Join Gallery L1 and DIG TONIGHT Sunday Nov. 16th from 5-7pm for Sundowners and Supper, a taste of Africa made fresh through the flavors of a DIG Garden . Whet your palate on DIG's signature cocktails, the African Violet Martini, and the Ugandan Sunset while enjoying the stylings of noted Atlanta chefs as they present African and garden-inspired bites that will transport you across the globe. Cozy-up to watch the premier of DIG's short film and participate in DIG's African marketplace, silent and live auctions, raffles, and more.
Gallery L1 parking is located at 755 Ralph McGill Blvd, in the lot for Magick Lantern Studios. It is a block away from the Gallery. Parking closes promptly at 10pm. Any cars left in the lot after 10 can be picked up Monday morning. We are also located right off the Atlanta Beltline, easily accesible by foot or bike.
The event will be emceed by Virginia Willis, Georgia-born French-trained Chef who has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child in France, prepared lunch for President Clinton, and catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda -- but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen.
Eddie Hernandez - The brains AND talent behind one of Atlanta's favorite taco joints, Taqueria del Sol, Hernandez has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, is a Chefs Feed winner has been written up in Garden & Gun, Bon Appetit, Fromers, the AJC and more.
Duane Nutter - Known for his simple yet intricate dishes, Nutter delivers chef driven 'southernational' cuisine at One Few South. He worked as the chef de cuisine in Kentucky's Seelbach Hilton's Oakroom, one of only 48 AAA Five-Diamond restaurants in the world. He has competed on the Food Network's Iron Chef America, cooked at the James Beard House in NYC, been praised in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Men's Journal, Delta Sky Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Details and more. Known around town as the 'Mad Chef,' Nutter also happens to be a stand-up comedian and was a semi-finalist in Comedy Central's Laugh Riots.
Russ Pysell - A personal chef located in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Grant Park, Chef Russ is the principal chef at Yummy Street , one of the area’s finest and most dynamic personal chef services. As a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association, Chef Russ has studied at some of America’s finest culinary institutions, including the Culinary Institutes of America and Le Cordon Bleu. A former restaurant owner, Chef Russ now brings his vibrant, delectable creations directly to your doorstep.
Marvin Woods - Emmy-nominated and nationally recognized chef, Woods has accumulatedseveral high accomplishments and accolades that include preparing the first estate dinner for the Obamas in 2009; cooking at the James Beard House in NYC, authoring 2 cookbooks, and launching a national television show called "Home Plate" on Turner Networks. He is passionate about educating people on simple healthy cooking and has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, and Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign.
Andy Gonzales - Known for artful comfort food and a lengthy Atlanta culinary pedigree, Gonzales is the Chef/GMfor Steinbeck's Ale House in Decatur. He was key in developing Steinbeck's, Oakhurst Market, Spice Market and Young Augustine's. He also boasts extensive beverage knowledge.
Ben Portman - Ben Portman is the Founder and Executive Chef of Porkman's Table in West Atlanta. Ben has recently appeared on the Food Network and has been named to Zagat’s Top 30 under 30 for 2014. Additionally, Porkman’s Table was named Creative Loafing’s Best Supper Club in Atlanta.
Development in Gardening (DIG) empowers communities to develop sustainable gardens that improve the nutrition and quality of life for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. We will be raising support for new East African garden projects desired for 2015.