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Meet Doc Lawrence

Atlanta native Doc Lawrence has been writing so long that he "Almost remembers when Sherman torched my home town." A former editor and publisher, Doc now concentrates on journalism, writing and broadcasting about celebrity chefs, fine dining, wines, spirits, travel and cultural tourism. His works have earned praise from many editors and publishers, notably Miles Neiman who owns several Deep South magazines that carry Lawrence’s features. He describes Doc as "An accomplished and very popular writer. He is readable, authoritative and multifaceted. Diversity is Doc’s strong suit."

While Doc Lawrence’s influences are Southern (he says the South encompasses 14 states), his subjects are national and international, ranging from near and faraway destinations, musicians, winemakers, fine art and self-taught masters, gourmet dining and soul food. Interviews are one of his specialties and he revealed that a few favorites are actress Dixie Carter, country music legends Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley, jazz maestro Wynton Marsalis, author Mirelle Guiliano and Bill Clinton. Doc’s most recent stories include interviews with New Orleans restaurateur Dickie Brennan, a member of the famous restaurant family and owner of Palace Café and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse in the French Quarter, Roy Yamaguchi, founder of Roy’s restaurants and photographer Annie Leibotvitz.

Currently, Doc has columns appearing in 26 different publications. His wine column "Sips Along The Way," in Atlanta’s Piedmont Review Magazine, now its 12th year, is Georgia’s oldest and one of the South’s most popular. Y’ALL Magazine, a hit newsstand and subscription magazine published in Oxford, Mississippi scored a home run when they persuaded Doc to become their wine columnist. His popular feature in Y’ALL, "Wine Down South," is, he says "a tribute to my hero Thomas Jefferson. Without him we would have neither a country nor a wine industry."

Doc has three new columns that crank up soon. One, "New South Gourmet," features Doc’s lunch conversation with Roy Yamaguchi in Atlanta. "Dining With Doc" is more intimate, he says, and will include celebrity guests. "What could be better than telling readers about dining with a noted author, a famous winemaker or a gorgeous actress?" The other titled "Tailgatin’", focuses on game day cooking celebrations in parking lots outside sports stadiums. "Some of the best food and wine in the country is served during the hours before kickoff," he says.

Doc is the CEO of Atlanta based Doc Lawrence Productions, a company offering special events, TV and radio production and vacation education. Lehmann Desloge Public Relations, founded by Lawrence was recently sold. Doc is a member of many organizations including the Atlanta Press Club and the South Florida International Press Club and is the former chair of the food and beverage section of the Public Relations Society of America. Doc divides his time between homes in Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale.

Doc Lawrence is Director of Wine for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association.


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