Monday, September 2, 2013

01 September 2013

It has been a great Labor Day weekend. It was nice to have three days off before the campaigning kicks into high gear. In addition to the run for Canton City Council, we are very busy at Grant Design Collaborative with existing, new and potential client projects. It is a very exciting time for me, and I look forward to the great work and challenges ahead.

The weekend began with a very nice meal on the Marietta Square. It was bustling with activity as all of the restaurants were packed, and they were setting up for the arts festival. It is nice to see a downtown area thriving, and I look forward to the day Canton sees the same level of interest.

On Saturday, we took a quick drive up to Dahlonega to drop off some Oklahoma Sooners chairs to our friend, Chauna Utterback. She is a huge fan, and we found some chairs that had been shipped to the Walmart in Canton by mistake. While there, we visited three vineyards and tasting rooms: Cavendar Creek, The Cottage and our longtime favorite, Frogtown Cellars. The Cottage is the latest addition, and it has a magnificent view. They have just opened, so check it out the next time you are in the area.

Sunday's weather was fickle at best, but the rain cleared out in time for the rescheduled Fourth of July events that got rained out. The American Legion sponsored a parade downtown. When I first moved to Canton, 17 years ago, I was happy to see a small town that still had parades! They lend so much to the charm and character of our city. The highlight event, however, was the fireworks show sponsored by Canton Tourism! They kept their word and produced a wonderful display. I have to say, it was the best show yet! I appreciate all of the work and support Canton Tourism offers to our community.

While waiting on the fireworks show at dusk, I prepared Sunday Supper. I began with what may be the last caprese salad of the season. I used heirloom tomatoes, basil from the garden, fresh mozzarella and red sea salt. It tasted like the waning days of summer! For the main course, I made a Chicago style deep dish pizza. I follow a classic Chicago style recipe, but I bake mine in a large cast iron skillet. It works every time, and the iron skillet produces a perfect, crispy crust. I topped the pizza with some delicious heirloom sausage from Mountain Valley Farm in Ellijay. We enjoyed dinner on the Side Porch at One Britt with some nice wine from Frogtown Cellars.

After dinner, we walked down the street to catch the fireworks show at the Canton Library. All in all, it was a great weekend. Now let's make some sparks fly as I begin my campaign – Grant for Canton!

I hope you all had a nice three day weekend as well. Thanks to all the men and women that work hard on a daily basis to keep our city, county, state and country moving in the right direction.

The Menu:

- Caprese Salad with Kalamata Tomatoes, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella,
  Aged Balsamic Vinegar and Crunchy Red Sea Salt

- Chicago Deep Iron Skillet Pizza with Mountain Valley Farm
  Heritage Sausage

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