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Ford Fry Nominated for GRACE Restaurateur of the Year Award
Pop Up Chef Lunch from King + Duke
Cobb Restaurant Week
Game-X Hosts Qualifiers for the Big Buck World Championship
Milton's Fork & Screen on the Green
Marlow's Tavern "Get Up in Our Grill" Party
Party in the Kitchen with Open Hand
"An Evening of Hope" for Andee's Army
15th Annual Visionary Dinner for Southface
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Appetizing Aperture: RA Sushi's $6 Mojitos
What's New on Pinterest? One Potato, Two Potato
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Ford Fry Nominated for GRACE Restaurateur

of the Year Award



Love this award acronym and the chef who's up for it. Ford Fry is a finalist for the Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) award for Restaurateur of the Year. Fry was nominated by his industry peers for this seventh annual award recognizing leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry. With restaurants JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, The Optimist and King + Duke under his toque, not to mention food and fun-loving community contributions such as summer's annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival and People's Food Truck in his pantry, it's apparent Fry is a key ingredient in Atlanta's diverse restaurant scene. GRACE winners will be announced November 10 at the GRACE Awards Gala to be held at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Visit the Georgia Restaurant Association website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Pick Up a Pop Up Chef Lunch from King + Duke on September 11


When that lunch break time slot doesn't accommodate your desire to sit down for the true restaurant experience, Pop Up Chef comes to the rescue under the striped tent in the Westside Provisions District at the corner of 14th Street and Howell Mill Road. This brain-food brainchild adds a bit of intrigue because you'll know the restaurant ahead of time but can't see the menu until the day before. King + Duke will fill the grab 'n go on Wednesday, September 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Keep an eye open for the menu on Facebook on September 10. Scoutmob has an $8 handpicked Pop Up Chef deal that's well worth clicking.

Cobb Restaurant Week Runs Through 

September 14




Those following the prix fixe restaurant week circuit should note that Cobb Restaurant Week is in full swing through Saturday, September 14. Top picks include the three-course, $25 dinners at Ray's on the River and South City Kitchen Vinings and the $35 dinner at the classic Old Vinings Inn. Take advantage of the $15 prix fixe brunch at Old Vinings Inn if brunch suits the Saturday agenda. Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity. Pick your date and make reservations on Open Table.

Bucks, Beverages and Bounty Fill Viewfinders as Game-X Hosts Qualifiers for the Big Buck World Championship through October 13




The deer are thick downtown. They're running rampant at
 Game-X where qualifiers for the Big Buck World Championship are underway through October 13. Players will prevent the hungries from initiating jitters by fortifying themselves with powerful food and potent drinks from the Game-X menu. Starters ($8-10) and salads ($8-$13) such as the winners club start you off right. Two hands are required for entrées ($9-$11) such as the BBQ bacon stack, double stack, Buffalo wrap, California wrap and Cuban. The Outdoorsman, a bourbon cocktail on the big-as-outdoors beverage menu, could be just the thing to steady nerves enough to pull a qualifying shot for November's finals in Chicago.

"Meet the Parents" Over a Boxed Chef Dinner at Milton's Fork & Screen on the Green in

Historic Crabapple 




Midweek laughter is in the forecast when Milton's Fork & Screen on the Green shows "Meet the Parents" on Wednesday, September 11. In this PG-13 comedy, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) wants to propose to girlfriend Pam but must ask Pam's father (Robert De Niro) for her hand in marriage. Dad happens to be an ex-CIA agent who puts the wannabe groom through the wringer. Bring your own chair or blanket to the Crabapple lawn-gone-cinema setting. Let Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails take care of the rest, including delectable chef-prepared boxed dinners ($25 per person) and a cash bar featuring Vixen Vodka cocktails and FIJI water. Movie viewing is complimentary; no outside food or beverages permitted. Showtime starts when the sun goes down. Reservations and more information: 770-817-0161.

