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18 Travel Near:

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One of Destin’s newest beach resorts is a come-back destination

22 Travel Far: Savoring San Diego Soaking up the sun and soulful, chill vibe on the California coast

24 Approved: Have a Hat-i-tude Chic chapeaus fit for a Derby party or other fashionable spring event

26 15 Minutes With: Anthony Diaz Jammin’ with the CEO behind Sixthman’s “rock boat” cruises


30 Home: Making Memories How one couple filled their home with items collected throughout their travels

34 Fashion: Retail Therapy


50 COVER STORY Let’s Eat: The Buckhead Food Scene From A to Z The area’s best brunches, patio dining and other tasty tidbits

Gets Professional Help

Your guide to making the most of working with a stylist

38 Wellness: Go the Distance Local trainers share 5 Peachtree Road Race-ready tips


47 Art: From Georgia to Georgia An artist’s Eastern European and artistic heritage shines in her new gallery

28 Pets: Boarding in Buckhead

48 Literary: Lights, Camera, Scandal!

While you’re away, here’s where your pet can stay and play

Author’s new novel parallels real-life revelations in Hollywood


60 Review: Peachy Keen The Hungry Peach is a perfect respite for peckish design enthusiasts

64 Foodie Journal: Good Karma A new option for fresh, allergy-free dining


71 Events: Places to go and things to do 77 Charitable: A spotlight on philanthropic and social gatherings

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[ BEHIND THE COVER ] It wasn’t hard to find volunteers to serve as the models for this issue’s cover shoot, even though it took place in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. That’s because the location was one of Buckhead’s favorite restaurants, St. Cecilia. Not to mention the fact that Chief photographer: Sara Hanna Chef Craig Richards, Photo assistant: Tyler Hayes Saucier James Wolf Styling: Jennifer Bradley Franklin and Beverage ManManicures: Courtesy of Sugarcoat Models: Will Franklin, Morgan Henzlik, ager Clarke Anderson Brad Hughes and Amanda McCallister were all on hand to Shot on location at St. Cecilia restaurant whip up some not just delicious-looking but delicious-tasting dishes and drinks that were happily consumed once the official business was done. For more good eats, see page 50.

Front row (from left): Morgan Henzlik, Amanda McCallister, Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Will Franklin and Tyler Hayes. Back row: Jill Becker, Brad Hughes, Clarke Anderson and Craig Richards.

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I mean, who wouldn’t be? Our intrepid writer Jennifer Bradley Franklin has bravely scoured the local dining (and drinking) scene to report on everything from Buckhead’s best brunches to the perfect places for patio dining. She’s uncovered secret off-menu dishes, such as the luscious Lobster Mac at one of the area’s top steakhouses. She turns you on to where to get an Instagramworthy $12 milkshake, non-cardboard-tasting gluten-free pastries and a made-to-order, piping-hot pizza in under a minute. She dishes on restaurant valet parking, designer donuts, $1,200 bottles of wine and the tried-and-true restaurants that have weathered fires and more to become local landmarks. In an accompanying story, Rebecca Cha provides a road map to the area’s tastiest international eats. Together, it’s a real smorgasbord of info. Trust me, you’ll want to relish every morsel and keep the issue on hand for the next time someone asks you, “Where should we eat?” But what’s a meal without the sides? In terms of this issue, that would include H.M. Cauley’s interview with the author of what might just be the first #MeToo novel of 2018, Q100 radio host Bert Weiss’ report on his trip back to his hometown of San Diego and Amelia Pavlik’s how-to on training for the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. I feel confident that after savoring the entire issue, you’ll be so sated, you might need a good, long nap. Bon appétit!

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ood, glorious food. That’s the subject of our cover story this issue, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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San Diego is like a surf town that grew into a massive city but that kept its youthful, soulful, chill vibe.

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eginning this summer, Sandy Springs unveils its new town square, known as City Springs, with an exciting mix of dining, shopping, performing arts, residences, green space and more located on 14 acres in the heart of the city. The mixeduse development evolved from a community-wide initiative and vision first born in 2012. “With

City Springs, we are changing the landscape and harnessing the power of art, culture and entertainment to give the city a heart in which [one] can attend world-class performances, enjoy a nice meal and a walk through the park,” says Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “To misquote a famous Joni Mitchell song, we’ve pulled up the parking lot

and made paradise.” While the development aims to create a sense of community for area residents, it’s also being considered a destination for visitors both near and far. “From a tourism perspective, we think City Springs and the new performing arts center will provide visitors with the same advantages that it offers the

Look out Avalon. Visitors will soon be flocking to Sandy Springs' new City Springs shopping and entertainment complex.

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NEWS CLIPS HOME DECOR STORE MAKES A MOVE Previously on Roswell Road, EcoHome Atlanta, specializing in luxe home goods and gifts, recently relocated to a new spot in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. Owner Lawton Hall says the move resulted from his desire for a location that better reflected the quality of the store. “Peachtree Battle is a busy shopping destination, but also family-friendly with free parking and wonderful restaurants,” says Hall. “The center needed an accessible gift store

where everyone from moms on the go to busy professionals on their lunch break can park, pick up a unique gift and leave in a timely manner.” EcoHome Atlanta 2385 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.948.2901

FULL-SERVICE COSMETIC SERVICES BOUTIQUE LAUNCHES Located on Peachtree Road, OVME opened the doors of its new 1,500-square-foot cosmetic services boutique in

March. Founder Dr. Mark McKenna offers a modern approach to traditional mediclinical services with a focus on personalized yet minimally invasive experiences. Available services range from facial treatments featuring neurotoxins and microneedling to body services such as laser hair removal and men’s services addressing hair loss and weight management. OVME 3167 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 770.504.6000

WORK UP A SWEAT AT TWO NEW WORKOUT FACILITIES Among the ever-growing number of exercise facilities opening in and around Buckhead, The Perfect Workout invites fitness fans to try out its twice-weekly, 20-minute workout. Teaming up with a personal trainer, clients undergo a routine featuring a slow-motion method of strength training designed to maximize benefits. Now open in Sandy Springs, Turn Indoor Cycling &

Strength welcomes everyone from athletes to “the inner dancer” to partake in total-body workouts and fitness classes in its 3,200-square-foot boutique cycling and fitness studio. The Perfect Workout 34 Old Ivy Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.609.4503 Turn Indoor Cycling & Strength 237 Johnson Ferry Road Sandy Springs 30328 678.923.9089

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Mickey Goodman Alex Reynolds, executive director of Siempre Verde, leads students out of the classroom and into the cloud forest for hands-on learning.

Providing student handson study in a cloud forest

Living and Learning Conservation Helping Hands Knitting blankets for Grady babies Every Monday afternoon at Lenbrook, a Buckhead retirement community, women ranging in age from 65 to 90 gather to knit, crochet or sew baby blankets and caps for new arrivals at Grady Memorial Hospital. Over the last 20 years, they’ve donated approximately 4,000 blankets and 2,500 caps. Kay Martens, who leads the group, has personally knitted 500 caps using a pattern from a hospital in Virginia where she previously volunteered. “Two

or three times a year after we’ve finished 100 items, a member of the group delivers them to Grady,” she says. “Each one is unique.” Members say they get as much from their efforts as they give. “It’s a great outreach for us, because a large number of babies are born into families without much income,” says Pat Schneider, one of the blanket sewers. “When we heard that a baby had been brought to the hospital wrapped

The Lenbrook knitters and sewers include, from left, Adrianne Hill, Kay Martens, Nancy Shurford, Gloria Garrett, Ursula Teeuw and Pat Schneider.

in newspapers, we just cringed. As long as there are babies in need, we plan to continue making blankets and caps.” When supplies get low, Schneider selects soft flannel at a craft store. “Last month, I filled a cart to the top,” she says. “We cut the printed flannel into three-foot squares and hemmed all four sides. A few members use machines, but the majority sews by hand.” l For more information, visit

Valuing Volunteerism Voya employees devote time to helping others On May 15, Voya Investment Management in Sandy Springs and Voya Financial offices nationwide will shut their doors for the day so employees can spend time serving others. “In Atlanta, 400 employees participate in our National Day of Service,” says Christine Hurtsellers, Voya Investment’s CEO. “We also give our people 40 hours a year at full pay

to volunteer at their favorite organizations.” Nationwide, Voya employees amass more than 13,000 volunteer hours. “It’s a way for our corporate culture to shine, for our employees to shine and for us to give back to our communities,” says Hurtsellers. For her, it’s personal. “I have five sons, and I’m passionate about kids in our community and the world who don’t grow up in stable environments,” she says. “I volunteer year-round at Covenant House, which serves homeless youth, provides housing

Twenty-five years ago, The Lovett School in Buckhead purchased 825 acres in the cloud forest of Ecuador to create a protective preserve and research center where students could study tropical conservation. They named it Siempre Verde (“Forever Green”), and since its inception, more than 1,000 students, parents and faculty members have visited. “It’s given us a vehicle to partner with [Atlanta-area] schools, as well as schools and villagers in Ecuador,” says Alex Reynolds, Siempre Verde’s executive director. During the two-week trips each summer and fall, students choose study areas ranging from Spanish immersion to tropical ecology and conservation. “They learn by doing,” says Reynolds. Se-

and teaches life skills.” She is also on the UNICEF Southeast board. A passion for children is also visible at the company. Every year, first-year students from the Christo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School work alongside Voya professionals to acquire skills that will help them in the business world. “These kids are totally committed,” says Hurtsellers. “One travels 1.5 hours each way to participate.” Other company endeavors include working with the nonprofit Girls Inc. to teach members how to manage their personal finances and make smart investments. l For more information, visit

niors Mimi Norton and Jamil Atkinson agree it was a lifechanging experience. “There is a total absence of technology and electricity that allows us to immerse ourselves in the programs,” says Norton. “I became interested in environmental justice and will major in environmental policies at college.” Atkinson, who had never spent a lot of time outdoors, embraced the natural environment. Using local products, he helped assemble gift baskets and created a promotional documentary that raised about $4,000 for the farmers. “Since their income average is less than $100 a month, it made a big impact,” he says. l For more information, visit or

Voya employees Carl Thompson, Christine Hurtsellers and Tania Evans (left to right) are just three of the volunteers who participate in the company's annual Day of Service. Want to nominate a volunteer, company or nonprofit that makes Buckhead, Sandy Springs or Brookhaven a better place to live? Please contact:

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Above: The color palette and decor in the rooms and spa are inspired by the nearby shore.

Crave sunsets on the beach? Consider a stay at The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort.

Left: It's hard to pass by Sprinkles, the old-fashioned ice cream shop, and not stop in for a cone.

One of Destin’s newest beach resorts is a come-back destination

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taying at a fairly new resort has its advantages. Who doesn’t love pristine interiors, crisp linens and a freshly minted staff who’s ready to please? Of course, there’s always the chance of growing pains, but a little more than a year after its opening, I’m happy to report that The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, delivered a delightful, trouble-free getaway. This luxury Destin, Florida, property sits five minutes from the town’s famous sugar-white sand beach. The resort is also adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, an environmentally protected area that provides serene surroundings in a beach town sometimes mentioned as a crowded escape for Atlantans and other city-dwellers. The resort’s shingled exterior recalls a grand seaside manor, and the upscale, residentialfeel interior features high ceilings and 465 original artworks by local artists. As soon as my family and I stepped through the double doors, we felt at ease. We received a detailed explanation of the amenities and layout at


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check-in, but before exploring, we settled into our spacious guestroom, with its custom furnishings, balcony and luxe bathroom complete with louvered shutters. Once unpacked, we headed to the lobby, or “living room,” where large windows and an inviting outdoor terrace overlook the neighboring maritime forest and Gulf Coast. The octagonal-shaped Horizons bar bustled with imbibers sipping cocktails with a side of panoramic views. For a quieter happy hour spot, we discovered the rooftop terrace, which boasts equally great views of the coast and unspoiled Henderson Beach State Park. Wherever you choose to hang out, the resort has mastered the art of entertaining both families with energetic offspring and solo adults looking for some R&R. Pint-sized guests can spend the day at Poppy’s, a kid’s club where crafts, swimming and other adventures entertain. There’s also a family pool with all the bells and whistles, including a splash pad and meandering lazy river.


The grown-ups can indulge in some quiet time at the heated adults' pool, where lush landscaping creates an exclusive ambience. Or there’s the adjacent private beach offering umbrella and chair rental service for $35 a day. For the ultimate moment of calm, I enjoyed a 60-minute massage at the Salamander Spa, where the therapies range from balancing facials to mineral aromatherapy massages. The spa also offers a steam room, sauna and whirlpool, where the view of the surrounding treetops adds an extra level of Zen. When hunger strikes, the Henderson has several options. Relax by the pool with salads, sandwiches and frozen drinks from the Sea Level Poolside Bar & Grill. We also made more than one visit to Sprinkles, the resort’s oldfashioned ice cream shop, for both sweet treats and grab-and-go breakfasts, including a tasty homemade granola. Horizons bar serves seafood appetizers, charcuterie and other bites, but a more formal dinner can be had at Primrose. Named for Destin's first commercial fishing boat, the restaurant

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was a bit deserted during our early-bird dinner, but our server lavished us with attention, walking us through her favorite dishes and the fresh-catch specials. I was tempted by the artful sushi, but opted instead for the blackened snapper with corn puree, field pea succotash and gnocchi. My husband selected a grilled grouper, and my daughter happily snacked on a side of indulgent macaroni and cheese. Everyone enjoys a vacation, but sometimes family trips can be stressful to plan and execute. Despite its young age, The Henderson managed to make all our expectations for a laidback beach getaway come true. We spent three stress-free days at the pool and beach—a memorable recharge for all members of the family. n THE HENDERSON, A SALAMANDER BEACH & SPA RESORT Rates range from $225-$450  for standard guestrooms and $595-$1,250 for suites


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Above: Christiansborg Palace, where the Queen carries out her royal duties. Left: The redbrick facade of Rosenborg Castle.

