Traditions live and breathe like the rest of us. Just ask Matthew Ridgway, executive chef of Gypsy Kitchen. In Ridgway’s kitchen, culinary traditions are dynamic, and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta restaurant’s rich repertoire of Spanish cuisine easily welcomes to the fold new recipes inspired by global spices and Southern harvests. New on the Gypsy Kitchen menu are Pinchos Calientes y Frios (hot and cold snacks) like marinated octopus salad, littleneck clams pipérade, foie gras escabèche and uni-stuffed eggs with colatura. The tapas menu welcomes hot mussels with red lentils, chorizo, torn basil and coconut milk; roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad; Pennsylvania duck al pastor with crushed white beans and tamarind ketjap manis; and tuna tartare-stuffed piquillo peppers. New Raciónes (entrées) include Georges Bank cod with green onion pil-pil, glazed eggplant and black garlic migas; braised Berkwood Farms pork jowl with romesco and roasted heirloom apples; and grilled yellowfin tuna fideo with toasted vermicelli short noodles and lemon confit. Looking ahead to 2016, groups of six to eight guests will be able to sit down to family style “Gypsy Kitchen Experiences,” three-course meals featuring entrées such as lobster and seafood paella, whole suckling pig or Moroccan lamb shoulder tagine served with a seasonal appetizer and salad. Ordered one week in advance, the experiences are a surefire way to spice up the cold months.
Longtime partnership has raised well over $600,000, Including $100,000 this year
from tournament and restaurant openings
John Metz, Josh Jansma, Steve Thomas, Steve Martin, Susan Skolnick, & Hank Clark at the 17th Annual Golf Classic
Marlow's Tavern, Aqua blue and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management have done it again! The restaurants and hospitality management company hosted their 17th Annual Golf Classic in September to drive up much-needed funds for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA), as well as hosting two Marlow's Tavern grand opening parties in Woodstock and Roswell that benefited the charity. The combined amount raised from all three events this fall was $100,000, putting the partnership's grand total well over $600,000 since inception.    

"A big part of being a neighborhood restaurant company is connecting with the people and causes in our communities," said John C. Metz, executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern, Aqua blue and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. "Seeing how we have made a difference for the Special Olympics athletes here in Georgia has been very rewarding for our team, and we are grateful to our sponsors and guests who continue supporting this great cause year after year with us." 

Steve Martin is one of those supporters.  The manager of ArtLite signed on as a golfer for the inaugural outing and has been an ardent participant since, most recently as the event chair.  “I always thought Special Olympics was a great cause, but I had no idea just how great until I chaired this golf tournament and met some of the athletes from the Georgia chapter,” he says. “It’s so uplifting to watch their faces filled with joy out there on the course. As long as I can hold a club, I plan to be a part of this amazing golf outing.”

Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 25 Olympic-type sports for 26,702 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal is to help bring people with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. For more information, visit

For more information about Marlow’s Tavern and the SOGA partnership, visit

About Marlow’s Tavern

Marlow’s Tavern was established in November of 2004 with the opening of its first location in Alpharetta, Ga., and has continued to grow over the years, adding several Atlanta-area restaurants and three locations in Orlando, Fla. In 2013, Nation’s Restaurant News named Marlow’s Tavern one of its “NRN 50 Breakout Brands” for the year. The neighborhood restaurant concept is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering guests classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. For more information and location addresses, visit   

About Sterling Spoon Culinary Management

Sterling Spoon Culinary Management combines talented chefs, dedicated employees and outstanding culinary and financial management to provide corporate café and on-site contract management clients extraordinary food and hospitality with an innovative retail restaurant approach. Founded by culinary-trained chefs, Sterling Spoon focuses on fresh, delicious offerings with a contemporary twist. The company’s goal is two-fold: to exceed clients’ objectives at all times and to offer clients a high-quality, affordable breakfast and lunch experience to their employees and visitors daily at their place of business. For more information, visit

Join Oli + Ve at one of their locations and be treated to:
  • Double Punches
  • Tastings of different holiday dishes (with recipes to take home)
  • Decorating ideas for the holidays
  • Gift ideas
                  Buckhead location 10am - 5pm
                  Vinings location 10am - 6pm 
                  Roswell location  7:00 - 9:00pm

    **special treat -- Chef Jeffrey Sherman will be at Buckhead and Vinings to demonstrate how to make a wonderful cheese board for your holiday entertaining.
                 Buckhead (from 10-1:30)
                 Vinings (from 2-6)

See more details and discover other events at Oli+Ve at their website:
Care for a taste of the new season? Saltyard's new Fall menu is now available featuring the very best Georgia produce and products! Stop in and discover your favorite new small and NOT small plates. We suggest starting with HAPPY HOUR WINES Monday - Friday from 5 - 7 pm, and then settling into a cozy banquette for dinner. Make your dinner reservation online.
Photography by Ben Rose Photography
Atlanta area chefs and sommeliers collaborated to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of top local wine collectors.
On Oct. 22, the second annual Harvest for a Cure event was held at the Westside Cultural Arts Center to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, an organization that supports research to help treat and end MS globally. It was an extravaganza of gourmet food, vintage wines and acclaimed art that raised $325,000. Many of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and sommeliers – including Gerry Klaskala and Andres Loaiza from Aria – worked together to pair culinary creations with wines from the personal cellars of top local wine collectors. 

