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KSU Culinary Apprenticeship Students Put Culinary Skills to the Test

May 23, 2016

Over the past nine months, students from the Culinary Apprenticeship Program at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education have been working hands-on in the kitchens of accomplished professional chefs learning the skills they need to succeed in the hospitality industry.

The culinary cohort put their skills on the chopping board during “A Taste of The islands,” on May 4. The themed dinner event was used as a practice run for the students’ final showcase on May 11. From planning to preparation, to plating and presentation, the students placed all of the skills and fundamentals they learned on the line.

Special guests for the evening included alumni of the program and local food bloggers, Malika Bowling, president of Atlanta Food Bloggers Association and Joy Dickson, owner of Joy’s Life.

“What an encouragement it is for our students to be able to meet graduates of the program and local food bloggers,” said Pam Moss, culinary arts program manager. “Students have worked very hard in this program and they aspire to be part of the culinary community.”

For the students’ ultimate showcase – Chef’s Table – family and friends of the graduates, along with university administrators, were treated to “Sapori d’ Italia,” a five-course Italian meal. In the kitchen, students were flying into action — cutting, seasoning, cooking and plating — using all their skills to craft decadent dishes.

“Tonight, we say congratulations,” said Moss. “We have seen them as students, but when they leave, I hope we see them as chefs.”

The Culinary Apprenticeship program began in 2008 with three students. Today the program serves between nine and 15 student chefs each year and has graduated nearly 60 professional chefs. The program is based on the European model of teaching. Students learn in a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen and take part in multiple apprenticeships where work with professional chefs.

Skyler Dortch, recent graduate, received two job offers before the completion of the program.

“Tonight we did the Chef’s table and it was real fun,” said Dortch. “I’ve worked real hard for the past nine months and I’ve gotten two job offers [through apprenticeship sites]. I had a great team behind me and it was a total success. I’m happy.”

The Culinary Apprenticeship program begins each September and ends in May of the following year. Students in the program are required to complete 420 hours of apprenticeship at several prestigious venues, including, but not limited to:

  • Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel-Atlanta
  • Endive Catering
  • Murphy’s
  • Paces and Vine

The students concluded the night by expressing their gratitude and appreciation to their family and friends for their continued support and a special thank you to the instructors who have guided them throughout the program.

“Our job is not finished when you leave here,” said Moss as she addressed the students at the end of night. “Our obligation to you is finished, but our desire for you to succeed continues.”

The next Culinary Apprenticeship cohort begins September 7, 2016.

For more information about the Culinary Apprenticeship program and other hospitality courses, visit or call 470-578-6765.


Major General, Attorney to Address 2016 Saint Leo University Graduates at Commencement Ceremony

May 23, 2016

Shannon photoThe highest ranking African-American in the Georgia Air National Guard will give the commencement address for the Atlanta graduation ceremony of Saint Leo University. About 260 students from the Marietta, Gwinnett, and Morrow education centers of Saint Leo will graduate at noon, Saturday, May 28, at Cobb Energy & Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Most students will receive their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, while about 45 will earn Master of Business Administration degrees and about 30 will earn Master of Science in criminal justice degrees. In addition, about 40 students will earn their Associate of Arts degrees.

Guest speaker Major General Robert L. Shannon Jr. holds two roles within the Air National Guard: special assistant to the director of the Air National Guard and assistant to the deputy chief of staff for Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (A2), Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was the first African-American to be promoted to brigadier general in the Georgia Air National Guard.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia; Master of Science degree in consumer studies from Oklahoma State University; Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Valdosta State University; and Associate of Arts in business and Associate of Applied Science in business administration from Rose State College.

Shannon is a senior partner with Hall, Booth, Smith, PC, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He serves as national trial counsel for a number of clients and holds licenses in Tennessee and Georgia.

The Class of 2016 farewell will be given by Amy Doherty, who is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. Curtis Williams, Class of 2012, will lead the students in the traditional turning of the tassels and welcome them as alumni.

