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My Beautiful Daughter.

The first time I brought my daughter to the restaurant she was in a car carrier and I placed her into a steam well in the kitchen while I prepped. She was three weeks old. She slept and I was euphoric that I could roll out pastry dough, bake tarts, cut meat and put soup on […]

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Thermostat Emergency at a Restaurant in Atlanta

The glamorous life of a restaurant chef/owner… Sunday: A thermostat for our heaters on the back deck was not working very well. The heaters were clicking on and off. We’re a restaurant in Atlanta, in January. We need our heaters if we want to use our lovely deck. Monday: I called my Heating & Air […]

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Women Chefs – French Restaurant Atlanta GA

I was recently at an industry event with a panel of chefs and restaurateurs answering questions about their successes, failures, challenges, etc.  One audience member asked why there were no women on the panel.  The host of the event stood and said they would be having another event with just women chefs later in the […]

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How to Throw a Dinner Party

I have a wonderful neighbor who needed some help.  She purchased everything for a dinner party through our “Pantry”.  When she came to our home to borrow some soup bowls, she was nervous. I sent some instructions home with her.  She said the evening was magical! Bread Service: Sprinkle a litte water on the top […]

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The Close of Sunday Brunch

It is with great trepidation and the utmost respect for all of you who been my champions over the years, that I announce I am bringing our Sunday Brunch to a close.  Our last brunch will be October 26, 2014. It is also with a little glee. I’m looking forward to CBS Sunday Morning in […]

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Embrace your inner valet.

Some people love valet parking…..Drive up, toss your keys to the guy in the logo shirt and go on in.  They are right. Some people hate valet parking.  They think it is an extra expense, an invasion of the privacy of their space, takes too long, they are better at parking their own car, they […]

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Shopping for Chairs

My friend Julia, is always nagging me to blog more.  It’s hard to find the time and mental space.  I showed her the new chairs I purchased for the deck at Babette’s.  “Well, you should blog about that!”  OK, I bought new chairs.  It’s a little more complicated than that. It took me five months. […]

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21 Years at Babette’s Cafe (Best French Restaurant in Atlanta)

On October 13, 1992, I opened Babette’s Café.  Makes you feel kind of old doesn’t it?Many of you have been with me since the beginning. Some of you were in grade school. I’ve married, raised a daughter and sent her off to college. I’ve been sued, robbed, burglarized. I’ve worked through broken bones and back […]

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Mid July

Getting ready for the Gift Mart this weekend. Training a new busser/hostess. Setting an interview with a second hostess. Searching out new chairs for the deck. Ordered a new Sonic Wall Router which I will have to figure out how to install.  $1050.00, just because the other one was too old to be “supported”. Balancing […]

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The price of China

I bought new appetizer plates this week.  Actually, the color was a little off and I wanted to send them back.  Was told I would still have to pay the original shipping charge of $30.00, the return shipping charge of $30.00 more dollars and a restocking fee of $25.00.  Damn, they only cost $120.00 in […]

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