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TASTEMAKER The Gourmand Issue


Ultimate Foodie


Secret Suppers, Cheap Eats, Food Pairings + More!

MARKET Buckhead

Chic, Seasonal + Local




Atlanta foodies list their favorite local eateries

Market Buckhead’s Chef de Cuisine, David Gross’ crispy bacon wrapped shrimp with cilantro and passion fruit mustard Page 44

March/April 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS In Every Issue 17 3


COVER STORY... Chef de Cuisine, David Gross cooks up delectable dishes using local and seasonal ingredients.

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Tastemaker Spotlight: Doing it Her Way Events Around Atlanta


10 FAB Finds

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Gentleman’s Corner


Food for Thought

Editor’s Note Contributors



Nothing Bundt Cakes


B Braxton hitting Atlanta?


Interview- Kyla Cox/ Grape Crush Productions

Little Black Page {By Gary Johnson}


8th-Make love faces with Trey Songz with Big Sean at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m.

30th- Atlanta Hawks Vs. New York Knicks at Philip’s arena game time is at 7:30 p.m.

9th-DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore is in Atlanta at Eleven59 10 p.m. 15th-Retrospect: Third Thursdays 80’s & 90’s Party, Justin’s 9 p.m. 16th- Childish Gambino at the Tabernacle 8 p.m. 17th- Royal Comedy Tour with Sommore, Earthquake, Tony Rock and Bruce Bruce at the Civic Center at 7 p.m. 18th-Harlem Globetrotters, Gwinnett Arena 2 p.m. 24th- Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Georgia International Horse Park at 10 a.m. 27th-Daughty, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 29th- Young Frankenstein, 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centere,

Trey Songz




Mens Fashion for Less: finding great pieces for a fraction of the cost


Thrifted Finds: An instant re-play of old favorites 4 finds under $50

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Up and Coming Fashion Designers

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Tracy Reese: Catwalk To Sidewalk Spring Handbags

Beauty 15

Must have skin products for Men


6 places around Atlanta that offer Mani & Pedi’s for Men


Hair Highlights

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Arts & Culture 5 Things we’re talking about around Atlanta Indie Artist Music Feature Emily Art Gallery

Book Nook: Spring Reads by Patrick Shaffer


9 cheap eats around Atlanta

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Secret Supper Revealed

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Atlanta Chef ’s Expo


Tangerine Tango: Fashioning Interiors


Foodies Dish on their Top Spots around Atlanta


Kyla Cox: Grape Crusher

Drinks: Beer & Food Pairing

Hottest Destinations for Spring Break

Little Black Page {By Gary Johnson}


2nd- Snowpatrol with Ed Sheeran at the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. 4th-Chaka Khan performs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

28th- Elk Aidmore Music Festival at the Georgia International Horse Park 2 p.m.

6th- Atlanta Hawks Vs Detroit Pistons at Philips’ Arena. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. 10th- Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up the Gwinnett Arena at 7:30 p.m. 16th- The Ting Tings light the stage at the Variety Playhouse at 8:00 p.m. 19th- Van Halen performs at Philip’s Arena at 7:30 p.m. 24th- Les Miserables makes its way to Atlanta at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. 25th- The Fray performs at The Tabernacle at 8 p.m. 26th- Sam Sparro at The Masquerade at 7 p.m. Sam Sparro


Ruksana Hussain

My favorite food is...chocolate! It makes everything right and it makes good, better!

Deena Poythress

If I were a car, I’d be...a Subaru Tribeca! Not too flashy. Reliable. Impressive. Powerful.

I really wish I knew how to... Sew. It would really help me out as a wardrobe/fashion stylist.

I’d love to meet...Curtis Stone the Take Home Chef from TLC :)

Carmen Blakely

I really wish I knew how to... give myself a great blow out.

Briana Augustus

I wouldn’t be caught dead... with hairy legs.

My favorite food is...French toast...I love the way the bread soaks up all the yummy syrup

Terrell Johnson

I’d love to meet...JILL SCOTT!!! I love her music and everybody says we look alike. I wouldn’t be caught a fun house at a carnival! I’m scared of clowns :-(

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My favorite food is tacos. I love the mixture The crunchier the better. I really wish I knew how to play the piano because i can’t sing so I guess playing an instrument would be the next best thing.

I really wish I knew how to... Speak French, the language can make anything sound romantic My favorite food is...anything Mexican! Mexican food is usually cheesy and I love cheese!

I really wish I knew how to... swim because it has always been a fear that I would like to conquer.

I’d love to meet... Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

If I were a car, I’d be...A Porsche. sophisticated but a little dangerous

Mary Walker

If I were a car, I’d be... A Volkswagen Jetta. Modern yet classic

If I were a car, I’d be ...a honda stylish but they are tough, dependable, and reliable cars.

I’m most creative when...I have walked around in Soho, I get so inspired! Such cool people and great things to see.

Kelli Flournoy

My favorite food is... Soul food. I think because it gives me the feeling of comfort that reminds me of my family and home.

Erin Kasari

I wouldn’t be caught dead... in anything yellow. especially canary yellow. I wish I knew how to... Sing. I would love to belt out a Stevie or Aretha song and sound good doing it. I wouldn’t be caught dead... on a Girls Gone Wild video. No further explanation needed. If I were a car I’d be...Ha! The exact car I have, an Audi A3: Equal parts fun, sporty, and practical. Sometimes temperamental.


Kirstin Fuller

If I were a car, I’d be...a Bently Continental Coupe. Sexy, elegant and always in demand...:-)

Monica Thorpe

I wouldn’t be caught the Republican National Convention. i’m a Democrat for crying out loud

I really wish I knew how to... fix a car because I have this fear of being stranded somewhere and having to wait for help

My favorite food is...Macaroni Grill’s chicken parmesan.that wonderful chicken, breaded and smothered in that fabulous sauce with cheese on top... who can resist!)

Chanda Scott

If I were a car, I’d be...a Aston Martin. It’s fast, fun and you don’t see them on the street often.

I wouldn’t be caught dead... downtown late at night because the people down there are crazy!!!

Andrea Janise

I’d love to meet...Sanaa Lathan and pick her brain on all the roles she’s played through the years.

My favorite food is...Jamaican brown stew chicken with rice & peas and sweet plantain on the side. I love the combination of Caribbean flavors. I wouldn’t be caught dead... watching Jersey Shore. I like reality TV, but watching that show makes me feel like I am wasting precious minutes of my life.

I’m most creative give me a camera on a pretty day and you tell me to do my thing!

Erika Ward

My favorite food is... pizza! I know it’s very common but its one of may favorite foods because I love cheese

I’m most creative when...I have a strong cup of coffee and a DJ Jamad mix tape playing in the background. My favorite food is...anything Mexican! I wouldn’t be caught dead...with a gold tooth. I really wish I knew how a plane.

Aisha Stith I really wish I knew how to...solve social and political issues instantaneously I wouldn’t be caught dead...eating red meat (28years of being a pseudo vegetarian) If I were a car, I’d be...a Porsche Panamera Turbo S

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Atlanta TASTEMAKER Editorial Director Tiffini Gatlin Fashion Editor Deena Poythress Contributor Terrell Johnson Contributor Kelli Flournoy

Beauty Contributor Carmen Blakely

Lifestyle Editor Andrea Janise Contributor Erin Kasari Contributor Erika Ward

Arts & Culture Contributor Monica Thorpe

In Every Issue Contributor Mary Walker Contributor Aisha Stith

Features Contributor Briana Augustus




Photography Chanda M. Scott

Copy Editor Ariann Thigpen Aquila Butler

Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine



Phone: 404-884-8296 Email: Twitter: @tastemakermag


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Haute Dog...We Did It Again!

When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of living as an entertainment attorney; likely because I was entirely too bossy. Who would have thought 30 something years later I would be traveling to cool destinations, forecasting fabulous fashions with stylists, eating my way through the city of Atlanta and experiencing some of the best cultural events around the world—certainly not me! Can you believe we’re on our sixth issue? I could not have produced this amazing food issue without my lifestyle editor, Andrea Janise, who is an established foodie in her own right. Andrea probably doesn’t know this, but it’s because of her that i’ve broadened my eating habits and trailed her heels to some of the most spectacular eateries in Georgia. When you read this issue, The Gourmand

Issue, you will feel like a natural born foodie, almost salivating over the yummy dishes exposed by some of the best food critics in Atlanta. Take for example this Haute Dog pictured above from HD1, I would have never ordered a wiener with fried onions and a pickle—but that was one of the best darn Haute Dogs I’ve ever had! I’m so proud of the work Andrea did in this month’s issue and invite you to tell me how each article made you react by emailing me at Or feel free to tweet me @theatlgo2girl. Somehow I can’t help but wonder if you’ll be asking yourself, ‘When was the first time I fell in love with food?’ I’d love to know your answer!

Tiffini Gatlin Editorial Director

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10 FAB

Your hands will love you when you use Butter London nail lacquer; $14


Step your picnic game up a notch with this Chich Picnique basket by Fashion Designer Tracy Reese for Clos du Bois.

Get a handle on your phone calls > with these colorful Yubz Retro Handsets; $39.96

Show off your springtime pedi in these peeptoe wedges from Urban Outfitters; > $69.99

We Love e.l.f. Gem Eye shadow Brushes! Glamtastic and s11mall enough to fit in your clutch!: $4.00

love the leather braided detail!

