The Dopest Chef TaTa’s Dope By Design Event Wows All


The Dopest Chef TaTa’s Dope By Design Event Wows All

I received a free ticket to the entrance of one of the hottest events in Atlanta in exchange for my honest and unbiased review and promotion of the event. #dopebydesign #ad #WofCApproved #WomenofCulinary

When you receive an invite to an event at an undisclosed location you know you are in trouble. Not the bad kind of trouble, but the good kind. After receiving an invite to a one of a kind event, I could not pass it up especially after hearing that a very talented female chef was going to be featured, some edible art and fashion. All of these topics are of great interest to me and I was not disappointed. Well I was when it came to an end, but enough wallowing in spilled milk. Let’s move onto the show!!

We are going to start off with the food and venue. What a venue? As I mentioned it was an undisclosed location so when I arrived there was a door that was open to some wonderful scents and upon walking down the hall you see all types of art.

You ask, “Who created most of the masterpieces featured?” I will gladly tell you Chef Ta Ta did. Yes, she created them and some if not all are edible. Shocked me too, and no, I did not try it to see. I just took her word for it and besides it looked too good to eat. Why ruin the picture right? :)


Food: 5 Courses that wowed are taste buds every step of the way

Course 1

  • Sir Le Dutchess
  • Jumbo lump crab over a light and airy dutchess potato drizzled with a smoked tarragon champagne butter sauce.


Course 2

  • Drunken Quail Ramen
  • Asian Spiced Rice noodles with a beer spiked sweet & spicy bouillabaisse topped with smoked Quail wings, Bok Choy, and Asian style vegetables.


Course 3

  • Palate Cleanser
  • Smoked Chocolate dipped lemon sorbet.


Course 4

  • Ying & Yang vs Surf & Turf
  • Duck fat crusted Black grouper over creamy masa porridge and Asian glazed smoked carrots vs Lamb Fritz smothered in smoked lobster corn bisque.

The-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllThe-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllThe-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllThe-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllThe-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllArt: Edible and Otherwise some of which from Chef Ta-Ta (like below)

The-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllThe-Dopest-Chef-TaTa's-Dope-By-Design-Event-Wows-AllFashion: Chef by day, Designer by Night

Ending the night, there was a fashion show featuring some of the Chef’s designs. See video footage below:


This last number was my favorite, hence me taking a picture of the entire back. This is one that I have to have in my collection. I am not even a Chef, but this will surely make me feel like on.

To learn more about Chef Ta-Ta check her out at

Freaky Friday The Musical: Horizon Theatre

I am sharing this with you all in exchange for tickets to see the performance.

Horizon Theatre is about to do it again. This time with a musical based upon novel by Mary Rodgers and popular Disney Movies. Safe for ages 10 and up. Horizon is starting this year off wonderfully and if you have not purchased season tickets, shame on you. What are you waiting for!!!

Freaky-Friday-BannerWhen an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the two hit Disney movies, is a hilarious and heartfelt update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it takes to be a family when they experience each other’s lives first-hand for just one freaky Friday.

Promises to keep you laughing and probably singing along. For more information on how to get tickets see below⇓


Box office 404.584.7450 or visit

Ticketing Information

Performances are March 9 – April 22, 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 PM
Saturday, 3 PM & 8:30 PM (No matinee first week)
Sunday, 5 PM

Have you read the Freaky Friday book or seen any of the movies?


Everybody Needs A Big Green Egg Basics Class


I had the opportunity to attend the Big Green Egg Basics class in partnership with CulinaryLocal and learned quite a bit about the Big Green Egg and how it is really a piece of equipment that every one should have if they enjoy cooking.


After attending a couple of classes at the Big Green Egg, I can see how one should probably take the Basics class first. There is a lot of instruction that goes on from:

  1. Breaking down the components of the Big Green Egg
  2. Assembly
  3. How to light Your Big Green Egg
  4. Bringing the Egg Up to Cooking Temperature
  5. Setting up to Cook
  6. Cooking on Your Big Green Egg
  7. Thermometers
  8. Shutting Down the Big Green Egg

That is a lot as you can see, so I would highly recommend this class especially for those of us like me who want to purchase on and have to convince your loved one or to ones who purchased it but are afraid of it.

For this particular class, there was inside and outside instruction and as well hands on fun for the entire group if they wanted.

Chef Amanda, so elegantly shared her story with us, and then proceeded to share with us the components of the Big Green Egg, how to assemble it, how to light properly, bringing it up to the correct temperature and more. After her thorough explanation, I left feeling empowered and figured that I too can properly light my own.


Soon after, Chef Taylor took over and we began the prep work for our meals that day. YUM!!!

