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Chefs, Shrooms & Champs – STK Atlanta

Champagne STK Atlanta

Chefs, Shrooms and Champs on April 14 at STK Atlanta.

These are a few of my favorite things indeed! I’m so excited to fill y’all in on this incredible event coming up on Tuesday, April 14, at STK in Midtown. Chefs, Shrooms & Shamps is a one-of-a-king dining experience. Four chefs will prepare eight dishes inspired by a mushroom foraging expedition with an open bar including all the Veuve Clicquot you can drink.

Chefs Mark Alba of STK Atlanta, Nick Leahy of Saltyard, and Timothy Magee and Joseph Ramaglia of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails are joining forces to host an unforgettable evening. Celebrating the art of cooking with mushrooms, guests are invited to mix and mingle with the chefs as they explore eight unique tastings at tasting stations. Here’s what’s on the menu

Chef Mark Alba

Mark Alba

Executive Chef Mark Alba of STK Atlanta will serve a Pasture Raised Chicken and Wild Mushroom Terrine with Toasted Brioche and Apricot Conserva. Alba will also present a Grilled Hanger Steak, Wild Mushroom and English Pea Garganelli with Black Truffle Foam.

Nicky Leahy chef

Nicky Leahy

Executive Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard is offering a Wild Mushroom and Spring Vegetable Soup, plus Pan Roasted Scallops with Brown Buttered Mushrooms and Cauliflower. After sampling his oyster trio at Taste of Atlanta we can’t wait to see what this man does with shrooms and scallops.

Timothy Magee White Oak

Timothy Magee

Executive Chef Timothy Magee of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails is serving up a Fava Bean Panna Cotta, Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Salad. A master of meats, Magee is also plating up Pan Roasted Sweetbreads with Madeira Mushrooms and Green Garlic Purée.

Chef Joe White Oak

Joe Ramaglia

Sous Chef Joe Ramaglia, also of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, will bring his own magic to Cured Mountain Trout with Vidalia Soubise, Pickled Wild Mushrooms, Foraged Greens and local Georgia Olive Oil, and he’s making a Wild Mushroom and Duck Sausage, Farro, Charred Green Garlic, Sorrel Purée.

Chefs, Shrooms & Champs will take place on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at STK Atlanta. The cost per person is $100 which includes the tasting experience and open bar with Veuve Cliquot pairings. Guests must be 21 and up to attend. Reservations for Chefs, Shrooms and Champs are required and can be placed by calling 404-793-0144 or emailing For more information please visit STK’s website.


Christophe’s To Go Tasting with Second Self Brewery & Piece of Cake

Pretty Southern Food Blogger Tasting

Pretty Southern was recently invited to attend a tasting at Christophe’s To Go. The food was paired with craft beer from Second Self Brewery, and ended with sweet treats from Piece of Cake. Our blogger, Mandy Morgan, shares her thoughts on the tasting:

This was my first event with Pretty Southern and it’s going to be hard to beat. The trifecta of fine food, local craft beer, and delicious dessert was pretty perfect.

The Food
French-born Chef Christophe Le Metayer has been pursuing his passion for good food and elegant cuisine for nearly thirty years. As the owner and founder of Christophe’s To Go, his goal was to create an option for folks who worked all day then wanted a tasty meal. He decided that if his patrons needed help at home in the kitchen, it should be him. Christophe’s To Go has three convenient locations in Brookhaven, John’s Creek and Sandy Springs, plus provides catering for their bevy of options.

The Beer
Second Self Brewery is less than a year old and already making a name for themselves in the craft brewery scene. Co-founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle Name were inspired to name their brand as a “second life” of going all nights of the week and weekends. During our tasting at Christophe’s, Second Self served four of the five beers they currently had developed with the various courses.

The Sweets
Saving the best for last, Helen Cleveland from Piece of Cake was there to give us a taste of the sweet life. Piece of Cake is celebrating their 30th anniversary in business and has several locations in the Atlanta area. In addition to sampling the desserts, I got to participate in a cake decorating contest. Y’all can see my finished product below.

Here’s what was on the menu:

Cheese-Dip Christophe's To Go

Our first course was Twisted Cheese Dip paired with Red Hop Rye. It was like a sophisticated kid’s cheese and cracker snack! This cheese stew was packed with tasty flavor from chorizo, saffron, chocolate, lime zest, chipotle, cilantro and tortilla crudite. It was good to warm the soul, and I wanted to steal the container to have more later.

Thai-Chicken Soup Christophe's To Go

Next up was a Clear Thai Chicken Soup. The chicken stock and coconut water of the soup is a soothing balm to settle the heat from the Thai chili. This was a dish to clear the sinuses in the best way, plus it came with a stuffed chicken wing that glistened with a caramelized glaze. Finishing the dish with the sharp but pleasant bitterness was Second Self’s Thai Wheat which helped to settle the burn and make way for the main course.


Salmon Amuse Bouche with Red Hop Beer ice cream and rye bread. Served with Second Self’s Saison. This was a creamy, delicious combination paired with “a most straight-forward beer” almost like a Sauvignon Blanc, dry and bubbly with hints of spice.

Braised-Pork with Kale

Cabbage wrapped braised pork cheeks with kale, apple and endive. This hearty yet slightly sweet combinations made me to want all my future appple pie fillings to be stewed with pork cheeks. The kale leaf absorbs the flavor of the hue perfectly.

Ice Cream Christophe's To Go Tasting

For dessert, we sampled four flavors of ice cream including chocolate fetish, Georgia pecan, sea salt Carmel, and cinnamon spice. Paired with Second Self’s Bleeding Heart beer which was inspired by red velvet cake.

