silkiness with crunchy bits of bacon and earthy croutons coated in truffle oil. We tried to order the duck confit salad our server talked up, but the kitchen was out of duck that particular Wednesday. Instead, we opted for the chicken paillard, which, compared to the F&B salad, was just a salad with a side of season-less chicken. The roasted lamb sandwich with rosemary saved the day with its impossibly tender meat on rosemary aioli-brushed olive bread. We were also charmed by the skate wing that was intensely flavored with brown butter and peppered with roasted almonds and fried capers. It sat atop velvety pureed potatoes and bright, slightly wilted Swiss chard. F&B takes great pride in its steak preparation. The filet, ordered medium rare, arrived with a seared crust. Our server asked us to check the interior—a perfect warm, red center. The steak frites, too, were charred to an exact

medium rare were a reminder of why this cut is one that butchers used to keep for themselves. The frites, cut in long thin strips, were fried hot, but could have used a bit more salt. Vergez has done a fine job selecting interesting French wines that match the food. One example: the robust Guigal Côtes du Rhône, a racy and lingering blend. Beverage manager Randy Kuder’s cocktail menu delivers spot-on dry martinis and his own creations, such as The Line of Destiny, a rich and refined concoction of bourbon, Antica Formula, Cappelletti bitters and an orange slice. Bitter and brooding like the floating tunes. Classic desserts such as crème brûlée don’t disappoint and the warm Granny Smith apple tart with drizzles of caramel, bits of pecans and a quenelle of bourbon pecan gelato was both sophisticated and homey. Throughout our meal, we overheard conversations—“It tastes just like when we went to France” and “I always get the….”—that solidify F&B’s status as a classic brasserie with reliable, down-to-earth food in a cozy atmosphere. n

Left: Chef Gabriel Capo’s menu is bolstered by the flavors of the Mediterranean. Below: Go for a classic or this deep and complex bourbon cocktail, The Line of Destiny.

F&B 3630 Peachtree Road. N.E., Suite 160, Atlanta 30326 404.254.1797 Prices: Appetizers $6-$18. Desserts $6-$8. Cocktails $10. Large Plates $11-$42. Recommended Dishes: Skate wing, white bean soup, lamb sandwich, 8-ounce filet, F&B salad, The Line of Destiny cocktail. Bottom Line: Timeless and unpretentious Provençal food.

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DRINKING LESSONS, LEARNED Make 2017 the year you become a beverage expert


t’s a new year, which means new opportunities for enhancing your bartending skills, becoming a homebrewer or learning to talk intelligently about wine and beer. As you polish off this year’s self-improvement plan, take note of the myriad options for increasing your beverage knowledge— all within the Buckhead area!

Learn How to Taste Of course you know how to drink wine, but do you really know how to taste it? Identify its terroir? Describe its mouthfeel? Articulate the nose and how that relates to its country of origin? Wine tastings are a great way to start building your palate and learning how to talk about wine. Eclipse di Luna’s Miami Circle location offers wine tastings on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. that feature wines from various makers and regions. For $10, you’ll taste a variety of wines and sample nibbles prepped by Chef Brian Owen. Another option: Beverage Director Michael Kunz will guide you through the tasting experience at Paces & Vine’s tastings on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. These events fluctuate between sips and snacks and seated wine dinners dedicated to a specific region or producer (prices vary according to event). For a fun freebie, head to Sherlock’s


Wine Merchant in Buckhead that keeps its calendar stacked with complimentary sipping events. Study the provided tasting notes and speak with producers and distributors from locations around the globe while you taste five to six different vinos before purchasing your favorite bottle to bring home.

DIY Drinks Many of today’s greatest craft brewers got their starts as home-brew addicts. Perhaps this is the year you should roll up your sleeves! Sandy Springs’s Beer & Wine Craft is stocked with everything you need to concoct your own. In addition to classes and beer-making equipment (hydrometers, bottle brushes, yeasts, etc.), the shop supplies a range of winemaking equipment (buckets, corkers, wine yeasts and additives). You can even pick up some ingredients for crafting your own cheese.

Hit the Books Maybe your wine aspirations run deeper, and this will be the year you ditch the boardroom for Bordeaux. A good place to try out your new career journey is at Atlanta Wine School, located within Vino Venue just outside the Perimeter in Dunwoody near Sandy Springs. There, you can take a class for beginners or a one-day immersion class on a specific

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region such as Tuscany; move to a more serious multi-week class (Introduction to Wine Level II); or partake in one of the facility’s regular wine dinners or Saturday tastings. For more in-depth study, sign up for one of the school’s intensive programs such as the Certified Specialist of Wine Training Program, the Italian Wine Professional Certification or the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). These classes are open to both industry professionals and serious wine enthusiasts looking to build upon their knowledge and earn certifications. Advanced students with a strong interest in wine can pursue the internationally recognized WSET Level III certification (Atlanta Wine School is the only location in Georgia that offers this training). Call the store or visit before you enroll. Run for Brews Combine two resolutions—run more and learn more about craft beer—by joining a running club for beer aficionados. Running for Brews Buckhead meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at Elbow Room. After running a pre-planned, 3-mile route, runners celebrate with a cold brew (or two) at Elbow Room. It’s free to join; just download the waiver from and keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page for notices about cancellations or changes. n


