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TRAVEL: FOOD FESTIVALS Simply Buckhead writers taste and tell at five Southern food festivals






Food and wine rival the sand and sea on the Mayan Riviera

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For this issue’s cover, we called on Manama, Makaya and Daba Fofana to showcase their athletic gifts— and sibling love—for the camera. Aged 10, 12 and 14, the Sandy Springs brood possesses talents that outweigh their years, and it’s easy to see they are naturals in the limelight. As Producer and Chief Photographer: Sara Hanna  the camera clicked, Daba, a Photo Assistant: Dara Dyer middle school running back who Shot on location at Sara Hanna Photography Studios scored 22 touchdowns last season, supported his gymnast sisters—literally and figuratively—as Manama and Makaya had fun trying to hold still in difficult poses. Behind the scenes, their mother, Crystal, looked on after a wardrobe errand to pick up Daba’s football uniform from his coach, James Brown, at Riverwood High School since he’d turned it in at the end of football season. The finished frame captures the tight bond that exists among this young trio.


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My two older brothers had such a profound impact on who I am that I’m sure without them, I’d be a completely different person. They taught me to stand up for myself and the ones I love. They encouraged me to shed my serious layers and be silly—to have fun. They gave me insight into boys (and men) that has proved invaluable in my relationships with others. Of course, they also drove me absolutely crazy, and there were times when I wished I was an only child, but I never meant it. The sibling bond is one that cannot be broken, and to know there are two other individuals in this world who experienced the places, people and parents that I did is beyond comforting.

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’ve never really thought about my life without siblings.

This issue celebrates the ties that exist between brothers and sisters through interviews with five siblings from our community. Some live together, some work together and some just spend as much time as possible together, but they all have interesting stories to tell about their lives and the important role their sibling plays in it. In addition to spending six-and-a-half days each week manning their Buckhead store, Greg and Robby Miller of Miller Brothers Limited take two shopping trips together each year and share special occasions with each other’s families. South African sisters Sandra Banks and Karin Mervis work in completely different industries (catering and the arts) but keep in touch with “one to five” phone calls every day. The lives of identical twin brothers Craig and Cliff Taylor have paralleled each other in a myriad of ways. Today, they are co-owners of Taylor Chiropractic & Wellness and share a Buckhead bachelor pad. Restauranteurs Artie Antoniades and Nikitas Panagopoulos, who emigrated to Atlanta more than 20 years ago from Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), joined forces to run three successful local eateries. Then there is Daba, Makaya and Manama Fofana (our cover models), a dynamic young trio that feeds off each other’s competitive spirits to excel in athletics, academics and ambition. Through these interviews, the truth about life with a sibling shines through. They know how to press all your buttons, but a brother or sister is often your biggest champion and unconditional partner in life.

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Clockwise from top left: Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival; South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival; Jason Isbell at Sea Island's Southern Grown festival; Beaufort Wine & Food Festival; Steven Satterfield at the Music to Your Mouth festival in Bluffton, South Carolina.

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Henri’s Bakery and Cafe Moves ongtime Buckhead landmark Henri’s Bakery is slated to be one of the dining options at the new-andimproved Andrews Square (formerly East Andrews entertainment complex) when it opens this spring. The cafe and bakery, offering desserts, coffee and sandwiches, will be moving from its Irby Avenue location to a 2,000-square-foot courtyard space on Cains Hill Place. Henri Fiscus opened the popular local lunch spot and bakery in 1929, and he moved locations several times before settling on Irby in 1969. The current owner, Madeline Leonard, is Fiscus’ granddaughter and says it was important for Henri’s to stay a part of the Buckhead Village community. “We love this community and the special place Henri’s has in it. We’re excited to relocate to a location that will allow us to continue serving our neighborhood

that has so wonderfully embraced us,” Leonard says. Coming along to the new location is the iconic metal sign. Andrews Square developer Edens has put an emphasis on retaining local businesses. “Bringing Henri’s to Andrews Square and helping preserve its legacy and its role as an anchor of the West Village is a natural fit for our mission,” says Herbert Ames, vice president of Edens Southeast. Until the complex is completed, Henri’s will continue to operate in the current location. The eatery also has a Sandy Springs outpost, which will remain open. n HENRI’S BAKERY Photo: Erica Dines


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NEWS CLIPS YEBO’S SPRING MAKEOVER Spring has sprung at Buckhead’s Yebo. Shedding fire pits and blankets, it has transformed from Yebo Ski Haus, its winter alter ego, to Yebo Beach Haus, its summer doppelganger. As temperatures heat up, the decor shifts to surfboards and feels like an oceanfront summer home instead of its wintery mountain lodge predecessor. The South African-inspired eatery offers crowd favorites, such as biltong beef jerky and bobotie bunny chow, as well

as new items such as kabobs and fajitas this season. Yebo Beach Haus 111 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.869.1992 yebobeachhaus.com

BLUE HERON’S NEW LEADERSHIP After 16 years of service, Nancy Jones has stepped down from her position at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead. She created a lasting legacy for the community green

space, growing it from a grassroots project into a 30acre haven. Former Project and Operations Director Kevin McCauley has taken over as Executive Director and will continue to protect the neighborhood treasure and its programming, such as children’s camps, nighttime hikes and garden club events. He will also be spearheading the campaign to create a blueway trail, a waterway that cuts through the property with points of interest along the way.

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NEW DELIVERY AND PICKUP APPS Locals now have two new ways to order their favorite meals and skip the lines. Lenox Square introduces “Lenox Delivered” that uses Zifty to deliver the mall’s best dining destinations, including Bantam and Biddy, Wokdragon and California Pizza

Kitchen, to your door. Plus, Atlanta is the latest city to have access to Shake Shack’s smartphone app, Shack App, that allows hungry users to place to-go orders of burgers, fries and frozen custards with the touch of a button, and pick them up at the Buckhead and Perimeter locations. The app also saves your dining preferences. Zifty zifty.com/zifty/lenox Shack App shakeshack.com/app

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Fractions and Decimals: Oh My! Sixth-grade Lovett students put math to practical use

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Church Yard Sale Benefits Nonprofits Buckhead Baptist brings the community together

Lovett students Charlotte Lee, Julie Murray and Ansley Stibbs build birdhouses for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity with Lovett teacher Chris Mayer and Lovett employee Carlos Grimaldo.

Fractions and decimals are usually the bane of sixth graders’ existence, but the concepts sprang to life when the kids at The Lovett School in Buckhead learned real-world applications through a partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. “Lovett puts a high emphasis on our Service Learning program throughout the year, and we’ve been partnering with Habitat to build houses for the last 24 years,” says Kevin Sauter, sixth-grade math teacher. “The only problem was that the kids couldn’t participate on-site until they were 16.” Atlanta Habitat and Lovett collaborated to create a project with a classroom focus that would appeal to sixth-grade students, says Angela Morris-Long, Lovett's director of civic engagement. The Home

Depot provided 60 birdhouse kits that the math students assembled and art students painted. During the two-day build, each 11- and 12-year-old took part in measuring, assembling and hammering not just the birdhouses, but also two storage sheds for future Habitat residents. The organization’s volunteers provided the expertise and taught the kids how fractions and decimals are essential to the building industry. The exterior of the storage sheds will be painted to match the new owners’ homes. “The project was such a success, we hope to repeat it next year,” Sauter says.

Rev. William Givens, his wife, Gloria, and sons, Isaac (left) and Asher head to Buckhead Baptist's annual yard sale.

When the Buckhead Baptist Church holds its annual community yard sale on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 100 percent of the proceeds will help fund three organizations: Buckhead Christian Ministries that provides business clothing and emergency financial assistance to the working poor in the community; the Amani Sasa Foundation in Uganda that provides a refuge to women and girls who are traumatized, abused or sexually trafficked; and Marriage Today, a Christian ministry that focuses on couples who need marriage counseling. The event began three years ago when the church was doing a major cleanup and put items up for sale. “We advertised through

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social media and invited people to participate,” says Rev. William Givens, pastor of Buckhead Baptist Church. “To our surprise, MetroPCS, Keller Williams Realty and Reconnect Chiropractic asked to take part.” Organizers anticipated a small event. Instead, more than 1,500 people attended and raised more than $5,000. Members of the community and area companies are invited to purchase booths and sell gently used household goods and handmade items. The church provides free food. To create fun for the entire family, an entire side of the church is devoted to activities for the kids. l For more information, visit buckheadbaptist.org.

Katie Cyphers and her niece Charlotte Cyphers, a student at Academics Plus.

Early intervention leads to future academic success Katie Cyphers, founder of Academics Plus in Buckhead, has a passion for children who are falling through the cracks in the classroom. “All children can learn and be lifelong learners,” she says. “We just have to focus on their strengths and find ways to overcome their weaknesses.” As a child, Cyphers had difficulty learning to read. She went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a degree in special education, but she realized the cookie-cutter approach in public

schools wasn’t working for kids, like her, who learn differently. Eager to make a difference, Cyphers began an education and cognitive-therapy program that morphed into Academics Plus, a learning center for children in preK through eighth grade. It begins with “learning checkups” that lead to an individualized curriculum. And summer booster programs prepare the child for the following year. “The earlier the intervention, the better,” she says. “Katie is a GPS navigator for

parents and kids,” says Buckhead resident Julie Bryant Fisher, whose son, Palmer, thrived following the extra help Academics Plus provided. “She plots their current location and guides them to their destination: reaching their grade level in school.” Programs include year-round individual learning services, home schooling at the center and after-school tutoring, whatever works best for the family. l For more information, visit academicsplusatl.com.

Want to nominate a volunteer, company or nonprofit that makes Buckhead, Sandy Springs or Brookhaven a better place to live? Please contact: editor@simplybuckhead.com

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Above: It's hard to tell who is having more fun shopping for Bert's Big Adventure kids, Bart Mattingly and Kristin Klingshorn or Georgia, age 8, and Hailey, age 9. Below: With help from Kristin and Bart, two of Bert's Big Adventure shoppers, Jordan, 11 (left), and Ziyonn, 14, choose toys for the couple's wedding registry.

Wedding Wonders Couple donates entire registry to kids with chronic or terminal illnesses


ristin Klingshirn, co-host of Q100’s “The Bert Show,” and her fiancé, Bart Mattingly, have been together for 10 years. Since they have all the household essentials, they questioned the need for a bridal registry when they began planning their April 22 Lexington, Kentucky, wedding. Then it hit Klingshirn. Instead of toasters and towels, why not register for toys and items needed by the chronically and terminally ill kids and their families who are a part of Bert’s Big Adventure (BBA)? The gifts would include items needed while on their fiveday, all-expenses-paid journeys to Walt Disney World as well as benefit BBA’s Reunion Adventures and Fairy Godmother program, where volunteers visit hospitalized children daily and bring gifts. “For me, it was a no-brainer. I’m totally committed to BBA, the


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organization that Bert and his now ex-wife, Stacey, founded in 2003. To date, we’ve served 185 children and their families from all over the U.S., and I’ve seen firsthand the wonderful impact it has made on their lives,” Klingshirn says. “Bart was thrilled with the idea, and we surprised Bert [Weiss] and the crew on the air. The response from the public has been overwhelming,” Klingshirn adds. “Friends, family and listeners from all over the country flocked to Target or online to donate gifts listed on the registry. We’ve got enough backpacks for 2017, 2018 and almost 2019, and packages keep on coming. They’ve spilled over to nearly every room,” she laughs. Even though every family needs pajamas, socks, clothing, roller bags, bathing suits, water


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bottles and more, the kids receive toys after the trips to help keep the memories alive. Klingshirn, who has been part of the BBA crew accompanying the families on trips to Disney since she joined the show five years ago, wanted to list toys that kids really crave. Who better to choose them than past recipients? “We invited a few BBA kids, then set them loose at Target,” she says. “We had a blast. Hailey, age 9, and Georgia, 8, became best friends on their Disney trip, and the adults had a hard time keeping track of them as they raced around the store making selections. I stayed with Ziyonn, 14, who can really fly in his wheelchair. I don’t know who had more fun, the kids or the adults,” she says. “All were thrilled to choose favorite toys for future recipients and, of course, they went home

Kristin Klingshirn and her fiancée, Bart Mattingly, prepare for their April 22 wedding.

with one or two of their own.” Weiss said the gift was a complete shock to the team. “When Kristin and Bart told us that their goal was to get 700 gifts for Bert's Big Adventure, all of our jaws dropped. The fact that ‘The Bert Show’ listeners donated over 3,500 is still mind boggling! That means years of Bert's Big Adventure families will be receiving gifts.” To show their appreciation and expand the fun, Klingshirn, Mattingly and staff members post live weekly videos on the Bert’s Big Adventure Facebook page while they open the gifts. “It’s an opportunity for us to give a shout-out to people from all over the country who have been so generous,” she says. n l For more information, visit bertsbigadventure.org.


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Above: At the 2016 Southern Grown festival, visitors could opt for a lunch featuring recipes from Garden & Gun's The Southerner's Cookbook. Left: Alabama singersongwriter Jason Isbell (right) jams outside The Lodge at Sea Island. Right: Charleston chef Mike Lata teaches an early morning class on oysters at The Cloister.

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ven when it’s quiet, Sea Island is lovely. But on this June evening, as the sun sets on the impossibly green grass surrounding The Lodge, the island property famous for its world-class golf, butler service and capacious men’s locker room, the tingle in the air feels more exciting than usual. As the Atlantic Ocean laps the lawn, Alabama singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his band start to play under a banner that reads: “Southern Grown.” Meanwhile, VIP guests wander in and out of an exclusive tent where some of the South’s finest chefs—Atlanta’s Linton Hopkins, Charleston’s Mike Lata and Oxford, Mississippi's John Currence, James Beard Award winners all—are dishing up delicious things to eat. Considering that my day started with Lata's class on extraordinary oysters and progressed to a barbecue competition between two of Georgia’s best smokehouses, the weekend hasn’t exactly been a bust.

