Friday, June 14, 2013

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is Back July 21

The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is one of the best food events of the year in my humble opinion. Tomatoes taste so darn good at this time of year, so you have to eat up while you can. And at this event, they're available in many a form including cocktail and dessert from some of the best chefs around.

Hosted by Ford Fry, the event will include chefs such as:

  • Jay Swift of 4th & Swift
  • Brett Ashcraft of Abattoir
  • Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina
  • Andy Carson and Carla Tomasko of Bacchanalia
  • Lance Gummere of Bantam + Biddy
  • Bruce Logue of BoccaLupo
  • Asha Gomez of Cardamom Hill
  • Ryan Smith of Empire State South
  • Dan Latham and Cameron Thompson of Farm Burger
  • Todd Immel of Floataway CafĂ© 
  • Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow
  • E.J. Hodgkinson of JCT. Kitchen & Bar
  • Taria Camerino of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, No. 246 and The Optimist
  • Joe Schafer of King + Duke
  • Brent Banda of La Tavola Trattoria
  • Chris Hall of Local Three
  • Steven Satterfield of Miller Union
  • Drew Belline of No. 246
  • Adam Evans of The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist
  • Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Krog Bar and KR SteakBar
  • Ron Eyester of Rosebud and The Family Dog
  • Scott Serpas of Serpas True Food
  • Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps
  • Tyler Williams of Woodfire Grill
There's a bevy of booze on offer as well with mixologists participating from the likes of cocktail emporiums like Abattoir, Empire State South, Leon's Full Service, Paper Plane, Ration & Dram and Sound Table.

Tickets are now on sale for $55 per person and $50 for Georgia Organics members and can be purchased online through Xorbia. Starting Monday, July 1, all ticket prices will increase to $70 per person. A total of 1,400 tickets are available for attendees. Last year’s festival brought in close to $26,000 for Georgia Organics.

As before, the festival will be held at JCT and will spread out across the pedestrian bridge to the other side of Westside Provisions. The only downside to this event is that it is typically hotter than hell, but for this much tomatoey goodness, it's worth it. Just come scantily clad...better to avoid unsightly tomato stains that way anyway!

High-profile judges including Garden & Gun Deputy Editor Dave Mezz, Food & Wine Associate Food Editor Daniel Gritzer, Esquire restaurant features writer John Mariani and James Beard Award-winning authors Matt and Ted Lee, are choosing the best dish, best beverage and best table decorations during the event. Food writer, stylist and photographer Angie Mosier and registered dietician, author and food journalist Carolyn O’Neil are returning as co-masters of ceremonies, and guests can enjoy live performances from The Spazmatics and local chef band Five Bone Rack. Special guest David Miller, the actor who played Mason Dixon in the original “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” movie, is returning this year to present the awards to winners.

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