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Please join us in congratulating

Valery Voyles CEO and Chairman of the Voyles Automotive Group

on being nominated as

Georgia’s 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year

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In Every Issue

12 Letter from the Editor 16 Letters to the Editor 20 26 30 38 40 42 44 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 54 56 57 58

people & places Meet Dr. Karin Smithson Valery Voyles: Automotive Aristocracy Atlanta’s Independent Schools Laura Turner Seydel: Green Cleaning Gallery Views: The Gift of Art Exhibitions Calendar Design Finds for the Home Southern Tales: Books Party Panache with Danielle Rollins Sweet Treats of the Season Holiday Magic at The Ritz-Carlton Glitz Gifts for Her Great Gifts for Him French Twist on Turkey Dinner Monica Pearson’s “Monica Matters” Grady Miracle: Thomas Sowell Olympic Gold for Angel McCoughtry Martha Stewart in Buckhead


64 Gail O’Neill’s “Fashion Prose”: Fab Fur 66 Gala Glamour: Putting on the Glitz

68 Winter Wraps: Outerwear 70 The Casual Approach 72 Holiday Sparkle: Accessories


76 Parties for a Cause 80 Starfish Ball 82 On the Horizon 85 Beastly Feast 87 A Meal to Remember 88 Travel in Pink 91 Crystal Ball 95 On the Scene 96 Etcetera


98 Fun Around Town 102 Performing Arts


106 Notable Totables: Stash it in Style 108 Ancient Ports: Greece & Turkey


114 Holiday Cocktails 116 Chef Ford Fry’s The Optimist 120 Dining Guide: Best Bites in Town

COVER CREDITS holiday cover: Karin Smithson: Angela Murray Morris/ WINTER COVER: Valery Voyles: RaeJen Photography, Inc. LATE WINTER COVER: Martha Stewart: Photo by Donna Newman, Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia ©2011.

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DR. KARIN Atlanta therapist Dr. Karin 20 ASK Smithson doles out heartfelt advice in her new column.

LEGACY 26 FAMILY Valery Voyles takes top honors as head of the Ed

Voyles Automotive Group.

ACHIEVEMENT 30 ACADEMIC Independent schools in Greater Atlanta offer a wealth of educational options.

DIVA 58 DOMESTIC Martha Stewart brings her design savvy to The Home Depot in Buckhead.

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Changing Lives One Smile at A Time – Another Success Story...

Many Dentists and Many Years Later


Atlanta woman gets the smile she deserves

ots of kids fall off their bikes. Usually all it takes is a Band-Aid and a hug from mom to make things right. That wasn’t the case for Atlanta resident Juliette Shivers. “I fractured my front tooth and damaged a nerve in a bike accident as a child,” Juliette recalls. “Unfortunately, I had to deal with the consequences for decades.” A titanium rod was implanted to shore up the broken tooth. But the repair was not satisfactory in terms of function, comfort or esthetics. Juliette struggled for years. She experienced pain while chewing, was uncomfortable smiling and was often teased. (“The tooth basically looked like a piece of corn,” she recalls.)

Feeling desperate

Atlanta area, as well as by celebrities, sports figures and media personalities across the U.S. and beyond. Dr. Goldstein and his colleagues often see patients whom other dentists have been unable to assist. They welcome the challenge and the opportunity to make a difference. “I only wish I’d met Dr. Goldstein 15 years ago,” says Juliette. “He is truly the best – not only very professional but very down to earth and easy to talk to.”

Team approach Creating the beautiful smile that had eluded Juliette required several stages. The first was a process to repair damage caused by receding gums. The next step involved improving the shape and positioning of her lower teeth. GG&S orthodontist Dr. Maurice Salama fitted her with Invisalign®, often referred to as invisible braces. “Invisalign uses custom trays made of smooth, invisible plastic that are worn over the teeth,” Dr. Salama explains. “Approximately every two weeks the patient gets a new set of trays, which gently – and painlessly – straighten the teeth.” The process is especially popular among adults who don’t want the distraction and stigma of traditional braces. “We see many Baby Boomers whose lower teeth have become crowded, sometimes because they failed to wear their retainers

In 1972 Juliette, who currently works as an interior designer, moved to Atlanta. Determined to finally get the help she needed, she searched for a new dentist. The specialist assured Juliette he could match the color and make other improvements to the poorly repaired truth. But neither he, nor several other dentists she tried subsequently, succeeded. “The last one I saw – who was quite well-known – tried ten times to match the color, but the lab couldn’t get it correct.” At this point Juliette was starting to feel desperate. Although he could not help her, this dentist left Juliette with a glimmer of hope. “He suggested I see Dr. Ronald Goldstein and said he was probably the only one who could handle my situation.” Dr. Goldstein is senior partner at Goldstein, Garber & Salama (GG&S). The Atlanta-based practice was founded 83 years ago by Dr. Goldstein’s father, Dr. Irving Goldstein. He is also the author of the bestselling consumer guide to cosmetic dentistry, Change Your Smile. GG&S dentists offer routine care as well as the full range of esthetic and restorative procedures. They are in demand in the dr. ronald e. goldstein, dr. maurice A. Salama and Dr. David A. Garber. 8

as youngsters,” Dr. Salama adds. Among other advantages, Invisalign trays give the teeth a straighter appearance even while they are being worn. Most patients see excellent results in eight to 18 months of wear, says Dr. Salama. “And truly, no one knows you’re wearing them.”

Uncovering the beauty Once the straightening process was complete, Dr. Goldstein and his team began the work of creating and applying lifelike ceramic crowns and veneers. Juliette’s smile was aging her face. This is a common problem caused by years of grinding the teeth, or as a result of normal wear and tear. All ceramic crowns and veneers are extremely lifelike recreations made by highly specialized technicians. GG&S offers patients the unusual advantage of an in-house dental laboratory. “By having our own lab we can achieve incredibly accurate matches,” Dr. Goldstein explains. “If a patient doesn’t feel that it’s perfect, our staff will work directly with them here in the office to get it right.” Juliette’s old crowns were replaced with beautiful new ones. In addition, she was fitted with several porcelain veneers, which can dramatically improve the shape, contour and color of the teeth. Veneers can also be used to repair a broken tooth.

Huge impact Restoring Juliette’s smile has had a huge impact. “I feel 100 percent better about my smile and about myself!” she acknowledges. As an interior designer Juliette knows that function and esthetics must work together. “And when your teeth don’t function, your world doesn’t function.” It may have taken her years to find Dr. Goldstein and his team, but Juliette is now focused on the benefits of looking and feeling good today and in the future. “The experience gave me a new perspective about dental care and the possibilities for treatment. Dr. Goldstein is an expert in his field and is a meticulous perfectionist. And I was so impressed with the gentleness and expertise of the GG&S staff.”

a multi-specialty team Whether the motivation is a childhood accident, the effects of aging or simply a desire to have a brighter, more youthful smile, Goldstein, Garber and Salama offer an unmatched level and quality of care. In addition to Drs. Goldstein and Salama, the GG&S team

Goldstein, Garber & Salama often see patients whom other dentists have been unable to assist. “I only wish I’d met Dr. Ronald Goldstein 15 years ago,” says Juliette Shivers.

includes senior partner Dr. David Garber, as well as Dr. Henry Salama, Dr. Maha El-Sayed, Dr. Abtin Shahriari, Dr. Wendy A. Clark and Dr. Nadia Esfandiari. Several are dual-trained specialists, which means they are experts in more than one dental specialty. “Collaboration is one of the hallmarks of our practice,” explains Dr. Garber. “Although one of us has overall responsibility for a particular patient, we work together to bring all of our expertise to every case.” Patients enjoy the added convenience of having virtually all dental specialties under one roof. In addition to their busy practice, GG&S dentists are on the faculty of several dental schools. They publish extensively and lecture to colleagues around the world. But at the end of the day, these world-renowned practitioners find their greatest joy in helping patients like Juliette Shivers. Her smile is beautiful, her confidence is strong and her future has never looked brighter. To learn more, visit the website or call the treatment coordinators at (404) 261-4941.


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nd then there she was, Maya Angelou, on Oprah’s couch in her comfortable majesty, talking about the past and future, guilt and choices, forgiveness and change. Her words flowed into my ears like liquid gold, “You did what you knew how to do, and when you know better, you do better.” My life would change many times over in the next two decades, and little did I know, my biggest tests were yet to come. I have always gone back to the touchstone in Dr. Angelou’s words, “know better … then do better,” and that is exactly what I would like to do in this new venture with you. Let’s start a dialogue about those things that challenge us and figure out ways to do better. Sometimes the right words at the right time can change the tides and even change your life. But, first, let me introduce myself.

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I remember watching Oprah in my tiny apartment one summer afternoon at 22 years old, trying to figure out who I was in a new world that was unfamiliar. I was struggling to maneuver my way through the days that were past, a new and present lifestyle which challenged me, and a future that I hoped would become manifest. But I was feeling stuck and afraid. How was I going to figure this out?

Who am I? I am Dr. Karin L. Smithson, developmental expert, writer, therapist and educator. I am a native Atlantan, Pilates junkie, and happily married mother of three. My specialties are wellness, transition, life purpose and relationships. My community work has included volunteering, motivational speaking, and doing seminars and media commentary on issues related to teens, divorce, stress resiliency, women’s issues, trauma and a host of other life challenges. My four-year-old Elise shares a special hug with her moM.

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I feel like I have lived a few lives and inside them have been wonderful years of growth and reinvention. main focus as a practitioner and motivator is helping others holistically find life meaning, connection and healing from what keeps them stuck. My educational passage took me from earning a degree in Education from Wesleyan College to earning a master’s degree in Counseling from Argosy University and, finally, being awarded a PhD in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University. I have worked in an array of counseling, community, clinical and educational settings and take great pride in my diverse background. My highest calling presently rests in writing and motherhood. After having three children in 22 months, my husband and I soon discovered that life wasn’t all about us! Through many sleepless nights and spontaneous Disney-themed family dance parties, we have been gratefully raising a set of spunky boy-girl twins and a miracle bonus son, who was born medically fragile in 2010. This has been the greatest unexpected challenge and blessing of my life. I thought the doctorate was difficult, but PhDs ain’t got nothin’ on mamas. 22

Who was I before I was Dr. Karin? I feel like I have lived a few lives, and inside them have been wonderful years, heartbreaking years, and years of growth and reinvention. Maneuvering through many difficult private challenges during my teen years, I learned about spiritual resiliency at a young age. I knew that I wanted to be a part of helping children learn and triumph over their challenges, so when I graduated college, I was inspired to change the teaching world and the lives of children. Off I went. My next life put me in the spotlight for a while as I married an up-and-coming major league ball player in 1992 and became Karin Jones. During those years, I enjoyed teaching, public speaking, writing and community service. I had my own segment on WXIA/TV’s “Noonday” called “Karin’s Korner” and was preparing to publish my first book, with great hopes of what was ahead. Then things changed, and people changed. I began to realize that while my marriage was purposeful for a time, he and I had grown in dramatically different directions. I ended up in a very difficult divorce in 2000. Despite the

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Karin and Joe are proud parents of first-born twins, West and Elise, and Hoyte.

pain of that experience, I learned a lot about relationships, the world and myself, and those lessons helped make me who I am today. The cost of these types of challenges is being broken for a time, but the wonderful prize through recovery is one of healing, hope and inspiration to fix the broken places, emerge stronger and reinvent life. When we know better, we do better. I knew I needed more. In 2001, I did just that. I started the process of reinventing myself. I wanted to do better, have a better life, help people. Like every other woman, I wanted to find my soul mate. And most deeply, I wanted my own children. Step by step, I carved a new road for myself and trusted my gained wisdom. I went back to school, moved into town, formed a new circle of friends and learned how to laugh again. Although I was fearful and insecure at times, I put myself back into the world with purpose and hope. Turns out, I met friends who are like sisters now, found sides of myself I never knew existed, became a practicing therapist, fell in love, married and, at long last, became a mother of twins on my 38th birthday. Talk about

the present of a lifetime! While my road led me to the blessings of these gifts, it also surprised me with some unexpected road bumps.

How did I do that? The process of reinvention takes work. I had found inspiration in the healing process of counseling, but I did not realize how healing it would eventually be for my life. I tried finding my way, dabbling in fundraising, freelance writing, volunteering and public relations. These were all significant legs of my journey, but I kept feeling like a chunk of me was missing. What was it? What was I supposed to be doing? Then someone asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karin, have you ever considered becoming a therapist?â&#x20AC;? Ding. Dong. I had spent years helping others wade through challenges and found great fulfillment encouraging and empathizing with families of sick children at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses. With girlfriends, it seemed I spent most hours analyzing relationship issues and figuring out family dysfunction. I was already doing it! Southern Seasons Magazine


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I have traveled a road with quite a lot of changes in passage, direction and challenge. But all of the fibers from the lives I have led have been woven into my history and the quilt of my being, informing who I am when I sit with people who are facing challenges.

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Counseling came naturally for me, and it was a place of great purpose, but I had never seen it as a career. A-ha moment! After all, I had just witnessed my mother return to school, get her master’s and become an ordained minister. I could do this. It was in my blood. My 30-year-old squeaky academic wheels started turning again, and soon I was knee-deep in grad school. I recall the first time a professor slid a test onto my desk, and I began to panic. Heart racing, I became terrified – what if I couldn’t do this? I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and told myself, “Karin, you went through hell. You survived. You are smart. You have been through much worse than this test. If you did all of that, you can certainly do this.” And I did, and I did it again and again, graduating with a 4.0. Swoosh. But I couldn’t stop there. I had a calling, and now that I knew better, I had to do better. A year later, I was accepted as a doctoral student at GSU in the heart of downtown. Walking to class at the foot of my hometown’s skyline, entering a world of academics that chose me as a member, I finally felt like I was exactly where I belonged. I was indeed home. Another area of life that was starting to feel like home was my love life. Meeting Joe was like coming home to a warm comfy couch that had been waiting for me all along. I had been given a gift that I never saw coming. I finally had someone who made me laugh my mascara off, supported my dreams, and taught me that love was about honesty, integrity and longevity. Miracles do happen and mine was right on time. Joe and my parents became rocks for me as I faced the challenge of a surprising seven years in the rigorous doctoral program at a research-based university. At least two professors will recall my tearful breakdowns in their offices as I struggled with the tremendous sacrifice of time that the degree required, which meant much less time with my favorite people doing

Karin and Joe’s youngest child, hoyte, has overcome a host of medical issues and is now thriving in his remarkable family.

What do I care about? I hope that you have felt some connection with my story and encouragement in yours. I have traveled a road with many changes in passage, direction and challenge. All of the fibers from the lives I have led have been woven into the tapestry of my being, informing who I am when I sit with people who are facing challenges. Best news is: None of us are finished works of art yet! I am passionate about the search for life meaning, honoring the self, and holistically recreating healthy patterns of living and loving. We all need a little educated guidance and objective insight along the way to help us get unstuck and on

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my favorite things. But I had to keep pushing and complete this part of my reinvention. And so I did, slam dunking a bouncy 4.0 … but wait, there was still the dissertation. Mind you, during these years, I also worked in private practice, planned my wedding, married Joe, renovated a home, moved, had twins (West and Elise), and our bonus son, Hoyte, who was born preemie with a host of medical issues, necessitating surgeries and lengthy NICU stays. The twins’ needs and Hoyte’s tiny, compromised, but powerful life soon gave my life new meaning. As I had before learned about the fragility of human emotion, I now got an unexpected education in the fragility of the human body. I put the dissertation aside for months at a time, which always made restarting arduous. The hill I was climbing got steeper with each surgery and infection Hoyte endured. While my dissertation sat on my hard drive, my children became my heart’s drive, and I couldn’t put them down. Motherhood delivers quite the unexpected dilemma. Alas, I dreaded the perpetual question, “Have you finished school yet?” And I dreaded my answer even more, “No, still working on it.” Would I ever find the space to get this thing done? Then it happened: Hoyte had a two-month run of good health. I put my nose to the keyboard grindstone and finished. I remember plunking my heavy dissertation onto the desk at GSU, walking out, feeling the exhilarating surge of accomplishment and freedom flooding my soul, and doing a hallelujah jig up Decatur Street. Two months later, after my successful defense, I heard, “Congratulations, Dr. Smithson, you passed!” AMEN!! I could finally hug my professor in public! At that moment I knew I had achieved something that no one could ever take away. “Dr. Karin” had arrived.

to living the life we were called to pursue. The world can be a tough place, especially with the Internet buzzing incessantly, sending limitless messages and requests, demanding that we be constantly available. Let’s put our smartphones down, look thoughtfully inside, and address some of life’s dilemmas. In this new column, I want to help you know better and do better. Let’s see things in a new light, feel less stressed, and gain inspiration toward a healthier, more meaningful life. I look forward to reading your questions and offering insight on creating change, gaining clarity and being purposeful. I’ll meet you here if you’ll join me. The doctor is in. You can also find Dr. Karin on her website www.doctorkarin. com, on Twitter @DoctorKarin, and on her Dr. Karin Facebook page,

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Voyles A Legacy for Excellence

The first time I ever saw Valery Voyles in the late 1970s, she was gracefully walking through Neiman Marcus modeling a stunning black evening gown. Her long black hair was pulled back into a perfectly styled chignon. Every head in the store turned to admire this tall, regal, stunningly beautiful lady.


rom the high-fashion runway to automotive aristocracy, Valery Voyles has led a diverse and impressive life, encompassing her natural assets of brains and beauty. There are all kinds of glass ceilings in the world of business, but none has been more traditionally male dominated than the automobile industry, until now! Atlanta’s legendary family of the Ed Voyles Automotive Group is a stand-out in this city’s history as one of the most respected family-owned and operated companies. It is now led by Valery Voyles. TIME Magazine sponsors the annual competition and award for the “TIME Quality Dealer of the Year,” where all 50 states select a nominee whose excellence and achievement represent them. This year, Valery Voyles is the proud recipient of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association nomination for this national award. The winner will be announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, set for Feb. 8-11, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.


Valery grew up at her family’s dealership, helping out after school and working during the summers learning the business, under the watchful eye of her father, Ed Voyles. “I loved the smell of new cars in the showroom. I even loved the smell of the service department,” Valery said, recalling her earliest childhood memories of visiting her dad at the dealership. “I guess this business was in my blood from the beginning.” Valery was a model from 1977 to 1981, at which point her daughter was born and she left the modeling industry for motherhood. “It was always my priority to be a fulltime mom when my kids were small,” said Valery, who is happily married to Rob Jordan, mother to Jessica and Chase Singleton, and step-mother to Trey, Taylor and Sean Jordan. In 1990, with her children both in school, Valery eagerly returned to the family business that was her legacy. When her father passed away in 2004, she took over as CEO/ Chairman of Ed Voyles Automotive Group. Now, three generations of Valery’s family is working in the thriving

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Valery Voyles was an Atlanta fashion model for five years beginning in the late 1970s. family business, including her brothers, her children and her nephew.



Bill Brantley, president and Chief Operating Officer of Voyles Automotive Group, is practically a member of the Voyles family having worked with the late Ed Voyles for many years prior to Valery’s ascension as CEO/Chairman.

With the sudden passing of her father, sudden decisions had to be made. Around that time, it was Valery whose life and circumstances were most flexible to assume leadership of the company. Her brothers, Bill and Ben, whole-heartedly supported Valery’s ascension to run the company. She had been so active in the operations of the company that the transition was logical. With the support of her Senior Management Team and general managers, Valery currently oversees the daily operations of the six dealerships, including Ed Voyles Honda, Ed Voyles Hyundai, Ed Voyles Kia, Ed Voyles Acura, Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee and Ed Voyles Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, which is the #1 Jeep Wrangler Dealer in the country! Under her leadership, the dealerships have continued to prosper and earn numerous factory awards, including the Honda President’s Award, Acura Precision Team Award and Hyundai Board of Excellence award. When asked what has made the company so successful for so long, Valery replied, “Any business without great employees cannot survive. Our employees are as important as our customers. We have over 500 employees and historically very

little turnover. To me, this means I am responsible for the livelihoods of 500 families. It is a trust and a stewardship.” The collapse of Chrysler and General Motors drove many American familyowned dealerships out of business. In the case of the Voyles, they were strong and diverse enough to survive these historic events and continue to thrive. The largest number of dealerships are now publicly traded companies with 200 or more locations. Valery expands, “Perhaps our success has to do with lessons our father taught us, beginning with the importance of building relationships with our customers based on integrity, trust and excellence, to make them customers for life.” The very fact that she’s female might well be another secret to her success. Today, 50% of all cars are purchased by women and 90% of all cars purchased are influenced by women! Valery Voyles with her brothers Ben and Bill. In addition to the changing face of the car buyer, automotive technology and quality have improved dramatically in the past 10 to 15 years. “I am particularly enthusiastic about center named after her late parents. the new KIA plant in West Point, Georgia, which is producing Among Valery’s professional community involvement the KIA Optima Sedan and the Sorento SUV,” Valery said. and affiliations: Chair Emeritus of the Acura National “This positive economic impact has created so many jobs in Dealer Advisory Board, Advisory Board Member for the our state, both in the plant itself and for suppliers. Its success Shepherd Center, Advisory Circle Member of the Cobb has led to plans for further expansion.” Energy Performing Arts Centre, Special Appointee of the Cobb Chamber Board of Directors, Board Member of PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS The Cumberland Academy, Sponsor of the Teacher of the Throughout its 65-year history, the Ed Voyles dealerships Year Program (partnered with Cobb County Chamber have always been heavily involved in their communities, from of Commerce), 2007 March of Dimes Annual Evening of United Way and American Red Cross to March of Dimes Excellence Honoree, and United Way Campaign Annual and other organizations. Valery is proud to continue this Partner staunch support. When asked about the best car she has ever driven, Valery As was her mother, Valery is a cancer survivor who helps replied: “Personally, I change cars every 5,000 miles! The fact numerous cancer charities. The Ed and Dora Voyles Breast is I love every car we sell. I currently have a minivan, a sports Health Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital is a cancer treatment utility vehicle and a sedan.” Southern Seasons Magazine

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Is your child’s school a perfect fit? Recognize and respond to the fact that your child is unique, individual and specifically gifted. One size school does not fit all. Celebrate your child’s one-of-a-kind assets by finding the best educational environment to prepare for a successful life! Whether your child is performing with scholarly excellence or has challenges, there is no better community than Greater Atlanta and the surrounding communities for educational options to public school. Since around the 1960s Atlanta has become home to a great number of independent schools for students and families who wish to seek the best academic venues for their kids. This is especially true for any child who is not thriving in public school. If your child is academically gifted, a traditional public school curriculum may leave him or her bored or uninspired. They might need the boost of a stronger curriculum of studies. If your child has learning challenges and has been unsuccessful in the public school system, the good news is that there are so many options within this community that can be tailored for every level of academic achievement. Begin your research by visiting the following websites, designed to help you find the perfect independent school for your individual child.

• List of independent schools by county: • Georgia Independent School Association: • Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools: • Georgia Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children:

WHAT IF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ARE BEYOND YOUR FINANCIAL ABILITY? There are many ways that the cost of private education may be possible. One of them is The Georgia Department of Education, which gives vouchers to assist with tuition in private schools for students who have come from the public school system and have an IEP in place. Visit the website for additional information. Your personal income tax revenue can be earmarked toward scholarship money for the independent school of your choice, without it costing you a penny!

This is so important and most people don’t even know about it! Here’s how it works: Everyone in the state of Georgia has the opportunity to subsidize scholarship money for the specific Georgia independent school of your choice by simply contacting the school you want to support and finding out which Student Scholarship Organizations (SSO) they are affiliated with. They will provide you the guidelines and documentation. Then, you may make a donation to that school which will be 100% tax deductible! What a wonderful way to bolster the quality of education for Georgia’s children! Through these programs the sometimes very high cost of independent education has become more attainable for more families.

