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Biltmore Ballrooms
817 West Peachtree Street,
Atlanta, GA 30308
Contact: Jeffrey Hollington
Jhollington@proofpudding.com
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Biltmore Ballrooms

Built in 1924, The Biltmore Hotel was the focal point of Atlanta's business and social life for almost sixty years. Once publicized as "The South's Supreme Hotel", The Biltmore closed its doors in 1982, following changes in ownership and years of steady decline. After sixteen years of neglect and abandonment, The Biltmore underwent a total renovation in 1999, transforming the former hotel into a combination of Class A office space, retail and special event space.
 
With the renovation of The Georgian and Imperial Ballrooms, and now listed on The National Register of Historic Places, The Biltmore quickly recaptured its standing as one of the social and business epicenters of Atlanta. Featuring original handcrafted plaster relief ceilings, restored crystal chandeliers, Palladian windows and Tennessee marble floors, the special event space can accommodate groups from 50 to 1500 guests.
Janice Wilmer

Janice Wilmer

Creative Director
404-892-2359
jwilmer@proofpudding.com

Hometown

Lynchburg, Virginia

Favorite Proof of the Pudding Dish

Coconut Shrimp Martini and Ham and Pimento Cheese Biscuits.

At home I like to cook

Pizza! Did you know the world's best pizza is made by a girl from Lynchburg, Virginia? You should!

Must see site or location

I love the Silver Comet Trail.

Most memorable event

The first big dinner we catered for President and Mrs. Carter. We served a souffle for dessert, and it was stunning!

What I like best about my work

Shopping for decor and working with our wonderful clients. There's nothing better than searching for the piece to inspire the design!
Shelia Lockhart

Shelia Lockhart

Operations Director

Hometown

Dillon, South Carolina

Favorite Proof of the Pudding Dish

Lemon Ricotta Ravioli with a glass of Pinot Gris

At home I like to cook

Biscuits! There's nothing quite like waking up to the smell of freshly baked biscuits.

For fun

I love spending time with my husband just relaxing around the house.

Most unusual food request

We were asked to bake a cake for a groom that resembled a Black Labrador Retriever - and we had to make it in the house of the reception! Then, there was a squabble: the bride wanted the cake outside, and the groom wanted the cake inside. We stood holding the 40-pound cake while they decided what to do!

My work philosophy

No excuses and make sure every guest is happy!
Howard Garnel

Howard Garnel

Chef

hgarnel@proofpudding.com

Chef Howard is no stranger to varied cuisines. From Denver, Austin, Dallas, Grand Cayman, Charlotte , Charleston & South Beach he has seen it all. Howard settled in Atlanta where he was managing partner for US Cafe, winning "Best Burger in Atlanta" Editors Choice Creative Loafing.  Howard then opened Village Cafe in the Smyrna Market Village as Executive Chef, a farm to table scratch made concept. Howard then joined  Safari Hospitality as Executive Chef of Glorious Event & Alliance Hospitality in 2013 and lead his staff with confidence and creativity.

"I think of myself as a casual, comfortable guy. I truly believe that whether you are eating dinner at a wedding reception or picnicking in the back yard, the food that is produced should wrap you up, bring back wonderful memories or create new tantalizing ones. Food should be a desire and not a function".

When he gets a breather from the hustle and the bustle of culinary world he is gardening at home growing wonderful vegetables that he prepares with his wife Krissa and children Emma & Max, inspiring another generation of food lovers.

 

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