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Today is Snark Free Day
Atlanta Beer Week
Kevin Bragg and Arianne Fielder at Sixth Annual AiMA Awards
RA Sushi "Foodies Show Heart"
Eat Up at Taste of Atlanta
Ray's Restaurants Supports 12th Annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic
ATL Restaurants are Gobblin' Up Eek Week
#foodgram: @atlantamagazine
Appetizing Aperture: Marlow's Tavern Ribs & Whiskey
What's New on Pinterest? Ghoulishly Good Apps
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Don't Get Snarky With Us! Today, October 22, 

is Snark Free Day



Take a break from snippy, snappy, snide comments today -- October 22 is Snark Free Day. Snark by any other name is still snark and it stings. If you're not exactly sure what falls into the "snark" category, you're not alone. Take a moment to absorb this enlightening YouTube video, visit or follow @jonathansnark on Twitter. We can picture the new bumper sticker: "Snark less. Wag more." Humbling.

Get Crafty during Atlanta Beer Week 


Atlanta restaurants want you to "beer" with them for limited-edition craft drafts, special beer dinners and stout-hearted parties during Atlanta Beer Week running through Saturday, October 26.


In Virginia-Highland, Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar is throwing a Fall Harvest Celebration on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30-11 p.m. À la carte food and Brewery Ommegang beer pairings fill your evening meal slot, and you'll be able to sample limited-edition beers like the Scythe & Sickle, the extremely rare "Game of Thrones" Take the Black Stout or executive chef Andrew Smith's favorite, the Hennepin. Sailing to Denver is the band.


Craft beers debuting at Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs fall in line for a different brew and pizza or appetizer pairing each day. Ommegang Seduction will be available all week. Other featured picks are New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale on Tuesday, October 22; Mother Earth Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter on Wednesday, October 23; SweetWater Crank Tank on Thursday, October 24; and Terrapin Monk's Revenge Belgian IPA on Friday, October 25.


Red Hare Brewing Company rocks several of Ford Fry's restaurants during the week.


JCT. Kitchen & Bar pairs their brews with four courses on Wednesday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. Snag a place for pairings of buttermilk-marinated fennel and crunchy bread with Long Day Lager; Gangway-battered haddock paired with Gangway IPA; hickory-grilled lamb belly and spicy roasted roots with Watership Brown Ale; and apple tart with malted vanilla ice cream, pumpkin butter and granola paired with Forbidden Fruit. $60 per person. For reservations, call 404-355-2252.


At No. 246 in Decatur, it's paddles up for Ping-Pong action and Red Hare specials on Wednesday, October 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


On Saturday, October 26, tap into your final brews for the week at The Optimist in West Midtown where Red Hare specials include a special IPA "Hoptimist" cask and live music on the patio. 

Seven Lamps' Kevin Bragg and Article 14's Arianne Fielder Interact with Cocktails at 

Sixth Annual AiMA Awards on October 23 


AiMA is the acronym for the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association. Established in 2008, the AiMA award program is dedicated exclusively to interactive marketing (i.e. video, website, search, social media and mobile campaigns), especially in the local arena. Fittingly, this year's ceremony takes on a "Made in the ATL" theme. Seven Lamps beverage manager Kevin Bragg maintains the local, interactive bent by mixing up generous amounts of his Mexican Prescription cocktail of tequila, Dancing Goats coffee, lime and vanilla at the sixth annual AiMA Awards on October 23. Bragg and Arianne Fielder of Article 14 are two of several Atlanta mixologists and chefs who will delight guests at the Buckhead Theatre during the 6-11 p.m. event.


RA Sushi "Foodies Show Heart" in Sushi-Rolling Competition for Charities 




"Roll 'em." That's precisely what Atlanta's top food bloggers and media will do when they take to the sushi mats at the first-ever "Foodies Show Heart" charity sushi-rolling competition hosted by RA Sushi Bar Restaurant. Contestants will pair up with a RA Sushi chef to create and name their own signature roll on Thursday, October 24 from 7-9 p.m. Guests can visit the Midtown restaurant and sample the creations at a tasting event and allocate their token of approval to their favorite sushi roll. Special food and drink pricing and a live DJ add to the party atmosphere. The winning roll joins the menu for 30 days, and a portion of the proceeds from its sale will benefit the winner's charity of choice. Contestants participating and charities represented include: Chris Watkins ("eat. drink. repeat." blog) for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Sandy (Atlanta food blogger, "Bella Vivere" author) for Susan G. Komen; Da Vinci ("Your Life After 25" blog) for Wellspring Living; Mara Davis (co-host of "Atlanta Eats") for Ruffus Rescue; and Sonia Chopra (editor of "Eater Atlanta") for Camp Twin Lakes.

