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What’s For Dinner?


This week I flew to Atlanta with Adrienne Neff to start the whole process of buying for the 2016 Christmas Season. Adrienne makes many of the beautiful works of art you see around our garden center and was coming along to check out some of the great displays at the American’s Mart.

Stephanie Fleming
Stephanie Fleming

When she wasn’t looking under and behind displays, she was taking photos and helping me decide just what you would want to have in our store this year. It’s a stressful job but someone has to do it!

Before we left for Atlanta I told her that I typically just eat at the hotel but maybe we could go find a nice sushi place while we were here.  Well, the first day we found Ray’s In The City, a wonderful restaurant in downtown Atlanta. Sushi it was. And was it ever great!

Adrienne Neff

Then came Tuesday and we were off and running to the 20th floor of America’s Mart where Christmas never ends. Room after room of picks, ornaments, glitter, ribbons and more! Sometime around 4:30pm I looked over at Adrienne and said, “What’s for Dinner?”  We quickly decided on Mexican. We had walked past Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and thought it looked pretty good. Uh… it wasn’t just pretty good, it was terrific! Another home run on the What’s For Dinner request.

And finally last night, after writing orders for Christmas, fairy gardening, solar lights and statuary all day long, we were ready to ask, “So, what’s for dinner?”  A few exhibitors told us about this or that restaurant but Adrienne’s dad had told her about a place called,  Pittypat’s Porch. It was right around the corner and luck was on our side as we walked in and were given a seat right away.

Hands down, one of the best places I have ever been to eat. The atmosphere was like walking into the past. While eating fried chicken, we listened to a piano player and looked at production photos of Gone With The Wind hanging on the walls. Thank you Mr. Neff for suggesting we try this.

We have three more What’s for Dinners to get through while on this buying trip. I am not sure what the scale will say to me when I return home, but right now I really don’t care. I am going to enjoy what life puts in front of me. I hope that if you get the chance to visit downtown Atlanta you can try one of these wonderful restaurants out.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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