Southern Grown, you see, is posh Sea Island’s idea of a food, drink and music festival. By comparison to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, the scale is manageable and almost chill. Seems like it’s always cocktail hour, and the pickings are hard to beat, from a lunch featuring recipes from media sponsor Garden & Gun’s The Southerner’s Cookbook to a meat-and-three dinner outside The Cloister cooked by regional chefs including Atlantans Kevin Gillespie and Joey Ward. Organizers say this year’s fest won’t feature names as big as Isbell and Tedeschi Trucks Band; they hope the event will evolve into something more exclusive and intimate. Yet no matter the scale, you can be sure Southern Grown will be a memorable experience. Over the course of the 2016 affair, festival-goers could chat up chefs, pit masters, distillers, cheese makers and storytellers. And the quality of talent was remarkable.

While Richland Rum’s Erik Vonk revealed the secrets of distilling and Sweet Grass Dairy’s Jeremy and Jessica Little talked “Curds and Whey” in a hands-on cheese-making class, Birmingham chef Chris Hastings (another Beard winner) held forth on cooking with fire out at Broadfield Plantation. Classes were held on etiquette, table setting, gardening, marksmanship and birddog training. You could learn how to bake a layer cake, paint a wildlife scene, make pasta and brew beer. Yee-haw. A New Orleans-style market was installed on Rainbow Island, and the so-called Southern ’cue class was little more than a chance to sit back and watch the champs from St. Simons’ Southern Soul and Macon’s Fresh Air Bar-B-Que blow smoke, then fill up on brisket tacos, ribs plus sides and maybe a beer or two. (The homeboys of Southern Soul won the event, by decree of audience vote.) After the al fresco concert at the


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Lodge, night owls were invited to an after-hours throw down in the men’s locker room. Bad-boy chefs Hastings and Matt Bolus of Nashville faced off on stoves with portable propane burners, and the party ran on till 2 a.m. For a place known as a haven of peace and tranquility, it seemed almost hardcore: Southern Grown for grow-ups. But for one weekend of the year, it’s fun to think the “wild life” of Sea Island is not limited to the birds and fish. Hands down, it was one fine fest. n DETAILS: Southern Grown 844.460.2539 southerngrown.com Ticket prices: To be announced.

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Sun, surf, sauvignon blanc and more Florida’s Emerald Coast draws wine lovers to the seaside


he sun, the sand and hundreds of bottles of Champagne and wines: That’s a perfect blend for wine—and food—lovers looking to combine their favorite activities. Each year, that’s the goal of the Sandestin Wine Festival, held at various venues around the Emerald Coast, and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival at the Grand Boulevard in Sandestin. Held on back-to-back weekends in April, these annual events take visitors well beyond merely sipping. Before the Sandestin event April 20 to 23, guests can attend dinners prepared by celebrity chefs, VIP buffets, select tastings and silent auctions. On Friday, a midday, three-hour cruise comes features a four-course meal that pairs exquisite seafood dishes with premium Champagnes. The Grand Wine Tastings on Friday and Saturday feature more than 500 domestic and international wines, food bites, a Champagne and dessert tent, and live music, as well as the

chance to interact with vintners from around the globe. From April 27 to 30, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival spreads throughout the closed streets along the Grand Boulevard, an upscale, open air complex of shops and restaurants that stays open during the festival. The must-see section that always draws a crowd is Champagne Alley, a stretch of tasting tables dedicated specifically to bubblies from around the globe. The weekend also includes a beer tasting tent and opportunities to sample serious spirits from top-shelf producers of gin, rum, bourbon and more. At each location, visitors can meet and quiz the producers themselves to learn details about what goes into


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producing each beverage. And if you find a few you’d like to try at home, a retail tent is stocked with the bottles being poured. In addition, guests can opt for the VIP program that includes food and a silent auction with an array of lavish artworks, jewelry and trips, all under one climate-controlled tent. Along with the food and wine, the festival offers live music, workshops on how to taste, pair and buy wines,

and a variety of bite-sized dishes prepared by noted chefs from the South Walton/Sandestin area. Start the day with mimosas and yoga on the beach and end with an evening stroll along beside the green-tinted waters. Guests will find elegant beachside accommodations at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa that offers golf packages, spa services and a lavish breakfast buffet daily. n

Crystal blue persuasion N.C. town’s food and wine event a delightful draw    April 26-30, 2017


eaufort Wine & Food Festival is a splendid excuse to take in the pleasures of this historic town, established in 1709 and the crown jewel of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. While the culinary festival allows you to spend nights sipping wine and peeking into some of the most gracious homes lining the streets of this rustic, lost-in-time seaside community, days are best spent soaking up the natural beauty of the Southern Outer Banks.


An 8-hour drive from Atlanta (or a 1 ½-hour flight to nearby New Bern), Beaufort (pronounced “BO-fort”) has no shortage of comfortable hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts, though families may want to consider renting a beach home on Emerald Isle, about 30 minutes west. Begin your stay with a crab-cake sandwich and a cup of gumbo at Beaufort Grocery Co. Don’t miss the saganaki appetizer (Kasseri cheese flamed in brandy and scooped up with bread) or the classic dive bar in back of the joint. The saganaki will warm your bones for a brisk ferry ride around Shackleford Banks, famous for the 100 or so wild horses that roam the pristine barrier island.

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Next stop: Harkers Island, home of the picture-perfect Cape Lookout Lighthouse. For crystalline views of the Crystal Coast, it’s well worth climbing every step. Nature lovers with a spare morning or afternoon can explore the salt-water-soaked Croatan National Forest. A terrific, slow-paced way to see the flora and fauna is via kayak or stand-up paddle board, which can be rented at Hot Wax Surf Shop. By now you have probably worked up a whale of an appetite. The Wine & Food weekend offers two primo evening events to cap a strenuous day. The Friday night Wine Walkabout lets you wander the historic district, stopping by private homes to enjoy wine pairings and bites from regional chefs. (A highlight of the 2016 tour was a visit to the impeccably decorated, light-filled home of novelist Kristy Woodson Harvey.) The festival culminates in the swanky Grand Reserve Tasting & Auction, where you can hobnob


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with the well-heeled, do some serious grazing at chef stations and bid big money on pricey bottles. To get to the auction, hop a Water Bug from downtown Beaufort. These cute little canopied boats are a breezy way to survey the landscape from Taylor’s Creek and to drink in the magic of a memorable stay. n

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Above: The grand, new Inn at Montage Palmetto Bluff looks out over the lagoon waterway and one of the property's three swimming pool areas.

Montage Palmetto Bluff plays nice with exclusive Music to Your Mouth festival    Nov. 17-19, 2017 STORY:


Karina Antenucci

pon arriving at Montage Palmetto Bluff last November, a buzz filled the air about the weekend’s Music to Your Mouth festival. I could see that some guests were already enjoying their own “buzz” from attending the latest “Culinary Salon” (afternoon events focused on food or drink). After just more than a 4-hour drive from Atlanta to Bluffton, South Carolina, I was ready to join them. But first, I checked into my well-appointed suite. The spacious accommodations with a screenedin porch overlooking the property’s lagoon, two full, white-marbled bathrooms, a comfortable living room and a king bedroom, was part of the $100-million expansion Montage Palmetto Bluff completed in fall 2016. The project renovated the existing 48 cottages and added 152 guestrooms located at the brand-new Inn and, like my suite, in guest houses between the cottages. The facelift also included the addition of dining options such

as Jessamine steakhouse, a spa and more. Within walking or biking (there’s a bike rental on property) distance from the location of the 10th annual Music to Your Mouth, the Montage played the perfect festival partner. The 2016 affair included 20 Southern food-driven events with 31 chefs, 31 vintners and brewers, and several live-music performances. I attended two of the main tasting events, both of which featured lively bluegrass and Southern rock bands, including The Blue Dogs and the Bushels. The more intimate of the two with 600 guests was Friday night’s “Southern Supper.” Under the stars and enormous live oaks of the 20,000-acre Palmetto Bluff community’s Wilson’s Village, I sampled the creations from five chef stations. Kevin Gillespie’s of Gunshow in Atlanta served up a tongue-tantalizing wild venison kefta, cauliflower arnabeet and collard green tabouli. Saturday’s big show, the “Culinary Festival,” was in the same location, but hosted 1,000 attendees under bright sunshine. A large tent housed culinarians, including Linton Hopkins

of Buckhead’s Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House, and winemakers offering samples of their finest nibbles and nectars. A 2014 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and I became fast friends. Beyond the tent, there were tables to sit and enjoy peoplewatching as well as a creative corner where you could unclip and eat pieces of bacon hung by clothespins. A handful of Southern vendors were selling everything from carvedwood coffee tables and leather purses to bowties—a great place to get a jump on holiday shopping. Need a break from imbibing and gorging? (I did.) Take in a sunset cruise on the May River onboard the Grace, a 60-foot, recently restored 1913 motor yacht, or visit the tranquil 13,000-square-foot Spa Montage that welcomes with outdoor relaxation patios, plunge pools and eucalyptus steam rooms. Undoubtedly, Music to Your Mouth and Montage Palmetto Bluff boast of luxurious Lowcountry living at its best—an indulgent weekend getaway filled with Southern hospitality. n

Above: Chef Kevin Gillespie prepares wild venison kefta (meatballs) at Music to Your Mouth's Southern Supper. DETAILS: Montage Palmetto Bluff 476 Mount Pelia Road Bluffton, SC 29910 866.706.6565 montagehotels.com/palmettobluff Rooms starting at $295

Music to Your Mouth 19 Village Park Square Bluffton, SC 29910 843.706.6449 musictoyourmouth.com The 2016 Whole Hog Weekend Package (Friday through Sunday events) was $1,265 for tickets or $4,530 for tickets and a two-night cottage stay. More packages and individual event tickets also available.

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To the Hilt Sip waterside at the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival    March 6-12, 2017 STORY:


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n March, the coastal town of Hilton Head, South Carolina, is at the height of its beauty—sans the hectic summer crowds. So when I was invited to attend last year's Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival at The Sea Pines Resort, I gave an enthusiastic yes. Started 31 years ago (2017 marks the 32nd year), the festival is a weeklong affair punctuated by a number of tastings, workshops, dinners and presentations scattered around the island. When I attended with my mom last March, we opted to visit the festival's two biggest events: the intimate Grand Tasting on Friday evening, and the sprawling alfresco Public Tasting on Saturday. The Grand Tasting was held at the handsome Harbour Town Clubhouse at The Sea Pines Resort and balanced elegant intimacy with relaxed Southern hospitality. After our drive from Atlanta (a 5-hour trip that weekend traffic bumped to more than 6), it was the ideal kickoff to the weekend. Though we couldn't sample all of the wines represented by the 30-plus wineries present, the breadth of options and the open dialogue among presenters and attendees made for a unique experience that was both delicious and educational. Saturday's Public Tasting was, and is, the event of the festival and warrants the road trip. At the Public Tasting, dozens of wine distributors and representatives from around the country touting more than 250 wines from around the world took over the grounds of Harbour


Town Yacht Basin. Armed with keepsake wine glasses, we were presented with an insurmountable number of wines to try that ranged from delicate, high-caliber blends to rosé-in-a-can (also delicious). In addition to the wine, there was live music, a silent auction and a cocktail competition. While the wine flowed heavily and constantly with the price of admission, the food options were minimal. Last year, there was a food area where you could purchase a small bite from a handful of local restaurants for approximately $3 to $7. You're better off waiting for a cooking demonstration: Several throughout the day were held during the Sysco Outdoor Gourmet Challenge as part of the Public Tasting. Or take an Uber ride to local winners such as Coast or Ela's Blu Water Grille before or after the tasting. If you can swing it, stay on the Harbour so the festival and area eateries are within a short walk, bicycle trip or car ride away. My mom and I stayed in one of The Sea Pines Resort's villas in Harbour Town within walking distance of the Public Tasting, Grand Tasting and area restaurants. Given the convenience, I'd stay there again; just note that the walls are thin, so if you're next to a group of partiers, you'll hear it all. n

DETAILS: Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival hiltonheadwineandfood.com The Sea Pines Resort seapines.com Villa rates starting at $229 a night; minimum two-night stay

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Clockwise from left: Rosewood Mayakoba's lagoon offers a dramatic welcome; Treatment rooms at Rosewood's Sense Spa; Sommeliers and winemakers at the Masters of Food Wine & Golf Festival; Pibil-style octopus.

traveled Food and wine rival the sand and sea on the Mayan Riviera STORY:

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n her seminal essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” I’m inclined to agree. Fortunately, at the first annual Masters of Food Wine and Golf Festival at the spectacular Mayakoba resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, dining really well was a given. I’m lucky to say that it wasn’t my first trip to this terrific 1,600-acre eco-resort, tucked along the Caribbean Sea’s turquoise waters and extending back into the preserved mangrove jungle and winding waterways. The massive property is home to four distinct but connected hotels (Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Rosewood and the brand new Andaz), and I had the pleasure of staying at Rosewood Mayakoba three years ago. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to visit again, letting the allure of roundthe-clock butler service, a sprawling two-story suite overlooking the sea and a private plunge pool unravel whatever pre-vacation knots of stress might linger. The festival’s welcome dinner was set in a giant pavilion, close enough to the water that crashing waves provided ambient sound. Some of the worldclass chefs—including Brooklyn’s Filipe Donnelly, São Paulo’s Flavio Federico and Barcelona’s Montse Estruch,


