All the Feels

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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Amplify My Community Presents: The Rolling Stones

Sunday, Dec. 5 8 p.m.

Amplify’s acclaimed tribute series is back with a celebration of the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World - The Rolling Stones. Celebrate a collection of the region’s best performers highlighting the band’s golden years of 1968-1978, an explosive creative period that began with the album, “Beggars Banquet” and concluded with “Some Girls.” Visit for details and tickets.

Terrific Thursday

Dec. 9

Twinkling lights, holiday music, festive window displays and familyfriendly events - Decatur is filled with surprise and delight throughout the season. Enjoy holiday shopping at Terrific Thursdays. You’ll find stand-out deals, discounts and warm welcomes at independent and local shops. Participating businesses and in-store pop-ups will stay open late and offer beverages and snacks while you peruse.

Holidays at the High

Friday, Dec. 10

Celebrate the magic of the season with festive activities for all ages, including art-making and guided tours, plus holiday-themed cocktails, live music and more at the High Museum. To ensure social distancing, capacity is limited and preregistration is required. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale

Dec. 10 to Dec. 12

Join the Atlanta Master Chorale as they journey to the manger in Bethlehem and experience again the birth of a promise of new life, peace and joy. This holiday tradition features music of Christmas connecting past to present, sounds to memory and music to spirit. Visit for tickets.

29th Annual Avondale Christmas Tour of Lights and Holiday Market

Dec. 12 Market noon to 6 p.m. • Lights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In a year that began with loss and change, the tradition of light and hope continues in Avondale Estates long-running Christmas Tour of Lights and Holiday Market. For 2021, 12 homes representing the various styles of architecture in the city will be featured, including three of the 1926 “Avondale Originals.” In addition to the featured homes, the city will be lit up along every street in the Avondale Estates Business District and in the plazas around town. See the floating Christmas tree on Avondale Lake and visit Santa at the Avondale Community Club.

The in-person Avondale Holiday Market is back. Communitybuilder Constellation Energy is sponsoring these beloved artists selling their hand-knitted scarves, pecans, jewelry, photography, bird feeders, smoked salmon, jams and ornaments by paying their vendor fees. Finish off your holiday shopping list with one-of-a-kind gifts. Find details

Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker

Through Dec. 29

This innovative production features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections, created by a world class creative team that includes Tony Award-winning and nominated designers. Atlanta Ballet will make its long-anticipated return to the theatre stage to present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. Purchase tickets at

Winter Wonderland

Through Jan. 9

Walk among six giant decorated snow globes highlighting the best of the holidays, including sledding, gingerbread houses, New Year’s Eve and more at Fernbank’s annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World. This holiday-inspired exhibit features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like indigenous art and national symbols. Purchase tickets at

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

Through Jan. 15

Experience the Atlanta Botanical Garden covered in holiday lights. Get festive with your favorite holiday tunes, hot chocolate and beautiful scenery. Perfect for the whole family. With limited capacity and health and safety protocols in place, tickets are available for purchase online only. Visit for details and tickets.