General Manager Andrei Caciula treats every guest like family.

The Palm Restaurant Atlanta

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 […]


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


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 […]


Buckhead resident Doug McKendrick celebrates 20 years at his namesake steakhouse.

Doug McKendrick

Doug McKendrick

Next month, McKendrick’s Steak House will celebrate 20 years in the Park Place shopping center on Ashford Dunwoody Road. The man behind the restaurant that is known for succulent steaks, fresh seafood and produce, and topnotch service, Buckhead resident Doug McKendrick, is not what you might expect. A college basketball […]


Jane St. Vodka Soda partner Michael Dinerman brings bottled cocktails to Buckhead.

Jane St. Vodka Soda partner Michael Dinerman

Jane St. Vodka Soda partner Michael Dinerman

Buckhead resident Michael Dinerman manages operations for Atlanta-based bottled carbonated cocktail brand Jane St. Vodka Soda. Launched last year, Jane St. offers four flavors—Original with Lime, Grapefruit Meyer Lemon, Pineapple Jalapeño and Peach Peppercorn— each naturally sweetened with agave nectar. […]


Hospitality is in Johnny Esposito Jr.’s blood.

Johnny Esposito Jr.

Johnny Esposito Jr. – Photo: Heidi Geldhauser

Buckhead Tavern owner Johnny Esposito Jr. grew up in the hospitality business. His father, John Esposito Sr., was the man behind Buckhead’s famed Johnny’s Hideaway, so Esposito learned from the best. “My father started Johnny’s in the early ’60s, and I was born into it,” he says. “I had […]


Gulshan Singh has been teaching Indian cooking classes for 20 years.

Learn how to cook Indian with Masala Magic filled with spiced-up delights.

Learn how to cook Indian with Masala Magic filled with spiced-up delights.

Buckhead resident Gulshan Singh (Shan for short) grew up in India, where she wasn’t allowed to help in the kitchen. Her family had chefs to do that. Moving to the United […]


Doraku Sushi general manager Alvin U brings magic to Buckhead Atlanta.

Doraku Sushi general manager Alvin U

Doraku Sushi general manager Alvin U

Alvin U, general manager of Doraku in Buckhead Atlanta and former magician, brings a sense of wonder to the Japanese sushi spot where he works. Born in Hong Kong, U started learning magic at age 9 and by 15, he was performing at […]


KR Steakbar Chef de Cuisine Brian Goddard balances high profile cooking with family time.

KR Steakbar Chef de Cuisine Brian Goddard

KR Steakbar Chef de Cuisine Brian Goddard

STORY: Carly Cooper

Though he spends most nights in the kitchen or the expo line at KR Steakbar in Peachtree Hills, Chef de Cuisine Brian Goddard gets most animated when talking about his family. “I have […]

SIMPLY DELICIOUS | TASTEMAKER: Chef Paul Albrecht’s Famous Lobster Bisque Cappuccino


Learn how to make Chef Paul Albrecht’s famous lobster bisque cappuccino

[Excerpt from Kate Abney’s July/August 2014 article Simply Delcious | Tastemaker: Paul’s Well – Why the Peachtree Hills standby continues to thrive in a foodie paradise.]

Photos by Sara Hanna




Lobster Bisque Cappuccino

Yield: 6 portions

1 pound lobster shells, chopped, or two 1 1/2-pound Maine lobsters
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 […]