We had:

Grilled Donuts w/Brandied Peaches (not pictured)

Grilled Romaine with Maytag Blue Cheese

BGE Cosmic Steak

Cedar Planked Thai Chili Salmon







All of these things were delicious. All of them and what is so cool is that each participant leaves the class with the recipes and everything that was gone over in class. Talk about setting you up for success. You would be able to master the recipes so much so that you can change them up and make them more your own as you go.

Novice or Expert, you will learn something from these great group of people including their awesome volunteers. One of which I think I fell in like with (he likes the fat on the steak and the skin of the salmon, just like me)!!!!

Have you been to a Big Green Egg Class? There are several to chose from and see what is coming up next by going ⇒ here

The Ballad of Klook and Vinette



Be warned!!! If you are not in love when you come see this play, you will be when you leave.


This is such the love story that it put everything and I mean everything I have seen to shame. With the exception of some of the Words in the Song of Solomon, I have not heard anything so deep. I was in awe and that does not happen easily for me. I am a hard person to impress, but I was blown away with the words and depth of heart that the characters had for each other. From their first conversation involving carrot juice to Klook saying, “We are seventeen feet tall.” Who says that?!!! That is just one line that just left me asking myself, “Do I love my husband enough and do I have anything left to give?”

What did I learn? I learned that I do not have a way with words, but I am thankful for a world that includes people that do:)

(Excerpt from press release, Horizon Theatre) Klook is a drifter who’s tired of drifting. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Together, they make a tentative stab at love and reach for hope until the past catches up to the future and smacks it in the face. Tough, tender, funny, poignant, The Ballad of Klook and Vinette will grab you from the inside out. Horizon kicks off its 2018 season with this love story set against poetry and jazz in its highly anticipated American premiere. Soulful music combined with a witty, moving story makes this a mesmerizing theater experience.

A sweet deal is going on until Friday February 16th, 2018, but to get this deal you have to call the box office 404.584.7450.

What you get: 

Two tickets, reserved seating, two drink vouchers, and a special treat!
$70/couple on weekdays
$80/couple on weekends

Have you had someone melt you with just the words they speak? Tell me about it in the comments. 

Big Green Egg Tailgating Fun


I was given the opportunity to attend Tailgating on the EGG class at Big Green Egg Culinary Center, in partnership with CulinaryLocal and had an awesome time and left so full. Chef Amanda and Taylor greeted me with a smile and welcomed me to the class.

When you think of entertaining and cooking what do you usually think of? Ovens, stove top cooking and bbq grills, but it is time to expand your way of thinking when it comes to entertaining and cooking. I had a chance to learn it first hand by attending my first Big Green Egg class in Atlanta.

Prior to attending the class, I had no experience using or seeing a big green egg in person, by a friend of mine baked a pizza on it and I was suspicious until attending this class.




Bake, fry, grill and more on these cool devices, but I am not here to talk about that but about the amazing classes they have at the Big Green Egg Culinary Center. After getting lost trying to find the place I welcomed the beer, wine and other drink selections we were provided with.

Beware, after seeing the pictures below you will want to purchase one for yourself, and start making all of the delicious treats we were able to have during this class and everyone took food home with them.


Each of us had to share what experience if any at all we had with using a Big Green Egg. Me being a novice, I felt a little off, but I was relieved to find that the instructors Amanda and Taylor and the other assistants were very helpful and put me at ease.

There is a right way and a wrong way to open the grill. Who knew? Well the people who have purchased one of the eggs certainly know, but I was so glad that they shared tips throughout the class.

The class was hands on, so everyone had a chance to taste, mix and try the food as we went and that is like the best part to being in the kitchen right?



Chef Taylor shared about experience being a griller and big green egg user since the age of 10, she had a wealth of knowledge just in case you want to take part in a championship grilling competition. The ribs should bend but the bones should not come out of the meat (see pic below), if the bones come out then you instantly lost the competition. I will not find myself in a pro competition, but hey you never know I may change my mind and this knowledge may come in handy.





Upcoming class, Big Green Egg Basics, is perfect for people like me with little to no experience on the Big Green Egg and others to come. For more information, check out all of the classes on

What is the best dish you have created on the Big Green Egg and if you haven’t what is the dish you are most looking forward to trying one day on the Big Green Egg?



Meaty Classes at Pine Street Market


I had the opportunity to attend the Whole Hog Class at Pine Street Market for free in partnership with Culinary Local in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I learned oh so much from Rusty #knowyourbutcher. #ad

Warning: A cut up animal picture is below.



If you do not like to see cut up animals, this class is definitely not for you.  


Have you always wondered where various parts of the pig come from? Have you wondered about the process of how bacon is made or pork butt? Did you know that the pork butt actually comes from the shoulder of the pig? I had no clue, but I found out that and more.