The GOAL Scholarship Program The GOAL Scholarship Program is one of many SSOs in Georgia designed to provide taxpayers a credit on their state tax return for a contribution made to the SSO. Taxpayers simply designate the independent school of their choice in Georgia and may then contribute to GOAL in the following increments: $1,000 (Individual Tax Filer), $2,500 (Married Joint Filer), $1,250 (Married Separate Filer). Corporations can contribute up to 75% of their Georgia tax liability. From these contributions, GOAL provides the school of your choice scholarship money for students. Taxpayers receives a full tax credit on their Georgia tax return. For example, if the taxpayer contributed $1,000 to GOAL and owed the state $1,000 in taxes, the actual tax liability would be $0. In essence, the taxpayer is telling the state where he wants his tax dollars spent – at the school of his choice. Taxpayers also receive a charitable deduction on their federal tax return. Each year there is a maximum cap amount that can be contributed to all the SSOs in Georgia (for 2012 the cap was $51.5 million), so it’s best to get your contribution in early before the cap is met. By simply re-directing some of your Georgia tax dollars, you can make a big difference. Southern Seasons Magazine


INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ATLANTA independent SCHOOLS – ACADEMIC Alpharetta International Academy 4772 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770/475-0558. Arlington Christian School 4500 Ridge Road, Fairburn. 770/964-9871.

School Profiles COTTAGE SCHOOL Founded in 1985, The Cottage School provides excellence in education tailored to the needs of individual students. Located in North Fulton County, TCS serves students in grades 6th through 12th. Accredited by SAIS/SACS and GAC, the school offers individualized instruction for varying learning styles and skills. With a teacher-student ratio of 10-1, TCS stresses academic success by capitalizing on student strengths while improving weak areas. The school meets Georgia graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements.

CUMBERLAND ACADEMY Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of children with highfunctioning autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD. Fully accredited, Cumberland Academy is a private, non-profit, independent school for students in grades 4 -12 who have difficulty succeeding in a traditional school setting. The mission of the academy is to provide a safe, supportive, educational environment in partnership with faculty, staff, students and parents. The Cumberland family embraces the uniqueness of every child by challenging and inspiring them to reach their full potential. The academic and social curriculum encourages the development of life skills essential in becoming independent and self-sufficient adults.

GALLOWAY SCHOOL Galloway is the philosophically grounded, learner-focused independent school where students age 3 through grade 12 develop an abiding love for learning. Preparing students to live successfully as enlightened citizens in a changing world, our community embraces diversity, insists upon common decency, and fosters human dignity. Through innovation, enthusiasm, and high expectations, Galloway draws students joyfully into learning and cultivates the intrinsic curiosity and unrepeatable talents of each one.

RIVERSIDE military ACADEMY For over 105 years Riverside Military Academy has remained the preeminent military, college preparatory school in the nation, educating young men grades 7-12. At the heart of Riverside’s commitment to each cadet’s well-rounded personal growth is positive character development. Character development extends beyond building and exercising leadership skills. In educating and developing men of character, the school teaches time-honored values that promote social responsibility, good citizenship and personal integrity. Located in Gainesville, Riverside is accredited by SACS, SAIS, TABS, CASE and NAIS. Tuition: Boarding Students, $28,600; Day Students: $17,150. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37 32

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Atlanta Academy (The) 85 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/252-9555. Atlanta Classical Christian Academy 3110 Sports Ave. SE, Smyrna. 770/874-8885. Atlanta International School 2890 North Fulton Dr., Atlanta. 404/841-3840. Atlanta School (The) 1015 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/688-9550. Blessed Trinity Catholic High School 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 678/277-9083. Brandon Hall School 1701 Brandon Hall Dr., Atlanta. 770/394-8177. Carmen Adventist School 1330 North Cobb Pkwy., Marietta. 770/424-0606. Cambridge Academy 2780 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur. 404/241-1321. Christ the King School 46 Peachtree Way, Atlanta. 404/233-0383. Cobb County Christian School 545 Lorene Dr., Marietta. 770/434-1320. Cottage School (The) 770 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/641-8688. Covenant Christian School 3130 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 770/435-1596. Covered Bridge Academy 488 Hurt Road, Smyrna. 770/801-8292. Cumberland Christian Academy 2356 Clay Road, Austell. 770/819-6443. Davis Academy (The) 8105 Roberts Dr., Atlanta. 770/671-0085. Dominion Christian High School 4607 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta. 770/578-8150. Donnellan School (The) 4820 Long Island Dr., Atlanta. 404/255-0900. East Cobb Christian School 4616 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. 770/565-0881. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

Find out who you are,

wisdom. applied.

and become that person. –Elliott Galloway

At Galloway, we believe the best teaching gives students room to be creative and the opportunities to apply their particular talents. By building on students’ individual strengths, a Galloway education lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. Come and see for yourself just what a Galloway education can do.

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For 105 years Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character. As one of the preeminent   military college preparatory academies in the U.S., we prepare young men for success in the na�on’s premier colleges, universi�es,   and the ve service academies.  The class of 2012 earned over $2 million in scholarships and the 84 graduates were admi�ed to over  90 colleges and universi�es including the U.S. Military Academy‐West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.  Our Corps of Cadets consists  of over 420 cadets from 22 countries.  

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Academic Excellence


at Brandon Hall School

he best independent schools offer outstanding alternatives to parents who are deciding how they would like to educate their children. Brandon Hall is a mission-driven school with an educational philosophy secured in a shared set of guiding principles. For over 53 years, the school has been successfully preparing students for college. Its track record speaks for itself: each year every graduating senior is accepted into college. Far more than a place for a child to receive a great education, Brandon Hall is an extension of every student’s family where parents, teachers, staff and administrators come together to help celebrate the success of each child. Founded on the late Morris Brandon summer home estate in Dunwoody, Brandon Hall occupies 27 spectacular acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Drawing strength from its small size and great diversity, the school is a powerful micro-global community with a multinational faculty and approximately 150 students from 13 states and eight foreign countries – offering a unique educational opportunity. Dr. John L. Singleton is the school’s headmaster and president.

A National Model Brandon Hall’s view toward educating boys and girls in both its Middle and Upper Schools is a national model for research-based education and extensive learning modalities. The academic curriculum is classic college prep with AP courses, drama, art, music, ESL, study abroad and specialized support programs. Personalized instruction ensures success with every student – from small classes to individual tutoring to expert college advisement. 34

The Day Program serves grades 6 -12. Brandon Hall offers Metro Atlanta’s only Boarding Program for grades 7-12. Dorm faculty and directors, along with the director of Student Services, provide an interactive Residential Life curriculum, supervised evening study and weekend activities. College advisement starts in the sophomore year. The Senior Seminar is the capstone class and final step in college readiness. Students learn about college applications and testing, explore ethical challenges, expand critical thinking, and experience what it will be like in a college level class; helping seniors prepare for their next educational journey.

A World-Wide View The Global Education Program is a specialized program threaded throughout the curriculum, as well as a stand-alone class. Participating GEP students develop critical thinking skills, using discussions and outside resources to analyze and synthesize topics that challenge their understanding of globalization and global citizenry. GEP students represent the school in and beyond the classroom. An “Apple in Education” school, Brandon Hall offers nearly 90% of all books and learning materials in eBook or electronic format. Fortytwo airports connect classrooms and students to the world, using iPads and/or MacBooks, transforming a normally “flat” curriculum into a 3D/multi-sensory experience, giving students the opportunity to excel in one or more of 25 honors or AP classes. This premier technology curriculum truly prepares students to be 21st century learners and global citizens.

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ATLANTA independent SCHOOLS – ACADEMIC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770/971-2332. Epstein School (The) 335 Colewood Way NW, Atlanta. 404/250-5600. Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770/973-8921. Fellowship Christian School 10965 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770/992-4975. First Baptist Christian School 2958 North Main St., Kennesaw. 770/422-3254. First Montessori School of Atl. 5750 Long Island Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404/252-3910. Galloway School (The) 215 West Wieuca Road NW, Atlanta. 404/252-8389. Greenfield Hebrew Academy 5200 Northland Dr., Atlanta. 404/843-9900. Heiskell School (The) 3260 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404/262-2233. Heritage Prep. School of Georgia 1700 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta. 404/815-7711.

High Meadows School 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/993-2940. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 805 Mount Vernon Hwy., Atlanta. 404/255-4026. Holy Spirit Preparatory School 4449 Northside Dr., Atlanta. 678/904-2811. Landmark Christian School 50 East Broad St., Fairburn. 770/306-0647. Lovett School (The) 4075 Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404/262-3032. Marist School 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770/457-7201. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770/971-0245. Mt. Paran Christian School 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw. 770/578-0182. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/252-3448. North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Dr., Kennesaw. 770/975-0252.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School 861 Hwy. 279, Fayetteville. 770/461-2202. Pace Academy 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/262-1345.

St. Martin’s Episcopal School 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 404/237-4260.

Paideia School (The) 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404/377-3491.

Trinity School 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404/231-8100.

Riverside Military Academy 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville. 770/538-2938. 800/GO-CADET.

Walker School (The) 700 Cobb Pkwy. N, Marietta. 770/427-2689.

Roswell Street Baptist Christian School 774 Roswell St., Marietta. 770/424-9824. Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road NE, Kennesaw. 770/926-7729. Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta. 770/953-1340. St. Francis Schools 9375 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/641-8257. 13440 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta. 678/339-9989. St. John the Evangelist 240 Arnold St., Hapeville. 404/767-4312.



St. Joseph School 81 Lacy St., Marietta. 770/428-3328.

Wesleyan School 5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners. 770/448-7640. Westminster Schools (The) 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/355-8673. Whitefield Academy 1 Whitefield Dr., Mableton. 678/3053000. Woodward Academy 1662 Rugby Ave., College Park. 404/765-4000. Yeshiva Atlanta High School 3130 Raymond Dr., Atlanta. 770/451-5299. Youth Christian School 4967 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs. 770/943-1394.

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Yes! There is a Choice in Independent Education. School Profiles CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 ST. MARTIN’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Since 1959, St. Martin’s Episcopal School has provided quality education in a loving, Christian environment for children. Serving approximately 610 students in pre-school through 8th grade, St. Martin’s offers programs in Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School education, as well as an extended-day program. Students enjoy small class sizes, a challenging curriculum and spiritual guidance throughout their academic progress. Just this year, St. Martin’s opened a new Middle School building and a renovated campus.

WHITEFIELD ACADEMY Whitefield Academy, a Christ-centered college preparatory school located in the Smyrna/Vinings area of northwest Atlanta, serves 650 students in grades PreK-4 through 12th. Situated on a wooded 75-acre campus, Whitefield has established a strong academic reputation collegiately. Consecutive, annual perfect scores on the SAT have been recorded numerous years in each of the different disciplines. Over 50 athletic teams are offered and graduates have moved on to NCAA competition in football, basketball, golf, soccer, baseball, and track and field. Whitefield also has an award-winning fine arts department, which includes drama, orchestra, chorus, band, and visual arts.

“Today, there is a sparkle in his eye that didn’t come from performance on the soccer field, basketball court, or any of the outdoor activities that he loves. It comes from accomplishing something that just a few short years ago seemed impossible to achieve.” Grades 6-12 • Accredited by SACS, SAIS, GAC Information Session/Tour Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. RSVP: 770/641-8688 700 Grimes Bridge Rd.• Roswell • 770.641.8688

TCS is a 501 ( c ) 3 organization that maintains a nondiscriminatory policy in all school programs.

Excellence in Education Tailored to the Needs of Individual Students Since 1985

ATLANTA PRIVATE SCHOOLS – special needs Atlanta Speech School 3160 Northside Pkwy. NW, Atlanta. 404/233-5332.

Jacob’s Ladder Center 407 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell. 770/998-1017. jacobsladdercenter. com

Bedford School (The) 5665 Milam Road, Fairburn. 770/774-8001. thebedfordschool. org

Joseph Sams School 280 Brandywine Blvd., Fayetteville. 770/461-5894. josephsamsschool. org

Brookwood Christian School 4728 Wood St., Acworth. 678/4015855.

Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta. 770/360-1336.

Center Academy 3499 South Cobb Dr., Smyrna. 770/333-1616. Cumberland Academy of GA 650 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/835-9000. The Elaine Clark Center 5130 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Chamblee. 770/458-3251. Howard School (The) 1192 Foster St. NW, Atlanta. 404/377-7436.

Porter Academy 200 Cox Road, Roswell. 770/5941313. Schenck School (The) 282 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta. 404/252-2591. Sophia Academy 1199 Mt. Vernon Road, Atlanta. 404/303-8722. Swift School (The) 300 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 678/205-4988.


“An Exceptional School for Exceptional Students”

College prep and vocational programs are designed for grades 4th - 12th and postgraduate students with highfunctioning Autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD. • SACS & GAC Accredited • SB10 Approved • Open Enrollment • Social Skills • Robotics, Drama, Chess • Athletic Programs • Low Student-Teacher Ratio • Structured, Supportive Environment Open House: Sunday, January 27, 2013 & Sunday, March 31, 2013 – 2-4 p.m. Private Tours by Appointment

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The Power is Yours

How Green is your

By Laura Turner Seydel

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You and your family deserve a happy, healthy home. Shop the supermarket with confidence using these high performing and healthy cleaning databases as your guide.


from EWG reformulated their products. Several products in the Johnson & Johnson umbrella of brands contain formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, which are known to cause respiratory issues and other potential illnesses, so the company is reformulating its products in light of EWG’s exacting safety standards and Skin Deep Cosmetics database. This is a huge victory for the EWG – and our own health. I focus a lot on EWG, but it’s good for consumers to have more than one source of information. One standout is the Green Seal ( Since 1989, this nonprofit has developed sustainability standards for personal products and provided third-party certification for items with minimal environmental impact. Independent organizations like the Green Seal use unbiased, science-based certifications to give consumers confidence that the products they buy are better for their health as well as the environment. Two other

Make your own green cleaning products with vinegar, baking soda and lemons.

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hen you shop at the supermarket, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of cleaning products lining the aisles. But once you determine which products are healthiest for your family, the buying decisions should be easy. So how do you know you’re selecting the safest cleaners? Until September, you couldn’t. Unfortunately, there are virtually no laws in the U.S. regulating ingredient toxicity or requiring full ingredient disclosure on cleaning product labels. But now that the Environmental Working Group has stepped in with its new 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning ( cleaners), it’s easy to make highly informed decisions about these purchases. So far, the EWG has examined 2,000 products off store shelves and online retailers, then researched the ingredients extensively, especially when not listed clearly on the label. Every product gets a grade – A through F. The EWG rating system is all about disclosure. Generic terms like color, surfactant or enzymes won’t do. EWG has chosen to err on the side of caution, assuming the most dangerous chemicals within a category for vague ingredient descriptions, which is part of the reason why fewer than 4 percent of all cleaning products have earned an A rating. Yet, the moment manufacturers step forward with specifics, their products can be reevaluated and regraded. EWG acts as a powerful consumer advocate and watchdog for the industry, evaluating product safety long before government regulations catch up. I believe that all consumers need is a little bit of information so that they can vote with their checkbooks. This is the power of EWG, creating transparency and spurring change. No manufacturer wants a bad reputation. Sunscreen is a great example. EWG produced a Sunscreen Guide and, within a year, 60 percent of the sunscreen companies who lost retailers due to poor grades

v Air Freshener: Arm & Hammer Fridge & Freezer Baking Soda

v All-Purpose: Whole Foods Market glass cleaner, unscented

v Bathroom: Seventh Generation Natural Tub & Tile Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir

v Dishwashing: Green Shield Organic Squeeze Automatic Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Lemongrass

v Floor Care: Martha Stewart Clean Carpet Stain Remover

v Furniture: LA’s Totally Awesome Power Oxygen Base Cleaner

v Kitchen: Green Shield Organic All-Purpose Cleaner Degreaser, Fresh

v Laundry: Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, Peppermint

v Other: Aussan Natural dog odor eliminator

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strong advocates are the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment ( program and the UL Global Network’s EcoLogo ( Another resource is the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, which launched in 2009. It goes a step beyond The Good Housekeeping Seal of approval, which has been trusted for more than 100 years as a stamp of top quality. The Green Good Housekeeping Seal helps guide consumers toward products that are not only top performers, but are healthy for you and the planet. While EWG is primarily concerned with health, the Green Good Housekeeping Seal adds factors of environmental sustainability into its approval process. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute worked with green consultancy Brown & Wilmanns Environmental and a diverse advisory committee to evaluate many consumer products, including cleaners. They’ve taken into consideration factors such as recyclability, amount of packaging, how much water is used in manufacturing, energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility and product safety for the end user. Items with the Green Good Housekeeping Seal should not contain known carcinogens, volatile organic compounds, have an extreme pH level or be tested on animals. I encourage you to log on to the new database. Enter your favorite home cleaning product into the search field, or scan hundreds in each category. You may be shocked by some of the F ratings, but you may also be pleasantly surprised. Here are some of my favorite cleaners that earned an A rating from the EWG:

It’s difficult to always use A-rated products, but as a rule, I avoid bleach, triclosan and added fragrances, all of which can have harmful effects. Triclosan, often found in antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, inhibited thyroid function, and aquatic toxicity. Artificial fragrances are also problematic. I had a chemical body burden study done several years ago and had very high levels of artificial musk, which are hormone disrupters. We like our homes to smell “clean,” but fragrances and chemical smells are often toxic. Most of the time, good old-fashioned soap and water, without the additives, works best. And for pennies on the dollar, you can make your own green cleaning products. Baking soda and vinegar, poured down the drain, works great for clogs; I tried it at my house a couple of weeks ago. I talk about some of these experiments in brief video segments that will appear on the EWG website. The good news about the EWG Guide to Health Cleaning is that it empowers you. It tells you what you can do to make sweeping changes in your home, your office, and your kids’ schools. Remember, the Power is Yours. visit for more living well tips.

Home in on health with these helpful resources: • Quiz yourself on your household safety with the EWG’s Healthy Home Checklist.

• Study 15 in-depth ways you can make your home suddenly healthier at the EWG’s Healthy Home Tips series.

• Decode labels, technical terms and ad hype easily with the ingredient glossary found in the EWG’s Guide to Health Cleaning.

• Get regular news updates about manufacturing standards in the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning Update Center.

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Give the gift of art this season, from beautiful books filled with angelic paintings and captivating photography to unique hand-crafted pieces from local galleries.

18 Greatest Golf/John Kernick


Irish Enniscrone

“18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes” captures some of the world’s most breathtaking links and scenes, including Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Royal Portrush and Royal County Down. The limited-edition book features spectacular photography by John Kernick, as well as exclusive interviews with golfing greats. Available in select golf stores nationwide and online at $199.

“Cuba” features new images and old favorites by New York-based artist Andrew Moore, whose photographs were recently featured in The New York Times Magazine. Copies of the book are available at Jackson Fine Art gallery in Atlanta. $75; Damiani.

“Angels in Our Midst,” by Charlotte, N.C. artist Anne H. Neilson, features more than 100 works from her ethereal Angel Series, as well as the inspirational stories behind the paintings, in a lovely coffee-table book. After painting her first angel in 2003, Neilson “found her voice,” reflecting her faith in brilliant brushstrokes of color, texture and layering. Her artistic success has led to an outpouring of support for charitable organizations and others less fortunate in her community, from disadvantaged children and the homeless to domestic violence shelters and hospice. Neilson’s dramatic landscapes, still life and figure paintings are also included in the book. Available online at and at Anne Irwin Fine Art gallery in Atlanta. $70. Anne Neilson will be in ATLANTA for a book signing from 5-8:30 PM Dec. 11 at anne irwin fine art, during the gallery’s holiday party. 690 miami circle #150. 404/467-1200.


“Pools: Reflections,” by Kelly Klein, explores the artistry of swimming pools with 187 iconic photographs by the likes of Lartigue, Stieglitz, Munkacsi, Weston, Mapplethorpe and Weber. The photographs are as inspiring as they are moving, revealing an incredible wealth of styles and designs in climates and cultures across the globe. Included are pools in all shapes, sizes, colors and settings – from Tangiers and Miami to the ancient magnificence of Hadrian’s Villa. Proceeds benefit ACRIA, a NYC-based AIDS research and education organization. $100; Rizzoli New York.

Christmas at Callanwolde Charming ARTifacts Dec. 7-18 Atlanta

Chilean Stone Citrine by CAT GOOLSBY

Felicité Smith Verren Barry Gregg

5 Christmas at Callanwolde, Dec. 7-18, offers a spectacular tour through the 27,000-squarefoot historic mansion, decked for the holidays in designer dazzle, as well as the opportunity to shop for unique works of art by Callanwolde instructors and students at Charming ARTifacts in the conservatory. 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. 6 Spotlight on Art, one of the Southeast’s largest and most diverse art exhibitions and sales, features an Artists Market on Feb. 4-9 at Trinity School in Atlanta, and a Preview Gallery on Dec. 1-Jan. 30 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Phipps Plaza. New works by 350 artists, both established and emerging, will be showcased at the school’s market, with categories ranging from contemporary, realism and folk to sculpture, pottery and jewelry. The Saks preview will offer a sampling of works for purchase. 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. Steve Penley

Spotlight on Art Artist’s Market Feb. 4-9 Trinity School Atlanta Preview Gallery Dec. 1-Jan. 30 Saks Fifth Avenue Phipps Plaza

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Jean Glenn

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exhibitions WINTER

Alan avery art company

Through Jan. 5 “Wet Ink,” featuring works by Atlanta artists Courtney J. Garrett and Jennifer J.L. Jones and California artist Kathryn Jacobi. 315 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-0370.


Dec. 1-2 Annual Art of Dr. Seuss Holiday Show, with book illustrations, rare and unique art pieces, and Seuss-inspired treats and drinks. Noon-8 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. 932 Canton St., Roswell. 770/993-4783.


Dec. 11 Annual holiday party with book signing by artist Anne Neilson. 690 Miami Circle, #150, Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 404/467-1200.

kevin Tabb, “PORTAL”

Art station galleries

Through Dec. 29 “My Bungalow Home,” Wade Lincoln. ART Station Member Juried Exhibition Fall. Jan. 12-March 2 “Branching Out Art,” Tom Chambers. “Quilting in the Heartland,” the Cotton Boil Quilters of Covington, GA. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Tues.-Sat. 770/469-1105.

“CELEBRATING FERNBANK MUSEUM” Fernbank Museum of Natural History – Through Jan. 21 inhabitants beginning with the Mississippian peoples and continuing with their descendants, the Creeks and the Cherokees. 130 West Paces Ferry Road. Open daily.



Lights, Holiday Nights, 5-10 PM. Experience the garden transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Open daily.


Through Jan. 5 Garden



Through Dec. 16 “Laurel Nakadate: Photographs, Videos & Performances” exhibition. 535 Means Street NW, Atlanta. Tues.-Sun. 404/688-1970.

Ongoing “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Step back in time to Titanic’s maiden voyage in April 1912, see more than 200 artifacts, and learn about the modern-day recovery efforts. 285 18th St., Atlanta. 2nd Floor, Escalator 5.


Scholars at Black Colleges.” 1440 Spring St., NW, Atlanta.





around Georgia,” a juried exhibit of wildlife, landscape and macro images by the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Open daily. 770.992-2055.


Dec. 1-Jan. 14 Ernesto Bertani

25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. 770/427-5377.


Backyards: Discovering Atlanta, 1861-1865,” with artifacts, relics, maps, photos and monuments. Through Jan. 27 “Greetings From Atlanta: A Postcard Retrospective,” a collection of more than 3,000 postcards provides glimpses of Atlanta and Georgia. Through Jan. 1, 2014 “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia,” celebrates the state’s original



Through Dec. 13 “War in Our


& Graciela Genovés. 175 Peters St. SW, Atlanta. 404/524-4781.

