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Great Spaces: Osteria di Mare

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

Osteria di Mare
5005 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners 30092
678-691-0344
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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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New Restaurant, Townhomes, Specialty Grocery Store Under Construction

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Miller's Ale House

Miller’s Ale House, a 7,000 square-foot restaurant, will soon break ground at its new location on Peachtree Parkway. The sports bar will be located on an out-parcel next to Taco Bell in the Peachtree Parkway Shopping Plaza. The north corner of the existing shopping center (where an existing emissions inspection station is located) will be razed for a parking lot for the restaurant. The new restaurant is part of a chain based in Orlando, Florida.

Town Center Townhomes: The first five of the 72 planned townhomes adjacent to the Town Green are now under construction. Foundations have been poured on the new 3-story brick townhomes which will offer three- and four- bedroom/3.5-bathroom floor plans. Features include brick exterior, two-car garages, gas fireplace and stainless-steel appliances, granite counter-tops in the kitchen. The development is named 5200 at Town Center. The sales office is located at the Stonington community located at 3544 Medlock Bridge Road. A full list of amenities and prices are included on the builder’s website.

The old Earth Fare is being converted to a Lidl location – Google Maps


Lidl, the German discount grocer, will open in the former Earth Fare space in the Interlochen Shopping Center at 5270 Peachtree Parkway. Work is currently underway in the 23,500 square foot space but the company has not yet announced an opening date for its new Peachtree Corners location. Along with fresh produce, the discount grocer sells meat and poultry, frozen foods, bakery items, health and beauty and household essentials. The first modern Lidl store opened in 1973 in Germany; today the company operates 10,800 stores in 32 countries including more than 70 stores in the United States.

Information courtesy City of Peachtree Corners

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My Favorite Holiday Foods & Desserts

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Favorite Holiday Foods

We asked some local people what their favorites were for this holiday season

The Bramble Family
Kyra, Cliff, Stevie, Reid
Owner of Noble Fin

Peanut Butter Cookie Kisses

“One of the joys of making this dessert during the holidays is not the actual eating of these cookies, but the pure look of excitement in our kids’ faces. The excitement of gathering all of the ingredients, and the fun of pouring the ingredients into the bowl, making a mess and watching the kids be filled with so much excitement as the cookies get placed into the oven.”


Debbie Mason
Peachtree Corners
First Lady

While Debbie is involved with many of the city’s activities, including the Peachtree Corners Festival, she takes time to bake for her family. She shares this favorite holiday recipe.

Debbie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

2 sticks butter, softened
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. In a different bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Then add the flour mixture, alternating with adding the sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. The batter should have taken on a different sheen when it’s ready. Add the vanilla and blend well. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 90 minutes. Enjoy!


Executive Chef Ken Hampton
Hilton Atlanta—Peachtree Corners

“I have been Executive Chef at the Hilton Atlanta—Peachtree Corners Hotel, known as the “Castle on the Hill,” for the past nine years, and I’ve seen tremendous growth in the area. Over the years, several local companies have held their holiday celebrations at our hotel. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year—I love to see the joy and happiness of our customers celebrating the season with co-workers and family.

“Our holiday collection this year includes Red Velvet Cheesecake with Bourbon Eggnog Crème, Warm Salted Caramel Vanilla Bean Cake with Peppermint Ice Cream, Cranberry Pumpkin Pie with Berry Coulis and Pearls Sugar Waffles with Mini Cider Donuts.”


Gina Solomon
Wesleyan Artist Market

Harvest Salad

“This is, hands down, a sure hit—even for those who typically do not enjoy a salad. The combination of sweet and savory is a crowd pleaser every time. Crisp green apples, toasted pecans and dried cranberries make it a seasonal specialty.”

● The salad ingredients include:
● mixed greens lettuce
● sliced red pepper
● cubed Granny Smith apples
● sliced red onion
● toasted pecan halves
● dried cranberries
● crumbled blue cheese
● salted bagel chips and
● homemade dressing of oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dried mustard and poppy seeds.


Jeanne Aulbach
Peachtree Corners City Council

Jeanne Aulbach

Jeanne likes to keep it basic. “Generally, if I’m hosting for the holidays, I just roast a turkey and fix some candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and succotash. No recipes needed!”


Chef Donte Youmans
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Peachtree Corners

Surf and Turf

If turkey isn’t your style, Chef Youmans has a suggestion: try a half-pound lobster tail and a 7-ounce applewood-smoked, bacon-wrapped filet seared over glowing embers of Firebirds’ 100% wood fired grill.

“Our Surf and Turf is a special entree combining a flavorful hand-cut filet with a juicy lobster tail grilled to perfection.”

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Celebrate the Spooky Seask with Family-Friendly Halloween Events at Gwinnett Parks

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Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has so many ways to celebrate the haunting season. Some are spine-chilling and others are educational but all are family friendly:

  • Walk Among the Stars is on Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Collins Hill Park, 2225 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville 30043. Celebrate National Lights on Afterschool at this free event for all ages with costumes, games, crafts, inflatables and more. Visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or call 770-822-3197 for more information.
  • Gourd Monsters & Mocktails is Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee 30024. Create a spooktacular masterpiece while enjoying mocktails and tasty treats! All instructions and materials provided. Ages 50 and older, $5 per person. Preregister by Oct. 22 online with code GPP41901 or call 678-277-0910.
  • Escape the Room: Teen Edition is on Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Help solve the mystery, beat the clock and escape. Ages 11 to 14, $10 per person. Preregister by Oct. 21 online with code RJP41605 or call 678-277-0890.
  • Super Hero Costume Party is on Oct. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road, Lilburn 30047. Come to this free event dressed as your favorite hero for an afternoon of fun, games, music and more. All ages welcome. Preregister to reserve your spot online with LAB41620 or call 678-277-0875.
  • Fall Into Halloween is on Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross 30093. A Halloween festival complete with crafts, games, costume contests and a haunted surprise for everyone. All ages, $3 per person. Preregister online with code LSP41610 or call 678-277-0860.
  • Harvest Homecoming is on Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth 30096. A free event with a special trip to the farm for games, face painting and tours. See the furry farm friends, enjoy a hayride, visit vendors and sample some tasty s’mores. All ages, preregister online with code MFP41690 or call 770-822-5450.
  • Trail of Terror is on Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville 30052. Get your chills and thrills as you experience the shadowy and sinister Phantom Village. All ages, $5 per person. Preregister online with code EXT41700 or call 678-377-4010.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Patch is on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Come find your perfect pumpkin in the pool patch to decorate for our pumpkin contest. All ages, $8 per person. Preregister online by Oct. 18 with code BEP41101 or call 678-277-0880.
  • Spooktacular Skate Party is on Oct. 26 from, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Hockey Rink, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners 30071. Create ghoulish crafts, roast marshmallows, participate in a costume contests and more! Free to attend, bring your skates and have some fun. Additional fees may apply. All ages, preregister online with code PVP41690 or call 678-277-0920.
  • Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Get into the spooky season with one of the most renowned writers to hear tales that will make your blood run cold! Ages 16 and up, $26 per person. Preregister by Oct. 20 online with code LFS41402 or call 770-822-5178.
  • Boo Bingo and Potluck is on Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Dress up in your best Halloween costume, bring a frightfully good potluck dish and enjoy a round of Boo Bingo! Ages 50 and up, $6 per person. Preregister Oct. 29 online with code BEP41908 or call 678-277-0179. 

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