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DETAILS: Atlanta Wine School (inside Vino Venue) 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody 30338 770.668.0435 Beer & Wine Craft 220 Sandy Springs Circle Suite 109 Sandy Springs 30328 404.252.5606 Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Circle N.E. Atlanta 30324 404.846.0449 Elbow Room 248 Pharr Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.231.3308 Paces & Vine 4300 Paces Ferry Road S.E. Suite 250 Atlanta 30339 404.205.8255 Sherlock’s Wine Merchant Buckhead 3401 Northside Parkway N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.233.1514

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Culinary News & Notes 


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Photo: Heidi Geldhauser





alentine’s Day is all about celebrating you and your honey. But how can you spice up your evening and set the mood? With the right dinner. These four flirty foods are steeped with the goods to get your libidos going. So forget the roses this year; just order a dozen oysters instead.

Steamy and Raw The evidence behind what makes the oyster so erotic is the high zinc content. We love that we can enjoy oysters in every way possible, from fried to raw and on the half shell, like some of our favorites at St. Cecilia. They come served on ice with moscato mignonette, frozen Champagne grapes and house-made chile sauce.

Long and Lean Asparagus is chock-full of vitamin E that helps get blood flowing. It also boosts hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. And it tastes good, no matter how it’s

prepared. Try it grilled with truffle aioli and manchego cheese at Eclipse di Luna or shaved in a salad with biltong (a traditional dried meat from South Africa), heirloom tomatoes, radish and a poached egg at Yebo Ski Haus.

Banana Split This velvety fruit is rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are thought to be essential for hormone production, and minerals and enzymes that enhance male libido. If those aren’t reasons enough to share a few bites of banana with your better half, order the banana pudding desserts from Saltyard (banana pudding with chantilly cream, vanilla wafer and white chocolate) or South City Kitchen Buckhead (bruleed banana pudding with banana bread, sweet cream and lang du chat cookie), and you’ll see the light.

Mayans who discovered the cacao tree referred to it as “food of the gods.” Now we know chocolate contains feel-good chemicals that release dopamine in the pleasure centers of our brains. To reach that state of euphoria, go straight for a bowl of the Callebaut Belgian at Cape Dutch. It’s a decadent chocolate soup served with almond brittle, raisin-walnut bread, hazelnut and crispy rice. n

Cape Dutch 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road Atlanta 30324 404.343.0313 Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Circle Atlanta 30324 404.846.0449

Food of the Gods Chocolate has always been synonymous with love and romance. The

Saltyard 1820 Peachtree St. Atlanta 30309 404.382.8088

FOOD NEWS n Executive chef Ford Fry, owner of Buckhead’s St. Cecilia, King + Duke and Superica, recently won the Cochon555 Heritage BBQ contest at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. Ford was named “King of BBQ,” beating out other Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Hector Santiago, Terry Koval and Nick Melvin. Cochon555 contestants were given whole, heritage breed pigs and had to prepare six dishes that were judged on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and flavor. n High-end chocolate retailer La Fête Chocolat is now open at Lenox Square. It’s the first U.S. location for the Santiago, Chile-based company that sells premium chocolates, including milk chocolate, cookies and caramels.


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Start your night off with a shaved asparagus salad from Yebo Ski Haus, and end it on a sweet note with the bruleed banana pudding at South City Kitchen Buckhead.

La Fête Chocolat Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.233.7575

South City Kitchen Buckhead 3350 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.815.6677 St. Cecilia 3455 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.554.9995 Yebo Ski Haus 111 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.869.1992

Events by Anna Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners Showers Holiday Parties Birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s and Quinceaneras. Corporate events Home Decorating Services are also available. Floral, linens, event decor, catering, cakes and desserts Anna Geren Pinterest @annageren07 404.246.1696

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Sujit Sharma says “drink up” This Sandy Springs resident wants Atlantans to think about what they consume


pediatric emergency room doctor at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Dr. Sujit Sharma believes encouraging better eating habits is one of the solutions to obesity in both children and adults. As CEO of Chuice, an Atlanta-based health drink created in 2011, Sharma is on a mission to bring this bottled beverage with more than 35 fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs to a bigger audience. “I started out as a skeptic, but I was wrong,” he says. “There’s nothing on the market like it. The more research I did, the more I kept coming to the conclusion that it really has transformative powers. It’s salad, green juice and multivitamins all in one.” The name “Chuice” came from it being a chewable juice made crunchy by the nuts and seeds. Two flavors (Heart-Beet and Evergreen) are sold at Whole Foods Market and on Chuice. com. Sharma believes in its healthfulness so much that he encourages his children, ages 9 and 10, to drink it, too. Read on to learn why.