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Right: A palatial onebedroom suite at Hotel d'Angleterre. Below: The author imbibes in a bit of bubbly.


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From luxe digs to palace visits, channel a royal existence in Copenhagen


s soon as my eyes spied the bottles of pour-yourown bubbly on the breakfast spread at the elegant Hotel d’Angleterre, I felt as if I’d gone to sleep a commoner and woken up a queen. Everywhere I looked during my visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, I found reminders of the Danish affinity for its royal family, whether it was the palaces that seemed to be on every corner or the royal box I spied while taking in the opera. With this in mind, I created an itinerary for my three-day trip to the City of Spires that would be my version of a royal fairy tale. Living the Suite Life My Danish Cinderella story began the moment I arrived at the hotel. The property was established in 1755, and after an extensive renovation, reopened in 2013 as a grand palace for guests of the city. My deluxe onebedroom suite came with a living area


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adorned with fresh roses and a patio off the bedroom that overlooked Kongens Nytorv square and the colorful Nyhavn canal district. The breakfast at Marchal, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, was a feast for the eyes and the belly, featuring everything from fresh pastries to made-to-order eggs— and, of course, the Champagne. My dinner at Marchal didn’t disappoint either, given the signature lobster preparation plated tableside. The icing on the cake was the Balthazar Champagne Bar, Denmark’s first bubbly lounge, which features varieties from more than 40 different houses. I also indulged in a muscle-melting massage at the Amazing Space spa. A Palace a Day Keeps the Dullness Away In my efforts to channel all things sovereign and sumptuous, I followed a daily schedule of consuming ridiculous amounts of Champagne and eating

Above: The majestic Hotel d'Angleterre dates back to 1755. STORY:

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my way through small plate masterpieces such as lobster carpaccio and turbot with fennel ravioli at culinary hot spots including Geist and Barr. But more important, each day’s dining and drinking was scheduled around a visit to an exquisite royal residence. The first day, my focus was on Rosenborg Castle. The tall, whimsical brick palace was home to royals in the 1600s, but in the early 1700s, it shifted to housing royal collections ranging from elaborate garments to the stunning Danish Crown. The next day, I stalked the Royal Guard as it made its daily march through the streets of town to arrive at palace number two, Amalienborg. As I wandered through the ornate halls and museum, visiting the likes of Queen Louise’s salon and other regal rooms, I tried to wrap my mind around the fact that the royal family still lives in the four buildings that make up this grand estate.

I saved the best for last, though. Towering Christiansborg Palace is home to the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and Ministry of State. While strolling the grounds and the palace, I learned that it has been rebuilt three times since the 1740s due to fires. Mustsees include the royal kitchen, where I followed the preparations for a gala dinner to mark King Christian X’s Silver Jubilee in 1937, and the stables, where I paid my respects to the stunning white horses that have called them home since the 1700s. As the sun set on my Danish fairy tale, I knew it would be tough returning to an existence that didn’t include endless Champagne and daily palace visits. But whenever I need to escape reality and channel a bit of the noble lifestyle, I know FOR MORE INFO: that Copenhagen will be Copenhagen there waiting for me. n

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Above: The Torrey Pines Gliderport is the largest tandem operation in the world and offers spectacular views over La Jolla.

San Diego Soaking up the sun and soulful, chill vibe on the California coast


an Diego, my hometown. I can be a stressed mess at times, but whenever I go back for a visit, a peace comes over me the moment the plane hits the tarmac. You can learn a lot about people when you visit their hometown, which is why I took my kids there recently. This Southern Cali spot has a vibe unlike any other city I’ve been to in America, and I was eager to share it with my 11- and 15-year-old sons. Any trip to San Diego has the “musts,” such as SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. I’m not generally a lover of zoos, but the latter’s open-air, cage-less enclosures are built so you feel as though the animals are actually at home there. It’s a hilly, long walk to see all the 3,700-plus animals, though, so be prepared. If I had a dollar for every time


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I went to SeaWorld as a kid, I could build my own animal park. It has everything from roller coasters to sea lions and everything in between. Check the schedule, because when I went, the park had a nightly show called Electric Ocean that was spectacular. It was part laser show, part Cirque du Soleil, all set to pulsating music that kept you on your feet the entire time. San Diego is one of the sunniest cities in the country, and as a local, I can tell you that makes for some great sunset viewing. The best spot in town to enjoy it is the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Most tourists have no idea how to get there or what it is, so it’s relatively uncrowded. The 360-degree view from the top is breathtaking, and the site itself is the only memorial honoring veterans,


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Above: Tower 23 hotel is right on the beach and has bikes you can rent for a spin along the shoreline.

Above: For Flipper fans, SeaWorld offers dolphin encounters. Left: The author and his sons Hollis (middle) and Hayden enjoying the SoCal scenery.

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be they from the Revolutionary War or the current war on terror, with an image of each soldier. Great views can also be had, if you’re feeling adventurous, by going tandem paragliding at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. I lived in San Diego most of my life and only discovered this place while on my vacation with my kids. Soaring through the sky as you gaze out over the La Jolla coastline is exhilarating, and was easily the most memorable thing we did on the trip. The city has a ton of wonderful places to stay, but for me, it’s all about the beach. Every time I go back, I stay at Tower 23, located just steps from the ocean. The hotel rents chairs, bikes and beach gear, and the restaurant is great, too—right in the heart of the Pacific Beach scene. There’s also a fantastic Mexican food

spot just up the street called Taco Surf that’s frequented mostly by locals. The line can be a little long, but it’s so worth it. It’s cheap, no-frills Mexican food at its best. Another cool place to hang with the locals and watch the sunset is a dive beach bar called Lahaina Beach House. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth— nothing fancy, but everybody is so friendly, and you can feel the uniqueness of San Diego there. If you get a chance to break away from the kiddos, check it out. San Diego is like a surf town that grew into a massive city but that kept its youthful, soulful, chill vibe. FOR MORE INFO: There really is no San Diego place like home. n


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HAT-I-TUDE The Kentucky Derby is known as much for the hats worn by the spectators as for the horses that run around the track at Churchill Downs each May. Place your bet on any of these ensemble toppers for a win at a Derby party, or any fancy spring or summer soiree where the dress code calls for some fashionable flair.* STORY:

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nthony Diaz has a unique morning ritual. The 46-year-old Buckhead resident heads to work well before his colleagues, grabs a set of drumsticks from his desk drawer and rocks out on a set of drums sitting on a small stage in the middle of the office. The fact that there’s a stage with mics, guitars and other instruments as part of his workplace doesn’t seem all that strange given that Diaz is the CEO of Sixthman, a local company that produces musical festivals at sea. Sixthman launched its “rock boat” concept, in which 3,000 music fanatics set sail on a Norwegian cruise ship with acts such as Kiss, Kid Rock, Train, Paramore, Florida Georgia Line and John Mayer, back in 2001. The goal is to give music lovers the ultimate fan experience, with not just concerts, but also meet-and-greets and other opportunities for personal interaction with the bands. You were in a band in college. What was it called and how good were you? It was called Water Dog. We thought we were going to be rock stars. We toured the Southeast for four years in the early ’90s, but we never got a record deal. We had a lot of heart, but we didn’t have great songs. When did you start playing the drums? At 10. My dream was to be the drummer for the David Letterman show or Saturday Night Live. I’d still do it today if I could. Dream band you’d love to get on a Sixthman cruise: The Eagles. Craziest thing a band has ever asked for in their rider: Oh, we see everything, right down to the temperature of the towels. Biggest celebrity whose number you have in your cellphone: Pitbull, Gene Simmons. Pretty much everyone we’ve worked with.


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There have been 110 Sixthman cruises so far, and you continue to add new bands, concepts and excursions, such as the upcoming Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea. What makes the concept so popular? People get to go on vacation with musicians like Gene Simmons! The trend these days is for people to invest in experiences, not things. It fuels our business. How many Sixthman cruises have you been on so far? About 60. That’s more than 250 days at sea. We call that our saltiness. It’s a badge of honor around here. What’s your best travel tip? I’m a bit of a Boy Scout, so I always carry my luggage on and get to the gate early. Plus, I’m finally getting my Global Entry Card. Any packing tricks? I pack in outfits. And bring extra power cords. You gotta have the juice. Coolest travel experience: One day I had breakfast in Germany, lunch in Holland and dinner in England.

Personal motto: The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. I’ve found that I had to do that little extra, and it works. I’ll send a thank you card or buy a bottle of Champagne for an employee buying his first house. Every day, I … Jog around Chastain Park. I don’t worry when I run. I know it’s a good day when … I’m nervous, because it means I’m stretching. When you’re a worrier like I am, you prepare, and you’re ready. Being prepared is the only way I don’t throw up every day. One of my favorite places in Buckhead: The Chastain Park Amphitheatre. My family and I walk to concerts there all the time. We also love going to Mirko Pasta. It’s dimly lit and cozy. My guilty pleasure: Brie cheese. I could eat a brick of that stuff. My pet peeves: Being unprepared. Or late. And not being nice. I feel like SIXTHMAN you can control nice. n



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our summer travel plans may not include the family pet, but no doubt you want your canine companion or feline friend to receive the best “pawsible” care while you’re away. Some travelers opt to leave their pets with a friend or neighbor, while others hire sitters. However, many owners—30 million annually, according to PetMD—board their animals at facilities that offer round-the-clock care. Luckily, there’s no shortage of topnotch local boarding options that not only offer a safe place for your critters to stay, but also have a variety of petpampering services. Atlanta’s largest, locally owned boarding facility, Barking Hound Village has both indoor and outdoor spaces at its Buckhead location, and is staffed 24 hours a day. Looking for a more intimate environment for Rover? Consider Dog Days. This Buckhead kennel only accepts a small number of pets at a time to ensure each animal receives plenty of attention. Customers can opt for luxury boarding and grooming services for


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an additional cost, and if your pooch wants to take a dip, there are specially designed swimming pools. Smaller pups are sure to thrive at Pupcakes Playcare, a facility that caters to dogs weighing fewer than 36 pounds. “Pupcakes is a lowvolume, cage-free environment that is more like a home than a kennel,” says owner Arlene Sinanian. Here, small dogs can wander indoors and out, and they’ll find plenty of laps to sit on and love from the staff. At Puppy Haven in Brookhaven, pet parents can check in on their babies via webcam anytime to watch man’s best friend romp and play. “Owners can

BEFORE YOU BOARD Make a reservation. Many facilities fill up early, especially during holidays and popular vacation times. Ask about temperament tests. Some kennels may


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rest assured that their pup will be given nothing short of a VIP experience here,” says manager Christina Dailey. Regardless of whether you book a standard kennel or a suite, each dog at Bark & Board gets his or her own space, with classical music piped in to promote relaxation. Looking for a little more luxury? Reserve a presidential suite that comes with a personal webcam and television. (Bark & Board also offers cat boarding at its Westside location, where cats have access to kitty condos in private rooms.) Several local veterinary offices also have cat boarding, including the Veterinary Center of Buckhead and VCA North Atlanta Animal Hospital in Sandy Springs, the latter of which encourages pet owners to call and check on their feline friends daily. n

require that your pet make a complimentary visit to ensure he or she gets along well with staff and other dogs. Get immunized. Inquire about what immunizations are required and contact

your veterinarian for any necessary paperwork. Pack the essentials. Bring your pet’s food, treats and any medications, as well as something familiar from home, such as a bed or favorite toy.

Clockwise from far left: Just because you're going out of town doesn't mean your dog doesn't deserve a vacation, too. Book Buster a stay at a pet boarding facility such as Bark & Board, Pupcakes Playcare or Puppy Haven.

DETAILS: Bark & Board $38 to $60 a night, depending on accommodations Barking Hound Village $32 to $60 per day Dog Days $45 for a 24-hour stay Pupcakes Playcare $40 a day for first seven nights Puppy Haven $45 to $55 per night VCA North Atlanta Animal Hospital $25 per night north-atlanta Veterinary Center of Buckhead Dogs $23 to $32 a day, cats $15 per day

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An eclectic mix of art and colorful furnishings adds warmth to the great room.

How one couple filled their home with items collected throughout their travels STORY:

Graeme and Rebecca Burnett love the home they call “a diary of our lives.”


hen Graeme and Rebecca Burnett moved to Atlanta from Houston in 2013 for his job as a Delta Air Lines executive, they had no idea where to look for a home. They had moved around a lot for Graeme’s job, never staying in one place for very long. Their living quarters were usually a corporate apartment provided by the company. However, they planned to stay in Atlanta for a while and wanted to find a house they could turn into a home. It took some time to make that happen, but it was worth the wait. Not being familiar with the metro Atlanta area, the Burnetts relied on real estate agents to help them find a house. After a few days with no success, Graeme’s boss directed the


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couple to the Brookhaven area. When they first saw the house that would become their home, they weren’t overwhelmed. In fact, they weren’t even interested—that is, until the real estate agent took Rebecca for a walk through the backyard. Because the nearly 6,000-square-foot house sits on an acre, the yard is extensive, with a terrace, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, putting and chipping greens, a garden shed and walking paths leading to various seating areas. Once Rebecca followed the agent down one of those paths, she knew she had to have the property, regardless of what the house looked like. “I just fell in love with the yard,” she says. “When it’s sunny, we’re outside.” Shortly thereafter, she and Graeme closed on the house and got to work. The Burnetts enlisted the services of Davey Construction and Pineapple House Interior

Design to remodel and update the home. Originally built in 1989, it had been renovated in 1996 by the previous homeowners, and when the contractors got started, they discovered problems with the HVAC system, plumbing and wiring that had to be replaced. “Some of this house was down to the studs,” says Rebecca. As part of the project, several arched doorways and window transoms were removed, and the master bedroom was reduced in size to create Rebecca’s walk-in closet. The wroughtiron railings of the staircase were replaced with glass, the oak floors on the main floor were painted black and the beige carpet upstairs was ditched for hardwoods and area rugs. In the great room, the stone fireplace was replaced with a marble version, which turned out to be a good thing. “When the contractors tore it out, they said they didn’t know how the fireplace hadn’t fallen through, because for

Above: Large picture windows suffuse the kitchen table with natural light. Above: The kitchen received new countertops, sinks and fixtures, plus a smaller island. Left: A glass railing gives a contemporary look to the staircase.  Right: The living room highlights the couple’s black, white and red color palette.

