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Author: Layla Khoury-Hanold

Sustainable. Organic. Local. February/March 2017

EAT   It’d be easy to write off PDQ as just another chain—that’s exactly what I did when I first moved to Augusta. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it took a timely press release and the fact that the food world dubbed 2016 the ‘year of the chicken sandwich’ for me to sit up and pay attention. The chicken sandwich isn’t a novel concept, but the one that PDQ added to their menu in honor of their five-year anniversary—which features a crispy chicken breast dipped in homemade honey butter—is poised to rival the popularity of their trademark chicken...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. January 2017

EAT Doesn’t it seem like as soon as you’ve sipped the last of the New Year’s Eve bubbly, thoughts of resolutions start creeping in? Eating right is a priority for many of us, but it’s one of the hardest resolutions to stick with. According to Sohailla Digsby, an Evans-based registered dietitian, nutritionist and fitness pro, people fail because they make bandwagon statements to “eat healthier” or “lose weight.” As part of her 52-Day Best Body Countdown program, Digsby helps people set realistic goals and develop healthy eating habits, and it all starts with cooking. But getting clients in the...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. Nov-Dec 2016

EAT Authenticity is a word that gets carelessly tossed around, especially when it comes to food. But at DiVino Ristorante Italiano, a newly opened Tuscan restaurant in Hammond’s Ferry, the meaning of the word rings true, from the modern design to the warm hospitality to the menu. Husband-and-wife team Andrea and Marion Petruzzi moved here from Florence to pursue Andrea’s dream of opening a restaurant, a project that was two years in the making. They modeled the restaurant after a typical Florentine establishment, blending contemporary elements—like the gorgeous white marble bar and dramatic curtained entrance—with plenty of personal touches....

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How to Host the Holidays Like a Pro!

  The holidays are a time to celebrate traditions with family, raise a glass with friends old and new and gather around the table to give thanks—and of course, eat! It’s also a notoriously stressful time, particularly if you’re the one hosting. We polled three cookbook authors, each with a special tie to the Augusta area, to share their personal holiday stories, the traditions they can’t do without, go-to recipes and top tips for hosting—and enjoying—the holiday season.       Virginia Willis Chef Virginia Willis is a big name in the food world but she hasn’t forgotten her...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. June/July 2016

The New York Butcher Shoppe 465 Highland Ave. • Surrey Center The New York Butcher Shoppe, which offers quality meats, gourmet prepared foods and specialty grocery items, was started 30 years ago in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., by a third-generation family of butchers from Brooklyn. Today it’s a popular franchise throughout the South. The Augusta Surrey Center location, owned and operated by Jack Deese, is the ninth franchise. After spending 16 years in food and beverage, doing everything from washing dishes to running kitchens from Portland to Manhattan, Deese decided he needed to finish his degree and “get a real...

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