“AN AFFAIR OF THE ART” AUCTION AND COCKTAIL PARTY BENEFITTING JERUSALEM HOUSE AND ARTSNOW  JANUARY 21, 2017

Celebrate creativity and two great causes at “An Affair of the Art,” an art auction and cocktail party to benefit Jerusalem House and ArtsNow on Saturday, January 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC). This unique event brings together two non-profits to help raise programmatic funds and awareness for both. Guests will have the chance to bid on works created by local artists and faculty and students from schools and colleges. There will also be on one-of-a-kind works of art created by Jerusalem House’s adult and child residents, under the direction of ArtsNow consultants, available for purchase. The evening’s emcee will be Kaedy Kiley, radio host on 97.1 The River, and revelers can enjoy tastings from local restaurants and caterers, an open bar featuring signature cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and works of art created in front of your eyes by Kent Knowles and Patrick Hanson. 

Jerusalem House is Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. They operate five housing programs including The Program for Adults, The Family Program, Scattered Site I, Scattered Site II and New Horizons. Soon they will provide over 80 percent of the permanent supportive housing designated for this underserved population in greater Atlanta. For more information about Jerusalem House, please visit www.jerusalemhouse.org or contact Liz Lapidus Public Relations. 

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ArtsNow is a nationally recognized provider of professional learning and resources for educators to bring the arts and creativity into daily classroom instruction. ArtsNow is dedicated to transforming education through arts integration and innovative practices by providing professional development and teacher resources. They promote positive outcomes for all students through compelling content delivery, increased engagement and retention of knowledge across the curriculum. Through authentic arts integration, students excel academically, socially and artistically, preparing them for the 21st century workplace. For more information about ArtsNow, please visit http://artsnowlearning.org/ 

Pre-sale tickets begin at $30 for General Admission and $75 for VIP per person. The VIP experience includes first access to bidding, a preview party and a gift of a limited production. To view the online art catalog, purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.anaffairoftheart.org. ADAC is located at 349 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. 

A Night of Moroccan Inspired Cuisine + An Interview with Chef Leslie Gordon

Last night,  I was invited for an evening of amazing Moroccan inspired cuisine. Penelahpes Culinary Services held their Non-Holiday Dinner Party in the Historic West End. Established in 2004 by Chef Leslie Gordon, Penelahpes Culinary Services have been serving up “healthy gourmet” meals to some Atlanta’s most influential residents.  

Chef Gordon did not hold back in bringing her skillful hand to the table. I really loved the beautiful decorations that complemented the theme of the private event. Some of which was made by Chef Gordon!  Everything came together beautifully.

 

Let the Penelahpes Culinary Services experience begin….

Ginger Kiss

As guest arrived, they were warmly greeted with a Ginger Kiss. You can find the recipe here! It’s a great cocktail to impress your guest with.

  

Samosa served with Tomato Jam

These samosas were delicious! They were filled with perfectly seasoned potatoes inside. But what brought these delightful bites to another level was the tomato jam. So good!! Everyone wanted a jar to take home with them.

  

Thai Wheat Clams

Seriously tasty! That’s how I would describe the clams. The broth was made with one of my favorite local beers, Thai Wheat by Second Self Brewing Company. With the beer being brewed with ginger and lemongrass, and Chef Gordon adding her special Moroccan spice mix, the clams were given a very exotic flavor. 

  

Wilted Spinach Salad with Ginger Dressing

Some love was definitely put in this salad! I saw a few guests asking for seconds. 

 

Spicy Gyro Spiced Roasted Vegetables (Indian eggplant, portabello mushrooms, mixed peppers, red onions, bok choy, and love.)

I love roasted vegetables. The spices added to this melody of vegetables was superb. So on point!

  

Coconut Curry Chicken

So first of all, the chicken was so moist and tender. Like it literally fell off the bones! The coconut and curry along with some intense spice made for a unique piece of chicken. Very tasty!

  

Lemongrass and Cilantro Salmond

Jasmine Rice with Golden Raisins and Cardamon 

Another delicious plate of awesomeness! Let’s start with the Jasmine Rice. It was complemented by Cardamon and golden raisins. I could have just eaten that by itself. I loved how the golden raisins gave you a burst of sweetness ever so often. So good! The Salmond  was very flavorful. The freshness of the lemongrass and cilantro really came through.

 

Death by Chocolate Chai Cake w/ Blueberry Lemon Ginger Sauce

Amazing!!! Super moist. Extreme rich flavors. Spicy. The blueberries were rolled in Cardamon Sugar!! Yes, please! I enjoyed every bite!! I still can’t believe it was vegan! 

 

This was truly an amazing culinary experience. Every guest left with a full belly and a souvenir to remember the amazing night. A spoon necklace!! How cute is that! Some guests even got in photo booth with the chef!

  

I got a chance to interview Chef Gordon. Get to know her below!

Chef Leslie Gordon ~ Penelahpes Culinary Services

Who or what influenced you to become a chef?

I cooked my whole life. My mom always encouraged me to cook. Her support was waking up after two weeks of finals in New Orleans to get a grocery list for a holiday dinner. When I entered culinary school my dad took care of my son. I also got knocked up and needed a trade that I would enjoy. Lol!

How would describe your culinary focus? 

My culinary focus is healthy gourmet. When I cook, I just want peoples’ taste buds to explode and their bodies to wake up and feel good!

If you could cook a meal for the first family what would it be?

Um..what I cooked the other night. lol! I would cook some collard green grits and fried fish. Yum! I want some now with a nice green salad and some spicy pickles for the collards!

Name a chef you are most the inspired by and why?


