'Atlanta's Savory Stories' honors long history of unsung culinary women entrepreneurs

The exterior of Mary Mac's Tea Room, December 2020.(Courtesy of Mary Mac's Tea Room)

In WABE’s “Atlanta’s Savory Stories” series, our food contributors Akila McConnell, food historian, and chef Asata Reid bring us histories and recommendations from Atlanta’s diverse culinary landscape. To mark the first day of Women’s History Month, Reid and McConnell explored how women entrepreneurs from the 1700s impacted Atlanta’s thriving culinary scene we have today. Plus, we hear about women-owned restaurants that you need to check out this month. 

“Women have always used their prowess in cooking to make a living for their families well before historians began recording these establishments as restaurants,” stated culinary historian Akila McConnell.

Featured Women-owned Restaurants to check out:

Sarah O’Brien-  Little Tart and Big Softie  (Summer Hill)

Deborah VanTrece – Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours (Blandtown), Oreata’s At the Point (Cascade Heights)

Anne Quatrano – Bacchanalia and WH Stiles Fish Camp (Ponce City Market)