Sold Out | Alex Hitz in conversation with Margot Shaw

Author of Occasions to Celebrate: Cooking and Entertaining with Style

Author Talks

Wednesday, Oct 26 2022 @ 6pm

Atlanta History Center is pleased to host a conversation with Alex Hitz, curated by Margot Shaw, to celebrate his newest release. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and two complimentary beverages, along with a conversation with Alex Hitz and Margot Shaw. Copies of Occasions to Celebrate will be available for purchase at the event.


$45 for not-yet members and $40 for members


  • 6pm to 6:45 pm: Doors open
  • 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm: Program begins
  • 7:15pm to 9pm: Buffet dinner and cocktails

The renowned chef and master host presents his second Rizzoli cookbook: a collection of more than 100 recipes inspired by traditional Southern fare and French culinary flair, with an emphasis on seasonal fresh-from-the-market ingredients that are perfect for entertaining.

Alex Hitz shares a spectacular array of classic yet contemporary seasonal comfort dishes—from hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, sauces, main dishes, and sides to desserts. He has a penchant for crowd-pleasers, including spiced pecans, gazpacho, mini crab cakes with mango chutney, cucumber and mint salad, mustard-crusted rack of lamb, tomatoes Provençale, key lime mousse, and lemon pecan shortbread cookies.
Hitz imparts cooking, serving, and entertaining secrets to ensure success for the amateur or experienced home cook alike, champions elegance and simplicity, and boldly encourages all who read and cook to celebrate with delicious food. Hitz’s message is clear: whether it’s a holiday or just another Tuesday, make every day a special occasion. This stylish tome is replete with impeccable dishes, seasoning secrets, and table-setting and seating advice—as well as foolproof menus for creating flawless occasions to share with family and friends.

About The Author

Alex Hitz is an award-winning celebrity chef, culinary speaker, columnist, event designer, tastemaker, and master host. His first book, My Beverly Hills Kitchen,and first Rizzoli cookbook, The Art of the Host, are widely popular. He is a contributing editor for Town & Country and writes regularly for C Magazine, Quest, and Southern Living. Hitz is a former food editor for House Beautiful, a post he assumed from Ina Garten.

About the Curator

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Margot Shaw studied art history at Hollins College in Virginia and interior design at the University of Texas. Once a self-confessed “call and order flowers girl,” Shaw reached a watershed moment when planning her daughter’s wedding. Working alongside the floral and event designer, she recognized the artistry and inspiration involved in floral design and soon began apprenticing with the same designer. Unable to locate a publication that spoke to her passion, she set about creating one and launched Flower Magazine. Now in its 11th year, the magazine has grown to include features on homes, gardens, entertaining, and lifestyle. Margot is a sought-after speaker at antique & garden shows, museums, botanical gardens, interior design centers, and more. Her new book, Living Floral, published by Rizzoli, will be released in spring 2019. 

Margot considers philanthropy some of her most important work. She is on the National Advisory Committee of the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, the Lauritzen Gardens Antique Show in Omaha, and is a long-time board member of the Antiques at the Gardens in Birmingham. She is also on the Community Advisory Board of the Center for Depression and Suicide at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, a member of the Red Mountain Garden Club, and sits on the board of the Cahaba River Society.  

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