The Dish
In This Issue
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
SkyLounge, Article 14 Dabble in Food and Drinks at ACAC Party
Ford Fry and Robby Kukler Dish Out Success Stories at ATL Foodservice Expo
Snark Free Day on October 22
Marlow's Tavern and Aqua blue Raise Big Bucks for Charity
K+D Makes Esquire's Royal Newcomer List
Marlow's Tavern Ribs & Whiskey Photo Contest
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails' New Fall Menu
Tin Lizzy's Coming to Mall of Georgia
#foodgram: @yourlifeafter25
Appetizing Aperture: The Mill Kitchen & Bar
What's New on Pinterest? Pick Your Potion
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The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill Casts $3 Thrills to Mark Third Anniversary




The party tide rolls onto the patio at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill this week as Buckhead's beachiest property celebrates turning three by offering $3 food and drink specials through Thursday, October 17. Dig into a $3 hushpuppy basket or toss back $3 draft beers and specialty cocktails. The anniversary big bash makes landfall Thursday night from 5 p.m. until close, doling out a yummy $3 deal for three grilled garlic-parmesan oysters as well as $3 pricing on a Fireball shot, a glass of Montevina pinot grigio, draft beers, a Grey Goose strawberry-basil cooler or mango margarita. Dig the treasure trove of live music, giveaways and good times, and there's no shelling out clams for a cover charge. Cowabunga, dude!

SkyLounge, Article 14 Dabble in Food and Drinks at ACAC Art Party: Nourish




Not to be confused with a dainty sip and paint party, the American Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) promises Art Party: Nourish will unfurl the mac-daddy of multi-media events on Saturday, October 19. ACAC's 40th anniversary and the unveiling of its newly renovated facility frame the palooza of art exhibits, open studios, entertainment, food and craft cocktails at the ACAC venue. Contributing to the high-sensory stimuli wowing guests, mixologists will show off their skills with liquids and glasses on behalf of SkyLounge while Article 14 has some masterful palate pleasers planned. Purchase tickets online: $50/advance, $60/door and $25/members.

Ford Fry and Robby Kukler Dish Out Success Stories at Atlanta Foodservice Expo 

Keynote Panel on October 22 




Atlanta's tastiest spot next week could be the Georgia World Congress Center, where all sectors of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries will flow through the Atlanta Foodservice Expo. For those who love delicious success stories, the week's highlight will be the keynote panel of four industry leaders taking place from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22. Ford Fry, chef and managing partner of Rocket Farm Restaurants, and Robby Kukler, co-founder and partner of Fifth Group Restaurants, are two of the leaders who will share their stories and challenges and tell about what it takes to succeed in the demanding world of foodservice and restaurant ownership. A Texan-turned-Georgian, Fry's ties include JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, No. 246 and The Optimist restaurants plus JCT.'s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival for Georgia Organics and People's Food Truck. When he's not working with South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco, Alma Cocina and Lure operations, marketing and recruiting teams, Kukler carves out time to be on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Impressive, but can these men answer one of life's most demanding food questions? "What's for dinner, dad?"

Snark is Not One of the Seven Dwarfs. It's a Part of All of Us. Snark Free Day is October 22. 

Be There.




Snippy, snappy, snide sarcasm or superiority -- snark by any other name is still snark. Free to dole out, costly in its effects on others. That witty zinger closing the staff meeting might translate into crabbing at the checkout clerk who then pays it forward in a dour dinner conversation or terse bedtime tuck-in for his or her child. You just never know how far it will go. "Surely not I," said the fly, until he watched this snarky YouTube video. Wow. Convicting. We've probably all done it at some point. Let's get over it, at least for a day, and see how a Snark Free Day changes us and those around us. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 is Snark Free Day. Commit to saying what you mean or saying nothing at all. Be kind, or kindly be quiet. Need help? Visit or follow @jonathansnark on Twitter.

