ATL Music Lunch Club meets at Bo Bo Garden

Thankfully, at my first few club meetings, I got to experience the extraordinary storytelling of local music legend Bruce Hampton, before he died onstage at the Fox Theatre during his 70th birthday concert.

The lunch group actually dates back about 20 years, to when Hampton and former Capricorn Records exec Dick Wooley would meet for lunch. Gradually, others started to tag along.

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ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01:  Col. Bruce Hampton performs at 'Hampton 70: A Celebration Of Col. Bruce Hampton' at The Fox Theatre on May 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Col. Bruce Hampton, an Atlanta music legend, is seen onstage at the Fox Theatre during the May 2017 birthday concert where he died. (Courtesy of Rick Diamond Photography)

Credit: Rick Diamond Photography

Credit: Rick Diamond Photography

Chattanooga recording studio owner Glenn Halverson (who drives down for the lunches) was an early member. “I was only 36,” he recalled, “and I was very much intimidated. These guys were the real deal. I was smart enough to shut up and listen

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Savor: Hill Center’s Long Lunch Cooking Class

Hill Center’s Long Lunch Cooking Class: Paella

For many years now, the Hill Center in the Old Naval Hospital has served as a go-to source for those looking to boost their culinary skills, starting at the most basic or remedial level, with the regularly presented “Kitchen 101: Introduction to Cooking Series.”

However, the small team of experienced chefs and bakers the nonprofit organization relies on for its culinary programming also regularly whips up new and niche ideas intended for the more advanced home chef, particularly those who are culinary adventure-seekers.


As an example of classes designed with internationally inspired intermediate home cooks in mind, look no further than the four-part “Long Lunch” series that Chef Mark Haskell, a longtime Hill Center cooking teacher, will lead in February over Zoom.

Styled as a sample of global street food, one that “will take you on a tour of the back alleys

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27 Delicious Lunch Ideas for Days When You Just Can’t Eat Another Boring Sandwich

Face it. You can only have kale Caesar salad and a turkey sandwich for lunch so many times before you’re completely and utterly sick of the not-so-exciting midday meal. We can help: Here are 27 delicious lunch ideas to lean on when you’re totally bored of the usual.

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This combo of protein, veggies and your favorite jarred sauce will last you almost the entire work week.

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Sometimes you just need to let your inner child be in charge of the lunch menu.

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The recipe you didn’t know you needed to shake your chicken rut. Thanks, tangy yogurt sauce.

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You can find fresh rice cakes or XO sauce at Chinese or Korean grocery stores, right by the tofu or fresh noodles. Finish it with steamed broccoli or bok choy.

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