Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Hannah Leonard {Grain Spirits + Food}

Photo provided by Hannah Leonard
Last night I sat down with Hannah Leonard at a place that’s she is very familiar with, the bar at Grain Spirits + Food. In this Midtown Atlanta establishment, she has served as bartender for the last 6 months. Her skillful expertise earned this Atlanta native an invitation to compete in the High Museum of Art’s first mixology event, Highball. With 11 years in the service industry and 4 years of bartending under her belt, she is coming to the competition with much craftmenship and passion. I think the other contestants need to watch out! During my visit I also asked a few rapid fire questions to get to know Hannah. Read her answers below, then come see her in action at Highball on February 18th.

Rapid Fire Q & A

What time did you get up this morning?

8:10, and then 8:45

What did you have for dinner last night

A sandwich, I think.

1st alcohol that touched your lips.

A Costa Rican Beer

A cocktail you make for someone you want to impress.


Describe your job in one cocktail.

Whiskey Neat

Popcorn or potato chips?


What’s your mixologist superpower?

Helping guest feel comfortable in their environment.

Cocktail request that makes you roll your eyes.
I try not too. No judgements from me when it comes to what guest want to order.

Ginger ale or ginger beer

Ginger Ale

Bartender or mixologist?

Craft Bartender 

Cocktail that represents Atl


Worse cocktail served to you.

Jack and Ginger

Mimosas or Bloody Mary


Cocktail snob or nah?

When creating, yes. Ordering, no.

Favorite menu item at Grain

The Dirty Chick or Black Lyte

Best midnight snack.

Whatever’s in the fridge that I don’t have to prepare. Also any soup ever.

Advice for aspiring female bartenders.

Find someone in the industry who is willing to invest in you. Do your homework. Know every answer before it’s asked.

What:  Highball

Where:  Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When : February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm


Highball, The High Museum of Art’s 1st Mixology Event, Happening February 18, 2017

Next Saturday the place to be will no doubt be at the High Museum of Art. There, 15 local bartenders will compete at Highball for bragging rights, a cash prize and be named Atlanta’s top mixologist. Ticket holders to this boozy event will enjoy light bites, music, samples of craft cocktails and vote for their favorite bartender. All proceeds from the Highball event benefit the High Museum of Art. 

Participating Mixologist

Greta Buccellato – 5 Church 

Amy Burns – Hampton + Hudson 

Blake Carter – Sweet Auburn BBQ

Bobby Dudley – The SOS Tiki Bar

Brent Hesse – 1KEPT

Bryan Holmes – Davio’s Atlanta

Hannah Leonard – GRAIN

Jonathan Turner – GRAIN

Carmaleita Lyght – Lyght House Cocktails

Jose Pereiro – Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

Corey Phillips – Bellina Alimentari

Trip Sandifer – The Painted Pin

Ryan Smith – Reboot Retrocade & Bar

Jessica Smith – Urban Tree Cidery

Ben Yabrow – Himitsu
To purchase tickets visit

High Museum of Art Student Pop-Up Show

I have some really awesome news!! My beautiful daughter, Sage, currently has a painting hanging in the High Museum of Art. Yay!! Students grades K-12 were invited to participate in the High’s first Student Pop-Up Show. Sage immediatly wanted to be a part of it. She got all of her art supplies out and went to work. She created a piece she entitled “ATLANTA”. It’s so awesome!

Yesterday morning, she arrived at the High Museum and proudly hung her art. These young artists are so amazing! Their work will be on display until October 22. Go check them out! 


Summer Break Adventures 06.06.16 High Museum of Art 

Today I took the girls to the High Museum of Art to visit the new Tiovivo exhibit by Jaime Hayon. I came by here last week to check it out and just had to bring the girls back. I just love how playful and whimsical each sculpture is. And it’s interactive!! The girls LOVED it! I mean really what is not to love about these sculptures?  Be sure to stop by the High Museum of Art this Sunday for Family Free Day!    


Saturday Recap! 

Saturday was the beginning of a awesome weekend full of fun activities. We started the morning with a workout with Chilli. You know, Chilli from TLC! She has teamed up with super trainer, Shaun T, for a fun dance workout video to get you moving. The video also features music by Chilli including her new single, Body. Diehard TLC fans gathered at Macy’s to sweat out and learn a few dance moves. It was really fun!

Waiting on Chilli to arrive!


Chilli love the kids! She asked them all to come to the stage to say hello!
Time to stretch!



Meet & Greet with Chilli!
Awesome workout and it was really fun!

Next stop was to Zinburger! We were hungry and those Zuchinni Fries were calling. They are sooooo good! It was a beautiful day so we say outside on the patio.


Our next destination was to the Historic Photo Scavenger Hunt with the Atlanta History Center and WeLoveAtl, as part of the World Wide Instameet #16. Here photographers, historians, and Atlata enthusiast met to learn a little more about the city. We were given a packet that had ten vintage photos inside taken at various locations in downtown Atlanta. We then had to find the  location and photograph the old picture alongside the present backdrop. It was really cool to see the major changes the city has had as well as seeing that some things had not changed.







