Southern cuisine meets Southern Style

This year our connoisseur and private dinners will feature amazing table designs from interior designers and artists throughout the South. 

Mary Catherine Folmar- Birmingham, AL

Birmingham-based interior designer and artist Mary Catherine Folmar launched Cotton & Quill in 2012. She incorporates bold patterns and vibrant colors in her hand-illustrated textiles and wall coverings. Her 2017 Spring Collection of fabrics based on Marrakesh Markets provide the perfect table runners for the Finger Bowl Chronicles.

Steve McKenzie- Atlanta, GA

Interior designer Steve McKenzie founded his namesake store in Atlanta’s Westside design district with his wife Jill. In addition to offering exclusive collections of home furnishings, accessories, and textiles the store also serves as an incubator for creative living while housing both a design library and Steve’s art studio. Steve lends his award-winning style to the Dining by Personality dinner.

Windy O’Connor- Charlotte, NC

Charlotte-based abstract artist Windy O’Connor, brings her vivacious paintings and fabric line to the Grant Thornton Tongue Tide dinner. Windy is inspired by her experiences and the world around her. Her art references to botanical shapes and hues as well as the movement and flow of the ocean or a memory of my childhood in the south.

Natalie Reddell- Richmond, VA

Natalie Reddell is a Richmond-based interior designer, tastemaker and media personality. Natalie takes pride in her southern roots and will be re-interpreting “Rustic” for the Powerful and Delicious dinner. Taking cues from Palm Beach to idyllic Jeffersonian pastoral settings “Rustic Redefined” tablescapes will surprise and delight!

Erin Weston- Garner, NC

Creative force Erin Weston enlisted a group of her favorite artists and collaborators to contribute to the table décor for this year’s festival. In addition to combining a panel of great talents and fabulous botanicals, she has also co-authored an accompanying Tablescape Style Guide with Dena Verdesca. Erin heads Weston Farms, which specializes in luxurious Southern Magnolia that is used for bouquets, wreaths and other natural accessories.

Dena Verdesca is a communications consultant, designer, writer and artist living in Durham, North Carolina. Dena ‘s skills were honed through years of magazine editorial experience in New York, including time spent at Oprah magazine. Her writing and design tells her clients’ stories with maximum visual impact. Dena is the editor and creative director for the 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Tablescape Style Guide.