Ligaya Figueras

Senior Editor, Food and Dining

Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.The Midwest transplant digs biscuits, collards and peanuts — roasted, please.

Latest from Ligaya Figueras

Cooking as marriage therapy
 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aren’t the only ones getting hitched of late. This month, especially Memorial Day weekend, marks the start of high wedding season. I’m a Memorial Day weekend bride myself. In fact, my husband and I have a hard time remembering the exact date of our anniversary. We just know we tied the knot that...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aren’t the only ones getting hitched of late. This month, especially Memorial Day weekend, marks the start of high wedding season. I’m a Memorial Day weekend bride myself. In fact, my husband and I have a hard time remembering the exact date of our anniversary. We just know we tied the knot that...
Atlanta chef’s ‘Soul’ cookbook honors food from the heart
 When I exchanged emails some weeks ago with Southern cookbook writer Virginia Willis upon the release of her new cookbook, “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South,” she commented, “It’s very a exciting time — Ed Lee’s book is Southern diversity , Eddie...

Posted: 15 hours ago

When I exchanged emails some weeks ago with Southern cookbook writer Virginia Willis upon the release of her new cookbook, “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South,” she commented, “It’s very a exciting time — Ed Lee’s book is Southern diversity , Eddie...
Bagel Palace is latest exit amid Toco Hill Shopping Center revamp
 The Toco Hill Shopping Center has been part of Vivi Siegel’s life since she moved to Atlanta in 2001. These days, however, she is “sad and bewildered” by the changes happening there. For decades, it held tenants like Petite Auberge, Famous Pub, jewelry store Alexander’s of Atlanta, footwear retailer Shoe...

Posted: 17 hours ago

The Toco Hill Shopping Center has been part of Vivi Siegel’s life since she moved to Atlanta in 2001. These days, however, she is “sad and bewildered” by the changes happening there. For decades, it held tenants like Petite Auberge, Famous Pub, jewelry store Alexander’s of Atlanta, footwear retailer Shoe...
An evolving Buckhead battles for luxe bucks
 On a Wednesday evening in May, Aida and Allan Flamm drove away from their Buckhead home of 31 years heading for Palm Beach. The couple had been stalwarts of the community, but in recent years, it had just gotten to be too much. The relentless development was a prime factor in their decision to leave. “Buckhead has changed and I don&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

On a Wednesday evening in May, Aida and Allan Flamm drove away from their Buckhead home of 31 years heading for Palm Beach. The couple had been stalwarts of the community, but in recent years, it had just gotten to be too much. The relentless development was a prime factor in their decision to leave. “Buckhead has changed and I don&rsquo...
Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’
 The Atlanta dining community is reacting to news announced Monday that Kevin Gillespie, one of the city’s most prominent and popular chefs, has been diagnosed with renal cancer. Gillespie, 35, is a chef and partner with Red Beard Restaurants group, whose dining concepts include Gunshow in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Atlanta dining community is reacting to news announced Monday that Kevin Gillespie, one of the city’s most prominent and popular chefs, has been diagnosed with renal cancer. Gillespie, 35, is a chef and partner with Red Beard Restaurants group, whose dining concepts include Gunshow in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood...
Saltyard has a new owner
 Chef Nick Leahy (pictured) has sold Saltyard to Old Vinings Inn owner Lee Schulman. Saltyard is under new ownership. Chef Nick Leahy has sold the restaurant, located at 
            1820 Peachtree Road in south Buckhead, to Lee Schulman, as first 
            reported by Eater. Schulman is the owner of Old Vinings Inn. Leahy made...

Posted: 19 days ago

Chef Nick Leahy (pictured) has sold Saltyard to Old Vinings Inn owner Lee Schulman. Saltyard is under new ownership. Chef Nick Leahy has sold the restaurant, located at 1820 Peachtree Road in south Buckhead, to Lee Schulman, as first reported by Eater. Schulman is the owner of Old Vinings Inn. Leahy made...
Firing up the grill with Mark Bittman
 With more than 20 books to his name, including “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00,” “Food Matters” and the entire “How to Cook Everything” series, it would seem that Mark Bittman has written about, well, everything. Not quite. The prolific food writer and former New York Times columnist is back this year with...

Posted: 19 days ago

With more than 20 books to his name, including “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00,” “Food Matters” and the entire “How to Cook Everything” series, it would seem that Mark Bittman has written about, well, everything. Not quite. The prolific food writer and former New York Times columnist is back this year with...
‘Life is all about failures, but it’s what you do with it’: Atlanta women in hospitality industry discuss challenges
 FAB Workshop is an annual workshop and networking event for women in the hospitality industry. This year’s event, taking place June 10-12 in Charleston, S.C., will see 40 panelists speak on topics such as workplace law, public relations strategy, human resources practices and business diversification, as well as sexual harassment and...

Posted: 22 days ago

FAB Workshop is an annual workshop and networking event for women in the hospitality industry. This year’s event, taking place June 10-12 in Charleston, S.C., will see 40 panelists speak on topics such as workplace law, public relations strategy, human resources practices and business diversification, as well as sexual harassment and...
Feast on Filipino food this weekend
 Salo Series Filipino pop-up dinners will be held in Atlanta April 28 and 29. / Salo Series Atlanta doesn’t exactly abound with Filipino dining options. However, this weekend brings a couple opportunities to taste
            the flavors of the Philippines. On April 28 and 29, Filipino culinarian 
            Yana Gilbuena will...

Posted: 27 days ago

Salo Series Filipino pop-up dinners will be held in Atlanta April 28 and 29. / Salo Series Atlanta doesn’t exactly abound with Filipino dining options. However, this weekend brings a couple opportunities to taste the flavors of the Philippines. On April 28 and 29, Filipino culinarian Yana Gilbuena will...
Former Rose + Rye exec chef now helming kitchen at Joy Cafe
 Lindsay Owens, left, with Joy Cafe co-owner Joy Beber. Owens is now the executive chef at Joy Cafe and oversees its newly
               launched dinner service. / David Danzig Rose + Rye, located in the “Castle” mansion in Midtown, is in the midst of change, including staff changes
            . Among recent departures from the...

Posted: 28 days ago

Lindsay Owens, left, with Joy Cafe co-owner Joy Beber. Owens is now the executive chef at Joy Cafe and oversees its newly launched dinner service. / David Danzig Rose + Rye, located in the “Castle” mansion in Midtown, is in the midst of change, including staff changes . Among recent departures from the...
Spring cookbook releases bring author appearances to Atlanta
 The arrival of spring means a slew of new books. In the food and cooking category, this season holds plenty of heavyweights, including cookbooks from Atlanta culinarians such as Taquería del Sol chef-partner Eddie Hernandez,Richards’ Southern Fried chef-owner Todd Richards and venerable Southern cookbook writer Virginia...

Posted: 29 days ago

The arrival of spring means a slew of new books. In the food and cooking category, this season holds plenty of heavyweights, including cookbooks from Atlanta culinarians such as Taquería del Sol chef-partner Eddie Hernandez,Richards’ Southern Fried chef-owner Todd Richards and venerable Southern cookbook writer Virginia...