Eat Up at Taste of Atlanta - 

Filling Midtown October 25-27




Details about Taste of Atlanta spill out on our blog post, and we eschew redundancy. Hoist that clicker finger and tap on this link to garner the ingredients to Atlanta's premier food, wine, beer and cocktail festival circling Tech Square Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27.

Ray's Restaurants Birdies Big Green Egg to Berkley Hills Country Club for 12th Annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic for 

Fragile Kids Foundation on October 27-28 


A sponsor of the 12th annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic swinging through Berkley Hills Country Club in Duluth on October 27 and 28, Ray's Restaurants will be sustaining golfers with good eats while they raise funds to help Fragile Kids Foundation. Ray's Restaurants and the R.A.C.K. Foundation have raised more than $450,000 for Fragile Kids since partnering in 2005. On Sunday night, participating golfers and celebrity golfers will be treated to a delicious pre-tournament dinner prepared on the Big Green Egg by Ray's chefs, spirited drinks created by Ray's, live music, a silent auction plus putting and chipping competitions. Monday morning registration begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. tee-off. Ray's will be there with pre-tee breakfast and midday lunch for golfers. Tournament tickets are $250 per person and may be purchased online.


Fragile Kids Foundation strives to create safer, healthier lives for children living with a wide range of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, mitochondrial disorder, Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome and other genetic/traumatic injuries.

Atlanta Restaurants are Gobblin' Up Eek Week with Halloween Parties and Specials




Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, giving Atlanta restaurants cause to stretch the tricks and treats throughout the week. These frightfully fun happenings will take the bite out of that scary work week.


Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is hosting three Halloween week happenings. On Saturday, October 26 at 10 p.m., the restaurant teams up with Jägermeister to host the annual Halloween costume contest. DJ Lion spins tunes, and big prizes are awarded to the best-dressed individual and best group costumes. Scary movies and an on-site pumpkin-carving contest take over the place on Tuesday, October 29 at 8 p.m., sponsored by Terrapin and Jack Daniel's. Staff will judge the most creatively cut pumpkin and reward the winner with a cash prize and Terrapin and Jack Daniel's swag. Halloween Hangover party on Thursday, October 31 screens the cult favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show" as guests sip on Terrapin and Jack Daniel's concoctions.


Those haunted by gaming visions can head to Downtown's Luckie Marietta District where Game-X eat-and-play options cover both safe and scary ground. In Dark Escape 4D, for instance, players try to escape from a mad man's sick and twisted game by shooting their way out with weapons that he provides...if they're not scared out of their wits by creatures throughout the game. Tame the munchies within with pre- or post-game food and drinks.


RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown unmasks Boo Bash 2013 on Thursday, October 31 from 7 p.m. to close. Party the night away with spook-tacular food and drink specials, a costume contest and a guest DJ. Monstrously good "Boo Bites," such as crispy Vampire Chicken with Japanese pumpkin, tossed in a sesame chili sauce and served over crispy ramen noodles ($8), are fearfully delicious with "Potent Potions," like Grape Ghoulade made with Three Olives Grape Vodka ($6). Top three costume contest winners will fly away with a $100, $50 or $25 gift certificate to RA Sushi.


Boo-ritas anyone? All five locations of Tin Lizzy's Cantina have designs on spooky decorating, and the staff costumes up on October 25, 26 and 31. Ghouls and guys following the Scary Party Pub Crawl on October 25 will stop by the Midtown location! 


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Appetizing Aperture 
On October 28, this fall's Ribs & Whiskey menu draws to a close at Marlow's Tavern locations. Make room this week for those slow-cooked ribs by the rack or half rack slathered with one of three house-made sauces, the spine-tingling BBQ blazed Cobb salad and hair-raising libations. Set aside the Halloween spoils. This is your last chance to devour the irresistible bourbon bread pudding with its crème brûlée-soaked ciabatta and a splash of Honey Jack whiskey ($7). 


Eye of newt and toe of frog don't draw the cocktail party set like they once did. Vampire-away garlic bites, stuffed fungus cups, crunchy monster claws and bubbling cauldron cheese dip with bat wing dippers -- now, that's where it's at. Our Ghoulishly Good Apps will cast mesmerizing spells over your Halloween party, office coffee klatch or Addams family gathering.