Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 4.46.22 PMCelebrate Labor Day weekend at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Returning Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, highlights on the adult stages include fan favorite Karin Slaughter and her suspense novel “Pieces of Her” and Atlanta-based

James Beard Award-nominated chef Todd Richards discussing “SOUL: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes.” Plus, don’t miss the keynote speaker, internationally-acclaimed director and stage, film and television actor, Kenny Leon.


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Sarah Diller's PhotographsPampering isn’t just for the ladies anymore. Today, it’s not uncommon for a handsome man to have snagged the last waxing appointment for the
day at your go-to salon. More men are making grooming a priority and I believe I speak for the majority of women when I say, “We approve!”

In our annual Men’s Issue, we take a look
at the latest grooming and aesthetic trends among males. From the smartly styled haircut to careful facial enhancements, “Man, You’re Looking Good!” gives you a peek inside the world of aesthetics from this growing phenomenon. Salon owners, top plastic surgeons, and more weigh in on what’s hot and what’s not (p.51).

A large part of looking good on the outside is feeling good on the inside, which isn’t always easy. From tackling Mount Everest to using each minute to prioritize their fitness goals, ve Atlanta men share how they maintain active and healthy lifestyles. Take a page from their book (p.43) when it comes to balancing the responsibilities of career and family, not to mention, the temptation to skip workouts and abandon diets.

Speaking of food, you’ll be ready to devour the nutritious recipes we share in “Lunches to Love.” If you’re in a lunch rut, these creative dishes will add some much-needed flavor and variety to your midday meal. We didn’t forget about the kids either! They won’t even realize they are eating vegetables as they dig into the brightly colored beet hummus or take a produce-packed turkey an cheese wrap to school with them.

We conclude this issue with a My Best Self Q&A with Sean Palani. This foodie founded an inclusive men’s dining group that explores Atlanta’s culinary scene while giving back to local organizations.

If you’re in need of inspiration on how you can make a difference in the community, be sure to explore our Best Cause and Give-Back Guide sections in every issue.

Happy reading,

Alex McCray

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Publisher Sherri Adair

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10th Annual Blue Ties Luncheon

This event on Sept. 7 benefits ProstAware,
an important Georgia organization focused
on educating men and their loved ones about prostate cancer. David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Tickets are $100.

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Presented by Children Helping Children, this free
philanthropic family festival on Oct. 21 brings together youth from the Atlanta area to assemble service projects. There is no better gift we can give our children than teaching them kindness and to be of service to others. To make this free fest possible for all to enjoy, join us on Sept. 8 for Cocktails in the Clouds. One-hundred percent of your $150 ticket makes LOVEFEST! 2018 possible.

Betting on a Cure

This casino night fundraiser on Oct. 27 at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven benefits The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation. The foundation provides support to lower income BOAC+Logo-products+copybreast cancer patients by removing financial barriers along the way—from the beginning to the successful completion of their treatment. Tickets are $150.

Remember, one of the best ways you can give back doesn’t cost a dime. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities that only cost your time. Check them out on

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Arby’s Foundation raises over $400,000 for Atlanta nonprofits with a throwback night of music featuring the band Smash Mouth and singer Alex Guthrie

Alex Guthrie opens for Smash Mouth at the Dream Big Atlanta event

Alex Guthrie opens for Smash Mouth at the Dream Big Atlanta event

What do you get when you combine the musical prowess of pop-rock band Smash Mouth and local folk-pop star Alex Guthrie? A powerhouse event at the Coca-Cola Roxy that makes raising funds for a good cause even more entertaining.

Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown, executive director of the Arby’s Foundation

The Dream Big Atlanta event kicked off July 17 with its purpose in mind, featuring an onstage presentation of donations from the Arby’s Foundation to local nonprofits, Horizons Atlanta and Enduring Hearts, and a scholarship grant to Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School student Nala Bishop.

“At Arby’s, we believe every child deserves to dream big,” says Stuart Brown, executive director of the Arby’s Foundation. “In Atlanta, we work with organizations like the Atlanta Community Food Bank to make sure kids get the food they need to fuel their dreams, Horizons Atlanta to help kids have the experiences necessary to expand their dreams, and 100,000 Opportunities to help kids get the opportunity needed to pursue their dreams.”