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who has been awarded a Michelin star—prepared a four-course feast paired with delightful, Mexican-grown wines and festive tequila cocktails. The next day, while golfers perspired through the first leg of the two-day, 36hole stroke play combination, I made my way to an intimate, hands-on cooking class with Chef Wayu “Light” Wattanakamin at Banyan Tree’s Saffron Restaurant. He patiently taught six of my fellow non golfers the finer points of making Tom Yam Goong (spicy shrimp soup) and Pad Thai. Later, tucked in Rosewood’s Agave Azul restaurant, Chef Antonio de Livier from Mexicali presented his inventive take on modern Mexican street food. Each course was paired with either beer from local brewery Cerveza Akumal, smoky mezcal from Espíritu Lauro or wine from Adobe de Guadalupe in Baja California. From the first course of tuna ceviche with jicama and green apples to the final bites of pineapple carpaccio, candied serrano chilis and chaya mojito granité, the meal was a flavorful adventure that kept me intrigued. Since I’m not a golfer (though the El Camaleón golf course, designed by PGA great Greg Norman, is stunning), I got to take advantage of spa services at the resort’s Sense spa. My deep tissue massage took place in a serene treatment

room overlooking a cenote, for which the Yucatán is known. The Mayans believed that these subterranean freshwater pools were sacred. The massage (and probably all of the first-rate eating) left me completely blissed-out. The final day, I took full advantage of the resort’s vast infinity pool with some of my other festival-goers. Fortuitously, I’d met Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, the seventh generation maestro tequilero at the helm of the modern boutique tequila brand, Casa Noble, earlier in the week. When I bumped into him, he gave the bartender instructions on how to craft a cocktail using his own tequila, pineapple, fresh ginger and a spray of mezcal. The simultaneously sweet, smoky, spicy libation was the perfect complement to the golden sun, and several of the off-duty chefs raised a glass as well. So often at glossy Caribbean resorts, cuisine feels like an afterthought, overshadowed by azure water, powderwhite sand, sea breezes and, let’s be honest, fruity cocktails. Having stayed at Mayakoba during non-festival time, I know food is a star attraction year-round. However, the addition of the Masters of Food Wine and Golf Festival was like icing on an already very well decorated cake. n

HAVE A BITE The second Annual Mayakoba Masters of Food Wine & Golf Festival is April 20-23, 2017. This year’s festival welcomes more than 15 celebrated chefs from around the world including Richard Sandoval, Abraham Sulum, Vivian Howard, Andrew Ormsby and others. Golfers can play alongside Mexican celebrity professional golfer Lorena Ochoa and Georgia-based pro Derek Oakey. Rates are from $1,299 per person, including golf, tasting events, parties and cooking classes. Learn more at mayakobamfwg.com.

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CULTURE CLUB Once recognized as an “immortal health elixir” by ancient Chinese culture, kombucha (pronounced come-boo-cha) today is known for its abundant antioxidants and active probiotics. This fermented black or green tea with a peculiar name and taste has a slightly tangy flavor that varies by brand and blend. Find a flavor that appeals to you and start to experience health benefits, such as improved digestion, weight loss, increased energy, detoxification and immune support.

1. Golda Kombucha Tea: Peach Ginger ($5.69) Georgia’s first sparkling kombucha tea company, Golda Kombucha, is handcrafted locally. Its best seller, Peach Ginger, is made with a green and black tea blend that is aged in oak barrels. The flavor of fresh Georgia peaches is intense followed with a zing from spicy ginger and a lingering finish from the oak barrel. Nuts ‘n Berries 4274 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30319 404.254.0330 nutsnberries.com



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Kombucha fans are most likely already familiar with GT's, one of the most widely available brands on the market. It is 100 percent organic and raw, and low in sugar content without sacrificing flavor and fizz. Multi Green is an organic blend of blue green algae, spirulina and chlorella, and provides an easy way to add the detoxifying and alkalizing benefits of these superfoods to your diet.

Reed's is a good choice for beginning consumers of kombucha. The flavor is created by blending 60 percent kombucha and 40 percent organic juice with fizz. The Cabernet Grape has a sparkling and refreshingly tart, grape-y flavor that satisfies a sweet tooth, wine or fruit craving. The only downside is that, at 11 grams per bottle, the sugar content is a bit high compared to other varieties that pack fewer than 6 grams.

The combination of tart cherry juice and effervescent kombucha blends well to smooth out the typical vinegar flavors common in most kombucha cultures. Semi-savory and lip puckering, this brew has a crisp hint of ginger and a kiss of sweetness from the stevia.

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THE GRILL It’s been a long time coming, but Stephen Franklin now reigns supreme at his new barbecue joint STORY:


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amed foodie Anthony Bourdain once said, “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” Buckhead resident Stephen Franklin couldn’t agree more, and he’s on his way to proving it at his new restaurant DAS BBQ. “There’s something mystical about barbecue and its ability to break down barriers between people,” Franklin says. “Maybe it’s something carnal about fire and food that bonds humans in a way that’s hard to explain.” Only two months old, DAS BBQ is located on the site of an old Pizza Hut along Collier Road and is named using the German word for "the." Franklin, 41, is no stranger to the world of the grill and smoker. His father, Steve, who owns a small stake in the restaurant, is an aficionado who has always thrown elaborate weekend grill outs and has judged dozens of barbecue competitions throughout the U.S. “From our house in Decatur, to the house in Vinings and now their house in Brookhaven, my folks have always had a backyard


barbecue oasis of sorts,” says Franklin, recalling the hundred or so people who’d show up at their house for barbecues practically every other Sunday. So it’s in his DNA. But opening a restaurant wasn’t part of the plan initially. After getting his business degree from UGA, Franklin worked for an insurance firm selling property and casualty policies—conveniently to a lot of area eateries. “I learned a lot about the financial and operational side of restaurants through the underwriting process,” he says, adding that he made mental notes about the common characteristics of the ones that thrived. Franklin later went to work at local marketing agency Son&Sons. Working there opened his eyes “to what people can do when they really love what they do.” And the seed for DAS BBQ was planted. Spending the day with Franklin as he prepared for the grand opening of his “outlaw meets industrial” barbecue joint, which we did back in late October, not only demonstrates his deep love for the cuisine but the level

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of commitment involved in debuting a restaurant in a city where you’d better know what you’re doing or else everything could go up in smoke. 7 a.m. Clad in black motorcycle boots, jeans and a DAS BBQ shirt and cap, Franklin is already on site, dealing with all of the minutiae involved in opening a new restaurant, including meeting with the metal and ironwork contractor who’s creating the custom lettering for the DAS BBQ sign. 9:45 a.m. Franklin gets the fires started in his two offset barrel smokers that he had built to the exact specifications as the smokers used by Aaron Franklin (no relation), the mastermind behind the legendary Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Custom-made for DAS BBQ by Stephen’s uncle out of a pair of old propane tanks, the smokers—which he’s named Pancho and Lefty—would normally go for around $15,000 apiece if you had them specially built or bought a similar commercial version.

11 a.m. Working at a makeshift table, Franklin, along with longtime friend and fellow pit master Justus Jones, is trimming the fat off 100 pounds of brisket that they’ll be serving at a local festival the following day. They then coat the meat with a spice rub, a mix of coarse salt, pepper, granulated garlic and several types of ground chile peppers. “We like the rub to be as bumpy as possible,” says Franklin, although he admits that the meat gets its real flavor from the smoke, not the spices. He and Jones confer several times throughout the morning about keeping the fire right where they want it. “The key is less flame, more draw,” he says. To smoke its meats, DAS BBQ uses a blend of pecan and hickory wood, much of the former coming from a 95-year-old pecan tree on the family farm in Stillmore, Georgia. 12:05 p.m. The 14 briskets they’ve prepared head into the smoker where they’ll sit for the next 12 hours. With Jones on hand to keep an eye on things, Franklin heads next

Clockwise from far left: "Wood is our main flavor ingredient," says DAS BBQ owner Stephen Franklin, manning one of his two on-site smokers and posing with one of the tools of the trade. Many of the secrets to his delicious brisket and more were learned from his father, an expert griller and veteran barbecue judge who often stops by for a taste test.

With so many things to do, we suggest getting an early start on your want-to-do list.

door to the Big Easy Grille & Bar for lunch. He knows the owner and is friendly with many of the staff and customers. 1 p.m. Over the next couple of hours, Franklin has a meeting with his general contractor, a visit from an inspector and a conference with his PR folks. He takes phone calls from his team of investors, discussing things from future catering jobs to the possibility of entering whole-hog cooking competitions. DAS BBQ Manager Lee Johnson and Managing Partner Anthony Guerra—who, as the former GM at Fox Bros., has his own barbecue chops—also stop by to check on the progress and help out with various duties. His dad stops by too at one point to sample the goods and lend his expertise. 5 p.m. Franklin leaves to pick up his 6- and 9-year-old daughters from school. He has stated publicly that one of his goals is to make

barbecue less of a beer-swillin’ boys’ club and have it be more of an “accessible experience for all walks of life,” adding that “barbecue is one of the most diverse cuisines I know” and that its audience should reflect that as well. Franklin admits one of his challenges will be getting his two girls excited about barbecue, citing that they’ll be “harder to win over than my peers.” 7:25 p.m. After dinner with his daughters, Franklin is back at the restaurant, manning the fire and getting the next day’s meat—pork this time—ready for the festival. He’s there until almost midnight, tending to Pancho and Lefty and his briskets. Now that he’s doing what he loves, he doesn’t mind the occasional DAS BBQ long hours. 1203 Collier Road “Barbecue— Atlanta 30318 it’s like breath404.850.7373 ing oxygen dasbbq.com to me.” n

There’s a lot to do at The Piedmont Retirement Community — clubs, events, socializing, and more. So, go ahead and make your want-to-do list. But please don’t include a bunch of chores. We’ll take care of most of those for you. We invite you to see all that The Piedmont has to offer (including assisted living services if needed) at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.436.2564 to schedule.

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hildren and teenagers today are busier than ever. Schoolwork and after-school activities keep them on the go constantly. Just like adults, kids can certainly enjoy a bit of pampering to keep their stress levels down. Why not indulge them in one of these experiences to take a break from the madness?

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A manicure and pedicure is a great way to spend some time with friends or savor a special outing with mom. At Sugarcoat in Buckhead, kids can choose from items on the Miss Priss menu of services. For ages 10 and under, the manicure or pedicure includes nail shaping, a relaxing soak, moisturizing rub and, of course, polish. Make it a mani-pedi, Sugarcoat and the service 256 Pharr Road N.E. includes a Atlanta 30305 princess 404.814.2121 crown gift! sugarcoatbeauty.com


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As an adult, a new hairdo is often an anticipated event. But for little ones, getting a haircut can be a traumatic experience. Pigtails and Crewcuts on Roswell Road is a salon built especially for children. The place is kid friendly, from the whimsical art on the walls to the wooden train table. When it’s time for the haircut, kids can “ride” in a variety of salon chairs shaped like vehicles and pick out their favorite movie to watch. Pigtails and Crewcuts Afterwards, children 3802 Roswell Road can make a special Atlanta 30342 404.963.5612 visit to the treasure box. In addition to cuts, stylists pigtailsandcrewcuts.com can give your little princess an updo or braid like /buckhead Elsa from the movie Frozen.

Yoga  Exhale Spa ($25) What better way to decompress after a long day at school than with a little stretching? In addition to helping kids relax and improve flexibility, yoga is a great way for student athletes to cross train and build strength and balance. At Exhale Spa in the Loews Atlanta Hotel, teens are welcome to take classes with their parents or alone with a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. Teens can energize their minds and bodies with Exhale Chill Exhale Spa Yoga, a class that mixes 1065 Peachtree St. N.E. stretching, breathing Atlanta 30309 and meditation to bring 404.720.5000 exhalespa.com life into perspective.

Our feet are a gateway to every part of our bodies and are linked to holistic healing, according to experts of foot reflexology, a kind of foot massage. The masters of a great foot rub are at Treat Your Feet off Peachtree Road, where they offer foot massages to children 10 and older. Adults may want to join the kids for a sea-salt-water soak, followed by a foot massage that includes hot stones, rubber mallet hammers and a hot towel wrap. Treat Your Feet 3275 Peachtree Road, Suite 250 Atlanta 30305 404.812.0579 treatyourfeetbuckhead.com

Sue Rodman is the mother of three boys and a Buckhead resident. She writes the family travel blog 365 Atlanta Family.


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Above the garage is a bunk bedroom hidden behind a secret bookcase door. The Loudermilks’ teen daughter, Mina, loves to pile in here for sleepovers with pals from her school’s basketball team. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

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Above: The Loudermilks live in their sunroom. Surrounded on three sides by sharp-lined steel windows, it lets in ample light for work meetings, reading, cocktail hour or morning coffee. And when the sun becomes harsh midday, it’s automatically filtered by self-lowering shades.

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Above: Married 17 years, Sherwin and Roane Loudermilk own and operate Buckhead-based Loudermilk Homes, a highly acclaimed custom home building company whose clients include A-listers and athletes with discriminating tastes.


