Encore! Christiane Lauterbach in Gravy Episode 11

Christiane at North China Eatery on Buford Highway.
Christiane Lauterbach at North China Eatery on Atlanta’s Buford Highway. Photo by Tina Antolini.

What kind of view of a city can you have through its restaurants? Or—more specifically—through its strip mall restaurants? Christiane Lauterbach’s multi-decade career proves: a whole lot.

Christiane is a woman full of contradictions. A loner who is unfailingly gregarious. A self-described hermit who loves to ramble around her adopted city of Atlanta, Georgia. A French transplant who refuses to claim a Southern identity, but has changed the way Atlantans think about their restaurants. In this episode of Gravy, we learn how a Parisian woman came to document the evolution of a Southern restaurant scene, and what her work reveals about Atlanta’s global population.

Listen to the podcast here.