The Nitty Gritty
- Must be 21 or older to attend. Sorry, kids
- Refunds allowed up to 24 hours after purchase
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"Indie:" the phrase might conjure notions of skinny jeans and Tegan & Sara tees, but at this Virginia-Highland shop, it's all about nurturing creativity and originality from independent artists. In other words, this "indie" means a boutique stacked to the rafters with handmade goods from around the country, from jewelry to furniture to whimsical, irreverent stationary. That's all thanks to owner Beth, who fled the corporate world to pursue her passion for textiles, design, and fashion (or, in her words, "because I needed to get back to pretty things"). Since then, the indie-pendent has become the place to peruse the works of artists around the country whose work you might not be able to find anywhere else in Atlanta. And people don't just flock to Beth's shop for beautiful home goods, quirky papers, and fierce jewelry. Up the spiral staircase lies the indie-pendent's classroom space, where everything from knitting to Toms-decorating to, well, booze-infusing is taught by craft mavens in a sunny, spacious workshop. Wait, did someone say booze?In this class, you'll learn how to make refreshing summer elixirs and the creative tapas that pair up perfectly with them — think lavender lemon vodka, served with a prosciutto, melon, and arugula creation. And whether you're a would-be Ina Garten or you're still learning your way around the kitchen, you can rest assured that you'll walk away from this class with a few new tricks up your sleeve. In the classroom's kitchen, Beth will conduct the class alongside Brandon Bransford, who's in training to be an herbalist and definitely knows the ins and outs of a good cocktail. They'll show you how to use the refreshing flavors of spring and summer to create lavender lemon, pineapple orange, and cucumber basil infusions—like summer in a jar (and perfect to take out of the fridge for a taste of summer on a dreary winter day). After playing mad scientist with the infusions, you'll learn three dinner party-ready tapas recipes: mozzarella cherry tomatoes drizzled in balsamic vinegar, a roasted red pepper, black olive and goat cheese crostini, and skewered prosciutto, mango, and arugula. They're not only a tasty snack at home—they're also a pretty easy way to impress just about anyone at parties and supper clubs. "Oh, this? I just whipped it up at home," you can say. Armed with these tapas recipes and a mason jar of the makings of summer-inspired vodka, you'll easily be the hostess with the most-est.