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onsidering his 12 years as a luxury custom home builder, it’s easy to understand why Sherwin Loudermilk’s personal Buckhead residence is so gobsmackingly impressive. And since it’s situated on such a narrow Buckhead corner lot (.76 acres in total), its footprint necessitated numerous city-sanctioned setbacks, making the process of building a large, five-bedroom home a bit of a puzzle. “We had all these pieces of paper that we cut out and started moving around, almost like Legos, to see where things would fit,” says Sherwin’s wife, Roane, a real estate agent who also scouts the land they build upon, liaises with interior designers and handles marketing. For her family’s own residence, she acted as general contractor—and then some. As with all Loudermilk Homes projects, the couple was able to dictate exactly what they desired via sophisticated drafting documents, then hand it over to a local architectural firm for engineering and minor tweaks. The result? An L-shaped layout composed of striking


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modular volumes (rectilinear architectural building blocks) behind a smooth stucco facade. Inside boasts 3-foot-wide doorways, 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings, contemporary finishes and—the piece de resistance—a spacious kitchen featuring loads of workable counter space and a minimum of 4 feet fronting the island. The cooking space is the room from which all the others flow. A family room blends imperceptibly into the kitchen, and this is expanded via a spacious porch, accessed by floor-to-ceiling glass “moving walls” and outfitted with a mod fire pit featuring cut-glass gems. It’s one of Roane’s favorite places to take her morning coffee, or a nap, and it overlooks teen daughter Mina’s home basketball court under the beautiful canopy of a purple flowering tree. But the three Loudermilks’ favorite space? The neighboring sunroom, surrounded on three sides by clean-lined, iron-framed windows. “In our old house, we had a sunroom that we lived in. So we knew we had to have one here,” Roane explains. “We eat here, hang out here,

Right: The formal dining room features a handsome Shine by S.H.O. table from the Loudermilks’ former town, Laguna Beach. It accommodates a crowd for their frequent dinner parties. The chandelier is from Restoration Hardware, one of Roane’s favorite Buckhead resources. Below: The family’s enormous and inviting kitchen has both a work and dining island, shades of soothing gray, top-of-the-line appliances from Miele to Electrolux and a trio of contemporary ceiling pendants in Roane’s favorite metal tone, brass.

“We’re outdoors people, and it’s like having that inside.” – Roane Loudermilk intimate gatherings nearly every weekend and large parties every six weeks or so. The entire first-floor perimeter is stocked with entertaining essentials, from a handsome bar with genteel details shaped like X’s and enormous cabinets that stock cookware and serving pieces to a fully equipped butler’s kitchen that gives service staff a place to prep every course of the evening while tucked neatly out of sight. Not far beyond is the door to the 25-by10-foot mudroom. Featuring heated tile floors, it serves as a dog run for the family’s two rescue Dachshunds and houses a wall-to-wall shoe closet that stows their everyday and active footwear. While a stunning stairwell sits at the heart

of this home, the route up the back stairs is much more fun—up and over the garage, a secret door (a rotating bookcase, actually) leads to a built-in bunkroom where Mina loves to pile in with friends from her basketball team at the Atlanta International School. Beyond the bunkroom’s linear sleeping quarters are the home’s most personal domains: a casual hangout room, stylish guest suite and Mina’s own bed and bath. Featuring tile selections she picked herself and on-trend furnishings from Restoration Hardware Teen, it represents a 14-year-old girl’s decorating dream (touches of paisley, Moroccan poufs and girly Z Gallerie artwork). The main stair hall also leads to the slightly more private master suite, where Roane s

read, talk, discuss business, whatever. We’re outdoors people, and it’s like having that inside.” At the front of the home, a flanking pair of formal spaces delivers traditional comforts in a modern, new construction setting. This includes the Loudermilks’ elegant living room, with its 100-year-old grand piano and roomhugging Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams settee, and the parallel dining space, with its oversize Restoration Hardware chandelier and spacious dining table from the family’s favorite Laguna Beach resource, Shine by S.H.O. “We lived in Laguna Beach for a few years before returning to Atlanta,” Roane reveals, which explains their cool California interior design and décor. This front-of-house setup is well suited to entertaining, since they host

Above: The Loudermilk’s formal living room features a glossy grand piano and delicate Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams settee. The diptych is one of two pairs flanking the home’s foyer and features original photography that local artist Pezhman Deljou captured in Norway, then enhanced by pouring channels of wax down its surface.

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Right: The sleek porch includes water-resistant, woven seating and a modular fireplace surround with shining glass fragments at its center. As with almost everything in the residence, it’s connected to the onsite computer, so the warming flames can be controlled on demand.

and Sherwin have their treasured sleeping spot, sitting area and a spacious master bath outfitted with a salon-style vanity chair and a cutting-edge, built-in, acoustic soaking tub. “In lieu of jets, it actually vibrates to the music of your favorite songs,” Roane notes. Despite this home’s many design virtues, technology is perhaps its most exciting element. Tech-savvy Sherwin, who previously worked for eight years in web development (early dot com) and telecommunications for IBM, explains that the home has a 24-hour-accessible, on-site camera and sophisticated system of checks and balances. And it has a built-in “brain” that controls every aspect of the residence according to homeowner’s preferences. Whether that means blinds that automatically lower to block harsh afternoon sun, a coffee maker that switches on when morning alarms go off or a backyard irrigation system that suspends sprinkling when the basement door opens, all of the latest conveniences are accounted for. The Loudermilk’s home also comes equipped with Amazon Alexa voicerecognition technology. Like Siri, she can complete an array of tasks upon command, everything from changing

Right: Homeowners Sherwin and Roane Loudermilk live by the mantra, “Go big or go home.” Their residence has superscaled but perfectly proportioned rooms and an open living space with access to a spacious porch.

the TV station to summoning an Uber for an evening out. “We have the most advanced Amazon Alexa integration on the East Coast,” Sherwin explains of the technology that is now incorporated into all Loudermilk Homes. Even automated fireplace controls make it easier for them to feel at home. “We want to be able to take our shoes off, curl up with a book, relax, watch TV,” Sherwin says. “We want that comfort feeling... all year round.” n

Left: The master bedroom is as elegant as a boutique hotel with its towering headboard wall and inviting seating area that happens to be one of Sherwin’s favorite spots for catching a nap.


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Below: There are no morning traffic jams in Sherwin and Roane’s expansive master bath featuring a salon-style vanity chair that makes it easy for Roane to make her hair and makeup picture perfect.


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prerequisites Hot handbag designer Alexandria Alli reveals what’s in her own bag STORY:

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lexandria Alli is steadily growing her luxury handbag empire. Celebrities such as TV personality Nene Leakes and singer Christina Milian have been seen rocking the Buckhead resident’s label, F&W Style. Originally from Nigeria, the former model has called Atlanta home since the age of 13. Alli exhibited an early knack for fashion when was she worked in her mother’s Nigerian design studio. When she earned an MBA from the University of West Georgia, her husband gave her the initial push to start her own business after seeing some of her handbag sketches. In 2009, Alli took his advice and launched F&W Style, a luxury leather handbag line that she personally designs. With prices ranging from $145 to $325, F&W’s bright styles can be found locally at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead gift shop. “My handbag inspiration really comes from women around me,” Alli says. “I add a lot of color into our collection, including the hot pink lining that’s in all of our handbags.” Here, Alli dishes on the essentials she carries daily in her own purse:


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2 “I carry this everywhere. Every morning, I list all the things that I need to do that day, and I always refer back to it because life happens. It helps me to know what I’m supposed to be doing.”

3 “To go with my planner is a pen that my dad gave me when I graduated from college a long time ago. It’s kind of my lucky pen that I carry to all of our meetings with buyers.” 1 “I’ve been carrying our red Chloe bag a lot. It’s made with pebble grain leather and our signature croc-embossed leather. I chose this bag because it’s soft, but it also has some structure to it. I can take it from a business meeting to lunch with my friends or a play date with my kids. I can wear it throughout the day, and it still feels polished and put together.” Chloe Tote Handbag, $325, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

Meisterstuck LeGrand Black Ballpoint Pen, $465, Montblanc

4 “This is a pair that I carry when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup. It makes you look polished even though you’re not.” Burberry Aviator Sunglasses, $240, Nordstrom

5 “I have everything on here. I use it for my sketching, and I put my notes on it. I use it for my emails or for line sheets to see what

orders we have through on our website. I can do all of that through here.” Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, $599, Best Buy

6 “I’m always on the go, and I cook a lot. Even at the studio, I’m always packing stuff or sending stuff to editors. I don’t always have the time to get my nails done, and these Impress nails are a lifesaver. If I’m on the way to a party, I can put these on, and they’ll stay on for a week. They’re really great.” Impress Press-On Manicure, $6, Walgreens

7 “I like bright-colored lipsticks. I use an Atlanta-based cosmetic brand called Revel. I went to a show one time and found this brand, and I really like the lipsticks. I’m also using Ruby Woo by Mac. It’s one of those things that, when you put on a red lipstick, it just makes your day better. I’m a big believer in that. It’s a classic yet modern color.” Siren Lipstick, $16, Revel by Julian Lark Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick, $17, MAC Cosmetics

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SALT BATH Did you know Himalayan pink sea salt contains 84 minerals? That’s why we’re sprinkling it on our eggs, but it’s also what makes this vegan and cruelty-free Revive Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Soak ($15) such a rejuvenating bath treat for your skin. Just pepper it into a hot bath, and soak. The sea salts release toxins, Epsom salt reduces minor aches and pains and hibiscus flowers firm the skin. Phoenix and Dragon 5531 Roswell Road N.E. Sandy Springs 30342 404.255.5207 phoenixanddragon.com



Renew tired, dull skin with this exfoliating face and body scrub. It utilizes a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile to leave skin feeling so fresh and so clean. This gentle exfoliator uses ground almonds and gets its green color from chlorophyllin, a mineral and vitamin-rich alfalfa plant extract. Plus, a cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran helps balance excess oils in the skin. Lush Cosmetics Macy’s at Lenox Square 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.231.2800 lush.com


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Thyme for Cooling: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, $55

erbs are no longer something you use just to spice up food or make tea. Beauty brands are recognizing their healing qualities, such as calming skin redness and clarifying breakouts, and are infusing skin care products with everything from rosemary to thyme. The following face and body cleansers, moisturizers and treatments—all available nearby—are enhanced by helpful herbal essences.

Rosemary Rising: Lush Herbalism Face and Body Cleanser, $38.95


Slather this cooling face mask on after a hard workout, swimming in chlorine or salt water, or a laser procedure. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with cool water. The anti-bacterial thyme and anti-inflammatory cucumber and olive extracts reduce skin reactivity and redness on the spot. Plus, hyaluronic acid, a natural humectant, rejuvenates dehydrated skin and helps restore your visage to radiance.

Lavender Softening: 80 Acres Lavender Hand and Body Lotion, $23 This smooth, California-made hand and body lotion is infused with McEvoy Ranch’s estate-produced, 100-percent pure organic extra virgin olive oil and lavender, a natural skin soother. The fresh-smelling emollient also includes skin-softening sunflower, jojoba and grapeseed oils and, in addition to lavender, is scented with ylang ylang, lemon and lime. Bonus: It is paraben, phthalate, sulfate and BPA free, and never tested on animals. Julian’s Cosmetics and Skincare 705 Town Boulevard, Suite R440 Atlanta 30319 470.355.3291 julianscosmetics.com

Woo Skincare and Cosmetics 2339-A Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.477.5000 3509 Northside Parkway N.W. Atlanta 30327 404.869.0300 wooskincareandcosmetics.com

Chamomile Calming: ESPA 24-Hour Balancing Moisturizer, $67 Known for their calming properties, the chamomile and lavender in this gentle face moisturizer work to pacify easily irritated and blemishprone or combination skin types. The light hydrator also uses white thyme to help balance natural oils and leave skin purified and clear of breakouts, as well as vitaminC-rich lemon and Irish moss to further protect and moisturize without clogging pores. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta 3376 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.995.7526 mandarinoriental.com/atlanta


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nce the blanket of yellow pollen descends on Atlanta, we all know that the sniffles, watery eyes and headaches will soon follow. Yes, folks, it’s springtime in our fair city, which means that allergy season is in full swing. We’ve asked some of Buckhead’s finest doctors who specialize in allergies to share the five things that can lead you to relief. Read on for the scoop.


Know what kind of seasonal allergy you have. Five of the most common grass and tree allergies are oak, birch, cedar, ryegrass and Bermuda grass, says Dr. Alan Redding of Redding Allergy and Asthma Specialists in Buckhead. “Trees pollinate earlier than grasses, so if you have symptoms in March and early April, you probably have tree pollen allergies,” adds Redding. “Grass pollinates later and causes symptoms during midspring and through early summer.”


Try these over-the-counter solutions first. As is true for treating most medical conditions, there is no one solution for everyone, says Dr. Jeffrey Gallups, founder and medical director of the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, which has a location in Buckhead. If you have a runny nose, he recommends an antihistamine such as Allegra. If you have this symptom and congestion, Gal-

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lups recommends trying Allegra-D to dry the drip and open the nasal passages. “Take them as long as you need them, and stop when your symptoms subside,” he says. “It’s trial and error.” Another option? Nasal washing (think neti pot). “This helps to clean the allergens from the nose, and I recommend this to all of my patients,” Gallups adds.


A reason to avoid your morning run. “If you’re going to exercise outdoors during pollen season, the best time to do so is during the afternoon or evening,” Redding says. “That’s because pollen counts are lower


during those times than they are during the morning.”


Shots might be your best bet for 24/7 relief. The reason Gallups chose his specialization was because he suffered from nasal allergies as a child. The sole way he could find relief was through allergy shots. “Ultimately, the only way to have 24-hour prevention of allergy symptoms is with immunotherapy—or allergy shots,” he says. “Every allergist has a different method of administering these injections. At the ENT Institute, we allow patients to take the majority of their therapy at home. It is safe and cost-effective by virtue of not having to take the time, money and effort to go to a doctor’s office.”


The early bird avoids the allergies. If you have spring allergies and over-the-counter medications don’t work, see a doctor before you are hit full-force with symptoms. “Then you’ll be fully prepared for allergy season with medications, or possibly, allergy shots,” Redding says. n

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FOOD INTOLERANCE 101 If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms post-pollen, a food intolerance could be the culprit, says Dr. Taz Bhatia, founder of Brookhaven’s CentreSpringMD. “Many don’t realize that the root of allergies is also poor digestive health,” says Bhatia.


