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Marlow's Tavern Opens in the Prado
Holidays at The Big Ketch
Seven Lamps Wine Dinner
UGA Inducts Melissa Libby into 2013 Grady Fellowship
Tin Lizzy's Cantina Opens at Mall of Georgia
Brunch with Santa at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
Thanksgiving Day Dining
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Appetizing Aperture: RA Sushi's Emperor's Margarita
What's New on Pinterest? Healthy Inclinations
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Heads Up Sandy Springs! Marlow's Tavern Opens in The Prado on November 19



The Prado's newest resident -- Marlow's Tavern -- opens Tuesday, November 19, giving those along the Roswell Road corridor a convenient gathering spot for lunch, dinner, drinks and sports viewing. Marlow's relaxing, "welcome home" atmosphere and signature menu items, such as the award-winning "infamous" fish tacos, Tavern burgers, the black and blue steak salad, truffled Parmesan fries and warm chocolate cake, turn first-time guests into enthusiastic regulars. Seasonal and signature menu favorites are complemented by handcrafted cocktails (e.g., the Orchard Manhattan and Skinny Ginger margarita), varied beers and global wine offerings. All items are available in the dining room or out on the covered patio, which also houses heaters and fans for year-round enjoyment. To say Marlow's is excited about moving into the neighborhood is an understatement. "We have wanted Marlow's Tavern to be a part of the Sandy Springs community for many years," according to executive chef and co-founder John C. Metz.

The Big Ketch Gift Cards are on the Horizon 

for Holiday Event Bookings and 

Instagram Contest Winners




Sneak away on a Buckhead beach getaway in 2014 with a $50 gift card to The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. Receive said card by booking a holiday event for at least eight people to take place any Sunday through Thursday in 2013. Plan a party for plenty, table for 20, dinner at eight for eight or whatever floats your boat before January 1, 2014. The Big Ketch comes through with a casual party atmosphere where everyone can loosen ties, kick off heels and dive into fresh seafood, landlubber and veggie options awash with frisky cocktails and multiple beer and wine options. Use that $50 gift card anytime between January 2 and March 14, 2014.


There's no contesting that the best beachfront property in Buckhead is The Big Ketch, but who will snap the most see-worthy photo? Whip out those smartphones and capture action or spirited stills. Upload your shots to Instagram for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Buckhead's coastal hotspot. One winner will be chosen each week beginning Tuesday, November 19. Use the hashtag #ketchoftheweek to enter your photo into the Instagram contest. Facebook fans, watch for those winning photos to drift ashore on The Big Ketch Facebook page!

Seven Lamps and Brookhaven Wines Pair Up for November 20 Four-Course Wine Dinner


Before the holiday rush sets in, pause and savor a special four-course wine dinner at Seven Lamps on Wednesday, November 20. Executive chef Drew Van Leuvan draws inspiration from seasonal flavors and wines chosen by Brookhaven Wines and distributor BACCO Fine Wine, including Cavazza Prosecco, Fefinanes Albariño 2011, Solà Fred 2010 and Vin Del Mercat "Rouge IGP," Pays d' Oc France 2011. Van Leuvan's cornucopia of autumn's bounty begins with a first course of roasted baby carrots, crisp pancetta, persimmon and smoked dates followed by smoked Bramlett Farms trout with apple, turnip and dill ravigote. The third course features whole roasted duck, duck mortadella, charred beets, crisp potato and dried grapefruit. The evening reaches a chocolate conclusion over flourless chocolate, white pepper cremeux and pickled cherries served with crème de mure ice cream. Sit down to dine at 7:30 p.m. $55 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Seating is limited. Reservations required, call 404-467-8950.


UGA Inducts Melissa Libby into 2013 Grady Fellowship on November 21

Our own Melissa Libby, along with six other Grady College alumni and friends, will be inducted into the 2013 Grady Fellowship at the University of Georgia's Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, November 21. The induction recognizes influence, achievements and service to the media professions. Melissa has been "eating and drinking" for a living ever since graduating from UGA's Grady College in 1985. She whet her appetite during several years in hotel public relations promoting cafés and fine dining rooms before launching Melissa Libby & Associates in 1992. While opening more than 250 restaurants over the years, she has remained committed to community involvement as president of the Board of Trust for the Grady College, board member of Georgia Organics and Adopt a Golden Atlanta, and as an active member in several food-focused nonprofits. You'll find Melissa in the kitchen as well - she has published two cookbooks featuring Atlanta chefs. Well done, Melissa!


Tin Lizzy's Cantina Says "Hola!" to the Mall of Georgia with November 22 Opening


Photo by Jeremy Adamo 


Holiday shoppers have another reason to get fired up about shopping at the Mall of Georgia when Tin Lizzy's Cantina opens on Friday, November 22. Already an intown favorite, the Atlanta-born taqueria and bar brings its signature FlexMex cuisine, friendly service, refreshing libations and lively music to Gwinnett County. Lunch, dinner and late night drinks are fair game here, as are corporate meetings, family gatherings, tailgates, catering and more. Tin Lizzy's menu satisfies with mouth-watering gourmet soft tacos, shareable dips, crisp salads and hot skillets, plus a full bar with cold margaritas, cocktails and more than 30 beer selections. The cantina accommodates indoor and outdoor dining preferences. Twenty high-definition televisions provide sports viewing, boding well for shoppers and sports fans who want to reconnect at the end of the day. Add to the entertainment factor with live music Wednesday through Sunday from 6-10 p.m. To start the weekend early, "Live at Lunch" features live music on Fridays from noon-2 p.m.


Join Santa for a Visit, Brunch and Photo at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails on December 1



Place making reservations for this not-to-be-missed children's event -- that's also very parent-friendly -- at the top of your to-do list. Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails has lined up a stopover by the jolly old elf on Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Children will enjoy a special brunch offering four entrée choices plus biscuits and muffins with whipped butter and a Christmas cookie ($12.70 per child, includes tax and tip). Grown-ups can order off Milton's regular brunch menu loaded with morning and midday fare, mimosas, bloody marys and other adult beverages. Brunch-going youngsters can visit with Santa and have the experience captured with a high-resolution digital photo image by Blencoe & Co. for $30 per family. Both the Santa visit and brunch must be paid for when registering. Parental meals may be paid for day of, and Milton's will confirm family brunch reservation times by email or phone. Have your list and want to check the details twice? Read more online.


Serving Up Your Link to Thanksgiving Day 

Dining Ideas




Here's one more thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving: handy hyperlinks. These action-packed blue liners connect the dots by providing more details in a flash. One click here will take The Dish readers straight to a tantalizing list of Thanksgiving Day meal options for dining out, carrying out and cooking your own bird. Do it. 



All that sparkles and then some has a place on Instagram @modluxatlantan. Take a quick peek and shine on.

Appetizing Aperture



Priced at $6 each through November 30, the top-shelf Emperor's margarita is commanding much attention at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown. The powerful traditionalist counts Patrón Silver, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, Japanese yuzu and agave nectar as his closest confidants, but he will sway toward mango, cucumber or strawberry flavors by request. 
What's New on Pinterest?

Farm Fresh Garden Salad from Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails

We're deep into Good Nutrition Month and staring down those visions of sugarplums. Our Pinterest Healthy Inclinations board will help you steer through the holiday "sin"dulgences without feeling deprived. Buffalo cauliflower and deep green kale pesto will look mighty festive on the game buffet. Sneak a crustless vegetable quiche onto the breakfast table or toss up a spinach salad with pomegranate-glazed walnuts. Who's to know?