“It is finished out with a mix of modern art and street art, as well as furnishings from living around the world.” – Graeme Burnett like gypsies for 13-plus years prior to moving to Atlanta,” says Rebecca. Most of their furnishings remained in storage as they moved from corporate apartment to corporate apartment, but now they fill the couple’s home. Examples include the privacy screen in the living room, which was purchased in Venezuela; the custom-made dining table constructed of Chinese windows; and bedroom furnishings that include a sofa from China, a bed from Venezuela and a mirror from Morocco. “Everywhere I look, I see reminders of where we used to live,” says Rebecca. One of her favorite pieces is the orange sofa in the great room, which she calls the Alice in Wonderland couch. “It was just such a funky,

crazy-shaped piece,” says Rebecca. She measured it and told the construction crew to make a space for it. “Believe it or not, if you’re short like me, it’s a great place for a catnap,” she says. The couple worked with Pineapple House using a black, white and red palette that’s complemented by their extensive artwork collection. They’ve been collecting pieces for years during their travels around the globe. In fact, Rebecca can recall where each piece was purchased and share a story behind its history, sometimes related to the art, sometimes related to the couple’s personal connection to it, or both. The collection includes three Peter Max paintings, a work by Western artist Carrie Fell


probably at least a decade, maybe more, there had been a slow drip, and the whole thing underneath was just rotten,” says Rebecca. In the kitchen, the countertops, sinks and fixtures were switched out, and the cabinets were repainted and received more-modern hardware. The island was reduced in size, with the cooktop moved to the end of the main counter. New lighting fixtures were also installed throughout the residence. When it came to decorating, the Burnetts had much to draw on from their years of travel. The couple picked up pieces of furniture here and there, but never had the opportunity to put it all together before. “We had to buy very little, considering we’d lived

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and Colorado artist Greg Ragland’s hummingbirds. Other pieces include Peruvian painter Gertie Paez Pate’s rendition of the Venezuelan jungle and a painting by Argentine artist Carlos Alberto Sosa, who, because his arms are paralyzed, paints with his mouth. The Burnetts’ favorite addition to the house is the home theater in the basement. “Most nights we make our plates, put them on a tray and come down here and watch a movie,” says Rebecca. Black and white photos of movie stars from the 1940s and 1950s decorate the walls, while bright red blankets rest on the theater chairs. Leopard print carpet graces the floor. With the renovation now complete, the Burnetts say they love their house because it’s like a diary of their lives. “There are lots of memories from Caracas, Venezuela;


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Guangzhou, China; Seoul, South Korea; and Brussels, Belgium,” says Rebecca. In fact, Graeme has clocks on the wall of his home office documenting the time for each of the places they lived before moving to Atlanta. It’s this mix of furnishings, artwork and the accompanying memories that the Burnetts feel makes their home unique. “I believe our house is different from others in Atlanta because it has more of a soft, contemporary style and is finished out with an eclectic mix of modern art and street art, as well as furniture gathered from living around the world,” says Graeme. n Below: The Burnetts spend a lot of time in the theater, their favorite addition to the house.

Right: The master bedroom was reduced in size to make room for Rebecca’s walk-in closet.

Above: The outdoor living space complements the expansive backyard—the reason Rebecca wanted the house in the first place. Below: The clocks in Graeme’s home office document the time in the cities they used to call home.



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everaging the help and expertise of a stylist or personal shopper was once the realm of the rich or famous, but no more. Now, everyone from major department stores to independent boutiques is offering the service as part of the guest experience. To make the most of it, whether complimentary or paid, it’s smart to have a strategy. Here, we share some tips from Ashley Bolding, regional manager of the South for MM.LaFleur, a brand dedicated to making it easy for women to create a professional wardrobe that works for them. The company, which started out leveraging online stylists, opened its brick-andmortar boutique in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this spring and offers a stylist-facilitated shopping experience.

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Home (Closet) Work. A little prep at home—we’re talking 10 to 15 minutes—can make your time with a personal shopper or stylist exponentially more effective. “Organize and edit,” says Bolding. “Look at your closet. Think about what you wear and don’t wear. It doesn’t have to be a massive closet clean out.” She encourages would-be shoppers to consider the condition of frequently worn pieces and if there are any gaps to fill.

The B-Word. Of course, there’s the budget. “You don’t want that moment when you’re looking at a great set of pieces, freaking out about the price,” says Bolding. She urges clients to have an idea of what they’d like to spend beforehand. “Having a sense of your budget is helpful because a stylist can figure out the smartest buy, including your cost-per-wear on different pieces.”

A Long-Term Relationship. Once you’ve worked with someone you like, it makes sense to keep a good thing going. “One of the benefits is that the stylist gets to know you,” says Bolding. “Shopping can be an emotional experience, and working with somebody who puts you at ease helps.” It can save time, too, when they know

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your likes, dislikes, previous purchases, body shape and lifestyle needs.

Comfortably Uncomfortable. It’s easy to get stuck in a fashion rut, and working with a stylist can be the perfect antidote. “The stylist’s ability to think outside the box and pair things in different ways is beneficial because it pushes customers without making them feel uncomfortable,” says Bolding. And who knows? A new-to-you color palette may be just what you need for a next-level wardrobe.

Multiplied Options. When you’re shopping at a professionally focused boutique such as MM.LaFleur, you might not immediately think of how those office-appropriate pieces would flow into your off-duty wear. For instance, a stylist may show you how a tailored blazer would be a perfect after-hours look with a pair of wide-leg jeans. “A wardrobe should be about versatility,” says Bolding. “Getting a lot of wear out of every piece makes the investment make sense.”

Document It. If you fear you won’t remember all of their recommendations and combinations, take photos or ask the stylist to recap via email. n

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MM.LaFleur’s showrooms are designed to facilitate a comfortable, stress-free shopping experience.

STYLE ROLODEX No matter your needs, a Buckhead-based stylist, shopper or retailer has you covered. Here are some favorites. The Bonobos Guideshop This stylish menswear brand fulfills clients’ purchases through the web, but shoppers can come into the diminutive outpost in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta for a gratis beer and to work with skilled “guides” to choose items from shorts to suits. MM.LaFleur Geared toward working women, this upstart brand doesn’t have a traditional showroom with racks and racks of clothes. Rather, you book an appointment with one of the professional stylists who pull looks for you based on your personal wants and needs. Plaid Monkey Skilled Buckhead-based stylist Robanne Schulman isn’t affiliated with just one brand, but leverages myriad designer and retailer relationships to outfit her male and female clients. Pricing for closet edits, special event styling and wardrobe overhauls is available on request. Tootsies Though there’s no fee for an appointment with Tootsies’ Sara Mixon, the stylist treats every opportunity to work with women—from finding new wardrobe staples to dressing for a black-tie gala—like a special occasion.

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akeup trends often tend to border on the extreme— just think back to the contouring craze. While over-the-top looks such as black lipstick can be fun for certain special occasions or events, on a day-to-day basis, most makeup wearers just want to look like an enhanced version of themselves. This is why the beauty trends spotted on this season’s fashion runways are more exciting than usual—they’re wearable looks! These modern twists on classics, such as the cat eye and red lip, are made to bring out your natural beauty. Here, Nikole Morrow-Pettus, cosmetic director at Van Michael Salon in Buckhead, gives us the scoop on summer’s hottest makeup looks, along with helpful application tips.

Cat Eyeliner The look: The cat eye has been around for decades and has seen many incarnations. Somewhere along the way, it became a classic. “I have clients from their teens up into their 70s who want the cat eye,” says Morrow-Pettus. “It extends your eyes, making them look bigger and longer.” This season, the bolder and the blacker the lines, the better. How to apply: Choose a liquid, felt-tip liner, not a liquid liner with a skinny brush. Sweep the liner from the lash bed on the outer corner of your eye upwards to wherever you want it to stop, then bring it back down to the lid, creating a “V” shape. Next, drag it across your top lash line from the outside in towards your nose.


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Nikole Morrow-Pettus says a bolder cat eye like the one at right is on trend.

Red Lips The look: The big push in red lips these days is a bright tomato or orange-red shade. Women of color, Morrow-Pettus points out, can pull off virtually any red hue, whether cool or warm. If you have olive or medium-toned skin, go for an orange-red. And if you’re really fair, stick with a blue-red. How to apply: Use one of the new lip stains, lip lacquers or liquid lipsticks that come with an elongated lip applicator that defines your lip shape. Then shade in the rest. “If you’re a classic Tory Burch girl, go for a glossy sheen,” says Morrow-Pettus. “If you’re edgier or feeling more serious, then go for a matte look.”

Twiggy Lashes The look: This chunky-lash look is all about making your eyes pop on the top and bottom just like iconic fashion model Twiggy did in the ’70s. How to apply: Pick out a mascara that promotes length instead of volume. “It’s going to have a wider-set

brush so that the lashes go through a divot and create individual length. Volumizing is not Twiggy,” says Morrow-Pettus. Apply one or two coats to your top and bottom lashes. Strategically placing individual false lashes to every other lash will further enhance this wide-eyed style.

Dewy Complexion The look: This youthful style is all about an all-over sheen and skin that looks like it’s glistening but not oily. Think glowing, luminous skin. And who doesn’t want that? “I hope this trend never stops. I don’t want to go back to matte powder faces,” says Morrow-Pettus. “Even if you have bad skin, a sheen like this looks so much better than matte.” How to apply: To achieve a dewy face, apply an illuminating primer first, followed by a liquid mineral foundation. “I call it ‘illuminating underneath the skin,’” says MorrowPettus. Another option, if you love your powder foundation, is to start with a priming spray, then apply

an illuminating powder foundation, followed by a top spritz of your priming spray to provide extra sheen.

Color-Blocked Lids The look: This bold eye shadow fashion, featuring anything from primary colors to the shiniest of metallics, is for someone who is very secure in their wardrobe and style. “The color-blocking look was popular in the mod ’60s, and the ’80s took it to another level. Now we’re coming to the cyber version of the look,” Morrow-Pettus explains. “It’s an undone-done look that doesn’t need to be perfectly applied or blended.” How to apply: Pick one bold color and use your fingers instead of a brush to apply the eye shadow, which helps keep the intensity of the pigment. Says Morrow-Pettus: “Swipe the color across the lids where your eyeballs are. Don’t take it too high on the crease.” Then, select a contrasting or complementary color to smudge under the eyes, right under your lashes. n


















ou did it! You’ve signed up to run your first AJC Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta’s, and the world’s, largest 10K run. And then the panic ensues. How are you going to prepare for this hilly and humid physical challenge that has taken place each July 4th since 1970? We’ve rounded up tips from seasoned Atlanta trainers to help you map out a plan.

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1. JUMP FOR JOY. “Explosive movements such as squat jumps will help you build hip and leg strength, which makes you faster,” says Jeff Toney, co-owner of Buckhead’s Fit9 fitness concept. To do the jumps, lower into a seated position, aligning the hips, knees and ankles at 90 degrees, and jump as high as you can, being sure to land softly and deeply to absorb the impact. Do three sets of 20 a few days a week.


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2. SAY NO TO SHIN SPLINTS. If you’re a running newbie, shin splints can be a problem. Amy Begley, an Atlanta Track Club coach who was a 2008 Olympian in the 10,000 meters event, recommends you do toe and calf raises to ready yourself for the uphills and downhills of the course. For toe raises, start with your heels on the ground, raise your toes toward your shins and hold for a second. For calf raises, the toes stay on the ground as you lift your heels. Repeat each exercise until the muscle being worked feels tired. Both exercises can be repeated every day and can be done while you’re at your desk or just standing around.

3. STRETCH IT OUT. Most runners have tight hip flexors, especially if they sit at a desk most of

the day, says Jessica Muenster, vice president and trainer at F45 Training in Buckhead, who has completed the Peachtree Road Race twice. “This can cause pain in the lower back and tightness in your IT bands [that run along the side of the leg down to your knees],” adds Muenster, “which is why I recommend doing a yoga pose like pigeon at the end of each workout.” To do the pose, sit on the floor with one leg bent at as close to a right angle as you can get it and the other leg straight behind you. Try to keep your hips facing to the front. As your flexibility increases, walk your hands out in front of you and lean into your elbows. Repeat on each side, and hold for 10 to 30 seconds.

4. BE AN INSIDER— AND OUTSIDER. Run indoors and outdoors, recommends India Welton, owner of Solcioty Fitness Buckhead. “Of course, you want to prepare your body for outdoor conditions such as humidity

and increases or decreases in elevation,” she says. “But treadmills are an excellent way to condition for sprints, hills and even breaking away from the pack, which can help prepare you for the pavement.”

5. JUST BREATHE. The more you learn to control your breath, the more easily you’ll be able to build your endurance and run long distances, says Caron Christison, lead teacher and director of business development for Buckhead’s Highland Yoga. “Yoga is a great way to build flexibility while working on your breath,” she says. “One technique we incorporate is parallel breathing— equaling the length of your inhales with the length of your exhales. Classic yogic breath is five counts in and five counts out. Finding a steady breathing rhythm allows your body and mind to remain calm, even during strenuous or challenging activities.” n AJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE July 4

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rustration: That was one of the driving forces behind Janet Cox’s decision to form Synapse, LLC, an addiction treatment center in Buckhead. “I worked with a medical group connected to [a local hospital] for 10 years, trying to make the traditional addiction treatment model, which focuses on the 12 steps, work,” says Cox, a licensed clinical psychologist. “But I didn’t feel like it was effective enough, because people continued to come back to deal with their addictions.” To give some context, when Synapse opened, Cox worked with a 24-year-old woman with a history of opioid and heroin addiction who’d been in rehab 23 times. Now, after more than two years of Cox’s outpatient holistic approach to addiction treatment, the patient is still sober. We chatted with Cox to learn more about her work relating to this devastating and growing issue.