Saint Leo University has three education centers in the Atlanta area: The Marietta Education Center is at 1395 South Marietta Parkway, Building 300, Suite 104, Marietta, GA  30067; the Gwinnett Education Center is at 3555 Koger Blvd., Clarkston Building, Suite 105, Duluth, GA  30096; and the Morrow Education Center at 1590 Adamson Parkway, Suite 120, Morrow, GA  30260.

For more information about the Atlanta-area centers, go to

About Saint Leo University: Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values, and a capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, FL, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. Saint Leo provides access to education to people of all faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit.


Saint Leo’s nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students may elect to study at the beautiful University Campus in Florida, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, or online from any location.


The university boasts nearly 80,000 alumni in all 50 states, Washington, DC, five U.S. territories, and 72 countries.

American Red Cross seeks Volunteer Transportation Specialist: Deliver lifesaving blood products to patients in need

May 23, 2016

Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. As the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals in the U.S., the American Red Cross is seeking volunteer transportation specialist to help deliver lifesaving blood products to hospitals for patients in need.

Transportation specialist help ensure that blood products are available when and where they are needed for patients with serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood or platelets. The Southern Red Cross provides blood deliveries to 130+ hospitals throughout the region.
“Transporting blood products is an integral part of fulfilling the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross,” said Diamond LeSane, Volunteer manager for Southern Region. “If driving and providing exemplary customer service is something you enjoy, we want to hear from you.”

Volunteer Shifts will originate in Douglasville and include travel around the state of Georgia. Training and use of Red Cross vehicles will be provided.

Volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a valid driver’s license with a minimum of three years driving experience
  • Be able to verify a safe driving record with insurance
  • Be able to lift boxes of lifesaving blood products of up to 45 pounds for hospital deliveries
  • Be available to volunteer for to four hour shifts per month (flexible schedules available)

Those interested in learning more or applying can visit or call 770-852-4110/ 770-852-4126.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotion support to the victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American Public to perform it’s mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.


Make-A-Wish Georgia announces Lindsi Pearson as VP of Corporate and Event Development

May 23, 2016

Make-A-Wish Georgia is proud to announce that Lindsi Pearson has been selected to fill the role of Vice President of Corporate and Event Development. MakeAWishPearson

“Lindsi will be an outstanding addition to our team,” said Make-A-Wish Georgia CEO, Tim Earley. “Her ability to form meaningful relationships with both individual and corporate partners while growing a team will elevate our fundraising efforts to the next level and help grant the more than 750 wishes currently pending in Georgia.”

Pearson joins Make-A-Wish Georgia after a nine-year career with the American Cancer Society (ACS). After spending five years as an Area Executive Director, Pearson has served the last three years as the Senior Director of Community Engagement over the states of Georgia and South Carolina.

Prior to her tenure at ACS, Pearson worked as the Vice President of Marketing for the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. An honors graduate from The University of Georgia, Pearson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Political Science.

About Make-A-Wish® Georgia

Since 1995, Make-A-Wish Georgia has been granting the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience through hope, strength, and joy. In those 20 years, nearly 7,000 lives have been impacted by the Power of a Wish. Make-A-Wish Georgia is a movement, powered by you, to renew families and communities disrupted by serious childhood illness. We all have the power to make wishes comes true. To learn how you can become a part of the story, visit


Amy Alvarez, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, • 770-916-9474 x124

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Georgia Trade School Builds Successful Skilled Workforce

May 20, 2016

This article is number 8 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2016 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 6 with the announcement of the 2016 Small Business of the Year.

Georgia Trade School (GTS) began with a single class in September of 2012 consisting of only 12 students, and by the fall of the following year the school added an additional class of 12. Now at 15 students per class GTS works with 45 students a day.

Being independent means one really has to create an economic model that can thrive despite the challenges one may face in the business environment. GTS is unique in that it does not accept any financial aid, grants or government support. Students flock to this independent model. GTS has been sold out for 40 consecutive weeks and retains a six month waiting list. That’s incredible when you consider that the State of Georgia offers free welding training at technical colleges.

