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The all-day menu at Le Bon Nosh embraces simple, seasonal food envisioned by Chef Forough Vakili.

Le Bon Nosh emphasizes seasonal fare and communal hospitality.

The all-day menu at Le Bon Nosh embraces simple,  seasonal food envisioned by Chef Forough Vakili.
The all-day menu at Le Bon Nosh embraces simple, seasonal food envisioned by Chef Forough Vakili.

Situated in The Irby residential development in Buckhead, allday cafe Le Bon Nosh is a celebration of simple, seasonal food and culinary-driven community. Forough Vakili combines her Parisian roots with French cooking to create a bustling, expansive space that serves rotating breakfast items as well as season-driven lunch and dinner menus. A pastry case is packed with pain au chocolates and seasonal tarts, and a wine bar features organic and natural wines. Here, Vakili shares her vision.

Chef Forough Vakili
Chef Forough Vakili

What is your main focus for the menu?

It’s very local and seasonal. We work with as many local producers and purveyors as possible and use products that are either organic or sustainably raised. Guests can expect to see a variety of vegetable-forward soups, tartines, galettes, salads and sandwiches that showcase my simple approach to food.

What are you most excited for people to experience?

Our food, hospitality and design will be what bring guests in for the first time, but what I am most excited to share with our community is the culinary and wine programming centered around cooking and eating seasonally and supporting small growers and purveyors.

What inspired the community-driven focus?

I always wanted Le Bon Nosh to be a space where like-minded people choose to gather. In bringing together our farmers, purveyors, winegrowers, partners and guests, we are building that community. My goal is to be that neighborhood kitchen where we have regular customers who know and understand our ethos and choose to dine with us repeatedly because of it.

Tell us about your event space and catering options.

Our space can transition for a range of private dining events. Our private dining room upstairs is the best match for a more intimate celebration, whereas the wine bar downstairs is both elegant and fun. A full buyout would be a natural choice for anyone looking for a beautiful space for a large reception. Establishing corporate catering partnerships for our neighboring office towers has always been part of my business plan.

Tell us about your nonprofit initiatives.

We had our inaugural meal donation event with the KIPP Soul Primary School [part of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools’ network of tuition-free, public charter schools] in December 2021, and it was the perfect full-circle moment at the close of the year and one month after opening our doors. We are thrilled to continue and grow our partnership with KIPP Schools this year and to involve our local community in the effort.


BY: Claire Ruhlin

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