This & That Fab, Cute and a little yummy—cool things that will never go out of style.

keep kissably < soft lips with EOS lip balm; $3.29

Where the wild things are...perhaps > in his pocket? Etro Pocket Square; $110

The best darn popcorn < around...POP! Gourmet Popcorn; $6.99 Saddle Up with this Bothos backpack tote; $949

Say It Like You Mean it with Swanson Vineyard Message Bottles:$25

Gentleman’s Corner Survey Says


of men say a nice watch is an essential accessory!

You asked for it and now here it is! A place that you can call your own—the Gentleman’s Corner. This is your opportunity to discuss topics that are hot on the radar–it’s like your digital man-cave. Sports, fitness, cars, sex–tell us what you REALLY mean. Here, four guys give us what their most coveted fashion accessory is. Do you want to weigh in on our next “man” topic or suggest a new topic? Email us at Name: Gene Gimono

Name: Keven Williams

Age: 35

Age: 34

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Occupation: Owner/ Producer

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Hometown: Carson, CA

My Taste: A nice scarf. During the colder months it can be a good substitute for a nice tie.

My Taste: A fresh watch. I’m not a flashy guy. No earrings, or chains, so it’s my only accessory. It’s a conversation starter, if it’s the right one.

Name: Jerry Mercedat

Name: E. Vincent Martinez

Age: 36

Age: 46

Occupation: Physician’s Assistant

Occupation: Blogger

Hometown: Montreal, Canada My Taste: I would have to say a pocket square. It adds character to your style. It’s the perfect finishing touch.

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Hometown: Havana, Cuba My Taste: For me it a combination of 3 essential pieces, that can be worn together or individually; bow ties, cuff links and brightly colored and patterned socks.

Must Have Skin Products For Men Gone are the days when men grab the Dove soap and wash from head to toe. They have thrown aside their barbaric ways, and adopted many of the regimens their female counterparts have long ago tried to drill into their heads.

Soap on a rope? Anything else would be uncivilized. Australian skin care brand Eshu has packed tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic), paperback and sweet almond oil all in a brick. Your beau gets squeaky clean and remains hydrated. Follow up with Anthony’s Sea Salt body scrub to buff away dead skin cells. Sea kelp and aloe vera gel sooth and nourish after the roughness is swept away.

Skin care has become more important; with that comes brands stepping up their game to ensure a plethora of choices for the male species. While dudes don’t opt for all the fancy packaging, glitz and glam, they do want products that have as much horsepower as the Chevy Tahoe that may be parked in their garage. Lend me your ear while I break down some men’s skin basics. —Carmen Blakely Eye creams? Yeah… good luck on getting him to give your Estee Lauder a try. However, the Jack Black brand has saved the day with an eye balm that targets dark circles, fine lines and puffiness.

eye cream shouldn’t be applied with rough hand. The Industrial Hand healer gets down to business with Vitamin A and E to replenish, moisturize and protect from harsh elements.

Shaving, a necessary evil, comes with small, sometimes painful reminders — ingrown hairs. The Art of Shaving preshave oil softens the beard and preps the skin for a more efficient shave. Now razor burn can be a thing of the past! After shaving, the old faithful Tend Skin comes to the rescue. Apply this with a cotton pad, and it magically prevents razor bumps.

Blonde Bombshell Emili Sandé goes bold!


You Go Girl! Rhianna reportedly spends $23,000 a week on maintaining her fresh hairstyles by celebrity hair stylist Ursula Stephen.

Expert Advice Bill Murphy, founder and owner of William David Salon says to transition from winter to spring gradually. Murphy suggest adding a reconstructing and moisturizing treatment like Davines, an organic line from Italy, to add vitality back to ravaged hair after the dry heat and static that accompanies the winter months. Murphy says clients are opting for soft honey blondes, rich and beautiful auburns and golden reds for Spring. –10970-B State Bridge Rd Alpharetta, GA



Highlights With warmer temperatures around the corner you may be thinking about transitioning your hair color from winter drab to summer fab! Seems like celebrities like Rhianna, aren’t scared to go a few months without retouching their colored tresses. In fact, the new trend is to create a contrast by allowing your roots to grow out darker against your lighter ends. We love a Tastemaker that goes against the grain. A blonde coif like British songstress Emili Sande’s definitely makes a statement and color always screams confidence! Add red to any head of bountiful curls and you’re sure to get a second look anywhere you go! Paloma Faith pulls it off effortlessly! 14| March/April 2012

British singer Paloma Faith flaunts bountiful red curls that we are completely in love with!

Too Groovy Salon & Spa 265 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308 404-873-5300

Do Men Really Get Manicures + Pedicures? Yes they do! In fact, one would be surprised at just how many men feel that getting a manicure or a pedicure should be a part of every man’s grooming regiment. It has nothing to do with a man being feminine, but everything to do with personal upkeep. We conducted a social media survey including 30 women, 85% of the women said that they feel men should get a manicure or a pedicure every now and then. 65% of men said that they already get manicures and/or pedicures; 15% said they would not mind having those services done, but they either did not want the

Nouvelle 1011B Marietta St. NW Atlanta, GA 30318 404-835-7839

services done in a women’s salon. or they preferred to have a woman with them when they went. Many women are not fond of their men rubbing his unkempt feet on her at night. Maybe it’s time for a small change fellas. It doesn’t have to be done all of the time (that would become somewhat questionable) but every now and then simply won’t hurt. We found a few man friendly nails shops in the Atlanta area. -By: Briana Augustus

Alluring Studio & Massage

149 S. McDonough St Suite 240 Jonesboro, GA 30236 404-333-5431

Roosters 2022 Powers Ferry Rd, SE Suite 250 Atlanta, GA 30339 770-303-0069

Axiom Salon for Men 1874 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324 404-815-0404 Nouvelle Nail Spa, Marietta St.

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Executive Director, Cindra Taylor

Premier Academy Inc., a nonprofit childhood education provider that has provided quality education to over 21,000 low to moderate income children in metro Atlanta since 1971, has over 29 years of early childhood education. After working with the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Taylor had the need and desire to give back to the community and decided to join Premier Academy’s Board of Directors on which she served for five years in different capacities. Taylor said it was only natural to take on a leadership role with the organization. “Growing up my mother had a childcare center and when I came to Atlanta, I vowed I would never ever work with children again because my first love was accounting. Nonetheless, we don’t always get to choose what our vision, passion and purpose in life really is. It’s been a blessing to line up with my calling in terms of being in a field that can impact children. This is why I took on the role with Premier Academy.”

Education Powerhouse 40 Years of Excellence Cindra Taylor leads one of the most prestigious early childhood education facilities in Atlanta, now she’s ready to share her secrets to success!


Georgia is no stranger to being in the spotlight when it comes to education. Last year, many public school districts came under fire after educators were found cheating on standardized tests which, in retrospect, likely caused Georgia to be released from requirements of the landmark federal

education law, No Child Left Behind, that some say put too much pressure on students and teachers. With all the attention placed on the cheating scandal, the accomplishments of many great educators who put their best foot forward each day were overshadowed. Cindra Taylor, Executive Director for

Taylor says she’s always wanted to strive for excellence for the sake of the children, and since joining Premier Academy Inc. in 1996 she has a lot to be grateful for. “Through accreditation standards we ensure that children are exposed to the absolute best. The best in their teachers, the best in their learning environment, and obviously the best in their instruction and curriculum. We have been nationally accredited since I came on board in 1996 and I’ve been able to maintain and be a model as to what excellence for children should look.” Taylor attributes her success to having the right team. “Bringing people around a common issue is important, and the common thread through all of this is we care about the success of children. We strive to ensure our children are ready for school when they leave our centers.” Taylor offers parents 4 considerations to make when searching for an early childcare center. Read the entire article HERE.


Because sometimes finding men’s fashions can be a pain in the butt!

It’s something about a man in a bow tie that says he’s confident and tad bit patient. Finish off your dapper look with a bold neck piece.



A basic chino can take you from day to night. You’ll be happy to know they come is green and khaki too! Hint: If you don’t like the straight leg order a size bigger.


The Professional- With classic essentials Kanye pulls it off effortlessly!You can too.


Brooks Brothers invented the buttoned-down oxford shirt in 1896 and since has been an American preppy essential. If you’re in a hurry this non-iron shirt will be the perfect addition to your wardrobe.

“When you collect all the essential pieces , getting dressed is a breeze!” - Colin


A fitted blazer in any color pulls your look together. This cognac blazer from Zara is perfect & so is the price!

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Oxfords are here to stay and now you can jazz up your footwork a little with colored soles! by Steve Madden. Men are always saying they can’t find good shoes under 100 bucks–well looky looky!

Make your pocket square tell the story of how dapper you are. We love this wovensilk MR Porter square.


looks great with a blue or grey suit.


Because sometimes finding men’s fashions can be a pain in the butt!

Playful plaid is in and this silk Ted Baker ties will play up your geekish look appropriate enough for the office.



Add a white pant like this from Ralph Lauren, for a super clean and fresh look that pulls your “smart appeal” completely together.


The Geek- Well not really...a man wearing a sweater gives him smart appeal!


You can’t go wrong with a lightweight cardigan like this smoky gray one from GAP! Great for cool spring mornings or a cover up for your date during a mid summer night stroll!–See we’ve got you covered!