Jan. 11 Exhibition opening of

new works by artists of Michael David’s Fine Arts Atelier. 6-9 PM. 1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/352-8114.

breman museum

Through Dec. 9 “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee

Through Jan. 6 “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World,” features festive trees and displays. Through Jan. 21 “Genghis Khan” exhibition features the largest touring collection of 13th-century Mongolian artifacts, including more than 200 rare, authentic relics, from gold jewelry, ceramics, coins and weaponry to a “murdered” mummy.

Through Jan. 21 “Celebrating

Fernbank Museum” exhibit features 45 photos by members of Decatur Digital Photography Meetup that highlight the beauty and wonder of the museum, commemorating Fernbank’s 20th anniversary. 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta.

404/929-6300. fernbankmuseum. org.

georgia museum of art Through Jan. 6 “The Look of

Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection,” featuring small-scale portraits of individual eyes set into jewelry from late-18th and early19th-century England. Through Jan. 6 “George Beattie’s Agriculture Murals.” “Beyond the Bulldog: Jack Davis.” Through Jan. 27 “De Wain Valentine: Human Scale.” Through March 3 “John Haley: Berkeley School Abstract Expressionist.” Dec. 8-March 3 “Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction.” Through April 30 “Defiant Beauty: The Work of Chakaia Booker.” “Remixing History: Manolo Valdés.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Performing and Visual Arts Complex. 706/542-



MArietta/cobb museum of art


Ruth Dusseault. “Infrastructures,” Bryan Whitney. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. #25, Atlanta. 404/492-7718.

Arvid: Reflecting the Good Life,” monumental compositions that capture the delicate beauty of wine and the evocative pleasure of its consumption. Through Dec. 15 “RED,” combines contemporary works of art from MCMA’s collection with installation artist Susan Cipcic, school-aged children, local artists, and art collectors to offer a fun and enthusiastic way to learn about the many facets of the color red. 30 Atlanta St. 770/528-1444.

Through Jan. 12 “Ayokunle

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART Through Jan. 6 “American

Encounters: Thomas Cole and the Narrative Landscape.” “Choose Me: Arthur Grace’s Portraits of a Presidental Race,” from the 1988 campaign. Through Jan. 20 “Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >> 2013.” Through Jan. 27 “Susan Cofer: Draw Near,” drawings. Through Feb. 10 Katharina Grosse, paintings. Through March 3 “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial,” 59 largescale paintings, drawings and found-object sculptures. Through June Aaron Curry, Pop sculpture. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Tues.-Sun. high.

org. 404/733-HIGH.


4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atlanta. Mon.-Sat.



Through Feb. 2 Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks: The Segregation Portfolio. 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/2333739.


3235 Paces Ferry Place NW, Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-8273.

Through Dec. 15 “Thomas


Through Dec. 31 Show to benefit

Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Kids In Need program, with works by Teresa Fischer, Robert Marx, Luke Allsbrook, Virginia Parker, William Entrekin, Jeanie Tomanek, Spencer Herr, Ashley Surber. Also on view: works by Paul Light Jr., Pam Moxley, Andrew Michael Phillips, Paul Cadden, Lance McBride. 199 Armour Dr., Atlanta.

Through Jan. 5 Brian Dettmer

(2011/2012 Working Artist Project)

Odeleye: 32 Years of Public Art.” Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. 404/367-8700.


Through March 31 “The South’s New Wave: Design Challenge,” pairs designers of interior spaces with object designers who together create extraordinary vignettes throughout the museum. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-6455.


Through Dec. 9 “Burden of Proof:


National Identity and the Legacy of War,” explores the juxtaposition of the American and Vietnamese experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, featuring artists Dinh Q. Lê, Sheila Pree Bright, Keisha Luce and Kirk Torregrossa. 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Tues.Sun. 404/364-8555. museum.



Through Jan. 5 ‘For I am the

Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art. From earliest times to today, indigenous peoples of the Americas have valued shamanic visionary trance as one of their most important cultural and religious experiences. Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta.


764 Miami Circle, Suite 132, Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 404/352-8775.

r. alexander gallery

Through Dec. 20 Annual Holiday Small Works Show. 309 East Paces Ferry Road, #105. 404/841-1184.

SMITH PLANTATION HOME Through Dec. 31 “The Smith

Family and the Civil War Exhibit: The War At Home,” an exhibit highlighting the Smith family’s activities during the second year of the war. 950 Forrest St., Roswell.



One of the Southeast’s largest, most diverse art exhibits and sales, hosted by Trinity School for 31 years, with works by 350 artists. Dec. 1-Jan. 30 Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery at Phipps Plaza, with a collection of art for purchase in a range of styles and price points. Feb. 4-9 Artists Market at Trinity School, 4301 Northside Pkwy. Free.



Dec. 6, 13, 20 Holiday Artists Market. Peruse handcrafted items by local artisans from 6-8 PM at the Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

“LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT” Swan Coach House Gallery Through Jan. 5 Sean Abrahams, “Snowflakes in the Forest,” 2012, markers on paper, 6” x 7”

THORNTON DIAL, “THE ART OF ALABAMA,” 2004, mixed materials, 129 X 40 X 66”


Through Jan. 5 “Little Things

Mean a Lot,” holiday show and sale of over 300 small works in all mediums by Georgia artists. Jan. 10-Feb. 23 Tom Ventulette. Reception: 6-9 PM Jan. 10. Feb. 24-April 6 “The Price is Right.” Reception: 6-9 PM Feb. 25. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atlanta. Open Tues.-Sat. 404/266-2636.

Through Jan. 7 TEW Jewelry

STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA Visitor Center & Conservatory. 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. 706/542-





Dec. 2-24 Holiday Decorations,


Through Dec. 1 “Modern Nature,”

Exhibition and Sale of original fine jewelry by Rebecca Meyers and Liaung-Chung Yen, and paintings by Charles Ladson and Serhiy Hai. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24, Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 404/869-0511.

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Handcrafted in Aurora, N.Y., the Merrifield Chandelier is whimsically adorned with a dozen ceramic birds, colored crystal prisms and wands, and a crystal bobeche on each of the cast aluminum arms. The central glass globes and flowers are mouth-blown by a local artisan. $6,400.

Modern in style yet traditional in essence, L’OBJET’s bird place card holders are an elegant addition to the table. The collection is layered in 24K gold or platinum, with hand-set Swarovski crystals and semi-precious gemstones. Set of six (with 25 place cards), $225. This Cirque Chinois bowl in hand-painted Limoges porcelain by Tiffany & Co. evokes vignettes of daily life in 18th-century China. $2,500.

From the Florence de Dampierre Collection for John-Richard, this classic Louis XV-style armchair gets an update with eye-popping orange upholstery. “Breena” Pompadour Armchair, $2,699.


The “Théorème” collection of tea glasses from French Cristallerie Saint-Louis are mouth blown, hand cut and finished with a gold rim. Designed by Laurence Baurbant, the sculptural set features five tumblers in five unique shapes. Beta dark blue tumbler, $225.


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Q &A with U.S. Trust


Southern Seasons recently had the opportunity to catch up with Wendy Kopp, U.S. Trust’s Managing Director and Market Executive for Georgia, to discuss the importance of succession planning and how U.S. Trust works with clients, such as those in the auto industry, to ensure business owners have a plan to fulfill their longterm goals. Wendy leads the Atlanta office, which offers multi-generational wealth management and planning to clients in a number of industries.

What questions should business owners ask themselves

wendy kopp

How do you address businesses that have financial planning

about succession planning?

concerns in this turbulent economic environment?

Succession planning involves some of the most important decisions a business owner will have to make. One way to greatly reduce uncertainty is by being prepared to handle events that could drastically disrupt business such as death and disability. While it’s human nature to put off addressing these issues, they simply cannot be avoided. Although developing a complete succession plan can be time-consuming, early planning can provide valuable protection. While these are questions that only the business owner can answer, U.S. Trust is here to provide viable succession strategies to help ensure that the owner’s financial needs are being addressed.

We know businesses face complex decisions and obstacles. At U.S. Trust our role is to serve as a committed and knowledgeable resource, working on behalf of our client’s business to help sustain and enhance value. We provide information, analysis and insight to simplify performance monitoring and clarify important decisions. Having comprehensive capabilities across investment, fiduciary and credit/banking helps us work with clients to help preserve, grow and transfer their wealth to the next generation, while navigating complex financial markets in a changing tax and regulatory environment. What are some of U.S. Trust’s capabilities that are

Specific to the auto industry, with an annual market


revenue trend of almost $1 trillion*, car dealerships

businesses in Atlanta?

are the largest retail business in the United States. Can

Our team offers a very sophisticated level of service to help our clients with their needs, including selling a business, selling property, investing in property, monitoring their estates, and managing asset allocation and investments. For a business owner who is looking to sell a business, buy a new one – or who may own multiple businesses – and wants to build a financial legacy for younger generations, U.S. Trust can manage the steps and put a program in place.

you comment on the needs of this market segment?

While dealers focus on growth and the baby-boomer generation considers retirement, auto manufacturers have set new standards in order to mitigate financial uncertainties. As a result, succession planning has become a necessity for auto dealers. Within this environment, U.S. Trust is well positioned to guide clients regarding market outlook, estate planning techniques, structured lending and a broad suite of wealth planning strategies. *Sources: BAML Equity Research, NADA data






For more information, call Wendy Kopp, Managing Director and Market Executive, at 404/264-2820 or visit their Atlanta office at 3414 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1475.

U.S. Trust operates through Bank of America, N.A., and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC.

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Georgia gal Rebecca Lang celebrates the essence of the Southern table in her comprehensive cookbook, serving up more than 150 mouthwatering recipes – from breakfast and brunch to hearty main dishes and heavenly desserts – with a generous dollop of downhome hospitality. Nibble on sweet candied bacon, transformed into an indulgent brunch side with a dash of molasses and brown sugar. Snack on fried green tomatoes with n “southern living around the southern table,” rebecca red bell pepper sauce. Dive lang (oxmoor house). into butter-fried pork chops with nutmeg. Top it off with hummingbird cake, filled with spices, bananas and pineapple, and smothered with cream cheese frosting. “I was a girl fascinated by biscuits, fried chicken and pound cake. In the small Georgia town where I grew up, cooking was a way of life,” Lang writes. “I am happiest when I’m serving those I love around our treasured dining room table. It’s where generations learned to climb up to their plates – and where I developed a deep love for the food, hospitality and people of the South.” The beautifully photographed book also features “My Southern Table” tributes from noted Southerners, sharing their own childhood memories and favorite family dishes.

“We connect at the table, pray at the table, and solidify our relationships each time we pull up a chair.” Rebecca LANG is a contributing editor for Southern Living and

Marking the 150th anniversary of New Orleans’ Café Du Monde, the Southern cookbook of Louisiana native Peggy Sweeney-McDonald is a humorous and heartfelt compilation of personal food essays, accompanied by tasty recipes and candid photographs. Featured contributors in this coffee-table worthy book (that’s scored rave reviews from Emeril Lagasse) include retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina; Leah Chase, legendary Creole chef and owner of Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans; Drew Ramsey, owner of Hubig’s Pies in New Orleans, who handed out free pies to anyone who wanted one after Hurricane Katrina; Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy; Savannah Wise, Broadway, film and television actress currently appearing in “Smash”; and Todd Graves, founder/CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. n “MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFE DU MONDE...LIFE STORES ABOUT FOOD,” PEGGY SWEENEY-MCDONALD (PELICAN PUBLISHING).

A portion of the book’s proceeds benefits Liberty’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization in New Orleans.


When it comes to entertaining, Atlanta socialite Danielle Rollins knows how to throw a party – from an elegant dinner with worldclass designer Oscar de la Renta to an afternoon tea with bestselling author Emily Giffin. Both events are fantastically staged, lushly photographed and beautifully detailed in her just-released book, “Soirée: Entertaining with Style,” along with a dozen more assorted fêtes, many hosted on the gracious grounds of her beloved Boxwood estate. The sumptuous spreads, complete with 80-plus unique recipes and behind-the-scenes footnotes, are simply breathtaking, offering a swoon-worthy view through the Looking-Glass. The dinner for de la Renta (in town for a fashion show to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) was served with a Southern “splash of sass,” as Rollins passionately personalizes each and every detail – dish to décor – for the occasion. The seasonal menu included locally farmed produce and north Georgia trout, prepared by chef extraordinaire Anne Quatrano, to showcase the state’s bountiful harvest. An acoustic flamenco guitarist played in the courtyard as a tribute to the designer’s days in Spain working with Balenciaga. Simple vases were filled with white dahlias from the north Georgia mountains. “Belle of the Ball” drinks clinked with mint leaf ice cubes. “When I entertain I want the event to be both magical and memorable, regardless of whether it’s for two or 200 people,” penned Rollins, a mother of three who writes for several lifestyle publications and supports numerous charitable organizations. “At a party, people cherish the personal touches, the relaxed time together, and the creation of traditions – it’s about making your guests feel special.” Even with the best-laid plans, things don’t always go as expected. The week of the big outdoor Oscar bash, Atlanta was hit

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A large table covered in burlap cloth and topped with wheat grasses created a naturalistic element at the party danielle rollins hosted for oscar de la renta.


with a deluge of epic proportions. With no way to accommodate a 60-foot table indoors, Rollins erected a giant tent to cover the lawn and set up huge golf course fans to dry the grounds. The rain stopped the morning of the event, and the party went off without a hitch. Armed with an arsenal of treasured family heirlooms and flea market finds – and the creative flair to use them, Rollins says sentiment plays a leading role in setting the scene for her Gatsbyesque get-togethers. “If something I love doesn’t fit just right or has a few spots from wear and tear, I still try to figure out a way to use it because it means more to me to have something very personal than very perfect.” Crisply folded napkins, emblazoned with a monogrammed R in a color-coordinated palette of patterns, have become her signature. From inventive invitations (mini pizza boxes) to whimsical cocktails (Prosecco with Popsicles) to fun centerpieces (goldfish in bowls), a sense of play punctuates all that she does. “There is nothing I enjoy more than throwing a great party.”

photoGRAPHY © Soirée: entertaining with style by danielle rollins, rizzoli new york, 2012. book: $50.

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Patricia Katopes of patty cakes cupcakes in marietta was a recent winner on the food network’s “cupcake wars.”

The 2012 Aflac Holiday Duck has plenty to quack about. All of the net proceeds from sales will be used to support childhood cancer and research, adding to the more than $67 million that Aflac has already raised. The collectible plush was designed by 16-year-old Monica Sandoval, a high-spirited patient of the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta who has organized princess parties, a mock prom and other special celebrations for young cancer patients like herself. $10, 6-inch version; $15, 10-inch version. Available at Macy’s stores across the country.

For a chocolate indulgence without the guilt, get a limited edition box of the FEED 8 GODIVA Origins Collection, which helps feed children in cocoa producing regions. The eight-piece box features four flavors: Ecuador Dark 71%, Costa Rica Milk 38%, Uganda Dark 80% and Venezuela Milk 43%, each using local beans from the country of origin to exude cultural flavor. GODIVA will provide eight school meals in the countries of origin for every box sold. $25. GODIVA boutiques.

Unleashing their creativity for a good cause, a bevy of celebrities have designed holiday ornaments, made by Christopher Radko, to support the Child Mind Institute, including Brooklyn Decker, Matt Lauer, Cyndi Lauper, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Ripa, Michelle Smith for Molly, Meryl Streep, Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe. All of the proceeds benefit the organization, which seeks to find more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders. Pictured: “Peace on Earth” ornament by actress Meryl Streep. $40. Available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.

French chocolate, fresh nuts, real butter... Christie Cookies are truly a gourmet cookie experience, measured by hand and baked fresh with every order in Nashville, Tenn. Since 1983 – the year Christie Hauck quit his corporate job to master the “perfect cookie” – the company has delighted millions with its signature offerings of oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia nut, offered in keepsake tins for gift giving. Specialty tins are also available that support Gilda’s Club Nashville and Folds of Honor. 48

A sweet success for LOCAL BAKER When life dealt her lemons, Marietta mom Patricia Katopes made more than lemonade. She whisked up a sweet new business: Patty Cakes Cupcakes. Located inside the Great Harvest Bread Company in Marietta, her bakery offers specialty flavors baked fresh daily with all-natural ingredients, from Southern Red Velvet and Sweet Potato to Decadent Chocolate and Princess Patty – the latter sprinkled with magical pink glitter (edible, of course) and crowned with a little fondant tiara. Katopes is also riding a sugar high of success from her recent win on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars,” with a $10,000 prize to bolster her business and a chance to showcase her creations at an upcoming black-tie gala in San Francisco. She’s also a hopeful for the upcoming season of “Cupcake Champions,” which pits 16 “Cupcake Wars” winners against each other for a chance to be named the Ultimate Cupcake Champion. “It’s such a rush. Being recognized for my hard work and skill is a dream come true,” said Katopes. “As a single mom, I know how hard it is to strive for that elusive work-life balance, but I am fortunate to do what I love. I’ve always believed that if you do what you love, the rest will fall into place. And I am living proof of that notion.” Patty Cakes Cupcakes is located at 3894 Due West Road in Marietta. Hours are 6:30 AM-6:30 PM Mon.-Fri., 7 AM-6 PM Sat. 770/421-9998.

Magic Holiday

Toast the season with a glass of J.W. Burmester’s “Rio Torto” port, offered during December in The Lobby Lounge.

at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

From a sumptous Christmas Day Brunch to an intimate holiday toast, magical moments with St. Nick and a sweet Teddy Bear Tea, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is offering a month of enchantment this December with festive fun for everyone. “Our guests may celebrate the holidays in beautiful surroundings evoking the best and brightest of the season,” said Erwin Schinnerl, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The hotel’s big brunch on Dec. 25 (with seatings from 10 AM to 7:30 PM) brims with more than 100 selections, plus chef-carved holiday turkeys and hams and the city’s most lavish desserts. There’s a knee-high buffet just for kids, caroling by the Dickens Singers, and an appearance by Santa. Young ones are sure to delight in the Teddy Bear Teas offered in December, as well as the opportunity for overnight guests to get a special visit from Santa. Couples can toast the season with J.W. Burmester, Port, “Rio Torto,” Late Bottle Vintage, Douro, Portugal, 1900. The century-old port is offered during December in The Lobby Lounge. Children can enjoy a fancy tea party with their favorite teddy bear, as they sip hot chocolate and nibble on seasonal treats at the Teddy Bear Tea, offered Dec. 2, 9, 16, 22 & 23, with live entertainment by storytellers, the Dickens Singers and Santa himself. They also get to take home a keepsake holiday teddy bear. Youngsters staying overnight can jot a note to Santa at the holiday desk – and drop it in the mailbox for express delivery to the North Pole. Parents may arrange a surprise visit from Santa, who will knock on their guestroom door at a set time, spend a couple of minutes visiting with them and then leave a treat-filled stocking.

For information, please call The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead at 404/237-2700 or visit Southern Seasons Magazine



6The Colombian Emerald Dream ring by Kristin Hanson dazzles with brilliant emeralds and a sparkling oval diamond set in 18k gold. $38,900.


3 OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 GMT in rose gold. $36,000. Available at OMEGA Boutique, Phipps Plaza.

5 Jay Strongwater’s Celestial Charms compact, a limited edition design for the 2012 holiday collection, features Estée Lauder’s Sensuous Nude solid perfume. $295. Available at Estée Lauder counters at Saks, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

5 Clive Christian “V” perfume, from the private collection of the British luxury designer, is a romantic blend of orange blossom, rose and jasmine entwined with chamomile and lavender. The bottle is topped by a royal crown by way of Queen Victoria herself, who granted use of the crown to the celebrated perfume house in 1872. $405, 50ml. Available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. 4 A true showpiece, Judith Leiber’s radiant cut crystal minaudiere in jet, from the Timeless Crystal collection, features 24 large radiant-cut crystals on each side, with a 19” chain. $2,895. 50

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Merrimack custom-designed canoes are sure to impress avid outdoorsmen with their beautiful craftsmanship and phenomenal handling. Each boat is built from scratch in Crossville, Tenn., by Randy Pew (grandson of company founder Lem Beach) and Scott Hale, who combine traditional wood working with modern hull materials to create the strong, but lightweight vessels. Models start at $3,100. Pictured: “Osprey” canoe.

Rum lovers will be lucky to lay their hands on a limited-edition bottle of Appleton Estate’s 50-year-old Jamaica Independence Reserve, considered to be the world’s rarest, oldest and most luxurious rum. Only 70 bottles are available in the U.S., each packed in a hand-blown Glencairn crystal decanter and black lacquered gift box. $5,000; distributed by Kobrand Spirits. If ever there were a pen mightier than a sword, it would have to be a Montegrappa – Italy’s hallowed maker of fine writing instruments since 1912. Among its latest introductions is The Alchemist, based on Paulo Coelho’s beloved book, with a limited edition series of 1987 pens in honor of the year the work was published. Pictured: Sterling Silver Alchemist Fountain Pen, with Terra (earth) accents in translucent enamel, $10,000.

Lightweight, strong and durable, the Rimowa Topas Continental carry-on luggage is constructed of an aluminum and magnesium alloy case, protecting items against high humidity and temperature. Features include a patented Multiwheel® System with a 360-degree rolling radius that allows the traveler to maneuver the case effortlessly over just about any terrain and a retractable add-a-bag holder. $980.

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Ultimate Holiday Recipes Executive Chef Franck Steigerwald of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, offers a French gourmet interpretation of the traditional Holiday Turkey dinner! Slow Roasted Turkey with Morels, Leg Galette, Butternut Squash Mousseline and Cream Sauce Ingredients:

10 oz. heavy cream

15/20 lb. fresh turkey

1 bunch chive

1 10 oz. breast of chicken

1 bunch of parsley

2 carrots

1 bunch of sage

1 celeriac

White Truffle oil

12 onions

¼ cup of cognac

1 bunch of thyme 3 bay leaves 3 celery sticks 1 cup of dry morels


1 butternut squash 2 cups of cream Cinnamon powder

Turkey • Take the breast off the bone, slice in an angle about ½-inch thick, use most of the center cut slices and lay them flat in a roasting pan, season with salt and pepper, and place sage leaves on the meat. Place the rest of the turkey in a stock pot with 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 celery stick and ½ the celeriac, cover with water and add the thyme and 3 bay leaves. Cook for 2½ hours then remove the meat from the leg, shred it and reserve. Reduce the stock to a glace and add ½ of the glace to the leg meat and the chopped parsley. • Dice the chicken breast, place in a robot coupe with the cream and cognac, and process until it becomes a smooth mousse. Refrigerate. • Cut the rest of the carrot, onion, celery and celeriac into a fine brunoise,

and blanch the vegetables for 30 seconds in boiling water. Mix ½ of them with the chicken mousse and half of them with the shredded leg. Add the soaked morels to the chicken mousse, and season to taste with truffle oil, chopped chive and salt and pepper. • Spread the mousse on the breast slices evenly about 1-inch thick, then cover the mousse with the slices from the second turkey breast. Season the topped slices of breast with salt pepper and sage. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake for 2½ hours at 160˚F. • Make galettes with leg mixture, about 1½ ounce each, and dip them in flour, then egg wash, then fine bread crumbs. Fry at 300˚F until golden.

Butternut Squash Mousseline • Peel the butternut squash then cut it in 3-inch pieces. Place on aluminum foil and bake at 300˚F until tender. • Remove from the foil, blend with the cream until smooth consistency. • Season to taste with salt, pepper and cinnamon. Cream Sauce Mix the remaining half of the turkey glace with 1 cup of cream and bring it to boil. Season with salt and pepper.

