May 2017 Around Town 2

Lovely Garden Tours

For celebrating Mother’s Day, there’s no better place to explore than the 10 breathtaking gardens featured on the annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Saturday and Sunday, May 13 – 14. Benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the tour spotlights private home gardens in metro Atlanta, including Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Midtown. Featuring a range of styles and sizes–from tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban oases, the professionally designed to “gardener’s gardens” – the event will delight both green thumbs and the “garden curious” alike. Tickets for the self-guided tour, held rain or shine each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., go on sale April 1 at and at select area retailers. They are $28 in advance (garden members $22) and $35 on days of the tour, and are valid both days.

Garden Party

Enjoy an elegant evening in the garden at Heritage Green, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary libations, plus a silent auction to benefit the HSS Farmers Market and Historic Resources Program! Tickets include five tastings of specialty craft cocktails, sponsored by The Savvy Cellars and JR Revelry, which will be infused with ingredients from the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. Guests can experience the feel of the Prohibition-era in the cigar lounge, sponsored by Sandy Springs Cigars, while enjoying jazz music. Hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by Brooklyn Cafe, Savor Bar and Kitchen, Slope’s BBQ, CalyRoad Creamery, and Cloud Catering. Heritage Sandy Springs will present the history of moonshine and speakeasies from Sandy Springs to the metro-Atlanta area, and throughout the state of Georgia. Four cocktail bars and a speakeasy will feature the unique histories of five liquors. Mary O. Boyle and Ron Smith discuss their historical book Prohibition in Atlanta with interested guests. This book has generously been donated to the event’s silent auction, as well as a one-of-a-kind Frabel glass sculpture. A full list of silent auction items can be found at, where online bidding is now open to the public. All ticket sales for Prohibition in the Park, as well as proceeds from the silent auction, will benefit the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market and Historic Resources Program. Tickets to Prohibition in the Park are $50 for Heritage Sandy Springs Members and $75 for non-members. Cocktail attire is requested; themed outfits are encouraged.

Chefs in the Making

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is offering the Petite Pastry Chef Experience–a two-hour pastry class in the hotel’s kitchen with Executive Pastry Chef Troman Felizmenio. Kids ages 7 to 14 will get their own personalized chef coats and learn how to make the hotel’s signature sweets from a pastry master. After the class, kids will join their parents for lunch and desert in The Gallery where they will present their masterpieces for all to enjoy. The experience starts at $1,299 per night and includes overnight luxury Executive Suite accommodations with Club Level Access on Friday night (the first Friday of each month, available through August 2017), one two-hour pastry class and tour of the kitchen, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for one participant with additional fees for second child and one lunch for four people featuring desserts created by the young pastry chefs (additional overnight accommodations available upon request).

Big Benz Beam

The Mercedes-Benz USA team celebrated a milestone on March 30 as the final steel beam was installed at the new headquarters currently under construction in Sandy Springs at 6480 Barfield Road. The new $93 million headquarters building, opening in early 2018, will house as many as 1,000 MBUSA employees. The luxury auto-maker relocated to its new home in Atlanta from New Jersey and is temporarily headquartered in Dunwoody’s Sterling Pointe office center. Dietmar Exler, CEO and president, MBUSA, was on hand to thank the construction crew at the site of the new facility. Construction of the new headquarters began in early September which included a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. The headquarters, designed by global design firm Gensler which was hired by MBUSA nearly two years ago due to its creative building concepts, will be constructed with an open layout, matching recent trends in corporate campus design.

Golf for Good

Right now, there are 540 students enrolled in Forsyth County’s schools that identify as homeless. Even with such prosperity and affluent members of our community, local homeless families work day by day, struggling to make ends meet. With efforts from Elite Roofing & Restoration and Family Promise of Forsyth County, homeless children and adults will benefit from funds that will be raised on May 16 at The Manor Golf and Country Club. The first Elite Roofing & Restoration Charity Golf Tournament plans to bring our city together for an enjoyable yet meaningful day on the green. Taking place with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., this tournament will feature intermingling celebrity golf teams, a silent auction, raffle, door prizes, putting contests, an awards reception with live music, and awareness of a close-to-home issue within our community. A Hole in One and Longest Drive contest among others will entice all players to compete at their highest potential. Contact or 678.781.1998.

Southern Gentleman Loves Pets

Passion for Paws is a local Atlanta non-profit organization that partners with other animal rescues for fundraising, networking and rescue efforts. According to the American Humane Association, each year about 3.7 million animals are euthanized, thousands here in Georgia. While this problem is overwhelming, it can be solved if rescue groups have the volunteer and financial help to get these animals forever homes. Founded in 2008, Passion for Paws has raised over $125,000 for local rescue groups through fun, casual and lively events. Join us for the Southern Gentleman Pet Soiree on June 7 from 6-10 p.m. on the patios of Southern Gentleman and Gypsy Kitchen. Your $25 donation in advance includes admission, one drink, light bites, live music and a silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit PAWS Atlanta and Good Mews rescues. Buy tickets now at

Food That Rocks

For one night only, more than 25 of the best local restaurants will be rocking the heart of Sandy Springs at the second annual Food That Rocks, and again will benefit three very local non-profit organizations: Ian’s Friends Foundation, Second Helpings Atlanta and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Set for Saturday, May 6, the 2017 Food That Rocks, a Celebration of Sandy Springs in Hammond Park, will feature gourmet bites from Sandy Springs’ best restaurants, wine/beer/cocktail tastes and live music. Food That Rocks, set for 6:30 to 11 p.m., is for 21 years and older. General admission tickets are $60 at the door. First-taster VIP tickets are $75 at the door.