BAKER’S DOZENS

Hundreds of desserts later, Ami Dand celebrates five years as Legendary Events’ executive pastry chef

EXTRA BITE Says Dand: “I’m very artistically inclined. I took a calligraphy class a couple of years ago. I make greeting cards with stamps and paint.”

If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a while, you’ve probably sampled at least one of Ami Dand’s desserts. As executive pastry chef at Buckhead-based […]

LOVE AT FIRST BITE

F&B executive chef Gabriel Capo Camargo fell into cooking for all the wrong reasons.

This is not your typical boy meets girl story. When he was 16 years old, Gabriel Capo Camargo met a friend of his sister’s who worked as a chef. “She told me being a chef was a good job, that you could travel and cook and meet people,” says Camargo, now 34 and […]

WISER THAN HER YEARS

At 27, Niki Pattharakositkul is introducing Atlantans to authentic Thai cooking

Pattharakositkul started a live jazz program at Thai 26. Check it out on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Last summer, Niki Pattharakositkul opened 26 Thai Kitchen & Bar at Lindbergh City Center in Buckhead. She was just 26 years old (hence the number 26 in the eatery’s name). Though she grew up in Thailand and […]

HAVE TOQUE, WILL TRAVEL

St. Cecilia’s Craig Richards is taking Atlantans on a Tuscan culinary tour

As vice president of culinary for Ford Fry Restaurants, Craig Richards manages and educates the restaurant group’s chefs, including those at St. Cecilia in Buckhead, where he’s served as executive chef for three years. Not only is he well-versed at cooking for a multitude of audiences locally—Ford Fry Restaurants include Mex-Tex spots Superica and El […]

CAFFEINE DRIP

Jonathan Silver has been keeping Atlanta caffeinated for more than 20 years

Ever dined at Bone’s or Aria and wondered what type of coffee or tea you’re drinking? What about Souper Jenny or OK Cafe? Atlanta Coffee Supply Group, founded by Sandy Springs resident Jonathan Silver, has been distributing the caffeinated beverages to local restaurants like these for more than 20 years. The company distributes 11 brands […]

BROWNIES À LA NOSTALGIA

Marisa Meddin brings the much-loved The Dessert Place treat back to Buckhead

The original Dessert Place founders Sheryl Meddin (left) and Bennett Frisch (right) taught their famous cream cheese brownie recipe to Marisa Meddin (center), who resurrected the business.

Nearly 40 years ago, Sheryl Meddin and Bennett Frisch were looking for a place to hang out and eat dessert. When they couldn’t find one, they […]

SUJIT SHARMA SAYS “DRINK UP”

This Sandy Springs resident wants Atlantans to think about what they consume

A pediatric emergency room doctor at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Dr. Sujit Sharma believes encouraging better eating habits is one of the solutions to obesity in both children and adults. As CEO of Chuice, an Atlanta-based health drink created in 2011, Sharma is on a mission to bring this bottled beverage with more than 35 […]

THE PERFECT TREAT

Brookwood resident Finia Jahangard is the Macaron Queen

Finia Jahangard (right) and her daughter Nina at the Fox 5 Atlanta studios to promote the launch of Macaron Boutique and Bar at North Point Mall.

Finia Jahangard (right) and her daughter Nina at the Fox 5 Atlanta studios to promote the launch of Macaron Boutique and Bar at North Point Mall.

When Finia Jahangard first opened […]

RESTAURATEUR BY DAY, MUSICIAN BY NIGHT

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Brookhaven bassist Doug Gross opens Jefe’s Tacos & Tequilas

Former Sublime cover band member, music teacher, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub owner: These are just a few things that define Doug Gross. Now, the musician and restaurateur has opened a second restaurant in Town Brookhaven. Replacing Noche, Jefe’s Tacos & Tequilas serves lunch and dinner in a lively space with a large patio.

Gross and Executive Chef Joey […]

POP STAR

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CaJa Popcorn’s Kevin Peak knows what it takes to grow a business.

Kevin Peak, owner of CaJa Popcorn in the Peachtree Battle shopping center, never imagined his business card would read “Chief Popper.” The Buckhead resident was a consultant specializing in corporate strategy when he decided to stop traveling, spend more time with family and try something different. He enlisted his friend, chef […]