Georgia Grown: Kendrick Anderson | Furniture Maker

1Name: Kendrick Anderson | Furniture Maker

Where: Atlanta, GA

Story: Kendrick Anderson, an Atlanta-based furniture maker, was studying English literature in college when he became transfixed with an idea: he wanted to build a table. He had no experience in woodworking, but Kendrick knew he would be able to build furniture; after all, his family history had proven itself.

“My father builds custom homes, and my grandfather owned a sawmill/lumber yard for most of his life,” he explains. “So I guess you could say working with wood is in my blood.” After searching the city for free work in exchange for an apprenticeship, the single-minded student finally landed at a modest custom furniture shop. Following years of apprenticing and studying, Kendrick opened his own eponymous furniture-building shop.

2Kendrick draws his inspiration from mid-century modern proportions, the rejection of ornamentation by the Shakers, and the joinery (how two pieces of wood are held together) of the arts and crafts movement – all together revealing a minimalistic essence that envelopes every piece he creates. “I love the interplay between simple, clean forms coupled with exposed joinery,” he says. “I want my furniture to convey a quiet stillness when viewed from across the room, and yet possess increasing depth when inspected up close.”

Each Kendrick  Anderson piece is custom-made, and while clients generally have a broad idea of what they want, Kendrick embeds his aesthetic into their needs, creating a one-of-a-kind piece that will serve generations. “I am humbled by each piece and every client who grants me the opportunity to create something they will use for the rest of their lives.”

Content courtesy of Bearings.

All photos by Andrew Thomas Lee.

Georgia Grown: Georgia Winery

18238_485992701440359_777554813_nWhat: Georgia Winery & their sweet southern wine

Where: Ringgold, Georgia

The Story:  Come discover the surprisingly flavorful wines of the Chattanooga Valley’s oldest and most celebrated winery- The Georgia Winery and Vineyards. Established in 1983, the Georgia Winery is the first of its kind in Georgia and is the only winery in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. Serving as a pioneer in the farm wine-making industry, Georgia Winery has lead other vineyards and wineries to open across the state in recent years.

191075_457001127672850_2099460832_oGeorgia Winery is a family owned and operated facility producing award-winning fine wines. Specializing in capturing the fresh flavor of the fruit results in unique wines that explode with flavor and tantalizes taste buds across the nation.

If you are planning a visit to the Chattanooga or North Georgia area the Georgia Winery is your next stop! Enjoy complimentary wine tasting of all signature wines at the elegant tasting bar. Winery tours are offered every Saturday at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock pm. Peruse through the beautiful gift shop including unique gifts, gourmet foods, homemade fudge, hand-crafted wine, chocolates, and more.

Prepare your palate for a taste of true Southern hospitality at its best. With over 20 different wines to choose from, ranging from dry to sweet, from light to full-bodied, Georgia Winery offers something for every discriminating taste. Bring your taste buds and come on in for a delightful experience.

gawineryThe Georgia Winery is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am till 6:00pm.

6469 Battlefield pkwy. Ringgold, Ga. 30736 | GeorgiaWines.com | 706.937.WINE

 

Georgia Grown: Hunter Cattle Company

545102_10150623849606324_1319117547_n

What: Hunter Cattle Company

Where: Brooklet, Georgia

382674_10150401859526324_840687155_nWho: The Ferguson Family

The Story: Del Ferguson has run Hunter Cattle Company since 2003 with his wife, Debra, their youngest son, Hunter, their oldest son, Anthony, and daughter, Kristan, who also live and work on the farm with families of their own. For Ferguson, who was raised on a small family farm in Appling County, Georgia, Hunter Cattle Company represents the realization of a lifelong dream. After 25 years of operating his own business in the Savannah area, Ferguson, along with his family, began the farm with the goal of raising quality animals. “We try to do it like it was a hundred years ago,” says Ferguson, who was inspired to pursue an all-natural, grass-fed, free-range approach to farming after his wife read about the health benefits associated with eating meat from naturally raised animals. Hunter Cattle Company operates under the guidelines of the American Grassfed Association and the organization Animal Welfare Approved. Under these guidelines, all the animals on the farm—pigs, chickens, cows, or even the turkeys currently being raised for Thanksgiving—receive no growth hormones, antibiotics or processed grains, and are free to move throughout the pasture.

Click here to buy Hunter Cattle Company products.

 hccTip: Have an authentic farm experience when you stay in the Barn Lofts at Hunter Cattle Company!

 

 

 

 

Georgia Grown: Causey Foods, Inc.

Causey 002What: Causey BBQ Sauce

Where: Vienna,Georgia & Smyrna, Georgia

Who: The Causey Family

John Causey

John Causey

The Story: John Causey had always played around with the grill and enjoyed barbecuing as a hobby. In 1984, John became part of a BBQ cooking team called the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and began preparation to compete in the Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia. John set out to create his own vinegar based barbecue sauce for this competition and from that, Causey’s Original sauce was born. John served as chief cook of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 – 1995, traveling all over the South competing in barbecue competitions and winning numerous awards. However, it was over a decade later when Causey Foods, Inc. was established. John’s daughter Wynn Bakke was an event planner in Atlanta for 15 years.  When she left her event planning career to have children, Wynn decided to approach her dad about marketing his award winning BBQ sauces.  With his sauce-making skills and Wynn’s business background and the help of Wynn’s mother (Lady Causey) and husband (Pete Bakke), Causey foods was officially created in 2009. Today, the company is located in Smyrna Georgia and the sauce is made in Hoboken, Georgia.

5 product pictureYou can purchase Causey sauces at http://www.causeyfoods.com/ and at 75 retail locations (see locations here).

Tip: Pack a cooler and stop off on I-75 to fill up with world championship BBQ, sides and sauces at the Causey family restaurant, Good to Go. You can drive through and pick up food or walk in and pick up food – they even have picnic tables outside for travelers in need of some BBQ on their long drive! The official address is 925 E. Union Street Vienna, GA  31092. They’re open Thursday – Saturday from 11am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm. Call 229-268-8646 for more information.

 

DSCN5149Lauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!

Georgia Grown: Tiger Mountain Vineyards

logo

What: Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Where: Tiger,Georgia

Who: John & Martha Ezzard

The Story: In 1995, John and Martha Ezzard, doctor and lawyer respectively, changed their careers and lifestyles to return to John’s birthplace, a 100 -acre farm in Rabun County to a piece of land that Martha says “is part of John’s soul.” john-and-martha-231People ask if they had always dreamt of having a vineyard, but John says no –they “wanted to save a special piece of earth.” Because the land had always been cultivated, they wanted to grow something –so he stumbled upon wine grapes! John and Martha put the first 1,500 plants in the ground with their own two hands in 1995 and then peddled their first wines out of the back of an SUV all over the state. Less than 10 years later, Tiger Mountain Wine has won more than 170 medals, including a double gold and best of class for its Petit Manseng in the Los Angeles International Competition! Their wines are served in top Atlanta restaurants and can be found in Georgia Fresh Markets in Georgia as well as in Metro Atlanta Whole Foods stores.

grapes You can tour the vineyard & taste delicious Tiger Mountain Wine at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Georgia.

Martha’s book “The Second Bud,” a memoir about planting a wine grape vineyard to save a family farm, will be published by Mercer University Press in the the fall of 2013.

541399_4742061705632_1593506690_nLauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!