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This is the website for the Habersham Hacienda, my farm, inn and wild foraging culinary adventure started in 2005 after selling my Atlanta restaurants. Downtown Decatur gems Supper Club and Billy Goat's Cantina were my two spots 1997-2007
I started the Hacienda in late 2005 and sold Spring 2019. Bittersweet but we thank Habersham County for 14 groovy years. I sold everything and drove to Mexico. In 2020 I came back to the US and then...well, we know what happened.
A nine month stop in Tulsa was a great location to look into the Southwest and Midwest areas. Taking in some salt air and warm winter temps in Arizona and Florida for holiday 2020 and now ready to head back to the mountains and re-establish roots.
I am available for farm to table culinary consultation, design work both residential and commercial and would enjoy getting back to an actual small town shopkeeper's life. The right fit of farm to table folks and good cheer. I don't need to own it, I'm happy being a back up singer and being part of a great team. North Georgia? North Carolina? Tennessee? We shall see. :-)
On the experience page above, I keep a virtual resume for dates and context. Chef, organic farmer, permaculture enthusiast, trainer and teacher, herbalist, restaurateur, dog lover, hospitality pro, ingredient sourceress, writer and more. My love is food and getting people excited about it. The wellness aspect of buying and eating local and all the many ways that benefits communities and cultures is my life long passion. Telling the story of it is another love. I started my journey as a young culinary writer and travel critic for Travel & Leisure back in the mid 90s. The 90s! That rolled into opening my first restaurant outside of Atlanta (The Supper Club 1997) and then another! I sold and moved to a property in North Georgia Mountains in 2007 and started my own farm and culinary wild adventure. Heritage chickens, ducks and all. Another decade well spent. My next chapter I'm currently writing! Always happy to find my tribe and connect with others doing the good work of tending the land, the animals and sharing the love.
The original Hacienda blog is here and there's some good stuff in there back to the farming days, Big Chicken, gentlewoman farming and how (not) to go broke, mid life reinvention (are we there yet?) and more.
The first two books in my Decade of Dish series are available on Apple and Blurb below.