Some of these questions and more have crossed my mind, but I never thought that I would be able to get the answers upfront and personal. Education is the key if you ask me and I like to be educated especially about things I eat, so as mentioned, thanks to culinary local I was able to learn some things. True, I could have looked online and some of it is true, but what is better than getting the information first hand from a butcher who has been doing in the business for over 15 years.

First things first though, a waiver had to be signed before we could go to the back to start the class which made sense to me, but what I did not expect were the recipes for some tasty treats including bacon.

To me there could not have been a better teacher, so from start to finish Rusty Bowers, Whole Animal Craft Butcher, #knowyourbutcher, from Pine Street Market, showed about 10 of us from start to finish the breakdown of a pig. We saw everything from the cooler and the room used for curing and smoking the pork.


After showing us how to cut our pork chops, each one of us took turns to cut our own and when class was over we took some home with us and yes it was good if you were wondering. Each participant received as well 2lbs of bacon and it was good. Simply seasoned and oh so tasty.

If you were wondering if they had more than pork, they do, including lamb, chicken and turkey.

All of the staff helping Rusty were very very helpful and knowledgeable and it was kinda fun to see while the class was going some of his patrons’ watching the class take place (they are all future attendees I am sure). We learned about various types of pigs and this one came from Riverview Farms.

We were served various parts of the pig and all of them were moist and we received tips on how not dry out the meat, how long let certain pieces sit in brine, and more.  Rusty had one of his good friends there, Brad from Moody Tongue, that provided us with some refreshments that paired well with what we had.

Check out the pics of what we were able to try during our visit:






Would I pay for a class? Yes, I would and would not hesitate. How about you?

For information on the next class, coming up soon so stay tuned to for the upcoming classes.


5 Reasons to Run to First Watch Cafe


I have received a meal free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. #ad

First-Watch-OutsideRecently I was invited to First Watch to help promote a new coffee program that they have called Project Sunrise. More about that later, but I am so upset that prior to my visit I had not heard of First Watch and after tasting the food, I really could not understand why unless people were trying to keep the place to themselves. A hidden gem in Smyrna, GA (currently 7 total locations in Georgia), only serving breakfast, brunch and lunch and truly they do specialize in the three and they truly do not disappoint. My hope is to expose you to a new restaurant that you will dine frequently for years to come and can feel good because you are helping one of the many great community programs they are investing in.

There are 5 reasons to Run to First Watch and I will not prolong the reasons why:

 One Reason: Cinnamon Chip Pancake

Our classic multigrain pancake batter featuring seasonal cinnamon chips. So filling and so good.

Table-Shot-First-Watch-CafeSecond Reason: AM Superfoods Bowl and Fresh Fruit Juice (Vegan Options)

Coconut milk chia seed pudding w/fresh bananas, berries, blackberry preserves and housemade granola. Served with whole grain artisan toast topped with almond butter and Maldon sea salt.  Fresh fruit juice all day every day. One’s shown: Kale Tonic, Morning Meditation (my favorite) and Chilled Pear Cider.


Third Reason: Avocado Toast

Thick-cut whole grain toast topped with fresh smashed avocado, EVOO, lemon and Maldon sea salt. Served with basted eggs. Nuff said. Who does not like avocado toast?


Fourth Reason: Million Dollar Bacon

Hardwood smoked bacon with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and maple syrup drizzle. So yummy. I wanted to eat all of the bacon on the table.


One of my most favorite pics. I had to see the bacon and avocado again. Million-dollar-bacon-first-watch

 Fifth Reason: Community

First Watch is always doing something in the communities they have locations. Project Sunrise involves high quality coffee grown and harvested by a group of women in the Huila region of Colombia. The coffee has medium body, hints of cherry, orange, toasted nuts, honey, milk chocolate and caramel, which makes for a fantastic complement to our menu’s variety of fresh breakfast dishes.

Project-Sunrise-First-WatchCheck out just one Community Outreach that First Watch is part of:


Have you been to First Watch Cafe? If so, what is your favorite dish or let’s face it dishes? 

The Ballad of Klook and Vinette – Horizon Theatre


2017 Horizon Theatre had a great year of plays and 2018 will be no different. I laughed, cried and was in some intense thought leaving many of the plays. Great writers, production, set design and everything in between. See below how to get your season tickets.


Coming this week to the Horizon Theatre, Klook is a drifter who’s tired of drifting. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Together, they make a tentative stab at love and reach for hope until the past catches up to the future and smacks it in the face. Tough, tender, funny, poignant, The Ballad of Klook and Vinette will grab you from the inside out. Horizon kicks off its 2018 season with this love story set against poetry and jazz in its highly anticipated American premiere. Soulful music combined with a witty, moving story makes this a mesmerizing theater experience.

