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Great Spaces: Grace 1720

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One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Grace 1720
5155 Peachtree Pkwy #320
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
678-421-1720
grace1720.com

A fountain in the courtyard, travertine marble floors, and pretty chandeliers create a stylish, European ambiance that might be just the thing for your ideal holiday gathering. Grace 1720 in the Forum is a neighborhood favorite for American contemporary dining and beautiful surroundings.

The rustic-chic décor sets the stage for a memorable celebration. On September 14, 2019, they just had a celebration of their own. The faith-based family that owns the establishment celebrated its 15th year in business.

The restaurant name is a nod to Bible verse Matthew 17:20, which expresses the notion that nothing is impossible for those who have even the tiniest amount of faith, because even if that faith is as small as a mustard seed, it can move mountains.

Writer Patrizia Winsper getting a selfie with Managing Partner Kevin Gardner.

Managing Partner Kevin Gardner took some time to answer my questions for this piece. He has recently joined the team and hopes to help move the restaurant forward for at least another 15 years.

The Little Drummer Boy and a Mustard Seed Walk into a Bar…

 The Chef’s Room is great for a group of 10-12 people who want a private space. The doors can be shut for total privacy.

The Private Dining Room upstairs features a beautiful chandelier and a large banquet table. It will hold 40 people seated. Cocktail parties could accommodate more.

The Bar Area is a perfect place for a cocktail party.

The Main Dining Room can fit 60 or more. In cooler weather, the doors in the dining room open out to the patio creating an indoor/outdoor experience.

The Patio offers nice views, a fountain, and a fireplace for the cooler days ahead. It can seat 45-50 people. If you reserve the patio and the weather does not cooperate, they will likely hold the Private Dining Room for you upstairs, so there’s always a Plan B.

A total buyout would allow you to host the maximum number of guests, 155 occupancy.

How About a Holiday Party at Grace 1720?

Gardner explained why you might choose to host a corporate or family holiday gathering at Grace 1720, “We have a uniqueness here. I think we are that casual elegance. We have easily the best patio in Peachtree Corners. The best wine selection in Peachtree Corners for sure, if not in Gwinnett. We’re family-owned. We’re not a cookie-cutter restaurant. And we are very willing to work with any size party, any type of party. If there are any special menus you need or anything like that, it definitely works here.”

Besides holiday parties, Grace 1720 is a terrific location to host any special occasion.

When asked to describe the menu, Gardner gave the mouth-watering reply, “We’ve got amazing appetizers. Our chicken spring rolls are probably one of our best things. We have a great crab cake… eggplant bruschetta, cheese platters… great salads. We always have a different soup of the day. They make all that fresh in the back. We have a great shrimp bisque. We’ve done a roasted corn one I love.

Today was a cauliflower soup which was actually really good, and I’m not a person who likes cauliflower. We have a great beet salad if you like roasted beets, a Caprese salad. At lunch we have amazing sandwiches; we have an amazing turkey and brie sandwich. We make the focaccia bread here. Great burgers: we have a salmon burger. We’ve got fish tacos. We’ve got a lot of eclectic types of sandwiches at lunch. We have some knife and fork types of things as well. Our chicken risotto is kind of a mainstay here. We have a great chef, Tino Salazar, and he can do just about anything.”

Gardner continued, “Our cuisine is American contemporary – but there are a lot of other influences. Our shrimp and grits are almost south of the border because of the sauce, it’s not a traditional southern sauce, but it’s delicious. Oh, and the smoked salmon linguine, … That’s probably one of my favorites right now… It’s so savory I don’t want to stop eating it.”

Recent post from Grace 1720 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/grace17.20/

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“Make your plans as soon as you can,” warned Gardner. They do guarantee reservations for large parties with a credit card on file. “It gives us plenty of time to work with you on the menu, and on drink selections. We could tailor a wine selection for the party. Maybe some crafted cocktails. We have a lot of local craft beers.”

They are currently considering the possibility of catering parties off-site in the future. Until then, restaurant hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. They are closed on Sundays, except for event reservations and shopping season in December.

Retaining a space at Grace 1720 allows you to go in and set up for your event as early as you like. “We limit the party time-frame only at lunch because if we have something coming up at dinner, we need time to clean the room and the next group can have time to set up, but it’s a pretty long time-frame. If they came in for a noon party, I really wouldn’t need them out until about 4 p.m. At dinner, we usually close at 10 p.m.,” said Gardner.

They have set menus for lunch and dinner parties. There are three or four options. Lunch can range from about $20-$24 per person, up to $30. Dinner is a little bit higher. They will try to tailor the menu to your needs.

Because weekends are in high demand, and demand drives the price, you might consider hosting your holiday party on a Monday or Thursday night, and possibly receive a discount.

