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Great Spaces: Osteria di Mare



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

Osteria di Mare
5005 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners 30092

It’s easy to understand why Miami native and Osteria di Mare Owner Andrew Hoppen knows his way around seafood. He first launched the seafood-centric Taqueria del Mar in Peachtree Corners. More recently he’s also been regaling residents with this cool, little Italian spot since he opened-up two years ago.

Some of his regulars joined me at the white leather chair lined bar where I waited to speak to him in between errands. They were very friendly and raved about him as he slipped in and out of the kitchen, and zipped to and fro, pouring wine behind the bar and serving customers in the dining room. It’s a cute, little spot with an exposed brick wall bearing the logo, and a wall of San Pellegrino bottles glowing green in the front window.

If you’d like to celebrate the holidays with a little taste of Italy, there are a number of ways to go about it. Hoppen and his team can be amenable to pretty much anything you have in mind in their all-scratch kitchen and provide your guests with 5-star service whether it’s a corporate function or a gathering with family and friends.

“We’re flexible. We can do anything from simple hors d’oeuvres, a pizza party, to steak and lobster, and anything in between,” said Hoppen.

When You Have a Holiday Party at Osteria di Mare, That’s Amore

While there is no private event space here, a portion of the dining room can be dedicated to your holiday gathering for no fee. So, if privacy is not a concern for you, there is room for a party of 30 people taking up two rows, during regular business hours.

If you want to reserve the entire restaurant which seats up to 80 invitees for your function, there is a minimum spend of $2000. “It’s easy to get to that—food alone would do it,” said Hoppen.

One can opt for either a seated dining experience or a cocktail hour style reception at Osteria di Mare.

How About a Holiday Party with Osteria di Mare?

This locally owned and operated Osteria can make your holiday party plans work, however simple or elaborate your vision may be.

Hosts can view the catering menu selections on their website. One can also order from the regular menu for an event. Almost everything on the menu is gluten-free. They even carry gluten-free pasta, from an Italian supplier, naturally. There are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, and almost all of their dishes can be made vegetarian.

Good News! Osteria di Mare offers complete off-site catering from boxed lunches, to buffets, to full service with bartenders and servers. They can provide virtually anything patrons need.

Boardboxes.com is Hoppen’s latest venture, providing boxed meals and highly stylized charcuterie boards of all sizes. These are the Ultimate Grand Supreme of meat and cheese boards. Imagine a 20-foot-long charcuterie board surrounded by live foliage, artistically arranged by a florist, all set up down the middle of a long table, like a table-runner, filled with an assortment of cured meats, cheeses and crackers—enough to feed 800 people! The items repeat all the way down the table, so everyone has access to the full assortment of the delicious spread.

Book it!

Depending on how extensive the party is, you could plan to have a party here in as little as two days. They’re only open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday, so it would be easy enough to open for lunch on any day during the holiday season, which they often do, to allow for several corporate lunches.

Any event that fits in during their “off” hours is fine with them, in fact that’s when they prefer to do most of their party business.

A private party is considered catering and treated as such. Generally, there is a per person charge. Alcohol is charged by consumption. They are open to providing drink tickets for those interested. It’s a good way to ensure everyone has a maximum of two drinks at a corporate event, for example.

  • Low: Charcuterie platters under the $6 to $8 per person range.
  • $8 to $10 Appetizer bruschettas, light hors d’oeuvres and alcohol priced per whatever you order.
  • Mid: $12 to $18 Pastas, pizzas, including salads in place of appetizers, bread, and dessert. Appetizers can be included for an up-charge.
  • High: $20 to $30 Steak, seafood, pastas, a combo of anything from lower tiers, sides, salads, bread, and dessert.

Customized charcuterie platters can be built to any proportion and built-in to all of the tiers. If you’d like to get on board with a holiday party at Osteria di Mare, contact Owner Andrew Hoppen at 678-691-0344.

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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Sucré: New Orleans-Style Luxury Pastry Shop Opening in Peachtree Corners



Opening this fall at The Forum Peachtree Corners

Abney Harper, co-owner of the luxury New Orleans brand Sucré, shares her journey into the culinary world. Sucré recently opened its first location outside of New Orleans in Woodstock, Atlanta, marking an exciting expansion. Abney hopes to create a beautiful, magical experience showcasing handcrafted, complex pastries while ensuring quality and consistency. The Forum Peachtree Corners will open this fall, 2024. This interview by Rico Figliolini

Podcast Timestamp (where to find it in the podcast):
00:00:00 – Abney Harper’s Journey
00:01:44 – Sucré: New Orleans-Style Luxury Pastry Shop
00:03:37 – From Law to Pastry: A Serendipitous Journey
00:06:16 – Expanding Sucré’s Presence in Georgia
00:08:09 – From Restaurants to Pastries
00:12:47 – Navigating the Challenges of Scaling a Business Across States
00:15:18 – Navigating Regulations and Expansion Plans
00:17:22 – Expanding Sucré Brand Beyond New Orleans
00:20:08 – Discovering A New Orleans Passion
00:21:24 – Bringing the Essence of New Orleans to Atlanta

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New dining experience opens at Hilton Hotel



Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch // Photo by Bruce Johnson

Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch offers southern-style fare and easy entertainment

Just in time for the summer season, Hilton Atlanta Northeast has launched a new dining option, Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch.

