Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren

Southern Chefs Potluck



August 2012



Southern Chefs Potluck Nets Big Dollars for Georgians

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Last Sunday’s Southern Chefs Potluck, benefitting Wholesome Wave Georgia, boosted the agency’s coffers when 150 patrons and 20 of the Atlanta area’s top chefs converged on Serenbe to provide a bountiful smorgasbord of the finest food our region offers. 

For the main course, The Farmhouse at Serenbe provided its famous fried chicken, recently touted the best fried chicken in the August 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living, and Jim N’ Nick’s B-B-Q offered up White Oak Pastures meats and their own hot links.  The participating chefs provided Sunday supper sides along with homemade pickles, relishes, and desserts. 

Patrons dined family style with the chefs while being entertained by local talent Christ, Lord!, Lily and the Tigers, and Under White Pines.  Once sated, the talented auctioneer Will Harris worked the crowd to raise money for Wholesome Wave Georgia.  

Four one-of-a-kind chefs packages were on the auction block.  Patrons bid high and bid often, raising more than $53,000 for the agency from the auction and ticket sales.  This figure represents more than $106,000 in local, fresh food purchased by Georgia nutrition assistance recipients at farmers markets as well as in excess of $106,000 in business for small, local and family farms. 

Thank you Georgia residents for attending the Southern Chefs Potluck and, more importantly, for supporting the good work of Wholesome Wave Georgia.  Together, we make a difference!



July 2012



Southern Chefs Potluck to Host Live Auction

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The 3rd Annual Southern Chefs Potluck is just around the corner, and I hope you’re joining us for the premiere event benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia.  The potluck will take place on Sunday, August 5, 3 to 6 p.m. in Serenbe.  Guests will dine family style with the chefs and their families on the grounds at the Inn at Serenbe.  The line up of participating chefs and restaurants is impressive.   
View the list of chefs and their dishes online, and while at the site, go ahead and purchase your tickets because you won’t want to miss this event! Seating is limited, so don’t delay.

In addition to a great meal and beverages served by members of the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on four outstanding chefs’ packages during the event’s live auction.  

Bidders will vie for these packages:

  • Cocktail party for 30 friends at my and Steve’s house, featuring tasty bites by Steven Satterfield of Miller Union and exciting libations by Miles Macquarrie of Leon’s Full Service   
  • Cooking class and dinner for you and 19 of your friends with Season 6 Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill at the Bosch Experience Center in Serenbe
  • An overnight stay for 14 guests at the Inn at Serenbe, including a private dinner prepared by Restaurant Eugene’s Linton Hopkins and Michel Nischan of Dressing Room (Westport, CT) and a midnight pool party with beverages mixed and served by the Atlanta Bartenders Guild
  • Sunday afternoon BBQ for 50 of your closest friends at the Pavilion at the Inn at Serenbe, featuring Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q truck, with beef provided by White Oak Pastures; side dishes from Bacchanalia’s Anne Quatrano, Hugh Atcheson of Empire State South, and me from my restaurant The Farmhouse; and desserts from the Blue Eyed Daisy

Telephone bids will be accepted.  If you are interested in placing a telephone bid, please email me at before the day of the event to make arrangements. 

All proceeds from the potluck go to Wholesome Wave Georgia.  Founded in 2009 by Gina Hopkins and Judith Winfrey, Wholesome Wave Georgia’s mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food at producer-only farmers markets in Georgia.  The organization creates financial incentives for low-income shoppers by doubling the value of state and federal nutrition benefits spent at local farmers markets. 

See you at the potluck!

To see what we’re serving for dinner this week at the Farmhouse, click on the Farmhouse Menu photo (upper right).  The menu changes weekly to highlight what’s fresh from the garden for that week.  

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