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What makes Chuice different from all the other juices and health drinks out there? There’s nothing on the market that has this much fiber. It has 35 diverse ingredients. It’s the perfect fuel. Juices are mostly carbs and almost never have any fiber. The micronutrient profile is extremely wide, with 26 vitamins and minerals. I’ve seen some multivitamins on the market that don’t have as many micronutrients as Chuice does, and it’s an actual food. How do you recommend most people consume Chuice? Have Chuice for breakfast or lunch or both with a lean protein like chicken breast or turkey. Have a sensible dinner like fish, chicken and salad. Limit refined carbs and enjoy Chuice, salads, nuts and seeds. Make sure you’re getting at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day. We’re inundated with so many poor options and triggers. We need to have better options on the market. Chuice helps you balance.


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Some people are concerned about the amount of sugar in Chuice. How do you address that? Fiber slows down how sugar gets released into the bloodstream, so you don’t get the spikes in insulin. A little bit of honey is added in Chuice, but the rest of the carbs are from the fruits and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates from plants are the best way to get your carbs. How do you balance your two jobs, family, eating healthy and exercising? I have people on a day-to-day basis helping keep Chuice moving along as we raise money. I work a lot in the evening with my ER job. It’s almost like I have an unfair advantage because I always have Chuice around. If I cheat and have a slice of pizza or cookies, the next day I might skip breakfast and have a Chuice and a lean protein. I don’t have the time I used to have for exercise, but [healthy living is] 80 percent about what you eat to maintain your health. n

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FEATURED RESTAURANTS  A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead BY: Wendell PHOTOS:

Brock and Angela Hansberger

Sara Hanna

10 DEGREES SOUTH After 15 years on the scene, this Roswell Road establishment is a highly original destination where food and wine from the tip of the Southern Hemisphere are celebrated with flair. Before we could pose the server with a query on the peri-peri, we got the hard sell on South African reds—particularly the Rupert & Rothschild 2009 “Classique.” The big, full-bodied R&R was the perfect match for the luscious, spicy food that followed. I may not be an expert on South African cuisine, but I’ll wager that nobody makes bobotie (the national dish) like 10 Degrees South. The dish consists of tantalizingly sweet curried ground beef topped with a custardy crust. It’s time to get your head out of the sand and indulge in the kind of stuff our parents enjoyed when “Continental” cuisine was in vogue. Appetizers: $10-$16 Entrées: $21-$38

BUCKHEAD DINER This indispensible, neon-splashed diner is a jewel in the crown of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which includes the Greek temple-like Kyma next door and the Atlanta Fish Market down the street. For 27 years, fans have flocked here for the housemade chips with Maytag blue, the “sweet heat”

Thai-chili calamari, juicy burgers and the decadent white chocolate banana cream pie—all classics. Simply by virtue of the way it lights up Piedmont Road, this diner has always been, and will always be, a star. Appetizers: $6-$12 Sandwiches and burgers: $13-$16 Entrées: $17-$30 buckhead-diner

BUCKET SHOP CAFÉ Atlanta’s answer to TV’s “Cheers,” this casual, family-owned spot across from Lenox Square is a game-day institution with seriously good pub grub, friendly prices and spirited, efficient service. Burgers, wings and sandwiches of all kinds dominate the menu. But one dish on the starting lineup deserves a special trophy: the chicken rolls. Perhaps they sound like a fusion experiment, but in fact, these crispy, deep-fried egg roll wrappers stuffed with chicken, cheese, sour cream, chives and TexMex sauce (salsa mixed with ranch) are downright addictive. The Bucket Shop team gets extra points for its solid, ever-changing list of local craft brews. Starters: $6-$13 Sandwiches and burgers: $9- $13 Entrées: $12-$18

Beloved by celebrities and hometown fans the Buckhead Diner has helped define what Atlanta eats for more than a quarter-century.

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE While the Texas-based chain is known for superb steaks, fusion appetizers and flatbreads, we think the burgers are sensational. In particular, the Pimento Cheese Burger, an uptown riff on the Big Mac, is a tower of juicy deliciousness: two patties with lettuce, tomato and pickle; plus housemade “sloppy sauce” (it’s like a smooth Thousand Island); plus two generous smears of pimento cheese, which slides down the stack and seals in all that juicy goodness. Del Frisco’s gets special points for packaging: The burger sits coyly in a partly open paper wrapper, while the fries are in a little paper cone on the side. A cold frothy draft beer is the clincher. Appetizers: $7-$16.50 Sandwiches & flatbreads: $12.50-$18 Steaks: $29.50-$39.50


The Bucket Shop Café’s salmon BLT hits all the right notes; and when it comes to sides, don’t waffle on the sweet potato fries.


