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Nestled in the heart of the Historic Village of Stone Mountain you’ll find Sweet Potato Café. The ambiance is just as delightful as the meals and every bite is a perfect blend of seasoning and love. Chef Karen Patten is sure to sprinkles the love in abundance. Since 2011 Chef has been crafting her unique, soul fusion, farm to table meals. The fresh vegetables are often times straight from her charming on-site garden. Customers are more than intrigued by it all, they are smitten and often come back for their favorites which include; Fried Green Tomatoes, the fantastic fish on Fried Fish Fridays or the infamous Sunday Brunch.
Its popularity and exquisite cuisine have not gone unnoticed. Sweet Potato Café has been awarded the prestigious “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD) for its Fried Green Tomatoes. It was the first restaurant in Stone Mountain to be recognized by Atlanta Eats, as well as highlighted on its website. In addition, Sweet Potato Café has been featured in the AJC as a top five OTP restaurant for its Sunday brunch.
Although Chef Karen hails from a family of chefs, it was actually preparing meals for her children that she fell head over heels in love with cooking. So much so, that she went on to receive her culinary training from Atlanta Technical College. Which was followed by five years of perfecting and honing her craft while operating a successful catering business.
Chef Karen is a Georgia Grown member and over the years has provided cooking demonstrations at Grady Memorial Hospital for its diabetic patients. She joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative, working with the Drew Charter School in Atlanta, and volunteered at Project Open Hands. She has also partnered with Atlanta Area Schools for the deaf, providing needed skills to students needed to work in a restaurant environment. She has also served as the President of the Stone Mountain Village Business Association.
Although being in the kitchen makes Chef Karen happy, it is her customers, many who are now called “friends”, that bring her true joy. As they continue to support her during these tumultuous times, Chef continues to create cuisine that they have come to know and love. As she shares her savory goodness the consensus is, that Sweet Potato Café knows exactly what the heart and soul needs.
For more information: thesweetpotatocafe.net