Why is Horizon Theatre excited? It’s sexy, dramatic, funny, poetic, and relevant. A great time to tell this story and it’s beautifully written! The Ballad of Klook and Vinette is underscored with keyboard and double bass, as it flows in and out of song throughout. The writer, Ché Walker, is here to direct. Ché is a successful actor and writer from London, and the composer, Anoushka Lucas, will be joining us from overseas in early January.  Our play stars Brittany Inge, who performed in Blackberry Daze at Horizon last season and was recently listed as one of ACJ’s 8 up-and-coming Atlanta actors to watch; and Amari Cheatom, who joins us from LA and is most popularly known for his role in the film Django Unchained.


Ticketing Information

Box office 404.584.7450 or visit

Performances are January 19 – February 18, 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 PM

Saturday, 3 PM & 8:30 PM (No matinee first week)

Sunday, 5 PM (2 PM Super Bowl Sunday)

The Santaland Diaries – Horizon Theatre


I received complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. #ad 


The Santaland Diaries – Horizon Theatre

We can all use a laugh or two around this time of the year with all of the pressure and stress the holidays bring. I was so happy when I was given the chance to see the longest running play that they have, The Santaland Diaries now showing at the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points in Atlanta.  For 19 years this play has ran at the theatre and this year they have Topher Payne, playwright and screenwriter, to play Crumpet.

Another hit with audiences, The Santaland Diaries takes place during Christmas time in Macy’s department store and it is the story of a man’s take on being an elf in one of the busiest cities in the world, New York City. He tells the story from start to finish of how he became an elf and his experiences and they are hilarious. Just imagine, everything you are thinking in your head you speak and is acted out freely. This play has so much humor, that even as the actors are acting they had to compose themselves so that they did not laugh with us. Awesome group of actors and I stress that Horizon Theatre never ever disappoints!!! Great theatre experience all around.


About the Play

Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues.

Sardonic, satirical and sarcastic, the merry misanthrope recounts the tale of his stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf named Crumpet. Adapted from David Sedaris’ best-selling book Holidays on Ice, this holiday tale is a modern classic, made famous when it aired on National Public Radio. (from Horizon Theatre)


Tickets start at $25*

Upgrade to VIP for $15. VIP tickets include reserved seating and a complimentary holiday beverage. Platinum VIP tickets are available for $100 and include front-row cocktail table seating, complimentary holiday beverages and scrumptuous treats. Special discounts for groups of 10+. Call 404.523.1477 x111 for more information.

Have you ever seen The Santaland Diaries? What did you think?

Lovely New 2017 Fall Menu at Twelve Eighty


Thank you Woodruff Arts Center for sponsored me and a guest as a member of Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Blogger Society in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Outside-of-Twelve-EightyDowntown Atlanta has many many gems and Twelve Eighty is one of them. I have been to the High Museum which is part of the campus, but did not realize or had heard of Twelve Eighty prior to this event. Hubby and I were waiting for our work day to end so that we can get to the restaurant. You see, we used this as a date night, but on someone else’s dime. Best kind if you ask me:)

Arriving about an hour early, we had a chance to scope out where all of the media/bloggers were going to be and I knew based upon the décor in the room and with everyone being greeted by key players at Twelve Eighty and not to mention the champagne, Yes, champagne,  that we were in for a treat.


Chef-De-Cuisine-Andreas-Georgakopoulos-Twelve-EightyChef Andreas greeted us and prior to each new dish coming out, took the time to explain what it was and what inspired him to create the dish. Everyone received a sample and it was 4 courses all served with a cocktail and last but not least dessert, created by Pastry Chef, Derrell (see picture below).

Lovely New 2017 Fall Menu at Twelve EightyPimento-Shrimp-Margarita-Twleve-Eighty

1st course: Pimento Deviled Eggs, Shrimp & Andouille Skillet with Skinny Ginger Margarita


Pimento-Deviled-Eggs-Twelve-Eighty2nd course: Roasted Beet & Burrata, Crusted Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad with Blackberry Mojito


Beet-Burrata-Ahi-Tuna-Twelve-Eighty3rd course: High Museum Pastrami, Roasted Turkey & Pepperjack with Twelve Eighty Cocktail



Roasted-Turkey-Pepperjack-Twelve-Eighty4th course: Scallion Crusted Atlantic Salmon, Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Pom Collins




Dessert: Almond Cake Soaked in Dolce De Leche Cream, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee and Chocolate Baked Custard w/espresso cookie

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Twelve Eighty – Inspired Dining boasts a menu featuring local, farm-to-fork offerings for everyone to enjoy. The global cuisine with a southern twist offers a wide array of choices which includes fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, full entrees and several gourmet side choices. Wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails are also available to be a part of your dining experience.

For more information and to see how you can try these delicious Fall Menu items, visit: Twelve Eighty and make your reservations now.

If you have been to Twelve Eighty before what is one of your favorite menu items?