“There aren’t too many choices out there for men, so I love when brands re-purpose old favorites” -Derek


We know that being on time is important to you so why not switch up your watch bands with theses Time X J. Crew colorful adjustable watch straps.

Keep comfortable in these Sperry Top-Sider Harbor Cup Chukka’s. These will go perfect with your entire look. Psst...Zappos is a great place to get shoes for a bargain!

Be a geek, but don’t be a bore! Have fun with your accessories like these stripped socks from Paul Smith.



Because sometimes finding men’s fashions can be a pain in the butt!

Every hipster needs a great pair of shades. You don’t have to spend a lot to look cool! These ASOS silver Aviator Sunglasses just work!




The Hipster For the days when you want to be incognito!


Color, Color and more color for this season is what we’re loving! This coral lava print jersey tshirt from Marc by Marc Jacobs is super weekend cool! There’s nothing like a a pair of good ‘ole LEVI’s-527.

“Being “hip” isn’t about the clothes you wear. In my opinion, it’s the attitude you posses while wearing them.”-Paul W.


Every man should have a pair of iconic hi-top Plimsolls All Star Converse– it’s just classic! C’mon all the cool kids are wearing them!

If you’re the hip guy, everyone will likely be asking you to pop bottles with them–literally. Use this fancy stainless steel bottle opener!


Add a trendy belt to your ensemble like this ASOS stripe elastic belt with gold hardware and leather trims.

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styling tips from

Nifty thrifting Unexpected finds— fabulous deals—ways to pair essential pieces at a fraction of the cost.-Curated by Gary Johnson

Photographed By Chanda Scott Styled By Briana Smith + Courtney Lowrey

Something Borrowed, Something Blue This Edie Sedgewick inspired look is a flash from the past. The dress is reminiscent of the glamorous sixties and the belt gives the look a modern touch.

Dress- Psycho Sisters; $25 Belt- Value Village; .99 Luggage- Value Village; $6.90

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On Him Windbreaker- $19 Paisley button down- $3

Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture Say cheese! Get excited about finding a retro look that’s conservative enough to take into the office. It’s all about pairing pieces that make sense! Men, you’ll get hooked on finding your look too!

On Her

Blazer- $13.70 Stefan’s Vintage Clothing Multi-color blouse- $6 Value Village Coral High waisted Shorts- $6 Value Village Gold brooch- $10 Jay’s Exchange

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Window Seat Sometimes you just want to go back in time and rock an outfit that’s totally reminiscent of the 80’s! Textured sweaters and floral print acid wash jeans will get you there. This look instantly dates your look back 20 years.

Jeans- $8 Jay’s Exchange Peach Sweater- $12

Stopping Traffic There is always that one outfit that literally has the potential to stop traffic. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be amazed at what you can find when you rummage through racks of fabulous thrifted finds! Butterfly blouse- $12 Stefanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vintage Clothing Tortoise handle clutch- $3.25 Psycho Sisters Pocketed Khaki Pant- $2.39 Value Village

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Spotlight on

upcoming Designers

Brandonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Designs >

sketch by TwISHH

Brandon Murphy; Junior at Morehouse College


Every journey begins with one step, and the path that these designers are on is sure to take them to the runways of fashion week. Though their starts may be different, their drive is all the same. A passion for all things beautiful keep their pins pushing and their machines sewing in hopes that one day they will be able to give the world a taste of their designs. Sometimes fashion is born with you, and for others the passion is found over time. You can say that this would be the case for Brandon Murphy of the Brandon Murphy Collection. While shopping the fabulous streets of NYC, Brandon entered the shop of Bergdorf Goodman and met his design destiny face-to-face. It was at this shop that his love for fashion emerged. Upon entering his first year at Morehouse University, he designed his first dress for the Clark Atlanta University Homecoming Fashion Show. From that point on, he taught himself how to sew. He continues to showcase his pieces at the CAU Homecoming Fashion Show and his own showcases around town. Brandon believes in providing feel good designs that bring a sense of confidence. You can find Brandonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces at:


Sometimes those around you can see the potential of your gift more than you can. This would ring true for LaDonna Wiggins of After years of designing for her friends, LaDonna, with a few nudges from her loved ones, launched out and created her online boutique that is driven by one thing: quality customer service. With the lack of customer driven web based boutiques, LaDonna, in her determination, set out to create a place where shoppers, knowing that if any problem arose a solution would be found, could feel comfortable with their online purchases,. Are you slightly smaller than a large, yet snug in a medium? Well, how about choosing “customize me”? This service, offered by PinkLady, provides alterations to pieces found on the site with just a submission of your measurements, and can turn every piece from ready to wear to haute couture. And guys, LaDonna hasn’t left you out. You can find distinct original pieces for your closet at PinkLady’s brother site LaDonna Wiggins ; designer of Pink Lady + Knot EBoy designs

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Dominique Riddick’s career began at the age of 13 when he ventured outside the malls of Virginia to create his own designs that fully encompassed all that he embodies. During his years at Norfolk State, while studying to obtain his BA in fashion design, opportunity began knocking and by demand he found himself traveling up and down the highways to showcase his pieces in various fashion shows in Atlanta. Upon graduation, the obvious move for him was to Georgia where business was booming, so he packed his bags and began his journey as the founder of Fearful Clothing, Inc. Fearful Clothing is all about giving the world striking designs to boldly step out in. It’s not for those with a faint fashion heart, but those who can bear the weight of being the center of attention. With clients like celebrity hairstylist Derrick Jay and singer Dondria, Fearful Clothing is definitely a line for a true star. However, the talent doesn’t stop there; you can also find Dominique teaching hopeful models how to own the runway, or behind the scenes as the fashion show director for Black Gay Pride Week. In June, Fearful Clothing will launch a hot new line and a fresh site at www.

Designer Dominique Riddick

Color Fever!

10 bags

y i Flourno -by Kell

Mid City Tote: Foley + Corinna This structured coral tote can take you from the city to the sands....perfect for a weekend getaway. $395

We’re Lovin’

Even though its still winter, we can’t stop daydreaming about gorgeous spring days and all that comes with…including the one item that will not only haul all of your necessities, but can also make or break your look. Don’t fret, we’ve pulled together the best and brightest spring has to offer! Featuring updated takes on the classics and of course great colors, we’ve got you covered for the carry.

Preppy Nylon Sasha The simplicity of this cross body bag is offset by an intense pink/ purple...perfect for leisurely strolls through the park. MARC by Marc Jacobs; $198

Canary Yellow Intrecciato Leather Tote Whether carried as a tote or a shoulder bag, this colorpopping piece is sure to add sunshine to your day. Bottega Veneta; $2600

Donna Hobo This blue leather shoulder bag has plenty of room and is best paired with complimentary colors such as pink and yellow. Alexander Wang; $892

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Classic Q- Hiller Hobo Bohemian chic with a splash of sass, the classic hobo gets an upgrade with a pop of color. Marc by Marc Jacobs; $428

Python Pleasures The perfect accessory to make a pair of jeans and a white tank look fancy! Prada; $2800

Striped Diamond Canvas Tote A striped canvas tote is the ultimate accessory for springâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;elegant and classy! Rebecca Minkoff; $195

Hamilton Large North South Tote Make a statement by pairing this tangerine tote with an all white ensemble. Michael Kors; $348

Red Muse Hobo The Yves Saint-Laurent Muse is traditional and classic but in red serves a punch of color perfect for the season. YSL; $1550

Blake Lively carrying her Mulberry Soft Matt Calf Bayswater Top Handle Bag

Schoolboy Swag Relive the innocence of carefree spring day with this teal Rebecca Minkoff cross body. $250

Fashion Cravings: TRACY REESE

Tastemaker’s editorial director Tiffini Gatlin is digging what designer Tracy Reese is dishing on the runway of New York Fashion Week!



2gi o g l t a he



I Love... 1....layered dresses

this dress is perfect for someone like myself who is a bit top heavy and it conceals in the right places. One addition–the pocket!

2....sheer overlay

besides loving the color and the effortless move of the’s the ultimate optic illusion! Perfect dress that I can take from the boardroom to after 5 drinks with friends.

3....stripes excite me


What can I say...I’m in love with stripes this season whether it’s in a tote bag or a carefree dress like this that I can wear to the park or a day party!

4....going bold!

This dress screams Michelle Obama and the hat says Kate Middleton. The big bold print is a show stopper, plus A-line is my bestie!


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We’re talking about!

Atlanta Dogwood Festival It’s that time again! From April 20th-22nd enjoy wandering throughout various booths and the awesome carnival type foods. If that’s not up to par for your taste, take part in the International Food & wine Tasting event. Tickets are on sale now!