Her approach to allergies looks at everything from medical history to genes. As part of this process, her practice offers the Alcat blood test as one option to get to the bottom of a food sensitivity. “The test looks at white blood cell reactivity rather than histamine reactions,” she says. “So if you’re suffering from vague allergy symptoms, including stomach aches, headaches, joint pain or fatigue after eating, this test might be an option for you.”

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balance in Buckhead Dtox alum Shannon Salter Sliger opens Sama this spring STORY:

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hen you walk into the new Sama Food for Balance, you’ll get the feeling that it’s time to chillax. From the soothing music to the warm colors of copper, terracotta and green, and spiced aromas coming from the kitchen, its goal is to have you breathing a little sigh of stress relief. The Buckhead holistic food joint is slated to open in May and is the brainchild of Shannon Salter Sliger, former owner of Dtox, registered I.S.H.T.A. yoga and meditation teacher, and certified Ayurvedic health coach through the Maharishi Institute. The health and wellness venture will serve Ayurvedic-inspired foods and drinks and include a meditation studio. Here, we chat with the wellness maven about balance and the offerings at her new 2,700-square-foot, zero-waste facility that will offer organic, non-GMO and local produce. Sama means balance in Sanskrit. Do you think it’s possible to achieve that? I think you’re always working towards it and learning more about yourself and what works for you or what doesn’t. Teaching how to come back to your center is what I hope to share. What do you do on a daily basis to try to achieve balance? First thing in the morning, I have green tea with lemon and honey. It takes the bloat out of my face and sets my whole day up the right way with warmth, cleansing, beauty and green tea’s anti-cancer benefits. What is the inspiration for opening Sama? It started 12 years ago when I did my yoga teacher training at I.S.H.T.A in New York.


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I.S.H.T.A stands for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda, so I learned about Ayurveda in my training. I learned that using foods, herbs and spices, you can bring your particular personality or “dosha” into balance. 

We’ll also have a cold Balance Bowl side, breakfast and dessert bowls like a Paleo brownie with cashew cream and goji berries, fresh juices to order and a La Marzocco espresso machine and Intelligentsia coffee.

For those who don’t know, what is Ayurveda? Ayurveda means “the science of life.” It’s a 5,000-year-old system of Indian medicine using food as medicine.

Tell me about the meditation room at Sama. It’s a 500-square-foot meditation room with cushions that seat 15 to 20 people at a time. You can book a cushion on [booking app] Mindbodyonline.com for the 30- to 45-minute classes led by me or other meditation teachers I’ll be bringing in to showcase all the different ways to meditate using various techniques and breathing exercises.

Why did you choose Buckhead as your location? I started Dtox in Midtown in 2011, and all my business was delivering to Buckhead, so I moved. What will be on Sama’s menu? Most people don’t know about the concept of an Ayurvedic diet, so first and foremost, the food needs to be yummy and hearty. My first goal is to make it really satisfying. The main thing our cooks will be whipping up are Balance Bowls. You choose from a hot bar of customizable ingredients such as turmeric cauliflower rice or black rice, seared sushigrade salmon, the Not Meatball (chickpea tikka masala), different lentils as a protein source, wilted greens with artichokes, purple sweet potatoes and avocado smash.

What’s your ultimate goal with your clients? Many people don’t connect the dots between their food and mood or headaches, allergies and crankiness. That’s the reason why I started on this path. I’ve dealt with my own food sensitivities and allergies, a skin cancer scare and migraines. I started to eat differently and haven’t had migraines in years. My misSAMA FOOD FOR BALANCE sion with Sama is to make it a convenient and delicious 56 East Andrews Drive way to find balance and Atlanta 30305 be proactive about health thesamaproject.com and wellness. n




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“I have never been as motivated to wake up and tackle a day as I am now.” – Elicia Monroe

When the work day ends, Stormy Monroe’s ascension into the local music industry continues.

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licia Monroe has never been tied to any kind of label or definition. Reinventing herself is something she has done constantly since her days managing local musicians in New Orleans to working in banking to playing on a professional women’s football team. Her latest endeavor is making a name for herself as a music artist under the persona Stormy Monroe. Featured as one of Simply Buckhead’s “Bold Women of Buckhead” in 2014, Monroe launched her first single, “Booted,” in May 2016 and then released a new expanded EP “Venom Kisses,” with eight tracks of electronic dance music (EDM) in January. In a music genre dominated by men, Monroe has worked hard not only to produce tracks, but be a vocalist as well. And as far as she knows, she’s the only local EDM female who’s released an entire album. Born in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, she moved to the U.S. when she was in the third grade and wound up in Louisiana. She studied business first at Alabama State University and then returned to her home state to attend Dillard University in New Orleans, where she graduated in 2004. Hurricane Katrina struck the next year and her family home was almost completely destroyed. Monroe was devastated, but she eventually saw a silver lining. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me because it forced me to transition. Atlanta has been my second home, giving me so many opportunities.” Monroe started working at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) in 2005 and became involved in sports, playing professional women’s football for two seasons with the Atlanta Steam. That was roughly when she took on her persona as Stormy. Her entry into the music industry was different than most: She learned the business side of the industry and then backed into the entertainment side. Three years ago, she started doing DJ gigs for VH1 and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo. In 2015, she gave her first performance at the local Dionique Designer Celebration, a fashion show highlighting the clothing of designer Jasmine Jones. Music is in her blood. Monroe’s inspiration is her mother, Barbara, a Caribbean


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Elicia Monroe moonlights as an electronic dance music artist STORY:

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singer who gave up her career to have children. Barbara lives in Atlanta now, as do Monroe’s siblings, sister Denyse and brother Alex. Although she loves having family close, she’s often traveling to places such as Bermuda and The Bahamas for her entertainment work. Constantly looking for new journeys, the performer recently filmed a pilot for VH1 show “Bodied” that examines local professional trainers and entertainers. Its airdate is still being determined, but in the interim, she has been contact-

ed about a film project—one she cannot talk about yet. By day, 37-year-old Monroe still works at Wells Fargo as a vice president of sales marketing/customer satisfaction and pursues her music on her free time. “I can balance both,” she says. “Instead of just sitting on my butt, I wake up, I am happy to go to work, I leave there to go into the studio, and the next day I am back ready to rock and roll. I have never been as motivated to wake up and tackle a day as I am now.” n

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Art club

Local group gathers to learn inside info on art and collecting STORY:


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or years, programs have existed to demystify the art of wine tasting, pairing and buying and to make it more approachable, particularly for those new to the world of vintages. Mary Stanley, a veteran artists’ representative who lives in Ansley Park, realized that what worked for wine can also apply to art. In 2006, Stanley launched the Young Collectors Club, a quasi-social network of metro Atlantans who love art but are looking for more information— someone to introduce them to artists, provide some history and offer tips for buying. The idea grew out of the recession, when art sales were plummeting. “I decided it was a good time to start educating people about collecting so when the economy came back, I’d have educated consumers ready to buy,” Stanley says. “I started by gathering 20 friends for various programs around art, and it really took off. I’ve been doing it now for 10 years, and we’ve grown to 200 members.” The scope and focus of those programs have also grown. Stanley now offers 24 events a year that might include an artist’s talk over lunch, a private gallery visit or dinner and viewing of a personal collection in an owner’s home. “Members get behind the scenes, and that’s a great way to network and learn about art,” Stanley says. “I try to vary the mix, so there are a lot of different programs to suit different audiences. But every program is limited to just 20 people, so there’s a lot of interaction.” Gatherings have been held at homes and galleries around the city, including Buckhead and Sandy


Springs. Regardless of location, each session usually takes place on the fourth Wednesday of the month and follows a general format: 30 minutes of socializing, an hour of education then a questionand-answer period. “And we always drink wine,” Stanley adds. Stanley also arranges art excursions outside of the metro area. In March, she’s escorting a half dozen members to several art fairs in New York. “Everybody does their own hotel and travel; I provide the programming,” she explains. “One year, we went to the Lower East Side and visited seven different galleries.” Members pay an annual fee of $300 for individuals or $500 per couple that covers attendance at 12 programs. And the roster of members isn’t limited just to “young” people, Stanley says. “I’d say 30 to 40 is the target, but we have a good mix of ages, from students to avid collectors in their 50s and 60s who like to come to the programs.” In addition, Stanley estimates that about a quarter of the members hail from Buckhead and Brookhaven. Turning members into customers isn’t the goal of the group, but as an art consultant and independent curator, Stanley admits that can be a perk. “This gives me the chance to meet people, get to know them and see if I can help them with a collection,” she says. “But the real intention is to help people develop their own aesthetics by getting to know artists and why they make what they make. It’s having dialogues about different artworks and artists. I provide a comfort zone where they can do that.” n

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“It’s a great way to network and learn about art.” – Mary Stanley

S I M P LY A & E


Authors Sam Hayes and Allen Goodwin with Winecoff Hotel Historian Chet Wallace spoke about about the Winecoff Hotel Fire at a recent Titles@Twilight event.

Between the lines Book lovers find author talks add more to the story


he idea for Heritage Sandy Springs’ monthly author discussion series came from Milam Propst, with a little help from William Tecumseh Sherman. That storied Civil War general, forever linked with the phrase “march to the sea,” was the topic of a book Propst co-authored with her friend, Jacyln White. Sidetracked: Two Women, Two Cameras, and Lunches on Sherman’s Trail was published by Mercer University Press in April 2016, and Propst, a Sandy Springs resident, was looking for a way to promote it. She approached the folks at Heritage Sandy Springs about offering the book for sale, particularly since it included information about the family who lived in Heritage’s historic Williams Payne house during the war. The response went beyond the immediate “Yes!” Within a half hour, Propst recalls, Director of Historic Resources and Education Programs


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Melissa Swindell came up with a plethora of ideas, including one for a book discussion series. “Melissa suggested a program with us, the authors, at the Williams Payne House, and I found myself saying, ‘Okay,’” says Propst. “So every Tuesday in June, we had a discussion about the book, which is really about friendship more than anything else. Jacyln and I spent two years taking day trips between here and Savannah, and we found out a lot about odd outof-the way places in between.” The series was so popular that Swindell seized the momentum and began scheduling a monthly author conversation at the historic house. Dubbed Titles@Twilight, the series highlights local authors whenever possible, but it has also branched out to showcase writers from around the state. The first few months featured mostly historical nonfiction, but the topics have since

crossed into other genres, including fiction and self-improvement. And finding authors has not been a problem. “Some of them come to us; some of them we track down,” Swindell says. “And Milam, our board members and our history committee have been very helpful with recommendations.” On the first Tuesday of each month, the free Titles@Twilight takes off at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, then the public is invited to hear the authors discuss their work and their writing processes, and to ask questions. Attendance has varied from 15 to 60 and crossed generations from students to seniors. “I would not miss it; it’s just the most fun thing, and the subject matter is always fascinating,” Propst says. “You get to know the authors and can buy their books, but it’s also a wonderful way to get to know other people in the community a little bit better.” n


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A seared crottin and toasted baguette hints of lunch in the French countryside.

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From grown-up beverages to down-home blue plates, Blue Ridge Grill’s menu has something for everyone, at a price.

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R E V IE W Casual elegance at its best: lunchtime lobster BLT with fresh fried potato chips.

Above: Nothing says “yummy comfort food” like sumptuous corn soufflé, easily the best side dish in town. Below: Beeler bacon and roasted Brussels— a foolproof marriage of Southern flavors.

BLUE RIDGE BUZZ A Buckhead institution stays relevant with unparalleled hospitality


ccasionally, new eateries get so much chatter that even skeptical foodies get giddy with anticipation. But a 23-year-old place that still has everyone talking? This I had to see and taste to believe. Such was my expectant mindset one recent morning when I entered Blue Ridge Grill (BRG) in search of menus to peruse. The place was bustling with a very focused lunch crew setting up. My presence was likely a nuisance, and I realized—with a bit of perverse satisfaction—it was an opportunity to see just how the staff would handle the interruption. I waved down the GM, Gordon Leigh, who was conferring kitchen-side with executive chef Joe Brown. To say Leigh was attentive and gracious would be an understatement. His smile was utterly genuine as he presented me with hard copies of the current menus and offered to email them as well (which he did), mentioning the following week’s specials that were not listed. Five-star all the way. I had high hopes for the ensuing meals. My lunch companions and I arrived just before noon on a Tuesday and were led through a packed dining room toward an


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empty table so surrounded by starched white shirts and power ties, I thought we were on the set of Wall Street. Catching up over other peoples’ business can be tiresome, so I asked the hostess if a cozier spot was available. Without a hint of vexation, she happily guided us to a halfmoon booth presiding over the main dining room. So far, so great. For starters, we chose an off-menu item: the fried pickles with herb buttermilk dipping sauce. Briny tang, sensuous crunch—what’s not to love? A guilty pleasure but worth ever bite. Not to be upstaged, the pan-seared goat cheese arrived with a perfect caramel-colored crust, served with warm grilled bread, a ragout of cooked veggies and homemade apple butter. Despite it being cold in the center, the cheese was simple and satisfying, with just the slightest hint of barnyard. My friend took a bite and mused, “I could jump into bed with that.” Would we feel the same about the tuna tartare? Served with a mint green avocado puree, the glistening pink cylinder of diced fish was fresh and clean, if under-seasoned, but the vinegary zip of the accompanying spinach salad contrasted nicely.

