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Well-Seasoned Chef: Forough Vakili

Tuesday April 23, 2024 06:30 PM EDT
Cost: $135 (event is sold out)
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From the venue:

Learn as Chef Forough Vakili of Le Bon Nash prepares a four-part menu with wines to enhance the flavors of seasonal and local produce in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen. 
Born and raised in Iran and trained on the coast of France in Brittany, Forough Vakili is the chef-founder of Le Bon Nosh, a culinary haven in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood that is committed to building community through food by shining light on the integrity of the ingredient and providing an intentional, welcoming space.
After seeing a disconnect between how people live their lives and how they eat, Forough decided she wanted to make eating healthier, seasonal meals something approachable and exciting. At Le Bon Nosh, food serves as a vessel to create meaningful impact, by not only serving delicious meals to guests, but also by connecting to the broader community through supporting local farmers and purveyors. Forough skillfully crafts cuisine, which can best be described as farm-to-table with French influences, using local and seasonal ingredients throughout her menus for counter-service breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, and an intimate, full-service dinner experience. 

Forough Vakili, Executive Chef-Founder of Le Bon Nosh
Forough’s culinary path was inspired by the community of women who raised her and taught her how to nourish a family with the byproducts of their hands. Before pursuing her passion for cooking professionally, she earned a degree in chemical engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology and worked in the field for two years. In 2011, she moved to France where she honed her culinary craft while studying at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. After graduation, she worked at a two-MICHELIN star restaurant in Brittany, France. In 2013, Forough returned to the States where she took on the role of Porsche’s exclusive consultant on food operations at their North American headquarters, working with Bon Appétit Management Co. and overseeing three business units including a fine dining restaurant, a staff canteen and catering operations. 
Le Bon Nosh is the culmination of Forough’s unique experiences, from her studies as a chemical engineer to her worldly travels, and her lifelong appreciation for fresh, seasonal fare. She strives to make guests feel as though they are stepping into her personal dining room whenever they visit her restaurant. 
Outside of the restaurant, Forough enjoys visiting her local farmers’ market and spending time with her husband and two children.
The chef line-up is announced online in late March, and open seats are available to purchase starting on April 1 via the Outdoor Kitchen phone line. Registrations are processed in the order they are received.
Please note: Circles Members receive early registration access, and these popular dinners sometimes sell out during that period. For dinners that are already sold out by April 1, you may join the waitlist via the link below. To learn more about becoming a Circles Member, visit atlantabg.org/join.
Schedule: Select Tuesdays, April – October, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $135 per dinner; $750 for six dinners
Registration: Call 404-876-5859 ext 2559
Waitlist Link: Join the Waitlist
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Atlanta Botanical Magnum
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859