Marlow's Tavern and Aqua blue Raise Big Bucks for Special Olympics and No Kid Hungry 



At Marlow's Tavern locations and Aqua blue Restaurant & Bar in Roswell, guests and staff are looking beyond their own dinner plates to help others in need. In September, the restaurants joined forces with Sterling Spoon Culinary Management to host the 15th annual Marlow's Tavern Golf Classic and raised $52,729.88 for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA). Since 1999, golf tournaments and restaurant openings have brought in more than $477,000 to SOGA, and Marlow's Tavern has been designated as a SOGA 2013 Statewide Platinum Partner. In September, Aqua blue and Marlow's Tavern locations held weeklong donation campaigns for Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry. Each guest who made a donation received a $5 restaurant coupon for future use. Bottom line: $22,884.00 for the cause. Way to serve up some greens!
King + Duke - Restaurant Named for Fictitious Grifters Makes Esquire's Royal Newcomer List


Barely open for six months, chef Ford Fry's King + Duke is already on Esquire magazine's list of "Best New Restaurants of 2013."  Two "Huckleberry Finn" characters inspired the restaurant's name and Americana bent, but rest assured, the cuisine is crown worthy. A 24-foot hearth fired by hickory wood is central to the cooking techniques of Fry, executive chef Joe Schafer and pastry chef Chrysta Poulos (high-five from Esquire on the grilled Georgia peaches). Fry is no newcomer to this restaurant list -- The Optimist made last year's roster and was named "Restaurant of the Year." Congrats, King + Duke team!


Hit 'Em with Your Best Shot to Win the Marlow's Tavern Ribs & Whiskey Photo Contest


Photo by: Paul R. (Photo contest entry)


Oh, snap. And again. Cocktails, food, friends, rib-tickling fun -- capture whatever you love about Ribs & Whiskey at Marlow's Tavern in a snapshot. Enter the Ribs & Whiskey photo contest by uploading your best takes to the contest Facebook page through October 26. During each week of Ribs & Whiskey, Marlow's will announce one winner on Facebook to receive a $25 gift card. On October 28, they'll announce one grand-prize winner to nab two tickets to the New Year's Eve Widespread Panic concert at Philips Arena. Of course, there's fine print but not much. You must be 21 or over to enter, and October 26 is the last day to submit entries.

Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails' New Fall Menu 

Pulls from On-site Garden Harvests




The inspiring plot behind the new fall menu at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple is called Milton's Acre. The restaurant's garden is in autumn mode, giving executive chef Derek Dollar new seasonal ingredients with which to create. And he does. Look for a baby kale salad with crumbled blue cheese, candied pecans and dried cranberries; an herb-marinated plantation quail breast with apple butter, roasted parsnips, smoked bacon, toasted pecans and pomegranate molasses; Gorgonzola, country ham and rosemary fritters with bourbon peach jam; and applewood smoked pork shank accompanied by smoked Gouda and bacon grits, wilted mustard greens and green apple mignonette. Favorites such as sesame-crusted mountain trout, Southern fried chicken, Charleston crab bisque, sweet potato shrimp fritters and warm carrot cake hold steadfast. Stop by for dinner or figure Sunday brunch into your mix.

Tin Lizzy's Bold Flavors to Heat Up 

Mall of Georgia Come November 15




Shoppers, sports fans and Gwinnett-ians looking for a place to relax and refuel at the Mall of Georgia are counting the days until Tin Lizzy's Cantina opens its sixth location on Friday, November 15. On the menu: gourmet soft tacos, dips to share, fresh salads, hot skillets and an extensive list of margaritas, cocktails and beers. Complete with an outdoor patio, the 7,442 square-foot cantina will be open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining and will offer catering options. Tin Lizzy's opening will add a whole lot of "hola" and "olé" to the holiday shopping experience.




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Appetizing Aperture 
It's an intimate moment. A white wine-braised pork shank cozies up to roasted Georgia apples, buttered turnips and rutabaga with a red wine agrodolce ($20). Share the moment with this and more autumn flavors on the new menu at The Mill Kitchen & Bar in Roswell.

Heavenly Manhattan from Ormsby's 
All of you adults howling for Halloween happenings, Pick Your Potion from our spooky Pinterest Board. Looks innocent, but who knows what's lurking in that Black Cat martini, Red Eye cocktail, Ghostbuster or some other ghoulish gusher? The cute frozen Pumpkin Mudslide masks a wallop, and the Vampire Kiss martini might bite back. Beware.