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Monica Matters

by monica pearson

Giving The Spirit of

Happy Chanukah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Holidays!!! Pick the greeting that suits you and celebrate!


he holidays are an amazing time, with traditions, decorations and holiday cheer. For many people the holiday spirit starts to bubble up around Thanksgiving Day and fizzles by New Year’s Day. On January 1, holiday spirit usually is exorcised by New Year’s resolutions that often don’t make it 30 days. For 41 days, from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day, we are frenzied trying to express to friends, family and business associates how much they mean to us through cards, letters and, mainly, gifts – gifts that many people don’t need, don’t want and probably will re-gift next year. I can hear you saying, “Monica, it’s the thought that counts.” To me, it is not “the thought that counts” but how much thought went into your holiday gift. That is what truly counts. It is time to change your thinking about giving. And I believe by changing your ideas on giving, you can embrace the warm feeling of the holiday period and savor it for the other 324 days of the year. You’ll also surprise and impress those who receive your gifts, as never before, and improve your community and yourself. Call it the art of gift giving. It begins with your attitude. If you are giving because you have to, no wonder it stresses you out. Give because you want to, because the person deserves thanks and appreciation for what they have meant to you during the year. What does the person truly enjoy? What are the organizations or causes they believe in and to which ones do they give their time and money? Once you’ve identified the cause, take the amount of money you were going to spend on some token gift and make a contribution in honor of the person you 54

want to recognize. If money is tight, you can donate time to a charity, such as helping to deliver meals, maybe for just one day, through Meals On Wheels Atlanta. Notify your friend through a card or note that your gift to them this year is a commitment to volunteer at their favorite charity a certain number of hours in 2013. Just imagine getting that card, rather than a fruit basket, a coffee mug or a tie or scarf. This also works for acknowledging the people you work with. Instead of giving each co-worker holiday cards, which are not cheap, donate that money to a charity your company supports such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, United Way of Greater Atlanta, The Atlanta Food Bank, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, The American Cancer Society, The Empty Stocking Fund, Toys for Tots and the list can go on forever. You get the idea. Designate your contribution as a gift to your office and have the charity send an acknowledgement that can be posted on the bulletin board. Or you can do what my husband and I do: send out a holiday email, notifying co-workers a gift was made to a charity in their name. The benefits are many, including a tax deduction and saving time shopping, since most charities have websites where you can donate online. Time is a valuable commodity in our lives and few of us feel that we have enough time to do all the things we want or need to do. That’s why giving the gift of time to someone else all year round can be lifesaving and uplifting for you and the person in whom you invest. Is there someone in your congregation, neighborhood, your past, such as a retired employee, former teacher, or coach,

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someone in assisted living, who would benefit from a regularly scheduled telephone call or a visit or a note, just to see how they are doing? It tells a person they are not forgotten and that they still matter. Someone cares. That is especially true during times of sickness and death, which do not take a break during the holidays. Your gift of time truly is invaluable then. Visit a sick friend at home or in the hospital. Read to them, watch TV with them, pray with them, and give them a feeling of normalcy by talking about anything but illness. Provide that ear to listen, that shoulder to cry on, that leg to stand on, that heart of gold. Help with the laundry, grocery shopping, errands, cook meals, cut the grass, wash the cars, send over funny movies, do whatever is required to give a break to those needing care and those providing care. The gift of me-time and free time is priceless. Don’t forget the young couples or the single parents you know. Their relatives may be out of state. You have little or no family here and miss that family connection. Create one by providing occasional babysitting, mentoring and friendship to a couple or a single parent. Become a surrogate grandparent or godparent. Create an extended family. There are families by blood and families by love. The holidays are about family, so make sure everyone is part of one, not just during the holidays but, most importantly, year round. The gift of family is invigorating. The holidays are infused with energy, celebration and reflection, usually about our favorite childhood Christmas. It is a time to remember all those people, known and unknown, who invested time and money and hope in you. Their gifts helped to take you from dependence to independence, from childhood to adulthood. Now it is time to give back by working with child-serving agencies, including the Boy and Girl Scout programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, elementary and high schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, etc. You can work one-on-one with a child or serve on a governing board to help an agency run efficiently. This is one gift you must re-gift, the gift of kindness. The only time of year kindness is not in short supply is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Notice how little gifts of kindness become contagious. Someone follows

holiday thanks to neiman marcus for dressing monica in her st. john dress and duster.

your example when they see you opening or holding a door for someone else, saying “good morning” or “good afternoon,” “please” and “thank you,” “Happy Holidays.” It’s amazing how good manners return when they hear you humming holiday tunes, sharing a genuine smile with everyone you pass, complimenting someone on their appearance or a job well done, giving constructive rather than destructive criticism; in other words, telling someone how they can do something better, rather than just berating them for what they did wrong, teaching not preaching, and trying to reflect the season of giving and caring through your words, your thoughts and your deeds. That truly is the spirit of the holidays, whatever greeting you offer! What matters most to me: consistently maintaining a giving spirit for not just the 41 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, but for 365 days of the year. Why? Because every day should be a holiday, a celebration of life and joy, bringing peace and goodwill to all humankind. Southern Seasons Magazine


The Thomas Sowell Story

A Grady Miracle

BY LISA M. BORDERS, MHA President, Grady health foundation

Accidents happen. There is no rhyme or reason. Chance is the enemy. And any one of us, or any one of our family members, can be a victim of a disease or a life-altering injury. Such was the case for Thomas Sowell. He endured an assault on his brain, one of the most fragile organs we possess.

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pictured at the 2011 White Coat Grady Gala: Lisa Borders, Grady Health Foundation President; Thomas Sowell, former patient of Marcus Stroke AND Neuroscience Center at Grady; Pete Correll, GMHC Chairman; and Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder of The Home Depot and Philanthropist.


Thomas Sowell, a brain injury survivor and former patient of the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady, is pictured with his family: JIM SOWELL, VIRGINIA SOWELL AND DANIEL SOWELL.

Grady team went to work on this acute, time-dependent injury as soon as Thomas arrived at the hospital. This young man was treated by Dr. Sanjay Dhall and Dr. Raul Nogueira, doctors who are specially trained to deliver neurocritical care, and the full complement medical professionals at the Stroke Center. His family was able to stay with him around the clock and friends prayed as they received daily updates from his mom through a blog. The nurses were moved every day by Thomas’ progress, but everyone was impressed when he awoke from the coma and answered doctors’ questions about the year, the city and the President. The patient was back! And the team had accomplished the most important feat – “saved brain.” Thomas was released to the Shepherd Spinal Center for rehabilitation. After lots of hard and focused work, he has made a full recovery. The Sowells remain grateful to Grady and the clinicians who saved Thomas. The Grady family is thrilled with Thomas. His journey to recover and his resilience to recapture his life is an inspiration. The clinicians who serve at Grady are grateful to Mr. Marcus and all the donors who support the community by investing in the hospital and health system.

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homas is a normal teenager – a good student, a Boy Scout, an active athlete and a quiet son. Virginia and Jim Sowell offer a loving, supportive family for both their sons and worry, like most parents, about harm befalling their children. And, their youngest did encounter a real tragedy when he suffered a traumatic brain injury after a snowboarding accident during a scouting trip in North Carolina. Thomas’ parents were called and they immediately rushed to his bedside at the Asheville hospital. The news was grave: he had suffered a severe blow to his head and they were not sure what to do. Their friends in Atlanta – knowing the great work of the new Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, made possible through a gift from Bernie Marcus, philanthropist and co-founder of The Home Depot – told them to get him to Grady, where he could receive specialized care by the finest brain doctors and benefit from the most advanced procedures and technologies in the U.S. The Sowells followed this advice and had Thomas brought to Atlanta via ambulance. He was comatose and nonresponsive; he was also heavily medicated and breathing through a tube. The

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Martha Ste in Buckhead!

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She’s poised, warm, engaging, articulate and just plain brilliant. This former model turned “American Life” mogul has retained her stunning good looks, energy, enthusiasm and focus as she forges ahead with the dignity and power she has earned.


n October, Martha Stewart visited Atlanta to teach a class on interior decor at Home Depot’s Buckhead location. An hour before the class, there were many hundreds, possibly thousands, of people in line to register. I don’t mind telling you I was excited to meet Martha Stewart in person. I had no idea what to expect, but as an enormous fan of this remarkable woman, I was just thrilled at the prospect. When she walked into the employee break room at Home Depot, the first thing I was struck by was her appearance. She’s tall and slender with perfect posture – simply dressed in a tailored black three-quarter jacket and slacks, with her thick blond hair perfectly styled in a just-below-chin-length bob. The closer I got, the more I


was struck by her youthful beauty. Nothing about Martha’s appearance reveals her age. Her complexion was flawless with a translucent glow. Her make-up was minimal and perfectly done. She looked like a model and, if I didn’t know better, I would have guessed her age to be mid to late 40s. Exactly as we were introduced, copies of my recent magazines were placed before her and the conversation began. She enthusiastically reported that she had eaten dinner at Bacchanalia in Atlanta’s midtown design district the night before, describing the meal and the service as impeccable! She asked me to recommend stores in the city which offered unique home items and antiques, and I suggested Red Baron’s in Sandy Springs as well as Miami Circle, which was so close by.

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Martha Stewart, pictured at her inaugural American Made program at NYC’s Grand Central Station this fall, uses her metallic specialty paint from The Home Depot to demonstrate a great tip on how to reduce drips and mess when painting: Use a rubber band around the can to wipe off the excess from the brush.

Then we talked about Ted Turner, as she turned the pages of our fall issue and admired his story. She had recently visited Ted in Montana and pointed to a photo of Ted in the midst of his bison herd and said, “I was right there!” She continued her recollections of her visit with Ted with heartfelt admiration and appreciation of this remarkable man who is obviously her dear friend. As the interview began I told her I had no interest in writing her life story, to which she responded, “Thank goodness!” I was interested in what she was doing right now: her newest products and projects and what she was excited about in the present time! The litany and scope of what is now the Martha Stewart brand is more vast and awesome than I could keep up with. And her passion for her American Made brand was electrifying. She is hands-on involved with everything she creates and presents to the public with the focus on American life, beautiful home, function, family and value. I couldn’t help but notice that none of her products are high-end or pricey, but rather designed for the masses of middle-class


America. Perhaps this is her secret weapon? The store was resplendent with Martha’s holiday decor products, including some of the most lifelike artificial Christmas trees I’ve ever seen. The tree that caught my eye was similar to a Douglas-fir with crystalized tips to many of the branches to look like it had just been spattered with frozen rain. Gorgeous! It’s hard to wrap your brain around the scope of Martha Stewart American Made products because they span every aspect of American life and consumerism. She manufactures so many aspects of home decor – from linens to you name it and even has pet accoutrements in PetSmart and office organizing products at Staples. She has written a ton of books and has new ones coming out as we speak, including a “meatless” cookbook full of wonderful recipes and tips on nutrition for the vegans among us. In case you didn’t know, Martha is also tremendously successful in residential community development, having three neighborhoods she designed right here in Atlanta!

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Martha Stewart has published dozens of cookbooks which are staples in millions of American kitchens including her newest best seller, “Martha’s American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation’s Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast.”

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martha calls this classic red and gold holiday decor collection winterberry, one of several available at home depot.


Sarah H. Fishburne, John Kelsch, Vincent Smith, Martha stewart, Brad Whited, Wendy Turner and Kelie Charles.

Martha Stewart visits The Home Depot in Buckhead Eager Atlantans were lined up three hours ahead of time waiting for their chance to grab a front row seat to see Martha Stewart. The lifestyle icon was at The Home Depot store in Buckhead sharing her decorating tips and tricks at a special workshop for customers. The engaged crowd listened to Martha’s advice on how to transform any room with color, creativity and a little elbow grease. She also imparted wisdom on decorating for the holidays. Customers wouldn’t have to go too far to put her tips into action as she has a full line of home décor products including kitchens, carpet, paint and even holiday decorating items available at all The Home Depot stores. “I have the greatest admiration for Southern style and hospitality so it is always a treat for me to visit the region and meet our valued customers,” said Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. “I am proud to be offering a complete color palette of excellent paints, floor coverings, carpets and rugs to coordinate with the paint, and a beautiful assortment of holiday ornamentation and trees among other things at The Home Depot.” “The partnership with Martha Stewart enables us to drive quality and unique product design while maintaining our commitment to value,” said Gordon Erickson, senior vice president of merchandising at The Home Depot. “In addition, this partnership combines the customer and product knowledge of the world’s largest home improvement retailer and its 300,000 associates and the creativity, know-how and brand expertise of Martha Stewart.” The real beauty of the Martha Stewart Living product line is the coordination. All of Martha’s products are coded with a symbol like a moon or a star. By selecting items marked with the same symbol, customers are able to coordinate their decor with confidence and style. Even the holiday decor is divided into themed collections like Winterberry, Arctic and Christmas Collectibles, allowing customers to mix and match their decorations. MARTHA’S GORGEOUS CHRISTMAS COLLECTION IN SHADES RANGING FROM ICE TO BLUES IS APPROPRIATELY CALLED ARCTIC. ALSO AVAILABLE AT HOME DEPOT.

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efore meeting the doyenne of Helen Frushtick Furs, I figured she had to be one tough cookie. Otherwise, how could she have prevailed in Atlanta’s fur design & retail industry for 48 years? So imagine my surprise when I was greeted by a petite blonde, with sparkling blue eyes, perfectly applied makeup, manicured nails and a quick laugh. Frushtick’s firm handshake was the only indication of her no-nonsense business style, while her frequent use of the word “fabulous” signaled a passion and excitement one might expect from a newcomer to the trade. Fabulosity is what Frushtick says is missing from the lives of far too many women, and she’s on a mission to change that. Using what she calls a “personality pattern” to pair the right woman with the right coat, Frushtick’s results have been spectacular. “I’ve had customers tell me they’ve gone to New York and had strangers stop them to ask ‘Where did you get that coat?!’.” One might expect a similar response when wearing this fulllength swakara coat trimmed with natural Russian sable. Not for the faint of heart, the lavish pelt comes from a breed of domestic lamb in Central Asia that was once hailed by couturier Hubert de Givency as “the designer’s fur.” These days, its on-going popularity can be attributed to “the chicest man on the planet” according to Tom Ford, Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who’s known for his traditional peaked hats crafted from swakara fur. Meanwhile, back in Atlanta, Frushtick is just as devoted to her tradition of extolling the virtues of the real thing. “Furs make women feel more glamorous and ladylike,” she says. “They can change your walk, your carriage and even your outlook.” But in a nod to technological advances in the faux trade, Frushtick readily admits that even she sometimes “can’t tell the difference between real and faux without touching and smelling the fur,” freeing the rest of us to indulge and enjoy, in whatever way we see fit!

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Helen Frushtick Furs is located at 4375 Cobb Parkway S.E., Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30339. Services include cleaning, storage, glazing, restoration and re-styling... allowing clients to turn dated heirlooms into fashion forward designs. Please visit, or call 404/659-2257 for an appointment.


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old weather days are always cozy with the perfect coat, jacket or shrug. The proper winter wardrobe usually includes a variety of coats in various lengths and styles for versatility and options. Whether your preference is faux fur or the real deal, the look and warmth of fur adds so much style and glamour.

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4Via Spiga faux fur coat nails the oversized trend with a big collar and statement cuffs. Available at Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square. Isabel clutch in black glazed alligator with vermeil clasp by Jada Loveless. Available by special order at Neiman Marcus and Jeffrey.

Jean Schlumberger bracelets in yellow paillonné enamel with sculptural 18k gold accents, and black enamel with diamonds. Available at Tiffany & Co.

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hoever thinks that daytime casual canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be ultra chic needs to consider these great looks, with fur vests, chubby stoles and swingy knits smartly layered over tailored separates. Add a dramatic splash with runway-ready boots and a fabulous bag. A neutral palette of taupe, cream, winter white and black will linger well past the first frost to keep you toasty from head to toe all season long.

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Costis Eagle Claws necklace in 18k yellow gold, with pear shape green tourmaline and diamonds and ring in 18k yellow and white gold, with oval green tourmaline and diamonds. Available upon request.

Precious Beehive uneven pavé bracelet in yellow gold with diamonds. Available at Neiman Marcus Atlanta.


orgeous jewelry is an accessory to be adored for all seasons. There’s never a gifting occasion for any fashionista where the ultimate gift can’t be measured in carats and karats! We adore the art deco designs of Ivanka Trump and the classic designs from Judith Ripka, Costis, Marina B and Tiffany showcased on these pages.

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Costis Square in Motion earrings in 18k yellow gold, with peridots and diamonds. Available at Neiman Marcus Atlanta.

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Ivanka Trump Lao Tong multi-strand emerald bracelet with black enamel and diamonds in 18k white gold. Available at Neiman Marcus Atlanta.

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Dec. 1   6:30 PM. Atlanta’s favorite chefs and restaurants will serve up their takes on holiday classics at this inaugural fundraiser for Delta Kid’s Kitchen at the Georgia Freight Depot. Simultaneous VIP four-course dinners will be served by some of Atlanta’s best chefs. Tickets $45; $100 for VIP dinner.


Dec. 1 6:30-10 PM. The black-tieoptional event includes dinner, a live concert and a silent auction at the Hellenic Community Center of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. William O. Baker, music director and conductor of

the William Baker Festival Singers, will be honored. Honorary chair is Marilyn Dietrichs. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for a promising Georgia musician to attend the summer session at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Visit

Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta. Guests should bring a new, unwrapped gift for a senior to be given during holiday meal deliveries Tickets $50. For tickets, call


The party begins with the Mayor’s VIP reception and silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, Parade of Stars and Dignitaries, dancing and live entertainment. $550 per person.

Captain Planet foundation benefit gala

HOLIDAY for the kids


Dec. 3 Highly anticipated luncheon at The St. Regis Atlanta benefiting the Forward Arts Foundation’s support of the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center and other visual arts institutions. For more information, call 404/361-9855.


Dec. 6 Annual luncheon at The Cherokee Club to benefit Senior


Dec. 7 Join Ted Turner, President

Jimmy Carter, Sir Richard Branson and a special musical guest at one of Atlanta’s most spectacular eco benefits at the Georgia Aquarium. Experience world-class entertainment, live and silent auctions and a delectable dinner.

Dec. 20 11 AM. Celebrate the holiday season at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta with music and a special guest appearance from Atlanta’s own Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford, also known as “Santa.” RSVP to beth.

PHOENIX SOCIETY BALL Dec. 23 The membership,


Dec. 15 7 PM. The United Negro College Fund’s signature gala and one of the City of Atlanta’s premiere events of the holiday season will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

debutante families and past debutantes will celebrate Phoenix and its commitment to the community at the Cherokee Town Club. Faye Donaldson, chair.


pro-mozart society holiday gala


at the Hellenic Community Center – December 1


Jan. 5 Atlanta’s most festive Mardi Gras celebration at The St. Regis Atlanta includes a formal dinner and silent auction. The benefit supports the nsoro Foundation and its student scholarship. A nsoro scholar who grew up in foster care, graduated high school, and currently maintains a GPA of 3.5 at college will be honored. $500. Patron sponsorships begin at $2,500. Call 404/574-6763 or visit

Pro-Mozart Atlanta President Herbert Buffington, Executive Vice President Claire Hanson, M. Bryan Freeman and John McIntosh.


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Jan. 13 6:30 PM. Private dinner event at Hal’s award-winning steakhouse in Buckhead includes a four-course meal and exciting raffle items. Proceeds will help fund technology and curriculum needs at Cumberland Academy of Georgia. Co-chairs Susan Jones and Annette Ring. $65. 404/262-0404.

Elegant Salute XIII: Black to White

Jan. 19 6:30 PM. The Georgia Museum of Art hosts its most important fundraiser celebrating the premier monographic exhibition “De Wain Valentine: Human Scale.” Attendees are encouraged to wear their best black or white formal attire. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a multi-course seated dinner served in the M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall. calendar.uga. edu. 706/542-1817


Jan. 26 The prestigious 56th annual white-tie ball, themed “A Night in Old New Orleans,” will be held at the Piedmont Driving Club. Proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Heart Institute’s Center for Aortic Disease. Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Abreu are honorary chairs. Mrs. David M. Battle and Mrs. W. Morris Brown III are co-chairs. 404/605-3273.


Jan. 30 The opening night gala at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will feature a marquee film, a silent auction and the culinary delights of some of Atlanta’s premier chefs. The 13th annual festival will take place Jan. 30-Feb. 20.


Jan. 30 The Cathedral of St. Philip comes alive with celebration for this special evening to kick off the 42nd anniversary of the Antiques Show (Jan. 31-Feb. 2). Guests and sponsors will have the first look at fine antiques while enjoying music, fine wine and delectable offerings.

Co-chairs Lovette Russell and Curley M. Dossman Jr.

mayor’s masked ball at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis December 15

Gala co-chairs Elizabeth DuPree Lynch and Laura Turner Seydel.

captain planet foundation benefit gala at the Georgia Aquarium – December 7 Southern Seasons Magazine


PARTIES FOR A CAUSE Benefits Refugee Family Services, an Atlanta non-profit organization with the mission to support the efforts of refugee women and children to achieve self-sufficiency. Visit or call




ATLANTA heart ball

Feb. 2 This year’s ball at The RitzCarlton, Buckhead promises to be an engaging evening of fun, bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. The fundraiser celebrates the work and mission, donors and volunteers, and the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. Contact Sarah MacPhail at sarah.macphail@heart.

org. 678/224-2065.


Feb. 9 11 AM-8 PM. Shop for artisan-made jewelry, clothing, pottery, accessories, bath and body products and taste the freshest local artisan food products at the home of Cyndi and Scott Smith. $10 donation benefits One Love Generation, a non-profit organization empowering youth to inspire positive social change through art, service and awareness. Art supplies donations will also be accepted.

fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be held at 200 Peachtree. The black-tie evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and dancing. Visit choa.


Feb. 9 7 PM. Grab your beads and come celebrate the Carnival season at Cumberland Academy of Georgia’s Mardi Gras Gala. Enjoy a Mardi Gras-inspired dinner, drinks, dancing and casino gaming along with live and silent auctions. Tickets $150. Carnival Casual attire and masks encouraged. Contact co-chairs Susan Jones or Annette Ring at 404/835-9000.

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at the Georgia Museum of Art January 19


Feb. 9 The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia presents its signature fundraising gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, featuring gourmet dining, premium wine pairings, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing. $250. 404/527-7155.


Feb. 10 This fun family event benefiting Visiting Nurse Health System’s Children’s Program will return to Snow Mountain at

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Co-chairs Paige Carmichael and Betsy Dorminey.

Stone Mountain Park, offering allday access to the exciting snow adventure, plus limited private use of the tubing slopes from 3-6 PM. Warm up with s’mores at SnoFire Point.


Feb. 16 Annual fundraiser for Senior Services North Fulton at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns

at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead – February 9

Creek. Dine and dance to the music of Platinum. New silent and live auction technology will enhance the evening for sponsors and guests.

SPOTLIGHT ON ART GALA Feb. 16 Annual signature

fundraiser for Trinity School at the InterContinental Hotel featuring a seated dinner, live and silent

standing: Meredith Murphy, Tony Brewer, Emily Hoffman, Janeese Snelling, Anita Patterson, Cynthia Stedeford, Greg Embry and Stephanie Boswell; Seated: Laura Buoch, Rebecca King, Bonnie Leadbetter, Grayson Pratt, Pam Murphy and Pat Terwilliger.

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Feb. 9 6 PM. Tenth annual

atlanta ballet ball

at The St. Regis February 23 SOCIETY SOIREE

Feb. 23 7 PM. The elegant gala, at the beautiful WhiteHall Estate in Roswell, will include cuisine, cocktails, entertainment, adorable adoptable pets and a silent auction. Benefits the Atlanta Humane Society. Visit or call



Feb. 24 Entertainment’s

biggest show returns to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at Atlanta’s only official Oscar®-viewing party. Guests can experience the broadcast in an elegant theater setting, with silent and live auctions. For sponsorship opportunities, visit TheCFR. org. For individual tickets, visit

Photo by Charlie McCullers, Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta Ballet Ball Chairs 2013 Ginny Brewer and Patrice Greer.

auctions, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Trinity’s teacher education and scholarship funds. The annual art show and sale features a Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery at Phipps Plaza, Dec. 1-Jan. 30 and an Artists Market at Trinity School, Feb. 4-9. For more information, visit or call


Amuse’um 2013

Feb. 23 7-11 PM. Make merry at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta as it celebrates its 10th birthday with the theme, Crowns & Cupcakes – A Birthday Jubilee, inspired by enchanting childhood

dreams of royal fun and games. Lee and Shari Rivas, event chairs. Robert Kamerschen and David McElroy, corporate support chairs.