Guests sampled delicious food and drinks while surrounded by stunning art, including works from renowned local artist Ross Rossin, whose large scale, oil-on-canvas painting of Audrey Hepburn raised $10,000 in the silent auction.

All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure will help improve the lives of people living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research projects to help put an end to the debilitating disease.

About Multiple Sclerosis:

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS. Learn more at

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter:

The National MS Society helps people affected by MS through a 50-state network of chapters. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, and provides programs and services that address challenges of individuals and families living with MS, helping them move forward in their lives. The Georgia Chapter helps improve the lives of people living with MS by raising millions of dollars annually through annual fundraising events including Bike MS, Walk MS and The Harvest for the Cure event. For more information or to learn how to help end the disabling disease of MS, please visit
Owners of Atlanta area Melting Pot restaurants, Mark and Layla Gunn, hosted the sixth annual Paint the Town auction to benefit  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pure Imagination charity. In lieu of a fundraising event, this year’s online auction raised $20,000, bringing the total donations to well over half a million dollars.

The weeklong online action in October included a beautiful selection of artwork from Vinings Gallery and a wide variety of auction items ranging from Bob Steele Salon and Spa Sydell certificates to exclusive VIP experiences, and a one-in-a-lifetime trip to Napa – a total of 26 items were auctioned for the event.

“We launched Pure Imagination as a way to encourage generosity in children, which is a value that we’ve instilled in our son, Lathan,” said Layla Gunn. “We were blessed with the arrival of our second child earlier this fall, and although we weren’t able to host a full-fledged, in-person fundraising event, we were delighted by the support of our close friends and contacts that made this year’s online auction so successful.”

Mark Gunn added, “We are humbled by our guest’s continued support for Paint the Town and Pure Imagination.  We are grateful to be able to help make a difference in the lives of children throughout Atlanta, and we look forward to bringing the Paint the Town event back to Atlanta for years to come.”

The fundraising event, which is held approximately every 18 months, is expected to return in November 2016.

To learn more about Paint the Town, please visit For more information on Pure Imagination, please visit


About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

About Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination, which launched Spring 2010 from the inspiration of Mark and Layla Gunn is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The vision of the group is built around three core values. Pure Imagination encourages GENEROUS CHILDREN to form lifelong friendships with other children that are chronically or terminally ill by SHARING EXPERIENCES allowing these children to escape hospitals, protocols, intense scheduling and difficult daily challenges and EMBRACE HOPE by creating lasting memories beyond their imagination. Pure Imagination is now accepting nominations for qualified children. For more information on nominating a child, making a donation or scheduling a fundraiser, please visit us online at

About The Melting Pot

At The Melting Pot, fondue becomes a memorable, four-course dining experience where patrons can dip into something different. Guests enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées combined with special dipping sauces. The menu also includes creamy cheese fondues, lively salads, fine wines and mouthwatering chocolate fondue desserts. The Melting Pot’s four locations in the Atlanta area include The Melting Pot in Roswell, located at 1055 Mansell Road, Roswell, Ga. 30076, 770.518.4100; The Melting Pot in Duluth, located at 3610 Satellite Blvd NW, Duluth, Ga. 30095, 770.623.1290; The Melting Pot in Kennesaw, located at 2500 Cobb Place Lane, Suite 800, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144, 770.425.1411 and most recently The Melting Pot in Midtown, located at 754 Peachtree Street NE between 4th and 5th streets, Atlanta, Ga. 30308, 404.389.0099.  For additional information or to make reservations at The Melting Pot, please visit the company’s website at

The annual Savor Sandy Springs Restaurant Week is here! Monday, Nov. 2–Sunday, Nov. 8, neighborhood restaurants will come together with exclusive menus and special pricing. With cuisines ranging from Mediterranean to Southern and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy!   Fourteen restaurants are participating restaurants in Savor Sandy Springs Restaurant Week 2015 including Food 101, Cibo e Beve, The Brickery, Seven Hens, Hammock’s Trading Company and more. For a full list of restaurants and menus, visit