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 […]

SHE TALKS THE TALK

Buckhead’s Karen Pagano of Nosh Talks gives food and beverage workers a sense of community.

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Buckhead-resident Karen Pagano has been working in the hospitality industry since age 14. From waiting tables at Takorea and Saltyard to studying food photography at SCAD and marketing the restaurant tech startup Orderly, she’s always been focused on engaging people with food and drink. When the Washington, D.C.-based […]

THE PEANUT BUTTER TO THEIR JELLY

Dale DeSena connects local chefs with the community.

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A Sandy Springs resident and founder of Taste of Atlanta and Food That Rocks, Dale DeSena has been working to connect local restaurants to the greater Atlanta community since 2001. Recently, she decided to create an event a little closer to home. Food That Rocks, a 21-and-over party with food and drink tastes from 25 Sandy Springs restaurants, […]

THE ART OF CREATION

Architect turned restaurateur Tal Baum brings Italian philosophies to Ponce City Market.

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Brookhaven resident Tal Baum opened Bellina Alimentari, a casual Italian restaurant, market and culinary club, in Ponce City Market late last year. But the Israeli restaurant owner and architect was never formally trained in hospitality; rather, she studied architecture in Italy. “

An architect is someone who can create something out […]

SWEET GENIUS

When it comes to culinary creations, Rosalyn James takes the cake.

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A self-described culinary artist, Rosalyn James (a.k.a. Rozz) combined her passion for art with her love of food. A Vinings resident, she’s known around the city for over the top cakes designed to celebrate her clients’ personalities. She’s been known to create frosted replicas of designer handbags, high heels from chocolate, and cake-y college mascots […]

BIG SMILES AT THE PALM

General Manager Andrei Caciula treats every guest like family.

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When you walk into the renovated Palm Restaurant in the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel, you’re greeted with a big smile by General Manager Andrei Caciula. A Brookhaven resident, he started working at various Palm locations (there are 28 throughout the U.S.) as a busboy at age 22 and has been with the […]

THE SUPERPOWER BEHIND SOUPER JENNY

Executive Chef Jessica Hanners is Jenny Levison’s go-to gal.

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Just as Batman has Robin, Souper Jenny has Jessica Hanners. The super chef has been working for Jenny Levison, founder of Buckhead’s Souper Jenny, Juicy Jenny and Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic since 2006, minus the two years she spent honing her craft at Johnson & Wales University.

An Alabama-born Decatur resident, she serves as executive chef […]