After the presentation, the venue filled with the soulful sounds of East Cobb resident Alex Guthrie. The smooth crooner was stoked to be a part of the event playing for his second time at the Coca-Cola Roxy, previously opening for Kelly Clarkson. “I’m super thrilled to be a part of this evening. It ties in really well with what I have been doing with the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta. I’ve had the privilege of working with their Notes for Notes program that provides musical teaching and recording for kids in downtown Atlanta as well as other places.”

Alex Guthrie belts out favorites like Colorado and Movin' On

Alex Guthrie belts out fan favorites like “Colorado” and “Movin’ On”

Reunited for the first time in decades, Smash Mouth proved that they aren’t stuck in the early 2000s. The band followed Guthrie’s performance with a set of fresh tracks from their upcoming EP. After playing songs new and old that got the crowd moving, the group closed with their smash hit “All Star.”

Looking back on the evening, Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell says, “The energy at Dream Big Atlanta was contagious. You could tell that everyone felt good knowing they were giving back. Music is a powerful way to bring people together, and we’re grateful to the Arby’s Foundation for inviting us to headline this event.”

Smash Mouth gets the crowd moving and shaking

Smash Mouth gets the crowd moving and shaking

Along with the musical acts, the night to remember also included a silent auction with everything from a signed Chipper Jones baseball to tickets to a private performance by Alex Guthrie. Between the proceeds from the silent auction and ticket sales, the third annual event raised over $400,000 dollars for efforts to end childhood hunger and promote youth leadership and career readiness initiatives.


Photography by: Frank Gibson Photography

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sared thread yoga - carlina mugliaAs rewarding as a regular yoga routine can be, making it to the studio isn’t always feasible. Whether it’s an early morning session at home or a quick practice on vacation, {sacred} thread yoga studio’s new online platform offers 45- and 60-minute classes you can take anywhere. The Old Fourth Ward and East Atlanta-based studio also provides online tutorials for poses.


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Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta executive chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

“This dish is one of my new favorites because it’s seasonal and satisfying. The pasta only has about 480 calories, so I don’t feel overindulgent when I have a craving for pasta,” says Patria.


4 ounces of high quality, fresh campanelle

1 quarter zucchini, cut into half moons

1 quarter summer squash, seeded and peeled into ribbons (using vegetable peeler)

1 quarter cup fresh, roasted corn

1 tablespoon mascarpone

5 ounces pasta cooking water

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 orange zest

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 squash blossoms

Salt and pepper to taste


Bar Margot CampanelleProcedure

Place pasta in boiling pot of salted water and cook until desired doneness.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil on medium heat in a medium sauté pan.

Add zucchini and allow to brown on one side.

Flip zucchini and add garlic. Cook until garlic is golden.

Add corn and squash ribbons along with pasta water and mascarpone. Once mascarpone is halfway melted, add citrus zest and continue to reduce the liquid until it is of sauce consistency.

Add cooked pasta, chopped tarragon and season with salt and pepper.

Toss until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Garnish with squash blossoms and additional picked tarragon if so desired.

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SparrowHawk Studio, photography by Heidi Geldhauser


From the mastermind behind Aviary Beauty + Wellness Collective, Amy Leavell Bransford (right), comes SparrowHawk Studio, an elevated traditional and cosmetic tattooing experience. Amy, an esthetician of 14 years, opened the all-women-staffed space as a hub for independent artists. Expect to see local artwork and more.

Details: 659 Auburn Ave. NE., Atlanta;

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Dog TrainingMake a difference in the life of an adoptable dog by volunteering with the
No Dog Left Behind project and Doggie Harmony Rescue. By acting as a handler during a weekday or weekend training session with Frogs to Dogs, you’ll help pups learn to socialize and strengthen their trust in their two-legged friends. Your support will get them ready for their forever home.

Details: 129 Lake St., Avondale Estates;

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Wander Wet BagsFrom soaked swimsuits to sweaty yoga gear, Wander Wet Bags™ are an eco-friendly and water-resistant option to keep your damp gear tucked away. The cotton totes come with a food-safe grade polyurethane laminate interior lining and are available in four sizes. Peruse adorable patterns like this Wear a Crown in Pineapple sac from the Island Days Collection at EcoHome Atlanta.

Details: 2385 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta;

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Make time for self-care with the help of Miyosha Biggs. The Atlanta transplant launched Elite Concierge Group LLC to save busy bees from running errands, tidying tasks, and more. Her personal assistance and lifestyle management company can aid with home organizing, minimal home cleaning, and anything else that can lighten the to-do list load for everyone from CEOs to single parents.
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