AUM Foodie Retreat
October 13th - 15th, 2017
The setting may be rustic, but your room isn't! Your accommodations for the weekend are in modern cottages of 4 rooms each with all the amenities to keep you comfortable. Depending on your selection you'll have individually keyed rooms with a private or shared bath.
Atlanta Underground Market has been uniting members with their theme of 'Around the World One Plate at a Time!' for years. Several of the chefs have developed quite a following, with many developing ongoing catering opportunities to grow their business doing what they love. Now we're taking the show on the
road! Travel with us to destinations as sumptuous as the food
for an experience unlike any other.
A major part of Yohana's vision is providing opportunities
for chefs to showcase their talents while bringing people
together to share in the joys of fellowship as only great
food can. It's our hope the retreat will provide an intimate
space for people to get to know your favorite chefs, learn
how to prepare some new dishes and most of all develop
a deeper understanding of the commonality of people
across the world.
Each event will feature chefs eager to share their experience and how culture shapes their food. Family style meals with new friends are the jumping off point for an all out exploration of our relationship to each other across the globe. In a relaxed atmosphere, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and try some new dishes and learn to make your favorites. While the food and fellowship is our focus there is plenty of time to take in the majesty of the mountains and get to know your other group members. We're planning waterfall hikes, yoga, tai chi, fireside chats and more! Of course if your idea of a wonderful weekend is retreating to your cottage to sleep off a great meal you're welcome to join in as you please throughout the weekend.
**Payment policy: $300 non refundable deposit to hold your room. Final payment due 30 days prior to event. No refunds after September 13th.
Based on double occupancy
Bring Your Honey
Small Private Room/Shared Bath
Based on double occupancy
All meals from dinner Friday to breakfast on Sunday
2 cooking classes
Activities (Yoga and Tai Chi classes, guided hike)
All taxes and tips
Does NOT Include
transportation to Elohee Retreat Center
1 King/Private Bath
Single Occupancy King
Bring a Friend
2 Twin Beds/ Private Bath
About Melody Conner
Melody Conner is a Military Veteran turned Gourmet Chef. She believes food is a cultural ambassador, and states, “there is no better way to truly identify with another culture, than to have a seat at someone’s table and break bread.” Chef Melody is a Les Dames Escoffier Scholarship recipient, and she developed her culinary skills at Le Cordon Bleu, thanks to President Obama’s Veteran’s Re-training Assistance Program. She is best known for her blended cooking style, which she deems “Authentic Gourmet Soul,” merging Caribbean, Creole and Italian cuisines together
About Kushina Catering
Yohana is a fixture in the Atlanta foodie scene. She manages the Atlanta Underground Market and Chow Club Atlanta in addition to serving up her delicious Ethiopian cuisine at We Suki Suki in East Atlanta Village.
Since immigrating to the United States, Yohana has established Kushina Catering as a favorite ethnic food vendor for clients ranging from her weekly farmer's market visits to major corporations. Her passion for fresh, authentic cuisine made with the best ingredients and her passion for helping others has earned her a loyal following. In addition to Ethiopian food, Yohana specializes in Italian, Indian, vegetarian and gluten free menus making her a sought after choice for clients wishing to cater to diverse guests.
She is passionate about helping the immigrant and refugee communities, frequently volunteering her time and resources to help other new Americans navigate the bureaucracy and establish viable businesses to support themselves. Her personal philosophy of food tearing down barriers has led her to expand to events that bring people closer to the people making their food and to each other.
About Suryana Cuisine
Majeda and her son Malek decided to leave Syria in 2012 because of the ongoing war and the threat to their survival. Leaving university, Malek's first move was to Jordon. He recalls, "the life in Jordan is not easy. Finding work is hard and you must overwork for a very small salary."
In 2016, Malek and his mom came to the United States with the assisance of the International Organization for Migration, beginning a very long process of seeking resettlement in the states.After years of working hard to provide for her family, Majeda, wife and mother of two, decided it was time to start a family business doing what she most loved to do -- cooking. With the help of her son, Majeda started selling home-cooked Syrian food at the Clarkston Community Center on a monthly basis. They named their catering business Suryana Cuisine, emphasizing that their service offers both a product and an experience. Suryana Cuisine transports its guests, through a palette of new flavors to their beloved and missed homeland.
Looking into the future, the mother-and-son business would like to expand by opening a kitchen and offering job opportunities to refugees in the community. Suryana's business vision includes providing better work experiences for refugees, with special attention to refugee women. Finally, as the business grows, Majeda and Malek hope to share Syrian food and culture to more people within and beyong their new community in Georgia.
About Great Scott Getaways
Great Scott Getaways was founded by Kenya Scott to help families make the most of their vacation experience in Mexico and the Caribbean. Her talent for listening to clients and recommending just the right fit coupled with award-winning service has led to a loyal client base and years of jaw dropping, inspired getaways . Kenya's passion for new experiences led her to focus on cultural and soft adventure travel.