CHRIS Kids Annual Ball this Saturday

Please join us this Saturday. Celebrating 29 years of saving and transforming the lives of thousands of Georgia’s children and families, CHRIS Kids will hold the 9th annual CHRIStal Ball™ at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead on September 26, 2009. This festive formal affair includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction, entertainment and celebrates thousands of changed lives. To purchase tickets please click on link below.


Atlanta, September 17th―I wanted to take a moment to say that I hope you had a great summer and to share some of the exciting developments that have been taking place here at A Legendary Event.

We’ve recently added some great new team members. First of all, Charles Barrett is our new Executive Pastry Chef. Prior to coming to Legendary, Barrett was Executive Pastry Chef at The Cobb Galleria. We can’t wait for you to see (and taste) some of his deliciously innovative dessert creations.

We’re also excited to have Leah Stephens as the newest member of our Catering Sales Team. Leah accepted the position of Catering Sales Manager last month and has already hit the ground running. Of course, most of you already know, Sophia Lin. Sophia has been promoted to the role of Senior Sales Manager. Sophia has worked at A Legendary Event for approximately three years and brings a wonderful winning spirit and charisma to the team.

Also new on board is Ashley Miller, Kate Bradley, and Jeffrey Powell. Ashley Miller has accepted the role of Junior Design Event Manager. Kate Bradley has joined our team as Sales Assistant. Jeffrey Powell is our new Senior Design Sales Manager. Jeffrey has years of event design business, most recently running his own company, Jeffrey Blooms. He also appears on Style Network’s “Who’s Wedding Is It Anyway?”

Just a reminder that the holiday season is just around the corner (90 days to be precise). We’d love to help you celebrate by providing you with catering and/or design for your holiday party or gathering. Believe me, it will be here before we know it! So, give us a call so we can put you on the calendar.

Happy Holidays!
Tony Conway, CMP

GSU Students Partner with A Legendary Event for their final “Capstone Project”

This morning we had the privilege of meeting with Georgia State University Professor Dr. Chip Barksdale and 13 of his Senior Marketing students. After a continental breakfast and brief slide show, we discussed the many aspects of our Marketing Program. Over the next semester, Chip’s soon-to-be-graduating class will be helping us to re-evaluate, re-think, and fine tune our Marketing Program. This “Capstone Class” is a curriculum requirement that provides vital hands-on experience for students entering today’s job market. Dave Lishness, COO of A Legendary Event and fellow GSU graduate said, “We are thrilled to be working with Chip and his expert team of students and can already tell that they’ll be bringing a lot of great ideas to the table.”

A LEGENDARY EVENT wins ISES Esprit Award for High Museum Wine Auction

This weekend, A Legendary Event won a prestigious ISES Esprit Award from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the category of Best Off-Premise Catered Event. A Legendary Event was awarded top honors for catering The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction’s 16th Annual Gala Dinner. The menu’s distinct southern flair was a big hit with the 800 wine-loving guests. In addition to A Legendary Event’s Executive Chef Lincoln Stevens, the event featured several Guest Chefs from the Southern Foodways Alliance including Athens’ Chef Hugh Acheson who prepared this savory low country stew (see above photo).

Traveling back from the awards ceremony in San Francisco, Owner and President of A Legendary Event, Tony Conway commented by phone, “It is great that our team’s work was recognized by our peers for such a title.” ISES is dedicated to recognizing excellence in events and honoring those individuals whose vision and creativity make their events “Special.” For more information contact

A Legendary Event Recognized for Catering and Design Excellence

On July 29th, A Legendary Event received the following awards from the National Association of Catering Executives at their national conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1) Best Catered Event with a budget above $75,000. We constructed a 40′ x 100′ on-site kitchen at Atlantic Station in order to prepare, plate, and serve an amazing 3200 plates in 90 minutes for the Atlanta High Museum Wine Auction Gala Dinner. Apparently, the National Association of Catering Executives also thought this was a pretty amazing feat.

