Gala Salutes “A New Day Dawning” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

With the opening of new gardens and facilities at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, what better theme for the 2009 Garden of Eden Ball than “Sunrise: A New Day Dawns at the Garden”?

The 28th annual event, the Garden’s largest benefit, will be held Saturday evening, September 26 on the Great Lawn in a large tented ballroom surrounded by several gigantic bronze sculptures by British artist Henry Moore on display in the current exhibition, Moore in America. The expansion is funded by a New Seasons Capital Campaign that has raised more than $45 million under the leadership of Jane and Dameron Black, this year’s honorary ball chairs.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with cocktails in the Levy Parterre, followed by a three-course dinner under the tent. Tony Conway’s full service catering company A Legendary Event will provide the menu again this year under the direction of Executive Chef Lincoln Stevens. Stevens’ menu last year featured lemon poached shrimp, petite demitasse of heirloom tomato gazpacho and Parmesan basil tuile to start; horseradish-crusted grouper and Kobe steak, smoked gouda and goat cheese mornay, truffled gremolata risotto and saffron-braised squash and red carrots as the main entree; and ended with a pomegranate mousse dome for the ladies and a milk chocolate mousse tart for the gentlemen. Multiple courses of sweet & savory haute cuisine are slated for this year’s menu. “This year is sure to top last year’s dinner working with Honorary Gala Chairs Jane and Dameron Black,” states Conway.

Drawing more than 450 guests annually, the Garden of Eden Ball supports the Garden’s mission to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, conservation and enjoyment. For ticket information, contact Jennifer Wyrick at

Legendary Cuisine and Floral featured in The Atlantan Brides Magazine

Check out the beautiful ivory rose bridal bouquet A Legendary Event floral director Kim Vasil created for Adria Coleman’s March 7th wedding to Cincinatti Bengals player Robert Geathers Jr. in The Atlantan Brides’ “Divine Design.” Designers Donald Mill and Sophia Lin were vital in the planning and execution of this “color infused” wedding. “We set out to capture as essence of classical beauty with unique, contemporary twist,” stated Lin. Also, get tips on creating the perfect after-party fare in “After Midnight.” Sausage and scrambled egg sliders are one of the decadent menu items suggested by Tony Conway. To read digital versions click on link below:

American Cancer Society Center (ACSC) Opens to Public as The New Ideal Downtown Event Venue

Formerly know as “The Inforum,” The American Cancer Society Center is now available to the public as an ideal special events space. From a seated dinner for a couple of hundred guests to a cocktail reception for 3,000—this 110,000 square foot space can accommodate any event size or layout option. Managed by Cousins Properties, this National Headquarters space for The American Cancer Society is loaded with amenities—a 450 seat fully equipped business theater, a large lobby with exquisite marble floors, views overlooking the heart of the city, and ample parking along with a valet parking option. For more information contact Donna Ballard at


Last Wednesday, The Northside Neighbor published an article entitled, “Do You Sea What I See?”—A brief piece outlining Tony Conway’s vacation plans. Check out The Northside Neighbor if you’re wondering where party king and event planner and social guru Tony Conway spends his unwind time or visit our website press page at Oh! And if haven’t guessed yet what beach-side reading he plans to finish—”What Would Google Do?” (Collins Business) by Jeff Jarvis is at the top of his list (or, should we say, somewhere in the sandy recesses of his beach bag?) Tony hopes the book will help him to continue to navigate through the ever-changing Internet Age.


The International Special Events Society nominated A Legendary Event for two ISES Esprit Awards in the categories of Best Industry Contribution and Best Catered Event.

The Best Industry Contribution nomination is for Tony Conway’s ongoing quarterly contributions to Delta’s in-flight magazine—Delta Sky. Conway draws on over thirty years of Catering and Special Event expertise for his subject matter. His topics are broad in scope ranging from tips on how to host a green event to step-by-step instructions on creating a low-key, Southern-styled, New Year’s Day brunch.

The Best Catered Event nomination is for The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction’s 16th Annual Gala Dinner held at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station for 800 wine-loving guests. To celebrate the 16th anniversary event named How Sweet It Is!—A Legendary Event Executive Chef Lincoln Stevens along with Star Guest Chefs Todd Richards from Kentucky’s Oakroom, Charleston’s Chef Mike Lata, Athens’ Chef Hugh Acheson and Atlanta Chef’s Gerry Klaskala and Kathryn King both from Restaurant Aria collaboratively created a menu of sumptuously southern cuisine.

Conway said, “Receiving any nomination from such a prestigious organization is really an award in and of itself.” For more info go to

THE ORCHID’S POPULARITY BLOOMS excerpts from June’s Affluent Magazine

When asked what the new “It Flower” was, Kim Vasil, A Legendary Event’s Floral Designer, instantly answered, “The Cymbidium Orchid.” “I think that people are requesting this flower because it is exotic and elegant,” Vasil explained. “Personally, I’m kooky over this orchid—it’s hearty, sleek, and mixes well with more traditional flowers.”. . .In conversations with others, another particular orchid that is named among those gaining popularity is the Vanda Orchid. The Vanda Orchid is a stand-out orchid because it is one of the few botanical orchids with blue flowers—actually a very purplish blue. The magnificent flowers can produce up to 3 or 4 spikes of variably colored petals per branch.

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Above: A Legendary Event’s Bill Hughes serves the happy couple.

We had a great time serving “Anniversary Dinner on a Plane” last week at the AirTran hangar to honor the wedding anniversary of Mark and Christine Malkoff. Their aviation-style picnic featured a four course vegan menu, fresh cut florals, and all the festive trimmings.


We’d like to thank the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for naming A Legendary Event as one of the Top 25 Small Businesses for the second consecutive year. With so many great businesses in Cobb County, it is quite an honor to be receiving this recognition. We won’t rest on our laurels any time soon. Since our company’s inception in 1997, we have always and will continue to ‘raise the bar’ by providing haute cuisine and divine design.

Nominations for the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year were accepted earlier this year and chosen after a review by an independent panel of judges. Candidates were evaluated based on the criteria published by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those criteria include staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales or unit volume, current and past financial standing, innovative products and services, response to adversity, evidence of contributions to aid community projects and overall management philosophy.

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