It’s tough to make an entrée choice at BRG—everything looks so delicious. Varied and substantial as they are, though, the mains are not inexpensive, even at lunch. No matter the order, most plates will set you back a couple of sawbucks or more. The Georgia trout was perfectly grilled, if a bit over-sauced with dill butter, and the French-boned roasted chicken, scented with fresh chanterelles and bluefoot mushrooms, was definitely a favorite. It was a total fork frenzy when the waiter brought sides of custard-y good corn soufflé and crusty, bacon-y Brussels sprouts. How did we ever finish the toothsome lobster BLT, served with heaps of addictive, fresh fried potato chips? If lunchtime is the quintessential power scene, dinner is quite the opposite—more like a weekend retreat, really—thanks to the mountain lodge décor. Wine mark-ups are substantial—a pity, since I defy anyone to find a more welcoming spot to linger over a bottle. Even more, they nailed the wine glass problem: Here, glasses have nary a spot, no carry-over odors of soap or food; they are table-set at the proper temp for the wine, not hurriedly placed warm or wet from the machine. It’s a fine dining imperative that even some of the best mess up. Not so at BRG. On a recent evening, we indulged in a half bottle of 2013 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon (CA), a modest choice given the exceptional wine list, and found it a surprisingly correct pairing for our starters of iron skillet mussels and Caesar salad. While the salad was standard fare, even with the scrumptious Beeler bacon, the mussels were the best I’ve ever eaten, with the sauce a briny, winey, garlicky

Left: Subtle meets savory with tuna tartare alongside a zingy spinach salad.

Left: Grilled to perfection: Georgia trout makes a hearty, healthy meal at either lunch or dinner.

Below: Fabulous iron skillet mussels —a must-have at your next visit.

Above: “Airline” chicken breast with assorted wild mushrooms and popcorn rice—a perfectly balanced “blue plate” of textures and flavors.

I defy anyone to find a more welcoming spot to linger over a bottle. TIPS ambrosia. We could’ve stopped eating there, not wanting to break the spell, but we had wine to finish, nothing some filet mignon couldn’t fix. With its luscious, charred crust and blood-red center, the tender filet spurred memories of joyful gluttonizing at New York’s finest chophouses. Even better were the roasted diver scallops, though three for $30 leaves one a little resentful, especially when such expensive fare is accompanied by a bizarre combination of cold grated parmesan and curry-sauced vermicelli. The comfort-food sides filled out the meal, with truffle whipped potatoes as the standout and hot, sweet collards sans bacon a close second. BRG’s desserts are satisfying and unpretentious, though my heart sank when I was told they use Haagen-Dazs ice cream, not house-made. While the Mutsu apple crumble with aforementioned ice cream was superb— expedited in good time so as not to let the cold vanilla melt all over the hot crumble— the Orange Cardamom cake was a soggy sponge whose dollop of fresh whipped cream saved it from being pretty forgettable. Next time, I’ll try the cheese selection.

Be sure and try: the not-so-secret off-menu item: fried pickles (above). It’s the best fried item on (or off) the menu. With the buttermilk dipping sauce, it’s a perfect marriage of flavors and textures. Plan ahead: Currently, BRG does not advertise food prices online. If cost is an issue, call ahead or get an idea of pricing below. Coming just for a drink? BRG has a terrific little bar menu with small-ticket satisfiers such as veal burger sliders, shrimp cocktail and lamb lollipops. Hosting a party? There’s a fantastic private dining space on the lower level that accommodates eight to 45 people. Above: The lovely juxtaposition of hot and cold in the Mutsu apple crumble is just one example of BRG’s eye toward perfection.

Did BRG live up to its long-standing buzz? On many, but not all, fronts. Consistently impeccable service transforms BRG into something unique. With a bit of tweaking by the powersthat-be, this Buckhead classic could be as much a fine food destination as it is a paragon of hospitality, if that’s its destiny. And I will be the first in line when it does. n

BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30327 404.233.5030  blueridgegrill.com Pricing: Starters: $10-$100. Salads: $11-$22. Entrees: $14-$62 (with dinner add-ons available at $5-$18). Family style sides: (approximately three portions) $7-$10. Desserts: $5-$11. Recommended dishes: Iron skillet mussels, roasted chicken, grilled Georgia trout, any and all sides Bottom line: Great place to dine for classy service and consistently good (if pricey) eats.

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Farmburger’s Adult Float

Eclipse de Luna’s Spanish Kiss


Dantanna’s Sexual Chocolate


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avory flavors have had a big moment in cocktails the last several years with ingredients such as truffle and bacon infusions, pickle brine and bacon garnishes enticing the thirsty. While savory is still welcome, why not mix up your early spring sipping with something sweeter? Supplement the season’s famed julep with a boozy take on childhood favorites such as hot cocoa, or enjoy a sinful dessert with an alcohol infusion. Here are a few saccharine finds from across the Buckhead area to get you started.

Cocoa with a Kick Those chilly March days full of rain (and even the chance of snow) call for cozy cocktails with a bit of heat. Think hot chocolate with a twist. At the Dantanna’s locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, you can sip on a devilish Sexual Chocolate cocktail made with spiced Mexican hot cocoa,


Slo Down Wines Sexual Chocolate red wine and red wine-infused whipped cream.

S’more Sips Eclipse di Luna’s Spanish Kiss (available at the restaurant’s Miami Circle location) is a rich sip worthy of dessert designation. Godiva chocolate liqueur is blended with heavy cream and Pinnacle Whipped vodka, then served with a crushed chocolate graham cracker rim and marshmallows for garnish.

Grown-up Floats It’s tough to beat the sweet potato fries and the No. 1 FB burger at Farm Burger in Buckhead. Unless of course, you’re interested in both ice cream and a beer, in which case, you can order from the menu’s adult floats selection. Pick from Original Sin Cider, Wells Banana Bread Beer and Terrapin Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, and you’ll get a cold pint served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Winter Throwback If you’re feeling nostalgic for the holidays—and the winter flavors that come with them— you can indulge in Holeman and Finch’s The Nutcracker cocktail. As the name implies, the drink features flavors reminiscent of winter and is made with peanut bourbon, honey syrup and barrel-aged bitters. n


Spanish Kiss Combine 1 ounce of heavy cream with 1 ½ ounces of Pinnacle Whipped vodka. Pour over 1 ½ ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur, then garnish with graham crackers and marshmallows.

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The Nutcracker

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Take 1 ½ ounces of peanut bourbon (read our November/December issue for tips on making your own infusions), 1 tablespoon of Demerara syrup and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters. Shake with ice, pour in a cocktail glass.

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Divan’s doublecut lamb rib chops are by far the restaurant’s best item.

Happy Persian New Year! E

very March, Persians around the world celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Nowruz translates to mean “new day,” and it marks the beginning of spring. This year it falls on March 21, and what better way to honor it than by highlighting three Persian restaurants?

and sage oil. Get the yogurt soup, and don’t let the name turn you off. This soup is savory and creamy with a slight touch of mint. Don’t miss the double-cut lamb rib chops and order them medium rare for the best flavor. They’re meaty and tender, and slightly charred with Persian spices.

Rumi’s Kitchen Iranian Ali Mesghali has been the chef at Rumi’s Kitchen in Sandy Springs since 2006. The sophisticated restaurant features dishes true to its Persian origins, such as taftoon, a hot, unleavened bread served with radishes, feta, walnuts and fresh herbs. Use the bread for scooping any of Rumi’s dips. Start with the kashk badenjoon, a creamy blend of fried eggplant, crispy onion and mint, or the trio of yogurts that includes Persian cucumber, sun-dried shallot and spinach. Next, try the lamb and beef kabobs that come with a heaping of saffron or cherry rice.

Divan Restaurant & Bar The house on Piedmont Road in Buckhead is home to an exotic restaurant and hookah bar with some of the best Persian food we’ve had. Start with the duck leg confit mezza: It’s drizzled with black currant relish

Zafron Restaurant Zafron is helmed by Peter Teimori who worked with his grandfather in Persia. He’s a trained pastry chef, so one of his specialties is sangkak, a Persian bread that’s rolled, shaped and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Try it with one of the starter dips such as the mirza ghasemi, a Divan Restaurant & Bar chunky blend of 3125 Piedmont Road roasted eggplant, Atlanta 30305 tomato, onion and 404.467.4297 divanatlanta.com garlic. If you want kabobs, go for the Rumi’s Kitchen koobideh or saffron 6112 Roswell Road Atlanta 30328 chicken. Koobi404.477.2100 deh, which means rumiskitchen.com minced meat, inZafron Restaurant cludes prime sirloin 236 Johnson Ferry Road that’s beaten until Sandy Springs 30328 tender then skew404.255.7402 ered and cooked persianrestaurant over the fire. n sandysprings.com

FOOD NEWS n Eclipse di Luna Buckhead celebrated 20 years in Atlanta on Jan. 29. n Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe, an Asian-inspired desserts bakery, will open in April at Lenox Square’s Fashion Café. n Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern is scheduled to open a second location in Town Brookhaven in May.


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Yumbii food truck fanatics will be thrilled to know they no longer have to track those tacos any longer. We spoke with owner Carson Young (below) a few months ago, just after the doors opened to his permanent restaurant across from Piedmont Hospital, about his plans and what he’s doing next. When did you start your first food truck?

We launched it in 2010 after I noticed a void for delicious but easily accessible food. I had visited L.A. during that time, and after experiencing the food truck scene, it just clicked that it was something I wanted to help pioneer in Atlanta. How many do you currently have?

We operate two trucks, nd last year, we debuted our “Super Food Truck,” which was specially customized for us in L.A. It’s an eco-friendly, lowemissions truck that runs on diesel fuel—the first of its kind on the East Coast. What made you want to open a restaurant?

It’s been a longtime goal of ours, as we’ve developed a loyal following over the past six years. We wanted to lay down roots in a more permanent spot for our customers. Why did you choose your location?

The space was just right, and many of our customers work nearby in Buckhead or pass the location on their way to work or school. It also feels like home to me—I grew up and currently live in Buckhead.

Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Circle, No. 138 Atlanta 30324 404.846.0449 eclipsediluna.net

Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 sweethutbakery.com


Hobnob’s Mother Nature salad with quinoa, cucumber, edamame and avocado, topped with pickled onions and candied pecans.

What do you think will be different about running a restaurant?

Having a larger kitchen space and bar means that

we have room to expand on Yumbii’s classics. We’ve already added rice bowls, nachos and daily taco specials to the menu, and we’ll continue adding new items in the future. What are you most excited about?

We’re thrilled that people can now find us anytime, all day long. We’ve also been working on new recipes and are excited to debut them in the restaurant. Expect breakfast tacos, Mexicanstyle street corn and salads to make an appearance over the next few months. What are your goals for the future?

Because everyone loves a good breakfast taco, we’re looking forward to introducing brunch soon. We will also be launching a curated cocktail menu with margaritas. We do have plans to open additional locations and are on the lookout for Yumbii’s next home! n Yumbii 1927 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30309 404.975.3444 yumbii.com

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Inviting and casual, inside and out, Pasta Vino triumphs with classics like eggplant Parmesan.

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

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1KEPT KITCHEN & BAR This hidden, club-like space took over the home of old-school French restaurant Toulouse in 2013. Manned by a trio of chefs with equal authority, the collaborative kitchen strives to keep up with the contemporary culinary game. When they nail it— with the likes of pimento cheese boards, fresh seasonal salads, oldfashioned pecan pies, killer brownies and what is surely the best steak-frites in town—you’ll find yourself sated and happy. Start with a classic Sazerac. Then drink in the ambience. Proprietor Thaddeus Keefe attended Buckhead’s Atlanta International School as a lad, and this is his vision of the neighborhood of today: young, prosperous and ready to embrace the good life. Salads, starters and flatbreads: $6-$14; Entrées: $20-$27 1kept.com

BABYLON CAFÉ When Iraqi native Saad Marwad and his wife, Kelly Rafia, opened Babylon Café in 2014, the city’s foodie community started to buzz about the couple’s fresh, flavorful repertoire of Middle Eastern classics, from falafel and hummus to kebabs and baklava. While the starters are quite good—try the fattoush salad, the lentil soup and

the eggplant badenjan—the earthy, long-simmered stews are unlike anything else in town. We like the herbbased qurma sabzi with super-tender lamb shank and the bamia (okra and tomatoes) with oxtail. Don’t leave with out a sip of the anise-flavored aperitif called “arak” and a bite of kanafeh, a sweet made of shredded phyllo, housemade sweet cheese, rose- and orange-water syrup and pistachios. Appetizers and sides: $2-$7 Entrées: $12-$20 babyloncafeatl.com

BHOJANIC After two meals at this North Indian restaurant, I’ve come to admire the flavorful, long-simmered, aromatic home cooking. The Samosa Chat was a wonderful smash-up of potato-andpea samosas topped with tamarind and mint chutneys and cool yogurt. As for the entrées, I really loved the intensely flavored goat curry and wanted to sop up every drop of the gravy with rice. This second location of Archna Becker’s beloved Decatur restaurant is an appealing minimalist space, and it’s easy to get in and out and have a solid and affordable meal. We are delighted that it’s finally here. Tapas and appetizers: $4-$9 Entrées and thalis: $12-$18 bhojanic.com

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


The steak frites at F&B are seasoned and charred to an exact medium rare.


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Like its predecessor, the much-loved former Brasserie le Coze, F&B delivers timeless Provencal fare in a classic brasserie atmosphere. The menu is bolstered by comfort dishes portioned with hunger in mind, but it’s also fortified with lighter salads, sandwiches and soups. Classics such as steak frites and skate wing with a brown butter

sauce are deeply satisfying in their rustic charm. Mussels come piled high in a white wine and shallot broth, along with crusty French bread for sopping. The drink menu is built upon interesting French wines and remarkable cocktails such as the well-balanced, bourbon based Line of Destiny. Appetizers: $6-$18 Entrées: $11-$42 Cocktails: $10 Desserts: $6-$8 fandbatl.net

JALISCO After nearly three decades, Jalisco remains a giddy, guilty pleasure trip through a tunnel of cheese. This Tex-Mex institution at Peachtree Battle is better than an El Paso taco kit, but not exactly a showcase of the sophisticated techniques and ingredients of the Mexican larder. Without apology, Jalisco is what it is, a place with consistently good, standard-issue burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and even a “Hamburguesa Mexicana.” (It’s topped with nacho cheese.) This is not a place where the kitchen thrives on change and creativity. For the most part, the menu is the same as it has been since Jalisco opened in 1978. Lunch specials: $5-$9 Entrées: $9-$13 404.233.9244


The Olympic Omelet at White House is stuffed with healthy veggies (mushroom, spinach, tomato, onion and pepper) and pairs up real nice with a side of hash browns.

