Stacy Zeigler/Les Dames d’Escoffier
Stacy Zeigler is the Chapter President of Les Dames dâ€™Escoffier International (LDEI) Atlanta. Â LDEI is a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities. Atlanta Dames include chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators and hospitality executives. Atlanta was founded in 1996 and is one of the 28 International Chapters.
Michael Wall/Georgia Organics
Michael Wall, a seventh-generation Georgian, has been the communication director atGeorgia Organics since December 2008. He has previously served in public relations as the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia State University. Before that, he worked as a reporter for Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Virgin Islands Daily News, and the Morgan County Citizen. Heâ€™s won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the American City Business Journals for business and environmental reporting.
Les Dames dâ€™Escoffier and Georgia Organics have been partners in what is called the â€œgood food movementâ€ for more than a decade. Les Damesâ€™ support has been vital in the work Georgia Organics undertakes to increase the number of organic farmers, the number of consumers eating organic, local food, and the number of children participating in farm to school programs.
Marie Nygren/The Farmhouse Restaurant
Marie Nygren is the Owner and Head Chef ofÂ The Farmhouse Restaurant. Â The Farmhouse, located in the Inn at Serenbe, has received much critical acclaim, including a glowing review in theÂ New York Times, for its farm-to-table approachâ€”serving beloved recipes made with farm-fresh organic ingredients grown just steps away. Marie, who founded Serenbe with her husband Steve, and operated it with the family as a bed-and-breakfast before the community developed, returns to her kitchen in the historic home as proprietress to guide the art of southern cuisine utilizing local products.
Sue Anne Morgan/ideaLand
Sue Anne Morgan is with ideaLand, producer of Serenbe Afternoon in the Country. Â The elite Afternoon in the Country event is in its 12th year as a much-anticipated fall food and wine tasting fundraiser. It includes inspired tastings by 85 of the area’s renowned culinary artists, paired with local farmers, and joined by top winemakers and brewers under festive big-top tents with live music, the famous cake raffle, huge silent auction and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave and the scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts. The event is hosted by Atlanta Les Dames dâ€™Escoffier International and is held at Serenbe.