404/659-KIDS [5437].


Feb. 23 The 2013 ball promises to be an enchanting evening at The St. Regis Atlanta, with dining, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a featured dance performance from Atlanta Ballet company members. Proceeds benefit the Ballet and Centre for Dance Education.

404/873-5811 ext. 203.

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Starfish Ball M January 5 at The St. Regis

ardi Gras splendor comes to The St. Regis Atlanta on January 5, when the nsoro Educational Foundation presents the annual Starfish Ball. As this year’s “King” and “Queen,” Dr. Bob Willis and Bonnie Terwilliger Leadbetter will preside over the 4th annual event, which features a festive dinner and silent auction. Founded in 2005 by the Mays family of Atlanta, the nsoro Foundation raises funds for education programs for children in foster care and students who emancipate from foster care. Individual tickets are $500 each; patron sponsorships begin at $2,500. For reservations, call 404/574-6763 or email

Above: King Dr. Bob Willis and Queen Bonnie Terwilliger Leadbetter. Left: (back row) Board Vice Chairman Steve Smith, Queen’s Court Founder Millie Smith, Darrell Mays and Nancy Brown; (front row) Dr. Bob Willis and Bonnie Terwilliger.

starfish ball sponsors: Foxcode (LEAD SPONSOR), at&T, Wilmington Trust, SBA, Kineticom and Neiman Marcus. Queen’s dress courtesy of Gregory’s Boutique Lisa Ison Photography


Presented by the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors Grady Health Foundation Board of Directors The Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority

Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313 Saturday, March 16, 2013

2013 GALA CO-CHAIRS Mary & John Brock Barbarella & Rene Diaz

2013 SPONSORSHIP CO-CHAIRS: Julie Francis Kerry Kohnen

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“Dare to Dream” gala

March 2 6 PM. The enAble of Georgia Foundation’s 25th annual benefit will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center. The evening will include dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit enAble of Georgia’s mission to serve people who struggle with disabilities. 770/664-4347.


March 9 6-10 PM. SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center will host its 12th annual dinner at the Cobb Galleria. Bob and Judi Snelson, chairs.



Society Auxiliary will host its 22nd annual fashion show at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The event begins with a sumptuous luncheon followed by a professional runway show and the highlight of the show, the survivor model runway walk. Melody Saputo and Jane Haro-LaMotte, co-chairs.

fundraising event for CADEF: The Childhood Autism Foundation at the InterContinental Hotel will feature a seated dinner, live and silent auction and entertainment. For more information, call 404/7122384 or visit

March 16 The 5th annual gala at the Atlanta History Center will feature a silent auction, dinner, cocktails, dancing and an awards ceremony. Childspring International is a children’s medical charity providing medical care and opportunities for a better life to children around the world.

March 11 The American Cancer

DINING FOR A DIFFERENCE March 13 15th annual fundraising

dinner at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in support of Families First. Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Timothy Hardy, Deborah Baker, and Tiffany and Michael Siegel, co-chairs. 404/853-


March 16 This black-tie

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March 16 The Georgia Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation presents the 23rd annual Torch Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The evening features dinner, live music, dancing, a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit patients and their families. Tickets $300. Contact Karen Rittenbaum at 404/982-0616 or


March 16 The 3rd annual black-tie fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium will recognize some of Atlanta’s healthcare heroes. Co-chairs Mary and John Brock, and Barbarella and Rene Diaz. Sponsorship co-chairs Julie Francis and Kerry Kohnen.

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at the Atlanta History Center – April 27

Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale, Honorary Chairs Jackie and Tony Montag, Chair Barbara Joiner, and SVP Cindy Wall from PNC Wealth Management.



March 20-23 Atlanta’s greatest food and wine party and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. “A New Vintage” features world-renowned winemakers, and legendary chefs from across the country. 404/733-



March 21 6-9 PM. Spectacular event features a pre-show cocktail reception, the “Art of Fashion” presentation by Neiman Marcus, and a post-show celebration. The event supports visual arts programs including a fine artist marketplace, juried exhibition, related public programs, and marketing and public relations support of exhibitions of visual artists of African descent. 404/730-6369.


April 13 6:30 PM. Ninth annual dinner at the High Museum of Art in honor of David C. Driskell. The prize will be presented to a scholar whose work contributes to the definition of the African American experience in the visual arts. Proceeds support the David C. Driskell AfricanAmerican Art Acquisition and Endowment Funds. Call 404/7334403 or visit

Standing: Mark Fillion of Neiman Marcus, Brannigan Thompson of ING US, NBAF executive director Michael Simanga and honorary chair Vicki Palmer; Seated: NBAF board chair Evern Cooper Epps, event chair Millie Smith and honorary chair John Palmer.

April 27 One of Atlanta’s premier social events and the Atlanta History Center’s largest fundraiser celebrates its 28th year. Guests can enjoy champagne on the front lawn of the Swan House followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. The 2013 ball will honor the family of Jackie and Tony Montag. Barbara Joiner, chair.

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at Neiman Marcus Atlanta – March 21

CSI patient Zachary and childspring international staff member Christina Porter.


May 4 6:30 PM. The 25th annual fundraiser for PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, is themed Creative Black Tie (hats and seersucker suits are encouraged). The event will feature a seated dinner and fabulous live and silent auctions. 404/870-9600.


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at the Atlanta History Center – March 16 404/814-4102.

tickets and memorabilia, fine art, jewelry and vacation packages, and dancing to live music. Tickets start at $450. 404/624-5836.


May 11 The 18th elegant blacktie evening at the InterContinental Hotel features a cocktail party, seated dinner, and live and silent auctions. Jeff and Meg Arnold, and Robert and Pam Kaufmann, chairs. Visit or call


May 4 Guests can meander through the grounds of Zoo Atlanta, enjoying delicious delicacies from popular restaurants while being entertained by the exotic residents of the zoo. The evening features a catered dinner under the Ford Pavilion, an auction featuring sports


May 11 6:30 PM-midnight. 13th annual black-tie gala at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis emphasizes the impressive work of TechBridge’s nonprofit clients. Co-Chairs Lisa McVey and Ed Steinike.

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Hope and Will Ball at 200 Peachtree – February 9 2013 Hope and Will Ball Committee Leadership: Décor Co-Chairs Liz Shults and Kay Douglass, invitations and Program CoChairs Meredith Berryman and Toni Moceri, Patron Sponsorship Co-Chairs Lisa Martinez and Andrea Kauffman, Patron Party Co-Chairs Jackie Greene and Ginger Greene, and Marketing and PR Co-Chairs Cathy Iannotti and Patti Dickey.

The 2013 Hope and Will Ball will be held Feb. 9 at 200 Peachtree, marking the tenth anniversary of the fundraising event for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Proceeds will support the Children’s Sibley Heart Center among other programs. For more information, visit

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Opening Night Gala at Cobb Energy Centre – January 30



seated: Martha Jo Katz, gala Chair; standing: Dov Wilker, Atlanta Jewish Committee Executive Director; Kenny Blank, AJFF Executive Director; and Michael Taormina, Cobb Energy Centre Managing Director

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he prestigious opening night of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival creates all the glamour of Hollywood while showcasing the important art of film and its ability to educate, entertain, transcend and celebrate our diverse cultures,” said Michael S. Taormina, managing director of the Cobb Energy Centre. The gala event for VIP Red Carpet ticket buyers and festival sponsors will feature a marquee film, a silent auction and the culinary delights of some of Atlanta’s premier chefs. The film lineup, auction items and celebrity chefs will be announced at a later date. In addition to the opening night festivities at Cobb Energy Centre, the 13th annual AJFF includes screenings at five other locations around the metro area over the course of 22 days (Jan. 30-Feb. 20): Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16, Lefont Sandy Springs, Georgia Theatre Company Merchants Walk, United Artists Tara Cinema 4, and Regal Cinemas North Point Market 8.

For more information on dates, tickets and opening night, visit

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Beastly Feast May 4 at Zoo Atlanta

Surrounding the bronze statue of Zoo Atlanta’s iconic western lowland gorilla, Willie B., are the 2013 Beastly Feast co-Chairs Robert Webb, Chairman of Troutman Sanders and his wife, Judy; Raymond King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta; Robin King, 2013 auction committee member; Mark Street, Zoo Atlanta Board vice chair and local representative for The Ford Motor Company; and Tony Brewer, décor chair.


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oo Atlanta will be at its finest on Saturday, May 4, 2013, when more than 800 guests will gather to celebrate the Beastly Feast. Troutman Sanders Chairman Robert Webb and his wife, Judy, will serve as event co-chairs. The Ford Motor Company Fund will be the Presenting Sponsor which marks Ford’s 28th year of support for the black-tie gala. As the sun sets, guests will meander throughout the grounds enjoying delicious delicacies from popular restaurants while being entertained by the exotic residents of the zoo. The evening will feature a catered dinner under the Ford Pavilion, beautifully appointed by Tony Brewer & Company; an auction featuring sports tickets and memorabilia, fine art, jewelry and vacation packages; and dancing to live music. All donations to the Beastly Feast support mission-critical conservation and education efforts contributing directly to Zoo Atlanta’s reputation as a national leader in animal care and preservation of endangered species.

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Tickets for the 2013 event will sell quickly, so pledge your support today! Host tables for 10 are ideal for groups at $5,000 and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 at the levels of $7,500, $12,500 and $25,000. Individual tickets are available starting at $450. For more information, please visit or call 404-624-5836.

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feb Join our host committee at this elegant, first time event as we raise funds and awareness for the Atlanta Humane Society. The evening will include cuisine, cocktails, entertainment, adorable adoptable pets and a silent auction in the beautiful surroundings of this amazing home.

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n unforgettable evening of exceptional cuisine and entertainment, the 25th annual A Meal to Remember raised nearly half a million dollars in a single night, thanks to the generosity of Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most formidable philanthropists. With Jack Sawyer, Cindy Voyles and Harrison Rohr co-chairing the event, held Nov. 2 at The St. Regis Atlanta, the remarkable success was no surprise. Proceeds benefitted Meals on Wheels Atlanta. right: CO-CHAIRS JACK SAWYER, CINDY VOYLES AND HARRISON ROHR. below left : chris and Rhonda matheison, and rebecca bily. below center: SU AND AL LONGMAN.

below right: Mary Hattaway, Sarah Kennedy and Bill AND Nina Schwartz.

above: tara werther AND darrell mays. LEFT: CHEF SPONSORS WITH THE CHEFS. photography by jim fitts

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Arndrea Waters King and HUSBAND Martin Luther King III.

CBS Better Mornings Atlanta Anchor Tracye Hutchins and Jelani Johnson.

ATLANTA DREAM point GUARD Lindsey Harding and Atlanta Hawks & Atlanta Dream In-Game Host CJ Simpson.



Grady Health Foundation board member June Tompkins, Michael Tompkins, and Grady Health Foundation’s Director of Development Andrea Smith.

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rady Health Foundation’s TRAVEL in PINK, presented by Delta Air Lines, was a huge success. Hundreds of guests came out to the Delta Heritage Museum on Oct. 20, dressed in their best pink cocktail attire, to help support and raise awareness for Grady’s Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Health Center. As VIPs walked the pink carpet, the room buzzed with energy and elegance. Martin Luther King III, Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner and FDHA Chairman Tommy Dortch were in attendance, supporting the evening’s cause. With a Boeing 767 spanning the event space, the Delta hangar was aglow with pink décor. Grey Goose Cherry Noir kept the drinks flowing and Kirk Whalum, along with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., delivered smooth jazz performances as the guests enjoyed dinner. Murphy, the 2011 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” embraced the travel theme and included the tune “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra in his set. Whalum, a Grammy-award winning jazz saxophonist, mesmerized the crowd when he played Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” the mega-hit he recorded with the late singer. Closing out the night, Whalum played “Happy Birthday” to the evening’s emcee, beloved TV personality and breast cancer survivor Monica Pearson. The first event she has ever done on her birthday, Monica told the crowd “I would only do this for Grady.” Grady Health Foundation President Lisa Borders was thankful for everyone’s involvement and support, saying “Grady is a state asset and vital resource which depends on contributions from the public and private sectors to advance the work of its physicians as well as the services and research they provide. Raising funds to support the ongoing work of the health system, along with shining the ‘pink’ spotlight on the premiere services Grady provides, is mission critical for the Foundation and the community that Grady serves every day.” TRAVEL in PINK was presented by Delta Air Lines in conjunction with The Atlanta Dream, SPANX, Kaiser Permanente, The FultonDeKalb Hospital Authority, AVON, Georgia Power Company, Aramark and WSB-TV.

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Grady Health Foundation Board Chair and Grady Corporation Board Member Drew Evans.

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above: Senator Jeff Mullis, Chairman of the Georgia State Senate Music Committee; Dr. Bobbie Bailey, President of the Georgia Music Festival Board; and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board member John White. left: Dr. Bill Torres, sponsor Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust, Horizon Award winner and songwriter/singer Riley Biederer with Mason McFall, Jade Summer and Jon Howard of Rocket Music.

Georgia Music Awards Cindy and Bill Voyles with nieces Natalie McIntosh (left) and Sydney Cook (right)

The 34th Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards and Concert drew a sold-out audience to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Atlanta’s television icon Monica Pearson and “Fox News” reporter Justin Gray served as emcees of the event, broadcast live by GPB. American Idol stars Diana DeGarmo, a Georgia native, and her fiancé Ace Young opened the show with electric performances.

Erin Boatwright, Schott Boatwright, Hala Moddelmog and Steve Moddelmog.

Give Me Five The sixth annual Share Our Strength’s Give Me Five event was held in August at the Cherokee Town Club. Through the live and silent auction donations, this year’s event raised more than $81,000 with a record number of guests in attendance. Left: Jenn Hobby- Rivera and Grant Rivera. right: Hayden Smith and Angela Smith.


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he ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead was transformed into a glorious Venetian-style palazzo, as Crystal Ball Co-chairs Cecilia Wright and her husband Allen Wright, who represented sponsor UBS Financial, greeted guests for the evening benefiting the Arthritis foundation. Honoree Dr. Theresa Lawrence Ford and corporate honoree Kroger, with Christy Williams in attendance, were saluted for their dedication to the foundation. The special Hugh C. McLeod III, M.D. Award of Excellence was presented to Dr. Frank Kelly. Special appreciation was extended to the pharmaceutical firm UCB for its generosity as Presenting Sponsor.

above: Crystal Ball Co-chairs Cecilia and Allen Wright. above left: David Popen, CEO of the Arthritis Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southeast Region, Christy Williams of Corporate Honoree Kroger and Tim Williams. below: Dr. Hayes Wilson, Leslie McLeod and Dr. Frank Kelly.

below left: Tom Rosencrants, Jeff Sowell, Katharina Efron, Eileen Rosencrants, Jody Greene and Jeff Johnson. below right: Kristen and Duncan Gibbs.

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Left: Eileen Gordon, Cindy and Bill Voyles, and Laura Turner Seydel. Above: Dina Giesler and steve gross.

John and Monica pearson with Leslie McLeod.

Southern Seasons Celebrates Three Remarkable Covers joanne chesler gross, Dr. alex gross, Lisa fuller and Dot Stoller.

With heartfelt thanks to Claude Guillaume of Davio’s for hosting an awesome party, Southern Seasons owners, advertisers and cover personalities gathered to enjoy the fall 2012 issue the moment the magazines arrived in town! With three fall cover stories on media icons and moguls Monica Kaufman Pearson, Joel Katz and Ted Turner, this issue was something to celebrate – and a fabulous read for all.

Overture Gala The 2012 Anniversary Gala chairs, Helen and Jimmy Carlos, welcomed guests to the 5th annual celebration of the opening of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The jazz-oriented evening was kicked off with a cocktail reception featuring a performance by the Whitefield Academy’s Wolfpack Jazz Band, followed by a seated dinner featuring the creative cuisine of chef M.G. Farris and stunning décor provided by Tony Conway. Atlanta’s jazz fans got a double treat with incredible performances by legendary musical artists Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, focused on arts education and community outreach. above left: Michael Taormina, Michele Swann and Gala Co-chairs Helen and Jimmy Carlos. left: Joe Meeks, Tim Ste. Marie, Larry Rosen of Jazz Roots, Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Anna Henriquez. right: Cheryl and Jerry Nix, President of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation


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Opera Ball The 2012 Atlanta Opera Ball: A Night in Seville, a fundraiser supporting and sustaining the exceptional artistic quality of The Atlanta Opera, was held at the The St. Regis Atlanta. Chaired by Heather Flint, the ball featured a sumptuous dinner by newly appointed Chef Joe Trevino, a luxury silent and live auction, Flamenco dancing, Spanish guitar, a brief operatic serenade, and dancing the night away to The Platinum Band. The evening honored Jane S. Willson of Albany, Ga., one of The Atlanta Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most generous donors. Special guests included Merry and Chris Carlos, Chris Casey and Doug Weiss, Joanne Chesler Gross and Dr. Alex Gross, Marian Goldberg, and the Honorable Vice Consul of Spain Ignacio Taboada. Pam Smart, and Merry and Chris Carlos.

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above: Brant and Jessica Standridge, and David and Debbie Kurzweil. above right: Joel and kane Katz, Dinner Co-chair Dr. William E. Torres and Jack Sawyer. left: Tami and Steve Gross. Steve was a wine host at this incredible event and contributed several bottles of rare and very valuable wine from his personal wine cellar.

Atlanta Opera Ball Chair Heather Flint with husband Eli.

Best Cellars Dinner

The Best Cellars Dinner, benefiting the Winship Cancer Institute and the T.J. Martell Foundation for research to cure leukemia, cancer and AIDS, attracted more than 400 prominent Atlantans, who joined in saluting Honorary Chair Joel Katz of presenting sponsor Greenberg Traurig for his unflagging support of the foundation. The event, held at the InterContinental Hotel, was chaired by Emory Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dr. William Torres; benefactor Don Perry, also of Greenberg Traurig; and community advocate MarieLouise Kirchner. Southern Seasons Magazine


Latin Fever Ball Glorious red roses filling tall silver epergnes and shimmering crimson silk tablecloths created a background of splendor for the Latin American Association’s “Ruby Anniversary.” Held at the InterContinental Hotel, the gala evening was chaired by Lois and Rudy Beserra. Highlighting the program, Atlanta City Council President Cesar Mitchell presented a proclamation honoring the Latin American Association for “40 years of empowering Latino families with programs for educational, social and economic advancement.” Ball Chairs Lois and Rudy Beserra, of The Coca-Cola Company.

Ileana Martinez of Thomas Hine with Eduardo Martinez, President of the UPS.

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Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Community Involvement

Sharing leadership skills and generously donating time and energies to Atlanta’s cultural and charitable organizations are a long-standing tradition of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s agents and management. During the past year, 27 agents have chaired events for community and cultural organizations or been actively involved in these entities. Above: Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty President David Boehmig and CEO Jenny Pruitt, Senior VP Nancy See and VP Bill Rawlings, managing broker of the North Fulton office, are committed to servant leadership. Co-chair of Alzheimer’s Association’s “Dancing Stars of Atlanta,” Jenny serves on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, the Junior League of Atlanta Board and as a Trustee of the Atlanta History Center. David Boehmig is on Atlanta Mission Board and the Georgia State University Advisory Board, while Nancy See, a member of Colonial Dames, will assume the presidency of the Atlanta Board of Realtors next year. Bill Rawlings co-chaired the benefit for Habitat for Humanity presented by the Atlanta Board of Realtors Trade Show. Above: Carmen Pope chaired this year’s High Museum Wine Auction with Kay Quigley, chair of the upcoming Legendary Party benefiting the Shepherd Center. Left: Betsy and Scott Akers co-chaired the “Gone With the Wind” gala for Georgia Public Broadcasting, while Sandra Carey co-chaired the Cathedral Antiques Show Afternoon Tea and Yetty Arp co-chaired the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Membership Luncheon and the A Million Matters Foundation Awards Luncheon. 94

Above: Sandra Storrar, chair of the Serenbe Playhouse Gala for the past three years with Wes Vawter, co-chair of the Host Committee of the Institute of Classical Architecture’s Philip Trammell Shutze Awards, and Board member and Membership chair for the Greater Atlanta Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Alumni Association, and Nancy Rizor, who co-chaired the Cathedral Antiques Show.

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1. In front of a magnificent Roy Lichtenstein contemporary work in the GreenbergTraurig offices are Best Cellars Dinner co-chair Dr. William Torres, Karen Spiegel and dinner chair emeritus Joel Katz with (standing) Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust and reception host Don Perry. The evening celebrated the committee members and sponsors of the Best Cellars Dinner. Photo by Kim Link. 2. Parents Jay and Kate McGrory watched as their daughter, Morgan, a rising equestrian star who has combated juvenile arthritis since the age of 15 months, admired “Cooper,” the champion Olympic horse who has suffered from animal arthritis. 3. GreenLaw, a nonprofit providing free high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the annual Environmental Heroes Celebration. In attendance were Nan Orrock, John Lewis and Stephanie Benfield. 4. A stylish fashion show luncheon hosted by Neiman Marcus for leaders of the upcoming Starfish Ball drew style-setters and supporters of the nsoro Foundation. The 2013 Starfish Ball Queen Bonnie Terwilliger Leadbetter was greeted by host Mark Fillion of Neiman Marcus. Photo by Lisa Ison. 5. SBA Communications’ Jim Williamson and Carolyn Schuler enjoyed the luncheon and fashion show held at Neiman Marcus.


6. Susan Gordy (center), honored as the Buckhead Girls Club’s “Woman of the Year” for her dedication to the Atlanta Humane Society, is congratulated by guest speaker Mary Frances Bowley, founder of Wellspring Living, which aids young women suffering from sexual exploitation, and club founder Jenny Pruitt. 7. Barbara Guillaume was welcomed by Brunk Auction president Andrew Brunk to the family-owned firm as the Atlanta/Georgia regional representative. Barbara is pictured assisting a European bidder by speaking in French on the phone at a recent auction. 8. Baccarat crystal glistened at the elegant luncheon program of the French Heritage Society hosted by Larry Pritchard and Fio Pichardo at the newly opened boutique Owen Lawrence. Valerie Alston and Rob Owen, senior VP of sponsor Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead North office, found the crystal too beautiful to resist. Photo by Kim Link.






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1 1. Recognized for his lifetime of “public service and civic pride,” Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell was awarded the prestigious Four Pillar Trophy by the Council for Quality Growth. Sam’s daughters, Melanie and Cindy, were guests at the awards presentation. 2. EMMY® winners, nominees, and television industry professionals celebrated in style at the 2012 Southeast EMMY® Awards in Atlanta. Pictured are: Myrna Moore, EMMY Volunteer Committee chairperson; Guy Tuttle, EMMY production designer; Ashlie Wilson, president, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter; Evelyn Mims, EMMY Committee member; and Bruce Harlan, EMMY technical producer. Photo by Poane.