You can surely find trendier pizza parlors or posher places to eat Italian in Atlanta. But if you are looking for old-fashioned linguini with clam sauce or chicken Florentine in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with a loyal following, this Buckhead favorite has got you covered. The restaurant is beloved by many for its home-style cooking, casual ambiance, reasonable prices and a staff of servers who have acquired faithful customers of their own. Owner Nancy Powell treasures her crew, most of whom have been on the job for more than 10 years. Given the refined state of Italian dining in America today, Pasta Vino is not likely to win any awards for innovation or inspiration. But it remains a perfectly fine, frequently delicious, middle-ofthe-road trattoria. Starters and salads: $2-$10 Entrées: $10-$22 pastavinoatlanta.com

PORTOFINO We often dream about this slightly-offPaces Ferry slice of Italy, where executive chef Matt Marcus’ earthy cooking evokes Liguria while staying smartly anchored in America. (And sometimes the American South.) Since 2000, this neighborhood gem has been a primo spot for feasting on the vibrant flavors of its Italian Riviera namesake. Vealand-ricotta meatballs, fried artichokes, luxurious pastas, polenta with shrimp, limoncello cheesecake: It’s the sort of wonderfully comforting, hand-crafted fare that satisfies our longing for La Bella Vita when a trip to Italy is simply not in the cards. Soups, salads and antipasto: $7-$14 Pastas and entrées: $18-$29 portofinoatl.com

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 saltyardatlanta.com

TAKA SUSHI AND PASSION Chef Taka Moriuchi learned from perhaps the most famously finicky and cult-inspiring Japanese chef Atlanta has ever known: Sotohiro Kosugi, owner of Buckhead’s legendary (but now shuttered) Soto Japanese Restaurant. Today, Moriuchi holds court at his own sushi bar, where his impeccably fresh fish and hot and cold appetizers compare to the best Japanese food in town. The only difference: His prices won’t shipwreck your budget. Among our faves, the UPS roll is a delicious nod to the Atlanta-based Big Brown fleet, and the black cod and okra tempura are packages you’ll be happy to see arrive at your table. Taka’s sushi rolls—including the spider roll with deep-fried softshell crab—are exceptional and sometimes named for Atlanta brands. Also pictured are the UPS roll (cucumber, avocado, egg omelet and barbecued eel) and the ICBM (with tuna, salmon and hamachi).

Appetizers: $6-$20 Nigiri: $2.50-$11 Sushi rolls: $4.50-$19.50 takasushiatlanta.com

WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT At this venerated breakfast nook, you’ll find Atlanta movers and shakers in ties and starched shirts huddled over omelets and pancakes. But regardless of a guest’s status, owner Demos Galaktiadis, who came to America from Greece in 1966, treats everyone the same. He has run this Peachtree Road institution for 45 of its 68 years, and over time, the food has evolved into a unique combination of home-style Southern and Greek standards. At lunch, you might have moussaka and collards or fried grouper and a Greek salad, finished off with a dish of banana pudding. But breakfast is king here. We recommend the Olympic omelet, stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and peppers and served with a side of tzatziki, or a breakfast sandwich laden with sausage, cheese and egg. Breakfast: $6.40-$15.30 Lunch: $6-$16.70 whitehousediner.com

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Forget sibling rivalry. In the case of these Atlanta family members, it’s more like sibling revelry. Identical twins who run a budding chiropractic office, a brother-sister team making a name for themselves in the restaurant business, a trio of youngsters who are excelling in both sports and academics: Simply Buckhead spoke with several sets of brothers and sisters who prove that blood really is thicker than water. STORY:

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C OV E R S T O RY All in the

clothes last week because we had on the same sweater. The next day, we had the same pocket square. What’s your fashion philosophy at Miller Brothers? Greg: Miller Brothers is not a “fashion” store, but we are up on trends in the fashion world. We definitely encourage our customers to step out of their comfort zones, but we don’t force the issue. The last thing we want is for someone to buy something and never wear it. Robby: Don’t try too hard. Buy quality. Less is more. Buy clothes that fit. How is it working so closely together? Greg: Of course, we have our moments, but we’re lucky to work together and get along as well as we do. We often hear, “I don’t know how you do it. I could never work with my brother.” Robby: It’s really pretty easy because we have to make it easy. There’s no option of it not working. He’s got my back, and I’ve got his. How would you describe your brother? Greg: Robby is definitely one of a kind. He is fiercely loyal and is passionate about clothes. He loves heritage, heirlooms, music, travel, UGA football, family and, most of all, his son, Sam. Robby: Hardworking. Great husband. Great father. Georgia football fan.

Robby and Greg Miller


ead to the handsome Miller Brothers Limited store in Buckhead, and in addition to shelves stacked neatly with highquality men’s clothing, you’ll find plush leather couches, a full bar and a big-screen TV, plus a barbecue grill out on the patio. “We want our customers to be comfortable when they spend time at the store,” explains Greg Miller, 49, who runs the shop with his older brother, Robby Miller, 53. Given that the two spend so much


time there themselves, they wanted it to be a place where they’d want to hang out as well. In addition to logging a good six-and-a-half days together minding the store each week, the longtime Buckhead residents take two big shopping trips each year and socialize with their wives and kids for birthdays and holidays. “We have super fun family parties,” says Robby. He and Greg are so close, in fact, he says they “can dot each other i’s and cross each other’s t’s.”

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Were you and your brother always close? Greg: Yes, but certainly not as close as we are today. We’ve been business partners for the last 21 years and are together at least 50 hours a week. We, and others, are often amused when we say the exact same thing at the exact same time—almost like twins. Robby: Often, it looks like we called each other so that we could be dressed alike. I had to go change

What’s one of your favorite memories related to being siblings? Greg: Our grand opening party [10 years ago] for our current location. We had such an amazing turnout of vendors, clients, family and friends (two from as far as London) who came out to support us and celebrate. It was one heck of a party if I do say so myself. Robby: The first thing that comes to mind is the 1991 World Series [when the Atlanta Braves took on the Minnesota Twins]. Greg was working in Chicago and wanted to be here so badly. I sent him a Braves World Series care package and called him from a pay phone at the stadium during game three. It was a special moment. n

Sandra Bank and Karin Mervis


orn and raised in South Africa, these sisters and self-proclaimed BFFs have both called Sandy Springs home for more than 20 years now. Sandra Bank, 60, runs a successful catering company called Added Touch, and Karin Mervis, 55, is a teaching visual artist at the High Museum of Art. Through the Woodruff Arts Center and Alliance Arts for Learning Institute, Karin has also worked with kids to create more than 1,000 community canvases at schools all over Georgia, as well as in New York, California and Australia. Although they work in different fields and have busy lives as wives and mothers, their bond couldn’t be stronger. “We do everything together,” says Sandra of her sister. “She is my first call in the morning and my last call at night.” What was your childhood in South Africa like? Sandra: I had a glorious childhood, growing up with a fantastic warm and close family. My parents loved to entertain, and we would have frequent braai–South African-style barbecues.

Karin: Sundays were definitely braai day. They were hot days spent hanging out on the veranda and swimming until the sun went down. There were loads of salads and usually chops and chips. Boerewors [sausage] was a staple. Beer or beer shandy—beer with Sprite—and fresh fruit juice were served. Sandra would be cooking something or other in the kitchen or managing the food in some way, whatever age she was. Those were halcyon days that we try hard to replicate here in Atlanta with friends and family. Were you and your sister always close? Karin: Sandra and I have always been very close. We have a fierce loyalty to each other, and in addition, for my entire life, Sandra has been there for me at any hour or time of need. Then I grew up and have stepped into the same role for her. You don’t work together, but you’re both very supportive of each other’s careers, right?

Sandra: Yes, I have some of Karin’s artwork in my home. I love her bright colors. Her work makes me so happy. Karin: I help her when she has a huge function. I will typically go and help plate up. Her parties are art! How much time do the two of you spend together these days, and what do you like to do together? Karin: We talk to each other on the phone between one to five times a day. Other than that, we usually will see each other before the week is up. We are Jewish, so we try and get together for family Sabbath meals and definitely for other Jewish holidays. Sandra is very involved with her catering, so we will eat at each other’s homes or meet at restaurants. If the two of you ever have an argument or don’t see eye to eye on something, how do you get past it? Sandra: We let it go. Our relationship is too important to worry about silly things.

How would you describe your sister? Sandra: Fun, funky, genuine, caring, smart, articulate and a great friend. Karin: Sandra was born to be a caterer. She is capable, kind, hardworking, available, a “yes” person, creative and an amazing sister and aunt to my children, and also an amazing grandmother. What’s your favorite memory related to being siblings? Sandra: Karin has always been a part of [my husband] Clive’s and my life, from sitting in the back seat when we were dating to living three miles apart in Atlanta. How lucky am I? Karin: This is how kind and caring Sandra has always been. I was 8 years old, and our mom was reversing her old Hillman convertible out of the garage so we could climb in, and I thought the car had rolled onto my toe. Although it just touched it, I started screaming, and Sandra immediately tried to lift the car—and pulled her back out in the process. n

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Artie Antoniades and Nikitas Panagopoulos


his brother-sister team is the duo behind the Teela Restaurant Group that operates Teela Taqueria and Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar in Sandy Springs, Tin Can Oyster Bar in Brookhaven and Filo’s in Buckhead. The pair grew up in a Greek household in Zimbabwe (then called Rhodesia) in the middle of a civil war. “There was always a lot of baking and cooking going on,” recalls Nikitas Panagopoulos, who is 18 months younger than his sister. “The world had imposed sanctions against Rhodesia,” adds Artie Antoniades, “so we really only had the basics to choose from. Things like butter, feta cheese, olives, shellfish and even mushrooms were considered a luxury. But we always had plenty of food at home, and friends were always coming over to eat my mom’s yummy meals.” That shared love of food and entertaining people is the backbone of the company they started in 2009, 16 years after emigrating to Atlanta. It’s clear from their connection that these siblings aren’t just partners in business, but in life.


Were you close growing up? Nikitas: Growing up, I was closer with my younger brother, Harry [who’s an operating partner at Filo’s]. Artie was a little bit of a tattletale. But she and I got closer as we got older, and now we’re very close. Maybe we’re closer now because we’re immigrants. It’s hard when you start a whole new life as an adult. What’s the secret to your success? Artie: Nik and I are both very warm and welcoming and genuinely love our customers. I believe that’s what sets us apart, and what will make any restaurant survive in tough times. Nikitas: The secret to maintaining a successful restaurant is service and consistency. If someone likes a dish and comes back for it, it needs to be the same every time. How is it working so closely together? Artie: Initially we clashed a lot. I came from a more structured business background [her own recruiting firm],

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while Nik has a much looser sense of how things should be run. It took some time adjusting, but we work extremely well together now. The benefits of working together are that we always look out for each other, we’re there to pick each other up, and of course, there’s no one more trustworthy than your own family. Nikitas: It’s really good. We bounce ideas off each other. Our schedules are different, so we’re not in each other’s hair too much. If the two of you ever have an argument or don’t see eye to eye on something, how do you get past it? Artie: We really don’t have arguments anymore. We work really well together and have a good respect for each other. We talk things through and are both flexible. Do you spend a lot of time together outside of work? Artie: We don’t spend a lot of time together as we are both

working and value our time with our significant others. But family is number one for us, so 90 percent of the holidays are spent together. We sometimes go out together for brunch or lunch on the weekends. Nikitas: We have family dinners and play cards—poker—together. Everyone’s gunning for everyone— it’s always a fight. What’s your favorite memory related to being siblings? Artie: We just had the most wonderful upbringing in Zimbabwe and were surrounded by many friends. The boys were always up to some prank or another. Like, unbeknownst to my mom, Nik and Harry would try their luck at making wine and would hide it in their closet. Nikitas: Building a restaurant together. The starting up of it. Her and my input coming together. It’s like a passion, something you want to do, rather than a job. That’s how we look at it. n

Craig: Our parents are pretty good about knowing who’s who, so it was hard pulling a trick on them. However, we used to switch classes and trick teachers all of the time. Even took tests for one another when we were younger. Eventually they caught on. Physically, how can people tell you two apart? Cliff: Craig is about two inches taller than me, which he is very proud of. Our friends say that Craig also has a more narrow and rounded face, while mine is a little longer. Other than that, we have the same haircut, and we dress alike. We even share clothes every now and then. At least we have twice the wardrobe. Personality wise, what are your differences? Cliff: Craig is more of the outgoing extrovert and planner. I’m an extrovert, too, but tend to just go with the flow more. How is it working so closely together? Craig: It has its ups and downs. The hardest part for us is treating each other as business partners and not as brothers. It’s hard not to butt heads when it comes to who’s responsible for what, but at the end of the day, what’s better in life than being able to share what you love with someone you love? Cliff: We’re both good at similar tasks and tend to think alike, which makes it harder to think outside of the box and not get frustrated with one another. However, as similar as we may be, we both have different personalities. We each have our individual strong points, which benefit the practice in different ways. How much time out of the office do you spend together? Craig: We try and do our own thing outside of the office. But it makes it hard when we live with one another. Plus, we have the same circle of friends and attend the same events, so we tend to see each other a good bit outside of the office.

