Salute to America and the Arts 2017

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Tickets are now available for Callanwolde’s third annual Salute to America and the Arts event, happening September 7th and 8th at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Save the Date: September 7th and 8th

The Salute to America and the Arts event is a celebration of visual, literary, culinary, and performing arts to raise scholarship funds for US military veterans and students in need. Click here to learn more about Callanwolde’s outreach efforts.

The 3rd annual event will present a fine art gallery show by Bernie Taupin, visual artist and award winning lyricist. Bernie Taupin has recently celebrated 50 years of partnership with singer Elton John, having written such hits as “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” and more.

The event will be capped off with concert performances by John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown BandCelebrity All Star Band, and special surprise guests.

Salute to America and the Arts is an event honoring U.S. military veterans. We are offering a 50% discount on admission for individual veterans. Please contact our ticketing platform, Freshtix, at or 678-701-6114 for more details. This fundraising event is not eligible for Callanwolde’s normal membership discount.

Bernie Taupin in his studio.

Thursday, September 7th: VIP Dinner with Bernie Taupin

An intimate dinner with visual artist and lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

Atlas Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Christopher Grossman

Enjoy an evening of live music, fine dining, and fine art while giving back to the community. Dine with Bernie Taupin and discuss his evolution as an artist and view his newest works before opening to the public.


Atlas Restaurant Executive Chef Christopher Grossman will curate a menu inspired by the art and music of Bernie Taupin. The unparallelled culinary experience will celebrate the best in local and seasonal American cuisine.

As executive chef, Grossman brings years of experience working alongside top-rated chefs, including his most recent position at Thomas Keller’s highly acclaimed The French Laundry in Napa Valley. Prior to moving out west, Grossman trained under Gerry Klaskala at his award-winning Aria restaurant for several years and previously worked at the James Beard-nominated Common Grill in Michigan.


Tickets are $450 and include admission to the Friday evening event, as well as VIP seating and valet parking on both nights.

This engagement is limited to 40 guests.

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Friday, September 8th: Salute to America and the Arts

John Driskell Hopkins

Enjoy an evening of live music, fine dining, and fine art while giving back to the community. The evening is part of a 2 day celebration for Callanwolde’s 3rd annual Salute to America and the Arts.


The event will include the opening of the exhibition Ragged Glory: Art Americana by Bernie Taupin, a Patriotic Veterans’ Tribute and Flag Ceremony, a cocktail party, dinner and drinks by local chef H. Emre Asik and amazing musical performances by John Driskell Hopkins (the Zac Brown Band’s Grammy Award Winning founding member), the Celebrity All Star Band, and special guests.

The Celebrity All Star Band

Steve Craig

Our MC and auctioneer for the night, Steve Craig, is one of the most recognizable voices in Atlanta for over 25 years. You can hear him Mornings on 97.1 The River.

A true musicologist, He’s host of Steve’s College of Musical Knowledge daily at 8am, and the World Famous Retroplex on “The Other Side Of The River” – 97.1 HD2! Sports Fans can also hear Steve announcing the city’s premiere Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United at Mercedes Benz Stadium. He’s also the Arena Announcer for the Atlanta Gladiators Hockey Team as well as your Atlanta Hawks!


Chef H. Emre Asik brings his life experience to your table on a plate. Although he is trained as a French chef at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College, he blended his personal experience in Japanese and American kitchens with his heritage of Ottoman cuisine- which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Russian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. His main focus in the kitchen is to merge an impeccable service experience with mind-bending flavors collected from around the world.

Chef Asik was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He grew up in a Greek neighborhood of the cosmopolite city. He studied in one of the most prestigious and oldest educational establishments of Turkey, Lycee de Galatasaray, which later opened him the doors of Universite de Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, where he studied European Community Law. Chef Asik’s passion for food started while living in Paris.

Chef Asik worked in aviation and logistics industries for over 15 years before coming to the United States, where he finally decided to pursue his dream of cooking. He trained under Chef Fuyuhiko Ito of Umi Sushi for Japanese kitchen and then by Chef Christopher Grossman Of Atlas, where he is still following his passion.

According to Chef Asik, food is an important bridge that unites people. “A good food served on a table can resolve all kinds of conflicts between people sitting around it.”


Admission to the Friday night celebration is $200. Attendance is limited to 200 guests, including VIP ticket holders.

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Ragged Glory: Art Americana

Be among the first in the city to experience Bernie Taupin’s exhibition, Ragged Glory: Art Americana, in the Callanwolde Gallery. All artwork will be for sale. Sales benefit Callanwolde’s scholarship fund for US military veterans and students in need.

“America” by Bernie Taupin. This piece recently acquired by Elton John.

The Mission

To provide our guests and sponsors a memorable and historic event showcasing artists in the Candler Mansion and on the grounds of the magnificent Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

The Callanwolde Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the historic Candler Estate and to offer fine arts and outreach to the community.

The Objectives

  • To raise scholarship funds for U.S. military veterans and students in need for the programs offered by Callanwolde.
  • To provide an event that marries food with fashion, art, and music.
  • To introduce a new audience to Callanwolde programs, thus extending awareness of the Atlanta artistic community within this demographic.
  • To receive meaningful media coverage around this highly positive annual event in support of our community and the arts.

Event Sponsors

Callanwolde would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our nonprofit mission to preserve the historic Candler Estate and offer fine arts and outreach to the community.

Illuminating Design
Madison Records
Hendon Properties
Geri Sims
Perfect Palate
WABE 90.1 Atlanta
Zest Catering
Elite Event Rental
Dana Barrett Show

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