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The Porkchop

We just HAD to share the awesome blog from Sally Ann about one of Augusta’s most fabulous artists. For more of Sally’s awesomeness, visit her blog: http://www.sallyannk.com

There are very few people that make such striking first impressions as Leonard ‘Porkchop’ Zimmerman. I’d been a huge fan of his work around Augusta for years, and I didn’t actually meet him until the night before his gallery opening at Gaartdensity. A special friends and family showing, Matt and I were the last ones to arrive before close, and suddenly we were the only ones there. In the gallery was Matt, Leonard, the gallery owner and myself. Leonard walked me through the story of his collection, paintings of robots staring at the stars, and a bird on a robot’s shoulder. The collection was the story of the sudden loss of his partner in 2006 to Leonard’s path of grieving and living life thereafter. We hadn’t known each other 5 minutes, and we both cried together as he told me stories of he and Brian. It was beautiful.

Since that gallery showing, I see Leonard all over downtown, having worked just a few doors down from Wier Stewart, where he works as a graphic designer. An Augusta native and SCAD graduate, you can always spot him in Downtown Augusta, in converse shoes (which may not be the same color shoe on each foot), and he’s always chewing on candy or has a dum dum in his mouth. If you can’t find Leonard, you’re sure to see his Happy stickers around town as well.

A connoisseur of sweets, it’s an understatement to say Leonard has a sweet tooth. Mixology has never really been my thing, but of all the years I spent bartending, there is only one drink I can proudly claim to have created: The Porkchop. Sweet and fruity. And perfecly Porkchop. And now that I’m retired from F&B, this will be the only drink that is “by Sally”. I’m quite proud of my concoction, and Leonard absolutely loves it!

The Porkchop:

Cut the end off the bottom side of a Twizzler, place in glass. Fill glass with ice.

1 oz. Mandarin Absolut Vodka + 1/2 oz. raspberry Schnapps. Top off with pineapple juice. Bite off that first bit of Twizzler and you have your straw.

Make for your friends and have a Porkchop party! Get adventurous and add other candy garnishes! You can visit his site and see more of his work here.

Photos courtesy of Noah Fecks and Leonard Zimmerman. Find the original blog post here: http://www.sallyannk.com/2013/06/the-porkchop_7.html

Augusta Trade, Exhibit and Event (TEE) Center Sneak Peek

Augusta’s newest meeting space, the TEE Center, is scheduled to open early 2013 and is in the final stages of construction. Peggy Seigler, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Augusta CVB, gives you a sneak peek inside the building and shares some of her favorite things about the new space. For more information, visit www.AugustaTEECenter.com or call 706-823-6600.

Watch the Video!

Casual Seafood at Rhinehart’s

If you love seafood, Rhinehart’s is the place for you! When you first pull into the parking lot and walk into the restaurant, you won’t see your typical restaurant decor.

Instead of your typical tables and chairs, you have picnic tables which have been signed by many of the customers that have eaten at Rhinehart’s (if you’ve got a pen, sign your name too!). The atmosphere is very laid back and  is one of Augusta’s hidden treasures. For an appetizer, or as they call them “Serious Snacks”, you must try the Fried Cheese Triangles. They are to die for.

If you like spicy foods then you should try the Spicy Boiled Shrimp, which you can get with or without the spice, and is served with hot butter. One of my favorites is the shrimp basket, there are also combo baskets if you like to mix and match. If you’re in town on a Tuesday or Saturday night, go and get fresh Alaskan Snow Crab legs for $8.99 a pound! They have a variety of seafood and will cook to order.

Rhinehart’s is a must for locals and visitors!

Rhinehart’s Website

Two locations:

3051 Washington Rd.
Augusta, Ga. 30907
706-860-BEER (2337)
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

305 North Bel Air Rd.
Evans, Ga. 30809
Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. – Midnight

Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Family reunions are great fun, and great for family relationships. We know, because Augusta has played host to reunions large and small for generations.

And over the years, we’ve learned a lot about what makes them work—from hotel proposals to welcome packets to ideas for activities.

Join “Cousin” Michelle Bovian from the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau for a workshop that will help make your reunion in Augusta the best ever. The workshop is free, but reservations are required.

Watch Video to learn what you’ll get to do during the 2012 family reunion planning workshop.

To register, call the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau at (706) 823-6600 ext: 226

Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Saturday, February 4 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

at the Kroc Center: 1833 Broad Street

Soul Food & Sweet Tea

I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of having lunch at the same places every day. I need something different than the daily grind of drive-thru windows and fast food. So today, I decided to take a friend’s advice and try somewhere different; a place that I was told had heart and soul. Soul food that is!

Cafe 209 on the River cannot be beat. They have authentic, southern style dishes that are made fresh to order, no fast food found here! I started out by ordering a glass of sweet tea. While sipping on my sweet tea and scanning the menu of delicious choices I realized that this was the best sweet tea I’d ever had! It was sweet, ice cold and the perfect strength. It was amazing, but be careful, a little addictive as well!

Among all the delicious choices of fried or baked chicken, fried fish, meatloaf, smothered or fried pork chops the choice was a difficult one. I decided to try the fried pork chops, and I was blown away. It was a large, boneless pork chop with just the right amount of breading. With my meal I was able to choose two sides among the choices of fried okra, mac-n-cheese, collard green, candied yams, lima beans. rice and gravy and more. I chose the mac-n-cheese and the collard green, both scrumptious!

If you have not tried Cafe 209 by the River yet, I highly recommend it. It is affordable – you can eat a daily special and also order a drink for under $10. They also have indoor and outdoor seating by Augusta’s beautiful Riverwalk!

Cafe 209 by the River
4 Eighth Street
Next to the Bulkhead entrance of Augusta’s Riverwalk
(706) 722-9692

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