Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren



August 2010



Southern Chef’s Potluck

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I love food events. Just 2 weeks ago at Serenbe, we had one of my most favorites yet.

A Southern Chefs Potluck on July 18 was held to benefit Wholesome Wave, a wonderful, national organization to get fresh local food on low income family tables.

What made this event so amazing was the caliber of local talent that turned out for a casual Sunday afternoon in the country. The event was held in the Lake Pavilion at Serenbe and was set up like a Sunday church potluck- long tables with gingham cloths and a center food table laden with delicious food prepared by Atlanta’s best.

Each chef was asked to bring a side dish, dessert and pickle or relish. And unlike other big foodie events, all they had to do was set down their dishes and have fun. No standing behind a table making individual dishes for people to sample. We had organized this event to be fun for the chefs also and fun they did have!

Libations were provided by Quivira Vineyards, Terrapin Beer and “Moonshine Punch” from Holeman and Finch.

Some of the dishes and chefs:
Anne Quatrano- Bacchanalia- Fried Okra and Hot Peppers with Wild Ramp Aioli , Blueberry Pie and Cookies from Star Provisions
Linton Hopkins- Restaurant Eugene- Eggplant Salad and Key Lime Pie
Hilary White- The Hil- Squash Casserole
Steven Satterfeld- Miller Union- Succotash and Peach Ice Cream
Kevin Gillespie- Woodfire Grill- Granny’s Potato Salad
Ford Fry- JCT- Macaroni and Cheese and Coconut Cake
Marie Nygren- Garlic Cole Slaw and Blueberry Cobbler
Will Harris and Jim and Nick’s Barbeque-an entire cow from Will’s farm- sliders, grilled Rib Eyes sausage
Joe Truex- Watershed- Corn Pudding

It definitely was the best potluck I had ever been to!!!!  

And, I loved watching the chefs and the guests have such a great time. Someone said it was like going to a big family reunion.

We also had a live auction with 3 great packages:

  • Dinner for 6 at Hilary and Jim White’s with lots of fresh vegetables from Serenbe Farms.
  • Cocktail Party for 30 in my and Steve’s courtyard with food and wine provided by Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene and event design by Gloriosa.
  • Overnight stay for 8 at The Inn at Serenbe and dinner in my and Steve’s house provided by Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia.

The entire event brought in over $20,000 for Wholesome Wave which was fabulous for an inaugural event.

If you didn’t get to come, please plan to next year. Even the chefs said please let them know so they’d mark it on their calendars as they had such a fun time. When we have the date for next year, I’ll put a posting on the blog so keep a lookout for it.
Hope to see you there next year.

**photos courtesy of Melanie Allgood Hygema

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