Chef Deborah Berry and Chef Calavino Donati are two chefs who taught me to be creative, innovative, and don’t sweat the small stuff by being flexible and believe in your flavors. Chef Scotley taught me about techniques and he is truly a hands on chef as well. All these Chefs believe in me. 

What is your life’s motto? 

Life’s motto?  Shit…believe in my truths and love myself and don’t let nobody tell you shit!

What’s your favorite Atlanta restaurant?

I can’t say for real. I volunteer at many events and have had food from all over Atlanta. And I love it all! Plus I cook at home a lot. 

Favorite childhood dish and who made it?

My mom would make chuck roast and the leftovers would be served on a slice of white bread with mash potatoes and meat and gravy. Man that was it!!!!! It was love on a plate!!
For more information about Penelahpes Culinary Services, visit www.penelahpes.com.

The Junior League of Atlanta | 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens March 19th & 20th

Next month, The Junior League of Atlanta will hold its 19th Annual Tour of Kitchens. The event, held on March 19th & 20th, is a 2 day self-guided tour through 14 of Atlanta’s most beautiful kitchens. Each home features an Atlanta area kitchen designer sure to inspire your culinary adventures. A map of the homes can be found here

Also featured on the tour, will be culinary demonstrations by some Atlanta’s top chefs. It will certainly be an event not miss. All proceeds help in The Junior League of Atlanta’s mission of “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” 

To purchase tickets to The Tour of Kitchens, visit www.jlatlanta.org.

 

Design Galleria and KDB

 
Hammersmith, Inc

   
Lefko Design + Build
 

TEAM HIDI 4.0! 

  
Sunday, I had the extreme pleasure of volunteering with one of my favorite organization in Atlanta, The Giving Kitchen. The Giving Kitchen is non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area restaurant workers who face unexpected hardships. Sunday’s event, Team Hidi 4, is The Giving Kitchen’s largest fundraising events. 

  
More than 50 of Atlanta’s best restaurants and bars come together to help The Giving Kitchen’s to make this event a success every year. In addition to delectable bites and dreamy cocktails, we were also serenaded by the sweet sounds of the Yacht Rock Revue. I had the most awesome time!

  
  
    

   
   

  

  

  

  

   

  

  

  

  

    

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Red Hare Brewing Company Root Beer Can Launch 

  
This past Saturday, Atlanta braced for a would be winter storm. Although it was very cold and there were some morning snow flurries, it was definitely not a snow day situation. In fact, over 900 craft beer enthusiast braved the frigid temperatures, to attend Red Hare Brewing Company’s Root Beer Can Launch Party. I was really looking forward to it and was really happy the roads were not at all slippery. 

  
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery located in Marietta, Ga. They started selling beer in 2011 and in the following year, became the first craft beer brewery in Georgia to can their beer. I first became familiar with Red Hare in 2014, when I volunteer at the Red Hare Chase 5k & 15k. That was so much fun and it was my first taste of their craft beer. I became a fan and still am a fan to this day. 

My most favorite is the Watership Brown Ale. It’s just plain good. Today they featured a specialty cask, Jacked Rabbit Coffee Lager, which was so deliciously awesome! Very tasty! Not only is their craft beer great, but they brew a fantastic root beer. And now, it’s available in a can to be enjoyed in the comforts of your own home. Yes!  

 
 
I wound definitely say that the Root Beer Can Launch was a success. It was packed! Everyone was having a grand time. Admission to the launch included a case of root beer, a limited edition root beer glass, limited edition tshirt, 6 beer pours, and a root beer float. Oh! And the incredible sounds of The Real Deal Blues Band! So much awesomeness!!

   
  

 
The Patty Wagon was also on site serving up some good eats to complement the brews. I had the turkey burger. Yummy! 

  
We had a great time! As usual my friend Leslie and I found some cool people to take selfies with! It’s never ever a dull moment with us! 

   
   

Visit www.redharebrewing for more information about the brewery and upcoming event!
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It’s National Cheese Day!!

IMG_2359-0.JPGCheese is a concentrated dairy food made from milk. It is also know to be the BEST THING EVER! Obviously I’m a fan of the cheese. Did you know that there are over 2,000 varieties of cheese? I have lot more cheese to discover! My most favorite cheese is Smoked Gouda. Its just a great tasting cheese. It goes well with and in almost everything. I like it in my grits.
If you are also a cheese lover you should check out the Atlanta Cheese Festival. It takes place October 9, 2015 at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I went last year and it was pretty amazing. I will definitely be there this year.

What’s your cheese of choice?

It’s Star Wars Day! #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

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Today is Star Wars Day! In 1977, Star Wars was introduced to the public and since then, fans of the movies have loyally stood by its side. Star Wars is the fifth largest grossing movie series, generating 4.38 million dollars in box office sales. I remember The Empire Strikes Back as my first experience seeing a movie on the big screen. I’ve been a fan ever since!
I searched for some Star Wars Day activities today around Atlanta. The Disney Store had a very small event to include 30% off their Star Wars Collection. They also gave out some Star Wars Coloring pages as well as some very cool bookmarks! IMG_0784.JPG
Also since today May The Fourth, The Free Art Movementf in Atlanta was heavy. Atlanta artist dropped free art all over the city. Clues were given on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag, #fafatl (free art for Atl ) . Today I found 2! I was so excited! The first one was found and claimed by someone 5 seconds ahead of me. I watched him get it as I tried to get across Cobb Pkwy. But he was nice enough to also drop some art before leaving!

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R2D2 (@octlanta)
I also made my way to Cool Beans Coffee Roasters and claimed another #fafatl piece. While I was there I got a Yoda Latte with honey. Tasty!

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Sith Lord by (@angrynerdz)

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