Not Your Mama’s Trade School
Partnering with Fortune 500 companies has allowed GTS to bridge the gap between blue and white collar, making welding “very sexy and accessible.” The school has been able to leverage partnerships with these companies – co-branding, filming national commercials, and garnering local, regional and national media attention – to attract a suburban audience that is culturally predisposed to a four-year institution.

Community Involvement 
In 2015, students and staff fabricated the renovation at the American Legion North Cobb Post. The project included a bar, outdoor signage, flooring and debris removal. The school has also worked with charities such as The Terry Farrell Firefighter’s Fund, MUST Ministries and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Business Profile
Owner: Joanna Blythe, President

Industry: Trade School

Year Established: 2012

Location: Kennesaw

Number of Employees: Full -time: 6

Percentage of Growth in 2015: 15%

Did You Know?: Georgia Trade school has appeared in Yahoo! Finance and the Wall Street Journal among many other local and national print mediums all highlighting their efforts to rebuild America.


Social Media


Instagram: georgiatradeschool


The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta Awards Community Grant at Annual Meeting

May 20, 2016

On Tuesday, May 10, the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM) wrapped up the 2015-2016 membership year with its Annual Meeting held at the Marietta Country Club. It was an exciting night for Provisional, Active, Sustaining members and guests in attendance. President Carey Merritt and her fellow board members made various presentations throughout the night.
One of the highlights of the evening included the award of an annual grant to the Cobb County Youth Museum in the amount of $1,500. In 1964, the Junior Welfare League, now the JLCM, organized the Cobb County Youth Museum – an educational resource center offering children the opportunity to learn about significant historical, social and cultural event through instructional activities which integrate arts and education, while emphasizing personal involvement and participation. This partnership remains today.

Several awards were presented to during the event, honoring women for their service to the League and to the community. The awards include:
McNeel-Gilbert Award for League Service: Emily McDonald
Ruth Northcut Award for Community Service: Katelyn Ledford
Sustainer of the Year: Cathy Prillaman Brooks
Provisional of the Year: April Phillips (Fall Class), Nadia Williams (Spring Class)
Friend of the League Award: Bonnie Buckner Reavis, Zenith Design Group
President’s Award: Anastasia Kipreos

The Honorable P. Harris Hines, presiding justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, presided over the installation of the new officers and swearing-in of the president for 2016-2017, Amanda Seals. Board members for the upcoming year include Victoria Porter – President-Elect; Laura Bottoms-Higginbotham – Vice President of Administration; Juliet Henderson – Vice President of Community; Kennedy Reese – Vice President of Finance; Elizabeth McMahon – Vice President of Membership; Serina Cochran – Nominating Chair; Samantha Johnson – Sustainer Director; and Emily McDonald –Treasurer.

The 2015-2016 has been strong year for the League. Outside support for the JLCM continues to grow, as new relationships are created. This year, three new fundraisers were launched with great success – the Gingerbread House Competition and Showcase, Breakfast with Santa and Mistletoe To Go. Over 354 Provisional, Active and Sustaining members of the League gave back to the Cobb County community through their volunteer efforts. Along with the eight community partners supported this year, the JLCM was instrumental in the success of Cobb Diaper Day, Operation Warmth and Party for a Purpose, an event raising awareness regarding foster care in Cobb County, and celebrating foster children and foster parents.
Founded in 1933, the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of our members and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Visit for more information.

Atlanta Braves Add Restaurants, Retail, Entertainment Concepts to Battery Atl Lineup

May 20, 2016

2016-05-18 Walburgers rendering low resThe Atlanta Braves are welcoming eight new restaurant, retail and entertainment concepts to the lineup at The Battery Atlanta, with several first-to-market entrants including Wahlburgers, Kings Bowl and The Cordish Companies’ Live! concept.

The Braves and retail partner Fuqua Development are pleased to announce that all eight tenants are set to be completed by opening day in 2017. The commitments are from:

  • Wahlburgers, a fast growing, chef-driven burger concept from the Wahlberg brothers of TV and movie fame;
  • Kings Bowl, an upscale, retro bowling and entertainment destination;
  • Live!, an iconic dining/entertainment destination developed by The Cordish Companies and designed by Jeffrey Beers International;
  • Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli, an Atlanta favorite for bagels and sandwiches;
  • Mountain High Outfitters, an outdoor specialty store;
  • Sugarboo Designs, an artsy boutique with household items and gifts;
  • DressUp, a women’s fashion boutique; and
  • Harley-Davidson, with a retail-only store.