Take us through your typical treatment process. First, we learn about the patient’s drug use and decide if detoxification is necessary. It’s important to do this in a controlled environment, as abruptly stopping alcohol or drugs such as Xanax can lead to seizures or even death. Then there’s about six hours of psychological testing and interviews to individualize the treatment. Next, we execute the treatment plan, which includes 12 weeks of activity, including five to six one-hour sessions each week consisting of individual


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Addiction One Buckhead psychologist takes a holistic approach to treating this growing epidemic therapy, neurofeedback, biofeedback and family therapy. Twice a week, patients are brought together in groups to learn about topics such as brain function and to participate in yoga sessions, and they’re also taught skills such as mindful meditation and goal-setting techniques. You specialize in opioid treatment. Why do you think opioid use has become such an issue? One reason is that the powerful opiate OxyContin was banned by the FDA in 2013, causing many addicts to turn to heroin. Another is the growing prevalence of readily available prescriptions offering access to more medication than

an individual experiencing pain or following surgery really needs. In fact, as reported by the CDC, if opioids are taken for 10 days or more, one in five people will become addicted. What advice do you have for people who might be struggling with addiction? First of all, they need to know they’re not alone, as addiction affects more than 20 million Americans at any given time. Alcohol and drug addictions pay no mind to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious preference or economic status. Addiction is not about being a bad person who needs to become a

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Tell us about your approach to treatment. For two years, I did research to dig into finding new solutions for dealing with substance abuse disorders. What I found is a direct relationship between brain health and sobriety, which lead to Synapse’s Brain Health Model of Care. We use a holistic approach called neurobehavioral facilitation, which is based on neuroscientific research emphasizing that addiction is a brain disease and often experienced in combination with other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorder.


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good person, nor is it about moral weakness, low motivation or lack of willpower. Fortunately, there’s hope for sobriety with the proper treatment, hard work and social support. The first step begins with talking to someone and asking for help, whether it’s a family member, friend or professional. Do shop around for treatment, as all rehabs are not created equal, and explore alternative treatment approaches. Not everyone needs inpatient rehab; consider an outpatient program that allows continued engagement with school or job and family and friends. Remember, it’s never too late to get help and achieve freedom over addiction. n SYNAPSE, LLC 3495 Piedmont Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.848.9333




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Jennifer Wiggin stepped in as the Buckhead school system weeded out string education.

Photo: Sara Hanna Photography In an era when arts funding has decreased, Jennifer Wiggin’s goal is to fill the gap left behind by the public school system.

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String theory: Jennifer Wiggin gives area youngsters an appreciation for the cello, violin, viola and bass.


ennifer Wiggin has been playing the viola since she was in the fifth grade. Today, she shares her love for the instrument, as well as the violin, cello and bass, with budding musicians as the executive director of Buckhead Strings, a local organization offering stringed-instrument lessons and camps to area youth. A native of Arlington, Texas, Wiggin originally set out to be a musician. She received a bachelor’s of music in viola performance from Texas Christian University and then a master’s in the same field at Indiana University. She performed with several groups, including the Santa Monica Symphony and the Kaplan Quartet in Los Angeles. She eventually realized, though, that she didn’t want to play in an orchestra setting the rest of her life. “It was competitive, with not many jobs,” she recalls. After gigs working for a real estate developer and as a project manager, she wound up at the University of Southern California, where she received a master’s in business administration and also met her future husband. The couple moved to Miami in 2002, where Wiggin worked in the marketing department at the New World Symphony for a few years. She loved what she did. “Even though I wasn’t in any of those orchestras, I enjoyed being able to passionately talk about the organization,” says Wiggin. The pair moved to Atlanta in 2005. She was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years, then landed marketing jobs with the Children’s Museum, The Galloway School and The Atlanta Opera. The idea to start Buckhead Strings came in 2016. Her daughter, Julia, was taking strings education at her school, which was being offered to fourth and fifth graders, but it was the last year it would be available. Strings and band were being eliminated in the six public Buckhead schools. “I found that all these kids were being displaced,” says Wiggin. “They would have no group instruction until they got to seventh grade or had private education. My idea was to go through the afterschool programs.” She was initially able to get Buckhead Strings into two of the elementary schools, Jackson and Sarah Smith, and over the last two years has gotten it into three others. Buckhead Strings works as an afterschool enrichment program that ends with students eventually presenting a recital for the parents. The classes aren’t free, but Wiggins does offer competitive rates, with scholarships available to select students. Wiggin averages 4 to 10 students per class, with the violin being by far the most popular instrument. Since she and a fellow teacher play the viola, she does feel she has something of an inside edge with stu-


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JOY OF MUSIC Buckhead resident Jennifer Wiggin brings music education back to area youth dents who want to switch over. “So much depends on the kid’s physique, though,” says Wiggin. “The viola is a bit bigger.” New for the organization this year is a strings summer camp for youngsters in the third through sixth grades who have at least one year of experience playing their instruments. Wiggin herself still performs as part of different ensembles here and there, but these days she focuses mostly on her


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work and her family, which includes a son, Alex. In an era when arts funding has decreased, her goal is to fill the gap left behind by the public school system. “I want to expand to all six schools in Buckhead and into private schools and churches and beyond. The sky is the limit. BUCKHEAD STRINGS There’s nothing else out 770.367.7521 there that satisfies that need like what we do.” n




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pril in Atlanta brought an awakening of nature’s palette of colors, the promise of warmer weather and the fulfillment of a dream for artist Tinatin Vachnadze. Last month, Vachnadze, a native of Georgia, the country in Eastern Europe, opened the doors to the Tinatin V Gallery in Sandy Springs, where her own works are featured alongside an artistic array by international creators. The debut is a long-awaited event that would have made Vachnadze’s grandparents proud. “Both of them were artists,” she says. “And my father is a designer. I grew up in a family of artists, and I followed. I have a master’s degree in fine arts and design from the art academy in my home country.” For the last 17 years, Vachnadze has called the Atlanta area home, having

moved here to join her mother. Since then, her contemporary works in oils and mixed media have been showcased around the country as well as Europe. “I love colors, and I show emotions through them, especially in the abstract paintings I do,” says Vachnadze. “Now, with this gallery, I have a showroom where people can come in and see my paintings and my art studio, and they can watch the process as well.” Having a personal studio as part of the 1,200-square-foot space in the Belle Isle Square shopping center means that her husband, an iron and metal designer, and her three children have a lot more room at home, and she has a larger work area. “I’ve been working at my house, so I’m glad to

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be moving to a gallery where I’ll have more space,” she notes with a laugh. The gallery also has enough room to accommodate more than just art, though that’s Vachnadze’s primary focus. “I have a lot of friends and people I know from my own country and Europe who do a lot of unique things, and I want to bring them in as well,” she says. “My idea is to have things you cannot find in other galleries by getting exclusive rights to works by people you cannot see anywhere else. But it won’t just be fine art. I also want to have jewelry, maybe clothing, unique handmade items—art, but very mixed. I appreciate art of all kinds.” That appreciation comes through in Vachnadze’s own abstract and figurative creations that burst off the canvas with color and texture.

“I’m not a traditional artist,” she says. “Everything I do, everyplace I go, influences my art. The culture that came with me to this country also influences me on a spiritual level, too.” Vachnadze plans to devote more time to exploring those inspirations in her own space. “Especially now that my kids are grown and don’t need to be driven around as much, I have more time for myself,” she says. “I’ve always had it in my head to have my own space, and the time is right. If not now, then when?” n TINATIN V GALLERY 4969 Roswell Road Sandy Springs 30342 404.247.4234

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, SCANDAL! Author’s new novel parallels real-life revelations in Hollywood


hile the ongoing revelations about misconduct in Hollywood have come as a shock to many in the movie-going public, Bobbi Kornblit isn’t a bit surprised. What does amaze the former film industry insider and Los Angeles resident is the uncanny timing of her new novel, Red Carpet Rivals. “When it came out at the end of last year, I had no idea we’d be reading about Hollywood scandals and how the book would echo them,” she says. “The story has sexual misconduct in the workplace—in the studios and on the production sets—throughout. So I was very surprised that art does imitate life, but as [late Atlanta-born writer] Pat Conroy once said, ‘Write about what you know.’” Kornblit, who moved to Georgia in 1994 and has been in Buckhead for the last four years, grew up in Texas and worked as an ad


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exec in L.A. That’s where she met her late husband, Simon, whose job as head of marketing for Universal Studios gave the couple plenty of occasions to walk the red carpet. Her experiences in Tinseltown provided the inspiration for her new book that’s packed with the scandal, glitz and glamour surrounding a fictitious awards ceremony. “The settings are familiar to me, but the characters and plots are from my imagination,” she says. “But it’s also a story about the history of Hollywood, about moviemaking and film marketing, as well as women’s empowerment and seeing women overcome barriers and succeed.” It’s also about a main character who “hugs a little too tightly and kisses inappropriately whenever he can,” a scenario eerily similar to the reports of misbehavior that have been surfacing in the movie industry of late. “I was

aware of this kind of behavior, and I also know it’s not just in Hollywood, so it was something I wanted to talk about,” says Kornblit. After successful careers on the West Coast, Kornblit and her husband picked Atlanta as their next home largely because her mother had been born here, and she had fond memories of visiting cousins and grandparents in town. The two quickly became active in the city’s movie scene, supporting various film festivals, arts programs and philanthropic causes. In 2005, Kornblit began working on Red Carpet Rivals as her thesis project for a master’s degree. Through the years, she updated and revised it before finally launching it late last year. Despite having 13-year-old roots, the story is still topical, she says. “I like to think that this book could be considered the first #MeToo novel of 2018.” n

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We may be talking ABC’s, but the Buckhead area food scene is all grown up. Consider this comprehensive guide to eating well in our favorite neighborhoods. 50 

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King + Duke’s covered deck is a go-to spot when it’s prime patio weather.




The mercury is rising, and for foodies, that can only mean one thing: patio weather. Fortunately, opportunities abound to park at an outdoor table, either in the shade or the full sun. The covered outside tables at King + Duke, along with the restaurant’s dedicated outdoor bar, overlook the corner of “Main and Main,” or in Buckhead terms, Paces Ferry and Peachtree roads. One of the area’s newest and most spectacular alfresco spaces is at Little Alley Steak. Opening this month, the eatery boasts a 2,500-square-foot patio complete with dining space, lounge and bar at which to nosh on their delicious dry-aged steaks. There are few more transformative places to enjoy a patio than Le Bilboquet in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The white tablecloths, guests leisurely strolling the surrounding shops and the French-American menu can transport you to Paris. Similarly, you can enjoy the neighborhood vibes at the aptly named Haven, where the tables are shaded by leafy elm trees, and locals often walk back to their surrounding Brookhaven homes. After the sun—and temperature—goes down, head to Seven Lamps in the Shops Around Lenox and grab a seat by the fire pit, a cozy spot to imbibe with a well-made Manhattan or glass of wine from an under-the-radar growing region.




While breakfast (see “Y is for Yolk”) is a straightforward pursuit, designed to fuel us for a productive day or even serve as the backdrop for a business meeting, brunch is another thing entirely. This typically weekend meal that occupies the liminal space between breakfast and lunch, and sometimes beyond, is best enjoyed with a friend, spouse or, better yet, a group. For a brunch feast, you can’t do better than St. Cecilia, where $28 ($8 for children) buys you nearly all-you-can-eat of Chef Craig Richards’ coastal European fare. The marble chef’s table in front of the kitchen overflows with fresh salads, antipasti, cheeses and grilled focaccia. Make yourself a plate while you choose an entrée from a list that includes airy ricotta waffles with citrus conserva, whipped cream and barrel-aged maple syrup, and Mangia: St. Cecilia’s Sunday brunch comes with an expansive antipasti bar.

wood-grilled steak with creamy polenta, roasted mushrooms and a sunny-side-up egg. After the main event, head back to the buffet to satisfy your sweet tooth with cannoli studded with chocolate chips, Italian cookies and an ever-rotating selection of cakes. Paired with a punch-packing (and aptly named) Rising Sun Blues cocktail, you’ll want to stay a while. Other worthy brunch spots include Bistro Niko, where the croque madame served with potatoes crisped in duck fat is a perennial favorite, and Astor Court at the St. Regis Atlanta, where the luxe eggs Benedict are served alongside your choice of a lump crab cake or grilled steak. For a decidedly more casual midday experience, venture to Food 101. Its brunch was recently named one of the hottest nationwide by Zagat, in part because of Chef Ron Eyester’s signature Fatboy Brunch, a calorie-busting feast with buttermilk fried chicken, potatoes, scrambled eggs and a biscuit with sausage gravy.




Do a quick loop around Buckhead, and it’s clear we love our steak. Hal’s has been serving well-heeled patrons prime cuts of beef since the early 1990s, and it’s still a favorite spot for clandestine meals and live piano music. Even earlier—since 1979—Bones has been Buckhead’s steakhouse destination for business meetings and special occasions. For meat-on-demand, Brazilian steakhouses such as Chama Gaúcha

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and Fogo de Chão are a slam dunk. Simply give the signal to your trusty server-slash-gaucho, and your plate gets filled with your choice of succulent pichana (a churrasco signature), beef ribs, tenderloin, chicken, lamb and pork. Speaking of pork, Southern Art boasts its own ham bar. It offers more than a dozen of the South’s best varieties for a mind-blowing charcuterie served with housemade bread, mustard, jams and pickles.

To sprinkle or not to sprinkle? Duck Donuts lets you customize your flavor combinations.




