Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren

"atlanta homes and lifestyles"



November 2009



Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

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Recently I picked up the latest issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles which I knew was featuring Nathalie Dupree and I during our Southern Chef Series.

What I was not prepared for was the unbelievably gorgeous spread in the magazine…… more amazing than I could have imagined.

From editor Clinton Smith:

LATELY, luxury has become hard to define. To me, it’s never been about glitz and glamour. It’s been more about quality and value- and putting a value on what really matters. This month’s issue recasts luxury on several fronts. One story shows us that there’s great comfort found in classical architecture, another exemplifies the virtues of color. Good design may not be inexpensive, but whether it’s classic or contemporary, it’s lasting. Money aside, our entertaining story may be the ultimate in luxury-good friends cooking together in the kitchen and sharing stories. What more could you ask for?

photography: David Christensen

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October 2009



Cooking with Nathalie for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

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In the over 30 years I have known Nathalie, I had never cooked with her. When the class was scheduled at Serenbe, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine asked if they could do a feature piece on it. Nathalie agreed to fly in early for a photo shoot on Sunday morning before the class started. We agreed to cook several of the items that would be taught for the class.

My friend Dana helped me that morning to get the kitchen “camera ready”- the prepped food in pretty bowls and vegetable vignettes. Nathalie and I were to have food and ourselves camera ready at 11am. The photographer and writer would show up at 10 am to set up for the 11 am shoot.

Well, our set up became the shoot. The photographer just started snapping away as we started cooking. And as we cooked, Nathalie and I started a playful banter about our philosophy of cooking and eating. 

Joking and jesting were as much a part of the morning as were the finished dishes. Nathalie would turn a pot up to caramelize the onions and I’d turn it down because I thought she was burning them. Then she’d turn it back up. We obviously had different definitions of caramelizing!

Then she’d say something about a particular technique and I’d chime right in or vice versa. It became the Fric and Frac show in the kitchen. I loved the banter as much as the cooking. Nathalie has such a wry sense of humor. It is one of her many gifts and created a hilarious morning for all those in the kitchen with us.



October 2009





October 2009



Southern Chef Series with Natalie Dupree

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I’m on my way to pick up my friend Nathalie Dupree from the airport. The rest of the afternoon will be prep day for our first Southern Chef Series which begins tomorrow!

The day will begin with a photo shoot and video with Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, Nathalie cooking with 11 of our Serenbe inn guests and then sitting together to enjoy our wonderful meal.

The series continues Monday with more cooking with Nathalie, lunch and an afternoon of fun.

Check back next week for recipes, pictures and video of our weekend!