Harlem Globetrotter Everyone’s favorite travelling exhibition basketball team that combines skill and comedy will be dribbling their way down the courts of Phillips Arena and The Arena at Gwinnett Center on March 17th-18th. Hurry! Tickets are selling fast. The George Washington Carver Exhibition

Billy Elliot Starting March 13th at the fabulous Fox Theater enjoy a night of song and dance as Atlanta welcomes Billy Elliot. The three time Oscar nominee musical details the struggles of a talented young boy as he is torn between his unexpected love of dance and the breakup of his family. Feel good Fridays The weekend is almost here and you need a good drink? Why not head on down to Scores Camp Creek. The All-Star Sports Bar & Video Lounge will get your weekend started off right with a DJ spinning until 4am. There is always a good spades and dominos game going on. 3607 N. Desert Drive, East Point, GA 30344

Created by the Field Museum in Chicago, follow George Washington Carver on his journey as a slave to becoming one of the most successful African-American scientists in history. From now until May 27th enjoy the exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. about/traveling-exhibitions/ george-washington-carver

Marshall Gillson Originally from Providence, R.I., Marshall Gillson has spent time listening to the likes of Eminem as he learned to develop his flow. “A lot of my raps have multisyllabic and internal rhyme,” said Gillson. He pays homage to other artists such as Nas, Pink Floyd and The Bettles to name a few. Like most indie artist time is of an essence! “Time is a killer for me,” said Gillson. “Because I don’t have a manager or a promoter or a publicist, I have to handle everything myself. It’s very rewarding, but also very strenuous.” Eventhough he isn’t seeking management at the time he is continuously on his grind contacting magazines and news outlets among other things. ‘Labels generally don’t care about the music. And why should they? They’re businesses,” Nolan said in reference to if he was seeking management.”This same thing just happened to Lupe Fiasco. He’s a great artist with a strong vision and the follow-through to make powerful albums. But the label wanted to push him more as a pop artist, so they ended up dictating the sound of his latest effort. And as a contracted artist, there’s really nothing he could do.” Which is something he said would probably prevent him from signing with a record label. This strong willed artist is definitely all about the music and having 100% creative control. With the support of his friends and family, Gillson is currently working on three news albums and performances around Atlanta. His latest album Head in the Cloud is available on iTunes and his website

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Jamar Nolan

Atlanta has been the hot spot for all things entertainment within the last decade. Indie rappers Jamar Nolan and Marshall Gillson are no stranger to hitting the pavement and making a name for themselves in what Atlantans have dubbed “Hotlanta.” Born In New Haven Connecticut, Jamar Nolan has always had an interest in picking up the mic and using his Nas-like lyrical flow to impress his fans. “They pretty much come from the beats,” Nolan said about how he comes up with his lyrics.” I let the track play and just zone out, so eventually I’ll figure out the subjects I want to speak on and I’ll come up with lines simultaneously. It’s not really a complex thing for me.” As you can see, there’s nothing complex for the self-taught rapper who can write a song within an hour depending on the subject. Unlike many artist Nolan doesn’t have many traditions before going on stage. “I make sure to pray a couple times throughout the day if I have a show coming up, but that’s just my faith in God. I don’t believe anything can be successful if He’s not involved in it, Nolan said. The not only hip-hop influenced but soul and jazz as well, Nolan has survived a near death car accident last year but is now looking towards the future.”Expansion is my main goal. I’m working with a company based in Germany to put out an EP, I’m working on a compilation to bring more awareness to my imprint as a whole (The Manifest Movement), and preparing my “Distinction” album for this year,” Nolan said. Nolan’s music can be found at http://www.

Fast becoming one of the most profound and insightful voices of his generation, Patrick D’Anzel Shaffer — writer, national blogger, and sacred activist — fuses a profound cultural sensitivity with a passion for progressive leadership. National recognition includes: a profile in the July 2009 issue of Essence magazine and the April 2008 cover of Being Single magazine; he has written for MSNBC’S, The Washington Post’s On Faith section; and is a regular guest on local and national TV and radio. Love Again: A Spiritual Memoir is Patrick’s debut book. In this issues “Book Nook” Patrick shares four books he encourages all Tastemakers to add to their reading list. Check out his recommendations and tell us how you like his picks. Follow Patrick on Twitter @patrickdshaffer

A story that is more unlikely than you think, Jack Kennedy: An Elusive Hero by Chris Mathews is part myth, part man that lives within the pantheon of great world leaders. There is no purer picture of patriarchy.

Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant was my first read by Iyanla and I am glad. What I found was a trove of wisdom birthed by great accomplishments, bad missteps and tragically painful loses.

Book Nook She is white, hippie, liberal, a minister and terribly observant and funny. The wonder of this book is how meaningful Anne Lamott’s reflections about life are. I promise, you will enjoy every word.

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Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made isn’t a book about basketball (but it is utopia for a basketball junkie); this as a book for everyone who wants to build a brand..


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How do you go about finding artists to show their work at your gallery? I read many art publications and do a lot of research to arrive at the type of work that I am interested in. On occasion, my selections will result from an artist submission; but more often than not, from the recommendation of another artist.  I also like to scout out work when traveling.   

Owner, Emily Amy

EMILY AMY —By Monica Thorpe

Located on 100 Marietta Street is one of the most wellknown art galleries in midtown. Emily’s Art gallery is home to over 20 artists who are represented by the Chapel Hill, North Carolina born Emily Amy. With her love for abstract expressionism and her degree in Art History, she moved to Atlanta, and for the last eight year’s she has been making a name for herself in the Atlanta art scene. Having only been an art gallery owner for the past four years, I had an opportunity to ask her about her love for art and the current state of her gallery. 38| March/April 2012

Reception Can you describe a normal day for you? I don’t know if that’s possible! My tasks on any given day vary widely.  For example, some days I am changing light bulbs and packing boxes and others I am meeting with some of the top collectors in town to deliver artwork.   It just depends on which day it is. Is there an artist that’s relevant or current now that you would love to have featured in your gallery? There is one artist that I have been watching for years whose work I love: Lance Letscher.  I look forward to the day that I represent him. What distinguishes your gallery from others that are around the Atlanta area?

Openness and kindness. I am really trying hard to change the public’s perception of galleries.  They should be wonderful inviting places for people to visit and no one should feel pressured to buy.  Breaking down that barrier is a challenge that I am up for on a daily basis. Tell me about the exhibit you are most proud of and why. The current exhibition, Scott Ingram: CUSP, has been such a great success for both Scott and the gallery, that I am incredibly proud.  We got great press coverage (cover of the Atlantan), the clients loved it and the critics rejoiced.  It was a grand slam. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Cook.  I love to cook and to bake.  In fact, I got a bread machine for Christmas and have been baking bread 2-3 times a week since.  It is such a great way to relieve stress!

Exhibition Space

1000 Marietta Street, Suite 208 Atlanta, GA 30318 Open Tuesday through Saturday 11-5 pm Sundays and Mondays by appointment


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B.Braxton Takes Atlanta Brenda Braxton owns the upscale grooming parlor, B. Braxton, in Harlem, New York. After a second chance at entrepreneurship, she’s ready to open a second location in the busiest city in the South— Atlanta. By Briana Augustus BBraxton is a top of the line, upscale grooming parlor for America’s hardworking man, located in Harlem, New York. Men; imagine an environment where you can have a drink, relax, network and get the ultimate barbershop experience. BBraxton has a very conservative feel, and it was created with “him” in mind. In the 30’s and 40’s, men were always clean cut, sharp, and well groomed by good tonsorial services. It wasn’t out of the ordinary to see a man get a manicure while one was getting a haircut or a shave. The idea for such a place was sparked by an article in Code Magazine that addressed a couple who was preparing to go out. When the guy put on his sandals, his lady noticed his feet and was not pleased with their condition. He advised her that he would not mind receiving a pedicure, but not in a woman’s salon. Brenda Braxton embellished those words; and hence, BBraxton was born. Brenda Braxton is more than your average business woman. She’s a Broadway actress extraordinaire, who landed her first Broadway role one year after high school. She has starred in over ten Broadway shows including Chicago, Jelly’s Last Jam, Dreamgirls, Cats, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Braxton is a lover of old school; and 41| March/April 2012

B.Braxton New York

by old school, she means old manners, old styles, and old ways of showing affection and respect for others. Talk about a determined woman; during the tenure of Chicago, Brenda would do a number on stage, go in the back and talk to people online about financing and investing, then return to the stage. When done, she’d hustle back to talk to the architect just to get her business off of the ground. Brenda Braxton has a lot of excitement these days. She is preparing for an off Broadway show called, “Hold On To Your Hats, Cougar The Musical”, which is slated to begin at the end of March. She’s also making preparations for BBraxton Atlanta! Yes, men of Atlanta; get ready for the pampering you deserve. B. Braxton offers a luxurious atmosphere

There will soon be a BBraxton location here in Atlanta. Braxton had planned to put a location here every since she visited a friend, and fell in love with Atlanta. Braxton stated, “There are so many upwardly mobile blacks in Atlanta, and I think BBraxton is really going to flourish there. The gentlemen there are definitely the old school southern gentlemen. I know that my demographics are going to change, and I am ok with that.” The BBraxton brand thrives with a two fold motto. “She knows Him”, as in a woman knows what her man wants and needs; and also, “She knows God and the Power He has to make things possible”. In a perfect world Brenda would have BBraxton Atlanta opened by Father’s Day, but a more realistic time frame is by Christmas 2012. If you’re in the market for upscale grooming for men, Brenda is actively seeking investors for BBraxton Atlanta! Follow Briana on Twitter @JournalisticBri

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Sweet Deal: From Corporate Professional to Entrepreneur Trisha trades in hotel hospitality for making sweet treats.