Donuts have gone gourmet in a craze that’s taken over the nation. Kamal Grant put Atlanta on the map for artisan donuts when he opened his Midtown shop Sublime Doughnuts in 2008. The second location in Brookhaven is open 24 hours a day, serving koshercertified flavors such as the A-Town Cream, an airy version filled with vanilla bean custard and topped with Callebaut dark chocolate glaze, and the s’mores donut topped with chocolate glaze, dusted with graham cracker crumbs and filled with a toasted marshmallow. Bon Glaze’s locations in Buckhead and Brookhaven also keep guests on a perpetual sugar high with yeast donuts covered with toppings such as Fanta orange glaze and fresh whipped cream, butterscotch and bacon, and raspberry glaze and cotton candy. The sweet treats have become a favorite of brides looking to offer a late-night surprise for wedding guests. For a choose-your-own flavor adventure, Duck Donuts puts the power in guests’ hands. A vanilla cake donut is the canvas for your choice of base coating (sugar glaze, powdered sugar, vanilla icing or peanut butter), topping (Oreo, coconut or sprinkles) and a drizzle (hot fudge, salted caramel or blackberry).

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and watching your favorite team play on a big screen is just the ticket. Fadó Irish Pub is a longtime favorite for viewing all kinds of sports, but football (read: soccer) enthusiasts particularly enjoy catching a match with a pint and a plate of pub sliders with Guinness mayo. Zinburger, located in Lenox Square mall, might not be the first place you’d think of to watch a game, but the wall of TVs, juicy-burger-of-the-week specials and selection of fun Moscow mules served in copper mugs make it a terrific under-the-radar spot when you want to take a break from retail therapy. Not content to be a spectator? Get in on the action at The Painted Pin, where bowling, indoor bocce ball, giant Jenga and shuffleboard are paired with refreshments including wood-fired pizzas, local beers and fun cocktails to keep you playing all night.

H Amorino Gelato’s tasty treats are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.




On a recent Friday night, regulars came flooding into the bar at Il Giallo. Bartender Sharon Iannotti warmly greeted longtime guests, inquiring after their families, recent trips and jobs. One local even brought a book she thought Iannotti would enjoy reading. It’s a similar scenario when perpetual guests show up at the White House for breakfast. The restaurant has been around since 1948, which is plenty of time to cultivate myriad loyal lovers of its strong coffee, throwback atmosphere and Greek-influenced diner fare. Another haven for neighborhood regulars is 10 Degrees South, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. “It’s neat to see that customers who have been coming here for ages now have kids who are grown up and are making this their regular place, too,” says owner Justin Anthony. “It’s been a family business from day one, and a lot of our regulars have become part of the family, even outside of the restaurant.” That bond has led to more than a few of the restaurant’s staff and guests dating and even marrying!


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When summer temperatures soar in the city, we’re on the hunt for tasty ways to cool down. Kids of all ages love Southern Custard, where owners Matthew and Heather Mohalski offer an ultra-dense, made-freshdaily chocolate and vanilla custard. Get your sweet, frozen fix in shakes, malts, floats and sundaes, or step up the flavor with the always rotating special of the day (favorites include Key lime pie, black sesame and banana pudding). At Amorino Gelato, each bowl or cone is a work of art. Choose your flavor of gelato or sorbet from a selection that includes tiramisu, pistachio and lime-basil, and the friendly clerk will mold the scoop into a rose-shaped creation worthy of an Instagram pic before you dig in. Grown-ups looking for a bit of booze with their frosty treat should venture to The Ivy lounge for frozen rosé (or frozé, as all the cool kids call it).




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With so many ways to indulge, we could all use a less-gluttonous bite now and again. Fortunately, whatever your preferred health-conscious fare—vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, heart healthy, paleo—you’ll find it here. At Cassis, located one floor below the main lobby of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, the weekday salad bar packs a nutritious punch. Have your fill of any or all of it, either to take away or eat in, for $12.95. The 30 fresh ingredients include greens; proteins such as chicken, beef and tofu; veggies, nuts and seeds; and a variety of dressings. Vegetarians and vegans can nosh on anything from the menu at Cafe Sunflower, while dishes such as fried avocado tacos, spicy basil tempeh and orzo eggplant lasagna keep even meat eaters from feeling deprived or bored. At Sama, the Balance Bowls, fresh juices and smoothies are available with a side of wellness classes in the on-site studio. Grab an Ayurvedic-designed bite after guided meditation or yoga. Hangry but still want to eat healthy? Consider Cassis’ all-you-can-eat salad bar.




Where do you go when money is no object and decadence is of no concern? One such place is Himitsu, where you can spring for a wagyu beef roll ($36) and lobster box ($28), paired with a signature Toryufu cocktail ($18) made with white truffle and pear vodka, grapefruit and tonic. You can go big at Cape Dutch with oversized bottles of wine from South Africa’s Western Cape. A 1.5-liter bottle of 2015 Mulderbosch Rosé only sets you back $60, while the 2014 3-liter bottle of The Chocolate Block Red Blend by Boekenhoutskloof runs $300. For a true splurge, go for the 2014 vintage of Napa’s Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon, which will set you back $1,200. It’s a perfect pairing with another of Chef Philippe Haddad’s mega menu items: the $96, 30-ounce tomahawk ribeye. Dry aged for an impressive 35 days, it’s big enough to share. At CheeseCaked Creamery & Cafe, you can get your budget- and caloriebuster in the form of the impossibly decadent milkshakes. The large, $12 version of the Unicorn comes with your choice of ice cream in a sprinkle-dipped cup that’s topped with rainbow candy, a giant marshmallow, a lollipop, cheesecake bar, cotton candy and an edible unicorn head.

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Linton Hopkins’ cooking is as winning as his smile.




Chef Linton Hopkins was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award, honoring the best cooks in the country, for four consecutive years before taking home the honor in 2012. With it, he became the only chef who lives and works in Buckhead to score the distinction. The humble Hopkins, whose favorite quote is “Success is not final and failure is not fatal” by Winston Churchill, sees the award as a call to greater responsibility within the

culinary community. “I take our guild and the role of culinarians and chefs very seriously,” he says. As the driving force behind Restaurant Eugene and the other eateries in his Resurgens Hospitality Group, he has the opportunity to mentor younger chefs and to make impactful choices in the company’s food supply chain, which have a trickle-down effect on local farmers and food artisans. “[The award] makes me feel part of something bigger than me, and I really like that feeling,” says Hopkins.




Eating out with little ones no longer means you’re relegated to palaces of chicken fingers and fries. Avellino’s Pizzeria, for one, has plenty of things kiddos love, namely build-yourown pizzas and cheese tortellinis, but adults will find equally appealing selections including fresh salads; Pizza Bianca topped with fresh mozzarella, speck and arugula; local beers on tap; and a largely Italian wine list. Likewise, after a day of shopping at Phipps Plaza with mom and dad, pint-sized diners can look forward




Remember your college days when late night food meant playing drive-thru roulette with whatever was open? Fortunately, Buckhead offers more grown-up fare to satisfy, even after hours. The Elbow Room kitchen is open until 2 a.m. (except Sundays), for bites such as the sweet and spicy Sriracha samurai wings tossed in black and white sesame seeds. At the Landmark Diner, which is open 24/7, you can soak up whatever boozy leftovers are in your system with grilled steak and two eggs any way you like ’em. The appropriately named Midnight Cowboy Burger at The Bucket Shop Cafe comes topped with bacon, melted American cheese and a fried egg. At Fellini’s, a wee-hours slice of the house special (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black and green olives and extra cheese) only sets you back $4.40. For a late-night bite that’s a little healthier, there’s Dantanna’s The Jive, a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato and avocado.

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Kids’ meals don’t have to be boring. Witness these pretty plates at The Café & Bar.




There was a time in the not too distant past when big-box supermarkets were the most obvious place to score ingredients. Now, weekly neighborhood farmers markets connect savvy shoppers with produce, meat, egg and dairy farmers, and artisan bread and cheesemakers. At the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, held Saturday mornings from April through December at the Cathedral of St. Philip, visitors wander through the largest producer-only market in the state. By limiting vendors to producers (meaning they made or grew their wares), the market eliminates the middleman and ensures fair prices. Grab a cup of Batdorf & Bronson coffee and shop for locally made kombucha, nut butter, bone broth and produce grown nearby. Watch live chef demonstrations using market ingredients to spark ideas in your own kitchen. The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings from April to November with almost 50 vendors and music from live bands. The Brookhaven Farmers Market focuses on sustainably grown products and artfully prepared foods, and has become a Saturday morning destination for families walking over from the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Photo: Sara Hanna Photography You might need a friend, or two, to take down CheeseCaked’s over-the-top Unicorn milkshake.

to golden grilled cheese sandwiches and linguine with their choice of sauce at The Public Kitchen & Bar, where cocktails, burgers topped with pimento cheese and bacon, and Savannah shrimp and grits will entice older guests. The Café & Bar inside the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta hotel is the height of chic, with its sleek decor and soft music, but unexpectedly, it’s a place where youngsters can feel comfortable, too. At breakfast, little ones may find it hard to choose between the French toast sticks with maple syrup and the chocolate chip silver dollar pancakes. At lunch, even upscale PB&Js get an upgrade alongside housemade potato chips.

Smart Atlanta foodies start their Saturdays at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.




Having a nightcap is such a civilized tradition for evenings when friends or sweethearts aren’t quite ready to bid farewell. Fortunately, Buckhead is full of opportunities to partake. A favorite sip at The Regent Cocktail Club is the Martinez, made with Plymouth Gin, Italian vermouth, Maraschino liqueur and a dash of bitters. At the Holeman and Finch Public House, there’s the Up In Smoke, a blend of reposado tequila, smoky mezcal, Pedro Ximénez sherry, bitters and a bit of grapefruit. For a sublime nightcap and dessert

in one, the Affogato Correcto at Bar Americano features creamy vanilla gelato, a shot of espresso and your choice of nine shots, including nocino, an Italian walnut liqueur.




Statistics show that a good majority of small businesses close within the first 18 months, and that number seems to be amplified for restaurants. Here, we tip our hat to some of the Buckhead-area stalwarts of hospitality that have been serving area patrons for 20-plus years. OK Cafe opened its doors in 1987 and has been welcoming diners ever since, except for the time it took to rebuild after a 2014 fire. Buckhead Diner opened in 1987 as well, and the iconic chrome eatery has been a favorite spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner for locals and celebrities alike (witness the lobby lined with photos of the famous faces who’ve eaten there). The Atlanta Fish Market created a stir with its 65-foot fish sculpture out front when it opened in 1993 and remains a top choice for seafood lovers to this day.




The undisputed grand duke of Buckhead pastry shops is Henri’s Bakery & Cafe, which has been turning out petits fours, apple fritters, cream horns, scones, cinnamon rolls, cakes and more for decades. Its shiny new spot in Andrews Square, along with its diminutive Sandy Springs location, continues to be a go-to spot for baby shower cakes, morning coffee and sweet treats. Gluten-averse? You don’t have to go without, thanks to Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery. The Sandy Springs storefront may be small, but its celiac-friendly selection of breads, rolls, cupcakes, cookies and cakes packs a flavor punch. “Our chocolate chip cookies are so good, no one can tell they’re gluten free,” says co-owner Taylor Owings. Celiacs rejoice. Sally’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookies actually taste like cookies.

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Need to eat but are pressed for time? Grab something to go from Chicken Salad Chick.



For occasions where a leisurely meal is too much of a luxury, speed is the name of the game. Breeze into Chicken Salad Chick for the freshly packed containers of its signature dish (a popular version comes with white-meat chicken, Fuji apples, pecans and grapes), and skip the wait for your custom order. At Phipps Plaza’s new Genuine Pizza, each pie spends only 75 seconds in the rotating Marra Forni oven before emerging. That means a still-bubbling Margherita pizza could arrive tableside faster than you can buzz through a drive-thru.




Eating out is a treat, but sometimes a dinner at home appeals. For just such occasions, gourmet retailers provide vital assistance. At Lucy’s Market, for example, shoppers can score artisan dried pasta, Georgia olive oil, ready-made breakfast casseroles, grab-and-go prepared foods and even flowers and decor to dress a table. At Savi Provisions, you’ll find everything from toothbrushes and Jittery Joe’s coffee to wine and fresh fruit. For evenings when making a meal from scratch isn’t going to happen, its selection of dailymade sous vide entreés is a lifesaver. Choose your protein from options such as wine-braised short ribs and dill-and-chile-crusted tuna, and pick the sides that strike your fancy. For the best flavor, simmer the vacuumsealed bag in a pot of water, and your guests will be none the wiser.



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We love a good secret, and in this case, we can’t keep it to ourselves. You won’t find any of these decadent dishes on the menu, but ask your friendly server, and the chef will make them specially for you. At Atlas, Beverage Manager Chris Lodge will put together a special wine or spirit flight for guests upon request. With a few insights about taste preferences, food order and curiosities, he pulls from the restaurant’s extensive cellar and liquor library to create a one-ofa-kind flight. At $28, the Lobster Mac at Chops Lobster Bar is a splurge. It’s large enough to share and comes with a generous helping of sweet lobster meat folded into cavatappi pasta, layered with an obscene amount of Gouda, Gruyère, white cheddar and Parmesan. An insider tells us, “This dish has tracked a large following from word of mouth, despite having never made an appearance on the menu.” American Cut might be known for its high-end, flawlessly cooked steaks, but it’s off-menu burger is equally buzzworthy. Ask your server what comes on top of the flame-grilled patty, made of ground prime steak, and prepare to be delighted. Cabo Cantina regulars know to start their meal with the creamy queso with chorizo that isn’t advertised anywhere on the menu. This last one is less of a specific secret dish and more of a secret experience: At Mission + Market, Chef Ian Winslade welcomes guests to his chef counter, where he’ll ask about their preferences and cook from there. It’s a unique experience with dishes you’ll likely never see on the menu.



