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On August 22, Epting Events travelled to Cashiers, North Carolina to cater and provide decorations at the 17th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse. For the past decade, Epting Events has placed their mark on the event, and this year was no exception with Bethany as the event coordinator.

During cocktail hour, the 350 guests were treated to refreshing vodka thyme lemonade, while waiters passed ham stuffed biscuits and doglick soup shooters.

For dinner, people ventured to the various stations serving mountain trout and venison sliders. The hands-down favorite of the night were the fried oyster po’ boys served with a spicy cajun sauce!

The showhouse event featured interior designers from around the southeast and was held at the Hillard House in Cashiers, North Carolina. This year there were 25 boutiques and shops that offered food, crafts, clothing and accessories. It was a beautiful event and we had a blast!




Writer: Kristin Jones

Suite 220


What was once an unused floor in the Athens Banner-Herald building is now a modern and industrial venue. Located on the border of downtown Athens, Suite 220 is a 4,000 square foot room with exposed concrete ceilings and huge windows. With its large floorplan, Suite 220 can hold more than 400 people. The space is ideal for seated dinners and cocktail parties, and it provides ample room for a dance floor and band.


A few weeks ago we hosted an event at Suite 220 for the UGA Panhellenic Council. Women representing the 17 sorority chapters discussed important matters while enjoying our red quinoa salad and cucumber, watermelon and pineapple salad. Our floral department decorated the space with chandeliers, draping lights, and a purple-lit accent wall.


At Epting Events, our venue finder will assist you in finding the perfect venue for any event. It helps to narrow down dozens of venue possibilities to only the ones that fit your specific desires. You can search venues based off location, style, capacity etc. We recently updated the information on the site to include more pictures, a complete list of the special features and recent news about the venue. Suite 220 is on the site, so check out the venue finder to get more details about the venue!

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Writer: Kristin Jones

Here at Epting Events, we are still trying to figure out where the summer months went. It seems like one day we were dreaming of refreshing summer cocktails and the next we are preparing for fall. Before we make that transition, we wanted to ask one of our day-of coordinators to give us her highlights of the past few months and help us get excited for what’s to come! Check out what Emily had to say:


0234581What were the main trends you saw during the summer?

“During the summer we see a lot of folks that want specialty drinks accented with festive glassware, paper umbrellas, colorful straws and unique ingredients that gave their guests a refreshing and exciting treat!”


Was there a “wow” moment at one of your events, and if so, what was it?

“One of my favorite events this summer was up in South Carolina, the couple was young and fun and along with the traditional bouquet toss, cake cutting etc., they also had a DJ-ing competition! It was so great to see a couple enjoying themselves and keeping the party going in a new fun way.”


What are you most looking forward to for the fall events?

“This is the time of year where the temperature cools and we heat up the Cider Stations! Its always exciting to mix traditional fall colors and themes in with annual corporate events or weddings. We really get to see our team stretch their creativity in floral, decor and of course– Food!”


What trends can we expect coming up?

“I think going into fall we are seeing many “family style” menus encouraging guests to gather around a warm meal together. It gives the feeling of a harvest feast to even the most basic menu and adding our custom sized Lazy Susans to your tables will add an element of fun and action to the table and experience. This style is also great in the yard-to-table trend that is so popular right now.”
Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see pictures of our events through the season. We are so thankful for all your support!


Writer: Kristin Jones

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On the morning of August 30th, the Epting Events team was gearing up for UGA’s opening game against the Clemson Tigers. Here at Epting Events, we love combining our love of all things football and catering expertise to plan a wide variety of tailgates each season.


For the Bulldawg’s opening game, Epting Events was called upon to cater a variety of tailgates all over Athens. Our team created a decadent spread of food, featuring savory pulled pork as well as mini pimiento cheese sandwiches. Thanks to Suzanne Johnson from High Tea Cookies, we were also able to provide Clemson and UGA-themed cookies! To top it all off, Epting Events even constructed a full bar for the excited tailgate-goers.

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On the other side of the Classic City, Epting Events was providing Chi Phi, a University of Georgia fraternity, with yet another tasty tailgate spread. Our team served this hungry crowd of college students a heaping amount of smoked BBQ wings and sweet iced tea, among other delicious snacks. The President of Chi Phi’s Mother’s Club, Ms. Becky Cooledge, even stated that it was “their best tailgate food yet.”





Throughout the Bulldawgs’ upcoming football season, Epting Events will be creating countless tailgatin’ treats for UGA’s most devoted fans. However, in addition to supplying our clients with their ideal spread, Epting Events can also provide your group with ideal lodging during your next Saturday in Athens. The Hill, a beautiful collection of homes owned by Lee Epting, is now available for rent. This venue is wonderfully tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Athens, while only being a short drive from Sanford Stadium! The Hill features a great amount of shaded outdoor space, ample room for parking and provides a more relaxed alternative to the craziness of tailgating. Let The Hill serve as your home away from home during the upcoming hectic football weekend!



