Southern Food Miss Millie serves tea to daughter Carina
About Miss Millie
from National Culinary Review writer Susan Peters


While the world may recognize Dixie Carter, Scarlet O'Hara and Minnie Pearl as examples of ladies of southern charm, it would be wrong not to include an Atlanta native Millie Coleman on the list.

Millie's qualifications speak for themselves: author of The South's Legendary Frances Tea Room Cookbook; food editor, noted 'herstorian' of tea time traditions and civil war life. Certified in Family and Consumer Services, she can explain why Adam chose the apple and casseroles proliferated during World War II. She is a sought after speaker for "happenings' such as the International Chief Executives Organization, Delta Zeta Sorority National Convention, The Southeastern Flower Show, Chicago Culinary Historians.

An active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), The Southern Foodways Alliance and a past President of the Georgia Nutrition Council, Millie has earned the esteem of her professional colleagues. Cooking authority Julia Child admitted, "Why I didn't know that!" when hearing her explain the science of soap flakes and Georgia turnip greens. As an events planner, I have had several opportunities to book her as educational entertainment for functions. Dressed to kill in her white gloves, 1950's hat, and Sunday best she played the part of a southern gentlewoman sharing a slice of life from times past. The audiences responded enthusiastically to her charm and humor. They left Miss Millie's presence with a greater appreciation of southern food and culture.

Miss Millie, raconteur extraordinaire, travels throughout the south and even in Yankee territories to share knowledge of southern customs and history. In keeping with her ancestral legacy of social historians and food professionals, she addresses radio, tv, civic, and educational groups.

Millie is a University of Georgia Distinguished Alumni, and a member of Les Dames D'Escoffier.

Some of Miss Millie's Programs

  • How We Dine, Dress, Drink, and Drawl Down South
    A Hilarious Review for Old Time Southerners, and an Education, Bless Your Heart, for Others
  • Don't Be Caught with Your Pinky Up: Proper Manners and Tea Parties Today
  • How to Read a Cookbook: as Literature, History, Social Research
  • "No Hat, No Gloves, No Husband, No Service,"
    The Astonishing History of American Tea Rooms, Lady Food, Executive Women, and Blue-Haired Grandmas