Cupcakes and Cake Pops have dominated the sweet spots of many people for quite some time, but there may be a new cake in town giving the sweet treat a run for its money. What is this new “sheriff ” in town you ask? An oldie but goodie—bundt cake. Tisha Rosamond, a 22year former director of guest experience for the hotel industry, and her sister, a retired Navy commander decided to open the first franchise of the dainty California-based company, Nothing Bundt Cakes. After visiting one franchised location in Dallas, Texas during a girls trip with

friends, Tisha said she knew this was the perfect business to make her transition from corporate professional to entrepreneur. “I fell in love with the look and feel of the store and the product is sustainable.” When you walk in the Sandy Springs location, you immediately get a warm and fuzzy feeling and thoughts of chocolate chocolate chip and red velvet bundt cakes dance around in your head. You immediately suspect this is exactly how Tisha wants you to feel, as employees feel more like your best friend than the cashier behind the counter. Tisha ensures no matter which of

their 43 locations you visit, you’ll receive the same quality products and wowing service. More than a true cake boss, Tisha chose her Atlanta location to connect with local businesses and nonprofit organizations like Cure Childhood Cancer and Atlanta Foster Kids where she is able to donate her time and product. Be sure to check out this cute cake shop and don’t leave without trying the white chocolate popcorn–it is enough to make you weep! Nothing Bundt Cakes 5975 Roswell Road Suite A-103 Sandy Springs, GA 30328 404-236-2114

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MARKET Buckhead Fine dining that’s fresh, local and Chic!

Photography By Chanda M. Scott | Story By Andrea Janise

MARKET Buckhead’s ambiance and décor has already won accolades, but when you add the culinary expertise of Chef de Cuisine David Gross, this restaurant based in Buckhead’s chic W Hotel has become one of the most revered in Georgia’s capital. Pennsylvania bred and classically trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Gross was at the helm of Bone’s Restaurant and Blue Ridge Grill before becoming the head chef at MARKET Buckhead for the past two years. Adding his culinary influences to esteemed New York Chef Jean George Vongerichten’s popular dishes, Chef Gross has made a name for himself in the South by utilizing classic techniques and fusing French and Asian flavors into his cooking. Emphasizing his desire to use seasonal and locally sourced foods, Chef Gross uses different spices and textures to create fresh, flavorful dishes with unadulterated natural ingredients when they are at the peak of their flavor. His most popular entrées include the Tuna Tartare, which is beautifully plated and coalesced with avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade; crispy Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with cilantro and passion fruit mustard (pictured on cover); the popular Steamed Shrimp Salad with avocado and mushroom champagne vinaigrette; and the savory Slowly Cooked Cod served atop aromatic black beans, avocado and scallions. In an exclusive interview, Chef Gross happily entertains questions that further disclose the essence of his culinary genius.

ATM: What has influenced your style, both historically and geographically? I come from a pretty good [sized] family, so we were always cooking. There are seven of us; one of us was always rolling meatballs or making tomato sauce, we had a garden outside where we got many of our ingredients. We even made wine; we had a grapevine out there. So, I was grown into fabricating meats and making sausage and pickling foods. All of those things have made me what I am. My mom was an awesome cook, and she still is. Mom made a little bit of everything. That’s why I am so well rounded. American Regional style cooking is pretty much what we did, and it has influenced me to this day. As far as culinary influences, Chef Ian Winslade was a big time chef in the city, and we worked together for a long time. He is a great guy who taught me a lot of stuff. He has worked in some of the best restaurants in the country. He opened MARKET Buckhead and brought me on right away. It’s a great company, and the W hotel is a pretty swinging, swanky little place.

Chef David Gross of Market Buckhead Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine: First off, let me commend you on your commitment to use local and sustainable ingredients in your cooking. How are you able to maintain that commitment and infuse it into your cooking style?

Chef David Gross: We use a lot of local farmers, so you get the freshest products and produce that aren’t treated. As far as my style, it could be considered fusion. I’ve worked in restaurants that have a bit of a fusion spin on them; I use a lot of French and Asian flavors, fresh chilies and gingers, and I’ve done a lot of Thai cooking. So, I have much experience in those categories.

use a lot of local “ We farmers, so you get

the freshest products and produce that aren’t treated.

ATM: How did you end up in Atlanta? I’m originally from Northwestern Pennsylvania. I went to the Culinary Institute of America, and then I came to Atlanta the year of the Olympics. I honestly thought I’d be running a country club in Naples of Ft. Meyers, Florida. That is really what I had my mind set on, but Atlanta has been good to me.

We don’t cook with a lot of cream or use a lot of oils, we use techniques to bring out the flavors in the dishes.

ATM: What do you see as the future in food trends? It’s going to be farm to table. It’s getting food as local as you can get, which is going to give you the freshest ingredients. If you know your farmers, you can plant things in the winter and spring to use over the whole summer, and they will even tailor specifically to your menu. If you want a certain squash, fruit, tomato or a certain type of lettuce, you can work with them to basically plant your menu. ATM: How accessible are the farms in Georgia? They are pretty accessible, the farms are a bit of a trek, but just about every chef with a little bit of spending cash (because it’s not cheap) has access to local farmers, and we all use them, whether it is cheese or dairy or even fish from the coast not too far away from here. ATM: So what exactly constitutes local? Is it getting ingredients just within the state of Georgia or the Southeast Region? Getting ingredients just from Georgia would be awesome, but pretty much anything in the southeast region is local. Just about everything that we get comes from about a 50 to a 100 mile radius. So it gets picked the night before and then it’s delivered the next day [between] 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p. m. It’s the best of the best. ATM: How often do you get fresh foods delivered to your restaurant?

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Three times a week, roughly. It does depend on how many people are using that particular farmer, how close he is, and how many trips he has to make; but usually twice to three times a week. We even invite the farmers in for dinner so they can try what they are growing. They are all really good guys. ATM: Considering that you use fresh ingredients that are at the peak of their flavor, how often do you change menu? About 7-8 times a year; we change our menu with the seasons and also when local indigenous ingredients are available. We don’t cook with a lot of cream or use a lot of oils; we use techniques to bring out the flavors in the dishes. We even have a gluten free menu. I can design a menu for any of your dietary needs, right on the spot. ATM: With all of your experience in Atlanta’s dining scene, what has been the evolution? It’s always evolving and growing. Things are definitely changing. The farm to table movement has been happening for quite a few years, and the slow cooking method has been going on for a while and increasing the visibility for freshness. It’s getting back to small plates. People are doing a lot of charcuterie and meats and cheeses. Some people even have small herb gardens on top of the roof of their

hotel or restaurant. Like Gerry Klaskala at Aria, there are some people who grow their own items right on property, which is awesome.

slow cooked cod atop aromatic black beans, avocado and scallions

ATM: If you had your own restaurant concept, what would it be? It would probably be French and Asian fusion like what we do here. But I never really wanted to have my own restaurant. I have a great team and we work well together and gel. I’ve been very successful at just about every place I’ve worked at, and I like what I’ve been doing. ATM: And we do too! Keep up the great work and the passion that you have for creating delicious and sustainable foods. Make plans to visit MARKET Buckhead for your next memorable dining experience. Voted “Diners Choice” by Open Table, they make every effort to make each customer satisfied, from the table service to Chef David Gross’ expertly prepared dishes. If you can’t make it for dinner, join them for their Themed Party Brunch one Sunday each month to dine on their celebrated brunch menu and enjoy $14 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Visit their website at or call 404-523-3600 for more information or to make reservations. MARKET Buckhead at the W Hotel Atlanta 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 steamed shrimp salad

Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Kyla Cox Connecting Atlanta’s Wine Lovers and Foodies


By Ruksana Hussain

yla Cox is no stranger to the Atlanta party and entertainment scene. With her company, National Party Starters, and ventures like Grape Crush Productions, Kyla has made her mark in the city, and how!

After 15 years in cor porate marketing and pub-

lic relations, where she handled special events at Macy’s, Kyla established National Party Starters. With chapters in Miami and Chicago, she hosts fashions shows, galas, and fundraisers. Three years ago, she launched a separate division of the company, Grape Crush Productions,

to fill a void — an outlet to host professionally produced educational events to sample and explore wines; and not just in commercial spaces, but also for smaller events in homes and offices. “The decision to go solo was not made on the spur of the moment. I always had interests outside of corporate life, like working with non-profits, so personal interest in entrepreneurship and years of experience in the [event] industry led to my efforts,” says Kyla. Believing strongly that culinary arts are a vital part of a city’s culture, Grape Crush Productions, Atlanta’s premier food and wine event specialists, was voted one of Atlanta’s BEST businesses of 2009, 2010 and 2011 for bringing the “tasting room” to living rooms, offices and venues across metro Atlanta. Kyla and her “Grape Girls” provide guests with a customized wine tasting experience to introduce their palates to unique wines from vineyards around the world. In 2010, the City of Atlanta honored Grape Crush Productions with a proclamation presented in a special ceremony at the St. Regis, that officially named the month of April, the Atlanta Food and Wine Month, due to the efforts of Grape Crush Productions. In partnership with the City of Atlanta (Office of Cultural Affairs), the local food and wine scene is celebrated for an entire month with exciting events at diverse venues. Clients and partners include Bloomingdales, Taste of Atlanta, Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta, various corporations, non-profit and cultural organizations, as well as individuals celebrating important milestones. Kyla adds, “We’ve made it our mission to demystify the wine tasting experience, food pairing and selection process. Our goal is to help people expand, or develop, their love of wine in a welcoming and unpretentious environment.” In keeping with that mission, Grape Crush Productions is also the creator and producer of Sunday Wine Socials, Chefs in the City and the all-new Buckhead Wine Festival that will be held at East Andrews Entertainment District, from 2-6 pm, on Saturday

