Eat Where Georgia Leaders Dine

Georgia Trend Magazine. Sept 2021.

Whether it is a childhood memory, a family reunion or a first date relived, we all have a special place for a specific dish or a restaurant. This month, I spoke to four elected officials from Georgia about their favorite food memories.

Rep. Kasey Carpenter, (R-Dalton) is a second-generation restaurant owner. When he is not eating comfort foods like crispy fried chicken tenders at his restaurants – Oakwood Café and Cherokee Brewing + Pizza – the University of Georgia grad heads to award-winning chef and author Hugh Acheson’s Five and Ten in Athens. “It takes me back to my time in college where my wife and I would go out on dates,” says Carpenter. “Now that we have four kids, we go back to Athens for a couple’s getaway. The seasonal menu is great, but my favorite is the whole fish [snapper or seabass, depending on the catch], accompanied by a stellar wine selection,” says Carpenter.

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