Craig and Cliff Taylor


e was born first, by 45 minutes,” says Cliff Taylor, 29, of his identical twin brother, Craig. The two have been practically inseparable ever since. Growing up, they played the same sports (tennis, basketball, baseball and lacrosse), went to the same colleges (two years at Indiana University, then graduating with biology degrees from UGA) and both became chiropractors.

Both originally intended to go to medical school, but when Craig got a herniated disc that wasn’t helped by painkillers, epidural injections or physical therapy, he went to a chiropractor. “After the first adjustment, I felt a ton of relief,” he says. In 2015, they opened a joint practice, Taylor Chiropractic & Wellness, in Buckhead. They share a bachelor pad in Buckhead as well. “We’re very

close, obviously,” Craig says. “We’re constantly finishing each other’s sentences and thoughts. I will be thinking of something, and then Cliff will all of a sudden start talking about it.” In their case, it’s apparent good things come in pairs. Have you ever done the whole Parent Trap switcheroo and secretly traded places?

What’s your favorite memory related to being siblings? Craig: Our family ski trips were always a favorite memory of mine. Cliff: I would say it’s when we went skydiving together. However, we always get a kick out of walking around together and being asked the question, “Are you guys twins?” This happens about once a day. Half of the time we say no and see what reaction we get. n

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Makaya, Daba and Manama Fofana


andy Springs residents Manama, Makaya and Daba Fofana are real junior achievers. At just 10, 12 and 14 respectively, they’ve already compiled some pretty impressive stats. Manama is an elite gymnast who is currently being homeschooled so she can practice the 20-plus hours a week required to train to become an Olympic-caliber athlete. Her sister, Makaya, is a highlevel gymnast as well, who, at age 9, scored in the 99th percentile on her Secondary School Admission Test and became a member of the highIQ society MENSA. Their brother, Daba, is a middle school running back who scored 22 touchdowns last season and holds titles in both wrestling and karate. “And all three are straight A students,” brags their mom, Crystal. “The kids have always seen my husband [Soli, a personal trainer who owns FOF Fitness] and me being active, so it just became a natural part of their lifestyle,” she notes. “I think a mistake most people make when they see exceptional athletes or students is thinking that it’s just natural. But most of the time,


these athletes and students work twice as hard as everyone else. Good genes help, but it’s not the determining factor, in my opinion.” Given the success of this trio so far, there’s no telling where their natural ability and hard work will take them. What’s your favorite thing to do with your siblings? Manama: I love jumping on the trampoline with them and looking at old family photos. Makaya: I like playing cards with my siblings because we crack lots of jokes during the game. Daba: Going on vacation with them. Are you competitive with your siblings? Manama: Yes, we like to compete against each other in doing simple tasks or chores as well as sports and athletics. We even competed about who has the most bones in their body. I won with a stunning 207 bones [a doctor recently discovered she has an extra, or “accessory,” bone in her foot]. Makaya: We compare scores and

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times if we do a similar sport and turn simple tasks into competitions. Daba: We make everything a competition. We always compete for the TV and for the last bit of food. If you have an argument or don’t see eye to eye on something, how do you work it out? Manama: If we have an argument, we always come up with a compromise. It might take us a couple of minutes to calm down, but we always get along in the end. Makaya: If conflict occurs, we talk it out and try to find a compromise that suits everyone involved. Daba: One of my sisters will tell my mom or dad, and they’ll decide. What is it you love about the sport(s) you play? Manama: The thing I love most about gymnastics is that it pushes me further than I think I can go. My goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Makaya: I love the challenge of learning new skills and being with my teammates to support and cheer for them.

Daba: My favorite things about football are hitting and running with the ball. In wrestling, I love doing all the different moves and putting people on their backs. In karate, I like the intensity of fighting with someone else. What do you want to be when you grow up? Manama: A plastic surgeon. Makaya: Either a neurosurgeon or anesthesiologist. Daba: An NFL running back. Other than your mother or father, who is your role model? Manama: Simone Biles, the Olympic gymnast. Makaya: My role model would have to be [gymnast] Ariana Berlin, because she came back from a vital injury to compete at UCLA and had so much determination. Daba: Bo Jackson. He was a running back for the Oakland Raiders and an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals in the ’80s. He was the fastest man in both sports. He was also one of the strongest athletes. He wasn’t cocky like the players today. n

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Niko Karatassos, Anne Symbas and Pano I. Karatassos




Jill Becker

Teela Restaurant Group owners Artie Antoniades and Nikitas Panagopoulos (see page 74) certainly aren’t the only siblings who work together in the restaurant biz here. We came across several other sets of siblings who share a bond both blood-wise and in their professional kitchens. Here are a few.

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One of the perks of working with a sibling is “knowing that when I turn around, there is someone who thinks like me and moves like me, someone I can completely trust,” explains Ilona Knopfler, general manager at Le Bilboquet in Buckhead. As one of the maître d’s, Ilona’s younger sister, Ellia, in fact, is one of Ilona’s direct reports. “That doesn’t change much from our everyday life,” jokes Ilona. “I still boss her around.” The pair grew up with an appreciation for food and fine dining. Their parents opened their first upscale French restaurant in Hong Kong the year Ellia was born. “We were surrounded by such amazing food

and chefs and developed not only a real appreciation for good food and wine, but mostly a sort of dependence on the whole experience of dining,” says Ilona. It also developed a strong sense of family. Despite working together five days a week, the sisters spend a lot of their free time together as well. “We love dining out, seeing movies and going to the beach whenever we have a couple of days. And our talks can go on for hours,” says Ilona. “Our relationship is in-your-face love and truth. We’ve always watched out for each other, talked about everything and been honest about the good, the bad and the ugly.” n 

Marco and Alessandro Betti

Growing up in the rolling countryside of Tuscany, Marco Betti and his younger brother Alessandro worked in the family butcher shop alongside their father, Silvano. Since relocating to Buckhead in 1999, the pair has continued to keep it all in the family as co-owners of the authentic Italian eatery Antica Posta, where Alessandro also serves as head chef. (A third Betti brother, Gianni, manages the company dining room at Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta.) Working so closely together is “very rewarding when you’re as com-

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Ilona and Ellia Knopfler

These siblings hail from a successful restaurant family. In 1979, their father, Pano Sr., founded Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which today is responsible for some of the area’s most popular eateries, including Buckhead Diner, Pricci, Bistro Niko, Atlanta Fish Market and Kyma. Eldest son Pano I. Karatassos is the executive chef at Kyma, as well as the corporate executive chef for Buckhead Life. Niko Karatassos is the company’s president. Their younger sister, Anne Symbas, works there, too, taking care of the payroll. As youngsters, the three were all involved in helping out with the family’s elaborate Sunday meals and knew early on that they wanted to work in the restaurant dynasty their father was creating. Pano and Niko both started at the company at 15 and have been there ever since, except for the years Pano attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York. These days, the brothers gather often in the corporate office on Pharr Road to talk shop, and Niko is always on hand to support Pano at his restaurant events, such as last year’s Wine Dinner Series. “Niko, Anne and I were all born within four years of each other, and therefore we grew up doing everything together,” says Pano. “Most important was knowing how hard our mother worked to raise us, how hard our father worked to provide for us and the tremendous amount of strength required to follow in their footsteps. We all specialize in different aspects of the business, but our parts add up to the whole picture. We have a huge amount of love and respect for one another.” As might be expected, the siblings are passing on their legacy to the next generation by sharing their passion for food— and the family business—with their own offspring. n

mitted and passionate about what you do as we are,” says Marco of their partnership, although he admits there have been the rare occasions when it was a bit challenging. “But we’re professionals, and the benefits reflect in the end result of what we offer as far as food, service and the total dining experience to our customers.” Their collaboration is obviously a positive one, as they went on to open a second restaurant, Antica Mare, in Miami in 2015 and have plans to open another restaurant in Atlanta in the next 18 months. n

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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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iven the 140 cherry blossom trees that were planted in Blackburn Park back in 2014, the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival was an ideal name for a new annual event that sprang up at the park the following year. Now in its third year, the festival will draw visitors to the park on March 25 and 26 for a wide range of activities, including an arts and crafts market, a children’s village with bouncy houses and face painting, a 5K run and 1K walk, a classic car show, a pet parade and costume contest, and live musical performances (previous acts have included local favorites The Whiskey Gentry and

‘Tis the season to get out and enjoy all that spring has to offer, and Brookhaven’s jam-packed Cherry Blossom Festival is the perfect place to do just that.

Nashville groups Humming House and The Southern Gothic). Yummy eats and drinks will be available from a host of food trucks as well. Bring the family for a weekend filled with the fruits of spring. – Jill Becker

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Students with a passion for verse— like last year’s state champ Marta Palombo—wow audiences at the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.

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A LITERARY COMPETITION THAT’S POETRY IN MOTION If a picture paints a thousand words, then what sort of imagery does a thousand spoken words conjure up? Pure poetry—which is what audience-goers will be treated to at the state finals of the annual Poetry Out Loud competition, to be held at the Atlanta History Center on March 12. High schoolers from across Georgia will compete for a spot at the national finals in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud began in 2005 as a way to introduce youngsters to great poetry through performance of the written

word. To be crowned as the state champ, the finalists will have to recite a poem of no more than 25 lines from an anthology of pre-twentieth-century works that includes classic poems from legendary scribes such as Emily Brontë and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Emily Cobb, Atlanta History Center’s outreach programs coordinator, says, “Watching the competition is a truly interesting, uplifting and beneficial experience that anyone who is interested in poetry or the arts needs to see.” – JB

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If you love a good bargain, you’re in luck. Deals galore are to be had at Sandy Springs’ 26th annual Tossed Out Treasures, a resale event and fundraiser hosted by the philanthropic Sandy Springs Society. The event draws shoppers from as far as Florida and South Carolina for its abundance of high-quality goods with names such as Waterford, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and the fact that each item is checked to ensure its quality. On March 17 and 18, in a

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April 15-16 404.873.1222 sandyspringsartsapalooza.com Head to the 6100 block of Lake Forrest Drive to see more than 150 artists, including painters, photographers and glass blowers, creating art through public demonstrations and offering pieces for sale. The festival starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday, and ends at 5 p.m. each day.

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n its 27th year, the Torch Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead attracted 540 attendees, its largest crowd to date. Benefitting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), the event pays tribute to the nonprofit’s volunteers, corporate partners and physicians. This year’s honorees included Sandy Springs resident Neal Maziar, the Elvin C. Price Volunteer of the Year, and UCB Inc., the Corporate Citizen of the Year. The event kicked off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as guests perused the silent auction featuring a Big Green Egg smoker with nest, an autographed Chipper Jones jersey and bat, and much more. After the seated dinner and awards program, camper Jack Spandorfer spoke about his experience attending Camp Oasis, a retreat for children and teens living with inflammatory bowel disease. Post-dinner, the band High Cotton played hits, and a live auction encouraged guests to bid on trips to Napa Valley and New York as well as 250,000 InterContinental Hotel points for a five-night stay at any IHG property in the world. The event raised approximately $500,000 to fund crucial research studies and provide patients with support programs like Camp Oasis.

Heather and Tom O’Connor, Torch Gala co-chairs

Neal Maziar accepts the Elvin C. Price Volunteer of the Year award from Steve Goodman.

Brenda Varney accepts the Corporate Citizen of the Year award for UCB Inc.

Amy Sue Maziar, Sherry Maziar, Steven and Janet Cadranel

Mike Weinberg, board president; Steve Goodman, Torch Gala co-chairperson; Neal Maziar, honoree; and Tom O’Connor

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early 400 people gathered in ADAC’s new event space to celebrate the 6th anniversary of Simply Buckhead and the addition of new members to the Valuestream Media Group family: 17th South and  BuckheadView. Produced by Legendary Events, the evening of art, food and philanthropy raised approximately $8,000  for CURE Childhood Cancer through ticket sales, a raffle and 20 percent of art sales. Well-known names such as The Bert Show’s Brian Moote, 680 The Fan’s Chris Dimino, NFL players Aaron Murray and Garrett Reynolds, The Bachelor’s Josh Murray, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell were part of the crowd who admired the varied artworks and sipped Bombay Sapphire cocktails and Château Élan wine. Attendees also enjoyed bites from Davio’s, Doraku Sushi, Maya Steaks & Seafood, The Establishment, The Capital Grille, il Giallo Osteria & Bar, Seasons 52, Bhojanic, Macaron Queen and Highland Bakery. The raffle awarded prizes such as restaurant and retail gift cards and Phantom of the Opera tickets to happy participants, while the Red Clay Band from Mount Paran Church played lively tunes. 


Jennie Helderman, Giannina Smith Bedford, Mickey Goodman, Jane Kummel, Fran Kaplan

Bites from Doraku Sushi.

Lori Lane, Vanessa Khattar, John Waluskiewicz, Lori Combs

Tyler, Joanne and Sonny Hayes Electra Pell, Joanne Hayes, Kim Chesney, Katy Cakes

Lisa Driggers, Chelsea Mickelsen

Smita Solanki, Sonya Thaper Evin and Rachel Somerstein, Kristin Connor

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Aaron Murray, Forrest West, Jordan Sandler, Stephen Ochs

Matt Koken, Julie French, Annabelle Bower, Narcis Alikhani

Douglas and Palmer Stratton

“Mini Indulgences” from Seasons 52

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SUPER SIBLINGS Whether upside down or balancing on one leg, Makaya, Daba and Manama Fofana kept the smiles coming at this issue’s cover shoot. PHOTO: Sara


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

Simply Buckhead March/April 2017  

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