November 25, 2014
A Visit to Star Provisions in Atlanta
During my recent trip to Atlanta, I stopped by the wonderful gourmet market and store owned by my friend Anne Quatrano. Located in the city's Westside Provision District, Star Provisions is stocked with beautiful gifts and cookware, and the cafe offers baked goods, cheeses, seafood meats, and prepared foods. In addition to the market, Quatrano and her husband Clifford Harrison own four restaurants in Atlanta, including the nearby Bacchanalia. Every year, Quatrano and Harrison host a fabulous Thanksgiving meal at their farm outside Atlanta, called Summerland. Their unique and bountiful approach to Thanksgiving was featured in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living.
1 Star Provisions is located in a former slaughterhouse and meal packing facility. Today it houses a store with delightful gifts items and a cafe with fresh and delicious food to go. This tree is adorned with Maileg Pretzel Soft Ornaments, made in Sweden.
2 On the day I visited, this enormous "Wooly Tree" was among the most eye catching displays. The bendable trunk and branches are covered in white wool yarn. Hanging from the branches are charming German sheep ornaments of all sizes.
3 I also love this tree, decorated with ribbons, large orbs covered in white wool yarn, and other festive ornaments.
4 These beautiful linen holiday stockings were made by Brooklyn-based Coral & Tusk. The images are created with pencil on paper, then embroidered using special computer software, and finished by hand in the company's loft workspace.
5 Coral & Tusk also makes embroidered pillows, dolls, lampshades, table runners, and these pretty matching placemats and napkins.
6 These elegant plates are hand-decorated Yorkshire Hedgerow High Fired Porcelain China. They are made in Ohio.
7 Here's a better view of the interior of the shop and market. Photo: John Kernick
8 Quatrano, a James Beard Award winner, opened her first restaurant in Atlanta 22 years ago. Here's a shot of her in Star Provisions, flipping through her 2013 cookbook: Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality (Rizzoli): http://amzn.to/1xun8UN. Photo John Kernick
9 The book took its name from Quatrano and Harrison's 60-acre farm outside Atlanta. Photo: John Kernick
10 Summerland has been in Quatrano's family for five generations. There are four acres in cultivation, yielding 16,000 pounds of produce - including fresh herbs from these raised beds. Photo: John Kernick
11 The farm is also home to 11 dogs, 24 horses, 10 pet turkeys, a pet pig, and lots of chickens. With plenty of laying hens, there's no shortage of fresh eggs. Photo: John Kernick
12 Here's a shot of the capacious and welcoming porch at Summerland. Two feedbags stuffed with hay announce a special holiday message. Photo: John Kernick
13 This is Harrison with one of the seven breeds of chickens raised on the farm. Photo: John Kernick
14 I love this beautiful turkey with its bold, showy plumage. Quatrano and Harrison keep turkeys as pets and have given them all the same name - Lucky! Photo: John Kernick
15 Summerland is home to 24 horses - four of them were born on the farm. Photo: John Kernick.
16 Quatrano's Airstream trailer is sometimes used as a guesthouse. Photo: John Kernick
17 The kitchen table in the farmhouse accommodates more than a dozen guests. I love the brown-and-white Johnson Brothers transferware, paired with brown ceramic chargers - the perfect setting for a memorable Thanksgiving meal. Photo: John Kernick
18 Quatrano's Thanksgiving feast includes two heritage turkeys, brined and roasted, with gravy, Mrs. Carver's buttered rutabagas, and Nanny's cranberry mold. Photo: John Kernick