Low: A starter and an entree. At lunch, it would be a salad and a sandwich and a non-alcoholic beverage. Everything you add is extra. Or you could get packages that have everything, so you know all of the costs upfront.

Mid: Desserts are now included. (They are usually an add-on). And you get a little more of a choice of starters and entrees. You start getting into some higher priced items as well, like steak, salmon or duck.

High: Lunch $34-35. You get a salad or soup, several choices of entrees, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

Dinner is a little bit higher. Their most expensive menu is about $40-$45 per person. That doesn’t include any of the alcohol which is always separate.

If you plan to have just wine, they will charge based on consumption or the number of bottles they pour. Bar Package: Host an Open Bar for 1 or 2 hours. You can choose some very high-end wines or liquor, or you could offer a few different tiers. Usually, they charge per person for alcohol, based on what the menu is going to be and the time frame.

Call Managing Partner Kevin Gardner to discuss your casually elegant holiday get-together at 678-421-1720.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directly.

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. She and her family have enjoyed living, working and playing in Peachtree Corners since 2013.

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Local Ingredients from Georgia Grown To Go

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Now is your chance to stock up on fresh, local produce and meat before your Independence Day cookout. Residents can pre-order boxes of produce from local farmers for a reduced rate online at GeorgiaGrownToGo.com. The next event is Tuesday, June 30, 3-7 PM, at 4780 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker, GA.

The Georgia Grown baskets will feature these fresh items: Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, 2lb of Vidalia Onions, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, 1lb of Jalapeno

Other items available for purchase include watermelons and boxes of beef, chicken, sweet corn, peaches, mushrooms and Vidalia onions. Whether you’re grilling out or staying in for the holiday, you can support local farmers with these fresh choices.

Orders will be available for contactless pickup at the event site, and a limited supply of items will be available for same day purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Contactless payment options, cash, credit and debit cards will be accepted. Residents can also support their community by donating a box to a neighbor or local charity.

The last event before this one was hosted in Gwinnett County at Coolray Field Thursday, June 25. Georgia Grown, an initiative of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, partnered with Gwinnett County Government, Live Healthy Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Stripers and Explore Gwinnett to host the event.

“It is because of the great support from our community leaders that our Georgia Grown To Go events have been so widely successful,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “We are honored to once again team up with the great folks in Gwinnett County to not only help bridge the gap between our farmers and consumers, but to also expand the offerings to include melons, protein and value added Georgia Grown products just in time for the upcoming holiday.”

To learn more and place an order for upcoming events, visit GeorgiaGrownToGo.com.

Source: Press Release by Georgia Grown

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The New ‘Baked Kitchen’ Food Truck Serves Safely Throughout Peachtree Corners

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Take a bite out of something different from Baked Kitchen! Their eclectic international menu travels your taste buds, with flavorful wraps, sandwiches and desserts. The Katzef family owners have called Peachtree Corners home for 26 years. In January 2020 they invested in a food truck and started operating their business February 2020.

Marketing Manager Nikki Katzef had the calendar booked for events, breweries and festivals for the next few months. Then COVID-19 hit. The family came up with a plan to reach out to subdivisions and apartment complexes to offer online ordering and curbside pickup. Chef Allan Katzef cooked up a menu and Baked Kitchen was once again on the move. To find out where the food truck will be next, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/BakedKitchen101. ■

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8 Places to Get Steaks & Burgers in Peachtree Corners

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is known for their perfectly cooked meat, and their renowned Filet Mignon is no exception. This dish is center cut is wrapped in delicious applewood bacon and served with your choice of a side dish. The meat is tender and flavor-packed.

While it’s on the pricey side, customers say that the quality and taste makes it all worth it. Experienced diners recommend that you pair this dish with the spinach salad or the Parmesan mashed potatoes for the best possible dining.

And with Father’s Day on June 21, what better way to celebrate Dad than with delicious Firebird’s specials? There are 4 ways to do just that, as outlined in our recent post “4 Ways to Celebrate Dad at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill”. Dine in, cook a feast at home, or pick and choose. It’s all delicious.

5215 Town Center Blvd, Peachtree Corners (770) 225-4662 | firebirdsrestaurants.com

Ted’s Montana Grill

Ted’s Montana Grill’s world-famous Bacon Cheeseburger has everything: a perfectly cooked patty, fresh toppings and full flavor. The burger comes with the option of any of Ted’s regular or premium sides, but critics say pairing it with the salt and pepper onion rings is the way to go.

For an even tastier experience, follow this dish up with Ted’s Apple Pecan Crisp, which includes delicious apple pie, caramel sauce, a crunchy oatmeal pecan crust and vanilla ice cream.

