Spring Reset

IT’S SUCH A RELIEF to see the restaurants around us bustling and hear about upcoming holiday happenings. We are truly ramping up the time we can spend with each other and feel safe. This time last year it was hard to imagine 2021 would bring us a life with vaccine protection and the return of public events. Decatur has always been a destination on the food scene. Thanks to the visionary work of the late Louis Pichulik, I’ve dined at the tables of some of the world’s most talented chefs.
I love the warmth of the Brick Store Pub on a cold night, or the ping pong fun at no. 246. The Iberian Pig bar is the perfect setting for a date night drink, and I’ve hosted clients in the homey atmosphere of Revival.
This issue celebrates the work of these restaurant leaders, both on and off the table. Our cover story goes in-depth with Ford Fry (page 6). He’s an everyday guy who’s created an empire of deliciousness.
I’m in awe of his spirit of giving as he truly creates a step stool for others to level up.
His cohorts also shared their methods of giving back: Fred Castellucci’s work to protect the wages of his staff and feed our frontline healthcare folks; Mike
Gallagher’s founding of the Giving Kitchen to help restaurant workers who fall on hard times; and Kevin Gillespie’s new nonprofit waging the fight against systemic hunger.
I know I’ll be shopping locally a lot this holiday, so it’s fun to see gift ideas from some of our newer businesses (page 16). When our destination dreams lead us outside the city, Becky Lamb has
ideas of resorts worth checking out in her winter travel guide (page 24).
Feel this holiday season to the fullest,

Natalie Gregory
Publisher, Decatur Living

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Phoenix Flies 2022 | A Walk Through Olmsted

March 27

2 to 4 p.m.

Visit and walk through the first four segments of Olmsted’s linear park vision (Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove and Shadyside). Learn about the history of the park, restoration, people who lived along the park, and historic scam and scandal. Visit eventbrite.com for details. Admission is free.

Party on the PATH

March 27

4 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate art in Buckhead with hot music, cool drinks and dancing under the stars. The event kicks off with a Miami Circle gallery walk, followed by a walking tour of PATH400’s newest art installations. Finish the night with dinner and dancing to live salsa music at Eclipse di Luna. Visit livablebuckhead.com for tickets. Admission prices start at $35.

Festival on Ponce

April 2 to 3

Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. along with live entertainment and more than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art.” There will be a children’s area and leashed pets are welcome. Local food and beverages available for purchase. Attendance is free. Find details and schedule at festivalonponce.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 8 to 10, 2022

Friday 12 to 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An Atlanta staple, hundreds of artists from around the country will participate in the 86th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art is represented, with a nationally-recognized Fine Artists Market that includes sculptures, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. A wide array of diverse musical offerings will entertain festival goers, and food will be available for purchase. There is also a kids village featuring arts and crafts, interactive make and take activities and face painting. Admission is free. Find details at dogwood.org.

Second Saturdays, Monthly

April 9

12 to 6 p.m.

Shop small and support local business while browsing local arts, crafts, handmade body goods, jewelry and more. Enjoy live music by Music and Friends ATL. Located at Harmony Park in Decatur. Leashed pups are welcome.

Amplify Decatur Music Festival

April 23

2 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy live music performances by Ben Harper, Old Crowe Medicine Show and more while munching on good food and being part of a community of friends andmfamily, all for a cause. Amplify’s mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. They have raised and donated more than $450,000 over the last twelve years. Tickets are for purchase on amplifydecatur.org.

Earth Day at Atlanta Botanical Garden

April 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Visit the Garden for fun and engaging family activities celebrating nature and the beautiful plants all around. Musical performances by Saving the Earth with Mr. Greg as well as activity stations all around the gardens. Try out musical instruments made from plants across the world, create earth friendly art, plant some seeds to take home, and participate in a scavenger hunt for seeds and recycled art. Free with an admission purchase. Find more at atlantabg.org.

The Olmsted 200th Birthday Gala

April 26

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Come and launch the many events celebrating the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted at his birthday gala. Musical entertainment will be provided by showstopping Atlanta Jazz musician Joe Gransden. Culinary treats by Zest served with beer and wine. Black-tie optional, visit eventbrite.com for tickets and further details.

Historic Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour

April 29 to May 1

1 to 5 p.m.

It’s back after a two year hiatus. Meander through some of the finest homes and gardens in Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills Neighborhood. The Druid Hills Neighborhood, including the linear park along Ponce de Leon Ave, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Some of which include the “Driving Miss Daisy'' house as well as some modern classics. The $35 ticket will allow you to access all three days of the tour. Find tickets at eventbrite.com.

Champions for Change

May 5

Time TBD

Enjoy drinks, appetizers and a live auction when you purchase tickets to the Women’s Resource Center event. Natasha Tretheway will be thehonoree and keynote speaker for the event. Her long awaited memoir, “Memorial Drive,” gives an inside look at the chilling true story of the murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather. This event led to the founding of the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Decatur. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear one of the most inspirational stories. Find more information about this event at wrcdv.org.

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