As the calendar turns to the final months of the year, and temperatures in greater Atlanta begin to drop, attention turns to the holiday season. Though winters in the south may be significantly shorter than other regions, we are no less enchanted by the holiday traditions and seasonal delights that make this time of year …View full post
Cracking the Christmas Code The ultimate gift? The gift of a shared story. Enjoy this sweet tale written by one of our readers. By Brigitte Peck We were old enough to know better, but my brother and I couldn’t help ourselves. It was innocent enough at first. We’d inventory the gifts under the tree, taking …View full post
Pastry Chefs Share Their Favorites Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Dennis Malcolm Byron We did it again. We invited some of our favorite chefs to a Lifestyle Publications throw-down and the results were more than just tasty. These four pastry chefs stepped up to the cake plate, creating sugary masterpieces that left our judges singing …View full post
One for Charity. One for You. One to Give. Article Ruksana Hussain | Images courtesy Ladon Whitmire “I was meant to do this, it comes from the heart, I am gonna get there, I will get through!” says an emphatic Ladon Whitmire, owner of Give Bracelets. A company that makes giving back cool and fashionable, Give Bracelets …View full post
Thank you for pausing on this page. I know it’s tough not to flip directly to page 26 where we share the winners of our Holiday Sweets Throw-down. The desserts brought to us to taste were enough to stop Santa in his tracks. It was tough to choose a winner, but we think you’ll agree the Apple and Olive Oil Walnut Cake on this month’s cover is a real gift. We appreciate all the pastry chefs and bakers who joined the fun. Thanks, too, to our new best friends at W Atlanta-Buckhead for hosting our tasting. Dennis Malcolm Byron, our star photographer, really captured the richness of all the desserts. Thank you for this gift!
We asked each of the participating chefs to share their favorite nonprofit and hope you will consider giving of your time, talent and resources to help fill the many needs all around us this holiday season.
Happy December friends,
Sue G. Collins, Editor | SCollins@ LifestylePubs.com
We asked our staff members what they hoped to give and receive this month:
• Locally crafted products so I can support local businesses. Food products like chocolates and jellies or organizational gifts for my work-from-home pals. Ruksana Hussain
• Donations to some of the wonderful local nonprofits listed in this issue. Jim Newman
• The holidays means so much more than combatting traffic and long lines just to spend money on a bunch of stuff. Christmas to me is about sharing precious time and memorable experiences with loved ones. These things are priceless. Ben Hammett Walkuski
• A surprise vacation! Lisa Harrison, National Editor
• I wish for for anything from the spa. Manicure, massage, I don’t care. Just pamper me. Rhiannon Bankes
• I am wishing for the opportunity see as much of family and friends as I can and to bring in the New Year with peace and love.
Dennis Malcolm Byron, photographer
• Time with my family during the holiday season.
Steven Schowengerdt, CEO
More than 200 kids from Sarah Smith Elementary entered the 2013 Reflections Arts Recognition and Achievement program, founded in 1969 with a goal to inspire students to develop their creative gifts and talents and also to raise community awareness of the importance of the arts in education. Photography Kimberley Simms
The second annual Buckhaven Social to Benefit the Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center for Hope & Healing was hosted by Katy Romano (Founder of Arm Candy – supporting the Patrick Dempsey Cancer Center) and Elaine Goldberg (Owner, One of a Kind Events) and included fare by Zucca Bar & Pizzeria, cocktails by United Distributors, Inc. DempseyChallenge.org.
Nine of Atlanta’s top chefs joined forces for “Tailgating in the Spirit,” a benefit for Atlanta nonprofit Moving in the Spirit, held in the historic Buckhead home of Colie and Brince Neidlinger. Moving in the Spirit educates, inspires and unites
Atlanta’s young people through the art of dance, propelling them to become compassionate leaders. MovingInTheSpirit.org
Congratulations to everyone here at BuckHaven Lifestyle magazine for earning a Bronze Award for Best Series, 2012-13 at the 24th Annual GAMMA Awards held at Piedmont Estate and Gardens. Presented during a ceremony at the Magazine Association of the Southeast’s “Southern Charm” conference, The GAMMA Award is a prestigious recognition awarded to writers, designers, editors and magazine titles showcasing exemplary work. The competition extends across the Southeast and is judged by top names in the business. Buckhaven Lifestyle is publishing its 21st issue this month, for the residents of Buckhead and Brookhaven.
Buckhaven Lifestyle won for its series including:
Arts 4 Alzheimer’s Draws Confidence, Written by Sue G Collins, Photography by Jerry Siegel
Georgian Ovarian Cancer Alliance: Georgia’s Hope, written by Morgan Hayes, Photography by Daniel Whitefield and Dodge & Burned Photography
Jerusalem House: A Saving Grace, written by Ben Hammett Walkuski, Photography by Keith Cordell