3. Dynamic entertainment entrepreneur Devyne Stephens, host of the star-filled Power Players Dinner, talked with Don Perry of Greenberg Traurig. Photo by Kim Link. 4. Kevin Wattles, marketing executive with Monster, and actress-singer Demetria McKinney attended the Power Players Dinner at Buckhead’s newest gourmet restaurant Ocean Prime. Photo by Kim Link. 5. The Atlanta Opera hosted its 2012 Atlanta Opera Ball Patron Party at the historic Buckhead home of Larry Pritchard. Guests were treated to delectable light bites, lavish flower arrangements, delightful company, and an operatic serenade. Among the guests were Dr. Alex Gross, Joanne Chesler Gross, Chris Casey and Doug Weiss. Photo by Jim Fitts. 6. Big Chow Grill in Vinings partnered with Kani Sushi House to create the in-restaurant Kani Sushi Bar, giving guests access to made-to-order sushi from some of the best chefs in Georgia. Pictured are: Chef Blake Dunn, Damian Stento, Michael Tabb, Leon Park and Young Kim.



7. The Summer Shade Festival welcomed 10,000 attendees and featured performances from The Whiskey Gentry, a Sunday Farmers Market and beautiful weather. Will Harris of White Oak Pastures is pictured with chef grill-off winner Chef Janine Falvo-Briza. Photo by Mark Singletary.





8. Arbiter of style Jeffrey Kalinsky, creator of two namesake boutiques in Atlanta and Manhattan and the founder of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, joined event chairs Louise Sams, Lila Hertz and Jeffrey McQuithy in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta. Photo by Ben Rose. 9. With the Capitol Steps providing their political satire and musical renditions for a sold-out audience of supporters at Skyland Trail’s principal fundraising event, Benefits of Laughter, The St. Regis Atlanta was the scene of one of the year’s most successful charitable evenings. Shown are Neil Johnson, Benefits of Laughter co-chair Mary Johnson, Skyland Trail president Beth Finnerty and co-chair Robin Howell and Hilton Howell. Photo by Tim Wilkerson.


10. Eileen Gordon and Monica Pearson hammed it up at Neiman Marcus in Buckhead in front of one of the spectacular holiday displays. Special thanks to Rebecca Brodnan and Mark Fillion for accommodating the photo op. Photo by Angela Murray Morris. 11. Premier Cru, the patron reception honoring benefactors, sponsors and wine hosts of the upcoming Best Cellars Dinner, was hosted at the Buckhead home of Jack Sawyer (right) of Wilmington Trust and Dr. William Torres (left), pictured with wine hosts Katie and West Johnson. 12. Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse celebrated its two-year anniversary on the Atlanta dining scene by inviting loyal guests and supporters to join in celebrating. Amy Howard, Claude Guillaume and Steve DiFillippo of Davio’s enjoy the festivities with Bert Weiss and Stacey Weiss of Bert’s Big Adventure and Q100 The Bert Show. 13. The Language & Literacy Gala fundraiser for the Atlanta Speech School was held recently at the Capital City Club. Involved in the successful event were Chambless Kalka (gala co-chair), Comer Yates (executive director, Atlanta Speech School), Jen Ansley (gala co-chair), and Liza Jancik (Patron Party co-chair). Presenting sponsor for the gala was PENTA (Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat of Atlanta, P.C.)



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Nov. 30 Christmas Tree Lighting,


Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Annual juried show of original arts and crafts by over 100 of the Southeast’s finest artisans, plus homemade soups and goodies by St. Ann’s Women’s Guild, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. 9 AM-7 PM Fri., 9 AM-2 PM Sat.


Dec. 1 Gingerbread Christmas

kids workshops (ages 6 and up). at 10:30 & 11:30 AM and 1 & 2 PM. $10. Advance reservations only. Dec. 8 Trilogy Candlelight Tour of Roswell’s three historic homes, 5-9 PM. $20 ($10 children). 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770/641-3978.

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6:15 PM, 2 S. Main St. Festivities begin at 5 PM with Santa photos, music, performances, crafts, train rides and more. 678/297-6078. Dec. 1 Christmas Farmers Holiday Market, 1-5 PM, with samples, craft vendors, children’s inflatables, prize drawings and open house at retail shops. 65 Milton Avenue. 404/402-5389. Dec. 1, 8 Snow on the Square, 1-3 PM, with snow, elves, hot drinks, holiday market and Santa. 2 S. Main St. 678/297-6078. Dec. 2 Children’s Nativity by Alpharetta First UMC, 4 PM at 69 N. Main St. 770/475-5576. Dec. 2 Alpharetta City Band Holiday Concert, 3 PM, Alpharetta Adult Activity Center, 13450 Cogburn Road. 678/297-6140. Dec. 8-9 “Birth of a King,” St. James UMC, 5 & 6:30 PM, 3000

Webb Bridge Road. 678/762-1543. For more Alpharetta events, visit or

the garden’s dale chihuly art is beautifully illuminated in the enchanting landscape.

Macy’s Pink Pig Train Lenox Square Mall – Through Dec. 30 ATLANTA BALLET “NUTCRACKER” TEAS

Dec. 9, 16, 23 Children can enjoy sandwiches and sweets at Four Seasons Atlanta, while dancers from Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker” perform vignettes and the “Nutcracker” story is read aloud during tea time at 2:30 PM. Guests can also decorate holiday cookies. 75 Fourteenth St. Reservations required. 404/881-9898.


Jan. 10-13 Georgia’s largest boating event features hundreds of boats, marine accessories and electronics, boating and fishing seminars, trout pond and more at the Ga. World Congress Center, Hall C, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW, Atlanta. $12 (free, 15 & under). 954/4413227.


Through Jan. 5 Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, a showcase of botanical-inspired displays with more than 1.5 million lights illuminating the grounds in a rainbow of shimmering color. 5-10 PM (except. Dec. 24 & 31). Dec. 8 5th annual Reindog Parade. Dress your pooch in holiday attire to compete or just show off at 11 AM, plus a Doggie Expo and pictures with botanical St. Nick. Registration required. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404/876-5859.


Home Games Dec. 16 New York Giants Dec. 30 Tampa Bay Games at Georgia Dome.


Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Atlanta Botanical Garden – Through Jan. 5 98

Home Games Dec. 5 Denver Dec. 7 Washington Dec. 13 Charlotte Dec. 15 Golden State Dec. 19 Oklahoma City Dec. 22 Chicago

Dec. 26 Detroit Dec. 29 Indiana Jan. 5 Boston Jan. 11 Utah Jan. 16 Brooklyn Jan. 19 San Antonio Jan. 21 Minnesota Jan. 25 Boston Jan. 30 Toronto Feb. 2 Chicago Feb. 6 Memphis Feb. 8 New Orleans Feb. 20 Miami Feb. 22 Sacramento Philips Arena.


Dec. 5 Lifestyle Lecture Series: Sonya Jones, “Sweet Auburn Desserts,” 7 PM, Margaret Mitchell House. $10. 404/814-4150. Dec. 15 The Holiday Spirit, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. Celebrate the season with crafts, music, decorations, performances and St. Nicholas visit, plus “time travel” to holidays past at the Smith Family Farm and Swan House, with friendly “Spirits.” Jan. 6 Three Kings Day, 1-5 PM. Hispanic holiday festival, held in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Instituto de Mexico, with storytelling, music, performances, food and fun. Free (space is limited and does not include museum admission). Feb. 23 Struggles and Strides: The Early Fight for Civil Rights, program on the African American experience, 11 AM-4 PM. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/814-4000.


Jan. 30-Feb. 20 13th annual festival showcases an international collection of narrative and documentary films that explore Jewish life, culture and history, with screenings at several area venues. 404/806-9913.


and eco-friendly goods from 40 vendors at the Chattahoochee

Nature Center, from 10 AM-4 PM. Offerings range from original art and ornaments to candles and clothing. Musical entertainment will be on tap, with lunch and desserts available for purchase, plus free admission to CNC, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055 ext.



March 16 Pledge walk for dogs

and owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Pinckneyville Park, Gwinnett.


Dec. 2, 9, 16 Open House for

Make-A-Wreath for Make-A-Wish. Festive Holiday wreaths will be displayed throughout Barrington Hall for purchase to benefit MakeA-Wish Foundation. Dec. 8 Trilogy Candlelight Tour of Roswell’s three historic homes, 5-9 PM. $20 ($10 children). Dec. 15 Cookies with Mrs. Claus, 10 AM & noon. $10 per child. Advanced reservations only. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770/6403855.

BIG-TO-DO 770/992-1731.


Callanwolde. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404/872-5338.

Feb. 10 Enjoy a snow adventure

cALLAWAY GARDENS 404/215-6010.

Fantasy in Lights®, Christmas spectacular with 8 million lights and over a dozen custom scenes in a dazzling outdoor display. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.

at Snow Mountain at this annual benefit for the Children’s Program of Visiting Nurse Health System.

BULLOCH HALL EVENTS Through Dec. 30 “Christmas

in the White House.” Enjoy a presidential look at the holiday season, with 11 presidents represented. Self-guided tours: 10 AM-4 PM Mon.-Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. Dec. 1 Friends of Bulloch Christmas Party, with tree lighting, carolers and house tour. 7 PM. summer graves

Dec. 4, 6, 11, 18 Christmas High Teas, 4 PM. Ladies in period dress serve a two-course tea, plus a tour of the house decorated for Christmas. Reservations only. $40. Dec. 7-23 (select dates) “A Christmas Carol” performances. Reservations only. $15. Dec. 8 Christmas for Kids (ages 5-11), with yule log and candy cane hunt, craft, snack, storytelling, and visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. 10 AM-noon. $10. Reservations only. Dec. 8 Trilogy Candlelight Tour of Roswell’s three historic homes, 5-9 PM. $20 ($10 children). Dec. 20 Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s 1853 Wedding Reenactment with tours from 6:30-9 PM. Reservations only. $12 ($6, ages 6-18). Feb. 2 “What’s Cookin’ in the Cabin,” Roswell Roots Festival. Feb. 9 “Tales Told in the Cabin,” Roswell Roots Festival. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.

Through Dec. 30 21st annual


Dec. 15 Mile-long guided night

hike, from 7-9 PM, at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs. Goes inside Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. $5

queen angel strikes a regal pose at the 2011 reindog parade.

The Holiday Spirit Atlanta History Center – Dec. 15 hike, $5 parking. 770/732-5871.

Dec. 16 Gifts for Nature: Reindeer


Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Atlanta’s oldest and most prestigious antiques show features exquisite 18th, 19th and early 20th century antiques (from rugs and furniture to art, porcelain and silver) at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. All proceeds benefit Refugee Family Services. In conjunction with the 42nd annual show, several special events will be taking place, as follows: Jan. 27 Tour of Homes, selfguided tour of beautifully designed homes in Atlanta’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Jan. 30 Gala Preview Party Jan. 31 Miles Redd lecture and book signing Feb. 1 “Drinks and Antiques” Feb. 1-3, 8-10 Inspiration House, designer house Feb. 3 First Place Passion Tour, four unique homes in charming, nearby neighborhoods 404/3651107.


Feb. 2 12th annual 10K race at

7:30 AM along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell to benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Also a 1-Mile Fun Run at 8 AM. 10K is official qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. 770/9922055 x 226.

Reindog Parade Atlanta Botanical Garden – Dec. 8


Market and Festival, 10 AM-4 PM, featuring local, handmade items.

Day. Meet live reindeer and make “magic reindeer food,” plus storytelling and crafts, 1-4 PM. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



Dec. 31 45th annual rivalry game

between the ACC and SEC at 7:30 PM in the Georgia Dome. 404/586-



Dec. 1 32nd annual parade in downtown Atlanta, from 10:30 AM-noon. Route starts at Peachtree St. near Baker St., turns right onto Marietta St., turns left and ends on Centennial Olympic Park Drive.


Dec. 7-18 Tour the magnificent

Gothic-Tudor mansion decked for the season by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers. Listen to the majestic sounds of the historic 3,742 Aeolian pipe organ. Enjoy a live cabaret performance from 6-9 PM on Dec. 7 & 14, featuring Libby Whittemore on Dec. 14. Shop for the perfect holiday gift, with unique offerings from Nature’s Design, as well as Charming ARTifacts by the Callanwolde Artists’ Studio. 10 AM-4 PM Mon.-Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun., extended hours 4-9 PM Fri. $20 ($15 seniors, $12 ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under). Dec. 6 Premiere Party with music by jazz vocalist Gwen Hughes and gourmet delights from The Dining Group. 7 PM. $75. RSVP. Dec. 8 & 15 Breakfast with Santa, 9 AM. $20. Reservations required. Dec. 9 & 16 Teddy Bear Tea, 3 PM. $25. Reservations required. 980 Briarcliff Road NE,

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FUN AROUND TOWN Atlanta. 404/872-5338.


Dec. 1 Roswell’s Holiday Celebration on the Square kicks off at 5 PM with family activities, carolers, tree lighting and arrival of Santa on a fire truck. Intersection of Hwy. 9 & Hwy. 120. 770/641-

3950. Dec. 1-2 Santa’s Secret Gift Shop

open after tree lighting on Sat., and from 1-4 PM Sun. with elf-assisted shopping and gift-wrapping for ages 12 and younger, plus holiday fun at Roswell Adult Recreation Center, Grimes Bridge Road.

770/641-3950. Dec. 2 Caroling On Canton Street,

5-7:30 PM, with bonfire at corner of Woodstock & Canton with s’mores and hot chocolate. 770/641-3721.

of the square, home-town parade with Santa’s arrival, caroling, entertainment, wine sampling and live theater Christmas events. 706/864-3513.


Nov. 30-Dec. 1 30th annual holiday homes tour features several older homes and points of interest around the city of Decatur. 5:30-9:30 PM. $25.

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve bash at

the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with 5 bands and 3 DJs. 8:30 PM-2 AM. $99.

EVENING IN BETHLEHEM Dec. 1 Roam through a 1st

century marketplace, brought to life by costumed characters and stable animals, and witness a live production that tells the story of the very first Christmas at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Free (suggested donation: $10 per family). Indoors. Reserve time for nativity at 5, 6 or 7 PM. 770/993-6218.



Dahlonega Square, with lighting

Wonderland: Celebrations &


Through Dec. 30 A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind, with dazzling acrobatic feats under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Atlantic Station.

December Holiday fun around the

Through Jan. 6 “Winter

Christmas White House at the


Bulloch Hall

Nov. 17 Dec. 30

Open for selfguided tours, Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m. 4 p.m.

Visit the 1839 childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Mittie Bulloch, decorated for the season with a Presidential flair!

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Dec. 8, Christmas for Kids Dec. 7, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 4, 6, 11, 18 Christmas High Teas Dec. 20, Reenactment of the 1853 Wedding of Mittie Bulloch to Call 770-992-1731 Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. Bulloch 100 





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Traditions Around the World,” featuring trees, displays, special activities and train rides. Caroling and Cookies Weekend, Dec. 1-2. Laughing Pizza concert, Dec. 8. Through Jan. 21 “Genghis Khan” exhibit with 200-plus 13th-century Mongolian artifacts. Through Jan. 21 “Celebrating Fernbank Museum” exhibit features 45 photos of the museum by members of Decatur Digital Photography Meetup, marking Fernbank’s 20th anniversary. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300


Jan. 1 Guided hikes at state

parks across Georgia to motivate people to exercise outdoors and re-connect with nature and family, as part of the nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks.


GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW Jan. 6 Brides-to-be can find

everything needed to create a dream wedding, with opportunities to see photographers’ pictures, taste cake and food samples from caterers, watch a fashion show, plan a honeymoon and more at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. Noon-5 PM. $15.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 16 1 PM at Philips Arena,

Atlanta; 7:30 PM at Gwinnett Center, Duluth.

HAY HOUSE “BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR” Through Dec. 26 Tour all seven

levels of this Italian Renaissance Revival mansion, including the newly restored dining room, cupola and ground floor, with a 360-degree view of Macon from the catwalk. $22 (Ages 8+ only). 934 Georgia Ave., Macon.



The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up a Storm, hands-on traveling exhibit about weather. Open daily. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW. 404/659-KIDS.


Through Jan. 3 “To The Arctic”

and “Africa’s Elephant Kingdom.”

Opening Jan. 4 “Alaska: Spirit

of the Wild,” and “Flight of the Butterflies,” Monarch butterflies go on a 3,000-mile journey. Ongoing Martinis & IMAX®. Enjoy cocktails, films, live music or DJ, and cuisine, 6:30-11 PM Fridays. Tickets: 404/929-6400. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK® Dec. 1 Get in the spirit at the

Arthritis Foundation’s 5K run/walk at Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville. Holiday costumes encouraged. Registration: 8 AM. Run/walk: 9 AM. 678/237-4458.


Through Dec. 31 5-10 PM. Enjoy

a 7-mile drive-through tour of animated holiday light displays at Lake Lanier Island Resort, plus a Holiday Village with carnival rides and games, pony rides and sweet treats, and holiday shopping and Santa visits at Santa’s Workshop.


Through Dec. 30 Ride Priscilla the Pink Pig as she makes tracks through a life-sized storybook beneath the 1950s-themed Pink Pig Tent on the upper-level parking deck at Lenox Square Mall near Macy’s. 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. $3 per ride. Open daily (except Dec. 25). Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Through Dec. 1 Step into a winter wonderland in Historic Madison, with day tours (10 AM-4 PM) and evening candlelight tours (5-9 PM) of five private historic homes and four public historic homes, decorated for Christmas. Sponsored by Friends of Heritage Hall/Morgan County Historical Society. $30 ($25 adv). 706/3429627.


Dec. 1-2 26th annual event features private historic homes and decorated public buildings. Day tour, $20; candlelight tour, $15; combination ticket, $25. 770/429-1115. 770/426-4982.


Jan. 12 Advance Auto Parts’

monster truck series comes to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Gates open at 5 PM, show at 7 PM, Pit Party from 2-5 PM. $25-$80.

NORTH ATL. HOME SHOW Feb. 15-17 Nearly 200 experts

in the landscaping and home remodeling industries will showcase the latest services and products, plus radio broadcasts and speakers. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth. $7 ($6 seniors; free, 12 and under).

RHODES HALL SANTA Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 14-16 Step

into a winter wonderland with holiday entertainment, music,


refreshments, art activities and personal appointments with Santa. 1516 Peachtree St., N.W. Atlanta.


RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS Feb. 13-18, Feb. 21-March 3 The circus comes to town, with a new “Dragons” themed show, Feb. 13-18 at Philips Arena and Feb. 21-March 3 at Gwinnett Center.


Through Dec. 2 NASA

300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. 800/849-RACE.


Feb. 1-28 A celebration of Black History & Culture, with numerous events at a variety of locations.

SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKETS WINTER SHOWS Dec. 6-9, Jan. 10-13, Feb. 7-10

The world’s largest series of indoor antique shows at the Atlanta Expo Center, 3650 Jonesboro Road, SE. 1-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. 404/361-



Smith Plantation Home is decked for the season by the Roswell Garden Club, with each room representing a different part of Georgia. 770/641-3978.


Through Feb. 18 (select dates)

A snow-packed mountainside of action-packed excitement, with 20 lanes of tubing, snowman building

RINGING BROS. CIRCUS “DRAGONS” Philips Arena – Feb. 13-18 Gwinnett Center – Feb. 21-March 3 and more. Ticketed event, plus park entry fee. 770/498-5690.

SOUTHEASTERN FLOWER SHOW March 15-17 Stroll through

spectacular landscape gardens, unique plant exhibits and floral displays and a marketplace of nearly 100 merchants at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.


One of the largest, most diverse art exhibitions and sales in the Southeast, hosted by Trinity School for 31 years, with original works by 350 artists.


Dec. 1-Jan. 30 Saks Fifth Avenue

Gallery at Phipps Plaza, with a collection of art for purchase in a range of styles and price points. Feb. 4-9 Artists Market at Trinity School, 4301 Northside Pkwy. Free parking and admission. Feb. 16 Spotlight on Art Gala Auction at InterContinental Buckhead, with dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction.

SPRUILL GALLERY Holiday Artists Market

Dec. 6, 13, 20 Peruse handcrafted items by local artisans from 6-8 PM at the Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. 770/394-4019.

STONE MTN. CHRISTMAS Through Jan. 1 (select dates)

Stone Mountain Park’s Crossroads is transformed into a winter wonderland with two million lights, parade, live shows, strolling carolers, Santa, the Snow Angel, Polar Express 4D, sing-a-long train and holiday laser show. Adventure pass, plus park entry fee.



Dec. 2, 9, 16, 22, 23 Bring a favorite teddy bear and enjoy hot chocolate and seasonal treats, storytellers, the Dickens Singers and Santa at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Take home a keepsake holiday teddy bear. Seatings at 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM. $47 adult, $52 child. Reservations only. 404/237-2700.

ATLANTA BOAT SHOW Ga. World Congress Center – Jan. 10-13


Dec. 8 Visit Roswell’s three historic homes: Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation,

from 5-9 PM, in candlelight, with festive decor, kids’ activities, treats and entertainment. $20 ($10 ages 5-9). 770/640-3855.

770/992-1731. 770/641-3978.


Dec. 13-14 Celebrate the holidays with costumed carolers, carriage rides on Broad Street, twinkling lights, food, shopping and St. Nick in downtown Thomasville, Ga.


Nov. 29 Christmas Tree Lighting, 6-8 PM, with train and pony rides for kids, prizes, face painting, music, treats and Santa. Free. Dec. 7, 14 Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, 5-8 PM. Free. Vinings Jubilee at Tower Stage, 4300 Paces Ferry Road.

Virginia-HIGHLAND tour of homes

Dec. 8-9 “Tour, Eat and Shop” at this year’s showcase of seven diverse homes, plus a bed & breakfast, with special menu samplings from Atkins Park, La Tavola, Osteria, Murphy’s, Noche, Pozole’, DBA BBQ and Genki (one restaurant featured at each home). Tour-goers are encouraged to linger in the neighborhood to get the “full experience” of this quaint community. Tours run 10 AM-4 PM Sat., 12-4 PM Sun. Tastings: 12-4 PM daily. $30 on day of tour at YWCA on North Highland Avenue ($25 advance online).




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Jan. 16-Feb. 10 “Good People,”

“A Christmas CAROL”

Carol” by Charles Dickens.

sets out on a cross-country bike trip filled with colorful characters. Feb. 20-March 10 “Charlotte’s Web,” beloved children’s classic comes to life through acrobatics in a touching family spectacle. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., NE. 404/733-4650.

and Nanny.” 180 Academy St., Alpharetta.


Dec. 7-23 (select dates) Holiday classic at Bulloch Hall, Roswell. $15. 770/992-1731.


Through Dec. 16 “Christmas March 1-24 “Every Little Crook 770/751-0033.


Feb. 15-17, 22-24 “The Arabian Nights,” based on Book of the Thousand and One Nights. 8 PM Fri.-Sat. & 3 PM Sun. Industry Night: 8 PM Feb. 14. 6285R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza shopping center.


Through Dec. 2 “Wolves,”

savagely funny fairy tale for adults.

Jan. 12-Feb. 17 “Bloody Bloody

Andrew Jackson,” hilarious re-imagining of seventh president as a rock and roll maverick. 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 404/6077469.


Through Dec. 23 “A Christmas Carol,” magnificent staging of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Through Dec. 23 “Holidays with The Chalks,” an all-sister country band down on its luck hits the road in a rowdy musical.

Dec. 27-30, Jan. 3-6, Jan. 12, 19

“Waiting for Balloon” (for children ages 18 months to 5 years), an introduction to gentle clowning and creating puppets from found objects. 9:30 & 11 AM. 102 

Horizon Theatre Company

“Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” Fox Theatre – Dec. 7-26

funny but fierce Broadway hit.

Feb. 1-24 “Bike America,” a girl

Dec. 6-23 “Christmas Wishes,” a holiday musical about five strangers stranded in a small-town diner on a blustery Christmas Eve. Jan. 18-20 “Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words,” performed by Bill Oberst Jr. Feb. 22-24 “Tip Tap Two,” phenomenal tap dancing by Taps and Tre, whose improvisational styles of complex rhythms and musical expressions convey tales of tap’s African American path. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. 770/469-1105.


