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Pano Karatassos swears that the massive meal he’s thrown together on a random Tuesday is simply “homestyle food that you would find at a Greek household.” Perhaps, but Karatassos also happens to be Atlanta restaurant royalty who helms the wildly popular Kyma in Buckhead.
Jasmine Stewart, who at 12 years old won Fox’s MasterChef Junior, somehow finds time to make dinner at home on occasion—when she’s not cooking at a charity event, filming her Jasmine’s Delightful Desserts video series, or juggling school, cheerleading, and Model U.N.
You should be so lucky to get an invitation to dinner at the Pecous’. Jamila Crawford Pecou—a vegan for 25 years—has cooked for Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, and André 3000. Fahamu Pecou, who received his Ph.D. from Emory University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts in May, explores black male identity through the prism of fine art.
This may come as a surprise, but Lois Reitzes, 64, does not play music during dinner. The WABE’s City Lights host, who has been with the station for 38 years, gets too distracted. So tonight, it’s quiet in her cozy Morningside home, save for the voices of her husband, Don, a sociology professor at Georgia State University, and her son, Michael, a campaign strategist.
“We wanted to show that love can go beyond the color of your skin,” says musician Mac Powell of the blended family he’s created with his wife, Aimee. Mac tours either as a solo act or with his Christian rock band, Third Day, about 100 days out of the year, so when he’s off the road, he stays close to home and makes sure the family sits down together.
The son of Nigerian immigrants, Steve Osunsami grew up in Peoria, Illinois housing projects eating government cheese. His mother would cook on Sundays, but otherwise it was Shake ’N Bake chicken. Now, Osunsami calls Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, and David Muir colleagues—and friends—and he’s afforded himself the ability to celebrate and “pull out all our best liquor!”
Since painter Joseph Guay and his girlfriend, Tara Lee, met almost four years ago, they’ve fine-tuned their meal plan. Lee dances late hours as co-founder of the new modern ballet company Terminus, so she’s on breakfast duty. Guay handles dinner.
Ford Fry is the closest thing Atlanta has to a restaurant magnate. The chef may not actually be cooking at his restaurants anymore—he’s essentially the businessman now—but at home in Roswell, he mans the grill.
Stacks of paper—handwritten notes, last Sunday’s New York Times—cover Victoria Camblin’s midcentury modern dining table. “I have so much to do I can’t possibly go out to a restaurant, but somehow taking time for a dinner at home is excusable if done under the specter of productivity,” says 33-year-old Camblin, who is the editor and artistic director of Art Papers.
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