Something about sharing dishes turns a formal meal into a convivial one. Fortunately, there are plenty of places in our backyard where making a meal of tapas, or small plates to be shared, is the idea. Yebo Beach Haus specializes in a playful take on South African dishes including peri-peri popcorn, curried prawns, grilled pineapple salad with mint cream and castacán crispy pork tacos. At Saltyard, Chef Nick Leahy uses locally sourced ingredients to make group-friendly dishes such as butterbean “guac,” muscadine-glazed pork belly and chicken liver pâté with blueberrybacon jam. Passing plates around is the name of the game at Gypsy Kitchen, where the Spanish and “gypsy”-style fare takes the form of medjool dates stuffed with tangy blue cheese and wrapped in serrano ham, za’atar-spiced scallops and crispy fried potatoes with fragrant paprika aioli. With delectable dishes like these, though, you could be tempted to keep them all to yourself.




Whether these offerings are tucked out of sight or just plain undiscovered, you shouldn’t miss them. Hidden in the bottom of a Peachtree Road condo building, La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has been catering to a loyal cadre of guests since 1978. Co-owner and Chef Antonio Abizanda prides himself on his authentic preparations of Italian classics and on accommodating special requests. When you discover La Grotta for the first time, be prepared to kick yourself for not visiting sooner. Similarly, a little navigating is worth the effort at 1Kept. Pull into the same entrance you’d use for Imperial Fez and wind left to a back parking lot. Follow your nose up a flight of stairs to this clandestine gem, where you’ll find crisp flatbreads, 1Kept may be tricky to find, but its food, like the smoked pimento cheese board, goes down easy.

a smoked pimento cheese board, steak frites and other wildly delicious dishes. Harried grocery shoppers can unwind with a glass of wine or locally brewed beer at the new bar inside the Brookhaven Kroger. Krobar, as it’s come to be called, opened quietly in February in the old cafe space at the front of the store and is a fun discovery for shoppers. “I stopped in with a full cart and the friendly staffers insisted I stay for a drink,” recalls Brookhaven resident Jennifer Walker. “There was a nice selection of beer and wine, and the prices were so affordable. Best of all, the bartenders offered to check out the items in my basket right at the bar.”




We have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the idea of valet parking. When it works well, the convenience of it is brilliant, shaving valuable moments off of getting into a restaurant and saving us from being tardy to important dining appointments. Plus, with many Buckhead parking decks charging more than $5 per hour, complimentary valet (even with a hefty tip) can save you money over the course of a leisurely meal. But sometimes we just want to park our own car, you know?




Wine has become an important part of many dining experiences, but if terms such as “toasty,” “chewy tannins” or “jammy” leave you scratching your head, it might be time to leverage the expertise of the restaurant’s on-site expert. Don’t be intimidated at the prospect of having a sommelier help choose your wine. Part of their training is listening to pick out the clues about what will most resonate with your unique palate and the food you’ve chosen. “It’s not about us; it’s about them. It’s about listening and Photo: Sara Hanna Photography





Great service can take a meal from the run-of-the-mill act of eating to a sublime experience where, for an hour or two, you feel truly cared for, your needs anticipated before you even think to ask. One such server is Artelle Peters at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. “He’s a real gentleman,” says investor and parttime Buckhead resident Fred Bowen, who has known Peters for more than 15 years, even before his current post. “He’s very thoughtful and attentive, but not intrusive.” Bowen is part of a professional group that meets for lunch every six weeks or so, and if the meetings are in Atlanta, they’re always at Davio’s. Naturally, Peters is the server of choice. “Our group shares a lot of things in confidence, and with Artelle, we don’t have to worry about anything slipping out of the room,” says Bowen. “There’s a high degree of trust there.” While there isn’t enough room here to include every spectacular server in Buckhead, we salute those who can turn an ordinary meal into something that warms the soul.




If it’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, choosing where to have it is equally important.

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finding that great bottle of wine that’s going to be perfect,” explains Andrés Loaiza, the wine director and GM of Aria. He also notes that while price is typically part of the conversation, it doesn’t need to dominate the chat or be awkward. Another great time to engage the help of the resident wine expert is if you’re looking for pairings for a special meal or hoping to branch out from what you typically drink. At places such as Aria, the wine list typically has a number of less familiar varieties available by the glass, in case you’re feeling adventurous but don’t want to commit to a whole bottle. Looking to increase your wine knowledge? One Tuesday each month, Watershed on Peachtree hosts its popular 20 Tastes for $20 at the bar. Would-be wine aficionados sample sips from boutique wineries from around the world and nibble on bites from the chef. Occasionally, the winemakers themselves are on hand to answer questions and provide additional insight.

Buttermilk Kitchen, which opened in 2012, is a consistent favorite, evidenced by the line often stretching out the door. Chef-owner Suzanne Vizethann has proved her mettle in front of a national audience on the Food Network’s Chopped, and the restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. While light(ish) dishes such as houseroasted granola with fresh berries and local AtlantaFresh Greek yogurt or stone-ground organic oatmeal topped with caramelized bananas are available, the kitchen really shines with down-home Southern fare, including the signature omelet stuffed with Benton’s bacon and pimento cheese, and the namesake buttermilk biscuit topped with a fried chicken breast and sweetspicy red pepper jelly.


Drink up: Wine pros like Aria’s Andrés Loaiza can help pair the right bottle with the right dish.


When it comes to out-there restaurants, there’s one place that rises above the rest. R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill, which is open 24 hours a day, has been around since 1985, and while the menu of healthy comfort food isn’t particularly wacky, the restaurant itself is. In fact, it’s easy to mistake this colorful eatery for a garden shop or pet store, thanks to the proliferation of potted flowers and chirping birds. The atmosphere can’t help but bring a smile, thanks to Sam (a toucan), Peaches (a Moluccan cockatoo) and Cecelia (a macaw), who greet guests right along with the restaurant’s namesake. n

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Bones Brookhaven Farmers Market The Bucket Shop Cafe Buckhead Diner Buttermilk Kitchen Cabo Cantina The Café & Bar atlanta Cafe Sunflower Cape Dutch Cassis

Le Bilboquet Little Alley Steak Lucy’s Market Mission + Market OK Cafe The Painted Pin Peachtree Road Farmers Market The Public Kitchen & Bar The Regent Cocktail Club Restaurant Eugene

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R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill

CheeseCaked Creamery & Cafe

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Chops Lobster Bar Dantanna’s Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Duck Donuts Elbow Room Fadó Irish Pub Fellini’s Fogo de Chão

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A BUCKHEAD INTERNATIONAL EATS ITINERARY I f an international vacation doesn’t make it on your itinerary this summer, don’t despair. A multitude of great places to sample cuisines from around the world exists right in our own backyard. These restaurants represent the true spirit and culture of their countries, ensuring you and your “travel companions” authentic meals without the long airport lines and wearisome jetlag.

and first-rate desserts, will make you fall in love all over again with the South of France.


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Bangkok Station’s peek gai tod isn’t your ordinary order of chicken wings.

2974 Grandview Avenue N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.233.9889


Anis Café & Bistro A true Provençal escape, this Garden Hills spot is still one of the hottest tables in town after nearly 30 years, and that’s saying a lot considering the plethora of neighborhood dining choices. Grab one of the patio tables, people-watch and sip some Sancerre while eavesdropping on your French-speaking neighbors. Killer classics such as moules marinières, croque monsieur and poulet rôti, as well as garden-fresh salads Charming Anis Café is a favored spot among local Francophiles.


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La Grotta Ristorante Italiano La Grotta has been treating its uberloyal customers to top-notch Italian for the last 20 years. This semi-subterranean hotspot serves up classics such as hand-rolled pastas, risottos and grilled meats in an enchanting white-tablecloth setting and boasts an award-winning wine list rivaling any Michelin-starred spot back in the motherland. Whether it’s your first or 101st time here, the exemplary staff will treat you like one of the family. 2637 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.231.1368

THAI Bangkok Station Experience the best of Thai cuisine at this cavernous space reminiscent of Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station. The waitstaff is exceptionally gracious and deferential, as is the norm throughout Thailand, but it’s in the kitchen where things really shine. Dishes such as peek gai tod, thongthong and Crying Tiger are as authentic as a ride through Bangkok’s floating markets. Other favorites include the massaman and panang curries, as well as the Drunken Man noodles, gai yang som tum and an incomparable Thai coconut cake.


550 Pharr Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.343.4665

3400 Around Lenox Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.841.8472

Bhojanic Do you smell the curry leaf in the air? Or the sensual aromas of cardamom, mustard seed and coriander? It must be all the fresh spices being ground and roasted inside the kitchen at Bhojanic, the ne plus ultra of local Indian eateries. Try culinary wonders such as curried goat or makki ki roti, or stick to favorites such as tandoori chicken wings, samosas and smooth mango lassis. The only thing missing from your Indian experience will be the frenetic hustle and bustle of Delhi street life.

10 Degrees South’s South African fare includes dishes such as ostrich medallions in a rosemary and red wine sauce.

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Superica’s campechana de mariscos is bursting with shrimp, octopus, crab and avocado.

MEXICAN Superica Superica reminds us of a place you’d find on a dusty road trip in Chihuahua. Its sweet, hot, smoky flavors blur the line between Tex and Mex, and will keep you coming back for more. Sure, there are the familiar favorites such as fajitas, enchiladas and tamales, but step out of your culinary comfort zone and try something a little different, such as the tampiqueña and campechana de mariscos, then sit back, watch the beads of perspiration trickle down your cool cerveza and let the flavors transport you. Que bueno! 3850 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 678.705.1235

JAPANESE Tomo There’s much more to Tomo than meets the eye. Sure, the sleek white dining room’s hard edges add to the sense of Eastern reserve and

inscrutability, but getting up close and personal with the menu proves otherwise. Soft, succulent mounds of uni and slivers of silky kampachi and maguro melt the chill of the room and inspire the appetite to greater heights. Tomo is for those who desire to dine, not just eat. Liquid treats such as the cucumber and lychee martinis provide an added dose of sultry Asian heat. 3630 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.835.2708

PERSIAN Rumi’s Kitchen Welcome to one of the most unique dining experiences in town. Like the writings of Rumi, the 13th-century mystic poet, the ingredients and menu items here, such as za’atar, fattoush and mirza, are sensual, complex and vaguely familiar, yet steeped in Middle Eastern culture and history. Such is the beauty of this stunning Sandy Springs spot. We advise you to research, explore and inquire before making your menu selections. If you do, you’ll take home both an education and, if you’re lucky, tomorrow’s lunch. 6112 Roswell Road Atlanta 30328 404.477.2100



10 Degrees South If you’ve been to South Africa, the classic dishes served up at 10 Degrees South will fill your mind with sumptuous memories. Protein-rich dishes such as bobotie, biltong, peri-peri chicken and boerewors will transport you back to that small, dreamy cafe in Pretoria, Durban or Johannesburg. If you’ve not yet stepped foot on that magical land— part cosmopolitan, part wild and exotic—you’ll experience a taste of good things to come. The South African wine list deserves an evening all its own for tastings and discussion.

Kyma From the hilltops of Santorini, looking out over the azure seas, you can see the fishermen below hauling in the day’s catch of skathari, lithrini and lavraki. You’d swear that scene was right outside your door at Kyma, for here you’ll find that fresh catch, classic Greek specialties and so much more. The meticulously considered menus and impressive, nearly-all-Greek wine list are testaments to the lengths Chef Pano Karatassos will go to ensure an authentic, thoroughly memorable dining experience.

4183 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.705.8870

3085 Piedmont Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.262.0702

For authentic Persian cuisine, Atlantans only have to go as far as Rumi’s Kitchen in Sandy Springs.

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Cold drinks on a warm day are just one of the many pleasures at the ADAC’s quaint cafe, The Hungry Peach.

Despite the ubiquity of well-heeled diners with their Burberry Photo: Sara Hanna Photography accoutrements, The Hungry Peach feels more like a North Georgia diner. May 2018 | Simply Buckhead 



Rub shoulders with decorating pros at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s intimate dining room.


The Hungry Peach is a perfect respite for peckish design enthusiasts STORY:

Best-in-class: a silky, béchamel-rich mac ’n’ cheese side dish.


o one loves The Hungry Peach more than I do. Tucked away inside the esteemed halls of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) in Buckhead, The Hungry Peach is a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll—just the way I like it. Despite the ubiquity of well-heeled diners with their Burberry and Louis Vuitton accoutrements, the cafe itself feels more like a North Georgia diner. The affable servers are free of pretense, songs such as Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” rock the playlist and ice tea flows faster and sweeter than you can chirp, “Hey, y’all!”


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The Hungry Peach is small—46 seats small. Windowless and boxy, and sharing limited square footage with a take-away counter, the room has about the same level of intimacy as the glitzy pink boudoir on display across the hall. Nevertheless, it manages to be bright and uncongested even at peak hours. What’s more, your needs will be addressed quickly. When my friend, who has multiple food allergies, needed advice on what to order, the busy GM couldn’t have been more helpful, running through every ingredient in the several dishes we asked about. One of the marvels of The Hungry Peach is that it’s able to keep the prices so reasonable while producing consistently delicious, gargantuan portions. The salads are a great case in point. My friend and I decided to go light with main courses and splurge later on dessert. I ordered the beet salad, a testament to haute design and style. Brightly colored Chioggia beets and tender heirloom carrots were juxtaposed with salty toasted almonds, melt-in-your-mouth chèvre and dollops of pungent, sweet harissa (a North African

chile paste). It was a masterful, thoroughly appetizing composition. My friend’s caprese (tomato and mozzarella) salad was acceptable, though not nearly as inspired. If you’re going to give fragrant, sun-ripened tomatoes top billing, you’d better scour the globe for the best. Still, the aromatic basil chiffonade and syrupy ooze of ruby balsamic glaze gave the dish a pleasant zing, although it certainly would’ve helped to have had some crusty bread on hand. None appeared, however, which we considered an odd oversight for such an otherwise conscientious operation. Things brightened up considerably at dessert time. We sank our forks into a jumbo wedge of fresh coffee cake, shoveling down moist, amber chunks, our faces messy with powdered sugar. We also made short shrift of the decadent fudge truffle brownie, made with top-quality Callebaut Belgian chocolate and a glossy mahogany crust. At a follow-up lunch, the dining room was as crowded as ever, but even with only one server on the floor, nothing was neglected or overlooked. Everyone at our

Left: The bacon and turkey wrap with chipotle dressing tastes as good as it looks.

