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Author Richard L. Eldredge

  • Richard L. Eldredge

    Editorial Contributor

    Rich Eldredge has been happily chronicling the scene in Atlanta since 1990. He began his writing career here with multiple bylines in Atlanta magazine. For sixteen years he contributed to the AJC's popular Peach Buzz column, serving as head writer from 1996 to 2009. In 2001, he edited Celestine Sibley, Reporter, a collection of his beloved AJC colleague's best reporting from her sixty-year career. Over the years, he's covered everything from the 1996 Summer Olympics to Coretta Scott King's seven-hour televised funeral attended by four presidents and the star-studded grand opening of director Tyler Perry's film and television studios in southwest Atlanta, where he offered to hold Oprah Winfrey's eyelashes. He is a graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn. He resides in Midtown and is the proud owner of a lava floor lamp.


After a harrowing health scare, Doria Roberts of Urban Cannibals bakes up a benefit for The Giving Kitchen

"We didn't know I was in danger. We thought I was pregnant. We were devastated."

Heading into the holiday season last year, Urban Cannibals owners Doria Roberts and Calavino Donati were secretly thrilled. The singer and the chef, who had been trying to get pregnant, were attempting to hide Roberts’ growing belly from friends and customers. Their elation turned to shock, however, when a medical exam revealed not a baby, but an aggressive fibroid tumor that had morphed from baseball to grapefruit size in weeks. During surgery, doctors discovered that the tumor had begun fusing itself to Roberts’ nervous system and that she was weeks away from becoming incapacitated or worse. Read more...

Taking a spin at the Polaris

After a decade out of circulation, the iconic revolving restaurant re-opens next week.

The reimagined Polaris opens to the public June 10. The iconic revolving restaurant that first opened in 1967 now houses two living room spaces, a bar, and a small restaurant. There's a definite emphasis on cocktails and socializing over dining. Read more...

Great Miller Light Chili Cook-Off is on the move

The 34th annual Camp Twin Lakes benefit set for Oct. 5 departs Stone Mountain Park for fresh digs

It’s difficult to outgrow a venue as spacious as Stone Mountain Park but the 34th annual Great Miller Light Chili Cook-Off has apparently managed that particular feat. This year’s tomato sauce enrobed ground meat swill fest will take place at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Saturday, October 5. The annual extreme eating event has also undergone a name change, The Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off, reflecting the new venue’s ability to host amateur pit masters, all vying for the coveted best barbecue chicken and ribs awards. Read more...

One last voyage for Dante's Down the Hatch?

As a wrecking ball, auction loom, a 77-year-old Navy SEAL ponders one last plunge

This week, as longtime employees stopped by to pick up their final checks and his phone continued to ring off the hook, a full week after Dante’s Down the Hatch officially closed, the landmark Buckhead fondue and jazz emporium’s owner Dante Stephensen faced some difficult decisions. With a wrecking ball tentatively set to begin swinging at his 43-year-old business at 3380 Peachtree Road on October 31 and representatives at Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery eager to auction off everything from the vintage autos parked out back to the last Dante’s daiquiri cocktail glass on September 21, the 77-year-old restaurateur has to figure out his future — and fast. Read more...

Prep underway for People's Fest at Atlantic Station

Saturday's benefit for City of Refuge combines music, local chefs and food trucks

People’s Fest, this Saturday’s benefit for City of Refuge at Atlantic Station, combines four elements Atlantans love: live music, local chefs, food trucks and a good cause. Soul infused singers Marc Broussard, Sonia Leigh, Ben Deignan and Jameson Elder will supply the original tunes, The Optimist’s Ford Fry will curate the People’s food truck menu and City of Refuge will introduce Atlantans to its nonprofit supplying food, clothing, shelter and job training to those in need plus COR will be debuting the launch of the People’s Food Truck, a four-wheeled nonprofit fundraiser bringing “feel good food” to Atlanta’s food truck loving population. Read more...

Dante's Down the Hatch to close July 31

Fans of Buckhead restaurant mainstay scurry to book final fondue meals

After months of back and forth, stops and starts, it appears Dante's Down the Hatch will finally sail off into the Atlanta culinary sunset on July 31. The announcement was made on the venerable Buckhead fondue restaurant's Facebook fan page. "The sale of the property has been renegotiated and the restaurant will be closing on July 31. Come see us soon and we appreciate all your loyalty. It's been a great 43 years!" Read more...

Souper Jenny ladles up love for Valentine's Day

Jenny Levison dishes on Aphrodisiac Soup Week, cooking with Kathie Lee & Hoda

There’s a reason more men are loitering by the ladles this week at Souper Jenny on East Andrews Drive in Buckhead.In honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s Aphrodisiac Soup Week at the soup, salad and sandwich shop. Read more...

790 The Zone's Steak Shapiro set to serve up Atlanta Eats this fall

In addition to his weekday sports talk co-hosting gig as part of Mayhem in the AM on 790 The Zone, Steak Shapiro is adding a tasty new venture to his plate this fall: "Atlanta Eats." Shapiro tells us the new food-focused multi-media concept was inspired by our city's obsession with eating. A 30-minute TV show will debut this fall (while Shapiro is remaining mum as he waits for the ink to dry on the contracts, we're hearing Peachtree TV and CBS 46 are both hungry to air the show and Shapiro is already part of the CBS 46 family, having presided over the station's Sportsline segments). "Atlanta Eats'" weekly radio component, meanwhile, will roll out Tuesday morning on Star 94. Video segments and other interactive content will post exclusively at Shapiro's partner in the venture is former 790 The Zone marketing and sales guy Cody Hicks, whose "Atlanta Eats" business card reads "Co-Founder and Chief Brisket Officer." Read more...

Urban Cannibals to bring back Two-Chicks brunch special

Finding the current Chick-fil-A controversy a bit difficult to swallow? Here's a gay-friendly, equality-minded solution for the poultry-deprived this weekend. Urban Cannibals Bodega + Bites owners Calavino Donati and her wife Doria Roberts tell Dish, thanks to last weekend's overwhelming response to their Two Chicks-Fil-A brunch, the menu special is back this Saturday and Sunday at their East Atlanta Village-based business at 477 Flat Shoals Avenue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yes, they're open on Sundays. Read more...

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