It’s coming a little earlier this year! Mark your calendar!



WOW. My Friday night was pretty amazing.
We’ve been frequenting The Spotted Trotter and Ale Yeah for a bit, but this was our first time attending the CIVIC Dinner.

The Spotted Trotter is hosting monthly dinners for an intimate group where they partner with a beverage company. The atmosphere was perfect with a little live music and candle light. A small group of about 30 people with 8 courses paired with beer that you had the option of picking up from Ale Yeah. We of course did, and the beer pairings were spot on.

My favorite pairing (I think!) had to be the Peach Smoke dish seen in the third photo. My favorite dish…hard to say. Everything was so good and the portions were beyond generous. The duck ball, the tripe (best I’ve had), and the papaya salad all stood out. OH! and the spiced pecans were AMAZING. I’d love to see those bagged up and for sale at the store (hint, hint if ST is reading).

Next month they should be teaming up with American Spirit Whiskey, and we will without question be there. We are feeling pretty lucky (fat) to live in between a craft beer market and a charcuterie.

Civic  /  adj.  /  Of, concerning, or affecting the community or the people.


I met Lyn from Preserving Now at the Morningside Farmers Market where she was selling her delicious jams. We chatted for a bit and I noticed that she also offered classes here in Atlanta. One thing led to another and Lyn and I decided to team up and bring this review to you.
Lyn Deardorf has been canning for over 40 years and you’ll learn both the science, and the art of canning in her class. She starts with a little meet and greet discussion where we share why we are interested in canning, and in turn what has brought us to her class. Answers range from growing and putting up ones own produce to the novice looking to explore something new. I loved hearing everyone’s stories, and their connections to canning. Canning has a long history and for many it’s been passed down through generations and connects us to our past.
When Lyn said we’d be making bread and butter pickles I couldn’t help but crack a smile. My great-grandmother always had a jar of these on the table and I immediately remembered her, and the country dinners shared at that table. What better way to honor, remember and connect than through food.




We got started with our 3 recipes and everyone contributed in the kitchen. The class was very hands on and nothing was done without a clear explanation of why we were doing it.
We talked about eating local and organic, discussed canning safety, Lyn shared a few favorite canning cookbooks with us, and any and all questions were answered. You’ll leave class with a binder full of information, 3 jars to enjoy and the knowledge to capture local, seasonal ingredients on your own. You will be practicing Farm to Pantry (as Lyn put it) in no time!

I’m finishing this post on the plane to New York and a conversation has struck up. The woman next to me is sharing stories about her mother’s adventurous cooking during the great depression and canning food to feed her family through the winter. It’s amazing what the sight of that iconic mason jar can do.

Preserving Now has a slew of canning workshops around town so grab a friend or two, and you’ll be putting up fresh tomatoes to enjoy in January before you know it. You can also schedule a group class if you round-up enough friends!
This class was held at The Indie-Pendent, a lovely handmade shop and studio/event space in the Virginia Highlands.

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Canning Label Stamp with heart and arrow design
Playing around with some more designs, but so far I have this little guy up in the shop.
I’ll also be attending a canning class this Saturday at The Indie-Pendent!
Slots are still open if you want to join in on the fun.
Call or email Lyn to sign up!



If you’re in my life you’ve probably seen me wearing this necklace A LOT.
It’s a find from the Indie Craft Experience by Brass and Bones that I love and wear more than I ever imagined I would. It’s my everyday and my night on the town necklace.
Leili Kasraie is the talent behind this and more handmade golden geometric pieces and you can pick one up HERE!


I was a bit spoiled this weekend with dinner at Rosebud on Friday followed by a laid back sunny afternoon trip to The Optimist on Saturday. This was my first visit to The Optimist and my friend and I decided to dine at The Oyster Bar which has a smaller menu of starters and snacks. It’s adjacent to the main dining area and  I immediately fell for the laid back coastal vibe of the space with the sun shining in and doors open to the patio.

We of course had to order beers to take advantage of the free Coozie perk at the Oyster Bar. They also have delicious flavored punches that change daily and we went with refreshing watermelon basil.

Charred octopus with kimchi sauce and candied coriander. Yes please. In the top left corner is the edge of some amazing chips with malt vinegar aioli. They were paper-thin and crispy.

Wood roasted oysters with shrimp butter shown here, but we also sampled some raw east and west coast varieties. They had several oyster options to choose from and I wanted about a dozen of each.

Hopefully I will be returning very soon to try out The Optimist’s main menu as well as back to The Oyster Bar to work my way through all of their offerings.




beef jerky, coppa, bresaola, and a little wedge of cheese…


We stopped into  The Spotted Trotter over the weekend, and as always they did not disappoint. I added a little strawberry lemon jam that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market from Preserving Now which turned out to be an amazing idea.
Lyn Deardorff who makes tasty jams and runs Preserving Now also offers canning classes at an amazing price. If you are looking to learn a thing or two about canning, she’s your lady.

If you haven’t checked out The Spotted Trotter yet, the chef and staff at the counter know their stuff and are waiting for you…