Laura on vacation with her family in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Meet the Owner


What began as a desperate cry for help when a caterer cancelled on a dear friend, The Sophisticated Sardine has now served thousands of customers throughout the last two decades. Originally based in Roswell, GA, the business now boasts a new commercial kitchen in Woodstock, GA, fully licensed and insured, and able to handle events on a larger scale.


Owner Laura Dover grew up surrounded by a large family of great cooks. Her Lebanese heritage combined with a Gulf Coast family gave her a passion for cooking not only ethnic specialties, but Southern and New Orleans cuisine as well. Entertaining for family and friends eventually flourished into a business, which has continued to evolve and grow into a lifelong career.


Laura graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, and worked in advertising before starting her business. When Laura is not cooking, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ron, their three children Gracie, Daniel and Ellie, and their sweet mutt Banjo.