On May 13th, over 40 restaurants are participating in the March of Dimes- Dining Out fundraiser, an Atlanta mainstay now in its 27th year. It’s a phenomenal opportunity for philanthropic foodies to eat and drink well while supporting an incredibly important cause. Event Co-Chair Susan McCaffrey on why this event rocks, her favorite Atlanta hidden gems and which haute haunt she’ll be hitting for Dining Out…
Q. Hidden Atlanta gems?
A. One of my favorite things is all the local farmers markets, with the fresh and organic produce, that you will find all around the city on Saturday mornings. Of course, to go along with this, I would have to mention the State Farmers Market as well. In addition, we are all familiar with Piedmont Park, but I think the beautifully restored Inman Park and Grant Park have a lot to offer as well. There is a lot of character in these locations with the unique shops and restaurants. Another gem would be the King Center, which contains such important historic information for our country.
Q. You’ve got dozens of outstanding Atlanta restaurants to participate in the March of Dimes Dining Out. If you had your choice of one table, which would you book… and what are you ordering?
A. We have such a fabulous array of restaurants that have been generous enough to participate in Dining Out, it would be impossible for me to pick just one as the “best!” Any one of the restaurants would be an excellent choice for diners and we at March of Dimes are so thankful for their enthusiastic generosity. As for where I’m dining personally, I’m looking forward to an incredible meal at Ritz Carlton Café. As far as what I will order, it will more than likely be a seafood dish!
Q. Mayor for the day- what’s on your agenda?
A. On a serious note, nothing is more important to Atlanta’s future than taking care of our children. Therefore, to the degree that the mayor can, my focus would be to address the very serious issues facing our public education system. This has implications not only to the future lives of our children, but to the quality of Atlanta’s growth, to the city’s economy and the real estate values. The value of our public education touches each Atlanta citizen in some way.
On a lighter note, since almost everyone I know is affected by seasonal allergies to one degree or another, as mayor, I would declare an Official Atlanta Holiday for the End of Pollen Season when the pollen level drops below 300. We could celebrate with a huge End of Pollen Party at Piedmont Park!
Q. Favorite neighborhoods?
A. Once again, it is hard to pick just one. I think Atlanta has numerous adorable neighborhoods, but one of my favorites has always been Virginia Highlands! They are all especially beautiful in the springtime with all the azaleas, Bradford pears and various flowers blooming!
Q. What is Dining Out, and why is it a must?
A. Imagine a fantastic dinner with 10 of your closest friends or family members at a fabulous restaurant, all to aid the March of Dimes’ mission to save babies. A three-course meal with wine pairings begins the evening from 7 – 9, followed by the Stepping Out After Party at King Plow. The After Party includes dessert, drinks and dancing to a terrific band, Abbey Road, which plays lots of Beatles music! Dining Out is the perfect recipe for fun and fine dining and one of the best values in town – a three-course meal, wine pairings, live entertainment – a wonderful night out on the town with your friends, ALL for a Great Cause!
Guests purchase tables of 10 for $1,000 or $1,500, which includes the entire evening, and all the proceeds go to the March of Dimes! Join us on Friday, May 13 and help raise critical dollars to help every baby survive and thrive! Visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia or call 404-720-5308 to purchase your table or tickets.