Dec. 1 Emory Wind Ensemble. Dec. 2 Emory Chamber

Ensemble, 4 & 7 PM. Dec. 4 Emory Jazz Ensembles. Dec. 7-8 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Glenn Auditorium, 1625 N. Decatur Road. 8 PM Fri., 4 & 8 PM Sat. Dec. 9 Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music, 4 PM, Carlos Museum, 571 Kilgo Circle. Dec. 10 Emory University Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 15-16 Christmas with Atlanta Sacred Chorale, 8 PM Sat. and 4 PM Sun. Dec. 17 Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. Jan. 19 Emory Community Choral Festival.

Harold M. Leaver

“The Santaland Diaries” Horizon Theatre – Through Dec. 30 Jan. 20 Emory Chamber Music

Society of Atlanta, 4 PM. Jan. 24-26 “E,” dance. Jan. 27 Karen Freer, cello, 4 PM. Feb. 2 Yefim Bronfman, piano. Feb. 8-9 Emory Annual Jazz Fest. Feb. 13 Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

Feb. 14-24 “Watching Chekhov

Watching,” theater. 7 PM Thurs.Sat. & Wed.; 2 PM Sun. Feb. 22 Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin. Feb. 28-March 2 Monica Bill Barnes & Company, dance. Unless noted, events at 8 PM at Schwartz Center for Performing

Diane Pavelin

Greg Mooney

“Brother Coyote and Sister Fox” Center for Puppetry Arts – Jan. 8-27 8 PM.

Dec. 14, 15 ASO Gospel

“A Christmas Carol” Alliance Theatre – Through Dec. 23 Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atl. 404/727-5050.


Dec. 7-26 “Atlanta Ballet’s

Nutcracker,” a magical adventure at the Fox Theatre with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Jan. 4-6, Feb. 16-17 “Cinderella,” one-hour family ballet breathes new life into classic fairytale, with performances at 2 & 5 PM Jan. 4-6 at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, and 2 PM Feb. 16-17 at Cobb Energy Centre. Feb. 8-16 “Michael Pink’s Dracula,” 8 PM Thurs.-Sun & 2 PM Feb. 9-10, Cobb Energy Centre. March 22-24 New Choreographic Voices, 8 PM Fri.-Sat. & 2 PM Sat.Sun., Cobb Energy Centre. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta.



Dec. 2 “Holidays in Dublin,” 4 PM. Feb. 17 “Winter in Amsterdam” Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd.



Jan. 20 “Chamber Music in Art Spaces: “Rapido: National Best!” 3 PM at Walter Hill Auditorium, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta.


Dec. 7-8 “Babes in Toyland,” Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St. 7:30 PM Fri.; 10 AM, 2 & 7:30 PM Sat. 770/993-2623.

ATLANTA LYRIC THEATRE Dec. 7-23 “White Christmas,”

merry musical based on the Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film. Feb. 15-March 3 “Beehive – The 60’s Musical,” tracing the coming of age of women’s music. The Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 404/377-9948.


Feb. 24, March 23 Community performances of children’s opera “Stone Soup” at 3 PM Feb. 24 at Decatur High School and 11 AM March 23 at Southwest Arts Center. $7 per person. March 2, 5, 8, 10 “La traviata,” a beautiful and tragic love story about opera’s most beloved “fallen woman.” Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. atlantaopera. org. 404/881-8885.


Dec. 1 Sibelius, Brahms, 8 PM. Dec. 6-8 Christmas with the ASO,

8 PM Thurs.-Sat. & 2 PM Sat. Dec. 9, 16 ASO Kid’s Christmas, 1:30 & 3:30 PM. Dec. 13, 15 Handel’s “Messiah,”

Christmas, 8 PM Fri. & 2 PM Sat. Dec. 18, 19 Holiday Christmas Special, 8 PM. Dec. 20 Celtic Woman, 8 PM. Dec. 21, 22 A Very Merry Holiday Pops, 8 PM Fri.-Sat. & 2 PM Sat. Dec. 31 ASO New Year’s Eve, 8 PM. Jan. 10-12 Gandolfi, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, 8 PM. Jan. 17 A King Celebration Concert, 8 PM at Martin Luther King., Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. Jan. 24, 26 Weber, Bruch, Mendelssohn, 8 PM. Jan. 31, Feb. 2 Grieg, Korngold, Schumann, 8 PM. Feb. 7, 8, 10 Tchaikovsky, Rodrigo, 8 PM Thurs.-Fri. & 2 PM Sun. Feb. 9 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, 8 PM. Feb. 15, 16 Viva Italia, 8 PM. Feb. 17 “Charlotte and the musicmaker,” 1:30 & 3:30 PM. Feb. 21-23 Verdi, Respighi, Brahms, 8 PM. Feb. 28, March 1 Bach, 8 PM. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/733-5000.


Through Dec. 23 “Christmas Canteen 2012,” nostalgic musical revue with a Festival of Trees. Jan. 17-Feb 10 “BOB,” a fastpaced comedy of one man’s dream to be great. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678/2266222.

Dec. 8 “Everywhere, Everywhere,

Christmas Tonight!” at 3 & 7:30 PM at Cobb County Civic Center Jennie Anderson Theater, Marietta.

770/438-9752. bigchickenchorus. org. Jan. 15-20 A high-octane show

com. 404/252-8960.

BUCKHEAD THEATRE Nov. 30 The Fab Four Dec. 6 Drew Holcomb &

The Neighbors “A Neighborly Christmas” 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/843-



Dec. 3 Madrigal Singers concert

at 11:15 AM at Spivey Hall, Clayton State University. Dec. 18, 20 Madrigal Singers perform at Boar’s Head Feasts at Petite Auberge, Toco Hills. Reservations: 404/634-6268. March 15-17 “The Secret Agent.” Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road. 678/301-8013.


Through Jan. 6 “Rudolph the

Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Behind-thescenes demonstration after select performances. Jan. 8-27 “Brother Coyote and Sister Fox.” Jan. 31-March 17 “The Adventures of Mighty Bug.” New Direction Series Feb. 12-March 3 “Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.” Ages 12+. Ongoing “Puppets: The Power of Wonder,” a display of 350 puppets from around the world. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta. 404/873-3391.



that combines comedy, music and technology into an unforgettable theatrical experience, playing at the Fox Theatre. theaterofthestars.


Dec. 7-15 “Dashing Through the Snow,” a Texas Christmas romp. Feb. (TBA) “Bedside Manners,” British farce. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. The Art Place-Mountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770/5163330.

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Through Dec. 30 Amazing acrobatic feats, with spectacular costuming and sets, staged under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Atlantic Station. cirquedusoleil. com/totem.


Dec. 1 So You Think You Can

Dance Tour 2012 3 Morrissey 7 Indigo Girls 8 Brian Setzer Orchestra 11 Buddy Valastro Live: The Cake Boss Dec. 13-16 “West Side Story” Dec. 31 Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam Jan. 5-6 Shen Yun Jan. 12 Brian Regan Jan. 13 Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It Feb. 1-2 Clifford the Big Red Dog Feb. 8-10, 15-16 Atlanta Ballet “Dracula” Feb. 16-17 Atlanta Ballet “Cinderella” March 2, 5, 8, 10 Atlanta Opera “La traviata” 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta.

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CUMMING PLAYHOUSE Through Dec. 9 “Annie the

Musical.” 8 PM Th.-Sat., 3 PM Sun.

Dec. 11 North Georgia Barber

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Shop Singers Christmas, 8 PM. Dec. 13 Sounds of Sawnee Christmas Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 14 Cumming Playhouse Singers Christmas Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 16 Christmas Classics, 3 PM Dec. 17-22 “Sanders Family Christmas,” 8 PM. Dec. 28-31 “Branson on the Road,” 8 PM Fri.-Sat., 3 PM Sun., 3 & 8 PM Mon.

Jan. 4 Elvis “Aloha From Hawaii”

concert, 8 PM. Jan. 5 “An Evening with Mark Twain” family musical, 8 PM. Jan. 17-27 “Mardi Gras,” 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. Feb. 2 The Mountain Music and Medicine Show, recorded live and broadcast by GA Public Radio. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-

BLUE MAN GROUP Fox Theatre Jan. 15-20


“DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” Through Dec. 2 A dazzling

production of Disney’s classic musical love story at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., NE. foxatltix. com. 855/ATL-TIXX.


Through Dec. 23 “Little Women.” Feb. 1-3 “Little Shop of Horrors,” student show grades 9-12.

Feb. 15-March 10 “Odd Couple.”

Preview: Feb. 14. 999 Brady Ave., Atlanta. 404/876-



Dec. 2 Empire Brass featuring

Elisabeth von Trapp, 5 PM. Dec. 8 Spyro Gyra, jazz fusion. Jan. 13 Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company, 5 PM. Jan. 26 Chick Corea & Gary Burton with Harlem String Quartet Feb. 2 Momix, dancer-illusionists. Feb. 9 Jesse Cook, guitarist. Feb. 23 Nnenna Freelon, vocalist. Performances at 8 PM, unless noted. 349 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta at GA. Tech. 404/894-9600.



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Dec. 8 “My Marriage Needs

“MICHAEL PINK’S DRACULA” Atlanta Ballet Cobb Energy Centre Feb. 8-16 Jonah Hooper as Dracula

Prayer,” fast-paced drama about betrayal. 173 14th St. NE, Atlanta.

and Mahler’s “Symphony #1” at 8 PM at Bailey Center at KSU.



Feb. 5-10 National tour of the pop

culture phenomenon tells the story of a working-class girl with dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Staged at the Fox Theatre as part of the Broadway in Atlanta series. 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.



Through Dec. 2 Disney’s Beauty

and the Beast Dec. 7-26 Atl. Ballet’s Nutcracker Jan. 8-9 Shen Yun Jan. 12 Boortz’s Happy Ending! Jan. 25-31 The Producers Feb. 5-10 Flashdance Feb. 21 Sarah Brightman March 12-17 Million Dollar Quartet April 2-7 Mary Poppins 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.



Jan. 10-27 “Swell Party,” comedy. A tobacco heir returns from a New York vacation to his N.C. estate with a surprise souvenir: a wife. Feb. 28-March 17 “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” beguiling thriller. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/641-1260.

Dec. 13 7:30 PM at Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770/993-6316.


Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 “The

Nutcracker” at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 404/249-



Dec. 11 Dave Matthews Band Dec. 16 12 Gifts of Christmas Dec. 19 Carrie Underwood Feb. 21-March 3 Ringling Bros.

and Barnum & Bailey Circus: “Dragons” March 16 Harlem Globetrotters Performing Arts Center Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Jan. 4-6 Atlanta Ballet’s “Cinderella” Feb. 8-9 DanceAmerica 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Through Dec. 30 “The Santaland

Dec. 7 Lenbrook, 3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.



Murray Arts Center, Kennesaw. March 9 Bloch’s “Sacred Service”

Dec. 16 Messiah Sing-Along, 3

Dec. 8 Holiday Pops, 3 & 8 PM at 770/4297016.

Diaries,” holiday comedy about an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. Dec. 8-30 “Madeline’s Christmas,” family musical adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s book. 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta. 404/584-



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Dec. 2 Welcome Christmas, 3 PM

at Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd.

“Flashdance – The Musical” Fox Theatre Feb. 5-10

PM at Roswell UMC. $10. Feb. 10, 17 Songs for all Seasons: Kaleidoscope in concert. 3 PM Feb. 10 at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, and 4:30 PM Feb. 17 at Heritage Hall, Sandy Springs.



March 12-17 Hit musical inspired

by the true story of the famed recording session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Staged at the Fox Theatre as part of the Broadway in Atlanta series. 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 404/881-2100.


Dec. 1 Kevin Hart Dec. 16 Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Jan. 23 Justin Bieber Feb. 13-18 Ringling Bros. and

Barnum & Bailey Circus: “Dragons” March 1 P!nk The Truth About Love Tour March 2-3 Nuclear Cowboyz March 11 Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball World Tour March 16 Harlem Globetrotters 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.


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Jan. 25-Feb. 9 “Let’s Murder Marsha,” staged in the Stellar Cellar, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St., Marietta. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sun. 770/218-9669


Dec. 1-2 Gala Holiday Concert, 8

PM Sat. & 3 PM Sun. Jan. 19 Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, 8 PM. Feb. 2 Mingus Big Band celebrates music of Charles

Mingus, 8 PM. Feb. 16 Gallim Dance, 8 PM. 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-


ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Dec. 1-2 “The Nutcracker” by Roswell Dance Theatre.

770/998-0259. Dec. 7-8 “Babes in Toyland” by

Atlanta Dance Theatre, with spirited dance, incredible costumes and lively characters. 7:30 PM Fri., and 10 AM, 2 & 7:30 PM Sat. Dec. 9 Atlanta Wind Symphony. Dec. 14-15 “Winter Polar Express”

by British Academy of Dance. 770/578-8272. Dec. 20-21 “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play.” 770/594-6232. Jan. 10-27 “Swell Party,” comedy, Georgia Ensemble Theatre. get. org. 770/641-1260. Feb. 15 Freddy Cole performing “I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me.” $27. Feb. 28-March 17 “Sherlock

Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Georgia Ensemble Theatre. 770/641-1260. 950 Forrest St., Roswell.



and sounds of the season at these community Christmas celebrations at 7:30 PM Fri. & 3 PM Sun. Free, but tickets required. 814 Mimosa Blvd. 770/594-0512.


Jan. 10-12 “7 Trumpets,” explores the ideas behind the mysterious occurrences of the number 7, and turns it on its head. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404/523-7647.

matinees at 2 PM Sat. & 1:30 PM Sun.


Jan. 5-6, 8-9 Extraordinary

performing arts group revives the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color, with accompaniment by a live orchestra, with shows Jan. 5-6 at Cobb Energy Centre, and 8-9 at the Fox Theater.


Feb. 1-24 “Lovers and Lunatics:

Roswell United Methodist Church.

3 Farces de Fevdeau.” Feydeau’s classic masterpieces of farce sparkles on stage in a production of his one-act plays in French and in modern English adaptations. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 8 PM Fri.-Sat., 3 PM Sat. & Sun. theatredureve.



Life: A Live Radio Play.” The beloved American holiday film classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. Jan. 24-Feb. 17 “Visiting Mr. Green,” comedy-drama. Performances Thurs., Fri. & Sat. nights and Sun. afternoons. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.

the Magi,” holiday musical based on the classic O. Henry story. To afford Christmas presents for each other, a penniless couple in New York both secretly part with their most precious possessions in a gesture of true giving. 7:30 PM Wed.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sat. & Sun. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 678/528-


Feb. 24 Annie Moses Band, 3 PM

com. 404/875-3829.


Through Dec. 16 “It’s a Wonderful



Dec. 7-30 “A Year with Frog and Toad,” smart and sassy family musical, staged at the 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. NE, Atl. March 29-April 21 “Petite Rouge.” Imagine a Cajun Red Riding Hood with a big, bad gator in the wolf role, and a wild chase through Mardi Gras in this footstomping zydeco musical, staged at Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/484-8636.


Jan. 25-31 Comic adventure of two men who scheme to produce a Broadway “flop” but end up with a smash hit. Presented by Theater of the Stars at the Fox Theatre. 8 PM Tues.-Sat., 7 PM Sun., with

Through Dec. 23 “The Gifts of



Jan. 13 Top 20 teen finalists take the stage at Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. March 17 Top 10 teen vocalists perform showcase at Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.


Dec. 13-16 Maria and Tony, from

opposing sides of the gang-filled streets of New York City in the ’50s, fall in love in an actionpacked musical, staged at the Cobb Energy Centre. 8 PM Thurs.Sat. & 2 PM Sat.-Sun. 800/745-



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Lure of

cient Ports by Vivian Holley

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There you are, wrapped in the wonders of 3,000-year-old Ephesus, arguably Turkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most evocative treasure of antiquity. On a clear, cool evening, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re enjoying a classical concert by the Aegean Chamber Orchestra, the musicians and audience deployed at the base of an amphitheater that hugs a mountainside, its lower marble tiers dating from the 2nd century B.C. Close by, with its splendid two-story facade of columns and carvings, is the landmark Celsus Library, circa 117 A.D. The splendid facade of the Celsus Library at ancient Ephesus.

The Istanbul neighborhood of Ortakoy, bustling with shops and cafes, is the place to catch a Bosphorus sunset. Southern Seasons Magazine


Vacationers have long explored the Turkish seaside and nearby dots and dashes of sunny Greek turf in the solid comfort of a pampering cruise ship.


he teeming crowds of day visitors are gone; the ancient site – once a prosperous trading port – is open for your group alone. It resonates with the mystique of many centuries past and a sense of all who have walked these marble-paved streets. St. Paul knew them well. Roman chariots carved grooves in them. Vacationers have long explored the Turkish seaside and nearby dots and dashes of sunny Greek turf in the solid comfort of a pampering cruise ship. Not all, though, are treated to an experience as rare as the Ephesus concert. Bonuses such as this are the specialty of Silversea Cruises and its fleet of vessels whose very names – Whisper, Shadow, Wind, Cloud – promise palpable romance. Now comes the line’s newest entry, christened Silver Spirit. Which seems particularly apt because Spirit is larger and more, well, spirited than her serene siblings, with

expanded entertainment venues. As in, more music flowing from more inviting doorways, more brio from stem to stern. There’s no less of Silversea’s signature intimacy, elegant style, and friendly, attentive service. But there’s enough difference to offer cruisers fresh choices. The Spirit’s magic carpet of a cruise spotlighting Greece and Turkey – a week’s sailing from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul – will take you to Kusadasi (gateway to Ephesus), as well as Crete, home of fabled King Minos and the Palace of Knossos, and Rhodes, with its walled Old Town, Palace of the Grand Masters, and tales of medieval knights. Not that it’s all about history. Basking on the beach your pleasure? Searching for seductive bling? Dancing till dawn? Consider the sexy sizzle of Mykonos, famously elevated to jet-set status by Jackie Onassis. At night, hearty partiers overflow from the island’s white-washed clubs and bars into its maze of white-washed streets; behind some of the bluepainted doors is intense nightlife.

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Silver Spirit is the newest vessel in the Silversea fleet.


Santorini, sloping downward to the Aegean, serves up sweeping views of neighbor islands.

The Silver Spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teak pool deck.

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Nearby on the volcanic, crescent-shaped island of Santorini, cruisers ascend steep cliffs to the boutique-rich town of Fira via a cable car, or ride off to the cobbled streets of Oia, a pretty village where the principal pastime is similarly scouring small shops for distinctive jewelry, paintings, and local crafts. On both Mykonos and Santorini, it’s also a must to take in the sunset and feast on the freshest of seafood at a street-side taverna. Lobster risotto and a glass of ouzo, anyone? Before embarkation, you can take the pulse of Athens from the vantage of the Acropolis and Parthenon. At the close of the voyage, you’ll want to linger for a look at Istanbul’s opulent vestiges of Ottoman glory and, of course, the legendary Grand Bazaar where presumably you could shop forever. Back on board, evenings offer a spread of lively lounges, plus a casino for trying your luck. On a ship where culinary artistry is a priority, passengers select among a half-dozen dining settings, including Seishin for Asian fusion cuisine, and Le Champagne, the only Relais & Chateaux Wine Restaurant at sea – each with wine pairings. There’s also the Stars Supper Club, a chic art deco time-trip inspired by New York’s beloved Rainbow Room. Think Mad Men Martinis. Tasty small-plate items (lobster avocado, quail breast, tiger prawns) are accompanied by a jazz duo or a velvet-voiced cabaret singer. Come bedtime, head for your heavenly suite. First-class all the way and the fleet’s largest (most have private teak balconies), they feature a spacious marble bathroom with Bulgari or Ferragamo (your pick) amenities, a walk-in closet, and a refrigerator and bar kept replenished with water, soft drinks, wines and spirits. No small measure of credit for the heavenly designation is due the whitegloved wizard who comes with every suite. Formally attired with manners to match, the Spirit’s brigade of butlers possesses genielike powers to anticipate needs, provide comforts, and insure that no one need face a day without Godiva chocolate. Your own private butler . . . a crowning touch to a week aboard a graceful vessel, sailing away to some of the world’s most compelling ports.

Mykonos, dubbed the “party island,” is as popular for its lively nightspots as its many boutiques.

Silver Spirit’s La Terraza restaurant treats passengers to on-deck dining.

Information:; (877) 215-9986.


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Grand Cherry Vanilla

â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tis the season to celebrate with a festive flourish of spirited refreshment.

2 oz. Grand Marnier Cherry 1 oz. Vanilla vodka 1/2 oz. Simple syrup 8-10 Mint leaves

Combine Grand Marnier Cherry, vanilla vodka, simple syrup and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake very well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single floating mint leaf. Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru.

Merry Berry 1 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream 1/2 oz. Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka 1/4 oz. Anisette Liqueur or Absinthe 3 Fresh Raspberries

Shake all ingredients and strain into shot glass. Finish with dollop of whipped cream.

Skinny Peppermint Mojito 1/2 tsp. Peppermint Extract 1/2 cup Packed mint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish 2 tbsp. Agave Nectar 16 oz. PerrierÂŽ Lime Sparkling Natural Mineral Water 6 oz. White rum Mini Candy Cane

In a pitcher, place mint leaves and agave nectar. Mash with a muddler or wooden spoon to release and blend flavors. Stir in sparkling mineral water and rum. Divide evenly among 4 glasses filled with ice; garnish with mint sprigs, and a mini candy cane. (125 calories per glass). 114

Yule Mule 1 1/2 oz. Ketel One Vodka 1 oz. Ginger Beer 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice Orange Bitters

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and orange bitters over ice and stir. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.


Garlicky Tiny Clams and Pork Belly with Croutons from the optimist. PHOTO BY Andrew Thomas Lee

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East and West Coast Oysters with Fresh Horseradish.

Seafood Savvy Chef Ford Fry reels in big catch with The Optimist

Sitting in the Oyster Bar at The Optimist, outfitted in smart jeans and a sport coat, Ford Fry reminds me of the valedictorian of his class. You know, the kid who wasn’t surprised that the grade point averages confirmed that endless hours of studying finally paid off. Only, instead of getting to give a speech at graduation, Chef Fry is enjoying accolades like his newest restaurant being named “Restaurant of the Year” by Esquire and countless others. The point is, he’s put in the time, honing his skills in the kitchen, scouting locations and finding younger chefs to develop and coach. So, though he’s humbly accepting the praise being heaped on him and his shiny new eatery on Atlanta’s Westside, he’s not all that shocked. He knows The Optimist is that good. By Jennifer Bradley Franklin • PHOTOGRAPHY BY Andrew Thomas Lee 116

The Optimistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main dining room and bar is at once polished and welcoming, with optimal viewing of the open kitchen, as well as the cozy Oyster Bar, where A woodburning oven provides delicious smoky flavors to small plates.

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The patio overlooks a kitschy minigolf hole.


“If someone were to ask me what I would do if money wasn’t an object, this is totally what I would do,” says Chef Ford Fry. “When it comes to creating these restaurants, they’re always something that I want to go to.”


