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Westside Cultural Arts Center
997 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Contact: Jeffrey Hollington
404-892-2359 x 116

Westside Cultural Arts Center

Westside Cultural Arts Center is a versatile special event venue in Atlanta. Founded by Dr. James L. Chappuis, WCAC brings to life every element of your special event and offers countless ways to incorporate the custom-designed space to not just as a backdrop for your gathering, but as a truly engaging setting. Equipped with a full-service catering kitchen to sound-enhancing features, a separate gallery space and even parking, all ideally located in Atlanta's Westside. Surrounded by art curated by the Fay Gold Gallery -our Gallery-in-Residence, or with your own custom event décor, there is no more versatile venue in Atlanta.
Ali Barden

Ali Barden

Managing Account Executive
Millie Phillips

Millie Phillips

Account Executive



Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama


Favorite Proof of the Pudding Dish: The last one I ate, because I can't possibly pick just one.


At home I like to cook: My world famous beef stew with my top secret ingredient tiger sauce, did I just say that out loud.


For fun: There is nothing more fun than spending time with my husband and three children. We love to watch movies, go to concerts, and garden.


Must see site or location: The Grand Canyon. It is breathtaking!


My work philosophy: Give until it hurts and then give some more.

Janice Wilmer

Janice Wilmer

Creative Director


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


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 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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