“This blend of retailers and restaurants will help us create the 24/7, 365 day a year environment we’re aiming for at The Battery Atlanta,” said Derek Schiller, Braves president, business. “We’re very excited to have a bunch of firsts for this market, including Wahlburgers and Kings Bowl. Additionally, The Cordish Companies have been an industry leader in creating vibrant spaces that have set a new standard for entertainment in partnership with professional sports venues.”

Fuqua Development Principal, Jeff Fuqua added, “The impressive list of businesses that we are announcing today clearly shows that The Battery Atlanta is already a magnet for top-notch local and national retailers, entertainment uses and restaurants. And there is more to come.  We expect to make great announcements soon as we work with the Braves to enrich the mix of businesses featured at The Battery Atlanta.”

2016-05-18 Walburgers rendering v2 low resWahlburgers is the burger concept with its own reality series on A&E from celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their sibling chef Paul Wahlberg. The company is expanding quickly nationally and across the Southeast.

“We think The Battery Atlanta will be the absolute destination around the Atlanta area with the new park and all the other things they’ll have in that development which is so exciting to me,” said Mark Wahlberg, actor and partner in Wahlburgers. “For our family, it’s a great opportunity to be at The Battery Atlanta, so we’re thrilled.”

The Cordish Companies are developing a custom venue for the Braves. Cordish operates Live! venues at major ballparks across the country, including Xfinity Live! at the Philadelphia Flyers’ Philadelphia Stadium Complex and Ballpark Village with the St. Louis Cardinals. At The Battery Atlanta, Cordish will develop a two-level Sports & Social Club that will feature a 40-foot diagonal, high-definition LED screen as a back-drop for social games and activities throughout the venue that also will include PBR Bar & Grill (branded for Professional Bull Riders Association) and an acclaimed chef-driven concept to be announced at a later date.

“The Braves are one of the iconic brands in all of sports and The Battery Atlanta promises to be a premier mixed-use development,” said Reed S. Cordish, vice president of The Cordish Companies. “We are proud to partner with the Braves to bring our Live! concept, which will be a major entertainment draw for The Battery Atlanta and all of the region.”

The Battery Atlanta will have a vibrant food scene with the additional chef-driven restaurants announced last year, including Antico Pizza, CRÚ Food and Wine Bar, Tomahawk Taproom featuring Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, El Felix from Chef Ford Fry and a steak house concept by Chef Linton Hopkins. The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, a music venue, and the Omni Hotel, also will open at the Braves’ mixed-use development at SunTrust Park.

Visitors can get a sneak peek of the development adjacent to SunTrust Park by viewing a fly-through video of The Battery Atlanta at The virtual tour helps visitors map out their Battery Atlanta experience, from a stay at the Omni Hotel to a show at The Roxy Theatre, dinner at one of the chef-driven restaurants or views of the 550 residences.  In addition to restaurants and retail, The Battery Atlanta will be home to One Ballpark Center, Comcast’s regional office headquarters housing the cutting-edge Innovation Lab.

About SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta

SunTrust Park, the new 41,500-seat home of the Atlanta Braves, is being developed by the organization in partnership with the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority and will be completed by Opening Day 2017. Located in Atlanta at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the bustling Cumberland CID, SunTrust Park will flow directly into The Battery Atlanta, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development, featuring boutique shopping, chef-driven restaurants, an Omni Hotel, The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, 550 residences and One Ballpark Center, Comcast’s regional office headquarters.  Powered by Comcast’s all-fiber network and delivering multi-terabit capabilities, SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta will have the highest-capacity network serving any stadium and mixed-use development in the nation. The Battery Atlanta is being privately developed by the Braves along with retail partner Fuqua Development, office developer Pope & Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate.  Visitors can get a sneak peek of SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta at or




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