The casual dining experience brings understated luxury to an easy, breezy setting with comfortable patio furniture on a spacious outdoor deck, a full bar with top-shelf spirits and an impressive wine collection. The cuisine is Southern style and utilizes regionally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.

“You really can’t ask for an easier setting or a more comfortable way to unwind,” said Andrew Stegen, executive vice president of operations for FullG Capital, the hotel operator. “In the old days, hotels had restaurants for the travelers, and the locals came occasionally. Now, it’s the other way around. You have to appeal to the people who live here.”

At a press preview on May 15, Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch was unveiled for the first time.

Dahlia’s plans to offer weekend buffets, sports viewing on the patio and family-friendly cookouts.

Photo by Bruce Johnson

“Dahlia’s is a great addition for our hotel guests but also for the local community! We are most excited about our new porch, which is the perfect place for happy hour spritz, outdoor dining and future programming,” said Mike Roling, general manager of Hilton Atlanta Northeast. 

The food is led by executive chef Robert Chafflin, who said he likes to bring an approachable yet flavorful take on southern culinary staples. For the preview, guests were wowed with shrimp and grits, braised beef short ribs, mushroom risotto, shrimp po’boys, cheesecake with caramelized peaches and a whole lot more. 

The beverages were just as tantalizing – from the signature Black Dahlia to the unexpected Southern Dandie to an array of seasonal spritzes. 

“We are excited to bring a newly renovated restaurant space, brand new porch, and refreshed menu to our property,” said Roling. “We welcome the public, both locals and hotel guests alike, to come join us for a dining experience elevated by our southern hospitality.”

Dahlia’s Restaurant & Porch also has a private dining area and a lounge area—perfect for relaxing after a busy day, grabbing a sumptuous meal with the family or meeting friends for lunch or dinner and drinks. Dahlia’s also provides catering for hotel events. For more information, visit dahliasrestaurant.com.

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U&ME Coffee Bakery & Wine Celebrates Grand Opening In Peachtree Corners



Mayor Mike Mason and members of the Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA), business professionals, and community well-wishers recently celebrated the opening of U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine, a new establishment in Peachtree Corners.

The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by friends, family members of the owners, Paula Gil and Pablo Vicens, who are married, and their dedicated staff.

Left to right:  Paula Gil & Pablo Gil, Owners

U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine, a local family-owned business, focuses on creating a welcoming space where families can gather, students can study, and friends can hang out.

This establishment offers free high-speed Wi-Fi, weekly specials and a cozy environment for all.

Paula Gil emphasized the importance of offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that cater to various tastes and needs.

Family and Friends, Staff, Pablo Gil, Paula Gil, Mayor Mike Mason, Lisa Proctor PCBA Board, Suzanna Martinez PCBA Board, Donna Linden PCBA Board, and Audrey Boyce PCBA Outreach.

The goal is to deliver the highest quality specialty items at fair prices.

“We are excited to bring our blend of coffee shop, wine bar, bakery, and diner spot to Peachtree Corners,” stated Paula.

U&ME Coffee prides itself on using 100% Colombian Medellin Coffee and ensuring all baking is done on-premises to guarantee freshness and quality.

Further distinguishing themselves, Paula and Pablo have incorporated homemade empanadas, pizzas, and pastries into their menu, all made from scratch to offer a unique taste experience.

In addition to their dine-in services, U&ME Coffee caters to those on the go with their to-go orders and provides catering services for special events.

Mayor Mason, alongside PCBA Board Members Lisa Proctor, Donna Linden, Allison Reinert, Suzanna Martinez, and numerous local business supporters, expressed their delight in welcoming U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine to the city.

“The city council and I are delighted you chose Peachtree Corners for your business location. We are pleased to have this new specialty restaurant available as part of our business-friendly city,” Mayor Mason remarked.

Contact:  U&ME Coffee Bakery & Wine
Telephone: 470-359-6972
Facebook:  Facebook U&ME Coffee Bakery Wine
Located at 3433 Medlock Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners

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