5165 Peachtree Pkwy #205, Peachtree Corners
(678) 405-0305 | www.tedsmontanagrill.com

Burger Fi

For vegetarians, or anyone who isn’t a beef fan, BurgerFi’s VegeFi Burger is a great option. It includes a vegan multigrain bun, a fresh-made veggie patty, BurgerFi sauce and your choice of toppings. It also comes with the option of one of the three sides: hand-cut fries, onion rings or the tasty Cry + Fry basket combo. To complete this already perfect meal, indulge in one of BurgerFi’s creamy milkshakes which comes in many flavors, including Red Velvet, vanilla, chocolate, black + white, strawberry, Oreo and coffee mocha.

6141 Peachtree Pkwy #200, Peachtree Corners
(470) 375-6993 | www.burgerfi.com

Dog Days Hot Dogs & Burgers

The All-American Burger comes in three patty sizes: 6-oz., 1⁄2-pound and 12-oz. It’s topped with American cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce. It’s an all-time fan favorite at Dog Days Hot Dogs & Burgers because of its unforgettable flavor and classic taste.

This meal comes with your choice of side, but experienced diners recommend the cheesy cheese totchos, which are tater tots covered with mac and cheese, cheddar, mozzarella and nacho cheese sauce.

6025 Peachtree Pkwy #3, Peachtree Corners
(770) 449-7433 | dogdayshotdogs.takeout7.com

Marlow’s Tavern

If you’re dining at Marlow’s Tavern, the Classic Tavern Burger is a must. While the burger is simple, the delicate seasoning and fresh toppings take it to a whole new level. The burger comes with a toasted sesame brioche roll and the delicious house-made tomato bacon jam.

Marlow’s Tavern also offers a grilled chicken patty substitute for those who don’t eat beef. To top off this perfect meal, order a side of Marlow’s hand-cut Tavern fries.

5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 260, Peachtree Corners
(470) 550-1197 | www.marlowstavern.com

BurgerIM Gourmet Burgers

If you’re dining at BurgerIM, you need to try the Spanish Beef Burger. It’s a nicely grilled patty topped with grilled jalapeño, leaf lettuce and pepper jack cheese. The flavors go together wonderfully, but the jalapeño peppers add a kick of spice that isn’t for everyone.

BurgerIM also offers you a choice of premium toppings, but I recommend adding bacon for some extra crunch. If you aren’t sure what kind of burger you want, BurgerIM also gives customers the opportunity to try multiples with their duo or trio packs.

5135 Peachtree Pkwy NW Ste#925, Peachtree Corners
(770) 676-9358 | burgerim.com

Farm Burger

Farm Burger’s No. 2 Housemade Veggie Burger is another great alternative for vegans or vegetarians. The patty is made out of quinoa, black-eyed peas, kale, roasted mushrooms, sweet potatoes and spices that pull all the flavors together.

Veggie Burger pairs well with the Farm Burger fries, which are hand-cut, tossed with spicy garlic and covered in parmesan and herbs. For dessert, indulge in the Farm Burger classic chocolate milkshake, which gets sweeter with every sip.

5170 Town Center Blvd Suite 410, Peachtree Corners
(678) 691-6222 | farmburger.com

Cheeseburger Bobby’s

Even though Cheeseburger Bobby’s classic burger is legendary, the Bucket List reigns supreme. This dish, which can be ordered off Bobby’s Specialty Burger List, includes two perfectly grilled beef patties, a fried egg, an onion ring, American cheese, Bobby’s sauce and a pickle.

While this sounds like a hodgepodge of different foods, the flavors meld perfectly with every bite. Pairing this burger with a side of freshly made onion rings makes the meal even more enjoyable.

6050 Peachtree Pkwy #140, Peachtree Corners
(770) 300-0032 | cheeseburgerbobbys.com

Other Bites

Redland’s Grill
Suggestion: Filet Kabob
redlandsgrill.com

Pub Ten
Suggestion: Mac Burger
pub10.com/

Ba Bellies
Suggestion: Shaking Beef “Bo Luc Lac”
babellies.com

Ten Bistro
Suggestion: 50/50 Burger
tenlocalflavors.com

Three Dollar Café
Suggestion: Fajita Burger
threedollarcafe.com

Tavern at Medlock
Suggestion: California Burger
tavernatmedlock.com

JR’s Log House
Suggestion: Country Fried Steak and Gravy
jrsloghouse.com

Loving Hut
Suggestion: Vegan Burger
lovinghut.us/norcross/

Mojitos Cuban American Bistro
Suggestion: Palomilla Steak
mojitosbistro.squarespace.com

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Suggestion: Bison Burger
lazydogrestaurants.com/locations/
peachtree-corners-ga

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