Above: The shrimp in Cabo Cantina’s shrimp and grits are sautéed in a chipotle tomato pepper sauce.

Below: Marshmallow-y, chocolate goodness, the Oreo churros are a specialty of the house.

Right: New York meets Omaha meets Atlanta in Chef Zeb Mozley’s deliciously authentic Reuben.

Above: Callebaut chocolate makes this fudge truffle brownie irresistible. Left: The colorful Chioggia beet salad boasts toasted almonds, goat cheese and harissa.

The Hungry Peach is a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll—just the way I like it. table seemed to be hankering for sandwiches, but which ones to choose? The corned beef Reuben on toasted marble rye was my first pick, but I was worried I’d be facing down one of those behemoths they serve at the Stage Deli in NYC. Fortunately, what arrived was an altogether ladylike portion with just enough gooey Swiss cheese and snappy sauerkraut to balance the briny, crimson slices of beef. You’d think that after such decadence, ordering an egg salad sandwich would induce yawns. Not so! Chef Zeb Mozley takes as much pride in the less flamboyant plates as anything else, here perfecting the delicate balance of core ingredients: golden, yolky goodness with just the right amount of seasoning, diced celery and fresh mayo. Layer

on a few fresh greens and a generous twist of cracked pepper, and you’ve got another showstopper. When considering the sides— one comes with every sandwich—do not pass up the Cajun mac ’n’ cheese. This humble “side dish” deserves a more prominent place on the menu, in my opinion. Mozley’s version soothes the soul and the palate with silky, béchamel-rich cheese sauce, a touch of spice and a generous toss of hot buttered breadcrumbs over the top. Yum. The sandwich trifecta was an all-around win with the addition of an outstanding wrap stuffed to bursting with applewood-smoked bacon, turkey, pepper jack cheese, a smidge of chipotle ranch dressing and a few fresh veggies. No overkill here, though. Each ingredient was in perfect harmony with the others, and we even had some room left to indulge in the scrumptious potato salad, “loaded” with—what else?—sour cream, chives, cheddar and bacon. It was all just enough to sustain our group of design-hungry women through a few hours of postprandial window display lusting. But then it would’ve been rude to leave without dessert. “There’s a coconut layer cake with homemade butter cream,” our server informed us. “Oh, it’s amazing. Sort of your basic, homespun recipe, but still kinda fancy-schmancy.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves—a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Maybe we’ll take a slice or two. n

Above: A slice of design-meets-delicious coconut layer cake will whet your appetite for a postprandial ADAC tour. THE HUNGRY PEACH 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue N.E., Atlanta 30305 404.816.9009 Prices: Starters: $4-$9. Salads and sandwiches: $8.50-$12.50. Desserts: $2.50-$6. Recommended dishes: Beet salad, Mediterranean Cobb salad, egg salad sandwich, corned beef Reuben, Cajun mac ’n’ cheese, loaded potato salad, coconut cake, truffle fudge brownie. Bottom line: Top-notch hidden gem offering the bonus of being in the midst of Atlanta’s finest furniture and textiles showrooms.

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ith the arrival of rising temperatures, it’s time to add a swizzle to your repertoire. It may sound like a hot new dance move, but swizzles are actually a class of cocktail named for the manner in which the drink is mixed rather than its ingredients. Essentially, a swizzle boils down to two necessary things: crushed ice and technique. Originating in the West Indies in the late 19th century, swizzles predate any mention of a “cocktail” as a drink. The original was made with rum, but it can be made with any kind of liqueur. Historically, a long-stemmed branch from an

The Green Gargoyle, topped with the traditional heap of crushed ice, is bar consultant Emily Earp Mitchell’s favorite swizzle.


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allspice bush (Quararibea turbinata) was used. Prongs on the end of the stick did the swizzling and frothing (hence the term “swizzle stick”), and the aromatic bark added a little spice to the drink. These days, bartenders typically use a bar spoon for the swizzle action instead of a swizzle stick. They add booze, bitters, citrus, sweetness and spice to a glass, then fill it with crushed ice. They immerse a long bar spoon, holding it between their palms, and rotate rapidly. This action aerates and dilutes the cocktail and provides a bit of showmanship. It also creates a layer of frost on the outside of the glass.

Photo: Tomas Espinoza

The Secret is the Swizzle The swizzle sticks we know today are the plastic kind used primarily for bar branding or decoration rather than utilitarian reasons. But you can still find a swizzle to sip. The My Secret Answer swizzle is the bartenders at Atlas’ nod to the weather’s seasonal transition. Scented with touches of candied orange and tarragon oil, it embodies the spice of the islands. They swizzle together tequila, yellow Chartreuse, ginger syrup, lemon juice and a shrub of kumquat and white balsamic in an ice-filled glass, and then garnish it with a candied orange slice and drops of tarragon oil. It’s a perfect match for the patio. Local bar consultant Emily Earp Mitchell calls her favorite swizzle the Green Gargoyle. She muddles cucumber, slices of jalapeño and cilantro with tequila in a Collins glass and then adds ice, green Chartreuse, lime juice and agave. After a little swizzling, she tops it off with more ice and a cucumber garnish. It’s a zingy, cooling refreshment. When you’re having a spring or summer get-together and want to show off your swizzle skills, try a pitcher of classic rum swizzles (recipe at right). Cheers! n

Inspired by the changing of the seasons, Atlas’ My Secret Answer swizzle is a treat for the senses.

RUM SWIZZLE l 4 oz. dark rum l 4 oz. gold rum l 8 oz. pineapple juice l 8 oz. orange juice l ¾ oz. Falernum

or grenadine l 6 dashes Angostura

bitters Fill a pitcher a third of the way with crushed ice and then add the ingredients. Churn vigorously with a swizzle stick or wooden spoon until frothy. Pour into rocks glasses filled with crushed ice and garnish with a fruit slice.

For reservations please call 404.844.4810

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Lia Picard

they’re pretty severe. The only thing that’s helped is when I eat healthy and eat fresh. Fresh food doesn’t need to be overseasoned, which is why we call our menu “transparent.” There are only 10 ingredients or less.

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Why do you think Atlanta is ready for health-focused concepts?



arm-to-table dining isn’t a new idea, but it’s one that’s often relegated to higher-end restaurants. Lately, a wave of fast-casual restaurants specializing in fresh, healthy cuisine has sprung up in Atlanta. The latest is KarmaFarm, which bills itself as “a modern meat and three.” Set to open this month, KarmaFarm offers gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free dining with an emphasis on seasonal, minimally processed ingredients. The couple behind the restaurant, McCall and Scott Wilder, also operates KarmaDaisy, an in-house bakery. We chatted with McCall Wilder to learn more.

What can we expect at KarmaFarm?

It’s a fast-casual, farm-to-table meat and three. My husband doesn’t eat meat, so he calls it a protein and three. But basically it’s a very fresh, very vibrant menu. For one, you’ll find local, organic and sustainable salads such as the Springer Mountain Farms Asian chicken salad, but instead of

soy sauce, it’s made with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. You’ll also find steelhead trout grilled and served with non-GMO and gluten-free sauces. Why was it important to you to consider so many food allergies?

About two years ago, I started getting really sick. It turns out I had developed probably 20 food allergies, and


n An outpost of the Seattle-based artisanal pizza chain MOD Pizza is now open at Sandy Springs’ Plaza at City Springs South. Want all 30 toppings on your pie? Go ahead and pile it on, because the price is the same no matter how many toppings you choose. n Atlanta eatery Red Pepper Taqueria recently opened a third location in Town Brookhaven. Expect to find the usual Mexican eats in a festive, casual setting.


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What are some dishes you’re excited about people trying?

We have a Bloody Mary shrimp salad that is unbelievable.

McCall Wilder is wild about healthy food.

Think if you had Bloody Mary mix and wild-caught shrimp together, how yummy that would be. The bang-bang Brussels sprouts are so fresh. Are all of the ingredients used at KarmaFarm organic and local?

The “dirty dozen” is a specific list of 12 things that should always be organic. We work with our suppliers and farms so those items will always be organic, and it’s our plan not to serve them if they’re not. For other produce, we’re trying to bring in any-

thing we can that’s organic. There’s a balance between local and organic. Tell us about KarmaFarm’s philanthropic component.

We believe in giving back. You eat well, you do well, you abide by the animals and the land. And, of course, you do for others as part of that. So for every meal sold at KarmaFarm, a meal will be donated to a child in need through No Kid Hungry. n KarmaFarm 54 Pharr Road N.W. Atlanta 30305


Make your morning memorable at Pour. AM. n Breakfast has arrived in Brookhaven, thanks to Pour. AM, from the folks at Pour. Kitchen + Bar. Stop in for a cup of joe from Rev Coffee Roasters, pastries from Alon’s and made-to-order breakfast burritos. Pour also hopes to serve as a community meet-up spot and place where professionals can work.

Because we’re so behind. If you talk to young people who grew up outside of Atlanta and moved here for work, they’re like, “Gosh, if only Atlanta had this or that.” Atlanta tends to be more of a salad place. Like a salad is what people think is healthy. I love salads, but I want to sit down and have some real food. I’d rather have soup with some protein on the side and a salad. We wanted to bring a real, full menu to Atlanta.

How do you plan on treating the woman who gave you life on Mother’s Day? We have some delicious ideas to inspire you. n Swing by Lucy’s Market and grab a “Georgia Grown” basket with cheese straws, extra-virgin olive oil, raw honeycomb, peach jam and other goodies. n Mae’s Bakery has treats to satisfy any sweet tooth, but for cute and customizable, you can’t beat the bite-size cake pops in a variety of flavors. n Instead of a bouquet of roses, how about a delicious alternative? DiAmano Chocolate has chocolate roses that make the most scrumptious bouquet. They come in milk, dark and white chocolate. n If Mom is more into savory treats than sweets, swing by Savi Provisions, where you can put together a cheese and charcuterie gift basket accompanied by a nice bottle of wine.

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Perseverance How did you get your start baking? My mother-in-law was visiting, and I wanted to make my husband’s favorite pie: buttermilk. She made everything from scratch, and I fell in love with the art of pastry. I’m a type-A, 90-milesper-hour person. To make pie, you have to slow down and be precise. This was my chance to do that. How did you transition baking from a hobby to a business? I kept asking my mother-in-law for more recipes. I was baking pies for neighbors and friends when my husband signed me up for a festival. I had two days to make business cards, get a tent and bake a ton of pies. I did it, and we sold the pies for $4 a slice. The next weekend, I signed up for another festival called Gold Rush in Dahlonega. I actually dialed 911 and asked for the sheriff to find out who was in charge [of the festival]. I sold $2,500 worth of pies. I started collecting email addresses at events and marketed to them. In


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[ With a Side of Pie ] Amanda Wilbanks started her booming pastry business with just $400 August 2013, we opened a retail space in Gainesville. In the fall of 2016, we opened in Buckhead and Alpharetta. How do you come up with the pie flavors? Most recipes come from my mother-inlaw, parents or grandparents. They’re simple, great tasting, Southern, traditional recipes. We don’t have any funky flavors. The connection to the past appeals to people. It’s very nostalgic. What are your favorites? The chocolate chess made with Ghirardelli chocolate, because it isn’t overly

sweet or rich. The chicken pot pie is perfect for dinner on a night when you don’t want to cook. We have a new chocolate ganache coconut “Candy Bar Pie” that tastes like a Mounds. [This month], we release our fruit pies: blueberry, blackberry and peach. What’s your goal for the company? To create a dominate regional presence in the Southeast. We hope to move into the Northeast later. We want people to feel connected to the brand. What do you do for fun? I love to get away to Lake Burton,


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paddleboard, be on the lake with my kids and read business books. If I wasn’t a pie maker, I’d be an interior designer. I designed my own packaging, marketing and all of the stores. I’m most proud of the design in Buckhead. It’s dreamy. n

SOUTHERN BAKED PIE COMPANY 3145 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305 404.263.0820

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manda Wilbanks, the founder of Southern Baked Pie Company, was so determined to make her business work, she once called 911 to secure a booth at a food festival. The Southern belle learned that sort of perseverance working in sales before learning to bake from her mother-in-law. “[Being in sales] taught me not to fear rejection,” she says. “When I started Southern Baked Pie in 2012, I had less than $400 in my bank account. No matter how much you have, if you believe and push hard enough, you can turn it into something successful.” Today, the sweet-and-savory pie company (originally called Buttermilk Pie Company) has brick-and-mortar locations in Buckhead, Alpharetta and Gainesville; a 6,000-square-foot production facility; and an online presence, including at Dean & DeLuca. The company was a 2017 Buckhead Business of the Year finalist, and Wilbanks’ first cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie, comes out this summer. Her flaky, buttery pies come in three sizes that serve one, two or eight. We spoke to Wilbanks to learn more.