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Houston’s probably won’t make the list of any highfalutin, big-city critic. And yet the Beverly Hills-based chain, which has had an Atlanta presence since 1978,has a devoted following, thanks to its consistently good, all-American food; its commitment to customer comforts; and its flagrant disregard for culinary razzle-dazzle. While the gooey

spinach-and-artichoke dip and the Famous French Dip are the stuff of legend, we are crazy about the Thai steak and noodle salad, the crispy-skinned rotisserie chicken and the warm, fivenut brownie with vanilla ice cream. At Houston’s, every table is bolted to the floor so it won’t wobble, servers bring chilled glasses so your drink never gets tired and napkins have buttonholes so the white-shirt crowd can save its ties. We can only hope this classic sticks around for a few more decades. Starters: $4-$15. Salads, $13-$20 Burgers and sandwiches: $18-$20 Entrees: $25-$45

KR STEAKBAR Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun’s only Buckhead restaurant feels custom-tailored for the community. A contemporary nocturnal cubbyhole where small plates rule, wine flows and the air bristles with excitement, the fashionable “steakbar” concept finds Rathbun and chef de cuisine Jessica Gamble fusing two venerable concepts: meat and Italian. Here, nearly everything speaks with a perky Mediterranean lilt: amari-kissed cocktails; steak doused with espresso sauce; heavenly olive-oil cake with almond brittle and citrus cream. (Pastry chef Kylie Akiyama is terrific.) Hidden

touches, like the speakeasy-style bar behind the kitchen and a patio that feels like a sunken garden, make us want to continue to explore this romantic spot.

The Sashimi platters at One Plus Sushi are stunning with minimalist simplicity.

Antipasti: $6-$19 Pasta: $12-$16 Entrées: $18-$68

KYMA The name means “wave,” and that’s exactly what executive chef Pano I. Karatassos has been doing at his family’s stellar Greek seafood restaurant since 2002. From marides (tiny, “French fry”-size white fish) to Greek specimens grilled whole (try the barbounia or bronzino), Kyma excels at delivering the kind of simple, unadorned flavors you’ll encounter on a patio by the Aegean. Order a glass of Greek wine (there are many options) and a few classic meze for sharing (we like the dolmades, spanakopita, cuttlefish stuffed with lamb stew, and the feta-zucchini fritters), and your meal will go just swimmingly. Meze: $8-$14 Mains: $26-$46 (Whole fish: $30 or $36 per pound)

ONE SUSHI PLUS This glam space wedged in the back corner of Brookhaven’s Town Village is a neighborhood hotspot for Japanese small plates. The freshest fish flown in from Japan’s Tsukiji Market will impress the discerning sushi eater, while colorful rolls with clever names please the occasional dabbler. Sharable offerings and inspired snacks of zesty, yellowtail jalapeno shots and crispy fried bang bang rock shrimp are as fun as they are tasty. The drinking experience is worth celebrating as well, with a large selection of sake, shochu and whisky. We recommend the smoked toro,

tender slices of tuna served under a dome of hickory smoke and the bulgogi-like Gangnam style roll. Dinner: $6-$37

SALTYARD At Saltyard, Chef Nick Leahy offers a menu of small plates with reverence for local farmers and the current growing season. Employing global imagination, he heightens these dishes with international seasonings and flavors to create worldly comfort food. With an everchanging menu, Saltyard is never the

same place twice. Rustic dishes such as crispy duck confit and super tender grilled octopus are masterful in their simplicity and depth of flavor. Raw and cured items such as the deconstructed salmon pastrami, while lighter, offer an equal flavor punch. This is not the place to skip the dessert course. Leahy puts forth the same amount of effort in his decadent chocolate nemesis with Brandy cream as he does entrees. Tapas: $5-$16 Large Plates: $18-$25


Saltyard’s menu is full of approachable comfort food that thrills, such as this s’mores bread pudding with banana ice cream.

Smokebelly offers a traditional Southern inspired barbeque experience within Buckhead’s posh surroundings. The rustic yet upscale interior is a comfortable place to kick back with a local beer or craft cocktail. The hearty barbecue platters offer generous portions of smoked meats and sides that harken to roadside dives. In addition, salads and healthful sides are tasty alternatives. At lunch, choose from a dozen sandwiches or from the long list of small plates. We recommend the quinoa super food salad, tangy and bright with colorful veggies and fresh greens, or the smoked brisket and sofrito empanadas with tender and richly flavored meat wrapped in a flaky crust. Tapas: $4.50-$11.50 Sandwiches and salads: $6.50-$13 BBQ Plates: $14-$27

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE Co-owned by Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and restaurateur Ross Jones, Watershed is a restaurant with a storied, personality-driven past. It started as a walk-up sandwich shop in Decatur, won a James Beard Award for chef Scott Peacock and moved to Buckhead in 2012. Recently, chef Zeb Stevenson took over the kitchen, and his Southern and sometimes French-accented food is a decided improvement over predecessor Joe Truex. We are crazy about the dreamy chicken-liver mousse, smoked-trout brandade and Appalachian cider beans, a cassoulet-like play on pork and beans. A self-taught cook who brings soul, excitement and the occasional spark of genius, Stevenson is less interested in replicating the greatest hits of the past than cooking straight from the heart. We should all respect that. Appetizers: $8-$16 Entrees: $9-$18 at lunch, $20-$35 at dinner

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That “zsa zsa zsu.” During an episode of “Sex in the City,” those are the words Carrie Bradshaw used to describe the lovey-dovey connection that most folks are searching for—and I’m no exception. I was married in my 20s, in a serious relationship in my early 30s, and single and living in Buckhead at 35. So, in this issue, I’ve taken one for the single Simply Buckhead team and sampled five experiences our fair community has to offer (regardless of age) that could lead to new connections, friendship or maybe even finding my own “zsa zsa zsu.” Read on to find out if any are a single-in-the-city fit for you.

