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Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue Southeast,
Atlanta, GA 30315
Contact: Hannah Baber
hbaber@zooatlanta.org

Zoo Atlanta

Proof of the Pudding is thrilled to be the exclusive caterer for Zoo Atlanta events!
Construction has begun on Grand New View, opening in 2019! Through this transformative project, the historic Cyclorama building will be revitalized and reborn as Savanna Hall, a one-of-a-kind event destination overlooking the wonders of an all-new African savanna, where African elephants and other wildlife will roam new and significantly expanded habitats. Other highlights will include a new grand entry plaza and more.
Construction fencing has been erected around the future Savanna Hall and on perimeters within the African Plains zone of the Zoo. During construction, some species in the African animal population, including giraffes, ostrich, warthogs and zebras, will not be visible to guests, but they're not leaving the Zoo - they'll continue to enjoy superior care here on grounds. African elephants will continue to be visible until it's time for the Zoo to begin construction on their current habitat - where exciting new residents will make their debut in 2019.
See more here: https://zooatlanta.org/support/capital-campaign/grand-new-view/
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.

 

Kate Kolbinsky

Kate Kolbinsky

Sales Manager

Hometown

I'm a native Atlantan

Favorite Proof of the Pudding Dish

The Goat Cheese Stuffed Baby Peppers! Delish!

At home I like to cook

Smoothie Bowls. No cooking required.

Must see site or location

Urban Tree Cidery… so underrated!

Most memorable event

Sit down awards dinner at AHC to honor Vagn!

What I like best about my work

Meeting super cool people and looking at sloths.
Hannah Baber

Hannah Baber

Hometown

Macon, Georgia

Favorite Proof of the Pudding Dish

I find myself daydreaming about the Ahi Tuna Bites often!

At home I like to cook

My husband does the cooking but I love when he makes fajitas on the grill!

Must see site or location

I've got to get to New Zealand #bucketlist

Most memorable event

Birthday party for a rapper which included Siberian tigers, a monkey, 3 parrots and a 30 pound boa constrictor. Super stressful but FUN!
Thanks so much,

What I like best about my work

I love making people smile because of a memorable event we created together.
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