Chefs from Buckhead and beyond highlight summer’s bounty

More than 50 chefs and mixologists will be serving at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.

More than 50 chefs and mixologists will be serving at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.

Proving that tomatoes are killer good, chef Ford Fry hosts the seventh annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. More than 50 chefs and mixologists turn the tomato into a creative dish. Buckhead restaurants in attendance include Fry’s outposts of St. Cecilia and King + Duke, plus Seven Lamps and Buttermilk Kitchen.

Tomatoes take a variety of twists at the festival.

Tomatoes take a variety of twists at the festival.

Expect tastes well beyond the bloody mary or caprese salad. Last year’s noshes and sips included a “S’Rimp Cocktail” with gin and purple Cherokee tomato water; a crispy pastrami with tomato aioli; and marinated eggplant and cherry bell tomatoes with burrata and oaked fish sauce.

“The festival celebrates our agrarian roots and focuses on one of the beloved crops Georgia Organics farmers grow so perfectly: the tasty tomato,” says Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls. “It’s a day to stimulate our taste buds and toast the fun members of the good food community.”

Tomato-Festival-2As you weave your way through the streets of the Westside Provisions District, keep an ear tuned in to the live music by tribute band Ill Communication and Fry’s all-chef band, Five Bone Rack. Among the talented chef instrumentalists are guitarist Jamie Adams, formerly of Veni Vidi Vici, and bass player Zeb Stevenson of Watershed. The festival is from 1 to 5 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase online at xorbia.com. A VIP ticket gets you admission one hour early. Eat guilt-free knowing that proceeds from the fundraiser benefit nonprofits The Giving Kitchen, which supports members of the restaurant industry with unanticipated grants, and Georgia Organics, which connects organic food from Georgia farmers to Georgia consumers.

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival
July 19
JCT Kitchen and Bar
1198 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta 30318
404.355.2252
killertomatofest.com

STORY- Alexa Lampasona
Photos: Erik Meadows