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The writer and others chatting over drinks at Kyma, one of the many locations used by the Eight at Eight Dinner Club.

EIGHT AT EIGHT DINNER CLUB E fficient. That is the word that came to mind as I sipped on my wine and surveyed the seven dining companions sitting around me in a private room at Buckhead’s Divan Restaurant & Hookah Lounge. Welcome to Eight at Eight Dinner Club, which brings together four men and four women for dinner at 8 p.m. And in this world where online dating often fizzles out before it begins, I have to say it’s nice to have a chance to meet four potential suitors face to face.  “Eight at Eight was actually started by a family friend,” says Buckhead resident Sarah Kathryn Walmsley who owns the concept. “When I was 22, I found out that he was frustrated with running it. And thanks to my father matching me with this opportunity, I purchased the business from him and never looked back.”    For 18 years, the Buckhead-based company has


helped 10,000 clients make new connections in Atlanta. According to Walmsley, the typical client is between 22 and 55, and about 98 percent have a college degree. “The beauty of this approach is that group dinner parties are a way to find a new circle of friends—or love,” Walmsley says. “Also, all participants have paid a $450 membership fee. So they’re invested in the experience.”  The investment in the experience is what appealed to me. Dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble have allowed me to meet plenty of men. There are lots of flirty texts and winking emojis, but few result in an actual face-to-face date. And based on what Walmsley told me about her other clients, I’m not alone in this experience.   The social service’s process is pretty simple. First, I went through a 15-minute phone call with an Eight at Eight staffer who helps put

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the dinner groups together, so she could learn more about me. Then I registered online for a few of the weekly dinners that I could attend (which are offered at restaurants across Atlanta) over the next few weeks. “Tables are put together by age, professional level, educational level and hobbies and interests,” Walmsley adds. “And then a hostess from Eight at Eight greets and introduces the diners to one another, and buys the first round of drinks to get the party started.” By the end of my experience, my belly was full of tasty Persian food, I’d enjoyed an evening of good conversation with my dinner companions, and I had been asked out on a solo date by one of the fellas I’d had my eye on. It was easily an evening well spent. n 3102 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.888.1118



hurch is the last place I ever thought I’d head as a single woman looking for new connections.

Let me explain. I’m spiritual, but I didn’t grow up with any formal religious ties. And I’ve been hesitant to even consider checking out a church service because I’m worried

about people pushing their spiritual agenda on me. But after hearing several ringing endorsements from friends about Buckhead Church, a nondenominational congregation that is part of North Point Ministries, I decided to take a closer look at the programming for singles. “In the past, our singles environments more similar to Bible studies,” says Michael Kanner, Singles Gatherings director. “But now they are focused on creating social connections, regardless of whether someone attends our church.” There are three types of Gatherings: Serve (activities focus on serving the community), Experience (various social outings) and Explore (opportunities for roundtable talks on subjects such as why we love or what makes a good life). Each Gathering consists of about 40 to 60 people, lasts six weeks and is held weekly, typically on Saturday or Sunday. “These events are easy-going and composed of like-minded individuals who seek great friends,” Kanner says. “If there are any opportunities to meet a potential partner, we believe that starts with friendship.” For example, there are get-togethers for people who like to eat brunch or, if you’d prefer to be part of the Service Gatherings, you can join one that works with an area nonprofit. Last but not least, the Explore group focus on activities such as watching Ted Talk videos and roundtable discussions—these are the only Gatherings held on Wednesdays and at the church. To register for a six-week Gathering, head to, search through the options, and find the type of event that best suits your age, interest and availability. Some cost a small fee (think the cost of a meal), but most are free. I experienced two: a sampler where participants get to try activities from a variety of Gathering options and one for those who like friendly sports competition. Participants are limited to joining one Gathering per each six-week cycle. The sampler was geared toward people ages 25 to 45, and the afternoon’s activities were focused around a recorded Ted Talk about happiness followed by roundtable discussions about the talk, which were held at the church. The other Gathering was at Midtown’s Top Golf and was for folks in their 20s. Prior to my outings, Kanner told me that the goal of these events is first and foremost to bring together like-minded individuals, regardless of religion. But I really had to see it with my own eyes. I left the Gatherings feeling like I’d made a few new friends, without anyone trying to get me to church—and telling my mother that I finally might consider learning more about joining a church. n 3336 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.814.7000