April 28, 2012, in partnership with the Buckhead Business Association. Other events include the Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival which is a prelude to the Food and Wine month and city of Atlanta Jazz Festival. They also organize Grape Escapes, which are wine excursions to national and international destinations, including an annual trip to Wine over Water in Chattanooga. “I’m so fortunate to be able to do every day what I’m passionate about. My greatest pleasure is sharing the love of great wine and food, the wine country lifestyle, with others,” shares Kyla. National Atlanta Party Starters has grown since inception to include three marketing event directors and several

part time event assistants for bigger events. Grape Crush Productions has three account executives, a PR manager, and is looking for a social media guru and business development person. A call for volunteers for events usually goes out days before and candidates can sign up through the website. As a small business owner who’s excited about the growth in female owned businesses, Kyla is happy to share some advice, “Always review your business plans — I do that every quarter. Analyze your goals and take well-calculated risks.” Hailing from Chicago, and growing up in Michigan, Kyla now calls Atlanta home. Her current wine inclinations are boutique artisan wines from family-owned vineyards which

are hard to find in mass produced brands. Her recommendations for buying wine in Atlanta include Cellar 56 in Buckhead, Wine Shoe in Castleberry Hill and The Wine Cellars in Smyrna, among others. It’s no surprise that her favorite quote is “wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance” by Benjamin Franklin. We’ll drink to that! For more information on events and dates, visit Follow Ruksana Hussain on Twitter @IdeasAreUsATL

Not Your Average Taco! Try pairing this dish with a cool Margarita or Limeade *(drink responsibly)



Food that’s deliciously simple!

Not Your Average Taco For those who don’t cook this is the simplest recipe, but it has a huge wow factor. Your guest will think you have created an insanely intricate feast, but it is quite simple! I have added a few simple changes, such as Salsa Verde (green salsa), Yellow tomatoes, and a cornbread cake instead of using taco shells to your standard taco night! What you will need: Cornbread mix, or you can make your own cornbread from scratch (very easy, cornmeal, eggs, milk, flour, and a pinch of sugar) 16 oz. of Ground Turkey**(if you are going vegetarian sauté extra fresh veggies) 1 Tablespoon of Chili Seasoning (make sure to use all natural-no msg) ¼ cup of your cheese of choice (I use smoked mozzarella & cheddar) Salsa Verde (easy to find in your foreign foods section at your grocery store) 1 Yellow tomato ½ Bell Pepper Iceberg Lettuce 55| March/April 2012

Peach Praise!

I know, I know you are thinking balsamic vinegar and fruit don’t go together, but I promise this taste is incredibly delicious and sensuous. It can be eaten by itself or it can complement a decadent aperitif, scoop of ice cream, or a warm piece of pound

What you will need: · · · · · ·

Two peaches ¼ balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup of sugar 1/3 cup of brown sugar 1 teaspoon of butter 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Let’s Cook Peach Praise:

You’ll be singing after one bite!

Let’s Cook Tacos:

1. Use a small sauce pan and pour your vinegar over medium heat, add sugar slowly stiring often, the reduction will begin to boil and thicken.

1. Make your batter for the cornbread. (Just remember we are cooking the cornbread on the stove so do not place the cornbread in the oven.

2. In a small pan place 1/2 cup of water, peaches, butter, and cinnamon.

2. Make your cornbread cakes, just as you would a pancake, flipping after each side is golden brown.

3. Once the peaches begin to boil add 1/3 cup of brown sugar, let them simmer in the sugar. 4. Remove peach mixture from the heat and plate. 5. Drizzle your reduction over your peaches, this is a sexy, sensual, sweet treat. Drizzle and Sizzle!

3. Mix your chili seasonings with your ground turkey and make medium sized meatballs. 4. Over low heat, place meatballs into a skillet and let them cook. You will likely have to rotate the meatballs. 5. Slice your lettuce as thin as possible, that is going to be more like a natural “slaw;, using the yellow tomatoes and bell peppers. 6. Sprinkle with cheese and use your Salsa Verde as a salad dressing. Platting in this dish is quite important. Place the cornbread at the bottom. This dish is a nice spin on a Mexican dish. Ole!

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I’m a Foodie who will


Atlanta Chef Expo Atlanta foodies battle their tastebuds for one of the year’s best culinary events. —By Andrea Janise The first annual Atlanta Chef ’s Expo opened up a world of tastes for local foodies. Held on February 19th at the esteemed Foundry at Puritan Mill, the 4-hour event showcased some of the city’s top culinary talent for food lovers to enjoy. The chefs were divided in separate sections, so each guest sampled menu items from local restaurants in Restaurant Row, tasted creations from top Atlanta caterers in Catering Alley, noshed on savory bites from private chefs along The Chef ’s Table and indulged in sweet treats from nearby bakeries in the Sugar Shack. There were also

gluten-free vendors on site, cooking demonstrations throughout the day, and hand-crafted Absolute vodka cocktails to sip and enjoy. Some of my favorites included the Pork with Root Vegetable Hash from Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails; Grilled Salmon with Chardonnay Sauce from Private Chef DeWayne Hairston; and the delicious goodies from Cake Café Atlanta. Radio and TV personalities Tom Sullivan and Holly Fifer joined Savory Exposure blogger Broderick Smylie to judge the dishes and give their recommendations for the “Most Creative” item in each cate-

Chef DeWayne Hairston

gory, while guests had the opportunity to vote for the crowd favorite. The first annual Atlanta Chef ’s Expo was a hit, leaving everyone who walked out the door full and satisfied and looking forward to next year. And for those who can’t wait, the folks behind the Expo are planning a Street Food Festival in July, so stay tuned! Check out our pictures from the 2012 Atlanta Chef ’s Expo on our Facebook page. Follow Andrea on Twitter @atlfoodwriter

Atlanta Chef Expo Winners

Best Restaurant: Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Most Creative Restaurant: Maggiano’s Little Italy Buckhead Best Caterer: Aqua Blue Most Creative Caterer: Aqua Blue Best Private Chef: Chef Rian McDonald Most Creative Private Chef: Chef Jax Concepts

Best Pastry Chef: Heavenly Dolce Most Creative Pastry Chef: Heavenly Dolce Best Gluten Free/Vegan Chef: Chef Barry Garber and Chow Baby (tie) Most Creative Gluten Free/Vegan Chef: Chow Baby Fan Favorite: Aqua Blue

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For most, eating out is an everyday occurrence. A quick breakfast to-go because you got up too late. Lunch to catch up with friends; dinner because you don’t feel like cooking. It all adds up. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, here are 9 meals that will keep you full without emptying your wallet. —By Erin Kasari

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B.e.S.T French Toast Breakfast - $8.50 Homegrown | 968 Memorial Drive, Atlanta With breakfast eats, there’s always a choice between savory or sweet. Sometimes it’s hard to choose; but the kind folks at Homegrown have created a breakfast sandwich to satisfy both of these cravings. Bacon, spinach, tomato and an optional egg stacked between two slices of cinnamon French toast and served with a side of syrup for dipping, puts an end to the taste bud tug-of-war.

Short Stack Pancakes - $2.90 Thumbs Up Diner | Multiple Locations in Metro Atlanta Sure, you can go to any breakfast joint and get a hunger satisfying short stack for under $5, but they won’t measure up to the pancakes at Thumbs Up. Extra vanilla. A little nutmeg; some cinnamon maybe? Whatever is in their “special recipe” batter makes these plate-sized pancakes among the best in Atlanta.

Polish Omelet - $8.75 Rise-N-Dine | 1565 N. Decatur Rd, Atlanta With ingredients like ham, onions, peppers, tomatoes and cheese, Western omelets are good, but so ordinary. The Eastern European inspired ingredients of the Polish omelet makes these eggs delicious and extraordinary. Potato-filled pierogies, perfectly seared kielbasa, sautéed onions and cheddar are tucked inside buttery eggs and topped with sour cream.

Meatloaf Sandwich - $4 Half/$8 Whole Tiny Bistro | 1039 Marietta St., Atlanta When separated into its individual parts, this sandwich has all the makings of a home-style, sit-down meal. Homemade meatloaf, with a smear of mashed potatoes, topped with thick-cut bacon and cheddar cheese on a Cajun pistolet roll is pressed, panini-style to create a compact, comfort food package to go.

