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This is my 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. Definitely bittersweet but we thank Habersham County for 14 groovy years. If you've ever owned an event and wedding farm, you probably get it.
I sold mostly everything, drove to Mexico in my minivan with the doggos, came back and noodled around the Southwest. In 2020 while in Tulsa...well, we know what happened. This past year has proven the skills of improv are more valuable than ever.
A ten month stop in Oklahoma was a great midpoint to look into the Southwest and Midwest. Now taking in some salt air and warm winter temps in Arizona and Florida for holiday 2020 and now I'm ready to head back to the countryside and re-establish roots. Definitely a rural life gal now.
I am available for farm to table culinary consultation, design work both residential and commercial and can help streamline your home, detox, custom create personal care products, establish a pollinator or permaculture garden, write song lyrics...Did I miss anything?
The right fit of farm to table folks and good community is what I seek. North Georgia? North Carolina? Tennessee? Texas? We shall see. :-)
On the experience page link 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, building inspector, writer.
The wellness aspects of buying and eating local and all the many ways that benefits communities and culture 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, medicinal herb gardens, pollinator rain gardens, 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.
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