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consider myself a pretty confident woman, but as I sat at The Mercury in Ponce City Market, waiting on my first date courtesy of One on One Matchmaking, I was nervous— but in a good way. For the last two years, I’ve met men in bars. I’ve met them through online dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble. But this time it was different. After an hour of learning all about me, a matchmaker had thought that this man might be a fit for me. And I couldn’t wait to find out whether she was right… This is the beauty behind Buckhead’s One on One Matchmaking, created by Sarah Kathryn Walmsley (who also owns Eight at Eight Dinner Club) in 2008. “I decided to launch One on One because several Eight at Eight clients shared that they’d like individual attention,” she adds. “And since then, we’ve worked with about 2,640 clients.” According to Jennifer Miotke, president of One on One (and my matchmaker), this option for meeting people works best for those who are

looking for a personal assistant when it comes to dating. “We are local, involved and our services are geared toward individuals who are looking to be in a committed relationship,” says Miotke, who has worked with the company since 2010. “Our average client is college-educated, and more than half have an advanced degree. They are fit, social and have a job that they love.” That was one of the things I liked best about this option for meeting people—someone else was doing the heavy lifting of getting to that first date. First, I had an initial phone call with Miotke, so she could get a sense of whether she had any clients who might be a good match for me. During this phase, Miotke asked about my partner preferences: age, professional level and factors I find attractive. Next, I came in to the office for an hour-long meeting where we chatted about my upbringing, past relationships and what I’m looking for in my next relationship. By the end of the conversation, she read me bios for four men and had me choose two to go on dates with.

The best part? I gave my availability for dates over the next week, and they did all of the organizing. Within a few days, I’d received an email sharing when and where I would be meeting my dates. The day of the date, I received an email to remind me of my date’s bio. And the day after, I received an email and phone call to get feedback on how things went. “Feedback is a valuable part of the process,” Miotke says. “We gather the feedback and use it to help clients tweak their game and improve their odds of finding love.” The thing to keep in mind is that hiring a matchmaker is like spending money on a fitness studio membership or a life coach: It’s an investment in your wellbeing and future, which means you will need to spend money. “The going rate for matchmakers in Atlanta, which includes our company, starts at $3,500 and goes up,” Miotke explains. “If you have the resources, I can’t for the life of me figure out why people buy designer handbags and expensive cars, but won’t invest in finding the love of their life. It’s probably the best investment in your future you can make.” As for my first date with One on One, Miotke did a strong job of matching me with someone I had a ton in common with, was attracted to and enjoyed an evening of good food and conversation with. And best of all, it led to a second date that was just as enjoyable. n 3102 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.355.7828

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rom bocce to kickball, Atlanta Sport and Social Club (ASSC) has become a go-to for people in the ATL looking to make connections while on the sports field or while enjoying a few post-game beers. “When ASSC got its start in fall of 2012, we ran softball, flag football and soccer leagues,” said Korey Meek, marketing and communications director. “Since then, we’ve grown to organize leagues for 13 different sports, including kickball, bocce and cornhole. And, we also plan and produce 10 to 12 signature events over the year like Atlanta Field Day and Uncorked and Untapped.” Although the sports leagues are offered all over Atlanta, you can find softball, kickball, soccer, flag football, Barlympics (teams compete in three different bar games like flip cup or beer pong each week), bocce, cornhole and volleyball in the Buckhead area. The sports leagues vary by season, so bocce and cornhole generally aren’t offered during the winter, but Barlympics and softball are. Some of ASSC’s signature events are also held in our neighborhood, including the Black Friday Bar Crawl in Buckhead (held for the first time in 2016) and Oktoberfest Atlanta at Heritage Sandy Springs.  This fall, I had a chance to stop by and check out the Thursday night bocce and cornhole games held at The Ivy. The night I visited, the weather was already starting to turn chilly, so the number of people


who showed up to play was smaller than usual. But even with a small group, the teams were friendly and ready to play. And why not? It’s hard to have a bad time when there’s conversation, beer and bocce.    “With 25,000 participants in the sports leagues and about 15,000 attendees at our events this year, ASSC provides a great way to meet new people,” Meek adds. “Our core demographic is ages 25 to 34, but we also have plenty of participants who are older than 34.”    To join a league, you can register as an individual, and you’ll be paired

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with other individuals or small groups for the season. There’s a one-time fee ranging from $45 to $95, depending on the sport, that includes your team T-shirt, all league equipment, officiating fees, league administration, etc. Events cost between $15 to $85, depending on the event and ticket level. “You play with and get to know the same people over the course of seven to eight weeks and typically come out the other end with a group of new friends and connections,” Meek says. “We often see those groups go on to sign up together as a team the next season, which is

also a way to participate.” Because I’m not as much of a team sports woman, this option probably wouldn’t be a go-to for me. But if a game of kickball or softball is right up your alley—regardless of your skill level—I recommend giving this option to meet new people a shot. After all, you never know who you might connect with over a game of flag football and a beer. n 260 Howard Street N.E., Unit 1 Atlanta 30317  678.869.4690

ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE TRAVEL CLUB M yanmar, Antarctica and Costa Rica— just three destinations I’d love to see but wouldn’t be too keen on heading to by myself. Enter Atlanta International Adventure Travel Club. “My friend, Jeff, and I wanted to meet more people to travel with, so we held our first get together, and one person attended,” says Kevin Foley, co-founder of the club. “Technically, the club started its meetup in 2009, but we’ve all been meeting for much longer and now have more than 3,300 people involved!” As someone who loves to travel, I was enthralled with the idea of connecting to a group of people with this interest. The purpose of the group really is to socialize and travel, Foley adds. “Many members are solo travelers and love this club as a way to join a group of fellow travel enthusiasts,” he says. “It’s also a great opportunity to meet others who have the same interests. On trips, people arrive on day one strangers, and after a week of travel, they are often life-long friends.” Trips are usually posted to the club’s website five to six months in advance, and destinations are selected by club leadership based on popular destinations and where members have expressed interest in visiting. (The club uses GECtravel as the main trip supplier.) The group meets monthly (check out the website for specific dates) at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead to socialize and discuss upcoming destinations. I stopped by one

of the gatherings and loved that it was an opportunity to get to know the people I’d be traveling with if I decided to go on one of the trips. There was no fee to attend, and all I had to do was sign up for the group through Meetup. “Our member demographics are typically very diverse when it comes to age, but if I had to put a range on it I’d say 30 to 60, with about 85 percent of our travelers being solo,” Foley says. Based on the group of 15 to 20 folks at the Fado’s gathering I attended, Foley’s age range was spot on, and I met people who were both single and in relationships. The group was easy to find—front and center at the high tops in Fado—and people introduced themselves to me left and right, so I didn’t feel awkward about joining conversations. I left the evening convinced that I needed to add Antarctica to my to-travel list, based on the fact that the majority of people I spoke to raved about a past trip the group organized and knowing that I’d found a group of folks I could return to when looking for future travel buddies. “Don’t be shy—everyone is very friendly and welcoming,” Foley adds. “If you’re looking to meet new friends or visit destinations around the world, just take the step and come to our monthly gathering at Fado. After your first meetup, I’m telling you—you’ll be addicted.” n

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SWIPE HYPE 4 DATING APPS FOR THE NEW YEAR Love stories often start with a swipe to the right. As the popularity of online dating grows, so do the number of relationships that get their start on apps such as Tinder or I remember how intimidating it was to dip my toe into the online dating app pond for the first time. That’s why I want to take some of the guesswork out of it for you. Here is the scoop on four free apps to consider:

Bumble. The beauty of this app is that ladies get to make the first move. For example, when a woman connects with someone, she has 24 hours to initiate a conversation. For same-sex connections or friendship, either person has 24 hours to make the first move, or the connection disappears.

Happn. This option is all about the people who surround you. Every time you’re near the same location as another happn member, they appear in your timeline. If someone catches your eye, like them secretly with the heart button—and they’ll only find out if the interest is mutual.

Coffee Meets Bagel. Cute name, right? Here’s how this app that’s all about #ladieschoice works: Each day, male members receive up to 21 matches (that is, bagels) to like or pass. Then, voila! The app curates matches for women among the men who expressed interest.

The Grade. #NoMoreCreeps—that’s the logic behind The Grade. This app aims to curb hostile messaging and inappropriate photos by holding users accountable. It uses an algorithm that assigns letter grades to users ranging from A+ to F, based on profile quality, responsiveness and peer-reviews.

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NOW SHOWING BALLET, OPERA AND MORE GRACE LOCAL CINEMAS ver dreamed of seeing a performance of The Metropolitan Opera but couldn’t get to New York City? Or maybe watching the famed Bolshoi Ballet was on your bucket list, but a trip to Moscow was out of the question? Thanks to Fathom Events, you can see both right here in Atlanta. At select area movie theaters, live performances of The Metropolitan Opera and taped recent performances of the Bolshoi Ballet are shown—in high definition, no less—on the big screen. For instance, as part of The Met: Live in HD series, the AMC Dine-In Theatres Buckhead 6 will feature a live streaming of Nabucco on Jan. 7 and 11, Roméo et Juliette on Jan. 21 and 25 and Rusalka on Feb. 25. The brilliant dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet will light up the screen at the Regal Perimeter Pointe Stadium 10 in a showing of The Sleeping Beauty on Jan. 22 and Swan Lake on Feb. 5. Future showings include performances

of The Met’s La Traviata and the Bolshoi’s A Hero of Our Time. Fathom Events also treats theatergoers to other special screenings, including Broadway shows, concerts, comedy tours and classic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and From Here to Eternity. – Jill Becker FATHOM EVENTS SPECIAL SCREENINGS THE MET: LIVE IN HD Jan. 7, 11, 21 & 25 and Feb. 25 AMC Dine-In Theatres Buckhead 6 3340 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.467.9619 BOLSHOI BALLET CINEMA SERIES Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 Regal Perimeter Pointe Stadium 10 1155 Mount Vernon Highway Sandy Springs 30338 770.481.0255

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From stage to screen: Thanks to Fathom Events, you can catch a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty (above), the Metropolitan Opera’s Roméo et Juliette (below) and other performances in high definition at local movie theaters.