Falafel Wrap - $6.50 AliBaba | 60 Broad St. & 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta It’s hard to believe that so much goodness can be packed into one pita. With falafels so big, the wrap first needs a layer of hummus to help hold them in. Tangy tabbouleh, lettuce, cucumbers, tzatziki sauce and feta are the toppings which come standard. Finish it off with some spicy sauce to add a little fire to the falafel. Hummus Quesadilla - $8.00 The Righteous Room | 1051 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta Mediterranean meets Mexican to create a surprisingly crave-worthy combo. Hummus, goat and cheddar cheeses, sauteed onions, mushrooms and spinach are all folded into a flour tortilla and grilled until just a little crispy. Fresh sunflower sprout toppings, with their slight peppery taste, provides added flavor and a healthy twist. Bún - $9 SoBa | 560 Gresham Ave., Atlanta Pronounced “boon”, Bún is simply the Vietnamese word for the rice vermicelli noodles that serve as the base for this popular dish. A salad of lettuce, cucumbers, pickled carrots, daikon and sprouts is layered on top and rounded out with a choice of meat or veggies. Stir in savory fish or hoisin sauces to complement the dish’s fresh flavors. Lily’s Nut Burger - $9 Urban Pl8 | 1082 Huff Rd, Atlanta Vegetarian versions of the classic American burger are typically squishy, dry or bland. That’s not the case with Urban Pl8‘s. Their blend of walnuts, cashews, brown rice and cheddar, served with a dollop of spicy sour cream, makes for a delicious, substantial, and better-for-you burger that keeps its form on its whole wheat English muffin “bun”. Gourmet Hot Dogs - Starts at $3.50 HD1 | 664 N. Highland, Atlanta In the past, all that needed to be done to dress up a dog was to add some relish, chili or slaw. Now, the toppings are far fancier. Tomatopimento marmalade, garlic cream cheese, and grilled radicchio are just a few of the garnishes that adorn the custom dogs at HD1, which are all served inside a sweet, brioche-like, Ghana bread bun. 60| March/April 2012

Spring Destinations

It’s spring break time for all the college students around the nation. We have a few fabulous destinations to help you plan a great spring break vacation. Normally, when you think of spring break, you think of Daytona, Las Vegas or Orlando. These are great options, but let’s try something a little different this year. — By The Travelin Diva, Kirstin Fuller

Bermuda Grab a few friends and hop on the first flight to Bermuda. The beautiful Caribbean island of Bermuda has declared itself the official spring break destination with the “Feel the Love Bermuda Spring Break 2012” event. The party starts March 3rd and continues through March 17th. The event features hot parties, beach parties, beach games, pool parties, giveaways and an exclusive party cruise. The official resort of Bermuda Spring Break 2012 is the luxurious Coco Reef resort. The resort is offering guests the amazing rate of $79.99 per night (per person) and free event passes. The event pass will give you access to all activities. Do something uniquely different this year and enjoy your spring break on one of the Caribbean’s most exotic and beautiful islands. For more information, please visit to book your special rate.

St. Lucia

While we are dreaming about spring break in the Caribbean, let’s head over to St. Lucia. St. Lucia has become an extremely popular destination for the celebrity jet setter and we know why. The island features several fabulous boutique resorts perfect for spring break. One of our favorites is the Coco Palm Resort in Rodney Bay, but the island is also home to the Ginger Lilly and the Caribbean Jewel resorts. All of these resorts have gorgeous pools and suites and are centrally located in downtown Rodney Bay. They are also within walking distance to some of the hottest Caribbean restaurants, clubs and the beautiful beach. The Coconut Bay Resort and Spa is also a wonderful destination for spring break. Located on the southern tip of the island, it is a

Miami + Las Vegas The Coconut Bay Resort and Spa is also a wonderful destination for spring break. Located on the southern tip of the island, it is a former Club Med property that includes a fantastic water park. This all-inclusive vacation gem has its own private beach, four signature restaurants, swim up bars and a heavenly spa. If you can’t make it to St. Lucia for spring break, consider visiting the island in May. The first weekend in May is the time St. Lucia hosts the hottest music festival in the Caribbean — the St. Lucia Jazz festival. The St. Lucia Jazz festival is always held around Mother’s Day weekend and always features a fabulous music lineup. Past headliners have included: the late Amy Winehouse, Esperanza Spalding, John Legend, Ne-Yo and Corinne Bailey Rae, to name a few. This years’ lineup does not disappoint; it features Joshua Redman, Ziggy Marley, Keri Hilson and Melanie Fiona. The dates for this year’s festival are May 9th through May 13th. It’s not in time for the usual spring break vacation, but it would make a great vacation to celebrate the end of the semester and passing of all your final exams. For more information, visit

We couldn’t talk about spring break without discussing two of the hottest destinations — Miami and Las Vegas. Both cities are known as party capitals and are fabulous vacations spots. The city of Miami is famous in its own right; it is home to the fabulous South Beach, which is legendary for its night clubs, wonderful restaurants and trendsetting boutiques. If you want to spend spring break on South Beach, consider the Hotel Victor, the Loews Hotel and our favorite hidden jewel, the WinterHaven Hotel. The WinterHaven is right on South Beach; the sand and sun is literally a walk across the street, and it’s a few blocks away from the famous Versace Mansion, as well as South Beach staples, like Wet Willie’s. For those of you who want to visit a dangerously fun, sin city on spring break, Las Vegas is your destination. MTV has set up spring break headquarters at the Palms Casino Resort for ‘MTV’s Spring Break 2012’ party. The travel website expressly for traveling spring break students, www.StudentCity. com, is your exclusive connection for discounts and parties for this ultimate spring break party. Book your spring break vacation with MTV and Student City and enjoy express and free admission to MTV concerts, celebrity pool parties, parties at the Palms main pool, and more. This is guaranteed to be the ultimate spring break vacation/party. Remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Whatever you decide to do on your spring break vacation, make it fun, fabulous and safe! Visit for more fabulous spring break deals and destinations and follow Kirstin on Twitter @thetravelindiva

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The Ultimate Pairing Beer + Food

Beer Expert Ale Sharpton sits down with Chef Jason Wiles of The Square Pub for a four-course beer and food pairing— Words and pictures by Ale Sharpton

Downtown Decatur Square is definitely one of the best places to indulge in an extensive selection of lagers and ales, converse with fellow beer geeks and munch on fare that sets a higher standard for typical “bar food.” Square Pub’s Bob Rhein and  Jason  Wiles have made it a point to take their passion of pairing particularly ales with a wide variety of their delicious menu items. I had the pleasure of sitting down and sampling Chef Jason’s inventive beer and food pairings as he prepared four courses of the Pub’s delectable food with some of North America’s best beer.

Square Pub’s Beer Expert, Chef Jason Wiles


First Course: The Square Pub Crab Cake paired with Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde Jason: “I grew up in Maryland, which makes me an expert on crab. Crab has big flavor with a sweet component to it and the Belgian-style beer brings it out just a bit more.” Ale: I am a crab cake fanatic, but it has to be virtually zero filler— bread crumbs, eggs and whatever to keep it together should have almost zero presence—fresh, and simple delicious with a slight sear. They landed it. And the beer? La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue— a light bodied, yet potent Belgian tripel-style brew out of Chambly, Quebec—is one of my all-time faves, so I was in heaven with this pairing. The brew’s low hop profile matched the sweetness of the crab meat.

“...Crab has big flavor with a sweet component to it and the Belgian-style beer brings it out just a bit more.”—Jason Wiles

The Square Pub Slider paired with Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Jason: “We make everything from scratch here. Burgers paired with pale ales simply make sense. They are both not huge in flavor, but you add the smoked Gouda, Applewood-smoked bacon, and green chili so you heighten the flavor components. We went with the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, which is not quite an IPA but still has that rye and hoppiness to it.” Ale: Jason strikes again. I asked for some of their smokin’ homemade BBQ sauce and it was a wrap! Jason even considered adding the sauce as a permanent option. They laughed and joked, “It is now the Sharpton Slider!”

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The Square Pub Pot Roast and Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes paired with SweetWater Exodus Porter Jason: “This is a big hearty dish that needs a big hearty beer. Porters, stouts and strong ales work really well here.” Ale: Honoring the traditional hearty beef and potatoes. Europe has so many celebrated variations of porters, Jason played the seasoned matchmaker with his tender pot roast, steaming mashed potatoes, and smooth, medium-bodied Exodus Porter made by ATL’s own SweetWater Brewery.

‘The Square Pub has great beer and great food in a comfortable, neighborhood setting.’— Bob Rhein, Co-Owner of The Square Pub The Square Pub Chocolate Covered Cream Puff paired with Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro Jason: “You have this puff with thick, rich custard inside teamed up with a creamy milk stout. These two just go together so perfectly.” Ale: Porters and Stouts, the dark ales known to possess coffee, toffee and chocolate flavors, are very popular to pair with rich cakes and pastries. Jason chose the creamy Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro to effortlessly match this delicate dessert’s cream filing and chocolate topping. This was the perfect ending. Ultimately, it’s official. When it comes to food and beer pairing, Square Pub stays on point like icicles!

Look for more of Ale Sharpton “Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’” at Follow Ale on Twitter at @alesharpton


(Secret Suppers Revealed!)

Secret suppers were once the modern day, dining equivalent of the Depression era speakeasy, discovered only by word of mouth or by special invitation. Now the secretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out. Secret suppers and other underground dining experiences have become a common way to enjoy food outside of a restaurant setting. In recent years, they have transitioned from being sit-down dinners created in private, home kitchens to more elaborate preparations and exclusive locations that are just as important to the overall experience as the food itself. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;By Erin Kasari

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Black Tie Catering

Next Dinner: Cinco de Mayo Secret Supper

Caterers Who Create Their Own Party When Black Tie isn’t creating custom menus and serving up food for their client’s events, they’re busy scouting locations and preparing the menu for their own, the signature Black Tie Secret Supper. Given their popularity, the fact that these suppers exist isn’t the secret. Rather, it’s where you’ll be going and what you’ll be eating, both of which are not revealed until 24 hours before. Served family style, each of the meals features vegetarian, red meat & white meat or fish options, and includes desserts and specialty cocktails. In addition to the perfectly planned menu, what makes the secret suppers special are the unique venues in which they’re held, like the Theatrical Outfit theatre, Millennium Gate museum and most recently, the Atlanta Ballet.

