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Associate Publisher, Patti Stephens tries her hand  at making a spring roll. Associate Publisher, Patti Stephens tries her hand at making a spring roll.

Best Fun: February 2012

Cooking Up Some Fun
By Jeyme Colodne

Bringing people together for a special occasion can often be a challenge. Finding the right music, place, food and drinks can make or break an enjoyable evening. So this past year, Best Self Atlanta decided to do something a little different. We livened things up by heading over to Hal’s Kitchen in Sandy Springs for a delicious and interactive holiday meal.

Once I read our menu, I knew we were all in for a treat. We all sat around a large island in the middle of the kitchen and listened as our chef explained what was in store for us. The menu included mini calzones, Argentine empanadas, Thai spring rolls, chorizo sliders, and for dessert, mini s’mores whoopee pies.

Although some of the menu items were pre-prepared, everyone had a chance to create a Thai spring roll by filling it with cellophane noodles, bean sprouts and ground pork. Our chef made his roll in a matter of seconds, expertly dipping the thin rice paper wrapper in hot water to soften it, adding in all the ingredients and then rolling it up. I should have known it would not be that easy! It took me a bit longer to keep the rice paper from curling at the edges and make sure the ingredients weren’t falling off the sides.

The mini s’mores whoopee pies turned out to be a bit easier, requiring only that we stack the ingredients together to make a sweet cookie sandwich. With each culinary creation, we laughed and cheered each other on. It was fun to see everyone out of their element, trying their hand at cooking and then enjoying the fruits of their labor. Hal’s Kitchen provided not only a great place to get people together for a fun evening, but also some new recipes to try out on our own for the next get-together.


On the Red Carpet

The 84th Academy Awards will take place on February 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, however, Atlanta is rolling out the red carpet right here at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Oscar Night® America – Atlanta is the only Oscar party in the state to be officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. This glamorous viewing party welcomes guests to enjoy a front row seat to watch a telecast of the award ceremony while enjoying complimentary bites, drinks and live music. Proceeds will benefit The Center for Family Resources. $30


Reimagining the Story

When Scottish author George MacDonald first wrote “The Princess and the Goblin” in 1872, it is safe to say he never would have imagined it being reinterpreted for the stage. From February 10 - 19, people of all ages can enjoy the story of Princess Irene and the challenges she faces when she discovers a pathway into a magical world as only choreographer Twyla Tharp can tell it. Experience Tharp’s original full-evening ballet, co-produced by the Atlanta Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Details: (404) 892-3303,