Our sumptuously southern menu was composed by some of the Southeast’s premier restaurant chefs—Chef Todd Richards of Kentucky’s Oakroom, Chef Hugh Acheson of Athens Georgia’s Five and Ten, Chef Mike Lata of Fig, and Atlanta Chefs Gerry Klaskala and Chef Kathryn King, both from restaurant Aria. Each dinner course was paired with fine wines by renowned vintner guests of such acclaim as Burgundy wine-maker Alex Gambal and Central California’s Joseph Davis.

2) Best Guest Table Presentation of the Year. We created a “Sustainable Table” for DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by Design Gala Dinner. Since we were emerging from a long drought, we wanted to send a strong message of conservation by using plants such as succulents, cacti, and kale that are self-sustaining by living off the moisture of their own leaf systems. Some of the plants we incorporated into our design, such as Tillandsia, are able to grow in rocks, trees, pottery, and even in mid air. Our over all message by creating a sustainable table was the importance of being more conscious when using natural resources along with the importance of recognizing the inherent beauty of nature. This table concept has since drawn lots of attention and was even featured in the May issue of Delta Sky Magazine.

3) Best Event Production of the Year with a budget below $25,000. In addition to winning the award for Best Guest Table Presentation we were also thrilled to be recognized with an award for Best Event Production for the same event. Each year, this particular event raises approximately $300,000 for organizations dedicated to AIDS research, education, and outreach. This event, featuring 40 custom table environments created by top national and regional designers is a remarkable display of cutting-edge creativity and concern. We’re honored to be able to play a significant role. Guests are given a sneak peek at the collection of elaborate table designs at the Preview Cocktail Party. The following evening’s Dining by Design Gala dinner features delicious hand passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a three course five star menu. After dinner, guests engage in a silent auction, table-hopping, and after dinner cocktails.

A Legendary Event’s Liz Cipro is Christened into Les Dames d’Escoffier

A Legendary Event’s Liz Cipro has been accepted as a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. This organization is the only one of its kind: a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership consists of 27 individual chapters across the United States and Canada; is highly diversified and reflects the multi-faceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. Liz began her career with A Legendary Event in 2001 as a prep chef. With several experiences in both restaurants and smaller catering kitchens under her belt—Liz was quickly promoted to Sous Chef then moved into the position of Catering Sales. She currently holds the position of Director of Catering Sales at A Legendary Event.

Not only does Liz have an exquisite palate, she is a consummate professional with an unfailing ability to beautifully manage and juggle the ever-changing details of event catering. Over the years, Liz has created events for clients such as Jane Fonda, The Home Depot executives, Sir Elton John, Tiffany & Co., Hermes of Paris, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more. Clients call on Liz because they trust her to handle every detail that arises with grace and efficiency. Being a wonderful liaison between VIPs and volunteers, officials, dignitaries and worker bees—Liz manages events with her signature smile and warm professionalism. Tony Conway, President and Owner of A Legendary Event commented, “I am so proud of Liz and all of her accomplishments and am thrilled that she has been selected for such a prestigious organization. I truly think Liz will be an asset to Les Dames d’Escoffier.”

A Legendary Event is Revved Up Over BMW’s New “Sports Activity Coupe”

We’ve been “revved up” for two weeks about the BMW Concept X6 Active Hybrid. Thanks to Los Angeles-based Extraordinary Events, we’ve been hosting 200 international journalists at Road Atlanta in Braselton. The results are top secret but if we were appraising this efficient, cutting edge vehicle we’d definitely give it four out of four wheels. BMW calls the BMW Concept X6 Active Hybrid “the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe.” The vehicle is modern, muscular, and sophisticated. Currently it’s available in two colors-Melbourne Red and Space Grey. We’re semi-certain that we’ve seen one of Tyler Perry’s producers driving around in one of these uber-cool vehicles.