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Author: Layla Khoury-Hanold

Sustainable. Organic. Local. April 2017

EAT   Successful restaurants are not created to satisfy a trend or to garner five-star ratings; often, they’re inspired by a chef’s need to satisfy their own desire. For Sean Wight, who also owns Frog Hollow Tavern and Craft & Vine, that meant a go-to spot for a burger and a beer. “I wanted someplace where I could get a consistently good burger and where I knew where all of the ingredients were coming from,” Wight says. “I decided that if I wanted that then Augusta probably wanted that too.” It turns out that Augusta did want that—and they...

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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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