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

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ANIS CAFÉ & BISTRO Anis is everything you’d hope to find in a French bistro, without having to buy a plane ticket: traditional Provençal dishes, relaxed patio dining and often a small congregation of Frenchspeaking diners to help set the mood. Grilled North African-style Merguez sausage, coquilles St. Jacques or a bright, crisp salade d’Arnaud (named after the owner) are all winning starters. Entrées of truite meunière, poulet rôti and boeuf au poivre are sure to bring you back to that quaint Provençal village square. Best-in-class items are the croque monsieur, salade Niçoise, moules marinières and not-tobe-missed chocolate mousse. The time to visit is now, before Pharr Road real estate development triples the wait time for a table. Lunch prices: $8-$19 Dinner prices: $8-$35

BUCKET SHOP CAFÉ Atlanta’s answer to TV’s Cheers, this casual, family-owned spot across from Lenox Square is a game-day institution with seriously good pub grub, friendly prices and spirited, efficient service. Burgers, wings and sandwiches of all kinds dominate the menu. But one dish on the starting lineup deserves a special trophy: the chicken rolls. Perhaps they sound like a fusion experiment, but in fact, these crispy, deep-fried

egg roll wrappers stuffed with chicken, cheese, sour cream, chives and TexMex sauce (salsa mixed with ranch) are downright addictive. The Bucket Shop team gets extra points for its solid, ever-changing list of local craft brews. Starters: $6-$13 Sandwiches and burgers: $9-$13 Entrées: $12-$18

BUCKHEAD DINER This indispensible, neon-splashed diner is a jewel in the crown of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which includes the Greek temple-like Kyma next door and the Atlanta Fish Market down the street. For 30 years, fans have flocked here for the housemade chips with Maytag blue cheese, the “sweet heat” Thai-chile calamari, juicy burgers and the decadent white-chocolate banana cream pie—all classics. Simply by virtue of the way it lights up Piedmont Road, this diner has always been, and will always be, a star. Appetizers: $6-$12 Sandwiches and burgers: $13-$16 Entrées: $17-$30 buckhead-diner

CABO CANTINA Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you’ll welcome a visit to this Mexi-Latin sports bar on Pharr Road. The 35 varieties of 100 percent agave tequilas are just the start. Kick off with a five-star margarita

Classy and casual? Yep, Buckhead Diner manages to be both.

that’ll have you shouting “touchdown!” long before the national anthem begins. And just try to keep your eyes on the game when knockout dishes such as braised short rib empanadas, smokyspicy chorizo or chipotle shrimp tacos and a side of tender yucca fries arrive at your table. Mains such as the adobo chicken and charred rib eye, or healthier fare like the citrusy, fresh ceviches, are big winners as well. Let’s just hope your favorite team is, too. Brunch: $10-$17 Starters and shared plates: $5-$12 Tacos and sides: $3-$4 Entrées: $12-$25


At Copper Cove, the marinated and tandoor-charred chicken never disappoints.


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Anjali and Subrata Roy have won our hearts with this pan-Indian bistro, their third restaurant in the Atlanta area. Whether you visit for the bountiful lunch buffet or a more relaxed evening meal, you will leave sated and inspired by the Roys’ formidable talent with the Indian spice palette. Proprietary blends transform standards such as Chicken 65, tikka masala and tandoori into something sublime. Just as commendable are the lamb rogan gosht, chicken shahi korma and shrimp bahadur. For afters, go for something sweet and creamy, such as kulfi (Indian

ice cream), kheer (rice pudding) or ras malai (similar to cheesecake without the crust). Your dining adventure wouldn’t be complete without trying the masala chai, consisting of milk, tea, ginger, black pepper and bay leaf. Accompaniments, appetizers and soups: $2-$10 Chef’s specials, tandoori and traditional dishes: $12-$22

F&B Like its predecessor, the much-loved former Brasserie le Coze, F&B delivers timeless Provençal 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 on interesting French wines and remarkable cocktails such as the well-balanced, bourbonbased Line of Destiny. Appetizers: $6-$18 Entrées: $11-$42 Desserts: $6-$8

Storico Fresco’s specialities include tagliatelle alla Bolognese, Piadina, garganelli con funghi and a charcuterie and cheese board.

KR STEAKBAR Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun’s only Buckhead restaurant feels customtailored for the community. A contemporary nocturnal cubbyhole where small plates rule, wine flows and the air bristles with excitement, the fashionable “steakbar” concept finds Rathbun and chef de cuisine Jessica Gamble fusing two venerable concepts: meat and Italian. Here, nearly everything speaks with a perky Mediterranean lilt: amari-kissed cocktails, steak doused with espresso sauce, heavenly olive-oil cake with almond brittle and citrus cream. (Pastry chef Kylie Akiyama is terrific.) Hidden touches, like the speakeasy-style bar behind the kitchen and a patio that feels like a sunken garden, make us want to continue to explore this romantic spot. Antipasti: $6-$19 Pasta: $12-$16 Entrées: $18-$68

OK CAFE Just as we send diners to Bones for the definitive steakhouse experience, we suggest OK Cafe as a classic diner with a strong Southern twang. The offerings here are anchored in time and tradition: Root beer floats and cherry lemonades are called Black Cows and Pink Ladies. Meat-and-twos and veggie plates laden with silken collards and exquisite mac and cheese are meant to be washed down with sweet ice tea and sopped up with a perfect corn muffin. Fat slices of meatloaf encrusted with tomato sauce, roast turkey with cornbread dressing and gravy, chicken pot pie with an adorable little “OK” stamped onto its puff-pastry blanket—this stuff draws a crowd. If you don’t want to

play the waiting game, you’d better arrive before 11 a.m. or between the lunch and dinner rush. After a quarter-century, OK Cafe never goes out of style. Appetizers: $4-$8 Burgers and sandwiches: $4-$13 Mains: $12-$16

SALTYARD Saltyard offers a menu of small plates with reverence for local farmers and the current growing season. Employing

global imagination, it heightens these dishes with international seasonings and flavors to create worldly comfort food. With an ever-changing 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. The same amount of effort goes into the decadent chocolate nemesis with Brandy cream as it does the entrées. Tapas: $5-$16 Large plates: $18-$25


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

Is a trip to Italy on your bucket list, but you can’t get away? A meal at oh-so-authentic hot spot Storico Fresco may be just the ticket. A must here is the meat and cheese board, piled with prosciutto, bresaola, culatello, fragrant cheeses and gooey honeycomb. Its refined, rustic and utterly classic pastas, including garganelli con funghi, tagliatelle alla Bolognese and ravioli spinaci, conjure up images of Tuscan vistas and Michelangelo statues. Seconds such as the pork shank for two and bone-in veal chop will sate your Italian cravings as well. End your repast with a glass of the world-class Miscela d’Oro espresso.

Appetizers: $12-$24 Salads and sandwiches: $10-$21 Pastas: $11-$23 Mains: $24-$30 Side dishes and desserts: $6-$7

TREEHOUSE Occasionally, sitting at Treehouse feels more like a cookout. Neighbors and regulars have been coming here for the familiar comfort food and laid-back atmosphere for more than 20 years. Brunch is a big deal, with a large menu and generous portions of favorites such as the Georgia pecan waffle and Southernstyle eggs Benedict covered with sausage gravy. It’s all about the patio here, and dogs are welcome guests. The chef works to enliven old favorites with as much attention to the allAmerican fried chicken sandwich as the New York strip au poivre. He also curates a mighty fine list of craft beers. Brunch: $8-$10 Appetizers: $3-$13 Burgers and sandwiches: $7-$10 Large plates: $17-$22

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ow in its 11th year, Doggies on the Catwalk returns June 2 with its mix of furry friends and fashion-forward models to raise funds for Canine Assistants, a nonprofit that trains and provides service dogs for persons with physical disabilities or special needs. Since its creation in 2007 in founder E. Vincent Martinez’s fashion classroom at Grady High School, Doggies on the Catwalk has become a favored annual event. After a milestone 10thyear celebration last year, the goal for 2018 is to take the event up a notch. “We are thrilled to be hosted this year at the beautiful, chic and modern penthouse offices of Greenberg Traurig in Buckhead, 25 stories up in the Terminus building,” says Martinez, adding that

attendees can expect an upscale evening of runway shows by partners Saks Fifth Avenue and Click Models. Some adorable canines will strut their stuff down the catwalk as well. “Guests will also have access to an impressive contemporary art collection of original, privately owned works on display throughout the space,” says Martinez. “VIP guests will have rooftop access with DOGGIES ON their own private THE CATWALK bar.” Attendees also can sample bites June 2, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $75 from several BuckGreenberg Traurig head restaurants 3333 Piedmont Road N.E., #2500 and go home with Atlanta 30305 gourmet candies from Pop! Events.

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Tempt Your Tastebuds SLINGIN’ WINGS FESTIVAL RETURNS BIGGER AND BETTER FOR SECOND YEAR Heading to Brookhaven Park May 12, the Slingin’ Wings Festival looks to expand on last year’s initial offering by adding more vendors and more wing styles. “We are planning on having around 16 vendors and more than 50 different types of wings,” says event producer Jonathan Colon. “There will be everything from classic buffalo wings and roasted wings to jerk wings

and boneless wings. We’ll even have sauces with alcohol infused in them.” Each ticketholder starts the day with four wings, with the option to purchase more wings and beverages. Throughout the day, there will be a number of contests, including the People’s Choice Award, the Hudson FC Wing-Eating Contest and the Slingin’ Wings Contest, an egg toss-style game.

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Dolled Up A FUN-FILLED OUTING FOR AMERICAN GIRL FANS For kids who love the idea of exploring history with their favorite American Girl doll characters, Heritage Sandy Springs welcomes them to attend its monthly American Girl and Boy Club meeting, held at the historic Williams-Payne House. May’s event is titled “Caroline Sails Into Summer,” and attendees will learn about ships, sailing, log cabins and more as they hear the spunky doll’s story of growing up in Sackets Harbor near Lake Ontario, where her family runs a


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shipyard. Best suited for children ages 5 through 12, the meeting also includes a hands-on activity, craft and snack. Advanced registration is requested. AMERICAN GIRL AND BOY CLUB MEETING May 26, 10-11:30 a.m. $8-$15 Williams-Payne House 6075 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs 30328 404.851.9111

May 4-July 14 At this exhibit at the Alan Avery Art Company, enjoy artist Jean Larson’s interplay between light and color in paintings inspired by the plants, flowers and birds found in the great outdoors.

A HUNT FOR BUCKHEAD’S HIDDEN SECRETS May 6 This history-themed scavenger hunt presented by the Buckhead Heritage Society has participants solving clues to seek out historic locales throughout the area, followed by a closing ceremony with hors d’oeuvres and an awards presentation.

ADAC 35TH ANNUAL SAMPLE SALE May 8-11 Those looking to furnish or redecorate their homes don’t want to miss this annual event at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Shop for highend furnishings, lighting, rugs and other treasures from top designers at discounted prices. This free event is open to the public for four days only.

IY SOCIAL: BEND & BEER BRUNCH May 20 Start this relaxing day at 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Sandy Springs with an hour-long Innercise Yoga session, followed by social time with chair massages, beer and local bites.

BROOKHAVEN SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL June 2-3 Brookhaven’s premier art festival returns with works from 125 artists from around the country. Activities include artist demos, live music, a children’s play and plentiful food and drink.

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Kimberly and Alonzo Primus

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ar fanatics gathered recently at the Bentley Atlanta dealership to get a sneak peek at the new Continental GT. A preproduction version of the sleek hand-built coupe is currently traveling the country and giving select audiences a rare opportunity to check out the car before it officially hits the market next spring. At a red carpet event complete with a photo booth and over-the-top light show set to music, Bentley Atlanta GM Sid Barron unveiled the snazzy two-door GT. “Our average customer owns six to nine cars,” says Barron, adding that many of them couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new model, which, like all Bentleys, is hand-built in Crewe, England, and is 100 percent customizable. Among the crowd admiring the brand’s most advanced vehicle to date, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, were Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, and his wife, Leighanne.

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EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE Pinnacle Fitness is the Premier Personal Training Fitness Center in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia with revolutionary equipment including the only Kinesis Wall in the area. At Pinnacle Fitness, you will be carefully guided by professional, certified trainers and a staff dedicated to your personal fitness and wellness program, which also includes nutritional guidance. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder that members often define Pinnacle Fitness as a New York or LA facility with Southern charm - and with a commitment to have each of its members reach their own Pinnacle of Fitness.

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Kwan Brown, Michelle Sommerset-Brown

Jack and Patricia J. Royak

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M Pauli and Chip Wade

Michelle Cooper, Liliana McGaughey, Kristin Cooper

Dana Barrett, Dean Crownover, Rebecca Cowens-Alvarado

ore than 450 supporters gathered recently in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead for the 17th annual Pink Affair. Created to provide financial assistance and educational services for individuals with breast cancer, the event benefits TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a local clinic that offers reduced fees and complimentary services to breast cancer patients in need. Guests enjoyed a sit-down, threecourse dinner and afterward, danced to the sounds of the band We Got the Beat. Dana Barrett, host of The Dana Barrett Show on AM 1190 WAFS, emceed the event, and auctioneer Dean Crownover led the live auction. Crownover even sold the pink jacket off his back for more than $5,000. Other auction items included VIP tickets to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a stay at the new Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta and a consultation with contractor and former HGTV star Chip Wade, who attended the affair with his wife, Pauli. In all, more than $300,000 was raised for the cause.

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ow in its second year, CURE Childhood Cancer’s festive Spring Fever event attracted a crowd of 450plus patrons for a night of revelry at The Stave Room inside American Spirit Whiskey Distillery. Attendees were treated to signature cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Patrón Tequila and Coopers’ Craft Bourbon, and dined on a menu that included everything from South City Kitchen’s buttermilk fried chicken to a Krog Street Market taco station to a mobile dessert cart with treats such as Key lime snowballs and Oreo whoopie pies. The Atlanta-based band Crane played as guests danced, played cornhole and Jenga Giant, and bid on silent auction items that ranged from a luxe getaway to Hilton Head Island to an autographed Atlanta United soccer ball. Hosted by CURE’s Young Professional Leadership Council, the event raised more than $90,000.

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CHEERS TO THAT! Saluting the delicious food and drink at St. Cecilia’s sumptuous Sunday brunch. 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 May 2018  

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