The Stonewall Manor subdivision in South Fulton is laying a foundation for the future, creating a tradition around culture, cuisine and creativity with its annual progressive dinner. The night brings neighbors together to host and enjoy different courses of dinner in a series of homes. According to the residents, the event can get quite competitive but all in the name of spirited fun.
This year’s progressive dinner started at the home of Nikki Conyers-Williams and her husband Jeff. Nikki prepared a Mediterranean appetizer of Greek cheese cooked Saganaki style paired with a squid, octopus, capers and olives dish. Pita and an assortment of spreads complemented the theme.
The dishes for the rest of the evening included gumbo and a variety of salads in the soup and salad category, and salmon, seasonal vegetable medley and rice in the entree category. Moving on to the next house for dessert, guests had their choice of mini key lime, red velvet and chocolate cake or apple and peach cobbler with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
The night ended on an undeniably high note with sangrias. In addition to the food and drink, presentation is essential. For instance, someone last year amazed everyone with a live jazz band and high top tables. Nikki’s surprise for the attendees to go along with her Greek theme? A live belly dancer! And house after house incorporated some unique spin, including a Mardi Gras fete, live jazz accompaniment, personal bartender and a lively round of karaoke.
Throughout the night, conversations often circled back to their children. It was really their kids that they were doing this for. When the topic of sustainability arises, it evokes images of recycling and saving the earth. But a primary driver for these efforts is so that future generations can live the same, if not better, quality of life.
“A lot of the decisions that I make are based off of my kids, because I’m a mother,” said Nikki. “I always think about what they’re going to have to deal with. What we’re leaving behind for them. That would be the biggest reason I think about why green is important. It’s not about me, it’s about the future and what they’re going to have to deal with on this earth and what we’re doing to it.” The other homeowners agreed, expressing how the Circle of Trust that they’ve created in South Fulton is bringing back the lost art of neighborly love and closeness. It takes a village to raise smart and successful children.
Leaving such a legacy is particularly important to the hosts that closed out the night in their home, Sonja and Gerald Holland.
“Yes, this function is happening to have the collaborative efforts to not only bring a stronger community, to get to meet your neighbors, but also leave a legacy for our kids,” said Gerald. “As grandparents, we want to leave a foundation.” To be sure, these are enduring treasures.
Nikki Conyers-Williams and Jeff Williams
Sonja and Gerrald Holland
Kellye and Todd Richardson
Angela and Lawrence Williams
Danielle Anderson Um Gwet and Yannick Um Gwet
Mia and Russell Jones
Charlene and Charles Smith
Lyn Stukes, Nikki’s uncle, smoked the salmon.