All in all, Epting Events could not be more excited to kick off this football season and hopes to lend a hand with your next football function. If you are interested in planning your next tailgate with us, please feel free to give us a call at 706-353-1913 or check out our Venue Finder here for more information and photos of The Hill. Last, but not least, GO DAWGS!



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Screen shot 2014-09-17 at 1.23.39 PMAs technological advances continue, the importance of success heightens, and beautiful families grow, the magic of cracking open a new book is often lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The platform for selling books has grown in the past decade. Aside from places like Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and e-Bay also sell books to readers all over the world. On top of that app stores, such as iTunes, also sell books for the iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc. It is a treasure to find a local bookstore that still exists. But it is also for these reasons that Avid Bookshop is another gem that sets Athens apart as one of the most eclectic southern cities.

“The road to opening was a long one,” said Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop’s owner. “In the Fall of 2007, I decided to pursue opening a bookstore in Athens. I started going to bookseller conferences, talking to Athens business owners, attending meetings with a business consultant, and surveying Athenians to find out what they wanted in an indie bookstore.” After conducting years of research and overcoming countless obstacles, Avid Bookshop finally opened in Fall 2011.

The name of the bookstore delightfully defines the true purpose of Janet’s lovely bookshop. “I deliberately wanted to call the shop a bookshop and not a bookstore. Shop just sounds more quaint, comfortable, small and special – and that’s what Avid Bookshop is,” said Janet. Her friend Amy actually came up with the “Avid” part of the shop’s name. They felt that the phrase “avid reader” had positive notoriety and would therefore create a positive atmosphere for the store.

Screen shot 2014-09-17 at 1.24.25 PMWhen we asked Janet how the bookstore runs she said, “To fully answer the question on how the bookstore works, I’d need to write a book that’s at least a thousand pages – at least!” Spoken like a true lover of books. Avid Bookshop relies heavily on Janet’s incredible staff and interns. She has crafted a unique staff of booklovers and booksellers that are extremely enthusiastic about helping customers find books that will treat their minds. “We have a really special team of people here, and it’s because of them that the shop is doing so well,” says Janet, “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our rad customers who make the conscious decision to spend their money in the local community instead of shopping online at that website-that-shall-not-be-named!”

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Avid Bookshop also offers readings, autographs signing, classes and the like. This July they even had a Where’s Waldo in ATH? annual scavenger hunt! The bookstore occasionally has writing classes, but they like to focus on book clubs, author events, kids’ story time, etc. For a full list of their events, click here.

For the future Janet and Avid Bookshop are looking for ways to improve. Her love for her bookshop is insurmountable, “I really love the conversations that take place in the bookshop – between famous authors and fans, between booksellers and kid customers looking for a new series, between interns and Rachel, our events coordinator, and between customers who strike up a bond due to the fact that they both reached for the same book at the same time.” You can bet that the bookshop’s future is bright and filled with opportunity. The Avid team is armed with a long list of tasks to tackle that range from revamping their website to supporting local nonprofits. They are a team to definitely watch out for in the coming years! Their love for books and the local Athens community is uncomparable and it is a privilege to have a shop so unique in our town.

Screen shot 2014-09-17 at 1.30.54 PMThe next time you are looking to get lost in a sci-fi book about an airborne disease outbreak, a mystery book who-done-it book, or even a romantic Nicholas Spark’s soon-to-be movie novel, stop by Avid Bookshop for a great read, but even greater conversation and company. You can bet that when we’re not party-throwing or party-going, you’ll catch some of our Epting Event’s staff hunting for the newest book to feed our curiosity. We thank Avid Bookshop for continuing to supply our wonderful community with fantastic books and a cozy nook to escape the fast paced life, even just for 15 minutes.



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IMG_5316Today, the new behind-the-scenes event show, Black Tie & BBQ presented by xfinity, will be filming at Harry’s BBQ at 7 p.m. Stop by for some barbecue pork or chicken sliders, pork and scallion wantons, fried green tomatoes and more!  Enjoy your grub while also joining in on the excitement of a television show! Learn more about the show here

A couple of things to remember:

– Please wear as few logos as possible
– Address: 2425 Jefferson Rd, Athens, GA 30607
– Live Tweet us: @HarrysBarbecue
– Send your pictures to [email protected]
– Come hungry!

Writer: Desiree Sullivan

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Welcome Russel!

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 1.37.25 PMEach member of the Epting Events family plays an integral role in its innerworkings, planning processes and all around party-throwing. Whenever a new member is added to the family we see it as an opportunity to add new ingredients to the dish that is the Epting Events personality. This month we officially welcome with open arms, Russel Stalvey, the company’s new Food and Beverage Director.

