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Gone With the Wind…But Not the Eyebrows

Scarlett O'Hara Eyebrows

When most people think of “Gone With the Wind,” they think of Vivien Leigh’s tiny waist, “I will never go hungry again,” the curtain dress or Clark Gable’s gorgeous self. There are so many moments that have made their marks on our minds.

But when I think of “Gone With the Wind,” the first word that pops into my head is eyebrows. Yes, eyebrows.

In 2009, mere weeks into my life as a full-time journalist, I was assigned to cover the 70th anniversary celebration of the film “Gone With the Wind” on the historic Marietta Square. There would be local politicians breaking the Guinness World Record for the Virginia Reel, dressed in period clothing and taking a break from their usual suits, pearls and ties. There would be GWTW enthusiasts from all over the world, reveling in the nostalgia surrounding them. There would be a giant, 8-feet long, 6-feet tall cake made to look like Scarlett’s home, Tara, which took three people 40 hours to make using 250 pounds of fondant icing. There would be Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, sharing the history of the film and introducing some of the stars of the celebration.

Ann Rutherford Vivien Leigh and Evelyn Keyes

Ann Rutherford played an O’Hara girl along with Vivien Leigh and Evelyn Keyes

And there would be Ann Rutherford.

While the name might not be familiar to most – certainly not as familiar as Gable and Leigh – Rutherford did have a speaking role in the film. Rutherford played Carreen O’Hara, Scarlett’s sister, in the film. She also had roles in the classic film “Pride and Prejudice” and as Polly Benedict in the famous Andy Hardy films. While her role in GWTW might have been small, Rutherford knew it was her legacy.


BLT Steak Atlanta Celebrates the SEC Championship

Popover BLT Steak

While you’re there be sure to sample a popover!

To celebrate the culmination of the South’s favorite season, BLT Steak Atlanta has expertly crafted specialty cocktails just in time for the big game at the Georgia Dome. SEC fans can cheers to Alabama with the Crimson Spice and toast to Missouri with The Tiger.

Infused for 72 hours, the Crimson Spice combines Jack Daniels Un-aged Rye, Fresh Cranberries and Mexican Cinnamon served hot to warm school spirits as the temperature drops. The Tiger is a delicious blend of Woodford Reserve, Fee Bros. Orange Bitters and Cherry Heering Liqueur.

Additionally, Chef de Cuisine Matt Ratcliffe has created a championship winning feast with a tailgate-inspired blackboard menu including a 14oz New York Strip with Roast Marrow Bone and Red Wine Butter, Hot “Chicken-Fried” Oysters with Sweet Pickles, Angel Biscuit Puree and Cilantro, and Roasted Chanterelles with Popcorn and Pimento Cheese. Diners can round out their meal with Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cranberry Coulis and Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.

For more information on the menu and to make reservations, please call (404) 577-7601 or visit BLT Steak’s website. Also keep up with them on Facebook or Twitter @BLTSteakATL.

Lee Schroder contributed this post

Andrews Entertainment District to Host Nightlife, Dining and Hospitality Job Fair

Czar Ice Bar - Vodka wall

A Nightlife, Dining and Hospitality Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. inside Andrews Entertainment District at the Improv Comedy Club located at 56 East Andrews Drive NW in Buckhead. Positions available include Front of House (Host/Hostess, Fine Dining and Upscale Casual Servers/Cocktail Servers, country club or hotel experienced Banquet Event Captain, Busser/Server Assistant and Food Runners), Bar (Bartender, Bar Back, Cashiers & Security), Kitchen (Line Cooks, high volume Expo and Dishwasher), Marketing (Street Team, Flyer and Poster Distribution Personnel), Entertainers (Dueling Piano, DJ and Top 40, Swing/Rat Pack or Salsa House Band), Facility Maintenance (Janitor/Custodian, Weekend Handyman and Facilities Engineer handling restaurant equipment maintenance, HVAC, plumbing and electrical), as well as Interns (Marketing, Catering and Event Sales). A leader in the dining and entertainment industry, Andrews Entertainment District is looking for candidates with a minimum of two years hotel or high volume restaurant or bar experience. All interviews and hiring will be conducted at the two day job fair and applicants need to arrive with two forms of ID.

“We are looking for candidates that fit our ideology. Our goal is to provide each guest with the most memorable experience, always looking for opportunities to exceed each guest’s expectations, while maintaining a sincere gracious attitude,” said Andrews Entertainment President Steve de Haan. “We do this to experience personal and professional fulfillment, and to build a lasting relationship with our guests.”

Located in the heart of Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive NW, Andrews Entertainment District is a world class destination with exceptional dining, entertainment, and nightlife scene. With diverse and distinct venues, conveniently located in over 30,000 square feet under one roof, Andrews Entertainment District is the home of East Andrews, Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, Cellar 56, Czar Ice Bar, Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine, Andrews Upstairs, Prohibition, and Sal’s Pizzeria. Featuring Atlanta’s hottest DJs, live entertainment, the best cocktails, and a lively bar scene, Andrews Entertainment District is where Atlanta goes out for a night out on the town.

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JCT Kitchen Wedding

JCT Kitchen wedding

On 10-10-10, October 10 of 2010, Kevin Patrick and Lauren Morgan tied the knot at JCT Kitchen. Atlanta’s quintessential restaurant in the revamped Westside district served as the perfect location for their modern, Southern wedding. Guests noshed on roasted chicken, beef tenderloin, mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes and garlicky green beans. After dinner, they danced to the sounds of DJ Josh Whitlock before speeding away in a custom Porsche Spyder replica. Wedding photography shot by Achor & Eden. Lauren’s dress was found in a sample sale at Demetrios and her hair & makeup were by Ashley Nicole of Bob Steele Salon. Here are photos from their JCT Kitchen wedding.


UGA vs. Georgia Tech: Clean Old-Fashioned Hate

UGA Tech Mad Men

“Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.” Let’s take this one all the way back to 1917, with one of my favorite Georgia-Georgia Tech stories told to me by one of the greatest storytellers ever, Loran Smith, paraphrased and told not nearly as well as he did, of course.

During World War I, many schools, including Georgia, lost nearly all of their male students to the war and most of UGA’s students-turned-soldiers left to fight in France. Subsequently, Georgia canceled football for the 1917 and 1918 seasons, not only because many of the athletes were fighting in the war, but also to show solidarity to them. Georgia Tech, however, chose to become a military training ground of sorts and thus had plenty of new athletes ready to play. Tech continued to play football during those seasons, reveling in and counting victories against the remaining teams who chose to play.