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December 19, 2014 No Comments

We all have our favorite holiday traditions, and Miles Mediation would like to share our special traditions with you this season. Happy Holidays!

Every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember, our family has celebrated the traditional Italian Feste dei Sette Pesci- The Feast of Seven Fishes.

Why fish? Under old Roman Catholic Law the devout were required to abstain from meat on various holy days, including Christmas Eve – La Vigilia. Through a series of legal and political maneuvers that would make any lawyer proud, over the centuries the definition of “meat” was revised to exclude fish.

So what is the Feast of Seven Fishes? It varies by region and maybe even household. I’ve read about families eating only three fish (to represent the Holy Trinity), and I’ve heard of some eating as many as thirteen (to represent Jesus and his twelve disciples).

In our family it started out as seven different fish-based dishes. Very Italian dishes like bacala (salted cod) and octopus (before it became hip at restaurants like The Optimist); and other dishes that might seem more familiar, like fried shrimp and linguine with clam sauce. The meal took hours. Seriously. Several Hours. One year we took so long to finish that my sister and I were seriously concerned that we would not be home and in bed by midnight and Santa might skip our house!

After my grandparents passed away and various family members moved away from New Jersey, my dad and I maintained the tradition for our family. We’ve even expanded the guest list to include a lucky few of my parents’ new friends and neighbors in Florida.

We still make sure to use seven different fishes, but we’ve taken to making a Zuppa di Pesce, a stew/red sauce that incorporates several fish in one big dish (you may see this on restaurant menus as cioppino).

Some things are sacrosanct, however. We always make a batch of fried calamari for an appetizer, linguine with white clam sauce and the aforementioned zuppa di pesce (also served over linguine).

As my dad and I have branched out to explore other cuisines, we’ve also moved away from a purely Italian menu, adding new items on a trial basis like tuna poke and grilled halibut with a ginger and soy based sauce. But we always stay true to the all-seafood menu.

It is an exhausting all-day (sometimes two-day) affair, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

To Learn More about Chris or to book him for your next mediation, visit his page here:

Christopher Annunziata, Esq.

December 4, 2014 No Comments

Miles Mediation was recently named the #1 Mediation firm in Georgia by Daily Report’s Best Of 2014;so we asked Miles Mediators why they think Miles Mediation is #1. Team Murphey mediator Chris Annunziata opens up in this blog post and explains What sets Miles Mediation apart and why he thinks Miles Mediation is miles above the rest.

Miles Mediation was recently named the #1 Mediation firm in Georgia by Daily Report’s Best Of 2014; why do you think Miles Mediation earned this award? What makes Miles Mediation #1 to you?

I’d like to think our clients appreciated our commitment to them: the dedication our mediators have to our craft, and all the hard work that goes into providing them the very best environment for settling their disputes. While there are plenty of fine mediators in Atlanta, I cannot think of a better, more enthusiastic group of mediators and staff. We cannot forget our staff. I was a solo mediator for almost seven years and I know how hard Sydney, Mariam and Keyonna work to make sure everything runs smoothly.

What is the Miles Mediation Team Approach? What does the Miles Team Approach mean to you?

I was an independent mediator for seven years before joining Miles Mediation. I’ll be frank: I was used to being on my own and was leery of joining a firm but I immediately recognized the benefits of being part of Team Murphey and Miles Mediation. From the client’s perspective, it has made me a better mediator. When I come to the office, I have a group of experienced, seasoned mediators with whom to consult if things get tough. I have also had the opportunity to shadow some of the other mediators, learning from their styles and honing my skills. I feel confident that if you cannot mediate with me for whatever reason, you can choose Joe or anyone else on Team Murphey and receive the same level of attention to detail and hard work settling your case. From a more personal perspective, I am glad to be part of a team that invests in its mediators and provides us every opportunity to grow our practice and provide quality service to our clients.

To Learn More about Chris or to book him for your next mediation, visit:

Christopher Annunziata, Esq.