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CASK ALE FESTIVAL Jan. 21 706.254.2739 Sample beer in its most unprocessed form—fresh, not carbonated, unfiltered and unpasteurized—at the Cask Ale Festival at the Prado in Sandy Springs. This raw version, coined “living ale,” is full, flavorful and mature. You’ll taste cask ales from Georgia breweries such as Gate City and favorites from 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Three Taverns and more.

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EMBRACING THE GREAT OUTDOORS YEAR-ROUND AT A LOCAL NATURE CENTER In the winter months, we don’t always think about doing a lot outside, but just because it’s a little brisk doesn’t mean we should ignore Mother Nature. Take, for instance, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. This scenic, 30-acre patch of wilderness, conveniently tucked away off Roswell Road, is ripe for exploring no matter the time of year. And you can do just that at two regularly scheduled monthly events. The first is the Second Saturday Safari,

an expert-led, hands-on experience centered around a particular topic. On Jan. 14, the focus will be on “Predators and Their Prey,” and on Feb. 11, the subject will be “Backyard Bird Count.” The second recurring event is the Full Moon Hike, a naturalist-guided walk through the preserve under the light of the moon and stars, taking place next on Jan. 13 and Feb. 10. A little “one with nature” never hurt anyone after the holiday season. – JB

Second Saturday Safari Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 10-11:30 a.m. adults $10, children $5, under 3 free Full Moon Hike Jan. 13 and Feb. 10 7-8 p.m. adults & children $7, under 3 free 4055 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.345.1008

ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Jan. 24 to Feb. 15 678.701.6104 The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns this January for its 17th season, bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed films to venues across the city, including the LeFont Sandy Springs theatre, Woodruff Arts Center and SCADShow. Check the festival’s website for more details as the films for 2017 are released.

CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW Feb. 9 to Feb. 11 404.365.1107 Get ready to browse some beautiful things! The 46th annual Cathedral Antiques Show at the Cathedral of St. Philip will feature a mix of vendors selling jewelry, art, home decor accessories and period furniture. Don’t miss the contemporary art, young collectors’ booth and gardening boutique, all new to the show this year.

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Bar fight MIXOLOGISTS SHAKE THINGS UP AT A COCKTAIL COMPETITION If two of your least favorite words are “last call,” bring your thirst to the High Museum of Art on Feb. 18 for its inaugural Highball event. There, 16 area bartenders will compete head-to-head to create the most creative cocktail, and you get to sample them all and vote for your favorite. Competitors include Trip Sandifer of The Painted Pin,



Ben Yabrow of Himitsu, Brent Hesse of 1Kept Kitchen and Bar and Greta Buccellato of 5Church Atlanta, who’ll be using their mastery behind the bar to concoct original cocktail recipes sure to wet your whistle. The night’s festivities will be garnished with light bites from Sterling Spoon and hot tunes from DJ Teknology. We’ll drink to that! – JB

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HIGHBALL Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. $100-$125 High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree Street N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.733.4400

Feb. 11 Ready for a brisk 1-mile jog ... in your underwear? Raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Cupid’s Undie Run starts and ends at Big Sky Buckhead Bar & Restaurant and encourages participants to strip down (within your comfort level of course!). After the run, Big Sky will host an after party with live music and awards. Early-bird tickets cost $25.

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Leslie and Bill Glenn The crowd enjoyed bites from the Yumbii Food Truck and libations. Photos: Ninh Chau

ANSWER ATLANTA FALL PARTY Woody Gayle, Darby McCamy, Paul Pilcher

The Hill Roberts Band entertained with live funk and blues.

Representatives from New Generation Men were on hand to share information about the nonprofit.


ach year, Answer Atlanta selects a local charity and makes a monetary donation of between $15,000 and $20,000 to the nonprofit. The money is raised by the organization’s young business professionals who work to find creative solutions to help those less fortunate in the community. This year, the organization hosted a fall party at American Spirit Works Distillery to raise funds for Next Generation Men (NGM), the 2016 selected nonprofit that supports underserved teens through school programs and special events. The party attracted more than 100 attendees, including NGM founders Ian Cohen, Travis Salters and Ben Sperling. Food was provided by the Yumbii Food Truck, and The Hill Roberts Band played funk and blues tunes to entertain party-goers. Approximately $15,000 was raised through ticket sales and donations.

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Celebrate with us ! Invites you to join us in welcoming 2017 With an evening of Food, Fun and Philanthropy

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Simply Buckhead January/February 2017  

Simply Buckhead is the definitive resource for Atlanta's most dynamic intown neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the...

Simply Buckhead January/February 2017  

Simply Buckhead is the definitive resource for Atlanta's most dynamic intown neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the...