Russel first premiered in the food industry at 14 years old as a caterer for a local company known as Poss’ Lakeview. From there it was obvious that he found his niche and remained in the food industry from then on. Russel is no stranger to our delightful parties, indulgent tastes, extravagant decor and all things that create Epting Events’ signature ambiance at each and every event.

Technically, his first party with Lee Epting was 32 years ago. Sixteen years ago Russel accepted a job on the wait staff at what was then, Lee Epting Catering. Within six months he was promoted to Food and Beverage Director of Center Stage Catering at The Classic Center, another partner company of Epting Events. Russel continued to work at the Classic Center with Center Stage Catering and then The Levy Restaurant Group. And finally, we are happy to announce that Russel has most recently joined the Epting team! “It thrills me to be back with the parent company,” Russel said.

When asked what he was most excited about in working with Epting Events he immediately replied, “Working with all the Epting Events family,” Russel said, “The technical parts of my job are to work with day to day operations and sales, kitchen, decor as well as other departments to assist in continued improvement of processes and professional development while fostering a streamline communication for cleaner lines of operations. I love the people that I am working with and look forward to hopefully being a help to the various departments.”

Cooking has always been a huge passion for Russel. He describes being in the kitchen and creating fantastic food as a meditations of sorts. “I see it as love. All components of the service industry gives a great opportunity to exhibit hospitality, which makes this type of work very fulfilling to me.” Keeping in line with his passion for food, we heard that Russel reads cookbooks at night before falling asleep, “Doesn’t everyone?” he said, “ I read them like others read novels. It is a constant of reminding me of what food is and does. It’s not just something that nourishes your body. It feeds your soul. It builds bridges. It’s a symbol of celebration. It’s a cause for celebration. It’s how I show love.”

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Everyone in the Epting Events family is inspired by the way Russel utilizes ingredients to create unique and delicate flavor profiles to take our events to the next level. His skills are not only a treat for all our stomachs, but our minds as well. Last week Russel got the entire Epting Events team involved in a gluten free cooking lessons to teach us about healthy eating and nutrition. The food was absolutely astounding and his humor and vivid personality made for the icing on the cake.

“I’m so happy to be here and be among family again. I can’t express how grateful I am at the warm, loving reception I’ve received from the moment I arrived. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Russel said. On behalf of the entire Epting Events family, we are beyond excited to embark on this new journey with Russel by our side. Our family is now even more complete and our inspiration for food and beverage has never been more alive. “Yeah, I dig food,” he said, and in a nutshell, we dig you too Russel!

Writer: Desiree Sullivan

I don’t know about you, but before a lot of us here in the office can even entertain the thought of getting our day started, we need a nice warm cup of joe. Whether we brew a cup just before we run out of the door or brew a cup in-house on our Epting Keurig, we all love our coffee. Sometimes when we feel like we’ve planned the ultimate event, it is someone’s birthday and we want to treat them to something nice or we just need an extra special pick-me-up, we’ll grab our coffee elsewhere and 1000 Faces is one of our favorite stops.

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1000 Faces is a local coffee roaster that was founded in 2007 by Ben Myers. He grew up in California and later studied ecology at Berkeley University. Ben still runs the roaster and continues to inspire his employees to view all aspects of coffee, the growth, harvest, transport, roasting and brewing, through an “ecological lens.” 1000 Faces was not always at its current location on Barber Stree; the roaster was first born in a small garage in Winterville where Ben was able to learn the ins-and-outs of the roasting industry. Once Ben had soaked up all the available knowledge, he moved his business to its current, quaint location on Barber Street. Ben named his roaster 1000 Faces after a book written by Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  The book includes a series of stories that highlight cultures around the world. Campbell was able to convey how similar the cultures turned out to be and therefore developed a concept he named, “the monomyth.” According to Alex Reubert, a 1000 Faces colleague, “The name “1000 Faces” fit because of how well the connections Campbell made between religion, culture, and myth paralleled the way our company draws together coffee, people, and place.”

The roaster prides itself on buying high-quality beans from farmers that believe in promoting sustainability within the environment so that they can be considered a speciality roaster. In turn, the land the coffee is grown in is better treated, the farmers are paid more for their product and the coffee is outstanding. “The best thing about being a specialty coffee roaster is that we get to have some say in where the coffee industry is going, and agriculture in general. Only 3% of the world’s coffee is considered “speciality,” but as more and more people’s concepts of quality and ecological responsibility shift, I’m sure that number will grow,” said Alex.

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The Espresso Savio is 1000 Faces’ best selling coffee. It is a three-part blend that can be put through an espresso machine. So, in other words, as you sip your cup of coffee you would notice tastes of fruit, chocolate and earthy undertones, as well as a creamy consistency. If you are looking for a colder beverage to fight the heat, the roaster also now offers a cold brew coffee. It is nutty and chocolaty brew that will definitely satisfy not only your caffeine needs, but also give you something refreshing to sip on while out in the hot Georgia sun.

