Monday, August 3, 2009

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival - August 9 at JCT

From my friends at Melissa Libby comes word that yet another celebration of summer's tomato bounty is coming up! This event isn't cheap ($50 per person) but it's for a good cause - it supports Georgia Organics, and it has a helluva lineup of chefs and mixologists. This event sounds seriously awesome, and if the amazing tomato dishes I tried at Aria this weekend are any indication of what the participating chefs will be whipping up, then this will be an event you don't want to miss.

Here's the scoop:

Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest at JCT is just around the corner. The event benefits Georgia Organics and features some of Atlanta’s greatest chefs teaming up with local farmers to create delicious tomato dishes. Guests will get to sample these dishes with cocktails crafted by featured mixologists with Patron Reposado Tequila and Distillery 209 Gin from Georgia Crown and Square One Vodka. High-profile judges including Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit, Restaurant Editor Kate Krader of Food + Wine, Senior Food Writer Donna Florio of Southern Living and Danny Bonvissuto, freelance food writer for Food + Wine, will be choosing the best dish and best beverage, and an award will also be given to the chef with the best table decorations.

In addition to the special cocktail tasting, cold beer from 5 Seasons Brewing and free Bionade (an organic soda from Germany that is made of 100% natural ingredients) will also be available for attendees. Entertainment will include live music from The Spazmatics. Approximately 500 tickets will be available for this event and can be purchased at Tickets cost $50 per person and $45 for Georgia Organics members. A VIP pass is also available for $90 and includes entry as well as access to an open bar.

Participating chefs include:
Gerry Klaskala of Aria
Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge
Kevin Maxey of Craft
Joe Truex of Repast
Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House
Anne Quatrano of Abattoir, Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Floataway Café and Quinones
Steven Satterfield of Miller Union
Jay Swift of 4th & Swift
Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill
David Larkworthy of 5 Seasons Brewing Company
Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten and The National
Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food
Hector Santiago of Pura Vida
Gerry Mennie of Livingston
Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale
Shaun Doty of Shaun’s

Participating mixologists include:
Lara Creasy of JCT. Kitchen & Bar
Daniel Morrison of Watershed
Miles Macquarrie of Leon’s Full Service
Regan Smith of Holeman & Finch
Eric Zollicoffer of Sotto Sotto
Cara Laudino of Miller Union



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