Next on the agenda was a quick picnic because it was National Picnic Day! We laid out a blanket and had some tofu salad and pizza! Yum!


Shortly after that we ended this awesom Saturday at an art show at the ABV Gallery. There are 45 artist are exhibiting for their Spring Group Exhibition entitled A Better View. So many great pieces of are gracing those gallery walls. Defiantly check it out 

Good Vibes ~ Artist Hauser
All or Nothing ~ Artist Emil Olsson


Taking the High Road ~ Artist Greg Mike
Whew! So that was my Saturday! Chucked full of activities! Goodtimes!!

Free Family Day at the Woodruff Art Center + Sprinkles Cupcakes + Zinburger = Funday Sunday

Last week, my friend Leslie and I planned a fun Sunday with our daughters, Sage and Din. We started our day at the Woodruff Arts Center, where they were having a Free Family Festival. Free!!   
There were  lots of fun activities going on between the High Museum and Alliance Theater. The first thing we hit was the photo booth. EKSluder Photography & Such had a cute booth set up with a giant heart as a background. Our pictures came out super cute!!


Photo by EKSluder Photography & Such
Photo by EKSluder Photography & Such
Photo by EKSluder Photography & Such

Next, we headed to the Robinson Atrium for a Asanwa Traditional Nigerian Dance Performance. The girls even got a photo with these awesome young ladies!


While at The High, we also enjoyed a visit to the Iris Van Herpen: Herpen: Transforming Fashion Exhibit. I’ve seen it several times but it never gets old. Go see it before it leaves in May! It was  getting real crowded so we headed out to the Memorial Arts Building to the 1280 Gallery. Here we got temporary tattoos and enjoyed some relaxing Mandala coloring. 


We missed a few activities, but we had a great time. We always have a great time at these Free Family Days. I was happy to see so many families out taking  advantage of this special day. 

With four rumbling tummys, it was an indication that it was time to eat! We hopped on the train and headed to Lenox Mall.

Waiting on the train!

Last month I tweeted a picture of my daughter blowing out her birthday candle at Sprinkles. Sprinkles loved the picture so much they wanted to feature it on their website as a #SprinklesMoment. Yay! How exciting! Even more exciting is that they gave me a dozen free donuts! Yasss!! Today was the perfect day pick up a dozen yummy cupcakes. And that I did! Thanks Sprinkles!! 


I got a box of cupcakes!

After picking up my cupcakes, we went next door to eat at Zinburger. My first experience with Zinburger was at a blogger menu preview with the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. I was very impressed and have been back many times. I always get the Zuchinni Fries. Best thing ever! For real! In addition to that I ordered the turkey burger with smoked mozzarella. So good!! I was so stuffed that there was no room for cupcakes.  

Zuchinni Fries!
Juicy Turkey Burger w/ Avocado, Alfalfa Sprouts, and Smoked Mozzarella

But, after a train ride home, I was ready to dig into one. And it was well worth the wait. 


What a fantastic way to spend a beautiful Sunday!

Family Free Day at the Woodruff Arts Center!

Today, my daughter and I had the most fantastic day at the Woodruff Arts Center. Despite the terrible weather Atlanta has been getting these last few days, many families were out enjoying Family Free Day. There so much to do and see. I really wished we would have gotten there earlier.

We started our funday at the High Museum of Art in the Robinson Atrium. Here we had the opportunity to take pictures with characters from The Georgia Renaissance Festival.

Next, we headed downstairs to The Green Family Education Center, where The Iris van Herpen Inspired Costume Shop was happening.  This room was buzzing! The creative juices were definitely flowing. Kids and parents were very focused on their creations. I saw some amazingly creative costumes! We were in that room a little too long.

We continued our day back in the Robinson Atrium. The Knitteratti was giving a demonstration in arm knitting. Sage was very excited and jumped right in. She caught on very quickly. There was also an interactive installation of teepees covered with cute crochet pieces.


From there we headed upstairs to view on of the current exhibits, Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections. What an amazing exhibit! This collection featured pieces from one Englands greatest royal families, the Habsburgs. Some of the pieces dated back to the 1500s!

Next, we went to the Anne Cox Chambers Wing to view the newest exhibit,  Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Dutch designer, Iris van Herpen, combines traditional craftsmenship along with innovative technology and unusual materials to bring Atlanta the most unique pieces to view. I’m not going to say anymore about how amazing the pieces were. Just look at the pictures and see for yourself. Better yet, go see for yourself!


Our last stop was to The Alliance Theatre to see Tell Me My Dream by playwright, Pearl Cleage. This play, geared towards middle school aged kids, was about two boys time traveling from 2015 to 1910. The play touched on social and economical differences between the two eras. After the show, cast members asked questions from the audience. We also had the opportunity to meet both playwright, Pearl Cleage, and the director, Rosemary Newcott.

Today was such a fun day! And it was all free. Yay!