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Customers can purchase 1000 Faces coffee in a number of places around the Athens community, like the Daily Co-op and World Famous (and Harry’s? check). The roaster also hosts cupings at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Imagine a cupping to be like a wine tasting, but replace the wine with specialty coffee. All cuppings are open to the public. Tours of the roaster can also happen anytime from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to a blog post from 2009, “Usually we are so hyped up on caffeine we start dancing. I would estimate that there is more dancing per workplace at 1000 Faces than anywhere in Athens or greater Southeast (during daylight hours). Alex let us know that this statement still rings true today, so don’t be alarmed if you see the 1000 Faces crew showing off their dances skills whenever you stop by for your caffeine boost!

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The Epting Events family cannot get enough of 1000 Faces coffee and cannot wait for the new additions to their menu. We hear that a Nicaraguan coffee called Finca Idealista is in the works that has a chocolate and fruit taste to it, and you can bet we’ll be one of the first in line to try it! The atmosphere in 1000 Faces is one that can’t be beat and we are lucky enough to be a quick drive down the road. “The next time you run out of coffee, or just need a breath during your daily routine, stop by the roaster and refuel. Part of my job is to be there for people that come by and want to talk about coffee, or anything, really,” says Alex. So keep 1000 Faces in mind whenever you brew your last cup of coffee at home, you’re running around Athens and need a jump start, or if you’re just simply looking for that special cup of joe.

Writer: Desiree Sullivan
Photographer: 1000 Faces

Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 3.40.29 PMIt is no secret that we love to plan parties, but what most people don’t know is that planning holiday parties are a company favorite! In order to prepare for the holidays, Chef Janice and our new Food and Beverage Director, Russel Stalvey, worked together to present a variety of tastes for the entire sales team to try. This year was our first year celebrating Christmas in July, but no worries this will be an annual event! The menu highlights included: a jalapeño and cranberry chicken meatball with pretzel sticks, turnip dip, a vegan inspired farro grain dish, deviled eggs with paprika seasoning and a whiskey sour spritzer. Each bite incorporated a unique combination of flavors that was out of this world. Needless to say, each serving dish was left completely bare as the entire company feasted on the holiday spread. Look for these items and more as we continue to plan for the upcoming holiday season!


Writer: Desiree Sullivan
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You just threw the party of the year, but the night isn’t quite over yet. As your reception is coming to a close, you still need to end the night with a bang. But what is the best strategy to leave your guests wowed and get stunning photos? For this how-to thursday, we are helping your getaway get noticed.

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1. Choose a great song

Nothing sets the mood like music, so as you are saying goodbye to your guests, make sure your DJ plays a song that is fun and exciting. Everyone has been on the dancefloor all night and they want to keep the party going. We found this great list to help you choose the song that is right for your exit!

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2. Consider changing clothes

Change out of your wedding attire for your grand exit to grab peoples’ attention. We usually see brides change into a shorter sassy dress and the groom following suit by wearing something a little more casual. If you want to go in an unexpected direction, change into something less traditional that showcases your personality as a couple. If everyone knows your husband is a sports fanatic, allow your man to wear his favorite team jersey. Of course, as with all our blog posts, this is just an idea. There are many people who love the classic getaway photos in the wedding dress and suit, so go with the outfits that captures the mood you want to convey.


3. Have some festive props

Chances are, when your parents got married, the guests at their wedding threw rice or flower petals for the grand exit. Now there are even more options that create a perfect photo-op. At Epting Events, we LOVE when the couples use sparklers for their exit. Each person gets a chance to hold a sparkler while the couple leaves the venue. It creates an enchanting atmosphere and the pictures are always gorgeous! We have also seen other brides use streamers, confetti or balloons to achieve the same effect.

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4. Leave with style

When you and your husband are leaving for your honeymoon, drive off in your dream car. Here at Epting Events, everyone knows that Lee can’t get enough of old-time cars. They are a great way to make a statement with style. The cars are classic yet charming at the same time. If you are more of a modern couple, see if you can rent a sports car or borrow one from a friend if you are on a tight budget. For the more whimsical and natural couple, show off your personality by making your getaway on decorated vintage bikes.


5. Share an Epic Kiss

All of your closest family and friends gathered together to witness you become man and wife. You sealed the deal with a kiss, and the whole crowd cheered.  Now that you are married, give them something else to cheer about. As you are getting into your getaway car, share an epic kiss with your husband. Tell your photographer beforehand that you want to make sure they capture that moment. The photos will be beautiful and it will be a wonderful final memory of the night.

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Check out these photos for more creative inspiration! How fun do these all look? We would love to get feedback from y’all. What getaways have grabbed your attention? Tweet your favorite photos and ideas to @EptingEvents

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