On a 6-acre farm in rural Georgia, Bella Cucina owner Alisa Barry and her team of chefs cook produce from their organic garden into small batches of artisanal sauces, spreads, and olive oils. Their "unbelievably delicious" artichoke-lemon pesto earned a spot on Oprah’s O List in 2004, and Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Thing To Do calls the full roster of sauces "mouthwatering."
But the food is only one part of Barry’s mission to empower gourmands. She also stocks shelves with dozens of Italian cookbooks that brim with slow-food recipes and designs a line of ceramic cookware that respond to junk food by defensively sealing their lids.
Hundreds of exotic and native plants spread across more than 30 acres of growing space at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Under the careful watch of the garden's horticulture team, these species provide a serene backdrop for garden visitors even as they educate them on the wonders of the natural world. The botanical discovery doesn't stop after the sun goes down. At night, visitors can explore the verdant pathways lit by millions of twinkling bulbs for the second annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, or decamp to the conservatory for a look at a mammoth collection of species orchids and the chirping poison dart frogs that keep them company. Amid its ever-changing visual display, the Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts frequent events such as concerts, holiday light shows, seasonal festivals, and an annual member-plant dance.
Since it opened in 1895, Piedmont Park has played host to numerous historic concerts, exhibitions, and sporting events. The Piedmont Summer Sprint adds yet another chapter to the park's lore, all while raising funds for the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces in support of the local arts community. Created by the L Movement, which also engineered events such as the SuperCon Fun Run. The Sprint sends participants of all ages jogging or strolling across the iconic grounds for an afternoon of fitness and fun. Piedmont Summer Sprint proudly partners with the Piedmont Arts Festival so that guests can enjoy a day of fun, art, music, food trucks and local merchants following the race.
First opened in 1994, Return to Eden neighborhood natural market has been offering the best natural foods and supplements for years. With a friendly staff, great raw food and vegetarian options, and the metro area's largest selection of gluten free foods, don't miss out on this Atlanta original.