Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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Flower: The Wall Street Journal called you the "very best host in the world." That's high praise! Tell us how you got into entertaining. Alex Hitz: It came from my mother. She was a Francophile who went off to school in Paris and fell in love with food. Nobody else in her family knew how to cook, but she came back to Atlanta (where my family is from) and brought those exacting European standards with her. She joined forces with our family cook, Dorothy, and together they produced the best food in the South. So you learned through osmosis? I'm imagining a little boy sitting on a kitchen stool or peeking through banister rails. My stepfather was the conductor for the Atlanta Symphony, so my parents constantly hosted dinners for visiting artists like Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Leontyne Price. There was such excitement, such a sense of theater. Even now, whenever I smell strong coffee brewing, I'm back to being 4 years old. You took the cuisine of your childhood—Southern food with a French flair—to Los Angeles and began trying it out on your California friends. What was their reaction? They went crazy! CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: For Atlanta's Swan House Ball, Hitz teamed up with florist John Grady Burns and Soirée Catering and borrowed pieces from Beverly Bremer Silver Shop. • Hitz wanted arriving guests to feel like "they were walking through an enchanted forest into something unexpected." • Yards of green- and-white toile added drama to the ballroom. Alex Hitz The celebrity chef and author of the forthcoming book The Art of the Host shares the secrets to a great party and why chicken potpie and good French wine are right every time Interview by KIRK REED FORRESTER 36 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I entertain PHOTOS BY BARTRAM NASONW

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