’ll just come out with it: I really like this restaurant. So much so, rather than the normal one or two visits in advance of writing this dining feature, I’ve dined at The Optimist (sometimes in the dining room, sometimes in the Oyster Bar) no less than half a dozen times. What’s not to like? Ok, admittedly, it’s a bit noisy at peak times, since the hard surfaces of the highceilinged dining room don’t absorb any sound, and I did find myself wishing that the frothy she crab soup had actual lumps of crab meat floating in the creamy, coral colored broth. But really, trying to find things I don’t care for just feels like nitpicking. For a casual, quick or late night bite (or if you have the misfortune of arriving on a busy night, reservationless), the abbreviated menu at Oyster Bar is just the ticket. Menu standouts include charred octopus – the perfect combination of crispy on the outside, fork-tender on the inside – with kimchi puree and candied coriander and fist-sized oysters, which are served with shaved horseradish (you’ll instantly notice its superiority over the jarred variety) and housemade crackers, flecked with sea salt. Feel free to quiz the staff about the oysters, usually about six varieties from both coasts. They really know their bivalves. In the main dining room, the crispy long beans, battered and fried, sprinkled with briny sea salt and served with buttermilkdill mignonette, would encourage even the pickiest eater to eat their veggies. Peel-and-eat shrimp may sound commonplace, but these are exceptional, driven right up to Atlanta by the coastal Georgia fishermen themselves. They’re so large, “shrimp” feels like a misnomer, and you’ll marvel that you’re dining in a landlocked city, rather than on the coast. For main courses, The Optimist really departs from the usual seafood restaurant menu style of allowing guests to choose their fish and then choose the preparation. Instead, all of the menu items are full concepts – with Executive Chef Adam Evans’ (who


works closely with Fry) thoughtfully selected accoutrements and preparation. The olive oil poached tuna salad feels like a charming upgrade to the classic French niçoise salad, with the tuna retaining its firmness, and flaking off in little shards of fishy goodness. The duck fat poached swordfish with crispy country ham is perhaps a surprising combination, but when you taste it, you think, “Yes! Those flavors together make perfect sense.” I would have been content to always dine in a seafood-laced haze, but at the recommendation of Chef Fry, I tried the burger for lunch recently. Whoa. It’s so good, it feels like cheating. Then I’m told why: the beef is ground with butter (yes, you read that right), before it’s crisped into two patties and melted with cheese and caramelized onions. Just plan an extra gym visit (or 10). It’s worth it. The sides at The Optimist are a real highlight and, lucky for your table companions, they’re big enough to share. Corn milk hushpuppies are served next to a dish of cane sugar butter, spindly carrots are roasted with spicy ginger vinaigrette and greens are cooked with sweet chilis and garlic. Get a few to share and choose your favorite, if you can. You’ll want to save room for dessert, since you won’t want to miss Taria Camerino’s (of Sugar Coated Radical fame) whimsical creations. Puffy Savannah-style beignets, drizzled with pecan praline sauce and feather-light whipped cream will leave you in a sugar-coma for days, and if you’re in a rush, fun “to go” desserts like a chocolate dipped banana and rotating flavors of “push-up pops” will end your visit on a sweet note. It’s easy to see that The Optimist is a labor of love for Fry. “If someone were to ask me what I would do if money wasn’t an object, this is totally what I would do,” he says. “When it comes to creating these restaurants, they’re always something that I want to go to.” If the almost always packed-to-the-gills dining room is any indication, Atlanta hopes he keeps right on doing it.

Fried Clam Roll, Kimchi Vinegar.

Wood-roasted Mushrooms, Shallot Confit.

The Oyster Bar’s bar offers punches and freshly-squeezed juice mixers.

Corn-Milk Hushpuppies “Beignets,” Cane Sugar Butter.

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Dining Guide AMERICAN

ABATTOIR CHOPHOUSE 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404/892-3335. Offers fresh whole fowl, fish, beef, pork and other game served in a variety of ways. }

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Atlanta. 404/254-0219. Southern regional cooking with an edge. } ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta. 404/233-7673. Buckhead hot spot with creative “slow food” served in a sleek space. p }}} ★★★ ATLANTA GRILL 181 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta (2nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta), 404/221-6550. Grilled steaks, chops, seafood and Southern-inspired cuisine are served in a warm, clubby atmosphere. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta. 404/365-0410. Great service and generous portions with a heavenly menu of specialties served in a warehouse-chic setting. p h }}} ★★★★ BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slowroasted grouper to iron skillet mussels and hickory-grilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. p }}} ★★★ BUCKHEAD DINER 3073 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404/262-3336. Atlanta icon offers inventive menu, from sweet and spicy Thai chili calamari to veal and wild mushroom meatloaf, in an upscale, retro atmosphere. Call-ahead priority accepted. } ★★★ CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/432-2663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} ★★★ CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 East 120

ONE. midtown kitchen Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic steak house offerings, from chops to fresh seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere that features a sweeping view of Buckhead. p }}} ★★ DANTE’S DOWN THE HATCH 3380 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404/266-1600. Local landmark serves up jazz and fondue, from meat and cheese trays to veggie platters and chocolate, with an exotic dinner club atmosphere anchored in a Mediterranean wharf, complete with a ship, mote and live crocs. p }} EMPIRE STATE SOUTH 999 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/541-1105. A community restaurant that appeals to a broad range, a la celebrated Athens chef Hugh Acheson, with authentic Southern dishes served in a meatand-three format. p }} empirestatesouth. com. 4TH & SWIFT 621 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678/904-0160. Enjoy such specialties as crispy brussels sprout, North Georgia apple salad, “Three Little Piggies,” sticky toffee pudding

and summer sweet corn soup, in a quaint setting, in the former engine room of the Southern Dairies Co. in the Old Fourth Ward. p }} FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404/352-3547. 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404/549-3298. A unique menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and salads served in a contemporary, hip space. } GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 3242 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 404/264-0253; 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 404/870-0805. Hand crafted beer and made-from-scratch food served up in a friendly, fun atmosphere. p } GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Norcross. 678/421-1720. Changing menu of fresh seasonal ingredients in a casually elegant setting. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atlanta. 404/969-

0700. Casual neighborhood dining in historic Brookhaven, with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/9682288. Comfort pub cuisine and craft beers in a community-driven establishment in Ansley Park. p } HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/948-1175. Hailed as a British gastropub with a Southern accent, with savvy cocktails and a meaty menu. } HOUSTON’S 2166 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, 404/351-2442; 3321 Lenox Road, Atlanta, 404/237-7534; 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta, 404/262-7130; 3050 Windy Hill Road SE, Atlanta, 770/563-1180. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from thick, hickorygrilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } ★ JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atlanta. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, truffle-parmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p } JOEY D’S OAKROOM 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/512-7063. Upscale steakhouse features choice-aged charbroiled steaks, signature sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken and fish, plus over 400 brands of spirits. p }} ★★ LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St., Atl., @ Georgian Terrace Hotel. 404/897-5000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }} LOBBY BAR AND BISTRO 361 Seventeenth St., Atlanta. 404/961-7370. Seasonal menu with a comfort food edge in a casual atmosphere. p } LOCAL THREE 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta. 404/968-2700. Fresh-from-thefarm seasonal fare, from Georgia Mountain Trout and Grilled Hanger Steak to Springer Mountain Farm Chicken Pot Pie, served in a comfy space. p } MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast on such Southern specialties as sweet potato and shrimp fritters, fried chicken, pork loin and chef ’s veggie plate in the charming setting

Parish Foods & Goods of a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }}

and roasted lamb shank to batter fried lobster tail. p }}} ★★★

MOSAIC 3097 Maple Drive, Atlanta. 404/846-5722. Neighborhood bistro features modern American cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. p }}

PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/885-7505. Gastropub cuisine, from small bites and salads to burgers and entrees, served in a fun atmosphere. p }

MURPHY’S 997 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. 404/872-0904. Inventive, fresh seasonal fare, excellent service and basement charm. p } ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta. 404/892-4111. Inventive atmosphere, food and wine served in a renovated urban warehouse space. p } ★★ PACES 88 88 West Paces Ferry Road, The St. Regis Atlanta. 404/563-7910. American bistro with a seasonal assortment of salads, fresh fish and meats that utilize “source-to-table” ingredients. p }}} PARK 75 75 Fourteenth St. NE, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. 404/253-3840. An elegant place to enjoy seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” shortrib with smoked Gouda grits and truffled potatoes. p }} ★★★ PAUL’S RESTAURANT 10 Kings Circle, Atlanta. 404/231-4113. Chef Paul Albrecht creates new American cuisine and sushi in an open kitchen, from herb crusted flounder filet

RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atlanta. 404/524-8280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} ★★★★ RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} RIVER ROOM Post Riverside Town Square, 4403 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404/2335455. New American cuisine served in an elegant and modern European atmosphere. p }}} SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/804QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

SOUTHERN  SEASONS STARS ★ great ★★ excellent ★★★ superb ★★★★ the best

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SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave., Atlanta, 404/873-7358; 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Suite 401, Vinings, 770/435-0700. The Old South meets the big city, with contemporary Southern cuisine dished out from the exhibition kitchen. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, InterContinental Buckhead. 404/9469070. Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge area. Menu highlights: baked oysters with crispy pork belly, chicken and dumpling soup and Low Country seafood platter. p }} TAP 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/3472220. A convivial place with innovative comfort food and an extensive draft beer and barrel wine selections. p } TERRACE 176 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farmto-table dishes, from Ga. mountain trout to Amish chicken breast, served in a chic setting. p } THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/240-7035. Delightful menu, sunny ambiance and live piano music. Seasonal patio seating. p }}} ★★ THE SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atl., The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 404/589-7506. Offers a 360-degree dining experience, 723 feet above the city, with contemporary cuisine and live jazz. p }}} THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atlanta. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with cocktails, music and small plates. } ★★★

Woodfire Grill 8880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }} SALT FACTORY 952 Canton St., Roswell. 770/998-4850. Neighborhood gastropub with exceptional food and drink served in a comfy setting, from soups, salads and appetizers to specialty burgers, pizza, pasta, fish and beef. } ★★★ SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052; Two Buckhead 122

Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 404/846-1552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a by-the-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. p }} SHULA’S 347 GRILL 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel lobby. 404/848-7345. Signature meals from Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula in a casual chic setting. p }

TRUFFLES CAFE 3345 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404/364-9050. Upscale gourmet café with a diverse menu of Low Country dishes, fresh fish, center-cut steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches. p } TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with wood-roasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse. p }} VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }}

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta. 404/809-3561. Southern-inspired menu in farmhouse-chic setting, from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy. p }} WOODFIRE GRILL 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404/347-9055. Menu follows a farm-to-table philosophy, with specialties like pan-roasted wild striped bass and wood-grilled quail. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E. 404/496-4393. 1017 North Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland. 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly burger restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual, familyfriendly format. }


AJA 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404/2310001. Modern Asian kitchen with sushi, dim sum and entrees served family-style. Red and black walls, dimmed lighting and a 10-foot Buddha statue add to the exotic atmosphere. p }} ★★★


AJA Restaurant & Bar space. p }}

FIRE OF BRAZIL 118 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, 770/551-4367. 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in the centuries-old Brazilian tradition. p }}}

THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/255-5707. Upscale Asian dining with dishes ranging from chicken and beef to seafood and pork. } ★★

FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Buckhead. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads and fresh vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. p }}} ★★★

MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atlanta. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the delicately refined cooking of New Orleans and the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou. p }}


CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Authentic Chinese cuisine in a spacious, open dining room with efficient, friendly service. } icantonhouse. com. ★★★★ CHOPSTIX 4279 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404/255-4868. Upscale dining with lively piano bar. p } ★★★ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070; 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atlanta, 770/352-0500; 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wokfried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish



FIG JAM KITCHEN & BAR 1745 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/724-9100. Classic fare with a modern twist, from fried calamari and ravioli florentine to Mediterranean seafood stew and duck confit, plus flat breads, cheese and cured meats, an expansive wine list and handcrafted drinks. p }} SHOUT 14th and Peachtree Road at Colony Square, Atlanta. 404/846-2000. Dine on tapas or sip a martini on the rooftop lounge at this ultra-hip hotspot. p } TWIST 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404/869-1191. Creative cuisine, from sushi and seafood to satays and wraps, served in a

300-seat dining room with a centerstage bar. Patio dining available. p }


BISTRO NIKO 3344 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 404/261-6456. Regional comfort French cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Specialties include white Gulf shrimp, sautéed short smoked mountain trout and Maine cod. p }} ★★★★ FRENCH AMERICAN BRASSERIE 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta. 404/266-1440. Feast on French cuisine and American chops in the dining room or enjoy a cocktail on the canopied rooftop terrace overlooking the city skyline. p }} ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. French bistro, serving everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon. } ★★ NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atlanta. 404/221-6362. Dine on fantastic fare in elegant surroundings with attentive service QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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pizzas to grilled dishes, served in a charming setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404/844-4810. Simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations and signature veal chop. p }} DØUBLE ZERØ NAPOLETANA 5825 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/991-3666. Southern Italian featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy, as well as Neapolitan pizza. p }} FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 15, Atlanta. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. p }} IL LOCALINO 467 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404/222-0650. Flavorful food in a fun setting, with cozy dimensions, eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} localino. info. ★★★★

Aria and spectacular skyline views. p }}} ★★★


AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Choose from sushi, seafood, steaks and chops in a soothing setting. p }} ★★ JOLI KOBE BAKERY & BISTRO 5600 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, 404/843-3257; 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 404/870-0643. A great neighborhood spot to enjoy coffee and dessert, Sunday brunch or a meal, with such offerings as almond chicken curry salad to potato crusted salmon. p } MARKET W Atlanta-Buckhead, Atlanta, 3377 Peachtree Road NE. 404/523-3600. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s multicultural menu reinvents classic dishes with an eclectic flair, from Maine lobster with crispy potatoes QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+ 124 

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and spicy aioli to bacon wrapped shrimp with avocado and passion fruit mustard. p }} 10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/705-8870. South African restaurant offers a cultural fusion of cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, in a lively setting. p }}


KYMA 3085 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404/262-0702. Dramatic décor and inventive cuisine, including wood-grilled octopus, ovenroasted lemon chicken, slow-braised lamb shank, and spinach and feta spanakopita. p h }} ★★★★


ANTICA POSTA 519 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/262-7112. Tuscan cuisine served in a cozy bungalow with an extensive wine list. p }} BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/879-9962. Authentic Italian cuisine, from homemade pastas and

LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404/231-1368; 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} ★★★★ LA PIETRA CUCINA 1545 Peachtree St. NE (Beverly Road), Atlanta, One Peachtree Pointe. 404/888-8709. Italian cooking with a contemporary twist, in a relaxed atmosphere. p }} MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404/816-9650; 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 770/8043313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterranean-inspired Tuscan grill specializing in herb-rubbed prime steaks, hand-crafted pastas and market-fresh seafood. p }} NO. 246 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678/399-8246. Savor ricotta agnolotti, Ramano pizza, charred octopus and other specialties in a 100-seat space with an open kitchen, backyard deck and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. }

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Local Three PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atlanta. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees. p }} PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404/2372941. Creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, tortelli pasta, beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass. p h }} ★★★★ SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes served with a creative twist in a revived brick storefront. p }} SUGO 408 S. Atlanta St., Roswell, 770/6419131; 625 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 770/817-4230; 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/817-8000. Authentic cuisine served with gracious hospitality, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza. p } ★★★ TAVERNA FIORENTINA 3324 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/272-9825. Tuscan bistro presents authentic Florentine dishes and contemporary classics in an intimate dining room. p }} VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atlanta. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }}

VENI VIDI VICI 41 Fourteenth St., Atlanta. 404/875-8424. Heavenly cuisine, extensive wine list, attentive service and warm ambience. Specialties include veal lasagne and pappardelle with pulled rotisserie duck. p h }} ★★★


KOBE STEAKS 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/256-0810. Hibachi cooking in a fun atmosphere, where chefs prepare meals at the table. }} ★★ MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/261-3777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. }

lamb loin, all served in a warm, welcoming setting. p }} ★★★ MILAN MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO & GRILL 3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Crowne Plaza. 678/553-1900. Mediterranean dining in a casually elegant setting, from mahi mahi with port-glazed figs and grilled salmon romesco to filet of beef Monte Carlo. p }}


IMPERIAL FEZ MOROCCAN 2285 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/351-0870. An oasis of good food and entertainment with traditional cuisine including fresh legumes, meats and fish. p }}}


NAKATO 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta. 404/873-6582. Delicious cuisine in an aura of the grandeur of traditional Japan. p }} ★★★★

PARISH: FOODS & GOODS 240 North Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404/681-4434. A New Orleans-inspired, bi-level restaurant and market located in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p }

SUSHI-HUKU 6300 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 770/956-9559. Dine on some of the freshest, most authentic sushi in the city in intimate booths. }



ECCO 40 Seventh St., Atlanta. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed

RUMI’S KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/477-2100. Chef Ali Mesghali’s fresh Persian dishes, from kabobs and dolmeh to fresh-baked flat bread, served in an intimate dining room with attentive hospitality. }

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Atlanta. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche, braised goat huaraches and roasted chicken mole Oaxaca in a comfortably sophisticated venue with a spirited atmosphere. p } CANTINA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR 3280 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Terminus 100. 404/892-9292. Mexican cuisine with housemade tortilla chips and salsa and specialties ranging from stewed pork with hominy to fish tacos and enchiladas. p }

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ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404/262-3165. The Southeast’s largest selection of fresh seafood is offered in a comfortable neighborhood setting. Specialties include Hong Kong sea bass, cashew crusted swordfish and blackened mahi mahi. p h }} ★★★★ ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. Contemporary atmosphere showcases modern American seafood flown in fresh daily. p }}} C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3240 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/272-0999. Fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and classic prime steaks in an elegant setting, with classic cocktails. p }} COAST SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/869-0777. Fresh seafood and island cocktails in a casual setting, with signature seafood boil, fresh catch entrees and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels. p } GOLDFISH 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Perimeter Mall. 770/671-0100. Seafood, sushi and steaks in a spectacular setting that features a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium and live music. p }} ★★★ LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/881-1106. Contemporary fish house serving only the freshest ingredients delivered daily, from smoked seafood platter to fried oyster slider. p }} RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/524-9224. Enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, made-to-order sushi and 126

hand-cut steaks, in a casual yet elegant setting. p }} RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta. 770/955-1187. A palatepleasing menu, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} ★★★ THE OPTIMIST 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404/477-6260. Upscale seafood with playful flavor combinations served in a beautiful space, with an experienced staff, wellrounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }}


NAVA 3060 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/2401984. An innovative menu of flavorful cuisine, from Tequila-cured salmon and key lime chicken to mojo-grilled pork tenderloin and serrano-roasted lamb rack. p }}} ★★★ NOCHE 1000 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. 404/815-9155. 705 Town Blvd., Atlanta. 404/364-9448. 2580 Paces Ferry Road Atlanta. 770/432-3277. Bold Southwestern cuisine with a hint of seafood and game, and a highenergy bar. p }


BLACKSTONE 4686 S. Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 404/794-6100. Top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning wine list and great service, with an ambience suited for upscale dining and after-dinner cocktails. p }} ★★★ BLT STEAK 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, W Atlanta-Downtown. 404/577-7601. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Bistro Laurent Tourondel combines traditional elements of a cozy

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French bistro with an American steakhouse. p }}} BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404/237-2663. Award-winning menu features prime steaks, Maine lobster, lamb chops and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine cellar and discerning service. p }}} ★★★★ CABERNET STEAKHOUSE 5575 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/777-5955. Reminiscent of the classic steakhouses of New York, with a large open dining room, plush seating and exposed kitchen. p h }}} ★★★ CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/262-2675. Prime steak and seafood, including filet mignon, batter-fried lobster tail and lump crab cake, are served on the upper level Chops steakhouse and lower-level Lobster Bar. p h }}} ★★★★ HAL’S 30 Old Ivy Road, Atlanta. 404/2610025. Award-winning steak prepared over an open flame grill, plus fresh seafood, pasta, veal, lamb and fish, served in an expansive bistrostyle venue with charming white tablecloth setting. p }} ★★★ KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK 154 Krog St., Ste. 200, Atlanta. 404/524-5600. Enjoy USDA prime steaks, a mixture of Italian, Creole and Asian items, and fish, soups, salads and sashimi, as well as a list of 200 wines. p }} ★★★★ MCKENDRICK’S STEAK HOUSE 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770/5128888. Feast on fabulous appetizers, enormous steaks, tender chops and succulent seafood in a clubby setting with oak walls and leather seats. p }} ★★★★ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 303 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, 404/577-4366; 3379 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404/816-6535. Generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment with tuxedoclad waiters. p }}} NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/846-0644. Dine on Midwestern USDA prime beef, live Maine lobsters or fresh fish, with classic sides ranging from creamed spinach to cheese mashed potatoes. p h }}} ★★★ PRIME 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Lenox Square. 404/812-0555. Superior prime-

Chops/Lobster Bar aged beef, sushi bar and seafood offered in a casually chic setting. p } ★★★ RAY’S KILLER CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. North Fulton’s award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines. p h }}} RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 5788 Roswell Road NW, Sandy Spring, 404/2550035; 267 Marietta St., Embassy Suites Hotel (Centennial Park), Atlanta, 404/223-6500; 3285 Peachtree Road NE, Embassy Suites Buckhead, Atlanta, 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs around the globe for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, extraordinary Northwestern salmon and live Maine Lobster. p }} ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 678/461-7900; 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102; 1640 Cumberland Mall, 678/305-9229. Enjoy premium steaks in an inviting mountain lodge setting. p }} ★★★ STRIP 245 Eighteenth St., Atlanta. 404/3852005. Great steak and sushi with multi-level dining, lounge and patios in a super hip setting, with nightly DJ and open air rooftop deck. p }} THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Westin Hotel. 404/814-1955. Prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobsters are served in a casual setting, with a caricature gallery of famous

faces. p }}} ★★★


HUNAN GOURMET 6070 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atlanta. 404/303-8888. Enjoy a variety of authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine in a relaxing setting. p } ★★ NAN THAI FINE DINING 1350 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. 404/870-9933. Rich, tasty Thai and Thai fusion dishes with an artistic flair, reminiscent of the grand style of the ’40s and ’50s. p h }}} ★★ RICE 1104 Canton St., Roswell, 770/6400788; 1155 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 770/817-9800. Grilled New Zealand lamb, Atlantic salmon, pad Thai and a variety of authentic Thai dishes. p } TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 110, Atlanta. 404/873-4888. Savor authentic Thai, fresh curry and herb spices, meat, seafood and vegetables in an upscale setting, with specialties such as roasted duck breast, braised lamb tenderloin and Chilean sea bass. p }}}

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Executive Chef Nicholas Walker photos courtesy patrick mogridge

Cobb Galleria Centre’s new on-site herb garden has proved to be a culinary coup for the venue’s chefs, who now have 20 different plants – from sage and mint to rosemary and basil – fresh at their fingertips. “Every other day we pick a five gallon bucket full of basil used to make pesto, basil oil and compound butter,” raved Executive Chef Nicholas Walker. “Everywhere we can use basil, we use it. I haven’t bought basil in a month.” The self-sustained garden, which consists of two large raised beds on the campus behind the kitchen, has helped the environment, as well, minimizing pollution by reducing the need to call in a food truck for a small quantity of herbs. The garden was the vision of Kirsten Gleaves, director of Food and Beverage, who said the goal was twofold: to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint and to meet the needs of the culinary team. “Chef Walker is passionate about using local products and would love to grow his own herbs, edible flowers and some greens,” she said. Expansion plans for the garden are already underway, with the addition of vegetables and a greater variety of herbs. The seasonal herbs will be replaced in the colder seasons with more weather appropriate substitutes such as kale, lettuce and wheatgrass; and in the spring, other vegetables will be added. Marigold is planted as a natural repellant for bugs, as the garden is free of pesticides.

Famed Chef Thomas Keller will be making an appearance Dec. 3 at Aria restaurant in Atlanta for a meet and greet to celebrate the release of his fifth book, “Bouchon Bakery.” Co-author Sebastien Rouxel, executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, will also be in attendance, joining Aria’s pastry chef Kathryn King to prepare some sweet treats from the cookbook. Guests can enjoy pastries and desserts along with mimosas and coffee, while meeting the chefs. Released this fall, “Bouchon Bakery” (Artisan Books) is a dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods, including all the classics that Keller fell in love with as a young chef apprenticing in Paris. Event cost, $35; book, $50. 128

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First cover of Southern Seasons Magazine Holiday/Winter 2012-13 issue on newsstands December 2012.