Caviar and potato chips are a perfect pairing. So are martinis and french fries.

Martinis and french fries
Martinis and french fries

If you love the combination of french fries and martinis more than I do, I’d like to meet you.

I’ve written about my love of paring french fries with cocktails before. In addition to martinis, a bunch of salty, crispy truffle fries is an ideal snack to accompany a whiskey sour.

Fries cooked in duck fat are killer bites to have with a classic Manhattan.

Very few liquor-forward cocktails don’t pair well with a snack of warm carbs, the mouth-awakening sensation of salt, and the satisfying crunch of something fried.

Fries and a martini at Mimi, NYC. Image via: Grub Street

On the other hand, for caviar and chips, you’ll want to use unsalted potato chips—the caviar carries the salt duty. My husband, Jacob, makes the best homemade, unsalted potato chips I’ve had any time, anyplace. But since he’s not catering, a solid alternative is Kettle Unsalted.

And a word to the wise—with your martini and french fries … no ketchup, no mustard, no malt vinegar on the fries, please—they’ll ruin the whole event.


By the way, my love of french fries began decades ago with McDonald’s fries—back in the day when they were cooked in 93% beef tallow.

My love of caviar began with my first bite of the stuff—and my first bite “fell off a truck” in Greenwich Village. It’s a fun story.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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