Celebrate with Contest Winners and Sample the Goods at "Get Up in Our Grill" Party at 

Marlow's Tavern Dunwoody on September 14




Summer grill masters seared their stripes by submitting their best grilling recipes to the Marlow's Tavern fourth annual "Get Up in Our Grill" recipe contest. Executive chef and co-owner John C. Metz has reviewed all of the recipes and selected five finalists - one of whom will win a Big Green Egg and bragging rights at the "Get Up in Our Grill" celebration going down at the Marlow's Tavern Dunwoody location on Saturday, September 14 from 2-5 p.m. Party attendees will enjoy drink specials and complimentary samples of the top recipes and can applaud appreciatively at the awards presentation. Be sure to make a reservation by calling 678-661-9595 or emailing [email protected]. Come on out and take home some inspiration for your own BGE endeavors!

Party in the Kitchen with Open Hand on September 19



Bear in mind that for this event, wearing white after Labor Day is a must (or at least requested). The occasion? The September 19 Party in the Kitchen at the Event Gallery in the King Plow Arts Center, where chefs and guests hobnob in the kitchen to raise funds for Open Hand. Be on the lookout for Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina, Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, Joe Schafer of King + Duke and David Bradley of Lure. Tantalizing food, wine and silent auction tempters are all part of the plan. A VIP reception with Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow begins at 6:30 p.m., and the main event opens up at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets or donate online. Over the past 25 years, nonprofit Open Hand has become the nation's largest provider of home-delivered, medically appropriate meals and nutrition education. The organization prepares, packs and delivers more than two million meals annually across metro Atlanta and 17 Georgia counties.

"An Evening of Hope" Fundraiser for Andee's Army Helps Victims of Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries on September 21




Concussions grab the headlines, but non-traumatic brain injuries can be just as life changing or more so. Seventeen-year-old Andee Poulos has spent the past 24 months relearning how to walk and talk after suffering a circulatory malformation in her brain, a condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM). As family friend and Buckhead Life Restaurants founder Pano Karatassos learned more about Andee's condition and her determination to succeed in the life-long recovery process, he wanted to help. Karatassos and Buckhead Life Restaurants will host "An Evening of Hope" on Saturday, September 21 at 103 West to benefit Andee's Army, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides services and assistance to families of children receiving medical treatment for these non-traumatic brain injuries. The elegant evening features live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvre, a seated dinner and a live auction boasting a private dinner for 12 prepared in the purchaser's home by chefs Kevin Rathbun, Gerry Klaskala and Pano Karatassos and with Niko Karatassos serving as maître d'. Make reservations (before September 16 please), host a table or donate online. Tickets are $200 per person or $1,600 for a table of eight, and all proceeds go to Andee's Army. 
Chef Talent Shines at 15th Annual Visionary Dinner for Southface on September 25


Now in its 15th year, the annual Visionary Dinner raises awareness and funding for Southface's continued work in sustainable community development, high-performance affordable housing, green jobs training, clean energy and green building. This remarkable dining experience features a wine-paired, five-course, locally sourced feast created by some of Atlanta's top chefs, all feted in the Egyptian Ballroom at the fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, September 25. Chefs include Adam Evans of The Optimist, Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor of Heirloom Market BBQ, Mary Moore of The Cook's Warehouse, Chrysta Poulos of King + Duke and Zeb Stevenson, chef, consultant and "Chopped" champion. For Southface, having a "vision" goes way back to 1978 when the organization began its quest for sustainable homes, workplaces and communities and developed partnerships between government agencies, businesses and community-based organizations to convert goals to realities.

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Appetizing Aperture

Tall drinks and tall tales seem to go together. We see some tall story hours coming at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown where tall, thin glasses of mojitos are $6 each during September. The invigorating mix of mint, lime and rum with a hint of soda bubbles and sugar provides inspiration for reliving the tales of summer and possibly stretching them to new heights.
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Spuds are your buds for an easy transition from summer cookouts to fall comfort foods. Our One Potato, Two Potato board tastes a whole lot better than trying the rock/paper/scissors method of deciding what to serve. Pack up loaded baked potato salad for tailgating, pulled pork baked potatoes for fast feeding, egg-stuffed baked potatoes for brunch or bacon-loaded baked potato soup that fills in for lunch or dinner.