To Get In: Join email list at Tip: Be prepared to stay up late. Tickets traditionally go on sale at midnight and sell out by 6 a.m.

Push Start Kitchen

Chef in His Own Kitchen The instant gratification of seeing the look on people’s faces after trying one of his culinary creations is the reason why, says Chef Zach Meloy, he got into cooking for a living. As a line cook at an Atlanta restaurant, he often doesn’t get that satisfaction, thus a supper club was created. Set in the rustic, rural-like location of the Goat Farm in West Midtown, Meloy and his wife Cristina host an intimate group of 12 people for dinner in their loft each Friday and Saturday evening. Their food is inspired by their travels through South America as well as by the food that Meloy grew up eating here in the South. The four-course meal includes cocktails and canapes, salad or soup, meat-centered main course, and homemade dessert. The menu is chef ’s choice and is revealed a week ahead.

Next Dinner: Weekly on Friday and Saturday To Get In: Join email list at Tip: Don’t drool over the menu for too long. Those with the fastest mouse-clicking fingers are the ones that get a seat.

Live well and have fun by checking out Erin Kasari at and Follow her on Twitter


Atlanta Nosh

Several Cooks, Single Location Next Event: Every Sunday, beginning April 15th To Get In: Join email list at Tip: Bring cash in small bills and an empty stomach, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be lots of food to choose from. For the last year, the Atlanta Underground Market has provided food professionals and home cooks the opportunity to share both established and experimental recipes with adventurous eaters in various Atlanta locations, like the Sweet Auburn Market and Atlanta History Center. With attendance regularly in the hundreds, the monthly markets have been a huge success. Now, creator, Michaela Graham is developing the concept into something grander. In April, the Atlanta Nosh will replace the Atlanta Underground Market and become a weekly event. In addition to its new name and time, the market will also have a new, permanent home at Atlantic Station. Attendees will still be able to enjoy smallbites at a low price, but will also be able to buy food to-go. While the concept overall will remain the same, Graham is looking to make the Atlanta Nosh a spring board for those who want to open their own food-based business.

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Top Atlanta Foodies In honor of our Gourmand Issue, we want to introduce our readers to some of the city’s beloved restaurants, specialty shops and must-see festivals. In doing so, we asked some of Atlanta’s most popular foodies to share with us their top 5 favorite places to eat, drink and hangout in Atlanta. From gastropubs to burger joints, cupcake stores and coffee shops, we cover it all. We hope there will be a few mentions that will encourage you to further explore Atlanta’s culinary scene and maybe even make them your favorites as well! Enjoy! —By Andrea Janise

Share Their Favorite Spots

Top 5 Favorite Gastropubs

Top 5 Favorite Coffee Shops

Beer expert, writer and show host Twitter: @AleSharpton

Private Chef, writer and coffee enthusiast Twitter: @brenherrera

Ale Sharpton

Brick Store Pub 125 East Court Square Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 687-0990 The Porter Beer Bar 1156 Euclid Ave NE   Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 223-0393 Deckard’s American Tavern 650 Ponce de Leon Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 941-3520 Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 815-9243

Bren Herrera

Octane Coffee 1009 Marietta Street Northwest   Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 815-9886 Inman Perk 240 North Highland Ave., Suite H Atlanta, GA 30307 (678) 705-4545 Intermezzo  1845 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 355-0411 Dancing Goats  419 West Ponce De Leon Avenue   Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 687-1100 Rev Coffee 1680 Spring Rd SE # B   Smyrna, GA 30080 (770) 573-4434

Twenty-Two Storys The Hyatt Regency 265 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 460-6318 70| March/April 2012

Top 5 Favorite Cupcake Spots

Chris Watkins

of Eat.Drink.Repeat Food blogger and cupcake aficionado Twitter: @christopherbw Caryn’s Cakes 1050 Marietta Street, Suite C Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 897-9338 The Cup 705 Town Boulevard  Atlanta, Georgia 30319 (678) 705-9883 Little Cake Bakery 3792 Roswell Rd Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 841-8856 Atlanta Cupcake Factory 624 North Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306 (678) 358-9195 West Egg Café 1100 Howell Mill Rd Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 872-3973

Top 5 Favorite Burger Spots

Andrea Janise

Lifestyle Editor of Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine Twitter: @atlfoodwriter Holeman & Finch Public House 2277 Peachtree Road NE # B Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 948-1175 Grindhouse Killer Burgers Sweet Auburn Curb Market 209 Edgewood Avenue Southeast Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 522-3444 Flip Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Road NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 352-3547 Chef G’s Burger Bar Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel 75 14th St NE   Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 253-3840 Bocado 887 Howell Mill Road NW #2 Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 815-1399

Top 5 Favorite Restaurants Inside the Perimeter (ITP)

Suchita Vadlamani

Local foodie and TV personality Twitter: @suchitavad Top Flr 674 Myrtle Street Northeast   Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 685-3110 Aria 490 East Paces Ferry Road Northeast   Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 233-7673 Cardamom Hill 1700 Northside Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 549-7012 Farmburger 410 West Ponce De Leon Avenue   Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 378-5077 Sotto Sotto 313 N Highland Avenue Northeast   Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 523-6678

Top 5 Favorite Restaurants with Beautifully Plated Dishes

Tami Hardeman

Food stylist, writer + blogger Twitter: @runwithtweezers www.runningwithtweezers. com Pura Vida 656 N Highland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 870-9797 Empire State South 999 Peachtree St NE # 140   Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 541-1105 Aria 490 East Paces Ferry Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 233-7673 4th & Swift 621 North Avenue Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30308 (678) 904-0160 Bacchanalia 1198 Howell Mill Road NW # 100 Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 365-0410

Top 5 Favorite Restaurants Outside the Perimeter (OTP)

Malika Harricharan

Food writer, blogger & author of Food Lover’s Guide to Atlanta Twitter: @ATLEatsandTweets Aqua Terra Bistro 55 E Main St   Buford, GA 30518 (770) 271-8161 Vingenzo’s 105 East Main Street   Woodstock, Georgia 30188 (770) 924-9133 Heirloom Market BBQ   2243 Akers Mill Road Southeast   Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 612-2502 Canoe Atlanta 4199 Paces Ferry Road Northwest   Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 432-2663 C & S Seafood and Oyster Bar 3240 Cobb Pkwy SE  Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (770) 272-0999 72| March/April 2012

Top 5 Favorite Atlanta Festivals

Broderick Smylie

Food Photographer and blogger Twitter: @savoryexposure

Sweetwater Brewery’s Brew Your Cask Off March 10, 2012 Baconfest March 31, 2012 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 10 – 13, 2012 Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival July 22, 2012 Taste of Atlanta October, 2012

PRESS PASS Fashion Uncorked 2012

10 designers competed at the 2nd annual Fashion Uncorked fashion runway show at the Gwinnett Environment & Heritage Center to benefit Easter Seals. The event was hosted by WSB-TV News Anchor Monica Pearson and Lifetime TV Project Accessory Contestant Cotrice Addison. Designers created three designs (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day/evening and kids witha matching teddy bear), however it was Sidratu Maju, who took the judges breath away with her colorful designs. She received high accolades for including her heritage in her designs and was named the 2012 winner of Fashion Uncorked.

PRESS PASS Macy’s Romare Bearden Event

Macy’s celebrates Black History month with honoring the legacy of famed artist Romare Bearden. Macy’s at Lenox Square highlighted some of the artist’s most important works during a special exhibition for hundreds of bloggers and art enthusiast for Bearden’s 100th birthday. Romare’s work encompassed art, music, design, history and literature and during the event attendees were able to experience a little piece of his legacy. In addition to the exhibition, Tastemakers had the opportunity to nosh on food inspired by dishes you can find in the Bearden carribean cookbook.

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ASOS 2012 Spring Pieces Are In Full Bloom Click to see our favorites from the collection.

Buckhead Restaurant Week Returns The 3rd annual Buckhead Restaurant Week runs Saturday, February 25th – Sunday, March 4th, 2012. Click to find out what you can anticipate!

Kid Cudi’s New Album We Will Always Love You: A Tribute To Whitney Houston We lost a great talent but her legacy lives on! Click to read the full article...

We’re in the mood for new albums and musical collaborations that make sense! Check out Cudi’s new collabo with producer Dot da Genius.

Fashion, Beauty, Entertainment We have you’s the latest fashion tips you want to know about, the hair trends that keep you looking fabulous and the entertainment that’s relevant and now! Go Now:

Credits Cover Photo: Chanda M. Scott Page 3 Trey Songz Photo Page 5 Sam Sparro Page 14 Pictures of Celebrities Page 12 Shoe Photo:; Kevin Williams Photo courtesy of J3 Photography Page 27 fashion sketch: D49234B9B473111CF6ADC4E053D56060369&first=61&FORM=IDFRIR Page 55 Food For Thought Photos by Hodo Photo Page 67-68 Secret Suppers Revealed Leah and Mark for Black Tie Catering; Push Start Kitchen Blog for Push Start Kitchen; Dr. Princess for Atlanta Nosh

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