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Gary McLoughlin

The smell of butter and garlic emanate from chef Judith McLoughlin’s Roswell kitchen. Traditional Celtic music plays softly in the background. Framed pictures of Celtic crosses hang on the walls, and a fresh shamrock plant serves as the centerpiece on her dining room table. 

Her teenage son is pouring himself a bowl of Lucky Charms.

Duane Nutter (front) and Todd Richards
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As respected and nationally recognized chefs, Todd Richards and Duane Nutter get a lot of questions about cooking, especially around the December holidays.

Richards (executive chef at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and chef and owner of Richards’ Southern Fried) and Nutter (formerly executive chef at One Flew South and chef and owner of the soon-to-open Southern National) joined Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” to share their insights on common American and Southern Christmas dinners.

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s menu offerings of fried chicken, lemon-glazed sweet potatoes, cucumber chow chow, local lady peas and snap peas in lemon dill butter, fatback fried corn, mid-century mac and the Gillespie Family iron-skillet cornbread.
Tuan Huynh / Courtesy of Revival

Is Southern food endangered?

The answer is yes, if you ask Chef Kevin Gillespie.

Thursday sees the grand opening of his Decatur, Georgia, restaurant, the appropriately-named Revival, where he hopes to resuscitate what he calls “authentic Southern cuisine," created in homage to the food his foremothers made.

He already runs the popular Gun Show, which he opened in 2013. Gillespie first gained national fame on season six of the show “Top Chef,” where he was a finalist and voted fan favorite.

StoryCorps Atlanta

Elsie Burt grew up with her grandparents on a farm in Douglasville, Georgia, just outside of town. Many of her favorite memories from childhood involve her family’s home cooking.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, Elsie told her daughter, Venika Sims, about her grandparents and their love of food.  

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.