Piece of Cake Pretty Southern

To end our amazing meal, Piece of Cake had a cake decorating competition! When Piece of Cake is busy, they can produce up to 8,000 cupcakes a day! During the holidays, they’re baking 24 hours a day. My cake turned out nice for “PS” but I’ll leave it up to the professionals in the future.

I had a blast covering this event. Thanks to The Atlanta Food Blogger Society, Christophe’s To Go, Second Self, and Piece of Cake for the terrific tasting!

Mandy Morgan

Mandy Morgan is a contributing writer for Pretty, a UGA “Double Dawg” (BA- ’10, M.Ed. ’12), higher education administrator, and lover of all things sweet, sassy, and southern. If it’s 75 and sunny, you can spot her running in Piedmont Park or reading on the outdoor porch at Octane Coffee.

Tyler Boone – New Southern Music

Tyler Boone New Southern Music

Tyler Boone is the next big thing in local, Southern rock. His music is distinctly Southern, with a blend of blues, acoustic, and rock with a dash of pop for good measure. Tyler’s latest single “Take Aim” represents all of his influences in the South to create something brilliant.

“I grew up in Charleston and started playing in the music scene when I was 16 years old. I was heavily influenced by all the other musicians I have played with throughout the years. My last two records were produced in Charleston with Ocean Industries and came out with a very Southern sound with the help of the producers Eric Rickert, Jeff Leonard Jr. & other fellow local musicians.

Here’s Tyler’s new video “Take Aim”


“I couldn’t be more grateful to the town of Charleston for all of the support,” Tyler says, “especially 105.5 The Bridge and the venues such as the Music Farm, The Charleston Pour House & The Windjammer.”

I will be relocating to Nashville this August but will always call Charleston my home.”

See Tyler live at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival with Sheryl Crow coming up on May 24. Early bird tickets are $32.50 and available for purchase here.

Be sure to keep up with Tyler Boone on his website, Facebook, and Twitter

Spring Into Change at Cyc Fitness

Cyc Fitness Atlanta

Cyc Fitness, Vitafusion, & Gilt City have partnered to bring Atlanta their “Spring Into Change” challenge. Over the next 10 weeks, Cyc Fitness at The Forum Athletic Club is offering an incredible opportunity to “pedal your way to a sexy physique”. We’re pumped to take part in this challenge as part of our #15in15 and you can join us too!

Here’s what this deal includes:

  • Unlimited rides for 10 weeks at Cyc inside The Forum Athletic Club (powered by vitafusion)
  • Access for one to kick-off ride event to meet your fellow challengers
  • Use of The Forum Athletic Club 2 hours before and after your scheduled rides
  • Complimentary childcare
  • Daily support from your lead Cycologist
  • Weekly emails with personalized advice from lead Cycologist
  • In-studio progress tracking
  • The chance to win a transformation photo shoot

The Spring Into Change challenge kicks off this week. The cost to participate is $600 and more details can be found here. If you love Cyc as much as we do, then we’re pumped to see you in class!

Be sure to keep up with Cyc Fitness on Facebook and Twitter, plus follow #CycBuckhead.

pretty southern Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner, UGA graduate, and the editor of Pretty Y’all can find her writing, wining, dining, and working out in Atlanta. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. Keep up with her & Pretty Southern on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Pretty Southern Updates

Just in case y’all missed the news…

Keep Calm Stay Southern #lovethesouth reached record traffic with 70,000+ hits, 62,000 unique visitors and 96,000+ page views in one week

On Wednesday, March 18, Pretty Southern published a contributed editorial from a young, single woman who spent the past six months living in Charleston. As a native of Atlanta, she’d always loved Charleston and decided to move there. Well, things didn’t quite turn out like she expected, and Pretty Southern invited her to share her opinion. Essentially, she called the city of Charleston an “ugly baby”. Charleston residents picked up the story, as did Reddit, and the local media outlets. Our story went viral.

The post received 8,000+ Facebook Likes before it had to be taken down due to the author of the post receiving threats. Pretty Southern’s unique visitors represented all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and 113 countries around the world.

We were invited for an interview on Mix 96 Live, Charleston’s local radio
On Friday, March 20, Pretty Southern had its first radio appearance. I called into “2 Girls and A Guy” to discuss this post, why we chose to publish it, and the crazy response. The full interview is available here. We also had a local College of Charleston student submit “a polite rebuttal” in defense of her city.

Meanwhile, back in Georgia…

It’s our privilege to announce our membership with the Atlanta Press Club as a journalist member.
Pretty Southern was also named PR/Social Media Chair for The Atlanta Food Blogger Society. We’ve been tasked to help further expand the outreach of our 40+ bloggers by aligning our efforts with local Atlanta PR firms, restaurants, and festivals to promote the city’s dining scene.

We’re also excited to celebrate the 100th birthday of UGA’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication. The Grady College Centennial Weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 16 with a symposium at UGA, with a field party on Friday, April 17, and a black tie gala on Saturday, April 18, followed by a brunch on Sunday, April 19. More information including tickets can be found here.

It’s hard to believe March is already almost over. Springtime is upon us, which means festival season is coming too. This week we’re particularly excited for our PR/Marketing/Social Media girls meetup hosted by the lovely Tori Allen. Plus we’ve got BaconFest for Dad’s Garage, the opening of D. Gellar & Son’s new location in Sandy Springs, and much more. Please make sure you follow us on social media for the latest updates.

And as always, bless your heart! #LoveTheSouth

pretty southern Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner, UGA graduate, and the editor of Pretty Y’all can find her writing, wining, dining, and working out in Atlanta. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. Keep up with her & Pretty Southern on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.