Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Atlanta Dining Event: Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

It's time once again for the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at JCT benefiting Georgia Organics. I freely admit that given my good fortune to attend many fab media dinners, I'm pretty darn picky about what food events I'll spend my hard earned money on. Once you've been to enough tastings, you can just get pretty hard to impress, you know?!

So listen up when I say, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT! In my humble opinion, it is one of the best events of the year. If you were there last year, you know it was a tight and very hot fit (yikes, that sounds bad on second read but I'm going with it!) Fortunately this year it's bigger and better that's what she said, with the event spreading out in Westside Provisions to make room for even more 'mater goodness.

Each chef will be paired with a local farmer to create a dish featuring the event's namesake ingredient, and the featured mixologists will mix up their own signature cocktails. Be on the lookout for the unexpected - last year Keira Moritz's tomato ice cream and and Leon's cocktails rocked my world.

This year's event has a great lineup including some local faves like Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia/Floataway/et al., Gerry Klaskala from my sentimental fave Aria, Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, Craig Richards from La Tavola, Linton Hopkins of H&F fame, Kevin(s) Serpas/Rathbun/Gillespie, and of course Ford Fry from JCT.

Some of my favorite mixologists from cocktail havens like Sound Table, Leon's Full Service, and H&F will be there, too, to help you wash it all down.
Last year's event

Last year I was bowled over by how great all of the dishes were. Even battling stifling heat and the hungry masses, I loved every second of it, and we couldn't wait to get our tix this year. Don't wait, though, this event will still probably sell out, and the ticket price goes up from $60 to $70 after July 1.



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